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Why We Believe in Doomsday
by J. Allan Danelek - November 2009

On the morning of March 26, 1997, San Diego police were called to a rented mansion in the upscale community of Rancho Santa Fe, California. There they discovered the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult who had each apparently taken their own lives in an act of mass suicide. Why? Because they had been convinced by their leader that by doing so, their souls could hitch a ride on a spaceship they believed was hiding in the tale of the Comet Hale-Bopp, which would then spirit them away to an extraterrestrial heaven.

In November 18, 1978, 918 men, women, and children took their lives at the behest of “Reverend” Jim Jones and his henchmen in the jungles of Guyana, all in an effort to avoid the coming apocalypse their psychotic leader had convinced them was imminent. Most died by drinking a grape-flavored drink laced with cyanide.

Of course, these are extreme cases, but why did they happen? Why are so many often intelligent people so easily persuaded to accept the notion that the end is at hand?

This is the question that induced me to write my most recent book, 2012: Extinction or Utopia, in which I examine this apparent tendency among a considerable percentage of the population to embrace the most outrageous end-times claims without question by examining doomsday prophecies—both past and present—in an effort to better understand why this phenomenon occurs.

So what did I discover in the course of researching the book? While space will not permit me to provide a detailed analysis of what I have discovered, there are a few conclusions I have drawn that I feel impelled to share with you.Of course, the first and most basic question that needs to be asked is why are so many people willing to believe the world is coming to an end?

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An Interview with J. Allan Danelek, Author of 2012: Extinction or Utopia
by Llewellyn

1. Why is 2012 said to be “the end of the world as we know it?” What are the implications of this statement?2012: Extinction or Utopia?

Several books written over the last few years have suggested that when the Mayan Long Count calendar ends its fifth 5,125 year cycle on December 21, 2012, it will usher in a time of transition as the world moves into its next 5,125 year cycle. Some have interpreted this ancient belief to mean a number of catastrophic events will occur on that date, while others suggest this “end” will be more of a spiritual transition point rather than a physical event. In either case, millions believe the date holds tremendous significance for the future of humanity.

2. Besides the Mayan prophecy, are there others that state that the year 2012 will bring about worldwide change?

Several cultures over the centuries have supposedly made the case for cyclic changes taking place throughout history. Outside the Mayans, perhaps the Hopi are the best known for this, as are a few others as well. However, none of these groups have made specific claims as to when these cycles end or begin, the 2012 date being more a recent addition to these supposedly “ancient” beliefs than an original element of their teaching. It’s also important to recognize that many cultures that integrate astrology into their religious beliefs work around the premise of “earth cycles,” so none of these other belief systems are particularly unique in that respect.

However, I believe 2012 has been effectively co-opted by many in the “ends time business,” who have come out of the woodwork in an attempt to tie their individual ends-time ideas to the year. In effect, once 2012 became popularized, it became a magnet for every ends time belief system out there, much like honey attracting bees. The fact is that when one examines most of these ideas that predate the current 2012 craze, they’ll find little or no mention of when these cycles are set to end or begin. The 2012 date is merely handy.

3. The 2012 prophecy can be classified as a “doomsday,” or “end of the world,” prophecy. Why are such annihilistic beliefs often repeated throughout history?

I suppose it has to do with the fact that until comparatively recently, life was hard, brutal, and short. As such, end of the world prophecies promised a way to escape the cruelties of life by ushering in a golden age or, at very least, creating a path to heaven. In effect, they are an escape mechanism.

4. There have been several prophecies, “doomsday” or otherwise, in the past that have failed to come true. Why do you think that is?

Because all doomsday prophecies are nothing more than one person’s idea of what they believe will happen, based purely on their own intuition, imagination or misreading of ancient holy texts. In effect, they fail because the people making the predictions don’t know what they’re talking about.

5. Are there any prophecies that you feel have been proven “true?”

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Back to Top - Llewellyn Journal - November 2009

Dion Fortune: Moon Priestess
by Alan Richardson

Dion Fortune, one of the most striking, enigmatic, and least known women of the twentieth century, can be credited for much of what we consider to be "New Age" today. To get to the essence of her for the new reader, how can she be summed up? Alan Richardson, author of Aleister Crowley and Dion Fortune–Logos of the Aeon, Shakti of the Age, discusses just why we should credit DF.
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Psychic Consultations During an Economic Turndown: Relinquishing Your Morning Latte for the Cost of Turning the Tarot Cards
by Lisa Barretta

The recent economic downturn has had a ripple effect into most business, including those in the psychic and astrological consultation sectors. Most people are cutting back on life's little extras and are spending money moe wisely, but does that mean you need to forgo your regular psychic consultations? Lisa Barretta, author of The Street Smart Psychic's Guide to Getting a Good Reading, details just how to make the most of your psychic spending during these tough economic times.
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Harmonizing with the Fates
by Z. Budapest

We are always in deep and energetic transformation as time moves forward, the cycles of the universal bodies of the zodiac defining and re-defining their influences on earth and its inhabitants. Z Budapest, author of Summoning the Fates, discusses how the current Plutonian Capricorn environment is shaping our society, our environment, and our lives.
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Psychic Empowerment for Everyone
by Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

Of course it is fun and exciting to read about paranormal events such as spirit communication, astral travel, and telekinesis. But how much more exciting would it be to do these things yourself? Carl Llewellyn Weschcke has teamed up with Dr. Joe Slate to bring you Psychic Empowerment for Everyone; here he details how we can—and why we should—develop the innate psychic skills we all have.
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Back to Top - Try This! - November 2009

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Llewellyn Journal - November 2009

Dion Fortune: Moon Priestess

Psychic Consultations During an Economic Turndown

Harmonizing with the Fates

Psychic Empowerment for Everyone

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