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KRONOS Vol. I, Issue 1
Cosmology And Psychology
Copyright © April, 1975 by
LEWIS M. GREENBERG and WARNER B. SIZEMORE
"A Nameless fear grips all mankind . . . " -
H. Focillon, The Year 1000 (1969)
"The literature of religious experience abounds in references to the pains and terrors
overwhelming those who have come, too suddenly, face to face with some manifestation
of the Mysterium tremendum." -
A. Huxley, The Doors of Perception (1954)
"Man's greatest instrument, his psyche, is little thought of, and it is often mistrusted and
despised. 'It's only psychological' too often means: It is nothing." -
C. G. Jung, Man and His Symbols (1964)
"Like the early memory of a single man, so the early memory of the human race belongs to
the student of psychology. Only a philosophically and historically, but also analytically
trained mind can see in the mythological subjects their true content . . . " --
I. Velikovsky, From AAAS Speech (1974)
Somewhere between the infinite reaches of outer space - the Cosmos - and the labyrinthine
recesses of the human mind - the Cosmos Within - lie two of Mankind's most profound psychological
and emotional creations - Myth and Religion. Together, they have served man's basic need to bridge
the known and the unknown, the finite and the immeasurable, the tangible and the intangible.
Yet, for all their significance, the origin of myth and religion remains tantalizingly elusive and
continues to provide one of the most intriguing problems in the study of man.(1) Despite the varied
and monumental attempts to discover their true source, no single hypothesis has been universally
accepted, for the simple reason that scholars have been unable to free themselves from uniformitarian
dogmas which look for the solution in the common and the ordinary at the one extreme, or the
excessively obscure at the other.(2)
Recognizing that the solution is not to be found in the everyday events of life, recent works
have turned to the celestial sphere and sought the answer in the awe-inspiring heavens. But even
these contain obvious ad hoc explanations which present neither a unifying hypothesis nor a
substantive example of causation.
Hamlet's Mill: An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time is a case in point. This scholarly
but abstruse work is a study in futility. While concluding that the celestial sphere is the wellspring
of myth, the authors - de Santillana and von Dechend - have, nonetheless, conformed to a
uniformitarian cosmology in their interpretation of myth. This has thus prevented them from
perceiving the real reason behind an influential cosmos though they unequivocally conclude
that the great myths of the world do have a common
origin, that mythic actions are those of celestial bodies, and that mythic geography is not that of the
Earth but rather the heavens. (3)
In point of fact, "astrogeography" was so implicit in the beliefs of the ancients that there
appears to be a compelling force which not only caused Mankind to raise its collective eyes and arms
in cosmic supplication but to conceive celestial cities as well. "The assumption that all things on earth
have their counterparts in Heaven was a belief universally accepted in Babylonia in the pre-Christian
centuries and widely accepted throughout Western Asia in the Apocalyptic and Gnostic period. It
gave rise to a passionate belief in 'the mansions in the skies', and Jesus taught His disciples, 'In my
Father's house are many mansions.'"(4)
In the Sumerian Creation myth, the storm god Enlil is reported "as being in the city of Nipper
- a cosmic, celestial Nippur, antedating the creation of the earth, but destined to serve ultimately as
the model of the terrestrial Nippur, for the Sumerian cosmic pattern was, in general, designed on the
principle of Heaven (Sky),Earth parallelism."(5)
In Mesopotamia, it would appear that "all the Babylonian cities had their archetypes in the
constellations: Sippara in Cancer, Nineveh in Ursa-. Major, Assur in Arcturus, etc. Sennacherib has
Nineveh built according to the 'form ... delineated from distant ages by the writing of the
heaven-of-stars'." Even "the Tigris has its model in the star Anunit and the Euphrates in the star of the Swallow."
Other areas of the world also possessed a comparable cosmological "religio-philosophical"
attitude regarding the creation of terrestrial cities. "A celestial Jerusalem was created by God before
the city was built by the hand of man ... ; in India: all the Indian royal cities, even the modem ones,
are built after the mythical model of the celestial city where, in the age of gold (in illo tempore), the
Universal Sovereign dwelt."
"In Iranian cosmology of the Zarvanitic tradition, 'every terrestrial phenomenon, whether
abstract or concrete, corresponds to a celestial, transcendent invisible term, to an 'idea' in the Platonic
A similar but slightly variant concept was likewise to be found in ancient Egypt. There, the
existence of a heavenly Ann (the Heliopolis of the Greeks) was to the Egyptians what Jerusalem was
to the Jews and what Mecca still is to the Moslems. "The heavenly Anu was the capital of the
mythological world . . . [However,] like many other mythological cities . . . the heavenly Ann had no
geographical [specific celestial] position." (6)
"Man constructs according to an archetype. Not only do his city or his temple have
celestial models; the same is true of the entire region that he inhabits ... This participation by
urban cultures in an archetypal [celestial] model is what gives them their reality and their
validity." On the other hand, all "wild, uncultivated regions and the like are assimilated to
chaos" and when possession and exploitation of new territory begins "rites are performed that
symbolically repeat the act of Creation: the uncultivated zone is first 'cosmicized,' then
The art historian Eugenio Battisti, of the University of Genoa, has also acknowledged the
cosmic impetus for Mankind's thought. But he, too, apparently restricts his ideas to uniformitarian
precepts seemingly unconcerned with catastrophic factors.
The observation of celestial phenomena and the concept of their relationships with historical
events and with human life have always been of fundamental importance for religious concepts, for
philosophy, and for the actions of individuals and of societies . . . astronomy and astrology have
[thus] had an important impact ... in the direct depiction of heavenly bodies [and] in the symbolic
representation inspired by astral mythology . . . . Certainly one must in this connection speak not so
much of a consistent and uniform body of iconographical themes, as of an emotive source of
conceptual inspiration, one which is esoteric and extremely varied, but which is at the same time
intense and constantly recurrent in all cultures and at all times. (7)
Surely, the ordinary unfolding of celestial events alone cannot account for ancient man's astral
obsession, his theological concern, or his mythopeic endeavors.(8) "Daily things do not evoke
astonishment and influence but little a people's creative faculty . . . even local catastrophes, regarded
as very violent, do not serve for the creation of cosmic myths."(9)
Why, then, should the cosmos have exerted such an intense influence on Mankind's
mythology, religion, and philosophy which are all too frequently imbued with an inherent sense of
dread and cataclysmic preoccupation? "Why," asks Immanuel Velikovsky "is theomachy the central
theme of all cosmogonical myths? Should not a thinking man pause and wonder why the ancients in
both hemispheres worshipped planetary gods; why temples were erected to them, . . . why [were]
sacrifices, even human sacrifices brought to them?"(10) It is Velikovsky himself in Worlds in
Collision with its rigorously detailed and documented application of cosmological euhemerism, who
provides us with the fundamental and plausible answer: Cosmic catastrophism and its simultaneously
overwhelming universal effect were clearly responsible for a common astral origin of world religions,
particular eschatological beliefs, and the inculcation of unshakable fear.(11) The myths and legends
of all peoples conclusively support this contention.
