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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

    9. The Zodiacal Earth-Field
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      Zodiacal Man and
       Geodetic Equivalents

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      The Geomorphic Approach
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      The Earth as
       an Organic Whole
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  10. As We Face the Future


The Zodiacal Earth-Field - 10

The Earth as an Organic Whole
By establishing correspondences between the signs of the zodiac and 30-degree longitude-bands at the surface of the globe, all I intend to say is that, as one considers the planet Earth as an organized system of interdependent activities (and perhaps as a "living" organism, if one gives to the term life, a broadly cosmic meaning), one can identify significantly the root-centers of this system of activities by using the zodiac of signs as a kind of "measuring rod." At the risk of repeating myself but repetitions are necessary where there is so much confusion I shall add that the tropical zodiac of signs refers to the relationship between the Sun (source of all vital energies) and the globe of the Earth and primarily to the Earth's biosphere. When we are projecting zodiacal signs upon this biosphere, we are therefore using these projected signs as means of defining six or twelve geographical regions, each of which should be dominated by some focusing center of energy one might say, by a planetary chakra.
      Starting from the premise that the earth-location of the Sphinx and the Pyramid (3107'57" east longitude and 2958'44" North latitude) corresponds to the cusp between the zodiacal signs, Leo and Virgo, we find that Leo 0 corresponds to east longitude 10008'; Cancer 0 to west longitude 2852'; Gemini 0 to west longitude 5852'; Taurus 0 to west longitude 8852'; Aries 0 to west longitude 11852'.
      Going eastward (following the direction of the globe's rotation around its axis), we find Libra 0 corresponding to east longitude 6108'; Scorpio 0, to east longitude 9108'; Sagittarius 0, to east longitude 12108', etc. The International Date Line in mid-Pacific at east longitude 180 would therefore correspond very closely to the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp.; i.e. it would fall at 108' Aquarius.
      Let us briefly study these longitude zones beginning with east longitude 12108' and proceeding westward.

SCORPIO ZONE: from 12108' to 9108'. This region includes China and Mongolia, the Siberian Lake Baikal county (which has been said by some travellers to have a very magical, occult atmosphere); and to the south, Indo-China and Indonesia. This is the cradle-land of the yellow races, which I believe are "ruled" by Scorpio insofar as their physical organisms and root-nature are concerned. The great Mongolian invasions which unfurled upon Europe during the Christian era were presumably launched from such a region. We might add that as Neptune is passing through the zodiacal sign Scorpio, one of the main spotlights in world-affairs perhaps the most vital has been focused upon Mao Tse Tung's arousal of the Chinese youth and upon the war in Viet Nam, also upon the anti-Communist power-struggle in Java.
      The Libra-Scorpio cusp falls just at the capital of Tibet, Lhassa at geographical east longitude 9111'; and if anything is Scorpionic in nature it certainly is, or was, the Tibetan social system, so deeply influenced by Tantric procedures and occult magic. The mysterious Gobi desert is included in this Scorpio zone; and the occult invisible city, Shamballah, is supposed to be located there.

LIBRA ZONE: from 9108' to 6108'. This zone encompasses the whole of India and Ceylon, Western Tibet, and an important section of Siberia, cut from north to south by the river, Yenisei, one of the world's largest. It seems most fitting to see greater India (the ancient Aryavarta) in such a Libra zone, which includes also the eastern part of Persia, Turkestan and the Ural mountains region a vital part of Soviet Russia. It was thanks to the industrial activities of this region that Russia was able to defeat the Nazi armies. The important cities of Sverdlovsk and Magnetovorsk (6038') mark the beginning of this 30-degree zone of longitude, while Calcutta, India, is located at 8820'. Calcutta dominates the Bengal region from which the philosophy and practices of the Tantra seem to have originated, at least with reference to what we know today of this approach to life.
      If we consider Libra and Scorpio as two poles "male-female" aspects of one zodiacal unit, we see that this dyad includes by far the larger part of Asia, from the Urals to Peking, China. It stands at the geographical polar opposite (the antipodes) of most of North America that is, of the continental region bordered, on the one hand by Los Angeles, California, and Labrador in Eastern Canada. Lhassa in Tibet is at the antipodes of St. Louis. The Mountain States of the United States, centering at about 112 (Grand Canyon, Arizona) are located at the antipodes of Benares and the Himalayas.
      In the Sepharial scheme of "geodetic equivalents" most of India and Tibet would be located in the Cancer zone, and the whole of the American Mid-West in the Capricorn zone. This does not seem too adequate a correlation, while relating this American Mid-West to Taurus, symbol of fruitfulness and productivity certainly makes much sense.

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