Words are only symbols of ideas. If ideas were people, words would be their names. Someone might know your name, but that doesn't mean they know you. It is easy to assume that if we know a word, we understand the idea it refers to. Often, we assume too much. Case in point: Time. Time and space exist as a continuum. Together, they are the warp and woof of third dimensional experience. Our culture recognises space as having various aspects. It is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative terms. We can think of space as distance to be measured. We also see it as having variety. A mountain is different to a valley or an ocean or outer space. If we have developed the ability to perceive energy directly, we can also speak of a "spirit of place". Feng shui deals with this aspect of space. For some reason, time is widely considered to be quantitative only. We think of it as uniform and featureless. But, if time and space are complimentary, each should find reflection in the other. Ancient civilisations, who left us great monuments and proofs of their advanced knowledge, had a fuller understanding of time. The ancient Greeks honoured two gods of time. Chronos represented quantitative time, duration and sequence. Kairos embodied time's quality, the spirit of the moment. Their ancestors had analysed and mapped time's landscapes. This knowledge was passed on in the form of astrology. The ancient Maya developed a science of Kairos also. We know this is so since the sacred Tzolkin calendar of 260 days pertained specifically to human time. These people were not primitive or ignorant. Some of their technologies were well in advance of our own. Those who dismiss astrology out of hand, and even some astrologers, imagine that the stars and planets have some direct effect on earthly events. Those who are more informed understand the relationship to be synchronous rather than causative. Synchronicity is the calling card of Kairos. The experience of synchronicity indicates attunement to Kairos. The facination with the 2012 end date of the Mayan long count is at least partly due to a subconscious awareness of Kairos. Many are sensing that this is the time of our tranformation. It should be not be seen as something that will happen to us, but as an auspicious window of opportunity to be grasped. Pardoxically, our tranformation is inevitable in the same sense that Neo, in "The Matrix" was never going to choose the blue pill.