In the Secret Doctrine Blavatsky developed a vast history of
humanity, beginning not merely in prehistory of humanity, but even in
prephysical states of being. Human history during our evolutionary cycle,
according to Blavatsky, began in matter subtler than that we know and
comprises seven great evolutionary stages, of which we are now in the
fifth, which began about a million years ago. Each of the evolutionary
stages (called "Root Races") is associated with a Continent.
Blavatsky translates the stanzas of the archaic Book of Dzyan
regarding the evolution of mankind. It teaches the evolution of seven human
groups on seven different portions of our globe: The doctrine of seven
Races and seven Rounds and evolution is also found in Revelation - speaking
of the Seven Kings of whom five have gone.
First Root Race: Astral (could leave no fossil remains)
Second Root Race: Etheric.
Third Root Race: Lemurian.
Fourth Root Race: Atlantean.
Fifth Root Race: Aryan.
Blavatsky claims that
every Root Race has seven Sub-races.
Every Sub-race has seven Family-races.
From the Etheric second Race, evolved the Third-the
bodies had become material, being composed of gases, liquids and solids
which constitute the three lowest sub- divisions of the physical plane, but
the gases and liquids still predominated, for as their vertebrate structure
had not solidified into bones such as ours, and they could not, therefore,
stand erect. Their bones in fact were pliable as the bones of young infants
now are. It was not until the middle of the Lemurian period that man
developed a solid bone structure.
The organs of vision of the Lemurians at the beginning were of
rudimentary nature, two eyes in the front, which they sought for their food
upon the ground. But there was a third eye at the back of the head, the
atrophied remnant of which is now known as the pineal gland. This, as we
know, is now a centre solely of astral vision, but at the epoch of which we
are speaking it was the chief centre not only of astral but also of
physical sight. A curious fact to note is when the race first attained the
power of standing and moving in an upright position, they could walk
backwards with almost as great ease as forwards. This may be accounted for
not only by the capacity for vision possessed by the third eye, but
doubtless also by the curious projection at the heels.
Now, the interesting fact in connection with the evolution of the
Third Race man on Lemuria, is that his mode of reproduction ran through
phases which were closely analogous with some of the processes above
described. Almost sexless, in its early beginnings, it became bisexual or
androgynous; very gradually, of course. Blavatsky calls those stages:
Sweat-born, egg-born and Androgyne.
One stanza of the Book of Dzyan states: During the third Race the
boneless animals grew and changed, they became animals with bones, they
became solid. The animals separated first. They began to breed. The
two-fold man separated also. He said: let us as they, let us unite and make
creatures. They did. They begat upon them dumb races. Monsters they bred.
When the third separated and fell into sin by breeding men-animals, the
animals became ferocious-men and they became mutually destructive. Till
then, there was no sin- no life taken.
History of Races begins at the separation of the sexes, when the
preceding egg-bearing androgynous race perished. It is found in fable and
allegory, in myth and revealed Scriptures, in legend and tradition. "
Adam recognized his wife"
By the end of the fifth sub-race, mankind was born under the same
conditions and by the same identical process as our historical generations.
This required, of course, millions of years.
The Third Root Race who still inhabit the earth may be recognized in
the aborigines of Australia, the Andaman Islanders, some hill tribes of
India, the Tierra-del-Fuegans, and the Bushmen of Africa.
Our present Fifth or Aryan Race;
The Secret Doctrine states that our Fifth Root Race has already been
in existence about 1,000.000 years; therefore each of the four preceding
Sub-Races has lived 210.000 years. Blavatsky states that each sub-race has
seven Family races. And each Family-race exists about 30.000 years. Compare
this to a Sidereal year of 26.000 years or a year in the world horoscope.
Our First Sub-Race- Indo - European inhabited India and colonized
The Second Sub-Race - the Chaldean.
The Third Sub-Race - the Iranian.
The Fourth Sub-Race- the Celtic.
The Fifth Sub-Race- the Teutonic, our present sub-race has developed
many nations, but has not yet run its course, while the 6th and 7th
sub-races, who will be developed on the Continent of North and South
America, respectively, will have thousands of years of history to give to
the world. Our present Sub-race the 5th, and our present Family-race the
4th, is almost at the brink of entering the 5th family-race.
We are at the end of the Age of Pisces almost at the new Age of
The sun has risen for the last 2000 years in Pisces on the vernal
equinox and it soon will rise against the background of Aquarius, a time
still unknown to us. It takes the sun 72 years for one degree to move along
in one sign. I was told to hold my little finger against the sky, this
would present one degree.
We are near the end of Pisces but how many degrees it will take to
finish the sign is still a puzzle. Traditionally the transition between one
sign or age and the next, have been regarded as catastrophic.
The sidereal year has 25.868 earth years. Every sidereal year the
tropics recede from the pole four degrees in each revolution from the
equinoctial points, as the equator rounds through the zodiacal
Astronomers know, at present the tropic is only approx. 23 degrees
from the equator. Therefore it still has 2 degrees to run before the end of
the Sidereal year.
One degree of the Sidereal year = 7.200 earth years, which gives us a
few thousand years of reprieve.
Why all the predictions of doom? Because we are at the end of one
cycle entering a new one. Earth changes are taking place right now, and
minor changes will happen when we enter a new age.
The astronomical cycle of the sidereal year which brings major
changes for nations and the earth will not be upon us for many thousands of
References: The Secret Doctrine by Madame Blavatzky. A-Z of Astronomy by Patrick Moor.
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