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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books Ltd; First Thus (paperback) edition (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852309067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852309060
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello. Well I guess if you have got this far, you already know who I am. However, just in case you have forgotten, my name is Adrian Geoffrey Gilbert: not to be confused with Adrian David Gilbert who is an entirely different author. He writes books on military subjects. which is about as far away from my work as you can get. So please don't get us confused when looking at books listed by Amazon under the name 'Adrian Gilbert' . It's not that I am schizophrenic: there really are two of us!

My own field of interest is ancient mysteries, mysticism, alternative history and self-development. I have been researching these subjects for over forty years now and not without result. And when I say research, I do mean just that. Like you I expect, I deplore the plethora of superficial trash that get churned out every year in this genre, most of which only serves to inflate the egos of the authors and further confuse the reader. You see, at heart I am a scientist. I studied Chemistry and Physics at University and though I am a Leo, I have Virgo as my rising sign. The astrologers among you won't be surprised to hear that I like to be my own boss (Leo), or that I am fanatically picky when it comes to research (Virgo). I used to be a computer Analyst/Programmer (also Virgoan) at one time and though I do my best to hide the scaffolding, my books tend to be highly structured. I am not one of those authors who writes a sentence once and that is what gets published. I write, re-write, write again, shift paragraphs, change orders of chapters, delete large chunks and generally worry my books to near-death before I feel comfortable releasing them to the people who really matter: my readers.

I am also someone who cares very much about the truth. You see we all have opinions and theories about ancient mysteries and that is fine. However the scientist in me (Saturn rising) demands that before I present a, possibly controversial, theory I must first get my facts straight. I like to visit the places I write about, read as much as possible about the subject and then present what I hope will be useful new insights. Of course I am not the pope so I am not infallible; but I do try to get my facts straight even though this can make writing more difficult and tedious than if I told lies, pretending that these had been 'channeled' to me by some mysterious entity.

That is not to say I do not believe in the divine. I certainly do. I have had many mysterious and even miraculous experiences on my journey. Some of these I recount in my books though there is much more that I have yet to tell. I am absolutely convinced that this world is far more mysterious and interesting than contemporary culture credits. I also 'know' that humans are not just biological machines that live, die and leave progeny. We are spirits who temporarily inhabit bodies for the purpose of experience and also to carry out necessary tasks in the material world. Individually and collectively we are evolving but this is not a matter of blind chance. We are where we are because of the interaction between mind and matter within the zone of time and space. Yet in our innermost self we are sparks of divinity that are neither born nor die. I learnt this when I was 21 and practicing yoga. If you don't believe me, then I am sorry. You will have to follow the path yourself if you want proof.

Talking of the path or 'Way', this is a mystical concept of great antiquity. As I said at the beginning of this piece, I have been consciously following my path for over 40 years. I dare say you have been following yours for a long time as well. This journey, from slothful ignorance to a proper understanding of one's place in the world and universe, is what is described so eloquently by John Bunyan in his classic work 'The Pilgrim's Progress'.

Now I can't claim to be Bunyan's equal in quality of prose but for most of my books I have made use of the idea of the Pilgrim following the Way. They generally follow a schematic of beginning in a state of relative ignorance, going on a journey and through this finding the answers to questions that are posed at the beginning. This is particularly true of my book 'Magi', which is the first that I am now placing in kindle format. This is actually my all time favourite book to date in that it traces some very important steps on my own journey: questing for the truth concerning the Gospel story of the three wise men. However, before you dismiss this subject as boring, I should like to add that it is not really the wise men themselves that interest me. It is the cultural background from which they sprang and what this tells us both about the real origins and purpose of Christianity that interests me.

To this end I literally leave no stone unturned. My journey takes me to Eastern Turkey where even today there are remnants of old temples and other monuments that speak of a tradition all but forgotten in the west. My journey involves a wide pageant of history and a fitting together of clues that, bit by bit like a jig-saw puzzle, gradually reveal the picture of an esoteric, mystical version of Christianity that is quite different from whatg is taught in our 'high street'churches. What I would regard as the real mystic tradition is quite literally linked to the stars.

Some people will, of course, condemn my work as heresy. To them I would reply: where, other than hearsay is your evidence? Are you aware, for example, that the 6th of January was not originally the feast of the Epiphany or even 'Old Christmas'? It was the date celebrated as the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River and this event had a cosmic meaning that was echoed in the stars. On that day (6th January 26 AD) the sun was placed in the constellation of Capricorn (the goat) underneath the 'baptising' hand of Aquarius (signifying John the Baptist). The esoteric message is clear to those with the eyes to see it: Jesus begins his mission by acting as a 'scape goat' who takes on the sins of the world. This is in accordance with the Mosaic tradition [Lev.16:20]. The scapegoat has the task of taking the sins of the nation back to 'Azaziel', the leader of the Nephilim or 'Fallen Angels'. If you read the story of the Baptism in the light of this passage, it becomes understandable how Jesus goes immediately into the desert to be tempted by the Devil, who we can understand as being the same entity as Azaziel.

This is just one event in the life of Jesus that is written in the stars. There is much more. Magi is not a book that is intended to be read once and then discarded. It contains a great deal of material that explains much that has been forgotten about the connections between Christianity, the star-religions of the East and our own destinies. If you read it without prejudice and are willing to make the effort to see what it is really driving at, it will reward you a hundredfold.

