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Based on "Vivons-nous les commencements de l'Ère des Poissons?" Christian LAZARIDÈS






Based on "Vivons-nous les commencements de l'Ère des Poissons?" by Christian Lazaridès,

Are we experiencing the beginnings of the Piscean Era?


Written by : Christian Lazaridès Éditions Anthroposophiques Romandes, Geneva, 1989.


Extracts from the book chosen and assembled by R.A. (then slightly modified by C.L. with quotations from 11-25-1917 and 06-4-1924), published in Infor Vie Saine, n° 148, July-August-September 2004, pages 21-25.


Extracts published by kind permission of Christian Lazaridès PDF originally from the web page: https://lazarides.pagesperso-orange.fr


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At a time when astrologers and esotericists are declaring that the Piscean Era is ending, or has ended, and that the Aquarian Era is imminent, or has already begun, It's high time to ask ourselves what Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) meant when he asserted and reaffirmed that the Piscean Age actually began in 1413, at the start of the "Modern Age", that it will last until the middle of the 4th millennium, and that only then will there be talk of an Aquarian Age.





In other words, the whole of the 3rd millennium we've just entered will constitute the central part of the Piscean Era. And this can give us a completely different sense of the spiritual dynamics of our times, for there is between 1000 and 1500 years' difference between these two conceptions of precessional chronology! [i].


Which is the "right chronology"?


Before we enter the realm of images, forces and beings - in this case, the realms of Pisces and Virgo - we need to find out how this other way of reading zodiacal time is justified.


Sometimes blamed on error or approximation, sometimes on the contrary accepted as self-evident, this heretical chronology, this apostasy - undoubtedly very conscious and highly charged with meaning - raises a host of questions, which at first may seem very strange and remote, but whose stakes will soon appear much more concrete and immediate than we imagined, stakes concerning our conscience, our freedom, our lives.


At least 99% of the writings or statements on this subject relate to the concept of the immediate proximity of the Aquarian Age. The idea of the Aquarian Age developed in Orientalized Theosophical circles (for example, mentioned in 1887 in an article by H.P. Blavatsky) and, from the 1920s onwards, in the works of A.A. Bailey, who presented herself as a continuation of H.P. Blavatsky and her masters. It was also in 1920 that the Aquarian Age appeared very publicly in a small book by psychologist H. Künkel, "Das grosse Jahr" (The Big Year), in 1922; in France, in Paul Le Cour's "L'Ère du Verseau" in 1937. From then on, literature on the subject became abundant, and I won't dwell on those texts that are accessible by other means. In the 1960s, the Aquarian Age became virtually a sociological phenomenon for young people and a cultural trend strongly influenced by the United States, and California in particular (Cf. "Les Enfants du Verseau" or "Conspiration du Verseau", "New Age Movement", "Nouvel Âge", etc.). Although this outburst has subsided, the basic idea is still alive and well, and today virtually all astrology books pay tribute to Aquarian ideals.


The chronological heresy asserting that the Piscean Era begins in 1413 and lasts until the middle of the fourth millennium is represented essentially by Rudolf Steiner, and this can be a cause for ostracism. Too esoteric for the taste of scientists, too scientific for esotericists, too "cosmic" for right-thinking Christians, too Christian for right-thinking astrologers, not framable enough or too universal for academics, etc., etc., it has become a habit to evacuate it from many debates, almost by method. This is the first reason why this concept is so little known.


Rudolf Steiner, who deserves credit for highlighting Goethe's scientific work, went on to propose a scientific methodology for investigating supra-sensible realities. There's no question of summarizing such a work in a few words, but it's absolutely essential that the reader acquaints himself with the foundations of anthroposophical investigation as practised by Rudolf Steiner, if he is to correctly situate many of the elements presented here in the form of quotations. For it's important to establish this fact right away: Steiner's statements are supposed to be based on this type of investigation - let's say: scientific-suprasensory - this in general, but of course also for particular questions; when it is said, for example, in the lecture of January 13, 1918:


"... You know that our present epoch, beginning roughly in the 15th century of the Christian era, is related to the cosmos by the fact that since that time the Sun has had its vernal point in Pisces, in the constellation of Pisces..." [1]


...when such a thing is asserted, which contradicts all astronomy and astrology, this assertion is not linked to the same sources, nor to the same means of investigation as other assertions on the same subject.


Steiner seems never to have really explained his chronological heresy, but it also seems that nobody ever asked him to do so, and it's possible that, on such a subject, this could well explain it. We'll see that it was practically after Steiner's death that the question of this discrepancy finally arose clearly in anthroposophical circles, at the same time as, on the other hand, the idea of the Aquarian Age began to be publicized.


