by John Updike

Who was Gloria Turnbull???

compiled by Dee Finney


4-22-09 - DREAM - I was with some well dressed black men, wearing suits.  It didn't seem like the current period of time, but I didn't have an idea of what time period it was.  I was walking with them, looking for a particular street, and when we got to the street, they said the address we needed was 943.  We went into a long dark brick building, and the addresses were like apartments within the building, and went from 943 thru 945.

When we got down to the end of the hallway, we hadn't found what we were looking for, and a woman came into the doorway at that end of the building, and introduced herself.  She said, "Hello! My name is Gloria Turnbull!"

Gloria was dressed very chic in a dress suit, and had a black hat on her head - smallish with a tilt to it.  It seemed to be somewhere between the 20's and 40's type of style hat.

I felt very small standing next to these people now - I'm almost 6 feet tall myself, and it seemed that they were all about 8 to 9 feet tall standing next to me.

I woke up and fell right back to sleep.

Now I was in one of the apartments, probably 943.  I was trying to do the dishes and the sink didn't have its own water spigot working, so I got the water from a hose in the next room.  I was told that the water came out of the hose at 2 ft. per second. 

I was scrubbing a steel bowl like my dogs use and there was a lime film on the bottom of the bowl I needed to scrub off.

We were waiting for the building's white picket fence to be repainted because the old  paint was worn and chipped in spots.

I woke up again, and fell asleep again.

Now I was doing research on the internet, looking up Gloria Turnbull and found out that she had lost her son, so I started helping Gloria to find her son.

NOTE:  In John Updike's novels, we find that he writes in metaphors.  He has a whole series of books in which he uses the title's  Rabbit -  but the stories are about people.  The Bible is also written in metaphors - and we need to keep this in mind as we go along, because dreams are also given in metaphors.

NOTE: I had another short dreams about the same number the next day.  I was looking at a paragraph of many numbers, looking for 943, and the closest one was 937.

Then I had a vision of a book page with a black, white, and grey drawing of a Bay in Greece, and the caption on the picture was CUE - Greece.

I did some research on CUE Greece and the first thing that came up with an airport CUE which is Cuevna, Equador.

A good friend of mine had a dream on the 17th like this:

Dreamed last night about being chased by a highway patrol, then I saw a huge crater in the ground ;like from a small bomb and witnessed rapid fire machine gun with people, men and women, dying.  I saw an old fashioned time clock that said 9:46.  I was awakened at that moment by a cacophony of hoot owls.  Scary!

Toward the End of Time

John Updike's Toward the End of Time, published in 1997, is a mixture of science fiction, magic realism, and a journal account written by an older man who feels his world collapsing around him. The story is written as if it were the journal of Ben Turnbull, a retired financier who is living an economically comfortable life in New England despite the chaos and destruction around him. The majority of the story takes place in 2020, after a massive war between the United States and China. Despite the failure of the U.S. government, a depopulated Midwest, food shortages, and marauding teenagers who stone to death people whom they do not like, the self-indulgent protagonist enjoys sexual relations with young women and has time to golf and to play with his grandchildren. The narrator also drifts into fantasies which are presented so realistically they are hard to distinguish from what is real. Did Ben Turnbull really kill his second wife? Did he then have sex with a deer? Did he really witness Moses on the mountain? In the end, the protagonist, a man whom readers may not like, reveals a vulnerability with which they may identify.

Toward the End of Time Summary

Chapter I—The Deer

Toward the End of Time is written as if it were the journal of the protagonist, Ben Turnbull, and it begins with an entry written in late November of 2019, describing the first snow of the season. By the end of the first paragraph, the reader knows that the protagonist is somewhat depressed, unable to find even a trace of his "childhood exhilaration" and left only with "an unfocused dread of time." However, in the second paragraph, Ben is exhilarated, pleased with a new plastic snow shovel, an improvement over the metal ones of his childhood.

Along with many other subjects, the protagonist pays special attention to nature and all its transformations. He is also keenly aware of the people around him and the changes they go through. Ben analyzes his wife, Gloria, whom he says is always trying to tame nature by ordering people to trim one plant and uproot another. Deer have been eating the tender tips of his wife's shrubbery. Gloria wants Ben to shoot the animals. Ben believes that his wife secretly longs for his own death, too.

Ben and Gloria live in a sprawling old house on the shore of Massachusetts Bay. When Gloria spots a deer eating her bushes at night, she pushes Ben outside with a basket of old gold balls and tells Ben to throw them at the deer.

Gloria is Ben's second wife. Their relationship began as an affair, while Ben was married to another woman. On this particular night, Ben hopes that he and Gloria will have sex, but Gloria sees the deer again. She decides that she is going to borrow a gun from one of the neighbors so Ben can shoot it.

The next time that a deer appears, Gloria pushes Ben outside with the gun. She hollers for Ben to shoot, but Ben does not see the deer. When he returns to the house, Gloria calls him a "bastardly coward." Later, when Ben sees the deer again and fires a shot, Gloria promises to make love to him.

Next, in his journal, Ben ponders the word, "perhaps," thus introducing the quantum physics concept of probable lives, a theme that is developed later in the story. Ben also explores some details he has read about
"Neandert(h)al man." He concludes that he, too, will one day be "as forgotten, as dissolved back into the compacted silt" as Neanderthal man. This comment introduces the subject of death that Ben ponders throughout the novel.

It is now January of 2020, and Ben, a retired partner of an investment broker firm, travels to Boston to take care of some clients whom he still serves. During his trip, the reader learns that there has been a war between the United States and China. Ben outlines some of the destruction that he sees, the result of heavy bombing.

The story takes a curious turn at this point, as Ben, at home again and in what can be described as a fantasy, watches a deer approach his house. Gloria is away. Ben sees the deer transform itself into "a young lean-bodied whore," whom he invites into the house. Ben and the deer have sex. "I tell myself she is a fantasy," he writes, "a branching not existent in the palpable universe." Not too much later, Ben writes about Deirdre Lee (whose first name bears a likeness to the word, deer), a prostitute who comes to service him. Deirdre is more human than the deer, but there are still allusions to her being deer-like. So it is not certain if she is real or imagined. Also confusing is Ben's statement: "It is not clear to me that Gloria is dead." Then he writes about having a faint memory of having shot Gloria. There is little explanation of these events. It is more likely that Ben has drifted into one of the probable worlds that he mentioned earlier in reference to quantum physics. Then, during one of their encounters, Deirdre and Ben decide to explore Ben's old house. This is a lead-in to Ben's discussion of Egyptian grave robbers, which ends the chapter.

Chapter II—The Dollhouse

It is early spring, and Ben notices flower buds that are all but ready to open. He recalls another spring, while he was still in college. Through this reverie, Ben introduces his first wife, Perdita. She was an art major and eventually bore Ben five children, and Ben relates that he now has ten grandchildren—nine boys and one girl.

Ben is reminded of Perdita when he sees his children and grandchildren. He then talks about the spouses of his children. One of his daughters has married an African man, whom Ben believes has taught his children and his first wife how to be a family, though they are now all separated.

Next, Ben provides a little more information concerning the aftereffects of the war. The population of the United States has been dramatically decreased, so much so that the current president has offered free farmland to any citizen who is willing to move to the now-depopulated Midwest.

Ben then refers to Deirdre as if she has moved into his house. They go shopping together for such domestic items as washcloths. When Ben looks into the faces of the people at the mall, he suspects that they think Deirdre is his daughter or an escort from a nursing home. When they are back at the house, Ben talks about how Deirdre is ridding the place of furnishings, especially those belonging to Gloria. Deirdre makes Ben carry rugs and other furniture to the barn. Memories are stirred when Ben goes into the barn and sees old children's toys, including some that were his. He remembers the doll house that he... » Complete Toward the End of Time Summary

Toward the End of Time

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Toward the End of Time is a novel by John Updike, published in 1997. It is the author's eighteenth novel.

Plot summary

Set in New England, like many of his novels, Toward the End of Time portrays a world in which the Chinese and the Americans have attacked one another with nuclear weapons. The aftermath is shown through retired investment advisor Ben Turnbull's journal. Though the dollar and the central government are gone, life in Boston and the surrounding areas goes on thanks to FedEx and other less reputable entrepreneurs. The book is divided into five parts: i. The Deer ii. The Dollhouse iii. The Deal iv. The Deaths v. The Dahlia.

i. The Deer

Ben expresses his uneasiness about his second wife, Gloria's, obsession with killing the deer who is ravaging her picture-perfect garden. Clearly unhappy with Gloria, Ben begins an affair with a prostitute named Deirdre.

ii. The Dollhouse

Ben believes he has slid into an alternate universe when Gloria disappears and Deirdre takes her place. Ben has the vague impression he may have shot and killed Gloria. Spin and Phil, young thugs who collect protection money from Ben, clash with Deirdre, who takes a more and more authoritative role in the house.

iii. The Deal

Deirdre leaves Ben for Phil, and Gloria returns. Ben is relieved that he did not shoot Gloria, and admits that the house and garden flourish under her influence. Spin is killed by a group of younger children who set up house in the woods behind Ben's house and supplant Spin and Phil in the collection business. Ben helps them establish local legitimacy in exchange for commissions on their earnings and sexual favors from their young female companion, Doreen.

iv. The Deaths

Ben discovers he has prostate cancer. During his long hospital stay, Gloria hires FedEx — for whom Phil is now working — to get rid of the residents of the makeshift house. Metallobioforms designed to clear away large tracts of land for human exploitation are used to raze the house. Ben sees evidence that they also devoured and killed the young people. He is left as impotent to protest Gloria's cruelty as he was left physically impotent by the prostate surgery.

v. The Dahlia

Gloria's hired deer hunter shoots and kills the young doe who has been nibbling their garden. Ben cannot participate in Gloria's triumph or the deer hunter's communion with nature. Ben regains some control of his bladder, but this is not enough to erase the impression that he has become a ghost wandering around in his own house.

