Earth spins and we have night and day. We have seasons because Earth orbits the sun. If we could consult the Ancients, we’d find they believed in an even grander cycle. One that influences the rise and fall of civilizations.
New discoveries are being found all over the world offering evidence that complex societies existed and are older than once thought. Ancient cultures placed great value on the movement of the heavens. Rams, fish, bulls—once thought to be pagan symbols—are now understood to represent the constellations.
As mankind plodded their way through the ages of superstitions—sometimes believing that the Earth was flat—it’s quite possible that civilizations existed before that were, in some ways, more advanced than we are today.
Plato, to our limited knowledge, is the first to come up with a concept known as The Great Year. Although, studies of past civilizations indicate they were aware and in tune to the The Great Year and it’s impact on mankind—maybe even before Plato.
Lost Civilizations—Atlantis, Shangri-La—could there be actuality in these long thought to be fictional civilizations?
The Short of It
Ancient cultures believed in a Grand Cycle in which there were high ages of enlightenment and low ages of darkness, and these were influenced by the movement of the heavens.
The Long of It
NASA defines The Great Year (TGY) as: The period of one complete cycle of the equinoxes around the ecliptic, about 25,800 years. It is also called the Platonic Year.
Equinox occurs twice a year around March 20 and September 23. At this time, the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, and day and night are equal in duration all over the planet.
Ecliptic refers to the path of the sun.
An over simplified explanation of The Great Year might be: when the planets and the motion of the fixed stars return to their original positions. This is the complete cycle of the equinox around the ecliptic.
And it takes 25,8000 years!
Let’s put that into perspective. The oldest form of writing dates back to the Sumerian Cuneiform script around 30th century BC, using this as a marker, recorded history spans roughly 5,ooo years.
25, 800 years are needed for the planets and stars to return to their original positions. Perhaps, Earth has already experienced this grand cycle once and during these ages of enlightenment and darkness, advanced civilizations were lost.
Researchers are hopeful that as our technology progresses, and with the help of astronomers and archeologists, these long deceased cultures can be resurrected and studied.
Highly advanced civilizations such as ancient Egypt, the Greek and Roman Empires, the Megalithic and Mayan civilizations all seemed to slip into an age of darkness and collapsed taking with them their knowledge of the heavens. Plato saw this as an inescapable part of the recurring pattern indicative of The Great Year.
Greeks and Romans referred to these stages of civilizations as The Great Year and broke it down into four periods—the Iron, Bronze, Silver and Golden Ages. Each period had its own unique characteristics.
The sages of Ancient India referred to it as the Yuga Cycle. The Greco Roman Mithras civilization used symbols for the celestial movement.
This is merely an introduction to The Great Year. During our blog posts in March, we will probe into this concept deeper and also consider some of the lost and buried civilizations of our Ancient Ancestors.
There is a documentary on the The Great Year. It’s offered on Amazon for $1.99 rental fee. I rented it and obtained much of the information above from it. It’s long, 46 minutes, but well worth watching, if you are interested. It was posted by a google+ friend of mine from You Tube. (Thank you, Steve) The quality is not quite as good as the rental but, hey, it’s free and it is narrated by the awesome James Earl Jones.
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I’m sorry for the short post tonight. I’m fighting a lower back injury. It’s painful to sit or stand or do anything but lay flat on my back on the floor, which is not conducive to writing.
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