Posts Tagged ‘pole shift’

Preppies and Preppers

April 22, 2012

Being raised in the fifties and sixties, I knew a lot about living in fear. The “Red Menace” seemed to impart enough of that to go around and many people who were most afraid actually built these funky little things in their backyards called “fallout shelters” where they could live in relative discomfort for a couple of years until the radiation from the nuclear holocaust had diminished enough for them to emerge and, hopefully, survive.

Yeah, been there, done that. Not that our family had the wherewithal to build a shelter in the first place, but Dad never succumbed to the fear being spread like wildfire.

Come to think of it, we lived so close to Washington, D.C. that if the bombs came, we would be history anyway.

But that was then and this is now. Today, we do not have that huge fearful cloud to live under.

No, today we no longer have the Red Menace to worry about, unless you include the fear of the other “red” states (& I am not talking about the difference between the red states and blue states for election purposes) Iran, China, and North Korea.

Besides, today we are far too busy worrying about other things to worry about that political expedient or even the fear of Al Qaeda. More than nuclear attacks, people are more afraid of an Electro-Magnetic Pulse weapon.

Our fear today is of a more cosmic nature. Black holes, meteors, comets, nova events, cosmic radiation bombardments, and the like. It seems the universe has a plethora of goodies in its arsenal to keep us in fear for a good many years to come.

And, of course, there are the people living in fear of what is going to happen on December 21st, this year. No, I don’t think they’re afraid of a golden enlightenment coming, its the other stuff predicted. Yes, the “bad” stuff.

One has only to check the Mayan writings to see that they were talking about earthquakes. And we all know, that can’t be real good for a stable, secure lifestyle.

So these moderns are trying to get a plan in place to avoid the pitfalls of surviving in a world AFTER the infrastructure collapses.

When the things that make our daily lives so enjoyable vanish, how are we going to survive?

You will no longer be able to run to the grocery store and pick up a bottle of milk and a loaf of bread. So these people have started setting aside a few things to help them until civilization can regroup.

These “few things” amount to a couple of years of food and water, a heat source other than electrical, and (of course) enough weapons and ammo to keep everybody else’s hands off their stuff.

Yes, we have a whole new brand of hoarders around us. And if you think there is no money to be made, look at the number of websites selling pre-packaged Ready-to-Eat foods for just this sort of thing.

It is easy to see why the sale of guns has been increasing the last couple of years. And some of these people have an arsenal large enough to take on the army of several smaller countries.

Yes, they are PREPARED.

I was looking over one of these survivalist – or “prepper” – websites and read some of the tips they freely share, I suppose so in the brave new world we will only have other preppers as neighbors.

On one Q&A board, a fellow was trying to rig up some way to heat up the water for his showers. He needed about six gallons of water, he figured, and it needed to be at least 120 degrees or he did not really feel refreshed.

At least the woman running the board was very pleasant with the fellow, and thanked him for presenting the solution to several of the problems he encountered.

I would have simply asked if the fellow was in his right mind. After all, when you are having to struggle for every drop of clean water in survival mode, who would think of using vital resources for such pandering?

But then, I suppose, we each have our own definitions of survival.

Personally, I think storing several years of foodstuff is not the proper response either. What if the earthquake or whatever just happens to hit where your storage facility is. What if all the time and effort has left you with nothing?

In the ancient world, people lived on what was around us. Before agriculture, before hunting herds to extinction, people knew what they could eat around them.

I think learning how to live off the land is far more important than stockpiling foods that may not actually be available for too long. And what do you do when the foods run out but civilization has not re-booted?

People need to revisit older skills and techniques from the far distant past in order to truly survive any major calamity.

And forget worrying about getting a nice warm shower. That may be some time in being viable.

Oh, and also do NOT live in a large city (which 55% of our population does nowadays) as there will be a lot of walking to do before you can get back to nature.

Central Park just ain’t going to hack it, folks.

2012 – the Tilting Axis… NOT

December 17, 2009

This is the one theory “backed by science”, its proponents claim. And, while it is true that there are some scientists who subscribe to the theory, most shy away from the subject altogether because of its New Age overtones.

Ever since Hapgood developed the theory in the ’50’s, it has become generally agreed that the magnetic pole of the Earth has changed in the past and probably will again. Scientists agree with this and place its next occurrence at some remove in the future… like thousands of years from now, even though some proponents claim it is overdue. (Don’t you just love how scientists always say marvelous things have occurred millions of years ago or will occur some thousand years from now. They don’t expect anything but the same ol’ same ol’ for quite some time.)

But it could occur sooner. Maybe even in 2012. It is not like the Maya hinted at the axis flipping or reversing, it just seems to be the first available doomsday to arrive without a suitably designated destruction mechanism. So while everyone sought for a solution, these prophets stepped up.

Anything is possible, I believe, and it might even happen. But I am sure it is not what the Maya were talking about. With the special regard they paid to the night skies, surely they would have said something about the Pole Star being usurped by another. Yet… they did not.

I would think that if something of a worldwide nature does occur, the shift of the poles might be a consequence of some “natural” phenomenon. Probably not anything like the premise of the movie “2012” but through other means. (In case you have not seen the movie, the shifting of the poles was caused by a massive solar eruption. As 2012 is a peak period for Solar activity, it seemed a valid interpretation.) Which other means? I cannot think of anything at the present but it should have been something of a cyclic nature that their calendar would have revealed.

