Augustina Semenko and Her Universal Cycle. Part 5
The Energy of the Universal Cycle
From the previous articles of the series, we already know that each of the phases of the Universal Cycle has both its static meaning (which is defined as a sphere of human experience) and a dynamic description (action-reaction-adaptation). Today we are going to cover one last bit of theory: the energy of the phases.
Each phase of the Universal Cycle has a peculiar type of energy associated with it, and this energy depends on the angular distance of the phase from the beginning of the cycle.
Look at this image, borrowed from my very first astrology book published in 1998. If we imagine the whole cycle as a circle, the beginning of the cycle will be the point marking the end of the 12th phase and the beginning of the 1st phase. Then the beginning of the 2nd phase will have a distance of 30º from the beginning of the circle, and the same is true about the beginning of the 12th phase. Both the 3rd and the 11th phases are 60º away from the beginning of the cycle, and the 4th as well as the 10th phase are 90º away from it, and so on.
Similar to static and dynamic descriptions of the Universal Cycle, Augustina Semenko used keywords to describe its energy component. If you are familiar with the work of Dane Rudhyar, a famous Western astrologer of the 20th century, you will notice that many of Augustina’s ideas had their roots in the works of Rudhyar, and many of her keywords come from the same source. The major difference between what Rudhyar was writing and what Augustina was teaching was that Rudhyar was a master of abstract ideas and theoretical concepts whereas Augustina as if grounded his ideas, brought them down to Earth, made them a part of astrological daily practice. So these are Augustina’s interpretation for the energy of the phases of the Universal Cycle:
Angular distance 0º. It belongs to the 1st phase itself. The key phrases are: unity as a form of manifestation of polarity; performing a single action in two different ways. This might sound a bit abstract, but as we go along with practical applications of the Universal Cycle, you will see how these key phrases will make sense.
Angular distance 30º. The 2nd and the 12th phases. Keywords: adjustment, coercion. In the 2nd phase, this is adjustment for the real world conditions and resources; in the 12th phase, the outside energy goes significantly down while the internal process of extraction and assimilation of experience becomes much stronger.
Angular distance 60º. The 3rd and the 11th phases. Key phrases: selection of one of a few possible directions; realisation of an opportunity. In the phase 3, this selection takes place in the near environment. In the phase 11 we are mostly dealing with choosing a direction of social realisation.
Angular distance 90º. The 4th and the 10th phases. Key phrases: mobilisation of effort, overcoming an obstacle. In the 4th phase, the obstacle is often inside. We push ourselves up from a foundation, we strive to go out as a result of inner awakening. In the phase 10, on the other hand, the efforts are mobilised to reach a new, higher level in the society.
Angular distance 120º. Phases 5 and 9. Key phrases: a beginning of a new period, an initial impulse towards a new goal. In the 5th phase, this can mean a new passion or hobby, or maybe a new direction for self-expression, whereas in the 9th phase it is more like opening new horizons, a new worldview, or a new direction of research.
Angular distance 150º. Phases 6 and 8. Key phrase: a need for a tuning, adjustment, or coordination. In the 6th phase, this is mainly about the effectiveness of functioning, whereas what happens in the 8th phase is better defined by the word “transformation”. Such a transformation can mean either destruction, or an emergence of something qualitatively new, or both.
Angular distance 180º. Phase 7. Key phrases: opposition as a form of unity; dialectical contradiction as a necessary condition for development.
This completes the theory of the Universal Cycle which has in it three parts. The first two parts, the static description of the twelve phases and their dynamic interpretation, were covered in the previous articles, and now we also have the key phrases for the energy that depend on the angular distance of the phase from the beginning of the cycle.
You can now better understand why, when describing the 4th and the 10th personal months in the previous article, I qualified them as stressful: that’s because they are both 90º away from the beginning of the personal year, so the key word for them is “mobilisation of effort”. Similarly, the 5th and the 9th personal months work as gateways for something new coming into life, and that is natural, given the key phrase “the beginning of a new period”.
