THE MILKY WAY GALAXY is so huge that 225 million years are required for our solar system to make a single rotation about it and that is by traveling at 514,000 mph through space! This phenomenally extended voyage is known as a Galactic Year.
The orbit of the Earth, meanwhile, as it circles about the Sun on its yearly journey at 66,600 mph traces out an ellipse, as well as a spiral. The spiral movement is the result of the entire solar system racing through space at a speed that truly staggers the imagination.
As the solar system and the Earth move against the backdrop of stars that surround us, another motion is traced out. It is a flight that takes roughly 25,800 – 25, 920 years. This is a trip through what is called the ecliptic. This orbit is known as a Great, or Platonic, Year and, while traversing it, we Earthlings are cycling through what we call the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Dividing the Platonic Year by twelve, we get an average of 2160 years, which is how long it takes for the Earth to roughly pass through any particular sign of the Zodiac. There is some question at present as to whether or not we have yet moved on from the Age of Pisces and entered, fully and completely, into the Age of Aquarius. Some astrologers say yes, others say no. If not, there is certainly less than a century before we do enter into it fully.
Mark Booth in The Secret History of the World says that in the olden times, “The night sky was a living history, because the heavenly bodies were seen as the material bodies of spiritual beings or gods. The ancients believed that they had the ability to communicate with these beings and felt their influence.”
Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, these were living beings, not huge conglomerations of gases and matter. The Earth herself was known as Gaia. She was humanity’s mother and was revered right around the globe by many names.
It was believed in olden days that these celestial “gods” were so powerful that they affected all of life upon our planet. At times, when one particular god reigned over the others, a period of tranquility or war could result, depending upon whether or not that god promoted harmony in the world or discord.
If the gods themselves happened to be at war with one another, there could be absolute chaos unleashed in the heavens. Such chaos could wreak havoc on our planet as well.
We now know that the various planets in our solar system have a gravitational effect on each other and that, depending on their relative position to one another, the planets can have an effect on the electromagnetic field all about us. We, as electromagnetic beings in our own right, can feel this effect or, at the very least, have our moods altered by this activity.
In fact, we humans are far more influenced by “cosmic forces” than we realize. This is especially true in the realm of the mind, for thought, inasmuch as it interacts with the brain, is also an electromagnetic phenomenon.
More powerful, by far, than either the Moon or the planets is the Sun. Which is why the Sun-god was always the ultimate Supreme Being. Whether that god’s name was Atum, Ra, Helios, Sol, Apollo, Ahura Mazda or some other name, this god was the central focus of humanity for very obvious reasons. The life-giving rays of the Sun were indispensable to the growth and sustenance of the animal and vegetable kingdoms. Even the soil itself came from star bodies like the Sun to give us our vital minerals and elements.
Without the Sun, and without a cosmos filled with such suns, we humans would not exist. Without star power – the gods – there would be nothing.
And so the universe turns… It revolves in what we can only imagine is a “void” and we are the eyes that witness that revolution. The very word universe itself means “one turn”, essentially one unified “thing”, the many in the one, all things turning together, forever and anon.
To fully comprehend the interconnectedness of all things and to fully fathom how each and every living thing has an effect on every other living thing in the whole of existence is crucial to gaining a higher perspective on the human condition. As the Wisdom Master, Gungtang, says, “If you understand interdependence you understand ultimate reality. If not, then you don’t.”
Jung called the “gods” archetypal forces and wrote at length about how these forces shape the human psyche. He believed that the archetypes are inherent forces that drive human behavior and compel people to act in certain ways. While every person is “constellated” with these inherent forces, certain archetypes are clearly more dominant within each of us than others. To be an indomitable warrior, a formidable leader, a fantastic mother, a prodigious intellectual, a great healer or to have any other “natural born” talent is said to be down to these forces.
We humans, however, are not mere puppets. We have free will and even though we are driven to act in a certain way, our proclivities do not ultimately determine how the archetypes will play out for us. A warrior, for example, can act for good or evil. He or she can defend life or take life. A formidable leader, likewise, can persuade people to act for the greater good or whip up the masses into a frenzy of fear and hatred. Such a person can even talk followers into marching off to war.
History is the legacy of how humanity has used its inherent proclivities in conjunction with free will for good or ill.
Highly driven people lead the way and others choose to follow or not follow.
Sometimes, of course, the freedom to choose has been denied the masses, but where true liberty exists, “freedom” refers to what we might call “sovereignty of the soul”.
Quite amazingly, the whole of human history, dating from the rise of the first high civilizations on the planet is a scant five thousand years. That is but one-fifth of a Great, or Platonic, Year. Imagine what humanity will be like in another five thousand years! Imagine what humanity will be like when this Earth has cycled the full Zodiac. Or try, if you dare, to imagine what humanity might be like when a full galactic voyage of 225 million years has passed!
I suspect that humanity itself may be little different in a physical sense than it is now. For paleontologists tell us that the human body has been pretty much the same for tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years, in fact.
What will change is the technology, the architecture that surrounds humanity, the human lifestyle and the way we perceive and fathom life.
What will we believe when we reach that future? Will we still be making war and murdering one another, or might we actually be more spiritually advanced than we are now? Perhaps we will have restored the Earth to a pristine condition without any pollutants in the air, on land or in the oceans. Perhaps we will be a fully harmonious species with truly illuminated minds and hearts who act with compassion toward one another.
If we do want such a future for the progeny of the Earth, then we must make every effort to move in that direction now. We must think before we act and do the kind thing, the loving thing, the thing that serves our children, our neighbor, our fellow inhabitants of the Earth and the Earth itself.
Time is running out it seems. Scientists say that we may only have twelve years to come to grips with climate change and bring our planet back from the brink.
Those are strong words, but facing into the truth is the only positive way forward. Otherwise, the human species will meet an unfortunate end. We will be but stardust ever after.