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Maybe It's Not the End of the World in December 2012

This article from Yahoo News gives a fresh perspective to the doomsday predictions of the Mayan Calendar:

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — As the clock winds down to Dec. 21, experts on the Mayan calendar have been racing to convince people that the Mayas didn't predict an apocalypse for the end of this year. Some experts are now saying the Mayas may indeed have made prophecies, just not about the end of the world.

Archaeologists, anthropologists and other experts met Friday in the southern Mexico city of Merida to discuss the implications of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is made up of 394-year periods called baktuns. Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Mayans, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end.

Fears that the calendar does point to the end have circulated in recent years. People in that camp believe the Maya may have been privy to impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field.

Mexican government archaeologist Alfredo Barrera said Friday that the Mayas did prophesize, but perhaps about more humdrum events like droughts or disease outbreaks. "The Mayas did make prophecies, but not in a fatalistic sense, but rather about events that, in their cyclical conception of history, could be repeated in the future," said Barrera, of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

Experts stressed that the ancient Mayas, whose "classic" culture of writing, astronomy and temple complexes flourished from A.D. 300 to 900, were extremely interested in future events, far beyond Dec. 21. "There are many ancient Maya monuments that discuss events far into the future from now," wrote Geoffrey Braswell, an anthropologist at the University of California, San Diego. "The ancient Maya clearly believed things would happen far into the future from now."

"The king of Palenque, K'inich Hanaab Pakal, believed he would return to the Earth a couple of thousand years from now in the future," Braswell wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "Moreover, other monuments discuss events even before the creation in 3114 B.C."

Only a couple of references to the 2012 date equivalency have been found carved in stone at Mayan sites, and neither refers to an apocalypse, experts say. Such apocalyptic visions have been common for more than 1,000 years in Western, Christian thinking, and are not native to Mayan thought. "This is thinking that, in truth, has nothing to do with Mayan culture," said Alexander Voss, an anthropologist at the University Of Quintana Roo, a state on Mexico's Caribbean coast. "This thing about looking for end-times is not something that comes from Mayan culture."

Braswell compared the Mayan calendar, with its system of cycles within cycles, to the series of synchronized wheels contained in old, analogue car odometers. "The Maya long count system is like a car odometer," Braswell wrote. "My first car (odometer) only had six wheels so it went up to 99,999.9 miles. That didn't mean the car would explode after reaching 100,000 miles."

Learn more with The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness


Horoscope for the Month of October 2012 and Week of October 1, 2012

Andrew jacksonPluto gets bumped and jostled by Venus, Mercury and Saturn all through October ... but in a very nice way. We feel our oats as well as the oats of others and can unleash our personal oomph to take us forward and up, up, up. Go for it, whatever “it” is.

(Andrew Jackson had Pluto in Capricorn)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Months of hard work and suave political maneuverings around the office suddenly pay off with a bang. So big shot, where do you go from here? What do you do for an encore? Chart your course carefully all through October, Aries. There is the temptation to take detours and excursions but you can’t U-turn on the professional highway. And avoid rest stops.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
It is great time to expand your horizons, seek knowledge on arcane topics, test some legal waters and have some fun in the process. Don’t sit at home and wait for the inspiration to strike. There are places to go, people to meet, greet, sweep off their feet and worlds to change. Taureans feel that they are on a grandscale personal quest. And they would be right. .

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Sexy and flirty Geminis can turn their blah lair into a perfect rendezvous romp house. Heh heh. So check out your surroundings objectively. Efforts may involve a slight redecoration or a complete renovation with an eye towards comfort combined with a dash of uber-luxury. Weave your web and lure a few unsuspecting flies. Err is that flyboys or flygirls?

