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2012 Mayan Prophecy

The new Movie, 2012 by Sony Pictures is opening worldwide over the next few days.

Since before man has put pen to paper, and civilization has taken root on the planet, myths and stories of global destruction have been a representation of the human ideology of this world’s reality, the future, and the past. Comets, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes,volcanoes and a host of natural disasters and man’s role in how the world turns out has been written and talked about for ages. Humanity has long known the important interdependence of life and the worlds environment, long before global warming and pollution problems became the much talked about focus in our modern times.

This Hollywood movie now brings to the silver screen what has been talked about by the spiritual, religious thinkers for ages, in another display of massive destruction.

It may be that Hollywood is playing on the fears of the masses by focusing on a literal interpretation of these events. Massive explosions and destruction has proven to be a top seller at box offices for years, and they’ll continue the profitable trend. The director Roland Emmerich has a taste for movies of mass destruction. He has also directed Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow. Yet one must ask if there is something about humanity that has a natural inclination to fear and expect, or even desire disaster?

Although this film is based in Mayan astrological myth, it has been a long standing and popular myth that people may be taking more seriously than other films based on fiction.  Religion, beliefs and prophecy have been attracting, and repelling, people’s interests at a deep, and personal level for thousands of years.

In May 2000, there was also an astronomical / astrological event that was predicted to cause great destruction on the planet through the shifting of the poles. This was a planetary alignment in Taurus, an astrological earth sign. The summer before, in 1999, the planets displayed a grand cross formation in their alignment.

There is a wide variety of beliefs surrounding the myths and ideas. From various, yet similar, doomsday interpretations, to a more positive shift in consciousness as a new age of enlightenment dawns. What do you think?

Margaret Atwood released a new book in September – The Year of the Flood which also explores the popular theme, a follow up to her book Oryx and Crake

From The Year of the Flood

The long-awaited new novel from Margaret Atwood. The Year of the Flood is a dystopic masterpiece and a testament to her visionary power.

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners—a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life—has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God’s Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.

Have others survived? Ren’s bioartist friend Amanda? Zeb, her eco-fighter stepfather? Her onetime lover, Jimmy? Or the murderous Painballers, survivors of the mutual-elimination Painball prison? Not to mention the shadowy, corrupt policing force of the ruling powers . . .

Meanwhile, gene-spliced life forms are proliferating: the lion/lamb blends, the Mo’hair sheep with human hair, the pigs with human brain tissue. As Adam One and his intrepid hemp-clad band make their way through this strange new world, Ren and Toby will have to decide on their next move. They can’t stay locked away . . .

By turns dark, tender, violent, thoughtful, and uneasily hilarious, The Year of the Flood is Atwood at her most brilliant and inventive.

A few selections of discussions from the Esoteric Forum that include 2012 are

“Mayan Prophecy: Entering Our Galactic Day

Nostradamus and 2012 – 7 images in the lost book of Nostradamus

The 13th sign of the Zodiac

The 7 Days of Creation, or Ages?

World Calendar Origins & the leap year

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If you’re going to see the movie, not going to see it, or have seen it, write your review or opinion below.


One thought on “2012 Mayan Prophecy

  1. This was one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. I give it an astounding F rating.

    This movie proves that Hollywood is completely clueless.

    Everything about this movie was wrong. One of the worst written scripts I’ve ever had to suffer through. I wanted to leave the theater so bad, but was trapped in the middle of rows of people.

    I couldn’t believe how terribly done this movie was. There was no spiritual context to this movie whatsoever. The Mayan prophecy was only briefly mentioned at the beginning of the movie for about 10 seconds, without any real information. It seemed that the director and writers of this movie didn’t even know much at all about 2012. It’s as if they briefly came across it one day and thought it would be a great way to make money on a movie about destruction.

    I felt nothing for any of the characters. This also lead the viewer to feel nothing for the whole planet. There wasn’t enough focus on anything to have a sense of caring at all.

    This movie is probably the worst I have ever seen. Corny hollywood lines, lame acting, and the worst part was the miracles the main actors kept experiencing. Missing everything that was falling apart around them in just the nick of time! Oh My God, I was in disbelief and so were the people around me. Lot’s of “Oh come on!” comments by everyone.

    The strangest thing was some people actually clapped at the end. I couldn’t believe it. I was ready to get out of there well before it was over, and it seemed to drag on forever. I thought I was in there for nearly 4 hours, but it was about 2.5.

    This movie spent somewhere near 260 million dollars to produce. It just proves no matter how many explosions, no matter how many special effects, they just can’t make a good movie because there is no substance whatsoever.

    This movie was so empty of any real content worth watching I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone to waste their time. Horrible, horrible, horrible.

    I don’t know if I’ll be motivated to go to the theater’s again ever. I’ll never see one of Roland Emmerich movies again. They suck so bad. What a terrible movie.

    The only good part of the movie was Woody Harrelson’s character for a brief period of comic relief that wasn’t totally corny but enjoyable, other than that, complete junk.

    One of my friends who I went to left well before it was over, and I noticed a number of other people leaving too, and not returning.


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