An eighteenth century forerunner of Velikovsky, Nicolas-Antoine Boulanger (1722-1759),
likewise "analyzed the cosmogonies and mythologies of several far-spread peoples of the Earth, such
as Germans, Greeks, Jews, Arabs, Hindus, Chinese, Japanese, Peruvians, Mexicans, and Caribs,
concluding that rites, ceremonials, and myths reflect the fact that the human race was subjected to
a series of cosmic convulsions ..."(12)
Scholars try to explain the widespread common themes of mythology by a slow diffusion of
ideas from one culture to another. Velikovsky contends that the commonality of world myth is the
result of mankind',s common experience and common observation involving global disasters arising
from extraterrestrial causes. Catastrophism and the conditioned fear generated by any unusual
celestial movement, therefore, inspired a "related" world-wide polygenetical mythology which was
similar yet varied according to local interpretations. Admittedly, modification could conceivably
occur through a later diffusionist intrusion but basic cultural uniqueness would be retained. (13)
How else are we to explain the universal worship of the planet Venus, its prominent rank in
religious pantheons, and the numerous ceremonies associated with the Morning Star? (14)
What, for example, could have "induced the Mayas to call by the name of Scorpion the
constellation known to us and to the ancients by the same name? The outlines of this constellation
do not resemble the shape of this insect. It is 'one of the most remarkable coincidences in
nomenclature.' The constellation, which is not at all like a scorpion, probably was called by this name
because a comet that looked like a scorpion appeared in it." (15)
In many unrelated cultures we find similarities in form and emblem which suggest a common
cosmic implication: for example, the dome, either with or without a central opening; the pyramid; the
tower; the mound or staircase; the canopy (which imitates the vault of the heavens); the egg or gilded
ball, frequently an attribute of imperial power; the crown, etc. The greatest difficulty in the study of
such forms arises from the amalgam of cultures present everywhere, as a result of which archaic
cosmological concepts survive alongside other concepts either of a later period or foreign in
Worlds in Collision is thus a work that is primarily a reconstruction "built upon studying the
human testimony as preserved in the heritage of all ancient civilizations [which] tell in various forms
the very same narrative that the trained eye of a psychoanalyst could not but recognize as so many
variants of the same theme." (17)
This theme, the catastrophically changing order of the cosmos with its attendant sense of awe
and wonder, must have furnished ancient man with a fluctuating and complex source of celestial
imagery. This then precipitated numerous attempts at harmonizing meaningful depictions of the
divine with the ever-varying "cosmic picture."
W. F. Albright, the late dean of American archaeologists, once alluded to the latter
phenomenon when he wrote that "we have only to glance at the mythologies, the iconographies, and
the litanies to see that NearEastern gods shifted in disconcerting fashion from astral form to
zoomorphic, dendromorphic, and composite manifestations."(18) Albright failed, however, to make
the "cosmic connection" where ancient myth and religion were concerned preferring the conclusion
that "the sublime description of the theophany may owe certain features to the two most majestic
spectacles vouchsafed to mankind: a sub-tropical thunder-storm and a volcanic eruption." (19)
And yet, despite occasional localized upheaval, cosmic forces remained the preeminent
concern of the ancients. At times, in almost frenetic desperation, they would switch Planetary
allegiance, like betters at a roulette wheel, in the hope of winning heavenly and divine favor. (20)
Eventually, well-nigh all astral deities came to be equated with the Sun or Moon as the power of the
ancient gods was diminished through rationalization, obliviscence, and the acceptance of the present
cosmic arrangement as being retroactively constant, eternal and unalterable.
The Fountain of Forgetfulness
In order to avoid a "mental overload" the human mind is geared to repel and filter out
excessive stimuli and, that being the case, it is highly difficult, if not impossible, to imagine what the
psychological effect of a world conflagration wrought by cosmic fury would be. It would certainly
not be unreasonable to expect a Lethean* defense mechanism to assert itself.
[*. Amnesia; in Greek mythology, the waters of Lethe--a river in Hades--produced forgetfulness.]
The above statements gain credence from the personal experiences of the noted author Aldous
Huxley which were recounted in his book The Doors of Perception. While under the self-imposed
influence of Mescalin, Huxley experienced a form of transcendent consciousness which, for him,
"illuminated the anatomy of inner space and projected the idea that man himself is a b ridge between
two worlds, the earthly and the supersensible. It also publicized the then little known fact that the
brain, nervous system and sense organs function as a protective barrier against what would otherwise
be an overwhelming intrusion of the 'Total Mind', acting like a reducing valve to ration out that
'measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this
As the world -of ancient man was plunged into a state of primeval chaos resulting from
cosmic catastrophism, physical helplessness could, therefore, be overcome by psychological retreat.
The actual cataclysmic consequences were suppressed through mythic and epic conversion - a form
of "fantasy escape" - while memory fadeout also acted as a healing device; the mind blotted out reality
displacing the terrifying events from the conscious "into the unconscious strata of the mind, where
they continue to live and express themselves in bizarre forms of fear."(22) Velikovsky views this
process of forgetting and suppression as a form of "collective amnesia."(23)
The modern mythographer Giorgio de Santillana, one of the authors of the work previously
referred to, Hamlet's Mill, spent considerable effort delving into the problem of astromythology. But,
he excluded the catastrophic element in considering the cosmic source of myth and religion which
is surprising in as much as he feels that contemporary science
has been led by its modem evolutionary
and psychological bent to forget about the main source of myth, which was astronomy - the Royal
Science . . . Today expert philologists tell us that Saturn and Jupiter are names of vague deities,
subterranean or atmospheric, superimposed on the planets at a 'late' period; they neatly sort out folk
origins and 'late' derivations, all unaware that planetary periods, sidereal and synodic, were known
and rehearsed in numerous ways by celebrations already traditional in archaic times . . . Ancient
historians would have been aghast had they been told that obvious things were to become
unnoticeable. Aristotle was proud to state it as known that the gods were originally stars, even if
popular fantasy had later obscured this truth.(24)
Velikovsky, in Worlds in Collision had already previously drawn attention to the solarizing
tendency vis-a-vis the ancient gods which began with Macrobius in the fourth Christian century.
