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Beyond 2012—The Choice is Ours
by James Endredy - Beyond 2012 - July 2008

The 2012 time period originally came into the realm of discussion by researchers discovering that the Mayan calendar ends in or around the year 2012. It is interesting to note that many modern people don’t think the Mayan people even exist anymore, which couldn’t be farther from the truth! It is estimated that there are 6 million Maya that share cultural heritage living in Southern Mexico and Central America.

However, unlike their ancient ancestors, most modern Maya live in poverty and exploitation. It’s sad. But it is also an important part of Mayan prophecy: That humans will completely lose their connection to the sacredness of nature, and when that happens, the world as we know it will end. Many other indigenous cultures have similar prophecies.

We also find striking similarities of what is going on in the world today from many other sources, including the bible, the Jewish calendar, Islamic cosmology, and psychic predictions by Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus, among many others.

The other important side to all this is the science. Many scientists are now realizing that our planet is overdue for catastrophic events such as another super-volcanic eruption, earthquake, asteroid strike, etc. In addition, we have a whole slew of man-made environmental disasters, such as climate threats, war threats, health threats, and sustenance threats.

For years I have been trying to awaken people to this. In my book Ecoshamanism: Sacred Practices of Unity, Power and Earth Healing I lay out more than fifty shamanic practices to help deal with the many crises we now face. So, in dealing with the 2012 topic I went back to my roots and consulted the “First Shamans,” Grandfather Fire and Grandmother Growth, a technique I learned from more than twenty years studying shamanic practices with indigenous shamans.

The main message they have shared with me is that we need to reclaim our “luminous self,” the self that transcends ego and purely personal human concerns. The self that is connected to the source of our lives: Our Mother Earth.

The way that they have instructed is to use many different techniques to awaken our luminous self. These included the construction of shrines and altars; the making of offerings; working with the Mayan “Day Creators;” using the power of healing, talking, and divining stones; reclaiming, raising, and wisely using our personal energy; and techniques for living on a daily basis through our luminous selves.

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An Interview with James Endredy, Author of Beyond 2012
by Llewellyn

Shamanism is perhaps the oldest religion in the world, yet many may be unaware of just exactly what it is. How do you personally define ‘shamanism?’Beyond 2012

Shamanism is a tricky word to define. The indigenous shamanic communities that I have lived with all share one thing in common: the belief that the Earth is a living entity and that everything is alive with spirit. This worldview is born from the knowledge of people that depend directly on the land where they live and the plants, animals, and other beings that share the same psychic space. Where there are no stores, and therefore no landfills, everything in nature is so vitally important that a level of connection to the essences and energies that provide life is the most important thing imaginable.

A precise definition of the word “shaman” would then include an extraordinarily wide range of activities. Shamans are healers, visionaries, singers, dancers, psychologists, rain-makers, food-finders, and most importantly, intermediaries between the human and non-human (or more than human) world(s). They are also spiritual leaders, whose expertise is both in the cosmic and physical worlds and whose knowledge covers the ways of plants and animals as well as spirits and deities. These roles aside, shamans now function as intermediaries and even work as diplomats and politicians for the protection and well being of their communities' homelands.

Why is a connection with nature important for all people? What is the spiritual significance of the natural world?

We come from the Earth, we are not born into it. No matter what your beliefs are about creation, we are a part of, and completely dependent on, nature for our survival. In my book Ecoshamanism, one of the topics I focus on is how to reconnect with the forces of nature: water, air, fire, and soil. These are what sustain our lives. People sometimes ask me why I consider these natural elements to be “sacred” and be included in our “spiritual” lives. The answer is simple: we cannot survive without them! Try not breathing for about 30 seconds and then tell me what your priorities are, what is truly sacred to human beings?

The year 2012 has been cited, based on Mayan prophecy, to be the “end of the world as we know it.” On what is this prediction based?

According to scholars and my Mayan mentors, the Mayan “long count” calendar ends in 2012. This calendar is based on many things that seem to be a mystery even to modern Maya. But I would say that the most important element of this calendar is our sun’s alignment with the center of our galaxy. When this happens, consciousness changes and we enter the next “world.”

The prophecy indicates that 2012 will be only “the end of the world as we know it,” not necessarily “the end of the world.” What are the implications of the end of the world as we know it?

We are faced with two roads. The first road is that we continue down the path of ecological destruction of our planet, species extinction, soil depletion, terrorism, war, starving children, over population, etc. The second road is that we “wake up” and human beings act as co-creators with our planet and with each other.

