Few writers have endured more controversy than Immanuel Velikovsky.
Catastrophism has never been a popular subject, but in 1950 Velikovsky published the ground breaking book 'Worlds in Collision', and it became a world wide best seller despite the taboos. In it Velikovsky argued that a huge comet-planet passed by, and interacted, with earth in historical times.
Velikovsky attested that behind many of the myths and oral traditions of ancient peoples across the globe, were true stories and experiences of a global cataclysms of epic proportions. He deciphered historical accounts, myths and scripture, and claimed that a massive planet-sized comet once passed close to earth. Did Velikovsky discover what is commonly referred to as Planet X in the historical record? Few books were more ridiculed and reviled at the time by mainstream society yet Velikovsky sources were sound, and he was a renowned researcher and writer, famously corresponding with Einstein during this time.
Nowadays his work is forgotten by mainstream academia, it's been relegated to the dustbin of fringe science and though they could not disprove his theories, they suppressed them nevertheless. It's only recently that Worlds in Collision relevance is being noticed. Velikovsky, in the 50's was intellectually independent, open minded and able to study mythological histories from every corner of the planet without political prejudice. He craved truth and didn't care for the taboos surrounding the subject of catastrophism or mythology. Through Velikovsky we find some of the best modern references and research into the profound and terrible events the ancient's endured, when a large planetary comet passed near the earth.
Take into consideration that these accounts of global cataclysms may have transpired around 1600 BCE That is 3600 years ago. It is during this time that civilization, around the world, was beset by a host of catastrophic events. Worlds in Collision is a collection of these myths and sacred accounts from the ancient witnesses of a planet-sized comet disturbing the earth.
It's quite possible that Velikovsky discovered, through synthesizing global myths, that Planet X passed earth in the historical record. And if so, what can we expect to experience, god forbid, should the planet-comet ever appear again in our skies?
The following quotes are taken from Velikovsky's Worlds In Collision and depict the stages of cataclysm ancient peoples experienced:
“In the middle of the second millennium before the present era, as I intend to show, the earth underwent one of the greatest catastrophes in its history. A celestial body that only shortly before had become a member of the solar system-a new comet-came very close to earth.” Pg 64
“One of the first visible signs of this encounter was the reddening of the earth's surface by a fine dust of rusty pigment. In sea,in lake and river this pigment gave a bloody colouring to the water.” pg64
“Our planet entered deeper into the tail of the comet. The dust was the forerunner of the gravel.” pg 67
(RAIN OF NAPTHMA TYPE SUBSTANCE)
“The descent of the sticky fluid which came earthward and blazed with heavy smoke is recalled in the oral traditions of the inhabitants of both hemispheres.” pg 70
“For a span of time after the combustive fluid poured down, it may well hAve floated upon the surface of the seas, soaked the surface of the ground, and caught fire again and again.”pg 71
(WIND AND DARKNESS)
“An exceedingly strong wind endured for seven days. All the time the land was shrouded in darkness.” pg74
“The earth, forced out of its regular motion, reacted to the close approach of the comet: a major shock convulsed the lithosphere, and the area of the earthquake was the entire globe.” pg 78
(EPIC WINDS/DISTURBED ROTATION)
“The swift shifting of the atmosphere under the impact of the gaseous parts of the comet, the drift of air attracted by the body of the comet, and the rush of atmosphere resulting from inertia when the earth stopped rotating or shifted its poles, all contributed to produce hurricanes of enormous velocity and force and of world-wide dimensions.”pg 82
“The slowing down or stasis of the earth in its rotation would cause a tidal recession of water toward the poles, but the celestial body nearby would disturb this pole-ward recession, drawing the water toward itself. The traditions of many peoples persist that seas were torn apart and their waters heaped high and thrown upon the continents.” pg 85
“The night the great earthquake shook the globe was, according to rabbinical literature, as bright as the day of the summer solstice. Because of the proximity of the earth, the comet left its own orbit and for a while followed the orbit of earth. The great ball of comet retreated, then again approached the earth, shrouded in a dark column which looked like a pillar of smoke during the day and of fire at night. This stage was accompanied by violent and incessant electrical discharges between the atmosphere of the tail and the terrestrial atmosphere.” pg 91
“The head of the comet did not crash into earth, but exchanged major electrical discharges with it. A tremendous spark sprang forth at the moment of the nearest approach of the comet, when the waters were heaped at their highest above the surface of the earth and before they fell down., followed by a rain of debris torn from the very body of the comet.” pg 100
“The rain of meteorites and fire from the sky, the clouds of dust of exogenous origin that drifted low, and the displacement of the world quarters created the impression that the sky had collapsed.” pg 103
“The interior of the terrestrial globe pushed toward the exterior. The earth, disturbed in its rotation, developed heat. The land became hot. ...many peoples describe the melting of the earth's surface and the boiling of the seas.” pg 105
“Earthquakes are often accompanied by a roaring noise that comes from the bowels of the earth.” pg110
“The approach of two charged globes toward each other could also produce trumpet-like sounds, varying as the distance between them increased or lessened.” pg 111
“There is testimony from all parts of the world that the side which is now turned toward the evening once faced the morning.” pg 118
“The terrestrial globe is a huge magnet. A short circuit between it and another celestial body could result in the north and south magnetic poles of the earth exchanging places.” pg127
“Volcanoes vomit water vapor as well as cinders. The heating effect of the contact of the globe with the comet must have caused a great evaporation from the surface of the seas and rivers. Two kinds of clouds-water vapor and dust-were formed. The clouds obscured the sky, and drifting very low, hung as a fog. The veil left by the gaseous trail of the hostile star and the smoke of the volcanoes caused darkness, not complete, but profound.” pg 139
One can understand why the subject of global cataclysm is tabooed, even today, after reading such a list. It can be terrifying to behold. However much we may not wish to contemplate it, Velikovsky's work and insights into the ancient past remain relevant today, 67 years later, if you consider the spikes in fireballs, big earthquakes, magnetic anomalies and unprecedented volcanism. Could these all be symptoms of a Planetary Comet? For those brave souls able to contemplate and confront the evidence at hand, and able to look past the taboos and ignore the trolls, than Immanuel Velikovsky's best selling work, Worlds in Collision, holds a trove of ancient accounts of the last time a planetary object, possibly now called Planet X or Nibiru, passed by the earth.
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Few writers have endured more controversy than Immanuel Velikovsky.