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WORLD FOCUS: Constant synchronicity

December 22, 2016
By FRANK SHATZ , Lake Placid News

William "Van" Dusen Wishard is a retired trend analyst, global thinker and author of several books dealing with the impact of globalization. He lectured at the College of William & Mary and his sons are graduates of the college.

Apparently, retirement didn't slow him down. In a new paper, he analyses the impact of astronomical events on human condition.

Wishard notes that we are all aware of the political, economic, geopolitical and environmental aspects of the crisis wracking the world today. We have the information at our fingertips, "But do we comprehend the cause?" he asked.

Wishard recalled that in the winter of 1962, he found himself in Palm Springs discussing the future of America with former President Dwight Eisenhower. Eisenhower was deeply troubled, not by economic or political events, but by what he felt was the weakening moral fiber of the country. It was, after all, when America was introduced to Playboy magazine, and the reality of "Peyton Place." For many Americans it represented a whiff of decadence.

"Toward the end of our discussion, the President stood up, and decried, 'We're living through the final stages of the Roman Empire,'" Wishard writes.

He also quotes Adlai Stevenson, the former presidential candidate and United States ambassador to the United Nations.

"Are America's problems but surface symptoms of something even deeper; of a moral and human crisis in the Western world which might even be compared to the fourth, fifth, and sixth-century crisis when the Roman Empire was transformed into feudalism and primitive Christianity? Are Americans passing through one of the great crises of history when man must make another mighty choice?" Stevenson queried.

Wishard pointed out that more change took place in the world in the 20th century than in the rest of history combined prior to the 20th century. Quoting world-renowned scientists, he described the internet as the most significant social development since the invention of writing. The age-old definition of a family has been changed. Throughout history, the problem has been how to save humans from the ravages of nature. In the last century, the problem has become how to save nature from the ravages of humans. And the landing on the moon changed our outlook how we see our planet.

Wishard happened to read a one-volume history of western civilization written by Richard Tarnas, the founding director of the graduate program in philosophy, cosmology and consciousness in the California Institute of Integral Studies. The book is about the correlation of the character of the alignment of certain planets, with the character of events on Earth at a given time.

"The underlying theme is, the universe is informed and pervaded by a fundamental holistic patterning, which extends through every level, so that a constant synchronicity or meaningful correlation exist between astronomical events and human events."

He added, "In other words, the pattern of certain planetary alignments is very much the same as the pattern of events on earth and Tarnas gives many examples of this phenomenon that have taken place throughout history."

There is a time what astrologers call a Grand Trine. When, three planets are of equal distance from each other and about 120 degrees apart. This formation is considered to represent "natural grace and support, when things fall into place." There is also a cosmological process called the procession of the equinox. When the two cosmological events happen at the same time-frame, civilizations disintegrate and are replaced by a process that becomes a new civilization.

"The world has recently passed such a 'two thousand years' mark," Wishard writes. "Thus, the world has moved from what's called the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. This isn't science-fiction. It's astrology, and I know it's difficult to comprehend. Apparently, it seems to work. At such times, gigantic shifts in human affairs take place."


Frank Shatz's column was reprinted with permission from the Virginia Gazette. Shatz is a Lake Placid seasonal resident. He, is the author of "Reports from a Distant Place," a compilation of his selected columns.



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