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April 22, 2021

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Maya Myth Moment–Who Were The Maya

Today’s Maya Myth Moment includes Dr. Mark Van Stone and a video excerpt from 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya from our book for iPad.

In this video, Dr. Van Stone discusses who the Maya really were.  Some of the issues they faced, and how we’ve projected upon them things from our modern day perspective they couldn’t have possibly known about more than 1,000 years ago.

As we continue to countdown to Dec. 21, 2012, check out our book for iPad on the Maya.  Visit MVS2012.com for more information. You will five 53 videos, including this one, where Dr. Van Stone and 14 other Maya scholars serve to educate the public about who these people really were and to dispel much of the nonsense that has been generated around them.

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy & Christopher Columbus

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Prophecy & Christopher Columbus

In his book for iPad, Dr. Mark Van Stone interviewed friend and colleague Dr. John Hoopes from the University of Kansas who has been able to trace the origins of the Maya prophecy all the way back to Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the New World.

We show this video, which is available exclusively in Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad, in hopes of educating the public about how far back all of this goes, but also to help show its progression through time. The story has changed significantly from its days back in the early 1500s.

Many thanks to Dr. Hoopes.   This is really good stuff.

Want to know more? Visit MVS2012.com and buy Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya available on the iBookstore.

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The Maya Myth Moment–Ipsos Poll 2012–One in 10 Believe Maya Calendar End

The Maya Myth Moment–ipsos poll 2012–One in 10 Believe Maya Calendar End

The other day I was asked by a friend, “Do people really believe in that stuff about the Maya?”  My answer was an emphatic: YES!

There have been many times in 2012 when I have witnessed the intensity of those who believe that Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end for us all.

After publishing a news release announcing the design of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, I began receiving regular phone calls from one man. Each call was a lengthy one-sided discussion where he alerted me to all the facts associated with the impending doom we all face in just 19 days now.  He ran off a litany of names of scientists and government agencies he’d been in contact with.  He had factual information he’d uncovered and had called NASA about it. Clearly they had decided that the only way to get him to leave them alone was to send him somewhere else. They did. They apparently told him to send his package of information to the White House. Since this was sensitive information, they apparently told him that he should write “TOP SECRET” on the outside of the envelope and “underline it twice,” so that the Obama administration would know, with the double underlining, that in fact, it truly was classified information. The package supposedly was sent as described…..

Ispos Poll 2012

In May 2012, the polling firm Ispos released a study showing that “one in ten (10%) believe ‘the Mayan calendar, which some say ‘ends’ in 2012, marks the end of the world’ and another one in ten (8%) admit they ‘have been experiencing anxiety or fear because the world is going to end in 2012.’” Supposedly this was a random sample of more than 16,200 people in 21 countries around the globe.  So do people really believe this stuff? The answer is an emphatic YES!  With 7 billion people on the planet and 10 percent walking around believing stuff, I’d submit to you, that’s a pretty substantial number of fokes.

But as we have begun to outline here on TheWondersExpedition.com, through consultations with Dr. Mark Van Stone, one of the world’s leading scholars on the subject, all we really know is that the Maya Calendar is set to roll over like the odometer in your car on Dec. 21, 2012, and nothing more.  Now there were predictions that an obscure god they referred to as Bolon Yokte was going to come down to Earth and put on a costume, that’s about all that was really said.

Tortuguero Monument 6

As an exclusive today, we’re posting a video of Dr. Barb MacLeod in Austin, Texas, reading from Tortuguero Monument 6 which is one of the only two monuments that have been found from the Maya that even mention 2012.  So watch our video from Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad. And then go buy our book because this is just the tip of the amazing information you can find in this one of a kind book made exclusively for iPad by ClaxtonCreative.com.

Dr. Barb MacLeod reads Tortuguero Monument 6

This is the main text that mentions 2012. Watch this one-of-a-kind video. Each glyph that makes it up is pulled from the portion of the monument where it was carved and you can get a better view of it enlarged while Dr. MacLeod is interpreting its meaning. Listen closely and please, please let us know if you hear anywhere in this reading where it says the world is going to end in 19 days.

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CNN reports massive solar flares to remain active for Earth the next 13 days

CNN is reporting on its website that we are in a period where there is a massive sun spot that’s been detected on the sun’s surface and it could affect the Earth through solar flares for the next 13 days.

As we noted back in March via Dr. Mark Van Stone, this is not unusual and there are going to an increased number of solar flares.  Not because of Mayan prophecy, but because these things go in 11-year cycles and we’re in the midst of one.

So, if someone you know starts trying to tie this all to doomsday predictions of the Maya, tell them to just relax.  It’s been happening every 11 years since long before the Maya and it will keep happening long after we’ve come and gone as well.


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Archaeoastronomy or Cultural Astronomy? Which Term Do You Use?

