And from its midst was the likeness of four living beings,
And this is their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
And [each] one had four faces, and [each] one had four wings.
And their legs were straight legs, and the soles of their feet were
like a round foot, and they sparkled like the color of burnished copper.
And human hands were beneath their wings on their four sides,
And their faces and their wings were [the same] to all four of them.
Their wings joined one to the other; they did not turn when they
Walked; each one would go toward the direction of his face.
And the likeness of their faces was the face of a man,
And the face of a lion was on their right, to the four of them,
And the face of an ox to their left, to the four of them,
And the face of an eagle [was] to the four of them.
Ezekiel – Chapter 1. 5-10
Axial Precession or the Precession of the Equinoxes
In astronomy, axial precession is a gravity-induced, slow, and continuous change in the orientation of an astronomical body’s rotational axis. In particular, it refers to the gradual shift in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation, which, similar to a wobbling top, traces out a pair of cones joined at their apices in a cycle of approximately 25,920 years.The term “precession” typically refers only to this largest part of the motion; other changes in the alignment of Earth’s axis – nutation and polar motion – are much smaller in magnitude.
Earth’s precession was historically called the precession of the equinoxes, because the equinoxes moved westward along the ecliptic relative to the fixed stars, opposite to the yearly motion of the Sun along the ecliptic. This term is still used in non-technical discussions, that is, when detailed mathematics are absent. Historically, Hipparchus has been credited with discovering the precession of the equinoxes, although evidence from cuneiform tablets suggest that his statements and mathematics relied heavily on Babylonian astronomical materials that had existed for many centuries prior. The exact dates of his life are not known, but astronomical observations attributed to him by Ptolemy date from 147 BC to 127 BC.
With improvements in the ability to calculate the gravitational force between and among planets during the first half of the nineteenth century, it was recognized that the ecliptic itself moved slightly, which was named planetary precession, as early as 1863, while the dominant component was named lunisolar precession.Their combination was named general precession, instead of precession of the equinoxes. Lunisolar precession is caused by the gravitational forces of the Moon and Sun on Earth’s equatorial bulge, causing Earth’s axis to move with respect to inertial space. Planetary precession (an advance) is due to the small angle between the gravitational force of the other planets on Earth and its orbital plane (the ecliptic), causing the plane of the ecliptic to shift slightly relative to inertial space. Lunisolar precession is about 500 times greater than planetary precession.In addition to the Moon and Sun, the other planets also cause a small movement of Earth’s axis in inertial space, making the contrast in the terms lunisolar versus planetary misleading, so in 2006 the International Astronomical Union recommended that the dominant component be renamed, the precession of the equator, and the minor component be renamed, precession of the ecliptic, but their combination is still named general precession. Many references to the old terms exist in publications predating the change.
This of course it’s only the astronomical point of view, of celestial mechanics,to understand the phenomena of the precession, but little to do with the Ancient interpretations of this movement denominated by some of them as the Platonic Year. The Platonic Year was named after Plato (427 – 347 BC) because of his conviction of the intimate relationship between space and time. Plato believed that the heavens were “designed” by God for the measurement of time. He called one complete cycle of the bodies a ‘Perfect Year’.
Although there is no written testimony of a recognition of precession before the Greeks, it is clear from Greek testimony (such as from Aristotle), that Egyptian and Babylonian sciences were shrouded in mystery and only available to the ‘initiated’. However, this lack of written evidence by no means precludes such knowledge from being understood, as the numbers that represent the precessionary cycle, can be found in the dimensions of ‘sacred’ structures and mythologies from around the ancient world as the following examples illustrate.
Turkey – (See Metsamor). First recorded division of the sky into 12 equal parts. Metsamor was identified by Livvio Stecchini as an ancient oracle centre. It lies at the foot of Mount Ararat, and archaeology has shown that the area was home to a sophisticated culture that was present in Anatolia from c. 6,000 BC.
