“For centuries, man believed that the sun revolved around the earth. Centuries later, he still thinks that time moves clockwise.” – Robert Brault
The precession of the equinoxes, also known as a Platonic Year, is caused by the slow wobbling of the earth’s polar axis. The earth completes one full precession (moving backwards or counterclockwise) approximately every 26,000 years. The spring and fall equinoxes were chosen by ancient astronomers to track this precession. Megalithic stone structures were created throughout the world that functioned in part as markers or astronomical instruments of this phenomenon. This provided the foundation for the creation of calendar systems, compasses, time clocks, geometry and belief.
The Great pyramid of Giza, Egypt (circa 2500 B.C.) Stonehenge in England, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Machu Picchu in Peru and Kukulcan’s Temple in Mexico are all examples of structures that were created to track the precession of the equinoxes.
Chichen Itza (circa 650 – 80 A.D.) is the Mayan Temple of Kukulkan in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. A “serpent of light” is revealed every year at the exact time to mark the day of the Spring Equinox. This serpent of light represents Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent God of Meso America who lives in the Milky Way.
The precession of the equinoxes can also be measured by fixed stars, as they have been reliable sign posts throughout the world. Many ancient cultures aligned themselves with certain stars based on their relative brightness at that point in time. Some of the most famous star” are Sirius, Venus, and the Sun, along with the Zodiacal constellations and other star systems such as the Pleiades and Orion.
Polaris is the Pole Star for the Northern Hemispere…..
Pole Stars are the stars that mark the North and South pole or aspect of our Earth’s axis. Right now our northern axis points to Polaris which means “Pointer”. Polaris is the only one of the Pole Stars that comes as close to the exact point of our actual North Pole. It will reach its closest position to the center point within .5º’s in 2100. After that Polaris will slowly begin to move away. Pole Stars change over the course of 26,000 years in accordance to the precession of the equinoxes as the earth rotates on its axis like a top.
In total we have 6 different stars that comprise a “ring” of stars that take turns being our North Pole Star. The next pole star for the Northern Hemisphere will be Alrai or Gamma Cephei, in 3000 A.D. and then Iota Cephei, in 5200 A.D., Denab will follow in 10,000 A.D. Our earth has had two “North Stars” in the past, including Thuban around 3000 B.C. in the constellation Draco, and in 12,000 B.C. Vega in the constellation Lyra. They too will cycle back after Denab. Polaris is the only one of the six that is and will be the most exact, which is why we are so aware of it now.
The Southern Hemisphere does not have as many options, currently they do not have a South Pole Star, the Southern Cross constellation has been the best constellation for the past 2000 years.
The Earth’s magnetic field showing the axis point and the North and South Poles
“Time is making fools of us again.” – J.K. Rowling