OUR NEW WORLD AGE
Mayan and Egyptian astrologers were aware of the Precession of the Equinox, a gradual shifting of the first day of spring (when the Sun is at 00 Aries) westward through the zodiac (ecliptic) by 1-degree every 71-years. The Mayan 2012 end date is based on this movement; their calendar ends in 2012 because this is the beginning of the next New Age according to their calculations. The Precession is caused by the earth wobbling very slowly on its axis and, thus, shifting the position of the pole, equinoxes and solstices one degree westward through the zodiac (ecliptic) in approximately every 71.653-years. It takes an average of 25,794-years for the equinox or solstice points to return to the same point. Ancient astrologers divided this long cycle into twelve Great Ages of 2,150 years each, depicted by the signs of the zodiac.
The Egyptian Sphinx, a half-man and half-lion figure, is probably a representation of the transition from the Age of Virgo to the Age of Leo around 10,500 B.C. During The Age of Leo there was global warming and the melting of the glaciers. The Age of Cancer brought the biblical flood. The Age of Gemini corresponded with the rise of alphabets and writing. The Age of Taurus was during the height of Egyptian culture the bull god Baal was popular. During the Age of Aries great conquests took place by the Greeks and Romans; iron tools revolutionized civilization. The Age of Pisces started right before Christ and early Christians used the Fish sign to recognize one another. The constellations are not equal in length, however, so disagreement exists as to the beginning of each age. The spring equinox still occurs within the constellation of Pisces, although convincing evidence can be presented that we are already in the Age of Aquarius.
Another way to view this grand cycle is to determine when the solstice or equinox points line up with the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Precession, the movement of the intersection of the solar equator and ecliptic (path of earth and planets around the Sun), can thus be used to measure four World Ages. As the equinox and solstice points shift, they each cross the galactic equator – near the center of the galaxy – in 6,448-year approximate intervals. Each time this happens a new World Age commences. The winter solstice has now moved due to Precession so that on December 21 the Sun is aligned with the galactic equator. This will not happen again for approximately 26,000 years.
The significance of the alignment between the solstice and galactic equator is not merely an astronomical curiosity. A rising number of astrophysicists consider the entire galaxy as a living organism capable of self-communication. The galactic nucleus may be sending information signals throughout the galaxy with the energetic flow of matter and radiation coming from several hot spots or discrete emission sources located within 2o of the nucleus. These signals or flows of intense energy may be influencing our solar system in unknown ways. This may account for the year after year of record breaking weather and changes in world climate, numerous unusual monstrous storms, and an increase in earthquake and volcanic eruptions that have been going on since the early 1990s.
The 2012 Mayan date is roughly the midpoint in this grand cycle. It is not the exact alignment! Because the Sun is one-half degree wide, it will take the winter solstice Sun 36 years to process through the one-degree Galactic equator. Jean Meeus, Mathematical Astronomy Morsels, 1997, calculated that the precise alignment of the solstice point with the center of the Sun as viewed from Earth took place in 1998. The rim of the Sun, however, touched the equator in 1980. This started the transition from one World Age to the next because it takes the Sun 36 years to move across the 1o galactic equator. The disk of the Sun will no longer touch the galactic center after 2016. The transition to the new age will then be complete.
WE ARE NOW EXPERIENCING A TRANSITION BETWEEN WORLD AGES.
The Hopi Indians adhere to a tradition that states that there have been three great world transitions. Each of these preceding worlds concluded with a great catastrophe. The first with earthquakes and the reshaping of continents, the second with the earth covered in ice, and the third with a great flood. The prophecy says that the fourth world will happen in our lifetime!
Ancient Indian sages teach of four world orders called Yugas that each end in a cataclysm. The Aztec and Maya civilizations referred to five world ages, again ending in a natural catastrophe. The ancient Aztec traditions of central Mexico share many of the Mayan beliefs that the universe is composed of great waves of energy that repeat as cycles of time. Each wave is characterized by a different energy that they simply called a sun. The Aztec cosmology describes the first sun as Nahui-Ocelotl; this was a time when giant creatures lived within the earth dinosaurs? The geological record does point to a time roughly 65 million years ago when an asteroid collided with the earth resulting in an ice age. The second sun was named Nahui Ehecatl in which humans learned to cultivate plants. A great wind swept across the planet and destroyed much of the growing zone. The third sun was called Nahui Quiahuitl when the people of the earth formed cities and great temples. The destroyer of this sun was a rain of fire. Approximately 12,900 years ago a meteor appears to have struck the Earth killing off most large mammals. The rare element iridium is found in ground layers of this age. The impact would have quickly changed the temperature of the planet by blocking the Sun’s rays and within two years an ice age commenced dropping the climate by 180 F. A mega flood resulted thrusting Europe into a mini ice age as large volumes of freshwater from Greenland ice melting flowed into the North Atlantic that triggered a rapid cooling of the warm Gulf Stream waters.
