Why So Many Earthquakes? Maybe The Norse End Of The World Will Beat The Mayans

By Hank Campbell

The End of the World seems to roll around every decade or so.   The last time it got a lot of press was the year 2000 A.D., a millenial event in the Gregorian calendar.   COBOL programmers were the convenient catalyst for all that, since banks would shut down due to legacy software, but the end of the world needs vassals, the more unwitting the better, so it made sense that COBOL folks would take the fall.

Next up is 2012, this time due to one Meso-American calendar, and some speculation has been that the LHC will cause it, unleashing an army of Strangelets led by ancient Mayan overlords.

But then a rash of earthquakes happened more recently, and I postulate that the Mayans are in danger of being beaten out of End of the World honors by … the Norse.   Yet the Norse aren’t  getting much credit yet and I intend to change that.

Ancient astronomy

Astronomy has always been the sweet physical science, where everyone can have a meaningful impact regardless of position or funding.   Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier discovered Neptune “with the point of his pen”  and amateur astronomer Anthony Wesley of Canberra, Australia discovered a huge impact on Jupiter while NASA employees apparently drank coffee and griped about funding.

Good astronomy goes back a lot farther than that.   The Mayans were keen fans of astronomy and darn good at it, since they were able to calculate a winter solstice some 2300 years in the future.   The Norse understood it was well.

First, let’s talk about our planetary motion.   Earth makes three different kinds of motion in space:  The planet rotates around its axis, basically an imaginary pole but you get the idea, and that takes about 24 hours; it revolves around the Sun, which takes a bit over 365 days; and finally precession, which is the gradual turning of the Earth’s axis and takes around 26,000 years.  

What does that mean?   The Earth’s axis essentially traces out a cone and it does so because, as Newton showed us, our planet is an oblate spheroid (it bulges out at the Equator rather than being uniform) and gets torque applied by both the Sun and the Moon.

This ‘precession of the equinoxes’ is attributed to the Greek astronomer Hipparchus around 150 B.C. but both the Norse and the Mayans seem to have known about it, even if they didn’t quite know what to call it.

How so?

There is actual science in the Zodiac

The Zodiac gets a bad rap today because kooks choosing to live their lives by it make people think the kookiness came first but there is a reason it made the universe sane for ancient civilizations.

Because the Earth is essentially ‘wobbling’ due to its irregular shape, even ancient astronomers noticed that the constellations in the Zodiac seemed to be moving (precessing) – to make sense of chaos they decided to break this precession into 12 periods, obviously based on the Zodiac they could see and the Constellation that the sun ‘rose’ in on the first day of Spring got the first honors;  Pisces.  So mankind has been in the Age of Pisces as the planet slowly wobbled around its axis.

But this wobbling takes around 26,000 years and there are 12 constellations in the Zodiac.   Every 2,160 years, they surmised, the Sun will appear to be 1/12th of its way through the Zodiac.   If Hipparchus was 150 B.C. then the Age of Pisces would become the Age of Aquarius(2) in …

… 2010.

Yep, the planet is wobbling, we’re entering a new Age and earthquakes are happening.  Coincidence?   Not if you are reading this article.

We know some people believe that the Mayans predicted the end of the world because one of their calendars, based on precession,  ends on the Winter Solstice in 2012 – and we have to give them credit for being able to even calculate the Winter Solstice in 2012 – but 13 was a magic number to Mayans so it seems more likely that instead of going beyond 13 they would just have started over.

The Norse were a lot more serious.   They blew up stuff when Ages ended.

Ragnarok

The Norse were no dummies either.  Millenia ago they knew that strange things were happening on a macro scale.   When the Sun seemed to rise in the constellation at the Equinox positions, it was always the first day of Spring or Fall. When the Sun appeared to rise in the constellation of the Solstice, it was the first day of Summer or Winter.

And they also calculated that these Ages were changing every 2160 years – the Celestial Axis was represented by Yggdrasill, a huge ash tree in Asgard, where the Gods lived.    It was the one thing that never seemed to die, even though everything else would in those transitions between Ages they called Ragnarok.

In Ragnarok, basically everything would be destroyed; by fiery explosions from the ground bringing clouds of death, by earthquake or, if you were really, really cool, by a giant serpent named Jörmungandr.

Except we will all only be mostly dead.   

