The Astrology of December 2012
December 2012 and the End of the Mayan Calendar
Wrestling with the Real World
This analysis is based on a triple composite chart cast for the following three dates: the New Moon of December 13; the End of the Mayan Calendar & Winter Solstice (11:11 am and 11:12 am respectively) on December 21; and the Full Moon of December 28. All dates and times are UT.
A great deal of speculation surrounds the date marking the end of the Mayan calendar. Frankly, I cannot speak to all that. However, I can say that the chart for that date is quite remarkable. For this analysis, I have included that date in a triple composite in order to link it with the flow of events I have been tracking, to make it part of a trajectory. Technically, adding that date to the usual New and Full Moon composite makes a small but significant difference. It moves the Ascendant from Capricorn to Aquarius.
The December 2012 chart encompasses all the themes that have dominated recent charts: deep personal transformation; the liberation and empowerment of women and the ascendancy of the feminine principle generally; the subtilization and spiritualization of intimate relationships (the end of “relationships as usual”); nurturance issues, i.e., providing the basic requirements of life for all members of society. This chart turns these themes into a single theme: thorough social, economic and political reform actively linked to deep personal transformation.
More, all the disparate, disjointed transformational processes described in recent charts going back several years combine into one, integral process. More specifically, this chart blends the process of personal transformation with the process of social transformation.
Leo vs. Aquarius
All the aspects are centered in the left, or personal half of the chart. It looks a bit like a cat’s cradle. This matrix of aspects filters everything that passes between the world and the individual, and vice versa, drawing it all into a transformative process.
Aquarius is on the Ascendant. Aquarius represents those idealistic, humanitarian abstractions most often associated with our higher selves, or our “better angels.” Leo is on the Descendant. In practice, it represents those things in our lives to which the ego tends to be most strongly attached. Leo, like all the Sun signs, is capable of transcending the ego. But given the way the world works, most of the influences entering through the Leo Descendant will probably be ego-based. Hence, as a practical matter, this chart describes a tension between the ego and the higher self.
The aspects occupy the half of the chart nearest the Ascendant, Aquarius, and, in effect, form a force field around the individual, bending all incoming and outgoing energies in an Aquarian direction. The individual will want to take everything and everyone, including themselves, in an Aquarian direction. In essence, this structure actively and strenuously supports consciousness raising and dialogue aimed at upliftment.
Clearly, the details of the process will vary from individual to individual and from circumstance to circumstance.
Making Ends Meet for the 99%
The transformative matrix and the strong Aquarian/Leo polarity are the chart’s defining characteristics. There are no exact aspects between the major planets, for example, or any other unusual events to speak of, around which ideas or events can crystallize.
One feature of the matrix stands out: the opening of the matrix, it’s widest point, is occupied by a Yod. The Yod is named after the Hebrew letter, Yod, often described as “the finger of God.” It points the way.
The Yod is formed by Pluto in Capricorn, Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter retrograde in Gemini. Pluto is in Capricorn on the cusp of the 11th & 12th; Saturn is in Scorpio in the 9th. Saturn and Pluto are in mutual reception and in favorable, sextile relationship. Saturn and Jupiter form the base of the Yod. Retrograde Jupiter in Gemini in the 4th near the Imum Coeli, occupies the apex of the Yod, destabilizing the energy and, thus, stimulating and directing debate. Jupiter’s retrograde motion will only amplify the tendency of the Yod to deepen and complicate discussion.
Typically, Yods do not yield quick or easy resolution. Rather, they tend to prolong discussions, drawing participants into ever more subtle or obscure issues. Given the difficulty and the importance of the issues currently under discussion by the world’s leaders, this has to be seen as a good thing.
Anyone who thinks that current issues can, or will, be bent into the old, vexing polarities, into the counter-productive, conflict prone patterns of recent times, is seriously deluding themselves.
