The Timing of Nibiru’s Last Appearance


This web-site has considered a radical set of ideas, none more so than the identification of the Messianic Star as Nibiru, the Winged Disc.  We have explored the potential significance of the ‘red Sirius’ anomaly, and how the alleged colour change of the stellar field around Sirius in ancient times provides us with Messianic symbolism.  The red ‘star’ Horus was born from Sirius (white Isis), a celestial event that captured the meaning of the Egyptian mythology beautifully.  It is less easy to pinpoint a specific date, however, as many of the ancient accounts of red Sirius were traditional, and based upon earlier texts. 

The account of Seneca represents the latest possible date, I would suggest, which was in 25AD.  However, the Bible contains the description of the Messianic Star as the ‘Star of Bethlehem’, whose appearance occurred sometime between 12BC and 1AD.  Modern scholars tend to date this event to about 6BC, a little further back in time than previously thought (1).

If Nibiru appeared during the decade preceding the beginning of the Christian calendar, then we can calculate Nibiru’s current periodicity as being about 3750-60 years (given that Zecharia Sitchin has dated the previous perihelion passage of Nibiru to 3760BC, the first year of the Nippurian calendar, and the start of the Jewish Count of Years).   This orbital period of about 3750 years is greater than that described by Sitchin (3,600 years) and I believe that this greater figure reflects a slight expansion of Nibiru’s orbit at the time of the Flood.  Nibiru appears to have been in conjunction with Mars during perihelion 13,000+ years ago, and may have been slightly perturbed into a larger orbit at that time. 

The subsequent reconfiguration of planetary binding energies affected the orbits of the other planets, including the Earth.  As a result, our planet suffered a slight axial tilt, and a progressively warmer climate as our planetary binding energy increased.  The immediate effect of this event was the catastrophic flooding of the Earth and the reported visual effect of the ‘sky falling’.  Both of these incredible cataclysms are recorded in diverse mythologies across the globe.  Mars may also have been affected by catastrophic climate change in the same way, leading to a temporary release of water to the surface of the red planet.


The Sun's Magnetic Field

The orbital period of 3750 years finds a remarkable corollary in research conducted by the author Maurice Cotterell.  This was first drawn to my attention by Gary Gilligan, who noted that Cotterell calculated a reversal of the Sun’s entire magnetic field every 3750 years.  This figure is based upon analysis of the standard sunspot cycle, combined with orbital dynamics within the solar system, and the varying rotational periods of the Sun’s atmosphere (2).  The result is a reversal of the ‘neutral sheet’, or local space around the Sun.  

Cotterell was unable to offer an explanation for this behaviour beyond citing external influence upon the Sun.  I suggest that the complex shape of the ‘warped neutral sheet’ is created by the Sun's periodic interaction with the brown dwarf Nibiru as it moves through the solar system.  Nibiru's own magnetic properties might be the cause of the reversal of the Sun’s polarity during the dark star’s perihelion passage.  Cotterell notes that similar numerical figures appear in Mayan records, particularly “the Mayan super-number of 1,366,560 days recorded in the Dresden Codex” (2).  This number corresponds to 3,741 years.

The astronomer Percy Seymour, of the University of Plymouth in the U.K, has shown that there is a mechanism whereby ‘a planet’s gravitational field may have an effect on the Sun’s magnetic field’, and that ‘magneto-tidal’ resonance between the planets could have a basis in reality (3).

This appears to reflect ancient knowledge, as exemplified by the ‘Nineveh Constant’, a remarkable number recorded on a clay tablet in the Library of the Assyrian King Assurbanipal.  Maurice Chatalain, a one-time NASA scientist, calculated that this sexigessimal-equivalent 15 digit number was a Great Constant of the solar system, incorporating the orbital periods of planets known (and unknown!) to the Assyrians (4).  Of course, if Zecharia Sitchin is correct, then the Assyrians would have inherited the Sumerian knowledge of all the planets, including Nibiru, a giant planet/brown dwarf that still remains ‘unknown’ to us.


An Egyptian Expectation


Given that the Mayans and Assyrians seem to have held knowledge of such cyclical behaviour in the heavens, then would the re-birth of the dark star Nibiru not have been expected by many of the ancients?  The Messiah was certainly the talk of the Middle East for centuries before Christ, and I have already outlined the celestial ramifications of this event. 

