535 AD Cataclysmic Event

Why is the global climatic cataclysm of the sixth century virtually unheard of?


There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months.  Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow.  Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again.
Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

John of Ephesus is not the only one that mentions this event. Procopius lived between 500 and 565 AD and he was a late antiquities scholar and one of the main historians of the 6 th century. He also refers to the strange behaviour of the sun and believed that it was a bad sign and the beginning of other events.

… during this year a most dread portent took place. For the sun gave forth its light without brightness...and it seemed exceedingly like the sun in eclipse, for the beams it shed were not clear.,
History of the Wars: The Vandalic War.

And we have yet another reference from the sixth century writer, Zacharias of Mytilene, who authored a chronicle that contains a section referring to the ‘Dark Sun’ for the period of 535/536 AD.

The sun began to be darkened by day and the moon by night, while the ocean was tumultuous with spray from the 24th of March in this year till the 24th of June in the following year... And, as the winter was a severe one, so much so that from the large and unwonted quantity of snow the birds perished... there was distress... among men... from the evil things,
Zacharias of Mytilene (Chronicle, 9.19, 10.1)

Krakatoa VolcanoThese three extracts are just a representative sample of numerous accounts from all over the world, written in the same period of time. In all cases, the sun was described as getting dimmer and losing its light. Many also described it as having a bluish colour. The effects were also observed with the moon – it wasn’t as bright anymore. The reduction of the light resulted in the reduction of heat on the planet; no rain and a very long winter resulted in crop failures and for birds and other wildlife to perish, as Zacharias of Mytilene writes. Famine and plagues struck many areas and there were a huge number of deaths.

In China and Japan, the event was also recorded in great detail. Massive droughts and thousands of deaths. The water wasn’t enough for the people and the land. Hundreds of thousands of square miles became infertile. In the Beishi chronicles, the official history of the Northern Dynasties, mentions that in 536, in the province of Xi’an, 80% of the population died and the survivors ate corpses to survive.

The catastrophic event struck Korea, the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Australia.  While written records do not exist for all countries, archaeological and geological data revealed evidence of the climatic changes. Studies done on the trunks of trees, for example, showed that 536 AD had been the coldest in 1,500 years.

The important question in all of this is, why did it happen?  While there are no definite answers, one theory that has been put forward is that there was a large asteroid or comet impact which landed in the sea (if it hit land there would be evidence of a crater). Geologist Dallas Abbott is one proponent of this view and bases his view on evidence that he found studying ice cores from Greenland. However, this wouldn’t explain the dim light of the sun, and no tsunamis have been recorded for this period, which would have occurred if an asteroid landed in the ocean.

Another theory that has been put forward is a gigantic volcanic eruption – the dust thrown up into the atmosphere could have caused the dimming of the light.  One candidate is Krakatoa, located between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. Indeed, the Book of the Ancient Kings or Pustaka Raja Purwa, written in 1869, describes an ancient volcano.

There was a furious shaking of the earth, total darkness, thunder and lighting.
… Then came forth a furious gale together with torrential rain and a deadly storm darkened the entire world.
… When the waters subsided it could be seen that the island of Java had been split into two, this creating the island of Sumatra.

However, this manuscript refers to the year 416 AD and not 535 AD.  Nevertheless, the fact that it was written in the 19 th century could account for inaccuracies in the time reference.

Whether or not the answer will ever be found is unknown. It is unclear whether scientists are even continuing to pursue research on this event. One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event. Why is it that this climatic event is not taught in schools? Why isn’t there a plethora of research examining it? Perhaps it is because it reminds us of our fragility as human beings and the fact that no matter how powerful and ‘advanced’ mankind becomes, we are still at the mercy of nature. 

By John Black


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Maybe it was an underwater volcano.

The established chronological history of humanity has been extended by some 1,000 years according to Anatoly Fomenko. Events we have been led to believe took place at a particular juncture in history are thus compressed into a much narrower time frame. The illusion of 'long ago' and 'far away' has been firmly established in the collective mind. What the world needs now is the myopic view of Mr. Magoo. Given unfolding events the question arises, do you believe the establishmentarians or your own 'lying eyes'?

A planetary conjunction will take place May 28, 2015 that may be a trigger that results in a sudden, dramatic discharge of the earth capacitor, which according to Italian theoretical physicist Giovanni Gregory would precipitate majory seismic and volcanic activity. The angst normally experienced by animals before such events is now being sensed on a large scale by the human population. It could well be that an enlightened elite has executed plans to contain the chaos that will ensue by contriving another disassociated threat as a means of gaining control over the unwitting population before these natural catastrophic events become manifest to all. Manufactured terror is a most useful tool in these naturally terrifying times.

The events of the 6th Century cataclysm are once again well underway. The sun failed to reach maximum during its last cycle and has gone into a quiescent mode known as a Grand Minima. One of the more recent Grand Minimas was the Maunder (1645-1710) during which the River Thames in London froze. Simultaneously across the pond during the American Revolution the colonists endured a particulary severe winter, the event frozen in time by a portrait of Washington crossing the icey Delaware. In a nutshell another Ice Age is upon us as thoroughly documented by John L. Casey ( Italian theoretical physicist Giovanni Gregory has postulated that the earth is a giant capacitor which is simultaneously charged and discharged over the course of the solar cycle, from maximum to minimum. The discharge of the earth capacitor manifests in the form of seismic and volcanic activity which is increasing dramatically on a global scale. The increase in volcanic activity, and more importantly, the eruption of one or more of the numerous super volcanoes around the globe of which Yellowstone is but one, the sudden addition of massive amounts of particulates into the atmosphere exponentially reduces solar heat reaching the earth's surface thus accelerating already declining temperatures and plunging the earth into another Ice Age in very short order. You might recall the Wooley Mammoths which were flash frozen repleat with fresh Daisies in their gobs. Furthermore, as the sun continues in a quiescent mode, the heliosphere contracts, dislodging asteroids and drawing them into the inner solar system to the menace of orbiting planets such as our own. These facts are well known amongst a few at the top of the social pyramid whom are prepared to weather the dire consequences that are soon to come upon us. Knowledge is power and it is to the benefit of a few that the majority never learn the lessons of history.

The earth periodically, about every 3,000 years pass through an asteroid belt as it spins around the galaxy. The previous period was just before the Great Famine. Meteors struck the Middle East and destroyed cities. There is both physical and written evidence of this. The star "Wormwood" in Revelation was a prediction that it would happen again. But as you can tell the prediction was about 400-500 years off. I write about the influence on religion that the earlier meteor created in "On Earth as it Is in Heaven, The Cosmic Roots of the Bible."


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