Friday, December 21, 2012:
The Mayan Date of Destiny

Free Activities at Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. and
Live-Stream Video Event

2012 vid bkgDecember 21, 2012 marks the end of Mayan calendar and many individuals around the globe are expecting something to happen. The news is filled with anticipation of cataclysm and prophecies of doomsday. In response to many inquiries we have about the end of the 5,125 year cycle, Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. is hosting a free global event celebrating the dawning of a new age.

In addition to a day full of activities at our Virginia Beach headquarters honoring December 21, 2012, A.R.E. will be offering a free live video presentation featuring internationally renowned speaker and bestselling author John Van Auken available to participants around the globe with internet access. The live-streamed lecture "The Prophecies of 2012" is available from 3:30 p.m. (eastern time) until 5 p.m. at Other presentations available only in Virginia Beach include Understanding the Mayan Calendar with Murray Summers; a Drum Circle with JP Amonte; Earth Changes by Laura Jackson; and Beyond 2012 with Peter Woodbury. Download the full Schedule of Events (pdf). For a list of all daily activities at A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, visit

The Mayan Date of Destiny began with a discovery about the culture that invented what is known as the Long Count Calendar. On the Pacific coastal plain of Chiapas, Mexico, a few miles from the Guatemala border, the astrological observatory of the Izapa civilization was used for a thousand years to record the Long Count Calendar on monuments and ceramic vessels. While most of the dates refer to local events, like the crowning of a specific king, some of the monuments refer events that occurred at the beginning of the current "World Age" a date which has been correlated by scholars to August 11, 3114 BC.

Mayan Calendar day with symbols

Using a complex system of measurements of time, we can calculate when their calendar reaches a new zero point – at the end of 13 Baktuns, their measure of time which equals 5,125 years. At this point, a new cycle of time commences. For the Maya, the rising, passing, and descending of the Milky Way in the sky marked major points in the cycle of time and on August 11, 3114 BC, a new Solar Age began and the Sun Lord was reborn.

While there are no specific markings or statements about the year 2012 on the archaeological artifacts at Izapa, there are numerous images that portray a rare celestial alignment that appears in the skies in the years around 2012. This galactic alignment marks the December solstice and the rebirth of the Sun Lord. Read the full story of The Mayan Date of Destiny in the Ancient Mysteries section of our website.

John Van Auken  AM 13 John Van Auken, is an internationally renowned speaker, long-time staff member, current director at A.R.E., and the popular leader of A.R.E.'s tours to Egypt and other sacred sites. He is a regular contributor to Venture Inward magazine and is the author of several bestselling books including From Karma to Grace, Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah, and his newest, 2038: The Great Pyramid Timeline Prophecy. His extensive knowledge of the Cayce readings, the Bible, world religions, and ancient Egypt mysticism is combined with years of experience as a teacher and meditation retreat leader to bring you a deep understanding and practical insight.

A.R.E. Members will be able to download the full presentation in the online member section in January.