onsdag 5 maj 2021

Svensson: Ökenäventyret (novell)



In Swedish. – Härmed en novell betitlad Ökenäventyret. Den handlar om ett äventyr i Saharas öken. Mycket nöje.

 

 

 

 

Solen brände, sanden reflekterade ljuset och himlen var klarblå. Vi var en grupp på sju man som skulle korsa Sahara i två jeepar. Det var framför allt jag, Errol Rotenbo. Därtill var det Guy, även känd som fransosen, Mark Reuben, Frank, Lou, Paul och Nils. 

 

Detta var den illustra septett som gett sig ut på detta äventyr. Medan sedan starten från Tanger hade vi inte haft annat än problem. 

 

Efter en dag hade till exempel Mark Reuben fått solsting så vi måste slå läger en dag. Den kvällen hade också ett par beduiner plundrat en del av vårt proviant- och klädförråd. Västerländska kläder var tydligen populära här. Och dagen därefter hade Nils blivit biten av en skorpion och dött.

 

Men efter det var vi på väg igen. Då fick vi plötsligt syn på några vrak av tyska pansarfordon, en Hanomag pansarbil och en StuG III stormpjäs. Båda i den typiska, beiga färgen; "Dunkelgelb", som facktermern löd. 


Med andra ord, detta var lämningar efter ökenkriget 1941-43. 

 

Vi stannade jeeparna och gick närmare vraken. Just när vi skulle titta in i Hanomagen hörde vi en röst som skrek på tyska:

 

”Stanna där ni är, slynglar!”

 

Vi vände oss förskräckta om och fick se en skäggig, oborstad och smutsig individ iförd tysk hjälm och motorcykelglasögon. Han var klädd i trasor som man med svårighet kunde urskilja som en tysk ökenuniform m/40. På fötterna hade han ridstövlar. Han siktade på oss med ett gevär m/43. Med hjälp av geväret gestikulerade han att vi skulle sträcka upp händerna. Mark, som kunde lite tyska, sa:

 

”Kriget slutade ju 1945...”

 

Tysken sa:

 

”Omöjligt!”

 

Han började skjuta vilt omkring sig och vi fann för gott att lämna stället.


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När vi kommit några kilometer från platsen såg plötsligt Lou en skylt där det stod ”Achtung Minen”. Det vill säga, varning för minor. Vi stannade; per kommunikationsradio anropade vi den andra jeepen att de skulle vända om. Men just när fransosen lyfte luren såg vi en kaskad av grus och sand. Den hade alltså kört på en mina. 

 

Det enda som var kvar efter smällen var en krater och lite skrot. I den sprängda jeepen var Frank, Mark och Paul. Även en stor del av vårt proviantförråd. Kvar var nu bara jag, Lou och fransosen; den sistnämnde kallades bara så, han hette som sagt egentligen Guy, uttalat ”Gi”. Den utrustning vi hade i jeepen var ett par spadar, tio bensindunkar och nödproviant plus två vattenflaskor.


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Vi slog läger. Nedstämda tänkte vi på dagens tidigare händelser. Men nu började vi bli uthungrade. Nödprovianten åt vi upp. Sedan gick vi och la oss. Nästa dag fortsatte vi och vid lunchtid rastade vi vid en oas. Sedan vi fyllt våra vattenflaskor gick Lou lite längre bort mot ett område som såg mystiskt ut. Han gick in i det och märkte plötsligt att han satt fast. Vi förstod genast vad det var: kvicksand!

 

Jag och fransosen sprang genast dit och slängde ut ett rep som vi höll i vid andra änden. Men Lou upptäckte inte repet utan gick panikslagen längre ut i kvicksandsfältet. Vi försökte ropa åt honom men förgäves. Det sista vi såg av honom var en krampaktigt utsträckt hand...

 

Men vi hann inte sörja för just då kom en sandstorm. Vi la oss ner med huvudena mot marken och med sanden vinande kring oss. 


