At the Gates of the New Age - 8
I have divided the transition period, 1846 to 2062, into three 72-year sub-periods
(representing one degree of precession of the equinoxes). The period 315 to 100 BC can be similarly divided:
315 to 243 BC:
After Alexander's death in 323 his empire was divided between his generals who fought against each other at least until 277. This was followed in the Roman world by the first of the three Punic Wars against Carthage, the first sea-power (264 to 24). 2160 years later sees the beginning of our twentieth century. The Russo-Japanese War begins the cycle of wars which are characterizing our centuries at the political-industrial level. The rise of Japan heralded the end of the colonial system, and led to the rise of what now we call the Third World. World War I began in 1914, or in fact a few years before with the collapse of the Turkish Empire and the Balkan Wars which followed.
243 to 171 BC
This period witnessed the Second Punic War in which Hannibal's lightning moves and his elephants at first defeated the Romans (compare with Hitler's blitzkrieg); but finally Rome won, and also defeated the Macedonians. This 72-year period sees the expansion of Rome from Spain to Macedonia, Greece and Syria. It corresponds, I repeat, 2160 years later, to our present period, 1918 to 1990.
The great question mark of this present phase is raised by the fact that two great "super-powers" have emerged, U. S. A. and U. S. S. R. Obviously the world- stage has enormously increased, including now the entire earth; and the production of atom bombs and of utterly devastating chemical weapons has produced a situation totally unparalleled, or at least seemingly so. It would be futile to expect future worldevents to correspond to what took place from 172 to 100 BC and up to Caesar's death in 44 BC
The third 72-year sub-period of the present transition between the Piscean and the Aquarian Ages begins, I repeat, in 1990 as many planets are massed in the zodiacal sign, Capricorn. It corresponds, 2160 years before, to 171 BC The years following 171 BC see the last wars of Rome against Macedonia and Carthage; then the beginning of a time of civil wars in Rome between the haves and the have-nots which ends only with Caesar and, after his death and the defeat of Cleopatra at Actium (31 BC), with the establishment of the Roman Empire. The beginning of the Roman Empire brings us, 2160 years later, to 2130 AD
Are we also "progressing" toward a now planet-wide and equally ruthless Empire; and will it take that long to become established? No one can obviously answer such a question. One thing is certain: the tempo of history moves far more rapidly today than two thousand years ago, and armaments are far different from what they were. Yet, the very nature of these armaments might create a prolonged kind of equilibrium, and the Third World — the new "Barbarians" within and without the dominant World-Power, or Powers — may be contained for a long time.
On the other hand, the present world-policy of the U. S., under the very effective control of the "industrial-military complex" and with its "containment" principle, resembles very much that of the Roman Empire seeking also to contain the Germanic tribes along the boundaries of a (for the time) far-flung empire. But then we should remember that, at the end of a life-cycle, certain features which once prevailed at the beginning of that cycle tend to reappear. It has been remarked that the young Hippies of our day with their lovely, even if naive, stress on love and "flower power" resemble the early Christians in Rome. It may very well be therefore that the "Roman Empire" characteristics of the present-day United States — and also in a more brutal way of the Russian Soviets — are concluding imitations or repetitions of the imperial character of the Rome of the Caesars. So also was Mussolini's Italian Fascism a futile attempt to revive the Roman Empire on a limited scale; and Hitler's Nazi rule may remind us of Carthage and her worship of Moloch, the god appeased only by human sacrifices.
In other words, what may confront us today almost at the moment of the death of our Piscean Age is a resurgence of social-political-religious Images and collective behavior, which were developed during its infancy. These Images were actually the legacy of the great precessional cycle which ended around 100 BC — i. e. the Images of the god-emperor inherited from Egypt and Persia, and the practice of enslaving or killing conquered people. These Images were brought to the Greco-Latin world in a new virulent form by Alexander when he tried to imitate the sumptuous Persian court, and by Caesar and his successors after conquering Cleopatra's Egypt.
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