2012… The year we've all been waiting for… here at last. It's referred to by Nostradamus, the Mayan Calendar… & many others. Will it be a warped Hollywood movie… or the beginning of a Great Awakening into a Golden Age of Peace, Harmony, & Justice?
Revelation or Armageddon… revolutionary change or business as usual?
Billions of sleeping people are awakening to the realities of our ever-connected world. Global environmental issues, the short-comings of our political systems, & larger economic structures have all been under a big spotlight.
Denial is no longer possible, but is revolution really here?
From an Astrological point of view, collective breakdowns & awakenings are likely to unfold in increments. Each new development is likely to accelerate a cascade of further breakdowns & awakenings. These events are likely to cause previously former sleepers… little by little… to awaken.
Tibetan & Chinese New Year
"Year of the Water Dragon"… The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and a sign of intense power. Dragon is a legendary animal, it's symbolic of authority, & portends an auspicious year. Everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas, ornate gestures, extreme ambitions. Since the Dragon is coated with mysterious color, Chinese consider the dragon to be unpredictable & untouchable. People cannot see its head and tail at the same time. Therefore, according to Chinese Astrology, we might see something big & unexpected happening in 2012.
"No Turning Back"
June 24th, 2012 is considered a "critical mass" point. It is the first of 7 exact squares (90 degree angles) between Pluto & Uranus. Over a three year period, Uranus & Pluto will be in an exact square to one another 7 times. From June of 2012 to March of 2015, these two planetary energies will be in a dynamic dance.
The radical & revolutionary inclinations of Uranus in Tropical Aries … combined with the urge to transform structures (represented by Pluto's journey through Tropical Capricorn)… are likely to continue to play out on the world stage. Pluto in Capricorn reduces everything to its bare bones. As we take a deeper look at the structures we live within, we will see a greater noticeable shift in our collective global awareness.
Already, we've seen "Time Magazine" honor "The Protestor" as the "Person of the Year" at the end of 2011. What will 2012 then build upon? Only time will tell, but it looks like "there's no turning back" after June 24th, 2012. We now know too much.
September 19th, 2012 is another date when Uranus & Pluto will be in an exact square with each other. It is another "turning point" day.
From now until 2015, the other exact squares between Pluto & Uranus happen as we approach May 21st, 2013… Nov 1st, 2013… April 21st, 2014… December 15th, 2014… and March 16th, 2015.
Pluto (the Great Transformer)… began to travel through Tropical Capricorn in late January of 2008. This began a focus on transforming the structures we live within, especially politics & old orders.
Uranus entered Tropical Aries in March of 2011 (on the day of the big Tsunami in Japan). Immediately… transitioning Uranus (Revolutionary Planet of Change) correlated with a super shocking expression of mother nature.
In the Great Depression of the 1930's, Uranus & Pluto were also in a square relationship with each other. Uranus was in Aries… & Pluto was in Cancer (Capricorn's opposite sign). These two planets were also part of a greater T-square with Jupiter & Saturn at that time. As we approached 2010, the high point of a similar T-square was recurring (involving all of the same planets). Although that T-square has now passed, the lingering square between Pluto & Uranus is still quite potent.
During the Great Depression Era, these 2 planets (Uranus & Pluto) made an exact square to one another on a number of occasions. Even though we are now on the other end of a greater Pluto cycle, it's interesting to note parallels between the past & the present.
The entire time period of the Uranus/Pluto squares of the 1930's was from April of 1929 to May of 1935. The EXACT squares between Uranus & Pluto happened during the following dates:
June 25-27th, 1931…
(fortuitous "turning point" for President Hoover's administration via his "debt relief plan")
April 4-16th, 1932…
(at Cambridge University, John Cockcroft and Ernest Walton succeeded in splitting the atomic nucleus… a project they had been working on since 1929).
April 21st-May 8th, 1932…
(Japan & China sign a Peace agreement, & Piccadilly Circus is 1st lit by electricity)
August 30th-Sept 6th, 1932…
(The "positron" (antiparticle of the electron) is discovered by Carl D. Anderson).
