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The Astrology of 2012: The End of Days?

Get ready for a cosmic call to action in 2013

Are you scared? Don't be! As we approach the infamous date of the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, fear continues to mount that it really is the end of days. But fortunately we're here to set the record straight about that. 

Countless books are now available that describe a Doomsday scenario, and of course Sony Pictures already released the John Cusack movie 2012 years ago, the major motion picture with a promotional website called "whowillsurvive2012.com." As Sony stated in its film promotion, "Never before has a date in history been so significant to so many cultures, so many religions, scientists and governments. 2012 is an epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells the heroic struggle of the survivors."

The good news is that the world will not really end in 2012, although you don't need to be an astrologer to see how quickly things are changing.You can get key dates and prediction for the year ahead with a Big Picture Yearly Astrology Forecast, but whatever big changes are coming, you can trust we will still be here.

Civilization as we know it seems to be in a precarious situation, with growing political unrest and financial stresses warning us that we are repeating epic mistakes from our own cultural history. For example, we have just witnessed the sharpest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Differences in political ideologies and spiritual beliefs continue to fuel increasingly destructive wars and unrest across the Middle East. Environmental threats make our water and food supplies more and more scarce; meanwhile, we are powering our world with a diminishing reserve of oil and others resources. So it's no surprise that so many people -- experts and laymen alike -- are predicting that the fabric of our entire society is dangerously at risk.

Nothing to fear but fear itself

But if you look to the skies, you'll see there's nothing to fear on that notorious day in 2012. Astrologers watch the cycles of the Sun, Moon and planets to understand the changing nature of time and to put these shifts into historical perspective. For example, we had a dose of culture-wide panic at the threshold of this century. The start of the year 2000 -- or "Y2K" -- was as an apocalyptic date; some predicted that it would be the beginning of the "end times." But astrologers could see then that there were no planetary alignments significant enough to warrant this kind of fear.

2012 is different -- there are significant astrological factors that indicate these are truly significant times. But let's clear one thing up right away: there won't be a cataclysmic event on December 21, 2012. It's been claimed that on this first day of winter, the Sun will line up perfectly with the center of the Milky Way Galaxy and that this will confirm the ancient Mayan prophecies. In other words, many claim that the Sun's change of position will mark the end of time. But there is a scientific problem with this reasoning: The Sun's alignment to the galactic center on Winter Solstice moves at the rate of one degree every 72 years! Therefore, this cosmic event is so slow-moving that it lasts more than a decade.

As astrologers track the cycles of planets, they pay special attention to the lunation cycle, which is the monthly flow of New Moons and Full Moons. This is how they are able predict the impact these movements will have on the personal and emotional cycles of our daily lives. Meanwhile, astrologers also track the activities of the slower-moving outer planets (the ones with the longest orbits), which create their own rhythms and are more closely related to large historical cycles.

For example, Uranus symbolizes sudden changes that release explosive energy, which is why astrologers refer to it as "The Great Awakener." Pluto symbolizes total metamorphosis. The deep transformation that's associated with mysterious Pluto is dramatic and complete, like a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly, which is why the profound cultural shifts of the 1960s corresponded with a conjunction between surprising Uranus and passionate Pluto in 1965-1966.

In the summer of 2012, these two planetary harbingers of change will come into a hard 90-degree alignment -- their first since the mid-1960s. This dynamic angle between lightning-like Uranus and intense Pluto recurs seven times from June 24, 2012 through March 16, 2015. This is the period of upheaval we should be looking at, rather than focusing on a single day in 2012.

A great awakening

From an astrological perspective, we don't have to wait until 2012 for the action to begin, because we are already in a time of profound change, not unlike the 1960s. Now, however, we communicate in ways that are far more revolutionary, due to our constant interconnection via cell phone, email, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and numerous other social networks. There are new political opportunities for disenfranchised people all over the world to connect with one another, which may explain Barack Obama's meteoric rise to the Whitehouse over the fearful cries of the old-school American political machine. It is this factor -- our ability to communicate more quickly and openly -- that will prevent the end of the world.

Astrology is not about predicting fated events; it's about being aware of cosmic movements so we can get our timing right to make positive changes. The Astrology of 2012 is not about announcing the end of the world. Rather, it's a call to action. Each and every one of us has a job to do, because as the great psychologist Carl Jung said, "The salvation of the world depends upon the salvation of the individuals living in it."

Some of us may play larger roles in the current changes by getting involved in community, national or global politics. But each of us adds to the total picture when we live our individual lives responsibly. Astrology reminds us that there is no time to waste -- we are each an agent of change and each of us can impact the big picture by replacing doubt with courage, and by conquering fear with love.

In other words, this is truly the time to "think globally and act locally."

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Peter says:
Tue, 12/18/2012 - 13:02

We need to be open to our Spirit, allow ourselves to be a channel for expression from whatever souces those expressions come from in our life. When we know ourselves well we can be open to new fresh insights from our own subconscious. Dr. C.G. Junes pointed out that the goal of psychotherapy is to raise up the subconscioous psyche to a conscious level so we can be aware of our subconscious and learn from it. Naturally what rises up from the subconscious level loses its subconscius quality and becomes conscious to us. We evolve and become more enlightened.

