This posting is the beginning of several I feel called on to make as we approach the end of the year, the end of an era, and the now famous December 21, 2012 Mayan Calendar end date. These postings are excerpts from my soon-to-be-released book, Lady of the Sea: 2012 and the Goddess Who Birth the New Age. This one is from Chapter 8:The Birth of the Universe and the Changing of the Ages.
In the many years since I began studying it, the Mayan calendar has become quite the popular topic, particularly as a vehicle for the inevitable and endless number of sensationalistic doomsday predictions that seem to arise whenever any astronomical phenomena is popularized. As I write this, a new movie has just been released in which the calendar’s end date is being said to be the end of the world! In actuality, the calendar points to the end of one World Age and the beginning of another, as we have noted above.
Work on decoding this calendar has been done by several scholars (most notably John Major Jenkins and the late Jose Arguelles), but the one whose theories are most applicable to this book is John Major Jenkins. In particular, his hypothesis about the meaning of the calendar’s end date of December 21, 2012, is of special interest.
According to Jenkins, the Mayan calendar’s end date represents, astronomically, the conjunction of the Mayan constellation of the Sacred Tree (the Milky Way’s dark rift area) with the plane of the ecliptic and the winter solstice sunrise point. Jenkins says that according to the calendar, this conjunction represents the end of one age and the start of another. The dark rift is located within the Sacred Tree constellation, which is also the direction of the galactic center. The dark rift is also considered the road to the Underworld, as well as the birth canal of the Mother Goddess. Both of these images suggest a place, or portal, for the emergence of a new life-stream or current of stellar energies. (1) And since the galactic center contains a black hole, this Sacred Tree/ecliptic conjunction is also a conjunction to that black hole.
This tells us that Mayan calendar end date is the apex of the actual moment of the end of one age and the birth of the energies of incoming new age. Thus, although the Mayans used different terminology, the end date is most likely related to arrival of the Age of Aquarius. But I think it’s more than that. Since the start date of the Mayan calendar was 3114 B.C. I would suggest that the calendar end’s date and the World Age it represents is not just an astrological age but also the beginning of an astrological season.
These things having been said, these conjunctions happen over a span of time, during which their energies are perceived and experienced, before coming to this moment of exactness. Thus the actual birth is not really one moment in time, but, as with human birth, the “baby” emerges slowly, and only after several pushes on the part of the mother. Over the last 20+ years there have been several other significant astronomical transits and alignments that, from an astrological point of view, might be said to be “pushes” which are opening the way or setting the stage for the 2012 event.
December 21, 2012 may just be the moment in time when the new stellar energies from this galactic center’s black hole come pouring out the strongest in our direction, although it will take a while for these to be embodied and manifested here on earth; perhaps hundreds of years.
Birth requires a mother, so it is interesting to find that there is a very significant astrological feature to the sun’s rebirth at all winter solstices, including the one of 2012. At midnight on solstice night, the zodiacal sign rising on the eastern horizon is that of Virgo, the Virgin Mother who births the divine Sun-child—the light born from the time of deepest darkness.
The nature of this divine Sun-child and its Mother, and what the new age might be like, will be the subject of the next posts.
1) Jenkins, John Major; "The How and Why of the Mayan End Date in 2012 A.D." The Mountain Astrologer, Dec. 1994