1. The great year is a period of 24,000 years; 12,000 years ascending into a higher age, and 12,000 years descending into a lower age. The ancient Egyptians, Sumerians, Megalithic builders, Indians and other ancient cultures knew it as the precession of the equinox.

2. Just as the day is one spin of the Earth on its axis, and the year is one revolution of the Earth around the Sun, so too is one great year based on a celestial motion: one orbit of our Sun around its binary center of mass.

3. Just as the day has light and darkness and the year has summer and winter, so too does the great year have its golden age and dark age.

4. Just as the time of a day can be told by the position of the Sun in the sky, and the time of year can be told by the position of the Sun on the horizon, so too can the time of the great year be told by the position of the Sun relative to the 12 ancient constellations of the zodiac. The daily time system of 24 periods (hours) made of two 12 period sections (AM and PM), left to us by ancient cultures on both hemispheres, is a microcosm of the great year principal.

5. The precession of the equinox (through the zodiac) acts as the clock of the great year. The moving equinox (relative to inertial space) is driven by the curved motion of the Sun through space.

6. Precession is not caused by lunisolar forces, nor does the Earth act like a top relative to the Sun. Precession is a direct result of the Sun’s binary motion which produces a commensurate change in Earth orientation, a.k.a. precession.

7. The low point, or dark age of the great year is when the Sun and its companion were at apoasis, their furthest point apart. This last occurred in 499AD. We are now about 1500 years into the ascending phase and consciousness is expanding.

8. The high point, of the next golden age, will occur at periapsis when the Sun and its companion are closest to each other. This last occurred in 11,500 BC and will next occur in 12,500 AD.

9. The expansion of consciousness in the ascending cycle is due to the Sun’s binary motion bringing the Earth closer to the beneficial influence of the magnetic center. The contraction of consciousness in the descending phase is due to the Sun’s motion carrying us away from the magnetic center.

10. The magnetic center or grand center is thought to be in the region of Alcyon in the Pleiades. There is significant folklore and myth related to this star and this constellation.

11. The exact mechanics that draw us closer to the region, and the mechanism of influence upon consciousness are not well understood in the current age. However, it is known that most stars are binary or multiple systems, most stars are in constant motion and that consciousness is affected by light on the retina, negative ions in the atmosphere, radiation and other subtle forces.

12. Both the ascending and descending cycle are made of four “ages” analogous to the four seasons: the two poles are the dark age or winter of man, called the iron age by the Greeks and Kali yuga by the Indians; and the age of enlightenment or summer of man, called theGolden age or Satya yuga. Following is a chart of the ages and their respective lengths. We are currently in the 304th year of the Dwapara yuga.

13. The archeological record supports the construct of a great year: The evidence of advanced civilizations in ancient Sumeria, Egypt, India, Mesoamerica, Megalithic Europe, and many more still being discovered, is overwhelming. The fact they all declined into a world wide dark age is obvious and evidence of a descending cycle. The renaissance, agricultural, industrial, information and biotech revolutions all evidence an ascending consciousness.

14. Just as the first day of spring is not always warmer than the last day of winter, so too do the ages unfold slightly unevenly. The current era carries many paradigms of the recent material dark age while mankind struggles towards the light of a higher age. A dangerous time is passing when mankind has access to higher technologies but still harbors the material thoughts of a lower age.

15. Precession now equates to one cycle in 25,770 years only because we are near apoapsis, the slow part of the elliptical orbit. According to Kepler’s laws, as the Sun moves towards periapsis, the rate will continue to accelerate and will average near 24,000 years.

16. The Yuga cycle of India is incorrectly interpreted by many to consist of “divine years” resulting in rising and falling ages on a scale so vast as to be meaningless to man. Such longer cycles may exist, however, precession, the great year and the original meaning of the yugas, referred to the cyclical movement of the equinox through the zodiac; a period equaling 24,000 years.

17. Hamlet’s Mill, the epic work by Hertha von Dechend, professor of the history of science at the University of Frankfurt, and Giorgio de Santillana, professor of the history and philosophy of science at M.I.T., shows the link between myth and astronomy. They describe myth and folklore as the scientific language of yore, and point out that precession was the number one topic of discussion in ancient science and was known to ancient cultures around the world.

18. The current paradigm of history was developed by British and French explorers, investigating and writing about Egyptian and megalithic ruins on the heels of Darwin’s book: Origin of the Species. Their Judeo Christian backgrounds, over extrapolation of Darwinian principles, and lack of information on the astronomical alignments of the structures they were investigating, led them to conclude the structures were built by primitive man. This paradigm has continued to the present.

19. New technology is driving new discoveries of what is currently considered anomalous archaeological evidence. The dating of the sphinx to more than twice its heretof ore acknowledged age, the finding of a huge new 9000 year old civilzation in the Bay of Cambay, and other exciting discoveries will eventually cause the current paradigm to fall and allow the acceptance of the great year.

20. Better knowledge of the great year concept and construct, its cosmological basis and its link with consciousness, will change the way man views: history, archeology, paleontology, anthropology, solar system mechanics, religion, spirituality and consciousness and a number of other subjects of major importance. Establishing the solar system as a new moving reference frame, and the great year as a new system of long cycle chronology will also be quite helpful to the scientific community. Fun times ahead in the ascending age.