Are Galactic Alignments in World History the Key to an Integration
of Recent Theories on the Rise and Fall of Civilization?


John Major Jenkins. © May 31, 2015.


I spoke at the Earth Keepers conference in Denver on May 30, 2015. The presentations of Graham Hancock, Robert Schoch, and others catalyzed some thoughts I’d been stewing on, and I am happy to revisit and re-emphasize the role of Galactic Alignments in human history.[1] Now, due to new scientific research this seems imperative and relevant in a way that was not previously recognized. But there are no conclusive announcements here; rather, areas of agreement and disagreement in the viewpoints of Schoch and Hancock beg certain questions, and I want to speculatively explore the various threads of a rational consideration of those questions.

Graham Hancock has recently been unrolling information that will be published later this year in Magicians of the Gods, the sequel to and 20th anniversary of his well-known book Fingerprints of the Gods.[2] He presents a new integration of late-breaking work on the end of the last ice age, which relates to his work to identify evidence for an earlier layer of civilization going back at least 10,000 years.

Graham and Robert disagree on the cause of  the end of the last ice age, with a resulting break-up of an ancient antediluvian civilization.  Graham builds upon Randall Carlson’s work and other recent scientific papers to explain that the ice age ended rather suddenly 12,800 years ago, due to meteor fragments from a comet. A second meteor event happened eight hundred years later. He didn’t note in his presentation that 12,800 years ago was almost precisely ˝ of a precession cycle ago, although in conversation he acknowledged this. I’m not sure if the congruence of the previous solstice-galaxy alignment with 12,800 years ago is a significant aspect of his forthcoming book.

I’ve also seen the date for a sudden “catastrophic” end to the last ice age given as 12,900 years ago. These two figures result in a full precession cycle of either 25,600 years or 25,800 years. The Maya Long Count and related traditions suggest that 13-Baktun cycles are World Ages, five of which equal a precessional Great Year of 25,626 years. The modern and current estimate of precession gives a Great Year of 25,770 years, while the traditional numerologically significant figure is 25,920 years.

In his presentation, and in the description of his forthcoming book on Amazon, Graham suggests that we may be due for a remnant of the same comet circling around to return in our times, an alarmingly large fragment scientists estimate to be 20-kilometers wide. Well, with this meteor theory we are confronted with reconciling why and how galactic alignments coordinate with these two meteoric bookends, one-half of a precession cycle apart and timed to eras of solstice-galaxy alignments. This is a primary conundrum that I’ll address below.      


Robert Schoch also sees evidence for sudden catastrophic change and ice meltage roughly 12,800 years ago, but disagrees with meteor strikes as an explanation. Instead, he favors a massive solar eruption.[3] But, once again, we are left wondering why such an unprecedented solar flare would be coordinated with the previous solstice-galaxy alignment, and whether or not we might be due for another one during the current solstice-galaxy alignment.[4] It’s interesting that the solstice-galaxy alignments in era-2012 and era-12,800 BP provide an empirical framework for these ancient events and they suggest a modern reprisal of catastrophic events. (Actually, this might not be so much of a “suggestion” if we simply acknowledge the catastrophic environmental changes that were barely expect 50 years, but now promise to deeply effect human civilization over the next 50 years.) How can we reconcile the two different explanatory theories advocated by Schoch and Hancock? Might they both be true? If so, how? And why do the galactic alignments provide a precise hour hand indicating, so to speak, midnight and high noon in a Great Year defining the rise and fall of human civilizations?   


Some of these things were explored in my 2002 book Galactic Alignment, and it would be worth revisiting my discussion of Oliver Reiser’s work as well as Paul La Violettes’s galactic superwave theory, which also was oddly timed to the ancient era of a galactic alignment. His work may indeed provide a larger model of galactic process to explain why Schoch’s and Hancock’s preferred models are both correct, generating the 26,000-year precession period and a “rise and fall” of galactic seasons. But one larger overarching question remained un-addressed by La Violette’s model. I addressed and offered a reasonable possibility, in my 2002 book, to answer that question.  And now I can update my thinking on that model.


A little background. In 1998, I was interviewed for the documentary produced on La Violette’s work, called Earth Under Fire. I had discussed galactic alignments during the interview (the key component of my just-released book Maya Cosmogenesis 2012) but only my definition of precession and the Galactic Center was used. La Violette’s theory to explain a sudden rise in iridium levels in Greenland ice core samples, dating to the end of the last ice age, is that our galaxy’s center periodically erupts, like a Seyfert galaxy, into greater energetic activity. The superwave blast arrived some 13,000 years ago. The superwave might energetically excite the sun into a heightened flare state, and also pushes comets and space debris into the inner solar system, increasing the chance of meteor impacts. So, his model could explain both the meteor model and the solar flare model of Hancock and Schoch. But the coordination with the eras of galactic alignment remains a puzzle.

