At various times this year, people have asked me, “James, what do you think about December 21, 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar thing?” My honest response is that I don’t really think about it that much.
Various astrologers have said that there’s no particularly interesting planetary alignment tomorrow, it’s simply Winter Solstice as it always is. I love this. For me, the natural ebbing then growing of light as the seasons progress is one of the most elegant and reliable rituals.
I plan to honour the Solstice with my partner and a few other close people, but not get caught in the New Age “end of things” energy. I truly hope that it’s the end of the way that our culture has been. Thousands of years of patriarchy, power-over, fear-mongering in the name of religion, and abuse of one another and our planet aren’t exactly humanity at its finest. However, I don’t expect sizzling fireballs and whooshing waves to engulf us. I don’t anticipate any saviour(s) from the sky. We’re it. We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for. If any shift will happen, it will because we’ve made that choice today, tomorrow, and as often as possible.
I do expect to see a lot of 2012-themed books in bookstore bargain bins from December 22 onward as people realise that life goes on. Yes, we need myths by which to live, but let’s be discerning about them. One of my hopes about tomorrow is that someone with apocalyptic tendencies doesn’t latch on to the theme and do something harmful with it. Let’s simply be with Nature’s rhythmic procession of deepening night and birthing sunlight, noticing and celebrating where we’re mirrored in that progression.
From the Camoin-Jodorowsky Tarot de Marseille, I’ve drawn a card to respond to, “What can humanity expect on December 21, 2012?” The Chariot, reversed suggests:
- taking control of our own inner lives
- deeper inward journeys
- victory over ourselves
- riding in to be our own rescuers
- directing or controlling rapid personal growth
- managing our own mental-emotional processes
- in some cases, doing battle with ourselves about what’s really going on
- in some cases, the archetype of the warrior being acted out in unconscious ways
What does the Chariot, reversed say through YOU about December 21?