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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
    8. The Aquarius-Leo Age
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      The Pisces-Virgo Age
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      The Aquarian Fecundation
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      The Age of Management
       of Power

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


The Aquarius-Leo Age - 9

It is quite futile I repeat to try to guess at the manner in which the Aquarian descent of new powers will take place. As I already stated, I believe that great changes will begin to occur soon, and much may have happened by 1990 even if what is happening is not acknowledged and even less understood by the official mind and the Establishment; for, in spite of all the modern means of communication, much can indeed happen which remains unpublicized and, if known, is totally misinterpreted. The vast number of rumors and contradictory statements, of fairly incontrovertible observations and evident fallacies, of official denials from the government, and of mediumistic "communications" (supposedly emanating from Space-people) may be a good instance of the confusion prevailing during a period of transition during which an obsolescent social-political structure and the as yet inchoate upsurge (or downflow) of new types of power and consciousness interpenetrate at nearly all points.
      It is, however, most important to realize, at this very moment of human history, that it is always before a new cycle opens that the "seed ideas" for the early development of this cycle are released and sown into some at least relatively new or rather re-virgined soil. It is before the New Age opens that the new creative impulse, the fecundating logos spermatikos, "descends" from the divine realm into one man, and secondarily a group of men, who incorporate it and make it manifest at least to a particularly open and responsive "creative minority."
      However, the present widespread expectations for a new Avatar may not correspond exactly to the actual historical reality, for it seems very likely indeed that, as I already stated, we are dealing now with a multi-levelled planetary process extending over four centuries, and that there can be "Avatars" at these several levels, possibly with reference to several cycles whose beginnings are nearly coinciding. The Aquarius-Leo Age may not be the larger of such cycles.
      The future of Man indeed is wide open. It serves no very valid purpose, I believe, to see this future through rosy glasses compensating for inner fears and emotional insecurity. The Aquarius-Leo Age will be an age of power and of totally managed productivity at all levels. But it will no doubt be an age in which the potential of spiritual and creative individuality hidden under the symbolism of Leo will, in due time not at once blossom forth.
      Humanity is unfolding its vast potentialities through a Great Sidereal Year whose key-note I believe to be Universalization, while the preceding great cycle ending around 100 B. C. had as basic key-note, Cultivation. But for human beings who in various parts of the world are still totally bound to their natal soil and the field which their ancestors have cultivated for centuries and, even in the slums of our cities, are likewise bound by ethnic characteristics, or in a broader sense, can still flare up into nationalistic and patriotic rages this process of universalization is only beginning. Our theoretically Christian Western civilization provided men with mostly fanatic ideals and with compelling urges for physical conquests and intellectual expansion which represent only the very first stage of this process of universalization. We have rushed forward, ever seeking more speed, more land to defoliate, more solid past to reduce to ashes. Now we are emerging from a kind of "solid state" of consciousness to a more "liquid" one.
      Just as heat accelerates the motion of molecules, so modern technology has intensified the movements of human individuals and collectivities. We are reaching the Moon. It remains to be seen what this will do to mankind; but as I believe that the revolutions of the Moon around the earth define the boundaries of the earth's "aural" (or cosmo-magnetic field), all that we are able to do is to become aware of the occult extension of our humanity perhaps for the first time, though not necessarily so. We are reaching a point of vantage from which we can both see ours elves as one mankind living on one global home, the earth, and observe the universe free from the globe's atmosphere, free from the mirages produced by our geocentric and ego-conditioned minds.
      This is only the beginning. We are moving from one level of consciousness to the next, from one level of "cultivation" to a more universalistic field of productivity which we will be able to make fruitful thanks to the new release of Aquarian powers. That too will only be one phase of the whole process of universalization. The next will open with the Capricorn-Cancer Age Phase Three of the great cyclic process of civilization and the following fourth phase, the Sagittarian-Gemini Age, should witness the concrete fulfillment on a perhaps much transformed Earth-surface of much of what the Aquarian Age enthusiasts expect quite miraculously to come "right now."

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