December 20, 2012

See you on the other side? Maybe?

This photo was taken in 1940.  Kissing under the mistletoe during WWII, they thought things were coming to and end then too.  If we have learned anything from the past- Y2K- partying like it's 1999, Nostradamus predictions etc.,  I don't think much of anything is going to happen.  Ian has a gig tomorrow night at an event called Rockapolypse.  That is where I will be if it all ends.

 I would like to believe in the positive spin- on a rebirth.  We are entering the Age of Aquarius. 

Astrologers believe that an astrological age affects mankind, possibly by influencing the rise and fall of civilizations or cultural tendencies.
Traditionally, Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealists, modernization, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity.

It seems like we might be headed in this direction...first notable change:

The country of Bolivia has announced that it will ban the Coca-Cola company by the end of the year. Specifically, Bolivia’s Minister of External Affairs, David Choquehuanca, has said that Coca-Cola will be expelled on December 21 as that date is the same on which the Mayan calendar enters a new cycle. The reason: To celebrate the “end of capitalism.”   Choquehuanca speaking at a political rally for Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales:
“The twenty-first of December 2012 is the end of selfishness, of division. The twenty-first of December has to be the end of Coca-Cola and the beginning of supporting locally made and owned products. “The planets will line up after 26,000 years. It is the end of capitalism and the beginning of communitarianism.”
The Bolivian government has been planning to celebrate this date in other ways, including various events that will take place at the Southern Hemisphere’s Summer Solstice on La Isla del Sol, one of the largest islands in Lake Titicaca.
I think this is all very interesting, considering in this country we are gaining more awareness and supporting locally owned and sourced goods.  The age of community and humanitarianism is long overdue.  I welcome it.

 An apocalypse, translated literally from Greek refers to a revelation of something hidden, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century.  In religious contexts it is usually a revelation of hidden meaning - hidden from human knowledge in an era dominated by falsehood and misconception.

 The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of eschatological beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on 21 December 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.  Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulae have been proposed as pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.
A New Age interpretation of this transition is that the date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 21 December 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Others suggest that the date marks the end of the world or a similar catastrophe. Scenarios suggested for the end of the world include the arrival of the next solar maximum, an interaction between Earth and the black hole at the center of the galaxy, or Earth's collision with a planet called "Nibiru".
Scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the idea of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. Professional Mayanist scholars state that predictions of impending doom are not found in any of the extant classic Maya accounts, and that the idea that the Long Count calendar "ends" in 2012 misrepresents Maya history and culture, while astronomers have rejected the various proposed doomsday scenarios as pseudoscience, stating that they conflict with simple astronomical observations.

So, what do you think?  Email me, I would love to know!