The Dynamic Dance Of The Earth, Solar System, And Precession

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The Earth in its orbit around the Sun causes the Sun to appear on the celestial sphere moving along the ecliptic (red), which is tilted 23.44° with respect to the celestial equator (blue-white). (Tauʻolunga/ CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Dynamic Dance Of The Earth, Solar System, And Precession

Long before the dark ages, history recalls the myth and folklore of a higher age. Hesiod, the famed Greek historian (circa 700 BC), tells it was a time of peace and plenty when mankind lived in tune with earth, and “she gave of herself freely”. He lamented that Greece of his time experienced a period of decline, suggesting a cycle of ages with ascending and descending phases that moved like the seasons, albeit on a much longer scale. The Greeks called their lowest age the Iron Age, or Age of Man, next was the Bronze Age, known as the Age of the Hero, then came the Silver Age, Age of the Demigods, and finally the Golden Age, or Age of the Gods. Plato (circa 400 BC) referred to this cycle as the “Great Year”, a period of time equal to one Precession of the Equinox, about 25,000 years.

The precession of the equinox around the constellation of Draco takes nearly 26,000 years to complete. This period is known as a Great Year. This precessional 'wobble' moves the 'vernal point' through each constellation of the zodiac, one by one. (Image: Courtesy Ralph Ellis)

The precession of the equinox around the constellation of Draco takes nearly 26,000 years to complete. This period is known as a Great Year. This precessional 'wobble' moves the 'vernal point' through each constellation of the zodiac, one by one. (Image: Courtesy Ralph Ellis)

The Vedic Indians held the same belief and called it the Yuga Cycle, also breaking it into ascending and descending halves with four ages each. They called their lowest the Kali Yuga. Next was their Dwapara Yuga or Age of Energy, then the Treta Yuga, the Age of Mental Powers and Telepathy.  Their Golden Age, Satya Yuga, was said to be a time of unimaginable virtue and beauty. Manu, the great legislator dating to prehistory, said the cycle was about 24,000 years, a time very close to Plato’s estimate.


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