THE MYSTERIES OF 2012
There is a persistent prediction going around that powerful cosmic forces will come together on December 21, 2012, to cause radical changes on the planet Earth. This rumbling rumor has spread rapidly from the fringes of the New Age movement to the edges of everyday consciousness, and it has spawned numerous different prophecies ranging from an apocalyptic disaster to the glorious dawning of a spiritual revolution. Why has this date attracted so much attention and what could it mean?
There are three main threads to this story, and the first involves the ancient Mayan civilization of Central America. These people had developed incredibly sophisticated mathematical and astronomical knowledge many centuries before such things were discovered in the West. Their “long count” calendar was projected to last for 5,125 years, culminating with “The End of Times” on December 21, 2012. Some say that the “end of times” just means that the Mayan calendar will reset to zero for a new cycle; others see it as a major turning point in human history.
The second path that leads to 2012, is the theory of Galactic Alignment which occurs only once every 25,800 years when the Sun, as seen from Earth, is directly aligned with the center of our galaxy (the Milky Way). This will also happen on December 21, 2012, and it is not just a coincidence that it is the same day as the Mayan “End of Times”. The Mayans called the center of the Milky Way the “dark rift” and in their mythology it is linked to the creation of the Universe.
The final piece to the puzzle is called the Precession of the Equinoxes which involves astrology. Simply stated, the constellations related to the twelve signs of the zodiac move slightly backwards in the sky each year, so that every 2,160 years or
so the one that is visible at a certain point in the sky changes. On December 21, 2012, most astrologists agree that we will have finished one of these long cycles and moved from the Age of Pisces to the muchanticipated Age of Aquarius.
There are many different interpretations of these celestial signs and they present a broad spectrum of possible consequences. The gloomiest prophecies see the Earth undergoing cataclysmic changes and natural catastrophes that would mean the end of our world as we know it, while the more positive ones view December 21, 2012, as the portal through which a vast awakening to enlightened consciousness will emerge.
The end of the world scenario relies partly on scientific evidence that there may be unusually heavy solar flare activity sometime between 2010 and 2012. It expands upon this possibility to envision a huge explosion in the sun’s atmosphere that would trigger a geometric reversal on Earth, wherein the magnetic polarities of the North and South poles would be switched around with disastrous consequences. Without going into all of the details, one can safely say that the scientific basis for such an event is extremely tenuous. This has not however stopped the people in Hollywood who created the motion picture version of “2012” which was based on these doomsday predictions and featured spectacular death and destruction.
The most optimistic interpretations of the meaning of 2012 believe that this “End of Times” does not mean the end of our material world, but rather the end of our obsession with materialism. This positive spin on 2012 says that the current worldview based on the low vibrations of fear and greed will be swept away by a sudden shift in global consciousness to the higher vibrations of love and light. There is some evidence for this hopeful prediction in that more people than ever before are searching for an alternative way of seeing the world. However, the fact remains that the vast majority of the human race still clings stubbornly to its old ways of thinking, and it is extremely difficult to imagine that this could change so dramatically between now and 21/12/12.
So if it is very unlikely that the world will end in 2012, and it is equally unlikely that the majority of the world’s people will instantly wake up to a higher level of consciousness, then what are we to make of this whole phenomenon? I suggest that if December 21, 2012, has any significance at all it is not because of what may happen on that one specific date, (remember Y2K!) but rather, that it represents the center point of a range of years in which the potential for a great transformation exists. The winds of change are blowing and their effects can be felt in the failing of our old systems of finance, ecology, energy and politics. As these traditional structures falter we are presented with many challenges, but also with a great opportunity to alter our course and to steer our civilization in a more positive direction. Perhaps the energy surrounding 2012 will be the catalyst that inspires the people of this planet to start choosing a new and more enlightened path in our quest for a better world. •
Text: Jerry Brownstein