2012 and beyond

It’s all in the stars

by Mac McLaughlin


• I guess we’re holding our collective breath as we ponder the significance of the much-anticipated apocalyptic date of December 21, 2012. The Mayan calendar ends on that date and all kinds of predictions have sprung up. Some say the world will end and others believe Armageddon is in the works. Some chime in with the idea that a great spiritual transformation may take place. God will return and all will be well. It is thought the events that take place at the end of the Mayan calendar will lead us in a new direction. Supposedly, the mysterious planet Nibiru will crash into the Earth on this date or brush quite close to it causing a polar shift. Its impact will change life on Earth, etc, etc. My head is spinning and I need a nap. I have drawn a horoscope for the moment of the winter solstice on December 21, 2012 and outside of the Sun aligning with the galactic centre not much more is going on. There is no planetary line-up to worry about. Nibiru is not in sight and, as far as I’m concerned, God never left the planet and there is no need to return to a place you are already at.

There are some very significant events that have come to pass in 2012 that you might find of interest. Neptune entered the tropical sign Pisces on February 3, 2012 and his visit will last until January 2026. We may not have noticed Neptune’s direct effect because it is mostly hidden, but when you consider what Neptune and Pisces are all about, things start to make sense, sort of.

Neptune is our connection to the astral world and the planes above and below the physical plane. On the positive side of the ledger, Neptune/Pisces combinations are all about service, compassion, healing, divinity, ecstasy, humanitarian love and universal concepts of love. The story that touched my heart the most in 2012 was about the teacher Carrie Gelson and her efforts to help the children that come to school hungry and without adequate clothing. Many in our community were moved greatly and a great outpouring of generosity ensued. This story was a bit close to the bone, however, because I was one of those children that the generous society helped out long ago. This is what is needed, more now than ever before.

As the great Masters have taught us, love is the only commodity that increases when given out. The overall impact of Neptune’s planetary contribution to humanity is within its capacity to help pry our fingers off of the material world and compel us to look within for the treasures that await the thirsty, intrepid traveller. On the negative side of the coin, Neptune can wreak havoc and cause all types of confusion, distortion and dissolution. Neptune rules the seas, oceans, water and all liquids. The question has come up in 2012 as to what we will do with the pipeline and shipment of oil through BC. The threat to our pristine waters and land is a nightmare none of us ever want to face and now the question is right in front of us.

While the general public would not likely have been aware of it, rabid star gazing astrologers have noticed that our national horoscope drawn up for July 1, 1867 is receiving some pretty intense planetary energy indicating that 2012 may have been a dynamic and possibly troubling time in our nation’s capital with much more to come in 2013, 14 and 15. The saying “The fun has just begun” seems to fit the bill nicely. In ancient times, the only horoscope of significance would be that of the king or emperor. Whichever fate befell him was also taken as the fate of the nation. Stephen Harper is our equivalent of the ancient king and his horoscope is showing he is powerful and persuasive and also very wilful and immovable in his ways.

A massive tide of resistance may arise in the next two years, as all kinds of fallout begin to make the news. Fierce opposition is bound to manifest especially if British Columbians get the pipeline shoved down their throats. Mr. Harper will have to go easy, as the stars are not in their most generous dispositions regarding his personal horoscope; 2013 could be a time of grave and serious concerns for the man and he will have to be on his toes to handle the incomings from all sides. The art of compromise will work wonders where power trips backfire immensely.

Overall, we may find that 2013 and onward is going to be a test of our collective spirit as we work towards cohesion, peace and harmony. Major changes are in the wind and, of course, we are the wind and our collective objective will take form as we go. The federal government has implemented maximum/minimum sentences for those that break the law. All this just as the rest of society is waking up to the fact that the drug war has not worked and people everywhere have started to get with the idea of changing the laws and legalizing drugs. The bad guys have benefitted and we have lost out on the revenue. It’s a no brainer. We will tire of those that continue to drag their feet and continue to hinder the process of growth and development. Obviously, drugs are a medical concern and we can then free up our brave crime fighters, clear up the courts and get on with helping one another to cope and carry on in these very complex times.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years.Email mac@macsstars.com or call 604-731-1109.

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