There are no “planets aligning with the milky way”. You are falling prey to pop astrology! 😉 The milky way is ALL OVER the sky. Now, as for the CENTER of the milky way – we don’t know where it is. We know it is roughly between Sagittarius and Scorpio in the zodiac. Winter solstices for MANY MANY years now have been and will be occuring when the SUN is in this region of the Zodiac. I guess you could call this an “alignment with the galactic center” if you want – but thats really stretching it. It is not “planets” aligning with the galactic center – it is one planet, the Sun. And the alignment doesn’t happen “on” 12/21/2012, it is going on for many years during the winter solstices previous to 2012, during 2012 and after 2012.
The hubub about 12/21/2012 is NOT really because of some glactic alignment shebang. It is because a very long cycle of the Mayan Calendar ends (as best as we can translate it) on that date. This makes for a great movie (well, not really…) and is nice for the imagination, but what it really boils down to is that ancient civilizations like Mayan and Vedic and others had time spans for counting very long durations of time. We count years. Great ancient civilizations counted Epochs as well as years. The Mayan Calendar has the end of a “long count” (translate: epoch) occuring on 12/21/2012. It’s not the end of the world, its the end of an epoch.
Is it going to be the beginning of a “New Age“? That would be swell for all the “New Age”‘ers, wouldn’t it? Well yes, lets be open minded and say that it IS the beginning of a new age. Does that mean some dramatic changes are happening on 12/21/2012? No! Its the beginning of a AGE, ages are huge, long periods of time. Even if they change very quickly relative to their length, the transition period between them must be at least a few hundred years, right?
So what is going to happen on 12/21/2012??? Frankly you have been watching it happen since about 1965 when stuff started getting totally upside down and going nuts. Similar stuff will keep happening for a few decades. After that will the world be a better place. I sure hope so. I sort of doubt it, though – being realistic. But, But, But there is one prophecy I put stock into. It is a Vedic prophecy, not really a Mayan one – but perhaps (perhaps) they are linked. A short time after the appearance of a Vishnu incarnation in India (which happened about 500 years ago) there should be a 10,000 year (roughly) “golden age” where human society enjoys a respite from materialism and gets unprecedented access to spiritual bliss and enlightenment.
Still, be that as it may, there is a hardcore punk band whose words are also “prophetic” to some extent. They wrote a song called “World Peace.” In it they explained that this material world will ALWAYS be the material world. Groovy deals here are going to be short lived and less than what you hope for, always, at best. Dig it.
– Vic DiCara