2012 - Science Or Superstition?/JMJ/5
The modern astronomical understanding of precession is pretty straighforward. It's kind of a mechanical understanding of how it works and how it effects the position of the Sun on the equinox or the solstice, it shifts through the Zodiac signs, and so on. I think that there is a literal way to interpret what precession is. But there's also a metaphorical or symbolic understanding that gets more into how human beings are affected, perhaps how the planet is affected by the precessional changes. We might envision that over this great 26,000 year period there are "seasons" - the same way that the year cycle has seasons. So there's "summer-fall-winter-spring" and think there's an insight into this larger cycle and how it actually affect earth phenomenon, including life on Earth.