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Posted on 4th February 2015
Have you ever met someone for the first time…again? Do you know what I mean? You’re meeting someone, getting to know them, and suddenly you realize that you’ve actually met this person before, maybe years earlier. Weirder still, they seem like a completely different person this time. That’s what has happened to me over the last few days, but with something I thought was immutable: The Ancient Truth.
As you know, Students, I have been revisiting the source material of The Ancient Truth, this time without Wayland standing over me, guiding me into his corruption. It truly is like meeting someone again for the first time. I’m finding new insights, new themes, and new connections between civilizations that were separated by thousands of miles and thousands of years. One idea in particular seems to be cropping up over and over again: the great battle.
Often a great battle is spoken of that is not yet here but is fast approaching. Sometimes the battle is the focus, and sometimes it is mentioned only in passing or merely alluded to. But always, while the battle still lies over the horizon, we are urged that preparations must be made. In fact, many of these works suggest that preparation for the battle is the chief aim of life, and that making ourselves ready for the struggle is what will give us meaning.
Initially, I assumed that the battle represented the metaphorical war for the soul of mankind. Not only must we, the Defenders of Ancient Truth, fight the decay and corruption in the society around us, but each of us must let the 12 Lines compete within our minds - value against value, truth against truth – until one Line reigns supreme in each of our souls. In this interpretation, it is through the struggle that we are able to ally ourselves with one Line and achieve meaning in our empty, nihilistic modern world, and thereby save it.
At least, that’s what I thought at first, but one detail began to bother me. Over and over in these texts, the time of the battle is not fixed, nor is it based on the arrival of an enemy or a fortuitous weakness in the opposing forces. Instead, we are told repeatedly that the stars will determine the time of the battle. I found references to the stars or the skies choosing the time of battle in at least seven different works, from Peru to China.
I do not yet know what this means. But I suggest you all think deeply on it. I will do the same. Something within me is urging me forward, and I feel – I know that we are close to the key.