What exactly is prophecy? Can we trust it? The esoteric tradition teaches that the future is, at least in principle, knowable. One theory holds that there exists a realm of
images and forms, which has many names in many traditions. The
Kabbalists call it the world of Yetzirah, or "formation."
It's instructive to see how the 2012 prophecies have been
manipulated by mass culture. Nearly all of the
2012 visionaries see the date as a harbinger of a new and enlightened
consciousness for humanity, but the wizards of television have transmogrified
this vision into something that looks very much like a fundamentalist's Last
What is accounted as real must, among other things, accord with our preconceptions. Nonetheless, the content of our preconceptions may differ wildly according to time and place. Many cultures give far more credence than we do to ghosts, spirits, good and evil, possession, and witchcraft. So did Western civilization five hundred years ago.