Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Awakening?: A Complete Guide to End-of-Time Predictions

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An illustrated, encyclopedic overview of the prophecies, calendars, and theories that indicate the year 2012 is a threshold of great change for humanity

• Looks at the scientific and anthropological evidence for the rare galactic alignment due to occur in December 2012

• Sifts through the catastrophic theories to show what we might really expect in 2012

In December of 2012 the Mayan Calendar’s Great Cycle will come to an end. Opinion remains divided as to whether apocalyptic ...

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Overview

An illustrated, encyclopedic overview of the prophecies, calendars, and theories that indicate the year 2012 is a threshold of great change for humanity

• Looks at the scientific and anthropological evidence for the rare galactic alignment due to occur in December 2012

• Sifts through the catastrophic theories to show what we might really expect in 2012

In December of 2012 the Mayan Calendar’s Great Cycle will come to an end. Opinion remains divided as to whether apocalyptic scenarios of worldwide destruction or utopian visions of a spiritually renewed humanity will prevail after this key date has passed. What is certain, however, is that a rare galactic alignment will occur, one so unique that it is found at the core of many wisdom traditions from around the globe.

Geoff Stray has been collecting the vast amounts of data relating to the 2012 phenomena since 1982. Far from confining his research to the Maya, who provide the most prominent predictions indicating this date will herald significant changes for humanity, he has studied the prophetic traditions of other cultures—including the Tibetan, Chinese, Jewish, Ethiopian, and tribal cultures from around the globe—to show the kind of convergence of cosmic purposes happening along a number of parallel tracks. This book offers an extensive study of many modern theories, including Terence McKenna’s timewave zero and Maurice Cotterell’s sunspot research as well as anomalous phenomena such as near death experiences and crop circles. Sifting through all the scientific research and speculation that the year 2012 has inspired, Geoff Stray provides an encyclopedic look at what we might really expect on this pivotal date.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Beyond 2012 is a fascinating, comprehensive exploration into humanity's potential for a quantum leap forward. The many speculative, occult, religious, and fringe theories are examined, correlated, and compartmentalized. . . . Perhaps we are a few short years from the birth of our global brain."

"For anyone interested in this topic, Beyond 2012 is a can't-do-without-it reference, the first resource you'll go to whenever a new theory enters your field of vision. It will also be an amusing keepsake for 2013 and after, assuming that we survive whichever of the theories turns out to be accurate."

"Here in Geoff Stray's book, one finds an unprejudiced voice, and an intelligent mind that has investigated and evaluated much of the 2012 material, presenting the most intriguing discussion I have yet seen."

"New Age libraries will find it the item of choice for considering 2012 changes and challenges."

"One of the strengths of Beyond 2012 is that Stray has actually done the astrological and calendrical calculations, plus researched the alleged science behind the many theories he chronicles, summarily dismissing those whose figures don't add up."

Beyond 2012 is an invaluable resource. Fair, open-minded, and rational, Geoff Stray’s book displays the enormous range of the 2012 phenomenon; a sort of mega-mall of marvelous strangeness, insights, and sudden flashes of truth.”

Beyond 2012 is the most comprehensive study of the 2012 phenomena to date. Geoff Stray’s detective story leaves no stone unturned as he uncovers the truths and the untruths concerning this fast-approaching date with destiny.”

“I support and encourage serious discussion of 2012, and the current level of the discussion—in quality and cogency—must be raised. Beyond 2012 does this with admirable comprehension and comprehensiveness, inviting us all to engage with this topic in deeper ways.”

“If there is one book you need to read about 2012, it is this one. Don’t believe a thing until you do. The facts, the fiction, and the reality—it’s all here, made easy. Essential reading.”