In Gylfaginning, chapter 52, Gangleri asks, “What will be after heaven and earth and the whole world are burned? All the gods will be dead, together with the Einherjar and the whole of mankind. Didn’t you say earlier that each person will live in some world throughout all ages?”

Indeed we would.   We might not look the same in this new Age.  Instead of blonde, I might be red-headed and have a much larger beard for example.  I might wear gloves.  Hard to say.

How does all that relate to earthquakes?   There has long been this fascinating idea with harmonic convergence, which basically says that planetary alignment will cause earthquakes, volcano eruptions – basically a whole bunch of what has been in the news this year.

Far be it from me to naysay the power of gravity.  Planets are big and we know walking outside every day that Earth is being impacted by both gravity and the tidal force of the moon; gravity simply pulling on us and tidal force trying to ‘stretch’ us and making waves, etc.   As Phil Plait, everyone’s favorite Bad Astronomer puts it, a strong enough gravity “could pull the Earth from its orbit, while a strong enough tide could rip it in half.”  But it isn’t happening because some planets are on the same side of the Sun, which actually happens fairly often.

The last time people were terribly worried about harmonic convergence was the same year everyone was worried about COBOL programmers; 2000.  And we’re still here.  Basically, you shouldn’t get your science from astrologers or psychics.

So back to 2010 versus 2012.   The Norse were as cagey on this one as the Mayans because a lot is left up to interpretation and translation of ancient symbols is an imperfect science.    If, as some scholars claim, the last Age ended 2160 years ago, the Norse will beat out the Mayans for World-Ending honors by killing us all this year – if you like your paranoid conspiracy tales and 2012 is too long to wait, that is pretty good reasoning to party now.

But other scholars claim that the last Ragnarok only occurred 2010 years ago – stating that Asgard on fire heralding in a new ‘Age’ of Gods in the last Ragnarok was the Star of Bethlehem(3), which means that we have another 150 years to wait.

What do you think?  

I think one way or the other, those who predict the End of the World will eventually be right.   After all, if the Norse or Mayans don’t get us, maybe the Sumerians will.

http://www.scientificblogging.com/science_20/why_so_many_earthquakes_maybe_norse_end_world_will_beat_mayans

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Ragnarök Refresher

When Ragnarök come, winter and cold weather will last for three years, with no summer in between the winter seasons. This was known as fimbul-winter “mighty winter”, snowing from all directions. Throughout the world, great battles would be fought; all taboos would be broken, brothers killing one another, and sons would murder their fathers too, mostly out of greed. No kinship would be sacred. This period would be known as the age of axes, age of swords, age of wolves and age of winds.

The two giant wolves, Skoll will swallow up sun (Sol), while Hati shall devour the moon (Moon or Mani). Stars will fall out of the heaven.

The giant worm or dragon Nidhogg that have been gnawing at one of roots of Yggdrasill (Niflheim). Nidhogg would have succeeded in eating away the root that supported Niflheim.

Loki, who was confined in a cavern and punished for his involvement with Balder’s death, will escape from his imprisonment, and lead the giants, and his monstrous offspring, to destroy the gods and mankind. Fenrirwill escape from his magic binding, while the Midgard Serpent named Jörmungand (Jormungand) will escape from his confinement in the sea.

Frost giants and mountain giants will leave their home in Jötunheim, and sailing toward Plain of Vigrid in a ship called Naglfar; while the fire giants led by Surt will leave their fiery home of Muspelheim. Vigrid would be the field of the final battle. Vigrid is an immense plain, a hundred league in every direction.

Norway lights are a SIGN

I cannot explain to you what it is from…that does not matter, though. Matters nothing. It could have the most mundane explanation possible. Missile, atmospheric phenomena, whatever.

In my faith, for something like this to appear in the skies over northern Norway, it is a sign…

To those that know, you understand, correct?

Maybe Ragnarök!!!



Ragnarok and 2012

Ragnarok
by Micha F. Lindemans
Ragnarok (“Doom of the Gods”), also called Gotterdammerung, means the end of the cosmos in Norse mythology. It will be preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters. Three such winters will follow each other with no summers in between. Conflicts and feuds will break out, even between families, and all morality will disappear. This is the beginning of the end.

(This description seems to Ode to a nuclear winter or perhaps vat volcanic activity causing black out over an area.)

The wolf Skoll will finally devour the sun, and his brother Hati will eat the moon, plunging the earth [into] darkness. The stars will vanish from the sky. The cock Fjalar will crow to the giants and the golden cock Gullinkambi will crow to the gods. A third cock will raise the dead.

