December 21, 2012

2012 – What Does it Really Mean?

We have finally entered the year that has been the source of anticipation for many: the year 2012. There are many reasons why this year is striking such a cord with people. Over the millennia, it has been predicted that 2012 could be the year of our destruction. And while many people have dire concerns, my belief about what is happening is much more hopeful.
So here are the dire concerns – Many people are worried about this year and about December 2012 in particular. People are primarily panicking because the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012. Many have interpreted the abrupt ending of this 5,125-year-old calendar as a prophecy from the ancient Mayans, warning us that this date signifies the end of the world.
Another reason for concern involves the prophecies of the well-knownseer, Nostradamus. The prophet is most famous for his predictions about the massive destruction and possible end of the world caused by a comet that is expected to hit Earth during December of 2012. What makes Nostradamus’ predictions of even deeper concern are the accuracy with which he hasforetold numerous events, such as World War II and the rise of Adolph HItler.
The year 2012 is interesting on an astronomical level, as well. During the December solstice of every year, the Sun and Milky Way align together. However, for the first time in 25,800 years, a length of time known as a “Great Year,” the Earth will also enter into this astral arrangement. Taking place in December of 2012, this special confluence will result in the alignment of the Earth with the Sun and Galactic Equator. Since the Galactic Equator marks the mid-point of our galaxy, this will place Earth in the very center of the Milky Way galaxy. This astral occurrence also ties into Egyptian folklore. The Egyptians believed that we came from the Milky Way and that the Nile River is actually the Milky Way’s reflection on Earth. There are also ancient Egyptian predictions claiming that a catastrophic event is set to take place in 2012.
By examining the different predictions and influences involving 2012, it is obvious that something is set to happen. But instead of interpreting these prophecies with fear, many choose to view them in a positive light. According to astrologers, 2012 marks the beginning of the Age of Aquarius, a time of expansion, awareness and consciousness. This signifies the year that everyone will “wake up.” People may awaken in different ways and at different times, but the point is that everyone is going to wake up. The only annihilation to occur will be the death of our old selves upon our awakening to a new awareness. This new consciousness means accepting ourselves foremost as spiritual beings with the realization that our spiritual connection is the most important aspect of our existence.
So this is what I believe is the transformation of 2012. Death to the old way of being and a rebirth of spiritual consciousness, with each of us truly living lives of spiritual connection.

Debra Stangl

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