After all the excitement last night – I couldn't help but head straight to the lovely Kovasic Library in the central district this morning. I got some very odd looks from the librarian when I asked to be guided to the occult section, but as it turns out I needn't have bothered asking – Rufus trotted along in front of us, directly to the shelves I needed.
I found an annotated version of the diagram, explaining some of the strange writing, drawing correspondences between the planets, proto-germanic runescript, the zodiac, and the germanic pantheon. It all seemed rather odd and arbitrary to me, mostly making commonsense links between the germanic and ancient greek pantheons. However one entry caught my eye.
The entry for the god Hoda (twin of Baldur, associated with the Earth), corresponded to Scorpio in the zodiac, and the planet Nibiru. I've never heard of this Nibiru – unfortunately there was nothing more in the annotation about it. I'll have to look into it further, I couldn't stay any longer today as I had an appointment at the vet's for poor Gigi's bowels.
With everything so hectic with poor Gigi over the past few days and those classes I had to cover at school I was very happy to get back to the library today. I spent the whole day there, and I'm glad I did because after a few long hours trawling through all the occult, astrology, and astronomy literature, I finally found some tidbits about this 'Nibiru' planet.
It turns out that Nibiru has many names, and that Nibiru is in fact the least well-known of these. This is promising of my future research as surely there will be more information under these other names. Apparently Nibiru was renamed by some haughty Babylonian emperor named Marduk. Nibiru was one of their gods, but Marduk erased that name from the records in favour of his own – since him, Nibiru was called 'Marduk'. I went back and re-examined the diagram again and found a tiny note, scribbled in the margin: Nibiru = Thule". Thule rings a bell, I heard some of the Germans mention it way back in the day, I think it's some mystical place. This sounds more promising to me, and I've set aside my day tomorrow to look into this Thule thing (not that I was doing much anyway, now Gigi is on the mend).
Well I finally managed to get rid of him and once I'd had a very late lunch (cabbage soup, yum!) I hurried to the library once more. I got a slightly warmer hello from the librarian today. He didn't ask any questions, thankfully.
I found a short entry on Thule in an encyclopedia of esoterica, explaining that it is a mythical city in the north. One of those old Germanic myths. I also found some clippings suggesting that the Nazis sent some explorers out looking for it during the war. It all sounds like the stuff of conspiracy to me – but with all the strange goings-on recently, I shouldn't be so sceptical! I'll keep looking into this, though I'm busy with cover all next week. I do love checking in at the school, it makes me feel a little younger, and at least some of the children seem to like and respect me for what I know. Most people these days are so dismissive, only interested in their own affairs.