12-12-12 – End or New Beginning?

The Mayans are not the only culture who put a special significance on the date 12-12-12, or December 12, 2012. Buddhist, Taoist, Vedic and Hopi traditions also refer to some kind of golden age coming around the time of December 21, 2012. But most people do not think the ending of the Mayan calendar marks an end time but rather the turning of a page into a different era. Some look upon it as shift in consciousness, or to quote the musical Hair, “the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.”

Diomira D'Agostino

One person who views 12-12-12 as a time not only for healing the planet but also for transforming ourselves for the better is Diomira D’Agostino. A faery healer and channel, Diomira is going to be leading a small group pilgrimage to the heart of mundo Maya, Mexico’s Yucatan, on December 12, 2012. Or, more precisely, from December 8th through 15th. Because of Diomira’s special relationship with elemental beings, one of the aspects of this spiritual Mexico tour will be to connect with the fairies or nature spirits that dwell in the region. She will utilize their assistance to lead the group to open their hearts and become more closely attuned to Mother Earth.

Of course, Diomira is not the first person who has called our attention to the little folk that dwell in and around Mayan sites. In his book “Lost Cities of North & Central America.” David Hatcher Childress wrote about the Alux, or little people said to live around Tulum. More recently, I read “Faery Tale: One Woman’s Searth for Enchantment in a Modern World” by Signe Pike. She describes a close encounter she had with an Alux in her cabana near Tulum.

Some of the Maya sacred sites that Diomira’s tour will explore include Uxmal and Chichen Itza as well as Tulum.

Here is a link to the official web page for her “Journey to the Land of the Maya, Mexico & 12-12-12” tour.

And if you would like to read more about Diomira and her relationship with faeries, here is a link to an article she wrote about The Faeries, Mexico and 12-12-12.

 

 

 

 

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Wales Tour Features Holy Wells and Ancient Stones

St. Seirol's Well

St. Seirol's Well

Tours to sacred sites often include standing stones, stone circles and dolmens, but the “Mysterious Wales, Land of Merlin” tour announced today by Body Mind Spirit Journeys also includes two holy wells. The photograph is St. Seirol’s Well, in Penmon, Anglesey, Wales. The well was built by local monks, and some people believe the waters still have the power to heal. There was an ancient monastery on the site, as well as a 6th century church and another built in the 12th century. The walls near the well are said to be the oldest remaining Christian building remnants in Wales.

On a much more modern note, anyone who remembers the classic ’60s TV mystery series “The Prisoner” starring Patrick McGoohan, will be interested to know this Welsh tour includes the colorfully fanciful Portmeirion, where exterior scenes of the series were filmed.

Although most of the tour focuses on Wales, it does begin and end in England. So not only does this tour include a special private entrance to Stonehenge, it also gives participants the opportunity to explore the Preseli mountains where the Stonehenge bluestones were quarried.  Paul Devereux, in his book Places of Power: Measuring the Secret Energies at Ancient Sites reported of a visit to the area by two people who witnessed a vivid rainbow in the sky overhead – during the dark of night!

Pentre Ifan megalithic dolmen

Pentre Ifan is a megalithic dolmen

Perhaps the most photogenic attraction will be the dolmen, Pentre Ifan. This megalithic burial chamber was once known as King Arthur’s Quoit. It is about 5,500 years old, and its capstone weights more than 16 tons. According to local legends, faeries have been seen dancing about it looking like “little children in soldiers’ clothes and with red caps.”

For those more literary minded, the tour also features the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired poems by William Wordsworth and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The dates for this 10-day program are October 7 to 16, 2012. You can see the full itinerary by following this link for the  Body Mind Spirit Journeys tour of spiritual Wales attractions.

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