The Life of a civilisation
Civilisations are born, they bloom and they disappear. In the process they leave traces, as living organisms that they are. They leave traces of what they were and achieved, but, which now we observe as tree trunks stripped of their greenery. Five millennia have passed by, and that great civilizational plant has already died, although part of its essence still lives on in the genes of all those bushes that were born from its seed or that were pollinated by its flower.
Cultures are the flowers of the civilizational plants. When one culture has just flowered, another has not opened its petals, while another is withering. Each culture has its moment, its instant of glory, but all of them end up falling from the plant, withering and, when the last one does so, the civilizational plant dies.
Very often the genes of a culture are mixed with those of a different civilizational plant. When this happens, the culture that is pollinated doesn’t remain a mere flower; instead, it produces a fruit in which to wrap its seed. Through that seed, it is guaranteed the birth of a new plant in that forest of civilizations that we call humanity.
For us to really be able to talk of evolution, this seed from which a new plant must be born needs to combine the genetic material of a minimum of two previous civilisations. From the hybrid between these two civilisations, from this fusion, a third plant will be born, one capable of producing a flower that mixes both aromas and a fruit that combines both flavours.
The ancient civilizational plants of America
Many civilizational plants must have existed in America once but since much of its history has been lost in the bonfire of ignorance and obstinacy, I can only speak of the two most recent ones. In doing so I am not claiming that these most recent civilisations are the only ones, or that all the cultures born in that continent during the first five millennia belonged to one of these vast plants.
Having established this, I want to explain that, as I understand it, the first of these civilisations stretched from Panama to Tierra del Fuego, and in the absence of a better name I call this civilisation Andean. The second stretched from Nicaragua to Alaska, which we will call Anahuac.
Other plant-civilisations grew in these areas before these two. For example, traces of cultures that extended as far as the Amazon have been discovered, which certainly bear the fruits and flowers of an earlier Amazonian civilisation. According to several legends, the Amazonian civilisation precedes that of the Andes. According to these same legends, this ancient Amazonian civilisation fused with one of its other contemporaries, the Lemurian civilisation. This happened at the end of the last ice age, between 10 and 15 thousand years ago. This is known in the Andes as the Unu Pachakuti (The Water Catastrophe.)
It was thought that, during the ice age, the Andean mountain range was an impenetrable wall. When the ice thawed, the glaciers that occupied its valleys disappeared and mountain passes finally opened up. This enabled contact between the two sides, namely the Pacific side and the Amazonian side. With both the coastal areas and the valleys perpetually flooded, people sought refuge on higher ground. There are many legends which speak of this period, of how Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo re-established civilisation once the ice had fully thawed. This would undoubtedly have been the setting for the beginnings of the Andean civilisation, whose ultimate cultural exponents were the Incas. However, there were many other offshoot cultures that came earlier, such as the Tiahuanaco, Nazca, Mochica and Huari.
For refugees further north, the starting-point for their exodus was a civilisation which pre-dated the thawing of the ice and extended through flooded areas of the Caribbean, which Plato collectively called Atlantis. These were lands whose highlands now form islands such as Cuba or the Dominican Republic. Many of their inhabitants took refuge in the Sierra Madre mountain, while others, from further north, headed to the Rocosa mountains. Together, they formed a civilisation called the Anáhuac. The last exponent of this civilisation was the Mexica (Aztec) culture, but many other cultures flowered in its branches, such as the Maya, Hopi, Zapoteca and Tolteca.
The next civilizational plant
The next plant, our planet’s next great civilisation, has already sprouted. The date of its birth was when the majority of Latin-American countries obtained their freedom from Spain and Portugal. For Colombia and Venezuela, this happened in 1810, for Argentina, Uruguay and part of Bolivia in 1816, for Chile in 1818, for Peru and Mexico in 1821 and for Brazil in 1822. All of these countries have either just celebrated their second century as independent nations, or will do so soon.
