2012 will be a very interesting year. The United States will have a Presidential election. Across the world, elections will also be held in France, Mexico, and Ireland. The Freedom Tower will be completed in New York. The Summer Olympic Games will be held in London, England. NASA’s new Orion spacecraft is scheduled for completion and will begin to support missions to the International Space Station.

However, for many people, the most anticipated and promoted event in 2012 will be the end of the world as we know it. Indeed, the end of the world crowd from Y2K is coming back. Since everyone survived the start of this millennium without incident, they have now recalibrated their end of time apocalypse clocks to a new date of 12/21/2012. This new apocalypse date coincides with the end of the ancient Mayan long count calendar. The Mayan calendar, which spans more than 5,000 years, comes to an end on December 21, 2012.

The significance of the end of the Mayan calendar has been the subject of an increasing number of books in the last several months. It has even been featured on several programs on the History Channel as well. In general, there is a difference of opinion on what happens on 12/21/2012. Some think it is a day for the destruction of the planet Earth and human life. Others believe that we are in for an unprecedented spiritual awakening. Some predict a global financial meltdown. To others, an asteroid is the harbinger of doom. New sites appear almost daily on the Internet to promote all these unfortunate outcomes to the world.

In addition, new books on the subject arrive every month at local bookstores. Journalist Lawrence Joseph forecasts widespread catastrophe in “Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation Into Civilization’s End”. Spiritual healer Andrew Smith predicts a restoration of a “true balance between Divine Feminine and Masculine” in “The Revolution of 2012: Vol. 1, The Preparation”. In 2012, Daniel Pinchbeck anticipates a “change in the nature of consciousness,” assisted by indigenous insights and psychedelic drug use. His book,”2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl” has a print run designed to sell more than 40,000 copies.

The end of the Mayan calendar is said to coincide with a galactic alignment in which the Sun will align with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It is said that this rare event occurs once every 26,000 years and some predict it could have potentially catastrophic consequences. The theory goes that on the day of the winter solstice in 2012, the Sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way . This alignment could mean that energy which typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time.

Some people argue that this disruption has the potential to create a shift in the Earth’s poles, which would cause disastrous environmental events. There is also the¬†possibility that the effects will alter the magnetic polarity of the Sun. In combination with gravitational forces from the simultaneous alignment of other planets, this result might cause massive solar flares, and could even move the axis of the Earth.