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Flare Star Paperback – November 26, 2007
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Dwardu Cardona was born, raised, and educated in Malta, Europe, from where he emigrated to Canada in 1959. Less than a year later, in mid-1960, he became involved in the study of catastrophism and the reconstruction of the Solar System's cosmic history. He has, since then, acted as a Contributing Editor for KRONOS and, later, as a Senior Editor for the same periodical, and is currently the Editor of AEON. He was a Founding Father of the Canadian Society for Interdisciplinary Studies (now defunct), and has acted as a consultant on mythology and cosmogony for Chronology and Catastrophism Review, which is the official organ of the British-based Society for Interdisciplinary Studies. He has also acted as the Series Editor for the Osiris Series of books sponsored by Cosmos & Chronos. As a writer, Cardona has now published well over a hundred articles in various periodicals, most of them on the subject covered in the present volume, as well as the book God Star, which forms a prequel to the present work. He has additionally lectured at the University of Bergamo, in Italy, and at various organizations in Canada, the United States, and England. He presently makes his home, together with his wife, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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Flare Star then sets out to show that the last Ice Age came suddenly to an end due to the cosmic catastrophe that was caused by the proto-Saturnian system's entry into the present Sun's domain of electro-magnetic influence. As in God Star, much of the evidence comes from the message contained in mankind's mytho-historical record, but the main evidence derives from the scars of the events that are still etched in Earth's landmasses and ocean depths.
Along the way, various enigmas that have bothered a range of disciplines are elucidated. One of the greatest tectonic upheavals that humanity has ever experienced - encompassing geomagnetic field excursions, diastrophism, global volcanism, the heaping of the oceans onto the land, the extinction of life that followed and much more - is provided with a catastrophic cause that has eluded researchers until now. Nor can it be said that all of humankind succeeded in dodging the catastrophe, or that those fortunate enough to do so escaped entirely unscathed. For it is apparently also in this event (or this series of events) that we can find the real roots of the Biblical Deluge and others described around the world.
The very concept of deity, the origin of which was traced in God Star, is here explored further, since man ended up blaming his God (Saturn) for the source of the event that forever changed his world. Nor is this to be wondered at, seeing as the cause in question did proceed from the very entity that man himself found reason to endow with what he later termed its divine powers.
Whilst most books about catastrophist subjects start off with an overview of existent theories and their shortcomings, the treatment offered here is the most comprehensive that I've yet come across. The author spends the first 80 pages taking us through the various theories about ice ages, including Milankovitch cycles, pole shifts, magnetic field collapse, and so on, whilst pointing out why the explanations offered are without exception lacking evidence (or logic!) After that we are reminded of the mytho-historical insistence upon Saturn as the primary motivation before a fascinating discussion about what conditions on the planet earth at that time may have been like, before getting to the event that ended it all. And whilst God Star, as noted, was the first in the series, actually Flare Star could equally well be read first.
Cardona apparently started off believing that Velikovsky was incorrect in detail whilst being correct in his overall presentation. He now insists that Velikovsky was correct in detail but incorrect in his overall presentation, simply misplacing events in time and as a consequence mistranslating the causes. Due to the nature of Cardona's scenario, that Saturn and the other planets were much closer together and at least for a time in a perfect line with Saturn stationary at the earth's north pole, for a long time I preferred Velikovsky's scenario, as an errant planet or comet to account for the recent catastrophic history of the planet is far more easily within the scope of the imagination. Cardona's scenario is most assuredly not, at least not at first. However, it does offer answers to lots of unanswered conundrums about our history, and knowing that the universe is fully electro-magnetic rather than electrically dead and motivated by nothing more than gravity as standard theory suggests, an electro-magnetic line up of this sort should not be totally alien to anyone who has spent much time playing with magnets in their lives. So I find that, while I resisted fully accepting the "Saturn theory" for a long time, I now find myself unable to think in any other terms than that the earth really WAS once (and not so long ago) a satellite of the planet Saturn. There is such a massive amount of evidence pointing at Saturn in the mythological record that it simply cannot be ignored, and when researchers approach a question from entirely different angles yet arrive unshakeably at the very same very bizarre conclusion, this in itself must be a powerful incentive to take a closer look.
Can't rate this book highly enough for anyone who wants to know about the history of the human race and the earth we live on.
Suggested further reading:
God Star - Dwardu Cardona
The Saturn Myth - David Talbott
Solaria Binaria - Alfred de Grazia (available online)
Symbols of an Alien Sky (video), parts 1 & parts of part 2 available online
The archives of AEON, KRONOS, SIS and various other catastrophist journals and newsletters, available at catastrophism dot com.