The Mayan Year Zero, Today’s Economy & Gold

Admittedly, these are challenging times. When confronted with challenges, people tend to think more outside the box. The aim of this article is to understand our current path by looking from a broader perspective than we are used to. What if indeed these times are different? Can we find evidence that helps us understand in which direction we are heading? GoldSilverWorlds interviewed Darryl Schoon who provided a lot of insights for this article. Darryl was one of the few people who correctly predicted the big financial crash of 2008/9. He is the author of several books (highly recommended reading).

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Today, December 21, 2012 is a day that is anticipated by many. Apocalyptic fears are manifested and misused by some, unfortunately. Others have been looking into a more serious meaning of the Mayan calendar. In general, a certain momentum is created vis-à-vis the Mayans who proved to be a sophisticated group of people. That momentum is clear in the number of Google searches on the keyword “Mayan calendar” (source: Google Trends).

Before discussing the meaning of the end of the cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar, we strongly recommend looking to “Shift of the Ages.” It is a dramatic, documentary film that reveals the story of the Mayan culture and its sophisticated prophecies of time. Commissioned on behalf of the Maya nation, the Shift of the Ages is the first official discourse to the world from the Mayan Council of Elders, to dispel misconceptions and replace them with the positive story about this incredible period of time for humanity. The movie is freely accessible till December 21st  and it appears the free access is extended till January 15th, 2013. describes that the Mayans were superb mathematicians and astronomers. They created one of the most accurate calendars known to man. Their calendar is cyclical, not linear. There are three Mayan calendars known to Westerners: the sacred calendar, the Haab and the Long Count. The latter, an era-based calendar is the most widely known. It covers inconceivable amounts of time and is theorized to have an end-date of December 21, 2012. The Mayan Long Count calendar began at approximately 3114 BCE, so with its end today, the length of the calendar is about 5125 years.


Another insightful article appeared on the Huffington Post and confirms the previous explanation:

The following thoughts are echoed in Mark Van Stone’s book, 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya. “There is nothing in the Maya or Aztec or ancient Mesoamerican prophecy,” he writes, “to suggest that they prophesied a sudden or major change of any sort in 2012.”

Dr. Jaime Awe, Director of Belize’sInstituteofArchaeologyand part Maya himself says that 2012 “represents the ending of one cosmological cycle, and the beginning of another. It is very much the way most people would look at the end of one year and the beginning of another, but over a very, very long period of time. It is a time for reflection, and for considering future direction.”

Indeed, it is not about a specific day like December 21st, 2012. What truly matters it the transition period and process, from one super cycle into another one. That change is what brings a true challenge.

Key take-away from the Mayan Calendar – Year Zero

What follows are reflections from Darryl R. Schoon who shared his insights with us about the Mayans and the end of their Long Count calendar. Before going into detail, he notes that he is aware of the Mayans prophecies. He admits that the difficulty with it, is that one cannot exactly know the meanings. We need to rely on interpretations which can evoke reactions as they are not always conform to “our norms and known values.”

After the Spanish conquest, the Mayans retreated into the mountains where they were beyond the reach of the Spanish quest for gold and silver. InNorth America the quest for gold forced the Lakota Sioux off their lands when gold was discovered. The gold deposit, later known as the Homestake Mine, was the richest in North America.

The Mayans had prophecies, one of which was the transition between two huge ages. The new era would be characterized by unification of humanity, a new age of human consciousness. The period between those two ages is called “year zero” and it is exactly that transition phase we are going through right now. The deeper meaning of “year zero” relates to the shift in human consciousness, which is from a cosmic order, as described by the Mayans themselves.

An era of change – More evidence of transition

Now, the exciting thing is that the Mayan Long Count calendar is not the only super cycle which is coming to end. Darryl Schoon poins out that several cycles or waves are more or less simultaneously ending. In addition, there is no known connection between those cycles or the people who theorized them.

Professor David Hackett Fisher wrote the “Great Wave” (1996). His research is based on detailed analysis of large amounts of historical pricing data. Fisher suggests that we are going through the last stages of a price revolution that has been building since 1896. The end of each wave is characterized by rising food prices and events of epic disorder (including economic collapse). Three large waves have ended in a similar fashion in the previous millennium. Fisher calls the current wave the “Great Wave” as it is the most powerful of them all, in its amplitude and hence in its collapse.

