|The fault in our stars|
Its most recent promoter is the Colombian New Age author V.M. Rabolu (real name: Joaquin Enrique Amortegui Valbuena, 1926-2000). According to (a promotional video of) his book, Hercólubus o Planeta Rojo:
- on a previous approach, it wiped out Atlantis and a civilization that inhabited it, which inspired all global flood myths
- its proximity will cause volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and ultimately — a pole shift
- it will also cause a deadly epidemic that "official science" will be powerless to stop
- the only escape is… "the elimination of psychological defects" and… astral projection? What, humanity is supposed to project itself away from the Earth while the bad things happen on it?
- Apparently not, because those "who work on their spiritual regeneration" will be "taken to a safe place". The same place the Heaven's Gate people went?
Hercolubus or Red Planet was written in 1998/1999, but Rabolu apparently got the idea from his "teacher" — Samael Aun Weor, who in the 1970s preached about Hercolubus being the end of the world in religious terms, as a punishment for the "shameful humanity that deserves the karma that approaches" and that "did not want to listen to the voice of the prophets". Being the founder of a theosophy/anthroposophy-influenced New Age "gnostic" church, he also threw Atlantis and the Kali Yuga into the mix. In his version, Hercolubus is a part of the "distant solar system of Tylo", which he identifies as Barnard's Star. Needless to say, despite his claims to the contrary, Hercolubus is not an accepted scientific fact.
ZetaTalk quotes a Hercólubus prophecy to bolster its claims about "Planet X", though they cite another origin — the channeled prophecies of other South Americans. In the Brazilian version, the planet is orbiting an invisible star called Tia and enters the Solar System every 6666 years. Skeptical readers will note that an invisible star would be a black hole, making this claim all the more laughable.
In recent times, some of the 2012 nuts have outright conflated it with the already conflated pair PlanetX/Nibiru. It's not that they have a great choice of actions — it's either that, or claiming that there are multiple incoming planets. The latter may be too much to swallow even for the most gullible among their followers.
 See also
- Immanuel Velikovsky (though at least he didn't make up any additional planets)
- Planet X
- Comet ISON
- http://www.hercolubus.tv/ (somewhat slick and newer page; the footer shows 2011, but the video is dated to 2009)
- http://www.hercolubus.net/ (older page; available in English, French and Spanish)
- Planet X, Hercolubus or Nibiru, a blog that takes great care to link to hercolubus.tv every time it uses the name. Its main purpose seems to be to try to use phenomena like global warming and volcanic eruptions as supporting evidence. It contains some blatant disinformation, such as labeling a picture of the Helix Nebula as a "Hercolubus image".
- ↑ HERCOLUBUS : THE PLANET OF THE END OF THE WORLD, video at DailyMotion, uploaded on 7 February 2009. It's embedded on the front page of http://www.hercolubus.tv/
- ↑ Samael Aun Weor, Closing Speech at the 1975 Gnostic Congress
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Samael Aun Weor, The End of the Kali Yuga, a lecture delivered in 1976.
- ↑ Barnard's Star is a small red dwarf star close to the Solar System with some unusual properties. In the 1960s and 1970s, some astronomers believed that they have detected planets in orbit around it, but this was later refuted. See the Wikipedia article for details.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 http://www.zetatalk.com/index/zeta335.htm