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August 8, 2020

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Accuracy

Maya Myth Moment–Mayan Accuracy

This is a topic that can be addressed in several ways because in various ways, the Maya kept some very accurate records, which would lead to establishing their credibility, but at the same time, according to Dr. Mark Van Stone, the author of our book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, they also are known to have made errors and just left them in the stone glyph monuments that are

Maya stucco glyphs diplayed in the museum at P...

Maya stucco glyphs diplayed in the museum at Palenque, Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

strewn across Mesoamerica.  Local leaders also just reset days in their calendar to coincide with a leader’s agenda.

In today’s video, an excerpt from our book for iPad, Dr. Susan Milbrath of the University of Florida, talks about the accuracy of the Maya calendar and their precision in tracking the skies.

In the book for iPad, pages 76-81, Dr. Van Stone points out that the Maya Haab has 365.00 days. “Every four years, it drifts another day out of synchronization with the tropical year of 365.2122 days, as well as the Siderial year of 365.2564 days.”

The Maya had no leap year. So over time, things got out of whack and their leaders made adjustments accordingly along the way.

As Dr. Van Stone says, “Claiming that the Maya Calendar was ‘more accurate’ than the Gergorian implies, of course, that they had access to knowledge superior to our own….  This is just not true. The simply used tools they had at hand, and their persistent intelligence, to do the best they could.”

You can read more about the Maya in our book for iPad by going to MVS2012.com and downloading version 1.1 of the book.

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The Maya Myth Moment–Aliens 2012

Aliens 2012

We didn’t do a video on this today. In part, it’s kind of hard to make a video of something there isn’t any scientific proof to support.  

Yes, as with so many other things, the existence of aliens and an alien invasion has been tied to the Maya prophecy. But as scholars like Dr. Mark Van Stone will tell you, there’s not one shred of scientific evidence to support they exist, let alone, not one mention in Maya hieroglyphs or remains that talk about them.

Yes, the Ancient Aliens show has tried to tie Pakal’s Sarcophagus Lid to the ancient astronaut theory, but a careful examination of the text in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s book for iPad, 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya shows clearly that Lord Pakal was sitting in one of the Mesoamerican ceiba trees and what was claimed to be rocket flames in the TV series is clearly the base roots of one of these unique and special trees.

Editorially speaking, it’d be fascinating to find we are not alone in the universe. But we just don’t have any proof of it. And from talking to Maya scholars, the Maya didn’t have any either……

We included a photo of a ceiba tree taken by our friend, Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas.

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Maya Myth Moment–The End of Times 2012 11:11 a.m. UTC Dec 21

Maya Myth Moment–The End of Times 2012 11:11 a.m. UTC Dec 21

According to some predictions, the Dec. 21, 2012 end of times is slated for 11:11 a.m. UTC.  Or about 6:11 a.m. on the East Coast of the United States.

We talked earlier in the year with a man who swore on whatever data he’d assembled that death was due to come at noon on Dec. 21.  Out of concern for upsetting him, we didn’t ask which time zone he meant. At one point we just assumed that as it struck noon around each time zone, people would just fall out.  It’s been that kind of a year dealing with some of the nonsense that’s come about.

From our discussions and work with Dr. Mark Van Stone, who has published as a book for iPad–2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya, there is nothing in Maya prophecy that establishes a time for our passing.  And if you really think about it, if there was such an ending predicted by the Maya, there’s not, it would most likely be the Central time zone, which closely mirrors those in Mesoamerica. But we digress.

Another Maya Myth debunked!


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Maya Myth Moment–The Galactic Alignment Dec 21 2012

The Galactic Alignment December 21 2012

One of the favorite Maya Myth predictions seems to be the whole concept of an impending galactic alignment where the earth is going to cross the galactic plane and we’re all going to be sucked into this vortex and die.

The greatest problem with this prediction is that according to diagrams you will see in this video, the Earth is actually going to miss the center of the galaxy by about three degrees on Dec. 21, 2012.  Whoops!

All this is really enough to make one wonder how something like this even gets started. So many predictions have been projected upon the Maya. Yes, they were great mathematicians and even astronomers, but so much of what people are talking about these next 24 days never even entered into their consciousness.  Makes one wonder what people 1,000 years from now will be saying about us, doesn’t it?




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Maya Myth Moment–The Spiritual Transformation of Man

Maya Myth Moment–The Spiritual Transformation of Man

This is another version of New Age prophecy as tied to the Maya.  Again, it has nothing to do with the Maya.

English: View of the crescent moon through the...

