Extracted from Precessional Time and the Evolution of Consciousness, Inner Traditions, 2011. There is a long history of speculation concerning the origins of our Moon which is still not fully settled but an early impact seems most likely and a key proponent has been William K Hartmann of the Planetary Institute (also space artist, see below). The Moon has played so many important functions for the development of both the Earth and its Biosphere, that it is worth noting some of these when considering the Moon’s relationships to the synodic periods of the outer planets through its lunar year.
Over 4.5 billion years ago the inner solar system was a jumble of would be planets and planetoids. It is thought that Earth shared its orbital zone with at least one other planet about the size of Mars, similarly composed of a heavy metal core and outer mantle. Both would have been mopping up smaller bodies but eventually the two collided with each other.
This in preparation for a post on the significance of St Mary’s Chapel in early Christianity and in particular the small round wattle-and-daub building with an intricate pavement, contemporaneous with the Westminster Abbey sanctuary pavement but of a design and a date unknown. Important but often speculative twentieth Century sources are Bligh Bond, John Michell and Keith Critchlow, whilst the earliest historian to record its history was William of Malmesbury.
William’s history of Glastonbury was significantly changed in the century after it was written, to suit the Abbey’s pilgrimage business. Fortunately, the main body of that history lived on unaltered in William’s revision of his History of the Kings of England. The notes below were made using The Glastonbury Legends pages 26-41, by Professor (of History) R.F. Treharne (1901 – 1967), Aberystwyth University.
William of Malmesbury wrote a large-scale history of England (Kings of England) by 1125. In it he stated that Glastonbury Abbey had been founded , on the advice of St. Aldhelm, by Ine, King of Wessex (688-726), a statement which he repeated in his Ecclesiastical History also finished in 1125. Later, when writing a Life of St. Dunstan (undated) he realised Glastonbury was much older than that since “Glastonbury had already passed under ecclesiastical authority long before the time of St Patrick, who had died in A.D. 472”. So, impressed by what he had seen and heard at Glastonbury, he wrote a separate monograph on the antiquity of that great abbey, completed by 1135.
Sacred Number at the Heart of the World (an article in New Dawn 168)
After the ice receded, late
Stone Age people developed the farming crucial to the
development of cities in the Ancient Near East (ANE). On the Atlantic coast of Europe,
they also developed a now-unfamiliar science involving horizon astronomy. Megalithic
monuments were the tools they used for this, some still seen in the coastal regions
of present day Spain, France, Britain and Ireland. Megalithic astronomy was an exact
science and this conflicts with our main myth about our science: that ours is the
only true science, founded through many historical prerequisites such as arithmetic
and writing in the ancient near east (3000- 1200 BC) and theory-based reasoning
in Classical Greece (circa 400-250 BC), to name but two. Unbeknownst to us, the
first “historical period” in the near east was seeded by the exact sciences of
the megalithic, such as the accurate measurement of counted lengths of time, developed
by the prehistoric astronomers. With the megalithic methods came knowledge and discoveries,
and one discovery was of the harmonic ratios between the planets and the Moon.
The idea that the planets were gods had been
born before the ancient world, through the data of megalithic astronomy and this
megalithic idea was the basis for the religious ideas of the East. Megalithic
astronomy and Near Eastern religious and harmonic ideas have both been written
out of our history of civilization, leaving us with enigmatic monuments and ill-defined
religious mysteries. How this slighting of our real history happened is perhaps
less important than our discovering again the purpose of the megalithic
monuments and of those religious ideas that sprang from the discovery that the
planets were harmonically related to life on Earth.