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  • Today when humankind tries to make sense of it all, we turn to science for answers. But science does not give us answers; only deeper questions. We peel back layer after layer of mystery only to find new questions. Our science is inadequate, but modern man has faith in it.

    

Religion is also considered as a method to discern absolute truth, but it too is lacking in its clarity. Whereas science has its theories based in mathematics and logic, religion is based on the wisdom of the ancient scribes, prophets and messianic leaders. Religious truth is often relative and subject to interpretation. Even strict fundamentalists will admit that they don’t have all the answers. Religion leaves us empty, wanting more, desiring a greater knowledge of all of creation. We seek to be gods. We continually come up short.

    According to the scientists, we habitants of Earth were treated to 3 rare cosmic performances within a scant 30 day period. On May 5th the world witnessed a Super (full) Moon. Our natural satellite was at its closest point relative to the Earth, thereby it was noticeably larger in the night sky. Then 15 days later on May 20th, the Moon was far enough away as to not entirely blot out the Sun in a solar eclipse. We gazed upon an annular eclipse, the Sun became a ring of fire in the sky. The image was flashed around the world on TV and the Internet. And finally on June 5th, the planet Venus zipped across the Sun’s disk.

    All three cosmic events are rare and unusual but to have them bunched up together like that gave me a reason to pause and reflect, “Was the Creator sending us a message? Were these magnificent astro-performances a signal of sorts? Was there any significance to the timing of the events, if so, then what did it mean?”

 To get my answers I turn my reliable source: Facebook. I asked my friends if these 3 major cosmic light shows had any meaning or was it just a fantastic cosmic coincidence? Results: inconclusive. Some voted coincidence, others said that they were not sure but thought that the timing of the events were worth taking notice.

    I watch for signs in the sky. Back in 2007, I predicted the financial collapse of 2008 by using heavenly signs as a guide. I wrote about the oncoming crash for a local alternative paper but the editor was uncomfortable with the idea of divine manipulation of the lights in the night sky. She cut out the paragraph that explained that the appearance of the Holmes Comet meant a foreboding for humans.

    The Holmes Comet (17P/Holmes) orbits the Sun every 7 years, but because it is small and dark, only the most trained astronomers with the most sophisticated equipment can track it. In October 2007, it flashed brightly in the night sky. It could be seen, unaided, by nearly everyone on Earth. It was as if a bright star appeared out of nowhere. It was like a massive signal flare in the heavens. For a while it was the largest object in our solar system. It faded from view a few weeks later.

The last time the usually faint comet made a spectacular burst was in November 1892. I did some digging on Google. Nothing extraordinary happened during the remainder of that year, but in 1893 the United States experienced a serious economic depression. Hundreds of banks failed, railroad companies went bankrupt and many companies suffered huge financial losses. “Was the bright explosive flare of the Holmes comet in 1892 a warning of the looming financial meltdown known as the Panic of 1893?”

    The only other time the comet unexpectedly flared was in October/November 2007. The following year in 2008 the subprime housing market bubble burst, causing a catastrophic ripple effect throughout the global financial system. Prestigious Wall Street firms like Lehman Brothers, and Bear Stearns got swept away in a tsunami of debt. The giant insurance company AIG nearly went under. Goldman Sachs was alleged to have bet against its own clients to make a profit on complicated financial deals known as Credit Default Swaps. Many people lost their houses and their retirement savings. The United States was hemorrhaging over 700,000 jobs per month. Banking institutions around the world were exposed to abnormally high risks. The financial system came to a grinding halt. Confidence evaporated. The United States Government came to the rescue to prop up the ailing system with massive bailouts.

    Now there are new, more dramatic signs in the heavens. What are we to make of them, if anything...?
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