At the Gates of the New Age- 1
In the first chapter of this book I showed how the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries coincides with a threefold crisis of world-transformation. Many years ago in 1921, before I became seriously interested in astrology and before the discovery of Pluto, I wrote a book, never published, called The Avataric Cycle. In it I stated that these three centuries should be seen as a great drama in three acts, a drama whose theme was the coming of a new Avatar. Now I am inclined to think that the eighteenth century (called by some "the century of the lights") should be considered rather as a Prologue, and that the three Acts encompass the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
What I wanted to show, nearly fifty years ago, was that we should not consider the coming of a great Avatar as a single event, but as a relatively lengthy process beginning with a revolutionary challenge to the old and obsolescent Order, and becoming a positive manifestation of the New Order successively at several levels. What occurs is a gradual "descent" of a new cosmic vibration, or rhythm and quality of being, affecting the whole of humanity, and indeed the entire planet, Earth.
At first this descent operates as a mental impact stirring the minds of individuals especially ready to act as critics of the past, but at the same time able to resonate to the archetypal patterns of a yet distant future. The seed-pattern (or archetype) of this future is then being sown in the
minds of a few thinkers under a guiding pressure from far above their normal consciousness; and it is in the name of this intuitional "sensing" of an as yet unclear ideal that these individuals, and others aroused to action by them, begin to act as catabolic agents, as destroyers of what the masses of the people are still then taking for granted.
This first period should therefore be considered a Prologue rather than a First Act. It corresponds in our present historical period to the eighteenth century, especially since the establishment of the first Masonic Lodge in London in 1717. If one wanted to use the traditional Hindu symbolism of the Trimurti (or divine Trinity) we might call it the Shiva Period, for Shiva is God in His aspect as destroyer and purifier. Within or rather through the Shiva-fire — which corresponds astrologically to Uranus, the iconoclast and revolutionist — one can already see the outline of the fire; but this light will shine forth far more brilliantly during the real First Act of the great planetary ritual-drama which is the coming of the Avatar in whom the spirit of the "New Age" is impersonated as a Prototype.
There must be an "impersonation" within (and especially through) a human being because man can only become what he is able to consciously imagine, and most men must have some sort of model as a basis for their visioning. There is always a Prototype in whom the Archetype in-carnates. Through him the creative Power, or Logos, which makes possible the new cycle is released. He is both Exemplar (Form-aspect) and Source (Energy-aspect) — and this first manifestation of what is yet to come is followed by a new release of Consciousness, perhaps a complex and multi-faceted release which nevertheless can also be related to a central person or group of persons. After Shiva, we see appearing the Brahma and the Vishnu aspects of the divine creative Power.
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