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Stormen gick över på en timme. Och när vi gick och undersökte jeepen upptäckte vi att den hade blivit begravd av tonvis med sand under ovädret. Vi grävde fram den och fick tag på våra vattenflaskor. Men att starta bilen gick inte. Det var bara att bita i det sura äpplet och börja gå. 

 

När vi gått cirka en kilometer såg vi plötsligt två gevärspipor blänka till några tiotal meter bort vid en klippa. En kulkärve slog ner bredvid oss. Vi kastade oss ner bakom några andra klippblock och tog fram våra Colt 45:or. Fransosen sa:

 

”Jag kan försöka ta mig runt och komma ovanför dem och övermanna dem.”

 

Sagt och gjort; jag täckte honom medan han smög bort på sin kringgångsmanöver. Då undrade jag varför de överhuvud hade börjat skjuta. De kanske trodde att vi hade något av värde på oss.

 

Nu befann sig fransosen på en klipphylla ovanför araberna. Han sköt ner en. Men den andre var på alerten; han vände sig om och sköt tillbaka.

 

Jag tog tillfället i akt och sprang fram. Till min fasa såg jag att fransosen hade blivit träffad. Han tumlade ner på araben, som i sin tur stäcktes till marken och bröt nacken. 

 

Jag sprang fram och kollade om araberna hade några vattenflaskor, men de hade gått sönder i striden. Fransosen begravde jag. Nu var det bara jag kvar...


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Jag satte mig ner och studerade kartan. Jag måste återvända norrut, till Tanger. Till min förskräckelse såg jag att det var tio mil till närmaste vattenhål!

 

Men jag hade ännu några vattenflaskor: min och fransosens. Med dem i en ryggsäck vandrade jag iväg de tio milen; jag gick på natten och vilade på dagen. På så sätt klarade jag mig till nästa vattenhål. Och från det var det bara två mil till Tanger och räddningen.

 

Summa summarum: jag överlevde ökenäventyret. Men mina sex kamrater var inte så lyckliga. Liggande på mitt hotellrum i Tanger, återhämtande mig från strapatserna, bad jag Gud vara deras själar nådiga.





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fredag 23 april 2021

Redeeming Lucifer Reviewed



Redeeming Lucifer is a novel of mine. Now it’s been reviewed.

 

 

 

Redeeming Lucifer is a fantasy novel, published in 2017 by Local Legend, written by yours truly. On the blog it’s been presented here.

 

Now, in the fair month of April of 2021, the novel has been read and reviewed by the bodybuilder and lifestyle guru The Golden One, aka. Marcus Follin.

 

I’d say, he has made a fair estimation of the novel, absorbing some of the aspects I had in mind when writing it. 

 

Read the review here.





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fredag 9 april 2021

Greco-Roman Era -- Age of Aries -- Ancient-and-Medieval Era


We have a kind of historical series going on this blog. It begins in what academic history calls “the dawn of history,” that is, the Egypto-Chaldean bronze age around 3000 BCE. However, the gist of this series you won’t be taught at any academy. The essence of it is that history is partitioned into 2,160 year long eras, harmonizing with astrological ages. The introduction was given here. And the Egypto-Chaldean age, 2907-747 BCE was presented here. And now it is time to look at the Greco-Roman age, 747 BCE-1413 CE.

 

 

 


1.

 

In our historical series we now come to the Greco-Roman age. A formal summation of it would sound like:

 

Greco-Roman age. 747 BCE-1413 CE. Star sign Aries. Biotope the Mediterranean. Iron age. Symbolic vehicle, horseback rider; symbolic art form, the statue.

 

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Let us begin with the star sign for this era: Aries. For instance, at the Pythian temple at Delfi those seeking advice from Apollo would (among other things) offer a black ram. – Further, a baby ram, what is that? A lamb. And in Christian myth Christ is a lamb – and worshiping of the lamb became a whole obsession for the Greco-Roman world after the victory of Christianity from the 4thcentury onward.

