Spring is finally here!!! NOWruz officially kicked off on the vernal equinox of March 20th, ushering in a 13 day period of new year festivities celebrated by those of Persian descent all over the world.
Nowruz or “New Day” is THE original new year as it signaled the rebirth of the earth after the death of winter. The origins of Nowruz predate all major religions and have its roots in Zoroastrianism, the worlds oldest religion.
Today is also the Feast of Annunciation which falls each year on my birthday. In Christianity, the Annunciation is the revelation to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God. The Son or S-U-N of God is another Christian tradition that has roots in Paganism. Those who are savvy in religious studies are aware that Emperor Constantine combined elements from both the Christian religion and the Pagan beliefs of the time to unite the people in a strategic political move.
We have all heard the story that after Jesus was crucified and dead in the tomb for three days, he arose anew. This is marked by the Sun’s “birthday” on Dec 25th after its lowest point in the sky where it was considered “dead” by the ancient sun worshipers. Therefore the Annunciation is really the announcement of the rebirth of the Sun.
Now the connection becomes clear between the Winter Solstice (birth of the Sun as it begins to grow in light) and the Annunciation on March 25, as it is exactly nine months earlier, nine months being the natural period of gestation of the baby in the womb. So hidden beneath the shroud of Catholicism is an event that actually celebrates the Vernal Equinox, when the buds of spring burst into bloom, just as Christmas is a celebration of the Winter Solstice, when the Sun ascends from darkness. This gnostic knowledge is the astrological key that opens the mind to a deeper understanding of the nature of religion and the religion of nature.
Today is the beginning of our salvation,
And the revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
“Rejoice, O Full of Grace, The Lord is with You!”
Also, I’ve just recently discovered the world of Sabian symbols for astrology, which has a unique symbol for every degree of each astrological sign. On a more personal note, an interesting synchronicity I’ve found is that my rising sign and birthday which is March 25th synchronizes perfectly with the image of the dove in the Annunciation paintings. Sweet!
If you’d like to find your own Sabian symbols, you can look in your astrological chart and note the degrees of your sign in the major aspects of Sun, Moon and Ascendant. Remember to add one degree when looking up the Sabian symbol. So for example, if your Sun is at Aquarius 23 13′ then you would look at the Sabian symbol for 24. Here are mine:
Sun in Aries 5: A White Triangle is seen; it has Golden Wings.
Ascendant in Leo 22: A carrier pigeon fulfilling its mission.
Moon in Aquarius 12: A magnificent allegorical painting of life as a broad stairway with the landings various grades of life…
If you don’t have a chart, you can get a free one here:
Now, tomorrow is also a powerful new moon in Aries, a time for new beginnings! If you’ve been meaning to let go of anything from the past and embrace new changes, NOW is THE time to do it! Create a ritual, join the gym, improve your diet, start a new project, whatever it is you do will have the super charged Aries energy behind it so go on, JUST DO IT!
Every end is a new beginning,
Tonight I went to a screening of the new disinfo film, ‘2012: Science or Superstition’. This took place in a local Williamsburg venue called the Public Assembly. The crowd was very small, probably due to the snow storm outside.
Being a well researched 2012 enthusiast, I found this documentary full of familiar faces which make up this subculture. Although many have by now been exposed to the mystical Mayan ‘end-date’ through cultural osmosis, most are not aware of the enormous research that goes into the theories behind this date.
On the panel of experts featured in the film was John Major Jenkins, an independent researcher devoted to the study of ancient Mayan cosmology and philosophy. He is one of the foremost researchers of the Mayan calendar and has penned a number of popular books on the topic. He sites December 21, 2012 to be the date of an extremely rare galactic alignment of our solstice sun and the center of the milky way, occurring only once every 26,000 years!
Scientists are only now acknowledging the link between black holes and the formation of galaxies, a fact that has been intuited by the Mayans thousand of years ago. In Mayan cosmology, the galactic center was the birthplace of stars as well as the portal to the underworld, a spiritual plane to which deities traveled to and fro.
For those who think 2012 is all hype, they need only look at what NASA scientists are saying about the new solar cycle we just entered. Solar cycle 24, which kicked off in early 2008 with the fanfare of beautiful auroras, will peak somewhere around 2012. The peak is characterized by an increase in sunspots and gigantic flares hurling at incredible speeds towards Earth. These flares would cause electromagnetic chaos, disrupting satellites with major solar storms causing “disruption of the transportation, communication, banking and finance systems, and government services; the breakdown of the distribution of potable water owing to pump failure, and the loss of perishable foods and medications because of a lack of refrigeration.” That sure sounds like the end, no?
While the growing cult of over zealous misinformed new agers surrounding 2012 tends to make me cringe, I see the underlying necessity of this phenomenon. For many it serves as a catalyst to awakening their higher selves and opening eyes to the mystery of the universe. Of course, for others it is just another form of escape from reality, an excuse to to get lost in the fog of mysticism and not have to face up to facts.
Considering myself of a more practical nature, I am interested in the NOW and the real steps we can take to freedom in a greener, more enlightened world. It is a task that calls on all those who can see far enough past their immediate needs and glimpse the Great Work underlying it all.
The film also touched on the fascinating phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes, which explains the passage of mankind through the twelve Ages. It seems we really are at the dawn of Aquarius, with the full blossom of the Golden Age only 700 years away, much to the disappointment of all the new agers and bible maniacs waiting for the rapture on December 21, 2012. Looking at the state of our planet, it seems a few more hundred years is a more likely time frame.
The planet is indeed undergoing great changes. Humanity is mutating and evolving while the internet is fueling the information revolution, propelling technology exponentially towards singularity. We are at a Great Transition where the shifting of powers will create mass chaos during which a New World Order will emerge.
So, what will 2012 bring???
It is something each one of us must answer for ourselves. A better question would be, what would your highest self like to create today?