Aquarius will be
the new age, the new life. First there will be disastrous events,
gigantic upheavals, turmoil and change of all kinds….
– Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov (1900-1986)
transition to a new zodiacal age is altering the political map
of the world. For the last two thousand years much of human history
has been determined by events in Europe and the near Middle East.
From Greece and Rome, the great power centres of two millennia
ago, with their inheritance from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia,
a distinct civilisational impulse spread westward into Europe,
eventually reaching North America. Decisions made in the grand
capitals of Europe and, for much of the last century in New York
and Washington, have impacted the lives of millions of people
in every part of the planet.
The advent of the Age of Aquarius coincides with the emergence
of new world power centres. Just as old Egypt, Babylon and Sumeria
were eclipsed by Greece and Rome, so too the ‘old world’ of Western
Europe and North America will be overtaken by new geopolitical
alliances and fresh centres of global influence. And this will
be accompanied by a dramatic change in consciousness, as the worn-out
Western values and Eurocentric rationalist thought prevailing
for the last few centuries surrender to the new Aquarian thinking.
The current turmoil and conflict unleashed on the planet by the
United States and Britain is only the beginning of the climax
of a struggle between cosmic influences of which most people are
completely unaware. Today, America and Britain embody atrophied
and degraded Piscean energies. The Anglo-Americans, as the standard
bearers of bankrupt Western materialism, are trying to reorganise
the world, imposing their imbalanced, egoistic approach to life
on all societies. Yet their latest brutal and insane actions,
witnessed in the tragic invasion of Iraq, are part of a frantic
effort to prolong their collapsing system. Despite all their apparent
power and wealth, Anglo-American universalism is in a state of
rapid decline leading to death.
A new era, a new consciousness and a new people are on the horizon,
as the planet goes through a turbulent transitional period paving
the way to the Aquarian Age.
the earth is shaken by natural catastrophes, or nuclear warfare,
or both, earth and the life upon it does survive. More than
that, however: A New Age emerges and the devastating changes
that have preceded it are understood to have been necessary
purgations effecting the transformation of humanity into a new
mode of being. By analogy, just as the individual near death
experiencer may have to endure the pain and suffering associated
with the trauma of almost dying before positive personal transformation
can take place, so the world may need to undergo a “planetary
near-death experience” before it can awaken to higher, more
spiritual, collective consciousness with universal love at its
Kenneth Ring, Transpersonal Psychologist
Two thousand years ago, at the time of transition from the Age
of Aries to that of Pisces, there were secret schools, most notably
the Essenes, trained and taught to align themselves with the spiritual
impulses of the incoming age. These small communities worked quietly,
in retreats; but with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls we
now know they were actually the ‘seedbed’ from which came the
original Christian revelation.
These separated mystic communities provided the necessary environment
for the message of Jesus the Christ. With their unique synthesis
of Zoroastrian, Pythagorean, Egyptian and Israelite spirituality,
the Essenes acted as a bridge between the ‘old age’ religions
and the unfolding new revelation. Above all, they represent the
budding of a new consciousness which would impact history for
two millennia. The declining Roman Empire’s embrace of Christianity
led to the triumph of the new religion in Europe. With the arrival
of the Age of Pisces, Christianity became synonymous with ‘Western
Writing a century ago, the gifted Englishman Edward Carpenter
speculated about Man’s evolutionary future and the development
of a new humanity imbued with a new consciousness. “We do not
know,” he observed, “what possible evolutions are to come, or
what new forms of permanent place or value, are being already
slowly differentiated from the surrounding mass of humanity.”
Carpenter noted that “at the present time certain new types of
humankind may be emerging, which will have an important part to
play in the societies of the future – even though for the moment
their appearance is attended by a good deal of confusion and misapprehension.”
Throughout the writings of the 20th century’s most
influential spiritual teachers from Charles W. Leadbeater and
Rudolf Steiner, to Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh and Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov,
we find numerous references to the immanent emergence of a new
human type. With one voice they link this new humanity to the
dawn of the Aquarian era, which they warn will be ushered in by
a major purging of mankind. In the words of Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov:
“The Age of Aquarius is fast approaching, and it is going to overturn
and shatter all the old forms and values that human beings thought
of as permanent.”
According to all the great mystic teachers and seers, the Age
of Aquarius is heralded by a time of immense conflict and turmoil
never before witnessed in recorded history.
Writing in his book Love and Sexuality, Aivanhov notes:
beings need to suffer before they begin to wish for harmony
and peace and the splendour of the new life. If they are not
ground down by all kinds of sufferings, they will never understand
or make up their minds to work for the Kingdom of God.
John White, a respected New Age author, observes in Science
and Spirit that if modern civilisation is destroyed, “some
people will survive, according to the predictions and prophecies.
The great loss of life will open up niches in the environment
where new life forms can emerge. Those most deeply attuned to
cosmic processes will become the seedbed from which, it is said,
a new race, a higher humanity will evolve in accelerated fashion.”
