October 11 to 18, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Jupiter Evening: Mercury and Mars
*The following is taken from the first Alacazem column of 2012. I reprint it now as a forerunner of thematic posts on the upcoming Galactic Conjunction of 12.21.12.
The Mystical, Magical Journey through the Forest of 2012*
As I take my first steps through the mystical forest of 2012, I cannot help but feel a certain type of calculated anticipation and inspired awe. Just being here – alive on planet Earth – at this particular point in time is somewhat of a miracle.
I cannot count the pages I have read or time I have spent researching indigenous teachings – including Mayan prophecies – and still, I am far from scholarly or enlightened here. As an astrologer, I often feel a responsibility and obligation to make some sort of statement regarding the highly promoted year of 2012 and the Mayan End Time date of Winter Solstice. How many times have we collectively seen, heard and thought about this year and that particular day? Individually, what does it mean? What will happen on Dec. 21, 2012, when the solstice sun lines up with the Galactic Center? Will the earth flip on its axis? Will there be great cataclysm and apocalypse? Will extra-terrestrial beings make the journey down the galactic birth canal and descend upon planet Earth? Will it be the hour of the Great Ascension?
At times, I feel that it is all so much hype. And then, at other times, I know it is real – as real as anything or anybody. I cannot escape the fact that we humans fabricate a thinking, breathing, feeling collective body, where our thoughts and deeds manifest an energetic evolutionary force that effects change and manifests destiny. And yet, we are far from all-powerful. The cosmos, the phenomenal universe, planetoids and asteroids, Mother Earth, our Sun, the Moon, the Great Mystery – there are countless energies and entities more powerful than we. WE, we, we who define, rationalize, explain and exploit. We, who carve out and craft our realities, defend our gods and goddesses; pontificate scientific hypotheses and promote mystical, social, psychological and political worldviews. We, who fight for oil, fight for fear all the while claiming to fight for peace. Unified in diversity, a species that comes in thousands of colors and millions of shapes and sizes, we humans are here on Earth in the millennial year 2012, waiting, watching and wondering – together.
I am well aware that this is a major and magnificent paradigm shift, a sweeping change in the collective consciousness, and it will take place – is taking place right now – whether we realize it consciously or not. What was, no longer is. What is, is. To live here – to be here now and vibrantly embrace these times – requires conscious living and conscious loving; we must recognize that everything we do and say has an immediate, resounding affect upon every part and particle of our world, universe and cosmos. We act upon it and it acts upon us, it is a processional, a dance of immediate karma. We have reached the point in our evolution where knowledge – just knowing that our thoughts have an evolutionary affect upon our actual physical and spiritual evolution speeds up and amplifies the power of the effect. It is the Toltec smoking mirror of action, intention and reflection, where we are being called accountable for everything we have done so far and being called to think, live, act and breathe consciously in the forever present now.
And perhaps most of all, the most important player in our drama, the Mother Earth. The Great Mother, the Mother of us all, is up front and center in the meaning and message of this millennial shift. May you immerse yourself in her warmth and be guided by her wisdom as you join me in our mystical journey through the magical forest of 2012. Blessings and peace, may we walk in beauty, humility and grace.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Balance, partnership and peace. Libra’s evolutionary journey is to relate to all beings as equals. As the opposite sign to Libra, Aries is all about self. During this fortuitous time of human evolution, take a fearless and searching moral inventory of you and your relationships. How are you showing up for others? Are you accepting responsibility for your part? Do your best, pass the test.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) As the sign co-ruled by Venus, Libra shares the beauty, grace and artistic sensibilities of Taurus. But as an air sign – instead of earth – its energetic essence is ethereal and mental rather than physical and material. The magic of both lies in creative endeavors and aesthetic pleasures. Tap in to the sweet life. Cultivate love, promote harmony and practice patience.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) For the last 5,000 years, most of the world has been under elitist, patriarchal rule. Today typical American Caucasian households have a net worth 14 times that of African-American or Hispanic households. This week’s Libra New Moon catalyzes the collective to recognize and resolve egregious imbalances and injustice. Awaken, address and get pro-active.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) New avenues open for the empowerment of women and the feminine aspects of both sexes as the Sun and Moon conjoin in Libra this week. Whether male or female, each human carries the X chromosome and must therefore be part woman. Helping others see and feel the softer, more nurturing parts of their hearts and souls is your forte. Go for it.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) This week’s Libra new Moon offers the world a chance to see itself in the reflection of the cosmos, and the individual to see him/herself reflected in the mirror of the collective. We are all part and parcel of a greater whole. We live in a holographic universe. We are all the same, equal and unique, together forever. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Practice the Golden Rule and remember that you are equal and whole within yourself, an individual sharing time and space with other plant, animal and mineral life on Earth, as well as unknown entities and energies in space. This is a surefire path to gratitude, grace and humility, the Virgo/Libra path to the golden gift of inner peace. Embrace it all.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) The days prior to the Libra New Moon of Oct. 15th present you with the annual once-a-year opportunity to plant golden seeds of intention and desire in the fertile cosmic womb. Manifestation is a process of first knowing what you want. Feel your heart and find your passion, identify your hopes and dreams. Then seed the universe with your most precious wishes.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Prayer and meditation, time alone or in communion with nature are ways in which to get in synch with the universe and its ever-flowing abundance. Angelic and invisible forces surround you now, be open and willing to accept guidance from signs, omens and messages. Look for the divine inside and outside as you go about your daily round. Enjoy the joy.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Mars in the early degrees of your sign joins force with asteroid Juno as the Sun and Moon come together in Libra. This translates as a fortuitous time for pursing exactly what you want in your relationships. Be honest, true-to-heart and also diplomatic when it comes to others. Love may be found in professional arenas or out in society. Remain open, do your best.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Career and achievement take center stage as the fresh Libra lunar cycle provides you with a clean slate for professional and social performance and recognition. Be especially considerate and cooperative when it comes to others. Negotiate deals, focus on diplomacy and listen to all sides of every issue before making choices or decisions. Hang in there, be fair.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) A rather high-minded, philosophic, even philanthropic energy filters through the cosmos and slowly opens your heart and mind to the multi-faceted, expanding possibilities of our world and universe. Whether it is global warming, vanishing species or the ever-present inequity and injustice in human societies, you are ready and willing to go forth. Go.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) New possibilities in your most intimate relationships present themselves as the Moon and Sun come together in your solar 8th house of deep emotion and intention. Subconscious desires rule your heart and head. Pay attention to dreams and intuitions as you enter a period of personal psychological renewal. Look behind the mask, unearth the hidden treasure.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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