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While researching the 2012 end-date of the Maya Calendar, John Major Jenkins decoded the Maya's galactic cosmology. The Maya discovered that the periodic alignment of the Sun with the center of the Milky Way galaxy is the formative influence on human evolution. These alignments also define a series of World Ages. The fourth age ends on December 21, 2012, when an epoch chapter in human history will come to an end. Maya Cosmogenisis 2012 reveals the Maya's insight into the cyclic nature of time, and prepares us for...
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Overview

While researching the 2012 end-date of the Maya Calendar, John Major Jenkins decoded the Maya's galactic cosmology. The Maya discovered that the periodic alignment of the Sun with the center of the Milky Way galaxy is the formative influence on human evolution. These alignments also define a series of World Ages. The fourth age ends on December 21, 2012, when an epoch chapter in human history will come to an end. Maya Cosmogenisis 2012 reveals the Maya's insight into the cyclic nature of time, and prepares us for our own cosmogenesis--the birth of a new world.

John Major Jenkins is a leading independent researcher on ancient Mesoamerican cosmology. He has authored five books on the Maya and has given a presentation to the prestigious Institute of Maya Studies in Miami. In March of 1998, he was invited by the Indigenous Council of the Americas to speak at their conference in Merida, Mexico.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert G. Bauval
"The extensive research by John Major Jenkins into the Mayan astronomy and mysteries is very impressive indeed, and his book will no doubt become a classic in this field of study. Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 is a must-read for all those who feel that there is far more to our ancient past than meets the eye."
Curtis McCosco
"The steady pace of Jenkin's unveiling of his remarkable conclusions is a testament to his skill as a writer and his confidence in the way he has pieced together existing ethnohistoric data, archeoastronomy, his own fieldwork and an admirable empathy for the people who first articulated this monumental story, this key to understanding the nature of our place as humans in the galactic patterns of existence."
Chris Lorenz
“Readers will be impressed by Jenkins' scholarly yet interdisciplinary approach. He reaches beyond the confines of the ivory towers to break old paradigms and create several new ones. Primarily, he gives us insights into the nature of time and reality, how the larger cosmic cycles correlate to World Ages, which in turn shows us how to the world periodically renews itself.”
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"Jenkins presents a wealth of information about the Maya astronomy, mythology, and calendrics in support of his analysis of the Long Count Calendar end-date . . . illustrations, maps, and extensive bibliography complement this detailed work."

"The extensive research by John Major Jenkins into the Mayan astronomy and mysteries is very impressive indeed, and his book will no doubt become a classic in this field of study. Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 is a must-read for all those who feel that there is far more to our ancient past than meets the eye."

"The steady pace of Jenkin's unveiling of his remarkable conclusions is a testament to his skill as a writer and his confidence in the way he has pieced together existing ethnohistoric data, archeoastronomy, his own fieldwork and an admirable empathy for the people who first articulated this monumental story, this key to understanding the nature of our place as humans in the galactic patterns of existence."

“Readers will be impressed by Jenkins' scholarly yet interdisciplinary approach. He reaches beyond the confines of the ivory towers to break old paradigms and create several new ones. Primarily, he gives us insights into the nature of time and reality, how the larger cosmic cycles correlate to World Ages, which in turn shows us how to the world periodically renews itself.”

coauthor of The Orion Mystery Robert G. Bauval
"The extensive research by John Major Jenkins into the Mayan astronomy and mysteries is very impressive indeed, and his book will no doubt become a classic in this field of study. Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 is a must-read for all those who feel that there is far more to our ancient past than meets the eye."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591438090
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 8/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

John Major Jenkins is a leading independent researcher on ancient Mesoamerican cosmology. He has authored five books on the Maya, including Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, Galactic Alignment, and Pyramid of Fire, and has given a presentation to the prestigious Institute of Maya Studies in Miami. In March of 1998, he was invited by the Indigenous Council of the Americas to speak at their conference in Merida, Mexico.
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Table of Contents


List of Diagrams

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Terence McKenna

Introduction: Fixing Our Sights



Part I. Precession Astronomy
1. A Timeline of Mesoamerican Culture
2. Calendrics: Mapping Methods
3. Cosmology: Finding the Center
4. Precession: The Mystery of the Ages
5. Mythology and Astronomy