Many think that the changing of the Solar Poles in 2012 will cause the Earth’s magnetic poles to reverse as well. But as the Sun’s magnetic fields have reversed every eleven years in the past with nothing of the sort happening to our planet, I think we can dismiss that concept.

As with so many of these doomsday scenarios: How could the Maya have predicted such a random event from their distant past? Were they psychic? Prophetic? Possibly, but then what would the purpose of the intricate calendar have been?

Certainly some psychic in the Maya culture could have seen such an event in the future and been able to calculate the exact day of its occurrence, but why go to the trouble of tracking the eclipse cycles, the Venus cycles, and the rest of the calendar mechanics? Why not just have a simple countdown of days?

So, it would appear this scenario is not the correct one either.

I think we’ll have to continue looking…

a Note on Some Doomsday Predictions

December 6, 2009

I recently saw a show on the History Channel called “Doomsday 2012”. In it they spoke of a lot of different prophets over the years making a case for the approach of doomsday, and not just the Maya. However, like Nostradamus, none of them came up with the date. Most were just the usual “doom and gloom” predictions for the end of the world. (Which, in fact, the Maya do not do.)

R. J. Shelton mentioned one of the Merlin prophecies about the planets leaving their courses. He concluded that only the pole shift hypothesis would fit the prophecy.

However, what he fails to realize is that the pole shift would not cause any planets to leave their orbits, only to create a change in our viewpoint of those orbits. The difference may seem subtle to some but the degree of divergence would be minimal. Not hardly the “planets leaving their courses” that Merlin predicted.

The Hopi Indians were mentioned as well. One of their predictions preceding the doomsday was that the Sun would get hotter. Many of the scholars assumed this meant our present “global warming”.

Again, many moderns take this with a modern interpretation. As if the prophecy was all about us.

Global warming has nothing to do with the Sun getting warmer. As mentioned in a previous entry, these ancient astronomers had a pretty good idea of the structure of the solar system and the planetary movements. They could discern something happening at one spot in the system as opposed to our own geocentric interpretation of everything.

The Sun getting warmer would be just that, not the Earth getting warmer. The latter may be caused by the former but the Earth warming is not going to make the Sun get warmer. And the couple of degrees of global warming would not give the impression of the Sun getting appreciably warmer.

However, a nova event might.

2012 – the Movie

November 15, 2009

I ventured out this weekend to see the Hollywood blockbuster, 2012. It was much what I had anticipated since it was made by Roland Emmerich.

More entertaining than The Day After Tomorrow but not as good as Independence Day, it was primarily about the special effects.

And any data about the Mayan Calendar coming to an end was as minimal as possible so the connection was tenuous at best. It was what he set out to make: another apocalyptic film.

The most prevalent theory about the Mayan Calendar ending is the “golden era” hypothesis. But that would not translate too easily to the big screen especially for Mr. Emmerich.

The theory he chose was the pole shifting one: plenty of death and destruction on hand in that scenario.

But the connection with the Mayan Calendar End-Date, mentioned a few times early on but getting lost as the story progressed, was never made completely clear. At the very least, he should have had someone mention it was December 21st when all hell broke loose.

The one bow he made to the general theory was saying the planets would line up on that date with the center of the galaxy (John Major Jenkin’s contribution to the field). Unfortunately, the accompanying graphic showed far too many planets in the alignment. There is, after all, only one aligning with the Sun in that configuration: the Earth.

I had hoped for more of a Maya connection from the film but, like I said, I really did not expect much. Still, it was entertaining.

And very intriguing that Emmerich chose the Sun to figure so prominently in the debacle. Most current theorists barely mention it.

a Little Sun Shine, Please

August 1, 2009

I have been madly searching through books and website for data that I came across a couple of years ago – to no avail.

One article I recall talked about a massive sunspot that covered more than half the solar disk… this was either in the thirteenth or sixteenth century, I recall. However, I have been unable to dredge up the reference or the information from anywhere.

Another article I found fascinating (and I thought it was in a book I owned but I cannot find it) concerned a wave form within the solar mass… a volume of alternately charged gases that reversed direction every so often but since the last reversal it appeared the wave was advancing faster than it had done preceding the last reversal. One scientist said it appeared it was going to fold in on itself about the time of the next reversal and he had no clue what it would mean to the usual reversal mechanism.

As I said, both ideas are fascinating and relevant to the Maya End-Date but I cannot locate either, now.

Perhaps I only dreamed them. (Damned weird dreams in that case!)

If someone has any ideas, I would like to hear from you.

Not so Many Theories

June 19, 2009

The Mayan Calendar comes to an abrupt end on December 21st, 2012. Many scholars point out that it does not really mean much as the Maya themselves talked about things happening far into the future.

Be that as it may, they obviously had something important in mind for their End-Date. But what?

Most of the fringe writers on the subject think is will usher in a Golden Age. Some theorize a doomsday across the entire planet. Unfortunately, both of these hypotheses mention that it has already started and is growing in intensity all the time, and will continue to do so even after 2012. So why would the Maya make the ending one specific date that happens to fall in the middle of either transformation?

Other theorists say the pole of the Earth will reverse – or perhaps only tilt, as in the upcoming movie “2012” – and wreak havoc over the world. That is a singular event that could be pegged to what the Maya were referring? This “Sun” (or as many term: “Age”) is called Earthquake, meaning the world will be destroyed by earthquakes. Perhaps the pole theory is correct then.

But, once again, what did the Maya think it meant?

And why this obsession with the Sun?