According to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, the Earth’s birthday is Oct. 21st. She is a Libra, and is now 6007 years old, so says the book. Happy Birthday to Mother Earth…
Current theories on the creation of the Universe state, that, if it was created at all and didn’t just start, as it were, unofficially, it came into being ten and twenty thousand million years ago. By the same token the earth itself is generally supposed to be about four and a half thousand million years old.
These dates are incorrect.
Medieval Jewish scholars put the date of the Creation at 3760 B.C. Greek Orthodox theologians put Creation as far back as 5508 B.C.
These suggestions are also incorrect.
Archbishop James Usher (1580-1656) published Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti in 1654, which suggested that the Heaven and the Earth were created in 4004 B.C. One of his aides took the calculation further, and was able to announce triumphantly that the Earth was created on Sunday the 21st of October, 4004 B.C. at exactly 9:00 A.M., because God like to get work done early in the morning while he was feeling fresh.
This too was incorrect. By almost a quarter of an hour.
…the Earth’s a Libra.
The astrological prediction for Libra in the “Your Stars Today” column of the Tadfield Advertiser, on the day this history begins, read as follows:
LIBRA 24 September – 23 October
You may be feeling run down and always in the same old daily round. Home and family matters are highlighted and are hanging fire. Avoid unnecessary risks. A friend is important to you. Shelve major decisions until the way ahead seems clear. You may be vulnerable to a stomach upset today, so avoid salads. Help could come from an unexpected quarter.
This was perfectly correct on every count except the bit about the salads.
Last night, Tues. Oct. 21, 2003, I hosted the postponed Book Club at my place, and we discussed life, the world, supermarket strikes, grading papers, food, the amazing (or horrifying) nursing & poo antics of babies & toddlers, and a little bit of the book. I read above exerpt that talked about the Earth’s creation date and her horoscope for the day and then Heather pointed out that today was the Earth’s birthday. We all got a good laugh that Good Omens Book Club was on a date that featured prominently in the book.