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December 21, 2012

Misinformation surrounds doomsday predictions

PLATTSBURGH — Welcome to the transitory time between the Fourth Sun and the Fifth Sun as mathematically calculated by ancient Mayan astronomer-priests.

If you’re reading this, it negates the doomsday misinformation about the Mayan Tzolkin, or Long Count, a sacred calendar of which the 13th b’ak’tun (a b’ak’tun equals 144,000 days) ends today, or the next couple of days, depending on the source.

The Long Count began 26,000 years ago and is based on the cycles of the Pleiades, Seven Sisters, a star cluster.

Plattsburgh residents Don and Vivian Papson celebrate the celestial alignment of the Cosmic Cross and the 13th b’ak’tun, which marks a full cycle of creation. 

The Mayans’ time measures are: one day equals “k’in,” month (20 days) equals “uinal,” year (360 days) equals “tun,” 20 tuns equals “k’atun,” and 20 k’atuns is a “b’ak’tun.”


“We’re acknowledging the renewal of light and life through the cosmic events that are happening right at this time,” Mrs. Papson said. “It takes more than 5,000 years for the sun to make its complete revolution around the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Every time it comes back to that center, it’s recharged and has its vibration enhanced. It’s ready to bestow all of those riches on us here on Earth.”

Today is the last day of the last k’atun of the cycle.

“It’s a moment to celebrate the renewal of life that happens every solstice anyway. What makes it special this time is because the universe itself is renewed. It’s not just a question of what is happening here on Earth. In this instance, the sun itself is being renewed. So, the notion that something is coming to an end is totally wrong because the real nature of time is cyclical. It goes in cycles. It’s simply a new cycle.”

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