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Private Peaceful - listen now! Then we sunk into a period where even Greece and the great Roman Empire collapsed, with famine, plague and brutal inquisition as a rule. And finally, a renaissance rebirth of scientific knowledge helping us to emerge from the depths of the dark ages. So what drives these changes and what can we expect in the future?
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Understanding the cause of precession is key. Cycles of rising and falling: The burning of Rome, and the rebirth of knowledge. In the first, rotation, we see the sun rise in the east and set in the west every twenty-four hours. And if we were to look at the stars just once a day, we would see a similar pattern over a year: And if we looked just once a year, say on the autumnal equinox, we would notice the stars move retrograde opposite to the first two motions at the rate of about one degree every seventy years.
At this pace, the equinox falls in a different constellation approximately once every 2, years, taking about 24, years to complete its cycle through the twelve constellations. This is called precession the backward motion of the equinox relative to the fixed stars. To this date, astronomers have not yet discovered such a star so they dismiss the myth. Consequently, modern science is now looking for either a ninth planet or a star affecting our solar system.
Orbital correlations among six distant trans-Neptunian objects led to the hypothesis of a Ninth Planet. A hypothesis for how consciousness might be affected by such a celestial cycle can be built on the work of Dr. In a number of studies, she has found that changes in the ambient subtle electrical, EM and magnetic fields which surround us all the time can dramatically affect human cognition and performance.
In short, consciousness appears to be affected by subtle fields of light, that may have long term effects barely understood. The Trundholm sun chariot c. Current theories of history generally ignore myth and folklore and do not consider any macro external influences on consciousness.
For the most part, modern history theory teaches that consciousness or history moves in a linear pattern from the primitive to the modern, with few exceptions, and it includes the ideas that people were hunter-gatherers until about 5, years ago, tribes first banded together for protection from other warring parties, and written communication must precede large engineered structures or populous civilizations. The problem with this widely accepted paradigm is that it is not consistent with the evolving interpretation of recently discovered ancient cultures and anomalous artifacts.
In the last hundred years, major discoveries have been made in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, South America, Turkey and many other regions that break the rules of history theory and push back the time of advanced human development. Specifically, they show that ancient peoples were, in many ways, far more proficient and civilized nearly five thousand years ago than they were during the more recent dark ages of just six hundred to a thousand years ago.
In Caral, an ancient complex of unknown origin on the west coast of Peru, we find six pyramids that are carbon dated to BC, a date contemporaneous with Egyptian pyramids and that rivals the time of the first major structures found in the so-called Cradle of Civilization in Mesopotamia.
Caral is an ocean away from the Cradle. We find no evidence of writing or weaponry, two of the so-called necessities of civilization, but we do find beautiful musical instruments, astronomically aligned structures, and evidence of commerce with distant lands fabrics, seeds and shells not indigenous to the area — all signs of a prosperous culture. Gobekli Tepe presents an even greater challenge to conventional accounts of history.
Dated to at least BC, this site in Turkey contains dramatic architecture, including huge carved pillars. To find that something so large and complex existed long before the dates accepted for the invention of agriculture and pottery is an archaeological enigma. These sites defy the standard historical paradigm. And what is stranger still is that so many of these civilizations seemed to decline en masse.
In ancient Mesopotamia, Pakistan, Jiroft, and adjacent lands, we find knowledge of astronomy, geometry, advanced building techniques, sophisticated plumbing and water systems, incredible art, dyes and fabrics, surgery, medicine, and many other refinements of a civilized culture which seem to have emerged from nowhere and were completely lost over the next few thousand years. By the time of the worldwide dark ages, every one of these civilizations, including the big ones in Egypt and the Indus Valley, had largely turned to dust or nomadic ways of life.
Near the depths of the cyclic downturn, there were ruins and little else, while the local populace knew nothing of the builders except through legend. In some areas where larger populations still remained, such as parts of Europe, poverty, plague, and disease were often rampant, and the ability to read, write, or duplicate any of the earlier engineering or scientific feats had essentially disappeared. While records of this period remain spotty, the archeological evidence indicates that consciousness, reflected as human ingenuity and capability, was greatly diminished.
Humanity seemed to have lost the ability to do the things it used to do.
Interestingly, this is just what many ancient cultures predicted. He tells us that the Akkadians knew they lived in a declining era. They revered the past as a higher time and tried to hang on to it, but at the same time, they predicted and lamented the dark ages that would follow.
Akkadian inscription found at the city of Marad in Iraq, ca. The famed Tauroctony, or bull-slaying scene, is usually surrounded by two boys, Cautes and Cautopetes. One holds a torch up on the ascending side of the zodiac, indicating a time of increasing light, and the other holds a torch down on the descending side of the zodiac, indicating a time of darkness. Tauroctony scene on a Roman bas-relief.
Understanding that consciousness may indeed rise and fall with the motions of the heavens gives meaning to ancient myth and folklore and puts anomalous cultures and artifacts, such as the Antikythera device and the Babylon battery, into a historical context that makes sense. For example, the battery was developed at least 2, years ago, lost in the dark ages, then reinvented by Volta in the post renaissance period.
The same thing goes for prosthetic devices, brain surgery, and knowledge of a heliocentric system and advanced engineering, etc. They were discovered, lost, then rediscovered. It also speaks to why so many ancient cultures appear to have been fascinated with the stars and provides us with a workable paradigm in which to understand history. It could also help us identify the forces that propelled the Renaissance and that may be accelerating consciousness in our current era.
Myth and folklore, the scientific language of yore, provide a deeper look at consciousness throughout the ages. The recent news out of Caltech is prompting astronomers and astrophysicists around the world to look for something big out there. The race is on. It just may be that they finally give us a reason for the cycle of the ages.
Walter Cruttenden is a financial markets innovator, an active founder investor in growth companies that serve a social need, and is incredibly passionate about human history and astronomy. Currently, Walter serves as Chairman of Acorns, a micro investing company, which he I feel that what you are pointing out is absolutely thinking in the right direction. The only sad part about this is that I won't be there to see the change, as it will take so many years to do: I am in total agreenent with this line of reasoning. Many of these strange disappearances can possibly be linked to things such as wars, internal strife, climate changes or volcanos, but many simply do not fit the commonly accepted explanations offered by academia.
Possibly by studying the precession of the Equinox, it may be able to be determined if the Golden Ages actually, in some way, coincided with this astronomical event. If so, the next step would logically be, to predict furure events using this mathematical method. Possibly by doing so, humanity may be able to prevent a backward slide into oblivion; a place where so many cultures have gone before. Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.
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