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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 - 8

"We are inclined to believe that the mythical Atlantis might have been, rather than a now sunken continent, this whole continental mass before it broke in two; in other words, the earth's continents in a condition of undivided unity whereas now they constitute essentially two polarized masses. This would be significant if it could be proven true in that it would correlate with the mythological reference to an Atlantean humanity, at first pure and sinless, then dividing into two camps as a result of the abuse and misuse of sexual powers."
      "However this may be, the fact is that today man's global field of operation is typically bi-polar. At the center of the two land-masses we find, in Eurasiafrica, the Mediterranean Sea and, in the Americas, the Gulf of Mexico. The former has been a focal point for Eurasiafrican culture; the latter has also been, and presumably will even more become, a focus for the Pan-American culture which, after a number of centuries (and perhaps even millennia) will gradually be established, we may well presume, as an entirely new human expression. Today 'American' civilization, North and South, is fundamentally an outgrowth of European impulses and ideologies; and we believe it is merely a matrix into which new spiritual seeds have been and are being sown, which will take a very long time to mature, through many crises and probable obscurations. It seems likely that the first typical developments in truly American culture will come from the lands surrounding the Gulf of Mexico Mexico itself being a probable focus, as it also was in the time of the Mayans, and perhaps long before."
      "All of which may be called speculations, and must remain so until a new understanding of planetary cycles of geological and anthropological development is reached. What is factual and very concrete, however, is the relationship (historical, political and economic as well as geomorphic) between the Americas and Eurasiafrica and particularly today, while human civilization is still predominantly 'north hemispheric', between North America (including what is unfortunately called Central America) and Eurasia. Global harmony and international peace depend almost entirely upon the type of relationship and interchange established between these two complementary masses of land and of humanity."
      "We are not referring here to the Communist ideology or the political methods of the Soviets. We are speaking of concrete and realistic facts of geography and history, and of nothing else. Basically, it is these facts which determine, if not political systems and cultural ideals in themselves, at least their failure or success in establishing themselves on a particular soil. Likewise, the supremacy of England in world-politics was founded upon the fact that she, as an insular outpost of Europe to the west, was in position to use pre-eminently and to capitalize upon the gold and cotton of America, and to merchandize and transport across the seas much of America's wealth, especially after Spain's downfall. Now, however, that the Americas are becoming definitely established as one of the poles of a global economy, and that Soviet Russia has aroused to productive activity the central regions of Eurasia, the role of England is becoming unnecessary in terms of geotechnics even if it can be still considered very important in the realm of spiritual values and world-civilization; provided the English people can focus their creative energy there."
      "The role of French culture can be similarly understood in terms of the fact that France links the Northern seas, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and is the westernmost outlet of Eurasia more so than Spain, whose geotechnical significance resides in her position as the western point of contact between Africa and Europe, this fact having predestined her to be the seat of the great Mozarabic culture and thus a most important link between the Near East and France at a crucial time of European history (around 900 AD). France is, by her position, a natural outpost for the Russian hinterland of Europe, being the point of convergence of Northern, Central and Mediterranean Europe and as well of North Africa; and in as much as a passively polarized Africa responds to an active and positive Europe, France's control over West North Africa from Tunisia to the Congo, with Dakar as a center was an inevitable geotechnical result. For the same reason, Russia is bound, sooner or later, to expand her influence over Egypt and the Arab world (written in 1946!), England's hegemony there being a transitional factor which must lose its basic importance as a global polarization becomes fully established between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A."
      "Triangular North America and crescent-shape Eurasia are today as man and woman in the great ritual of full global production; and much of what we have written concerning the relationship between man and woman as consciously productive polarities could apply basically to what the relation between U. S. A. and U. S. S. R. should b e. But it never can be a creative relationship in terms of physical and spiritual abundance until the American people come to discover and fully accept their world-destiny as releasers of a new civilizing spirit - a new logos. Which means, first of all, until the American people overcome their collective adolescent mother-complex, and American men come into their own as positive civilizing agents outside of the field of merely physical business productivity and management."
      "What we are facing today is a new global birth of human society, based on new (because untried) principles of human relationship. And the great symbol of this gradual emergence of anew world is the one ocean, matrix of the one world. All birthing is out of some "sea." And as long as men could conceive only of separate seas with distinguishing names, or at best of "the seven seas," it was impossible for the "one world" to be born. But now, thanks to our global and total war, men have come to consider all seas as one ocean, and to visualize the earth as a globe. In terms of this new geographical sense Soviet Russia and North America have become close neighbors whose bodies encircle the North Pole and its star a great and profound symbol, indeed!"
      "One ocean and, out of it, two vast continental masses fanning out from the North Pole. Humanity speeds now through this one ocean and its atmospheric counterpart; breathes the one air which unites all individuals and nations, even the most proud isolationists; is nervously and visually stimulated by sounds and pictures which fill the radio strata with the chaos and the yearnings of confused and insecure, but aspiring and aroused collectivities. As men travel swiftly from continent to continent, even a large continent can be seen as one huge island; and as men's minds listen to radio music and voices from many races and nations, and see on the screen people of various colors and features perform daily tasks conditioned by the common humanity of all, they gradually realize that all nations, large or small, are like islands of consciousness and culture emerged from the one ocean of man's generic and collective unconscious."

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