It is important to realize that each New Age did not wipe out all life. These grand transitions were violent extremes that rapidly broke down the old hierarchy and ushered in a new evolutionary era. Unlike the traditional astrological ages depicted by the Precession of the Equinox through the Zodiacal Signs, this schematic is based on astrophysical evidence. It is a fact that the weather tends to be more stormy and extreme at the equinoxes and solstices, which are four critical turning points that create the seasons. The alignment of the equinox and solstice points with the galactic equator is a similar transition to our yearly seasonal changes but on a much grander and longer scale.
THE RISE IN WORLD TEMPERATURE IS DUE TO THE TRANSITION INTO A NEW WORLD AGE.
Greenhouse gases are, no doubt, a contributing factor but other hot periods recorded in Antarctic ice core studies going back 440,000 years point to rising and falling earth temperatures. Along with global warming and its ecological effects of a reduction in global food supply, mass animal migrations to cooler climates, water shortages, and the bleaching of coral reefs expect the following: An increase in electromagnetism will naturally occur as sunspot cycle 24 reaches a peak in the next few years. This is usually a sign of increased human restlessness resulting in more accidents and hostility. Wars, violence, and riots will continue to flare up during the World Age transition. Economic instability will also persist in spite of periods of growth. A scarcity of water, food, and extreme weather will create social unrest in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East among other areas. The degradation of our natural resources through pollution, earth changes, and habitat destruction will also continue at an accelerated rate. Extreme, brutal weather will continue to batter region after region the world over.
The weird record-breaking weather started in the early 1990s and has only gotten worst. Consider what has happened in just the United States during the first half of 2011: epic floods, massive, wildfires, drought, blinding sandstorms, and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years. The cost so far amounts to $20 billion in damage and lost productivity. Hundreds of people have died and thousands of homes destroyed and millions of acres lost. All this in the first half of 2011! And record-breaking weather continues year after year. 2016 recorded the warmest ever with devastating storms ripping through the middle of the country and slamming the Northeast again and again.
Climatologists have dug hundreds of feet down into the ice of Greenland and Antarctica. This ancient ice consists of bubbles of trapped atmospheric gases going back 650,000 years. Although the climate history of the planet shows both warm and cold phases, the level of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas that warms the planet) is now 27% higher than at any time in the ice core records recovered to date. This points to a strong human footprint. During past earth solstice and equinox alignments with the galactic plane very few if any humans inhabited the planet. This transition is the first time that nearly 7 billion people are alive.
Global warming is a fact. 2005 was the hottest, stormiest, and driest year on record, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Twenty-six tropical storms including three Category 5 hurricanes formed. The North Pole’s ice cap is melting quickly. A Russian transport ship sailed straight from St. Petersburg to the North Pole without assistance from an icebreaker. This is a first in the history of seafaring. 2016 is expected to even surpass these records.
Scientific studies suggest that it is probably too late to stop or reverse the warming. Changes of 5 to 10 degrees over the rest of this century are thought to be inevitable. Coastal areas will be flooded as the seas rise by 3 feet, while drought conditions will affect other regions. It is Nature’s way of forcing us to adjust and rethink our relationship with the earth.
Pollution was and still is a problem on land and in waterways. Every square mile of ocean, for instance, contains 46,000 pieces of plastic trash. But more significant is the way oceans are becoming more acidic. If the slow acidifying effect of increased carbon dioxide continues, oysters, mussels, and the coral reefs may not survive. Snails, barnacles, sea urchins, corals and other marine organisms make their shells and skeletons by combining calcium and carbonate ions in the water. When atmospheric carbon dioxide levels go up, the organisms’ supply of essential carbonate goes down because more hydrogen ions are created that acidify the water (the pH goes down) and this ties up carbonate ions, converting them into bicarbonate ions.
Another example of the ocean’s peril is the Great Barrier Reef off of Australia. It stretches more than 1,400 miles providing shelter and food for a variety of marine life. As a whole, the reef’s size and diversity help stave off massive environmental change. But as a living structure, the reef is vulnerable. Major bleaching occurs when the sea-surface temperature rises by 30 F over normal. This has been going on in cycles throughout time without great harm to the entire reef. But the bleaching that took place in 2001 and again in 2005 was much worse than ever before. Some reef experts claim that by 2030 these destructive heat zones will occur every year, especially battering the Great Barrier Reef to death. Rising seas are bad for shallow corals and deeper ones too. It is a balancing act that is breaking down seemingly everywhere. More alarming is the 60-year decline in ocean phytoplankton the microscopic organisms that not only eat greenhouse gases but also feed almost every other living organism in the sea directly or indirectly. If the phytoplankton go, so goes the ocean. Frogs led the way to biodiversity die-offs. Now we are witnessing multi-level species extinction, species creation, and broad environmental harm.
