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May 5 Alignment: Doom, Dream or Dullsville?
May 5 marks the date of the Grand Planetary Alignment that, depending on whom you listen to, will either cause worldwide catastrophe, bring global human enlightenment or... nothing at all. Here's the bad, the good and the same ol'-same ol'.

On Friday, May 5, 2000, all of the planets that are visible to the naked eye on Earth lined up, roughly, in a straight line. The Earth, Moon, Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn lined up "like pearls on a chain." Unfortunately, we weren't even be able to see this alignment because all the planets were on the opposite side of the Sun.

Such alignments are relatively rare and, like many astronomical rarities of this kind, this one prompted prophecies of doom and planet-wide destruction. On the other end of the pessimism-optimism scale, it engendered a feeling of hope and spiritual rebirth for humankind. All because the planets of our solar system kind of lined up.

Astronomers, meanwhile - the folks who are really in a position to know the true effects of such an alignment - didn't seem to be worried. There's no scientific validation, they say, for the notions that such a heavenly lineup would effect our physical planet in any meaningful way or change human nature. While unusual, such alignments have happened in the past without any consequences.

Nevertheless, here's a roundup of what many people out there were either dreading, hoping for or at least thinking about for May 5, 2000:

The Bad News

  • Earthquakes and Tidal Waves. With a name like The Survival Center, what do you think their take on this alignment was? They recount all the disastrous predictions made for this day - based primarily on Richard Noone's book, 5/5/2000 Ice: The Ultimate Disaster - including earthquakes, a pole shift, polar ice cap movement, rising sea levels and huge tidal waves. And don't wait until the last minute to prepare, this site says. What do they care? Well, they happen to to sell the Millennium Issue Survival Catalog and Basic Preparedness - A How To Guide for Preparedness & Self-Reliant Living.
  • "This is the push that will cause the massive crustal shift, polar ice cap movement, sea levels rising 300 feet or more, huge tidal waves, high winds, tremendous earthquakes, a magnetic shift and much more, which will destroy civilization as we know it."

  • Pole Shift. A shifting of the Earth's poles is another favorite catastrophe of the doomsayers, and there's no more likely time for one, they say, than a monumental planetary alignment. Sites like Pole Shift said, "Around May 5th, 2000, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun and our moon will line up in a straight line, creating major stress on our planet. This is the push that will cause the massive crustal shift, polar ice cap movement, sea levels rising 300 feet or more, huge tidal waves, high winds, tremendous earthquakes, a magnetic shift and much more, which will destroy civilization as we know it." Do you suppose the authors of this site were huddled in a storm cellar or lead-lined bunker awaiting their fate on May 5?
  • Solar Flares and the Antichrist. Earthquakes, solar flares or perhaps even the Antichrist were all in store for us on May 5, 2000 suggests Tom Chase at The May 5, 2000 Planetary Alignment. "This alignment of planets on 5/5/2000," Chase says, "is also a powerful astrological pattern, which follows the unusual Grand Cross astrology pattern of August 18, 1999, of the planets in an astrological cross shape, a week after the solar eclipse of August 11 1999. The Grand Cross pattern of August 1999 was the most unusual astrology pattern of the last 2000 years, and could be connected with the rise to power of the Antichrist, as described in the Bible's Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is the last chapter of the Christian Bible, and it describes a disastrous series of events during a future time period called the End Times, which some people think we are entering now because it is about 2000 years since the birth of Christ." Wait a minute... Didn't Regis Philbin just sign a multi-million-dollar contract?!

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