The Awakening is the name for the world event in 2011. The Awakening signifies the beginning of The Sixth World, when Magic returned to the world. While most attribute the Awakening to a single date, December 24, 2011, based on the Mayan solar calendar, the Awakening actually happened more gradually over the period of several years, even decades (some scholars claim that the Awakening is still going on in the present). For example, one consequence of the Awakening, Goblinization, did not occur until a decade had passed. The Century Ferret was discovered a decade before 2011. In any case, the Awakening signifies the turning point that makes the[Sixth World drastically different than the Fifth World before it.
The term Awakening is also used to refer to the emergence of magical talent in any specific individual. Anyone who begins to show magical talent is said to have been Awakened, and those who can/do use magic actively are said to be Awakened. Variations on this theme are used to describe people who are not full magicians. The terms “groggies” and “sleepies” have been used as derogatory ways to describe aspected magicians.