The survivors of this ‘great tribulation’ ushering in the
Aquarian Age will be those men and women who have not been ensnared
by the ‘strong delusions’ of the dying old order.
A remnant, who like the ancient Essenes before them, renounce
the ephemeral fleeting attractions of the old era, will also live
on to protect the law of the truth and lead the survivors in the
Most professing Christians are looking for the return of Christ
who they expect to establish a new age. But how many Christians
are willing to prepare themselves, after the manner of the Essenes
and the Gnostic secret schools, for this new era? Christians are
fighting each other over dogmas and doctrines. They are like the
Pharisees of Christ’s day, searching the Scriptures in vain, unable
and unwilling to see the plain truth in front of their eyes! Christians
spend their time serving the very System of Money and Power which
crucified Jesus the Christ and persecuted his early followers.
The True God is not to be found in any of today’s Christian Churches.
Christianity, a religion of the Piscean Age, has chosen to stay
with the old order and will invariably perish with it.
A new community is now being prepared in response to the first
impulses of Aquarius. They are the ‘seedbed’ of the new era, a
Noah’s Ark of Safety and Light in a time of turmoil, confusion
Truth of Life descends from the world of Eternal Light to illuminate
the minds, regenerate the hearts, raise and renew the souls
of all the sons of Truth destined to constitute the nucleus
of the new humanity of which the Slavs will be the cradle.
Peter Deunov, Bulgarian Mystic, 1898
The inspired Gnostic Master Teacher Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno),
who lived in Bulgaria from 1864-1944, prophesied the birth of
“a new type of man” on Earth to coincide with the astrological
Age of Aquarius. According to Deunov, the final stage of the previous
Piscean Age, transmitted by the Anglo-Saxons, was passing. In
the new aeon the Slavic people are predestined to play a leading
role. Speaking to his early Gnostic students, Deunov announced:
“You are the chosen children of truth who were preordained to
form the seed of the new humanity of which Slavdom as a family,
descendants of Judah, will become the hearth.”
The 20th century, in Deunov’s prophetic scheme, was
a preparatory period distinguished by the waxing and waning of
Anglo-American civilisation. From this perspective the collapse
of the British Empire and the rise of the USA at the end of the
Second World War marked a key turning point in history. Anglo-American
culture having reached its peak is now in its death-throes, and
the first light of the new culture is dawning in keeping with
the incoming Aquarian influences.
Russia constitutes the largest Slavic nation, and the last hundred
years may rightly be said to have been the time of Russia’s ‘Golgotha’
or ‘crucifixion’. A hundred years of incredible human suffering
and enormous national sacrifice claimed millions of Russian lives.
Within the first five decades of the 20th century the Apocalyptic
Horseman of Famine and War ravaged the vast Russian land. Archaic
landmarks swept aside and old values overturned only to be replaced
by radical new ways which themselves were soon found wanting.
Spectacular material triumphs accomplished at the cost of personal
liberty and paid for by human sacrifice. Was such collective suffering
a preparation for the new era?
Could it be Russia, a land that has endured so much in the 20th
century, will finally find its prophetic destiny in this third
millennium? Revolutions, civil war, famine, two world wars, political
repression…. were these all part of a cleansing process signaling
the beginning of a new era in which Russia discovers her true
Alice A. Bailey, who is credited by many as the founder of the
contemporary New Age movement, saw a unique role for Russia in
ushering in the new era. Writing at a time when Russia was firmly
behind the communist iron curtain, she predicted:
the closed borders of that mysterious and magnificent country
[Russia], a great and spiritual conflict is proceeding, and
the rare mystical spirit and the truly religious orientation
of the people is the eternal guarantee that a true and living
religion and culture will finally emerge.
Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), who established the Anthroposophical
society, believed the Slavic “folk soul” would play a major role
in the future development of a new humanity. He saw the Slavs
as a bridge between the Orient (East) and the Occident (West).
According to Steiner, the religious thought of the Orient belongs
to the past; the Occident’s philosophical-scientific thought to
the present; the Slavic soul will bridge the two and create a
pathway to a spiritual future. More than any other national soul,
claimed Steiner, the Russian group soul strives to realise the
world of the spirit. In Russia the synthesis of the highest features
of both Eastern and Western cultures would one day be achieved.
“Its geographic location places Russia between two extreme, monolithic
cultures – between the materialist countries of the West and the
passive, world-denying countries of the East. It is appropriate
that Russia creatively unite these extremes,” wrote Nikolai Belotsvetov,
one of Steiner’s leading Russian followers.
“Our country is a peculiar country, placed between the hammer
of Europe and the anvil of Asia, destined to reconcile them in
one way or another,” wrote the world famous chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.
“It is my deep conviction that Russia is called to allay the age-old
hostility between Europe and Asia, to reconcile and unite those
two different worlds, and find a proper balance between the progressive
but proud and inconsequent individualism of Europe and the sense
of social and political cohesion of Asia...”
