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What the Ancestors Knew

The Great Year 2 (2001)

    "Endowed with intelligence, they saw and instantly they could see far; they succeeded in seeing, they succeeded in knowing all that there is in the world. Things hidden in the distance they saw. They were able to know all; and they examined the four corners, the four points of the arch of the sky, and the round face of the earth." - Popol Vuh, Mayan

Previously I explored the 26,000 year cycle known as the Great Year, which brings affairs on earth to periodic states of crisis and transformation. I suggested this information was known to our ancestors, who left us messages as to the implications of these cycles, and suggestions to meet the crisis when it occurs. I cited the universal mythology of the Great Flood as belonging to a period of alignment similar to our own at the opposite end of the Great Year. Could the ancestors have understood and predicted our present circumstance as long as 13,000 years ago?

It is generally recognized that Egyptians and 'Chaldeans' (Sumero-Babylonians) used essentially the same Zodiac we are familiar with today. When we speak of 'change of ages' - presently from Pisces to Aquarius - we are referring to 2100+ year periods, or 'months', of the Great Year. For instance, when we talk of fish as a symbol of Christianity, or apostles as 'fishers of men', we are referring to the Age of Pisces, symbolized by fish. When the Bible tells us that some 2,000+ years earlier Abraham, at the behest of God, sacrificed a ram instead of his son, we are dealing with a story depicting the end of the Age of Aries, the Ram. In a still earlier period of time, retained in Sumerian writings, we find frequent reference to the 'Bull of Heaven' - symbol of the Age of Taurus, the Bull:

    "Enlil, like a big bull, set his hoof on earth; the God of all the lands, he set his mind as law; he thrust his penis into the great mountains, gave a share to the highland. Wheresoever Enlill would thrust his penis, he roared like a wild bull." - Legend of Gilgamesh, Sumerian

Prior to the Age of Taurus we have no reliable written records; our oldest historians, poets and scribes are citing stories which lay in their own remote pasts. However, that does not mean we do not have records. One outstanding record of the ancestors, written in stone with unmistakable reference to the Zodiac and the Great Year, is the Sphinx. The Sphinx, like the Giza pyramids, is traditionally assigned an ancestry of approximately 4500 years. However, the pattern of weathering exhibited by the sphinx is inconsistent with wind erosion. As has been recently established, erosion patterns on the sphinx could only have been caused by water - and not by water flowing along the ground, but water coming from above. Rains. Massive rains.

The climatological record of Egypt and the Sahara does establish that there was a period of massive annual rainfall - at least 7 to 8 thousand years ago. Thus the Sphinx must be at least that old. But the 'riddle of the sphinx' is actually an obvious one, apparent in its form: body of a lion, head of a man. 'Lion' and 'Man' are symbols of two opposite Zodiacal Ages: Leo and Aquarius, the 'New Age' of 13,000 years ago, and that of the present. The Sphinx faces east: drawing a line straight through the length of the body and out between the paws, we are able to calculate the date when the Vernal (spring) equinox sun would rise on that line. That date takes us back the requisite 13,000 years. The Sphinx records the dawning of the Age of Leo. The ancestors who carved the Sphinx were clearly saying 'pay attention'. But, to what?

    "Do you not know, Aesclepius, that Egypt is an image of Heaven? Or, to speak more exactly, in Egypt all the operations of the powers which rule and work in Heaven have been transferred down to Earth." - Hermetic Texts.

It's impossible to visit the Sphinx without having our attention directed to the Great Pyramid. Recently, some clever individuals tried taking a new look at the pyramids, from the perspective suggested by the preceeding quote. They found something quite remarkable: that what had been 'transferred down to earth' was not simply a metaphor, but a concrete exercise in spiritual geometry. What in fact had been brought to earth was the entire constellation of Orion - with the three belt stars being represented as the three Giza pyramids, while other pyramids to the north and south completed the representation of the star system of Orion, and the Nile River playing the part of the Milky Way. Someone had also noticed that the Great Pyramid had been built at the precise crossing of the world's longest land meridian (N/S) and longest land parallel (E/W). The amount of information coded into the Great Pyramid is quite staggering. As one example, the sum of the four base diagonals measured in pyramid inches is 25,826 - representing the precise total in years of the Great Year, or Processional Cycle. Overall, the Great Pyramid is an encyclopedic account in mathematical language of the dimensions, proper motions and positions in space of the earth as a whole.

All of which poses some obvious questions: Who, thousands or even tens of thousands of years ago, could have possessed this kind of knowledge? And, in recording the record in stone, who was meant to read it, if not us? And, finally, the third question we must pose to ourselves: What do we do with the information?

Returning to the present, I resume writing this piece on the morning of Nov. 13, another huge 'news day': A plane crashes on Long Island. The Northern Alliance enters Kabul. Bush and Putin meet to reduce nuclear arms. Colin Powell confers with the Foreign Minister of Iran on a future government for Afghanistan.

For now let's take a closer peek at the plane crash, presently being portrayed as most likely an accident. The plane fell into a narrow strip of land called the Rockaways, just across the water from Kennedy Airport, and home to many New York firefighters - a community still in shock from last month. On a television news show last evening a resident of the town was interviewed. Since September 11, he told the cameras, he had not been able to hear a plane go overhead without wondering when the next one was going to come crashing down. And now it had. On his town. Coincidence? Intentional terrorist act? Or could the ongoing fear of local residents somehow have influenced what happened to that plane?

In the previous message I quoted a prophecy pointing to our times as apocalyptic. A friend of mine wrote that he had visited the small museum in England dedicated to Mother Shipton and her visions. A record was preserved of the many prophecies in which she had been correct. She had also predicted the 'end of the world' for 1991. But - we're still here. Just luck? Or have we in fact been listening to 'the message of the ancestors?'

    "Follow in the train of the Goddess your Saviour with steps of triumph. Here he is who rejoices in the providence of mighty Isis. Lo, he is loosed from the bonds of misery and victorious over his fate." - Apuleis, the Golden Ass (Roman)

How do we become 'victorious over our fate?'

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