Buckminster Fuller, mostly known as a futurist, predicted that humanity would be facing political, economic, environmental, and ethical crises. TIME Magazine once wrote that 48 of the 50 predictions from Fuller came true. Fuller wrote in his book “Critical Path” in 1981 that collapse of world power structures was nearing and that it would be an unprecedented event. Communism collapsed right after the publication of his book, capitalism would follow. The event would be a universally intended crisis that would bring mankind together.

William Strauss and Neil Howe wrote “The Fourth Turning” in which they examined 500 years of Anglo-American history. The Fourth Turning reveals a distinct historical pattern: modern history moves in cycles, each one has the length of a long human life (approximately 80–90 years), and each composed of four different types of mood eras (“turnings”).

Strauss & Howe wrote in 1997: “The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025,Americawill pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II. The risk of catastrophe will be very high. The nation could erupt into insurrection or civil violence, crack up geographically, or succumb to authoritarian rule. If there is a war, it is likely to be one of maximum risk and efforts, in other words a total war.”

Darryl Schoon sees a couple of take-aways. First, the three cycle theories, as just discussed, have been remarkably correct up until now. Second, they are lining up with the Mayan Long Count calendar, as if it was a synergism. They point to a significant change, occurring somewhere in the current timeframe. Third, economic collapse is part of the end of each of these cycles. Fourth, the new era brings new paradigms with it. Fifth, the change will result in a society of a higher conscious order.


To make things clear, we are not interested in conspiracy theories or doomsday prophecies. We rather try to interpret reliable sources and understand if we can detect a meaningful common direction.

How exactly it is going to play out remains unknown for every one of us. We can only monitor the sequence of events to gain insights about its manifestation.

The economic meaning – A paradigm shift is coming

Most of our readers have lost trust in the mainstream media and are not surprised to hear that significant economic change is ahead. It is reflected in the evidence that some of us see in an economic collapse and the ascent of gold and silver.

In Darryl Schoon’s view, the fundamental weakness of paper banknotes play a central role in the coming “big change”. He has been advocating this for the past couple of years, just like he predicted the financial crash of 2008. Darryl goes on to say that the system has served the elites and bankers. It has been the predominant paradigm for the last 300 years, invented by the Britains during their hegemony. The last decennia however, this system is pushed to its extremes and is now over its limits.

Just like Socrates described the derivative world, our fake financial system is also an illusion. We are currently in a derivative money system based on paper money of the bankers. That is a form of a fraud and it cannot last forever. We could be very close to its end.

Jim Rickards, well known for its thorough economic and monetary analysis, is the author of the book “Currency Wars”. He was one of the speakers at GATA’s 2011 Conference in London, where he presented the following remarkable conclusion:

 “We have 80 years of junk science in economics. It is, therefore, no surprise that our policy makers ruined the economy, guided by mainstream economics. They are riding us off a cliff because they are operating based on wrong assumptions … They cannot get their equations right because their paradigm is not right.” He adds to it the comparison of trying to write the equations of the revolution of the sun turning around the earth.

The key question is how exactly a collapse could look like. Again, nobody has the answer. There are different opinions, and they range from a hyperinflation to a deflationary depression. Today we are already on a path of slow growth combined with inflation. Possibly this situation will be magnified, resulting in a long period of extremely slow growth in combination with hyperinflation at a certain point. A currency collapse is very likely.

As a side note, a critical argument could be raised that as long as we do not see something (be it a prophecy by the Mayans, an  economic collapse or something else), it does not exist. Darryl argues that such an idea is short sighted and advises a minimal level of out-of-the-box thinking, referring to the stagflationary period of the 70’s. Classic economists could not believe that a combination of economic stagnation with rising prices would ever be possible. They were proven wrong.

Gold and Silver should regain their real value

Last but not least, in all of the above, the link with gold and silver is crystal clear. With the words of Darryl Schoon: “Precious metals are the only carriers that are going to preserve what we have now into what is to come.”

On a global monetary level, Darryl believes that a form of a gold standard will re-emerge. Trade on a global level will probably be effectuated in terms of a reference to gold or silver because it represents a high level of trust (for sure compared to today’s fiat based system). On a local level, however, many outcomes are possible and things are not clear enough at this point to make a justified call.

It is no secret that today’s leaders show no commitment to implement gold in the system. It is almost unimaginable to see Mr. Ben Bernanke prepare for a new gold standard.

But what if our leaders would be forced to change? It is indeed exactly the power of change that will drive one or another form of a gold standard. The big change – as described by the sources we mentioned earlier – could possibly be so strong that leaders and Wall Street would not be able remain in control. In that respect, it is vital to understand the difference between control and power. Leaders are extremely powerful, but it does not mean they can control every situation.

“Power is no more control than credit is money.”

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