By Steven Seinberg…
I learned over my morning coffee yesterday that the world will apparently be ending this coming weekend.
Then again, according to your definitions of “world” and “end,” this may or may not have already happened.
Because the world was of course supposed to have ended several times already, even just within our own lifetimes. Alarmists were shrieking similar sentiments into the internet back when 1999 was about to roll over to 2000…and in 2012 when something Mayan in flavor was supposed to be coming for us all…and any number of eclipses along the way have also been flagged as undeniable portents of planet-wide catastrophe.
And while I’m tempted to make jokes about the current occupant of the White House and his tragicomic regime, the physical world itself has clearly not perished in fire and/or ice.
But one of the great things about being a Doom/Gloom advocate is that each new day offers fresh opportunity for predicting a violent and terrifying end for us all. This time around, it’s the theoretical planet called Nibiru that might be the culprit.
Nibiru – also known as Planet X, Dark Star, Black Star – first came to the public’s attention back in 1995, when a woman named Nancy Lieder claimed to have received transmissions about a rogue planet via an implant that had been installed in her brain during her childhood by gray aliens called Zetas. The gist was that a planet four times the size of Earth would soon pass by so close to us that its nearness would trigger the destruction of our own planet, and all life upon it. Lieder insisted that this event would take place on May 27, 2003.
That date came and went, and again, while your definitions may differ from mine, I wouldn’t say that the world ended that day after all. I don’t even remember what I did on May 27, 2003. I was based in Oakland, CA then, and the records say that it was a pleasant spring day there, with no rain, and a light breeze. No mention of giant, dark planets blotting out the Sun or anything.
And after Nibiru/Planet X failed to wipe us out of existence then, its proponents began a campaign of repeatedly pushing back the due date for our big cosmic bill each and every time the Apocalypse failed to materialize as predicted. December 21, 2012 was a popular choice, with the aforementioned Mayan thread worked in. Multiple dates in 2017 have also been flagged…and then abandoned by superseding updates.
And here we are again, with another doomsayer grabbing a few headlines with the latest cries of falling skies supposedly now set to drop this coming Sunday, November 19.
To be very clear here, despite my tone so far, I’m not trying to lay down any sweeping disbelief regarding concepts such as aliens, implants, extraterrestrial transmissions, prophecies, or rogue planets.
My personal philosophy basically says that until something is categorically disproven beyond all shadows of all doubts within my own personal field of awareness, then I allow for the possibility of its existence. That is, legions of juries remain out on gazillions of concepts in my own personal worldview. I could believe in a rogue planet heading our way…but I need more than unsubstantiated claims by some stranger looking for attention on the internet.
But in the spirit of open-mindedness, I’d like to apply another “pseudoscience” that I do respect – Astrology – and see what it has to say about this Nibiru business. My thinking is that if the world is ending soon, then Astrology would surely give some indication of this impending calamity.
Now take a look at the chart shown here. If Armageddon is truly imminent, then Planets should be lining up in super-improbable ways across the board, and the most severe of those Planets would probably be leading the charge. I’m thinking here of Planets like Pluto, Saturn, Mars, maybe Uranus and Chiron… Also, the relationships that should probably be appearing in End Times like those predicted should be of the friction-heavy variety: squares and oppositions, mostly.
But this chart shows almost none of that. Yes, Mars and Pluto are forming an exact square, so precise it’s basically the textbook definition of the square Aspect. But there should also be another dozen or so extremely tight Aspects on display here like this one, and that’s just not the case. There are a couple more loose squares, some trines (which usually indicate more harmonious dynamics), and that’s about it. Just another day at the terrestrial office, really.
I could be misreading things, of course. And there’s also the possibility that the Nibiru advocates are right, and Astrology is just without merit at its very core…but I don’t personally think so. I’ve personally witnessed Astrology yielding highly on-point results hundreds-to-thousands of times over at this point, while to date, the Nibiru crowd has been 0-for-however-many doomsday prophecies they’ve uttered into society’s collective ear.
Also, if a giant Planet is screaming toward us, and will be here in two days…we should be seeing it in the sky already, no telescopes required. So where is it?
Again, I could be wrong. If I am, I won’t have to worry about that for very long – no one will be calling me on my shoddy work after Sunday’s extinction event. But I feel like I could be right about this one.
I’m actually more concerned with the United States’ Pluto Return that won’t fully descend upon us for a few more years, but which feels like it’s already getting underway. Pluto = dark stuff coming to the surface, secrets exposed, mysteries probed, the wicked and the taboo taking center-stage, psychology, great power, great wealth… A post for another time right there, but basically for now, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that of all the far-out metaphysical subject matter that I either believe in wholeheartedly or at least allow for the possibility of in my head and my heart…being erased by this Nibiru thing this coming Sunday does not get numbered among them.
Polite, thoughtful comments in either support or opposition are most welcome!