Periodically the planets in orbit around the Earth's Sun near each other during their sojourns, and at rare times they appear to stretch in a line out from the Sun, gravitationally pulling on the Earth, some humans suspect, from both sides. Does this affect the Earth? Well of course it does, and if the influence had left much of an impression on mankind this would be recorded as a regular event. Tides are a little stronger, and the Earth's orbit is a tad more pronounced on one side, but except for astronomers, mankind is blissfully unaware. Will the coming alignment cause a pole shift, the weight of the ice laden poles pulling toward the lineup of outer planets? This silly argument is not even logical, and is given weight only because the true cause of pole shifts, the 12th Planet, is out of view between cataclysms and generally forgotten. Survivors, picking up the pieces and trying not to starve to death, had more on their minds than recording the event in more than verbal horror stories told to one another when seeking solace.
The gravity pull of the giant gaseous planets, even when they line up and all pull like so many men along a rope in a tug-of-war, is a fraction of a fraction of the gravity pull of the Sun. During half the year an ice laden pole on one side of the Earth or the other is leaning toward the Sun, and if inclined to move the crust of the Earth toward a gravity pull, this is when that would occur. Do not the ice laden poles continue to increase in weight until the Earth is out of balance? A simple calculation on the structure of the surface of the Earth would show that land masses such as the combined mass of Russia and China or such major continents as Africa or the Americas, made of thick rock and soaring mountains in places, far outweigh the majority of the Earth's surface where waters pool in low-lying areas. Do these inequities cause pole shifts?