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The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies & Possibilities

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  356 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
It began with the Mayan calendar - a startling astrological artifact that reaches its end point in the year 2012. As major spiritual traditions, independent researchers, and archaeological findings all point toward this date as a critical moment in human history, readers everywhere are starting to ask the same question: What will happen in 2012? For the first time, the lea ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Sounds True (first published August 31st 2007)
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Mar 07, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
December 21, 2012, is like Y2K in that no one knows what exactly if anything to expect. Why expect anything? Based on my reading – not extensive first-hand research, but a sense of what various experts are saying – our earth, the sun, and the center of the galaxy will align on that day. People imbue that fact alone with varying degrees of significance. What’s more, the ancient Mayans, who had one of the most sophisticated calendar systems the world has ever known, anticipated 2012. It’s the end ...more
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Jun 14, 2008 BLEEPING Herald Newsletter rated it really liked it
Whether you’re an expert on everything ‘Mayan calendar’ or you’ve never heard of it, this book has something guaranteed to blow your mind.

It is a compendium of writings and essays by a tremendous variety of renowned mystics, poets, scientists and thinkers who walk you step by step through the facts and theories surrounding our impending date with destiny…December 21, 2012. Not only are you thoroughly brought up to speed on how the Mayan’s came up with that crazy calendar, you are given specific
Oct 16, 2008 Theotao rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone interested in Evolution & Cosmology
I'm six essays into this book, and so far it's amazing. How did the Maya view time? Are cosmic forces speeding up our evolution? Will we see the next phase of evolution in our lifetime? These ideas are all addressed by some of the most accomplished Maya researchers in the world.

The diversity alone makes this book an excellent read. The new scientific information on solar flares and their magnetic influences is wildly fascinating, as is the notion that magnetism is a factor in evolution. For exam
Feb 06, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it
I became extremely interested in the 2012 Mayan Calendar end date during a discussion, and subsequently purchased several books on the topic. I purchased about 4 of the most popular nonfiction titles, and of them all I feel this book is by far the most representative of the many different viewpoints and theories that exist regarding what the "end" of Mayan calendar and the alignment of the Sun with the center of our galaxy both mean. Perspectives on these points are highly divergent, which is on ...more
Cosmic Sher
May 11, 2009 Cosmic Sher rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-expanding
I was hesitant reading this for all the hype about 2012, but in the end I found the different perspectives of 2012 really fascinating. There is a little bit for every kind of 2012/paradigm shift reader, and most of the articles are put forth in a positive light. The authors are some of the leading researches of 2012, consciousness raising, and planetary awareness of our time.

This book not only discusses the theories of 2012 & the Mayan calendar, they also discuss the movement of becoming a
Jan 03, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it
Ok, this may seem a little out there but, I keep coming across the date 2012 and had to find out what all the hoopla was about. Each chapter in the book is written by a different author and presents a different point of view. The majority believe the world is not going end of Dec 21, 2012 (what a relief) but that mankind is heading towards enlightment (I like that idea) but we have to make a concious effort to choose enlightment over chaos. Got me thinking and I have been trying to mediate every ...more
Catalin Negru
Aug 06, 2016 Catalin Negru rated it did not like it
Target audience: Anyone interested in mysticism, occult, paranormal, end of the world, the Maya calendar and the 2012 phenomenon.

About the author: This is where I provide information about the author of the book. But, due to the fact that there are more than 10 authors, I will skip this part. I can only say that each one of them (I think) had previous publications in mysticism and information about their careers and background can be found on the Internet.

Structure of the book: The book has 417
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it liked it
I've watched many documentaries concerning the 2012 phenomenon and am very interested in the history and the science of all of it. I'm not too interested in the new-age stuff. Hence, my 3 star review...

I got this book expecting more of the history and the science. There are several chapters that discuss the history of the Mayan calendar and the various other historical societies that have pointed to the date of 12/21/2012. There are a few chapters that cover the science of the galactic alignment
Maria Carmo
Jul 04, 2012 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
A thought provoking book. The first chapters did not bring anything new to me, but as soon as the author started writing about the nature of time and space and its relation to one's consciousness, I really loved the book! All the information about fractals and Fibonacci is also quite interesting, but for me it was the reflection about TIME and AWARENESS that most appealed to me.
The author's conception of 2012 as an opportunity for Humanity to change and overcome some of its repetitive bad cycles
Jul 19, 2012 Jeff added it
This is a spiritually uplifting and informative book on the importance of our personal and group choices that we are facing this year.
There is a vast amount of historical, scientific, psychological, economic, and spiritual information about the nature of our individual and shared realities in the year 2012.

i feel well informed and transformed positively after reading it.
I also have a long reading list I put together from books mentioned in this book.