The equivalent of 200 years of life, in terms of human history, would be a three and half years old child who would be just beginning to understand the world. It could be said that this is the age at which children might begin to define their own identities that are distinct from those of their parents, but still very much subject to parental influence. All-in-all, I would consider 58 years of a civilisation’s existence is equivalent to one human year, based on the average 5,100 life expectancy for a civilisation and the 88 years the average human can expect to live for.
As I understand it, the ’mother’ civilisation from which this Latin-American seed originates is a hybrid of the Andean and Anahuac civilisations. Whereas the father, the one who ‘pollinated’ these cultures, is the western civilisation, whose origins lie in the year 900 B.C.
The Andean influence will be manifested most intensely in those cultures which lay further south, while the Anahuac influence will be more strongly pronounced in the north.
The civilizational cycle
Given that many cultures have recognised this great, approximately 5,000-year-long cycle of civilisations, it would be inaccurate to claim that Deulofeu discovered it first. For example, the idea was known to the Incas as the “Great Sun”, which entailed 5 suns, each lasting approximately 1,000 years. In Mayan culture, the idea took the form of 13 ‘baktunes’, whose overall duration was 5,129 years, to which a period of 71 years of synchronisation seems to have been added, giving a total of 5,200 years. The Mexicas, who also belonged to the Anahuac, named the cycle “Sun,” meanwhile the Hopi called it the “World”.
We can see that this cycle was already well-known by these ‘mother’ seed-civilisations-. It doesn’t seem to be so on the ‘father’ side, and here lies the originality of Deulofeu’s work: To be the first in modern civilisation to deduce the cycle from personal observation and research, as opposed to uncovering knowledge from an ancient lineage of information.
The Greek civilisation predates the Western one and knew about the cycle earlier. Being over 4,700 years old, the Greek civilisation could be considered to be approaching the end of its third wave. Their awareness of the cycle can be observed in the myths of Hesiod, who spoke of five ages (Gold, Silver, Copper, Hero and Iron), which are divisions of a cycle of approximately 25,000 years, and so there are 5,000 years for each epoch. Hesiod lived until 700 B.C., at which point the Greek civilisation was over 2,000 years old and was in its second wave, which is the same phase Western civilisation is currently in.
The three waves of civilisation
Perhaps Deulofeu’s most original contribution was the identification of three 1,700-year-long waves of creation in which the average 5,100-year lifespan of a civilisation can be divided up into. It could be said that each great civilizational plant needs three summers before it can bear fruit, and, as already mentioned at the beginning of this article:
- During the first wave, the civilisation expresses the elements of previous civilisations with which it was imbued.
- It is during the second wave that a civilisation manifests its own, original, cultural contributions
- In the third wave, a rebirth takes place, along with a desire to recover the past, leaving no scope for any true originality.
By using a couple of examples, Deulofeu describes how the Iranian-Cumerian-Chaldean civilisation began its first wave of creation in around 5,200 B.C. in present-day Iran. Around the year 3,500 B.C., the second wave of cultural development took place, this time a little further west in Sumeria, present-day Iraq. Then, in around 1,800 B.C., approximately 1,700 years later, its centre moved to Chaldea, and then disappeared around the year 100 B.C. From which civilisations did this one originate? The Harappan was almost certainly one of them, and the most likely candidate for the other is the one which produced Göbekli Tepe, in modern-day Turkey.
A similar process took place in the Greek civilisation. Its origins can be traced back to Crete in the year 2700 B.C. This was an age of legends, such as that of the Minotaur, during the Age of Taurus. During its first wave, the Greek civilisation absorbed influences from other civilisations, such as the Ancient Egyptians and the Iranian-Sumerian-Chaldean. Its second wave, in which a civilisation finds its own identity, as opposed to being a hybrid of previous civilisations, began around the year 1000 B.C. Its origins can be found in Ionia and Eolid. It then moved through the Cycladic islands, before arriving at the Greek mainland. The third wave began in the Greek mainland around the year 700 A.D., and will theoretically come to an end around 2400 A.D.