By Donny Claxton

It’s my second full day at the Society for American Archaeology meeting here in Memphis and wow, did I ever learn a lot today. Regrettably, I wasn’t able to attend a single session or paper reading.  The day was spent filming video interviews of Dr. Anthony Aveni, Dr. John Carlson, Dr. Susan Milbrath and a host of other scholars from around the country who specialize in Maya studies. It is because of their studies, each knows a fascinating amount of information about the Maya and any doomsday predictions for Dec. 21, 2012.

Dr. Anothony Aveni SAA meeting 2011

Today, there also were discussions with Dr. Aveni and Dr. Carlson about using the term “Cultural Astronomy” as opposed to “Archaeoastronomy.”

(I want to straighten one thing up here while I can.  We use the Twitter name @Archeoastronomy–without the A behind the H, in part because Twitter would only allow enough characters to spell it that way.  I also realized today that I’ve been spelling Archeology without the A behind the H, too, which apparently is accepted by the dictionary, but AP Style book says to include the A, so from hence forward on the site, so shall be the policy.)

The discussion with Dr. Aveni went along the lines that the term “Archaeoastronmy” has been tarnished by crack pots who have come along and jumped on the term and taken it in weird directions.  This is me saying this, not Dr. Aveni, but the people from the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens show come to mind.

Dr. Aveni did say that even though that even the likes of Eric Van Daniken haven’t been entirely bad for the field because even with his wild psuedo-scientific claims, he’s generated an interest in the field that has brought actual scholars into its arena of study.  His point was that there are many scholars in the world today who would never have studied  archaeoastronomy if they hadn’t seen the wild claims of Lord Pakal’s sarcophagus cover allegedly being a depiction of him sitting in a space capsule and then went in search for the actual facts surrounding it.

Dr. John Carlson

I had really been looking forward to getting to know Dr. Carlson.  He reminds me of my maternal grandfather and is one of the kindest and smartest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of having a deep, and informative conversation with.

Dr. Tony Aveni

In meeting Carlson and Aveni, today really became a fascinating and incredible day to me personally.  I bought Dr. Aveni’s 2012 book, The End of Time–The Maya Mystery of 2012 and got it autographed.

I had some great one-on-one conversations wtih Dr. Carlson and if I could spend the next several years in conversations learning from these two geniuses, I’d still be starving for more knowledge. As Dr. Aveni talked on camera today, he would rattle off a citation of someone’s work from a 1978 paper and the reference being on page X, and it saying ABC and then he’d go right on to another, almost like a Sunday morning preacher citing chapters in the Bible.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.

Dr. John Carlson

Dr. Mark Van Stone

We made a lot of progress today on the development of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s first interactive book for the iPad on the 2012 meme.

I really cannot wait for this iBook to hit the market because with the interviews we’ve conducted over the past 24 hours to include in this first-of-its kind book, there literally will be no other resource like it available as we draw closer to Dec. 21, 2012.

And as I now call it a day, I’m going to bed with some incredible new knowledge, perspectives and comfort in having made some wonderful new friends.

It’s a rare occasion to have the chance to sit down with an expert in a field of study.  Today I’ve had the chance to interview two men who created their own field of study–Archaeoastronomy.  When was the last time you did that?  I bet the chances are slim it ever happens again in my life.

Archaeoastronomy v. Cultural Astronomy

So, which term do you use?  Have the likes of Van Daniken, David Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos  tainted the word Archaeastronomy too much for your own tastes?


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Dr. Mark Van Stone: Be Prepared, More Solar Flares Are On The Way

By Dr. Mark Van Stone
Author of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

Today, my favorite NPR station’s network broadcast was interrupted.  The local technicians had to improvise for a couple hours, because the satellite carrying their news feed was temporarily shut down by an electronic storm from the sun.  This is the kind of event that we shall see more of over the next 12 months, as we ride out a Solar Maximum.

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The present Solar Max made its grand entrance two nights ago, catching our attention with the eruption of a strong solar flare, sending a coronal mass ejection towards earth, “Hocking a lugie” at us, as CNN put it.  On their website, CNN edited NASA’s press release thus:  “The equivalent of 10 billion tons of highly charged particles are hurtling at a rate of 3 million to 4 million miles an hour toward Earth.”

This is typical newsroom hyperbole.  Once I lived in New Hampshire, and whenever it snowed, I got anxious calls from my California relatives, concerned to hear of “Blizzards dumping tons of snow on New England.”  Yawn.  We got snowplows.  Now, my eastern relatives concernedly call when they learn of the latest 6.5-on-the-Richter-Scale earthquake that has “rattled” California.

To their credit, CNN featured a sober, trained meteorologist to give perspective to the event.  While warning that solar flare activity will indeed affect satellite communications, particularly GPS, he reminded us that this is normal, not a catastrophe.