 

The biotope and playground of this era is the Mediterranean. Specifically, we have the northern shore with Greece and Rome radiating power and vigor for this age; this is the heartland. The political fulfillment of this era, the Roman Empire, encompasses the whole Mediterranean sea; circumfluvium Mediterraneum is the name of the geopolitical game. But the eastern shores are comparatively less important, they have already had their heyday in the previous era – the Egypto-Chaldean era.

 

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That something new appears in the world around 747 BCE is obvious. Rendered in famous historical years we can for instance begin with 753 BCE, the traditional date for the founding of Rome – and even modern archaeology confirms that this time, the 700s BCE, sees the origin of Rome. – Rome was the capital of the world (caput mundi) during much of the Era Arietis.After the founding we saw nation-building with sword and law; we saw cultural influences from the Etruscans and the Greek colonies in the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Rome’s heyday proper began in the 3rdcentury BCE when the Roman republic defeated Carthage; it ended in 1527 CE with the resounding finale of Sacco di Roma.

 


The era is called "Greco-Roman" and to be sure, the Greeks were a little ahead of Rome in its development – only later, in Hellenistic times, to fuse with the Romans politically and create the Greco-Roman culture proper. However, even so, from the start the Romans knew about the Greeks and shared their culture, like sending petitioners to the Pythian oracle at Delphi, an institution established at the latest in the 700s BCE, the starting point of the whole era. – Focusing on other dates symbolizing the rise of Greece proper in the current epoch we may begin with 776 BCE, being the advent year for the Olympic games, to be held every fourth year until about 393 CE. Being religious and athletic festivals they very much defined the ancient spirit of “the perfect body as an archetype,” of “man is the measure of all things”. It is true that athletics means activitybut ancient athletics primarily meant beautiful, harmonious activity, not sweating, exhausted activity as in many current sports. Sport is work; sport is Faustian; athletics is art, athletics is Greco-Roman. 

 

Another important Greek date marking the start of the era is the beginning of the Athenian list of Archons, in 683/682 BCE. Athens was to be a focus of the region for several hundred years and it started its existence close to the astrological beginning of the era, 747 BCE. – Greece (and Rome) wakes up by this time; gone are the dark ages ending the Mycenaean, gone is the Mycenaean era itself, a pure bronze age-culture existing only at the fringe of the then heartland, the Middle East. Now Greece-and-Rome comes into its own with city states, sword-armed infantry, Homerian epics, philosophy (Ionian school etc.), and graceful temples with columns and pediments.

 




2.

 

We said above that the Greco-Roman age is shaped by being the iron ageand having horseback ridingand the art of the statue as defining features.

 

The Greco-Roman age means the beginning of the iron age; iron shapes this era as much as bronze shaped the previous era. This is obvious.

 

Horseback riding: in the Middle East this seems to have been established only with the late Assyrian empire, and by then we are already in the Greco-Roman age. In our pattern the Greco-Roman age is also the era when the man on horseback eventually, around 1000 CE, in the form of the medieval knight, would become the master of the world.

 

Statues versus painted portraits: as Spengler has shown us the Greco-Roman age was focused on the statue as the primary way of depicting man; in the following Faustian age it becomes the painted portrait. In geometry ancient man à la Euclid saw isolated bodies, and this influenced his way of seeing the human body; the ideal was the body at rest, in ataraxia,while Faustian man is shaped by dynamism and striving. His image is centered in the face while his body need not be depicted, it may suffice with a fen pen strokes intimating chest and arms. This is obvious in Faustian portrait drawings.

 

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The Greco-Roman age begins in the 700s BCE. And it shines forth in quiet splendor from the very beginning. Even school science admits it; in academic history the 700s through the 500s BCE is called the Archaic Age, the above intimated phase which saw the emergence of city states, metaphysical speculation, heavy infantry, and Homeric epics. To add some characteristics to this age, the archaic age, the early part of the Greco-Roman age, we can talk of the tragedies of Aischylos, Pindar’s lyric, and the pre-democratic symbols of Athens such as the Draconic laws, Solon’s laws, and the tyranny of Peisistratos.