Earlier religious beliefs were disregarded as the cult of Sol Invictus gained ascendancy in the days of
the Late Roman Empire. (25)
Yet, "in former times the planets played a decidedly more important role in the imagination
of peoples, to which fact their religions give testimony." The enumeration of the Sun and Moon
"among the seven planets sometimes startles the modern scholar, because these two luminaries are
so much more conspicuous than the other planets: [still] the dominance of Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and
Mars [in antiquity] must startle us even more as long as we do not know what was displayed on the
celestial scene a few thousand years ago." (26)
It is highly probable that the very cosmic terrors which inspired religious and eschatological
beliefs may, in themselves, be responsible for mental blocks inhibiting their ideological acceptance
thereby suggesting that man's desire not to know is often as great as his desire to know.
Jung and the Collective Unconscious
Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist, was born on July 26, 1875 and early in his
career for a short but intensive period of time came under the sway of Sigmund Freud with whom he
eventually broke. Jung was very much concerned with the unconscious realm of man's mind which
he divided into the Personal Unconscious and the Collective Unconscious. The former, he contended,
consists of "forgotten, repressed, subliminally perceived and felt material of all kinds"; the latter "does
not include personal acquisitions specific to our individual ego, but only contents resulting 'from the
inherited possibility of Psychical functioning in general, namely from the inherited brain
Further, Jung declared that "the unconscious is older than . . . consciousness. It is the 'primal
datum' out of which consciousness ever arises afresh [and] the unconscious manifests itself as though
it were outside space and time."(28) Moreover, "the collective unconscious contains the whole
spiritual heritage of mankind's evolution born anew in the brain structure of every individual."(29)
Finally, "the collective unconscious is made up of contents which, regardless of historic era
or social or ethnic group, are the deposit of mankind's typical reactions since primordial times to
universal human situations such as fear, danger, the struggle against superior power . . .the power of
the bright or the dark principle . . ."(30)
Since, according to Velikovsky, the collective unconscious acts as "a receptacle and carrier
of ideas deposited there in primeval times, which plays an important role in our concepts and actions
. . . we may well wonder to what extent the terrifying experiences of world catastrophes have become
part of the human soul and how much, if any, of it can be traced in our beliefs, emotions, and behavior
as directed from the unconscious or subconscious strata of the mind."(31)
There are numerous examples of what seems to be the unconscious memory of these past
events breaking through into the conscious and thus playing a dramatic role in behavior. Such is the
case, apparently of the seventeenth century author John Bunyan. "As the Puritan teaching spread
around him, Bunyan's deviltry was disturbed by thoughts of death, the Last Judgment, and hell. Once
he dreamed that he saw all the sky on fire, and the earth splitting beneath him. He woke in terror,
and frightened the family with his cries: 'O Lord, have mercy on me! . . . The Day of Judgment is
come, and I am not prepared."(32)
Another instance comes from a dream received by Jung from an acquaintance which the latter
had had on May 27, 1957. The dream contained a reference to a sphere which approached the earth
at high velocity and was at first thought to be Jupiter in aberration from its proper orbit.
The object, however, though large, was then seen as being much too small for Jupiter; and
as it continued on course bringing with it the realization that it must certainly make a terrific impact
upon the earth, fear was felt in which awe was more predominant." Soon "another and yet another
sphere emerged from the horizon and sped towards the earth."(33)
Jung was not unfamiliar with the "Jupiter motif" and ultimately interpreted the dream as fear
of a new World War "although, to all appearances, a cosmic catastrophe is about to happen." (34)
During his research for Worlds in Collision, Velikovsky was confronted with the question:
"Was it the planet Jupiter or Venus that caused the catastrophe of the time of the Exodus?"(35) The
problem as to which planetary body was the harbinger of doom was the result of a confusion on the
part of the ancients themselves as to "whether the planet Jupiter or its offspring was approaching"
and the duality expressed in their mythological handling of the real event. "At an earlier time, Jupiter
had already caused havoc in the planetary family, the earth included, and it was therefore only natural
to see in the approaching body the planet Jupiter."(36)
Freud and Anamnesis
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), too, was concerned with and searched for the primordial urges
in present day man. He came to believe that the earliest experiences of mankind and the way they
were assimilated created a general behavioral pattern not unlike that found in the individual. In the
latter, the "earliest impressions, received at a time when they were hardly able to talk, manifested
themselves later in an obsessive fashion, although those impressions themselves are not consciously
Freud also concluded "that the mental residue of . . . primeval times has become a heritage
which, with each new generation, needs only to be awakened, not to be reacquired."(38) He also
subscribed to the notion that the events of the past had been "repressed" but was analytically vague
as to the actual nature of those events. (39)
Freudian therapy, for those who are neurotically reenacting their repressed traumatic
experiences from a subconscious compulsion involves anamnesis - a recalling to mind on the
conscious level those events which are buried in an individual's psychic history. In Velikovskian
terms, those events were both traumatic and real; early man's suffering was caused by "disorders in
the solar system of a purely mechanical nature. Early man interpreted these disorders as actions of
divinities with motivations that resembled his own. His two prime reactions took the opposite forms
of guilt and aggression. He felt guilt insofar as he fantasized that the gods were destroying man to
punish him, and he became aggressive insofar as he identified with the gods to the point of imitating
Freud believed that "the obscure sense of guilt which has been common to man since
prehistoric times, and which in many religions has been condensed into the doctrine of original sin,
is probably the outcome of a blood-guiltiness incurred by primitive man" whose "primal crime must
have been a parricide, the killing of the primal father of the primitive human horde, whose image in
memory was later transfigured into a deity."(41)
But what could have induced this particular "primal crime?" Freud seems to have overlooked
the most significant fact that the major myths of mankind tell of the supersession of father by son on
a cosmic level where one planetary god supplanted another, often through violent means.
In purely physical terms, the divine succession most likely reflected a catastrophically
changing cosmos. Is it not logical, therefore, to assume that Early man's psychological attitude and
his physical behavior also reflected, in a mimicking way, the actions of an awe-inspiring cosmos?
Boulanger has also "argued that these catastrophes shaped the human mind, causing among
other things a deep seated psychological trauma: 'We still tremble today as a consequence of the
deluge and our institutions ,till pass on to us the fears and the apocalyptic ideas of our first fathers.
