When MARS comes by...


[Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000-2003 by Hage Productions]

   It will happen again.

   According to the ancients, there was a time when Mars had a closer
orbit to Earth than it has now.  In those days, Mars came by the Earth
on some occasions within the distance of the Moon.

   The whole world was in terror.  Not one soul, young or old, could
escape the fiery wrath of Mars.  Mighty "Ares" shook all the kingdoms
of the Earth, crushing their Emperors and their paupers with equal ire.
With flames darting from its volcanic "eyes" and smoke and ash billowing
before its rumbling "war chariot," the angry Red Planet marched across 
the sky as a great rolling ball of molten iron.

   The year was 747 bce. It was the 7th anniversary of the founding of
Rome.  This ravenous flaming wolf-star--called "Maha (great) Ares" or
"M'Ares" (Mars)--savagely tore open the Earth, gouging it asunder with 
painful clefts and fissures.  The howling rock wrenched out of place
gave out an anguished wail.

   The mass of Mars, although but a ninth that of the Earth, was still
great enough to pull open fault lines as the sullen planet ground its
way past us.  The sky glowed red and black from the volcanic fire and
ash above as the gravitational tides of the two planets pulled magma 
from each other while white-hot liquid rock burst forth into space.

   Packs of dogs scavenged the dead and dying.  The ruined land was
overrun by rapacious hordes of marauders and madmen.  The whole world
fell screaming into a dark, horrific abyss of blood.


   The whole Earth trembled in agony every time Mars came by.  There
was a long-running cycle of these close approaches of Mars.  They had
begun over 10,000 years before, when the Egyptians had presumed to
change the structure of the solar system itself by "terra-forming" the
planets Mars and Mercury. [Dates: See our "New Ancient History" page.]

   It might have been a simple idea:  Transfer mass* from Mercury, the
planet of Thoth, the "Dad" of the Egyptians, to Mars, the planet of Ra.
As Mercury grew lighter, it would drift away from the Sun and become a
cooler, more habitable planet.  And as Mars grew heavier, it would fall
toward the sun and warm up: Two new "Earths" for the price of one. [The
method of moving the planets is uncertain, of course. Scientists propose
moving Mars and Earth today by using the gravitation of passing comets.]
[*Unaccelerated, of course, so as to slow down Mars.  See preceding link
for ways the ancients might have sought to accomplish this.]

   Their wise men could not do the math.  There is a mathematical blind
spot that physicists cannot resolve.  It is known simply as "The three-
body problem."  It has to do with the changing mutual gravitational pull
of three cosmic bodies in close proximity.  As each one moves, it will
affect both of the others, and they each in turn will change their pull
on the other two: Too many variables at once.

   The ancients could not solve the problem.  So they guessed what the
consequences of changing the orbits of Mercury and Mars would be.

   They guessed wrong.

   Mars and Mercury began to drift closer to the Earth than planned, and
worse, their mutual gravity began to synchronize with the Earth and with
one another.  The wise ones of those days projected as far ahead as they
could and realized--too late--that all three planets were being drawn
into a single place in orbit...a triple conjunction with catalclysmic

   "The END OF ALL FLESH has come before Me."  [Gen 6:13]

   The Gilgamesh Epic states plainly that the Deluge arrived as both the
god of Mars and the god of Mercury appeared together at dawn:

   "With the first glow of dawn, a black cloud rose up from the
   horizon. Inside it, Adad [Adad=Thoth=Mercury] thunders. While
   Shullat and Hanish [= Phobos & Deimos, the two moons of Mars?]
   go in front of Nergal [=Mars] like heralds, moving over the
   hills and valleys while he [Mars] tears out the pillars [of
   the Earth]...setting the Earth ablaze with their glare...Adad
   [Mercury] (then) turned to blackness all that had been light.
   (The wide) land shattered like a (piece of pottery)...No one
   can see his fellow, nor can the peoples be recognized from
   heaven.  (Even) the gods were terrified by the Deluge, and
   shrinking back (in fear), they ascended to the heaven of Anu."

      ["The Gilgamesh Epic," OBV, tablet XI: 96-114; adapted