March 1-20th, 1933…
(First "Bank Holidays" declared, Most powerful earthquake in 180 years hits Japan, "King Kong" premieres at Radio City Music Hall, Germany's Nazi Party wins majority in parliament (43.9%), Game of "Monopoly" was invented, FDR conducts his 1st "Fireside Chat", "Dachau"- 1st concentration camp was completed)
October 30th-November 26th, 1933 …
(FDR creates Civil "Works" Administration, Black Blizzard snowstorm-dust storm rages from South Dakota to the Atlantic, 1st known photo of Loch Ness monster is taken, Nazis receive 92% of vote in Germany, Roosevelt establishes diplomatic relations with USSR, 1st Soviet liquid fuel rocket attains altitude of 261')
December 29th, 1933 -February 6th, 1934…
(Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison, Nazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring", 1st theatrical presentation sponsored by US government, FDR devalues dollar in relation to gold, Dutch RC Bishops warn against fascism/Nazism).
The time period was a real mix of things… the worst economic climate the world had ever experienced in modern times, science making great leaps, powerful acts of nature, incredible gifts from FDR's administration, & a conservative movement in Germany that would eventually turn into the most atrocious genocide the world had ever seen. It seems like everyone was affected by the era of "The Great Depression"… some more personally than others.
Our present "Recessionary Period" has also been noticed by people around the globe. We are on the other end of a "Great Pluto Cycle" now. We have an opportunity to learn from the past… & create in new and different ways for our future. We are no longer naïve to the "powers that be." We know that the will of the people must prevail... & that our vision of a better "greener" world must become our new paradigm.
Although the global financial environment has been influencing all of us in one way or another, what we choose to focus on is completely within our power.
We have the ability to see beyond our current cultural constructs… & move in the direction of our dreams.
For some… the movement toward this larger awakening & re-structuring may be more spiritual & internal. We may realize the power of our thoughts & emotions… & aim towards greater positivity as a way to shift our reality.
Pluto is an archetypal energy that clears away the dead wood so that new growth can appear. When it appears on the scene in a significant way, it can be accompanied by power and intensity.
Uranus is an archetypal energy that grows impatient with oppression in all its forms. It can inspire rebellion & change… and revolutionize areas where rigidity and status quo have gotten the upper hand. Uranus is characterized by things that happen with surprising suddenness.
When these two energies come together, there are no half measures. The change they seek is that of total transformation. Death and rebirth.
Once collapse and accompanying revolutions become undeniably widespread, there is no stopping it. A small segment of the population may stubbornly try to cling to a dying past, but that dying past cannot withstand the powerful wave of the inevitable future.
Some communities might have the foresight to adapt to the changes in a sane way… implementing creativity & cooperation in practical ways that are inspiring to others. We might have the ability to help society usher in a new & better way to function.
As this time unfolds…some of us will emerge as REAL LOCAL LEADERS. Bigger world issues can be solved by those of us who have the wish to help. Our own willingness to personally adapt to changing conditions can help us transform our world.
Doing what is necessary to thrive & grow is what is on the horizon. Rather than impossible dreams, we will create real workable solutions. Now is a time to pick up the pieces & become "Solutionary."
This time period may end up being one of the greatest opportunities for our collective growth that we have seen yet. It appears that we are preparing for one of the most revolutionary periods of our time.
According to the Mayan Calendar… July 16-18th, 2012 is a time that is spoken of as a "Cosmic Convergence." These dates appear very harmonious, despite the challenges. Inspired rituals & group vision on these days would likely go very smooth.
Other Aspects of 2012
Neptune enters Pisces
Neptune enters Tropical Pisces on February 4th, 2012 (for a 13 year journey). Neptune is the planet that is associated with compassion & understanding. It is known as the "God of the Sea" and the planet of illusion. Neptune is the ruling planet for Pisces, so it will be traveling through its home sign. It rules water, oil, & fluids of all kinds. My sense is that the shift of Neptune moving into Pisces will inspire us to focus more on our oceans & water resources (protecting them, cleaning them up, & fostering greater health for the creatures that live within them).
The impact of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill of 2010 has yet to be fully determined, but it showed us just how devastating our dependence on fossil fuels has become. Stopping short sited environmentally devastating projects (like the XL Tar Sands project) will be essential. Protecting the Ogallala Aquifer (a reservoir that provides the US with 30% of its drinking water) is just one of the important reasons to stop the XL Pipeline before it starts.
A "Garbage Island" (20 million tons of debris floating in the ocean from the Tsunami in Japan) is estimated to reach Hawaii by early 2013… & the west coast of California by sometime in 2014. Coordinating efforts in our local communities would be important as the "island" reaches our shores.
