Last, but by no means least, we come to the 4th Quarter of the year. This period not only marks the conclusion of 2012, but as has been well documented, the Long Calendar (also known as the Long Count) of the Mayans ends on December 21 which is also the beginning of the Winter Solstice. I will comment more on this at the conclusion of these astrological forecasts. There are several major events which need attention during this time: To begin, Jupiter-King of the Gods goes into reverse on Oct 4th while Saturn-The Ringed One-enters the sign of the Scorpion on Oct 5th.

Daylight savings ends on Nov. 4 followed two days later by the Messenger’s final rearward dance on Nov. 6. On Nov. 13, a major Solar Eclipse coincides with the New Moon, both in Scorpio. Two week later, on Nov. 28, a penumbral Lunar Eclipse joins the Full Moon. This is the type of eclipse where Luna passes through the Earth’s shadow which is called the penumbra. Finally, as stated previously, the Winter Solstice occurs on Dec. 21 marking the last significant astrological event of the year.

The reverse motion of the King of Gods will add frustration to long distance travel and long term plans. Unexpected delays, quite possibly in the form of freak storms in unlikely places, will snarl travel during the remainder of the year adding the already bleak mood most of us are feeling. With this as a backdrop, close attention has to be paid to the Messenger’s final voyage backward on Nov 6.

It is not coincidence that this Mercury retrograde will occur on Election Day. Already confused, conflicted and confounded in its own right, the exercise of the “patriotic duty” is going to be strongly impacted by the Messenger. Communication of ideas, important information, and policy are going to be muddled and quite possibly “lost”. The possibility of wide-scale “irregularities” is quite high and the idea that the selection of a President and Congress could be delayed or subject to challenges and recounts is very real.

While the country (and the world as a whole) is mired in this communication nightmare, the Ringed One enters Scorpio and adds an entirely different set of energies to the mix. Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn will enter what is known as a “mutual reception”. Simply put, the energies of the one will work to support the energies of the other and vice versa. Given the fragility of the financial markets, expect another implosion quite possibly giving Black Friday a meaning closer to the one of Great Depression fame than for door-buster shopping specials.

The power of the two eclipses so close together, will also heighten tension and dynamic energy. The Solar Eclipse in Scorpio coupled with the New Moon is of particular concern. A seismic shift (both metaphorically and literally) could result in a major catastrophe during the week of Nov. 13th that the world is not prepared to deal with. Quite possibly this event could occur in the continental U.S. although at this juncture the location remains unclear. Follow up articles will address this in greater detail.

December 21, 2012, in addition to being the date of the Winter Solstice has received much attention because of the end of the Long Calendar of the Mayans. Much speculation as to the meaning of this event has already been done and, as such, I will not belabor the point here except to say that with each ending there is a new beginning. One particular and striking event does occur in the heavens on that day, however. It is called the ‘Yod’ or as it is sometimes known: the Finger of God.

Astrologically speaking, the Yod is a unique and rare event when one planet quincunxes, that is 150°, two other planets that are separated by only a sextile of 60°. What makes this event so potent and important, are the planets involved. Jupiter is the planet in quincunx to both Pluto and Saturn. We have already seen the mutual reception between the Ringed One and Dark Lord. This will have a profound effect on the world economy and with it power struggles between nations and the “haves” and “have nots” of those nations.

The Yod can produce either powerful energy or a deep blocking action focused on the planet at the apex: in the case, the King of the Gods, Jupiter. Given the retrograde motion, we can anticipate that positive activity will be limited and expansion, whether on the personal, financial, emotional, political or world-wide level, will be brought to a standstill.

Whether this is what the Mayans saw as the end of their calendar cannot be known. What can be said, however, is that this time is what we make of it and how we respond will mark our course in the days and weeks to follow.

2012 Through the looking glass part I

2012 Through the looking glass part II

The beginning of the end 2012 June

Mercury Retrograde Affects 2012 Elections

Lou Raedwulfe is also the author of The RuneChest available at Amazon

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