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The End of 2012

I watched a NASA news conference this week. The astrophysicists and astronomers felt it was essential to communicate to the public after receiving masses of emails and calls from people in acute anxiety about what is going to happen on December 21, 2012. They responded to questions on the possibly imminent pole shift, or change in the earth’s rotation, the collision into earth by the rogue planet, Nibiru, solar flares, and other matters. (1)

It was informative, but, like most astrologers, I dwell in a land that includes myth and magic and all kinds of inexplicable phenomena. And the December 21, 2012 date, largely interpreted as the date of the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar, has taken a place in human imagination all around the globe.

Coinciding with speculation on Mayan cosmology, of course, is the longest night of the year (in the northern hemisphere), the winter solstice. After its light and power have been diminishing for the past months, the Sun reaches its maximum southern declination and stands still in declination. It is very low in the noon sky; its movement is imperceptible.

What if the light and warmth of the Sun never return? How will we survive? There is a layer of chill and terror in our primitive brains; our ancestors created ritual, lighting the Yuletide fires to evoke the Sun to return. It is still a time of ritual and prayer and petition.

I was quite taken this week with the report of a “collective mass psychosis” in a jail in Russia as prisoners were overcome with terror at the coming apocalypse. (2) I don’t know how much media access these prisoners have, but I think that this is an event arising from the collective unconscious as well. What is being activated in the collective psyche in these times?

The obvious sources for global anxiety — climate change, civil unrest, financial chaos, water and food shortages — are stunning and haunting. As are people talking about consciousness awakening, the activation of galactic codes that are changing the human bio-circuitry, and the downloading of templates “holonomically resonant with each individual’s point of soul evolution and organically regulated by their capacity for change.” (3)

Startlingly creative to challenging moments seem to be magnifying, and, at times, the world can seem whole and perfect and fiercely and longingly full of love.

Although I don’t really understand it, my capacity for mythic imagination is touched by a modern interpretation of Mayan cosmology, whereby the Sun, the essence of the masculine, is crossing into the dark rift, the deep feminine center of the Milky Way, whom the Maya saw as the cosmic mother. (As the good people at NASA remind us, the Sun is 28,000 light years away from the Galactic Center, so the Sun will not literally fall into the dark rift. But, if you just heard about the Sun falling into the dark rift and bringing our entire solar system with it, that could be cause for anxiety.)

We know change is everywhere — invisible and subtle sometimes, and also with enormous and blatant display.

Although everything counts, so I’ll just mention a few current planetary aspects as markers of this time in the calendar year.

Saturn’s first exact sextile to Pluto is on December 26. (The aspect will be exact again on March 3 and September 20, 2013.)  I find this an omen that we might be demolished and reconstructed — on whatever level or in whatever area there is a need — with a hint of gentleness and ease. (This is the waning sextile in the cycle that began with the conjunction in 1980; the waxing square was in 1993-4; the opposition in 2001-2, and the waning square in November 2009 through August 2010. The transition in the calendar year between 2009 and 2010 was accompanied by the waning square between these two planets.)

Perhaps we are in a time where the experience of being at the abyss, i.e., “the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies,” is becoming familiar and the moments for creative acts, resurrection within despair, the compression of death and rebirth into one easy flow, and the alchemy of transforming perceptions accompanies every step we take. (4)

And there’s Saturn’s trine to Neptune guiding us also across the end of 2012. This aspect forms exactly between October 2012 and July 2013; these two will not form a trine again until 2036.

There is a Sanskrit word, sav karuna, which means self-compassion — the practice of diving deeply into our own hearts towards compassion for self that then might be extended to others.

Saturn-Neptune suggests engaging with the invisible worlds, feeling the space between thoughts, cultivating our unique artistry, finding a pathway that is inclusive and spacious enough to hold our wildest imagination and aspirations.

I had a Saturn-Neptune moment the other morning. I was just awake from a series of dreams. My first conscious thought was, I don’t want to open my eyes; it was such a deeply contented state. (And unusual for me as I usually bound from bed several hours before dawn to go out and look at the sky.)