Major themes

 Death and Decay

It is interesting to note that all of the book's chapters begin with the letter "D". Also, both of Ben's love interests have first names beginning with 'D'. His first wife was named Perdita, which is Italian for "loss".

Other themes include:

  • The cycles of nature
  • The passage of time
  • Reality and perception


In a review for the New York Observer entitled, "John Updike, Champion Literary Phallocrat, Drops One; Is This Finally the End for Magnificent Narcissists?" (later published in Consider the Lobster), novelist David Foster Wallace wrote a scathing critique of Toward the End of Time. Wallace wrote:

It is, of the total 25 Updike books I've read, far and away the worst, a novel so mind-bendingly clunky and self-indulgent that it's hard to believe the author let it be published in this kind of shape.

Wallace quotes literary readers he knows who characterize Updike "just a penis with a thesaurus." Aside from its protagonist, who, Wallace argues, is fundamentally unlikable, the novel's prose is so turgid that is distracts "us with worries about whether Mr. Updike might be injured or ill." Wallace concludes:

Ben Turnbull's unhappiness is obvious right from the book's first page. But it never once occurs to him that the reason he's so unhappy is that he's an asshole.[1]

In contrast, Margaret Atwood wrote a very positive review of Toward the End of Time for the New York Times, "Memento Mori--But First, Carpe Diem." She praises Updike's "brilliant metaphors" and describes the central character Ben Turnbull in his semi-idyllic, upper class rural home as "a Thoreau run through the meat grinder of the 20th century." She notes his frequent brutality (both towards himself and others), but also notes his rueful, evenhanded powers of observation that "[fall] alike on everything: on flowers, animals, grandchildren, corpses, copulations; on ancient Egypt and plastic peanuts; on memory, disgust, dread, lust and spiritual rapture." She ends with the claim that "As memento mori and its obverse, carpe diem, Toward the End of Time could scarcely be bettered." [2]


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In Greek mythology, the deer is particularly associated with Artemis in her role as virginal huntress. Actaeon, after witnessing the nude figure of Artemis bathing in a pool, was transformed by Artemis into a stag that his own hounds tore to pieces. Callimachus, in his archly knowledgeable "Hymn III to Artemis", mentions the deer that drew the chariot of Artemis:
in golden armor and belt, you yoked a golden chariot, bridled deer in gold.

One of the Labors of Heracles was to capture the Cerynian Hind sacred to Artemis and deliver it briefly to his patron, then rededicate it to Artemis. His son Telephos was exposed as an infant on the slopes of Tegea but nurtured by a doe

Artemis was one of the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities and one of the oldest. In Greek mythology of the classical period, Artemis (Greek:) was often described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. She was the Hellenic goddess of forests and hills, child birth, virginity, fertility, the hunt, and often was depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. The deer and the cypress were sacred to her. In later Hellenistic times she even assumed the ancient role of Eileithyia in aiding childbirth.

Artemis later became identified with Selene, a Titaness who was a Greek moon goddess, and she was sometimes depicted with a crescent moon above her head. She was also identified with the Roman goddess Diana, with the Etruscan goddess Artume, and with the Greek or Carian goddess Hecate.

In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo (in Greek, Apóllōn or Apellōn), is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts; and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu. Apollo was worshipped in both ancient Greek and Roman religion, as well as in the modern Hellenic neopaganism.

As the patron of Delphi (Pythian Apollo), Apollo was an oracular god — the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing were associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius. Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague as well as one who had the ability to cure. Amongst the god's custodial charges, Apollo became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musagetes) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.

In Hellenistic times, especially during the third century BCE, as Apollo Helios he became identified among Greeks with Helios, god of the sun, and his sister Artemis similarly equated with Selene, goddess of the moon.[1] In Latin texts, however, Joseph Fontenrose declared himself unable to find any conflation of Apollo with Sol among the Augustan poets of the first century, not even in the conjurations of Aeneas and Latinus in Aeneid XII (161-215).[2] Apollo and Helios/Sol remained separate beings in literary and mythological texts until the third century CE.

NOTE:  Apollo is mentioned in the Bible several times, particularly in the book of Revelation.  I dreamed about Apollo just last week (April, 2009)

4-7-09 - DREAM - I was  working in a small office.  I hadn't been well for some reason and wasn't working. I was just resting.

I was taken to another upstairs office by my friend Erv, who drove me when I needed to get somewhere as I didn't have a car of my own. This place was where a woman kept the small animals I needed to do my job.  They were very tiny as infants, which is what I was going to get.  She kept these animals in an aquarium in small boxes - like a small matchbox.  The whole place smelled like an animal lair. 

She handed me this tiny box that was broken on one side, and inside was this cute little creature that looked like a wolf.  I said that we wouldn't be taking it home that day as we didn't have an aquarium set up for it yet, and she said okay.  But I wondered how we would tell the difference between the animal that had been picked out and all the others - except this box was broken on one side that it was in.

I had seen a full grown animal also- which was sitting upright like a human and just as large.  It had a regular paw on the left, but on the right, the paw was very large and looked like a giant club.  The left paw pushed something into place, and the large clubbed right paw did the work.  The woman said, 'They have the right hand of Apollo!"



1 And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet: and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth. And there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit. A star fall... This may mean the fall and apostasy of great and learned men from the true faith. Or a whole nation falling into error and separating from the church, not having the sign of God in their foreheads. And there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit... That is, to the angel, not to the fallen star. To this angel was given the power, which is here signified by a key, of opening hell.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.

3 And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. There came out locusts... These may be devils in Antichrist's time, having the appearance of locusts, but large and monstrous, as here described. Or they may be real locusts, but of an extraordinary size and monstrous shape, such as were never before seen on earth, sent to torment those who have not the sign (or seal) of God on their foreheads. Some commentators by these locusts understand heretics, and especially those heretics, that sprung from Jews, and with them denied the divinity of Jesus Christ; as Theodotus, Praxeas, Noetus, Paul of Samosata, Sabellius, Arius, etc. These were great enemies of the Christian religion; they tormented and infected the souls of men, stinging them like scorpions, with the poison of their heresies. Others have explained these locusts, and other animals, mentioned in different places throughout this sacred and mystical book, in a most absurd, fanciful, and ridiculous manner; they make Abaddon the Pope, and the locusts to be friars mendicant, etc. Here it is thought proper, not to enter into any controversy upon that subject, as the inventors of these fancies have been already answered, and fully refuted by many controvertists: besides, those who might be imposed on by such chimerical writers, are in these days much better informed.

4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.

5 And it was given unto them that they should not kill them: but that they should torment them five months. And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.

6 And in those days, men shall seek death and shall not find it. And they shall desire to die: and death shall fly from them.

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. And on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold: and their faces were as the faces of men.

8 And they had hair as the hair of women: and their teeth were as lions.

9 And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron: and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.

10 And they had tails like to scorpions: and there were stings in their tails. And their power was to hurt men, five months. And they had over them

11 A king, the angel of the bottomless pit (whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon, in Latin Exterminans).

12 One woe is past: and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.

13 And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before the eyes of God,

14 Saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet: Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.

15 And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men.

16 And the number of the army of horsemen was twenty thousand times ten thousand. And I heard the number of them.

17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision. And they that sat on them had breastplates of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone. And the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions: and from their mouths proceeded fire and smoke and brimstone.

18 And by these three plagues was slain the third part of men, by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths.

19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails. For, their tails are like to serpents and have heads: and with them they hurt.

20 And the rest of the men, who were not slain by these plagues, did not do penance from the works of their hands, that they should not adore devils and idols of gold and silver and brass and stone and wood, which neither can see nor hear nor walk:

21 Neither did they penance from their murders nor from their sorceries nor from their fornication nor from their thefts.


APOLLYON, or, as it is literally in the margin of the AV of Revelation 9:11, "a destroyer," is the rendering of the Hebrew word Abaddon, "the angel of the bottomless pit."

[And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.--Rev 9:11]

The Hebrew term is really abstract, and signifies "destruction," in which sense it occurs in Job 26:6; 28:22; Proverbs 15:11; and other passages.

[Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.--Job 26:6

Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.--Job 28:22

Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?--Prov 15:11]

The angel Apollyon is further described as the king of the locusts which rose from the smoke of the bottomless pit at the sounding of the fifth trumpet. From the occurrence of the word in Psalm 88:11, the Rabbins have made Abaddon the nethermost of the two regions into which they divided the under world.

[Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?--Psalm 88:11

Hell has seven divisions, one beneath the other. They are called Sheol, Abaddon, Beer Shahat, Tit ha-Yawen, Sha'are Mawet, Sha'are Zalmawet, and Gehenna.-- The Legends of the Jews, Louis Ginzberg]

But that in Revelation 9:11 Abaddon is the angel, and not the abyss, is perfectly evident in the Greek. There is no authority for connecting it with the destroyer alluded to in 1 Corinthians 10:10; and the explanation, quoted by Bengel, that the name is given in Hebrew and Greek, to show that the locusts would be destructive alike to Jew and Gentile, is far-fetched and unnecessary.

[Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.--1 Corinthians 10:10]

The etymology of Asmodeus, the king of the demons in Jewish mythology, seems to point to a connection with Apollyon, in his character as "the destroyer," or the destroying angel.

