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The "Cosmic Alignment" of 2012?

On my Blog, I have several postings that go into detail about the claims of a "Galactic alignment" on Dec. 21, 2012. (Short answer: what alignment? This next December will be no different than any other December.)

Peter Gersten's "Leap of Faith" on December 21, 2012:

2012: A "Cosmic Alignment"?

2012: The "Cosmic Alignment" and the "Mayan Birth Canal"

RE: "The Cosmic Alignment" of 2012?

Thanks to Robert Sheaffer for several clear blog posts about the supposed "galactic alignment." As a historical note, the first publication to mention this astrological phenomenon was the following:

Mardyks, Raymond (1991)"When Stars Touch the Earth: An Astrologer Looks at the New Age Through the Year 2012." The Mountain Astrologer (August/September), pp. 1–4, 47–48.

A good article describing the

A good article describing the history behind the more mainstream beliefs of the 2012 movement. But that is it. The author shows blatant prejudice, lacks real interest and knowledge to recognize the phenomenon as not just a cultural trend, but a serious field of work of many academic scholars. This even excludes the author from being able to perform a proper psychological analysis.

RE: "A good article..."

The author of this comment apparently did not read all the way through the post to my answer to Question 13, "Where can I get accurate information about the Maya and 2012?" That answer makes it clear that the "2012 phenomenon" has in fact been the subject of serious academic study and lists references to several books and articles by authoritative scholars. One key reference not listed is the following, which first introduced the concept of the "2012 phenomenon" in an academic context:

Sitler, Robert K. (2006) "The 2012 Phenomenon: New Age Appropriation of an Ancient Mayan Calendar." Novo Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions (Berkeley: University of California Press), Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 24–38.

And Fernando Malkum? He

And Fernando Malkum? He invented 7 prophecies and people believe that the mayan wrote them He is a charlatan. Thanks!

Nothing happened... two years later

Finally nothing happened... I love to read about apocalypsis, but there was not any connection in that dates

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John W. Hoopes, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Kansas whose principal focus is archaeology with a special emphasis on Costa Rica.


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