The following is excerpted from Solar Revolution: Why Mankind Is on the Cusp of an Evolutionary Leap,recently published by Evolver Editions/North Atlantic Books.
Until recently astrophysicists believed that solar flares were a completely random phenomenon. But in recent years, patterns of solar flare cycles have been discovered using supercomputers. And what’s amazing about these cycles is that they coincide with the periods in the Mayan calendar.
In addition to the Tzolkin calendar, which consisted of 260 days, the Mayans also had the Haab, whose 360 days and 5 so-called “nameless” days make it essentially the same as the modern lunar calendar. The Haab was mainly used to determine the most propitious time for planting and harvesting. Another Mayan calendar, known as the Long Count, is based on astronomical calculations of the solar year, and in terms of our calendar extends from 3114 BC to December 21, 2012 — which is also the end date of the Tzolkin calendar.
Inasmuch as the Tzolkin (like the I Ching and Kabbala) describes an intermeshing of cosmic constellations and eras of consciousness, one possible explanation for the mysterious and abrupt end of the Mayan calendar is that the Mayans believed that on December 21, 2012, a consciousness-changing event would transpire that would be of such magnitude that it was pointless to make any calculations beyond that threshold. On the other hand, it is also possible that they understood this date to be the epicenter of a cyclical change with transformative effects that would develop over a period of time, ultimately leading to a transformation of planetary consciousness and civilization that was beyond their capacity to express in stone and symbol.
From the Mayan perspective, it is possible that after the culmination of this epochal shift, neither the movements of the heavenly bodies nor the course of life on Earth would be the way they were before — a prophecy that has provoked a mixture of dread and anticipation ever since people first heard about it. And this in turn may well prompt you to ask yourself fundamental questions such as these: What will become of us? What will the explosive power of this transformation feel like? Will it feel threatening — or will it bring salvation?
For many years now, even the most hard-boiled scientists have come under the sway of these predictions, for there is overwhelming evidence that the time frames of the Mayan myths and our astrophysical prognostications coincide. In point of fact, a comparison of the solar flare activity in the Tzolkin and Gregorian calendars clearly shows that something very unusual may occur on December 21, 2012, or in the time after it. This is also confirmed by a NASA report, which warns that a “perfect storm” could penetrate the Earth’s magnetic field if solar flares reach the level of the solar storm of 1859 (known as the Carrington event), whether during the spring or autumn equinox of 2012, or at another time.
The Earth’s orientation at certain times may make it particularly vulnerable to particle bombardment. In any event, we are currently experiencing an increase in solar activity, along with a weakening of the Earth’s electromagnetic fields — and a weakening, also, of the heliosphere, the protective sheath of energy put out by the Sun. This means that our planet is becoming evermore susceptible to the transformative effects of cosmic radiation and solar winds. The Mayans’ focus on December 21, 2012, could be similar to the prediction a physician might make when choosing a due date in a pregnancy: the birth is not necessarily going to happen exactly on that day but is almost certain to happen at some point around it.