The notable American author and independent Maya scholar departed this dimension last Sunday, 2nd of July, 2017. He died at the age of 53 after a short battle with cancer that was diagnosed around one Tzolkin cycle ago. Following the Ascension of other renowned American proponents of Mayanism, Jenkins’ passing away can be perceived as the symbolic ending for a historical Era of human thought. An experimental period of discovery which has debated between passages of valuable truths but also of evident fallacies. However, since Jenkins was one of the most outstanding researchers on Maya Cosmology, he also set the grounds towards the development of an appropriate Sacred Science on Maya Consciousness. May he be exceptionally recognised for envisioning this evolution.
Note to the reader: The author’s mother tongue is Spanish. There is a version in this language here: Versión en Español.
An Essay in Honour of John Major Jenkins: A Rainbow Warrior in Planetary Service
At present, I would like to honour the memory of prominent American author and Maya scholar, John Major Jenkins, who crossed the great divide on last Sunday, 2nd of July, 2017. It was a day Kin 40, Magnetic Sun, in the Dreamspell Count, and 7 Ix in the Long Count Maya Tzolkin (7 Wizard, Kin 254). He died 53 years old after being diagnosed with cancer around 260 days ago, a number which precisely encodes the Tzolkin and simplifies the Precession of the Equinoxes, which cycle of around 26,000 years Jenkins widely investigated.
For the ones into the Maya Tzolkin oracles, it is also interesting to notice that his Dreamspell day of Ascension, Kin 40, corresponds to the kin of Maya deity GII, the second member of the Palenque Triad, a trinity led by deity GI (9 Ik, Solar Wind). It is also intriguing to realise that Jenkins’ Bardo process of 49 days will be completed on Kin 89, which was the same Ascension kin of Jose Argüelles, Valum Votan, under the wavespell of 19 Storm. Kin 89 is coded as 9.11 (Seal 9, Tone 11) but also as 19.11 (Wavespell 19, Tone 11). Synchronically, the current Dreamspell Year of Kin 219, Spectral Storm, is also coded 19.11 (Seal 19, Tone 11) under the Harmonic 55 of Crystal Cooperation.
Even so, Jenkins and Argüelles had different approaches to Maya Cosmology, both of them were considered the main authors of Mayanism who predicted the importance of the date of 21 December 2012. Actually, both published relevant books under the same publishing house, Bear & Company. They also were lecturers in related conferences, such as “2012 Tipping Point: The Prophets Conference” in Cancun (Mexico) and Vancouver (Canada). In the same way, their works were included in the anthology book, “2013: The Beginning is Here”, which compiled wide-ranging views by various authors about the 2012 phenomenon and the new beginning since 2013.
From Mayanism to Sacred Maya Science
John Major Jenkins incarnated in this dimension on the 4th of March 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He was born a Blue Planetary Eagle, Kin 75, in the Dreamspell Tzolkin and 3 Kib (Kin 16, Electric Warrior) in the Long Count Maya Tzolkin. However, he was mainly a follower of the Traditional Quiché Calendar from the Mayan highlands. He dedicated his last months of life to release more enlighten books about Maya Cosmology, including a 2017 reviewed edition of his first relevant book, “Journey to the Mayan Underworld” (1989).
Likewise, it is feasible to sustain that, more than any other author of Mayanism, Jenkins was a dedicated researcher and a meticulous scholar of Ancient Maya and Mesoamerican Cosmology. His work widely contributed to the dream of a unified Sacred Science, a vision that could help dissolving the duality between the traditional skepticism of Mayanist scholars and the valuable research of spiritual Mayanism.
In the same vein, his death seems to be closing an important chapter of Mayanism, whose main thinkers and activists have also left this dimension during the period of transition to the New Maya Era. The list includes authors such as Tony Shearer, José and Lloydine Argüelles, Hunbatz Men and now Jenkins. And despite the fact that some of their works exhibit human errors and fallacies built on the available knowledge of their times, let us hope that the visionary work of Mayanism carries on evolving so it doesn’t end here.
However, the path towards a Maya Sacred Science is not a facile one. In fact, the prolific academic efforts of Jenkins were not fully recognised within the scientific status quo. Nevertheless, the change of Maya Era seems to be bringing new ways of thought. Thus, the logic of the natural evolution of human knowledge implies a needful process of antithesis and synthesis, a kind of metaphorical colander where different postulates of Mayanism could be filtered. That is to say, the corroboration of knowledge through the inclusion of new and reliable information coming from the constant discoveries of key related sciences such as Archeology, Astronomy, Linguistics and Epigraphy, amongst others. Just then, the cultural meanings about Maya Consciousness could possibly evolve after 2012.