We need to keep our immediate consciousness focused on the present of the here and now in connected reality, not get lost in various gross and subtle forms of escapism. The world calls out for the healing of our collective psyche, healing ourselves from the afflictions of addictions and other negative behavior patterns.

We need to work on healing ourselves on an individual level, not be caught up in forms of co-dependency trying to point out the flaws in others and forgetting our own personal character flaws, character defects and personal shortcomings. We really need to take the time to engage in a Daily Personal Inventory and look at how we can be involved and integrted in connected reality. We need to help crate a new world, a better world where we work together in a Spirit of Communal Cooperation, not fearful competition with each other.

We are one Family of Humanity ~one species of life who share the same basic survival needs, the same basic human features and the same basic DNA ~not separate unique races without common identities. We are one endangered species, one race of divinely ordained and inherently flawed beings who need to treat each other as actual Family. All of us were born innocent and ignorant with a divine spark as Co-Creators with the Creator.

We need to treat each as other as humane beings with love, care and compassion. We are all in this thing of ours called life on Earth together. Unite with one another and learn the great power of harmony.

Namaste! Peter S. Lopez AKA @Peta_de_Aztlan c/s

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linda says:
Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:50

I agree with the alignment plutonian "death & transition scenario,but with uranus in the frame its going to be more of a great spiritual upheaval with a lot of laggers left in poopie of their own making ..what they live by have to die by the same...
Sorry but boo rah!!!!! here comes the great new age!! is not going to be as tranquil as you invisage..

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Jennifer says:
Sat, 12/08/2012 - 13:35

Change can make anyone nervous especially anything too drastic. I don't think this will be the end of the world because I don't think it will be that sudden, but we do need to remember that time changes and also emphasize the importance of keeping up with it. My horoscope today reminded me of the importance of planning for the future. Mayan horoscopes are also very interesting;does anyone happen to know what will happen to the Mayan horoscopes once the calendar has ended?

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Ivory Mobley says:
Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:19

I believe, this will be a time of ascension for those attune to their higher calling. This is all a part of the paradigm shift that we've been experiencing. Many of us are feeling the push-pull aspect of the universal tension. Its all around us, in every facet of our lives. In many ways, I look forward to whatever transpires.
I've followed the words of a 60's icon---I've dropped out & tuned in. My methods are not drug induced, I'm using meditative and contemplative practices. May the force be with us.

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Abbie says:
Mon, 01/09/2012 - 18:42

I just believe it will be the start of a new cycle, nothing cataclysmic all at once - the energy has always been on a continual shift. I do notice more and more people "leaving" recently, those that have grown as much as they are going to in this lifetime, either by death or by closing off more and more mentally and emotionally. They just aren't handling the higher energies. It's just the way they cope with it. Any of them still here at that time will probably feel chaotic - having nervous breakdowns or committing suicide. I think that the majority of the population will consist of more evolved people as well as very open people, who are ready for a major shift in their consciousness.

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Jacob says:
Mon, 01/02/2012 - 09:07

I have to disagree with Mr. Stone. Community consciousness is the thing will eventually destroy our way of life. Rational selfishness, completely free will, and free trade are the only moral standards that can allow both the community and the individual to thrive. "Thinking globally," as Mr. Levine put it, leads only to the destruction of the individual. This global mindset is one that demands all give a portion of their self - their work, ability, salary, mind, etc. - to the community. This is merely a new form of indentured servitude. I'm just saying everyone should really think about the pros and cons of globalization before jumping on the bandwagon.

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karen says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 15:20

I so agree with George Stone. There are some of us who will evolve and some who won't. the Earth have been being prepared and populated with those who are going to helps in the paradigm, The white souls, the Indigo Children, the mediums, and channelers that have been telling us all along that there is going to be a new way to live. I agree that those who are not ready are going to be very lonely and scared, probably even to a point of chaotic upheaval on their part (hell) Those of us who are ready for the final step (and i know i am one of them, along with my gorgeous Indigo's) will feel that peace and spirituality that i believe is what is described as heaven.
I will see you in the paradigm

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Alyson says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 13:59

I do wish Rick would write more articles. They are always so interesting. Love his sense of humor as well.

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DEBBIE says:
Fri, 09/30/2011 - 13:43

ive personally done alot of research into this for many years and im prone to a bit of prophecy at times myself, im more inclined to be with those who feel that all the major chaos will infact be done by 2012, we have been in it for a while and this year is one doozie of a grand finale. I also agree with those who feel the mayan calendar ends Oct 28 2011, not dec 2012. Not saying next year wont be tough, its gonna be a few years cleaning up the mess and starting anew with hopefully better global priorities. I live in hope :)

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Carol Jean says:
Wed, 09/28/2011 - 06:38

Thank you Rick for your wonderful words, and to George Stone thanx for the great comment.

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