"... What hostile entities always do to gods who love mankind is based in fact on the attitude that makes them want to achieve earlier, when humanity is not yet mature, what spiritual entities favorable to mankind would like to do later..." (Zurich, October 16, 1918) [2]


" ... Just as the ancients sought to decipher the enigma of the stars and determined from their configurations what they wanted to do here on Earth, man should realize that he is now entering an era which will bring nothing but distress, misery and unhappiness to terrestrial humanity if he does not decide to read in the stellar configurations of time [ndt: and no longer spatial, of space, according to the visible stars] the future of humanity..." (Dornach, December 24 1917) [3]





The vernal point region extended to the peri-zodiacal constellations


The arrow on the right indicates the "official" astronomical vernal point.

The arrow on the left (15° ahead) indicates the "vernal point" based on the evening heliacal sunset, implicit in Rudolf Steiner's chronosophy.


We're living in a time that takes on a specific meaning within such a chronological organism: on the cusp of the central phase of the Piscean Era, when the deeper meaning of this epoch should come to consciousness and translate into a social life that takes into account the real Spirit of Time: Pisces-Virgo. And this is the moment when a certain esotericism draws our attention to the Aquarian Age. To tell the truth, it's not so much what is said by one person or another that is decisive, but the fact that these ideas color the inner feeling and condition those other acts that take place beyond what appears on the surface of things. In the sense of Christian esotericism, the triple fulfillment of 666, i.e. around the year 1998-1999, should bring about a powerful action of anti-Christic forces, not in the current religious sense, but of forces wishing to annihilate human freedom.


By violence, by confinement? Perhaps. But above all, by lulling people to sleep, by appealing to love and ecumenism, even by appealing to a "Christ" whose manifestation and incarnation they are preparing.


In this sense, the contradiction over precessional chronologies is part of a whole series of serious contradictions, equally irreducible, between totally different occultists with totally different aims.


And in this field, the fact that I want to mention, and which is a real touchstone, is the question of Christ.


The year 1909 played a key role in this question, with the beginning of the "Krishnamurti affair" [4] on the one hand, i.e. the idea of a possible return of Christ in physical form, and on the other hand, from the beginning of 1910, Steiner's conferences throughout Europe on "The appearance of Christ in the etheric world". From this point onwards, the tendency of certain groups to prepare for the incarnation, the physical return of a being they call "Christ", clearly emerges, on the one hand, and on the other, in authentic Christian esotericism, the fact of allowing human consciousness to rise to the experience of a world superior to the physical world, where Christ would be accessible. This is an essential point for all genuine Christian esotericism: Christ lived only once in a physical body, that of Jesus of Nazareth, for around three years (from 30 to 33), and this will never happen again as such, but Christ will be accessible in ever higher spheres, starting with the etheric world from the twentieth century onwards; In this sense, Christ cannot be equated with any Grand Initiate or Great Teacher, or Bodhisattva; he cannot be identified with the Maitreya or "Lord of the Second Ray" of many current occult groups, just as Christianity cannot be described as "Minor Mysteries", as was done by Annie Besant at the turn of the century and continues to be done in a host of current approaches.


After speaking of Eastern fraternities whose aim is above all to "entertain" or "divert" attention from the etheric presence of Christ, Steiner said in 1917:


"... There are Western fraternities whose project is to combat the Christ impulse and put in its place another individuality which has never appeared in the flesh, which is an etheric individuality, but of a strictly Ahrimanian nature..."


Diversion and substitution.


"... It's a very real battle, not something that would be abstract notions or I don't know what, but it's a very real battle, a battle that's really about putting another being in Christ's place in the course of humanity's evolution for the rest of the fifth post-Atlantean epoch, for the sixth and seventh. It will be up to the tasks of a healthy and spiritually honest evolution to root out and evacuate such endeavors, which are anti-Christian in the most absolute sense. But only a clear eye can achieve this. For the other being that these fraternities want to put in this role of regent, this other being, they will call "Christ", they will really call him "Christ"! And what will be important will be to be able to distinguish between the true Christ who, as he appears, will not be an individuality incarnated in the flesh, and this being who differs from the true Christ by the fact of never having been incarnated during the Earth's evolution, a being who only goes as far as manifestation in an etheric body and who should be put in place by these fraternities in place of the Christ who would then go unnoticed..." (Dornach, November 18, 1917).


"... There will be a great battle in the future. Human science will enter the realm of the cosmic; but human science will seek to enter the cosmic in different ways. It will be the task of good science, of salutary science, to find certain cosmic forces that may arise on Earth from the combined action of two cosmic currents operating in a certain direction. These two currents are : Pisces-Virgo. First of all, we must discover the secret of how that which acts from the cosmos as a solar force in the direction of Pisces links up with that which acts in the direction of Virgo. [This will be the Good, to discover how, from two sides of the cosmos, morning and evening forces can be put at the service of humanity: on one side from Pisces, on the other side from Virgo. ( ... )


Conquering the cosmic for mankind, either incorrectly in two ways [Gemini and Sagittarius], or correctly in one way [Pisces-Virgo], is what lies ahead. This will bring about a genuine renovation of the astrological field, which in its old form was an atavistic thing that cannot endure in its old form. Those who have a knowledge of the cosmos will wage war against each other, some applying the morning and evening processes in the way I have indicated [Pisces-Virgo related]; for the others: in the West the noon processes will be applied in a privileged way [Gemini excluded]; and, in the East, the midnight processes [Sagittarius]..." (Dornach, November 25, 1917) [5].


