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2012 reasons to relax
Attention, movie fans: The
world is not, repeat NOT,
going to end on Dec. 21,
2012.

Things might get a little
dicey over the next few
years, what with the shaky
economy, global warming
and assorted religious
infighting, but planetary
destruction is not imminent.

This comes from no less an
authority than Guilford
residents Synthia and Colin
Andrews, authors of “The
Complete Idiot’s Guide to
2012,” Alpha Books, $16.95.
They say the prophesies
espoused in ancient Mayan
calendars have been widely
misinterpreted.

“The Mayans were
extraordinary
mathematicians, architects,
astronomers and time
keepers,” explains Synthia
Andrews, a naturopathic
physician whose study of
Mayan prophecies goes
back more than 20 years.

“They measured cycles and
created forecasts based on
hundreds of years of
observation, insight and
intuition,” she says. “They
maintained a series of
calendars that kept track of
different cycles, most
anchored in astronomical
events.”

The Dec. 21, 2012, date
being bandied about
currently refers to the end of
a couple of Mayan calendar
cycles — a “great” cycle,
measuring about 5,126
years, and a “grand” cycle,
which measures roughly
26,000 years.

“So a Mayan ‘world’ is
ending and modern people
have gotten the incorrect
notion that the world is
ending,” Synthia Andrews
says. “This period is a
transformation and
advancement into new and
better situations. It requires
breaking down old structures
and creating new, improved
structures.”
She says that according to
the Mayans, the ending of
the cycle “coincides with the
breakdown of governments,
ecological stress causing
pestilence and food
shortages, an increase in
volcanoes, earthquakes and
super storms, economic
collapse and people
distrusting religious
institutions. All of the old
breaks down. What emerges
to take its place is whatever
we create.”

Of course, what’s emerging
this week is a new
blockbuster movie starring
John Cusack. The film,
“2012,” is directed by
disaster movie veteran
Roland Emmerich and
features eye-popping
depictions of wholesale
havoc.

Colin Andrews, an author of
several books and an expert
on crop circles, says he and
his wife have received e-
mails from parents worried
about their kids seeing the
movie.

“One parent spoke of her
daughter getting very quiet
and reclusive, telling her
parents that everyone is
going to die soon,” Colin
Andrews recalls. He is
advocating a boycott of the
film.

“This time, Hollywood has
gone too far,” he says. “Fear
has been chosen to earn
dollars over responsibility
and concern for our children.
How in the world are we to
give our children hope with
such nonsense of end times
in a movie like this?”
Synthia Andrews notes that
the general public, including
most moviegoers, may not
realize that Mayan elders still
exist. Furthermore, she says,
the 2012 date for the end of
the Mayan calendar is not
agreed upon by all scholars.

“The Mayan culture was
decimated by the Spanish
conquistadores, and the day-
keepers went underground
with the calendars,” Synthia
Andrews says.
“Archaeologists uncovered
ruins and began deciphering
glyphs in the 1950s. The
2012 date for the end of the
calendar is based on their
estimates and translations.”

But why should anyone
believe in the Mayan
calendar prophecies in the
first place — regardless of
their exact date? What
makes them different from
any of the other “doomsday”
predictions that come along?

“To me personally, the
difference is that the
(Mayan) calendars are
anchored around
astronomical events, and the
planetary alignments of 2012
are staggering,” Synthia
Andrews says. “They make
me wonder, ‘How did (the
Mayans) know?’ In any
event, the world is not
ending. We are coming face
to face with the results of our
actions, good and bad.”

Jim Shelton can be reached
at (203) 789-5664 or
jshelton@nhregister.com.
Published: Thursday, November 12, 2009
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