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Age of Taurus 4,286 - 2,143 bce
The morphic resonance informing the new age we are entering
Gemini = 6,429 - 4,286 bce First Civilization on Crete
The Age of Cancer
First City in Asia Minor
The Age of Leo Recovery from the ice age
Age of Virgo and Beyond
The first Eve
how the earth's wobble dance changes our relation to the stars
Malta's Temples reflect  a space for the next age to enter
Gozo cities
Comino dive
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knights of malta



 Today the stars no longer guide our navigation, orchestrate our time-keeping, or pace our planting and harvesting but nearly all ancient civilizations shared this wisdom of time as a cyclical higher power and thus organized themselves to best survive by keeping the uncertainty and evil of chaos away through acts seeking harmony with this cosmos. Western culture's linear march- of-time model, ignores the wisdom of these past civilizations.  In the present, as we become  more  troubled about our collective future amidst predictions of Armageddon, Apocalypse and Aquarius the legacy of this high wisdom from past looms large. The long obscured story is a spectacular one for it is written in the stars.
The oldest structures on earth are fertility goddess temples on the island of Malta honoring the annual cycle of life. Their beginning and end between 4400 -2200 BCE holds a remarkable coincidence or synchronicity with the  Movement of  the Age of Taurus. This esoteric knowledge of a 26,000 year cycle pf earth moving through the heavens was known in ancient Egypt and Babylonia where written records have survived. There will never be irrefutable proof that the knowledge has its source in India but the Vedic texts written in the 2nd millennium BCE after a longer period as an oral legacy do reference prior ages before Taurus. The Chinese are said to have adopted around the same time Egypt was first rising as the dominant culture of the Mediteranean. Taurus is  city-states] The greatest reference to prior ages is considered  the Great Sphinx and the age of Leo  [10,715 - 8,572 bce] in Egypt. 

Festivals in the ancient world were of central importance for they were the community's attempt to find victory for light and life over darkness. The annual return of life when spring gloriously blooms at the vernal equinox or the winter solstice  when days finally begin to get longer are where we find our first Carnavals. Some say you can still connect with these ancient rhythmic patterns when you trance dance with others at these cyclic times best acknowledged by the Carnavals and spring festivals of the world.



The Age of Taurus 4,286 - 2,143 bce
Age of Taurus Agricultural Age, FertilityTaurus Symbol  religions, Golden Calf, Hindu Cattle worship,  The Hindu religion still clings to its cattle worship from the age of Taurus. Rise of Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilisations. Bronze age in Greece, rise of Minoan and Mycenean cultures. Consolidation of agriculture, building of pyramids and megaliths. Bull cults in Assyria, Egypt, Crete.

The Bullfight
Today we find the bull as an object of awe in bullfighting which suggest the end of the Taurus Age, a topic of much myth making in pre-Christian religions including the old testament. The conclusive point of the bull-fight, el momento de la verdad, is when the torrero exposes his chest to the horns of the bull in order to lean over the animalís head and plant the sword between the horns. This act of death defiance highlights the ancient ritual inherent in the sport.

bouef gras
One of the most photographed objects in all of the New Orleans Mardi Gras is the Boeuf Gras float in the Rex parade. Since the Middle Ages, the bouef gras (fatted bull) has become the symbol of the last meat eaten before Lent. At one time,  it would have been ritually slaughtered as part of the feasting during Carnaval.

" For thousands of years the fertility rites of the god of vegetation -- the sacred bull who was ripped to death like the grain on the threshing floor or the grape from the vine -- was celebrated with ecstatic frame drumming and dancing. The ritual celebration always included the beer or wine made from the grain or grape. The intoxicating beverage represented the blood of the deity. By drinking the sacred blood one became intoxicated with the presence of the deity.
Bumba Meu Boi Frame Drum Festival  by Layne Redmond