(Dr. William Smith's Dictionary of the Bible, 1872)

APOLLYON. The Greek name, meaning "Destroyer," given in Revelation 9:11 for "the angel of the bottomless pit" (in Hebrew called Abaddon), also identified as the king of the demonic "locusts" described in Revelation 9:3-10...In one manuscript, instead of Apollyon the text reads "Apollo," the Greek god of death and pestilence as well as of the sun, music, poetry, crops and herds, and medicine. Apollyon is no doubt the correct reading. But the name Apollo (Gk Apollon) was often linked in ancient Greek writings with the verb apollymi or apollyo, "destroy." From this time of Grotius, "Apollyon" has often been taken here to be a play on the name Apollo. The locust was an emblem of this god, who poisoned his victims, and the name "Apollyon" may be used allusively in Revelation to attack the pagan god and so indirectly the Roman emperor Domitian, who liked to be regarded as Apollo incarnate.

(Anchor Bible Dictionary)

APOLLO, one of the most important and many-sided of the ancient Greek divinities. Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis [Diana]; he was born on Delos, where Leto had fled, persecuted by the jealousy of Hera...

Apollo's origins (perhaps Oriental) are quite uncertain; his name yields no convincing Greek etymology, although he became the most thoroughly Greek of all gods...A remarkable feature of his cult was his characteristic, though not only, way of giving oracles, especially at Delphi, to possess the priestess and speak through her mouth in a way reminiscent of Siberian shamanism.

His oracles, especially the Delphic, were consulted on all manner of subjects, and good advice was often given, especially on such matters as colonization, by the obviously well-informed clergy, who "edited" the utterances of the priestess...

Someone in the fifth century BC started a wholly ungrounded theory that Apollo was identical with the sun. This became popular in later times and lingers in poetical expressions such as "Phoebus 'gins arise," meaning that the sun rises; Phoebus ("bright, pure") is one of Apollo's titles. It also led to his identification with real sun gods.

There were numerous representations of the god in Greek art, from the archaic statues of the sixth century BC to those of the later period in which he appears as the ideal of youthful manliness and beauty. His worship was taken over by the Romans, who dedicated a temple to him in 430 BC and instituted gamees in his honour (the ludi Apollinares) in 212 BC. He became one of the chief Roman gods in the age of Augustus, who erected a temple to him on the Palatine...

(Collier's Encyclopedia)


APOLLO (Gr. Apollon), a Greek god, the son of Zeus, the father of the gods, and Leto, daughter of the Titan Coeus, and the twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the moon. The twins were born on the island of Delos, whither their mother had fled to escape the jealous anger of Zeus' wife, Hera. Apollos is one of the most versatile of the Olympian gods. As the god of youth, manly beauty, music, and song, he represents the Greek mind at its best. He was the god of prophecy, with his oracle at Delphi, the protector of flocks and herds, the helper and averter of evil, and also the god of righteous punishment. To his oracles people turned in sickness, and he is represented as the father of Aesculapius, the god of healing. He delighted in the foundation of cities, and as the spiritual leader of colonists he was invoked as Delphinius; as Euryalus, he was god of the broad seas, and of the embarker and disembarker; as Agyleus he was god of the streets and roads; and as Phoebus he was god of the sun. Although the Greek poet Homer represents Apollo and Helios, the sun, as distinct divinities, Apollos' identification as the sun-god is universal among later writers...The attributes of Apollo are the bow and quiver, the cithara and plectrum, the snake, raven, shepherd's crook, tripod, and laurel. In art Apollo is represented more frequently than any other ancient deity...

(Universal Standard Encyclopedia)


APOLLO BELVEDERE, a famous marble statue in the part of the Vatican museum called Belvedere...Montorsoli, a pupil of Michelangelo, restored the hands but did so wrongly, for the right hand was not empty but held a laurel branch, and the left hand held a bow, as testified by the quiver on the back of the figure. The statue was thus intended to depict the two aspects of Apollo, the god who punishes wrong-doers and purifies repentant sinners...

(Collier's Encyclopedia)


APOLLO BELVEDERE, ...It is regarded as one of the most nearly perfect representations of the human figure.

(Universal Standard Encyclopedia)


BELVEDERE, a court, gallery, or detached structure, usually located to command a view (Ital. bel, "beautiful" and vedere, "to see"). The best known Belvedere is the court of that name in the Vatican Palace, and the gallery surrounding it, built in 1484-1492 by pope Innocent VIII. In this gallery are some of the finest masterpieces of Classical antiquity, including the famous statue of Apollo Belvedere, the Laocoon [a Trojan priest who warned his countrymen against the wooden horse left by the Greeks--according to Pliny the sculpture stood in the palace of Titus in Rome], and a torso of Hercules.

(Collier's Encyclopedia)


The slime with which the earth was covered by the waters of the flood produced an excessive fertility, which called forth every variety of production, both bad and good. Among the rest, Python, an enormous serpent, crept forth, the terror of the people...The famous statue of Apollo called the Belvedere represents the god after this victory over the serpent Python.

Aesculapius, the son of Apollo, was endowed by his father with such skill in the healing art that he even restored the dead to life.

Orpheus was the son of Apollo and the Muse Calliope. He was presented by his father with a lyre and taught to play upon it, which he did to such perfection that nothing could withstand the charm of his music.

(Bulfinch's Mythology)


PHEOBUS APOLLO...the lord of the silver bow, the Archer-god, far-shooting... He is the God of Light, in whom is no darkness at all, and so he is the God of Truth. No false word ever falls from his lips.

O Phoebus, from your throne of truth,
From your dwelling-place at the heart of the world,
You speak to men.
By Zeus's decree no lie comes there,
No shadow to darken the word of truth.
Zeus sealed by an everlasting right
Apollo's honour, that all may trust
With unshaken faith when he speaks.

Delphi under towering Parnassus, where Apollo's oracle was, plays an important part in mythology. Castalia was its sacred spring; Cephissus its river. It was held to be the center of the world, so many pilgrims came to it, from foreign countries as well as Greece. No other shrine rivaled it.

Apollo at Delphi was a purely beneficent power, a direct link between gods and men, guiding men to know the divine will, showing them how to make peace with the gods; the purifier, too, able to cleanse even those stained with the blood of their kindred.

(Mythology, Edith Hamilton)


Terrors had always made excellent business for Apollo, and there were never worse terrors than the plagues and earthquakes in the Antonine and Severan age. At Didyma, Apollo's cult was connected by its very origins to the bahishment of plague: in the 250s, Apollo still recalled how he had "shamed" the threads of the Fates and kept off the epidemic....we know about Apollo's remedies in a fascinating selection of oracles...They carry no date, but the main four probably belong in the great epidemic of the 160s when Roman troops were returning from the East and brought home a disease whose effects read horribly like smallpox...

Three cities have left us pieces of Clarian Apollo's oracles on plague: Pergamum, Callipolis (near modern Gallipoli) and humble little Caesarea Trochetta, a small town in Lydia...The god pitched his style very high and lamented the disaster (crying "Woe! Woe! to each city)...None of these texts explained the plague; they only prescribed remedies... Only part of the god's remedy survives, but it runs true to his old-fashioned manner. The "divine law," he said, required his clients to draw pure water from seven fountains, which they had fumigated carefully. They must then sprinkle their houses with these "nymphs who have become kindly" and must set up an image of Apollo the archer, bow in hand, in the middle of their plain. There, presumably, he would "shoot away" the invading enemy, the plague itself.

Callipolis was ordered to set up a similar statue, "the warder-off of plague," and was also told to offer blood from sacrificial animals to the "gods below the earth" and to burn all the animals' meat with spices. The pyre of this holocaust was to be sprinkled with "shining wine and grey sea water": the victims, a goat, and a sheep, must be black...

Of the three texts, the finest is Pergamum's, which moves in stately hexameters and spends the first nine lines on flattery of the citizens' ancestry, their closeness to the gods and their especial honour from Zeus himself. On Pergamum's steep hill, said Apollo, the infant Zeus had been placed just after childbirth: his statement refuted a host of competing cities which claimed that they, not Pergamum, had received the newly born god. It was no wonder that the people and council of Pergamum decreed that the reply should be inscribed on pillars and displayed "on the agora and the temples." It also offered advice. Apollo wished to please his son, Asclepius, who resided so conspicuously in the city...he told [them] to sing a hymn to a particular god while their fellow citizens feasted and sacrificed in support...

(Pagans and Christians, Robin Lane Fox)


In Revelation 12, the major opponent of the church is also exposed. He is the terrifying red dragon with seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns on his head. Revelation clearly identifies the dragon or monster. He is "that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray" (12:9, with 20:2).

Satan's earthly proxy — the beast from the sea — also has seven heads and ten horns, and he is scarlet in color as well (13:1; 17:3). Satan's character is mirrored in his earthly representatives. The dragon personifies evil. Since ancient mythology had many references to dragons, John's audience would have understood that the dragon of Revelation 13 represented a cosmic enemy.

Exactly what the dragon's seven heads represent is not immediately clear. However, given John's use of seven as a numerical symbol of completeness, perhaps this suggests the universal nature of Satan's power and that he completely embodies within himself all evil. The dragon also has seven diadems or royal crowns on his heads. They could represent Satan's spurious claim against Christ. As the Lord of Lords, it is to Jesus that all crowns of authority belong. He is the one who will be crowned with many diadems (19:12, 16).

We are told the dragon had "swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to earth" (12:4). This fraction is used several times in Revelation. Perhaps we should interpret it as meaning a significant minority.

We are also given a short biography of the woman's "male child," a reference to Jesus (12:5). Revelation  is here telling the story of the Christ event in relationship to Satan's unsuccessful attempt to thwart God's plan.

The dragon tried to kill or "devour" the woman's child at the moment of his birth (12:4). This is a reference to a historical situation. When Herod heard that the Jewish messiah had been born in Bethlehem, he killed all the infants in the city, which would have resulted in the baby Jesus' death (Matthew 2:16). Jesus, of course, escaped with his parents to Egypt. Revelation tells us Satan the devil was really behind the human plot to murder Jesus — to "devour" him.