But much of the world at that time was under the military control of the Romans, or the cultural influence of the Greeks.  The religions of the Winged Disc, and the ancient gods of Mesopotamia and Egypt, were playing second fiddle to the European imports, rather like Americanisation has side-lined many diverse traditions of our modern world. 

Despite these difficulties, an expectation above and beyond the craving for the coming Messiah was evident.  Began in 237BC, and it was finally opened in 105BC.  It appears to have been built on the site of an older temple that was once orientated to the East. 

It contains reliefs of Pharoahs embracing gods and ‘other images which appear to go back to a much more distant tradition – the era of the ‘First Time’ or ‘Primeval Age’ (Egy. Sep tepi)” (5).  The Egyptologist David Rohl draws comparisons between the rituals enacted at Edfu and the Temple of Dendera, and the religious ceremonies of Sumer. 

Most importantly is his point that “Horus, the sky-god, was closely associated at Edfu with the winged sun-disc, Harakhty (‘Horus of the (Eastern) Horizon’)” (5). It is my contention that the Winged Disc was not the Sun at all, but the dark star Nibiru, the Star of the East.  I believe that the Temple of Horus at Edfu was constructed in anticipation of the return of the Celestial Lord.  The associated Temple of Dendera contains a more specific reference to this event.  The Egyptians created a somewhat unusual zodiac on the ceiling of this temple. 

The normal circle of the zodiac has been distorted, with Cancer being ‘singled out for special treatment’ (6).  Between Cancer and Sirius is a peculiar symbol; a falcon perched on a vertical ‘club’.  Sitchin considers this to indicate the Age of the depiction as being between 6540BC and 4380BC (7).  I strongly doubt that this is the meaning of the ceiling depiction.

Graham Hancock notes that the Dendera zodiac depicts the constellations at the cardinal points as they appeared in 4000BC (8).  This coincides roughly with the previous passage of Nibiru in 3760BC. 

I believe that the distortion of the zodiac is designed to impart knowledge of the parabolic visible motion of Nibiru through the Duat, and that the Ptolemaic Temple of Dendera was constructed with the ancient teachings of the ‘Followers of Horus’ firmly in mind. 

[My second novel, published in 2010, is entitled 'The Followers of Horus' and draws on these concepts]

In the zodiac, the falcon is Horus, equated with the Winged Disc, and the club signifies a celestial marker, akin to the many obelix-type megalithic stones used by the ancients to mark positions in the heavens.  Yet it is positioned away from the zodiac, within the southerly Duat. 

This magnificent zodiac indicates the expectation of the imminent return of Horus among the Ptolemaic followers of the ancient Egyptian stellar cult.  The brightest point of the transit was expected between Leo/Cancer and Sirius.  I have also included this image from Hancock & Faiia's book 'Heaven's Mirror' which I suggest is the 'Horus Barge'.  If Horus was the Sun, then why include attendants and the Bennu Bird on the barge?  If Horus is indeed symbolic of the Dark Star Nibiru (and note the red disc above Horus' head), then the attendant might be moons, and we could speculate that the Bennu Bird is symbolic of the Anunnaki homeworld/moon (representing the 'Field of Reeds'). 

If that is the case, then this motif records a total of six moons.  Other pieces of evidence point to seven, as I have shown, and it is still unclear which is correct.  Further research is required in this area.

Nimrud Dag

The constellation of Leo is often associated with the Messianic Star.  This zodiacal constellation lies close to Cancer, where Nibiru crossed the plane of the ecliptic during a previous passage through the solar system.  The appearance of Nibiru in the heavens during perihelion is subject to the same parallax effects as the other planets viewed from Earth.  They sometimes appear to slowly ‘dance’ in the sky, and Nibiru’s position in the heavens could similarly vary, dependant upon the relative position of the Earth at any given point in its transit.  As such, Nibiru might be seen to cross the ecliptic for the first time in Leo instead of Cancer.  The monuments on Mount Nimrod (Nimrud Dag) in Turkey seem to imply this.

Adrian Gilbert has visited the site of the Hierothesion of Antiochus Epiphanes, a pyramid-like tumulus of boulders that top the Mount.  Standing at 50m high, this impressive monument is accompanied by giant statues of the gods, and reliefs of the area’s nobility ‘shaking hands’ with gods (9).   There is a shaft built into the mountainside that is 158 metres long, and set at 35 degrees. 

