The Mayan calendar seems to say that the world will end in 2012. It's a startlingly precise prediction from a culture that took its calendar very seriously. The Mayan civilization flourished in Central America from the 6th to the 9th century A.D. they were obsessed with time keeping. Their calendar was incredibly precise. More accurate even than our own. Its interlocking time scales of lunar, solar and planetary cycles could accurately predict a solar eclipse thousands of years into the future.
"The Mayans were kind of like shamanic scientists and they were obsessed with time synchronicity and consciousness and they spent, like, a thousand years going back to even previous civilizations trying to put together a model of when this big transformation was going to take place." - Daniel Pinchbeck
The calendar was also prophetic. In the 8th century A.D. it predicted that white skinned bearded gods would arrive from across the sea on March 5th, 1519. On that precise date Cortez and his conquistadors arrived in the new world. Was it coincidence, or was the calendar prophectically accurate. The answer matters. For the Mayan calendar also predicts the end of the world as we know it, on the date the Mayans called Hunab Ku.
"On the winter solstice 2012, December 21st, the sun rises in the dark rift at the center of the Milky Way. And they called this dark rift cosmic mother. They also apparently referred to it as a black hole. And only in the last 5 years have western astronomers discovered that there is actually an enormous black hole at the center of the Milky Way, at the center of our galaxy." - Daniel Pinchbeck
Modern astronomers concur with the ancient Mayans. On December 21, 2012 the earth will be in exact alignment with the sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A galactic event that takes place only once every 25,800 years. No one knows what effect this extraordinary alignment will have on the earth, but the Mayans believed it would be dire.