Winter Solstice – End of the Mayan Calendar – What it all means

The Mayans had an elaborate calendar system that was not shared by the rest of the world. It’s cycles were synchronized with the Sun.  They were based on the number 20.  The Mayans were amazing mathematicians understanding the concept of 0 and modular arithmetic.  Their calendar was divided into cycles called Baktuns lasting 394.3 years each. It is unknown why their calendar ends abruptly on December 21, 2012.  Following their system, however, December 21, 2012 is momentous because it marks the entry point into into the 14th Baktun which appears to coincide with the movement of the Sun over the Galactic equator and into the age of Aquarius.  The following diagram locates us on a timeline about to cross at the red arrow over the Galactic Equator. The actual movement over the threshold will take approximately 18 years.


The Sine Wave Diagram mentions the “precession of equinoxes” which, according to Dr. Keshava Bhat and his discoveries, is actually the  “precession of constellations.”    He explains that the Sun travels west through space at speeds of millions of miles per hour.  The planets “chase” the Sun creating a spiraling pattern as they progress from one constellation to the next. Traveling through every constellation or Zodiacal sign takes approximately 24,000 years. Below is a depiction of our Solar System traveling through space around the galactic center.









Astrologically how does this change everything for us?  The short answer is “dramatically.”  In the words of Teihard de Chardin, “Man can harness the winds, the waves, and the tides, but when he can harness the power of love, then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

The futurist Christopher Rudy explains that any cycle can be diagrammed on a sine wave curve in which half is positive and half is negative.  In this case the “world” part of the cycle is finite, characterized by limitation and linear thinking.  But we’re on the cusp of the “heaven” part of the cycle which is characterized by non-linear thinking, boundless possibility, and harnessing the power of love to heal.

Our new direction is toward a boundless ability to receive love, using our most unique and brilliant qualities in service to the group and finding great joy in the process, treating everyone as equal, tolerating and cherishing differences, entertaining possibilities, expecting and skillfully integrating sudden flashes of insight, understanding that life becomes what we consciously intend it to become, awareness that our smallest thoughts and actions affect the course of the universe,  refining our power to communicate with others through thought and intuitive messaging, and the enlightened use of technology to solve problems and advance the objectives of the age.

As I study the December 21, 2012 Winter Solstice chart, the birth chart for this new age, what seems initially important is attention to foundations, what is primary, and what can support future growth into an Aquarian way of being. In the Solstice chart both the Sun and Juno (the relationship asteroid) fall in the sign of Capricorn at 0 degrees emphasizing the importance of the relationship we have with ourselves.  Capricorn is often represented by a goat rising from the body of a fish symbolizing earthy steadfast qualities that arise from deep within oceans of compassion and oneness.

Capricorn’s natural foundation is Cancer – in this case  0 degrees of Cancer –  a water sign representing protection, nourishment, and emotions that flow freely from an open heart.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is “a furled and unfurled flag displayed from a vessel” representing a dramatic change of heart, realignment, or major turning point.  The vessel, which symbolizes the individual, is about to sail under a new flag – a new allegiance.  Closing the door to an old way of being allows us to commit to a kinder, gentler, more loving and tolerant relationship with the self. This newfound relationship becomes the foundation supporting more enlightened ways of relating to others and to the world.

Significant in the Solstice chart is a tension producing Yod or “Finger of God” formation involving Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. The aspect is complicated but it implies that the ability to radiate harmony and to create inventive ways of fixing what’s broken depends upon our commitment to communicate with inner spiritual sources and the development of new neurological pathways that will allow us to access and refine crystal clear perceptive abilities.

In this Winter Solstice chart Uranus is key because its qualities rule this new Aquarian age.  Uranus is naturally inventive, detached, dedicated to group progress, friendly, humanitarian, and, in one specialized area, brilliant. Uranus’s placement in Aries ensures its leadership role as the age unfolds and its aggressive approach to destroying everything that prevents progress and interferes with the well being of the group.  Harmonizing with Venus, Uranus will work his magic to create and innovate an environment where love, balance, and inner peace can survive and thrive.  Venus  will provide the beauty and romantic love that inspires innate brilliance, humanitarian service, and enlightened achievement.

Neptune, the planet of universal love,compassion, and loss exactly aspects the Sun and Juno elevating and activating our social conscience.  The tragedy in Newton Connecticut seems to have catalyzed an awareness of our deep connections to one another, a willingness to reconsider long held beliefs, and a re-evaluation of our current direction, responsibilities, and purpose.  I think the timing is wrong for these changes to be short lived. The Winter Solstice chart and our current position on the historical timeline implies that they will endure and move us forward.

It is important to note that there is and will continue to be intensifying resistance to change particularly by those who see themselves benefitting from old ways. The way forward for those already on board was outlined by Martin Luther King in the 1960’s when Aquarian energies began to seep into mass consciousness.  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”


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