When "Sunny" is Severe
The Sun is nearing a solar maximum that for all intents and purposes has looked pretty weak. Parallels drawn by the experts showed it to be about as energetic as 1918 or the Dalton Minimum of the first decades of the 1800s. More telling is that one baktun ago -- the Mayan beginning of our solar cycle -- we went through the Maunder Minimum, the Little Ice Age. The rumor is that we can expect more of the same, depending on what happens as a result of more greenhouse gases.
Experts can make statements like that because science doesn't take religion or mythology seriously. Rumors prior to Galileo don't count. So we had predictions everywhere from 2012 being the hottest year in centuries to the resumption of River Thames frost fairs.
In the most ancient chronicles of humanity, there is a presumption that past is prelude. That a bright sun and a huge comet arriving twice per Precession might be due back. That a rogue planet that visits every 5,125 years might be back. That a fragmented comet that wanders by every 3,600 years might be due. And that each of these objects can cause troublesome impacts on the Sun-Earth relationship.
In 2011, NASA spent considerable energy downplaying the global and interplanetary effects of little Comet Elenin. In their version, Any approximate alignments of Comet Elenin with other celestial bodies are meaningless. Certainly it could not be a cause for earthquakes or solar flares ... nor will it influence us in any way here on Earth. In NASA’s mind, a comet is a tiny ball of ice and dust and no sort of intergalactic charge capacitor coming home to ground. Unfortunately, the Sun wasn't listening! Ten X-class solar flares later, we now know a little more about the comet-Sun relationship. Quite a number of comets are on the way.
If and when the God of War also called The Doomshape shows up for his scheduled visit -- theoretically anytime between September 2012 and September 2013 -- and having been gone five millennia collecting dust and electrons, perhaps the scientists will learn a thing or two from ancient scriptures. Comets have brought dramatic changes to our Sun and life on this planet in the past; and they will do so again.
One of the scientists’ more interesting statements was: There simply isn't enough energy in the Sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth. Did anyone suggest Earth can be destroyed by a bit of sunshine and a proton wind? There is a dramatic clip in the movie Knowing (2009) in which a sun flare is said to be capable of destroying our biosphere. What the movie and the scientists don't mention are the special circumstances in which the Sun can set off Armageddon. The Beam can do it and a large comet can do it. What is left of the Destroyer probably can't, but its meteor storm could be just as dramatic.
To their credit, the scientists do talk about the next solar maximum as being a time for potential problems -- to the tune of trillions of dollars. They mention, for instance, the possibility of a Carrington Event such as occurred in 1859. A National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences study a few years ago suggested that in our approaching solar maximum (2012-2013), we could easily end up with such a development. Modern civilization is not ready for this, probably cannot prepare for it, and such an event would change life as we know it! In a subsequent interview on Fox News, astrophysicist Michio Kaku expressed alarm:
We scientists made a mistake. We thought that the next cycle was going to be quiet. Some of our data was off by a factor of 20 and that's why we are issuing this alert now. We made a mistake. The next cycle will be much more serious than we previously thought.
The NRC/NAS study began with a summary of the 1859 solar maximum:
Shortly after midnight on September 2, 1859, campers in the Rocky Mountains were awakened by an “auroral light, so bright that one could easily read common print.” The campers’ account, published in The Rocky Mountain News, continues, “Some of the party insisted that it was daylight and began the preparation of breakfast.” Eighteen hundred miles to the east, Henry C. Perkins, a respected physician in Newburyport, Massachusetts, observed “a perfect dome of alternate red and green streamers” over New England. To the citizens of Havana, Cuba, the sky that night “appeared stained with blood and in a state of general conflagration.” Dramatic auroral displays had been seen five nights before as well, on the night of August 28/29, when (again in the words of Dr. Perkins) “the whole celestial vault was glowing with streamers, crimson, yellow, and white, gathered into waving brilliant folds.” In New York City, thousands gathered on sidewalks and rooftops to watch “the heavens . . . arrayed in a drapery more gorgeous than they have been for years.” ... From August 28 through September 4, auroral displays of extraordinary brilliance were observed throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and were seen as far south as Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Central America in the Northern Hemisphere and in the Southern Hemisphere as far north as Santiago, Chile. Even after daybreak, when the aurora was no longer visible, its presence continued to be felt through the effect of the auroral currents. Magnetic observatories recorded disturbances in Earth’s field so extreme that magnetometer traces were driven off scale, and telegraph networks around the world—the “Victorian Internet” – experienced major disruptions and outages. “The electricity which attended this beautiful phenomenon took possession of the magnetic wires throughout the country,” the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin reported, “and there were numerous side displays in the telegraph offices where fantastical and unreadable messages came through the instruments, and where the atmospheric fireworks assumed shape and substance in brilliant sparks.” In several locations, operators disconnected their systems from the batteries and sent messages using only the current induced by the aurora. ... On September 1, the day before the onset of the second storm, Richard Carrington, a British amateur astronomer, observed an outburst of “two patches of intensely bright and white light” from a large and complex group of sunspots near the center of the Sun’s disk. The outburst lasted 5 minutes and was also observed, independently,by Richard Hodgson from his home observatory near London. Carrington noted that the solar outburst -- a white-light flare -- was followed the next day by a magnetic storm ...”
