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The Transition to the New Age
by Dane Rudhyar, 1969

First published under the title
Birth Patterns for
a New Humanity

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    Where Do We Stand Today?

    1. Three Centuries of Crisis
    2. Planetary Cycles
    3. Cycles of Relationship

    4. Stars, Constellations and Signs of the Zodiac
    5. From Buddha to Christ
    6. The Structure of the Piscean Age
    7. At the Gates
of the New Age
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      The Three 72-Year Periods
       of 1846-2026

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      Historical Parallelisms
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    8. The Aquarius-Leo Age

    9. The Zodiacal Earth-Field
  10. As We Face the Future


At the Gates of the New Age - 4

Power alone is not sufficient to produce a new world and a new society. What is inherent, but only potential, in the rhythm of power must be "per-formed"; i. e. it must operate through a steady and adequate form. Such a form is implied in the original release of creative power, but it has to be made explicit by a focused and structured human consciousness of a builder's mind. And this is where the Vishnu or Son aspect of the creative and transforming process comes in. I repeat that the great symbol of the beginning of this Second Act of the Avataric ritual-drama is the conjunction of Pluto and Neptune in 1891-92. These two years were those of the passing of H. P. Blavatsky and Baha'u'llah.
      H. P. Blavatsky has been vilified, and the Theosophical Movement of which she was the Source (a source, being a place through which water flows for external use by living entities) has had a very confused, twisted and often perverted career. Yet the effect of this Theosophical Movement, in all its forms, has had a tremendous, and often very little recognized influence upon the minds of fairly large groups of persons all over the world. Its basic implications the existence of super-human beings who guide the evolution of the planet and of mankind, and who can and do establish contacts with truly individualized, steady and open individual human beings runs counter to the exaggerated egocentric individualism of our times, as well as to the dogmatic beliefs and premises which limit the fields of modern scientific enquiry. Nevertheless, in one form or another, a truly sound, open, yet sharply discriminating and objective "theosophical" approach should be invaluable in solving those twentieth century problems which refer to the development of basic "seed-ideas." Such seed-ideas are necessary to serve as a solid, steadying and "cosmic" background for the performance of men who will act as builders of the new society.
      When the Bahai writers speak of the building of a Bahai World-Order encompassing the whole of humanity and integrating science, religion, morality in a body of divinely revealed Laws and Precepts, they usually do not stop to realize that, unless our present society all over the globe collapses during some natural or man-made series of catastrophes, an immense number of exceedingly well-trained and spiritually lucid and courageous "builders" will be required to handle the controls of a highly technologized society. Such men could well be a special breed of ultra-modern technocrats which would rule over a global society under an expanded quasi-Fascistic regime. But they may also be spiritually conscious, dedicated and compassionate "Servants of humanity." How to produce such a vast "elite" of Servants of humanity is certainly the great problem of the present day and of many tomorrows. Such movements as the one initiated in Pondicherry, India, by the great philosopher-seer yogi-poet, Sri Aurobindo, who at first fought for the liberation of India before Gandhi began his work, may show a way toward the formation of the required type of spiritually dedicated persons and the city of Auroville now being constructed as a "seed pattern" for many such future communities may well provide a remarkable example for the coming generations. Various attempts by groups of young people emerging from the "hippie" type of protest against our technocratized culture, and seeking to establish communities in the Mountain States of the U. S. and in Canada, may be also heralds of things to come.
      All these quite recent efforts, following the conclusion of World War II and the explosive release of nuclear energy, are characteristic of the possibilities which should become actual and steady facts during this last part of the twentieth century; indeed before Pluto enters Scorpio and Neptune and Jupiter enter Capricorn a very short time indeed! Yet during these 15 years ahead of us, the young men and women now in their early twenties and late teens will be reaching their mid-thirties, a time for dedicated yet mature action. Within the ten years that will follow (1984 to 1995) the fate of humanity may well be decided or at least the manner in which the new Aquarian Age will begin some 72 years later.

By permission of Leyla Rudhyar Hill
Copyright © 1969 by Dane Rudhyar
and Copyright © 2001 by Leyla Rudhyar Hill
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