Mayan Predictions and The Challenge of Interpreting Prophecies

The 2012 date has been popularized by a plethora of media attention showcasing ancient prophecies from diverse cultures. Dominant among these are the Mayan predictions based on their distinctive calendar of galactic cycles. Other forecasts come from ancient religious texts like the Bible and the Koran, or from famous prophets like Nostradamus and Moses.

The Maya were very advanced in their use of mathematics to calculate planetary changes. From their vantage point in ancient times, the Maya predicted a great shift upon the Earth. Their forecasts came from sophisticated calendars that allowed them to chart time and events. Modern researchers have proposed varied interpretations of these forecasts.

Many of the Mayan prophecies were misinterpreted by well-meaning and sometimes self-serving researchers. These mistaken translations are not surprising because the sophisticated Mayan calculations and symbols can be accurately understood only with a trained eye and a discerning wisdom.



When looking at any ancient calendar, keep in mind that humanity has changed calendars many times. Religion and politics were chief reasons behind the changes. Most calendars used in the past several thousand years were based on a conventional, third-dimensional view of reality that sees separation rather than unity. These calendars include the Julian calendar introduced by Julius Caesar in 46 BC, the Gregorian calendar first adopted in the 1500s, and the current standard international civil calendar.

The Mayan calendars were not based on dualistic thinking but on oneness with the world. When you understand how different the Mayan approach to time was and how many different types of calendars humans have used over the ages, you can see how tricky it is to accurately interpret an exact date in an ancient prophecy.

Keep in mind that quite often, the essence of prophecies was not written down anywhere, but rather passed down orally from generation to generation. Unless you hear a prophecy with your own ears, from a source that you can validate has an unbroken oral tradition with the original culture, you don’t know the whole picture.

With symbols especially, much is left open to interpretation that will depend upon one’s consciousness and on what one wants to see. Fear-based agendas will produce fear-based interpretations. Discernment is required. One can develop discernment skills through training and lots of practice.

What Is Prophecy?

Having a big-picture view will help you to stand back from the craziness that tends to accompany interpretation of prophecies. Predictions and prophecies have been a part of the human landscape for thousands of years.

Prophecy is a kind of advance divine knowing of a future event. Throughout time, prophecy has been offered by oracles and seers of many cultures. These include the Maya, Hebrews, Tibetans, Christians, and North American Indians. Some of the current prophecies about the end of time were first made a very long time ago and have been repeated many times since. You will find a number of them in sacred religious texts; others have been passed down through the generations in oral form.

The future is not a rigidly set construct. It is a potential only. The future is fluid in nature and comes with no guarantee. It is formed by what happens in the now. Because of this, a prophecy or prediction can only provide a potential future outcome. If it’s true, it can only be a relative truth, based upon what is happening during the moment in time when it is received.

The future that is predicted, therefore, can radically change by the time it arrives.

Another thing to keep in mind is that if the prediction indeed is coming from a high-level consciousness, it will not be fear-based or create negativity of any kind. Instead the prediction will be something that focuses on positive change, helping others, and creating love.

Consider the source of any prediction. This includes ancient prophecies. You will want to know whether the person referencing the prophecy is giving an accurate and full recitation of its original message.

It can be difficult or often impossible to confirm such accuracies. One reason is that prophecies contained within ancient texts such as the Bible’s Book of Revelation have been translated and interpreted many times over the centuries. Each time a prophecy is translated, there is the potential for new interpretations that reflect the language and beliefs of that period.

Some examples are the terms “apocalypse” and “Armageddon.” Apocalypse is often associated with Armageddon, commonly described as the end of the world. The doomsday Armageddon story has been around for so long that it is part of our mass consciousness.

Dire accounts of a final judgment and global catastrophe are in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. Originally, however, the word “apocalypse” meant unveiling, or bringing to light things that were hidden from view.

We live during moments when secrets of all sorts are coming to light. It is a time when we are remembering our real heritage. It is a period when we are evolving out of constriction and into a lightness of being. In that process, countless veils are being lifted.

Human beings have always wanted to know what will happen and when. For the typical person, the veils of ignorance are so great that there is little appreciation of the larger purpose of existence. There is a tendency to ask surface-oriented questions. The future is approached with a mixture of fear, fantasy, and denial. Few people can predict what will happen ten years from now, or even tomorrow.

Sometimes the purpose of a disaster-oriented prophecy is to awaken people and birth a series of transformational changes that will nullify the dire predictions. Even with some of Hollywood’s blockbuster disaster films, the filmmakers may intentionally be seeking to awaken people.

Keep in mind that nothing is as it appears!

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