Planet X Almost Here

Harbingers of doom are predicting that catastrophic events would soon befall Earth.  Nibiru conspiracy theories about the end of the world have been circulating online for more than two decades, with the latest dubious prophecy predicting the apocalypse beginning in two days on September 23, 2017.  Planet X, or Nibiru, refers to a mythological planet in our solar system that will supposedly crash into Earth and wipe out the human race, however it has been consistently dismissed by NASA and other experts as an internet hoax.  Despite absolutely no scientific evidence to back up the suggestions of a rogue planet getting rapidly closer to Earth, myths about Planet X continue to be perpetuated online even though they have been debunked by NASA as a hoax.

Biblical whacks are pointing to a constellation that they think is a sign that was prophesied in the Book of Revelation will reveal itself in the skies over Jerusalem this Saturday, signaling the beginning of the end of the world as we know it, because it will be the start the Rapture.  It is believed that by the end of October, the world may enter what’s called a seven-year tribulation period, a fairly widespread evangelical belief that for seven years, catastrophic events would happen.  They also think that planet Nibiru is headed toward Earth and when this happens, catastrophe in the form of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves and others would ensue.

An unusual celestial arrangement mirroring signs from the Book of Revelation has already happened at least four times in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056 and it always seems to bring out all of the nut jobs who periodically recycle apocalyptic fables.  Revelations 12 says, “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.  She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.”  On September 23, 2017 the sun will be in the zodiac constellation Virgo which people say refers to “a woman clothed with the sun”.  The moon will be at the feet of Virgo relating to “with the moon under her feet”.  The ‘nine’ stars of the zodiac constellation Leo, plus three planets (Mercury, Venus, and Mars), will be at the head of Virgo thus, “on her head a crown of 12 stars”. The planet Jupiter will be in the center of Virgo, and, as the weeks pass after September 23, Jupiter will exit Virgo to the east, past her feet, so to speak, “She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth”.  Jupiter is the largest of the planets, being the ‘king’ of the planets, so to speak therefore, “She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod”.  The pope says that he is more worried about North Korean missiles, and about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons than he is about the planet Nibiru.

There is nothing particularly unusual about the sun appearing in the constellation Virgo, as the sun appears to move through the 12 constellations of the zodiac every year, spending about a month in each one.  The month that the sun appears in Virgo is around the time of the autumnal equinox, from mid-September through late October.  It is also not unusual to find the moon near the feet of Virgo.  The moon takes 27 1/3 days to orbit the earth with respect to the stars, so for a day or two each month, the moon appears near the feet of Virgo.  Most people that look at Virgo, are not able to see a woman in the sky there, so this reference to her feet is obscure.  If for a day or two every year, the sun appears in Virgo with the moon at her feet, this should not be considered remarkable.  Jupiter takes nearly 12 years to orbit the sun, so this alignment will happen every 12 years and it happened back in 2005.

I hope that I am not too late, but this was written for Sammi Cox September 2017 – A Month of Mini Writing Challenges – Day 13, where the prompt is “another planet”.  Format and length is your choice.

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