2012: The Most Important Year of Your Life
2012 has long been considered a time of transition, according to the Mayan calendar. Eric Francis argues that while the world will not end, it's defeinitely an astrologically significant year. Read your 2012 horoscope here.
Over the past 25 years, predictions of both doomsday and spontaneous enlightenment in 2012 have flooded New Age literature and bled into mainstream thought. Pretty much everyone knows that 2012 is an important date in the Mayan calendar, but hardly anyone can tell you what it “means” without drifting into speculation. Although many people in our culture always seem to be waiting on the “end of the world” or doomsday, in recent years, Mayan scholars and Mayan leaders have objected to the obsession with gloom and cataclysm.
“For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Florida. To render December 21, 2012, as a doomsday event or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”
That said, 2012 is going to be one of the most significant years that any of us have ever lived through, with sweeping changes in culture and geopolitics, and corresponding profound changes in the lives of individuals.
For the next few years, the planets are working in concert with one another, propelling us to wake up, pay attention, and consciously advance our lives. While some will experience this as little more than a wild ride, we are being summoned to participate in existence as both a personal and a collective event. Yet, that statement calls attention to what it would mean not to participate, to merely observe, to decline participation on the basis of fear, or to attempt to stay stuck in old ways of thinking. If you’re experiencing fear and chaos rather than a bold quest, then it’s time to update your files.
Collectively, we have arrived at a point of extreme contraction of awareness, denial, paranoia, and surrender of our power. We are being smothered in our own technology. If we don’t do something about this, global conditions will only get worse. It would be fair to say that we’ve arrived at the moment to reclaim what we’ve given up, and perhaps claim something new, but it won’t come in the form of a new app.
The 2012 astrology we’re about to experience is a calling to personal responsibility. It’s time to use what we have learned in all these years of study, workshops, yoga classes, and our efforts at self-improvement, healing, and personal growth. Now is when we put the pieces together, with a momentous feeling. We are indeed at a point of no return, whether we’re talking about the environment, civil liberties, or going beyond paralyzing fear and judgment.
In short, it’s now time to decide what matters the most, and take action. Not in the future—right now.