Friday, July 8, 2011

The Final Days of Atlantis

The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off the ground at Cape Canaveral this morning at 11:29 am, and shortly thereafter burst out of Earth’s gravity well… like one last seed-spore ejaculated from some fast fading fungus… into low earth orbit. This last mission, the shuttle program’s 135th mission, marks the end of NASA’s space shuttle program. Upon touch-down, twelve days hence, Atlantis will be decommissioned and put on permanent display at the visitor complex at Kennedy Space Center.

Symbolically, the last mission of the program, mission # 135… is a telling number.
1+3+5= 9 …nine being the last number in our Hindu-Arabic Numeral system of reckoning, signifying the end of a cycle. Being the last simple number, it is the number of finalization or finition; it is therefore the most complex… that marks the full lighting up of the numerical series. In a slightly more esoteric analogy, the Ennead, or nine pointed star, is an ancient and sacred symbol. It comprises three trinities. The Egyptian, Celtic, Greek and Christian myths all have an ennead of nine gods and goddesses, representing the entire archetypal range of principles.

Viewed through our esoteric lens, the name Atlantis is also rich in symbolism. The myth of the lost continent of Atlantis can be seen within an archetypical context. In the mythos, the people of Atlantis rose to a tremendous height of awareness and technological power. Whether by its own technology, or by natural disaster, Atlantis came to a sudden end.

Upon scrutiny, the parallels between the Atlantis of old and the US of A are apparent. The analogy speaks of an advanced civilization that seems to be in recent decline. There has been some banter within the synchro-sphere of late in which it has been suggested that the apex of American culture peaked in the 1960’s, when NASA was created and the space race was initiated. That all of our subsequent technological advancements were seeded from that time. Further, we have been in decline ever since that golden “age of JFK and Camelot.”

Interesting, it was the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1… humanity’s first artificial satellite… in 1957 that inspired the US and ignited the space race in the first place. Sadly, now that the shuttle program has been moth-balled, if the US wishes to send astronauts to the International Space Station, we will have to buy space on a Russian spacecraft, to the tune of $52 million per use.

It seems as if the Russians were the final victors in the Space Race after all…