It’s 2012. Don’t be scared.

2012. Maya prophecy. Vertical background with calendar and space cloud
2012. Maya prophecy. Vertical background with calendar and space cloud

In 2012, the defining astrological phenomenon is a waxing square from Uranus to Pluto — revolutionary transformation in which “We the People” challenge the “Powers that Be.” This energy has been building for a long time and has been expressed through such world events as “The Arab Spring” and the “Occupy Movement.” So yes,  2012 is likely to be a year marked by continuing revolutionary transformation, and strong clashes between the energies of freedom, idealism, with existing power structures which are trying to resist or control change.

With the Uranus/Pluto pattern, the revolutionary transformation has a global/cultural/era-defining impact, which is why it gets our attention. This Uranus/Pluto Cycle began in the 1960’s when Uranus and Pluto were conjunct in the sign of Virgo. We are now at the first quarter of that nearly 140 year cycle. The waxing square between Uranus and Pluto is a once in a lifetime pattern, lasting several years (it will have 7 exact connections between 2012 and 2015 due to the normal forward and back cycles of Uranus & Pluto) and this energy will be with us at least through 2016. Much like the periods of the 1960s and earlier epochs of change – The Times are a’changin.

But ending? I don’t think so. Don’t be caught up in the doomsday/savior hype surrounding 2012. The 2012 Doomsday or Mass Ascension phenomenon are inspired (at least in part) by the buzz about the “end” of the Meso-American (aka Mayan) Long Count calendar. While there is some disagreement about the actual date (some say December 21, 2012; others put the date about 60 days earlier; some say it has already happened), the long count calendar does actually reach its end. As Mayan Astrologer, Bob Maransky wrote in the current issue of Mountain Astrologer, “But this has no more significance for the Maya than Y2K did for us.”

I like to think of the end of the Mayan calendar as being a kind of Winter Solstice on steroids – the moment at which one cycle ends and the next begins – and in this case, the cycle is more than 5000 years long. Like the monthly New Moon, and the annual Winter Solstice, this turning in the Great Cycle can be a seed time. It is a wonderful time to think about what you want for yourself and for the world – to hold your vision for the world you want to be living in, and to begin acting in ways to bring this vision into being, even as we move through the dynamic challenges of the present.