EDITION: February - April 2012


Texto: Jerry Brownstein

Most people have heard the predictions about powerful cosmic forces that will come together on December 21, 2012 to cause radical changes on the planet Earth. This persistent story has given rise to 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 calendar used by 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 indication that points to 2012 is a very rare event called Galactic Alignment. This occurs when the Sun, as seen from Earth, is directly aligned with the center of our galaxy (the Milky Way). Such an alignment only happens once every 25,800 years, and yes… you guessed it… the next one is on December 21, 2012. Furthermore, it is probably not just a coincidence that this comes on the same day as the Mayan “End of Times”, because the center of the Milky Way is linked to the creation of the Universe in Mayan mythology. The final piece to the puzzle of 21/12/12 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 much-anticipated Age of Aquarius. 
There are many different interpretations of what these celestial signs mean, and they present a broad spectrum of possible consequences. The gloomiest of these predict that the Earth will undergo cataclysmic catastrophes that would mean the end of our world as we know it. Without going into all of the details, one can safely say that while something like this is not completely impossible it is extremely unlikely.
On the other end of the scale of predictions are the most optimistic interpretations of 2012. They 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 evidence for this hopeful prediction in the fact 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 difficult to imagine that this could change so dramatically between now and 21/12/12.
So if it is extremely unlikely that the world will end in 2012, but also highly improbable 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 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.