Astrological Musings

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Philip Sedgwick on 2012 and my thoughts on the Mayan Calendar and Age of Aquarius

Philip Sedgwick has a post on his new blog at Matrix that is chock full of interesting points to share.  Philip is an interesting astrologer – he was one of the first astrologers to work with the Galactic Center point which was so much in the news over the past few years as Pluto made a conjunction to it.  He is still exploring realms outside the boundaries of ordinary astrology, looking for ways to integrate the new Solar System into the astrological language.

Philip wrote an election blog for Huffington Post last year, and his commentary on that experience made me very glad I was picked up by Beliefnet and not, say, the New York Times which frankly was my fantasy.  It just shows that the Universe knows what’s best.  At any rate, Philip’s experience was not very enjoyable:

In honor of Mercury’s impending retrograde, allow me to back up first. Last fall I had the pleasure of writing a blog regarding election polling and the upcoming U. S. Presidential Election for the Huffington Post. My posts appeared under a subcategory entitled Huffpollstrology. But when I started writing for HuffPo, the first post was placed in the column with the standard array of mainstream bloggers. Oh my! I discovered that despite the stats about the general public loving to read sun sign columns, approximately 80% of the comments received about my first post were hostile, hateful and ignorant of the topic they condemned, which in the realm of blogging has nothing to do with anything. The ridicule came in from the obvious religious quarters, those who despise superstition and well educated and/or intelligent folks who condemned the idiocy of those who put credence into astrology. The spiteful comments continued through the tenure of my columns leading up to the election, despite the impeccable accuracy of the content. “Jeez Louise,” thought I, “Us astrologer folks better not say anythin’ silly lest we fuel the fires of speculation about our sensibilities.”


Interesting that mainstream readers are positive about sun sign astrology, which is more entertainment than astrology, and negative on real astrology, which they call “bunk.”  

Phliip goes on to talk about the upcoming 2012 panic.  Will the world really end?  Where does astrology fit in?  I’m getting a lot of emails about this myself, and I’ve noticed that many people are allowing the negativity and fear that is patterned into their own belief systems to erupt at this time with this new “legitimate” impending disaster.
Evidently the Hopi prophecy of the Blue Star Kachina being the harbinger of the emergence of the Fifth World (it is the Fourth World in the Mayan calendar that ends at 2012) is being tied to Comet Holmes which supposedly will top off a 7-year healing cycle.  Philip argues that a comet is not a star, and that Comet Holmes is actually yellow but just appeared blue due to viewing filters, and it comes around every 6.9 years anyway so is hardly the harbinger of anything.
Philip agrees with other writers that the Mayan calendar doesn’t actually end, but that it rolls over and begins anew with a new Great Cycle of 5125 years.  It’s an interesting synchronicity that five Great Cycles adds up to 26,000 years, the Grand Year of the Precession of the Equinoxes marking all of the great astrological ages.  
Perhaps this synchronicity is a clue that December 21, 2012 is the gateway to the Age of Aquarius, since each Great Cycle would be equal to two astrological ages. The Age of Aquarius will certainly bring in tremendous changes to our culture – but then the development of human culture has been accelerating rapidly ever since Uranus was discovered in 1783.  Nothing is the same from one day to the next!
 At any rate, the previous Mayan Cycle ended 5125 years before 2012, or 3113 bce.  This is an interesting millenium because it marks the first Egyptian dynasty and the beginning of the Hebrew calendar.  
Pluto teaches us to look at death not as an ending but as a new beginning.  Each day is a new beginning, and our own lives are filled with Great Years – cycles that take us from one life experience to another.  These are the Great Years that are the most important, and every day we have an opportunity to begin anew.  2012 will take care of itself – for now, as the Zen teachers say, the laundry.  
  • Bruce Fenton

