Cosmology and the Great year

Cosmological discoveries lend support for legendary Great Year

(Read the article on one page)

Ancient cultures around the world believed that consciousness and history move in a vast cycle of time with alternating Dark and Golden Ages - Plato called it the Great Year. Today we know it as one "precession of the equinox," an obscure astronomical motion, and most consider the Golden Age to be just a myth.

But are we correct? An increasing amount of scientific evidence suggests that long before the Dark Ages, mankind had a deep understanding of astronomy, mathematics, holistic healing, and a profound ability to live in tune with nature."

I hope that by calling attention to new research more people will become aware that the ancient teachings of the Yugas, cycles of time that affect our earth and human history, are increasingly supported by scientific discovery.

The cycles of time referenced in the Vedic scriptures

The cycles of time referenced in the Vedic scriptures, with alternating Dark and Golden Ages. Image source

Restructuring the Solar System

One recent discovery of interest is 2012VP113, nicknamed Biden, a dwarf planet about 450 km in diameter found to be orbiting our sun in a pattern quite similar to Sedna, one

of the largest dwarfs, discovered in 2002. Mike Brown, an astrophysicist at Caltech, famed for killing Pluto by his discovery of so many of these minor planets, was the first to note that Sedna cannot exist in its current position without the gravitational help of some unseen body. The discovery of Biden only underlines this point and heightens the quest for a large mass affecting our solar system. But where and how big?

Biden exists miles beyond larger Sedna

Biden exists miles beyond larger Sedna (pictured). Image source .

Two Spanish astronomers, Carlos and Raul de la Fuente Marcos, at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain, have examined these distant dwarfs and noticed some unusual patterns. They have concluded that because Biden and Sedna are not large enough to exert much influence on each other, they must be kept in their place by not one but two large undiscovered planets that each has a mass of at least ten times that of the earth.

Furthermore, these mega planets are required to be at least 200 to 250 AU away from the sun (one AU or astronomical unit is equivalent to the distance between the sun and the earth). The Binary Research Institute has long hypothesized that there must be another large mass, most likely a companion star, that affects our solar system.

In BRI’s view, such a mass is required not only to explain the incline of these outer dwarf planet orbits to the plane of the major planets (for example Pluto’s orbit is inclined about 17 degrees) but also as a way to explain the changing orientation of the entire solar system to the fixed stars by about 50 arc seconds per year, a.k.a. precession. In such a model the orbits of these dwarfs are not unexpected. While the Spanish astronomers are not saying the mass affecting our solar system is a companion star, their assumptions concerning the large mass and great distance of their hypothetical planets, are clearly moving us in BRI’s direction. Year by year mainstream astronomy is getting closer to the idea there must be something big out there, and it is influencing our solar system in ways heretofore unknown.

But it is not just the position of these orbits that is so interesting. The most confirming fact from a Great Year perspective is that the orbital periods of these new dwarf planets are in resonance with known Great Year periodicities. And the Spanish astronomers are indeed talking about these resonances. Planets or moons moving in resonance with one another are a sign of gravitational influences and an indication that these bodies have been dancing together for very long periods of time – and not just due to some random star passing by disturbing a planet out of its orbit.

As stated, the resonances of the newly discovered dwarfs are quite confirming to anyone studying the 24,000-year precessional cycle. For example, Sedna orbits the sun in 12,000 years, once per Yuga or twice per Yuga cycle (one complete precessional cycle after applying Kepler’s laws to the current observed rate of about 25,770 years). And Biden’s orbit is in a 3:1 ratio to Sedna, meaning it orbits the sun three times per Yuga, and six times in a complete Yuga cycle. For those that study planetary resonances and understand the Great Year cycle, this supports the 24,000-year precession cycle to a tee!

Precessional movement of the Earth

Precessional movement of the Earth. Image Source: Wikipedia.

Commenting in NewScientist on the dwarf planets that are raising all this attention, Scott Shepard of the Carnegie Institution for Science, and one of the discoverers of Biden, said, "As there are only a few of these extremely distant objects known, it's hard to say anything definitive about the number or location of any distant planets, however, in the near future we should have more objects to work with to help us determine the structure of the outer solar system."