Its purpose is unknown, but given the pyramidal nature of the Hierothesion, one can imagine that this might be a ‘star shaft’ used to pinpoint a particularly significant part of the sky.  Gilbert believes that this is the star Regulus in Leo.  Other monuments include a second tumulus on the road to Urfa from Commagene, this one 35m high.  It is set within several groupings of upright pillars, one offering a perch for an eagle, another for a headless lion.  Further astronomical references are inferred by this site.

But the most significant artifact on the Nimrud Dag mountainside is to be found on the western terrace.  There is a frieze of a Lion beset by stars.  This has been shown to symbolise the constellation of Leo, and contains a crescent and 3 planets; Mars, Mercury and Jupiter.  Scholars have shown that this frieze represents a horoscope, set in the year 62BC. Gilbert concurs with this analysis, but is troubled by the fact that the Romans were directly interfering in the internal affairs of Commagene at that time, a shameful state of affairs that the Kings of Commagene would surely not have wanted to advertise. 

Perhaps, then, this religious and astronomical site had a different meaning; a Messianic craving of a people who would rather see the back of the Romans.

There is something rather peculiar about the frieze.  The crescent ‘moon’ is lying on its back, as we have seen before, and a star has been placed within the lunar disc, presumably indicating to scholars that the moon occults the star Regulus.  If this was a horoscope, then an actual occulting of Regulus by the moon would be an irrelevance. 

Dr Seymour states quite emphatically that an astrological conjunction of planets is about their relative positions along the ecliptic, and has little to do with whether an actual visible conjunction takes place (3).  Not only that, but the relative position of the Moon in the star field is quite difficult to calculate.  So why include such a plainly visible conjunction on the frieze?

Using a reproduction of the frieze given on another web-site, I analysed the relative positions of the stars on the frieze and came up with a good fit with the constellation of Leo (10).  The only problem was that, by doing so, it became apparent that the ‘occulted star’ was not Regulus

I have depicted the constellation here, and indicated the relative position of the ecliptic, as well as the positions of the other planets (that are labeled on the Frieze).  This analysis then begs the question, if the star is not Regulus, then what is it?

There is a particularly striking Sumerian cylinder seal showing the Winged Disc 'in conjunction' with the crescent moon.  The 16-pointed star would appear to be the Sun (Venus would be shown by an 8-pointed star).  I believe that the frieze at Nimrud Dag indicates the expected return of Nibiru, and that the ‘place of crossing’ would be between Regulus and Cancer.

This would then explain the construction of the rubble Pyramid, that is claimed to have religious significance by Antiochus, and the presentation of images about gods meeting men. 

The people of Commagene expected a return of Kingship and the ancient gods.  But when?

The array of planets in Leo serves to verify the date.  While scholars have concentrated on the date of 62BC, I used my astronomical computer program to check out a few other dates during the Messianic Era that would see Mercury, Mars and Jupiter all in Leo.  There was to be no match around 25AD.  But, significantly, the three planets appeared in Leo in August 2BC (the 26th, specifically).


Nibiru in 2BC?

Now, I don’t mean to say that this is the exact date that Nibiru was expected to appear near Leo.  But the alignment allowed the creator of the frieze to visually pinpoint a year in the future, combining this dating with the image of Nibiru in Leo.  The ‘star shaft’ in the mountainside would then have been used to track the heavens for the first appearance of the Messianic Star at that time.  In fact, all the evidence indicates that Nibiru’s passage occurred in the winter/spring, not the summer.  The latter stages of the perihelion transit were then hidden by the locking down of the Duat below the horizon, as well as the relative position of the Sun at that time of year.  Nevertheless, enough of the transit was noted to create the ‘red Sirius’ anomaly, the account of the Star of Bethlehem, and all the attendant religious fervour that went with it. 

The date 2BC is an approximation, used to identify a particular point in time.  It corroborates the Messianic Star, I suggest, and strengthens the case that Nibiru appeared at the time of the birth of Christ.  (My previous proposals that Seneca was recording the actual transit in 25AD, rather than alluding to a messianic tradition in place at that time, may require careful revision).  The frieze of Leo on Mount Nimrod is not a record, rather a prediction.  If it was a record, then why construct the alleged star shaft?  Why draw attention to a point in history dominated by Roman influence?

