Pic de Bugarach
December 21st, 2012
Pic De Bugarach has long been associated with UFOs, alien space craft, Armageddon, and mystery.
Pic de Bugarach may be a popular destination this winter. December 21, 2012 is the date many people believe will signal the end of the world as we know it.
Scenarios range from the Earth colliding with another planet and the north and south poles changing their alignment.
Believers say there will be natural disasters unlike any in the Earth's history. There will be considerable suffering and loss of life. Our economies and infrastructure will collapse.
Some say that those who survive will be part of a massive spiritual awakening. Doomsday preppers are busy building emergency survival kits.
Many New Agers plan to survive by travelling to Pic de Bugarach in France's wine country. They believe that alien spacecraft are hidden in the grottos and caves of the mountain and on December 21, 2012 they will take some chosen people with them into outer space to rebuild a new and better human race.
The catch is, you have to be there.
The mountain itself is mysterious and somewhat of an anomaly. Pic de Bugarach rises roughly 4,000 feet above sea level. It is unique because it's often referred to as the "upside down mountain". There is speculation the mountain exploded eons ago and the top landed the wrong way up. The mountain is relatively easy to climb and offers more than one route to the peak.
Interest in Pic de Bugarach isn't new. Since the 1960's hippies and New Agers have travelled to the mountain, claiming it emits special magnetic rays.
Nostradamus claimed the mountain emitted positive energy.
It is believed that both the Nazis and the Israeli Secret Service carried out clandestine digs on the mountain.
There were many rumors on the internet that France's late President, Francois Mitterand travelled to the top of the mountain by helicopter. The rumors were never confirmed or denied.
It is believed Pic de Bugarach was the inspiration for Jules Verne's "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" and Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
Some people believe that the area houses The Holy Grail or the treasure of the Templars.
The Pilgrimage to Pic de Bugarach
More than 100,000 people are expected to travel to Pic de Bugarach, to arrive by December 21st, 2012. That will put a massive strain on the village of Bugarach which has already seen a spike in travel to the mountain. The tiny bucolic farming community of less than 200 people is not equipped to handle that volume of people.
By the end of 2011 more that 20,000 people were already in the area. A quote from one reads "Bugarach is one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcoming the energies of tomorrow."
The town's mayor has threatened to call in the army to seal off the area if the situation gets out of hand. Concerns have already been raised about "strange rituals" practiced by the thousands of new agers who have already traveled to the area. Lawmakers are worried about mass suicides.
Others are cashing in on the phenomenon. Some American airlines are offering discount one way flights to the area. The idea is to arrive by jet and leave by space ship.
Another town in the area is making a special wine to commemorate the end of the world.
As December 21st approaches Pic de Bugarach will be on the minds of many people.
Other Doomsday Prophecies
It seems that since the world began, people have been predicting it's end.
That date came and went. Then Camping said Jesus would return to Earth on May 21, 2011 triggering a massive earthquake which would be followed by five months of fire and brimstone, pestilence and famine. Millions of people would die.
That date came and went. Camping moved the date of the start of Armageddon to October 21, 2011.
That date came and went. Ninety year old Camping suffered a small stroke after missing last year's first date and retired when the world did not end in October of 2011.
Sadly, many people quit their jobs, sold their homes and gave away their life savings due to their faith in Camping's predictions.
Famed psychic Jean Dixon predicted the world would end sometime in the 1980's when a massive comet would crash into one of the Earth's oceans.
Nostradamus also choose a comet as the weapon that would obliterate the planet and all mankind. The orb was supposed to hit the Earth in July of 1999.
Those who believe the prophecies of the Mayan calendar and the power of Pic De Burarach may have the last laugh at the non-believers as the fleet of alien craft whisks them away from our doomed planet.
If nothing happens, the South of France is a lovely place to spend Christmas.
Remember, it doesn't have to be doomsday or the end of the world. A catastrophe can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone. Here's a great article to help you and your family be prepared.