Here There Be Dragons

Here-there-be-Dragons_CleanIn last month’s article I discussed some of the many close encounters between Earth and celestial objects that had occurred in recent decades. This came on the heels of a series of events that, for a brief few days at least, riveted the world’s attention on the bigger picture of the cosmic environment. In the wake of the events of February, the well known Professor of Theoretical Physics, Michio Kaku, wrote in Newsweek,

“It’s sobering to realize that we live in the middle of a cosmic shooting gallery. There are about a million asteroids that orbit near the path of Earth. Of these, NASA estimated in 2007 that perhaps 20,000 can one day pose a direct threat to Earth . . . Today our instruments are revealing how frequent near misses really are, and the results are deeply disturbing.”

While the furor seems to have died down as of this writing, (late March) the close encounters continue to accumulate. Between March 4 and March 10 four new asteroids buzzed Earth. The largest of the four, at 120 to 130 feet in diameter, was almost the size of the Tunguska object of 1908. None of four these objects had been detected more than several days to a couple of weeks prior to their close fly by. Engineer Paul Cox of the Slooh Space Camera in the Canary Islands remarked,

“This should be a wake-up call to governments. We know the solar system is a busy place. We’re not sitting here on our pale blue dot, on our own in nice safety.”

Then clustered around April Fools Day, dramatically reinforcing the concern of Michio Kaku, Paul Cox and a growing number of scientists, four more asteroids zoomed through near Earth space. This was widely reported in Russian media but seems to have slipped through the cracks in the U.S. The largest of the four was 4034 Vishnu, about 800 meters across, discovered in 1986. This asteroid had a volume about 5000 times greater than the Tunguska object. An object this size impacting Earth would most definitely have serious consequences, causing widespread environmental havoc, millions of casualties and most likely triggering a global economic collapse that could take years or decades to recover from.

What we see happening is the beginning of a major paradigm shift regarding our planetary status in the Universe. A number of parallel strands of research are now converging. As made clear in these last several months, and as discussed in my two previous articles, astronomers now realize that near Earth space is densely populated with a variety of cosmic entities. Geologists have in turn realized that Earth bears the scars of hundreds of encounters with these entities and that the known craters, or astroblemes, are but a small fraction of the estimated number of impacts that have occurred.  Read more at Sacred Geometry International

Meanwhile paleontologists have recognized that major and dramatic interruptions have occurred repeatedly in the ongoing evolution of life on Earth, thought to be largely the result of these repeated encounters. And now, many archeologists and pre-historians have become aware of the fact that the historical record, like the biological record, displays numerous interruptions, and evidence is mounting that these interruptions are also the consequence of incursions by cosmic objects into the terrestrial environment.

What we see happening is the beginning of a major paradigm shift regarding our planetary status in the Universe. A number of parallel strands of research are now converging.

And finally, mythologists and historians of religion are beginning to recognize that the legacy of archaic wisdom traditions are replete with accounts and stories of those encounters and the profound role they played in shaping the history, psychology and religious beliefs of earlier cultures.

Over the years as I have lectured on the importance of cosmic encounters in the history of life on Earth and on the evolution of civilization, I have been asked on several occasions, why, if these celestial events played such an important role in history are there not more explicit accounts from the writings of ancient cultures.

The answer to that question is that they exist in abundance, but can only be understood within the framework of symbolism in which they were recorded. To ancient peoples meteors, fireballs, comets and so one were represented by a variety of images, the most prominent of which were dragons and serpents.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    the last great worldwide disaster happens about 6 to 10 thousand years ago
    we’re overdue for a cleansing disaster

  • http://www.facebook.com/Danny2Tone Daniel Phillips

    The galactic cycle is roughly 26,000 years. During this time we will venture through different areas of the galaxy meaning we can come into contact with many asteroids, or possibly even come into range of another planetary system. The truth is we still don’t know how many systems are in the galaxy, and how often we could come into contact with one of them. We also know very little about the universal cycle, and whatever may be bigger than that. According to Nassim Haremeins singularity theory there are infinite possibilities. We will never fully understand what could be coming around the corner because another galaxy could be traveling atthe speed of light around the center of the universe and come into contact with our galaxy with no warning.

    • http://singedrac.livejournal.com Singe

      1. There isn’t a center of the universe.

      2. A galaxy moving “at the speed of light” that we can’t even see now would take several hundreds of millions of years to get here, perhaps billions.

      3. Galaxies are rarified. Some extrasolar object is much less of a worry to us than the millions of huge asteroids and comets already whizzing around our own solar system.

  • kowalityjesus

    God controls the celestial bodies; that to me is obvious. If He makes it increasingly apparent through the media by which we observe the heavens that Humanity needs preparations to safeguard against a peril which He will test us with, such a program I am happy to support.

    • Calypso_1

      How is it obvious to you that an entity controls celestial mechanics?

      Do you feel the same way about a game of billiards?

      • The Well Dressed Man

        There are those skilled enough at the game to make it appear so.