Some commentators think that Satan's attempt to "devour" the woman's child also included his tempting of Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11), his obscuring of Jesus' gospel message (Matthew 13:39), and his inspiring the crucifixion of Christ (John 13:2). By killing Jesus through the crucifixion, the devil may have assumed he had won a victory over the Messiah. In fact, it was Jesus' death itself that saved the world and sealed the devil's fate (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14).

Through his death and resurrection, Jesus, the child of the woman, "was snatched up to God and to his throne" (12:5). That is, he was resurrected to immortality. God has exalted the glorified Jesus to a position of universal authority (Philippians 2:9-11). He is destined to "rule all the nations with an iron scepter" (12:5). He will shepherd the nations with loving, but absolute authority. These words — "rule all nations" — clearly identify to whom the child symbol refers. He is God's anointed Messiah, destined to reign in God's kingdom over all the earth (Psalm 2:9;  Revelation 19:15).



Institute for Biblical & Scientific Studies

The Bible:

One of the key verses in understanding the book of Revelation is chapter 17:9-11 which says, "The 7 heads are 7 hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. 5 have fallen, 1 is, the other has not yet come" (NIV). This seems to refers to the Roman empire and seems to best fit the kings as follows:
  1. Julius Caesar (49-44 BC.)
  2. Augustus C.(31 BC-14 AD
  3. Tiberius C. (14-37 AD.)
  4. Caligula C. (37-41 AD)
  5. Claudius C. (41-54 AD)
  6. Nero Caesar (54-68 AD)

The 5 fallen kings means Nero is emperor (Gentry 1989b, 104). This is how Josephus counted the emperors in Antiquities of the Jews (Book 19.1.11). Others count Vespasian or Titus as the last king.


Nero was the first to persecute the Christians. He blamed the burning of Rome on the Christians in 64 AD. Nero used the Christians as human torches to light his garden. This means that the Great Tribulation of 7 years had already begun. This persecution was the war with the beast, Nero.

Historian Schaff states, "There is scarcely another period in history so full of vice, corruption, and disaster as the six years between the Neronian persecution and the destruction of Jerusalem" (1910, 1:391; Gentry, 1989b,127).

The Mark of the Beast - 666

In ancient times letters were used as numbers. For example A=1, B=2, C-3 and so forth. So names had a certain numerical value. The Hebrew spelling of Nero Caesar (Neron Kaiser) adds up to exactly 666. There is a textual variant in Revelation 13:18 with the number 616 which is probably the Latin equivalent of Nero Caesar.

Worship of the Beast

Emperor cult worship is well known in the Roman empire. Nero claimed to be the equal of the god Apollo. Seneca taught Nero that he was destined to become the revelation of divine Augustus and the god Apollo(Seneca On Clemency 1.1.6; Gentry 1989b, 63).

Revival of the Beast

Revelation 13:10 relates to Nero’s death. Nero who killed with the sword would die by a sword that he put in his own throat June 9, 68 AD (Suetonius Nero 49; Gentry, 1989b, 63). The death of Nero meant the end of the Julio-Claudian line of emperors. Civil wars broke out. Vespasian revived the empire and saved it from ruin. There were also rumors that Nero was still alive and would return to power.

The Temple

In the Book of Revelation the Temple is still standing which indicates that this happened before 70 AD when the city and temple of Jerusalem was destroyed by Titus.

Fall of Babylon

The fall of Babylon in chapter 18 of Revelation seems to refer to the fall of Jerusalem. The Jews have rejected Christ. Therefore they have become apostate and have committed spiritual adultery with Rome. Another popular view sees Babylon as referring to Rome.

Coming of Christ

Christ’s coming was in Judgment like the Day of the Lord in the Old Testament. The judgment was the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the hands of Titus. Christ is ruling and reigning now. There is no need for a temple for he is the temple.

Sealing the Saints - 144,000

In Revelation chapter 7 144,000 Christian Jews in Israel are sealed so they will be safe. In Matthew 24:16 they were commanded to flee to the mountains for safety which was the transjordan mountains where Pella was located. Eusebius tells how the Jews in Jerusalem were commanded by revelation to escape to Pella (Eusebius Ecclesiastical History, 3.5.3) There is also a great multitude of Christians from every nation. Clearly Christians went through this tribulation.

Parallel Passages

Matthew 24 and Luke 21 are parallel passages to Revelation. Clearly they point to the fulfillment of scripture in 70 AD with the destruction of Jerusalem which is the abomination of Desolation. This refers back to the book of Daniel chapter 9:27.

The Two Witnesses

The two witnesses in Revelation 11 who are killed are probably Jesus who rises again and Stephen who was stoned. The early church believed they were Enoch and Elijah or Jeremiah.

100 lb. Hailstones

Revelation 16:21 tells how huge hailstones fell from heaven weighing a talent which is about 100 pounds. Josephus describes 100 lb. white stones coming from Roman catapults down on the Jews in Jerusalem (Jewish Wars, Book 5.6.3).

Letters to 7 Churches

The letters to the seven churches indicate a time period that best fits the time in the decade of the 60’s AD (Gentry 1989b, 175-80).

I Come Quickly

Revelation is written in the context that everything is going to happen soon (Rev. 1:19). Christ is coming back soon (Rev. 22:7,12,20), even in their generation.

This Generation

This generation that had pierced Christ would not pass away until all was fulfilled (Matthew 24:34) which culminated in the fall of Jerusalem.

Date of the Book of Revelation

According to Aune’s new commentary, Revelation was probably written and edited in several stages. The earliest part was probably written before the fall of Jerusalem and then edited in the reign of Domitian or later (Vol. 52A lvii-iii). To me the description of the Great Tribulation of Revelation best fits the three and a half years before the fall of Jerusalem. Josephus describes some of these terrible conditions. I highly recommend David Aune’s three volume in depth commentary on the Book of Revelation which is part of the Word Biblical Commentary series.

There is a very interesting new book entitled Social-Science Commentary on the Book of Revelation by Bruce J. Malina and John J. Pilch and published by Fortress Press, 2000. They posit that the Book of Revelation in the Bible is an astral prophecy. The visions are seen as interpretations of the constellations in the sky. The first 11 chapters were probably written before the fall of Jerusalem of 70 AD.

Christ holds Seven Stars

In the first chapter of Revelation (1:16) Christ is described as holding seven stars in his right hand and a sword (comet shaped like a sword) proceeds out of his mouth. Josephus states, "There was a star resembling a sword, which stood over the city (Jerusalem), and a comet, that continued a whole year" (Wars of the Jews, Book VI, Chapter V.3). Josephus could be referring to Halley's comet that appeared in 66 AD which looked like it was coming out the mouth of the constellation Orion, Hercules, or Bootes from Jerusalem. A comet was an ominous sign warning of danger in the ancient world. This might have marked the beginning the Tribulation period. The seven stars might be the constellation Corona Borealis that has seven stars. The seven candlesticks are most likely the seven wandering stars in ancient times (5 visible planets plus the sun and moon). Stars were seen as angels, divine souls (Philo of Alexandria On the Giants ii, 6-8). As Christ’s constellation rises out of the South (Where Hades was), it symbolizes Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Thunder was seen as the voice of God.

The Throne of God

In Revelation chapter four the throne of God is described. The throne of God is probably best seen as the constellation Cassiopeia that was a throne. The glassy sea probably refers to the Milky Way. The four living creatures would be the four constellation in the four corners of the heaven that signal the four seasons, Leo the Lion, Taurus the bull, Scorpio with a human face, and Pegasus the flying eagle in ancient times. The twenty-four elders are the 24 hours or decans that the sky was divided into during the course of a day in ancient astronomy. See the famous Hellenistic Dendera Zodiac. 

The Lamb of God

In Revelation chapter five the constellation Aries (male lamb) is probably seen as the Lamb of God. The altar is probably the constellation right below Aries. Aries was identified with Israel and Syria in ancient times (Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos). 

Horses, Trumpets, and Bowls

Maline and Pilch think that the horses, trumpets, and bowls in Revelation refer to comets that look like these objects (p. 103-106; Tetrabiblos II, 90-91 LCL). There are six notable comets during the reign of Nero. In the last column the higher the number the more important the comet (0-10). The information is from Chronology of Eclipses and Comets AD 1-1000 by D. Justin Schove, 1984 (p. 287). 

Year AD Month Comet's Name Importance
55/56 Dec/Mar 1st Neronian 5
60 Aug 2nd Neronian 4
61 Sept/Nov 3rd Neronian? 2
64 May/July 4th Neronian 2
65 July/Sept Pre-Halley's 5
66 Jan/April Halley's Comet 7

The Four Horsemen

The four horsemen are from the four corners of the heavens. Each corner has its own cosmic color. This points to a certain planet in the constellations at the four corners of the cosmos. The Constellation Taurus is identified with the South, the color red, and the planet Mars. Scorpioman is identified with the North, black, and Mercury. Leo is identified with the East, white, and Jupiter (Green/blue). Thunderbird (Pegasus) is identified with the West, pale, Venus (white; Malina and Pilch, 2000, p.111).

The 5th Seal-Altar

When the 5th seal is opened, John sees an altar with souls under it that were martyred for the word of God (Rev. 6:9). I suggest that the altar be identified with the great square of Pegasus, and the souls should be seen as the stars in the Milky Way. 