From the above descriptions, it is obvious that the “event” was not the result of a single solar flare. Rather, it was part of a pattern of high-energy solar activity going on at the time -- possibly due to a large comet disintegrating! (Mind you, this is me speaking -- not NASA.) Walt Whitman chronicled the event in a poem called Year of Meteors, 1859 ’60 which appeared in his collection Leaves of Grass:
... Find in his palace the youth I love, and drop these lines at his feet; Nor forget ... the comet that came unannounced out of the north, flaring in heaven; Nor the strange huge meteor procession, dazzling and clear, shooting over our heads, (A moment, a moment long, it sail’d its balls of unearthly light over our heads, Then departed, dropt in the night, and was gone;) Of such, and fitful as they, I sing ... and patch these chants; Your chants, O year all mottled with evil and good! year of forebodings! ... Year of comets and meteors transient and strange!
I admittedly don’t have a great deal of experience tracking major solar flares vis-à-vis the passage of comets through the solar system. From time to time, I note STEREO results in which a sungrazer meets its demise and almost immediately a solar flare pops out. (I can already hear the scientists muttering “Coincidence” but allow me to continue.) I noted the 10 X-class solar flares that coincidentally happened during the passage of little Comet Elenin. I also noted a moment September 28th -- just past the comet’s perigee -- when Earth’s level of incoming cosmic ray neutrons suddenly multiplied by seven. http://kenmcclellan.net/2011 Also, at the end of 2010, the seismographs went crazy about the time the Sun absorbed more than 25 comets! So the question is whether the passage of a disintegrating comet can lead to widespread destruction on Earth. Ancient myths and scriptures (and modern crop circles) suggest that it can -- and that several of these cosmic messengers could show up at the same time.
In the early 20th century, journalist William Comyns Beaumont went looking for the destroyed land of Atlantis and its proximate cause. He found them in the UK and in an account of Plato regarding Phaeton -- the fragment of a larger comet. An example of such a split took place in Whitman's year of the meteors, 1859-1860. Landscape painter Frederick Edwin Church caught it on canvas.
Like Phaeton, Saturn was apparently once viewed as part of a much larger object, who fell to Earth in an area of Britain called the Isles of Daemons and Demigods. There, it was reported by Demetrius, Saturn still reposes, detained prisoner in one of those islands, and guarded by Briareus/Hecatonchires, being in a sound sleep ... (Plutarch, Moralia vol. 4)
Plato, quoting Critias, said of Phaeton: This has the form of a myth but really signifies the declination of the celestial bodies moving around the Earth and in the heavens, and a great conflagration of things upon the Earth recurring at long intervals of time.
Perhaps the two stories refer to the same object and event -- and Saturn, son of Uranus, is equivalent to Phaeton, son of Helios. Helios dates back 25,000 years Diodorus Siculus to the beginning of our Precession, making him the Great Comet. Which probably means that what we have is a hierarchy of smaller bodies on quicker orbits descending from the great Taurid Comet astronomers say has been disintegrating for the past Precession. In his travels, Comyns-Beaumont found areas of primitive stone construction in northwest Scotland that had been melted on one side!
