10th July 2008 - 04:16 PM
2012 having any kind of spontaneous physical consequence is highly
John Major Jenkins has studied Mayan mythology and symbology and concluded that the Mayans were aware of a celestial alignment that would take place in the "2012 era". The alignment regards the winter solstice sun and the center of the Milky Way galaxy, the famed December 21st, 2012, 11:11 UTC date. The truth of the matter is that the most precise alignment actually took place on the winter solstice of 1998, hence the term "2012 era". Any significant implications of such an astrological alignment have no scientific backing. This event only happens once every 26,000 years, as a result of the precessional motion of the Earth on its spin axis.
As to the OP's question, many people have been going around screaming about an impending polar reversal (geomagnetic field flip-flop). Yes, it's well established that we are currently experiencing or on the verge of experiencing a polar reversal. The only catch is that our models of the geodynamo (the mantle/core boundary deep in the earth responsible for generating the Earth's magnetic field) estimate that any reversal will be an extensive, gradual process requiring at least 3,000 to 30,000 years to complete. Most paleomagnetic records also confirm this, but there are a few anomalies where an extremely rapid change in magnetic field declination and orientation was recorded by the cooling lava, but it may have just been a local phenomenon.
Even after the reversal, the sun would still rise in the East, because we'd simply keep delineating that direction labeled 'East'. In fact, the Earth's North pole is actually akin to the South pole of a magnet (the Earth's North pole was originally mislabeled), so when drawing the Earth's magnetic field lines, the arrows actually point outwards from the South pole.
Most importantly, a polar reversal does NOT entail the Earth's rotation slowing to a halt, and then starting up again in the opposite direction.
All that said, I secretly hope that the Mayans were right and 2012 delineates a point in history where there is a major shift of the human psyche towards oneness and peace.