Sumeria – Gudea, a ruler of ‘Lagash’, of Sumeria, recorded that he was given instructions in a vision. “A wise man that shone like the heaven,“ by whose side stood “a divine bird,” “commanded me to build this temple”. Gudea employed a male ‘diviner, maker of decisions’, and a female ‘searcher of secrets’ to locate the site. He then recruited 216,000 people for the job. (23).
Babylon – The Babylonian historian Berossus (third century BC) ascribed a total reign of 432,000 years (120shar’s of 3,600 yrs each), to the mythical Kings who ruled the land of Sumer before the flood. He also ascribed a period of 2,160,000 years to the period ‘between creation and universal catastrophe’. (21)
The King-List known as W-B/144, records the following:-
‘when kingship was lowered from heaven, kingship was first in Eridu’
The following lengths of time were given for each ruler:-
Alulim – 28,000 yrs Alalgar – 36,000 yrs Enmenluanna – 43,200 yrs Enmengalanna – 28,800 yrs Dumuzi – 36,000 yrs Ensipazianna – 21,600 yrs Uburtutu – 18,000 yrs
The Sumerian text W-B/62, adds Larsa and its two divine rulers to the King-List, also multiples of 3,600. (23).
We can be fairly sure that the Sumerians were aware of the cycle, as we can see from the table above that it offers a natural division of both time and space into 360°, from units of 6 and 10. The Sumerians are the earliest culture to measure both time and space in units of 6 and 10. A system called the Hexi-decimal system.
Remarkably, time and space are still measured today by the same units of measurement. For example, we can see the year divided by 12 months, with each day being divided by 24 hours, each one divisible by 60 minutes, and each minute by a further 60 seconds. Similarly, the earth is divided by 360 degrees, each degree being divisible by 60 ‘minutes and each minute by a further 60 ‘seconds’ of an arc.
China – Early Jesuit scholars, who were among the first Europeans to visit China had the opportunity in the imperial library, to study a vast work consisting of 4,320 volumes, said to have been handed down from ancient times and to contain ‘all knowledge’. This great book included a number of traditions which told of the consequences that followed when mankind rebelled against the high gods and the system of the universe fell into disorder’: ‘The planets altered their courses. The sky sank lower towards the north. The Sun, moon and stars changed their motions. The earth fell to pieces and the waters in its bosom rushed upwards with violence and overflowed the earth’. Extract from (21).
The Great Pyramid of Giza.
It has been shown that the exterior measurements of the ‘Great’ Pyramid of Giza are an accurate representation of the Earth’s’ northern hemisphere on a scale of 1:43,200.
A number that proves highly significant when one considers the method of doubling/halving the numbers that was used in ancient Egypt (kemi)
25,920 years / 12 = 2,160 (x 2 = 4,320)
In relation to this, it has been pointed out that the possibility may exist whereby the numbers expressing the Precessionary cycle (Approx’ 26,000 years), when viewed as fractals may be translated into the 60-based system of degrees (26° 00′ 00″). Modern pocket electronic calculators have a key (DD>DMS) for this function.
The Platonic Year of 25,920 years would produce the following numbers:
25.92 (doubled) = 51.84 where, 51.84° is 51° 50′ 24″.
In other words, the angle of inclination 51° 50′ 24″ would express the decimal number 51.84°, which is the fractal expression of double the 25,920 Platonic Year number (25920 x 2 = 51840).
This would mean that the angle of inclination cited by Piazzi Smyth for the Great pyramid of Giza of 51° 51′ 14″ would reflect the decimal number 51.85399° or the fractal halved to that of 25,926.995 years (51,85399/2=25,926.995). A number which appears at very least, an extraordinary coincidence considering the astronomical references to the pyramid throughout history.
From the Ox Apis to the Water Bearer
An astrological age is a time period in astrologic mythology which astrologers claim parallel major changes in the development of Earth’s inhabitants, particularly relating to culture, society and politics. There are twelve astrological ages corresponding to the twelve zodiacal signs in western astrology. At the completion of one cycle of twelve astrological ages, the cycle is claimed to repeat itself every 25,920 years.
