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Maya never predicted the end of the world Friday
Written by AP Members: Jessica Graue and Wayne Baker, Dayton Community News Group   
Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:12
GREENE COUNTY — What seemed like a hot topic over the last few years has since fizzled into a joke. Of course the issue is the end of the world. If you are reading this on Friday it means either the world is revolving as normal, or you are possibly a member of the Walking Dead.

The Mayan calendar, which is set to expire tomorrow, was said to bring about the destruction and possibly the end of the world. The poles are supposed to flip and send the world into chaos. Scientists and historians have debated the possibilities of what will occur on Friday. However, it is agreed upon that the Mayans only predicted the end of a calendar system, not the end of the world.

“The Maya never predicted the end of the world,” said Joyce Marcus, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. “Dec. 21, 2012, merely marks the end of the 13th cycle, which the Maya called Baktun 13, and the beginning of the next cycle, which the Maya called Baktun 1.”

With a certain likeness to the Y2K theory, the hype is definitely not as intense as in 1999. In 1999, people and businesses bought extra insurance and certainly prepared for the end. All Y2K did was put money in retailers’ pockets.

“It reminds me when we were approaching year 2000. We had so much hype about how it was going to affect the computer system. We continued to live,” said Jim Berlon, President of Berlon Farmers Insurance Group in Beavercreek. “I believe all of this hype is wasted energy to think that the world is going to end.”

It seems that people have had more pressing issues on their minds in the last few weeks. The end of the world is not as concrete a threat as others obviously are. The recent shooting in Connecticut is definitely an example of that. The safety of America’s children is something that people can attempt to control.

“Nobody has even inquired about getting extra insurance. Whenever the topic comes up, people joke about it,” said Berlon. “I am now getting some phone calls for some juvenile life insurance for their children after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.”

Sadly, these immediate threats are in the forefront of many Americans’ minds. Most local schools and universities are on winter break, so the prospect of students asking their parents or professors to excuse them from classes due to the world ending is a moot point.

Antioch College in Yellow Springs will have a musical event at the Coretta Scott King Center and some area drinking establishments will host “12-21-12” parties. Harper College in Illinois is inviting anyone from around the country to make the trek to its campus to celebrate a free mid-day observatory party allowing the public to look at the heavens. They are calling the event the “Not the End of the World” gathering.

The college wants observers to get a close-up view of sunspots and solar prominences, but there is no promise of seeing aliens or spaceships.

The AMC cable TV hit series the Walking Dead is a story about a small group of survivors living in the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. While the show makes for captivating entertainment, the chances of Friday producing similar results are zero according to NASA.

NASA has been bombarded with questions about Friday and what outer space might unleash on the world. The answer from our space experts: “The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

One thing that can be predicted for Friday is what the weather will be. According to WDTN Channel 2 there’s an 80 percent chance of flurries and the high will only be 30 degrees. That certainly could seem like the end of the world to some.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Astrology expert Heather Horton gave us the lowdown on 12-21-12

The world as we know it is always ending, because nothing is stagnant and everything is in a constant state of change. The question is will it all end as the Mayan’s predicted on December 21st, 2012?

Astrologically speaking, no, the planetary line-up does not symbolize ultimate disaster. The 21st is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in our northern hemisphere.

Pre-Christian era celebrated this time as the death and resurrection of the sun as the sun appears to move one degree north foreshadowing longer days. This celebration is known as Saturnalia.

Notice the base word Saturn; in astrology Saturn is attributed to the sign of Capricorn, and the 21st of December every year marks the sun’s tropical entrance into Capricorn.

Saturn and Capricorn represent hard, dutiful work, responsibility, and achievement, so after working hard all year it is time to celebrate and reap the rewards. Saturn is also known for reaping what you sow, so gifts were given as a symbol of gratitude and acknowledgment of another’s hard work and achievements. This year however, as we see with the Mayan calendar, there is an ending.

This ending is an end to the sun’s cycle through an Age and marks the entrance into a brighter Age, bringing positive expectations for more personal as well as global harmony.

This is also happening during an eon or zodiac age shift, known as the precession of the equinoxes, from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius, where simply believing becomes actually knowing, so expect science to bring interesting evidence to support our more spiritual experiences.

These shifts are not overnight shifts, rather shifts that seem from our perception to happen over generations. The only thing ending is a cycle, just as your current age ends on your birthday and a new cycle begins as your new age begins. No need to fear, welcome in the new sun by remembering and honoring those people and experiences that are most important to you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:14
 

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