In our view, time is linear but in the minds of the ancient Vedic’s, time is circular. They regarded time as a pattern of cycles with qualities that repeat in theme and influence.
Black Elk from the Oglala Sioux tribe mentions the circular nature of the world when he says, “The sky is round and I have heard that the Earth is round like a ball and so are all the stars. The wind, at its greatest power, whirls. Birds makes their nests in circles, the sun and moon rise in circles, both are round, the seasons change and come back to the same in a circle. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood…” Michael Geary, author of Panchang Moon Astrology (Thorsons) highlights how deeply we can experience the quality of time if we expand our perception of it.
“Most people think of time as linear, rather than cyclical. This is because our experience of time is generally microcosmic. We see it very close up.”
A minute segment of a circle at great magnification appears as a straight line. So does the horizon when looked at in sections but looked at from far away, the earth is round. When standing back from events in time, Geary explains that we begin to see cyclical patterns emerge. Time appears as waves of fluctuating quality. To come full circle in time doesn’t mean going back to the same point in calendar time but circles of similar patterns.
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