In the past, I have thought of time as being being divided into two parts - BC (Before Christ) and AD (After Death/Anno Domini. According to Wikipaedia, this dating system was devised in 525, but was not widely used until after 800. Modern Scholars have chosen (in my mind, relatively unsuccessfully) to remove the Christian connotation of these terms by replacing BC with BCE (Before the Common Era) and AD with CE (Common Era). But they are still pegged on the year 0 (Zero) when Jesus was born - though I hear scholars now believe it was closer to 4 BC/BCE. This distinction of nomenclature feels like Political Correctness, though these new terms were being used in the seventies - before the concept of Politically Correct came into common useage.
So this is dividing time into two parts. The modern part being roughly two thousand years in length, and the other one BC/BCE going back into the prehistory of early man.
Recently, I have been thinking of two other major turning points.
Bishop James Ussher
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James Ussher, was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. After reviewing all of the begats in the Old Testament he decided that the world was created precisely on October 23, 4004 BC. Adam, the first human came less than a week later. This is an important date for another reason. Author James DeMeo wrote a fascinating book focused on this same date entitled Saharasia: The 4,000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse. Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence in the Desserts of the Old World. (2006. Natural Energy Works, P.O. Box 1148, Ashland, Oregon 97520, USA. ISBN 10 0 9621855 5 8). Based on the work of Wilhelm Reich and drawing from many other well-documented sources, DeMeo builds a case for the origin of the patriarchy as a result of the desertification of the Sahara and other desserts up to the Gobi. So from that perspective, the Old Testament is the HISstory of the patriarchs.
So I am feeling that it might be useful to have a third point to divide time up into. I'll call it "BA" - Before Adam, and it is, like the present feeling of Jesus' birth four years before that millennium, 4004 BCE/BC, or now Zero BA. So, for example, the lowest layer of Jericho is dated by some archaeologists at 5000 BA, and or some might date the fall of Atlantis at 6000 BA.
As we are now living in the decadent end of the patriarchy, BA marks a seminal beginning of this time of male dominated society. (I must admit that the above date suggestion is written with some tongue in cheek, but it is an interesting coincidence that it breaks so exactly with the fourth millennium before Christ.)
So now we have three points in time - BA to BC/BCE (which lasts for 4,000 years), and AD/CE to now (which has lasted for 2000 years). So what is the Fourth Point in Time?
I am writing this five days before the Winter Solstice 2012. I've written earlier about my feelings about this most talked about date (See MAG E-zine # 25 - 2012 <http://geomancy.org/listmessenger/public/archive.php?id=162:517>). In brief, don't believe that it will be Armageddon or that 144,000 humans will be beamed up to heaven while the rest of us will burn in the eternal flames of Hell, but I do believe that this could be a major turning point in the evolution of humanity's time here on Earth. Dear reader, we gotta change. Politicians have no interest in working together. They just hold tenaciously to their individual narrow paradigms. Big business and our banks are getting more and more corrupt. And on the common-man level, we continue to kill other people indiscriminately from small towns in Connecticut, to Dunblane, scenic islands in Norway, mowing down miners in South Africa, so many cities in Syria, the list of man's inhumanity to wo/man goes on and on.
Like the birth of Adam/the patriarchy, and the birth of Jesus, I believe that we are in the midst of a monumental change in consciousness. While we might not disappear on the 21st of December or wake up on the 22nd to find that not much has changed over night, I honestly do believe that it is beyond time for a major shift in consciousness from a totally rational left-brain mode to what I have been calling "gnowing" - using both our rational left and intuitive right brain and valuing the results equally. It is this mode of consciousness that I have been writing about more and more in these Tips o' the Week and now my MAG E-zine. So I would suggest that the fourth major turning point is now - 2012.
I believe that we are now in one of those periods that the ancient Chinese proverbs speak about. That ancient curse (or is it blessing?): Living in interesting times.
So Mote It Be,
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Happy Winter Solstice! ; )