Much has been written about December 21, 2012 and the end of
the Mayan calendar.

Most people recognize that it does not mark the end of the
world, but rather the disintegration of outmoded ways of
thinking and the beginning of a new heart-centered
consciousness. It is a gradual process.

“Galactic alignment” is a term that many people are using to
try to identify the cause of this change in consciousness.

To better understand what’s happening, here’s a short primer
on Astronomical Events Related to December 21, 2012

Galactic Equator vs. Galactic Plane

The sun (and earth) last crossed the galactic plane 3
million years ago and is moving away from the galactic
plane. It will take another 30 million years to cross it
again. So the significance of December 21, 2012 has
nothing to do with the earth or sun crossing the galactic
plane
.

(The above image is from the Santa Barbara Museum of
Natural History
.)

By definition, the sun is always on the galactic equator.
Since our solar system is at a 60 degree angle to the
galactic equator, in its orbit, the earth crosses the
galactic equator twice every year at approximately the
summer and winter solstices. So there’s nothing unique
about the earth crossing the galactic equator
.

On December 21, 1998 the earth (and the sun) was precisely
on the galactic equator. The sun is approximately 1/2 degree
wide in the sky. As seen from the earth, each year on Dec 21
from 1980 to 2016 the sun will be “touching” the galactic
equator (36 years), but only for a few days surrounding
December 21st (and also near June 21st). So it’s not likely
the Mayans were thinking this was the signature reason to
reset the entire calendar on December 21, 2012
.

This explanation from Thomas Razzeto makes more sense.

The Sacred Tree of Mayan Cosmology

On December 21, 2012, the sun, as seen from the earth, is
directly in the dark rift of the Milky Way, which is
slightly off the galactic equator. Thus we have the winter
solstice and the sun coming out of the birth canal. In
addition, the Mayan are in Central Time Zone, so the
solstice will be just before sunrise (the third rebirth
of the sun).

(The above image is from Why the Maya Picked 2012 – An Essay 
by Thomas Razzeto.)

We are entering into a new stage of consciousness but do not
become discouraged if December 22nd looks a lot like
December 21st.

Many astronomical explanations erroneously imply this will be
a sudden change (possibly with accompanying pole shifts and
other wild scenarios).

During this period of “unknowing” the important thing is to
remain centered and to focus on all the good things in your
life that you can be thankful for.

In other words, live this day like any other day in which
you’d like to feel joyous and fulfilled.

Happy December 21st,
Ed

Edwin Harkness Spina is the author of the award-winning,
visionary thriller Mystic Warrior and the developer of
Energy Center Clearing and Total Love Immersion.