 

In the realm of Faustian art appreciation, the later classic and Hellenist antiquity was admired for its harmony and perfection, symbolized in the words of German scholar Winckelmann: edle Einfalt und stille Grösse = noble simplicity and quiet grandeur. Conversely, the preceding era, the Archaic era, was a little more raw, a little more rural, a little more vital, a little more naïve. As such it captured the imaginations of other German greats such as Nietzsche, Stefan George, and Friedrich Georg Jünger. 

 

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With some inspiration from Spengler you could say that the Faustian age is will-driven and directed; antiquity is comparatively less so, it is focused on rest in an ever-present now, on Euclidean bodies in ataraxia. Greco-Roman man was happy with sailing around in the Mediterranean, living on the shores of the Mediterranean; to go beyond the Pillars of Hercules was beyond him, “Non plus ultra” was the warning inscribed on them. He had no will to power playing in the unlimited spaces, like Faustian man.

 

You can find the world “voluntas,” will, in antiquity, but it doesn’t mean the same thing for antique man as it does for Faustian man.

 

The antique ideal is about isolated bodies – human bodies, geometric shapes, atomic particles – at rest. The era lacks concepts like direction, potential, intensity, power. Sofrosyne= moderation is the ideal. 

 

You could say: “Rest in Rest” is the antique mentality while “Rest in Action” is the Faustian ideal, if we may borrow concepts from our own philosophy, Actionism.

 

 

 

 

3.

 

As we said in the Introduction, having the Greco-Roman Age last from antiquity through the 1400s does away with “medieval times” as a separate era.

 

Hereby some notes on this.

 

Today’s academic history has 476 CE as the end of antiquity, and as the beginning of the so-called “medieval times”. Because by this date the Roman empire of the West ceased to be, its last emperor being disposed of. However, the signs of continuity are equally easy to find. The empire never ended...! The eastern part, with capital in Constantinople, lived on. And in the west we have the activity of Charlemagne, in 800 crowned as emperor as a seal of having recreated a western European realm; he was crowned and blessed by the pope, himself a kind of continuation of imperial power. For instance, both the ancient Roman emperors and the popes have the title Pontifex Maximus,“great bridge-builder”.

 

Even before Charlemagne a western European ruler was blessed and acknowledged by the imperial power, like Clovis of France in 507 by the Byzantine emperor being named Consul of Rome and given a purple cloak, boots and a diadem. And in the 900s Alfred of Wessex received something similar while visiting Rome.

 

Both the eastern and western part of the empire lives on – Rome until 1527, Constantinople until 1453. Because the empire never ended (at least not in 476) and medieval times as a separate era is a needless, redundant category.

 

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The medieval era, 400s to 1400s, belongs to the Greco-Roman age. It is the long and drawn out eventide of it, a time of degeneration and decay.

 

In its biotope (= Europe south of the imperial limes) it remains a culture seeing Rome as the center of the world (caput mundi); it is a culture of sofrosyne and ataraxia, of the body in rest as the main focus of art, only now with Christian characteristics – and with a generally degenerate style. The vigor and vitality of the dawn of the culture in question, in the 700s BCE, is long gone – gone is the “landscape-bound intuition, mighty creations of a dream-heavy mentality, transpersonal unity and fullness” (Spengler) of Greece and Italy of the archaic age. Already around year zero degeneration sets in, like Augustus having to enact laws to stop the moral decay. And at the end of the era we have a parody of a culture, a city-bound culture trying to prove the existence of God with reverse-engineered logic (= scholastics), with an art monotonously recycling Christian motifs, and generally with a mentality awaiting the end of the world, a stagnated culture thinking nothing of man’s inherent abilities to shape his environment. 