The Bottomless Pit

In Revelation 9 the 5th angel sounded and a star fell from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit. He opens the pit and smoke ascends with locusts coming out of the smoke that can sting like a scorpion for 5 months. I suggest that the star is the planet Venus that descends in the sky. Venus was thought to descend into Hades in ancient times. The Bottomless Pit is probably the South pole axis of the sky where there are no stars, and the Milky Way looks like smoke ascending from this pit. The constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius seem to guard the pit, the entrance way to Hades where the smoke ascends up forever. The 5 months are the time that the constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius can be seen in the sky at night. The locusts look like the ancient description of the centaur constellation Sagittarius. 

In ancient times the Milky Way was identified with the river Styx. Souls would make their way from Hades up the Milky Way to Heaven (p.190).

Book of Revelation Monsters

In the Book of Revelation there are several monsters or dragons described. The Greek New Testament uses drakon 12 times only in the book of Revelation which the KJV translates as "dragon" (Rev. 12-13, 16:13, 20:2). 

There is a red dragon in Revelation 12:1-18. Boll believes that the dragon corresponds best with the constellation Hydra which extends through one third of the zodiac. Just above the Hydra are the constellations Corax with 7 stars corresponding to 7 heads, and Crater with 10 stars corresponding to 10 horns, or 10 dorsal fins. Another possibility is the ancient constellation of scorpio (Malina and Pilch, 2000 p.165). 

Drawing of constelations
Constellations: Serpens in red, Corona in orange, Virgo in blue, and Hercules in black.

On today's star charts I think the dragon (which means serpent) should be identified with the constellation Serpens (Caput and Cauda connected with ten stars). The seven heads would be the constellation Corona (crown) Borealis which consists of 7 stars. This serpent is right at the feet of the constellation Virgo and Hercules. The Archangel Michael would be the constellation Hercules waiting to make war with the serpent (Rev. 12:7).  

Drawing of constelations
Constellations outlined: Serpens in black with red stars, Corona in purple with orange stars,Virgo in purple with blue stars, and Hercules in red with black stars.

The woman of Revelation 12 should be identified with the constellation Virgo. The woman is Mary who gives birth to Jesus. The 12 stars represents the 12 tribes of Israel. The 13 stars of the constellation Virgo may represent the 12 tribes plus Christ (the bright star Spica?). Another possibility is that the constellation Bootes represents the baby Jesus, and Mary's crown is the Big Dipper plus Canes Venatici.

The red dragon in Revelation 12 has seven heads similar to the leviathan in Ugaritic and Psalm 74:14 (Gibson, 50, 68; Walace, 290), and the Set-Typhon, red crocodile, of Egypt (NIV note 12:3). 

Marriage of the Lamb (Rev.19)

When there was a conjunction of planets, it was seen as a marriage in the ancient world. There was a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in 67 AD in the constellation Ares (the male lamb). There was a similar conjunction 70 years earlier in 2 BC which some think was the Star of Bethlehem.

Christ's Coming in Judgment (Rev.19)

Christ comes and fights the armies of the earth (Rev.19:19). The beast and false prophet and thrown into the lake of fire. There seems to be a great battle in heaven in May 70 AD. The planets Mars, Mercury, Venus and the sun seem to gather together for battle in the constellation Ares. Mars may represent the Beast while Mercury would be the false prophet. Venus (White) would represent Christ riding on a white horse coming to battle the beast. By next month the planets Mars and Mercury disappear from the sky as if cast into the lake of fire (the fiery sunset), but Venus rises to be the bright and morning star (Rev. 22:16). 

Written by
Dr. Stephen C. Meyers


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by Dee Finney


updated 7-5-2001


3-31-01 - DREAM - I was looking at a web page about the three phases of the sun. The page included 3 animated graphics at the top of the page. One graphic was long and wide, and two smaller animated graphics were on either side of it. Then there was 3 paragraphs describing the 3 phases of the sun.

I woke up, and went back to sleep, in which I was trying to figure out what the three phases of the sun were from the activities going on in the dream.

Dream 2: Scene one took place in the lobby of my apartment building. There were two other women with me. The blonde woman was describing her husband and I thought I knew him from high school. I asked her for his last name and she got all upset and challenging, like I was trying to take him away from her. I asked her again for her last name, which she reluctantly gave it to me in a mumble I couldn't understand. She was very antagonistic.

The other woman, who had dark hair, I didn't recognize at first, but she knew who I was. She said that she had gone to grade school with me and gave me her name as DeGuere. I thought her name was Tate, but I had to go along with the name she gave me. She said she had carved her name on my desk, and I not only knew it, I was the only one who could pronounce it. She seemed quite thrilled with that.

She calmed the other woman down, and I left there, thinking that the three phases of the sun were fear, sharing, and love.

The second scene took place on a city street. It seems that I had turned on a water spigot that had a long water=hose attached to it, and the sprinkler head was underneath a silver car parked at the curb. The whole street was flooded. A large bus went by, and I went back to the car and pulled the water=hose out from under the car. I went back to the spigot and made sure that it was turned off this time. I then walked through the water up to my ankles, making sure that the water was indeed going down now and the water was indeed off.

Scene three took place at my old grade school. I felt quite lucid now, and I tentatively opened the front door because I knew Painter Bob was going going to be on the front steps, with a red rose for me.

I opened the door and there stood Painter Bob dressed all in white just as I knew he would be. He was holding a red silk rose in his hands and he brought it down the steps and gave it to me. He said his name was 'Professor" or something else French sounding that was similar to that name. He then went off to the right and I started to follow him.

I could now hear the owner of the school coming down the steps, talking to another man. I could hear their conversation, though I couldn't quite make out what they were talking about.

I scooted out of the lobby and into the hallway just in time before the owner saw me. However, they were coming right behind me, and I scooted down the hallway of the school, always just in time to get out of sight before they came along behind me.

I saw that in the schoolroom the painters were all Oriental, Asian, Chinese, Japanese. They were writing on the blackboards, moving books around, painting the rooms, remodeling.

I scooted into a classroom, just ahead of the owner and his companion. I found myself in a small stone room, with two doors, one to the classroom, and one to the hallways.

While I stood there, one of the oriental painters came into the room and handed me a book titled, "Symphony of Golf". Then I saw one that was about some kind of mechanics. That one was shrink-wrapped in plastic so I couldn't open it.

As I woke up, I saw a screen that said 'LOVE' at the top, and was a picture of a string of heart shaped leaves on a vine that were pastel colored. It was really a loving picture.

Here again, I analyzed in the dream, that the meaning of the three phases of the sun were love, sharing, and fear.


Greek Goddesses

Athena, Aphrodite, Hecate, Three Graces

Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is also associated with women's crafts, and represents women as warriors. Aphrodite is the Goddess of Love; while Hecate represents the three phases of womanhood. the Three Grace, Joy, Brilliance, and Bloom, represent the joy of nature, and of creativity.


What's Going on Currently With The Sun

This past year there has been a lot of discussion about the sun which I've written on prior to this, but last night was the largest solar flare (CME) of the last 11 year cycle. Though I was used to seeing Aurora Borealis in the 60's in Wisconsin, there was never any thought about being afraid of them like there is now. Of course, we didn't have the technology back then that was flying in space which the CMEs interfere with. There were no satellites back then, or at least just 1 or 2, no cells phones, and nobody worried too much about radio signals. Things have definitely changed in the last 40 years. So, it's no wonder I dreamed about the sun. However, there was more to my dream than the physical sun ... much more ...

Aside from the 11-year and 22-year cycles, there is also the 45-year Double-Hale solar magnetic cycle reflected in storminess and high tide. The all-planet synod, when all the planets are on one side of the Sun, which can influence solar activity, creates a 178- to 179-year solar cycle that is reflected in Greenland ice cores, and Hudson Bay sediment anomalies.

Solar cycles are correlated with sea level, atmospheric pressure, and surface air temperatures in summer, and especially over the oceans in winter. Ozone varies with the long-term solar cycle, as does upper atmospheric airborne particles (stratospheric aerosols), and shifts in climate. The extent of Newfoundland's ice cover for the period between 1860 and 1988 has been correlated with solar activity. An influx of air from the uppermost (stratospheric) layer of the atmosphere into the layer below (troposphere) has been observed three to four days after solar flares.

Increased geomagnetic activity takes place around solar maximum. The size of storms, referred to as the Vorticity Area Index (VAI), increases during solar maximum, when the SBC sweeps by. The vertical electric field near the South Pole of the geomagnetic field (GMF) is at a minimum a few days after the SBC, but local winter shows a large effect (amplitude) with a maximum, for example, at Zugspitze in the Alps.

Doe Venus, Earth and Mars represent three phases in the 'life' of a planet?

The Earth may look like Venus in a few billion years, and then like Mars once the Sun becomes a Red Giant Star and boils off the Earth's atmosphere entirely.

The Unity of the Sun, Earth and Moon

Why Are We Afraid of the Sun?

What Is This? Something Happening on the Sun

Two Suns and The Connection To 11:11

Revelations of the Sun





[ELFRAD: HEINRICH EVENT Earth signals HEINRICH EVENT Solar] Xray Flux    Proton Flux   .Electron Flux... Magnetometer .. Kp Index.............................................. Aurora 2 3

EDITOR: 11/28/2000 Want to keep this presentation active to see what the last big X-flare [far right] precipitates. Expect arrival in a few hours. It may be a glancing shock, hard to predict. HAARP magnetometer seems to register the presence of a forthcoming magnetic event in the Northen Hemisphere.

ISSUED AT 0718 UT on 29

At 0645 UTC this morning [7/19/00], an M6.4 flare was observed. This was a long duration flare event that ended at 0750 UTC. Radio sweep activity, indicative of a coronal mass ejection, was also detected. This follows yesterday's three long duration M-Class events, of which none were above M5 [major flare threshold] but all may have produced CMEs.

 POTENTIALITY OF FIERCE SOLAR STORMS: Solar wind blows some of Earth's atmosphere into space.


