Dark Star Symbolism in the Zohar
Last month, I discussed the assumed orbital period of Nibiru, 3600 years, and how Zecharia Sitchin may have arrived at that figure (1). This included a description of a journey to ‘Olam’ through seven heavens of 500 years each mentioned in a conversation between a heretic and the Jewish savant Rabbi Gamliel. Sitchin may have been influenced by this Hebrew text when he considered the likely orbital period of Nibiru/Marduk, a Planet X body which he described from his reading and interpretation of various ancient Sumerian texts (2).
Talk of the return of Nibiru, particularly as a potentially catastrophic event, has been widespread for decades. It seems to feed into a feeling of dread of the ‘End of Days’, which may be a peculiarity of our times, or perhaps has always been with us since ancient times. Either way, the concept of Sitchin’s Nibiru has become a magnet for all manner of claims and predictions of imminent catastrophe raining down from us from the heavens.
So, perhaps it is not particularly surprising that such ideas are now circulating within fringe elements of Judaism, and are being openly discussed by various Rabbis (3). Whether this is truly significant or not, what’s emerging from these discussions are Jewish textual fragments which contain fairly straightforward descriptions of a visitation of a complex celestial entity. For instance, the appearance of a star at the End of Days is plainly spoken of in the Zohar, Judaism’s primary mystical text, written by the 2nd century sage, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
Included in the Zohar is this messianic prediction:
“At that time Melech Hamoshiach (Messiah the King) will awaken and go out from Gan Eden (Garden of Eden), from the place called Kan Tzippor, and will be revealed in the Galil (Galilee)…. A star will arise from the East side, flaming with all colors, and seven other stars will go around this star and make a war with it on all sides three times a day for 70 days, and all the people of the world will see.” (4)
You will note that this celestial entity is a complex, multi-coloured affair with a retinue of seven other ‘stars’ in its wake, revolving around it. These would presumably be seven moons or planets orbiting a central Planet X body, which would presumably be quite sizeable. The 70 days mentioned would then describe the visible period of the planet/star’s perihelion passage around the Sun, during which time its own system of planets/moons is visibly revolving around itself. There are a number of similar descriptions from Jewish texts available on the Internet (5).
What’s fascinating for me is that this Dark Star symbolism (a large central planet (sub-brown dwarf?) contained within a colourful aura, and accompanied by its own system of worlds) is associated with a returning Messiah, and was written about during an historical period of time when there was a great deal of expectation about the imminent coming of a Messiah.
Sitchin’s original timings for Nibiru included the date 3760BCE, which would then have placed the next return to 160BCE, during the Graeco-Roman period. Sitchin later pulled the date of the last return back to coincide with the destruction of the First Temple of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the 6th Century BCE. There does not appear to have been an historic record of a return of this celestial body on either occasion, however. Perhaps that is because (a) it simply doesn’t exist, (b) the orbital period is much longer than Sitchin suggested, (c) it failed to appear as predicted, leading to a sense of loss and disappointment during a period of Messianic fervour in the Levant.
Probably much like today, then.
I suspect the truth of this lies in the dissemination of ancient knowledge down through various cultures throughout history. When the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and dragged much of the population of Israel off into slavery, they likely imparted much of their knowledge (which they themselves derived from the Akkadians, and Sumerians before them) to the teachers and leaders of the enslaved clans of Israel. The symbolisms thus found new life in Jewish texts, many of which were compiled around that time. Many took on a predictive element within mystical passages. What’s important is where these passages were initially derived from, and the consistent descriptions they provide us of this rather unique celestial phenomenon.
Again, it’s little wonder that Zecharia Sitchin, himself of Jewish descent, would be influenced strongly by such imagery. However, I think that the orbital period of Nibiru, which he pegged to the Sumerian Sar of 3600 years, likely needs re-considering. This entity is probably much further out in the solar system than generally thought.
7th March 2016
1) Andy Lloyd “3600?” 8th February 2016 http://www.andylloyd.org/darkstarblog35.htm
2) Zecharia Sitchin “The Twelfth Planet” Avon 1976
3) Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz “Super-Comet Nibiru Could Threaten Entire Planet, Warns Prominent Rabbi” 4th March 2016 http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/62890/prominent-rabbi-confirms-nibiru-possible-jewish-world/#AuadoFm67kcRC2xh.99 with thanks to Jesse
4) Rivkah Lambert Adler “Nibiru, Planet X, Gaining Traction Among Rabbinic Voices as Harbinger of End of Days” 22nd February 2016 http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/61965/nibiru-coming-bringing-messiah-wake-jewish-world/#oXBuCXrK0sbZmm6h.97
5) Rabbi Daniel Travis “The Star of Mashiach” 05 February 2016 http://nibiruiscoming.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-star-of-mashiach.html