Some Interpretations of 12.12.12, December 12, 2012

Seems to be a compendium of ways of viewing this day, from several years ago(?). This one for my weekend reading.

12/12/12 ~ How to Interpret Date 12-12-12. Wednesday, December 12, 2012. And a Metaphysics Experiment. 12.12.12 via

Come Day 12/12/12, this page will be updated throughout the day. Should be quite an adventure…

From the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

Twelve-vortex array in a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate.
Twelve-vortex array in a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate.

Introductory Items

What is 12/12/12?

Welcome random visitor. Many philosophies believe that you somehow ended up on this page for a reason. It is not known if it is the result of karma, predestination, random chance, fate, a higher power, something else, or for absolutely no reason at all.

Time, space, and doom. What does it all mean? And Day 12/12/xxbirthdays. And, no doubt, there will be a few people getting married on that date.

This page provides a review of the12/12/12 date singularity and of thenumber twelve; followed by a quick metaphysics experiment. It should be noted that day 12/12/12 will not be the end of the world. That’s nine days later… Or not. The prognostication odds on the12/21/12 page keep fluctuating as to what might happen on a global scale on that date.

Reference List: 2K12.

Reference List: Prediction, Predictions.

From the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

The emergence of a vortex structure in a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate.
The emergence of a vortex structure in a rotating Bose-Einstein condensate.

The meaning of 12 12 12

Birthday 12/12/12. This page is here for folks born on December 12, ie, 12/12/xx, and for folks interested in the date singularity 12.12.12. This is as the 10/10/10 (600+ comments) page and the 11/11/11(1,000+ comments) page. Although there are doom-related references here, the full doomsday treatment is reserved for the 12/21/12 page.

Reference List: Date 12/12/12, Date 121212, Date 12/12/2012, Date 12-12-12, Date 12 12 12, Date 12.12.12. Time 12:12.

Reference List: Random Chance, Metaphysics, Paranormal, Fate, Destiny, a Higher Power.

12-12-12; Wednesday, December 12, 2012: A Mathematical and Societal Overview of the Number 12

The number 12 is a unique, interesting, and very useful number. The unique usefulness of the number 12 has been recognized by mathematicians, scientists, meta-physicists, and society in general since the beginning of recorded human history.

The usefulness of this number derives from its divisibility. There are relatively few small numbers that can be evenly divided into so many subsets. The number 12 can be evenly divided into halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths. Multiples of 12, by definition, retain this divisibility.

The inherent divisibility is the reason that the number 12, and its multiplies, are so intertwined into our society. We use it here, there, and everywhere for our time logistics. We use it here, there, and everywhere for our space logistics.We use it here, there, and everywhere for other stuff as well.

12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Games of Chance


Roulette loves the number 36 (3 x 12). It makes for a nice, long 3-number by 12-number table that lots of players can gather around. And the rampant divisibility of this number enables players to get themselves in trouble in all sorts of ways; particularly so when that pesky zero or zero-zero drops by. Players can bet on groups of 1,2,3,4,6,12, and 18 numbers in a multitude of combinations. There’s more, but you get the idea.


As far as the game of dice is concerned, the number 36 ((3 x 12) = (6 x 6)), along with it’s inherent attributes, is an integral number. You have 2 cubes with 6 sides each, enabling the existence of 11 numbers via a 6 x 6 matrix of 36 combinations. The integration part comes in where as the probability of any particular combination of dice numbers showing is a direct function of the 6 x 6 matrix.

Aztec calendar.
Aztec calendar.

12/12/12 (aka 12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Time

The 12 Month Calendar

The general consensus is that the Egyptians came up with the first 12 month calendar. The Romans later modified it, but retained the 12 month format. Both cultures abandoned any attempt to match the calendar with the lunar cycle; all emphasis was placed on the solar cycle.

The innate attribute of 12 months being evenly divisible into quarters and halves has been in use ever since. The term “bimonthly“ is used to define both “once-every-two-months” and “twice-a-month”.

There are no worldwide legal or official designations as to when the 4 seasons start and end. Different cultures and locations have their own designations.

The 2 x 12 = 24 Hour Clock

The division of the day into 24 (2*12) increments (hours) has been in existence since the beginning of timekeeping. Followed by the designation of minutes (1/(5*12)) which equals 1/60 which equals 1 minute. Followed by seconds (1/(5*12)) which equals 1/60 which equals 1 second.

12:00 AM versus 12:00 PM

The best way to remember which is which is to think of 12 as 0; i.e. the beginning of the time period, not the ending. Thus, 12:00 AM is 00.00 AM; which is the middle of the night and the beginning of a new day. Conversely, 12:00 PM and 12:01 PM is 00:00 PM and 00:01 PM which is the beginning of the afternoon. 12:00 AM is the start of the new day; 12:00 PM is noon and the start of the afternoon.


12:12:12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Space

This is a Tutorial about Latitude and Longitude. If you are not in the mood, you can always return to this section another time.

There are 3 * 12 * 10 = 360 degrees in a circle. This is the basis of our geographic coordinate system. Reference points are defined using latitude and longitude.

