As I wrote in Appendix 1 to Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, I am not the first to recognize that a solstice-galaxy alignment looms before us. Others include:
Jose Arguelles writes of "Galactic alignment," but it's not clear in his writings if he's referring to the solstice-galaxy alignment. He probably is, but my work is very different in nature than his. I've sought to prove that the Maya intended their 2012 end-date (which was determined when they created the Long Count calendar some 2100 years ago) to mark the solstice-galaxy alignment by identifying how and where the Maya incorporated the solstice-galaxy alignment into their traditions and institutions
These writers have all recognized the solstice-galaxy alignment as an important transformative event. Again, I don't claim to be the first. What I do claim is to have explained how the image-concept of the alignment - an alignment of the solstice sun with the Milky Way - was incorporated into Maya institutions such as the Creation myth, the ballgame, and king accession rites. In sorting through and synthesizing data from the academic literature, I offer overwhelming proof that the Maya intentionally placed the end of their 13-baktun cycle in A.D. 2012 to mark the alignment of the solstice sun with the Milky Way. Furthermore, I identify that the Maya believed that era-2012 would be a time of great transformation. Given that ouir current era is a time of great change, unparalleled in known history, I also suggest that perhaps there is truth behind this Maya belief.