Darren Richardson

Nov. 27, 2012

Meet me in St. Louis a month from now.

Oh, wait – St. Louis may not be there a month from now. For that matter, you and I may not be here (or there), either.

If the doomsayers are right about apocalyptic shock and awe accompanying the end of the Mayan calendar, which concludes on Dec. 21, that gives us a little more than three weeks to make the most of the time we’ve got left on the planet.

Will the end of the Mayan calendar mean the end of the world?

Only time will tell. Either way, there’s still plenty of time left to prepare for the big end-of-the-world weekend of Dec. 21-23. Look at it this way: If the world does end on Dec. 21, you won’t have to pay any credit card bills you run up between now and the Mayan Meltdown, so why not go all out? Break out the plastic and take off Dec. 21, a Friday.

And if the world keeps going?

Then you’re right smack dab in the middle of a three-day weekend for celebrating your continued existence and plenty of time left to work come Monday morning. So find a place to party or pray or eat or sleep or make wild, passionate love. Maybe you want to hunker down with loved ones (or just that special someone) and avoid the madness of The End, which is absolutely understandable. It could get messy.

On the other hand, even end-of-the-world party people are social animals, so why not consider some of the options listed below?

We start with doomsdayparty2012.com, a website devoted to preparations for the big day. The site suggests such fun Mayan Calendar-2012 party games as “Doomsday Drinking Game,” “Pin the Tail on the Horseman” and “Pandemic Pictionary.” Descriptions of these delightful activities can be found on the website.

Personally, that sounds like more of a preliminary party, so The Punditty Project searched out some more intriguing possibilities.

At the top of that list has to be Synthesis 2012 in Mexico, a “sacred global gathering in the close proximity of the temple of Quetzalcoatl/KulkulKan at Chichen Itza,” according to the website. Sounds like the place to be if you want to be in Mayan territory when the big day arrives.

Fortunately, the Synthesis 2012 website makes it clear that A) all the hype about the End of Days arriving on Dec. 21 is just that, hype, and B) the event runs from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23. Those last two days won’t just be wasted time spent in the void. The site offers this reassuring perspective:

Contrary to media sensationalism, the end of the Mayan Calendar does not mean the end of the world. When we listen to the words of the Mayan Elders, we learn that the end of the Mayan Calendar is comparable to watching your car’s odometer roll over to all zeroes. The Mayan prophecies foretell of a transition to the age of the 5th Sun, a new time when consciousness, prosperity and the Divine Feminine prevail.

I’m all for a fifth Sun, but I think a second moon would be pretty cool, too.

If you can’t make it to Mexico, there’s always Egypt. The Great Convergence is set for Dec. 20-22, with a five-day Nile River cruise option also available. The website makes the intentions of the event organizers clear:

This Winter Solstice, December 20-22, 2012 we will be gathering from across the globe for a once in a lifetime experience at the Great Pyramids to intentionally celebrate this potent, transformational time in our lives.

As we converge at this powerful place at this particular time, we will be acknowledging and participating in a great astronomical alignment, drawing upon the lessons and wisdom from our past and inspiring us in our creations for the future.

Lo and behold, another optimistic take on the end of the Mayan calendar. Let’s just hope that the “creations for the future” in Egypt do not include new president (and “new pharaoh”) Mohamed Morsi getting any ideas about destroying the pyramids.

If Oceania is more appealing to you than Mexico or the Middle East, there’s the Uplift Festival in Byron Bay, Australia. With speakers like futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard, Patch Adams (yes, the same doctor Robin Williams played in a movie by the same name) and “The Biology of Belief” Bruce Lipton, this particular 12-21-12 out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new Mayan Calendar celebratory getaway could be just the thing for people looking for transformation instead of devastation on Dec. 21.

And yes, the good news continues: The Uplift Festival is slated to run through Dec. 23.

On second thought, maybe it isn’t such a good idea to run up enormous credit card bills before Dec. 21 hoping that Dec. 22 won’t arrive. Maybe getting a good night’s sleep would be the best preparation of all for a fresh start.


Transformational Festivals 2012, Common Ground Magazine, November 2012

Mexico's Riviera Maya will party on Dec. 21, mercurynews.com

NASA crushes 2012 Mayan apocalypse claims, Scientific American, March 9, 2012

Hotels ready for the end of the world, CNN, Nov. 9, 2012