Having surveyed the plethora of 2012 books, I’ve found that Geoff Stray’s Beyond 2012, Catastrophe or Awakening is one of the most rational guides for detailing the range of predictions. He discusses mass telepathy, alien contacts, Bible codes, crop circles, end times, Nibiru, and various scientific claims and theories. While his approach is comprehensive, it’s not particularly convincing that 2012 is indeed a pivotal year for humankind. Perhaps it’s because his encyclopedic approach covers too much flakey science and unverifiable paranormal claims.
By far, the best book on this subject is John Jenkins’ Maya Cosmogenesis 2012. Published in 1998, any 2012 specialist writing after this date pays due homage to Jenkins’ scholarly approach. He has researched the Mayan Long Count – the 5,125-year calendar than ends in 2012 – from a variety of academic perspectives, and the only way he could make sense of Mayan culture was by synthesizing his discoveries. In general, academics are highly specialized, but Jenkins blended the latest findings and advances in a variety of fields, including astronomy, archeology, ethnography, iconography, and mythology.
What he found ran counter to what the experts were saying. The paradigm-busting idea that the Mayans were well aware of the grand precession cycle was not acceptable in academic circles, although a few researchers had mentioned it in passing. More to the point, not only were the Mayans aware of precession, their entire cosmology was built on the concept. The reason the Long Count ends on December 21, 2012 is that the Winter Solstice aligns with the Galactic Center on that date. This alignment happens only once every 25, 800 years.
To visualize what the Mayans saw, go out and look at the night sky, and find the Milky Way. Nowadays, we know that the Milky Way is our own galaxy. Our solar system exists on the outer edge of a spiral galaxy, and we are looking at our galaxy sideways, so that we don’t see the spiral shape, but just a band of clustered stars. Looking out toward Gemini or Cancer, the Milky Way thins out because we are looking out into the universe beyond our Milky Way. Looking toward Sagittarius, we see the Milky Way at its thickest, because this is toward the center of our galaxy. It seems to bulge, like an impregnated womb.
This is what the Mayans saw, and they referred to this bulge as the cosmic source of everything, the Womb of All. Coincidentally (!?!), scientists now theorize that the center of our galaxy at 27º Sagittarius contains a massive black hole, and that the entire contents of our Milky Way was created from the material that came spewing out of that black hole.