This Quantum Shift seems to be utterly necessary in order to dispel some shadows of ignorance and confusion of nowadays, mainly brought by some Maya fantasies and false leading “want to be celebrities” inspired by Mayanism. It is evident that there exist some misleading postulates which are based on old paradigms and out of date information. In other words, it appears to be imperative to develop a cultural synthesis of the 2012 phenomenon towards a true evolution of human consciousness. The key is to understand that this progression is like an organic tapestry which is actually weaved by multiple visionary actors. If the new consciousness path of harmony and cooperation rules, then the initiates might be able to transcend their own masters’ teachings and understand that all players are part of a bigger revelation which leads towards Truth and Unity.
After the 2012 phenomenon, seekers of Maya Wisdom are immensely responsible for what they accept as truth. Equally, it is important for Planetary Kin to also study the Original Maya Codes, in order to bring a revival of the valuable Maya Transmission for the Second Creation of Earth.
May John Major Jenkins be exceptionally remembered and recognised for envisioning and working towards this transformation. I truly believe that a Maya Sacred Science can be scientifically proved, now more than ever…
In Lak’ech from Itzadragon, Kin 21, precisely rotating as 3 Warrior.
Here an inspirational excerpt of one of the Appendices from the 2017 edition of “Journey to the Mayan Underworld”, available on Amazon and Create Space. Find more information and support the last books of this outstanding author at http://JohnMajorJenkins.com
Excerpt of Appendix 2. “Shot in the Head: My Past-Life Hypno-Regression”
“In the big sky house the campfire of grandfathers welcomes me and they sit silently staring into the flames. They don’t look up, but their spirits welcome me. They don’t talk, but I hear their thoughts. I am sitting around the fire with them, their ancient faces frozen in sad but wise gazes. The circle of elders. The eternal flame. Warmth. The great lake of life beyond beckons me onward, to another realm. But they gesture for me to stay, to sit for a while, as long as I like. I do. I sit and absorb the peace and wisdom of the ancient fire, melting into a place where I finally feel free and warm. It is a place I am from, and where I belong. Stay, they say. Stay for as long as you like.
I stayed at the Sacred Council Fire for a long time. I learned many things from the Mother-Father spirits. They liked me. Finally, I was given a mission for my next life. So I took off my spirit clothes and went out and down to the world again, to be born again. First I went into the lake of life, all the way in, and I forgot a lot of things about my life. But when I came out I was still awake, I still knew I was me. But I didn’t know my name, or the day. I flew over mountains and lakes, over the earth, at night, to a place where fire ceremony was happening. They prayed and saw me as I came in through the fire — I saw their eyes lighten up. They were Indians of a kind, I could see, but I was really not to be born with them. The fire was distantly warm and I began to feel the sacred spark — I came into life a little through the fire and one of them saw me, my spirit. But then I was called away to the north, over mountains, through the dark-night, into a storm and cold, and was born. I had two brothers and a sister and was called John Major Jenkins. This is my story. And in my new life I forgot everything, but now I remember who I am and why I came.”
Find this and other Free Appendices here: http://www.alignment2012.com/Appendices-excised-forWEB.pdf
Main Bibliography of John Major Jenkins
- Reconstructing Ancient Maya Astronomy (Four Ahau Press, 2012)
- A Bio-Bibliography of the Writings of John Major Jenkins: 1971 to 2012 (Four Ahau Press, 2012)
- Lord Jaguar’s 2012 Inscriptions (Four Ahau Press, 2011)
- The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History (Tarcher/Penguin, 2009)
- Unlocking the Secrets of 2012 (Sounds True, 2007). This is actually a 3-CD “audio book”, 3.5 hours.
- The Pyramid of Fire: A Lost Aztec Codex (Bear & Company, 2004). Co-authored with Martin Matz.
- Galactic Alignment: The Transformation of Consciousness According to Mayan, Egyptian and Vedic Traditions (Inner Traditions International, 2002)
- The Key to the Kalevala, by Pekka Ervast (Blue Dolphin, 1999). I facilitated the translation, edited, compiled the bibliography and notes, and wrote the Introduction for this translation o Ervast’s classic book of 1916.
