|Paranormal / Parapsychology|
|A Hubble Space Telescope image of the Pleiades. The Hubble Space Telescope ( HST; also known colloquially as "the Hubble" or just "Hubble" is a space telescope that was carried into|
|Definition:||An astrological ring consisting of photons, said to intersect with the Earth's orbit in 2011.|
|Coined by:||Paul Otto Hesse (1961) "Der Jüngste Tag"|
|Status||New Age belief|
The photon belt (photon ring, manasic ring, or golden nebula) is a fringe belief largely linked to some parts of the new age movement that a belt or ring of photons is going to, depending on the source of the information, fully envelope the Earth in 2011 and possibly cause massive failure of electrical equipment with 2-3 days of total darkness or total daylight, and/or initiate some kind of spiritual transition (usually referred to as "a shift in consciousness", "the shift of the ages", or just "the shift", with the time period leading up to the shift as "the quickening"; it has also been referred to as "zero point" and ties in to various prophecies, the Mayan calendar, extraterrestrial life, etc). New Age ( New Age Movement and New Age Spirituality) is a Social Collective Phenomenon and a Spiritual Nature Fringe science is scientific Inquiry in an established Field of study which departs significantly from Mainstream or Orthodox Belief is the psychological state in which an individual holds a Proposition or Premise to be true New Age ( New Age Movement and New Age Spirituality) is a Social Collective Phenomenon and a Spiritual Nature In Geometry, a torus (pl tori) is a Surface of revolution generated by revolving a Circle in three dimensional space about an axis Coplanar In Physics, the photon is the Elementary particle responsible for electromagnetic phenomena EARTH was a short-lived Japanese vocal trio which released 6 singles and 1 album between 2000 and 2001 2011 ( MMXI) will be a Common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. Electrical equipment includes any Machine powered by Electricity. Consciousness has been defined loosely as a constellation of attributes of Mind such as Subjectivity, Self-awareness, Sentience, and the In Physics, the zero-point energy is the lowest possible Energy that a Quantum mechanical Physical system may possess and is the energy of the Prophecy, generally describes the disclosing of Information that is not known to the Prophet by any ordinary means The Maya calendar is a system of distinct Calendars and Almanacs used by the Maya civilization of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and by Extraterrestrial life is Life originating outside of the Earth.
The core of the photon belt beliefs is that a an immense belt of photons exists, and orbits around the Pleiades, a star cluster some 440 light years away from Earth, composed of some 500 stars. The Pleiades (ˈpliːədiːz or /ˈplaɪədiːz/ also known as M 45, the '''Seven Sisters''', Seven Stars, SED, Matariki According to some New Age beliefs, Earth will pass though this belt, resulting in either Humanity's elevation to a higher plain of existence or the end of the world. New Age ( New Age Movement and New Age Spirituality) is a Social Collective Phenomenon and a Spiritual Nature Essene and Nidel write that it represents a temporary window for spiritual transition during which time humans can reach a higher point of existence. 
