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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430971
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,533,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If there is one book you need to read about 2012, it is this one. Don’t believe a thing until you do. The facts, the fiction, and the reality--it’s all here, made easy. Essential reading.” (Andrew Collins, author of From the Ashes of Angels and Gods of Eden)

“I support and encourage serious discussion of 2012, and the current level of the discussion--in quality and cogency--must be raised. Beyond 2012 does this with admirable comprehension and comprehensiveness, inviting us all to engage with this topic in deeper ways.” (John Major Jenkins, author of Tzolkin, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, and Galactic Alignment)

Beyond 2012 is the most comprehensive study of the 2012 phenomena to date. Geoff Stray’s detective story leaves no stone unturned as he uncovers the truths and the untruths concerning this fast-approaching date with destiny.” (Jay Weidner, coauthor of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye)

Beyond 2012 is an invaluable resource. Fair, open-minded, and rational, Geoff Stray’s book displays the enormous range of the 2012 phenomenon; a sort of mega-mall of marvelous strangeness, insights, and sudden flashes of truth.” (Vincent Bridges, coauthor of The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye)

"For anyone interested in this topic, Beyond 2012 is a can't-do-without-it reference, the first resource you'll go to whenever a new theory enters your field of vision. It will also be an amusing keepsake for 2013 and after, assuming that we survive whichever of the theories turns out to be accurate." (Deborah Adams, Curled Up With a Good Book, Sept 2009)

"Here in Geoff Stray's book, one finds an unprejudiced voice, and an intelligent mind that has investigated and evaluated much of the 2012 material, presenting the most intriguing discussion I have yet seen." (Robert Simmons, Metaphysical Buyer's Guide, Holiday 2009)

"New Age libraries will find it the item of choice for considering 2012 changes and challenges." (Midwest Book Review, Sept 2009)

"Beyond 2012 is a fascinating, comprehensive exploration into humanity's potential for a quantum leap forward. The many speculative, occult, religious, and fringe theories are examined, correlated, and compartmentalized. . . . Perhaps we are a few short years from the birth of our global brain." (Chris Lorenz, Dell Magazines, Feb 2010)

"One of the strengths of Beyond 2012 is that Stray has actually done the astrological and calendrical calculations, plus researched the alleged science behind the many theories he chronicles, summarily dismissing those whose figures don't add up." (Curtis McCosco, CirclesofLight.com, Jan 2010  )

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MAYAN STUDIES / NEW AGE

“If there is one book you need to read about 2012, it is this one. Don’t believe a thing until you do. The facts, the fiction, and the reality--it’s all here, Made easy. Essential reading.”
--Andrew Collins, author of From the Ashes of Angels and Gods of Eden

“I support and encourage serious discussion of 2012, and the current level of the discussion--in quality and cogency--must be raised. Beyond 2012 does this with admirable comprehension and comprehensiveness, inviting us all to engage with this topic in deeper ways.”
--John Major Jenkins, author of Tzolkin, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, and Galactic Alignment

In December of 2012 the Mayan Calendar’s Great Cycle will come to an end. Opinion remains divided as to whether apocalyptic scenarios of worldwide destruction or utopian visions of a spiritually renewed humanity will prevail after this key date has passed. What is certain, however, is that a rare galactic alignment will occur, one so unique that it is found at the core of many wisdom traditions from around the globe.

Geoff Stray has been collecting the vast amounts of data relating to the 2012 phenomena since 1982. Far from confining his research to the Maya, who provide the most prominent predictions indicating this date will herald significant changes for humanity, he has studied the prophetic traditions of other cultures--including the Tibetan, Chinese, Jewish, Ethiopian, and tribal cultures from around the globe--to show the kind of convergence of cosmic purposes happening along a number of parallel tracks. This book offers an extensive study of many modern theories, including Terence McKenna’s Timewave Zero and Maurice Cotterell’s sunspot research as well as anomalous phenomena such as near-death experiences and crop circles. Sifting through all the scientific research and speculation that the year 2012 has inspired, Geoff Stray provides an encyclopedic look at what we might really expect on this pivotal date.

GEOFF STRAY, an international speaker who has been researching the subject of the year 2012 since 1982, is the author of The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars and 2012 in Your Pocket. He maintains the website Diagnosis 2012, the most comprehensive database available on 2012. He lives in England.

More About the Author

Geoff Stray, an international speaker who has been researching the subject of the year 2012 since 1982, is the author of Beyond 2012 - Catastrophe or Awakening (UK edn subtitle Catatstrophe or Ecstasy); The Mayan and Other Ancient Calendars, and 2012 in Your Pocket. He maintains the website Diagnosis 2012, http://www.diagnosis2012.co.uk
the most comprehensive database available on 2012. He lives in England.

