Restoring the Soul of Knowledge in the Age of Aquarius

Some believe that humanity will have to wait until December 21st 2012 for the galactic alignment that will open the ‘doors’ to greater consciousness as foretold by the Mayan Calendar. But perhaps the Mayan calendar countdown has been miscalculated by a few years.1 Perhaps the December 21st 2010 Solstice/Total Lunar Eclipse conjunct Pluto and the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy,2 decorated by the Ursids meteor shower was the event or alignment that the Mayan cosmologists foresaw.

Many envision or hope that the ramifications of this grand alignment, involving the Earth, the Earth’s Winter Solstice, the Moon, the Lunar Nodes, the Sun, Pluto, the Precession of the Equinoxes, and the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy will help humans evolve towards higher levels of consciousness – a more unified consciousness. Many sense that an increase in natural and man-made disasters will make ‘business as usual’ more and more difficult, demanding change; but overall there is little agreement as to what exactly the projected higher expression of consciousness will be or what it will entail or demand. 

In ‘The 2010 Winter Solstice/Lunar Eclipse: A Global Tuning Fork’ I presented the view that the Solstice/Eclipse was an invitation to notice, appreciate and attune oneself to the perfect alignment that is the foundation of the Earth's 12 month Tropical Year and our own 9/0 number system which we have inherited from Vedic civilization.3 The four-pointed cross or square of the Earth’s Equinoxes and Solstices is the fixed or stable (eternal for all practical purposes) foundation of the Tropical Year, and the trinity or triangle is the eternal base or foundation of the 9/0 number system. 

As is, most ‘Western’ astrologers who utilize the Tropical Zodiac (Sayana) have yet to realize the profound Vedic heritage and gnosis of their art; and Indian astrologers mistakenly celebrate a calendar that is calculated by looking to the constellations (Sidereal/Nirayana) rather than by looking to the Earth’s own measure. And on top of this, few have imagined that the four-fold 12-month Zodiac and the triadic Circle of 9/0 in tandem or simultaneously describe the unified field of Time and Space which extends from the Soul.

Our civilization, Western and Eastern alike, has inherited the shell of, or rather disjointed pieces and parts of an ancient system of integral, universal, uplifting and unifying knowledge. Our ideas or notions of how to truly utilize, apply and benefit from these disjointed piece and parts are foggy at best. So foggy indeed that few in our modern times can even imagine that either the Zodiac or our number system have ANYTHING to do with Integral Knowledge, Gnosis, or universal/eternal truth (Sanatana Dharma). This lack of imagination or vision is tantamount to having the Holy Grail in front of our faces 24/7 but treating it as a drinking cup (or a fully neutered myth) rather than as applicable transformative knowledge. Sri Aurobindo wrote of this problem in The Secret of the Veda:

'The letter lived on when the spirit was forgotten;
the symbol, the body of the doctrine, remained,
but the soul of knowledge had fled from its coverings.'

Recovering the Soul of Knowledge

It is not a hollow coincidence that on the day of the 2010 Solstice/Eclipse/Galactic Alignment, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet traveled to the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam held at the sacred Tirumala Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India, where she would (a few days later on the 25th) deliver a paper to a seemingly all-Indian and overwhelmingly male congregation on the need to reunite the Hindu sacred calendar with the Tropical Zodiac, and thereby restore the Sanatana Dharma – the soul of eternal knowledge. Her yogic predecessors, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, foresaw that India would eventually rise to Her necessary position as world GURU, i.e. re-educating and unifying the world sanga (community) based on a full restoration of Vedic gnosis, – i.e. a full restoration of the Eternal Truth of Being and Becoming. Whether Indian (and non-Indian) astrologers, gurus, yogis, pundits and scholars are able to fathom or admit it yet, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s maha yoga is inseparable from the Integral and Supramental Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and is in turn, inseparable from the restoration of Vedic wisdom. She has, truly like no other, pierced through millennia of accumulated distortions and mis-interpretations of the Vedic consciousness, and struck a sword of Higher Knowledge in the heart and terra firma of India, – a country that is known in astrological terms to be ‘ruled’ and in some ways defined by Capricorn, the 10th sign of the Zodiac. It is fitting that she herself was born on January 5th, smack dab in the middle of the month of Capricorn.

