2012 phenomenon end of the world
UPDATE: JULY 2017. Why the world did NOT end in 2012 or in 2015 . . .
As you may have noticed, the world did not end on 21st December 2012. Nor, so far as we have been able to ascertain, did the earth pass through a 'galactic zero band' (whatever that may be) on that date. Nor was it any 'darker' than is usual at that time of year in England.
We DID see 'flashes of light' at around 2am on the 21 December 2012, but they proved to be a neighbour out looking for their cat with a flashlight. In fact, NONE of the predictions made by the so-called "Oracle of Shambhalah", mentioned in our article, first published on 11 November 2012 (over a month before the predicted event), came to pass. Does that make us better prophets than this mystery-mongering 'Oracle'? You decide, but please don't write to us asking for further 'predictions' for we are not in the business of 'fortune-telling'.
Have 'lessons been learned' from this 'non event'? It seems not. When we previously updated this article in September 2014, further 'predictions' were being made for the end of the world. Among these were claims from the prophets of poppycock that Jesus was going to return during the "blood-red moon" of 2015. He didn't. Or if he did, he kept a very low profile! In fact the total lunar eclipse of September 28th 2015 passed without incident. As we update this article in January 2017, further doom-laden predictions are circulating that the world will end in August this year (so take your annual holiday early if you wish to enjoy it!), or possibly in 2019, when the 'chosen ones' will find 'rapture', whatever that may be. This seems a bit hard on us sinners who have not been 'chosen', but there you are, your sins will find you out! We confidently expect similar 'end of the world' predictions to follow one another with monotonous regularity long after the authors of this website have passed on to a better (or worse) life.
What WE predict, based on real history and not Tibetan moonshine, is that when an 'apocalypse' does arrive the world will be completely unprepared for it! Need we mention Pompeii or Herculaneum? But perhaps if the citizens of those two Roman cities had had a Tibetan priest in their midst they would have heard all about the forthcoming eruption of Vesuvius from his or her prophetic lips in good time to escape the destruction, or perhaps not. You decide.
Readers who are interested in facts rather than Tibetan moonshine will find them in our article on the 'Doomsday' and 'Rapture' prophecies connected with the entrance of the Sun into the zodiacal sign of Libra on 23 September 2017—another 'non-event' that never occurred. You can read our original article below.
Tibetan monk predicts apocalypse
Barely a month after we wrote about the so-called "Mayan predictions" for 21 December 2012, we learn with dismay, but no surprise, that a Tibetan 'monk' with the grandiloquent title of "The Oracle of Shambhalah" has apparently written to NASA to warn them that an 'apocalypse' will occur on 21 December 2012 and last for two weeks.
The Tibetan monk went on to warn that: "the risk of a serious accident is quite large: in late December, the Solar system planets line up in a row, which is a unique case. Earth will begin to pass through the galactic zero band. This is a special state space not be subject to any energy. Can be lost 10% of the population. Some buildings can be destroyed."
How anyone can postulate a "special state space without any energy" is beyond our comprehension, unless the 'monk' is referring to the vacuum between his own two ears—in which case we agree with him! Science has long known and proven that space is filled with a multitude of differing energies, from the energy inherent in each individual atom to the energies that inform and move the swirling clouds of interstellar gas and plasma we can see through our telescopes. All alive with a mysterious vitality that nothing can destroy. A space without energy is as non-existent as this silly monk, who is almost certainly no monk at all, but the figment of the over-heated imagination of some anonymous 'New Age' mischief-maker intent on capitalizing on this non-event.
Quite why the prophesied 'apocalypse' is to last only two weeks the mischievous 'monk' does not say, but we may conjecture that he needs that long to keep several steps ahead of the hordes of angry believers who will be beating a path to his door to demand financial compensation for all the food, drink and other necessaries they have purchased in anticipation of hiding in cellars (or under rocks) to escape the darkness he predicts will be accompanied by "flashes of light" and "the dead rising from their graves...whilst the earth will shake slightly."
Facts versus Tibetan fantasy
Below you will find a chart of the planets heliocentric positions at 11.12am GMT on 21 December 2012, calculated for London. The astrologers among our readers will need no help in interpreting this chart and at once dismissing the ludicrous claims of our Tibetan prophet. Let those of us who are not expert astrologers see whether or not there is any truth in his claim that the "Solar system planets line up in a row".
The first thing we notice is that six out of the nine planets of our solar system are at the top of the chart. But are they "in a row"? We should say they are not. Saturn, on our right as we look at the chart, is 78 degrees away from the farthest planet on our left, which is Mars. Between these two planets, we find in order from left to right, Pluto, the Sun, Mercury and Venus. We also find the north node of the Moon placed between Saturn and Venus, but we may safely ignore this as it is not a planet, but simply a 'marker' of the point where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic.
The ONLY planets that can be considered to be "in a row" are Venus and Mercury in Sagittarius and the Sun and Pluto in Capricorn. These two "rows" are separated from one another by more than 15 degrees; far too wide apart for an astrological conjunction to exist between these four planets. In the bottom left corner of the chart we can see Uranus and the Moon in Aries, but again, as these are nearly ten degrees apart, their juxtaposition would not be considered a conjunction by most professional astrologers. Moreover, such close groupings of four or more planets are in no way unusual and can be seen many times every year, and they also occur with great regularity in the charts of individual men and women. Jupiter, right at the bottom of the chart is opposing Mercury and Venus at the top of the chart. But as Mercury orbits the Sun in a mere 88 days, such oppositions occur several times every year, as they do between Venus (which orbits the Sun every 225 days) and the slower moving planets of our solar system.
So we have seen that the planetary positions on 21 December 2012 are not a "unique case" as the good Tibetan monk claims. Rather than being the chart of an 'apocalypse', the positions of Venus and Mercury applying a trine aspect (120 degrees) to the Moon and Uranus in Aries are actually indicators of good fortune as any competent astrologer knows. The Sun is in square to Uranus and Venus is in square to Neptune, and whilst these are not 'good' alignments, they are not 'apocalyptic' either. Many people have such alignments in their personal birth chart or horoscope and do not experience an 'apocalypse' as a result. Unless, of course, they happen to be such moon-struck nincompoops as we referred to above who have swallowed the preposterous predictions of this Tibetan lunatic. In which case they stand a very good chance of looking very silly indeed on 21 December 2012. But whether that will constitute a personal 'apocalypse' for them we leave you to judge.
2012—a complete non-event
What can we conclude from all this? Simply that there are some so-called 'good' aspects in the chart, some so-called 'bad' aspects and some mixed aspects. Consequently, 21 December 2012 is likely to be a day much like any other day. A day when we may expect some good, some bad and some indifferent conditions in our personal lives and in world affairs. Business as usual in other words, and certainly NOT Armageddon nor an apocalypse, whatever the prophets of doom may mean by these much misused words.
One American artist, Dan Piraro, encapsulated this entire non-event in a cartoon which we could not resist sharing with our readers (see above). You can see more examples of Dan Piraro's work at Bizzaro Blog
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Published 11 November 2012. Last updated 1 July 2019.