 

The late period sees degeneracy over the whole gamut. For its part, the politics of the late Greco-Roman age (400-1400) is often a mess; it is fragmentary and small-scale. In other words, degenerate. Central power is weak, allowing for barbarians, thugs, and rovers to terrorize the lands – in the Age of Migration, in the Viking age, and later. The vital phase of the age saw imperial power reaching out from Rome and affecting every part of the empire; the late period empire (in the same region, south of the limes) each kingdom relies on delegation of power, outsourcing of power, abdication from power in the form of feudalism. Slavery may gradually be abolished during this time but serfdom for the peasantry is hardly any better.

 

 

 

 

4.

 

“The Holy Roman Empire of German Nation was neither holy, nor Roman, nor German,” Voltaire said. And ever since this has been the way of looking at the state in question, with ridicule.

 

However, given that it came to life in degenerate times it did reasonably well.

 

Thus, we hold that Charlemagne, as far as he could, really did resurrect the Roman empire. In this state the city of Rome would be a spiritual capital, without being the actual seat of government. With this ground-laying work we after some hundred years saw “The Holy Roman Empire of German Nation” appear. Again, after Voltaire no historian has ever said a kind word about this state. And as intimated, it was a kind of epigone state, weak and inefficient – but that was the case of all the contemporary European states. 

 

With the means given the Holy Roman Empire was a decent inheritor of the western Roman empire. The west by this time is somewhat stagnated but it is preparing for the Faustian greatness in the next era. “The west is the best” – for, back in the Roman imperial heyday the real nation-building work had been done here, in the west, while the eastern provinces (= Asia, the Levant, Egypt) where only conquered and taken over as they were, being already old and established states. – The west as the imperial heartland; we see this in the Civil War era, when the ones controlling the west (Caesar; Augustus) were triumphant while the ones controlling the east (Pompey; Mark Anthony) lost. Further, the ancient emperors of note were all from the west: the Caesars, the Flavians, the Antonines. With all due respect, easterners like Philippus Arabs and Heliogabalus are marginal figures. In this context, a resurrected western empire is no mere “rump-empire”. It is a European empire, pointing ahead to coming days when Europe will rule the world – that is, the Faustian era.

 

Even before Charlemagne the Franks pushed the imperial limes from the Rhine to Elbe, a thing the ancient empire hadn’t been able to. Augustus had planned this and now, in the 700s and on, these barbarian lands were civilized. Charlemagne eventually ruled over northern Spain, France and western Germany plus northern Italy; soon, minus France but with the Netherlands and some eastern outfields added, the medieval German emperors ruled over a reasonably resurrected Roman empire, western variety. 

 

For the period at hand, the late Greco-Roman period, the Holy Roman Empire was a credible state, not worthy of all the slander historians heap on it. It came to life in a decadent age (the 800s) and it continued to live in decadent ages (1000-1400). And after the 1400s, when nation states became the thing, the Empire duly declined and led a shadowy existence until being abolished in 1806 – but from, say, the 1200s through 1527 it was an acceptable inheritor of the ancient empire.

 

You can’t compare the Empire of the 100s CE with the Empire 900 years later. But it did resurrect, it did live on. The Holy Roman Empire was a late-period empire, as such, as good as it could be.

 

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On the whole the Greco-Roman age was a splendid era, particularly in its archaic age-beginning and up and until the time around year zero, fulfilled in Pax Romana. Then you could speak about “the glory that was Greece and the splendor that was Rome”. After this we had a long phase of stagnation and decay. We have to wait until the 1400s to see a new star and a new region taking over the torch as the vanguard of mankind: the Faustian age with its heartland in Europe north of the ancient imperial limes.





The Series Thus Far

Introduction

Egypto-Chaldean Age





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tisdag 30 mars 2021

An Interesting Aspect of my Novels


Hereby some words about my novels. They have a common ground, they share a basic attitude to reality.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I published Redeeming Lucifer. A fantasy novel. More about it here.