      • kowalityjesus

        I have no scientific or rational explanation. Coincidence does NOT suffice. Too many times have my thoughts and prayers been answered ex-fucking-plicitly by a meteor. Closest I have come is alien-demiurges. I put that at a rather low probability.

        Also, the fact that the Sun and Moon are exactly the same size in the sky is quite too perfect.

        • The Well Dressed Man

          Never thought about the Sun/Moon apparent diameter thing before… Any studies on this you’re aware of?

          My knee-jerk theory is that some sort of gravitational equilibrium in the solar system would encourage similar dimensions to occur at scale.

          • kowalityjesus

            I can tell you that scientists find it much easier to explain why the moon ISN’T there vs why the moon IS there. I’ve heard some speculation that it has absorbed much interplanetary bodies that would have otherwise crashed into earth, but I love the moon, its freakin balls.

  • The Well Dressed Man

    Obligatory message from resident technophile: All the more reason to move up out of the gravity well. At the very least we can establish a permanent orbital and lunar presence with seed banks and digital archives.

    • astrofrog

      Because a location without an atmosphere will be so much safer.

      • The Well Dressed Man

        But if we believe true things, the hyperdimensional forces will protect us even in the void of space, yes?

        • astrofrog

          I was just making the point that space colonization is profoundly impractical. Until it is more economically feasible to colonize Mars than, say, Antarctica, we’re not going to solve any of our problems by moving off-world. Which is not to say space exploration is a waste of time … science is always worthwhile.

          • The Well Dressed Man

            I certainly don’t advocate a mass migration, but moving some folks off-world could be an insurance policy against extinction level events. Besides that, and research, space colonization would likely provide little benefit to our species anytime soon.

          • astrofrog

            That’s a more reasonable position than a lot of space colonization bugs I’ve come across possess. One issue with that is, who precisely gets to move off world? The best-of-the-best, from a professional standpoint? Rich people? Lottery-based? It’s a substantial investment we’re talking here.

            As to ELEs, the Earth is probably still one of the safer locations in the solar system (atmosphere, Van Allen Belt, homeostatic life support system with a proven ability to bounce back from ELEs, etc). I’ve thought about this problem a lot, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that our resources are probably best invested into developing the ability to rapidly reboot ourselves: seed banks, libraries, and especially food stores. If the global economy was optimized for saving resources, instead of squandering them, we could build up a supply of food sufficient to keep the population fed for say a decade, without agriculture. This is maybe less romantic than repopulating from an orbital population of Adams and Eves, but probably more feasible, and would certainly save more lives.

  • Xaiver Buchs IV

    Evolution is cataclysmic, and human beings are poorly adapted for zero G and cosmic radiation.

    • The Well Dressed Man

      However, we are extremely well adapted for engineering our survival in difficult environments.

  • astrofrog

    Laura Knight-Jadzyck of sott.net has been writing about this for over a decade now. Her recent book, “Comets and the Horns of Moses”, goes into the hidden history of cometary bombardment in detail. One of the more interesting things to come out of her research is the possibility that, first, such bombardment is cyclical (periodic swarms of comets intersecting Earth’s orbit); and, second, that when the bombardment happens, the precise locations at which objects hit is not random, but is guided from hyperdimensional levels towards places where negative energy – beliefs orthogonal to the truth – is at its highest.

    • The Well Dressed Man

      Periodic swarms of comets seem perfectly believable. Hyperdimensional comet airstrikes against nonbelievers, however, need some more explanation if we are expected to consider this theory credible.
      Also, please explain how the website linked above can be considered a credible source.

    • http://www.sacredgeometryinternational.com/ Camron Wiltshire

      Yeah that is the problem with LKJ, she starts off with a fair enough premise and inexorably tends towards appeals to the arbitrary such as you mentioned towards the end of your comment. “is guided from hyperdimensional levels towards places where negative energy – beliefs orthogonal to the truth – is at its highest.” How could such a statement be validated?

      • astrofrog

        WDM: my understanding is that ‘against non-believers’ is a misunderstanding. You seem to have interpreted it in a religious sense (heretics etc), when really it is meant more in a more general “believes in lies” sense, as in, “holds onto beliefs even when the evidence contradicts them”. As to credibility, please explain how disnfo.com can be considered a credible source.
        CW: I don’t think such a statement can be validated. It’s more of an interesting possibility.

        • The Well Dressed Man

          :) I certainly wouldn’t consider disinfo.com a “credible source,” more an aggregator of interesting memes…
          Peeking again at sott.net again, perhaps there is a similarity. At first glance of the front page, I immediately judged the site “new age humbuggery,” but maybe there is more to it.

          • Matt Staggs

            I prefer “incredible source”. ;)

          • The Well Dressed Man

            Credibility only goes so far. This is one of the first worthwhile sites I discovered back in the 90s… The “Ong’s Hat” cycle was awesome.

          • astrofrog

            Oh man. No, they are not into new age stuff at all. Highly critical of it in fact. And yes, the purpose of the site is basically a news aggregator.

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