Customer Reviews

This book is worth the time to read if this is your subject of interest.
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Quite simply, this is THE most comprehensive book on the subject of 2012 I have read so far.
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This book is a collection of information Geoff had accumulated regarding Dec 21 2012.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Roger House on June 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
Geoff Stray has meticulously researched and written a fascinating masterpiece of a book that provides a plethora of information re: many of the nuances surrounding the 2012 time-line/subject-matter. This book should have strong across-the-board appeal; as it has enough minutia and factual documentation to appeal to academia-types, as well as enough common-sense for Lay-People just becoming acquainted with this subject-matter. My own personal resonance with this book's facts and style is that is strikes a level-headed balance between a number of viewpoints re: this subject-matter - as the marketplace is already being flooded with extremely polarizing 2012 books/moves/video-clips that run the gamut from Ascension to Armageddon. Geoff's book is a refreshingly sane, objective and rational exploration into the completely unique time-frame that Humanity finds itself at . . .

I completely concur with Vincent Bridges comment re: this book, (co-author of 'Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye: Alchemy and the End of Time) - i.e., "'Beyond 2012" is an invaluable resource. Fair, open-minded and rational. Geoff Stray's book displays the enormous range of the 2012 phenomenon: a sort of mega-mall of marvelous strangeness, insights, and sudden flashes of truth."

A few quotes from "Beyond 2012" to wet one's appetite:

- "In my opinion, there is enough independent corroboration here to show that this 2012 information is bubbling up from some deep communal level of mind and emerging from various human transmitters in order to give us a spiritual kick up the Aristotle!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Zyzygyz on June 17, 2009
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BEYOND 2012... is a virtual Ph.D. dissertation on just about every subject related to 2012. Although Geoff Stray has written this book in layman's language, with plenty of illustrations and color plates for entertaining and informative reading, this is nevertheless a very scholarly work with great attention to detail and an impressive dedication to "getting things right".

Quite simply, this is THE most comprehensive book on the subject of 2012 I have read so far. And the least agenda-based or theory-driven, so readers have more freedom to draw their own conclusions. Impressive in both its scope and depth, it not only covers familiar ground, but does so with fresh insights, and also reaches out to more distant vistas, to the "event horizon" surrounding 2012, and the predicted changes within its influence.

This is a beautiful book and though softbound I would say that no expense has been spared in its production. It's also a BIG book, almost 300 pages and is well worth the modest price, considering it represents 25 years of research. This book belongs in any serious (non-strictly empirical) thinker's library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Baxter on March 10, 2010
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Descriptions of many ancient calendars and predictions from the world over. Includes graphs and charts that are very detailed. I tended to skip over the visual aids and sometimes the descriptions. Read the parts that interested me most and skipped the rest. Very interesting ideas and comparisons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Hunter on December 17, 2009
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The author of Beyond 2012 has painstakingly made extensive and yet objective research on this highly controversial subject matter. I particularly found the analysis of many well known authors in this area to be carefully considered and objectified.
The information provided is the best I have found yet.
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Mayan studies and new age sentiments blend in a fine survey of predictions revolving around 2012, the year the Mayan Calendar's Great Cycle will end. The ending of this cycle coincides with a rare galactic alignment, a phenomenon at the core of many wisdom teachings around the world. BEYOND 2012 represents the author's gathering of data related to the phenomena since 1982, moving beyond Maya beliefs and charts to embrace information from cultures around the world. New age libraries will find it the item of choice for considering 2012 changes and challenges.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Crystil Loeper on November 23, 2010
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I ordered this expecting to find many plausible theories all in one place. However, the very first problem came up when I began reading many of the theories, only to find out at the end of them that they'd already been disproved! If I'd wanted to read that kind of theory, I would've have purchased a "disproven theory" book. Also, I suppose it's nice and technical that Mr. Stray provides a rather exhaustive amount of calculations and graphs but once again, if I'd wanted a technical book on the subject, I would've purchased one. It's claim of being in "layman's" terms is partly true I suppose but for the average consumer, I think they'd have a hard time getting through all the numbers.
Out of the 2012 books I've purchased thus far, this had been the most expensive and the worst! Don't waste your money, unless you like the idea of the problems mentioned above. I'd refer you to John Major Jenkins line of work based on the Maya as a start. I'm still looking for a valuable, all-encompassing work that will keep my interest and relay information!
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