The conference was webcast/broadcast live across the globe from the most important temple in India ‒ the mountaintop abode of Vishnu (Venkateshwar), as the Sun traveled through the first degrees of Capricorn. Regardless of the fact that Ms. Norelli-Bachelet was rushed off the stage before she could finish her presentation, and that those making the final resolutions upheld the Nirayana measurement of the year without seriously considering the Earth-centered (Sayana) point of view she and others at the conference raised, the cat is clearly out of the bag and cannot be put back in. The Tropical Zodiac is a perpetual reality that the Earth and all its inhabitants experience. The four seasons of the year, each divided into three months or signs, have nothing to do with the constellations.

On the morning of December 25th, after all presenters on the subject of the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Ayanamsha (zero point) of the annual year had been heard from, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet stood up and protested the majority opinion about the Precessional Year (a 25,920 year cycle) and the annual year:
‘[To determine] the appearances of the Dasavatars [Ten Avatars of Vishnu], THAT you can use the Precession of the Equinoxes [for], very accurately, if you base your calculations on those verses that I indicated from the Rig Veda. You cannot use it for temple purposes and for horoscopy. It is actually incorrect to do so. That is describing thousands of years. We are dealing with the yearly phenomenon and you have every verse in the Rig Veda that confirms this. There is one that says, 'Certain eternal worlds there are, their doors are closed to you, or opened, by the months and the years. It is these that Brihaspati has made manifest to knowledge.' Now it says, MONTHS and YEARS, it doesn't say days, it doesn't say hours. In the Rig Veda they say 'months and years'. Now 'the months' corresponds to the annual 365 days, those 12 spokes. 'The years' corresponds to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Many people claim that in the ancient Veda, the Vedic Rishis did not know of the Precession, but that is incorrect. This verse proves it. 'Years' pertains to the Precession of the Equinoxes. 'Months' pertains to our annual year and it is THAT that should be used for temple purposes. But I repeat, 60 temples now in Tamil Nadu have just celebrated Makar Sankranti together with the Solstice. This is extremely important. There will be a transformed India the day that this calendar problem is resolved. It is then that India will be a superpower; and this is its power, not in economics, nothing else but THIS, this Vedic science. And you are blessed all to be vidwans of this sacred art, the most sacred there is.’
An attendee or speaker rebutted, ‘Mam, I'd just like to provide one small clarification. The function of celebration in the temples of Tamil Nadu on December 22nd, the Solstice, is Arudhra Darshan not Makar Sankranti, it is Arudhra Darshan. Arudhra Darshan is a district festival celebrated in the Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, and it has only to do with the Arudhra etcetera.’4 To which Ms. Norelli-Bachelet replied, ‘Your information is not correct.’ Indeed his information was not correct. The 60 Tamil Nadu temples mentioned did celebrate Makar Sankranti (entrance into the sign of Capricorn) on December 21st 2010 in conjunction with the Solstice.5

After reviewing the transcripts of the exchange above, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet commented, ‘No wonder I needed to be silenced.’6 Her line of thought is simply a threat to Nirayana astrologers or astronomers who hold that the signs of the 360 degree Zodiac are determined by the constellations rather than Earth’s year divided by the equinoxes and solstices. The implication in the Rig Veda verse is that as long as the 12 months of the year and the years of the Precession of the Equinoxes are not being measured, accounted for and comprehended correctly, the doors to the ‘eternal worlds’/higher realms of consciousness are CLOSED to the individual and to the collective; and likewise that when the 12 months of the year and the years (and Ages) of the Precession of the Equinoxes are correctly measured, accounted for and comprehended, the doors of Higher Consciousness are OPENED. In this context, all those who uphold Nirayana Astrology, and call it ‘Vedic’, are actually hindering the progress of, hindering the illumination of the human collective.

Door Closed …  Doors Opened

Many readers might be wondering at this point, how in the world  ‘doors’ or portals to higher levels of consciousness are, as the Vedic Rishi reported, are ‘closed to you, or opened’ by the months and the years. It is a matter of alignment and orientation, specifically alignment and orientation in the unified field of Time and Space. Whirling about in Time and Space, unconsciously, without a stabilizing Center of Being or assemblage point (to borrow a term from Carlos Castaneda), and without accurate measurements of the spherical or cyclical territory, the Individual is like a lost ship (nava) or vehicle, literally spinning out of control. Without the basic tools and technologies of navigation, the journey, the sea, terrain and circumstances seem like an endless, cavernous, deadly, random, disassociated, pointless or soul-less chaos which the human heart and mind rightfully experiences as suffering.