That this approximate date corresponds with the beginning of the Christian calendar is also very interesting.  Nibiru’s previous transit marked the beginning of ancient calendars.  This Messianic transit appears to mark the beginning if the modern calendar.  The ancient Ages, or Sars, appear to continue into our modern Era after all.

I wonder if the next calendar will begin around 3750-60AD?  Ominously, Nostradamus used a similar method of planetary positions to pinpoint the year to end his predicted annals of Mankind:

“A mighty earthquake, in the month of May
Saturn, Capricorn, Jupiter and Mercury in Taurus
Venus also in Cancer, Mars in Virgo
Hailstones, larger than eggs, will then fall”  X/67  (11)

The date indicated by this quatrain is 3797AD.  Does his methodology reflect that of the creator of the Nimrud Dag frieze, specifying an approximate period in time?  This would then corroborate my prediction for Nibiru’s next appearance, around 3750-60AD.  If so, and Nostradamus is correct in his apocalyptic imagery, then there will be no need for a calendar after this date at all…


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Written by Andy Lloyd, 16th May 2001

author of 'The Dark Star' (2005), 'Ezekiel One' (2009), 'The Followers of Horus' (2010) and 'Darker Stars' (2019)

Published by Timeless Voyager Press

Planet X Index



1) D. Hughes  “The Star of Bethlehem Mystery” Dent 1979
2) A. Gilbert & M. Cotterell  “The Mayan Prophecies” Appendix 4, pp63-7, Element 1995, Thanks to Gary Gilligan,

3) P. Seymour  “The Birth of Christ: Exploding the Myth” pp176-7, Virgin 1998
4)  M. Chatelain  “Our Ancestors came from Outer Space” Ch1, Pan 1979
5) D. Rohl  “Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation” p339-41 Arrow 1999
6) M. Hope  “The Sirius Connection” pp8-9 Element 1996
7) Z. Sitchin  “When Time Began” p208 Avon 1993
8) G. Hancock & S Faiia  “Heaven’s Mirror: Quest for the Lost Civilisation” p61 Penguin 1999
9) A. Gilbert  “Magi: The Quest for a Secret Tradition” pp125-47 Bloomsbury 1997
10) ‘Nimrud Dag, beside the Euphrates in Turkey’

11) N. Halley  “The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus” Wordsworth 1999

'Winged Disc & the 16-pointed Star' courtesy of Kathy Doore


A letter from Roger Cunningham (20/5/01)

Hey Andy

I enjoyed your recent website description of the meaning behind the Nimrud Dag frieze.  I went into my Celestial Software and ran the comparison of 62 BC and the configuration of Leo and 2 BC and came up with the following regarding the 2 BC crossing.

1.  The events in which the moon crossed Leo in 62 BC all involved nearly full or full moon conditions, there was not a crescent moon that crossed Leo in that year.

2.  The 62 BC crossing occulted mu Leo, not Regulus.  The frieze places the moon in a position where it would have had to occult Regulus soon thereafter.

3.  Mars Jupiter and Mercury did not align in 62 BC while the moon was in Leo.

4.  The moon would have shone to Southwest Asia during the night, but not at morning in the east (critical factor) in the 62 BC reasoning.

Regarding the 2 BC interpretation you have given it.

1.  It was indeed a crescent moon crossing during the 2 BC event.

2.  The 2 BC crossing occulted Regulus, but the frieze clearly indicates that it occulted another star as you point out.

3.  Mars Jupiter and Mercury aligned, as did Venus as well (but Venus was slightly below the horizon and on the same side of the sun as the earth so it probably could not be seen by the Mesopotamians).

4.  The entire scene would have risen about 1 hour prior to sunrise in the east Mesopotamian sky ("we have seen his star in the East"... "Behold, he is the morning star"....etc.) on August 26 2 BC.

5.  This star appeared in the exact same place as Halley's Comet (and probably other Nibiru junk) appears (Halley's comet came then in 9 AD).  But Halley's never came during a conjunction of planets near this time.

I think that you have the correct interpretation of this frieze.  Good job.

Roger Cunningham