Latitude is the 0 to 90 degree angle between the equator and the north/south poles. The equator is latitude 0. The north and south poles are latitude 90 degrees N or 90 degrees S respectively. Latitudinal lines are “horizontal” and parallel to the equator. The latitudinal line “half-way” between the equator and the north/south pole is 45 degrees N or 45 degrees S, depending on which pole is referenced.

Longitude coordinates are the “vertical” lines; they run side side-by-side, but are not parallel due to their convergence at the poles. Longitude 0 is called the Prime Meridian (meridian and longitude are synonyms) and is located in Greenwich (near London), England. Locations to the west of the Prime Meridian (Greenwich) are defined as being in the western hemisphere; locations east of the prime Meridian are in the eastern hemisphere. Longitudinal coordinates are as two half-circles: 0 to 180 degrees W; 0 to 180 degrees E.

By use of the latitude and longitude coordinates every location on Earth has its own unique address.

The 12 Division Zodiac

12/12/12 (aka 12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Zodiac

The purpose of the zodiac is the synchronization and mapping of space and time. This is accomplished by dividing the ecliptic into 12 zones. Each zone equaling 30 degrees of the 360 degree universe that we see. Another term for “zone” is “division”. Each division has been given its own unique name and is called a sign.

The zodiac is an actual tool used by astronomers.

For most of us the familiarity comes from astrology and its use of the 12 signs. The synchronizing of time comes into play as the Sun progresses through each sign.

Folks born on 12.12.12 were born under the sign of Sagittarius. The Sagittarius, a.k.a. Jupiter-pics-page, contains links to the other 11 signs; not the usual astrological analysis…

12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: An Ongoing Compilation of Other Things 12 and 12.12.12

The 12 days of Christmas.

The 12 apostles.

The 12 Federal Reserve Districts.

A dozen of this, a dozen of that, and all the multiples thereof; including 12 x 12 = 144 = 1 gross. This has to do with the fact that 3 x 4, 6 x 8, etc. are very convenient storage and packaging dimensions.

12/12/12 (aka 12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: the History & Historical of 12 & 12.12.12

Even when taking into account the differences between the Gregorian and Julian calendars:

No significant historical event(s) occurred 1 thousand years ago in the year 1012.

No significant historical event(s) occurred 2 thousand years ago in the year 12.

The Dark Ages spanned the 5th to 15th centuries (approximately 450 -1450).

5,126 years ago was the beginning of the Mayan’s long-count calendar. That long-count calendar ends December 2012.

~26,000 years ago the Sun was aligned with the center of the galaxy. In December 2012 that alignment will occur again.

(A general note: There are only 9 days difference between 12.12.12 and 12.21.12. Given the 5000+ year time span and other factors, calculation mistakes may have been made. So that 9-day thing may be kind of iffy…)

12/12/12 (aka 12-12-12); Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Singularity Summary

Most predictions and opinions concerning 12/12/12 derive both from the number 12 being embedded in our societal fabric (both historical and present) and from its mathematical uniqueness as a number. Twelve is indeed a unique number. The mathematical base 12 number system, for example, is orders of magnitude better than our normal base 10 number system when it comes to utility and function. If only our species had been created with six digits on each hand instead of the five…

121212: There are three possible outcomes as to when Day 12/12/12 comes around:

1. Something good happens on 12.12.12 — The number 12 has been “good to us”. It helps us in our daily lives and in the functioning of our society. The number 12 can even be interpreted as a gift and positive message from our distant past. Though there is no scientific basis for the belief, and no known logical premise for the belief; it is possible that something good will happen on a global scale on this date. We don’t know everything; the probability is not zero.

2. Nothing happens on 12.12.12 — This is the most likely scenario. An unusual date number sequence doesn’t automatically mean that something unusual will happen on a global scale. Usually it’s a non-event.

3. Something bad happens on 12.12.12 — Unlike other unusual sequence number dates, December 2012 is replete with historical references indicating that something bad will happen. The number 12 has many times been interpreted as a warning from our past to our future. Between the Mayan calendar and the astronomical events of this time period, doomsday predictions abound. There is presumably no scientific basis for these beliefs. There are presumably no known logical premises for these beliefs. However, these beliefs may not necessarily be false. The probability is not zero.

Metaphysics Experiments:


M.E.: 12/12/12 a.k.a. 12-12-12; Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Survey One

What do you believe will happen December 2012?

  • Something good will happen on a global scale.
  • Nothing globally significant will happen.
  • Something bad will happen on a global scale.

See results without voting

M.E.: 12/12/12 a.k.a. 12-12-12; Wednesday, December 12, 2012: Survey Two

Do you feel lucky today?

  • Yes.
  • No.

See results without voting

Don’t worry. Be happy.

Not going to happen. Leastwise, not this year.
Not going to happen. Leastwise, not this year.

Source: NASA – Artist: Don Davis

Speaking of doom, here is a humorously presented Ultimate Doomsday List. And while we are at it, if you feel adventuresome, there is The Theory of Alternate Dimensions and Parallel Universes. And if you want to really explore, there is always The Door (an unusual flash fiction story). Comments Section is further down the page.


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