(^—Seems to point to the Earth stopping for a few minutes? I’ve heard this theory bounced around while during the alignment the Earth would actually stop spinning as the crust re-aligns; this would also correlate with the Hopi prophecy that the ‘Earth will rock to and fro’)

The earth will shudder with earthquakes, and every bond and fetter will burst, freeing the terrible wolf Fenrir. The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury as he makes his way toward the land. With every breath, Jormungand will stain the soil and the sky with his poison. The waves caused by the serpent’s emerging will set free the ship Naglfar, and with the giant Hymir as their commander, the giants will sail towards the battlefield. From the realm of the dead a second ship will set sail, and this ship carries the inhabitants of hell, with Loki as their helmsman. The fire giants, led by the giant Surt, will leave Muspell in the south to join against the gods. Surt, carrying a sword that blazes like the sun itself, will scorch the earth.

(^—-This section either tells me that war will result from the situation especially with the return of Midgard. Now, I never thought that Midgard was a bad spirit and this would correlate with the Mayan prophecy of the return of the Great white snake as Midgard was also white in some descriptions. This descritpion that he comes back angry tells me that perhaps the descendants of the Pre-christian white people will be punished in some way. The return of the Gods, their enemies and the dead are found in many other texts all over the world, including the Bible. I know this may seem out of the ordinary, but what if this preludes the return of extraterrestial visitors or interdimension cross rip during the alignment as some traditions believe that the veil will lift and we see things we would otherwise not see.)

Meanwhile, Heimdall will sound his horn, calling the sons of Odin and the heroes to the battlefield. From all the corners of the world, gods, giants, dwarves, demons and elves will ride towards the huge plain of Vigrid (“battle shaker”) where the last battle will be fought. Odin will engage Fenrir in battle, and Thor will attack Jormungand. Thor will victorious, but the serpent’s poison will gradually kill the god of thunder. Surt will seek out the swordless Freyr, who will quickly succumb to the giant. The one-handed Tyr will fight the monstrous hound Garm and they will kill each other. Loki and Heimdall, age-old enemies, will meet for a final time, and neither will survive their encounter. The fight between Odin and Fenrir will rage for a long time, but finally Fenrir will seize Odin and swallow him. Odin’s son Vidar will at once leap towards the wolf and kill him with his bare hands, ripping the wolf’s jaws apart.

(^—This section confuses me a little bit. It’s a grand battle between to gods and their enemies but it doesn’t mention our involvment at all. This seems to whisper that each of these aspects rather then gods themselves will fight with each other. IE, an epic battle between good and evil, ideoligies colliding with eachother when those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear will be the ones to shed the old in a healthy manner and move on)

Then Surt will fling fire in every direction. The nine worlds will burn, and friends and foes alike will perish. The earth will sink into the sea.

(^—The 9 worlds pertain to the Tree of life Yggdrasil (the Mayans speak of this as well, which provokes me to find other traditions in Asia and in africa to find the two main tree of life folklore from these regions. If we can find these other two the wheel would be complete and we might be able to figure it out which I’ll cover in another post) The Earth sinking into the sea could be this portion of the world falling under it’s own weight much like Atlantis was claimed to do…if this is the case, I’m wondering if this isn’t a description of Atlantis that has already happened. )

After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise from the sea and will be filled with abundant supplies. Some of the gods will survive, others will be reborn. Wickedness and misery will no longer exist and gods and men will live happily together. The descendants of Lif and Lifthrasir will inhabit this earth.

In Norse mythology, Líf (Old Norse “life”[1]) and Lífþrasir (Old Norse “the one striving after life”[2] or “thriving remnant”[1]), female and male respectively, are two humans who are foretold to survive the events of Ragnarök by having hidden in Hoddmímis holt, and after the flames have sated, to repopulate the newly risen and fertile world. Líf and Lífthrasir are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson. Scholarly theories have been proposed about the underlining meaning and origins of the two.

I’m thinking that this may have already happened in the great flood roughly 4-5k years ago as this would have been the beginning of our current thought process designated by Adam and Eve which then tells me that perhaps the tower of Babel happened first… **teehee** But Adam and Eve are ideas or groups of people as the hebrew word Ad-hem means “Red Earth” and Eve is …well…could be the mother of our current civilization and the eating of the fruit forebodes our current affairs.

