I’ve been hearing it a lot again lately: something is going to happen, and I need to head for the hills, or stock up on extras, or brace myself for the end that is near. Seems that this round of distress is precipitated by the upcoming Uranus square Pluto early November. This square will be the fourth in a series of seven for this sub-cycle of a larger series of Uranus square Pluto configurations that spans a couple of hundred years before it is complete. Or maybe it’s the Comet ISON.
Remember Y2K? How about December 21, 2012? The history of predictions for the end of the world is long and complex. Here are some other examples:
365 CE: Hilary of Poitiers announced that the end of the world would happen that year.
848: Thiota declared that the world would end this year.
January 1, 1000: Pope Sylvester II and various other Christian clerics predicted the end of the world on this date. Riots occurred in Europe, and many Pilgrims headed east to Jerusalem.
1186: John of Toledo predicted the end of the world based on the alignment of many planets.
1284: Pope Innocent II predicted that the world would end 666 years after the rise of Islam.
1346-1351: Various Europeans interpreted the black plague that was spreading across Europe as the sign of the end of times.
1504: Sandro Botticelli believed he was living during the Tribulation, and that the Millennium would begin 3 1/2 years from the year 1500.
October 19, 1533: Mathematician Michael Stifel calculated that the judgment day would begin at 8:00 AM on this date.
February 1, 1624: The same London astrologers who predicted the London deluge of February 1, 1524 recalculated the date after their first prophecy failed.
1656: Christopher Columbus claimed in his book of prophecies written in 1501 that the world would end in 1656.
1666: Some Christians feared the end of the world because of the presence of 666 in the date, the death of 100,000 Londoners from the bubonic plague, and the great fire of London.
1697: Cotton Mather, a Puritan minister, predicted the world would end this year. After the prediction failed, he revised the date of the End two more times.
1757: Emanuel Swedenborg claimed that the Last Judgment occurred in the spiritual world this year.
1805: The Presbyterian minister Christopher Love predicted the destruction of the world by earthquake in 1805, followed by an age of everlasting peace when God will be known by all.
1880: Wovoka, the founder of the Ghost Dance movement predicted in 1889 that the Millennium would occur in 1890.
1910: Camille Flammarion predicted that the 1910 appearance of Halley’s Comet ‘would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet’ but not the planet itself. The comet was said to indicate the Second Coming to many.
December 21, 1954: Dorothy Martin, leader of a UFO cult called the Brotherhood of the Sven Rays, claimed the world was to be destroyed by terrible flooding on this date. The fallout of the group after the prediction failed was the premise of the book When Prophecy Fails, published in 1956.
Feb 4, 1962: Jeane Dixon predicted that a planetary alignment on this day would bring destruction to the world. Mass prayer meetings were reported in India.
1967: Jim Jones, the founder of the People’s Temple stated he had visions that a nuclear holocaust was to take place in 1967.
Jun 21, 1982: Benjamin Creme took out an ad in the Los Angeles Times stating the Second Coming would occur in June 1982 with the Maitreya announcing it on worldwide television.
April 23, 1990: Elizabeth Claire Prophet predicted a nuclear war would start on this day, with the world ending 12 years later. Her followers built shelters and stockpiled them with supplies and weapons.
May 2, 1993: Neal Chase, a B’hai sect leader, predicted that New York would be destroyed by a nuclear bomb on March 23, 1994 and that the Battle of Armageddon would take place 40 days later.
December 17, 1996: Sheldon Nidle, a California psychic, predicted that the world would end on this date, and that 16 million space ships and a host of angels would arrive.
Jan 1, 2000: Christian authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins stated the Y2K bug would trigger global economic chaos, which the Antichrist would use to rise to power.
May 5, 2000: Nuwaubian Nation: This movement claimed that the planetary alignment would cause a “star holocaust”, pulling the planets towards the sun this day.
Other famous predictors of the end in 2000 include: Peter Olivi, Isaac Newton, Edgar Cayce, Ed Dobson, Lester Sumrall, and 18th Century preacher Jonathan Edwards.
2010: The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn predicted the world would end this year.
Aug-Oct 2011: Various sources predicted that the Comet Elenin traveling almost directly between the Earth and the Sun would cause disturbances to the Earth’s crust and bring massive earthquakes and tidal waves. Some predicted the comet would collide with Earth on October 16th.
June 30, 2012: Jose Luis de Jesus predicted that the world’s governments and economies would fail on this day.
Dec 21, 2012: The Mayan apocalypse, the end of the age at the start of the 13th Baktun.
2021: F. Kenton Beshore places the Second Coming of Jesus between 2018 and 2018 and the Rapture by 2021 at the latest.
2060: Sir Isaac Newton’s Biblical research led him to conclude the world would end this year.
2240: According to the Talmud, the Messiah should come within 6000 years from the creation of Adam, and the world could potentially be destroyed 1000 years later.
2280: According to Rashad Khalifa’s research on the Quran Code, the world will end in this year.
What was the purpose of this exercise? What are we supposed to do with this recent resurgence of apocalyptic fever? Will the Comet ISON be the end of us? What if it is? Is there, truly, anything we can do to ensure, absolutely, our survival? I am posing a series of hypothetical questions for you to ponder as you make your way through the day.
At the bottom of all the upheaval lies this Truth: all any one of us has to rely on is our own individual connection to our Higher Knowing. No other person can tell you what to do, can tell you what is coming. Only your Creator is the Keeper of the day, the hour, of your transition. Our purpose is to be, each and every moment, the best person we can be despite the circumstances – or perhaps because of them.
Ask in every moment to be shown what is it you need to do next, then set about doing it. We can learn our lessons with ease and grace, or we can learn them the hard way. I’ve experienced both, and I prefer the ease and grace version.
What is beyond your individual ability to prevent or change, give it over to a power greater than yours. Surrender to the guidance, the well of wisdom that flows from deep within your consciousness. Listen for the whispers of Truth that will keep you moving in the right direction, that will lead you to the fulfillment of your individual purpose for being on this planet at this time.
Don’t forget to breathe.
This was a longer ‘cup’ than anticipated, but now that the cup is empty, I leave you to go have a glorious day. I know I will!
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Photo credits: Wikipedia
- Comet ISON Photo Contest for Amateur Astronomers Launched by National Science Foundation (space.com)