Here's where the evidence is at so far:
A major global calamity occurred about 3,170 years ago (and interestingly, Transits of Venus are recorded in the years 1155 BC and 1163 BC) as shown in Greenland ice strata. The date of 1159 BC has been pegged by scientists as the date of a major catastrophe on Earth, and Charles has posted links to 1159 BC event and catastrophism research on his DomainOfMan.com website forum.
With the pattern of the Transit of Venus recurring every 243 years, the 2004 and 2012 Transits would be the thirteenth repetition since that disaster, hence the fear of meteors and other events in 2012. The Mayans knew all about the Cycles of Venus and most people believe the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21, 2012, indicating the dawn of a new era on Gaia. Actually, December 21, 2012 is simply the last day of the 13th b'ak'tun. But that is not the end of the Long Count because the 14th through 20th b'ak'tuns are still to come. Each b'ak'tuns represents 144,000 days, or 394.26 years. 21/12/2012 (126.96.36.199.0 to the Maya) is believed to to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar.
Yet it doesn't end there; 469 years before the 1159 BC global catastrophe, there were major climate issues circa 1628 BC, thirteen to twenty-one years after the Transits of 1649 BC and 1641 BC. Going back even further, there seem to have been catastrophic global climate events circa 4400 BC, 7553 BC and 10,700 BC. With the average interval between these events adding up to about 3,180 years, it could mean that when the 13th cycle occurs, both Earth and Venus are in a region of the Milky Way with more space debris, or it may not mean anything at all. The 1628 BC situation indicates that the 11th Venus Cycle may also be a source of tribulation.
1628 BC versus 1159 BC, global catastrophe analysis
First, we note that 1539 AD is thirteen to twenty-one years after the Transits of Venus that happened in 1518 and 1526.
Second, how'd that work out for humans?
Scientists have studied tree ring ring chronologies in the Americas dating back to 1200 AD, and the only significant drought in this hemisphere took place in the 16th century, during the mid-1500s. According to researchers at University of Arkansas, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the University of Arizona, Valdosta State University and the University of Western Ontario:
- dry conditions extended from the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mexico and the Southwest to the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi Valley throughout the last half of the 1500s
- tree ring records tell of the worst drought in 1,000 years, with an extended period of dryness lasting 40 years in places
- severely dry weather over the Southwest and northern Mexico may explain why some American Indians in these areas abandoned their pueblos between 1540 and 1598, the researchers contend
- one of the fiercest and longest battles between American Indians and European settlers, the Chichimeca War in Mexico, raged for 40 years beginning in 1550, during the most severe part of the drought (reminding one of the time-tested aphorism, "whiskey's for drinking, water's for fighting over" - Joe)
According to the research paper European Tree Rings and Climate in the 16th Century, body of evidence shows that a large region of mid and northern Europe experienced a sharp cooling at around 1570/80 that, at least in the north, marked a shift towards a prolonged period of cool conditions.
In an analysis of European summer tempertaues since 1500 by Hans Erren:
- I do not question the extreme nature of the summer of 2003, however, using the Pfister index, this summer would rank 3 only in June and August, the 2003 summer index so equals 1536, 1540
- As moisture and temperature both are growth stimulators, a lack of moisture in an extreme warm year will result in retarded growth. As an extreme hot summer in Europe is caused by high pressure blockade, this also prevents rain arriving from the Atlantic. As a consequence, peak years like eg 1540 are not recorded in eg the Larch dataset of Berchtesgaden, whereas a cold summer like 1542 is clearly present. (To me this means lack of tree ring growth can sometimes be mistakenly thought to be due to coldness, but can in fact be the effect of extreme heat and the resultant lack of moisture - Joe).
- arguing that the reconstruction prior to c 1750 has a cold bias. In particular the extraordinary year 1540 is not well represented in the reconstruction of summer temperatures.
- Written records of 1540 include widespread forest fires and reports of cattle dying. The Rhine in Cologne was so low that somebody was able to cross it on horseback. The wine had an unusual high alcohol content, so much that people lay drunk in the streets.
- The conclusion of Luterbacher et al of "2003 being the hottest of the last 500 years" is highly debatable, 1540 being a likely competitor.
If the patterns shown above are more than coincidence, so far we have determined that the next few decades may bring some extreme swings of temperaure to Northern Europe, while drought conditions could very well persist in the Southern USA, Mexico and Central America. Let's hope (hello my atheist friends) and pray (namaste ye faithful) that when we make it through this century and the aftermath of the 13th Venus Cycle, it will be clear sailing ahead for the next ten cycles.
It has been claimed that knowledge is power, so let's keep seeking and be not fearful.
Peace 2 All,
Yuya Joe College
Toronto the Good