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Prepare for turbulence: Dec. 21, 2012 

The signs are fairly quiet this week

This week is one of those rare occasions in which the immediate cosmic messages are relatively quiet.

I have never been interested in writing sun sign paragraphs when there is little to say and can't bring myself to insult my readers by presenting faked lines as "your horoscope" just because it is expected. I choose instead to write an essay on the big topic of the year: Dec. 21, 2012.

This is the date that has been discussed for four decades as the end of the Mayan calendar. Many have concluded it heralds Armageddon. Indeed, some who are short a few cylinders may attempt to ensure that Armageddon-like episodes occur at that time. I hope not.

I have studied everything I can find about this subject. It goes from the extreme of glorious spirituality somehow raining down upon us to threatening images of water rising, buildings crumbling, and generally frightening good-vs.-evil scenarios. For myself, I have arrived at a modified version. Circumstances are likely to be really challenging, especially over the next three to four years. Those of us who can choose to grow beyond our Egos and accept responsibility for owning and managing our emotions will likely attain a renewed sense of spirituality. I think humanity is being asked to mature, to accept the next stage in human development.

I also studied material that is considered "academically sound" and would like to share some of it with you.

The Mayans were a warring people and the winners were fond of building monuments to their leaders. They were also deeply involved with prophecy and had a complicated system akin to astrology. They were brilliant mathematicians for their era. There is one monument, identified as Number 6, that actually refers to Dec. 21, 2012. Although the monument is in poor condition and broken into three pieces, archaeologists who specialize in the history of the Mayan culture have translated the message of that monument. It portends the return of a Mayan god of creation and destruction (war), B'olon-Yokte, and recommends that we prepare for this god's return. Exactly what that preparation should be is not clarified.

The Mayans measured many types of calendar events. The one we reference now is called a b'ak'tun, which is equivalent to 5,125 Mayan years. The particular b'ak'tun we are closing now is the 13th, a number which was of special significance to the Mayans.

The noted end date of the current b'ak'tun is really an estimated calculation. It may have already occurred. The finale of this b'ak'tun has been defined as the point at which the sun crossed the galactic midpoint, as observed from Mesoamerica near the equator. The sun, because of its size, actually appears to cross the center of the Milky Way between 1980 and 2016.[1]. Therefore the specific date of Dec. 21, 2012 may be meaningless. We are, however, somewhere near the end of the 13th b'ak'tun. A decade or two on either side of the exact center doesn't really matter, particularly when we are talking about a massive change of eras in human culture. The point is that we are, at present, currently in the ball park. And to my mind, this is clearly a significant turning point. The process cannot happen overnight.

There have been hundreds of speculations on this topic, dating from the 1970s. I think it likely that we of the western world have missed the point altogether. Instead of worrying so over a particular date, maybe we need to become acutely aware of the fact that an entire, well-developed civilization can be lost over a short period of 100-150 years. The Mayan demise is considered a mystery, much like the loss of the Anasazi Indians of the U.S. Southwest.

Scholars suggest that the Mayan people exhausted their environment. They were overpopulated, with wars among the tribes and overuse of resources. A climactic change occurred and there was a (proven) 200-year drought, which added to the geopolitical problems.

Think about this. Almost an entire civilization, an amazingly accomplished one at that, fell apart in just one-and-a-half centuries! That opens the imagination to ponder the generally unthinkable. How long, under the conditions of our own political warring and misuse of resources, would it take for humankind to disappear?

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Website: www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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