German scientist Paul Otto Hesse described his beliefs about the belt and its impact in his 1949 book Der Jüngste Tag (English: "The Recent Day").  The concept was further progressed in 1977 by Samael Aun Weor (Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez), his lecture The Rings of Alcyone at the Conferencia Sobre Alcione ("Conference on Alcyone"), in which he cites mentions Hess [sic] who predicts that if the Earth enters the belt first, a "great fire in the skies, or pyrotechnic lights" would occur"; but if the sun enters first, "the radiation released would interfere with the solar rays and darkness would reign for 110 hours, after which everything would return to normal. Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays Samael Aun Weor ( March 6, 1917 - December 24, 1977) was a spiritual teacher Occultist esotericist and author Sic is a Latin word meaning "thus" "so" "as such" or "just as that" " Weor refers to the photon belt as "Alcyone's rings" (or "the rings of Alcyone"), Alcyone, Weor claims, is the principal sun (star) of the Pleiades 7-star cluster, of which our sun, according to Weor, "It has been said that the sun which illuminates us is the seventh sun that circles Alcyone" and "Alcyone is, precisely, the principal sun of the Pleiades and in its orbit gravitate seven suns, our sun being the seventh which circles Alcyone". Alcyone (η Tau / η Tauri / Eta Tauri is a Star system in the Constellation Taurus. The Pleiades (ˈpliːədiːz or /ˈplaɪədiːz/ also known as M 45, the '''Seven Sisters''', Seven Stars, SED, Matariki The Sun (Sol is the Star at the center of the Solar System. Alcyone has rings made of "radiation" caused by the "splitting of the electron" which is released as energy by which Weor refers to as "manasic", a Sanskrit term for the mind that "is in some way related to the inferior manas (inferior mind), or to the superior manas (superior mind)" [of the subtle body]. Mana is the concept of an impersonal force or quality that resides in people animals and inanimate objects Sanskrit (sa संस्कृता वाक् saṃskṛtā vāk, for short sa संस्कृतम् saṃskṛtam) is a historical MIND ( Moving In New Directions) (est 1975 is an alternative education high school in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. According to various esoteric, occult, and mystical teachings living beings are constituted of a series of psycho-spiritual subtle bodies, each corresponding The electrons, Weor purports, "release a type of unknown energy".
In August 1981, an Australian UFO magazine called Australian International UFO Flying Saucer Research Magazine #12 in an article called The Photon Belt Alcyone Saga by Shirley Kemp also mentions the photon belt (but does not mention Rodriquez but does mention Josep Comas Solá, Freidrich Wilhelm Bessel. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally Isaac Asimov, Edmund Halley, Paul Otto Hesse, and Erich Von Däniken). Isaac Asimov (c January 2 1920 &ndash April 6 1992 ˈaɪzək ˈæzɪmʌv originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as, was a Russian Edmond Halley FRS (ˈɛdmənd ˈhɔːlɪ ( November 8, 1656 &ndash January 14, 1742) was an English Astronomer Erich Anton Paul von Däniken (b Zofingen, Aargau, Switzerland, April 14 1935 is a controversial Swiss author best known for his books which present  It was reprinted in the Australian Nexus magazine in February 1991 as The Photon Belt Story, page 6. Nexus is a bi-monthly alternative news magazine It covers Geopolitics and conspiracy theories; health issues including Alternative medicine Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar. 
On May 5 and June 23, 1992 the Phoenix Liberator mentions the photon belt. Events 553 - The Second Council of Constantinople begins 1215 - Rebel Barons renounce their allegiance to King John Events 1180 - First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan 1305 - The Flemish Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar)  The photon belt is also mentioned in a few Phoenix Journals (years unknown but seems to be from the mid-1990s). The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 
On June 8, 1992, the photon belt appears on Usenet in the newsgroup sci. Events 68 - The Roman Senate accepts emperor Galba. 536 - St Silverius becomes Pope (probable Usenet, a Portmanteau of "user" and "network" is a world-wide distributed Internet discussion system astro. 
In November 1992, in the channelled newsletter, Revelations of Awareness, the photon belt is mentioned in the section The Photon Belt: "Five Days of Darkness & No Electrical Power" Claims the Phoenix Liberator: This to Occur July 25, 1992. Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar)  The newsletter refers to the photon belt in numerous issues thereafter. 