In the coming articles, I will be demonstrating different applications of the Universal Cycle. One of them is about the 28-year cycle in human life; I will explain the basics of the idea today but leave the details for the next article.
The 28-year Cycle
The idea of the 28-year cycle belongs to Dane Rudhyar, he wrote about it in his book The Astrology of Personality. According to Rudhyar, the first 28 years of human life are about perfecting the psychophysical body and implementing the heritage of one’s family and race — this is the creation of the foundation of the temple of personality. The second 28-year cycle is when the walls of the temple of personality are erected as the person develops a clearer idea of him- or herself. Finally, the age of 56 is when a “spiritual birth” takes place, and so the third 28-year cycle is essentially the erection of the dome of the temple of personality.
Augustina took this idea and developed it into a practical tool for understanding the major periods of one’s life by projecting the structure of the Universal Cycle onto the 28-year cycles. The idea is that we spend 7 years in each quadrant of the cycle, and 2 years and 4 months in each of the phases. Here are the ages for each of the phases:
Phase 1: Birth to 2 years and 4 months; 28 years to 30 years and 4 months; 56 years to 58 years and 4 months.
Phase 2: 2 years and 4 months to 4 years and 8 months; 30 years and 4 months to 32 years and 8 months; 58 years 4 months to 60 years 8 months.
Phase 3: 4 years 8 months to 7 years; 32 years 8 months to 35 years; 60 years 8 months to 63 years.
Phase 4: 7 years to 9 years 4 months; 35 years to 37 years 4 months; 63 years to 65 years 4 months.
Phase 5: 9 years 4 months to 11 years 8 months; 37 years 4 months to 39 years 8 months; 65 years 4 months to 67 years 8 months.
Phase 6: 11 years 8 months to 14 years; 39 years 8 months to 42 years; 67 years 8 months to 70 years.
Phase 7: 14 years to 16 years 4 months; 42 years to 44 years 4 months; 70 years to 72 years 4 months.
Phase 8: 16 years and 4 months to 18 years and 8 months; 44 years and 4 months to 46 years and 8 months; 72 years and 4 months to 74 years and 8 months.
Phase 9: 18 years 8 months to 21 years; 46 years 8 months to 49 years; 74 years 8 months to 77 years.
Phase 10: 21 years to 23 years and 4 months; 49 years to 51 year 4 months; 77 years to 79 years 4 months.
Phase 11: 23 years 4 months to 25 years 8 months; 51 year 4 months to 53 years 8 months; 79 years 4 months to 81 year 8 months.
Phase 12: 25 years 8 months to 28 years; 53 years 8 months to 56 years; 81 year 8 months to 84 years.
Or, if you prefer to see a picture, here is the one from my very first book. Although it uses Russian letters for years and months, I hope it is easy to understand.
Now, I have a homework for you. Look at your life or, if you are young, speak to your parents or grandparents and try to notice how different phases of the Universal Cycle got reflected in the events of life. It is especially interesting to notice how one and the same theme was repeated after a 28 year interval. Here is an example from my life: I got married when I was 21. That was a major change in my social status, and in my life in general: I was a military student then, and since I got married I was allowed to leave the barracks and rent an apartment in the town. See how my living conditions (phase 4) changed together with my social status (phase 10). You will often notice that phases that are opposite to each other work together in the events of life. 28 years later, when I was 49, I had another major change in my social status: I incorporated a company and became its director. I also moved to a glorious big house right next to the beach. On both occasions, events required active, decisive actions (the dynamic keyword for the 10th phase), and they brought quite a bit of stress into my life (mobilisation of efforts).
Not always you will manage to clearly see the theme of the phase in what you remember of your life, but that is okay. There are many different cycles that make the fabric of our lives, and some of them can be stronger than the others. But in any case, I believe, the application of the Universal Cycle to 28-year cycles in human lives makes a valuable tool that can help us to see our lives in perspective and to better understand what’s going on in them.
In the next article of the series I will share my research into how the 28-year cycle worked in a life of a famous person, and also tell you more about some subtleties of this cycle and some additional ideas related to its use.