Let me explain:

I had been doing some research into the Medicine wheel and it’s involvment with the 2012 prophecies, since these traditions are almost exactly alike in most regards (Mayan-western corner designated by the color Red and earth (as in Red People) and Norse-The northern corner designated by White and Fire(white people)) I thought perhaps there had been African (being the south and black corner designated by water) and an Asian tradition (designated by Yellow and Air in the East). I’d like to find them.

Thats all i’m going to cover right now because I need to get off of here and I need to outline my other post because I think it get’s better but it correlates to this one.

Our entering into the 5th age has already happened a long time ago and the cycle has repeated itself as we are entering into a new fifth age…it’s awesome! :D

I thought most of this up in a dream once…crazy.

Any opinions would be great.

Via 2012 forum…

http://2012forum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=31&p=180485

Ragnarök

*From every ending comes a new beginning.*

Ragnarok (“Doom of the Gods”), also called Gotterdammerung, means the end of the cosmos in Norse mythology. It will be preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters. Three such winters will follow each other with no summers in between. Conflicts and feuds will break out, even between families, and all morality will disappear. This is the beginning of the end.

The wolf Skoll will finally devour the sun, and his brother Hati will eat the moon, plunging the earth [into] darkness. The stars will vanish from the sky. The cock Fjalar will crow to the giants and the golden cock Gullinkambi will crow to the gods. A third cock will raise the dead.

The earth will shudder with earthquakes, and every bond and fetter will burst, freeing the terrible wolf Fenrir. The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury as he makes his way toward the land. With every breath, Jormungand will stain the soil and the sky with his poison. The waves caused by the serpent’s emerging will set free the ship Naglfar, and with the giant Hymir as their commander, the giants will sail towards the battlefield. From the realm of the dead a second ship will set sail, and this ship carries the inhabitants of hell, with Loki as their helmsman. The fire giants, led by the giant Surt, will leave Muspell in the south to join against the gods. Surt, carrying a sword that blazes like the sun itself, will scorch the earth.

Meanwhile, Heimdall will sound his horn, calling the sons of Odin and the heroes to the battlefield. From all the corners of the world, gods, giants, dwarves, demons and elves will ride towards the huge plain of Vigrid (“battle shaker”) where the last battle will be fought. Odin will engage Fenrir in battle, and Thor will attack Jormungand. Thor will victorious, but the serpent’s poison will gradually kill the god of thunder. Surt will seek out the swordless Freyr, who will quickly succumb to the giant. The one-handed Tyr will fight the monstrous hound Garm and they will kill each other. Loki and Heimdall, age-old enemies, will meet for a final time, and neither will survive their encounter. The fight between Odin and Fenrir will rage for a long time, but finally Fenrir will seize Odin and swallow him. Odin’s son Vidar will at once leap towards the wolf and kill him with his bare hands, ripping the wolf’s jaws apart.

Then Surt will fling fire in every direction. The nine worlds will burn, and friends and foes alike will perish. The earth will sink into the sea.

After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise from the sea and will be filled with abundant supplies. Some of the gods will survive, others will be reborn. Wickedness and misery will no longer exist and gods and men will live happily together. The descendants of Lif and Lifthrasir will inhabit this earth.

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/r/ragnarok.html

The Mystery of Time

*VERY good essay by Varg, wanted to share it with everyone…*

Paganism: Part XV – The Mystery Of Time

Scientists speak of a universe that came to be in a big bang about 13,7 billion years ago, they say that our planet Earth is 5 billion years old, that the Sun will use up its fuel in 5 or 6 billion years, and so forth. However, their estimates in this context are at best educated guesses. The truth is that they have no idea how old the universe is, how old our planet is or how long it will take for the Sun to extinguish itself. Their science is nothing but speculations based in vague, often flawed and even completely incorrect scientific theories. Some of their theories are not even scientific, like the theory of (macro) evolution.

The scientists and man in general try to understand the world within the concept of time, because, after all, we exist in time. It is hard to grasp or even think of an existence or a creation of our world beyond time when we only know of the existence in time. However, there is a world beyond time too, and in Norse this is amongst other things called the vyrð (esteem), a word that has survived in modern English only as the “degenerated term” weird (from wyrd, the Anglo-Saxon or Old English version of vyrð).