According to Persian traditions, the god Mithras was actually incarnated into the human form of the Saviour expected by Zarathustra. Mithras was born of Anahita, an immaculate virgin mother once worshipped as a fertility goddess.
Mithraism was the last state endorsed pagan religion in Europe.
 The famous bull-slaying iconography of the Mithraic Mysteries popular in the Roman colonies, early in the Age of Pisces was meant to correspond to how the stars were set in the Zodiac of Taurus. The obvious connections with the Persian Mithras are still debated by scholars.
The Egyptian Hourus was the bull of heaven, and a white bull was sacrificed in Babylonia at the New Year to placate Ramman, the god of thunder and lightning.
The single comet strike of 3150 BCE, impacted the eastern region of the Mediterranean Sea is probably the event that caused the great floods recorded in the myths of ancient Summer, Egypt and Greece but the far greater one of 7640 BCE is quite possible as well. An epic earthquake followed by at tsumi
The Egyptian civilization was informed by the Age of Taurus,   Taurus is the sign ruling over the desire nature on Earth symbolized by the Bull. Taurus also presides over the gifts of mother Earth to its inhabitants. Surprisingly, the EgyptianDownload earth deity was the male god Geb, shown here under the sky goddess Nut
The Mayan astronomers of Central America, cultural descendants of the original South American civilization, noted that around 3100 BC, an evolutionary shift occurred. They thought of it as the origin point for a 5200 year cycle of sentient evolution, one that culminates in 2012 AD. It is also about the time of the dawning of the mother Babylonian culture and possibly their own New World Olmec culture. Pre-Aryan Hinduism, or the Vedic Era, could be seen as the flag-bearer of the Taurus Age, with a noticeable agricultural content and devotion to fertility in the symbolism.The transition from the Age of Taurus to the Age of Aries, is symbolized by the death of Krishna.
The Palermo stone, carved about 2350Download  B.C., shows us what Egyptians of the day considered to be important events: religious festivals, creation of statues of the gods, wars, regular taxation, and the height of that year's Nile flood. Administration and piety toward ancestors also formed a part of their history. Official archives journeyed back to the catalytic historical moment when the first pharaoh, King Narmer, unified Upper and Lower Egypt and formed the unified Egyptian state whose beliefs reflected a divine order that required constant care through pageantry and ritual.
Babylonians are give credit for the origins of Persian Zorastorism which is considered among the old Testament's most important influences. How the Babylonian civilization began with such extensive astrological knowledge is one of prehistory's great mysteries.

Two main ancient Vedic epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, deal with nothing but the culture and lifestyle of the four main Ages before the Age of Aries.

"In the rig veda, the oldest vedic text, there are clear references to a chakra or wheel of 360 spokes placed in the sky. The number 360 and its related numbers like 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 108, 432 and 720 occur commonly in vedic symbolism. It is in the hymns of the great rishi dirghatamas (RV I.140 - 164) that we have the clearest such references."
by David Frawley one of the few westerners ever to be recognized in india as a Vedacharya or teacher of the ancient wisdom.
We have drunk the Soma; we have become immortal; we have gone to the light; we have found the gods

Rig Veda 8.48
 As the Aryans had no script of their own, the hymns of the Rig Veda were memorized and passed on orally from one generation to the other before being recorded in written form at a much later stage.

The age stayed under the sign of the bull (Apis, or sacred bull Mnevis of Helipolis, identified to Ra), of the holy cow (Hathor in Egypt, surahbhi or Kamadhenu in India or may be worshipped in many spiritual cultures), or the golden calf in the polytheistic beliefs (see Exodus 32:4), preceding the Judaic monotheism.
Krishna was said to have lived at the end of Dvapara Yuga (Encyclopaedia Universalis, Paris 1968, vol. 9, p.711) considered by some to have ended in the year 3102 B.C. (Zimmer, quoted work.) According to tradition, Krishna lived in the fourth millennium B.C. (La grande encyclopedie, H. Lamirault et Co., Paris, vol. 21, p.647.) During his time the fifth chakra (Adi Vishuddhi) of the Cosmic Being was enlightened.
Prashant Trivedi: The Message of the Ancients: A Vedic Prespective
"The Mysteries of Mithra, which came to flower in the near east during the Hellenistic age as a kind of Zoroastrian heresy, and in the Roman period was the most formidable rival of Christianity...
Celebrants wore masks representing animals of the Zodiac: for astronomy was undergoing a new development in this period through an application of Greek thought to the data of the centuries of Sumero-Chaldean observation. In all religions of the age,
Download the Zodiac had come to represent the bounding, ever revolving sphere of time - space - causality, within which the unbounded Spirit operates unmoved yet moving in all." Joseph Campbell
Mithraism was a mystery religion with devotees sworn to secrecy. Nothing could be spoken or written down. What little is known of Mithra, the god of justice and social contract, has been deduced from reliefs and icons found in temples. Most of these portray Mithra clad in a Persian-style cap and tunic sacrificing a white bull in front of Sol, the sun god. From the bull's blood and semen, grain, grapes and living creatures sprout forth. Sol's wife Soma, the moon, begins her cycle and time is born. The letters 'VSLM' that are inscribed on many Mithraic stones are part of a secret code thanking Mithra for his good deeds and are recognizable only to the faithful. Mithraism and Christianity competed strongly because of the striking similarity in many of their rituals. Both involve shepherds, an ark built to escape a flood and a form of baptism. Devotees knelt when they worshipped and a common meal - a communion- was a regular feature of the liturgy.
by Franz Cumont
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A century ago, Franz Cumont gathered together all the primary evidence about Mithraism: mentions in literary texts, inscriptions, sculptures, coins, excavated Mithraea. This he published in French in two volumes, "Textes et monuments figures relatifs aux mysteres de Mithra" (Brussels: Lamartin, 1896-9) Although it contained little information regarding the secret initiation rites, it remained the definitive text till a conference in 1970. Since then, scholars have rejected the books strong correlation with Iranian Zorasterism and have found many new connections to the Graeco-Roman pantheon of deities of a standard mystery-religion type.
This the book is now in the public domain including a google on-line version as well as a lesser quality reprint. This version at has the many illustrations
"It is thus of great interest to note that in certain regions of the Roman empire a pair of symbols was sometimes added to the tauroctony: namely, a lion and a cup. These symbols must represent the constellations Leo and Aquarius, the locations of the solstices during the Age of Taurus. Thus all of the figures found in the tauroctony represent constellations that had a special position in the sky during the Age of Taurus." Solving the Mithraic Mysteries" by David Ulansey
The Age of Gemini = 6,429 - 4,286 bce
 In astrological time, where a Great Year equal 25,920 earth years, the Age of Gemini began around 6380 BCE.
Gemini SymbolThe Age of Gemini brought  about the worship of the twin-gods.
See Dating Creation) for a visual picture of how the six days of creation correspond to six houses of the zodiac between the two equinoxes.
Narmer's Palette

