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Origins of Aion

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‘Aion paes esti paezon, pessevon Paedos esti e vasileie.’

‘The Aion (unending time) is a child playing draughts. A child that reigns.’

Heraclitus (6th century b.C.)

Aion or else the century, symbolises the completion of time. Airy but at the same time tangible, for some it lasts a lifetime and for others it feels as long as eternity. ‘Aionio’ (i.e. eternal) is the universe according to astronomers, eternal is true love for the romantics, eternal is the world for philosophers.

The Golden Age, i.e. ‘Chrisos Aion’, was very important for the Greek civilisation, and in mythology Aion was the personification of time, father of Genos (lineage) and Genea (generation), brother of Diki (trial) and son of Chronos (time) or Kronus.

Aion is sometimes potrayed as a youth and other times as a tired old man that turns the wheel of time. After all, eternal time, i.e. Aion is a ageless child that plays among us.

Time is always present,

sometimes too slow

and sometimes too fast.

Some things he heals

and some he wears out,

he may be still,

or the only thing moving around!

Seconds, minutes, hours, years and centuries,

whirl around us,

as part of daily life,

as part of human history.