The most urgent thing is precisely that quality of the "new Jupiter" (Jupiter is the ruling planet of Pisces): attention, the discernment of spirits, of which Saint Paul spoke.


More fundamentally, Christ's action is the germ of all the transformations that the Earth will undergo, i.e. he is the real tuning fork, the real heart of the whole chronology. This vast process is perceptible in a glimpse of this kind:


" ... Christ has given the impulse through which one human being can love another. And through this impulse, humanity will become spiritualized in love. Love will become more and more a thing of soul and spirit. In the process, man will draw into his ascension the lower beings who are his companions on Earth, and he will metamorphose the Earth. In the extremely distant future, all the matter that makes up the Earth will be transformed by man's action, and this body of Earth, transfigured, will once again become worthy of being united with the Sun. In this way, Christ, who is the spiritual sun, has given the necessary impetus for the Earth and the Sun to come together again one day, in a single cosmic body..." [6] .


Or, on June 4, 1924:


" ... Now, from this outer space, Christ has come to man. When Christianity was founded on Earth by Christ, man had been linked for too long to the sole 'Ex deo nascimur'. He had become related to it. He had totally lost time. He had completely become a spatial being.

If we find it so difficult to understand ancient traditions with our civilized consciousness today, it's because they count everywhere with space, not with the element of time, or with time only as an appendix to space.


Then Christ came and brought the element of time back to mankind. And when the human heart, the human soul and the human spirit bind themselves to Christ, they regain the flow of time from eternity to eternity. What else can we human beings do when we die, when we leave the world of space, but cling to that which gives us back time, given that by the time of the Mystery of Golgotha mankind had become so strongly spatial that it had "lost time"! Christ has given time back to mankind. And if men don't want to die with their souls when they leave space, then they will have to die to Christ (...).


Yes, Christ said to his closest disciples: 'Look at life on earth. It is related to the life of the cosmos. To the extent that you look at the Earth and the surrounding cosmos, it is the Father who animates this universe. God the Father is the God of space. But I must tell you that I have come from the Sun, from time, from that time which man only accepts when he dies. I brought myself to you from time. If you receive me, you welcome time and do not succumb to space. But then you must also find the passage from one of the trinities - physical, etheric, astral - to the other trinity - etheric, astral, and up to the self-spirit' - ..." [7]


Christ's words to his intimate disciples!



Notes


Notes added by Stéphane LEJOLY, editor of the first electronic edition.


[1] Lecture, January 13, 1918, in GA180, Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpuls - Alte Mythen und ihre Bedeutung, Rudolf Steiner Verlag, 1980.


[2] Lecture, October 16, 1918, in GA182, La mort, métamorphose de la vie, Éditions Triades, 1984


[3] Lecture, December 24 1917, in GA180, Mysterienwahrheiten und Weihnachtsimpuls - Alte Mythen und ihre Bedeutung, Rudolf Steiner Verlag, 1980


[4] Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986) was born in India, and was taken in at the age of fourteen by the Theosophical Society, which saw in him the future "World Teacher", the future vehicle of the reincarnated Christ, whose coming it proclaimed. In 1929, Krishnamurti rejected this assertion and withdrew from the Theosophical Society. Annie Besant and Leadbeater's assertion that Krishnamurti would eventually be the reincarnated Christ was one of the causes of the split in the German Theosophical Society, the majority of whose members joined the Society.


[5] Conferences of November 18 and 25, 1917, in GA178, Derrière le voile des événements, Éditions Triades, 1999.


[6] The Universe, Earth and Man, GA105, Éditions Triades 1977


[7] Karma - Esoteric Considerations - Volume II, GA236, EAR [i]


[i] Editor's note from soi-esprit.info: Precessional chronology


The precession of the equinoxes is an astronomical phenomenon. It is the gradual shift in the direction in which the stars are seen, from one century to the next, at the rate of one complete rotation, approximately every 25776 years, an effect produced by a slow change in direction of the Earth's axis of rotation, within the same duration.


This phenomenon had already been discovered and studied by the astronomer Hipparchus in the 2nd century BC.


In astrology, an astrological era is the period of time during which the vernal point crosses one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac, due to the precession of the equinoxes. As the vernal point completes one revolution of the zodiac in around 25776 years, this means that 30 degrees of the ecliptic are traversed in approximately 2160 years. The fact that the constellations occupy portions larger or smaller than 30 degrees on the ecliptic is treated in different ways by different authors. According to these conceptions, each of these eras corresponds to a major stage in history.


Christian Lazaridès explains that the number 25,920 years is indicated by Rudolf Steiner from 1916-1917. In a way, this number is a more "numbersophical" indication, i.e. 12 X 2160, with all the precessional numbers adding up to 9 in the "theosophical" sum (2+5+9+2+0=18=8+1=9), 1413 (1+4+1+3=9), 3573, 2160, 747 and so on.

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