This commemorative slate palette was carved circa 3168 B.C. (Dynasty 0) for King Narmer and was found at Hierakonpolis. This palette may be commemorating the unification of Egypt; Narmer may in fact be Menes, the legendary unifier of Egypt. This is one of the earliest recorded uses of writing. The circular depression where the cosmetic powder would have been ground has been retained though the exceptional art means this the piece was designed for display.

"Golden Age of Wisdom" aligned with the Age of Gemini; the Phoenician, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Vedic cultures are testimony to the cult of the Twins who were born of the mating of the universal male principle symbolized by the Sun and universal female principle symbolized by Earth and the Moon.
Since Gemini is the sign of writing and communication, we find that new languages were discovered and spread in this time. The Sumerians, who would eventually give the  the art of writing  to Mesopotamia, began around this period.  Accounting and taxes also become part of life along with increased trade. Simple farming based on cattle herding and cereal agriculture took hold along the Nile and as far south as the Sudan.   
This may also be the time of the Great Flood
(wiki/Deluge) although there is little agreement among scholars on this great historic occurrence. Although neolithic (wiki/Neolithic ) agriculture had by that time already reached the Pannonian plain, its spread may have been pushed by survivors of the flood. (wiki/Noah 's Ark)

The Orion Giant in the Story of the Ages
         The Giant represents the Constellation of Orion. In Ancient Egypt Orion was known as "The Soul of Osiris". It follows that The Giant, who is usually referred to as Narmer by Egyptologists after the catfish and the chisel emblems in the chiefs at the top of the Plate, is in fact Osiris, the Lord of Precession Ö as opposed to Osiris, the Lord of the Dead.

         The Giant appears to capture one of the Gemini Twins, perhaps in an attempt to halt the progression into the New Age of Taurus. More likely however he is giving the Twin his blessing in the closing minutes in the Age of Gemini. The scene is reminiscent of a person receiving a Knighthood for services rendered. The one figure represents the set of Gemini Twins since the Twin's body is facing forward towards the forthcoming Age of Taurus, while his face is looking back upon the Age of Gemini.

The Giant represents
the constellation of Orion
The constellation of Orion:
the Soul of Osiris

ancientegypt./osirisprecession/  subtle references to Freemasonry are intentional.
Copyright Audrey Fletcher 1999

the three Pyramids at Giza,located south-west of Cairo, are aligned exactly as the three middle stars of the constellation of Orion namely Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

Lord Rama (center) with wife Sita, brother Lakshmana and devotee Hanuman. Rama and Lakshman are always shown to be ready for battle (with bow and arrow) as it is their Kshatriya dharma to fight. Rama is shown having blue skin which is a characteristic of Vishnu

The Age of Gemini (
6380 BCE to 4220 BCE ) corresponded to the flourishing period of early Hinduism. It was under this sign that Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu was manifested by the birth of the two pair of brothers: Rama and Lakshmana on the one hand, Satrughna and Bharata on the other. Rama Himself had twin sons: Lav and Kush (in harmony with the name of the constellation where the Sun was at that time.) Lav went to Russia from this we get the name of Slav. The other son, Kush went to China, hence we get the name Kushan.   "For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be" Jesus said (Luke 12:34.)

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