The End Of The World?
research on dwarf planets I arrived at Eris. Named for the goddess of
Discord, Eris is the largest currently known celestial body among the
recently expanded list of substantial-sized Kuiper Belt SDO (Scattered
Disc Objects) - otherwise known as TNO (Trans Neptunian Objects) or 'Plutoid'
if anyone would like to try a more convoluted sentence than that, be my
caught my eye in the midst of all however was not only all the good stuff
I found about Eris (which is rather a contradiction, what with the myth
of Eris being She Who Must Disrupt)... but the persistent connection between
Eris and "Planet X." And when I dug around about Planet X I
came to another name: Nibiru, the supposedly "secret" Earth-killer
which conspiracy theorists hold is out there zooming towards us even as
our various world governments and NASA (et al) remain hush-hush about
aside the obvious question (like, when was the last time the entire
cadre of world governments, plus all the observatories and back yard astronomers
- not to mention the scoop-happy media were able to keep a secret?) purveyors
of the Nibiru death planet saga refer to the name occurring in the bible
and as encoded various places... though apparently not on Beatle albums
played backwards, though that bit of secrecy did go down well once upon
being, all such whispered, hush-hush warnings allude to mixtures of the
year 2012, End of Days theorems and the 'conclusion' of the Mayan Long
Count (aka Tzolkin, Tzolk'in - or in the Mexican Yucatan, Cholq'ij) calendar.
be outdone (or miss a trick at the box office) Hollywood is also about
to contribute to the underground buzz by releasing a summer blockbuster-type
film called "2012" all about the end of the world, a father's
efforts to save his child and - as implied but not spelled out in the
movie trailer (which you too can watch on YouTube) aliens returning to
the times we're in, the current patterns of transits, the economic difficulties
which abound, the pockets of serious strife which abound plus the
calendar date, Hollywood is right on track to get people worried. But
let's remember, Hollywood is not all about social conscience. It's a business
- a creative factory - which I can say because I'm a second-generation
Hollywood studio brat with 20 plus personal years in the celluloid trenches.
that I'm also a professional astrologer, writer and someone
with personal ties to (and interest in) Mayan culture and calendrics,
I've elected myself as the person to collect some thoughts about all this
and lay them out for all of us to contemplate.
of all - the name. Nibiru comes from the Babylonian (Mesopotamian) creation
myth called the Enűma Eliš. Dates of origin for this myth range from 7th
century BCE to 18th century BCE (with the latter/earlier date seeming
the most likely) and the link between this Babylonian version of creation
and the Bible's version of Genesis is unmistakable. Being that all versions
of the Bible have their origin in the Torah it also seems reasonable to
look there for connectors. And indeed, if we do so we see that the Torah's
version of Genesis refers (through referential imagery) to the Babylonian
gods and the (then current) conception of existence, using but a few gloriously
well known sentences to reconfigure the perspective presented by
Babylonian paganism in effectively turning it into the revelation of monotheism
most of us know in our modern world. This of course argues whether paganism
was really paganism and not just a spiritual method of focusing on each
part of Creation separately, but that's a whole other issue.
back to Nibiru, in the Enûma Eli there is a great hero-god:
Marduk. Astrologically it may well be worth also remembering that this
all took place in the Age of Aries, which was very hero/god oriented.
More importantly, Marduk is the name Nibiru leads back to. And Marduk
is associated with Jupiter: justice, righteousness, the higher perspective
and learning better stuff.
return to modern times and underground conspiracies... if you're going
with the name Nibiru no, sorry, no death planet implied, folks.
the Mayan calendar, one of the most interesting things about the Mayan
system of calendrics is that it's the only calendar known to have been
structured to run backward as well as forward. The implication in this
is historical in every sense: evidently the Maya (who were no slouch philosophers
and hardly your amateur astronomer-astrologers) understood Existence had
already been around a very long time. Einstein probably would have liked
the Maya (or felt they had scooped him) because the Maya held that we
are 'all the stuff of stars,' and that nothing about Existence is ever
lost - the precursor of E=mc2. In all of this is the implication that
the Maya knew there had been Long Count rounds of their calendar (plural)
prior to its official and classic Maya 'calendar start' date of August
11, 3114 BCE (Gregorian, which equals 6 September in Julian).
to the point, there is very little to thus suggest the Maya thought the
end of any calendar round meant the end of the world itself.