The Age of Aquarius is an astrological term denoting either the current or forthcoming astrological age, depending on the method of calculation. Astrologers maintain that an astrological age is a product of the earth’s slow precessional rotation and lasts for 2,160 years, on average (25,920) year period of precession / 12 zodiac signs = 2,160 years).
There are various methods of calculating the length of an astrological age. In sun-sign astrology, the first sign is Aries, followed by Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces, whereupon the cycle returns to Aries and through the zodiacal signs again. Astrological ages, however, proceed in the opposite direction (“retrograde” in astronomy). The Platonic year because it’s base on the Axial Precession of the Equinox runs in retrograde, Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries, Pisces, therefore, now we are beginning the Age of Aquarius.
Dr. Serge Raynaud de la Ferriere a Scientist and an Astrologer who studied the Religious cycles or Ages from the Platonic year and the ancient cultures of the World wrote last century on the forties:
“Speaking of God is to the sky that we look at, as from early ages man has raised his eyes towards the sky, and the myriads of stars have had to intrigue (we now know that it exists by the hundred of millions, of which roughly 6,000 are visible to the naked eye).
When one rises to look at these stars, how not to find so many parallels that make us understand the homogeneity of the Great Whole? Microcosm and macrocosm are closely linked and Dr. Lavezzeri already revealed the curious relationship between astronomical life and human life.
The heartbeats from a man in good health are at 72, the same employing the sun to move one degree across the sky on the Platonic year.
The heart beats 4 times when we breathe once, ie the number of breaths per minute is 18, corresponding to the 4 seasons and 18 years of nutation of the Earth’s axis under the lunar influence.
As for the 25,920 breaths in 24 hours, remind us of the precession of the equinoxes, by the number of years the famous Great Cycle, which finally closed its Zodiacal constellations turn; there also derive the great precessional Eras: (25,920 / 12 = 2160 years by sign) and from 4320-2160 before of the Christian era, the Cycle of TAURUS symbolized Egypt, Chaldea, etc. Then came the era of ARIES that transformed religion: Moses forbade the Jews worshiping the Golden Calf (Apis Ox). The Christian Era corresponds to the sun penetrating since the year I was in the new sign of PISCES (Did not Jesus was represented by this emblem?).
Naturally this symbolism is not of absolute precision, but it should be noted that the large cycles mark the history of the World and it’s people.
Obviously the history of mankind is not cut into equal pieces because everyone knows that winter comes a little in the Spring; the summer often extends over the Fall; therefore the fact of passing in to another sign does not imply an abrupt renewal; however, all the Great Civilizations are characterized by the precessional motion, which makes many say we approach the Golden Age.
The Age of AQUARIUS must effectively symbolize a new cycle of 2000 years or so and make a renewal. Some are based to enunciate as a result of the discovery of the splitting of the atom, calling our age Atomic Age, which can be symbolized by the planet Uranus characterizes sudden events and governs precisely the sign of AGUADOR (Aquarius).”
The Ages or Cycles
Every zodiac Age has a particular symbolism that affect the destiny of History, and the tendencies of the particular age in question, according to some students of the occult the half of the Ages are Positive, and half Negative in polarity manifesting the characteristics of the Zodiac sign that rules at the time.
“The Age of Earth, I have, or I want, Agriculture and the Bull” This age is claimed to have occurred approximately around the time of the building of the Pyramids in Egypt.
Religious similarities Bull worshiping cults began to form in India Assyria, Egypt and Crete during this mythological age.
Ankh: thoracic vertebra of a bull – Egyptian symbol of life
Worship of Apis, the bull-deity (see also Bull (mythology)), the most important of all the sacred animals in Egypt, said to be instituted during the Second Dynasty of the Early Dynastic Period of Egypt and worshipped in the Memphis region until the New Kingdom (16th century BC).
