Sometimes it is difficult not to be cynical about the ‘apocalypse-de-jour’ that tends to sweep through our world every few years. Who can forget the Y2K fever that produced some rather amusing TV commercials in late 1999? Whilst this can be entertaining there is a more serious side to the legendary ‘End of Days’.
The belief that we are all headed towards some kind of apocalypse or final battle between good and evil is a widely held view, not only by fundamentalist factions, but by all believers of Western religions. Christianity, Judaism and Islam all have prophecies describing a final judgment and the return, or the first appearance, of a messiah-like figure.
Where did this predilection for ‘Judgment and Disaster’ from on high come from?
For Zecharia Sitchin (1920-2010, pictured above), author of the famous Earth Chronicles, a series of seven books that tracks the interaction by an alien species on our planet in ancient times, this question along with a myriad of unexplained phenomena, has been the driving force of his life-work.
He believes that the fascination, particularly with the mysterious Mayan calendar which ends on December 21, 2012, is simply a reflection of a pattern deliberately laid deep within our collective psyche by visitors from another planet. In his latest book, aptly named The End of Days, Armageddon and the Prophecies of the Return, Sitchin addresses these and other questions. According to Sitchin, a planet called Nibiru known as the 12th planet had a catastrophic collision with Tiamat, a planet in our solar system that used to be between Mars and Jupiter. The enormous collision formed the planet Earth, the asteroid belt, and the Moon. Nibiru is the home-planet of a technologically advanced human-like alien race, the Anunnaki, which means ‘those who came from heaven to earth’ of the Sumerian myth. It is the farther-most planet of our solar system, and only comes into view on earth every 3,600 years or so. In his books, Sitchin claims the Anunnaki came in search of gold particles they used to preserve their planet’s atmosphere. They subsequently genetically engineered our species as slave workers to work in their gold mines.
In his books Sitchin describes how an Anunnaki goddess engineered the ‘Adam’ by blending 80 percent of the earth-generated specimen and 20 percent of the superior Anunnaki specimen. Sumerians depicted their goddess creator holding snakes in a double helix form with thin bars connecting between them in a spiral fashion, a perfect representation of the double-helix DNA spiral. The intertwined snake insignia is also our modern day symbol for the field of medicine.
Then, mysteriously, the Anunnaki left our planet leaving ‘prophecies’ and signs of their return some time in the far distant future. These prophecies are written in the Bible and in other ancient literature. However, according to Sitchin, the Anunnaki continue to have a presence in our solar system. In his book Genesis Revisited, Sitchin recounts a hushed up event regarding the loss, in 1989, of a Soviet spacecraft, Phobos 2, sent to explore Mars and its moonlet Phobos. The project was supported by NASA and other European agencies and yet two spacecraft apparently just ‘vanished‘ without explanation.
Phobos 2 did make it to Mars and started to send back photographs taken by two cameras, however, alarmingly they included a picture of the shadow of a cigar-shaped object flying in the planet’s skies between the Soviet craft and the surface of Mars. The last picture Phobos 2 sent showed a missile coming at it from the moonlet. Immediately after that the spacecraft stopped transmitting. Sitchin believes that the missile used to destroy the spacecraft was part of the Anunnaki’s ‘robotic presence‘ on Mars and could indicate a facility being readied for a future revisit. “Put it together,” says Sitchin. “It suggests an intent for a return.”
Whilst there have been many skeptics, Sitchin’s collective works continue to fire the collective imagination. Since their publication, the public have searched the skies for the illusive planet. Then in 1983 NASA discovered a ‘Neptune-sized planet’ using an infra-red satellite, which could scan the edges of the solar system detecting heat-emitting celestial bodies. The discovery made headlines but was quickly retracted as a ‘misunderstanding’. Whether the planet has been discovered or not, Sitchin suggests we put our telescopes aside for a while as Nibiru’s next return is not until approximately the year 2900. However, he tantalisingly suggests that, “any notion that the Anunnaki limited their comings and goings to a single short window at the planet’s perigee is incorrect. They could keep coming and going at other times as well,” he states, concluding that if the Anunnaki could create a new species and travel in space, a minor glitch such as the movement of their planet would hardly deter them.
The Anunnaki have left us with many signs of their presence and many gifts we continue to use today. Not the least of which is our understanding of the precessions and the signs of the zodiac. One common thread in all prophecies, from Nostradamus to the Hopi Indians, is that signs will be seen in the sky. Sitchin suggests these signs are in fact the ever moving precessions which were first outlined by the Anunnaki in ancient Sumeria. The precession results from the fact that as the earth completes one annual orbit around the sun, it does not return to the exact celestial spot. There is a slight retardation which amounts to one degree in every 72 years. Thus over a period of 2,160 years a different constellation appears on the horizon as the sun rises on the vernal (spring) equinox. Currently we remain in the final stages of the Age of Pisces. It appears that from the most ancient of times the heavens were divided into twelve parts, and the zodiacal circle of constellations, we still refer to in our daily newspapers, have their origins in Sumeria rather than with the Greek astronomer Hipparchus in the third century BCE.
Whilst there are many people studying the Mayan calendar, Sitchin believes that there are some “fallacious assumptions” in the calculation of the Mayan information. In The End of Days, he states that the Baktun, a count that lasts 144,000 days, actually belongs not to the Mayans, but to the Olmecs, Africans who came to Mesoamerica when the God/Anunnaki Thoth was exiled from Egypt. The number 52 was Thoth’s magical number, and when calculated correctly, the date becomes the year 2087.