author of From the Ashes of Angels and Gods of Ede Andrew Collins
“If there is one book you need to read about 2012, it is this one. Don’t believe a thing until you do. The facts, the fiction, and the reality—it’s all here, made easy. Essential reading.”
coauthor of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of He Jay Weidner
Beyond 2012 is the most comprehensive study of the 2012 phenomena to date. Geoff Stray’s detective story leaves no stone unturned as he uncovers the truths and the untruths concerning this fast-approaching date with destiny.”
coauthor of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of He Vincent Bridges
Beyond 2012 is an invaluable resource. Fair, open-minded, and rational, Geoff Stray’s book displays the enormous range of the 2012 phenomenon; a sort of mega-mall of marvelous strangeness, insights, and sudden flashes of truth.”
Sept 2009 Midwest Book Review
"New Age libraries will find it the item of choice for considering 2012 changes and challenges."
Andrew Collins
“If there is one book you need to read about 2012, it is this one. Don’t believe a thing until you do. The facts, the fiction, and the reality—it’s all here, made easy. Essential reading.”
John Major Jenkins
“I support and encourage serious discussion of 2012, and the current level of the discussion—in quality and cogency—must be raised. Beyond 2012 does this with admirable comprehension and comprehensiveness, inviting us all to engage with this topic in deeper ways.”
Jay Weidner
Beyond 2012 is the most comprehensive study of the 2012 phenomena to date. Geoff Stray’s detective story leaves no stone unturned as he uncovers the truths and the untruths concerning this fast-approaching date with destiny.”
Vincent Bridges
Beyond 2012 is an invaluable resource. Fair, open-minded, and rational, Geoff Stray’s book displays the enormous range of the 2012 phenomenon; a sort of mega-mall of marvelous strangeness, insights, and sudden flashes of truth.”
Deborah Adams
"For anyone interested in this topic, Beyond 2012 is a can't-do-without-it reference, the first resource you'll go to whenever a new theory enters your field of vision. It will also be an amusing keepsake for 2013 and after, assuming that we survive whichever of the theories turns out to be accurate."
Robert Simmons
"Here in Geoff Stray's book, one finds an unprejudiced voice, and an intelligent mind that has investigated and evaluated much of the 2012 material, presenting the most intriguing discussion I have yet seen."
Midwest Book Review
"New Age libraries will find it the item of choice for considering 2012 changes and challenges."
Chris Lorenz
"Beyond 2012 is a fascinating, comprehensive exploration into humanity's potential for a quantum leap forward. The many speculative, occult, religious, and fringe theories are examined, correlated, and compartmentalized. . . . Perhaps we are a few short years from the birth of our global brain."
Curtis McCosco
"One of the strengths of Beyond 2012 is that Stray has actually done the astrological and calendrical calculations, plus researched the alleged science behind the many theories he chronicles, summarily dismissing those whose figures don't add up."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591430971
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 683,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoff Stray, an international speaker who has been researching the subject of the year 2012 since 1982, is the author of The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars and 2012 in Your Pocket. He maintains the website Diagnosis 2012, the most comprehensive database available on 2012. He lives in England.

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ANALYSIS

THREE QUESTIONS

In part 1, we saw that as well as the 13-baktun cycle of the Maya, other calendars such as the Tibetan, Vedic, and Jewish calendars all indicate 2012 as the end of a long-term cycle. We also saw how many indigenous people from North, Meso, and South America, and even Africa and New Zealand, have recently been saying that now is the time to reveal their ancient prophecies, and that they invariably mention dates that correspond to the Western year 2012 as the time of either catastrophic Earth changes and/or a spiritual leap for humankind. These prophecies seem to validate the conclusions from studying the calendars, but how reliable are the prophecies?

In part 2, we looked at theories in which researchers have tried to find a possible cause for the prophesied changes. A lot of the interest shown in the year 2012 has originated from two bestselling books. These are The Mayan Factor by José Argüelles and The Mayan Prophecies by Maurice Cotterell and Adrian Gilbert. As we have seen, despite some good points, both books contain errors that have resulted in confusion about the Maya calendars, and this confusion has infected the theories of several researchers who have been influenced by these books. A third bestseller, Graham Hancock’s Fingerprints of the Gods, has further confused matters by quoting a defunct 2011 end-date for the 13-baktun cycle. The problem here is to sift out the infected parts of the theories, plus other errors—we don’t always have to throw the whole theory out, but how much is left at the end of this process?

In part 3 we looked at modern sources of confirmation about 2012, including sacred plants, near-death and out-of-body experiences, UFO contact experiences, remote viewing, prophets, visionaries, and magic(k)ians. The question here is: How many of these sources have also been infected, whether consciously or subconsciously, by existing prophecies and theories?

ARE THE PROPHECIES RELIABLE?

If we look back through the prophecies quoted, we notice that some of them say there will be a catastrophe of huge proportions, with just a handful of survivors, while other prophecies play down this element, just emphasizing the changes to humankind. Many versions include the concept of a period of purification or purging prior to 2012, but the starting dates vary as follows: 1985 (Patricio Dominguez, see note 3); 1987 (Senecas, Cherokees, and Carlos Barrios); 1989 (modern Aztecs such as Ehekateoti Kuauhtlinxan); 1990-1993 (Q’ero); 1991 (Quetza-Sha); 1991-2001 (Gerardo Barrios); 1998-2000 (the Pueblo); 2000 (Q’ero, interviewed by Alberto Villoldo2). Others have said that the last katun of the 13-baktun cycle is the “time of purification” but have then given 1992 as the year in question, repeating an error in The Mayan Factor. A katun is twenty tuns of 360 days, totaling 7,200 days, or approximately 19.72 years. The final katun started on 12.19.0.0.0, which was April 5, 1993. So the prophecies agree that there will be a period of purification lasting anywhere from 27 years to 11 years before the end of the final katun in December 2012.