Part II. The Union of Captain Serpent and Captain Sun Disk
6. The Pyramid of Kukulcan: A Cosmic Myth in Stone
7. The True Meaning of the Toltec New Fire Ceremony
8. Zenith Imagery in Mesoamerica
9. The Long Count: Galactic Alignment in 2012
10. Maya Creation: The Stellar Frame and World Ages
11. The Cosmic Symbolism of the Maya Ballgame
12. Chichén Itzá Cosmology: Maya-Toltec Reconciliation

Part III. Maya Cosmogenesis
13. The Birth of the Hero Twins
14. A Hawk, a Cross, and a Mouth
15. The Man Who Was Swallowed by an Alligator
16. Shamanic Tools, Thrones, and Birth Portals
17. Conjuring Creation

Part IV. Izapa Cosmos
18. Ceremonial City of the Ancient Skywatchers
19. Southern Mesoamerica, 200 B.C.: The Izapan Civilization
20. Izapan Calendrics
21. Izapan Astronomy and Cosmology
22. The Monumental Message
23. Initiation into the Izapan Mysteries

Part V. Gazing Into the Galaxy
24. The Forgotten Galactic Paradigm
25. Back to the Center: The Message of the Maya End-Date


Appendices

Appendix 1. A Brief History of an Idea
Appendix 2. Mesoamerican Precessional Knowledge: In the Literature
Appendix 3. Space-Time Maps of the Sun and Pleiades in the Zenith
Appendix 4. Evidence for a Black Hole in Maya Creation Texts
Appendix 5. Response to Counterarguments
Appendix 6. Recent Breakthroughs in Decoding Ancient Cosmologies

End Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author
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  • Posted October 4, 2012

    A masterpiece, great work on Maya culture, astronomy, myth, and their calendar

    Jenkins understands that Mayan culture and mythology are dominated by astronomy. Everyone has heard that the Mayan Long Count - a 5125 year cycle often erroneously referred to as "The Mayan Calendar" - ends on December 21, 2012. But there are some strange ideas about a new expansion of consciousness or the end of the world. The Mayan calendar (which like our own calendar, never ends) is based on cycles of the precession of the equinoxes - the slow wobble of the Earth's axis of rotation. One of these astronomical cycles of about 25,800 years does end on December 21, 2012, if we use the same references many ancient cultures like the Maya used: the winter solstice sun will be in close alignment with the center of our galaxy. Is this a historically meaningful moment in time or is it like someone's odometer flipping from all nines to all zeros? Jenkins rules out the insignificance of the date. The Maya describe the astronomy we are about to see in the sky in their myths about One Hunapu and the Hero Twins. They devised a Long Count of over five thousand years which they *backdated* to begin long before Maya society existed, so that the cycle of this great length would end in December 2012. The Maya also built a pyramid at Chichen Itza which is like an alarm clock for the 21st century, when an astronomical conjunction takes place on the 2012 end date. Jenkins also admits that the Maya were very focused on world ages, world creation and destruction, and world renewal. He knows that 2012 is central to these concepts. But he does not believe there will be a pole shift or any other physical catastrophe that would end civilization, despite acknowledging that such destructive events have happened in the past. (p. 330) Jenkins expects a "pole shift in our collective psyche" and a positive transformation of consciousness. As an author on related topics, I am disappointed in Jenkins; this spiritual transformation of consciousness strikes me as new age drivel best suited for hippies in the 1960s, a silly disregard of Maya cosmology and their central thoughts on the creation, destruction, and renewal of the world. Jenkins knows they believed in several worlds which were destroyed in the past, and that they believed we would enter a new world after 2012. I do not believe this is meant to be interpreted as a development of consciousness; I think very bad times are ahead. My research suggests that the 7 years from December 2012 to December 2019 are crucial, and that while Christians might view a 7 year tribulation as the last years in the old system, the Maya view them as the first years in a new world, one which will be far different from what we know as soon as 2013. Aside from Jenkins' speculation that the Maya didn't really expect much to happen at the end of 2012, I think "Maya Cosmogenesis 2012" is a fantastic introduction to Mayan astronomy and beliefs. There is a focus on astronomy, myth,and archeology, and readers could do a lot worse with other books on the Maya. Readers may also be interested in books like Hancock and Bauval's "Message of the Sphinx," Hapgood's "Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," Weidner and Bridges' "The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye," and de Santillana and von Dechend's "Hamlet's Mill."

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