THE CHANGING WORLD AGE BRINGS NEW LIFE THROUGH THE BREAKDOWN OF OLD STRUCTURES.
Notice all the innovative initiatives in alternative energy, medicine, transportation efficiency, recycling, and technology of all kinds. Social improvements like healthcare and infrastructure repair are leading the way to a new world order. What we must be careful to preserve in this time of increased instability and spectacular change is our basic form of government. Benjamin Franklin once said that now that we have a democracy let us see if the people can keep it. There will be a popular backlash to the wasteful ways of our federal government. The corruption of our democracy by an elitist group of career politicians may also come to a crisis point. Irresponsible spending will come back to haunt those who voted for pork over practicality. If the government doesn’t fix the looming social security shortfall and reneges on its debt, a popular revolt a taxpayer revolt will ensue. The seeds of this seething undertow of popular disappointment and anger with the Federal Government can be seen in the nascent Tea Party Movement and the highly unusual 2016 presidential election.
Nature provides a vivid clue in its seasonal shifts as to how World Ages commence. The World Age is a macro-transition, just as the seasons are micro-transitions. Each brings a refreshing change after an awkward transition. Four great upheavals usher in each age: the spring fire of Aries; the summer water of Cancer; the Libra winds; and the Capricorn cold. All this is rather complicated of course. The earth does not necessarily have to be ravaged by only water during one World Age, and wind by the next. A large meteor impact causes fire, as do massive volcanic eruptions; but these can also cause a cooling effect by tossing debris up into the atmosphere that partially blocks the heat from the Sun. The point is merely that Nature has four paths of destruction leading to new growth analogous to the biblical account of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
There is much conjecture as to exactly what will take place in terms of the cataclysm. Since the transition into the next age is a gradual process, and not a sudden event, we are already witnessing Nature’s rage. Some believe that the magnetic polarity of the planet will reverse. This appears not to be the case. The Earth’s magnetosphere was discovered in 1958. Scientists determined that this magnetic curtain protects us from the harsh effects of solar wind radiation. The strength of the magnetic field also keeps the planet’s temperature within a narrow range over very long period of time.
The Earth’s magnetic field varies; and it has reversed 171 times based on ice core sample studies in the last 76 million years. Fourteen of these have occurred in the last 4.5 million years, the last reversal happening approximately 780,000 years ago. The time spans involved with magnetic reversals are not associated with the New Age phenomena discussed here. Magnetic field strengths, however, play a significant role in climate change and biological reactions. When the field lessens, more solar energy reaches the Earth’s surface, which causes global warming. Global warming has taken place many times in the ice core samples of the last 76 million years. Greenhouse gases caused by carbon dioxide were clearly not the cause of these past warming periods since humans had yet to exist.
The human body produces a magnetic field that is profoundly influenced by the environmental electrical field. Our nervous systems, our immune systems, and our perceptions are all influenced by magnetic fields. Magnetic fields vary from place to place in a ribbon-like pattern. Early in the 20th century scientists charted these patterns as a contour map of the world. The map shows where the strongest and the weakest magnetic effects are located. Astrological relocation analysis determines specific conditions and potentials for various localities through the world based on an individual’s horoscope. Magnetic fields are the primary reason that one area of the country is better than another for specific endeavors.
The Antarctic ice core samples have provided a very significant piece of information. They show that the overall strength of the Earth’s magnetic intensity must fall to a certain level before a polarity shift can occur. This threshold appears to be a reading below 2 units on the Virtual Axial Dipole Moment (VADM). Current magnetic strength is 7.5 units, well above the threshold that would trigger a pole reversal. Past New Age transitions showed similar low magnetic readings that allowed more solar radiation to penetrate the stratosphere and warm and planet without causing the north magnetic pole to become the south and vice versa.
Ice core samples point to current global warming approaching 10 C. Previous New Ages experienced 20 C warming. This warming is still quite enough to melt much of the polar ice caps and cause rising sea levels. The radiant energy from the Sun is also increasing due to the weakened magnetic field; this adds to the warming effect. The melting of the polar ice will be quick and brief, followed by a period of cooling. I have commented in my book, Earth Changes, how quickly the warming ocean currents in the Atlantic can be interrupted to cause a sudden freezing of Europe and North America an ice age. This remains a secondary threat to the effects of global warming.