 

One interesting thing about it is this: it has one character in common with my other novel, Burning Magnesium (2018).

 

Ain’t that funny? Because, Burning Magnesium plays on the Eastern Front of WWII. Redeeming Lucifer is a fantasy. However, they both connect to the same dreamworld, to the same extramundane dimension = the astral world. And the figure common to both stories is an astral world drifter, one Ringo Badger. 

 

In Redeeming Lucifer, in a fairy land, he is portrayed thus:

 

”He was eventually let inside by a servant, a tall figure with a long, aquiline nose, a striped, pointed cap on his head and clothes of red and green. This was Ringo Badger, Morven’s butler and handyman.” [p. 29]

 

And in Burning Magnesium, in a dream state, the hero encounters the same figure:

 

“Next to Arno, in the dream, stood a tall man with an aquiline nose, a man dressed in a red and yellow silk hood, a green tunic, blue breeches and boots. He introduced himself as Ringo Badger, his spirit guide.” [p. 91]

 

There you have it, the unlikely connection between my two novels. You could say: they both, in their separate ways, portray the Astral War, the spirit war, the war constantly going on since the dawn of time. And “Ringo Badger” is one symbol of this.





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söndag 14 mars 2021

Svensson: Science Fantasy Superman (poem)

  


Hereby a poem. By me. The theme is supermanism, Actionism, and such.






Iam superman – overman – man plus.

 

I am Gil Gosseyn, Jommy Cross...

Robert Hedrock, Johnnie Holt...

Sweyn Bostron, Peter Maltby...

 

Processing data with lightning speed.

Moving in circles around you.

 

I am Kim Kinnison, Jack Steelnack,

Rock Strongo, Donal Graeme...

 

Astounding – amazing – 

 

I am willpower and vision...

wishing it – wanting it – getting it – 

 

+++

 

Superman dreaming of golden dawn –

 

Donal Greame, superman of Dorsai,

successful everywhere, conquering all – 

and, at last, leaving the ground and soaring...

 

Tam Olyn, another Dorsai, standing in

mankind’s super library, hearing the collective

voice of mankind –

 

+++

 

Diamond, pearl... coral, amber...

silver and gold... silver and gold...

 

In my Karma Town palace collecting gold bars,

stacking ‘em two by two, four by four,

down hallways, hallways going on forever...

 

Infinite hallway, infinite gold bar,

infinite opulence... 

 

+++

 

Triumph des Kunstes…

Heil dir im Siegeskranz...

 

Triumph, success, win, Sieg...

 

Triumph, victory, bull’s eye –

gain, killing, sweep, hit –

 

+++

 

Going for gold –

golden gold – 

 

Golden Oldies, Twenty Golden Greats –

They gave him gold, incense and myrrh –

As good as gold – 

 

Precious gem keyboard, playing my song –

on diamonds and pearls, five of each, pentatonic –

on gold, and gold, and gold and gold; five gold bars –

and on rubies five, that’s the whole gamut – 

 

And the song is playing, beautiful music,

infinite opulence, infinite shimmer, endless

luster, endless sparkle...

 

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love 

gave to me:five gold rings...

 

+++

 

50 million dollar man –

Kraft, Wille, Leben – 

Künstler, Genie, Held –

Unter magisch-totemistichen Zeichen –

 

+++

 

I am god, I am Camouflage now...

world, hear, this here is Camouflage...

 

+++

 

I am superman...

 

I am Martian Messiah, Pleiadean Preacher,

Creator of Actionism, Teacher of Man...

 

I am Liberator of Man, Earth Messiah...

 

I am Science Fiction, Science Fact...

 

I am god. I am Camouflage.

