Friday, December 21, 2012

End of the World Tonight?

While many of us are celebrating the pagan calends known as Yule, others will be hopefully waiting for the most hyped auspicious day since, well, the last overly hyped auspicious day. Some of you remember the direful warnings of Y2K, which of course never materialized. Tonight is the last day of the Mayan calendar, supposedly, but actually it is the zero year of the zero day, and like any incremental measuring device, it moves on past that incremental anomaly. So, what will you be doing on the last day of the world, the aftermath of which will be either the end of the world or the beginning of a new world, which is pretty much the same thing? Will you be meeting New Age folks on some mountain top waiting for the UFO’s to come and take you away from the devastation? Or will you be celebrating the beginning of Yule with friends and family?

As for me, I will be spending the last day of the world with my two best friends in Milwaukee, drinking in an Irish pub. It will be great time, and if I can avoid a certain degree of excess, I won’t be suffering too much from it during the next day. All I can say is to enjoy the festivities and avoid all of the hype. Auspicious dates are subtle things and are only made real and valuable when they are incorporated into extensive magical and spiritual preparations. However, such a regimen will take even the most mildly auspicious time and make it a life-changing event. It is the methodology and not so much the times, although they can help and add a certain amount of profoundness to a working.

Anyway, tip a glass this evening to your favorite Solstice Gods or Goddesses, and make a wish for better times and better tidings. Then, on the next day after the haze has cleared, you should shrug your shoulders and get back to work.

Frater Barrabbas

1 comment:

  1. I played it safer. I spent the night drinking at home while watching TV with some Leinenkugel brews. My wife was better amused with a jigsaw puzzle. Someone was telling me that this world 'end' shows up in other Indian cultures as well-Cherokee is one in which there is some kind of spiritual change for this date. I wanted to look into this further. Have you heard of similarity with other Indian cultures?