From the moment we humans take our first breath, we are conditioned in our psychological development by our culture-of-birth. As we mature within that culture, however, alternate paths of development inevitably present themselves. Mysteriously, for some of us, this triggers a compelling urge to abandon the status quo in favour of undertaking what is often a long and arduous process. Responding to a deep spiritual calling we break the cultural spell cast upon us as children and begin a journey of self-discovery. If successful, we come to know ourselves not simply as residents of a particular geographical area, or as proponents of a particular faith or cultural tradition. Rather, we come to know ourselves as children of the Earth.
Fulfilling our identities as Earth people requires that we come into greater and greater alignment with a purpose that transcends any parochial identity we have previously taken on. This is known as the journey of individuation and each person who takes it must choose his or her own way. For many people, myself included, no tools along the way have proven to be more valuable than those provided by one of the most ancient and enduring of all human endeavours: astrology.
Every civilization has developed its own astrology and the need for an astrology capable of meeting the psychological needs of a planetarized humanity was a need fully perceived early in the 20th century by a man whose monumental resolve to help make this happen, yielded an equally monumental legacy of completed works. His name is Dane Rudhyaand it was he who, in a dedicated career spanning more than half of the twentieth century, almost single-handedly formulated the foundation of a thoroughly modern approach to astrology.
I was introduced to Rudhyar’s astrological and philosophical works early in my twenties. His "person-centered" approach evoked in me a profound sense of mystical participation in a great Work extending out and beyond my lifetime. In the following pages, I will share with you the story of my pioneering development of a synthesis of intuitive arts comprising not only Western and Mesoamerican astrology, but also the etheric energy system of the human light body (the chakras), as well as the Chinese Book of Changes (I Ching). The story begins in the very most personal details of my life but it ultimately expands into mystical/transpersonal realms.It is the story of an Earth Child emerging!
In the early stages of my own process of emergence and individuation, Rudhyar's astrology played a key role in orienting me to a more inclusive awareness than my upbringing had afforded me. Consciously using the tools provided by him and a small group of associates, I gained a sense of belonging to an intentional spiritual community. Early on, I developed a tangible sense of wholeness within my own psyche by simply dwelling on three core components of the astrological world: Sun, Moon and Earth. This felt sense of wholeness is what I now refer to as the Earth Child within.
The Earth Child is symbolic of a latent, "inner androgyne" -- a primordial awareness within each of us that naturally unites our masculine nature (Father Sun) and our feminine nature (Mother Moon). Symbolically, the union occurs through the angle linking Sun and Moon as revealed in an astrological chart cast for the time of our birth. This single, unified, astrological factor provides us with a powerful key that can open the door to many a surprising mystery, not the least of which is the Tzolkin, central component of the Mayan Sacred Calendar tradition.
Much of the collective unconscious is uncharted territory. The archetypes themselves are nebulous and hard to pinpoint. They are not things or even images in themselves. Jung stressed that the archetypes should be understood as collective focal points representing a specific character or motif around which memories, events, and even external objects which partake of the same quality tend to gravitate. They are immaterial nexus points in the architecture of the human psyche.
John Major Jenkins
According to some scholars, the Mayan calendar tradition drew attention to the date December 21, 2012 as the completion date of a 5,125 year cycle of history known as the Fifth Sun. Completion of that date is said to simultaneously mark entry into a new 5, 125 year cycle known as the Sixth Sun, the Sun of Consciousness. Although much debate has raged throughout the planet as to the true meaning and significance of this auspicious date, what I share with you in the following pages, is not directly related to that debate nor is it dependent on any outcome arising from it. Rather, what is revealed here is an entirely novel relationship to the central component of the Mayan calendar tradition: the Tzolkin. From my own experience, I can affirm that sustained contemplation of the Tzolkin can lead to a plethora of vital insights into the workings of the collective unconscious. Such is the nature of the adventure in consciousness that is the Lightning Path and to the emergence of the Earth Children it supports!
Essentially the future lies in the radiation of man. This refers first of all to the process by which each individual assumes responsibility for all of his or her actions, and with heightened awareness participates in increasingly integrated group efforts to establish a consciously-oriented relationship between biopsychic energy factors and those of the environment. In the most general way this describes the new symbiotic technology, radiosonics, the basis of post-historic synaesthesia.