When Moses was said to have descended from the mountain with the ten commandments (c. 17th – 13th century BC, the end of the Age of Taurus), some of his people or followers were found by him to be worshipping a golden bull calf. He instructed these worshippers to be killed. This represents Moses “killing” the bull and ending the Age of Taurus, and ushering in the Age of Aries, which he represents.
“The Age of War, Fire and the Ram”
Historical similarities Aries represents a Fire symbol as well as bold actions, a lot of these behaviors can be seen during any age. However, the themes emphasized during this age relate to courage, initiative, war and adventure. Nations during this age such as the expanding empires of China, Persia, Greece and Rome, are often cited as examples of the archetypes of Aries in action. Also the Aries constellation shows a ram running. This could correspond with the sacrifice of Abraham’s Ram. While the number of names containing the sound of the ram during this period is noted: Ra (Sun God), Ram, Rama, Brahman, Brahma, Abram/Abraham, Amon Ra, and Ramesses I. The battering ram was employed by the Assyrians, Greeks and Romans with great success during this time. (The symbol of Mars, the planetary ruler of Aries, evokes this interpretation.) According to the Roman state religion, the Roman people were the “Sons of Mars”.
Aries is associated with the metal iron, and iron ore was for the first time smelted and worked into iron swords in Anatolia during the early phase of this era, replacing the heavier, softer-metaled, duller-edged bronze swords of the previous Taurus Age.
Traits of Aries such as ‘initiative’ may suggest the explosion of originality in the development of social aspects, sciences and arts in regions such as Ancient Greece but at the same time traits such as ‘Impulsivity’ may be attributed to the various Wars of the time.
Religious similarities The Age of Aries ushered in efforts to replace polytheism with monotheism. The earliest known attempt was by the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, who, in about 1350 BC, decreed the Sun God Aten to be the supreme deity, apparently in reaction to his earlier lack of inclusion in religious rites by his family. After his death, however, power reverted to the original polytheistic priests, who re-established the old religion. Speculation (including that of Freud) has it that later, during the reign of Ramesses II, Moses was influenced by Akhenaten’s revolutionary idea, and grasped the idea of a single supreme God, who especially favored his people, as an inspirational mechanism that best suited his people held in bondage. The symbol of Aries can be seen as representing the power of multiple gods streaming down into a single god-head.
Moses (born c. 16th–13th century BC; 7 Adar 2368 – 7 Adar 2488 in the Hebrew calendar), an early Biblical Hebrew religious leader, lawgiver, prophet, and military leader, condemns his own people upon finding them worshiping a ‘golden calf’ (a symbol of the previous Age of Taurus and of the worship of the bull deity) after coming down Mount Sinai. These events may have occurred during the Age of Aries.
The Age of Pisces is – The Age of Monotheism (one God), Spirituality, and the Fish. It is characterized by the rise of many religions such as Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. This represents the “spiritual” nature of Pisces. Throughout most of Pisces though this spiritual side is for the most part seen as the truth hidden behind the five senses. Spirituality was seen in relation to the world, not through an innate knowing of divinity. And the fact many Religions reverted to, or adopted the old pagan Gods in to saints, adopting a middle ground where idolatry was not abandoned completely, and where most of the times what you preach it’s not what you do, look at the great religious wars in the name of God all through the Age of Pisces.
The Fall of Rome began at the beginning of this Age
As with all Great Cycle changes the Age of Pisces began with chaos. Rome fell and chaos was rampant as the great change of power began. It was the birthing of the Middle Ages.
Egypt’s Isis was dropped and Mary mother of Jesus came into being replacing her near the close of the Age of Aries. Jesus is said to have been born of the Virgin Mary. Virgo is the polar opposite sign of Pisces. The Age of Pisces also represents charity, mercy, sacrifice, compassion and pardon, which are the virtues taught and lived by Jesus.
Water played a prominent role in the teachings of Jesus, and Pisces is a water sign. The fish is the symbol of Pisces. Many of Jesus’ gatherings were near lakes and water. Fish were a big part of the diet of Jesus, his disciples and the multitudes. Water was used to baptize the people.