What they did evidently believe was that the end of every calendar round
would be marked by great change - a evolutionary (perhaps even revolutionary)
advancement of mankind's understanding of existence. The Maya established
their calendar at a point of founding what they saw as their own 'great
advance in understanding' which was plainly part spiritual and part societal
- from 3114 forward is where we see the Maya building their vast and amazing
cities and all the infrastructure which went with that.
Hmmmm... we have been hearing a lot about infrastructure of late.
how they spoke of the turmoil which would precede such a shift
it probably does us well to remember where the Maya lived and the fact
that nobody had AK47's in their time. The uplands of central America are
dotted with volcanoes and covered with rainforest which (yes,) says it
rains a lot, leading to the occasional flood. So do we think it's shocking
that they spoke of turmoil in such terms? Besides all that, the Maya were
a people who even by modern standards were particularly graphic - and
grandly earthy. They had no cultural objection to having their kings stand
at the top of a pyramid before thousands of citizens having their
penis pierced to provide drops of ceremonial blood (which were then burned
to demonstrate the E=mc2 thing).
Lest you think we were left out in Mayan times, we weren't. Mayan queens
had their tongues pierced to provide blood too, which would lead us to
contemplate that the comparison of chosen body parts (penis versus tongue)
suggests that the Maya were pragmatic in ways we modern types haven't
yet found the stomach to get close to.
says that some things never change. (Duh!)
for the dire warnings in Maya text, let's be realistic from where we stand
today. Who among us would think it 'unthinkable' that a leader of one's
time (be they religious, spiritual, cultural, secular or familial) would
hesitate to speak in the terms which would reach the popular psyche of
the time? Whether you're leading a nation, a religion, a corporation,
family or social group, getting a response requires speaking the language
of your audience in such a way which appeals to their emotions, be that
lust, greed or that unfortunately highly popular choice, fear.
is the lesson Hollywood understands so very well: emotions and shock value.
But humans aren't new. We've been dealing in emotions and shock value
throughout our long (or not-so-long, depending on how you see it) existence.
History is rife with it. Politics thrives on it. Religion depends on it.
We are nothing without our emotions and there's nothing like a good dose
of fear (or its cousin, anxiety) to get people moving. Thinking. Buzzing.
Fear is a primal key to vulnerability just as love is the key to self
worth and independence.
place where all these themes do converge is at the idea that we humans
of Earth may be in for a shock. Some think this will come in the
form of aliens - which may be, I'm not against that concept. Just a cursory
look at how many planets and stars (which may have planets in orbits)
and galaxies out there suggests it's an awfully big universe, and
to think we're the only form of intelligent life is really pushing
it. Although yes, the question may well be 'how intelligent are we - really?'
Those say 'yes, we're it' stand in the lee of a three letter word
(e-g-o) which may be the whole crux of the issue. Who are we as humans
and what are we doing with our lives and on this planet and as part of
the greater cosmos?
do show up, the one thing they'd do without so much as lifting a ray gun
or otherwise uttering immortal words like "Hail, Earthlings!"
would be to teach us that we're not the top of the pile. And maybe in
showing us that we're not the do-all, end-all of the universe, we'd learn
a little humility - from which we'd learn to stop worrying and start thanking,
to stop lounging and start contributing, participating, thinking more
about the Big than little picture. Maybe if we realized we're just kids
on the cosmic block we'll start playing nice with each other.
knows... if we're good, maybe those aliens will bring us milk and cookies.
does say this is a time of shifts from personal to societal, from me-and-mine
to 'we're all in this together.' That much is plainly clear and if we
look around us, clearly plainly needed.
But as for "Planet X" and Nibiru the Killer Planet, that's probably
off base - unless the death is to our egotistical notion that we know
it all and are the best thing since the invention of the atom.
I close, one last note - the 'PS' which may explain the whole discussion.
That Nibiru and "Planet X" are associated with Eris is probably
a tip off. After all, what's better in the world of discord than making
people think the end of the world is coming?
More from Boots:
Blessings of the Sun in this season of Passover, Good Friday and
Easter (posted April 6, 2009)
Ages Patriarchal, Matriarchal,
and Religious (posted February 24, 2009)
Madoff: Web of Need and
Greed (posted January 27, 2009)
MetaphysicYear End Musings
December 27, 2008)
Economics and the Federal Reserve
The Astrological State of
Pluto in Capricorn
The Fixed Signs
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