In various part of the Highlands are the remains of the mysterious vitrified forts of prehistoric castles, usually built on a height, of Cyclopean stones, stretching from Caithness to Argyllshire. They were originally erected in the Cyclopean way of immense stones fitting one above another, piled up, and uncemented. In the catastrophe of the Flood ... vast waves of uncontrolled electricity of stupendous power swept furiously across the land ... from east-northeast to west-southwest, consuming everything in their path with the unbridled heat of a voltage none can compute. The castles, however, facing this onslaught, were miraculously preserved because the heat largely melted the solid rocks and welded them together, those walls at least which met the direct rays or blast as they passed onward with the cometary body then plunging to Earth. Those stones in the rear of these castles have long ago crumbled into debris but the facing stones have remained indelible through the ages, and offer a silent witness not only to the tremendous forces of nature but to the retreat of the Cimmerians.
That last statement could relate to the invasion of the Aryans from the north into India later explained in the Vendidad. Comyns-Beaumont, following Josephus, notes that Gomer (eldest son of Japheth) was the father of the Galatai/Gauls/Cimmerians, calling them “the oldest race in the world.” Comyns-Beaumont places the event during one of the great floods, which based on the Mayan calendar we can date at 3113 B.C. (the Aztec Water Sun Nahui-Atl) or 8,238 B.C. (the Aztec Rain Sun Nahui-Quiahuitl). The two events were remarkably similar. Chapters 25 and 26 of The Book of the Secrets of Enoch seem to tell of these last two cataclysms involving the God of War. Taking the one closest to Plato’s estimate for the demise of Atlantis (roughly 9,000 years prior to 550 B.C.) would mean the older date is the more likely of the two.
Which leaves us with a real problem. If the last two times God of War/Ares/Ardis/Adoil/Archas/Thoth/Marduk was here, the Earth suffered conflagration and flood – then what might we expect in the days he is due to return? It sounds like comets, meteors, tsunami and solar flares might be the order of the day.
Ovid continued the story of Phaeton, saying that after his rise and fall, the Sun which had been so active suddenly went into mourning.
Meanwhile, the father of Phaëton, in squalid garb, and destitute of his comeliness, just as he is wont to be when he suffers an eclipse of his disk, abhors both the light, himself, and the day; and gives his mind up to grief, and adds resentment to his sorrow, and denies his services to the world. “My lot,” says he, “has been restless enough from the very beginning of time, and I am tired of labors endured by me, without end and without honor. Let any one else drive the chariot that carries the light. If there is no one, and all the Gods confess that they cannot do it, let Jupiter himself drive it; that, at least, while he is trying my reins, he may for a time lay aside the lightnings that bereave fathers. Then he will know, having made trial of the strength of the flame-footed steeds, that he who did not successfully guide them, did not deserve death.” (Ovid, Metamorphoses, Fable IV) Apparently, when the Great Comet or Ares/Marduk comes through our solar system the plasma physics, fire and brimstone are spectacular. After that, it just gets cold!
The Great Flare, then, could be a signal for beginning an ice age. Stories of the ancient past tell of cold following the great heat. For example, the Ulfr Aldr tells of a time that the Sun loses its brightness for three years. The Popol Vuh says the darkness lasted for the whole first generation! Genesis speaks of a Creation when all was darkness. In 1640 B.C., Moses said the darkness lasted only three days. (Exodus 10:22) In Surah 24:40, Muhammad seems to speak of a coming Darkness when Horologium (hand of the Son of Man and Throne of God) rises in the heavens: Or like utter darkness in the deep sea: there covers it a wave above which is another wave, above which is a cloud, layers of utter darkness one above another; when he holds out his hand, he is almost unable to see it; and to whomsoever Allah does not give light, he has no light.
My point, then, is that it is irrelevant whether There simply isn't enough energy in the Sun to send a killer fireball 93 million miles to destroy Earth. What is relevant is whether a solar flare rendering the modern world without power can drive us back to the Stone Age (or even just the 17th century). What is relevant is whether events happening at the same time as the biggest flares we have ever seen can incinerate our planet, driving our biosphere back to something as sterile as Venus, Mars or the Moon. Revelation 19:21 seems to indicate a death blow to modern civilization will be dealt by the Aquarian Sun. I guess the key to that passage is what is meant by the sword that came out from the mouth of him who sat upon the horse. Is it a gamma ray burst or synchrotronic wave from the center of the Milky Way -- the phenomenon I call The Beam? Is it a blast from Orion's Betelgeuse that is heating up? Is it a coronal mass ejection gone Carrington Event? Is it the near-synchronous crash of a rogue planet or comet called Ardis/Marduk/Satan? (Revelation 12:9) We shall see ... and possibly all too soon.