Independent Scholar Randall Carlson is featured as the Author of the Month at GrahamHancock.com for December 2012.
This is an article he recently penned explaining the deeper significance of the auspicious Winter Solstice, Galactic center alignment as it relates to the Great Year or Precession of the Equinoxes. If one truly desires to understand the significance and meaning of the Winter Solstice 2012 Galactic alignment they will find this article a concise overview of the nature of the phenomenon and of its deeper significance. Literally a Cosmic Tempo of Cataclysmic Earth change has been painstakingly encoded and preserved throughout the world in the form of Archaic Myth, Sacred Architecture, Language, Scripture, and Prophecy, awaiting a time when those with the eyes to see and the ears to hear could recognize the import of these messages.
This awareness invokes a new paradigm for humankind as we are prompted through accumulating data and open minded inquiry to behold and remember the great work of our ancestors and what it fundamentally entails for the long term survival and flourishing of the human species on Earth. If you have any questions for Randall, you can interact with him directly until the end of the year via the Author of the Month forum on GrahamHancock.com. God Speed fellow Star Children.
The Great Year of the World – Sacred Geometry, Cosmic Cycles and Catastrophe
“A cosmic tempo based on Sacred Geometry, encoded in myth & mystical architecture throughout the Earth governs the unfolding of world ages, the rise and fall of civilizations & is ultimately the very basis of apocalyptic prophecy” – Randall Carlson
“Most of the ancient records show that definite methods and knowledge of measurement arose in connection with land measurement, building and astrology…the forerunner of astronomy. In this connection the Babylonians supposed that the heavens revolved around the earth and that the year consisted of 360 days. This led them to divide the circle into 360 parts and thus probably originated the present degree system of angle measure.” 
At the time I thought that clearly the Babylonians were not too sophisticated if they believed the year was only 360 days in length. It wouldn’t take too many years for it to be apparent that something was seriously amiss with their calendar. Whether the length of the year was the reason or not, it seemed that the division of a circle into 360 degrees was a very logical thing to do, given that the number 360 has a large number of factors, and could therefore be divided into a large number of sectors, or pie shaped slices, without having any pie left over. Only later did I learn that the Babylonians were by no means the only culture that utilized a 360 day calendar, a fact to which I shall return in due course.
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