Terror survives from race to race The child will dread in perpetuity what frightens his ancestors'." (42)
How, then, is man to break his patterns of guilt, aggression, and fear? "Liberation is to come
when the purely mechanistic nature of the catastrophic agents is recognized. Man will then see that
there was no question of punishment or aggression because the agents were not beings motivated to
punish or destroy ... [and he] will have to keep casting [his] ancestors in the role of fools of the
To those individuals who would view the ethnological condition and cosmological beliefs of
ancient and primitive man strictly from the social, historical or agricultural standpoint, with only the
occasional terrestrial disturbances a discordant factor, a condition of scholarly myopia must inevitably
A good example is found in the studies of the late Henri Frankfort, a renowned Orientalist,
both singly and with others. In Kingship and the Gods, for example, Frankfort presented a Sumerian
poem which supposedly evokes the memory of a golden age: (45)
In those days there was no snake, there was no scorpion . . .
There was no lion, there was no wild dog(?), no wolf,
There was no fear, no terror,
Man had no opponent.
In those days the land Shubur (East) . . .
Discordant Sumer (South), the land of the "decrees of princeship,"
Uri (North), the land having all that is needful,
The land Martu (West), resting security,
The whole universe, the people in unison (?)
To Enlil with one tongue gave praise.
A discussion of the god Enlil immediately follows while no attempt at poetical analysis is made.
Frankfort was primarily interested instead in the early Mesopotamian "consciousness of solidarity"
or sense of "oneness" which yielded later to separatist concepts of city-states and strict
politico-religious divisions resulting in territorial fragmentation not generally found in Egypt.
That the original solidarity of early Mesopotamia may have been broken for reasons other than
the character of the land, never occurred to Frankfort; and consequently the Sumerian poem is totally
overlooked as literary evidence of celestial disturbances in historical times. But could there have been
some outside force which was responsible for irretrievably disrupting the initial unity of Mesopotamia
aside from armed conflicts and the deficiencies of political institutions?
Unfortunately, Frankfort, along with his colleagues Groenewegen-Frankfort, Wilson, and
Jacobsen, cannot see beyond terrestrial limitations. To them, cosmic events signify the order of the
natural world - a purely earthbound conception. (47)
Wilson subscribes to the theory that the Egyptian cosmos, like the Nile valley, "had limited
space but reassuring periodicity."(48) Jacobsen and the Frankforts tend to adroitly circumvent the
identification of any specific cosmic phenomena.
But now let us reexamine the Sumerian poem in the light of a cosmological discussion.
Velikovsky has brought attention to the fact that "in the Babylonian astrological texts it is said
that 'a star takes the shape of divers animals: lion, jackal, dog, pig, fish'."(49) Further, Velikovsky
contends that Mars, due to atmospheric distortion resulting from celestial contact, resembled a wolf
or jackal (50) and the fight between the serpent Midgard, "the bright snake gaping in the heaven
above," and the wolf Fenris, "the foaming wolf" of the Edda presented the celestial "clash" of Venus
and Mars. (51)
Comets also appear as a "pageant of the sky" and "actually every comet has its peculiar shape
which may change during the visibility of the comet." (52) On one of the Babylonian astronomical
tablets it states that ,.a star flared up and its light radiated bright as day, and as it blazed, it lashed its
tail like an angry scorpion." (53)
While it is true that the references to the cosmological phenomena cited above post-date
Sumerian times, it is not unreasonable-to suppose that similar appearing celestial images were also
seen in the days of Sumer. It may even be that the later Babylonian texts perpetuated much older
Mesopotamian astronomical observations. With this imagery in mind, it is now possible at the least
to approach the above quoted poem with a new insight in the hope of extracting its deeper and more
We need only ask the following questions: Why should a developing urban society protected
by city walls (54) look upon certain animals with fear, nay terror,(55) while nostalgically recollecting
its blissful past? Are the animals referred to merely a recognizable allegorical substitute for a far
greater threat? What could the expression "one tongue" signify?
Terror in the Year 1000
In his last written work, left unfinished by his death, the great French scholar Henri Focillon
expended considerable energy analyzing the psychological atmosphere surrounding the year 1000
(A.D.) and the concept of millenarianism. (56)
He observed that "the year 1000 presents a picture of strong contrasts [and] while there is no
text that allows us to assert that in its obscure strata it was shaken by the fear of the world's end, yet
fear - an ill-defined fear feeding on everything - was dominant nonetheless. That fear exceeds the
year in point of time, it was present earlier and does not end when the year ends."(57)
It cannot be denied that an end of the world attitude prevailed as the year 1000 approached.
But Focillon was unable to explain in a totally satisfactory manner "the problem of the terrors" as they
related to the year 1000 and was ultimately powerless to ascribe the terrors to any one single factor.
He did demonstrate, however, that they existed independently of the year 1000.(58)
Whether or not the year 1000 should have even been designated as the apocalyptic moment
is questionable. The eschatological cognizance of that date was 1) both a function of the accepted
length of cyclical termination, itself variable; 2) the uncertain chronological starting point for
computing the passage of a millennium.(59)
The best and most reliable contemporary source of information dealing with "the millennium
syndrome" is Raoul Glaber (60) who was educated at Cluny and was a world traveller. To Glaber
the year 1000 marked the "imminent end of the world" when Satan, "the prince of metamorphoses"
would soon be unleashed. And then in the year 1000 something did happen:
It appeared in the month of September, not long after nightfall, and remained
visible for nearly three months. It shone so brightly that its light seemed to fill the
greater part of the sky, then it vanished at cock's crow. But whether it is a new star
which God launches into space, or whether He merely increases the normal brightness
of another star, only He can decide who in the mysterious secrecy of His wisdom
prepares all things. What appears established with the greatest degree of certainty is
that this phenomenon in the sky never appears to men without being the sure sign of
some mysterious and terrible event. And indeed a fire soon consumed the church of
St. Michael the Archangel, built on a promontory in the ocean, which had always been
the object of special veneration throughout the whole world.(61)
Despite the collective reaction to this cosmic phenomenon which resulted in a spontaneous
religious procession--"a picture of anguished humanity" in the words of Focillon himself--the full
import of the event is, nonetheless, surprisingly downgraded by the Frenchman.
Focillon dismissed the response to "the comet of the year 1000" on the grounds that it "is not
the sole example of a prodigy in the sky during the [general] period" under consideration since
another "meteor" appeared in 1022.(62) Yet, a reaction did occur and a highly acute one at that!
Thus, when confronted with a logical solution to "the problem of the terrors" - subconscious fear of
cosmic catastrophism - Focillon was reluctant and even unwilling to accept it.
