The positions of the solar system planets on the December 21 solstice (2012 December 21 at 11:12 Universal Time) Image credit: Solar System Live.
The “Mayan Prophecy” thing is based on an erroneous interpretation of a sacred calendar . . . and a weak grasp of both astronomy and astrology.
I wonder if that statement’s going to get me some rotten tomatoes? Things may be happening, but I attribute them to collective beliefs, not for the ‘reasons’ we think. (Join me and Jeannette Maw on Dec 13 for Align with the Stars – Galactic Center Line up)
There is a LOT of talk about December solstice 2012. A lot. Books have been written, and perhaps fortunes made, all on the notion that something cataclysmic or, at a minimum, unique and transcendent, is happening then. It’s linked to one of the Mayan calendars, the Long Count, which measures cycles of four hundred years (in 5,000 year go rounds). Some have misunderstood 2012 to represent the ‘end of the world’, not the end of a four hundred year cycle. Contemporary Mayan priest are baffled by this. They have no beliefs stating the worlds ends, transforms, whatever, this December 21st. As a matter of fact, the Mayan, twelve hundred years ago, made notes (carved into rock) on dates much further into the future, 4772 AD and beyond. If I were going to write about Mayan prophesy, I’d be more interested in exploring why a culture would be marking dates thousands of years into the future, than suggesting something earth shattering, literally, was going to happen at the end of a long count cycle. The Mayans have no knowledge of reference to this notion. <– Maybe read that sentence twice?
Aside form the Mayan culture not predicting more than a once every four hundred year change of cycles, (read more about the real Mayan prophecy here) we don’t line up with the galactic plane on solstice either. That was an event that happened three million years ago and will not happen again for another thirty million years. With the orbit of our galaxy, we’re talking LONG cycles.
What does happen this December, (and every June and December when the sun is 27 Gemini and 27 Sagittarius), is the ‘line up’ with the galactic equator, an astronomical reference point. It’s the circle on the celestial sphere that is equidistant from the galactic poles, being inclined approximately 62° to the celestial equator and lying about one degree north of the center line of the Milky Way.
The geocentric view – our sun and Earth are at the center of a great celestial sphere of stars. Here’s an animated depiction of equatorial, ecliptic, and galactic coordinates on the celestial sphere. Earth would be at the center of all these intersecting planes. The yellow line indicates the galactic equator. When someone speaks of the galactic equator, think of this imaginary system, which depicts the sky as seen from Earth’s surface. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Twice a year, we ‘line up’ great circles with the line that points to the GC, or Galactic Center. (27 Gemini and 27 Sagittarius) These degrees have not been explored very deeply in an astrological sense, but when there is a powerful collective belief about what might be in, or behind, that massive black hole we call the center of the Milky Way, (and even an inaccurate belief that we are lining up with it in an exact way coupled with ancient cultural reference, mostly misinterpreted) it creates ripples.
(Remember, a belief is a thought you keep thinking. -Abraham)
What does solstice 2012 mean to you?
That’s the key question. As you believe, so shall you experience. Comments? Questions? I’m curious! So curious that Jeannette Maw and I are doing an Align with the Stars talk on this topic, Dec 13. Dial in, or stream online. It’s free :)
We’ll be talking about collective beliefs and specifically how this Sun conjunct GC, (which is actually on Dec 19) may link to an awakening, a burst of energy that supports the creation of new thoughts and the release of limiting beliefs. If you want to leverage this energy of the collective, look to where 26-28 degrees of Sagittarius is in your natal chart and activate that house and/or planetary placement. (The video tutorial on finding any degree in your chart is here.)
Meanwhile, below are key words for the houses so you can get an idea of what’s the buzz and where to put your focus!
1st house – Appearance, personality traits, outlook on life
2nd house – $$$, resources, talents, peace of mind
3rd house – Teaching, learning, writing, talking, connecting
4th house – Home, family, ancestors, emotional ground
5th house – Creative expression, books, kids, art, romance
6th house – Health, pets, daily routine, magic
7th house – Socially significant relationships, contracts
8th house – sex, death, taxes, shared resources, trust
9th house – New horizons, travel, beliefs, WWW
10th house – Career, mission, profession, public relations
11th house – Friends, goals for the future, groups, collective
12th house – unconscious, dreams, giving and receiving, meditation
If you’re still in doubt about of the ‘line up’ of 2012, remember that consciousness trumps external ‘reality’, every time. Energy follows thought! So you decide where you are going to point yours!