In 1993, in Foster Perry's book, When Lightning Strikes a Hummingbird: The Awakening of a Healer, Barbara Hand Clow mentions the photon belt numerous times in the book's foreword. Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) A foreword is a (usually short piece of writing often found at the beginning of a book or other piece of Literature, before the introduction, and written by someone 
In April 1994, the book You are Becoming a Galactic Human by Virginia Essene and Sheldan Nidel was published which mentions the photon belt:
The book is an edited transcription of a series of messages channeled from Washta, a Sirian counselor and galactic presence, channelled through Nidel, who claims he has been receiving messages from the Sirians since he was nine. Washta is a city in Cherokee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 282 at the 2000 census Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky with a visual Apparent magnitude of &minus1 
In January 1998, Noel Huntley, Ph. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) D.  wrote an article called The Photon-Belt Encounter which examines the origin and scientific credibility of the belt, which he refers to also as an "electromagnetic cloud". Electromagnetism is the Physics of the Electromagnetic field: a field which exerts a Force on particles that possess the property of 
In the 2005 book Touched by the Dragon's Breath: Conversations at Colliding Rivers by Michael Harrington, the author mentions the photon belt numerous times and, in the foreword, refers to a 1987 meeting with John Redstone at "Colliding Rivers" who, the author claims, was familiar with the photon belt, "a spectacular band of multi-dimensional light that St. Germaine had called the Golden Nebula" and "in esoteric circles it is known as the 'Dragon's Breath'. Glide is a Census-designated place (CDP in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The Count of St Germain ( fl 1710–1784 has been variously described as a Courtier, Adventurer, Charlatan, Inventor, A Dragon's Breath usually refers to a Zirconium -based pyrotechnic Shotgun round " Harrington also refers to "a Native American prophecy that told of a dynamic wave of energy traveling through space" and that "when the earth passed through this wave great changes would occur"; "this 'great transformation' would be preceded by a time of purification. Like other religions Native American belief systems include many sacred narratives "
In 1999, fringe physicist and ufologist Paul LaViolette, chairman of the Starburst Foundation, a scientific research institute, criticized assertions about the photon belt made by Shirley Kemp in a magazine published by the "Australian International UFO Research Society" (later reprinted in the February/March 1991 issue of Nexus). He disputed Kemp's assertion that the belt had been detected by satellites in 1961, holding that no records of the such satellite findings was ever released, and that it was unlikely that equipment of the period would have been able to detect a belt such as was being described. LaViolette also disputed Kemp's assertions about the movements of the belt and the solar system in relation to the star Alcyone, in the Pleiades cluster, saying that in order for Kemp's figures to be accurate the solar system would have to be traveling at 10% of the speed of light, while Alcyone itself would have to be approximately 1 billion times the mass of the sun in order to support such an orbit. 
A number of predictions have been made as to the date Earth's collision with the photon belt. So far, no observable effects attributable to the photon belt have been seen on those dates. Dates so far given have included 1992 and 1997, a future date was given as 2011. 
While the concept of the Photon Belt is a New Age philosophy, some parts of the story can be analyzed scientifically. New Age ( New Age Movement and New Age Spirituality) is a Social Collective Phenomenon and a Spiritual Nature There is no scientific evidence for the existence of any sort of "photon belt".
A photon is the elementary particle that makes up light. In Physics, the photon is the Elementary particle responsible for electromagnetic phenomena In Particle physics, an elementary particle or fundamental particle is a particle not known to have substructure that is it is not known to be made To the extent that such a thing as a "photon belt" is physically possible, it would require the gravitational pull of a black hole, with light rays being bent around the black hole near the event horizon, forming a photon sphere. A black hole is a theoretical region of space in which the Gravitational field is so powerful that nothing not even Electromagnetic radiation (e In General relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in Spacetime, an area surrounding a Black hole or a Wormhole, inside which events cannot A photon sphere is a Spherical region of space where Gravity is strong enough that Photons of light are forced to travel in orbits  Barring interaction with gravity or matter, photons otherwise always travel in straight lines.
Alcyone is some 440 light-years away, and the Sun isn't even travelling in that particular direction. Alcyone (η Tau / η Tauri / Eta Tauri is a Star system in the Constellation Taurus. Thousands of stars are closer to us than Alcyone. Saying we are "approaching" Alcyone is nonsensical.