Specifically we can cite multiple wars as one result of the New Age transition. A collapsing economy, in our case a world economy, is associated with this transition. The Earth itself goes through a metamorphosis of extremes too. Normal weather patterns are replaced by years of record-breaking heat, droughts, storms, floods, earthquakes, freezes and freak meteor strikes or, today, manmade disasters like oil spills and pollution. Climate change accelerates in the extreme.
The rapidly changing world climate breaks up existing social order to a degree; it imposes new threats and challenges that motivate people (and all living things) to adapt. Adaptation means that humans quickly learn new skills, employ different means, and invent outstanding machines to get around the rough times. The last New Age transition was around 4400 B.C. This was during the time that irrigation techniques in the Indus Valley were first used. The horse was also being domesticated in Asia. These were colossal inventions and utilizations that revolutionized forthcoming civilizations. Also around this time (c. 4800-3750 B.C.E.) there emerged the world’s first city-states in Mesopotamia. Near 4000 B.C. the plow was first used in Mesopotamia.
The New Age cycle before last is near 11,000 B.C. This is during the Mesolithic period that began at the end of the last long ice age. Seas began to rise for centuries as the ice sheath melted inundating coastal low areas and marshes. Around 8,200 years ago, a final cuiedetat took place when a massive release of melt water from a giant glacial lake in North America, called Lake Agassiz, caused sea levels to rise suddenly by more than two feet.
The New Age does not destroy the world. The world is reborn out of the chaos and ruin of areas and people unable to adapt to Nature’s next grand season. Challenges to face during and after the New Age transition include weather extremes. The severe weather since the 1990s attests to the growing fury of Nature. Droughts will affect some areas and flooding will be the problem in others. Damaging and costly storms, colder winters and hotter summers than usual, sink holes and mud slides, wild fires more tornados and hurricanes and earthquakes. The natural calamities will reshape economies and the way in which people live. These changes in design, budgeting, and lifestyle will be subtle at first but persistent. Over time, great changes will take place. Look no farther than the job market to understand the implications of the New Age. Since the Great Recession of 2007 record numbers of people who were laid off have been unable to find work. They comprise the newly formed permanently jobless class. An estimated ½ of all jobs, mostly in the service sector, will be gone in two or three decades. Robots are a primary reason. Robotics are revolutionizing the way companies handle merchandise. Soon drone aircraft will deliver packages and local products to doorsteps. Robots will be everywhere doing tasks once done by humans and animals. Technological developments are revamping the educational system and the work place. A college degree is becoming a necessity to find a good paying job. Specialized skills are being called for in more and more careers. Technological developments are pushing the need for manufacturing job skills to upgrade to a computer skill level. People are being forced to adapt to the rapidly changing digital world of computers and robots.
We have much to look forward to though: new sources of energy, more efficient motors and engines and buildings, nano technology; and a computer conversion of the world making the life span longer, more productive, and by far easier. The rapid changes being made in technology extend to policy changes within governments and businesses. The human consciousness is changing to embrace a new world order. Hopefully, humans will come to their senses about pollution and work with, rather than against, Nature. There are, obviously, huge challenges facing us today. We must survive the climate extremes. We must manage unstable regimes and terrorists bent on old style ideology. Better working economic and political models are needed. Supplying adequate water and food for the world’s needs are of paramount importance. But, as Rome’s wise Seneca said, Calamity is virtue’s opportunity.
THERE ARE GRAVE THREATS AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE FACE IN THIS CHANGING WORLD AGE. Each World Age ends in a cataclysm. Out of the destruction, though, came a new form of doing things a New Age of hope, and life’s potential for renewed growth. What ends is the old, worn, and useless. Throughout history the idea runs of a world-disaster through human misconduct, wickedness, or godly disobedience. But, as Jack Lindsay writes in The Origins of Astrology (Barnes & Noble, 1971): ¦the scheme of eternal cycles, each controlled and brought to its end by the positions of the stars, each lasting exactly the same length of time and involving an exact repetition of the previous cycle, could only come about after astronomy, with its astrologic interpretations and applications, had reached a high level of achievement. There has always been in the human psyche a sense of doom and renewal. Lindsay went on to write, quoting Senaca’s account of the famous Chaldean astrologer Berosos (cir. 280 B.C.) and his view of Earth transitions, But after the universe’s foundations have been destroyed, there will arise everything afresh in pristine innocence when no teacher of evil survives. The cycle repeats itself. Man, ignorant of any crime, will once again be given to the world, born under better auspices. But evil revives too and destroys the earthly paradise. Vice needs no teacher, while Virtue is hard to learn.