Athena in NASA’s Lion’s Den
A little over a month ago, NASA decided that it was time to take on what they consider to be the hoaxsters. This mostly deals with the predictions surrounding the Winter Solstice of this year, and the end of the Mayan calendar. It provided a question and answer format, and is meant to both ease the public’s concerns about the upcoming perceived calamities, and to demonstrate the lack of science in any of these claims. Let’s take a look at the list, and hold it up for review.
Beyond 2012: Why the World Won’t End
November 13, 2012
Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it
will be another winter solstice.
Contrary to some of the common beliefs out there, the claims behind the
end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down to the 2012 timeline.
Below, NASA Scientists answer questions on the following 2012 topics:
* End of the World
* ‘Prediction’ Origins
* Mayan Calendar
* Total Blackout
* Planetary Alignment
* Nibiru/Planet X/Eris
* Polar Shift
* Meteor Strike
* NASA Science
* Solar Storms
Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet
websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A):The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been
getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible
scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Athena’s WEB (AW): The disciples got it wrong, too. In Matthew 24:23 they say to Jesus, “Tell us, when is this going to happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?” His response? Matthew 24:6-8,
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars; do not be alarmed, for this is something that must happen, but the end will not be yet. For nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes here and there. All of this is only the beginning of the birth pangs.”
Jesus is saying, not an end of the world, per se, but birth pangs. In other words, a new birth will come out of this ‘end’.
This is a two-thousand year old discussion, and it isn’t over yet.
Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet
discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This
catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing
happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and
linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar
at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date
of December 21, 2012.
AW: References to ‘the time of the End’ go a lot further back than May, 2003. The book of Daniel (11:40 for one) has a number of references to this period. Daniel and the prophets of the Hebrew Bible are discussing the end of the Vernal Equinoxes passage through the constellation Aries. Jesus and the disciples are talking about their ‘New Age’, the time of the Vernal Equinox passing through the constellation Pisces. In metaphorical terms, one was talking about the end of summer, the other discussing the end of Fall. It was time for a shift in the seasons. Neither was incorrect. Daniel and the Messiah are about five centuries separated. A lot transpired politically from one period to the other.
Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not
cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease
to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan
long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on
January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.
AW: Correct. And the Aztec priests, unlike our modern scientists, attributed certain prophetic associations that go along with any new beginning, with any day of their calendar year. Some predictions were more powerful than others, precisely because they dealt with larger cycles. For instance, they felt that Quetzecoatl would return on One Reed, which would represent their end. When Cortez in fact showed up years later on One Reed, it did indeed mark a period of time when the life that they had known came to an end, and a new one began. He landed on One Reed, but the Aztec Empire did not collapse on that day.
It took three full years.
Of course the scientists would simply insist that this was coincidence, or perhaps, simply fear of the prophecy.
Q: Is NASA predicting a “total blackout” of Earth on Dec. 23 to Dec. 25?
A: Absolutely not. Neither NASA nor any other scientific
organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on
this issue claim that some sort of “alignment of the Universe” will
cause a blackout. There is no such alignment (see next question).
Some versions of this rumor cite an emergency preparedness message
from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. This is simply a message
encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part
of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a
– Watch the Video
AW: True. There is no reason to believe that there be a total blackout at the end of December. Like the disciples, the bushes have been stirred and many are reaching out, attempting to understand what the new vibratory patterns will bring. Obviously, not all of them are right. The change in patterns is already being seen in locations all around the planet as 100-year and 500-year storms, tornadoes and hurricanes becoming almost monthly events. Ask New York and New Jersey if life for them is different now. If statistics is your language, check out how much the insurance company’s have had to pay out for nature related disasters. Decade by decade, these payouts have shot up astronomically.
Q: Could planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades and
even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth
would be negligible. One major alignment occurred in 1962, for
example, and two others happened during 1982 and 2000. Each December
the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way
Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.
– More about alignment http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012-alignment.html
AW: Alignments happen every day, and this impacts our decisions and actions every day. This is the basis of astrology, and the basic premise of just about every ancient indigenous culture on the planet, from Chinese to Sumerian to Egyptian to Greek to India to you name it. What happens in the heavens, and more specifically, how the planets interact with each other in the heavens, has an impact on us here on Earth. I lost my wife of thirteen years under the alignment in 2000. Personally, the results were far more than ‘negligible’.
Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris
that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet
hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or
Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in
2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past
decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously,
it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to
Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can
come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.
AW: I agree. No catastrophe here that I am aware of.
Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth’s crust
does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are
slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near
the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is
irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However,
many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-switch to fool people.
They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic
polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic
reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we
know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on
Earth. Scientists believe a magnetic reversal is very unlikely to
happen in the next few millennia.
– More about polar shift
AW: No and yes. No, there is not going to be a reversal in the rotation of the Earth, and yes, this is a take off on the talk about the reversal of the Earth’s magnetic fields. NASA says “As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth.” Are you serious? The magnetic fields form part of our atmospheric umbrella that helps to shield the Earth from cosmic radiation. A single, massive solar flare can substantially damage the Earth’s satellite communications systems, and that’s with the shield in place. Without said shield the planet would be naked to whatever cosmic waves happened to be passing through at the time. “As far as we know” though, is in fact a truism. They have no idea what happened 400,000, or 800,000 (assuming a regular rate of reversal) years ago. We simply don’t know. Scientists are still arguing about the rainfall patterns in Egypt three and four vs. ten thousand years ago, never mind what happened to the planet 400,000 years ago.
Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and
asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was
65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the
dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called
the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long
before they hit. We have already determined that there are no
threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs.
All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day
on the NASA Near-Earth Object Program Office website
<http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov>, so you can see for yourself that nothing
is predicted to hit in 2012.
AW: Long before we are hit, huh? We just had a near miss within the last month or so, one that caught the scientists by surprise. How close was it? Well, it came inside the orbit of the Moon. Spaceguard Survey needs some work.
Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of the world ending in 2012?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where
is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all
the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies,
documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple
fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made
in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
– Why you need not fear a supernova
– About super volcanoes
AW: Our scientists are locked into the material realm. If they can’t see, touch, taste, smell or hear an impending situation, or if it hasn’t happened before, they will argue until the cows come home that it doesn’t, and won’t, exist. Such is the nature of the definition of empirical: observed, evidence-based, seen or demonstratable. Well, this set of combinations has never happened before. It is therefore immediately outside the ‘hard-science’ range of our monitoring systems. You don’t need a microscope or a telescope to see the mess that we’re in. The five ages of the Maya, as depicted by the Aztec Calendar stone, all describe an acceleration of natural events as what brought down each of their ages, the last of which was said to have ended in extensive flooding. According to the Maya, this age will end in earthquake. Thanks to Fukushima, we now have an added amount of radiation in the atmosphere that is impacting each and every one of us. An earthquake set off the tsunami, which flooded the reactors, which caused the radiation spill. It was all ‘sparked’ by the earthquake. The prophecy would suggest that we’re not finished yet.
Science has been assuring us for years that these nuclear reactors were ‘safe’, with energy so inexpensive that it would be ‘too cheap to meter’. Emperical evidence, based on experience, suggests that the scientists are not always right.
Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately
every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause
some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers
are learning how to build electronics that are protected against
most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with
2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame
and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than
previous cycles throughout history.
– Video: Solar Storms
– More about solar storms
AW: Solar activity may, or may not, be part of the changes that the coming years have in store for us. Science is also telling us that man-made criteria is responsible for the warming of the planet.
According to my sources, it is not the planet being warmed from the outside in, but rather from the inside out. The Earth’s core is heating up, and that is what is changing the storm patterns we currently see all around us. It is causing the oceans to warm, with all their side-effects (like more powerful storms), it is causing the ice sheets to melt and increased earthquake activity as the Earth vents these internal changes.
There is much, as the Age of Pisces draws to a close, that needs to be ended about the old ways. There is too much corruption and greed in the political and financial systems, the health care system, and the fuels that we turn to for power. Even the educational system is in need of overhaul. The coming changes will take longer that simply 2012 to implement, are in large measure already here, and are needed to facilitate some of the changes our systems will have to go through.
Like the Messiah said, all of this is only the beginning of the birth pangs. Yes, a way of being is coming to an end, in the same way that Classical civilization gave way to the Christian world. The world did not end, but the pagan temples fell into ruin, and the cultures and personal models that went along with them lost power. The way of life that they had known came to an end.
In a moment of Zen, it’s interesting that all of these empirical scientists look deep into the black holes and galaxies, but can’t see the changes that are already in effect all around them, without making a connection between the two. It’s happening in the here and now.
They seem to be ‘Lost in Space’.