We must wonder at Focillon's own pedantic and psychological attitude. He either became so
scholastic in his study of "millenarian terror" and "an end of the world" Mentality(63) that he
unintentionally remained inconclusive and rambling in his attempt to uncover the real psychological
basis for the terrors - which he correctly perceived were not bound to the year 1000; or, Focillon was
unable to fathom the underlying psychological cause of medieval man's terror for he himself, in failing
to completely grasp the often overwhelming effect of celestial phenomena, may have possessed his
own defensive psychological blind spot on the matter. Perhaps Focillon unknowingly shared the same
subconscious fear as those he analyzed and so, like the physician who could not heal himself, could
not properly diagnose his patient. To put it another way, the final precise revelation was deliberately
unconsciously avoided because it could not be faced. What else can we conclude from Focillon's
As Velikovsky has observed - "comets, because of their causal relation to world catastrophes,
and also because of their terrifying appearance, were the kind of phenomenon to kindle the
imagination of peoples. But for some reason, the impression they must have made on the peoples of
antiquity is not considered in explanation of myths and legends" nor properly evaluated in explanation
of mankind's ever present and unwavering subconscious fear. (65)
The seventeenth century presents a picture of fear and crisis not unlike "the problem of the
terrors" which cast such a pall over the period immediately surrounding the year 1000; astronomy and
history apparently conspired to reenforce an already impending sense of disaster.
Ever since 1618 at least there had been talk of the dissolution of society or of
the world; and the undefined sense of gloom of which we are constantly aware in
those years was justified sometimes by new interpretations of Scripture, sometimes
by new phenomena in the skies. (66)
The appearance in 1618 of a brilliant new comet, with a tail fifty million miles long, seemed
to support the prophets of doom. James I of England "was convinced that it was an omen, not only
of the fall of the House of Stuart, but also of the Thirty Years War (1618-48). John Evelyn, the
diarist, also blamed the comet for the war."(67)
Yet these reactions are strange indeed since the wars of the seventeenth century were, in a
sense, only a resumption of those of the sixteenth century. But for all that, the entire fabric of the
seventeenth century is dramatically altered. "It is broken in the middle, irreparably broken, and at the
end of it, after the revolutions, men can hardly recognize the beginning. Intellectually, politically,
morally, we are in a new age, a new climate. It is as if a series of rainstorms has ended in one final
thunderstorm which has cleared the air and changed, permanently, the temperature of Europe."(68)
Even the intellectual background of seventeenth century Europe shows that the sources of
upheaval were "deep-seated and anticipated, if only vaguely anticipated, even before the accidents
which launched it."
It was at this time that cyclical theories of history became fashionable and the
decline and fall of nations was predicted, not only from Scripture and the stars, but
also from the passage of time and the organic processes of decay. Kingdoms,
declared a Puritan preacher in 1643, after touching lightly on the corroborative
influence of the comet of 1618, last for a maximum period of 500 or 600 years 'and
it is known to all of you how long we have been since the conquest'.(69)
Like the time of the year 1000, an end of the world syndrome prevailed. Once again a
dormant but virile fear embedded in mankind's psychic makeup evidently reasserted its presence.
It is an interesting but undeniable fact that the most advanced scientists of the
early sixteenth century included also the most learned and literal students of biblical
mathematics; and in their hands science and religion converged to pinpoint, between
1640 and 1660, the dissolution of society, and the end of the world.(70)
The seventeenth century also witnessed the European witch-craze the product of an
inexplicable "great fear" that enveloped the continent. "When a 'great fear' takes hold of society, that
society looks naturally to the stereotype of the enemy in its midst; and once the witch had become
the stereotype, witchcraft would be the universal accusation."(71)
The appearance of the witches thus provided a necessary scapegoat at a time when European
society in all its aspects demanded one. And what is even more amazing is the fact that witches
manifested themselves voluntarily as though responding instinctually to the scapegoat needs of the
moment. At the same time, as though unable to resist a lapse into irrationality, "some of the most
original and cultivated men of the time not only accepted the theory of witch-craft, but positively
devoted their genius to its propagation."(72)
Perhaps therefore the motivating roots for the seventeenth century European witch-craze are
not to be found in any contemporary milieu after all. Perhaps the strata of mankind's psyche should
be searched instead in order to see if the residue of terrifying past experiences regarding the cosmos
were responsible. (73)
Beyond the Year 1000
The generations of mankind have not been allowed to forget the restless heavens." Comets,
meteors, and exploding stars have all repeatedly contributed their luminescent display upon the
celestial screen. Comets, in particular, have struck a frightening chord in the heavenly theophany; and
war, plague, famine, and the death and birth of notables have all been attributed to their appearance.
"From the dawn of written history to the present the superstitious have always regarded comets with
fear as the portents of disaster." (74)
Man, by an inherited instinct, regards the comet as a great terror and a great
foe; and the heart of humanity sits uneasily when one blazes in the sky. Even to the
scholar and the scientist they are a puzzle and a fear; they are erratic, unusual,
anarchical, monstrous - something let loose, like a tiger of the heavens, athwart an
orderly, peaceful, and harmonious world. They may be impalpable and harmless
attenuations of gas, or they may be loaded with death and rain; but in any event man
can not contemplate them without terror.(75)
What is now called Halley's Comet has, in itself, been a cause of extreme consternation at
those times when it appeared in days gone by. In 1066 it was viewed as a precursor of the Norman
Conquest. In 1456 the Turks, who were besieging Belgrade, along with the city's defenders were
suddenly seized with fear at its appearance. "Pope Calixtus III, himself struck with general terror,
ordered public prayers to be offered up for deliverance from the comet and the enemies of
The description of the comet of 1528 by the famous French surgeon Ambroise Pare is
This comet was so horrible and so frightful and it produced such great terror
in the vulgar that some died of fear and others fell sick. At the summit of it was seen
the figure of a bent arm, holding in its hand a great sword, as if about to strike. On
both sides of the rays of this comet were seen a great number of axes, knives and
blood Coloured swords among which were a great number of hideous human faces
with beards and bristling hair.(77)
"In 1910 many Chinese villagers shot off fireworks in the hopes of driving Halley's comet
away. In the United States many people believed that the comet of 1812 foretold the war of that year
and that Donati's comet in 1858 heralded the Civil War."(78)
Like comets, supernovae (faint stars that suddenly flare up with extreme brilliance) have also
caused consternation. One appeared in 1054 and was recorded in the Chinese annals, though
surprisingly not mentioned in any surviving European document. It "appeared so brilliant that for 23
days it could be seen in full daylight."(79) Modern astronomy has succeeded in locating the supernova
of 1054 in the constellation of Taurus.
