The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies, and Possibilities is an enlightening read as well as a must have for those who are interested in and wish to know more about the controversy and history surrounding the year 2012. The book itself offers insightful yet varying viewpoints about 2012 and the Mayan prophecies, both from the Mayan holy book the Popol Vuh and the Mayan Long Count calendar. Spiritual leaders, political analysts, environmentalists, scientists and others whose main occupations have been studying 2012, all give their opinions and explanations on what 2012 means, what will happen when the date arrives, and how events and changes within human society and our planet will shape the prophecy that the Maya predicted.
To the Maya, 2012 is the point in history when the Gods will return, and heaven and earth will meet. In the Maya culture, this meeting is represented by the conjoint figure of the snake and bird. Too many, 2012 will be a time of great peace, advancement within the human race, improvements within our society, including new kinds of human and spiritual evolution. To others, as well as some modern Maya, the year brings thoughts of destruction and a time of judgment for the human race and Armageddon. The scientists and experts who give their opinions offer a multitude of information and help to spark the interest of any reader. The subject matter in itself is fascinating, but the book does have its slow moments. Some of the themes and opinions are a bit repetitive, but for those who wish to truly understand 2012 better, it is a must read.