When you have an overpopulated world full of such lost and pained individuals ‒ individuals who have quite literally lost the Way or inner bearing to make sense of their own lives and the lives of others, and to boot don’t even KNOW life on Earth can be experienced any other way; well then you have a veritable nightmare or ‘Dark Age’, wherein each person’s unconsciousness is an individual Tower of Babble scrambling, eclipsing or negating the point, order, harmony and beauty of existence in the material world. Life as usual in this realm consists of each person contributing, at whatever volume, their own lost-ness and their ideas about how to be ‘saved’ or ‘found’ by God, by science, by psychology, etcetera, into a deafening cacophony of hollow words and movements … words and movements that have lost the ‘soul of knowledge’.

It is in this epic shadow (or eclipse of light) that the mind of Man found its way to ‘separate the inseparable’ and began to ‘see’ the Divine as somehow removed from Mother Earth, from her children and from the Cosmic Matrix. In the Age of Pisces (234 BCE - 1926 CE, as measured by PNB), this blindness passed for ‘truth’ and birthed a myriad of dogmatic, self-righteous, exclusivist and contentious religions, most of which to some degree demonize, negate, demote, degrade and demean the material world and the feminine/female. The sciences and technologies that have emerged out of this same blindness with little or no regard for the soul and the material health of the Earth, have lead humanity to a self-destructive abyss. The attempt to separate the Zodiac signs from the Earth’s natural year, i.e. to measure that sacred year by the ‘heavens above’ rather than the Earth’s own experience is clearly an action or effect of considering the material world and its dynamic processes inferior to the transcendent ‘beyond’. Sri Aurobindo wrote of this distorted/escapist mental perspective in The Life Divine (Part II, Chapter I, ‘Reality and Integral Knowledge’).
‘Unable by the claim of the Infinite upon us to dwell for ever in the bonds of the finite or to find there satisfaction and largeness and peace, we have to break all the bonds of individual and universal Nature, destroy all values, symbols, images, self-definitions, limitations of the illimitable and lose all littleness and division in the Self that is for ever satisfied with its own infinity. Disgusted with forms, disillusioned of their false and transient attractions, wearied and discouraged by their fleeting impermanence and vain round of recurrence, we must escape from the cycles of Nature into the formless and featurelessness of permanent Being. Ashamed of Matter and its grossness, impatient of the purposeless stir and trouble of Life, tired out by the goalless running of Mind or convinced of the vanity of all its aims and objects, we have to release ourselves into the eternal repose and purity of the Spirit. … The Eternal is our refuge; all the rest are false values, the Ignorance and its mazes, a self-bewilderment of the soul in phenomenal Nature.’

In the same book (and chapter), he presents the larger, more integral point of view, that:
‘What is necessary for our mental ignorance in order to escape from itself cannot be the necessity of the Absolute which has no need of self-escape and no reason for refusing to cognize whatever is to it cognizable.’
When one’s orientation or alignment in Time and Space is corrected via a seed of Higher Knowledge which illuminates one’s relationship with the Earth rather than severs it, this shadow, ignorance, lost-ness, and disdain of or desire to escape material creation is gradually overcome or conquered. One proceeds or learns to view and experience the spherical, cyclical or spiraling play from the center, from the ‘Eye of Shiva’ so to speak, and each instance of creation, existence or manifestation is seen as an endless continuity of Self expression, the inside connected to and in fluid relationship with all outside creations and movements. The spell of ignorance or plight of lost-ness, separation, etc. is thoroughly broken by one’s direct experience ‒ by one’s journey in time. The luminous core of being, rather than a vacuous or pointless void, becomes more and more obvious as the fulcrum and organizing force of one’s Becoming or evolution. As opposed to the common experience of being worn down or wasted by Time, the past and present begin to build UP or INCREASE one’s consciousness of eternality, of bliss, of the Divine nature of the Self. Month by month, and year by year, the traveler amasses more and more lived-experience of the consciousness-force that is ever present in the very real sacred designs/cyclical course/geometries of material evolution. Neither past nor present experience are wasted or disregarded as an illusion. All movements, successes, failures, joys, pains, protagonists and antagonists are increasingly integrated, put in their rightful place or context, and seen as useful parts of the whole movement … as integral parts of the whole whirling cosmos – a whole dynamic body.