Even for the enlightened Pagan initiate the vyrð was indeed a weird place, and the best way for me to describe it is to ask You to imagine how the world looks like in Your dreams. When You sleep You leave the body to recharge (some of) Your spiritual faculties in the vyrð, and the reason we most often forget our dreams the moment we wake up is simply because we need to cross the river Styx on our way back to the body. Some dreams we remember anyhow, because we need to or because they are instructions to us from the vyrð, but we forget the vast majority.

In our dreams we exist beyond time, in a world of magic, mystery, surprises and incomprehensible events and emotions. Some dreams are merely our spiritual faculties trying to get rid of useless and invaluable memories (for example scenes from a computer game you have been playing all day long, or the memory of something else you have been doing too much). This is some sort of “disc tidying”; our minds making room for more useable or valuable memories on the “hard drive” by cleaning out all the useless and invaluable memories. Other dreams are more chaotic and are a result of our minds trying to process and file the more useable and valuable memories.

The final type of dreams I will mention here are the dreams known as mythological dreams. They are instructions to us from the different powers in the vyrð, they are remembered by us and are often experienced as so significant that we never forget them. These dreams are a one-way communication with the gods, as they speak to us in our dream, and they give us our different (personal) missions in life. The mythological dreams are actually the only way for the uninitiated man to receive signals from what our (Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon) forefathers called the æsir or ése (respectively), or simply gods.

The initiate’s journey into the vyrð is experienced very much like a dream, obviously because this is a journey into the realm we all visit when we sleep (and dream). What makes the initiate’s journey so different is that he or she can cross the river Styx without forgetting and he or she can interact with the powers too. In the yearly Ragnarok the initiates used to travel to the vyrð and fight different destructive powers, often in the shape of an animal, to secure the fertility of the land, the health of the kin and so forth. They put on a mask (like we still do in the julebukk tradition in Norway) to be able to see the spirits of the vyrð, and they participated in the huge (yearly) battle we know as Ragnarok, that takes place every New Year’s Eve. They fought alongside the gods and goddesses, in a world beyond time.

To access the vyrð they used different magic symbols, like the famous Trojan Fortresses found all over Scandinavia (and in Greece). They danced into the centre of the symbol, on one foot, symbolizing the foot of Víðarr, that he uses when he kills the Fenrir wolf. We know a form of this dance from Ireland as river dance, and naturally it is called by that name because on their back from the vyrð the initiates had to dance across the river (we know best as) Styx1 in a certain way in order not to forget what they had seen and experienced.

Trojan Fortresses

The Trojan Fortress symbolizes the grave mound (as seen from above, with the entrance clearly visible2). This is the entrance to the vyrð, that is also known as Ásgarðr (and Troy). This is the world of the dead, the world of the elves, the world of the gods, and it is a world that exists beyond time.

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The problem with the existence beyond time is that there is no growth there; it is a rather static world. In order to in any way enhance the powers of the vyrð the gods need to send them into our world (of time), to have them work for a while, and then let them turn to the vyrð, changed. And, mark my words, we are such powers, that are sent into the world to work for some time. After a while, when we die, we return to the vyrð changed; we are different from what we were before life on Earth.

In other words; the gods created our universe, the physical world influenced by time, to change, purify, enhance and improve the powers of the vyrð. The tiny spark given to each man when he or she is born can grow into a bright and shining star, if we play our cards right in life. Had this spark never existed in time, it would simply have remained a spark forever. Without time there can be no growth, and without growth there can be no births or positive change.

We know that the gods are the children of other gods, but we never hear about a goddess being pregnant or one giving birth to another god or goddess. The only birth we are told about is the birth of Sleipnir (the Trojan horse), but for Loki to give birth to this horse he actually has to leave Ásgarðr, naturally because he cannot give birth to anything in a realm existing beyond time. He needs to do it elsewhere, in our world of time.

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We don’t know, and cannot know, how old the universe is or when exactly the powers of our world came to be, because they were created beyond time. The world of time revolves around the world of the gods like the spokes of a wheel around its axis, and the distance from the past, the present and the future to the world of the gods is always the same.

Footnotes:

  1. In Scandinavian mythology we have two rivers, called Þundr (self-solemnity) and Ífing (uncertainty, doubt), serving the same purpose as the river Styx in the Greek mythology.
  2. And if You take this symbol and place it on top of an aerial picture of an ancient grave mound, for example the 7.000 year-old Newgrange in Ireland, You will see that it is like a map of the interior of the grave mound.

Varg “Greybeard” Vikernes
(05.03.2006)