Sometimes the instruction to choose between fear and love is obvious and easy, but Saturn in Scorpio can also bring an inquiry into the contours of fear. Saturn is an anchor, and in Scorpio it suggests that ongoing openness to Scorpio motifs might keep us steady on the path. The sign has countless correspondences, of course, but the connection to that which is hidden, denied, or uncomfortable in the feeling life is an edge that we can notice.

The process of going back into the muck, into what is stuck or afraid, the experience of contraction, is a step toward the greater expansion that will inevitably and naturally follow. Staying open and vulnerable right at the edge of our defenses can be a practice itself, and the circumstances of our lives can change.

I watched a video about 2012. (4) My favorite part was an Indian gentleman, whose name I missed, who said: “Sprinkle some spirituality into whatever you do; be a sane person in this insane world.”

Have a great week everyone.


(1) NASA

(2) New York Times

(3) Template Portal

(4) Merriam-Webster Dictionary


  1. Nice blog Mary. It really speaks to my experience of the times and interests me in seeing the NASA blurb..I get your Saturn/Neptune drift…xoxo

  2. Aloha….This is a Great article ! thanks for the insights…I also had a morning last week that I awoke to find myself in a very deep space and did not want to open my eyes…later reading Tim’s daily observations in Mountain Astrologer…”good day to sleep in..” ha…good stuff on the 21st feelings and thoughts…what an exciting time ! J

  3. Thank you Mary for the insight re Saturn in Scorpio. To be self aware on the edge of fear…truly descriptive of where I have been living, these past few weeks. My natal Saturn in Scorpio reads ala Rudhyar ~ “A woman draws away two dark curtains closing the entrance to a sacred pathway.” Where upon the dweller on the threshold, despite trepidation and fear of the unknown chooses the road less taken. I hope at some point to step beyond fear, and allow my shadow self to be vulnerable – a difficult task.
    I have noted that the 12 21 12 idea seems quieter than expected. I am personally glad that the mass media has not hyped it up. unexpected.

    • I should also add that when someone brings up the 12 21 12 end of the world stuff, I say to them ~ I am trying not to make a religion of it.
      The Maya were primo observers of the movement of the heavens, mathematicians, lovers of the movements of Venus, astronomers. This is simply a new flip over of the precession, the calendar, linear time, the great cycle. If someone brings it up this is what I say, this is what I said to my son so he wouldn’t be frightened. I am glad and excited that I am here at this time to observe this moment.

  4. Mary, what you wrote: I was quite taken this week with the report of a “collective mass psychosis” in a jail in Russia as prisoners were overcome with terror at the coming apocalypse.

    In China today, a man slashed 22 children and one elderly woman with a knife.

    In CT a man shot and killed 27 people including himself and 18 children, the principal and the school psychologist.

    Do you think this is aspects? Or is it mass psychosis brought on by these aspects?

    Whatever it is, it is beyond explainable.

  5. Good article, Mary!

    I just started writing a new book at the end of November – something I wouldn’t be doing if the end of the world were imminent. When the end of the world does come, I’m sure there will be a pre-recorded news bulletin to say that it happened!

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  6. Hello Everybody,
    I come from a country where Hinduism prevails and then the calculation of Yuga’s. We are in the 4th Yuga – Kaliyuga, which am afraid started approximately 3102 BCE! This Kaliyuga may last [approximately] 432,000 years or more as expounded by other texts! We are nowhere near the end of the Yuga in any case, so this scaremongering did not even scratch the Hindu mind or people.
    We laugh at the media induced scare and then people around the world with their doomsday prophesies or propaganda. LOL

    Am glad these scaremongers bite the dust and then people can laugh at ease. For all those who believed in the “end of the world” scare mongering – hahahaha you have survived yet another scare – make good use of 2013. Next time learn to kick scaremongers on their butt! 😀

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