Did Ancients Report
Radical Repositioning of Their Star Field?
It's essential to test the pole-shift theory, and its
opposition, sometimes directly and sometimes indirectly, by examining
their core assumptions.
If a pole-shift previously occurred within early
historical or late pre-historical times, then, among the ancients, in
addition to expecting oral or written reports/stories of an
unexplained but wide-spread cataclysm, we might expect reports that
the night's star field changed its position radically relative to
The evidence we have indicates that the ancients
everywhere--person by person--not only could, but did, have
familiarity with the details of their night sky that vastly exceeed
what the average person in any industrial or post-industrial society
has today. Compared to most people today, we can assume that almost
any ancient chosen at random would have much more 'eye-time' and
fewer 'eye-distractions'. So, most would have been able to register
and report rather subtle changes in the sky-field over time.Any
astrology-like belief in star-power could only encourage more details
observations. In a real sense then, although there might have been a
few 'specialists in every societal group,' everyone was an
So, we can assume that even in pre-historic times, most
randomly-chosen survivors of a cataclysm would have had extensive
memory of night sky-field details before the event. So, not matter
how many or how few humans survived a global cataclysm, those who did
survive would be capable of passing along the key details.
A radical shifting of the earth's crust would give the
survivors a different view of the star field. How different would
depend on the severity of the shift.
In trying to locate the cause of the cataclysm,
survivors, whose experience of the geological cataclysm could only be
local, would probably, after observing a different night sky, come to
believe that the sky, not the earth, was where the cause of the
cataclysm resided. In other words, cause and effect would be
It's interesting to speculate that belief in
astrological analysis of the relationships between star positions and
events on earth could have originated with such an event.
In any case, we can further assume that the difference
between the old star-field and the new star-field, or at least the
fact of the change, would very likely be passed down to succeeding
generations. Local versions of the cataclysm would be en-storied by
widely separated groups of survivors. But the common element would be
the change in sky view and the tendency to see that change as the
cause, not the effect, of what happened.
NOTE : We do not assume that stories carried down
through time are to be granted the status of scientific evidence. On
the other hand, it's not wise to assume that in pre-scientific
societies all ways of knowing and storying information must be
dismissed as mere fantasy. Of course, the problem is knowing the
difference. But even today we still often can't be sure of what's
significant and what is not in our world.
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