In defining these cycles as one of three waves a civilisation goes through, each lasting 1700 years, we can say, in terms of human lifespan, that they are each equivalent to three orbits of Saturn that someone who lives to 88 goes through. After a period of just over 29 years, Saturn returns to the position it was in at our birth, and therefore someone who lives for 88 years would live through the equivalent of 3 of these cycles.
From an astrological perspective, each time Saturn returns to the orbital position it was in on our birth dates, we are around a milestone in life where we might seek to do away with anything that hinders our personal growth. We are being offered an opportunity to transcend the practices, routines and behaviours that are obstacles to our maturity, with the aim of achieving change using the renewed energy the second cycle offers us. We will repeat certain past experiences and events during every one of these cycles, even more so if we fail to commit to the changes which Saturn demands of us.
If 1,700 civilizational years equates to 29 human years, then a civilizational century corresponds to 20 months of being human. This is why I proposed that the aforementioned child, who is female and born in Latin America two centuries ago, would be 3 and half years old. I say female because for any new civilisation to be able to serve as a guide for humanity over the course of the next 5 millennia, then it must, by definition, help us to regain equality and harmony between the genders by placing greater value on the feminine.
The two periods of each wave
Another of Deulofeu’s original contributions was the observation that each of the three civilizational waves of 1,700 years was divided into to distinct parts. The first, lasting for 650 years, he called the age of division. According to Deulofeu, this constituted a period in which distinct territories had to gain independence from ancient centres of power, culminating in the phase of creative splendour en which the civilisation seeks not to assert power through military might but rather with ideas.
In the second period of 1,050 years, the different cultures no longer attempt to define themselves as cradles of culture, but rather as empires, and dominate other cultures in order to expand their area of influence. During this phase, cultures do not try to be influential through the power of their ideas, but rather through their military might. Deulofeu called this the phase of unification.
We can say that the 650 year-long periods of division with which a civilisation begins each of its 3 waves are the most creative, as to the expansionist ambitions of the civilisation are proliferated via the persuasiveness of its ideas and not via military means. And given that it is the second wave that a civilisation makes its most original contributions, the most creative period goes between 1700 years and 2350 years after the birth of the civilisation, as it is here in which both influences coincide.
Using Classical Greece as an example, this period of high creativity occurred in the years between 1000 B.C. And 450 A.D, during which time Hesiod lived and died. On the other hand, Socrates was born in 470 A.D. and was executed, which shows us that at that moment, Classical Greek civilisation was in the process of abandoning its phase of creative freedom and was entering the phase of unification, in which ideas are either manipulated to political ends and used to justify the process of unification, or, if they are dangerous to the forces of expansion, suppressed. Just as Plato was a disciple of Socrates, as Aristotle was of Plato, who in turn called Alexander the Great one of his students, the consolidation of the unifying phase of the second wave of Greek civilisation was underway. This is how the flower of Athenian culture withered and gave birth to the empire of Macedonia.
This ratio of 1,050 to 650 years is governed by Phi, and is also known as the golden number or ratio. Phi defines a ratio which we repeatedly find en nature and whose approximate value is 0.618. Deulofeu does not seem to notice this relationship between the two periods, which gives even more credit to his observations as, therefore, he unknowingly divided each civilizational wave according to parameters used by nature to generate harmony both in time and in space.
If we take into account that the civilisation that is presently emerging in Latin America is just 200 years old and that 5,100 years is the lifespan of the average civilisation, it is clear on whom the responsibility of promoting the next three pillars and new laws of thinking will fall. This responsibility will fall on all of Latin America. But we must not forget that there exist two other civilisations which have already started to forge, and they are still infants who have not yet learned to walk and flowers on the cusp of blooming. One is Africa and the other is Oceania. I will talk of these in articles that have not yet been written.
Analogies, prophecies and civilisation’s pillars
The new civilisation which is emerging in Latin America has already been predicted in several prophecies. If you want to explore them, we have carefully tried to cover them all in other articles such as ‘Sacred Time’, ‘The Prophecy’ and ‘The Pillars Of A New Era’ as well as in our books.
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