GOLDEN AGE & DOOMSDAY
By Robertino Solàrion
Texas, 3 October 2000
At a June 1999 catastrophism conference, hosted
by Professor Emilio Spedicato at the University of Bergamo in
Italy, numerous scholars from diverse fields of study addressed
the gathering. Alan Alford, author of Gods Of The New Millennium,
for example, gave a lecture on the Nefilim and Anunnaki. Flavio
Barbiero (Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, Capodiponte, Italia)
discussed the possibility that Antarctica could have been the
Lost Atlantis. "Abstracts"
of each lecture were printed in a program guide, distributed upon
registration for the conference. Here is the "abstract"
of the lecture given by David Talbott, who is a Kronian Velikovskian
"revisionist" and self-appointed expert successor to
Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky in terms of "The Saturn Theory"
about which David produced a videotape called Remembering The
End Of The World. I find it most interesting that David Talbott
addressed this conference, but unfortunately he is terribly wrong
when he refers to this "planetary object" as Saturn
-- yet "in general" I think that he makes some very
good points in this summary of his lecture.
When you read this "abstract", think
Planet X Nibiru or Cosmic Tree or Night Sun, not the Planet Saturn.
Certain themes of myth occur on every continent.
One universal tradition concerns a former Golden Age, a period
of cosmic harmony subsequently lost. In the general tradition,
the Golden Age means a timeless epoch before the arrival of discord
and war, before the linkage of heaven and earth was broken. Many
traditions recall the absence of seasons or any time-keeping references,
while the land produced abundantly without any need for human
This is a distinctive myth, with crucial connections
to other themes. Why did all of the early cultures connect to
the Golden Age with the rule of a "king of the world"
-- a prototype of kings ruling in the sky before a king ever ruled
on earth? And why the early astronomical link of this figure to
the remote planet Saturn?
Another tradition recalls a "world-ending"
disaster, when the Golden Age collapsed and the heavens fell out
of control. The specific forms of the catastrophe vary. A rain
of fire and gravel, as in the cataclysms of Ragnarok. A great
deluge. The death or displacement of a primeval sun. A cloud of
chaos demons enshrouding the world in darkness. Or the spiraling
serpent or dragon, whose attack throws the heavens into chaos.
But where are the events in our familiar world
that can illuminate the repeated stories? A comparative approach
will establish that the subject is not a local disaster. Specifically,
this archetypal catastrophe -- an event whose re-occurrence ancient
races feared above all else -- was that which brought the Golden
Age to its violent conclusion.
The origins of ancient mythology; the birth
of the first civilizations; a violent history of the solar system
-- these are the primary themes of the "Saturn Theory",
a new way of viewing the myth-making epoch as a whole, based on
cross-cultural analysis. Astronomers and astrophysicists, historians,
anthropologists, archaeologists, and students of ancient myth
and religion should reconsider the most common assumptions about
The underlying principles of the theory are
1. Major changes in the planetary order, some
involving Earth-threatening catastrophes, have occurred within
2. Through myth, ritual and symbol around the
world, our ancestors preserved a global record of these tumultuous
3. The first civilizations arose from ritual
practices honoring, imitating, and re-living extraordinary natural
4. The dominant powers of the ancient rites
were planets moving close to the earth.
The planetary model we offer carries one advantage
which other theories based on ancient testimony lack. It is specific
enough to be falsified on its own ground (ancient testimony).
We will propose some simple ground rules permitting researchers
to test the hypothesis and draw reliable conclusions.
"The Golden Age" ended on 15 June
762 BCE with the departure sequence of "the gods" for
their winter's hibernation at the Oort Cloud.
As I have written elsewhere, David Talbott
does not believe in the existence of the Planet X Nibiru because
he does not believe in the attendant idea of "ancient astronauts";
and ultimately that is why he cannot see the hidden truth of The
Within the framework of the overall Velikovskian
School, moreover, David Talbott's "theory" is dubious.
Dr. Velikovsky explicitly stated that "The Saturn Catastrophe"
occurred long before the Israelite Exodus from Egypt and the contemporaneous
Santorini Cataclysm, in 1587 BCE. Dr. Velikovsky attributed the
cause of this Exodus Catastrophe to "The Birth Of Venus"
-- the Planet Jupiter ejected a large ball of gas and fire at
high speed, and this "comet-like" object grazed the
Earth before finally solidifying and stabilizing into its current
orbit as the Planet Venus. Well, if Venus did not exist before
1587 BCE, then how could Venus be included in computer animations
of "The Saturn Theory" which predated it? It is inherently
illogical, and I am surprised that David Talbott didn't realize
that "anomaly" before going to the trouble and expense
of producing his slick videotape with all its glitzy computer
animations. I noticed his little "chronological discrepancy"