EsoBites: Understanding the Esoteric 108-year Cycle (5)
20 June 2017
Dear Fratres and Sorors,
Today, I am going to continue my explanation of the R+C cycles of activity and silence.
Specifically, I am going to provide a complete explanation of the ancient origin, significance, and meaning of the Petite and Grande Esoteric Cycles. I will do my best to present such ancient knowledge simply and with the prayer that at least one other person will find the key to the Tomb of Ancient Knowledge and Wisdom.
Though, it is far too late to stop mankind’s march into the infernal realm of the evil and impure forces, the Qlippothim, residing within the Sitra Achra of the Kabbalists. Hindu metaphysics tell us that the Universe is nearing the end stage of the Kali-Yuga. Such end stage being evidenced by man’s absorption into the materialistic mindset and losing contact with the spiritual powers of the Upper World.
Translation–modern man is no longer under the protection of the ruling Angels, Immortal Beings, or the Holy Family. Over the past centuries, mankind has chosen to give his or her soul energy to feed secular gods rather than the Natural God for Mankind. By relinquishing his or her Efforts for developing ones Soul, mankind unknowingly built a Wall between his Collective Mind and the Spiritual Forces of the Upper World.
At the same time, the Qlippothim have been attacking the Protective Wall that the Creator placed between man’s Collective Mind, or Astral World, and the residual psychic parasites from prior Universes. Every day the fissures grow wider and more numerous so to weaken the Wall. When the Wall fails, mankind’s existence fails.
Generally, students of metaphysics are in the dark as to the origin, significance, and meaning of the esoteric cycles. As R+C students, we are lucky that the Order acknowledges and follows the near universal cycle of 216 years in its worldly activity and rest. Two half-cycles lasting 108 years each.
So the first question is from where, did the time interval of 216 years?
The first principle is to remember that the ancients looked into the night sky so to better understand themselves. The ancients believed that every star was a living being and that when a person died he or she went to the stars for eternity (Stories of Castor and Pollex, Hercules, and so on). Subsequently, they saw a distinct correspondence between the cyclic motions of the stars over the year and the psychospiritual life of mankind upon the earth.
By observing the positions of visible stars over many thousands of years, the ancients discovered the precession of the equinoxes by the changing of the pole-star around which all other stars circled during a day. It is highly likely that the Dynastic Egyptian, Sumerian, Indus Valley civilizations, and the Aryan Vedic peoples were all aware of this Grande Cycle.
Traditional esotericism declares that the length of a Grand Star Cycle is 25, 920 years of 360 days each. However, we know that there are 365.2421 in a solar year (which the ancients were aware) which gives a more accurate modern value of 26, 298 years [(365.2421/360)*25, 920).
Interestingly, both time intervals reduce to the number 9 = 0 upon theosophic reduction.
The ancients saw the sky divided into what appeared to be twelve different constellation patterns, of unequal expanses. Assuming that the actual area allocated to each constellation is evenly distributed, they reasoned that the twelve Ages exist within the Grande Cycle. If one divides the full duration of the Grande Cycle by twelve, each Age persists for 2160 years.
The ancients noted that the Sun is the Hub of a great wheel with twelve spokes holding the constellations in place. In other words, the Sun has two opposed Cosmic Hands with six fingers each. Similarly, under the law of correspondence between the macrocosm and the microcosm, we would presume that Adam would also possess six fingers upon each hand and be Steward over twelve earthy orders of living creatures.
This correspondence is suggested by verse in several portions of the Old Testament. For in Genesis 6:1-2 we find,
“1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,
2 that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.”
4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
While, controversy exists as to the males identified as the ‘sons of God,’ the Hidden Records are quite clear. The sons of God were not spiritual entities possessing human bodies, e.g., angels who assumed flesh, but referred to the unnamed descents of Adam and Eve after the metaphorical expulsion from the Garden. Especially, as they are called the ‘mighty men who were of old, men or renown.’
For in 1 Samuel 17:4-7,
“4 And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.
5 He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze.
6 And he had bronze armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders.
7 Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him.”
Even more interesting is 2 Samuel 21:20-21,.
“20 Yet again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number; and he also was born to the giant. 21 So when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.”
Therefore, it is reasonable to see that Adam was the true microcosmos (12 fingers) and that majority of terrestrial man has been reduced to only ten fingers. Looking at their own hands, smaller and less grand that of Father Sun and Adam, but still created in the ‘same image.’ Therefore, mankind itself is the hub for ten human time periods ruled by different demigods, each period lasting 216 years, rather than 180 years.
Although cultures differ in how they have interpreted events of the Oneiroin, or Astral World, they are were aware of the procession of the equinoxes and the zodiac. This is why prayer beads in the Far East possess 108, 54, 27, or 18 beads. Many have five additional beads attached which represents the five celebration days external to the 360-day spiritual year.
Now, you understand why esoteric Orders operate with a 216-year cycle. As day is half light an half dark, 108 years are active and 108 years are silent.
So Sayeth Michael