Magi is only one of my books though. To date I have written 10 (not all of which are yet published) and I have plans to add to this number. I personally am very excited by the new ebook technology. I intend to put more of my existing books into kindle format and even, in due course, to write other books that will only be available in this medium.

I see the breaking down of the walls between writer and reader as a great benefit and I welcome the chance here to share with you my thoughts. I hope you enjoy my work and that you find it a help when following your own paths, wherever these may take you. For as a great man once told me, we each have our own destiny in this world and you will only ever feel truly satisfied if you fulfil yours.

Customer Reviews

I was most annoyed by all the "may be" "perhaps" etc. appearing throughout the book.
Desmond R. Call
Gilbert and Cotterell do not seem like top Maya scholars, but they do understand the Mayan obsession with world creation, destruction, and rebuilding.
David Montaigne
This well written, very readable book is the most compelling I have read on the mythology, religion and what is known of the history of the Maya.
Pieter Uys

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Andyrew on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Starting off I knew nothing of native Central Americans. This book has taught me a lot about the Mayans, Aztecs, Olmecs, and Toltecs. If you have an interest in this subject, I say give the book a try.
The main focus of the book is a prophecy the Mayans made about a worldwide catastrophe that is supposed to come about in 2012, what their basis for this prediction is, and if there's any scientific knowledge to back this prediction up. You may not be a person into end of days predictions, but the book still offers a lot of knowledge about many different aspects of Central America. The book covers things such as how Central American knowledge and beliefs could be tied to the lost continent of Atlantis (why some people think Atlantis existed), how the Aztec and Mayan calendars work, what gods they worshiped, what events they celebrated and feared, their accurate astronomy, ties they could have to Europe, one of the reasons they may have declined, a possibility as to why the serpent is so prevalent in their culture, how the Central American rattlesnake cult could have come about, how sunspot cycles affected the Mayans, how and why sunspots are tied to the Mayan prophecy. Another aspect of the book I liked is the author's willingness to take a serious look a little known archeological theories presented by people that do not have a big name is the field.
The one annoying thing I found in this book is how the authors used this book to point out how some authorities refuse to believe them, or even listen to them. That certain museums and magazines may not be totally scientific and concern themselves only with mainstream ideas that are satisfying to the establishment. Another thing you have to keep in mind is that a lot of this book in theoretical, and thought the ideas may make sense, they may not be reality.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Chris Struble on July 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is about coincidences. The authors notice a similarity between certain large numbers in the Maya calendar cycle and their own astrological theories about sunspot cycles. The numbers don't match, but from this "coincidence" the authors conclude that the Maya warned of a cosmic disaster for the year 2012.

The book could have stopped there, but instead it digresses into a sort of personal log of the authors' visits to Mexico, then revisits old material on transatlantic contact, Atlantis mythology, Edgar Cayce, Velikovsky, and other nonsense. Some of the historical material about Mexico is interesting and well written, but is clearly taken from other sources.

Some of the claims are bizarre, such as that the crystal "skull of doom" was used as a magnifying glass in a fire ceremony. Or that the "loops" on the Palenque sarcophagus represent magnetic field lines on the sun, something the Maya couldn't possibly have known about.

The authors' contempt for those with other points of view is evident. The book derides Von Daniken, astrologists, and professional archaeologists all at the same time.

The sloppiness about numbers is annoying, especially since their entire case rests on numbers. The authors cite a "remarkable correlation" between the dates given for the great flood by Plato (9500 B.C), Cayce (10,500 B.C.), and the Maya (11,205 B.C.) These dates differ by over 1700 years, a variation of 15% relative to the present day. Considering that one of the authors claims to be an engineer and a scientist, this is inexcusable.

The Maya civilization is a fascinating and impressive one, and no doubt there is much wisdom we have yet to learn from them. You won't find it in this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If anyone is interested in furthering their knowledge in the ancient Maya, this book cannot be ignored. Ripping apart past archaeological theories, Cotterel and Gilbert pave the way for a new way of explaining human history. The book makes the reader want to fly to Mexico as fast as possible, and dive into the mysterious sights and riddles of the Pre-Columbian civilizations. This book must be read...
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This well written, very readable book is the most compelling I have read on the mythology, religion and what is known of the history of the Maya. I'm not much into mathematics or arithmetic but found the ideas very interesting, especially as related to nature (the cross motif from the skin of the rattlesnake and the sun-spot cycles). Not everything here is new, Von Daniken already popularised some of these concepts two decades ago - but it is cohesively presented in the right context with a wealth of figures, maps, and the most beautiful colour plates. It makes a worthy contribution to the terrain that Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval etc, are bringing to light. Extensive appendices, a glossary, bibliography and index ensure this will remain a valuable reference work for years to come. As for 2012, I don't believe in scaremongering (many books claimed that Nostradamus predicted a world war for 1999) so I am content to believe that date will signal a change (improvement) in consciousness.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hardy on January 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
When seeing the title of the book for the first time, I expected something a little broader in focus than just the end of the present world age. As far as the prophecies go, everything seems to revolve around this "end of the world" scenario. Having said that, I found the book fascinating and the discriptions of the authors' travels of discovery interesting. Having come to this book via Graham Hancock's writings, the whole picture, I think, would be disturbing, at least.
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