21st December 2012 marks the conclusion of a vast, 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar. At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, Buddhists, pagan nature worshippers, druids and followers of Aztec and Maya religious traditions are gathered to offer prayers. For them Dec. 21 sparked celebration of the birth of a new and better age.

Only a single Maya text, known as Tortuguero Monument 6 discovered in Tabasco, Mexico, refers to December 21, 2012, as the end of the Bak’tun thirteen. In the entire body of literature of the classical Maya period (250AD-900AD) no other text refers to December 21, 2012, as a significant turning point.

But it doesn’t mean we’ve escaped the clutches of doomsday.  We’ll be facing a whole new list of apocalyptic predictions. The website 2013solarflare.com predicts an uptick of flares the likes of which hasn’t been seen since 1859. That magnetic storm disrupted telegraphs and put on an evening light show so bright people could read the newspaper by it. By contrast, NASA says that while there will be more solar flares in 2013-14 the result will be similar to the last time the sun was at its maximum 11-year cycle of flares in 2002.

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