The winter solstice is two weeks from today (Dec. 7), and pop culture has fixated on that date as the end of the world. Despite every scientist worth their tenure debunking the notion as a misinterpretation of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the idea is still out there rolling around like a bone a dog can’t help chewing even though all the meat is gone.

Perhaps not as apocalyptically tantalizing, yet still equally compelling to pop culture addicts, is the idea that the date actually will signal a major “cosmic wave.” According some folks up at New Buffalo Center, just outside Arroyo Hondo, an effort is being made to purchase a special pyramid from a site in Mexico and bring it to New Buffalo in time for a “Mayan Pyramid Celebration.”

Here’s what a press release says about it: “For the first time in 26,000 years, the Galactic Core aligns with the Earth on December 21st to December 23rd, 2012. On December 22nd at 12:00 p.m., there is a major planetary alignment for 8 minutes. According to the ancient and living Maya, this particular event and the entire three day period creates a wave of energy that signals the end of one age and the beginning of another. The Mayan calendars not only counted time with incredible precision but more importantly charted the fluctuations in human consciousness throughout time.”

Scientists and even backyard astonomers say this alignment occurs every year, with the “most perfect possible alignment (occurring) back in 1998, so that each year the alignment becomes looser and less important” (

This idea that a new age is upon is is being proposed by a man known as Ac Tah, who is called a “Mayan wisdom keeper.”

Again, according to the press release, “Ac Tah has given us guidance and tools to help us prepare for this extraordinary cosmic wave. Ac Tah calls these tools, Solar Geometry. These simple tools raise the magnetic field of the body and connect to the magnetics of the sun, moon, earth, and Venus to establish a higher frequency of love here on Earth.

In his book, “The Night of the Last Katun,” Ac Tah reportedly provides a message from departed Mayan Kings. In the release, he is quoted saying, “Pyramids are a natural technology, built by our ancestors, to transmit ultra-frequencies that activate the pineal gland of the brain, opening up perception to a wider range of spiritual frequencies for us to become aware we are part of the whole.”

Ac Tah claims in the press release that the special pyramid being brought to Arroyo Hondo “amplifies the electromagnetic field within a 100 kilometers and anchors beneficial cosmic energy.”

Once installed here, it will be “placed in alignment with the constellation of Orion and Venus. Many of Ac Tah’s pyramid’s have been built throughout Mexico. The Taos 12-21-2012 Community is fund-raising, purchasing and activating this critically important Pyramid for their three day event at New Buffalo Center in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. The effects of the Pyramid will benefit communities in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado and beyond.”

OK. As most folks know in Taos, being tolerant of a wide variety of faiths is a virtual requirement for living here. But, the prevailing notion tends to be common sense, no matter what. Which means, working folks will do what they do to keep food on the table, watch over their kids and pay their bills. Certainly the world will end for some people as the result of age, accident, disease or violence. For some it will be expected, a surprise, a tragedy or even welcomed, but the flip side is that babies will be born, sweet and wonderful, and life will go on, even in the face of cataclysm. It’s just who we are.

Pop culture is a funny thing. Once Monday morning, Dec. 24 comes around, we’ll see.

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An interesting bit of sarcasm (bordering on jeering) in the local paper, that won’t however, dare to review local art exhibits and performances. Not that the jeering is undeserved, but perhaps the one-sidedness reveals something about our community’s power structures and where cultural journalists have the courage to tread. We attack the weak and worship the powerful.

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