The X1 very long duration event mentioned above occurred in region 9077 and covered a huge area. The resulting CME appears to be a full halo one and could cause a (very) significant disturbance of the geomagnetic field on July 14, 2000.

Subj: Major magnetic storm watches issued

Date: 7/14/00 11:19:50 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Due to the very powerful X6 proton flare this morning - and the accompanying massive CMEs that were observed, the SEC has issued magnetic storm watches for magnetic-A indices of >50 for July 15, 16, and 17.

These are the highest level of magnetic storm watches issued by the SEC. This is probably due to the high strength of the flare/CME event, in combination with the geoeffective position on the solar disk that the active region is in.

The strong proton event that began with the flare this morning continues.

July 15 10:31 AM ET

Scientists Say Solar Flare Could Disrupt Power

Subj: Scientists Say Solar Flare Could Disrupt Power
Date: 7/15/00 9:30:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: (New Millennium)
To: (Newmill)

July 15 10:31 AM ET

Scientists Say Solar Flare Could Disrupt Power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A huge solar flare produced by a large sunspot
group is expected to produce a geomagnetic storm that could disrupt
electric power grids and satellite operations, U.S. government
scientists predicted.

The flare spewed out billions of tons of plasma and charged particles
Friday that are expected to reach the Earth's magnetic field when it is
Saturday afternoon on the U.S. East Coast, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.

NOAA's Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., which detected the
flare, predicted that a geomagnetic storm could last until Monday. The
charged particles are making the 93 million mile trip toward Earth at 3
million mph, it said.

"The storm is expected to reach strong to severe levels ... which can
adversely affect satellite operations and power grids," the center
warned in a statement Friday.

NOAA predicted similar disruptions last month after a solar flare
erupted on June 7. But the emissions from that flare were harmlessly
deflected by the Earth's magnetic shield, leaving electricity, satellite
and communications companies with only minor problems.

The latest solar flare already has caused some effects on Earth,
including radio blackouts on the sunlit side of the planet, the center

The solar activity also should give mid-latitude areas, including the
U.S. cities of Washington, New York, Denver and Seattle a good chance of
seeing the Aurora Borealis on Saturday night through Sunday morning, the
center said.

NASA's ACE satellite, in orbit about 1 million miles from Earth, will
detect any approaching geomagnetic storms and provide NOAA with a
warning about an hour before they reach Earth's magnetic field, it said.

The recent flares erupted during largest solar radiation storm since
October 1989, the center said.

In March of 1989, a solar storm knocked out the electrical system in all
of Quebec and destroyed a large power transformer in New Jersey.




IMPROBABLE PROPHECY: starting now and increasing for several days El Sol shows His full power. Silly war will probably stop dead. The hi-tech buckaroo-baboons will wiz their pants as all their cool gizmos, the sats, the grids, the warpbirds cease to fly; the low-tech bandito-baboons will be running in circles in awe of fiery-gods and red-caped Djinn. We see now Big Daddy at play, the casting down of the shield of RA, a mighty rent in the Force!

Keep an eye on the Cosmos, diversion might be in play.

ALERT: Region 9632 was the source of the X2.6 long duration event which peaked at 10:38 UTC. A significant geoeffective CME may have been produced by the event. Aurora Watch



KENT - EDITOR: 9-23-01 -hey, the sun might save us all and wipe out all the sats and power grids. Be real hard to do WWIII, eh, human twerps! Watch the Cosmos, earth stuff wimpy!



10-23-01 - Another comet hits the sun



  First and most mighty, sits the Veiled Presence, Lord of Lords, the infinite Nine, over the other from each Cosmic cycle, weighing and watching the progress of men. Thoth


Proton Blast of Mysterious Origin, a superwave?


Milk Hill Crop Circle [8/14/01]

Does the geometry whisper, "spin me, Alice?" Experiment suggested, correct the geometry towards symmetry, print it and spin it counter-clockwise.  Bet a buck-fifty the design will bust way beyond the plane, at least into 3D, maybe 4D!



11/1/01 5:30

11/3/01 07:35



11/4/01 X1.0 Region 9684

11/5/01 MAGSTORM


Date: 11/5/01 5:41:21 AM Pacific Standard Time

By request, here is a link to the ELFRAD graph of the solar event recorded on the 4th of Nov. First peak indicates the time of first detection, large negative peak shows time of Proton and Electron arrival.





Precursor 1

Precursor 2

Thar she blows, Salvadore

Click on the red dots below for more information

SACRED GEOMETRY IN THE QUANTUM REALM Almost all sacred traditions, including those of the Vedas, insisted that there was a hidden order that unified all aspects of the Universe, and that with sufficient study and visualization of the underlying geometric forms of this order, the mind of the Initiate could be connected with the Oneness of the Universe, enabling great feats of consciousness and mind-over-matter capability to occur.


MILK HILL CROP CIRCLE [the Cosmos expands and collapses simultaneously]

See more geometry here:



ALERT: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2003)- Space shuttle Columbia apparently disintegrated in flames over Texas on Saturday minutes before it was to land in Florida. SLEUTHS: reports needed, [FORUM 2] images, radar, solar, HAARP, crew.  POSSIBLE EARLIER SHUTTLE ORBITAL FLIGHT PATH -- 0520 UTC - APPROX 1 AM EST 2  2/1/02 Magnetic Storm Aurora  [CRASHES: Denver North Carolina] More Columbia Reports



Solar interaction?

Stray Light


Comet Animation from



X5 off the SOHO cameras now. We have to wait until the astros in the Southern Hemisphere can get their scopes on X5, still unanswered questions, especially concerning the nucleus--is it double?

V1 is the next big Mama

Too bad the big Mount Stromlo Observatory burned down.

Notice the order of the headlines here: Australian Fires & C/2002 V1 (NEAT)


Following in February, Comet 2002 V1 2 images Companion? [remind you of recent X-myths, eh? Is PX a cluster of dragons?] C/2002 V1: What Will Happen?   Commentary: Comet Creep  




1/31/03 21:00


Online Sleuth: Comets, antimatter


DOUBLE NUCLEUS? [see report 12/24, will the nucleus calve?]

SLEUTHS: X5, why isn't the tail pointing away from the sun?  

Changing Course?  





Sun Cruisers coined and discovered by Elizabeth Edwards 

Date: 1/28/03 9:18:35 AM Pacific Standard Time

I have been looking at the Radioheliograph that you reference on, and I wanted to be sure that you did not miss frames 5  and 6, which clearly show a series of waves originating from, [you guessed  it!], our beloved sol station!

  EARTH: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Astronauts videotaping thunderstorms from the space shuttle Columbia captured what scientists said on Thursday was a never-before-seen red glowing arc of light paralleling the curve of the Earth.  


McCanney Latest & More




Region 10656 maintains an ominous size and spawned a major class X1.0 solar x-ray flare at 18:12 UTC on 13 August. 2004. The event was fairly brief and was not associated with substantial radio emissions. In addition, current LASCO imagery does not reveal any significant Earthward-directed coronal mass ejection activity. Another fairly short-duration major class M7.4 flare is in-progress at the time of this writing from Region 10656. Although it, too, does not appear to be associated with any significant radio emissions. It is too early to determine if any coronal mass ejection activity will accompany this event. The potential for additional major flare activity remains high.



8/13/04 10:51:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Hello Kent Steadman, Gee mate, what a tale you posted. We are certainly all living in exiting times, exciting is it not? More


The Kinetic Theory of Gravitation postulates that the ether is endowed with vast intrinsic energy in the form of waves propagated continually in every conceivable direction, so that the wave energy is isotropic

9/13/2004 8:27:15 AM Pacific Standard Time

The later half of September 14 will see a one-two punch from the sun; starting with a direct impact from the M4 full halo CME late 9/11 followed by a high stream solar wind from a coronal hole. This solar churning of earth's atmosphere will recharge Ivan while it's still in the Gulf of Mexico before it hits the Gulf coast somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida panhandle. If it heads up the mouth of the Mississippi the damage will be the most extensive ever to hit the US

ORBIT STARGATE SOL [earth events begin at the Source]

C2 09/5/04 RIOR AT 6:06


9/3/04 9:58:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time Something capable of emitting radiation has entered the upper right corner of the eit_284 images beginning with the 0903_1306 image yesterday and continues through the current attached image. The radiation pattern changes with each image suggesting there is something immediately outside the range of the camera's field of view.

Also see: 11/6/1997 13:06 Sun Cruiser Demo More Pics 2 Lasco Team


UPDATE:  Big flare Region dawning east


 Question for Dr. Tom



Pulsing in the Diff data

Date: 5/4/03 7:06:58 PM Pacific Daylight Time is the site that data comes from. It's the 5-picture, 300kb short animation halfway down the page.

<LEFT: Looks like a fracture or fold in the Heliospheric current sheet--Kent


Date: 5/5/03 8:32:26 AM Pacific Daylight Time

The attached LASCO_C3 MPEG  includes two backside CMEs with no concurrent flare activity on the X-ray plot. This is often an indication of debris interacting with the sun's magnetic fields. It appears to correspond with the Diff movie now on your page.


Was Comet NEAT V1 like the Announcer, an Elias? And did the comet/sun open the Stargate-Nibiru?

Does Earth now enter the influence of the Stargate?

Note: added Joni to the event-left, Music:  Woodstock



Feb 18, 2003, did the reality windshield shatter?


WILLIAM HENRY: SHOW HIM THE DOOR (Stargate Nibiru)  And now for the movie!  

When galactic antimatter enters our solar system, the antimatter is called comets

We are Stardust! Did the iron in your blood and calcium in your bones come from a long-ago supernova? Astronomer and writer Carl Sagan thought so. "We are star stuff", Sagan once said.


