Augustina Semenko and Her Universal Cycle. Part 6
The 28-Year Cycle in the Life of Peter the Great
I attempted to map the events in the life of Peter the Great to the structure of the 28-year cycle. Let’s see what I was able to find out.
Peter the Great was born on the 30th of May 1672. I couldn’t find many interesting correspondences between the events of the first 28 years of his life and the Universal Cycle, which is understandable: according to Rudhyar, the first 28-year period is the laying the foundation of the temple of personality. This is when we are bound by the conditions of the parents’ family and the heritage. We are not entirely free to express ourselves at this stage. There was, however, one important event during the 12th phase: the Streltsy uprising in April - June 1698. This is symbolically appropriate, as “secret enemies” is one of the associations of the 12th phase.
The year 1700 was very important, as it was both the beginning of the new century and the beginning of the new 28-year cycle in Peter’s life. On December 20, 1699 Peter issued a decree according to which the new year should start and should be celebrated on the 1st of January. Before that, the 1st of September was considered the beginning of the new year for more than 200 years. Also in 1700 Peter made peace with Turkey and started the Great Northern War, which was a major change in Russia’s military priorities. This was the first phase, the new initiatives, and the way how Peter the Great started the erection of the walls of the temple of his personality.
The second phase (the years 1702 - 1705) is full of events with the common theme of taking, capturing: Peter captured several important cities, and two Swedish ships. He also founded St Petersburg, and that was one of his most important investments into the history of Russia: St Petersburg was the capital of Russia for centuries, and even these days it is the second most important city.
The fourth phase, as you remember, is about “mobilisation of efforts” related to home and family. For a monarch, the whole country is a home, and so in the years 1707 through 1709 Peter the Great had to suppress a major uprising in the Don river region and to start a regional reform.
Peter reached the peak of his life in the year 1721, when the Senate offered him the title of the Great Emperor. Quite appropriately, that happened during the tenth phase of his 28-year cycle.
To be honest, I found it quite difficult to study the life of someone who lived centuries ago, when all you have is a list of historic events. It is a lot more interesting, and much easier, to deal with someone you know personally, so once again I encourage you to apply the knowledge of the Universal Cycle to the lives of your parents or grandparents - or maybe your own, if you lived long enough.
More About the 28-Year Cycle
Here are some additional notes that you might find useful when using the 28-year cycle.
The last approximately two years of every 28-year period fall on the 12th phase. You might remember what was written about the peculiarities of the 12th month of an individual year in a previous article of this series: it’s a problematic and somewhat difficult time when it is important to understand the nature of processes taking place in your life. The same can be said about the twelfth phase of the 28-year cycle, except that, of course, it is much longer than the twelfth month of an individual year. These two years are usually marked by an increased level of pessimism, tiredness, lack of desire to undertake anything, or a feeling that life if such a difficult thing, and the world is full of obstacles and frustrations. I know all these feelings very well as I am now in the twelfth phase of my second 28-year cycle.
When a young person approaches his or her 28th birthday, this difficult period can still be noticeable, but it is usually much less severe than in the case of those who are about to become 56, and of course those who manage to live into their 80s should be thrice careful during the two years before their 84th birthday. The most critical time is when the twelfth personal months overlap with the twelfth two-year periods. Augustina taught that it is very important during those critical months to be as passive and contemplative as possible, to forgive, release, surrender, give up. It would be good to spend these months in a retreat or ashram, to detox both physically and mentally, to have a spiritual healing.
Of the twelve phases of the Universal Cycle, three are closely related to health: the first, the sixth and the twelfth. The sixth phase is when the body wants to get rid of imperfections, to get purified, and so the sixth month of every personal year, as well as the ages from 12 to 14, from 40 to 42 and from 68 to 70 are most suitable for dieting, establishing a healthy way of life, learning the ways your body works and trying to improve its functioning.
The twelfth phase calls for wisdom, understanding that everything has its time and any abilities have their limits. You might be familiar with this feeling when in the last month before your birthday you feel tired more often than usual, and you think: oh, I can’t wait for the birthday to come! I am so tired from this endless year! Augustina taught that during the twelfth periods, which means both the twelfth individual months and the ages from 26 to 28, from 54 to 56, and from 82 to 84, the probability of a ill health is increased. At the same time, an active medical intervention might be undesirable during these periods. The problem is that the energy of the body is at a low point and so self-healing of wounds and recuperation after a surgery goes slowly. The most appropriate healing methods during the twelfth phase are diet, meditation, and thalassotherapy.
Finally, health conditions during the first phase (means the first personal month of every year and the ages 28 to 30, 56 to 58, and 84 to 86) depend strongly on how the preceding twelfth phase was spent. Those who didn’t rest, didn’t conserve their energy and so acted against the laws of nature have a high probability of getting ill during the first phase.
This concludes the story of the 28-year cycle. I hope you found it interesting. In the next article of the series, I am going to show you how Augustina applied the knowledge of the Universal Cycle to understanding relationships.