To the degree that this luminous point of view or applicable knowledge of Oneness is established in the Individual, the Divine in creation (both earthly and cosmic) is increasingly self-evident. The One-Self in many selves is increasingly self evident. The light of one’s own Soul is increasingly self-evident. Increasingly self-evident, in this case, also means increasingly substantial … increasingly real and verifiable in a way that beliefs are not. One realizes why it is the body can be considered a temple, each individual capable of establishing or rather dis-covering the sacred pillar, measure, axis mundi or Divine Light at the center of his or her own being, each individual capable of being a microcosm that is consciously in tune with the sacred rhythms and measures or eternal laws of the Earth and Cosmos. One recognizes that one’s own consciousness–dynamic-life-force is self-similar to the consciousness–dynamic-life-force that creates, organizes and moves the Earth, the Solar System and the Cosmos. One grows into an ever-increasing certainty that the Individual Self is inseparable from both the Transcendent or immobile Point of Being and the dynamic whirling grand design/Cosmos, and thereby becomes a conscious embodiment of the Divine Trinity.

In a nutshell, correct alignment, centering and orientation in the whirling field of Time and Space is literally the key to the passage of months and years occurring as a meaningless, random march, void of spirit and progressively deadening, or as a meaning-full, orderly march, full of a divine consciousness-force that weaves beautiful, intricate and very real harmonies, synchronicities, and geometries, progressively uplifting the human mind, and eventually human civilization, out of its myopic and painful delusions. Matters and details that seem to have no relevance, relation or purpose, begin to light up with soulful significance, soulful interconnectedness, giving one greater and greater certainty that our prevailing ignorance is truly a temporary phenomenon, a temporary eclipse of knowledge, in our evolution towards the higher realms and possibilities of consciousness and material expression.
‘The knowledge of the Becoming is part of knowledge; it acts as ignorance only because we dwell imprisoned in it, avidyāyām antar, without possessing the Oneness of the Being, which is its base, its stuff, its spirit, its cause of manifestation and without which it could not be possible.’  ‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book II, Ch. 1

‘… to know Brahman as at once and together the Knowledge and the Ignorance, to attain to the supreme status at once by the Becoming and the Non-Becoming, to relate together realization of the transcendent and the cosmic self, to achieve foundation in the supramundane and a self-aware manifestation in the mundane, is the integral knowledge; that is the possession of Immortality. It is this whole consciousness with its complete knowledge that builds the foundation of the Life Divine and makes its attainment possible.’  ‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine, Book II, Ch. 1 [Bold emphasis added]

The Months and the Years and the December Solstice
On December 25th 2010, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet publically exposed one of India’s biggest failings/hypocrisies. Whereas many Indian’s believe that they are faithfully upholding the ancient Vedic tradition of the 360 degree, 12-spoked sacrifice (year),7 they are failing because the Nirayana calculations of the year are wrong and the months of the annual year and the years of the Precession of the Equinoxes are mis-measured. The Rishi wrote that the 12 months (spokes) of the 360 degree Vedic year are ‘firmly riveted’ by the Earth’s Equinoxes and Solstices. Pointing to the conclusion that the year as measured by the Vedic Rishis is the Tropical year. Elsewhere in Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s work she discusses the pervasive miscalculations of India’s yugas, which erroneously paint the picture that the Vedic Rishis were not at all concerned with or knowledgeable of the Precessional Cycle) and its 12 ages, even though it has been proved elsewhere that the Vedic tradition of the Dasavataras of Vishnu the Preserver is clearly linked to the fixed ages of the Precession (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio).8

I would like to suggest to readers that the December Solstice/Lunar Eclipse/Galactic Conjunction, in its own unique way emphasizes the correct measures of ‘the months and the years’, which when properly understood and applied, open the doors to greater or eternal realms of consciousness. The fact that these grand alignments happened on the December Solstice can be seen as a sign that the 12 month Tropical Zodiac is the chosen ONE, the chosen 360° circle of relations to unify the collective (i.e. not the Sidereal/Nirayana year calculation). The fact that the Lunar Eclipse lasted 72 minutes or 4320 seconds, can also be seen as a sign that Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet’s understanding of the Kali Yuga (432,000 seconds of degrees of celestial arc) as one third of the Precession of the Equinoxes (wherein each degree of precession is 72 years), is correct.9 In looking at these numbers, one can see that both ‘the months’ of the Tropical year and ‘the years’ of the Precession have been somewhat highlighted in the event.

If one considers that the last time the December Solstice was joined by a Total Lunar Eclipse was 1638 CE or 372 years ago, the plot thickens. 372 = 360 + 12. The Vedic measure/perennial wisdom of the One wheel wherein the 360 pegs and 12 spokes are firmly riveted, is herein ‘hidden’ in plain sight.