Saturn enters Scorpio
Saturn enters Tropical Scorpio on October 6th, 2012 (for a 2.5 year journey). Saturn's transit into Scorpio, a 'fixed' water sign, will be reminiscent of the years 1983, 1984 and 1985 when Saturn was last in Scorpio. The ability to focus and concentrate is something that may be offered by the Saturn-Neptune trine (a harmonious 120 degree aspect). This water trine is said to be especially favorable for the discipline to attain spiritual advancement… along with the ability to gain deeper insights.
Jupiter in Taurus until June 11th, 2012
Jupiter is the planet of luck & expansion, so it is likely to be an auspicious year for those of us with Taurus strong in our charts. It would be a good time to expand in some tangible way that somehow reflects our values. Material luck may be part of that picture (for some).
Jupiter enters Gemini June 12th, 2012 (til' June 26th, 2013)
Summer could mark an adventurous time for many of us. It could be a good time to expand via communication or short journeys (especially for people with Gemini or Sagittarius strong in their charts). Generally, it could begin a period of learning that helps our mental expansion. Variety & new ideas are the spice of life.
Mars Retrograde in Virgo
January 24th-April 14th, 2012… a good time to "re-do" & "re-claim" the purified intent of your desires. Use this time to "re-assess" some of your passions.
Mars moves into Libra on July 4th, 2012
Mars will square the Uranus/Pluto square at this time, bringing more passion to some of our larger concerns. Fairness & justice will become a bigger part of the political picture, as will the need for diplomacy & a balanced perspective.
Venus has an extended journey through Gemini this year (from April 4th til' August 7th). Gemini people could get an extra boost of love, romance, charm, or artistic inspiration during this time period.
Mercury Retrograde Periods of 2012
Mercury appears to go retrograde (from the earth's perspective) about 3 times a year (for about 3 weeks each time). Lore suggests that these Mercury Retrograde periods would be good times to "re-think" things & to be especially mindful of communication & transportation plans. Re-check the facts in order to help your life go more smoothly during these time periods.
The only statistically significant communication breakdowns are said to occur when Mercury is Retrograde AND square an outer planet's orbit.
March 12th to April 4th, 2012
During this retrograde, Mercury will be conjunct Uranus in Aries & square Pluto in Capricorn. This retrograde will strengthen the aspect between these two outer planets… & possibly bring more unpredictable ideas to the revolutionary table.
July 15th to August 8th, 2012
The Mars square to the outer planets is a bigger factor than Mercury at this time.
November 6th to November 26th, 2012
In November, Mercury will be squaring Neptune's orbit, so this time period may be especially "fuzzy." Get your people out to vote… no matter how disappointed we may be with our options. This could be a super befwibbling time period in these weeks, so clearly supporting our best political options will be super important. Mercury will be Retrograde for "Election Day" in the US.
The Mayan "Prophesy"
The Mayan Long Count calendar completes 13 Baktun cycles as of December 21st, 2012. This alignment is considered to be a moment of Great 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 is determined by Procession ... a full cycle of 25,627 years (almost 26,000 years). This time period is spoken of as something of a "Galactic Winter Solstice."
In the Vedic Doctrine of World Ages, they say that we are approaching the end of The Kali Yuga (or The Final Age)…the Age of Greatest Spiritual Darkness. Its end signals a shift to a New World Age.
2012 is also the high point of one of our regular Sun Spot Cycles (highs happening every 22 years). The last time we experienced a "Sun Spot Cycle High" was in 1989 and 1990.
High sun spot cycles are a time when electro-magnetic activity increases on earth (partly because we are bombarded by solar flares). Although the "solar weather" might affect our own weather patterns, there could be a subtle gift in the boost in solar activity. It might sound a bit "woo-woo," but expanded "psychic" abilities could help us to connect with one another more easily at this time. Coordinating group efforts is favored.
For many years, significant radio emissions have been detected from the later degrees of Sagittarius. Some have theorized that we are receiving subtle communications from another area of the universe… & that as we approach Dec 21st,2012… we will be much more in tune with these subtle energies that are coming to us.
We are living in rapidly changing times. As we navigate our liberation, may our manner of relating be in the direction of an offering. May we all usher in this time with hope & enthusiasm for a better & more sustainable future.