If we filter out the prophecies that are infected with New Age dogma, we are still left with some impressive predictions. The Seneca medicine man Moses Shongo, for example, made his prediction around the year 1925 of a 25-year period of purification before 2012. I recently had an e-mail from my friend Len Stevens, who has been living at a meditation retreat at a temple in Thailand, in which he told me of the predictions of his teacher, who lives in Northern Thailand. He has three times received detailed information, while meditating, concerning forthcoming acts of war:

[These events culminate] in a pole reversal in 2012—the destruction of everyone who isn’t at least partially enlightened or in the presence of an enlightened one. I really don’t think these people are aware of the other prophecies regarding 2012.

The Maori prophecy (see chapter 2) is instructive here, showing how a misinterpretation can arise. The “fall of the curtain” was interpreted as the end of the world following the final scene of the play, but on further investigation it actually means the “dissolving of the veil.” In fact many people are worried that in 2012 the world will end. They are right! The world will end; it will be the end of the Fourth World of the Hopi and Maya and the start of the Fifth World. It is a World Transition, or the end of a World Era, and perhaps the end of the world as we know it.

This is the same as the end of the Fifth Sun of the Aztecs and the start of the Sixth Sun. The Earth changes have begun, and there is a general agreement in the prophecies that the purification period will be a time in which humankind will have the opportunity to evolve and in which we can consciously help the process by visiting sacred sites to “strengthen our energy bodies” or to do exercises to “engage our energy bodies.” Some say that the progress we make on ourselves and on lessening our ecological impact on the planet could lessen the Earth changes. Phrases like “destruction of unenlightened ones” may be due to the insidious percolation of the Christian concept of the Judgment Day, but they may also be a warning to clean out our cerebral closets before the locks are broken open and we are confronted with our own suppressed complexes. Judging by the effects of various self-help therapies in exorcising personal demons, this could be like all hell breaking loose in the mind before equilibrium is achieved.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Major Jenkins

Acknowledgments

Introduction 

Part 1
Ancient Calendars and Tribal Prophecies

1 The Maya Calendars

2 Tribal Prophecies

3 Asian Calendars

4 I Ching: Ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar

5 Abrahamic Religions

Part 2
2012 Theories

6 Sunspot Cycles

7 Astronomical Claims

8 Alternative Archaeology

9 The Geomagnetic Field

10 Ice Cycles

11 0.0.0.0.0

12 Fringe Science

Part 3
Beyond the Veil

13 Shamanism

14 Other Altered States

15 UFOs and ET's

16 Crop Circles

17 Secret Government

18 Nostradamus

19 The New Age

Part 4
Diagnosis

20 Analysis

21 Synthesis

22 Prognosis

Afterword

Appendix 1 Two Accounts of Out-of-Body Experiences

Appendix 2 The Astral Transition

Appendix 3 Cropgnosis

Notes

Bibliography

About the Author

Index

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Reads More Like an Encyclopedia Rather Than a Story

    I pulled most of the 2012 books off the shelf that day in search of the perfect one. I wanted to find the end all of 2012 books only to be to get a general understanding of the legened/prophecy. Mr. Stray is obviously well-versed in this mayan legend. The book starts off explaning the general points of the Mayan 2012 story then, for the remaining 7/8 of the book, he quotes other people's 2012 prophecies and how they all relate back to the Mayan Baktun Cycle. In other words, he uses other predictions to justify the Maya prophecy. And not all of the predictions, as he admits, may be real.

    On the other hand, if you just want a general "encyclopedia" of 2012 predictions then this is the book for you. And he does cover MANY topics and points of view. He also gives analytical data to back this up. I'm not a scientist so I can't verify any of it. He goes over Planet X theories, Robert Antwan Wilson stories, ufo-related topics, astronomical topics(involving planetary shifts, etc). I ended up 'skimming' through most of the data. For me, it did not read like a story but rather an encyclopedia.

    Personally, I didn't enjoy the book as much as I hoped. Mr. Stray, again, is obviously well-versed in this and many other predictions. However, I did not find his discussions interesting, from the point of this book. I did go out on the Internet and found him speaking on youtube. I found those videos to be of more interest.

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  • Posted March 9, 2010

    Excellent reference tool

    This book isn't meant to read like a story. 2012 is not a fairytale It's a major event that not everyone will be prepared for. This book covers many sources, many topics. Stray takes all those topics and ties them together so you can see how one relates to the others. It takes all the information that the Mayans gave us and expands on it by relating to other supporting information that gives credence and perspective. He points out the errors and follows up on them. He lends his support to information that is factual and pertinent. For some, this book will be a wake up call that there is so much more out there than this mundane world we spend our days in. There is a time and a purpose to everything that happens on this planet, in our solar system and out into the universe. Nothing is random. Everything and everyone is connected. This is what we are all here to learn. We are all connected. The truth IS out there.

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