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Planetary Initiation of the Ages

The ancients claimed that the successive ages of the past were initiated by the planets.  The planet Venus introduced the Age of Taura, Mars, the Age of Aries, and more recently, Neptune, the Age of Pisces.  (Next up, is Uranus and the Age of Aquarius.)  

According to Immanuel Velikovsky at <http://www.varchive.org/itb/planages.htm>, “Hesiod ascribed the Golden age to the time when the planet Saturn was ruling, and the Silver and Iron ages to the time of the planet Jupiter.  The same concept is found in Vergil, who says that “before Jove’s day [i.e., in the Golden age when Saturn reigned] no tillers subdued the land—even to mark the field or divide it with bounds was unlawful.”  

Modern astrologers identify the planets with ages as in the Age of Pisces (where Pisces is related to the planet, Neptune).  Saturn would correspond to an early Age of Capricorn, while Jupiter would be that the age that followed, i.e. the Age of Sagittarius.  [The Ages go in the opposite (or retrograde) direction of the Sun’s path through the Zodiac, as a result of the Precession of the Equinoxes.]  This suggests that the Age of Capricorn began roughly 24,000 years ago, and “Jove’s Day” began circa 19,600 B.C.E.  Velikovsky notes, for example, that in numerous ancient astrological texts, “that seven millennia were dominated by seven planets, one after the other.”  

The Pythagoreans, Magi, Gnostic sects and other secret societies assumed the idea of the Earth being under the sway of different planets during different ages.  One sect believed that periodically (on a millennial basis) one of the seven planet-gods descended upon the earth, established a new order and new laws, and then retreated to his place.   

This view is simply more confirmation that the Ages of Pisces, belonging to Enki, is a time of relative freedom from the dictates of possibly more control-oriented planet gods.  Enki, for example, is the nearest thing we have to a human creator god -- inasmuch as Ninki (his half sister) and he were the responsible party for genetically engineering the cross breeding of Homo erectus and the Anunnaki to create Homo sapiens.  As a far better parent than most, Enki seems to have understood that children need a little space in which to grow, and that without such a hand’s off attitude, there is little hope for future independence and freedom.  

The good news is that in the next Age of Capricorn, beginning in roughly 4300 A.D., we may again live in a time when “no tillers subdued the land—even to mark the field or divide it with bounds was unlawful.”  The (possibly) not-such-good news is that in the interim -- beginning as early as 2012 A.D. -- the next in line, Age of Aquarius, will be ushered in, and the ruling deity is Anu, Enki’s father.  Anu is pretty much the hands-off CEO, who tends to leave to others the day to day running of the “mixed workers” (i.e. the human race).  Whether or not he will give Enki more space, or turn instead back to Enlil, is not known.  But Enlil in charge would be -- based on his prior performance --  quite a... change.  (Or a total disastrous for the human race -- whichever.)  

Identical traditions of identifying planets and gods in a convenient program can be found in the writings of Julius Africanus (the ages passing under the government of each planet in its turn), and the Ethiopian text of the First Book of Enoch (the seven world-ages being dominated by one planet after another).  

Of perhaps more interest, however, the Gnostic sect of the Mandaens taught that the history of mankind is composed of seven epochs, that one of the planets ruled during each epoch, and that ultimately each of these epochs were terminated by catastrophes!  Even the Hebrew Cosmogony refers to cataclysms separating the ages.   

As we progress from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius, this might constitute a reason to pause and consider whether or not these ancient teachings were experientially based.  Think about it.  But don’t worry; be happy.  What’s the worse that could happen?  A return to Heaven?  


Deification of the Planets        When the Earth was Moonless

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