Time consists of a never-ending cycle. Each revolution in the cycle consists of four ages of varying duration. The characteristics of these four ages are: 1) growth (beginning with birth); 2) maturity or fullness; 3) decay; and 4) destruction (ending with death). Each age is represented by the seasons of the year: springtime, summer, autumn and winter.
The First Age is considered to be an age of simplicity and honesty, characterized by growth and life. The essence of the First Age is the positive preponderance of the female nurturing the gradually maturing male. This is typically the age of the tribal hunter-gatherers and of the pastoralists. The people of the First Age are nomadic or semi-nomadic.
During the First Age, societies remain at the level of small, primitive, clan-based matriarchies headed by chiefs who are responsible to clan mothers. The “Old Europe” of Marija Gimbutas corresponds to the First Age.
The Second Age is considered to be an age of order and righteousness, characterized by maturity and holiness. The fully mature male takes his rightful place above the properly subordinated female. This is the ideal age of moderately advanced cultures. These advanced cultures feature agriculture and metalworking. They have a largely rural but settled population organized into well-defined territorial units and only a few important towns.
Between the First Age and the Second Age, the small, primitive matriarchal tribes of the First Age have evolved into larger, more advanced patriarchal states led by Kings. The holy sage class and the noble warrior class have appeared and have established themselves above the rest of society, and a distinct producing class has arisen. This represents the institution of righteous organic rule of the mature masculine principle properly regulating the feminine principle.
The Third Age is considered to be the age of increasing imbalance, complication and confusion leading to decadence, corruption and madness. It is the age during which the rule of the aging male becomes excessive and malevolent. It is characterized especially by the growth of urban-based empires with big cities, and is thus the age in which civilization gradually prevails throughout the world.
During the Third Age, the holy and righteous patriarchal states of the Second Age are replaced by (or transformed into) immoderate expansionistic empires. The holy sage class becomes a civilized institution of professional priests and the noble warrior class becomes a civilized institution of professional soldiers. An elite bourgeoisie develops largely from the producing class. The elite bourgeoisie gradually undermines the religious and military institutions and ultimately takes over.
The empires of the Third Age are characterized by a tendency to conquer other peoples and to subjugate and control them through the imposition of the laws, the language and the culture of the empire (which necessarily means the annihilation of the laws, languages and cultures of the conquered peoples). This represents the excessive preponderance of an overbearing masculine principle tending to gratuitous destruction and devastation.
The Fourth Age is considered to be the age in which the revolting female forces opposed to the excessive male forces of civilization gradually rise up and ultimately cause the violent destruction of civilization. It is the age of the collapse and termination of civilization but it is also the age during which the seeds of a new First Age germinate.
During the Fourth Age, the immoderate empires are gradually infested with, and progressively undermined by, the corruption, perversion and debauchery engendered by the elite bourgeois rulers. Spirituality and morality become more and more decadent and society becomes increasingly degenerate even as the material and emotional aspects of civilization increase exponentially.
The evil forces of advanced civilization include multiculturalism, miscegenation, egalitarianism, liberalism, secularism, modernism, sentimentalism, homosexuality and feminism. These represent a vengeful resurgence of the now-malevolent female spirit of matriarchy (cf. the “Whore of Babylon” in the Christian Book of Revelation). It should be noted that the emergence of this malevolent and destructive female spirit is strongly associated with the rise of the Jews in the modern world, which obviously says something about the nature of the Jewish soul.
The Greek myth of Icarus and the Jewish myth of the Tower of Babel (among others) are allegories of the inordinate (i.e. evil) growth that typify the Third Age and the disastrous demise of urban-based civilizations at the end of the Fourth Age.
We are now well into a global Fourth Age. The duration of the Fourth Age features the constant increase of evil, gradually tending towards the worst ills, errors and wrongs imaginable. This unrelenting and accelerating growth of evil will mean more and more violence, destruction, murder, anarchy and chaos progressively filling the entire world, ultimately causing the deaths of most of the human population of the world and the utter collapse of modern civilization. Such will be the devastation and doom that accompanies the end of the Fourth Age.