Tsurugi's picture

Excellent article. I have studied the astronomical phenomena of precession intently and it is true that the apparent retrograde movement of the fixed stars can be explained both by an "axial wobble" of earth(the most commonly used explanation) OR by the movement of our sun(and with it our entire solar system) in orbit around a companion or binary mass. Looking at binary star orbital patterns does make it clear that such orbits would result in "seasons" of a sort, as proximity to the binary companion waxes and idea that is at least superficially compatible with the concept of the Yuga cycle, though I confess I cannot imagine what the details of the mechanism for increasing or decreasing consiousness might be(or what that actually means in reality).

I began this study with a very skeptical attitude toward the concept of the Yuga cycle, but over time I have come to accept the possibility that something akin to what is reported in the Vedas in regards to human understanding and consiousness could very well be taking place.

Another interesting astronomical fact In support of the Great Year(specifically meaning the possibility our sun has a binary companion mass of some kind around which it orbits) is the fact that the Kuiper Belt(which is a very diffuse, scattered collection of long-period cometary bodies extending to the very limits of the sun's gravitational primacy) has a very sharply defined cutoff or outer edge, rather than simply fading out as would be expected.
The best explanation for the sharp outer edge is a periodic pass of an object of considerable mass, i.e. a binary companion, which would effectively "trim" the Kuiper Belt to have a neatly defined outer edge.

rbflooringinstall's picture

Amazing! And in accordance to the Great Year, we are a few years into the ascend to the next Golden Age. I believe 2012 was the marker for the shift in the direction towards the Golden Age.

Peace and Love,


Kosst Amojan's picture

It has been hypothesized for a long time that there has to be some invisible companion to our sun, not only because the whole solar system wobbles, or becouse of a sudden break in Kuiper belt, but also as a driving force of a long-period comets. Astronomers hadn't found anything yet, but that only can mean that Sun's companion is probably not a star, not even a red dwarf, but more probably a brown dwarf, object which mass is between the stars and planets. Object with a mass between a four and twenty Jupiter mass is big enough to explain all of the above inconsistencies, and such a massive object is well inside the limits of a brown dwarfs. Such an object is very hard to find, especially if it's 250 AU or more distant from the Sun, because it doesn't emit it's own light, but such an object emit more than enough infrared radiation, because it's surface temperature can rise to 1000 K or even more, regarding it's mass, so such hypothetic brown dwarf could be easily spotted with the infrared telescopes.
In fact, one brown dwarf very close to our Sun (only 7,3 ly away, that's closest next to the Alpha Centaury and Barnard's Star) has been recently spotted, and it's very cool, too, it's surface temperature is only around 260 K, which is as cold as the surface of Mars, for instance, and no matter of that, it has been spotted using WISE infrared telescope, so I believe that further investigations will find such an object in our closest vicinity, at the distance of 250 AU or somewhat larger.

Some esoteric teachings mentions a "black sun", Aztec mythology also mentions it, could it be that such a black sun, or brown dwarf really exists, and that old civilizations knew about it and it's true nature?

Tsurugi's picture

Yah, the concept of the "Dark Star" found in very old mythologies or esoteric beliefs has always intrigued me. It could indeed be a reference to the periodic appearance of our sun's binary companion.

I have often wondered, what might such an object look like, if it were close enough to see in the sky with the naked eye? A dim, somewhat ominous red colored object, surrounded by wisps of nebulous debris and gas....The Eye of Ra?

Truly fascinating.

Since the overwhelming majority of stars are binary. Our Sun having a failed star, a brown or black dwarf, as a companion seems to be a possibility. Realizing that either case would be extremely hard to detect with present astronomical equipment. This, also, may explain the recent presentation that the Earth is the center of rotation for the Solar System. A binary star system would rotate around a gravitational center.


Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Human Origins

Cult scene: the worship of the sun-god, Shamash. Limestone cylinder-seal, Mesopotamia.
In a recent article on Ancient Origins, Jason Jarrell and Sarah Farmer discussed the possibility that Zecharia Sitchin mistranslated several Sumerian Texts. According to Sitchin, there were a number of Sumerian seals that relate to the Anunnaki, whom he said came from the heavens to create man and enslave mankind to work in the mines.

Ancient Technology

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article