In 1572, however, Europe was shaken by a supernova later known as Tycho's Nova which
suddenly appeared in the constellation of Cassiopeia and in only a few days "grew brighter than
Venus and could be seen in broad daylight. The superstitious were certain that it heralded some
dreadful disaster, perhaps the end of the world."(80) Kepler's Nova made its appearance in 1604, did
not fade until 1606, and was as brilliant as Jupiter but not as bright as its sixteenth century
In 1885 an extraordinary brilliance was observed in the galaxy known as the Andromeda
Nebula. The sudden stellar flareup lasted for 25 days and "that single star shone more brightly than
10 million suns. Then it faded to such an extent that it was no longer visible through the most
powerful telescopes." (81) Additional novae have also been observed with telescopes and the unaided
eye since 1890 without, however, causing any undue alarm.
People have been extremely frightened and intimidated by meteor showers as well. (82) For
example, "a spectacular display of meteors, visible over the eastern half of the United States on the
night of November 12, 1883, convinced many terrified witnesses that the end of the world was at
hand. The display began before midnight and increased in intensity as the night wore on. In the hours
before dawn the meteors were as thick as snowflakes and it appeared as though the heavens were
raining fire. Some of the meteors rivaled Jupiter or Venus in brightness. One was reported to have
been nearly as large as the moon. It was estimated that 10,000 flashed across the sky in an hour."(83)
Astronomers soon came to recognize a periodicity to this cosmological phenomenon and also
realized that the meteors had come from one point in the constellation of Leo. "This meant that the
earth had collided with a vast swarm of meteors."(84)
It has been suggested that the Chicago fire of 1871 as well as less publicized Midwestern and
Farwestern fires were the result of a cometary flyby. "If the detritus from the ephemeris of one such
as Biela's comet did impinge on our atmosphere, how much frozen methane or cyanogen would it
take to set six states afire, in a path that took a southwest to a northeasterly direction about a
thousand miles long by several hundred wide?"(85)
As in other times, the twentieth-century has not been without its share of celestial excitement.
On June 30, 1908 something from outer space apparently collided with the Earth in the Tunguska
area of central Siberia producing a devastating mid-air explosion seconds before impact. A "pillar
of fire" was seen in Kirensk, 250 miles away, while "horses were thrown down in an area south of
Kansk, more than 400 miles distant."(86) Had the celestial object arrived slightly less than five hours
later along the same latitude, it would have leveled St. Petersburg (Leningrad) the capital of Imperial
Various theories have been put forward to account for the Siberian disaster. It has been
proposed that the Earth was hit either by a comet, a giant meteor, a chunk of antimatter, or a tiny
"black hole." Even the possibility that intelligent extraterrestrial beings caused a nuclear explosion,
or fired a laser beam at the Earth, or crashed in an attempt to land here has been posited.
But, regardless of the reason, something did strike our world and while "no explanation
satisfies everyone . . . we are left with the real possibility of a recurrence. Should it take place
without warning in a populated region and resemble a nuclear blast, could it trigger an atomic war?"
According to Dr. H. E.. Wood, an astronomer at Cape Town Observatory, the "Earth was
in grave danger of collision with a small planet astray in the solar system" between the 25th and 30th
of October in 1937. "There was great excitement . . . the planet was rushing towards the Earth
almost in a straight line. Had it hit us, the international system might have been altered . . . The planet
missed us by only five and a half hours. It is the narrowest escape the world has ever had in the
period of astronomical observations."(89)
There may be some doubt concerning the authenticity of the celestial phenomenon recounted
above due to what appears to be a lack of corroborating scientific documentation from other quarters.
The descriptive terminology employed, such as the word "planet," certainly gives one reason to
pause. Nevertheless, the probable reality of the 1937 observation cannot be entirely dismissed out
On August 10, 1972, a meteor narrowly missed the Rocky Mountain states as it sped by the
Earth while travelling a celestial path. Recent studies have concluded that had the object hit the Earth
it would have done so with a force equal to or four times as great as the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Estimates have placed the weight of the meteor somewhere between 1100 and 4000 tons. It
approached the Earth with a velocity of 10 miles per second "and if it had been at a slightly lower
altitude, the damage would have been very extensive."(90)
In endeavoring to establish the historicity of "the words of Isaiah and of other seers . . . of the
Old Testament," Velikovsky criticized the exegetes Maimonides and Spinoza for their insistent
metaphorical conversion of Biblical Scripture.(91)
"Events were called miracles and were explained as subjective apperceptions or as symbolic
descriptions because they could not t)e otherwise accounted for." Nevertheless, there is no "room for
doubt that by 'stones falling from the sky' were meant meteorites; by brimstone and pitch were meant
brimstone and pitch; by scorching blast of fire was meant scorching blast of fire; by storm and
tempest, storm and tempest; by a darkened sun, by the earth removed from its place, by change of
time and seasons, were meant just these changes in the regular processes of nature . . . Until the fall
of meteorites in 1803, science was sure that stones falling from the sky occurred only in legends."(92)
Yet, through the millennia, Mankind has repeatedly cringed before the cosmos. Neither the
great nor the lowly; the good nor the bad; the meek nor the aggressor; the wealthy nor the poor; the
pious nor the irreverent have been spared a sense of anguish arising from the "inconstant heavens."
And always the question Why? remains to mock those who would evade it; while the most elaborate
scientific explanations for a uniformitarian cosmology stand to be confuted so long as there is
disregard for the human record and the reactions of the human psyche.(93)
1. See G. S. Kirk, Myth: Its Meaning and Functions in Ancient and Other Cultures (Univ.
of Calif. Press: Los Angeles, 1973), pp. 280-285; the article "Myth and Fable" in the
Encyclopedia of World Art (EWA), X (N. Y., 1961), pp. 448-451; V. Deloria, "Myth and
the Origin of Religion," Pensee, Vol. 4, no. 4, Fall 1974, pp. 45-50.
2. See the articles "Theories of Myth and the Folklorist" by R. M. Dorson and "The Historical
Development of Mythology" by Joseph Campbell in Myth and Mythmaking, ed. by 14. A.
Murray (Beacon Press: Boston. 1969); A. D. Nock, "The Study of the History of Religion,"
Essays on Religion and the Ancient World (Oxford, 19721, pp. 331-340.
3. G. de Santillana and H. von Dechend, Hamlet's Mill (Boston, 1969), pp. 242-262.
4. S. Langdon, Semitic Mythology (Boston, 1931), P. 310.
5. P. Ackerman, "Stars and Stories," in Myth and Mythmaking, op. cit., p. 99 (emphasis
5a. All quotes are from M. Eliade, The Myth of the Eternal Return (Princeton/Bollingen
paperback: Princeton, 1971), pp. 6-9 (emphasis added).
