The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.
A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 21 December 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth’s collision with a planet called “Nibiru”.
Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar “ends” in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture, while astronomers have rejected the various proposed doomsday scenarios as pseudoscience, stating that they conflict with simple astronomical observations.
Jenkins suggests that as the conjunction completes, we may experience a field effect reversal. This would be similar to what happens when the earth’s terrestrial equator is crossed. When water is poured into a sink, in the northern hemisphere it will escape through a plughole by spiraling in a clockwise direction. In the southern hemisphere, this direction of spin is reversed to counterclockwise. When the boundary of the equator is crossed, a null point is reached and water pours directly downward. This is called the Coriolis Effect.
This helps illustrate how very large but diffuse forces can create significant effects on a small scale when polarities are reversed. This field effect reversal may possibly lead to physical effects like changes in the magnetic field of Earth or other disruptions. The effect may also be felt in much more subtle ways.
This idea of a shift in polarity has been interpreted to mean that we may experience either a magnetic or physical pole reversal. Jenkins is not predicting this. Any effect would happen because we are in resonance with the energy coming from the galactic center. We can, Jenkins claims, expect to have our basic orientations inverted and “on the level of human civilization, our basic assumptions and foundational values will be exposed.”
Jenkins’s theories about the Mayan calendar end date of December 21, 2012, are well researched and backed up by good archaeological and mythological evidence. They also agree with both the academic and traditional Mayan interpretations of the calendar. But acceptance of his theory by mainstream Mayan research has been slow in coming.
Scholars tend to downplay the importance of 2012. This is largely an attempt to resist the onslaught of poorly researched opinion and general hype about the date. In Jenkins’s case, this dismissive approach seems mistaken. Of all the contemporary ideas that have been proposed about the meaning of the Mayan calendar and its end date of 2012, his are among the most elegant and are well grounded in credible research.