This Yod effectively links the consciousness of the wealthy and powerful to the consciousness of the grassroots, the consciousness of the 1% and the 99%, in a single dynamic structure supporting an ever deepening dialogue. It drives changes in attitude at both the governmental and the grassroots levels, at once and in tandem.
Beyond discussion and dialogue, the Yod will tend to generate an endless series of events in the real world that illustrate the meaning of the Yod and the importance of the issues it raises in our lives. The Yod turns the world into a learning environment and puts us all on a learning curve.
A Global Makeover
All the planets in the Yod, Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter, are part of extended stelliums.
Pluto and Saturn are part of a group of planets that include Juno, Sun, Mercury Venus, the North Node at the base of the Yod. They are in the 9th thru the 11th houses, from Scorpio to Capricorn, at the top of the chart. Both signs and houses govern things like power, administrative authority, governing philosophy and social responsibility.
The stellium at the top of the chart indicates that just about every facet of the rules that govern our lives, individually and collectively, will be re-negotiated.
- Pluto’s involvement will affect all power and control issues.
- Juno’s involvement will affect the structure of church- and state-sanctioned marriage and other kinds of lifelong bonds.
- The Sun’s involvement will affect higher, conscious, voluntary aspects of our identity, including, for example, the principles that govern conscience and the sense of beauty.
- Mercury’s involvement will affect all forms of communication, including and especially language - what and how things can be communicated.
- Venus’s involvement will affect love and the affections generally as well as more intimate aspects of our lives.
- The North Node’s involvement will lend a sense of direction and of mission.
- Saturn’s involvement will lend a realistic understanding of the limits we work against. It will add a sense of seriousness and urgency. And it will make the outcome of this process durable.
Structurally, the stellium at the apex of the Yod (but at the bottom of the chart) focuses the deliberations of the powerful on the well-being of the grassroots, the 99%.
In countries across the globe, the most thoughtful, powerful and authoritative people in society will be immersed in an effort to rethink the rules by which they govern.
The South Node, Jupiter, Lilith, Vesta and Ceres are in Taurus, Gemini and Cancer in the 3rd, 4th and fifth houses, respectively. These houses and signs govern grassroots politics, economics, family and everyday social life. There is also a very strong but not exclusive emphasis on the feminine.
- The South Node requires that we bring fresh insights about conditions at the grassroots to bear. In this position, the South Node also requires a collective, governmental approach to challenges. Efforts to shift burdens to the local level, for example, will backfire quickly and badly.
- Retrograde Jupiter tells us that the creation of new wealth for the whole of society will depend on improving economic growth and general well-being at the grassroots level. Jupiter’s retrograde motion will drive the discussion into even deeper and more subtle areas than would otherwise be the case with a Yod.
- Lilith’s involvement tells us that any solution will require the empowerment of women and the strengthening of the feminine principle generally.
- Vesta’s involvement tells us to expect dedication, even militant commitment to principles and ideals.
- Ceres’ involvement tells us that nurturance issues, issues surrounding birth, death, nourishment, cultivation and social welfare generally, the overall quality of life at the grassroots, from birth to death, pervade high level discussions.
The Feminine Empowered
In recent charts, the feminine principle has been foregrounded. The same is true in this chart. The importance of the feminine principle is strongly emphasized in the Yod that, itself, strongly influences the meaning of the entire chart. Among other things, Lilith, Vesta and Ceres, for example, placements just discussed, are all strongly and closely associated with the feminine, so are Cancer and the fourth house.
Revelation and Revolution
A group of planets in the leftmost, personal half of the chart drives intense psychological and personal transformation with a decidedly radical, revolutionary flavor.
These planetary placements are all strong, but they are also complex and paradoxical, impossible for the ego to process without going beyond existing mental, emotional and behavioral boundaries.
Transformation of Gender Definitions
- Mars is in Capricorn in the 12th house. It is strongly placed by sign, exalted in Capricorn and reinforced by Pluto in Capricorn on the cusp of the 12th. It is in the house of Neptune. Mars is also in mutual reception with Neptune by house. This is a volatile house placement, not ideal for Mars. Nor is it particularly comfortable for Neptune.
