What exactly is this point in time digitally defined as 11:11/12/21/2012?
The simplest answer is that it is nothing more than a string of numbers denoting a moment in time… the winter solstice of the year 2012. Winter, that is, if you are living in the Earth’s northern hemisphere; and the summer solstice if you are living in Earth’s southern hemisphere.
It is the moment in time when the 23.5 degree tilt of Planet Earth’s axis, relative to the plane of revolution, creates the greatest angular distance from the sun… for those folks living north of the equator.
It is the longest night of the year for northerners and the longest day for southerners.
So what? It occurs every year as regular as clockwork. What is so special about this particular one?
Well, that’s a long story, about 25,626 years long. It is a story about time and meaning and cosmic cycles.
We modern humans generally think of time as being linear. Yesterday is behind us, tomorrow is ahead of us. Minutes add up to days, days to years, years to centuries and centuries to millennia. We visualize that time is a line that starts at the beginning of the universe and continues into the distant future, perhaps extending into infinity.
But time is also cyclical and our measuring devices reflect that. A clock measures the passing moments. It returns to 12 o’clock every day at noon and 24 o’clock every day at midnight.
The lunar cycle is also a cyclical measurement of time, with the 28 day full moon cycle roughly counting out months in the year.
The seasons are also a cyclical time measurement of time. Every December 21st, we get to experience the solstice. You could call it the seasonal equivalent of midnight, with March 21st being analogous to 6 am/dawn/spring, June 21st being noon/summer and September 21st being 6 pm/dusk/autumn.
There is another much longer cyclical measurement of time. It is called the Precession of the Equinoxes, sometimes called the Platonic Year. Just as a year is measured by one circuit of the Earth around the Sun and noted by the two solstices of December 21st and June 21st and the two equinoxes of March 21st and September 21st, the Platonic Year is measured by one circuit of the axis of the Earth through the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
December 21st, 2012 at 11:11 am is the equivalent of midnight in this Platonic Year. It is also the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which began metaphorically at the Platonic Year autumnal equinox in August 11, 3114 BCE. The Mayan Long Count calendar is 5,125.36 years long, one quarter of the Platonic Year.
There is, however, a much longer cyclical measurement of time. It is called the Galactic Year. It is the amount of time it takes for our solar system to rotate once around the galactic core. If the birth of the sun can be said to be at 0 Galactic years, then you can say that life began on Earth at 10 Galactic Years and we are now at 20 Galactic Years. In fact, December 21st, 2012 is midnight on the last day of the last month of the last year of this current Galactic Year.
So, 11:11 12/21/2012 is not just a number signifying the end of the seasonal year (winter solstice) of 2012, it is also the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, the end of one 25,626 Precession of the Equinoxes and the end of the 225 million year long Galactic Year. It is a big midnight.
For those who conceive of time as being linear, it is seen as being an ending.
For those who understand the true nature of time as being cyclical, it is a new beginning; just a midnight denotes the beginning of a new day as much as it denotes the end of an old day.
Coincidently, the Indians who have their home half way around the world from the Mayan Indians, the Hindus, who also have their own fascinating cosmology and their own sense of time and space, also happen to believe that we are just now completing a major cosmic cycle of time they have named “Kali Yuga” and will soon be entering a new era in cosmic and human history.
If you never bothered making New Year’s Resolutions before, this might be a momentous time to think about doing so. Imagine a new beginning filled with innumerable possibilities for yourself as we enter into a new era of human history and commit right now to claiming your own full self-actualization. Now there is a resolution worthy of pursuit.
Me? The next day, December 22, after whatever is going to happen happens at that singular moment in time, I will be on a beach working on my tan and reading a good book. Probably have a cold beer towards sunset.