English: View of the crescent moon through the top of the earth’s atmosphere. Photographed above 21.5°N, 113.3°E. by International Space Station crew Expedition 13 over the South China Sea, just south of Macau (NASA image ID: ISS013-E-54329). Français : Photo des couches hautes de l’atmosphère terrestre. Polski: Zdjęcie górnych warstw atmosfery ziemskiej z widocznym przejściem w przestrzeń kosmiczną. Ελληνικά: Η Γήινη ατμόσφαιρα, η φωτογραφία ελήφθη από το διάστημα κι ύψος 335 χιλιόμετρα (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Age philosophy came about within the past 30-40 years.



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Maya Myth Moment–Pole Shift 2012


Maya Myth MomentPole Shift 2012

There are multiple versions of the Maya prophecy as they relate to 2012 and one of them is associated with an expected pole shift–a change in the Earth’s magnetic poles, somehow expected to come about on Dec. 21, 2012.

The problem is, like most of the things that have been tacked on to the Maya, there is nothing in Maya writings, glyphs, monuments, Dresden Codices, etc that talk about a change in the Earth’s poles.

Additionally, geologists will tell you that changes in the Earth’s polarity have and do happened, but they take a long time, like thousands of years, to make them happen.  They do not, and apparently have not, happened over night.  This is another example. We are in the midst of a pole shift. The thing is, none of us who are alive now will be alive when true north has become east or west once again.

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Maya Myth Moment–Earthquakes!

Maya Myth Moment–Earthquakes!

Earthquakes have been predicted for Dec. 21, 2012.

English: Aztec jaguar warrior, tlahuahuanque o...

English: Aztec jaguar warrior, tlahuahuanque of the ritual sacrificial combat named sacrificio gladiatorio in spanish and tlahuahuanaliztli o tlauauaniliztli in nahuatl, as portrayed in the folio 30r of the Codex Magliabechiano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They played a big part in the Hollywood blockbuster movie, “2012.”

Problem is, they were a part of Aztec prophecy and predicted to happen long, long ago.

Here’s the video about this bogus prediction.



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Maya Myth Moment–New Age Consciousness 2012

Maya Myth Moment–New Age Consciousness 2012

Today’s Maya Myth Moment centers on the New Age consciousness expected to arrive globally on Dec. 21, 2012.

The Bliss Out–Peace on Earth.

Dr. Anthony Aveni, in Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya refers to it as a “bliss out.”

But the problem with putting much stock in the New Age teachings is they’ve only been around for about 30-40 years.  They can’t be traced back to the ancient Maya, and often, that’s the attempt that’s made.

Watch today’s video below.  After that, we’ve added a special bonus from Dr. Van Stone’s book for iPad–the video of Dr. John Hoopes from the University of Kansas, tracing the whole 2012 meme back to Christopher Columbus‘ discovery of the New World.

Want more information on this amazing subject?  Sign up for the remaining 29 installments of the Maya Myth Moment, or go to the iBookstore and get a copy of Dr. Van Stone’s amazing book.

Dr. John Hoopes–from 2012: Science & Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book for iPad

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Maya Xultun Discoveries Fascinating–Prove Once Again No 2012 Doomsday Predicted

The announced discoveries from Xultun in Guatemala prove something that’s not new–archaeologists have been saying there is no evidence to predict a doomsday on Dec. 21, 2012 from Maya ruins. But the beauty of the discovery, their age and their very findings, are amazing and beautiful to review, to think about, and now, for scholars, to spend several years analyzing.

New York Times Photo and Article Reference

Our colleague, Dr. Mark Van Stone, has often repeated to us, even in video accounts on this site, that we still have only found a small, small percentage of the ruins in Mesoamerica and have yet to really unravel many of the mysteries that remain about them.

The discovery of the Maya ruins in Xultun prove this point once again.  Indeed, some of the articles we’ve ready help further emphasize this important point.  There is still so much we do not yet know about the Maya.


We talked with Dr. Van Stone yesterday while he’s at the Archaeology Channel’s annual film festival in Eugene, Oregon this weekend.  He was clearly excited about this new find and was still reviewing the details of the findings.

In interviews we recently conducted in Memphis at the Society for American Archaeology, we interviewed Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, one of the four scholars highlighted in the Xultun find.  We now are in the process of churning that video out for inclusion in Dr. Van Stones soon-to-be-release Interactive Book for the iPad–2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.

We congratulate Dr. Aveni, Dr. Bill Saturno, Dr. David Stuart, Franco Rossi, and most of all, Maxwell Chamberlain for their great discovery.


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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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