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
October focuses on one to one relationships which can be strengthened or severed, as you decide, with a few well chosen words. You seem to innately know who is worth the effort and who is not. And yet, if you are in any doubt, remember that sweet nothings can pay dividends with little risk or cost. So pile on the sugar and develop a cavity or two, Cancer.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Work hard to tie up any loose ends now. Monetary rewards are waiting to be reaped for a job well done... or even half baked. But you have to do it all yourself - don’t delegate and sit back, Leo, even if it seems tempting. The fates seem to know if you are the master of your fate or just a bystander and will reward accordingly. Hmmm.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Not only are you the toast of the town, you do it in style and with panache. Find ways to maneuver yourself into the epicenter of all the action and in the right crowds. It won’t be hard. Virgos are often content to toil helpfully in the background for scraps but now even a Cinderella gets to go to the ball. So get the ball (and bon temps) rolling.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Your family not only gives you monetary support (if needed) they also give you a psychic lift which is strengthening. In fact you have many adoring admirers and supporters right now working behind the scenes for you. Be cognizant of their influence and help. You will have the opportunity to offer some payback this winter. Or will you pay it forward instead?

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Your words move mountains. So think carefully before you speak, craft your message with extra care and you can have friends eating out of your hand. (If that is really what you want.)  Scorpios can gab their way into any select powerful cadre and exert their special brand of influence on it. Is it time to run for political office? I say yes you can. But get going!

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Ka ching! Your long term plans finally begin to gel and take off... and not just monetarily. Prepare for a power grab. There were those, possibly in a prior corporate life, who tried to suppress you and thwart your progress. Now you have the upper hand. Use it. They say that revenge is a dish best eaten cold. Aren’t we headed into the winter months soon...?

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Prepare to meet a bevy of unusual of even exotic acquaintances  who manage to help you launch any personal project that has been cooking for a while on the backburner. The secret is a mix of different perspectives. Showcase your creativity and sociability by forming groups or committees that impact your surroundings. Today Main Street. Tomorrow the World, Capricorn!

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
A secret admirer may make themselves known to you. Be ready to be surprised and abashed, Aquarius. And they seem to arrive at just the right time and when they are needed. No matter how you might feel, listen carefully to their message and, if need be, pretend to be fascinated. You never know how much they can help you until you hear them out.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Friends and acquaintances can turn your life into a much more sensuous journey. Platonic pals can turn passionate if you allow yourself to be swept up in emotion. Of course, it can complicate certain relationships, Pisces. So think first and act second. Some friendships are best kept on a low flame to simmer. Others can be pot boilers that singe the palate..




Lucky Numbers for the Week of September 28, 2012

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of September 28-October 4, 2012:

14, 21, 37, 45, 49, 57, 60, 78

 

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Jenni Stone Predicts October

Here is the latest astrology forecast from Jenni Stone:

 

 

Change is easier when you are in good shape

Preview of the bigger picture – coming in October
 
Powerful forces are at work now and cosmic changes are lining up, ready to adjust our values. Starting October 2nd we see Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus and Mars make a move. Any one of these changes could change your viewpoint, but with five in one week, radical adjustments need to be made.
 
Financial markets may fluctuate wildly – leadership may change and we may see interesting political transformation.
 
Wrap up what is in progress and stay healthy. Change is easier when you are in good shape, financially and physically.
 
No need to panic, just ride the waves and stay steady. Don’t get into arguments that could end a friendship or an important business connection.
 
Changes will happen soon enough.
 
 

 

Astrology update for today

Thursday September 20 – void morning, then Moon in Sagittarius
 
VOID 9.11am – 12.34pm Eastern, 4.30am – 7.45 am Pacific.
 
Stick to routine during the void – if possible don’t begin a long journey. During the Void – Have a plan to get something accomplished - say less and do more.
Love yourself by creating a space in your home that will make you happy every time you walk in.
 
Throw out whatever is not useful in your refridgerator – clean it out - feel good.
 
If you are in a business meeting – don’t expect decisions to be made – and don’t put forward ideas and propositions as they are not likely to work out as planned.
 
You may feel uneasy – listing to intuition and figure out what is bothering you.
 
Try to be diplomatic - avoid conflict – you are not likely to solve anything during the void.
 
Write a to-do list for the next few days.
 
