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Galactic Alignment: The Transformation of Consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian, and Vedic Traditions Paperback – July 1, 2002
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"John Major Jenkins is the most global and erudite voice of a swelling chorus of Galactic Center theorists. By framing the subject in the context of the Primordial Tradition, he raises it to a new level of seriousness, and of reassurance." (Joscelyn Godwin, author of The Theosophical Enlightenment and Arktos: The Polar Myth)
"Galactic Alignment brings us full circle, into the re-membering and re-cognition of the celestial/terrestrial wisdom of our own ancient origins--re-connecting us with 'whole' consciousness, and initiating us into the 'mystery of mysteries.' A profound work of epochal importance for our historic moment. " (Moira Timms, Archaic-Futurist, author of Beyond Prophecies and Predictions)
"John Major Jenkins' scholarship is truly commendable because of his insightful penetration into the heart of an ancient wisdom on its own terms. At this critical crossroads of our destiny, this book will encourage students of cosmology to discover how the same cosmic harmony that inspired the Ancients is as relevant today as it was in our planet's deep past. More than ever we need an inspiring vision that is integrating and universal. This book offers insights into just such a vision." (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, author of The Gnostic Circle and The New Way)
"This book is a fascinating and scholarly exploration of ancient cosmologies, which focuses on the relationships between the spiritual destiny of mankind and the solstitial position of the sun and the centre of our galaxy. Basing himself on a number of eminent authorities, John Major Jenkins describes a cosmic clock which provides critical end-points in the process of world-cycles. Jenkins makes us aware of the huge scale of the esoteric knowledge of antiquity, and he sets out to restore what has been lost, which is a form of cosmological knowledge embracing all the levels of our complex being at once. The great changes we are witnessing today are shown to be mysteriously coordinated with cosmic movements which we wrongly thought the ancients knew little or nothing about." (Robert Bolton, author of The Order of the Ages)
"Not since Hamlet's Mill drew attention to the connection between mythology and cosmology have I seen a book to equal Galactic Alignment. Jenkins' solid research and genuine insights into his material make Galactic Alignment a pleasure to read and a true treasure trove of esoteric connections and correspondences. Building on his original and groundbreaking research on the Maya, Galactic Alignment presents a sweeping look at the world's esoteric traditions in terms of a central and powerfully compelling new idea: that times of galactic alignment might also times of transformation." (Vincent Bridges, coauthor of A Monument to the End of Time)
"John Major Jenkins has contributed to the Traditionalist School of knowledge to provide the 'alignment generation' with a galactic portal to pass through, giving all humankind an opportunity for spiritual renewal by recognizing the astounding significance of the galactic alignment of 2012. Galactic Alignment is the definitive source book for understanding the historical significance of important astronomical events, and how many cultures of the past and right up to modern times wove this astronomical information into their sacred architecture and spiritual belief systems. Jenkins has become the Paul Revere of the modern age, and the importance of the coming of the galactic alignment in 2012 should wake everyone out of their preoccupation with material pursuits." (Willard Van De Bogart, CEO of The Portal Market)
"A ground breaking synthesis of lost wisdom from ancient teachings." (The Messenger, July/August 2003)
"Highly recommended for anyone interested in the evolution of consciousness, or those curious as to why people keep harping on about the year 2012." (Jennifer Hoskins, New Dawn, Nov-Dec 2006)
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“Galactic Alignment brings us full circle, into the re-membering and re-cognition of the wisdom of our own ancient origins--re-connecting us with ‘whole’ consciousness, and initiating us into the ‘mystery of mysteries.’ A profound work of epochal importance for our historic moment.”
--Moira Timms, author of Beyond Prophecies and Predictions
“Not since Hamlet’s Mill drew attention to the connection between mythology and cosmology have I seen a book to equal Galactic Alignment. Building on Jenkins’ original and groundbreaking research on the Maya, Galactic Alignment presents a sweeping look at the world’s esoteric traditions in terms of a central and powerfully compelling new idea: that times of galactic alignment might also be times of transformation.”
--Vincent Bridges, coauthor of A Monument to the End of Time
“At this critical crossroads of our destiny, this book will encourage us to discover how the same cosmic harmony that inspired the Ancients is as relevant today as it was in our planet’s deep past. More than ever we need an inspiring vision that is integrating and universal. This book offers insights into just such a vision.”
--Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, author of The Gnostic Circle and The New Way
The Galactic Alignment is a rare astronomical event that brings the solstice sun into alignment with the center of the Milky Way galaxy every 12,960 years. Building on the discoveries put forth in his book Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, Jenkins demonstrates that the end-date of 2012 does not signal the end of time but rather the beginning of an ascension stage in the development of human consciousness. He recovers a striking common thread that connects the ancient cosmological insights of the Maya not only to Egyptian thought and Vedic philosophy but also to the diversity of humankind’s metaphysical traditions, ranging from Celtic sacred topography and Medieval alchemy to the Kabbalah and Islamic astrology. His work presents us with a groundbreaking synthesis of lost wisdom once common to ancient cosmologies that will help us understand the significance of this transformative cosmic milestone.
