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Extracts from the diagnosis2012 review (dotcodotukslashgildothtm):
Adrian Gilbert's new book, 2012: Mayan Year of Destiny. It was published in the UK with the title: The End of Time: The Mayan Prophecies Revisited. The sub-title on the UK edition is: December 21st 2012 - Is This the End of the World as We Know It? Gilbert's bestseller, The Mayan Prophecies, co-authored with Maurice Cotterell, was published eleven years ago in 1995. John Major Jenkins pointed out in his unabridged review, (see alignment2012 website) that the detailed graphs in the book don't actually show significant termination points at the end of the 13-baktun cycle. Also, the explanation given in The Mayan Prophecies for the abandonment of the cities - a fertility drop due to solar radiation - actually corresponds to a time when the Classic era civilization was at its height, 200-300 years before the cities were abandoned. A third fault of the book uncovered by Jenkins, was the statement that the start-point of the 13-baktun cycle coincided with the Birth of Venus - Gilbert presumed that Venus was rising after its period of invisibility, having apparently seen it on his Skyglobe astronomy software. However, Venus was actually approaching the end of its 263-day period of visibility and was five days away from its heliacal set - a fact that I checked myself on two different astronomy programs. Another fault I found was that the figures given for the rotation periods of the solar equatorial and polar magnetic fields vary significantly from published figures, resulting in a 1,000-year error in the graphs (see Beyond 2012 p.294, note 7). All these errors mean that The Mayan Prophecies fails as an explanation of the Maya calendars and prophecies.
This is a bad start for a book that is a follow-up to The Mayan Prophecies. However, Gilbert admits (p.18 and note 1 p.319), that he regrets the inclusion in The Mayan Prophecies of Cotterell's theories on the Lid of Palenque, in which secret codes were said to have been found on the lid of Lord Pacal's sarcophagus, by sliding transparent acetates around on each other, which had sketches of the lid printed on them. He says this damaged the credibility of the sunspot cycle theories. He also says that in the period since the publication of The Mayan Prophecies, he has read up on more recent archaeological findings, including the work of Linda Schele, and he admits that "there were also undoubted weaknesses in our approach" (p.17). unfortunately, Gilbert does not address the errors pointed out to him by John Major Jenkins, (though he does avoid mentioning those parts of the theory) nor does he mention Jenkins or reference him in the text. He does mention Jenkins' book, Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 in the bibliography, and refers many times to the Galactic Alignment event (referring to it as the opening of the star-gate), that Jenkins showed to be behind the timing of the 13-baktun cycle end-point, but he doesn't seem to have read all of MC2012, because his analysis of the Pyramid of Kukulcan is rather unremarkable compared to Jenkins' revelation of an encoded Pleiades-zenith conjunction.
The End of Time, like Gilbert's other books, assumes that Edgar Cayces' prophecies are correct, and that the destruction of Atlantis was at the end of a previous world era - a destruction that is due to be repeated at the end of the current era, targeted by the Maya at 2012. However, the doom and gloom has been tempered by input from Carlos Barrios, J.J.Hurtak and Jose Arguelles. since the SOHO satellite was launched, after the publication of The Mayan Prophecies, and it has become apparent that solar activity is ramping up considerably, Gilbert takes this as a sign that he was on to something with his Sunspot/Maya calendar theory, but fortunately, spares us all the dodgy graphs, charts and number crunching, which he included in that book.
Apart from the travelogue, the repetitions from The Mayan Prophecies, and long quotes from the Plato dialogues, what else is in this book? There is a detailed account of the discoveries of early explorers, the map of Teotihuacan as another terrestrial version of Orion's belt (like the pyramids of Giza, Egypt), as previously revealed by Morton and Thomas in their Mystery of the Crystal Skulls, plus the recognition that the ancient Britons also constructed Thornborough Henge as a terrestrial Orion's belt (see Beyond 2012 p.209-210 and p.262). The main item of interest is the discovery, from reading Linda Schele, that the Maya had a creation myth in which the three stones of creation (represented in the house by three hearth stones) were laid at the start of the current age in 3114 BC, and that these were represented in the sky by one of the belt stars of Orion, and the two below, forming a triangle. There is another creation myth (apart from the one in which One Hunahpu is reborn in the mouth of the jaguar-toad, representing the dark rift of the Milky Way), in which One Hunahpu, the solar deity (who also has a form as the maize god), is reborn from the back of a turtle. This turtle has three stars on its back and is located in Orion (some sources say Gemini). This is close to the other star gate, as Gilbert calls the intersection of the ecliptic with the Milky Way, which he centres on the hand of Orion (Jenkins discusses this on p.116-119 and p.284-285 of MC2012). What Gilbert finds amazing is that, as he pointed out in The Orion Mystery, Osiris is associated with Orion, and is a god of corn. From this, he deduces that there was extra-terrestrial contact between the Egyptians, and gods from Orion, and that the same thing applies to the Maya. From his contact with J. J. Hurtak, he concludes they traveled in soul form in a Merkabah, since the stars of Orion are between 65 and 545 light years away. The same is concluded for the builders of Thornborough Henge.
Gilbert concludes that the Maya calendar was given to the Maya by intelligent spirits who visited the earth from outer space, and that they probably plan to return in 2012.
There are one or two interesting anecdotes in The End of Time - one of which concerns the Davenport Stele - a calendar stone found in a burial mound in 1874, which is inscribed in three scripts - Egyptian hieroglyphs, Iberian-Punic and Libyan, and is evidence of early transatlantic contact. However, these are widely thought to be fakes - see link in online review). Another interesting sequence was a transcription of Gilbert's second visit to Don Jose Diaz Bolio, who gave Gilbert some Crotallus durissus skins, and there is a photo comparing the skin to a pattern on a Maya pyramid showing the undoubted origin. Bolio pointed out that the rattlesnake changes its teeth every 20 days, which gave the Maya the Uinal period. However, Uinal also means man, so the 20 fingers and toes theory still holds water.
For a list of errors, see the online review at diagnosis2012 website.
In conclusion, there are a few interesting bits in the book, and its not a bad read, but it doesn't contribute much that is new to the 2012 question....
By the way, the "tips for survival" advertised in the blurb amount to this: put some tinned food, pasta and grain in your loft and avoid living in low-lying areas.