6. E. A. Wallis Budge, The Book of the Dead (University Books: New Hyde Park, 1960), p.
25, n. 2. (Anu may have been associated with Saturn, however.)
6a. Eliade, pp. 9-10.
7. E. Battisti, "Astronomy and Astrology," EWA, II (N. Y., 1960), pp. 39-40 (emphasis
8. S. Giedion, The Eternal Present, II (N. Y., 1964), pp. 138-145; Langdon, op. cit., pp. 65-67 and 93.
9. I. Velikovsky, Worlds in Collision (Doubleday: Garden City, 1950), pp. 302-303 (emphasis
added): Cf. D. Vitaliano, Legends of the Earth (Bloomington, 1973).
10. I. Velikovsky, "My Challenge to Conventional Views in Science," Pensee, Vol. 4, no. 2,
Spring 1974, p. 10.
11. Ibid., p. 11; W in C, pp. 380-381; also see article "Eschatology,"
EWA, IV (N. Y., 1961),
pp. 788-789, 811-817, 820-827; For an alternate explanation of religious origins see E. O.
James, Comparative Religion (N. Y., 1961), pp. 35-36.
12. As cited in L. Stecchini, "The Inconstant Heavens," The Velikovsky Affair, ed. by A. de
Grazia (New Hyde Park, N. Y., 1967), p. 120; also see I. Velikovsky, Earth in Upheaval (Doubleday: Garden City, 1955).
13. See Pensee, Vol. 4, no. 2, Spring 1974, p. 36; G. Kubler, The Art and Architecture of Ancient America (Baltimore, 1962), pp. 11-12 for a discussion of diffusion and polygenesis
theories; also see E. O. James, op. cit., pp. 27-30: R. C. Padden, "On Diffusionism and
Historicity," American Historical Review, Vol. 78, no. 4, Oct. 1973, pp. 987-1004;
Vitaliano, op. cit., p. 4; Man Across the Sea, ed. by C. L. Riley, et. al (Austin, 1971).
14. W in C, pp. 175-193; I. Velikovsky, "Astronomy and Chronology," Pensee, Vol. 3. no. 3,
Spring-Summer 1973, pp. 47-48..
15. W in C, pp. 305-306; also see W in C, pp. 303-304 and 308-310,
16. S. Bosticco, "Cosmology and Cartography," EWA, III (N. Y., 1960), p. 836.
17. I. Velikovsky, "My Challenge . . . " op. cit., p. 10 (emphasis added).
18. W. F. Albright, From the Stone Age to Christianity(Doubleday Anchor Books: Garden
City, 1957), P. 264; also see M. Eliade, "Divinities," EWA, IV (N. Y., 1961), pp. 382-387;
P. Matthiae, "Symbolism and Allegory," EWA, XIII (N. Y., 1967), pp. 802-803.
19. Albright, Ibid., p. 263.
20. King Nebuchadnezzar for example.
21. As discussed and cited in T. Ravenscroft, The Spear of Destiny(Bantam Books: N. Y.,
1974), p. xiv (emphasis added).
22. W in C, p. 298; also J. V. Myers, "Theomachy in the Theater: On the Fringes of the
Collective Amnesia," KRONOS, I, No. 2, Summer 1975.
23. W in C pp. 298-300 and 383, n. 1: CHIRON, pp. 9-11; I. Donnelly, Ragnarok: The Age
of Fire and Gravel (Steiner Pub. reprint: (1883) N. Y., 1971), pp. 424-430; also see the
article "Phobia, Amnesia, and the Psyche," elsewhere in this issue.
24. G. de Santillana and H. von Dechend, Hamlet's Mill, op. cit., pp. 3-4; also see G. Eklund
and G. Benfor, "If the Stars are Gods," Universe 4 (N. Y., 1974), pp. 121-159, especially
pp. 129-131......... Is the sun benevolent? How does it inspire your daily life? Does it
constantly rage? I don't know, and you don't know either, and it's not a thing we can risk
lying about, because they [aliens] may very well know themselves. To them, a star is a living
entity. It's a god, but more than our gods, because they can see a star and feel its heat and
never doubt that it's always there."
25. See G. H. Halsberghe, The Cult of Sol Invictus (Leiden, 1972), pp. 26ff.
26. W in C, p. 301.
27. J. Jacobi, The Psychology of C. G. Jung (London, 1962), pp. 30, 8 and n. 5. See also The
Collected Works of Carl G. Jung, vols. I-XVIII, N. Y., Bollingen-Pantheon, especially ix.
28. Ibid., p. 9 and n. 5 on p. 8; see E. Neumann, The Great Mother (N. Y., 1955), pp. 7ff.
29. C. G. Jung, "The Structure of the Psyche" in The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche
(Pantheon Books: N. Y., 1960), p. 152; "There are some thoughts and opinions which we
seem to take by inheritance: we imbibe them with our mothers' milk; they are in our blood:
they are received insensibly in childhood" - I. Donnelly, op, cit., p. 424.
30. Jacobi, op. cit., p. 10; ". . . . there is an untaught but universal feeling which makes all
mankind regard comets With fear and trembling, and which unites all races of men in a
universal belief that some day the world will be destroyed by fire" - I. Donnelly, Ibid., p. 424.
31. W in C, p. 383 and n. 1; Pensee, Vol. 3, no. 3, Fall 1973, pp. 24-27; H. G. Wells, "The
Star," Great Science Fiction Stories(Dell Pub., N. Y., 1971), pp. 108-120 (originally published
in 1899); D. Pendleton, Cataclysm (Bee-Line Books: N. Y., 1969).
32. As cited in W. Durant, The Age of Louis XIV (N. Y., 1963), p. 208 and n. 7 (emphasis
33. C. G. Jung, Flying Saucers (N. Y., 1959), pp. 71-73 (emphasis added; "Jung has explained
the UFOs as a projection of a psychic content (of wholeness) that has at all times been
symbolized by the circle. In other words, this 'visionary rumor,' as can also be seen in many
dreams of our time, is an attempt by the unconscious collective psyche to heal the split in our
apocalyptic age by means of the symbol of the circle." - see, Man and His Symbols
Doubleday: Garden City, 1969), p. 249.
34. Flying Saucers, Ibid., pp. 76-77 (emphasis added).
35. W in C, p. 172.
36. Ibid., p. 173.
37. S. Freud, Moses and Monotheism(Vintage Books: N. Y., 1967), p. 167; also see S. Freud,
Totem and Taboo(1913); W in C, p. 298.