Presently I am reading Spiritual Politics"
Jul 22, 2008 Dan rated it liked it
Ok, so I am sucker for this type of thing. But I get enough drama when I do my job. This is mindless reading, but it does provoke thought. It did not get a 5-star rating, due to the fact that "new agers" contributed several chapters. Frankly, I do not think that we will all undergo a cosmic and universal shift in thought that will result in our all living nude and in peace and harmony. But the coincidences between the Mayan calendar and cosmic events (even if the Mayans were off by several hundr ...more
What I expected:
An outline of prophecies related to 2012 (Mayan and otherwise), predictions of the future from professional futurists, and hard scientific data.

What I found:
New age hullabaloo and pseudoscience.

More later when I've got my thoughts together to do the actual review.

Note: While I critique both purchased and free books in the same way, I'm legally obligated to tell you I received this book free through the Amazon Vine program in return for my review. Blah blah blah.

Dec 07, 2011 Cindy rated it liked it
This book is a collection of essays about what will happen in 2012. I found it very fascinating. Many scholars in different fields gave their opinions on changes that will effect our world physically, and how mankind will be affected spiritually etc. I found certain "truths" to be in these pages, explained imperically. I found this book very enlightening!
Oct 06, 2008 Reed rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those curious about 2012.
I gave this book 3 stars because I was torn between the fact that it contained some very interesting commentary from well studied scholars on the 2012 phenomina but I struggled to get through it.
The best explaination I have for this is that I believe this is an excellent reference book and not a book you pick up for enjoyment.
Dec 11, 2009 Truly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anggap aja peringatan!
Kudu sering-sering beramal dan mengerjakan hal-hal yang ingin segera dikerjakan (asal yang benar yah) biar enggak neysel belakangan.

kalo sampai kejadian benar, trus dapat tempat perlindungan dengan bawaan yang sangat terbatas, jadi bingung juga. Buku apa yang kudu dibawa...?
Aug 02, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it
Recommended to Leslie by: Helen
I found parts of this book hard going, but as it's a collection of essays contributed by multiple authors, other parts were equally easy to read.

A fascinating look at the many theories and predictions surrounding the date most commonly associated with the end of the Mayan calendar: 21 December 2012.
Ocean Poet
Mar 12, 2011 Ocean Poet rated it liked it
I'm only on page four and so far I learned that no one can tell you much about the Maya people. I'm reading this book to give me an insight on the mystery of 2012, this way I can gain some knowledge about this day. Once I reached page 60 it began to get boring to me and I stopped reading it.
Apr 21, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
This is a collection of essays and articles and book excerpts from several authors. I spent a lot of time rereading some chapters. Other chapters inspired me to look into more information. I especially liked the chapter about Chaos Theories and the Butterfly Effect.
David Melbie
Jul 05, 2012 David Melbie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to David by: borrowed from my friend, Jake Lampman
Some of these essays and articles, etc., are pretty far out there. Some are more practical than those. Overall this book is full of a lot of quasi-educational guesswork and I don't really subscribe to any of it. Just had to read it, to convince myself, I guess.
Jul 22, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I love this book and it helped answer my curiousity beyond just the Mayan Calendar. It explains all the theories revolving around 2012, both negative and positive. We can all feel and see the changes and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one thinking about it.
Rajiv Sondhi
Oct 31, 2011 Rajiv Sondhi rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. I liked the wide range of essays, covering many dimensions of the changes that are associated to 2012 Maya predictions- astrological, archaeological, scientific, cultural, spiritual. Some essays are so inspiring!
Dec 15, 2007 Uwe rated it it was amazing
Extremely interesting compilation of essays from scientists about approaches regarding Dec. 12, 2012. When the sun will be at the exact center of our universe which only happens every 26,000 years. The Mayan calendar ends that date.
Mar 28, 2010 Vicky added it
Shelves: 2010
I wanted to know what the hoopla was about and this book had summaries of a bunch of different people's takes on what is supposed to happen. I've got my fill and I don't think the world is going to end on a certain date
Oct 07, 2009 Rachel is currently reading it
I have been reading on and off for a long time now. It is great because it is a collection of essays offering many different points of view on what 2012 could mean for humanity. Some are good, some are not so good.
Michelle DePaepe
Feb 10, 2013 Michelle DePaepe rated it it was amazing
I found this book fascinating and thought provoking! The relevance of this book goes well beyond the year 2012. It's going to stay on my bookshelf as I know that I will want to revisit some of the essays again.
Jun 18, 2008 Lauren rated it it was ok
Interesting book but I didn't finish it. I was hoping for a little less "I am right, you are wrong" from these essays but the few that I read were interesting and definately makes you think.
Jun 27, 2010 Matthew rated it really liked it
2012 scholars seem to think things can go either way on this whole "end of the earth" possibility. Its more that we are facing the end of the earth as we know it, and I feel fine.
Apr 30, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
It's a good book, but alot of theoretical information from different people. Whichever theory I'm on right now is reading like a text book. It's a little hard to get through!
Dec 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This was a fairly balanced survey of ideas about what 2012 may mean for us all. I knew a few of the authors from other works, but many were new to me. I recommend!
Jul 10, 2009 Emillam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful collection of some brilliant people all explaining what 2012 means in their perspective. A compelling unfolding and makes a whole lot of sense to me.
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