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Term: 2012

DEFINITIONS

2012: The date of attributed by some to the completion of a particular cycle found in the Mayan calendar. Some people fascinated by this topic even give the date of December 21, 2012, as the end of this cycle. Although some people claim this is the end of the calendar and propose an apocalyptic end of the world scenario, most believe it will simply mark a major evolutionary step for the world where there will be major world changes. Interestingly, NASA predicts that the Sun will reverse its magnetic poles during 2012.

A similar event, based on the Mayan Calendar, was the “Harmonic Convergence” of August 16-17, 1987. It was supposed to usher in a new era of global awakening to love and spiritual transformation. When the expected change did not occur on that date, the concept changed to say that the days marked the beginning of a five-year period of change. Most people today don’t think that change occurred, and negative events such as massacres and wars continued. However, there were positive geopolitical events such as the end of Apartheid in South Africa as well as the Soviet Union splitting into independent states.

2012: Surreal Tarot deck by Marco Nizzoli with booklet by Barbara Moore.

2012: A practitioner of folk magick, especially magick that deals with herbs. A cunning man was responsible for assuring good harvests, protecting against spells, curses, and the evil eye, and provide charms and medicines. Although the expression “cunning man” is most often used by anthropologists, similar terms “cunning folk” and “cunning women” are also used. The expression is considered synonymous with wizards, conjurors, white Witch, and “pellars.”


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