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Pachacuti – 12/21/2012

December 17, 2012

12/21/12 Pachacuti – World Turning Over


I guess I haven’t been paying attention, or perhaps (as is usually the case) mania is a localized phenomenon, but it didn’t seem to me that 2012’s big date December 21st was causing as much furor as I expected, say seven years ago, when I first thought about it. But now that the Russians are heading for high ground and everyone who can possibly con or otherwise take advantage of evangelical stupidity has done so, let’s get a little perspective on the issue of Friday’s big event.


            First, a calendar is a construct of a tribe through which they track important recurring events. There are several calendars in operation today, and none of them is particularly accurate. They function as general place holders for accounting for one’s whereabouts. Nothing more. What is accurate and valid is marking the passage of time via the phases of the moon through the four quarters of the year– the two solstices and two equinoxes are exact measurements. (In case you’re interested, this is the pagan calendar cycle).  There should really be thirteen moons in a year, but that’s perhaps a different discussion. December 21 is the solstice, the shortest day of the year. Westerners happen to call this December 21, but it has always been so, even in the Dream Time when there were no names for things like days/weeks/months. At some point in the earth’s orbit, there is a short day and there is a long day. In our north, December 21 is the shortest day…but for the Inca and the Maya, it is the longest day. But the solstice as an event is real no matter where you are or what tribe you belong to. So what is going to happen?


            Calendars provide the blackboard upon which the tribal stories are drawn. For the Mayans, the calendar predicted certain eras. We in the west have the habit of naming historical periods, but we don’t predict the future. Many indigenous peoples do have predictive values in their mythology that tell of the times to come. And religions have a habit of using predicted doom and gloom to blackmail good behavior from their constituents. As I said, it’s tribal.  The Inca too have within their mythology a prediction for this solstice. Their own calendar predicted the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in the 15th century, and so too, it predicts that the world will ‘turn over’. For them, the world was turned upside down by the Spanish, their once mighty empire was ravaged, their people enslaved. Dec 21, 2012, the solstice, is the date the world will right itself.  


            The Inca elders say that there will be a return to the Divine Feminine, a turning away from masculine warring tendencies, a new awareness of our responsibility to the Earth as provider. I won’t go so far as to say that we’ve been looking in the wrong direction when we pray, but I will say that for the last two thousand years the wrong principles have been in place. Power and politics and religious dogma are great crowd control tools, but they are short term, insular strategies. The Earth has other ideas.


            Pachacuti, the world turning over. Wouldn’t that be great? How to prepare? Simple. Put away the weapons, get down on your knees and bend your head to touch the earth. Breath in the beauty, delicacy, and grace that is this universe and figure out one thing to do on Friday December 21, 2012 that will make your world a better safer, happier, place for all creatures, all creatures on Earth.


Jane Galer  Dec. 17, 2012


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sally Roberts permalink
    December 18, 2012 10:54 am

    Dear, Dear, Galer,

    Wonderfully, beautifully expressed, merci millefois, merci!

    Currently drafting my midwinter newsletter, so these words truly touch my heart,


    Sally xxx


  2. Sally Roberts permalink
    December 18, 2012 2:20 pm

    Dear Galer,

    I am so taken with the last sentence of your blog, it is so much what I want to say, that I wonder if I can quote it in my newsletter? I will, of course reference you, and if its ok, forward people to your blog? I want to send it out tomorrow, so it would be great if you could get back to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you,



    • December 18, 2012 5:22 pm

      Of course you can quote me, Sally! I’m flattered. And please do forward people to my blog. as infrequent as it is…lots of love,

  3. Roo permalink
    December 19, 2012 8:23 pm


    What a profound common sense approach to supporting the earth and what is expected on the 21st. We both welcome a change or shift from the current energy stagnation plagueing this beautiful blue marble. A shift to a more respectful attitude of Mother Nature, of the earth and for all human and animal kind. Sustainabilty works.
    Your peace and wisdom are a welcome, fresh approach to our everyday life process. MK and I feel fortunate to have you and Gene in our lives.

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