December 20 to 27, 2012 Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Venus, Saturn Evening: Jupiter, Mars
Well, here we are. The end of the world. Apocalypse, End Times, Armageddon, the Rapture…
I’m writing these words on Thursday, Dec. 20th and by the time you read them, the exact moment of the Sun conjunct the Galactic Center as it moves into zodiac Capricorn @ 4:12 a.m. Dec. 21st – winter solstice 2012 – will have passed. Are you still here?
Lately I’ve been watching the many TV shows created in anticipation of the Mayan Calendar end date of December 21, 2012. The Discovery Channel has been exceptionally rich in this venue, but I have come across something on 12.21.12 on just about every other cable channel and network available. And it has been incredibly entertaining.
Doomsday prophecies and prophecy in general; Hopi, Navajo and other Native American Indian shamans, Tibetan monks, Mayan elders, Australian aborigines, Catholic priests, scholars, psychics, archeologists, astronomers, physicists, historians, cosmologists, astronauts…you name it. Seems like everyone was willing to weigh in on the myriad of multi-faceted possibilities this ominous date represents.
Humans love to romance the future. Apocalyptic fantasies have always been popular, even before the Bible and what we understand today as “religion.” It comes from the deep, instinctive knowledge that we, as humans, are simply not in control. That we are weak and powerless in the face of natural disaster. That we can be extinguished in an instant by an asteroid colliding with Earth or the volcanic table in Yellowstone erupting. Giant tsunamis and enormous earthquakes lay in wait, cataclysmic events have taken place before in history and are certain to happen again. How about the dinosaurs?
There are many, many, many forces stronger than the human force. No matter how hard we try to be, or pretend to be a stable, permanent fixture here, the simple fact remains: we are on Earth as a temporary experiment of cosmic evolution, a seed of life that was planted and took root, nourished and thrived, reproduced and spread to the furthest reaches and most inhospitable climates of the planet. We have survived…and not only survived, but multiplied.
No matter how long this experiment goes on, there is one thing for sure. The world as we know it ends on 12.21.12. The Earth’s alignment with the Galactic Center puts us in the position of a celestial eclipse, a position of cosmic reception and transmission, aka the eternally evolving Cosmic Consciousness. The Earth is now conjunct the birth canal of the Milky Way Galaxy. Cosmically charged particles – invisible to the naked eye, but log rhythmically powerful and as real as the force of gravity or the ground upon which we walk – are washing us with electromagnetic information, knowledge and light. It’s much like being in the eye of a hurricane, with no ocean below or sky above. It’s a vortex filled with the energy of eternity; the infinite, boundless evolutionary force of creation and destruction, birth, death and rebirth, carrying the DNA of the ages in its core. It is a force that transforms every part and particle in its path. And we are the womb. Open your heart.
Welcome to the Aquarian Age. Onward Cosmic Traveler…
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) You may feel driven toward excess or indulgence as pleasure-loving Venus opposes boundless Jupiter and sets the stage for a holiday week of fun, food and fiesta. Be aware of Aries’ default impulsive behaviors and slow down when it comes to eating, drinking, spending and speeding. It’s all about adjustment, correction and balance. Take your time. Be safe.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Winter solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. Christmas is perennially associated with the season of light and returning light. For the Bull, it’s a time of spiritual generosity and openhearted giving. Your natural ability to provide for yourself and others sustains the light of love and life in the world. It’s a wonderful gift to share.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Voluptuous Venus makes an opposition to jovial Jupiter in your sign this week, presenting you with some rather lucrative, seductive possibilities you thought had passed you by. You may experience a sense of déjà vu or recognize familiar territory. Delve deeply into soul and spirit, feel feelings and emerge from darkness. Your heart knows the way, follow the light.
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Winter solstice marks the halfway point through your solar year, when you move from months of individually focused, self-oriented activities to those of a more social and interactive nature. You may feel open and willing to engage in partnership and commitment, see the merits of cooperation and the joys of sharing. Show up and enjoy the show.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) As fellow fire-sign Sagittarius morphs into Capricorn and winter begins, the Lion roars with love and hope. The season of returning light is upon us and you are brave, courageous and strong. Helping others help themselves, leading by example, is the way to go. It’s difficult to find people we can look up to, role models and leaders. Be one of the few.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Heartstrings play beautiful music of love and hope as the Christmas spirit comes knocking at your door. In the midst of chaos, sorrow and suffering, we must still carry the light for those less fortunate than ourselves. No matter how many or few presents are under the tree, remember that an open, loving heart is the most precious gift of all.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) As the grand cardinal cross in orb continues to transform and morph our collective global realities via radical awakening and revolutionary change, Libra worlds must also adjust and adapt. Who you are and what you do is being reborn. Give birth to the artist within. Create the beauty and live the magic.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Winter solstice 2012 has come. The world is still turning on its axis; the sun still rises and sets. Energetic shifts are both dramatic and subtle. Take a look at your life, the way you feel, your overall awakening and awareness. Can you say you have not changed? Embrace the magic of transformation and shape shift through the season of light. Shine on.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) While the Archer is the archetypal optimist of the zodiac, filled with hope and generous of spirit, there are times when even the most positive souls must say ‘no more’. Polarity shifts and consciousness changes shine with light and shimmer in darkness. Maintain goodness and focus on solutions.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) Your happy birthday month arrives with its customary yuletide feasts and festivities. Rather than resent that it’s not all about you, give with the grandeur of the Christmas holiday spirit. Share the beauty and experience the bounty. Release the desire to control outcomes, immerse yourself in the hustling bustle and go with the flow. Surrender to enlightenment.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Goodness and grace go hand in hand, whether it’s the middle of summer or the prophetic winter solstice of 2012. As planets collide and worlds come to an end, so too, we start anew. Birth and death are forever and always, it’s how we emerge and evolve. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. You are capable and competent, willing and able. Go forth and thrive.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
The culmination of the Mayan long count calendar comes on winter solstice 2012. So, here we are. Living and breathing, thinking, feeling, doing and undoing. More than anyone, you know the value of friendship and camaraderie. Common interest for the good of all concerned is a mantra and slogan for now. Embrace the new era and live from the heart.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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