John Major Jenkins is one of the leading 2012 researchers, and here he explains to us the history of the Long-Count Calendar that encodes the 2012 date. So what did the ancient Maya actually believe that the date meant, and is there any reason for us to believe that the calendar is any way predictive of events that will happen in our world--beyond the doomsday hype?
His “2012 alignment theory,” first published in 1994 and elaborated in his 1998 book Maya Cosmogenesis 2012
, argues that the December 21, 2012 date was selected by the ancient Mesoamerican calendar makers to target a rare alignment within the precession of the equinoxes. He was the first to show how the astronomical features involved in the rare “solstice-galaxy alignment” of era-2012 were centrally important features in the Maya Creation Mythology, in the sacred ball game, and in the archaeology at the site of Izapa. These include the “Dark Rift” of the Milky Way, and the cross formed by the Milky Way and the ecliptic. He was also the first to propose and present evidence for the idea that the visually perceivable “nuclear bulge” of the Galactic Center was thought of by the Maya as a center and source, a “womb” of a cosmic mother deity. This was presented as one of many identities the ancient Maya applied to the Milky Way. In reconstructing ancient Maya precessional astronomy, Jenkins sought to define and clarify the factual basis of the era-2012 “galactic alignment,” discussing timing parameters and ranges of duration, in his 2002 book Galactic Alignment
, citing the calculations of astronomers Jean Meeus and Patrick Wallace.
This hourlong edition of Revelations will run this week and next. William Henry will return with a new edition of Revelations on January 4, 2012.
On behalf of William Henry, have a joyous holiday season and best wishes for a great new year!
Go to Alignment2012
and join John Major Jenkins on his 2012 trips to the Mayan country!
To go to John Major Jenkins website, click here