“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
~ William Shakespeare (from As You Like It)
What is the “Critical Year” and why do so many people “die” at or around Age 52?
If you do a quick search on the internet, you will immediately find some astounding results. As a student of the science of the cards for over eleven years, I have casually read about this age with some interest in the articles and books written by Robert Lee Camp, Grand Master of the Order of the Magi. It wasn’t until I went through that time frame around 51-52-53 myself that I fully appreciated what this “Critical Year” means in one’s personal life. Being 53, I am still going through part of it now!
I do know from previous research on the Mayan civilization in writing my novel, Flying Between Heaven and Earth, that this age has some significance in the indigenous cultures. Robert Lee Camp and I discussed this very topic on my talk show, Flying Higher, on BBS Radio in April 2007. What is the real significance of Age 52?
(Video clip from Noetic Sciences meeting in Atlanta, GA USA on February 17, 2011)
It seems obvious now that at Age 52 we reach a place where we have lived out much of our divine purpose and get to choose whether or not to stay on the planet. Everyone gets to ask themselves if they want to continue to live or leave this lifetime. I have noticed in my own family and friends, and even with celebrities that opportunities disguised as health issues or accidents happen within a year or so of this age to help provide that very choice. Live or leave?
In Robert Lee Camp’s newsletter, The Voice of the Seven Thunders (September 2005 Issue), he says, “I noticed earlier that many people die, either in their Age 52 year or within a year or so of that age. This alone seems unusual since we can live so much longer these days due to modern medicine. At 52 I am as healthy as I can be but I can see that there is some force within me, questioning my existence here on Terra. It is like a voice asking myself, ‘Do I have a good reason to stay here any longer?’” As Robert points out, we have a chance to hear our inner voice asking to make a stand for life and deciding if we deserve something much better.
Some say “yes” and others, like “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve, say “no.” Reeve had turned his personal tragedy into a public crusade and from his wheelchair became the nation’s most recognizable spokesman for spinal cord research. At Age 52, he chose to leave. His birth date ironically was September 25, 1952. (Notice the 25 and 52 in his birth date. His wife, Dana, died later in 2006 eleven days before her 45th birthday. Age 44 is called a PreBirth Year and Age 45 is called the Re-Birth Year.)
Interestingly, Age 52 is the year when everyone enters their 13-Year Saturn period of life in this system of the cards. (This is a time when we encounter our major challenges or difficulties for this lifetime but it also teaches us patience and responsibility. British and Welsh researchers report that the tipping point of being grumpy occurs at age 52 when people are more likely to gripe than laugh. They state than men in their 60s are 4 times grumpier than their female counterparts.) I noticed during that year that my 7-Year Spread was the same as my Yearly Spread for Age 52. The intensity was palatable and intense. Since the science of the cards is a fractal system, I would guess that we are reliving our birth year and all its memories, conscious and subconscious, once more. For someone like myself, a Queen of Diamonds whose Life Spread occupies the entire Saturn Line, this can feel overwhelming at times. There is a real heaviness that exists.
Another interesting fun fact about Age 52 is there are also 52 weeks in a year. A year is complete and ends after 52 weeks as we have just experienced for 2010. It is over and now we look forward to see how we are going to play out the next 52 weeks. The number 52 is a very spiritual number (5+2=7) and plays out in very unique ways in our lives. While this “Critical Year” may sound difficult, it is a Jupiter year, a very blessed year, in the 7-Year Spread for everyone (see Age 7 in The Cards of Life: Book of Quadrations). It can bring magical events into the inner workings of our lives. You may also notice that many things that you began around age 44 or 45 will now be finished or completed in some way. Look for the magic and you will find it. I did!
Here are some people who decided to exit the world’s stage in or around their “Critical Year” of 52. (While there are people dying at every age of life, note that most of these famous people had access to and/or could afford the best medical services available in their time. The names below are listed by age (in days) at the time of their departure.)
Brian Maxwell, Buddy Adler, Charles M. Hall, Bill Evans, Tony Canzoneri, Pedro Armendariz, Andrea Pininfarina, Carl Wilson, Walter Reed, Walter Woodbury, Calamity Jane, Amy Lowell, Édouard Manet, Ken Boyer, Jack Swigert, King William III, Stanley Milgram, Marcel Proust, Tommy Burns, Billy Carter, Alois Alzheimer, Susan Butcher, Billy Kyle, John Gorrie, Napoleon Bonaparte, Max Baer, Dr. Eric Rofes, Letitia Tyler, Edward Miller, Nicolette Goulet, Wendy O. Williams, John Peale Bishop, Bobby Moore, Max Brand, and Simon Marius
Admiral Gunther Lütjens, John O’Donohue, Velma Barfield, Sir C. Wyville Thomson, Christopher Reeve, G. David Low, Kevin DuBrow, Deborah Palfrey, Robert W. Nudelman, King Henry VII, Roark Bradford, Daniel Judson Callaghan, June Pointer, Abbie Hoffman, Enos Mills, Jason Shinder, Louis Adamic, Harry Houdini, Dave Stevens, Roy Orbison, Peter the Great, Tony Adams, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Francois Truffaut, Christian Dior, Doug Henning, Todd Cruz, Marcus Garvey, Grace Kelly, Hiram Bullock, Erwin Rommel, John Slade, Frank Zappa, Laurie Bambi Bembenek, Dan Callahan, Mick Imlah, Dave Stevens, Jim Fixx, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Ken Uston, Campbell McComas, Willie Huber, Kevin DuBrow, Ken Ober and Danny Gans.
Jerry Garcia, Maurice Gibb, Emmy Noether, Gene Siskel, Jacqueline Susann, Tony Snow, John von Neumann, Sandy Allen, Enrico Fermi, Leroy Sievers, Theodor Escherich, Kenneth Tynan, Stefan Banach, Spike Jones, Jack Wild, Queen Margaret, Joseph E. Fields, Peter Tchaikovsky, Babe Ruth, Philip Barry, Danny Joe Brown, Ivan the Terrible, James Polk, Jim Henson, Veronica Lake, Ma Rainey, General George Thomas, Paul Ehrenfest, Jackie Robinson, Vladimir Ilich Lenin, Hermann William Goering, Ulíses Heureaux, Mikey Dread, John Denver, Maria Callas, René Descartes, Carl Watts, Lex Barker, Dian Fossey and Aimee Semple McPherson
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Interesting, Lolo Soetoro, also known as Lolo Soetoro Mangunharjo, (January 2, 1935- March 2, 1987) the Indonesian stepfather of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, also died at Age 52!