    Hi there,
    Interesting to see my link referred to here on the matter of the Hopi Blue Star Kachine being the Comet Holmes.
    Mr Sedgwick (who I no nothing about) did reply to a post on my article elsewhere mentioning that a comet is not a star. As I replied to him nor is a Kachina a star. It is a masked dancer.
    Should we then be looking for some man flying through the sky doing the waltz, taking off his mask as he burns up on entry?
    Indian prophecy is not generally in rigorous scientific astronomic terminology. It is highly symbolic. Just read some Indian mythology.
    The point is that the Hopi and Maya have declared Holmes was the Blue Star. Who are we to then say that it is not I wonder?
    As for the the comet being 6.9 or 7 years that’s hardly enough to say it can’t be the Blue Star. After all its me that mentioned that aspect anyway not the Hopi. It is merely an interesting coincidence that the period of preparation is said to be 7 years and the Blue Star has a 7 year orbit according to the astronomy site that I used (oh sorry 6.9).
    I think on this one I will stick with the Hopi not Mr Sedgwick.
    All the best

  • Lynn Hayes

    Thanks for coming by to comment Bruce, the connections are all quite fascinating and it will be interesting to see what happens at that time in 2012.

  • Susan Morgan

    Great post (and topic) as usual.
    I’m glad you’re talking about 2012, because there is already such panic over it. No one likes to think the world’s going to end, and the number coincidences of 12/12/2012 are beguiling, not to mention the comet. But anyone who’s been through Y2K should know better than to get themselves all worked up.
    At least supplying information and astrological opinions can help beat back the fear and hopefully clarify the bigger picture.
    And I think you’re right, let 2012 take care of itself… right now I’ve got dinner to make, homework to help with, parents to tend, a husband to love and… 

  • Joseph

    Comet Holmes gaseous shell is blue/turquoise in color. I viewed it through my unfiltered telescope last year and it was definitely blue in tint. Hubble pictures confirm the same.
    Comet Holmes appeared “out of the blue”. This small, insignificant periodic comet, whose orbit moves just inside of Mars and then to the other side of Jupiter, put on a display that had astronomers shaking their heads in disbelief. In a matter of 40 hours it brightened from mag 17 (invisible to only the biggest telescopes) to mag 2.8 (easily naked eye). That’s an increase of over 500,000. This is the most significant cometary outburst on record. Of course, no one saw it coming, although the Comet has been known to unexpectedly flare up (I believe the last time was in the late 1800’s) At one point its gaseous shell was greater in diameter than the Sun (over 800,000).
    For these and other reasons, I think it’s important to pay attention to the symbolic nature of the “blue star’s” appearance – the Blue Star signals the beginning of a time of great purification – and observe what has taken place since this Universal symbol appeared as a naked eye object in out skies (beginning Nov 07 through Feb 08). The Hopi’s had it right. Hopefully, as a race, we’re smart enough to understand their message and work with this energy in a pro-active way rather than through fear.
    Lynn, as you have shared in many different ways, we are watching the unfolding of a major wave of change and awareness. Thank goodness there’s strong Aquarian energy available in the field. Dam the lemming naysayers, I say! 😉
    Those who are ready to awaken, or desire to expand their awareness and strategies, will show up on astrologer’s doorsteps.

  • Joseph

    Two corrections (remember, we’re in Mercury retrograde 😉 )
    The orbit of Comet Holmes is just outside Mars’ orbit, and just inside Jupiter’s.
    Mag 17 objects are (underscore) visible to only the largest telescopes.
    The Comet appeared in late Oct 2007 around the time Pluto was crossing Galactic Center for the last of 3 passes. Won’t happen again until 2253 when Uranus (Aq) and Neptune (Leo) will be in opposition.

  • Lynn Hayes

    Sue, I was going to mention the excitement of New Year’s Eve 1999, when we watched breathlessly as the millenium rolled over to see whether we were still here.
    And Joseph, thank you as always for your comments especially about the Comet, with which I am only remotely acquainted. I still don’t see how a comet that visits every 6.9 years could be the expression of a once-in-a-lifetime prophecy, but I could be wrong. I suppose…

  • Joseph

    > I still don’t see how a comet that visits every 6.9 years could be the expression of a once-in-a-lifetime prophecy, but I could be wrong. I suppose…
    It’s not so much about the Comet visiting every 7 years or so. What perks my attention is what Comet Holmes did, when it occurred, and how it did it. Comets are harbingers of change. To me, this one says “pay attention”.
    I’ve witnessed many astronomical events around the world (solar eclipses, other comets, etc.) Seeing this Comet brighten so rapidly is one of my top 10.

