The radio-image from Sagitt A, the center of our galaxy.


What is Galactic Time?

Why Galactic time?

How Galactic time?






Why Galactic Time?


Of all the time-phenomena, the precession of the equinox, the gradual shift of the stars in the celestial sky, is culturally the most elusive. It has been cause of a lot of worries. The Aztec-civilzation, e.g. which kept a very scientific respect for the celestial sky in its time culture, couldn't cope with the precession which caused the sungod no longer to rise in the Milky Way. This was a bad omen and would lead to the downfall of the culture. Shortly after that the Spanish indeed destroyed their culture colonizing and christening South America. Whether superstitious or not, fact is that the culture lost its self-confidence with the dynamic of the celestial sky. The fact that the South American Indians on themselves had a keen sense of astronomy, building pyramids of observation like the Egyptians coudn't prevent this. The Maya culture even kept a calendar to the planet Venus (see picture) for religious purposes, (see for links: ancient and lost civilizations and the time-directory: calendars).



In England, so archeologists agree , was ancient Stonehenge probably erected for religious purposes. The British astronomer Gerald Hawkins theorized in 1963 that the arrangement of stones was used as a huge astronomical instrument. For the sun this is still an interesting observatory valid as long as our axis of rotation hasn't shifted significantly relative to the sun. But for observing the celestial sky, if it ever served that function, it has lost its value: the stars ran out of position making the celestial arrangement of the stones to the celestial sky an arbitrary one.



arrangement of the pyramids at Gizeh to the formation of Orion.

In Egypt the great pyramids at Gizeh were aligned to the constellation called Orion, but because of the precession these pyramids no longer properly function as a celestial observatory. One needs computers to reconstruct the celestial sky at the time of their building to find out they indeed were originally aligned in the direction to that constellation to which the pyramids had been arranged among themselves to represent the sign.(see also The Pyramids of Egypt )

"The Sounds of Creation" Artistic impression By Ben Erwin

All great cultures that tried to respect the celestial sky have failed in doing so because of the precession and have disappeared. The pyramids in South America and Egypt, Stonehenge, and even astrology which claims to be oriented at the stars, have lost their stature as cultures of significance.

Sagittarius, the sign the center of our galaxy is in.

In fact the latter case of present day popular astrology should be called planetology because the signs one reckons with are fixed to the tropical year which gives a 'solar' zodiac to the seasons and solar month's different from the astronomical zodiac which does account for the precession. Astrology as such therefore doesn't really care about the stars, nor does it actively observe the constellations one talks about. In the old days though, from times as early as the vedic civilization astrology was a high standing culture of significance in running the affairs of the state.


Because it is logical (scientific) as well as religious to count with the stars humanity has tried to maintain cultures to the stars. They all disappeared in corruption and decay overtaken by stronger, less illusioned and more stable cultures. For a culture it is important though to respect the complete whole of the universe as it is part of the time of its life and scientific and religious consciousness. The Hindus call the galaxy S'is'umara (dolphin) and consider its center the navel of Vishnu, the Maintainer (see S.B. 5.23:8 and S.B. 2.2: 25). It is the third reference after the sun and the moon telling how one relates to the cosmic where all of existence is found. Psychologically it settles the final identity and selfawareness of the planet assigning it a defined place and defined life among the stars.


Radio image of the celestial sky showing our galaxy seen from the inside

Culturally we in fact have set our birthdays to it, but with the shifting of the tropical year to the celestial sky, the precession, has one on a lifetime of seventy years died at the time the celestial sky has shifted for more then a day. Hence the persistent belief in astrology.

Therefore the subject of galactic time is solely important for the collective of the worldculture persisting for longer than a century. It transcends the individual interest to the level of the interest of the collective to keep the same time identity accounting for the dynamic universe in an illusion-free scientific manner. This sameness is essential for the survival and stability of a culture. Because of the selfawareness of our growing mondial culture and the wished stability therof is a clear vision of the dynamic reality that conditions all living creatures thus important. Therefore this site offers Galactic time , the third option of order, after the calendaring to the sun and the moon.



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