Stargate War: An Exopolitical Perspective On The Preemptive War Against Iraq

IMPORTANT FORUM THREAD: NASA ACKNOWLEDGES PLANET X? Is it time for a serious discussion of the evidence of Planet X?



5-30-03 - SOLAR STORM


NOTE: can't guarantee that all red ball links will work, but give it a shot!







SCALAR ENERGY identified as cause of shuttle columbia disaster ARCHIVE 2 3




NOTE: No guarantee that all red dot links work on this piece.



Subject: Yet another incoming - same spot

Date: 3/16/2005 6:03:36 PM Pacific Standard Time







[LEFT] Hi Kent, BACK! Here's something to get started with.

Watch the sun! Today's Space Weather

AURORA WEEKEND: Auroras in Nebraska? California? Arizona? Believe it. On Saturday night, May 14th-15th, Northern Lights rippled across the United States during an intense geomagnetic storm. The display was triggered by a solar coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting Earth's magnetic field. So much for the quiet sun.

May 15, 2005 — Forecasters at the NOAA Space Environment Center in Boulder, Colo., observed a geomagnetic storm on Sunday, May 15, which they classified as an extreme event, measuring G-5—the highest level—on the NOAA Space Weather Scales


7/14/2005 6:28:13 AM Pacific Standard Time


Then watch the sun here --it really does look like the sun is responding to the bursts??  

7/20/2005 5:59:35 AM Pacific Standard Time happening again! Forum


[Subspace Sally on a binge within the solar plasma, Trace 1999]

Kent´s  hELlacious  hunch:  Suncruisers = GRBs






DARK MATTER AND Q-BALLS Each one is like "a new universe in a nutshell" [A. Kusenko] says. Inside a Q-ball, the familiar forces that hold our world together don't exist. This has some startling consequences. It means that every Q-ball is on a mission to violate law and order in the universe by assimilating normal matter and compelling it to live by Q-ball rules.

What Do We Really Know About The Universe?  Ice Shelf Collapse Reveals New Undersea World

GO HERE DEEP IMPACT INVESTIGATION ONGOING  Deep Impact ... Deafening Silence  Forum

Deep Impact may never glimpse comet crater  Gemini Sees Rocky Material on Tempel 1 Forum 2

 Small Telescope Project  Project Wormwood



December 2006


X-RAY IMAGER for 18:29 Flare 2


LASCO C3 -- Scientists Spot 'Tsunami' on the Sun Larger


 X9-class solar flare 12/5/06 at 1035 UT.  The source: big, new sunspot 930  Forum 2

Nobeyama  SolarSoft  MagStorm  Aurora

Aurora Images

TENTATIVE [depending on what the sunspot does in a few days] Magnetic Storm Approaches the Earth

NOTE: Region 10930 has lost much of its complexity after the X6.5 flare on December 6. That flare appears to have destroyed the magnetic delta structure that was a key factor for the production of the huge flares. M flares are still possible and there is a small chance of an additional X class flare.

Archives:  Proton Blast of Mysterious Origin  A New Kind of Solar Storm  Y-Z Class Flare


Future Dimming for Puerto Rico's Giant Telescope As Budget Cuts Loom  But guess what? They're planning to use [upgrade] the dish for the ionospheric heater that was damaged in a hurricane in 1998.


PLANETARY ALIGNMENT: Finally, a good reason to wake up early! Jupiter, Mercury and Mars are converging to form a tight triangle in the morning sky. Look for them, low in the east, beaming through the rosy glow of dawn on Dec. 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th.

Magnetic whirlpools found above the Earth  Morphogenetic Fields

NASA telescope sees black hole gulping remote star

COMET MCNAUGHT - 2006 - 2007


ORBIT WATCH  Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught)

1/10/2007 4:04:13 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

Here's a pic i just took of the comet from the west side of Manhattan, NYC on the hudson river. it's naked eye viewable, even with all of New York City's lights!


Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught)  Forum 2 3 latest>4 5  Charts  SWAN  Orbital Animation  skytonight  Gallery 2

The most recent real-time images from each of the telescopes, C2, C3, and EIT  Nobeyama  SXI

P1 or PX?
Comet McNaught C/2006P1  January 9, 2007, Sighting in Manassas, VA
Hi Kent, this is absolutely amazing!!!  I just saw it in broad 
daylight at 10:30 am EST.  
It must be exceedingly bright, and it is huge.  
The nucleus appears to be about the size of the Sun disk.
To see it, use a roof line to block out the Sun.  
It is about a hand span above the Sun (in the am), and a little to the left.

Granted the comet will not be seen outside of twilight, but some of the estimates of what the comet's maximum brightness will be on January 12 and 13 indicate it might be a fairly easy object to see in evening twilight. Right now, it seems the maximum magnitude might reach -1.5 to -8.7. If the latter is true, the comet would be visible in broad daylight! --G A R Y W. K R O N K

Watch that light to portside

GOES Solar X-ray Imager [Comet seems to emit X-rays]



Egads! Swan!

RINGSIDE SEAT: Soon, the comet will be too close to the Sun to see--unless you're SOHO. From Jan. 11th to 15th, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory will monitor the comet-Sun encounter using its onboard coronagraph.

 Comet C/2006 P1 to make headlines in southern hemisphere





FORUM  2  SOHO C3  Animated Gif  MPEG  Nobeyama  SXI  SWAN  Recent Comet Brightness Estimates




This is unlike any comet I've ever seen before, beyond my wildest expectations! Golly-gosh!

Here's the nagging question in my mind: Is C/2006 P1 (McNaught) a comet, or a rogue planet [um...Planet-Rex], or WHAT? [proto-planet]

Keep coming back, I'll be updating for the next week, if I survive, sigh...


"Please note that while we do have "real time" data from SOHO/LASCO, we do not have continuous, uninterrupted 24hr contact with the spacecraft. This means that there will be periods where the images are not updating. These periods typically last only a couple of hours, but sometimes our ageing data processing machines do crash and a technician has to manually restart the process. At weekends this can take time, so please be patient with us! You can always check the spacecraft contact schedule to see when the planned data gaps will occur."

On 01/13/06 the SOHO Spacecraft is 11 years 11 months and 11 days old

[In reality they are taking pictures every 12 mins]


DAYTIME COMET: Comet McNaught is now visible in broad daylight. This trick is best performed around local noon: Go outside and stand in the shadow of a building. Face south. The comet lies about six degrees to the left of the sun.

PERTH: The 10km wide comet was discovered by Australian astronomer Rob McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory, in NSW, in August 2006. 12 per cent brighter than the sighting in 1995 of the Hale-Bopp Comet but still 25 times fainter than 1965's Ikeya-Seki Comet. [unsure of those stats, can't locate any official publication other than NASA who does not declare physical parameters]

Projected path across C3  Earth in the dust tail?  Components  Orbital Animation [How could this comet sneak up on us?]

Screenshot 2

1/14/2007 4:12:31 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

Hey Kent, where did that other comet come from. I am pulling up starry nite and shows an unnamed comet at RA(J/2000) RA 2 hrs 28.47m and DEC 9 degrees 16.117' at 2.37 magnitude. about 0.881 au. We cant see it due to the snow storm. Any one seen it yet?  

Someone needs to take a look at the path on this comet, according to starry nite it is really close to us. I just updated the files and now shows another untitled comet. Here is the screen shot. The white dot on the tan line is earth. this comet comes really close. Maybe I am reading it wrong. Can someone else make any sense..

Check SWAN  [been seeing something there close to McNaught to the south next to the tip]

Dwarf planet 'becoming a comet'  An unusual dwarf planet discovered in the outer Solar System could be en route to becoming the brightest comet ever known.

2003 EL61 the strangest known object in the Kuiper belt



Hmmm....wondering now about the big quake--Kent
1/12/2007 11:39:15 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

A large comet....and now a very strong Earth quake.....8.3......every seismic station around the world has reached saturation levels.

ALERT: Pacific quake prompts wide tsunami watch  Tsunami Warning Center  MAP 8.2 KURIL ISLANDS Comoros volcano erupts  Cold takes toll on growers, traffic  [Coincidence?]

1/15/2007 7:52:42 A.M. Pacific Standard Time

Not that it might have a thing in the world to do with the comet - but I caught a glimpse of the Live seismic Feed on the 13th......almost every monitor looked like these. It had calmed back down when I looked yesterday.


1/15/2007 11:26:51 A.M. Pacific Standard Time

My husband, a native elder, sensed the comet last evening and went to the window. He called me to see it and I almost panicked! It was between two mountains and looked so large that I thought it was Niburu and we had only days left to prepare for 'whatever'. This morning, with clear skies, the whole family saw it for some time. It was amazing (looked huge still) and not so ominous as last night. I must say, though, it does portend many changes in this paradigm, we feel. As natives we rarely give in to fear but as a mother, I panic at the thought of some of my children being in large cities at this time.


1/15/2007 8:50:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time

Good morning - If your sleuths cannot do this I don't know who can. Last night on Coast toCoast a caller gave the name of a website. Clinton and the elder Bush apparently have a warning website for 2007, it's an org. They are basically urging people to PREPARE. I also have emergency tests for L.A. area used to be once a week now is 8 times a day. Please get your sleuths to find out what the name of the website is (couldn't remember this morning) and what is going on.

This?  HEWS


1/10/2007 4:04:13 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

Here's a pic i just took of the comet from the west side of Manhattan, NYC on the hudson river. it's naked eye viewable, even with all of New York City's lights!

VIDEO: Comet over Oslo

1/11/2007 5:09:34 P.M. Pacific Standard Time

Hey Kent, Just called the Coonabarabran Observatory in Australia and they turned me on to this website by Robert McNaught talking about the comet.

