While there is not a significant planetary alignment with other planets in 2012…there IS a significant Alignment with the Sun’s Winter Solstice …& the Galactic Center of our galaxy…a kind of Galactic Winter Solstice.
We are approaching the end of The Kali Yuga. In the Vedic Doctrine of World Ages, The Kali Yuga is the Final Age…the Age of Greatest Spiritual Darkness. Its end signals a shift to a New World Age. It is a real Astronomical Event. It is an alignment of OUR planet in relation to the Sun, the ecliptic it travels on, & us. This is my understanding.
According to the Mayan Calendar, the end of "The Great Cycle" is happening from 1987 (The Harmonic Convergence)…to 1999/2000 (the actual Solstice/Galaxy Alignment)…'til 2012 (Culmination of Galactic Alignment). It is the end of an era…an end of an age…or in Mayan Cosmology, the end of the 13th Baktun Cycle.
This alignment is considered to be the moment of Greatest Spiritual Opportunity for human beings on Earth…a time to be connected with Supreme Source. Eras of Galactic Alignment are believed to somehow contribute to the Unfolding of Consciousness on Earth. This alignment is said to offer a time of Spiritual Renewal for Humanity.
A major feature of The Milky Way is a Bright Band & a Dark Rift in The Galactic Center. It is caused by the thick accumulation of interstellar dust in the dense region near the center. It’s poetically labeled in many ways (“The Great Mother’s Birth Canal,” “The Cosmic Ball Court,” “The Goal Ring,” “The Cosmic Temple,” “The King’s Throne,” “The Nuclear Bulge,” “The Dark Rift Road to The Underworld,” and “The Mouth of the Cosmic Serpent of Death & Regeneration”). Death precedes Re-birth…& early Mayans saw this alignment as a Re-Birth.
This event that is determined by procession & culminates in the year 2012…is a full procession cycle of 25,627 years…It happens approximately once every 26,000 years.
This is what we are approaching by the end of 2012…in addition to a “Sun Spot Cycle High.” Sun spot cycle highs happen every 22 years. The last one happened in 1989. This is when the sun puts out a large amount of sun flares. The sun flares increase electro-magnetic activity on earth …allowing for greater radio reception (&…in theory… possibly a greater degree of psychic communication).
There is an idea that these periodic alignments to the Galactic Plane & to the Galactic Center can stimulate consciousness on this planet in an intriguing & profound way.
They say that we have a resonant relationship between our DNA molecules & the Galactic Center, that there is great potential for spiritual & social transformation during our impending alignment…& that our changing relationship to the larger galaxy changes us.
Where to Be:
In terms of where to be in 2012, it is a question. I think we could be anywhere. “The timing of the world’s end is a function of one’s latitude of observation” (says John Major Jenkins, authority on the “Mayan CosmoGenesis 2012”).
Any Temple, Pyramid, Vortex Area, or Sacred place on Earth would be great.
Intihuatana…or “The Temple of the Sun” (Machu Picchu…The Urumbamba Valley, Peru) is an ancient Solar Clock…& a stunning place on Earth that would be really cool to see. It is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Stonehenge in England is an interesting choice if you have never been to it.
The Ganga Mela is a Winter Solstice Festival on Sagar Island in The Bay of Bengal, India…150km south of Kolkatta.
The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is also a Solar Clock. It is on the West Bank of the Nile River…20km south of Central Cairo. It was once the tallest human-made structure on Earth…. One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
Pyramid Mounds in Xi’an, China are ancient grown over pyramid shaped hills… as big & old as the ones in Egypt.
Being that many of these places are in high places, it gives new meaning to “Run for the Hills.” Ha!
There are all kinds of local wonders with unique geological features too…places (vortex points) that connect to geometric points around the globe. The Grand Tetons in Wyoming have 19 mountains & bodies of water forming a perfect circle around the area…Sedona has 4 major Vortex Mounds, Mount Shasta is another vortex, Lake Tahoe, Crater Lake in Oregon, Mount Ashland, the area around Port Townsend & Puget Sound, Mount Rainier in Washington…& even the area surrounding The Golden Gate Bridge. We don’t necessarily have to travel internationally to feel something cool. There’s likely to be special places local to whatever area you live in…so consider hunkering down nearby your home as a really great option.
During the Spring or Fall of 2012:
The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza shows a famous shadow of a serpent down its steps every Spring & Fall Equinox. (This Pyramid is also constructed to align with the Galactic Center & the Zenith of the Pleiades.) It is in the Northern Center of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a Processional Star Clock in stone. The Pleiades (a cluster of hot blue stars also known as “The Seven Sisters”) are roughly opposed to the Galactic Center (an approximate indicator of the “Galactic Anti-Center”). Between March 21st and May 20th, 2012 (60 days), the alignment of the Sun & Pleiades will be directly over head at Chichen Itza.
The Mayans calibrated death & re-birth according to events in the opposite direction. May 17th is when the Pleiades emerge in the pre-dawn skies after being lost in the rays of the Sun for almost 2 months. This period is generally referred to as “The Sun-Pleiades Conjunction.”
It will be at the latitude of Teotihuacan on May 17th. Only once every year, the Pleiades arrives at the zenith precisely at mid-night. This could be an interesting place to be for the New/Old Fire Ceremony …worshipping the deities of death & re-birth …on May 17th, 2012….a pre-curser to the December rituals. Teotihuacan is 25 miles North East of Mexico City.
The origin place of the Mayan Long Count Calendar (& the Mayan Creation Myth) is Izapa (in Chiapas, near the base of the Tacana Volcano)…so that might also be a fun place to check out. In Long Count notation, Dec 21, 2012 is written as 22.214.171.124.0 (the end of the 13 Baktun Cycle)…an end of a World Age.
Metaphysically, they talk about the earth as being part of a greater Galactic Chakra System…with evolutionary energy (or Shakti) being funneled through the Earth as a result of the alignments identified in ancient Mayan Cosmology.
A long answer to the 2012 question, but short…considering all the information there is to wade through. There are a lot more details you could learn if you were interested, but this is the basic idea. An interesting time to be alive.