I had a phone conversation with La Violette in mid-1998. In order to reconcile his superwave model with the galactic alignment periods, and the fact that such galactic alignments are synchronized with eras in which the earth’s North Celestial Pole points toward and away from the galactic center (an idea I had deduced in the mid-90s and discussed in my book Galactic Alignment, which comprised my views on the “rise and fall” of Atlantis), La Violette proposed that the superwave blast torques the earth’s axis, effectively giving it a kick when it is cycling around to point toward the galactic center (13,000 years ago it would have been the South Celestial Pole pointing toward the Galactic Center that gets the kick). But this suggests that such pulses are regularly timed at 26,000-year intervals, slapping the earth like a tetherball at neat intervals every time the axial pole came around. Why 26,000?

A Seyfert pulse from our Galactic Center at neat 26,000-year intervals? But then we have to explain the odd coincidence that our planet (and solar system) are roughly 26,000 light years from the Galactic Center.[5] The galactic center pulse interval does not by definition need to be congruent with our distance in light years from the galactic center. Some other mechanism might be at work.

I suggested in Galactic Alignment a model that adapts a principle known within subatomic particle physics, which was explored in a different context by Oliver Reiser. Proton spin precession is a principle of relationship between the rate of precession of a particle and its distance from the source of the magnetic field it is within, as well as the strength of the field it is in.   I initially proposed that the equation between our distance, in light years, from the galactic center and the 26,000-year precessional rate of the earth, was due to some macrocosmic version of this principle. Now, I’d add that our galaxy exhibits a rhythmic pulse, much like La Violette’s superwave but not so dramatic, which entrains the earth’s axis to the same pulse interval. According to this model, for some reason this pulse follows a 26,000-year rhythm, the heartbeat of the galaxy as it were.  This model does not require the physical transmission of a superwave or its attendant space debris. The principle only requires that the strength of the magnetic field of the galaxy pulsates, increases and decreases. The speed of the “precession” effect will adjust accordingly, and immediately.[6]   

We may be at the galactic alignment half-period, or the nadir of the process. It may be that the half-point era does not get the same dramatic trigger that happened 13,000 years ago. If we are due for some similar trigger effect, then we’d have to posit that the pulses are actually in half-precession increments, once every 13,000 years. In any case, there are full cycles and half-points in the process.

The other scenario is that we aren’t dealing with meteors or superwaves at all, but some kind of energetic entrainment, opening to an closing down to a surrounding energy field of the galaxy, that catalyzes effect-phenomena in such a way to produce the kind of evidence that shows up for era-12,800 BP. I’ve tended to favor this interpretation in the past, with a resulting preference for human beings having a free-will relationship with an essentially spiritual or metaphysical awakening process. But it may be a little of both, as determined by the nature of the phenomenon. By this I mean that first comes the spiritual-metaphysical opportunity. Let’s say it’s an energetic entrainment via galactic alignment which can be immediately experienced or rejected by conscious beings.  (The empirical, astronomical zone for this is fully 1975-2021.) The same phenomenon triggers certain cascading effects in the physical dimension, which take a little time to arrive. This second phase of the process might be experienced as the hand of divine retribution, and might be a massive meteor hit and solar flare within the next 75 years. Those who embrace the earlier opportunity to awaken will be ready for death. Those who do not will experience the torment of cataclysm. Those who survive will feed the little thread through which the whole game gets repeated.         


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My following speculation has a distinctly Neoplatonic flavoring. When the heightened energy occurs, and earth responds, souls ascend into the galactic center, giving it a pulse for the next emanation outward, to reach earth in another 26,000 years.   This idea was also envisioned in Chapter 23 of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012. If we are thinking in terms of energetic transmission through space, there has to be some kind of feedback loop, though it cycles back to the central heart/pump through some higher dimension. However, as I discussed in Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, we are within the galactic field, and if it strengthens then precession will immediately increase --- no causal transmission needed. It’s a field-effect, and then we must consider the fact that the galactic alignment is making us reorient, through the solstice axis, with the opposite lobe of the galaxy. Rather than an electromagnetic model, this may be a Coriolis effect. Conservation of angular momentum, in a mechanism connected to the three dimensions of the x, y, z axes.






For more insights on these precessional processes, see Nick Fiorenza’s updated Holy Cross research page at his Lunar Planner site: The graphic illustration of the Galactic Alignment / Holy Cross movement is well done; I’ve had a link to this page on my website since around 2002.


[1] My books of 1995, 1998, 2002, 2009.

[2] I recently observed the 20th anniversary of my “Maya cosmogenesis 2012” work: The audiotape of that title was released in April of 1995.

[3] I was happy to discover, in glancing through Schoch’s 2012 book, that he cited several of my essays from The Center for 2012 Studies, as well as several of my articles that I wrote for New Dawn magazine.   

[4] He also disagrees with the Cygnus theory of Andrew Collins, which relates to astronomical and mythological ideas at Gobekli Tepi, some 10,000 years ago. I also have a disagreement with Collins’ Cygnus theory and his description of Ronald Wells’ Egyptian ideas with a supposed connection to the Maya 2012 astronomy. See my essay at: 


[5] Campbell, Flight of the Wild Gander, 1963.

[6] The fact that our solar system and earth are experiencing the rare combination of factors to produce life and consciousness may come from its happenstantial distance-entrainment with the pulse of the galaxy.