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March 22, 2012 Update
originally wrote this article on the subject of "2012"
on February 18, 2009 just prior to discovering Hollywood was about
to release their own huge 2012 disaster blockbuster in November
suggestion (as more and more 2012 "true believers" come
crawling out of the woodworks each and every day) remains: breathe
deeply, remain calm... this, too, shall pass... and December 22,
2012 - as the potential 2nd day of the beginning of a brand new
age or eon (with each age lasting thousands of years) - probably
won't feel a bit different than the day before.
To December 21, 2012
What's Up With That?
Yep... in case you're the one person who has somehow managed to
miss it... a predictable quasi-panic surrounding the date of December
21, 2012 - connected to the calendar of the ancient Mayans - has
begun and is rapidly picking up steam...
with our planet now speeding closer and closer toward the date of
December 21, 2012; wannabe doomsayers of all stripes and varieties
- along with the able assistance of their book publishers and television
producers - started cashing in years ago in their effort of "helping
us out" and "gearing us up" for this potentially
apocalyptic date that the ancient Mayans began counting down to
thousands of years ago. Mostly lately a Wall Street Financial Planner
is advising you to sign up with them, just in case the world doesn't
much information is out there that NASA
felt it necessary to calm people's fears on YouTube.
Does It All Mean?
It should go without saying that the various "expert"
authors often violently disagree as to exactly what in the heck
humankind is supposed to be expecting (or dreading) on December
21, 2012, when the Mayan's "Long Count" calendar (22.214.171.124.0
in the Long Count) allegedly marks the end of a 5,125 year era.
of this theory regarding the potential end of the world is based
on the Winter Solstice (December 21) in 2012, and our solar system's
Sun being aligned with the center of the Milky Way.
part of the concern over the year 2012 is that several different
and independent prophetic traditions appear to be independently
pointing toward this same general point in time.
Tropical Astrology and the 12 Astrological Ages
Enter into the fray, Western Tropical Astrology's concept of the
12 Astrological Ages that is based on the "precession (movement)
of the equinoxes." Some believe that the Mayan 5,125-year Long
Count actually measures the "precession of the equinoxes."
enough, the mean "precession of the equinoxes" and Western
Tropical Astrology's concept of 12 Astrological Ages also generally
coincide with Plato's "Great Year" in Timaeus. The
"Great Year" as conceptualized by Plato (429–347
BC) was thought to occur approximately every 26,000 years.
the writings of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl G Jung, Jung treated
Plato's 12 "Great Months" as being generally synonymous
with the 12 astrological ages of Western Tropical Astrology. (See
Dr. Carl G. Jung and the Age of Aquarius)
also interesting to note that the discovery of the precession
of the equinoxes is however normally attributed to (post-Plato)
Hipparchus (190 BC – 120 BC), and it's important to take
note that (post-Plato) Hipparchus mistakenly believed that equinoxes
were moving through the Greek Zodiac at a rate that meant a full
cycle would take 36,000 years.
Age of Aquarius
Presently the vernal equinox is in the constellation Pisces and
is slowly approaching Aquarius. Western Tropical astrologers that
buy into the concept of the 12 Astrological Ages (and not all do)
typically believe that we are living in the final days of the age
of Pisces, and that we will soon be entering the new age (or Platonic
month) of Aquarius.
actuality, the various theories of when we actually enter (or entered)
the age of Aquarius vary greatly, from the 1950s (Gret Baumann-Jung)
to 2059 (Dane Rudhyar).
on the Winter Solstice (December 21) in 2012, our solar system's
Sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way. Based on the
mean precession of the equinoxes, this alignment is naturally enough
occurring for the first time in 25,770 years.
maybe we should add to the mix, as to when the new astrological
age of Aquarius will finally begin, the possible date of December
21, 2012 when our Sun aligns itself with the center of the Milky
Getting back to the 2012 doomsayers... most lately, I've even seen
attempts to get poor old Nostradamus, who never
predicted the end of the world, somehow mixed up in the 2012
the fact that Nostradamus never predicted the end of the world,
it might comfort you to know that, according to Nostradamus interpreter,
the prophecies of Nostradamus continue on through at least the 27th
fact... Nostradamus, according to Ovason, also predicts in Quatrain
IV:96 that the democracy of the United States of America will carry
on through the year of 2589 AD.
You can also bet that even the more extreme religious fundamentalists
amongst us are likewise gearing up in order to put in their (ugly
and deluded) 2 cents...
End of the World (As We Know It)?
Is it the end of the world? Well, yes... and no... while according
to several mystical traditions it marks the end of the world as
we have come to know it... it also marks the beginning of a new
world and a new age...
suggestion... breathe deeply, remain calm... this, too, shall pass...
and December 22, 2012 won't feel a bit different than the day before.
Well... I suppose - no matter how rational we consider ourselves
to be - all of us will breathe a small sigh of relief.
A Rational Look Scofield and Orr (a couple of rational
guys that have been studying mystical Mayan stuff forever) address
many of the most asked questions about 2012.
deGrasse Tyson: World Will (Not) End in 2012 - See
this Neil deGrasse Tyson 2009 video addressing the issue. C'mon...
even if NASA might lie to you, you know Neil won't...
Heavens Declare, Revised Edition: Astrological Ages and the Evolution
of Consciousness [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback) Alice O Howell
Howell revised and then re-released this fantastic book a few years
PM PST, November 8, 2006
I wrote this book this year because of my deep concern with
almost 1/4th of our nation believing in "the end times",
the Rapture, etc. There are several prophecies besides the biblical,
but these refer to the end of the Age of Pisces and the beginning
of the Age of Aquarius!
Y2K had our knickers in a twist, the hysteria about 2012 will
dwarf it! The second half of the book deals with the little-known
other Ages all of which are based on an astronomical (not astrological)
phenomenon known as the Precession of the Equinoxes. Each Age
lasts 2000 +/- yrs w/an interface n there is religious, mythological,
and archeological proof of an evolution of consciousness at
those of you sick of all this New Age stuff, just remember we
have 2000 years of the Age of Aquarius to come!
is both fascinating and truly important.
do read the book!
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