Solar activity has an 11-year cycle: a rash of flares and solar storms for a few years, alternating with a period of relative quiet.  The peak of this cycle is known as a Solar Maximum, during which the sun roils and seethes with tremendous energy, often sending out huge fiery arcs.  These solar storms appear to us as dark “sunspots,” because they are relatively cool compared to the sun’s surface itself.  We are entering the peak year of the cycle.

Now, the last couple Solar Maxima have been relatively mild.  We have not had an intense storm for 30-odd years.  So, think back to the state of our long-distance communications in the early 1980s.  No cell phones, no GPS, and most of our long-distance calls went through cables, which are pretty robust, little-affected by solar flares.  Nowadays, nearly ALL our phone calls, Internet traffic, television, e-mail, stockbroker transactions, and burglar-alarm alerts go through satellites or cell-phone towers.  All these media are sensitive, easily disrupted by coronal ejections of charged particles.  Although no one can say for sure, many scientists expect this Solar Max could be a doozy, making up for the mild ones.  Or maybe not.

The worst-case scenario is a series of rolling blackouts.  The power grid can act like a miles-long antenna, and an electronic storm could pop some big fuses in the transmission stations, creating a domino-effect, cascading into massive blackouts that might last for a few hours (which is annoying) or a few days (which can be very expensive).  (This happened here in Southern California last September 8th, on which, more later.)   Perhaps equally problematic would be the loss of computer and telephone connections.  How would your life change if someone took away your Internet and phone for, say, three hours?  How about three days? (For a preview, ask someone in Iraq or Libya.)

During our blackout here in San Diego County and Tijuana, my worst inconvenience was that gas stations had no power to pump gas, so I couldn’t drive over to see my girlfriend.  And stores had to throw out massive amounts of produce and (un)frozen food.  (Dumpster-divers had a field day.  And, with no light pollution, I could see the glorious Milky Way from my parking lot, something impossible for the last half-century.  And, unable to watch TV or use the Internet, people came out of their homes, and actually talked to each other, sitting on stoops, and the like… It was great.  I think it would be a healthy policy for us to schedule a widespread power-shutoff for an hour once a month or so, just to slow us down a little… Dream on!)

In any case be prepared.  This kind of thing is going to happen more and more often, not less.

Now, I view the coming Solar Max disruptions as a nuisance, and wish to remind everyone that this is a regular event, whose effects are well known.  We don’t really suffer much down here on the Earth’s surface because we’re protected by the planet’s magnetic field, which directs the charged particles toward the poles, producing the Northern Lights.  And scientists don’t expect even a strong Solar Max to be particularly dangerous.  Even a tremendous solar flare, 10 times as big as we have ever seen, will not have the power to “blow away” this protective shield.  It would distort it, and maybe kill a few satellites whose electronics are not properly shielded.  But the worst we ought to expect is a long communications and travel blackout.  As bad as that could be—and, it could be pretty bad for some—It ain’t the end of the world.  This is not the collapse of civilization that overwhelmed the Maya, and the Olmec before them.  Not quite.

Sadly, most of the coming disruptions are preventable.  Hospitals already invest in backup power systems, stocking fuel and generators to carry them through a blackout.  Some entrepreneurs are already producing small, inexpensive generators for stores and gas stations.  Let’s hope SOME of our suppliers are investing therein!  (Computer programmers tell me that much of the expected Y2K “crash” was actually *prevented* by feverish activity of a band of noble geeks, staying up late rewriting code so computer systems would NOT crash.  Thank you!)  Nearly every problem we shall encounter due to solar storms will in some way be due to people neglecting to develop backups, or building robust shielding and delivery systems for power and data.

In any event, if a cascading-blackout, communications-satellite disruption, or other techno-failure results from this year’s Solar Maximum, it won’t be because the Maya foretold it.  It is mainly the fault of our short-sightedness, putting all our eggs in one basket; of trusting a fragile technology.

Which, on a wider scale, is what caused the Maya Collapse. And the Fall of Rome.

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2012, The Maya and The Solar Maximum

According to the world’s leading scientists at NASA, we officially have begun a new Solar Maximum.  Typically, these run like clockwork on an 11-year cycle–and somewhere in the middle of it all, there’s what they call the Solar Minimum, because there’s absolutely no sunspot activity going on at all.  Well, the first indications of this cycle seem to have begun in 2007, but predictions are that this Solar Maximum could be one of the worst one in 50 years. Does this mean we should all panic? We think not and can give plenty of legitimate, scientific and rational reasons why.

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Well, most likely, we’re going to be able to observer an increase in the number of sunspots radiating out energy from the Sun.  We will see more and wider instances of the aurora borealis and there will be more wide-spread impacts on satellite communications.  But wait, there still isn’t reason for alarm here.

