I’ve just come to say sorry for the silence. I’ve been mesmerised by world events. In the light of the Japanese tragedy, all personal thoughts and concerns I have seem shamefully self-absorbed and petty. Suddenly everything is prioritised. Say I have two needs (I have rather more than that): to lose weight and to meditate. The first fades to the very pits of inconsequence; the second becomes important. Forget the diet – just be quiet. That’s my mantra right now.
And yet every moment there is dual thinking, about now and the future. Because I have wandered into the forbidden bog, which is conspiracy theories on YouTube. Out of it I have learned things I wish I didn’t know. I’ve done some checking and here are the bald facts:
There is a comet called Elenin which no one I have spoken to has heard of, and yet I’ve checked with NASA and it’s true, it crossed the elliptic a couple of days ago and for the rest of this year will be sailing through our solar system (not, I suspect, to the William Tell Overture as some of the more dramatic videos show). No one knows how big it is. Distances from the earth are all guess work. But for the astrologically-minded (which all medieval historical novelists surely are?) there is an alignment tomorrow of Earth – Sun – Comet – Mercury. March 15th – the day they are predicting for the pole shift and the end of Facebook (Noooooooooo!)
The same alignment will occur on or near the Autumn Equinox. Coincidentally (?) the Spring Equinox is next week, 20th March, the date I’ve set to finish my novel. Again, thoughts of novels and their completion seem fatuous in the light of cosmic events. March 19th, I’ve discovered, is a ‘supermoon’. I haven’t been able to find out much about supermoon, but it’s a cyclical event which usually coincides with severe weather. I’m disturbed that my self-imposed deadline of March 20th to finish my novel may be a day too late! It’s so queer to be thinking like this, pushing on regardless, determined to fulfil an aim, whilst simultaneously imagining the end of the world (as we know it). Schizophrenic or what?
Of the many dramatic videos on YouTube, I’ve been impressed by stuff by ‘dutchsinse’, who seems to have a knack of predicting things a couple of days in advance. Nuggets of Truth provides balance (‘It’s all shite!’), and I particularly like the Truther Girls on the pole shift. (‘By all means get your survival supplies but listen, would you want to survive the Apocalypse?’)
The message of the last is, ‘love, not fear’, and ‘be here now and don’t worry about the future’. This I shall adopt.
Does history help us in all this? Yes. I’m immediately reminded of the 14th century. Some centuries are just plain bad, and the 21st may well be another. And what came out of the 14th century? Why, the Italian Renaissance in the 15th! It really was a rebirth, and not just of culture but of life at every level.
And with all that, my sermon would be ended, except to say that the format of WordPress seems to have changed overnight and I’m writing this post in a very basic layout much like a recovery programme in Word. And, after that beautiful spring day yesterday, I’ve awoken to deep frost and the realisation that I’d left the cold frame open. So, slightly unnerved by these ‘signs’ I’m now going to meditate for half an hour.
Be aware, be vigilant, be at peace. We must do as the Japanese do and carry on as if nothing has happened with that implacable expression of mild surprise. Aren’t they amazing? I want to help, we all want to help, but the only thing I can think of is to be quiet and hold them in heart and mind.
Normal service will be resumed soon, but perhaps not until after the Equinox. No, not because of comets and supermoons, but because of that seemingly impossible deadline.