JOHN MAJOR JENKINS is a leading independent researcher of ancient Mesoamerican cosmology and has worked with the highland Tzutujil and Quiché Maya. He has presented his work at the Esalen Institute, Naropa University, the Institute of Maya Studies, and the Maya Calendar Congress, as well as on the Discovery Channel’s Places of Mystery and National Public Radio’s Spirit and Mind. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.
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I also facilitated the translation of The Key to the Kalevala by Pekka Ervast, editing and writing the introduction for it. This classic text on Finnish mythology was published with Blue Dolphin Publishers in 1999. In 1995 I was appointed literary executor for Eino Friberg, Finnish-American poet and translator of The Kalevala, the national epic of the Finnish people.
As a visiting scholar, I've taught classes at The Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, The Maya Calendar Congress in Mexico, The Esalen Institute, Naropa University and many other venues both nationally and abroad. I wrote the preface to Geoff Stray's book Beyond 2012, and have been interviewed on numerous radio and television shows, including the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the recent documenary 2012: The Odyssey. Currently working on 2012 documentaries with Mystic Fire Video and Vision Quest Productions.
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It is difficult to evaluate a lot of his conjecture about ancient civilizations and what their icons, symbols, and writing might have meant in regard to the 2012 date. To Jenkins, it clearly means the alignment of the Winter Solstice meridian with the plane of the Galactic Center, which is happening now, in our own era. Although the Mayans chose to end their count on December 21, 2012 (by our calendar), the actual alignment happens over a period of time. Many experts think a better date would have been 1998 or 1999. If the alignment is the reason for the end date, and if the alignment happens over some years of time, that seems to indicate the date does not signify an apocalyptic event, as many think. Jenkins speculates that the "end time" is really a period of rising awareness, a time when our very consciousness can shift to a new level.
As I read of the many "sacred alignments" on earth, important ancient cities and markers that line up in geometric fashion, I was reminded of another book I recently finished, Henry Lincoln's book, The Holy Place, about the area around Rennes-le-Chateau France. Lincoln identified many geometric alignments that he felt were beyond chance. But Jenkins raises the intriguing idea that these alignments on earth -- which mirror the occult dictum of "as above, so below" -- may not have been deliberate, but may be an unconscious response to some type of energy from space, or some dimension beyond our senses.
Is the Galactic Center the source of wisdom, of spirituality?Read more ›
In Joscelyn Godwin's book, Mystery Religions, the gate of reincarnation is called the Silver Gate, while the gate of ascension is called the Golden Gate, but he says that the Silver Gate is the way of reincarnation, while the Golden Gate is the Way of the Gods and leads "beyond the circle of Necessity, ie to release from the round of birth and death. These are the two routes from which the soul can exit from the world at death, and the Capricorn gate is the one through which the gods descend to earth."
It is clear from both Hamlet's Mill and from Jenkins' Galactic Alignment, that these gates don't actually lie in Cancer and Capricorn, but the neighbouring constellations of Gemini and Sagittarius. The Golden Gate lies at Galactic Center in Sagittarius, and the Silver Gate lies at Galactic Anti-Center in Gemini (see items 47 and 48).Read more ›
A masterpiece of musings on the End-Date AD 2012. And if you carefully contemplate the connections cross-culturally, then an occult -- hidden -- truth leaps at you, ultimately. It in fact unlocks the gate to the realms of the invisible that Terence McKenna, the new age "shaman of hyperspace," spoke so eloquently. Specifically, it has to do with the opening of our third eye, and the apocalyptic implications on our society that spends its mornings at Starbucks, and its evenings watching Wheel of Fortune. Yes, I guess this book isn't for everyone, but it sure tuned-up my chakras, made my mind's molecules shift to the next higher orbit! It will yours too, if you put down that TV tuner and read this book with an intention to learn the secrets of the ages -- and apply them to your life's larger purpose, to survive the second coming of cosmic consciousness in era-2012.
Dr. John Jay Harper is author of Tranceformers: Shamans of the 21st Century and Science of Soul: The End-Time Solar Cycle of Chaos in 2012 A.D..
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the book presents very novel, out-of-the-box but profound concepts and makes for an interesting reading experience. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shreen Shreenivas
Very enlightening! Sent me to the e-library. I think this book is very timely . . . considering growing proof all things in the universes are connected and most are... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Floyd Barlow
I recently discovered this book and I wish I'd found it sooner. It has so much information of interest to me concerning ancient galactic astronomy (a topic very near and dear to... Read morePublished on April 22, 2013 by galaxy 888
I just get a nice retort about this book, and it's that is very engross I read it for hours. Thanks.Published on January 26, 2013 by D.
To start out with this book I noticed that I benefit more of it when first reading Jenkins' Maya Cosmogenesis 2012. So I read first this older book. Read morePublished on September 22, 2012 by Monika Müller
I thought this book was tedious and that the author could have organized his thoughts better. He begins to tell you something, stops and says he'll tell you more about that in some... Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by Wydonncha Seeif
This is compelling and important to understanding 2012 theory and man's wakening. Perhaps difficult to understand for the 2012 noive - but full of key research and information. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by Randall R. Wheeler
Another step along a journey that is leading towards something quite profound. This is a book for people already familiar with the subject matter. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Aaron Hoopes