For the last two thousand years of the Piscean Age, civilisation
has traveled the course of the Sun from East to West, reaching
its apogee in the modern USA. With the end of the Piscean era,
history and civilisation is reorienting. We are seeing a return
to origins with the emergence of a new power centre at the cross-roads
of the East and West, in Eurasia, the great heartland of Russia.
The history of Russia is not the history of a country, but of
a world. It is, in fact, the history of a vast organic whole which
had for its cradle the immense open spaces of Eurasia. In the
words of one author:
Eurasian world, as such consists of vast plains which extend,
broken here and there by low mountain ranges, between the Arctic
Ocean, the Pacific, the Black Sea, the Caucasian Range, the
Iranian plateau, the heights of the Pamir and the Hindu Kush,
and join up, through the tortuous valleys and foothills of the
Tian Shan and the Altai ranges, with the plains of Eastern Turkestan
According to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, in remote prehistory
a spiritual disaster accompanied by a catastrophic shift in the
Earth’s axis caused a great migration to Eurasia from the primal
northern region of Hyperborea. Theosophical writers believe that
millions of years ago Eurasia was the homeland of the people who:
descended into the Indian peninsula those peoples who call themselves
‘Aryans,’ the ‘High Caste,’ who later were divided into Four
Castes: Brahmanas, Kshattriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras. From the
southeastern parts came later the Babylonians, the Assyrians,
the Medes and the Persians; and the peoples of Europe, Greeks,
Viewed in the light of the Ancient Wisdom teachings, the appearance
of Eurasia on the global stage is not only an affirmation of arcane
origins but also of the Shambhala influence in our day. Eurasia,
the Russian heartland, has long been called “Northern Shambhala”
by Buddhist teachers. Having studied Tibetan Buddhism, Nikolai
Roerich developed a deep interest in Shambhala and led a scientific
expedition through Eurasia to look for traces of the hidden kingdom.3
He later remarked, “The East has said that when the Banner of
Shambhala would encircle the world, verily the New Dawn would
At this crucial period in world history we see the first signs
of a Eurasia-oriented geopolitical alliance between Germany, Russia,
India and China, as a counter balance to the Anglo-American order.
Russia, together with the former Soviet states of Central Asia,
constitutes the Eurasian ‘kernel’. In the West this Eurasian alliance
reaches to Germany, while in the far East it includes China and
north Korea. Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan make up the southern flank
of Eurasia. The geopolitical struggles and wars of the first years
of the 21st century are the outcome of not only political
and economic factors, but of resistance to incoming cosmic energies.
All around us we’re confronted with clear proof of the passing
of one age and the dawn of a new era in human history.
Britain and the United States represent the final phase of a Western
civilisation which succeeded a decaying Rome at the start of the
Piscean Age. And like ancient Rome before its collapse, the Anglo-American
rulers are desperately seeking to expand what the writer Philip
K. Dick termed the ‘Black Iron Prison’. However, the West at its
zenith can only be the ‘evening land’, the place where the Sun
sets to rise again in the East. To the ancient Egyptians the western
lands were, after all, the kingdom of the dead.
END & THE NEW BEGINNING
as the lightning cometh out of the East, and shineth even unto
the West; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
Jesus, Matthew 24:27
The time in which we now live is charged with cosmic significance
as nations and peoples unconsciously struggle to align themselves
either with the old aeon influences or the incoming forces of
the new Aquarian Age. The prophecies and predictions of so many
gifted seers leave us in no doubt – we are right now in a turbulent,
even chaotic, transitional period. Nations who cling to the dying
old order will fall, to be finally swept away in the coming cataclysm,
eclipsed by new global powers, of which Eurasia is preeminent.
Out of this world catastrophe will come a new era attuned to Aquarius.
Now is the time of decision, preparation and separation. People
who separate from the old order and prepare themselves by harmonising
with the rhythm of Aquarius will form the ‘seedbed’ from which
develops a new culture and a new consciousness. Those who today
place their trust in rampant materialism and the exploitation
of the planet, all the while glorying in their wealth, power and
might, will be debased.
One hundred years ago the venerable European monarchies looked
safe and secure, impervious to change. The British Empire, on
which it was said the ‘sun never sets’, straddled the globe triumphant.
Less than a century later the British Empire is no more and the
traditional European monarchs a vague memory. A similar fate awaits
today’s triumphalist powers. The victims of history will soon
be the victors as the Earth is bathed in the Great Light of the
Before and After Stalin by Cyril Ielita-Wilczkovski
Theosophical Forum, June 1937
"Mystery of Shambhala" by Jason Jeffrey, New Dawn
No. 72, May-June 2002
Mehmet Sabeheddin is a long time contributor to New Dawn.
His past articles examined Nazi Occultism, Middle Eastern mysteries
and ancient Babylon. He is currently conducting research into
the arcane wisdom of Eurasia.