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Tribute to Dane Rudhyar

This passage is a tribute in The Lunation Cycle, from Aurora Press, first published by Dane Rudhyar in 1967 under another title.


Dane Rudhyar was born in Paris, France on March 23, 1895, (Illuminati fans - 1+8+9+5= look at the date!). Quite early in his life, Rudhyar intuitively came to realize two things which deeply influenced his entire life and work: (1) Time is cyclic and the law of cycles describes all civilization as well as existence; (2) Western civilization is now in what could be symbolically called the autumn phase of its period of existence. As these realizations developed into a personal commitment to the future which he envisioned, Rudhyar felt the urge to divorce himself from Europe and to seek a "New World" - a land into which he could, as it were, sow himself as a seed, carrying within his being the legacy of whatever was viable and constructive in the European past. In the late fall of 1916 he came to America, leaving behind his native land and ancestral French culture as well as his family name, Chenneviere.

The change of name was symbolic of a total dedication to his ideal: the transformation of our civilization, a revaluation of all values. He became known as 'Rudhyar', a name derived from the Sanskrit root rundra implying dynamic action and the electrical power released during storms. The god Rudra in the Vedas is the Destroyer and Regenerator, the transforming energy, breaker of old molds and the power of will or vital force.

This sense of destiny released through Rudhyar tremendous energy which he has channeled into the development of his philosophical ideas; through music and the use of tone; through Painting as the Art of Gestures; through Astrology as a symbolic language with the potential to bring individuals in tune with cosmic cycles. Throughout his long life and his use of many different forms of expression, his purpose has become ever more clearly focused and dynamic. He calls for the need for individuals with holistic vision and a 'transpersonal' approach to life to serve as the foundation of a global society.

Dane Rudhyar lived from March 23rd, 1895 to September 13th, 1985.

Dane Rudhyar's Natal Chart - Source Leyla Rael, The Lunation Cycle


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