Jesus was sacrificed because he was the “Lamb” of God. This represents the sacrificing of the RAM of Aries, which ended the Age of Aries the astrological age before Pisces.
Earlier on in the Age of Pisces, the Europeans, the Vikings, and more integrated with other cultures on mass. In recent history, China, India and much of the East have found their economic might and now the economies of the West are totally reliant on this trade. The East and West have merged as never before making it difficult for wars and other negative activities to continue.
Religious wars have been ramped during Pisces, with people killing others simply because they didn’t have the same religious beliefs. No specific religions need be singled out, since this phenomena occurred throughout most of the “civilized” world from East to West. The value of organized religion should diminish as the grip of Pisces comes to a close.
On the other hand the Age of Pisces has also been a very spiritual age. Monasteries, ashrams, temples, and pilgrimages, all came into being during this age. Many started “on the path” back to the creator. But few were able to get to it because they were heavily tied to the senses. This searching will come to fruition in the Age of Aquarius and the greater meaning of things will be known.
The Piscean Age is a time of gentleness, materialism and artistry, but also it’s impracticality. This is possibly due to the rise in the European empires. To the spiritually undeveloped person Pisces represents “servitude.” To the disciple or aspirant, the vision of “service to humanity…world savior” as Jesus, came to the forefront. Good recent examples are Mother Theresa and the Dali Lama.
During the Age of Pisces, we were told what to BELIVE (Pisces word I believe) through religions, authority figures, dictators, etc. These powers have been losing ground and the shift is towards “power over self.” This debacle of power will escalate now that the Age of Pisces has ended.
The Age of Aquarius
Aquarius sign it’s represented by a man bearing a pitcher of water, represented Ganymede who was abducted by Zeus from Mount Ida, near Troy in Phrygia. Ganymede had been tending sheep, a rustic or humble pursuit characteristic of a hero’s boyhood before his privileged status is revealed. Zeus either sent an eagle or turned himself into an eagle to transport the youth to Mount Olympus.
In Olympus, Zeus granted him eternal youth and immortality and the office of cupbearer to the gods, supplanting Hebe. Edmund Veckenstedt associated Ganymede with the genesis of the intoxicating drink mead, which had a traditional origin in Phrygia. All the gods were filled with joy to see the youth, except for Hera, Zeus’s consort, who regarded Ganymede as a rival for her husband’s affection. Zeus later put Ganymede in the sky as the constellation Aquarius, which is associated with that of the Eagle (Aquila). A moon of Jupiter, the planet named for Zeus’s Roman counterpart, was named Ganymede by astronomer Simon Marius.
Plato accounts for the pederasty aspect of the myth by attributing its origin to Crete, where the social custom of paiderastía was supposed to have originated. He has Socrates deny that Ganymede was the “catamite” of Zeus, and say the god loved him non-sexually for his psychē, “mind” or “soul,” giving the etymology of his name as ganu-, “taking pleasure,” and mēd-, “mind.” Ganymede, he points out, was the only one of Zeus’s lovers who was granted immortality. This points to the new general tendencies of using drugs as mind alter substances some with the purpose of ecstatic states of consciousness, therefore the symbolic “Eagle rapture.”
We talked briefly as to when the Aquarius age started or would start, there is many opinions on the subject, my opinion is that we are already in it, I wouldn’t put a date to it but events like the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the invention of the airplane, rockets, the Atomic bomb, the landing of the Moon, the satellites, and the exploration of Space, the switch form a Newtonian physics, to an Einstein Relativity, to a Quantum physics, Electricity, Telegraph, Radio, TV, and now Computers, Robotics, Nanotechnology, and all kind of breathless advances in Science, that it’s hard to keep pace with it, the fact that science, reason, and a new spirit of emancipation it’s sweeping the World at all levels, equality for women, gays, (Ganymede the water bearer) and the oppressed no longer tied to ancient dogmas, or beliefs, talk loudly of leaving the age of Pisces behind.
John 14. 12
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Luke 22. 10