Welcome to December 12, 2012 (12-12-12), which is either lucky or end of the world (for some souls tired of living). Today’s date is considered auspicious by some, doomed by others, and just plain easy to remember by many. The number certainly holds significance in human existence through the millennia, a fact of which there is indisputable evidence if you consider the following:
Apart from there being 12 hours of day and night, and 12 months in the year in the Roman calendar, there are 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 Apostles, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 gods of Olympus, 12 old testament prophet and 12-year cycle of animals in the Chinese calendar, and maybe a dozen others more but were ejected by my memory.
Still others say the day symbolizes love, completeness or fulfillment. For me, it just came to my mind as one good silly thing to blog about to somehow perpetuate its prominence down memory lane. Just like most of us, I have no other interpretation of this audacious day other than its being audacious.
From my corner of the world, many had opted to have their wedding day today (December 12, 2012) for whatever significance this day may bring in addition to the amazing and perfect alignment of numbers in a date. I was almost tempted to join the fray 😛 (My son chose 11-11-11 for his wedding day which was also his birthday and their so-called anniversary as sweethearts. Each two-digit number has a romantic meaning for them!).
“Oh LOVE so powerful; you roll over on anything if only to have your way”. This is one of my favorite lines from a poem.
To the Mayans, this is a doomed day. The Mayan calendar ends on this day (or more precisely on Dec. 21, 2012) and it was their belief that the world is going to end that day. However, the Mayans is not the only culture who had given predictions of doomsday. We have heard of quite a number before.
Chinese astrology, though, has a more inspiring interpretation or connotation for this audacious day. The number 12 brings harmony to the yin and yang of Chinese numerology: The number one is a yang number ruled by the sun, while two is a yin number ruled by the moon (Sourced from Google).
Anyway, on the more personal note 12-12-12 probably was the most memorable day in my blogging or blogged (read hooked to blogging) life. It was on this day:
– that I shed tears while reading a post which to me was very touching;
– that I received the most audacious Christmas gift from a favorite classmate even as Christmas was not in the Muslim tradition; and
– that my blog hits suddenly catapulted to 403 in a day; for a blog site that receives an average of more or less a hundred per day, this was like hitting the freshly pressed by chance; (triggered by my posts “Kathryn’s Story and Freshly Pressed”, and “Reply to Letter to Santa Claus” – consistently my top post for the past several weeks).
Still for a lot of people 12-12-12 is simply incidental and no different from their ordinary days while to some unmindfuls this audacious day just slipped past their consciousness.
But for me, 12-12-12 means 12 good reasons to be happy, 12 different ways to think of others especially the less fortunate brethren, and 12 times more to be grateful to the Good Lord for all the blessings He continues to mete out to each one of us.
May the spirit of the yuletide season leave its imprints in your daily lives throughout the years to come and may the new year brings you new and fresh opportunities to continue to commune with the Lord.
“From Him we come, to Him shall we return” (The Holy Bible and Holy Koran).