ALERT: Please save the C3 images during the comet passage on SOHO. Your own personal archive is a good idea because of this historical event. Some are beginning to think that a comet this large might even be called a rogue planet!

These are the raw Navy images: C3,  Processed images C3, LASCO GermanyFTP directory 2 3,  latest mpg, gif movie,  Notes  Let's hope that NASA doesn't pull the plug.  



Stunning Comet's Size Shocks Scientists
By Staff

posted: 12 April 2010

Comet McNaught, the so-called Great Comet of 2007, has been identified as the biggest comet measured to date, according to scientists, whose calculations were based on the comet's overall influence in space.


Instead of using the length of the comet's tail to measure the scale of the comet, astronomers used data from the ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft to determine the size of the region of space disturbed by the comet's presence – a cosmic wake across the solar system.


Through analysis of magnetometer data, scientists found evidence of a decayed shockwave surrounding the comet, which was created when ionized gas emitted from the comet's nucleus joined the fast-flowing particles of the solar wind. That, in turn, caused the solar wind around the comet to abruptly slow down.


Great Comet McNaught


Comet C/2006 P1 McNaught was discovered by astronomer Robert H. McNaught in August 2006. In January and February 2007, Comet McNaught became the brightest comet visible from Earth for the past 40 years. [Photos of Comet McNaught.]


Serendipitously, the robotic Ulysses spacecraft made an unexpected crossing of Comet McNaught's tail in 2007, which allowed astronomers to collect valuable and pertinent data.


Ulysses encountered McNaught's tail of ionized gas downstream of the comet's nucleus, at a distance of more than 1.5 times the distance between the Earth and the sun. That's about 139 million miles (224 million km). The average distance between the Earth and sun, called 1 astronomical unit, is about 93 million miles (150 million km).


This was far longer than the spectacular dust tail that was visible from Earth in 2007.


Ulysses' 2007 encounter with McNaught was one of three unplanned encounters that Ulysses made with comet tails during its 19-year mission, which ended in 2009. The other encounters included Comet Hyakutake in 1996. Hyakutake is the current record-holder for the comet with the longest measured tail.


Measuring a comet


But the data collected from Ulysses' encounter with McNaught allowed scientists to gauge the size of that comet.

"It was very difficult to observe Comet McNaught's plasma tail remotely in comparison with the bright dust tail, so we can't really estimate how long it might be," said Dr. Geraint Jones of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory, who will present the findings at the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 13.


"What we can say is that Ulysses took just 2.5 days to traverse the shocked solar wind surrounding Comet Hyakutake, compared to an incredible 18 days in shocked wind surrounding Comet McNaught," Jones said. "This shows that the comet was not only spectacular from the ground, it was a truly immense obstacle to the solar wind."

Scientists also compared the crossing times for other comet encounters, which further revealed the huge scale of Comet McNaught. The Giotto spacecraft's encounter with Comet Grigg-Skjellerup in 1992, for example, took less than an hour from one shock crossing to another. Similarly, it took only a few hours to cross the shocked region of the famed Halley's Comet.


In 2007, the nucleus of Comet McNaught was estimated to be less than 15 miles (25 km), but Jones used a different measure to calculate the comet's scale.


"The scale of an active comet depends on the level of outgassing rather than the size of the nucleus," Jones explained. "Comet nuclei aren't necessarily active over their entire surfaces; what we can say is that McNaught's level of gas production was clearly much higher than that of Hyakutake."


Stuff is happening right now and I am on duty. I need help here. This is a 24 hour round the clock effort and upon SOHO passage on the 12th I will need to capture frame by frame in case the feed is disrupted which often happens for whatever reason.--Kent
Kent Steadman; 425 S. 156th Street; #119A; Seattle, WA 98148
Chronicling the comet:


Keep encouraging the Old Coot!

Unfortunately, our beloved Kent, passed away in 2008.
He's flying up there in the stars now!!!

Kent Moedl Steadman (1942 - 2008) was born January 17, 1942, during a snow storm at his great-Aunt Mary’s in Sandy, UT. In much the same way as he entered, Kent left this world at the age of 66, when his heart gave out while playing in the snow with his grandson at his home in Burien, WA.

Kent received his Master's of Arts from Brigham Young University in Utah. He was a highly respected art teacher at Fresno City College for 23 years. After retirement, Kent continued to serve as a mentor and teach others about the art of love, intelligence, creativity, and compassion. Born with a disability that he overcame through art and music, Kent understood the joy of being different. A troubadour and vagabond, many will remember his music, which he believed to be the true expression of the soul. Kent was a pioneer on the internet with his site,, where he shared his philosophy with many people. His playful sense of humor always charmed and uplifted his friends and loved ones.


All that preceded this was during sun cycle 23, and we are not entering sun cycle 24.   Right now, the sun seems almost dead in comparison, but it really isn't.

Here is 2008 and 2009 spaceweather - which I'm doing in honor of Kent Steadman - its not as good as he does it.  But the sun doesn't stop shining and neither did Kent. 

4-24-09 - SPACEWEATHER - APRIL 2009
There are now 1051 asteroids being tracked

If NASA can track a bolt in sspace, why can't they see UFOs?

There are now 1025 asteroids being tracked
The number grows almost daily
Comet Lulin brightens - its green

1-31-09 - SPACEWEATHER - JANUARY - 2009
Comet C 2007 N3 coming around the sun

updated  12-31-08 - SPACE-WEATHER- 2008
There are now 1010 asteroids being tracked





Image Russell Stannard Copyright 2009
Appeared on April 23, 2009

Solar Storm 2012?

This latest striking design, situated on Rutlands Farm just outside the Stone Circle of Avebury village has an uncanny connection to some rather alarming news which has come to light about our own Sun. According to calculations a huge Solar Storm could hit the planet earth in only three years time. That's right 2012!  Perhaps this is the message given in this new formation. Solar Storms are swarms of electrically charged subatomic particles from the Sun, which buffet the Earth causing problems for orbiting satellites, which have delicate electronics. On the ground we witness them as the Northern and Southern Lights. However a few times throughout history the Sun ejects enormous swarms, which can cause serious damage to our electrical power structure causing catastrophic harm to our modern-day global structures. Perhaps we need to not only keep an eye on the ground, but also to the heavens.
Stuart Dike

This has the same number of spikes on it.



Huge Solar Storm Could Shut Down US

(April 21) - A massive solar storm could be catastrophic for the United States and other countries, scientists warn.
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NASA, Steele Hill
9 photos
A graphic depicts eruptions of plasma radiating

 from the sun toward Earth. The eruptions, or

 coronal mass ejections (CMEs), create

 electromagnetic interference that can disrupt

 technology on our planet.
Such a storm could knock out power nationwide, reported, leading to a nightmarish scenario that could include failures of transportation, communication and financial systems; shutdowns of government services; and a lack of safe drinking water, food and medication.
Solar storms form when intense bursts of plasma erupt from the surface of the sun, creating what's called a coronal mass ejection (CME). These eruptions can produce electromagnetic interference that wreaks havoc with electricity-dependent technology on Earth.
Although the probability of a worst-case scenario solar storm event is low, researchers say that our increasing reliance on technology makes it crucial to be prepared for such a calamity.
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The Sun

How big in diameter is the sun?

  • 1.75 million miles
  • 875,000 miles
  • 425,000 miles

How long does it take light to travel from the sun to Earth?

  • 8 hours
  • 8 minutes
  • 8 seconds

How hot is the sun's surface?

  • 150,000 degrees
  • 50,000 degrees
  • 10,000 degrees

In Greek mythology, which deity was considered the sun god?

  • Apollo
  • Dionysus
  • Zeus

People are warned that too much sun exposure can cause cancer. But the sun is also the primary source for an important nutrient. What is it?

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
"The consequences could be extreme," Roberta Balstad, a research scientist with Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, told

In 1859, a powerful solar storm fried telegraph systems around the world. Another one caused a blackout in Quebec, Canada, 20 years ago.
Michael Kaiser, project scientist for NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission, told that even if a big solar storm were to hit the nation, power grid operators could minimize the damage if they had enough of a warning.
Kaiser said he and his colleagues are working to refine their ability to better predict solar storms before they happen. "We're getting smarter now," he added.


Amazing Space Images
Hubble Heritage Group / ESA / NASA
A "cosmic fountain" of stars, gas and dust stretching about 100,000 light-years across the universe was

 photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope to mark the telescope's almost 20 years in space. The

 cosmic combination, dubbed Arp 194, shows a galaxy that appears to be spilling water on another. The

 photo was released Tuesday.
NUMBER 943  (Given in the dream that preceded this page)

The Number 943

Factors: 943 = 23 x 41

The Dewey Decimal system starting at  940 is Knights, Castles, World War I & II, European Countries

The Dewey Decimal system starting at 930 is Ancient Civilizations

Strong's Bible Concordance:

C,943       curious 

943 buwk entangled
Exo 14:3  
For Pharaoh will say1 of the children of Israel, They [are] entangled12 in the land, the wilderness hath shut1 them in.

Est 3:15

The posts5 went out,1 being hastened7 by the king's commandment, and the decree was given8 in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down1 to drink;2 but the city Shushan was perplexed.12

 Joel 1:18 

How do the beasts groan!12 the herds of cattle are perplexed,8 because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.8


946 - (The time given in Betty's dream)

C,946       curse

946 Buwnah Bunah
1 Chr 2:25 
And the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were, Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, [and] Ahijah.

937 - The number seen in the second dream, looking for 943

C, 937

Gloria appeared at door # 945 in the first dream

NOTE:  Is October or November the month of the coming event when we find the Son (Sun) once more?

This page will be updated with news and events as appropriate in the future