2012: Year of the Awakening

Presented by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart.

In the past half-century, we have seen many dates come and go predicting "the end of the world as we know it:" 1966, 1982, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2011, and now 2012. As the popular mythology and anticipation around the year 2012 builds, with speculations and predictions ranging from Judgment Day to the destruction of the planet, magickal people around the world are focusing on the pivotal moment of Winter Solstice to catalyze a global Awakening of planetary consciousness. What is the actual astronomical and astrological basis for this date, and what are the prophecies concerning it?

Gaea, or Mother Earth, is the oldest and most universally-acknowledged religious archetype in all of human experience, intuitively recognized throughout the world even by small children. In 1970, Oberon Zell had a vision that eventually became known as the Gaea Thesis: that all life on Earth comprises the body of a single living being - Mother Earth (Gaea) Herself. In positing Gaea as a single vast planetary organism, we cannot avoid the implication that such a complex entity must also possess a concomitant awareness, sentience, indeed - consciousness. And She is Awakening.

We may equate such a phenomenon with the awakening of consciousness in our own minds, as the billions of neurons in our brains link up synergistically. Just so shall we participate in the Awakening of Gaea Herself. Perhaps the emergence and rapid evolution of the World-Wide Web is already creating a technological envelope of global consciousness. What shall we choose - Apocalypse or Apotheasis?

















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