  • Beth Owl’s Daughter

    One of the sources of the increasing panic, I believe, might be the History Channel’s focus all last week on “Armageddon Week.” At just about any random moment you might have turned it on, they were featuring Terence McKenna’s 2012 connection to the I-Ching; or RJ Stewart commenting on the Merlin Prophecies; or Nostradamus’ dire predictions; or Mother Shipton’s vision of the Thames becoming a “river of blood;” etc. etc. etc. All dramatized by actors and special effects.
    And all of which they connected, one way or another, to the End of Time and the Mayan long count. Pretty hair-raising, really…

  • Bruce Fenton

    Quote: “And Joseph, thank you as always for your comments especially about the Comet, with which I am only remotely acquainted. I still don’t see how a comet that visits every 6.9 years could be the expression of a once-in-a-lifetime prophecy, but I could be wrong. I suppose…”
    What was remarkable was not that this comet has an appox 7 year orbit. What was remarkable was that for no comprehensible reason this small comet suddenly expanded to a size larger than the sun. We have no evidence that such a thing has ever happened to a comet before.
    And as for it being on a approx 7 year orbit, remember that this is what it used to be on. Now it is gone. So it is a one off event and shall not be happening a few years down the line.
    What if anything will return remains to be seen. Likely a small trace of a dust cloud may be detectable. The Blue star has come and gone…

  • Lynn Hayes

    OMG, you are right and I had completely forgotten how that comet blew up in size so quickly which is rather unforgiveable since I posted on it regularly while it was occurring. THAT was quite a thing to notice and I think I’ll update the post to reflect this. Thanks Joseph and Bruce for your comments.
    And you to Beth of course!!!

  • Cayce

    a) LIVE SCIENCE (07 January 2009) about 2012, SOLAR STORM and NASA:
    A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm… the next peak in solar activity is expected to come around 2012…Damage
    to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation… “A catastrophic failure of commercial and government infrastructure in space and on the ground can be mitigated through raising public awareness, improving vulnerable infrastructure and developing advanced forecasting capabilities,” the report states. “Without preventive actions or plans, the trend of increased dependency on modern space-weather sensitive assets could make society more vulnerable in the future.” The report was commissioned and funded by NASA. Experts from around the world in industry, government and academia participated:
    b) 2012, Hollywood, The Pentagon and NASA: ‘When Worlds Collide':

  • Littlehorse

    The Blue Star Kachina coming our way is a planet, not a comet. Because it is a “Dark Star”, NASA only discovered it in 1984 and only then via the use of infra-red.
    This is the mysterious planet, often refered to now as ‘Planet X’, written of in ancient Summerian tablets, Asian texts, and revered by several African tribes who speak of its eminent return in 2012.
    This planet belongs to our solar system but has a very long orbit around the sun. It is approaching and while it isn’t expected to actually ‘hit’ earth, it will pass very close. How close is anyone’s guess at this point.
    When added to the fact that the earth and sun’s alignment with the center of the galaxy will coincide with Planet X’s fly-by in 2012, this giant can be expected to do everything from relatively minor damage to magnetic field fluctuations that lead to great storms to serious damage in the form of a pole shift or pole reversal with devastating earthquakes, volcanos, and flooding as a consequence.
    What we do know from ancient texts is that this planet has always brought fire as well as floods to the earth when it passed.
    Mankind has survived the passage of this planet in the past and will again, though in what numbers, no one can say. I, for one, do not fear it’s return. The earth will be cleansed and those who remain will build a better world.

  • tinsmith

    I keep seeing folks multiply 5,125 years by a factor of 5 great cycles and get 26,000 as a result… why is this?
    25,625 is not 25,700 — the accepted period in years of precession and it is not 26,000 — rounding up works for tip calculations, but not so hot for celestial mechanics.

  • Segurelha

    The Hebrew calendar did not start when the Mayan calendar started.
    It started some 600 years before that.
    Now, the first Egyptian dinasty started at that time, and also the Kali Yuga from Vedic writtings. Stonehedge was also built at around that time.
    That’s a significant coincidence to me.

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