Of late there has been a great deal of talk about the so called end
of the world, or of a ‘world age shift’, widely prophesised by both
ancient and modern sources alike, and said to be close at hand. An event
of such profound nature as would suddenly transform the planet, either
physically, spiritually, or in combination. Being not simply the end of
the world per se, but rather an end to its current state, to those who
believe, it will be of such great magnitude as will have the power to
rapidly alter the living domain that is the whole earth, with immense
implications for humanity.
In the study of the evidence in support of a potential world age shift; in the attempt essentially to validate the reality of such an occurrence, researchers have explored many avenues of thought. However, of all the roads that have been traversed in search of the signs that would herald the beginning of a new world age, the most intense focus has been upon the celestial components of the heavens: the planets and the stars.
That the ancients of old held that all change is cyclical in nature, and that civilisations rise and fall as with the seasons, is undisputed. In an (obvious) extension to their thinking, it was thus thought also that the planets and the stars, in their ever changing configurations, actually represented governing powers that directly influenced the domain of the earth, and the lives of men. And indeed, as there is periodicity to the patterns of the heavenly bodies, from basic short lived cycles to more complex long range recurring alignments, in some way – albeit of high complexity – it was thought possible that one could correctly interpret the celestial phenomena of the sky, in order to deduce (or prophecy) the character of an age, including also future ages.
Upon the very idea of change, the passage or shift into a new world age, as was ‘dictated’ by the heavenly powers, was not always thought to be gradual. Indeed, in many cultures, especially those of ancient Babylon and Egypt, it was widely believed amongst the learned that certain very precise celestial configurations, when achieved, would result in sudden physical planetary upheaval, leading to widespread destruction upon the earth primarily through means of both fire and water. One may cite two prominent works from antiquity in support of this.
As one can see, there are many similarities present in the two cited passages: mention of both fire and water causing major global destruction; the result of an abnormal fluctuation in the regular course of the planets. Such happenings indeed form the essential theme of all ‘end of the world’ scenarios. And yet to go further still, one may also cite the Gnostic tradition in this matter, for here also there is talk of world wide destruction heralding the end of the world.
In this instance however, within the Gnostic tradition, emphasis tends to be placed not so much upon periodic cyclical devastation restricted to just the earth, but rather upon a final and absolute event on a cosmic scale; one that is destructive of course, and yet also beneficial; being in essence a process of purification. The end of all ‘error’ by the ‘light of truth’. That said however – and as complex as such statements may be –
The actual celestial signs as are held to precede the event are much the same as those noted by Berossos and Plato (above).
Could it be that there are signs of the present time that point to an
imminent world age shift to impact those of this current age; the end
of the world in its current state? There are those who indeed do believe
this to be true. In particular, there are several researchers over the
recent period who have directly cited the completion of the Mayan Long
Count calendar, whose current 13 Baktun cycle ends on 21 December 2012
AD, as marking the precise time at which the current world age ends and a
new one begins. The celestial basis for this, as a number of theorists
have pointed out, is that upon the completion date of the Long Count,
there will be an alignment of the earth and sun with the galactic
equator, occurring at the time of the winter solstice point of the
Is there any merit to this particular idea though? Only through careful consideration of the Mayan Long Count end-date could one hope to reveal the answer.
"Seneca, Naturales Questiones (Questions About Science)," cited from
Berossos and Manetho
Gerald P. Verbrugghe & John M. Wickersham
University of Michigan Press (2001) p.66
Timaeus and Critias
Penguin Books (1977) p.35
"On the Origin of the World," cited from
The Nag Hammadi Library
J. M. Robinson (General Editor)
HarperSanFrancisco (1990) p. 188