Have there been any markers in our natural world to suggest that this prophecy may indeed be true?

Many of the crises I just mentioned are coming to the “tipping point” very soon. Some scientists are even calling it the “chaos” point, where life as we know it, even for people that live in “first world” countries like you and I will be changed forever. We simply cannot sustain the madness of never-ending “economic growth.” The major natural and man-made disasters I cited previously are the biggest markers we could ever imagine.

There have been many prophecies in the past that suggested the end of the world. Why were these prophecies inaccurate?

There could be many reasons. False prophets. Inaccurate translations of the words that the so-called prophets used. But also realize that many prophecies may not be wrong. For example, the Hopi people (some of the most peaceful and wise indigenous people I have ever met) have seen many of their prophecies fulfilled. The Hopi believe we are now living in the “Fourth World” as human beings and that the “Fifth World” (the final stage of purification) is coming fast. Their prophecies show that many signs leading to the end of the Fourth World have already come to pass: That the white man will bring wagons hooked together but pulled by something other than a horse was fulfilled by railroads, and that the white man would then make roads in the sky, cobwebs in the air, and great lines across the land was fulfilled by airline routes, vapor trails, and power lines.

Hopi prophesy also includes the invention of a “gourd full of ashes” that would burn the land, cause rivers to boil, spread an incurable disease, and prevent anything from growing in the soil for many years. The atomic bomb fulfilled this prophecy.

Finally, it is said that the white man would build his house in the sky and that this would mark the beginning of catastrophic earth changes. This would be the final sign that man has lost balance with nature and that widespread famine, plague, and wars were eminent. To many Hopi, the American space station Skylab is this “house in the sky.”

Is it possible for we as humans to alter the course nature is taking? If so, what can we do?

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What to Expect Astrologically Under Pluto in Capricorn
by Isabelle Ghaneh 
Pluto entered Capricorn for the first time January 27, 2008 and retrograded back into Sagittarius one final time on June 14. It will journey back into Capricorn on November 26, 2008 and remain there until January 21, 2024. Isabelle Ghaneh details what having this planet of transformation and of deep inner searching in Capricorn might mean for both the universe and for you on an individual basis.

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The Spinning Basket Fortune Teller
by Janina Renée
Over time, many of us acquire an assortment of small but delightful trinkets, such as miniature animals or other little figurines, souvenir items, toys, miniature charms, and many other gewgaws. Along with these, we may also collect natural objects such as seeds and nuts, pebbles, and shells, as well as interesting bits of beach glass or driftwood and other found articles. Oftentimes these things give us pleasure because, aside from being colorful or whimsical, they convey some special symbolism or serve as mementos. However, if you’ve just been allowing them to accumulate in a junk drawer, you can take them to a new level of use, since these objects, or fetishes, have a traditional role in divination.

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Bicycle Commuting and the No-Car Life
by Laura E. Kreger
Each year Llewellyn produces a line of annuals, calendars, and datebooks designed to keep you abreast of timely topics and filled with relevant articles from innovative thinkers, authors, and experts. New this year is Llewellyn's 2009 Green Living Guide, which, from green careers to green houses to green weddings, explores how to live in harmony with the environment. Ranging from personal lifestyle options to broad solutions, you'll find a bounty of ways—small and large—to make a difference. This issue features over twenty in-depth articles on ecotravel, transportation alternatives, rain gardens, vermicomposting, beekeeping, wind turbine power, permaculture, and more, such as this excerpt. Read Laura E. Kreger's foray into the world of bicycle commuting and living "car-free."

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New Worlds July/August 2008

The May/June issue of New Worlds  is here! Download the PDF file of the latest issue of New Worlds or click here to sign up and have it delivered to your home! - Llewellyn Encyclopedia - July 2008

Harmonic Convergence
Based on the Mayan Calendar, the “Harmonic Convergence” occurred on 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...(Read More)

A family of traditions whose practitioners focus on voluntarily entering altered states of consciousness in which they experience themselves (or their spirit) interacting with other entities, often by traveling to other realms in order to serve their community.

A Sanskrit word that means “circle.” Mandalas are designs that are usually circular and are constructed around a central point. In Buddhism and Hinduism, mandalas are frequently used for spiritual and meditation purposes, but they can also be used to gain access to your subconscious mind.

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