 

+++

 

Donal Graeme, master of Twelve Planets –

Davayan, Wanax of the World –

Aragorn, King of the World –

Gil Gosseyn, Master of the Galaxy –

Jommy Cross, Master of the World –

Carl Griffensteen, Enabler of Light – 





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söndag 28 februari 2021

Egypto-Chaldean Era -- Age of Taurus -- Middle Eastern Bronze Age




A special outline of history has been published before on this blog. Now we shall go into details of that sketch. The first article will be this one, deliberating about the Egypto-Chaldean Age, 2907-747 BCE.

 

 




1.

 

The basic idea for my whole historical approach is that the past is partitioned into 2,160 year long eras. The specific length, 2,160 years, is due to the astrological precession of the equinox.

 

I said this in an earlier post. There, I delineated history with a focus on the three latest eras: the Egypto-Chaldean era (= Middle Eastern bronze age), Greco-Roman era, and our current, Faustian era.

 

In other words, the oldest era I choose to look closer on was the Egypt-Chaldean age.


And the current post will be about that era.


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A formal summary of the Egypto-Chaldean age might sound like this:


Egypto-Chaldean age. 2907-747 BCE. Star sign Taurus. Biotope the Middle East. Bronze age. Symbolic vehicle, war chariot; symbolic art form, the relief.


The Egypto-Chaldean age, astrologically founded as it is, also coincides rather well with what common knowledge, “school science,” and established thought calls the Bronze Age. For example, iron only came around at the end of this age, the Egypto-Chaldean age; the metal in question would more definitely shape the following age, the Greco-Roman. 


The biotope and playground of this era is the Middle East, with the heartland in Mesopotamia and Egypt.


Further, it might be that free-standing statues, one of the characteristics of the next age, the Greco Roman, did occur in dynastic Egypt – but these early statues had the DNA of the relief in them, depicting the figure strictly frontally. Therefore we hold that the relief proper is the symbolic art form of the Egypto-Chaldean age. Egyptian and Assyrian reliefs define this era artistically.

 

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Taurus is the star sign of the Egypto-Chaldean age. And it is tangibly mirrored in several of the cultural traits of the era. Such as “the Adoration of the Golden Calf” during the Exodus, that is, in the 1440s BCE, that is, during the age in question – the Egypto-Chaldean age, the Age of Taurus.

 

In the same era the Egyptians worshiped the Bull of Apis. It began in the second dynasty (2890 BCE-) and continued during the whole age, into the 22nddynasty (a dynasty ending in 720 BCE). During this late dynasty the cult for instance took the form of deceased Apis bulls being interred in giant tombs. They can still be seen in the so-called Serapeum of Saqqara. Impressive – yes; a pedantic ritualistic observance, typical of late times – that too.


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As stated above we hold that the symbolic vehicle of this era is the war chariot. Just imagine Assyrian and Egyptian reliefs of the era, with the king in a chariot wielding bow and arrow; this seems to capture the all the splendor of the kingship of this epoch. For its part, horseback riding came about later, around 1000 BCE, and thus only came to shape the next era.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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For its part, Egyptian history is rather easy to fathom. It has got a unity of space and time, like in a classic play. Space: the Nile valley. Time: the timeline called Dynastic Egypt. To it all the Nile ensures fecundity, like one very long, drawn-out oasis surrounded by deserts in the east and the west. 


Trying to depict Egyptian history from the beginning to the end would rather well cover the Age of Taurus, the astrological era we have mentioned above; it would be a symbol of the whole age: the Middle Eastern Bronze Age, the Egypto-Chaldean Age.


As we all know by now it begins in 2907 and ends 747 BCE.


And as for Egypt, what is the situation around 2907 BCE?


As with any emerging era in this pattern, archaic Egypt around 2900 BCE is there, almost complete from the beginning. For this early period already has reliefs and statues, mastabas and pyramids, temples and hieroglyphic writing. There is political unification in the Nile valley region. 