Conclusion: Knowledge for a New Age

The larger message that can be taken from both the December 2010 Solstice and from Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s presentation on Calendar Calculation (Panchanga Ganitam) is that orienting ourselves correctly in Time and Space is one of the fundamental tasks that befalls us in our new age ‒ the Age of Aquarius, which according to Ms. Norelli-Bachelet, began in 1926 CE, the same year Sri Aurobindo declared the 26th of November as ‘Immortality Day’ and the same year the full body of the Giza Sphinx (its lion or Leo body) was dug out from the sands of Egypt.10 Our knowledge of both the annual Year and the Great Year (Precession of the Equinoxes) must be precise and accurate. Without that precession and accuracy, our ability to Center ourselves within our individual circumstance and within our Cosmos is thoroughly disabled.

No longer can the Nirayana system of calendar calculation masquerade as the ‘Vedic’ year that is the basis of developing a trikala dristi (triple time vision) and a consciousness of unity. And no longer can Gautama the Buddha, a sage who helped crystallize a consciousness of escape from time and material evolution during the Age of Pisces, be considered one of the Dasavatara (the Ten Evolutionary Avatars) who appear in the Fixed Ages of the Precession to uplift material creation to a new level or new order.11 These grave errors in our accounting, in our Self Knowledge, must be corrected for true progress to be made in our new Age.

In The Hidden Manna, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet discusses how this correction process in the Age of Aquarius was foretold by St. John in his Revelation.12 Once one is aware that the Biblical Revelation is written in terms of the Zodiac, the Earth’s 24 hour day, the Precession of the Equinoxes and other measurements of the 360° Circle, it is possible to see that the prophecy speaks of a specific process of CENTERING, which ends life as we know it … ends falsehood, widens consciousness, and introduces a ‘new song’, ‘a new heaven and a new earth’. It is also possible to see that this process of CENTERING as described in great detail in the epic Christian prophecy was also foretold by the Vedic Rishis in their own epics. It is worth considering that St. John and the Vedic Rishis are describing the same ‘predictable’ evolutionary process or eventuality. It is further worth considering that the Integral, Supramental and Vedic wisdom revealed by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet over the past century, forms a cohesive body of higher knowledge or wisdom, fit for seeding a New Age and sending it on its way to the fruition of epic potentialities.

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple
of my God and he shall go no more out.
 … To him that overcometh will I grant to sit
with me in my throne ….
(St. John’s Revelation)

Who is worthy to open the book
[held by the One at the center of the Throne in Heaven],
and to loose the seals thereof?
(St. John’s Revelation)

‘… the nature of Mind as we know it is an Ignorance
seeking for knowledge; it is a knower of fractions
and a worker of divisions striving to arrive at a sum,
to piece together a whole … without the essential knowledge
there could be no true integral knowledge. A consciousness
possessing the essential and integral knowledge, proceeding
from the essence to the whole and from the whole
to the parts, would be no longer Mind, but a perfect
Truth-Consciousness automatically possessed
of inherent self-knowledge and world knowledge.’
(Sri Aurobindo,  The Life Divine)


[This article has also been featured on and its new blogsite  IndiaCause.]


1 ‘Mayan’s Say Solstice 2010 not 2012 is End Date – IT’S NOW’ (Sam Geppi, 2010)
2 ‘What is the Galactic Alignment’ (John Major Jenkins) 
3 ‘The 2010 Winter Solstice/Lunar Eclipse: A Global Tuning Fork’ (Lori Tompkins, 2010)
4 ‘Significance of Arudrah Darshan’ (Hindu blog, 2070)
5 In India, the 2011 Makar Sankranti/Pongal was celebrated on 15 January. It is a SOLAR festival par excellence; yet its celebration mistakenly continues to be calculated according to the constellations and hence has no relation at all to the actual position of the Sun of our system.
6 ‘Don’t Let That Lady Speak’ (Lori Tompkins, 2011)
7 See: ‘A Calendar that Unifies’ (PNB, 2009) & ‘The Importance of Makar Sankranti in Hindu Calendar Reform’ (PNB, 2010)
8 See: ‘Cosmology in the Rig Veda – the Third Premise’ (PNB, 2002) & Secrets of the Earth: Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition (PNB, 2009).
9 ‘Yugas and the Precession of the Equinoxes’ (Lori Tompkins, 2006), ‘The Unifying Language’ (PNB, 2006) & The Gnostic Circle (PNB, 1975).
10 ‘The Zodiac, the Sphinx and the Key to Cosmic Order’ (Lori Tompkins, 2010)
11 Secrets of the Earth: Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition (PNB, 2009).
12 The Hidden Manna – being the Revelation called Apocalypse of John the Divine with complete text and commentaries (PNB, 1976).


  1. Your do write so beautifully, Lori.

    Thank you.


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