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 this concept known as The Great Year. However, studies of past civilizations indicate they too were aware of this grand cycle’s impact on mankind. Maybe even before Plato.
For this reason, it’s plausible that Atlantis and Shangri-La actually existed but were lost during such a cycle.
The Short of It
Ancient cultures believed in a Grand Cycle. Furthermore, they believed the movement of the heavens influenced this cycle and created high ages of enlightenment and low ages of darkness.
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.
The planets and stars need 25,800 years to return to their original positions. Perhaps Earth has already experienced this grand cycle once. Furthermore, perhaps advanced civilizations were lost during these ages of enlightenment and darkness.
Researchers hope 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. They 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 future blog posts, we will probe into this concept deeper. We will also consider some of the lost and buried civilizations of our Ancient Ancestors.
A Video to Help
There is a documentary on the The Great Year. (Amazon offers is for $1.99 rental fee.) I rented it and obtained much of the information above from it. If you are interested in more information about The Great Year, it might be well worth watching. (It’s long, 46 minutes.)
Below, I linked a Youtube video on The Great Year. The quality is not quite as good as the rental. However, James Earl Jones narrates the video and it’s free.
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