A canon of the arts and of religious manners is established. And it will never be changed during the whole era of ancient Egypt. How to depict man and gods in reliefs and statues, how to write hieroglyphs, how to bury the dead; all this is meticulously followed during the centuries that follow. This is seen as an example of the famed Egyptian conservatism – but as this study will show, an early establishing of artistic etc. pattern is the norm for all historical eras. We mean it in this way: the style of the whole Greco-Roman era harks back on archaic times; the Faustian era never stops to admire quattrocento art.


In the early Egyptian era (“the Old Kingdom”) we for instance have the glory of the Fourth Dynasty under such pharaohs as Menkaure. The diorite statues of him are a paragon of human portrayal. Here we see no colossal statue as the style launched by Akhenaten much later; the scale is humanly relatable yet elevated, the finish is smooth – and this with, what, copper chisels? There are enigmas surrounding this early period, chiefly symbolized in the pyramids. And we would like to suggest that the largest pyramid of Gizeh is not built by Menkaure’s dynastic predecessor Khufu, it was built by Hermes much earlier, as was the sphinx. The mastabas are also much older than officially acknowledged.


Nevertheless, in itself early Dynastic Egypt was a wonder of advanced civilization as intimated above. Later periods, glorious as they are, would never achieve the simple splendor and quiet majesty of its art and architecture.


Egypt temporally declined during the Seventh Dynasty, a time of geopolitical division to last some centuries. But the Eleventh Dynasty saw unification of the land anew, Egypt by this experiencing a literary and artistic golden age. Nubia was now conquered.


This “Middle Kingdom” period of blossoming was rather long, some 400 years. The Twelfth Dynasty equaled the golden days. After this we saw the invasion of a foreign people who took power: the “Hyksos”. – The Hyksos never came to worship any Egyptian gods; it remained an alien ruler class, even though it adopted Egyptian names. Its lasting imprint on Egyptian culture was teaching the Egyptians warfare, like introducing armor and war chariots. The disciples made good use of them in the “New Kingdom” era, becoming conquerors in western Asia by warrior pharaohs like Thutmose III and Ramses II.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Historically the New Kingdom era is the best known of the ancient Egyptian epochs. We here meet discernible individuals like Tutankhamun, Akhenaten and Nefertiti, we see the temples of Karnak, we see the tombs of the Valley of Kings. Superficially elegant all art forms are now kind of rigid and solidified; nothing new is created, we only see perfection in details and an increase in size: giant temples and giant statues, like the works of Ramses II in Abu Simbel and Karnak. 


In other words: the New Kingdom art is superficially refined and polished, at the same time having an undercurrent of decline and stagnation; as before conservatism rules, everything harking back on early Dynastic times. Apart from the above intimated gigantomania we see the development of wayward ceremonies, like the breeding, nurturing, and burial of Apis bulls.


Even the superficial glory of the New Kingdom sees it end; the era declines after about 1000 BCE. We then see Egypt ruled by a Libyan dynasty, an Ethiopian dynasty; clearly, the barbarians are at the gates, yea, they even storm the gates and take over the whole land. And no Egyptian warrior glory is there now to save the realm. By this the whole ancient Egyptian era essentially ends, in the pattern employed in this study; astrologically the end is marked by the year 747 BC. By this time Egypt just exhausts itself; its days are over, its star sign is descendant.


Even before, in the New Kingdom and maybe even earlier, the whole land was like a giant museum, dedicated to preserve the past. So even after its creative energy was spent in the 700s BCE Egypt continued to live on like one whole display of times gone by, shaped in stone.


Egypt lives on, the Nile valley continues to yield enough harvest to ensure “survival with style,” making the land a coveted prize for Persians, Macedonians, Romans, Arabs.


The drama is over. Taurus is descendant, Egypt (and Mesopotamia) have had their time. Culturally and politically this is now doomed to be periphery, not heartland. A new star sign is ascendant; a new people in a new region will be the focus of the next 2,160 years: the Greco-Roman peoples under the sign of Aries.


And this, the Greco-Roman age, is covered here.






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