Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
These past few days the cyberverse has been on fire with chatter about the Mayan Calendar, which ended on this particular date. Although as the Mayans themselves were quick to point out, just the calendar ended – no way were their ancestors predicting the end of the world!
It is though, the beginning of the end of winter: today is the smallest day of the year –tomorrow the light lingers a few minutes longer as we turn and face the sun once more. Down in Wiltshire, where my ancestors also made a calendar, the usual suspects celebrated the sun rising in the magnificent framework of Stonehenge. Like the Mesoamericans, ancient Britons knew the value of time. We created something a little less complicated, and while it might not look as pretty as some of the ancient Mayan calendars; because the sun still sets and rises in the sky, the grand old bluestones and sarsens continue to mark the seasons.
Experts know what Stonehenge is constructed from, but can only make an educated guess why our ancestors needed these particular stones, in this particular pattern. If you research "Stonehenge" on the internet, you'll discover a thousand theories – but the truth is we may never solve this ancient mystery. I know this much though – my dad's always been fascinated by Stonehenge, and driving along the A303 on our way down to Cornwall, the car would stop, and we'd be herded out to stretch our legs. After a wild game of hide and seek, we'd perch on the Altar Stone, and listen wide eyed to dad's wonderful stories about Merlin, and absorb the romance of the stones.
Growing up, I learned some of the facts behind the myths and Stonehenge became more awe inspiring than ever. Prehistoric, maybe post-historic, Stonehenge might be around to witness the end of the world. If so, will the first rays of that very last sunrise reveal the true purpose of this enigmatic time machine? Mystic portal or solar calendar, if you ever get the chance, visit this wonder – make up your own mind, and weave your own stories – but one thing's for certain – the haunting beauty of the place will stay with you, and a little part of you will remain with Stonehenge.
Forever and ever, until worlds end!
The ancient Maya civilisation calculated the passing of time differently to our present Western society; as our calendars end on the 31st December each year, so their calendar ended on 12th December 2012. (Or 21st December 2012 – depending on which website you visit).
12/12/12 is a very attractive number though, and staying with ancient civilisations, the Greeks regarded the number three as the 'perfect number'. One and two make three, so this special date can also be read as 'three threes.'
An auspicious date then in anyone's calendar. To celebrate the world not ending on that day, "The Griffin Cryer", a new fantasy will be published.
So, 12/12/12 won't be the end of planet Earth, but the beginning of the chronicles of Ella-Earth – our world's twin. If you can persuade a friendly griffin to fly you between parallel universes, you'll find in that world, our own planet is referred to as "Ella-Earth" and has a mythical status. With that thought, somehow the whole world seems a little more magical.
Wishing any readers of Mayan descent a Happy New Year – I hope you celebrate in style – and for all readers, there's an open invitation to join Griffin Post on facebook – where you can help celebrate the birth of a new era.
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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