The Lost Cycle of Time - Walter Cruttenden

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Ancient cultures around the world spoke of a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages; Plato called it the Great Year. Most of us were taught that this cycle was just a myth, a fairytale, if we were taught anything about it all. But according to Giorgio de Santillana, former professor of the history of science at MIT, many ancient cultures believed consciousness and history were not linear but cyclical, rising and falling over long periods of time. In their landmark work, Hamlet’s Mill , de Santillana and coauthor Hertha von Dechend, show that the myth and folklore of more than thirty ancient cultures speak of a cycle of time with long periods of enlightenment broken by dark ages of ignorance, indirectly driven by a known astronomical phenomena, the precession of the equinox. This is where it gets interesting.

We all know the two celestial motions that have a profound effect on life and consciousness. Diurnal motion , Earth’s rotation on its axis, causes humans to move from a waking state to a sleep state and back again every twenty-four hours. Our bodies have adapted to Earth’s rotation so well that it produces these regular changes in consciousness without our even thinking the process remarkable . Earth’s revolution around the sun —the second celestial motion, which Copernicus identified — has an equally significant effect, prompting trillions of life forms to spring out of the ground, to bloom, fruit, and then decay, while billions of other species hibernate, spawn, or migrate en masse. Our visible world literally springs to life, completely changes its color and stride, and then reverses with every waxing and waning of the second celestial motion.

The third celestial motion, the precession of the equinox , is less understood than the first two, but if we are to believe ancient cultures from around the world, its effect is equally transformative. What disguises the impact of this motion is its timescale. Like the mayfly, which lives but one day a year and knows nothing of the seasons, the human being has an average life span that comprises only one-360th of the roughly 24,000-year precessional cycle. And just as the mayfly born on an overcast, windless day has no idea that there is anything as splendid as sunshine or a breeze, so do we, born in an era of materialistic rationality, have little awareness of a golden age or higher states of consciousness – though that is the ancestral message.

As Giorgio and Hertha point out, the idea of a great cycle linked to the slow precession of the equinox was common to numerous cultures before the Christian era, but today we are taught nothing about it. Yet an increasing body of astronomical and archaeological evidence suggests the cycle may have a basis in fact. More importantly, understanding its ebb and flow and the character of each epoch provides insight into civilization’s direction. So far the Ancients are right on; consciousness does seem to be expanding since the depths of the dark ages, reflected as vast improvements throughout society. So what drives these changes and what can we expect in the future? Understanding the cause of precession is key.

Precession Observed

The observation of Earth’s three motions is quite simple. In the first, rotation, we see the sun rise in the east and set in the west every twenty-four hours. And if we were to look at the stars just once a day, we would see a similar pattern over a year: the stars rise in the east and set in the west. The twelve constellations of the zodiac — the ancient markers of time that lie along the ecliptic, the sun’s path — pass overhead at the rate of about one per month and return to the starting point of our celestial observation at the end of the year. And if we looked just once a year, say on the autumnal equinox, we would notice the stars move retrograde (opposite to the first two motions) at the rate of about one degree every seventy years. At this pace, the equinox falls on a different constellation approximately once every 2,000 years, taking about 24,000 years to complete its cycle through the twelve constellations. This is called the precession (the backward motion) of the equinox relative to the fixed stars.

Precession of Earth's rotational axis

Precession of Earth's rotational axis due to the tidal force raised on Earth by the gravity of the Moon and Sun (Source: Wikipedia).

The standard theory of precession says it is principally the Moon’s gravity acting upon the oblate Earth that must be the cause of Earth’s changing orientation to inertial space, a.k.a. “precession.” However, this theory was developed before astronomers learned the solar system could move and has now been found by the International Astronomical Union to be “inconsistent with dynamical theory.” Ancient oriental astronomy teaches that an equinox slowly moving or “precessing” through the zodiac’s twelve constellations is simply due to the motion of the sun curving through space around another star, which changes our viewpoint of the stars from Earth. At the Binary Research Institute, we have modeled a moving solar system and found it does indeed better produce the precession observable, while resolving a number of solar system anomalies. This strongly suggests the ancient explanation may be the most plausible, even though astronomers have not yet discovered a companion star to Earth’s Sun.


Just read this and I have 3 comments:

1. The article states that the full precession cycle takes about 24,000 years. According to several sources I checked, it is in fact 26,000 years.

2. The article does not explain the exact mechanism by which precession (that is the change of 1 degree every 72 years of the direction of the Earth's axis) effects the intellectual and emotional development of mankind on Earth.

3. There are at least 2 other celestial motions the Earth goes through: The Apsidal Precession is the slight change in the axis of Earth's orbit around the sun. Our planet, along with the sun and all the other bodies in the Milky Way) also move due to Galactic Rotation (the Milky Way spins around itself). This is at the rate of 168 miles/second so that we complete one full turn around the center of our galaxy in 225 million years. If there were any "great cycles" this would be it..!

Yucina, please watch you tube documentary video,

"Earth's orbit around the sun, not as simple as I thought"..

It was Good :)

The 24,000 year precessional model accounts for the effects of gravity on angular momentum in an elliptical orbit around another star.

Edit: I probably should have elaborated.  The speed of precession changes; currently it’s accelerating.  Cruttenden’s model accounts for this much more accurately than the Newtonian model, which is still in a process of revision, and suggests a full precessional cycle of closer to 24,000 years.

Think how long it took for all this procession to fall into place.. I mean the solar systems orbits, cycles and balances, that inside the local group of stars, then all these groups throughout the galaxy, to all rotate around for sooooo long, to eventually set in place,leveling off; finding it's clockwork balance,
to the point or age where we discovered, read, sifted, admired, and study them. And realize their effects.
More awareness indeed !

It is 26,000 something years and it does on the second thing because the stars are in a different spot in relation to the tilt of the earth so an ancient Zodiac would not be the same as a current one. When the stars are not in the same spot the reading of personality and qualities of a person won't be the same either. The reason it's a great cycle is because we are able to see it.


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