- Maya Cosmogenesis 2012: The True Meaning of the Maya Calendar End-Date in AD 2012 (Bear & Company, 1998)
- Izapa Cosmos (Four Ahau Press, 1996)
- The Center of Mayan Time (Four Ahau Press, 1995)
- Tzolkin: Visionary Perspectives and Calendar Studies (Borderland Sciences Research Foundation, 1994). Originally released with Four Ahau Press in 1992.
- Mayan Sacred Science (Four Ahau Press, 1994)
- 7 Wind: A Quiché Maya Calendar for 1993 (Four Ahau Press, 1993)
- Mirror in the Sky (Four Ahau Press, 1991)
- Outside the Cage (Four Ahau Press, 1991)
- Scenezine Selections (Four Ahau Press, 1990). A collection of early essays and travel reports published in the Chicago-based arts and music newspaper called Scenezine, editor Bill Jenkins.
- Journey to the Mayan Underworld (Four Ahau Press / Self Publications, 1989)
Formal Biography by JohnMajorJenkins.com
John Major Jenkins was a pioneering voice in the evolving 2012 discussion with over twenty years of experience defining and debating the issues. Informed by innovative field work at key archaeological sites and inspired by living and working among the Highland Maya, Jenkins’ comprehensive work covers media misconceptions, assessments of 2012 theories, consciousness studies, Maya shamanism, archaeoastronomical research, Perennial Philosophy, academic misconceptions, and the crisis of sustainability faced in the modern world. His own unprecedented “galactic alignment theory” is now receiving new support from recent discoveries in the Maya inscriptions. While integrating the scientific and spiritual viewpoints, Jenkins honors contemporary Maya calendar tradition and the ancient Maya vision of a unified cosmos.
• Advisory director and founding member of The Maya Conservancy, a non-profit foundation dedicated to education and preservation of ancient Maya sites
• National Fellow member of The Explorer’s Club
• Director of The Center for 2012 Studies
• Manager of Update2012.com and Alignment2012.com
• Member of The Society for American Archaeology and The Institute of Maya Studies
His work has been featured since 1998 in media produced by ABC Nightline, the U.S. News and World Report, the New York Times, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and NBC’s SyFy Channel. He has taught at numerous institutes and universities nationally and abroad, including the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Antigua Guatemala, the Esalen Institute, Kingsley Hall in London, the Society of Henry XIII in Belgium, the University of Southern Oregon, the New England Antiquities Research Association, the Institute of Maya Studies in Miami, the Society for American Archaeology, and Naropa University. He is also a regular at popular venues such as the Conscious Life Expo, Megalithomania, and the Mind Body Spirit Expo.
Since the 1980s John’s articles have appeared in many magazines, newspapers, websites, journals, and book anthologies, including: The Mystery of 2012 (2007, Sounds True), Forbidden History (2008), You Are Still Being Lied To (2009, Disinformation Company), Towards 2012 (2008, Penguin). His major works include Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 (1998), Galactic Alignment (2002), Unlocking the Secrets of 2012, (3-CD audio program 2007), The 2012 Story (2009), Lord Jaguar’s 2012 Inscriptions (2011), and Reconstructing ancient Maya Astronomy (2012). His books have been translated into twelve languages. His work appeared in a feature profile in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, July 2007.
Since 1995 John has maintained websites dedicated to sharing research and information, mainly about Maya calendrics and cosmology, and the 2012 enigma. The sites have each had a different focus:
This is the primary masthead website, its original appearance configuration – still preserved in the archives – going back to 1995. The trap door into archival levels of the site can be accessed through the “News and Updates” tab.
By 2009 it was clear that a dedicated site was necessary, to address the misleading media reports on 2012 and john’s work. Much of this emanated from academic critics, where one would expect intelligent and informed discourse to be possible, but unfortunately, professional Maya scholars were largely blinded by an irrational desire to mitigate everything related to 2012 – including my 20 years of research. Here, on Update2012.com, I provide fact-based responses to critics and clarify distorted media reports.
This is the dedicated website for his 2009 book with Tarcher/Penguin, The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History. It includes a video interview with my Penguin editor, Mitch Horowitz, endorsements, upcoming events, and a piece he wrote for the media called “Your guide to 2012.”
In 2009 he decided to launch a research think-tank to share the ongoing research notes and essays on the emerging evidence for how the ancient Maya thought about 2012. Much of this revolved around the “2012″ text on Tortuguero Monument 6 and the academic reaction to his presentation at the 75th Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. He had a growing file of treatments of various Maya inscriptions and decided to simply share the ongoing findings. By the end of 2012 there were over two dozen essays.
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