“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a season to every purpose under heaven”
The lyrics of the song, Turn! Turn! Turn! “were taken from a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes (3: 1-8) in The Bible. They were rearranged and paired with Seeger’s music to make the song. In a 1988 interview with Paul Zollo, Seeger explained: ‘I don’t read the Bible that often. I leaf through it occasionally and I’m amazed by the foolishness at times and the wisdom at other times. I call it the greatest book of folklore ever given. Not that there isn’t a lot of wisdom in it. You can trace the history of people poetically’ ” (www.songfacts.com).
The final sentence of this quote speaks wisdom of its own. Each and every bit of wisdom to this day is built upon wisdom past: beyond written record, beyond oral tradition, beyond geographic and cultural boundaries, and beyond any perceived point of creation we can comprehend. Is it possible wisdom predates humanity and its construct of time, spiraling into the Universal Consciousness (UC) itself?
If so, I am left with a visualization based on the fifth Hermetic Principle of Rhythm. This principle embodies the truth that “Everything flows out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates” (The Kybalion).
Another Hermetic Principle, one of Polarity, embodies the truth that “Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are half-truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled” (The Kybalion). This is the fourth principle of seven.
The third Hermetic Principle, the principle of Vibration, embodies the truth “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates” (The Kybalion). One movement evident in nature is a spiraling vibration. Combine the fourth Hermetic Principle of Polarity with the three mentioned and one might easily conceptualize a double helix. As the double helix dances, one spiral travels inward toward an inner Universal wisdom. An outward spiral expands simultaneously manifesting an outer Universal wisdom.
Upon the outward spiral we might translate an experience and an expanding version to a core Universal wisdom as it builds, gains momentum, growing with human complication. However, when we spiral in, we peel away layer upon layer of human distortions, multiple translations, claims to ownership, and resulting conflict; we arrive at simpler core wisdom – wisdom with less and less human complexity and distraction.
Thus far, we have explored one basic construct lending to the Dance of the Universe, a double helix of natural cycles and polarity. Now let’s spiral this concept further out by applying the Second Hermetic Principle, Correspondence. This Principle embodies the Truth “As above, so below; as below, so above” (The Kybalion). With this principle we look at similarities and patterns relating to an overlay of the macro onto the micro and back again. One example of endless possibilities can be seen in the cycle of our earthly seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Applying polarity to this cycle of the seasons, the cycle is not only marked by the four seasons, but also of the dual polarity of Light and Dark. As a result, two halves moving from equinox to equinox, climaxing with a solstice point within each appears. Each half-cycle, Light and Dark, encompasses two of the four seasons.
The Dark half of the year moves from the Autumnal Equinox (roughly September 22) through to the Vernal Equinox (roughly March 22). The mid-point is marked by the Winter Solstice (roughly December 22), also known as Mid-Winter. The Light half of the year spans the cycle from the Vernal Equinox to the next Autumnal Equinox, the mid-point being the Summer Solstice (roughly June 22), also referred to as Midsummer. Each point of the seasonal cycle has its own correspondences. Some of these include the elements (earth, air, fire, and water), colors, directions (north, east, south, and west), symbols, and other representative characteristics.