I don't know about everyone else, but I am finding it so hard to believe that the new year is right around the corner....2011. Why, it seems like it was only yesterday that we were all bracing ourselves for the mega - disaster of the millennium. That didn't really scare me, but I do have to admit, as the clock moved closer to the midnight hour, I did take a few deep breaths. And now, here we are, almost 11 years later, getting ready to move on into 2011, and already there are those who are spouting fear about it the Winter Solstice of 2012. Well, not only do I say let's get ourselves through 2011 first, but why make it into such a fearful time? Does anyone really know what is going to happen...if anything happens at all?
The Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012 marks the completion of the 5125 year great cycle of the Mayan calendar, and while many believe that it will also bring with it the end of the world as we know it, in my opinion, that doesn't necessarily have to mean the destruction of mankind, of the earth. It is true that some people look at everything as a pending disaster, but why is it so hard to believe that 2012 may instead bring something good to the world? Why do we always focus on the endings and never on the new beginnings that endings always seem to bring? Why is it so hard to look at this time as a wonderful new phase in the evolution of the earth?
Prophecies are made to be misunderstood, misinterpreted, and at times, they can even become self-fulfilling. The Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire is a prime example of this problem. According to the old Toltec legends, a white-skinned, bearded king named Quetzalcoatl, was prophesied to return from the East and establish an enlightened kingdom among the Indians, and as the appointed day of his second coming approached, the heavenly omens also indicated that the Aztec culture was about to come to an abrupt and violent end. And, yes, they did come to a violent end, but isn't it because they believed so fully in the prophesy that they actually invited the destruction in?
Astronomically this date signifies a time of the Earth's alignment with the sun and the center of the Milky Way...the stars, the planets in our solar system, and the earth will be at a Crossroads, and the most important configuration found in the chart is what is called a Yod, also known as Tthe Finger of God or the Finger of Fate) The Yod is an aspect pattern that does not need to involve all of the planets, but must involve at least 3 planets, or two planets and an angle such as the Midheaven or Ascendant. It looks like an arrow in the chart indicating change and transformation. In this chart we find Pluto, the planet of transformation, death, and rebirth; Saturn, the planet of earth's realms and learning experiences; and Jupiter, the planet of expansion and the focus of the Yod as it is the planet that stands alone, absorbing the energies of Pluto and Saturn.
Although I do believe there will be some strange and powerful energies to be felt at this time, I personally don't think December 21, 2012 is going to be the end of mankind or the end of time. The Yod indicates a transformational process which may be painful for many because it indicates changes in our beliefs, religion, and philosophical systems...all falling under Jupiter. According to the prophecies of the Hopi nation, this is called the purification.
We are polluting our homes, ravaging each other and the planet with incessant and violent wars. We lack tolerance of each other, take advantage of one another like wayward children. We have spent far too much time destroying our world, and the time is winding short for us to rethink our ways of life and how we relate to one another and to the earth around us...a time when we begin to see that loving our neighbors is far more important than how well we are set financially, or when truth changes our deep rooted fears and secrets....a spiritual awakening that allows us to understand that we all contribute to the universe.
Yes, 2012 may definitely be a time of new beginnings, a time when we will recognize, finally, that we are not separated from anything else but all on this Earth are inter-connected with each other even when doesn't seem to be so. Our false sense of self will fade away as we begin to realize that we are all made up from the same thing, only variations of the same substance of life. And the greatest part of this is that each of us have the opportunity to contribute for we all have a part in the next act of this very important play. If it is peace that we want, we first need to find peace within ourselves. If it is harmony that you seek, then it is up to you to become harmonious. Keep the emphasis on the POSITIVE not the negative. You will attract either depending on your focus.
So, as we approach this time, I am choosing not to let fear govern my heart and thought over what will happen in the future. There will always be fear mongers out there, those who chose to run for the hills, but I have a choice in this life, and I choose, instead, to live my life full of love and kindness.