Inner Traditions Proposal /
July 20th, 2000
(for Galactic Alignment by John Major Jenkins)
My new book is provisionally entitled The Galactic Cosmology: Recovering a Lost Evolutionary Science. This book follows upon my books Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies (Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, 1994), Mayan Sacred Science (Four Ahau Press, 1994) The Center of Mayan Time (1995) and Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (Bear & Company, 1998) and continues my work to explore the progressive cutting edge of Mayan metaphysics, cosmology, and calendrics. I have identified the impending Galactic Alignment (the alignment of the solstice meridian with the Galactic Plane that was indirectly alluded to in that groundbreaker, Hamlet’s Mill), as the key to understanding the Maya calendar end-date of AD 2012. Now my research leads me to find the Galactic Alignment in Egyptian, Greek, and especially Vedic cosmology. My approach is to present clear evidence, insightful commentary, and provide an entertaining read to put into context rather difficult metaphysical concepts. My progressive and original synthesis will advance metaphysics, sacred science, and our understanding of ancient history.
The Galactic Center and our periodic alignments to it is largely unacknowledged in scientific and metaphysical circles. The relevance of our changing orientation to the galaxy appears to have been central to ancient Vedic, Egyptian and Mayan cosmology. Yet it has consistently evaded serious discussion. New concepts have a way of being “barely seen” for years. Even the recent Egyptian breakthroughs of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock (and others) have failed to make this connection. In looking at the Vedic material, I will draw from the work of René Guénon and Ananda Coomaraswamy, purveyors of the Primordial Tradition, to identify the pertinent elements of Vedic astronomy and mythology. Coomaraswamy is a greatly respected art historian and iconography who influenced Heinrich Zimmer and Joseph Campbell; it is in the labyrinth of his collected works that we find confirmation that the Galactic Alignment is the key to the Primordial Tradition, otherwise referred to as the Perennial Wisdom. Drawing from other Vedic scholars, we can thus clearly identify compelling evidence that the upcoming alignment to the Galactic Center was the linchpin of the Vedic metaphysics of human spirituality enlightenment. This is a significant contribution to understanding the unrecognized core of ancient cosmology on a global level, revealing our profound knowledge of our relationship to the Galactic Center that has eroded into fragmented dogmas and misunderstood folktales.
But the evidence for this proposal is overwhelmingly available, and the implications of this synthesis of worldwide paradigms contributes to our growing appreciation of the accomplishments of humanity in the distant past. That the alignment looms for us today makes this book especially relevant as we approach 2012. My work has sought clarity in explaining the Mayan calendar, so often misunderstood in New Age circles. There, systems and calendars abound, often obscuring the line between the models of modern mythmakers and authentic Maya tradition. My book MC2012 offered “an exquisitely reasoned” reconstruction of ancient Maya cosmology, putting on the table at least five new discoveries. Terence McKenna wrote the foreword to it and called it “a revolutionary work of discovery and synthesis.”
So that the reader can grasp the features of the Galactic Alignment and the cosmology that the ancient Maya wove around it, I am devoting a chapter to a concise summary of MC2012. In addition, I will share several new discoveries that have emerged since the release of MC2012 in June 1998.
The audience for my book will be readers interested in metaphysics, ancient religion, lost traditions, spirituality, and the work of McKenna, Arguelles, William Sullivan, Robert Lawlor, Joseph Campbell, Robert Bauval, and Graham Hancock, Ananda Coomaraswamy, René Guénon, and recent breakthroughs of Maya scholars. It is not designed to be a blockbuster, but is nevertheless a clear exposition that will be clearly and compellingly written. It will be intentionally less academic than Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, which sold 7,000 copies in its first year. My seventh book since writing Journey to the Mayan Underworld in 1989, The Galactic Cosmology: Uncovering a Lost Evolutionary Science will be part of a continuing series leading us up to 2012, a date that people around the world are going to become increasingly interested in. I am an experienced editor, writer, conference speaker, interviewee, project manager and publisher.
I am an independent Maya scholar, researcher, editor, writer, project manager, publisher, and conference speaker. I have taught at Naropa University, The Esalen Institute, The Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, The Maya Calendar Congress in Mexico, The 4th International Mayan Dreamtime Festival in Glastonbury England, and numerous other venues. I have been interviewed for television and video documentaries (Earth Under Fire, The Fifth Gate, The Changing Paradigm, and the Discovery Channel’s “Mysterious Places” series). I have also been interviewed on numerous national radio programs such as Art Bell, The Laura Lee show, Jeff Rense’s “Sighting” and NPR’s Spirit & Mind. I am enclosing an audiotape of the Spirit and Mind interview. My work has been endorsed by the most progressive minds of our day. Robert Lawlor, author of Voices of the First Day, Sacred Geometry, and co-translator of Schwaller de Lubicz’s monumental study of Egyptian cosmology, The Temple in Man, wrote:
“In Maya Cosmogenesis 2012, author John Major Jenkins has combined his gift for incisive, mythic and symbolic interpretation with rigorous research, to reveal the Mayan calendar as a world cosmology and spiritual philosophy, firmly grounded in precise observations of celestial patterns and rhythms. According to Jenkins' in depth yet accessible and often poetic analysis, the Maya had reconciled a number of planetary and sidereal cycles to accurately define the passage of our earth and solar system, as it moves through millennia, in and out of alignment with the galactical core and equator. This vast, celestial conjunction, so central to the Mayan sages and astronomers, holds profound transformative implications for individuals and civilization today.”
One reader emailed me: “Nobody today is speaking about Maya cosmology, calendars, and the Galactic Alignment with as much clarity, depth, and penetrating insight as you. You have a cosmic mind of deep vision, and will surely take us a long way in understanding many profound, and currently unexplored, concepts of ancient metaphysics.”
Having discussed my work with Robert Lawlor in the summer of 1998, I was heartened to realize that the Galactic Alignment may indeed provide an unrecognized key to understanding the work of de Lubicz, Guenon and other esoteric thinkers. Other glowing endorsements from John Anthony West, Robert Lawlor, Douglas Gillette, Robert Bauval, and Maya scholars are available on www.amazon.com.
I have thought and rethought my next project since MC2012 was released over two years ago. I’ve reworked the outline several times and have incorporated a great deal of new findings and research that will make this book a lasting contribution, sure to stay in print until 2012, and beyond.
July 20th, 2000