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A new way of looking at sub-cycles

 
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Mike Eyre



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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:09 am    Post subject: A new way of looking at sub-cycles Reply with quote

Hi. For some years now, I've been considering a new way of understanding sub-cycles such as the element cycle. It builds on the work of the Dane Rudhyar, so I'll write a bit about what Rudhyar said about this, for those who don't know.

Rudhyar saw reality as the cyclic interplay of two polar-opposite principles: the principle of multiplicity and the principle of unity, referring to this interplay as the 'cycle of being'. Rudhyar realised that whenever a celestial cycle is unfolding in synchrony with a cycle of change in the functioning of terrestrial wholes, it is essentially a cycle of being that is unfolding. The shift of emphasis back and forth between multiplicity and unity is seen in the division of the zodiac into the individual and collective signs and with the similar treatment of the houses.

The model mentioned above proposes that a sub-cycle such as an element cycle is a higher harmonic unfoldment of the cycle of being. The element cycle is a 3rd harmonic unfoldment, because the element cycle occurs three times; and since three-ness has to do with understanding and adapting to life, each element represents a distinct way of doing this.

At the level of three-ness, individualism is emphasised in fire and earth, while collectivism is emphasised in air and water. The difference between fire and earth is accounted for by the fact that in fire, the principle of multiplicity is dominant and continuing to grow stronger, while in earth, the principle of multiplicity is dominant but becoming weaker. Similarly, the principle of unity is dominant and becoming stronger in air, and is dominant but becoming weaker in water.

So in fire and air, the principles of multiplicity and unity, respectively, can be expressed with relative freedom. But in earth and water, there is a need to integrate the two principles in recognition of the growing significance of the weaker principle. In earth, this manifests as greater awareness of the environment within which the individual is acting. (Thus, fiery individualism is more impulsive, while earthy individualism is more pragmatic.) In water, this manifests as the increased significance of the personal viewpoint of the individual. (Thus, airy relating is more rational, while watery relating is more sensitive and subjective.)

These ideas have been put into a book, but it probably isn't appropriate to plug the book in this post. A link to the book has been included in a different topic, on the forum that deals with books and courses, etc.

Best wishes,

Mike
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