The Mars energy is powerfully amplified but asked to express in a refined and spiritual (Neptunian) way that will not come easy, especially for men and boys. While the feminine principle is being foregrounded in the Yod, the masculine principle is undergoing refinement and spiritualization. Both genders, in fact the entire spectrum of gender identities, each in its own way, is being challenged to move beyond the boundaries that presently define it.
- Neptune and Chiron are strongly placed in the 1st, suggesting an expansion and a spiritualization of the sense of self, a transcendence of the ego, and a lessening of materialistic motives. Chiron's influence can bring physical illness or injury to the extent that these are needed to destroy obstacles to personal growth.
- Pallas is also in Pisces in the 2nd. This points to a transformation of our spending patterns, making them more socially conscious, more consistent with our evolving, more idealistic, Aquarian goals.
- The Moon conjoins Uranus in Aries the 2nd house. This contact is exact to within 17’ of arc, (extremely close) in the 2nd house. The personality is suffused with revolutionary, Uranian energy leading to a desire for economic reform and the use of grassroots economics to bring reform.
We should interpret this placement very broadly to mean that, at very least, people will now expect to be treated with greater consideration and respect in the world of retail sales and services. They will increasingly expect their aspirations and their rights to be respected by those with whom they do business.
Fortune Favors Those Who Change
The Part of Fortune is in Virgo, near the cusp of the 8th house.
This placement of the Part of Fortune indicates strong, substantive support for those coping with intense inner and outer changes, especially changes affecting nurturance, lifestyle and quality of life issues.
The Big Picture
The entire panorama described above plays out in the tension between Aquarius and Leo, between concern for the group and concern for the individual. The tendency will be to move things in an Aquarian direction, to place the individual's thoughts and intentions in a wider, collective, universal context. But it also plays out within a new, dynamic, long-term arrangement of the powerful outermost planets.
In October, Saturn entered Scorpio putting the finishing touches on a new, more stable, supportive and lasting arrangement of the outer planets. (See the final paragraphs of October’s post.) The Yod that drives our December chart taps directly into the power of this new arrangement. In fact, the entire matrix of aspects just discussed is solidly embedded in this new planetary arrangement.
Saturn and Pluto, the two planets with the most concrete, immediate and unavoidable effects on our lives are most directly involved in December’s Yod. But the other two planets in this new arrangement, Uranus and Neptune, also play an important role in December.
Basically, December’s chart harnesses the power of this new planetary formation in the service of a veritable epidemic of personal transformation and general reform. It also combines these two processes, individual transformation and societal transformation, into a single holistic process.
The Winter solstice chart always affects the month’s immediately following it. But I believe this chart sets the agenda and the tone for decades to come.
It embraces all of the important themes and trends of our times in a single holistic, transformational process. It also embraces the individual and the group in that same holistic, transformational process. The current planetary arrangement is, in astrological terms, monumental and its effects are not likely to be transitory. It is not in any sense a passing phenomenon.
The chart for December 2012 and The End of the Mayan Calendar marks an important threshold: the world shifted from one in which vitally important trends were moving on different, often conflicting tracks and the powerful among us were at odds with each other and with those they governed, to a world in which the trends interact harmoniously and everyone, government and the governed, 1% and 99%, work together, if not always amicably, toward a single end.
Hence, the chart for December 2012 seems to me to describe a watershed moment. As a strictly practical matter, the planetary forces set in motion in this chart will take a generation or two, or three, to fully play out.
The December 2012 chart promises personal transformation and holistic social, economic and political reform. But we must remember, one person’s reform is another person’s unwelcome change; one nation’s revolution is another nation’s security threat; one person’s spiritual transformation is another person’s grounds for divorce.
All change is difficult and the scale and scope of change foretold in this chart will be difficult indeed. Many among us will not handle it well.