When this happens, energy is released from the sun that eventually reaches the earth’s magnetosphere and as a consequence, we wind up seeing more intense expansion of the aurora borealis, making them more visible further to the south around the world.  A few years ago apparently the aurora borealis could be seen in Mexico.

The energy also can affect satellites.  Now it’s worth pointing out here that there are more of these by the year so as time goes on there very naturally is going to be a greater impact on the earth’s satellite communications network, again, because there are more satellites today than there were say, 11 years ago during the last solar maximum or 22 years ago, or 33, etc.  This means that GPS units and other telecommunications may be disrupted from time-to-time.

Is that necessarily a bad thing?


We bring all this up here because the fringe element that have tried their darnedest to scare us all into believing in some catastrophic end on Dec. 21, 2012 hang their hats on a prediction of increased solar flares, or the Solar Maximum, happening in 2012 as evidence that doomsday is upon us.

But it’s important to remember three points here:

1) Solar flares happen on 11-year cycles and most likely have been happening since the sun began burning billions of years ago. Earth is still here.  Having one in 2012 is no different than the season in 2001, or even during the big noted storm of 1958.

One site mentionsThis week researchers announced that a storm is coming–the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). ‘The next sunspot cycle will be 30 percent to 50 percent stronger than the previous one,’ she says. If correct, the years ahead could produce a burst of solar activity second only to the historic Solar Max of 1958.”

For one, the last Solar Maximum experienced on Earth was generally considered a mild one.  Second, if this one is going to be “second to the one in 1958,” need we remind you that those living all around the world in 1958 survived that event and we are all still here?

2)  Our resident expert, Dr. Mark Van Stone, author of “2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya”  discusses this subject in his book.  He has done extensive studies on the Maya and their prophecy.  Here is all he included about sunspots in his most recent book:   “NASA predicts an unusually powerful ‘Solar Maximum’ (sunspot season) for 2012 (though it may peak as early as late 2011). This happens every 11 years, and disrupts satellite and other electromagnetic communications.”

Our point is, Dr. Van Stone, who was very extensive in his writings about Maya glyphs, Maya architecture, history etc. makes absolutely no mention of the Maya saying ANYTHING about solar flare activity in 2012.

3) News accounts, as you can see from the links below, also note this could be the worst solar storm season endured in the past five years.  Well, we pointed out that in the period right before 2007, we were in a Solar Minimum so there were no solar flares.  To say that this flare could be worse than it was when there were none happening, well, yeah…


So before you run out worried about the solar storm we now are enduring, just think of it as something that happens once every 11 years or so.  And for Heaven’s sakes, keep an eye out on the night skies.  Have you ever seen an aurora borealis?  They are truly amazing to behold!

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2012 : What’s Really Likely To Happen–Dr. Mark Van Stone Talks to TWE

Click the Link to Play the Audio File ==>:  Dr. Mark Van Stone On What’s Going To Happen in 2012

The Dec. 21, 2012 Doomsday predictions can be pretty scary if one believes everything heard without giving it any real thought or researching the specifics of 2012 prophecy associated with the Maya.  Many have predicted the end of the world in 2012 and used the Mayan calendar and things like the “unusual” galactic alignment etc. to make far-fetched predictions about when will the world end. But the evidence that actually exists point to dramatically different conclusions than those who have been given megaphones on TV shows like Ancient Aliens on the History Channel 2.

From an excerpt in his book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, Dr. Mark Van Stone, quotes four typical predictions for events that could happen in the year 2012 based on interpretations of many scholars and amateur archeologists.  Those often include:

 “An imminent polar reversal that will wipe our hard drives clean.” — Daniel Pinchbeck

“The rare celestial alignment of our solar system, our sun, and our planet with the center of our galaxy—an event that will not happen again for another 26,000 years.” –Gregg Braden

The “dawning of a Wisdom Age … standing on the shoulders of the Information Age.” –Peter Russell

 “The December 21, 2012, date will likely be a “nonevent” similar to … the widely anticipated Y2K phenomenon.” — Robert K. Sitler

But the reality is, when the morning of Dec. 22, 2012 arrives, unless something truly bizarre happens, most of us still will be here. At most, ancient Maya writings say that the god, Bolon Yokte, is going to appear in person and yes, as Dr. Van Stone says, “put on a costume.”

Why is there so much speculation about planets aligning, magnetic poles of the Earth reversing, high numbers of solar flares from the sun affecting the communications on the planet, etc., etc. etc.  And Lord, let’s not forget the guys on Ancient Aliens.

2012: Science and Prophecy of The Ancient Maya

We’ve partnered with Dr. Van Stone to do some very special and amazing things with his book in the coming months, but for now, we are honored to share with you this audio recording with him talking about some of the predicted things that will happen in 2012.

This is just the beginning in a series of recordings with Dr. Van Stone.

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