38. Freud, Moses and Monotheism, Ibid., p. 170.
39. See the articles "Repression" and "The Unconscious" in The Major Works of Sigmund
Freud(Chicago, 1952), pp. 422-443.
40. W. Mullen, "A Reading of the Pyramid Texts," Pensee, Vol. 3, no. 1, Winter 1973, p. 11.
41. "Thoughts on War and Death," Major Works, op. cit., p. 763; but see I. Velikovsky, W in
C, p. 302.
42. As cited in L. Stecchini, The Velikovsky Affair, op. cit., p. 121; N. Boulanger, L'Antiquit,'
"devoilee par ses usages, on examen critique des principals opinions, ceremonies et
institutions religieuses et politiques des differons peoples de la terre"(Amsterdam, 1766),
III, p. 316.
43. W. Mullen, loc. cit.
44. See, for example, E. O. James, The Ancient Gods, (N. Y., 1960), pp. 200-229.
45. R. Frankfort, Kingship and the Gods, (Chicago, 1948), p. 216.
46. H. Frankfort, et. al., Before Philosophy,(Penguin Books: Baltimore, 1959), pp. 12-13,
47. Ibid., pp. 35, 43-44, 51ff., 70, 140, 196, 215-216, 238, 262.
48. Ibid., p. 70.
49. W in C, p. 264 and n. 1 (emphasis added)
50. Ibid., n. 3 (emphasis added).
51. Ibid., pp. 265 and 267 (emphasis added).
52. Ibid., p. 305; R. A. Lyttleton, The Comets and their Origins, (Cambridge Univ, Press:
Cambridge, 1953), pp. 30-38.
53. W in C p. 306, n. 3 (emphasis added); R. Ash and I. Grant, Comets (Bounty Books: W. Y.,
1973), p. 26; also see A. Hislop, The Two Babylons(London, 1916), note on p. 57.
54. See A. Moortgat, The Art of Ancient Mesopotamia(N. Y., 1969), pp. 21-25.
55. See H. Frankfort, The Art and Architecture of the Ancient Orient (Baltimore, 1958), p.
56. See A. Harnak, article "Millenium' in Encyclopedia Britannica (1955); J. Danielou, The
Theology of Jewish Christianityu (London, 1964), pp. 377ff.
57. H. Focillon, The Year 1000 (Harper Torchbooks: N. Y., 1971), p, 63 (emphasis added); also
see E. Mgle, The Gothic Image (Harper Torchbooks: N. Y., 1958), pp. 355-356; E.Duckett,
Death and Life in the Tenth Century (Ann Arbor, 1968), especially pp. 195-218.
58. Focillon, Ibid., pp. 50, 53-54, 59-63, 68.
59. Ibid., pp. 41-42, 46; and see W in C, "Synodos," pp. 269-273- Danielou,
op. cit. , pp. 401-402.
60. R. Glaber, Les ciriq livres de ses histoires (900-1044), ed. ) A. Prou (Paris, 1866).
61. Focillon, p. 66; Glaber, Book III, ch. 3; E. Pognon, L'an. mille (Paris, 1947), pp. 87-88; J.
Roy, L'an mil. Formation de la legende de I'an mil; itat de la France de I'an 950 a 1050
(Paris, 1885), pp. 204-205.
62. Focillon, pp. 66-67.
63. Ibid., pp. 68-69.
64. Ibid., pp. 71-72.
65. W in C, p. 303.
66. H. R. Trevor-Roper, The European Witch-Craze of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth
Centuries (Harper Torchbooks: N. Y., 1969), p. 47.
67. Ash and Grant, Comets, op. cit., p. 35. "John Milton, perhaps with the comet of 1618 in
mind referred to their bellicose nature in Paradise Lost."; also see W in C, p. 383, n. 1.
68.Trevor-Roper, op. cit., p. 50.
69. Ibid., p. 47 and n. 1; also see H. B. Alexander, Latin-American Mythology (Boston, 1920),
70. Trevor-Roper, p. 47 and n. 2.
71. Ibid., p. 190. Might not this also account for the Nazi reaction to the Jews in their midst
during the thirties and forties of the twentieth century?
72. Ibid., p. 122.
73. See W in C, "Jubilee" and "Of 'Pre-existing Ideas' in the Souls of Peoples."
74. D. Dietz, The New Outline of Science (N. Y., 1972), p. 60; P. L. Brown, Comets,
Meteorites & Men (N. Y., 1973), pp. 10-14; Ash and Grant, op. cit., pp. 32-37 and 40-42.
75. I. Donnelly, op. cit., p. 430.
76. Brown, op. cit., pp. 17 and 22-37.
77. As cited in Ibid., p. 17; also see W in C, pp. 261-262; I Chronicles 21:16.
78. Dietz, op. cit., p. 60.
79. W. Sullivan, "A Hole in the Sky," The New York Times Magazine (Sunday, July 14, 1974), p. 30.
80. Dietz, op. cit., pp. 97-98.
81. Sullivan, op. cit., p. 30.
82. Brown, op. cit., pp. 152-159.
83. Dietz, op. cit., p. 66.
84. Ibid., pp. 66-67.
85. F. B. Jueneman, "Tales of a Comet," Industrial Research (Oct. 1973), p. 14; Donnelly, op.
cit., pp. 413-422.
86.Sullivan, op. cit., p. 11; also see F. B. Jueneman, "Chariot of the Tunguska fire god?"
Industrial Research (Aug. 1973), P. 13.
87.See CHIRON, 4. cit., P. 48; I. Asimov, "Toro: A Defense of Space Exploration,"
Intellectual Digest (July 1972), pp. 74-78.
88. Sullivan, op. cit., pp. 24-25; Asimov, Ibid.<
89. As cited in H. T. Wilkins, Mysteries of Ancient South Americau (Citadel Press: Secaucus,
N. J., 1974), P. 33 (emphasis added).
90. See The New York Times, July 4, 1974, Sec. I; Nature , Feb. 15 1974; Sky and Telescope,
91.W in C, pp. 220-226.
92.Ibid., p. 226; also see W. Sullivan, We Are Not Alone (Signet Books: N. Y., 1966), pp.
93.See B. Steiger, "Hurtling Horrors from Outer Space," Man's World, Oct. 1974, Vol. 20, no.
5, p. 52 - "Mankind cannot live in constant fear of horrors that may hurtle at him from the
sky, but neither can he walk about complacently in a false security that his science and
technology can protect him from the inviolable, albeit often undiscernible, laws of the universe
and their rampaging off-shoots. No matter how optimistic one may be, perhaps he cannot
help occasionally glancing upward, The rub is that with most of the hurtling horrors, from
black holes to comets, ducking won't help."