After the void: Moon in Sagittarius has a tendency to get carried away and blurt out what they see as The Truth – even if feelings get hurt and friends are upset. This may be the day when your self-discipline is tested – and instead of getting into negative frame of mind, look for humor and creativity to relieve tension.

 

 

Horoscope for the Week of September 24, 2012

Sacha baron cohenOur flight of fancy takes off this week as the Sun enters charming and charismatic Libra. Will you soar like a phoenix to the highest heights or be content to cruise at a low altitude. Oh let’s just guess.

(Sacha Baron Cohen has Sun in Libra)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Aries yearn for closer connections and can use this time to find the perfect mate. Anything (or anyone) is possible because you ooze charm. Current relationships are strengthened and new relationships forged. The secret to your success is to remain practical and seek balance. You attract admirers like flies. Maybe it’s because of all of that excess sugar...?

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Like it or not, expect to be spending more time around the office. Taureans prefer to loll around the water cooler but corporate fate has other plans for you. Tackle the most labor intensive projects possible and impress the big brass. You accomplish more than you thought possible, mostly in your reputation. Hmm. Will you take credit for someone elses work?

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Plan a range of fun and creative activities now that have a sense of purpose. Geminis sure know how to have a good time but now may have that nagging feeling that fun for pure fun sake is meaningless and decadent. There is a search for greater meaning.  Remember - Application with greater perspiration will ultimately lead to inspiration. Or something like that.

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Cancers are apt to look at their various abodes and see the need for some form of improvement. It is never too late for a good end-of-summer cleaning. Or maybe a renovation, a complete change of scene? Wherever your muse takes you, follow along with trust. Create your own personal palace complete with champagne moat. Please don’t drink it all..

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
If you have a few opinions on a certain subject, you express them with greater conviction and power now. Collect your thoughts, solidify your actions, think practically and put your best ideas into the fore. Don’t hesitate or sit back and become a wallflower, Leos It is time to turn on your oily charm and grease the wheels of your own success. Slide on. 

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Virgos love to splurge but often your degree of splurge is too elementary school. It is time to pull out your bathing suit and take the plunge. The fates bolster your bottom line and help keep an eye on your assets. Your financial patience and homework has paid off. Share your largess with close compadres. It is difficult to fully enjoy your wealth by yourself. Or is it.....?

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
This week offers you many great opportunities to prove yourself worthy of an A-list crowd. But is that all that life has to offer you right now? Heck no! Libras can launch into any orbit and be revered and worshiped. So don’t cool your jets at just any old empty airspace. Carefully choose the right planet for you and be the star you are.... or a comet!

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
All that is hidden becomes evident as a strobe light is turned on in all your dark corners. This is the time to unburden yourself from any excess baggage and release the restraints of your psychological chains. Doesn’t that feel better? Now follow your dreams, Scorpio and go with your intuition. You divine the most divine things including a certain crystal ball.

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Compadres sure know how to party and manage to entice you into all sorts of wilde mischief. Good thing too, Sagittarius. Life was becoming too predictable and you were becoming too boring. Enjoy the week and don’t get bogged down in convention. There is a lot of energy making its way through your social life now. So get charged and light up the night!

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
You thought that nothing you did moved your corp-o-meter. All that hard work and politicking amounted to virtually nothing. But it is not true. The cosmos rewards all those Capricorns who really tried their personal best. Senior staff takes notice. The corner office beckons. Plot your revenge this week and make them bring you your coffee. One lump or two?

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Aquarians get some very itchy feet this week. You simply cannot sit at home and wait for all the action to come to you. Venture forth and meet it head on. Try anything that expands your horizons and brings you into a wider circle of fun loving co-conspirators. The more the merrier! Use this time to get out from under...  unless you prefer it that way.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Don’t be surprised if you are treated as a sex object. Everyone wants a piece of you this week. Lucky thing. You possess that certain allure, that sizzle and that spark and attracts anyone who catches your eye. You become the toast of the town and score a few points ... among other things. Hey but watch where you point that thing, Pisces!