Religious Astrology Continued:

Comet Hale-Bopp

by Tom Chase

Much has been written about Comet Hale-Bopp, which could be the brightest comet of the century in early 1997. Comets are notoriously difficult to predict, however, and this comet could disappoint us as others have. In this article, I will look at the comet from a point of view I call "Religious Astrology." In Religious Astrology, I try to relate astrology to Biblical symbols, especially from the Bible's Book of Revelation. Revelation is the last chapter of the Bible, and consists of prophecies about the future. These prophecies describe disastrous events to occur during a period of time called the "End Times"--earthquakes, wars, plagues, and the arrival of a world dictator called the Beast or the Antichrist, who is a Satanic imitation of Christ. Revelation states that the Antichrist will be in power for 3-1/2 years. If his rule ends in year 2000, when he is defeated at the Battle of Armageddon by the returned Jesus Christ, then you would expect his rule to begin in early 1997, at the time Comet Hale-Bopp appears. I am making the assumption that the Antichrist will be in power by year 2000, because there is a Biblical statement that a day to the Lord is a thousand years. Also, there is a statement by Jesus Christ that he would heal people for two days, and rest on the third day. So, that gives us 2,000 years for the Christian era, ending near year 2000, followed by a 1,000-year Millennium period. Also, the Antichrist is said to be identified by the number 666--and 1998=666x3. So we can expect to see him in power by 1988.

Comets have traditionally been associated with disaster, and Biblical associations are similar. For example, in Revelation 9, Satan is referred to as a star that falls from heaven, which is similar to the idea of a comet. Satan comes as an angel of light, it is said--again, like a comet.

Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995--let us consider that date. In terms of Christian associations, the day before, July 22, is of interest. July 22 is the Day of Mary Magdalen in the Catholic calendar. Mary Magdalen is a woman mentioned in the Bible as one of the followers of Christ. But there is a controversial school of thought concerning Mary Magdalen, that is discussed in the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail (by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln, first published in 1982), that Jesus Christ was married to Mary Magdalen. According to this theory, Mary Magdalen escaped to Southern France, along with her children. The descendants of her children became Kings of Southern France, the Merovingian kings. Supposedly the descendants of Jesus Christ have been carefully traced to this day by a secret society in Europe, and supposedly there is a plan to one day have one of these individuals with the "Blood of Christ" rule over a united Europe. In another version of this story, the Antichrist would be a descendant of this Bloodline of Christ. So, this would be the connection of the Day of Mary Magdalen to the Antichrist. Think of it this way: if Mary Magdalen gave birth to the Antichrist, through her descendants, then it would make sense that the comet signifying the coming of the Antichrist would be "born" by being discovered close to her day, July 22.

The other interesting thing about July 23: this is one year after the Jupiter comet collision. Also, three days later, July 26, 1995, was a significant day for New Agers because Jose Arguelles, New Age authority on the Mayan Culture, declared that day to be the "gate in time," "White Electric Wizard." Supposedly that day would begin a transformative process for the world.

There were some unusual events in the news at that time, that would go along with this idea:

(1) On July 22, a guilty verdict in the "Mom from Hell" murder case in Union, South Carolina. The jury found a woman guilty of drowning her two sons. One news story referred to her as the "Anti-Mother."

(2) On July 29 in New York, a Coney Island ride called "The Hell Hole" malfunctions, injuring many people. Again, a symbolic "dark side" connection.

(3) On July 22-23, newspapers carried the story about a physicist in Prague who claims to be Albert Einstein's son. Einstein, of course, brought the "light of knowledge" to the world; the Antichrist is prophesied to also bring knowledge to the world.

(4) August 1995 was a "Double August" on the Chinese calendar. A Double August occurs every 19 years, and is associated with disaster. Another "dark side" connection to that time period.

How about when the comet reaches peak brightness in March 1997? There are some interesting astrological alignments near that time: a Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in January 1997, a Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in February, and a grouping of planets in Aquarius in February: the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus. Jupiter in particular is important here, because Jupiter is the planetary equivalent of the Antichrist. Revelation says he will bring fire down from heaven, which sounds like Jupiter or Thor with their thunderbolts.

Let us now consider some other works of literature, to see if it will help us understand this comet:

First, the name of the Comet--Hale/Bopp--"Bopp" is similar to the word "Bo-peep," in the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme "Little Bo-peep." Little Bo-peep is shepherd for a flock of sheep, who loses the sheep. She later finds the sheep, but their tails are missing. Possible relevance to the comet: both Christ and the Antichrist could be referred to as shepherds, and the sheep would be people on Earth. Interestingly, Little Bo-peep is one of the characters in the recent movie The Toy.

Also, there was an interesting novel about a comet published in 1982: Satan's Chance by Alan Ross Shrader, published by Ace Books. In this novel, a man finds a manuscript in Egypt with a series of prophecies of future events. Included in the manuscript is a prophecy that near the end of the 20th century, a spectacular comet will be seen. When the comet turns red in color, Satan will appear, along with catastrophic events on Earth. In this novel, the comet is Hale's comet, which passed by in the 1980s. But this is a fascinating novel, with Comet Hale-Bopp arriving soon.

So, we'll have to see what happens in 1997: the brightest comet of the century? A world dictator? Satan on Earth? At least it won't be boring.

Copyright 1996 by Thomas Chase.

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[Tom Chase is educated in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is interested in New Age Philosophy, Prophecy and Astrology. The theme of his writing is finding a middle ground between New Age philosophy and Christianity. He may be reached at: 60 Thoreau Street #317, Concord, MA 01742.]

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