Five more months and then?

With over 20 years defining and debating the issues, John Major Jenkins is best known for his works as a researcher and author that theorize certain astronomical and esoteric connections of the calendar systems used by the Maya civilizations of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. His work is specifically associated with 2012 millenarianism. His is one of the most outspoken voices in promoting the idea that when the ancient Maya calendar ends on December 21, 2012, there will be big changes on our Big Blue Marble.

John Jenkins is a speaker at the upcoming Telluride Mushroom Festival, Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 19. He is featured along with other luminaries in the field all things fungal and enthogenic, among them, keynote speaker Gary Lincoff, Dr. Emanuel Salzman, Bill Adams, Linnea Gillman, Daniel Winkler, David Rose, John Winslow, Kat Harrison, Amelia Free, Lindamarie Luna, Katrina Blair, Hiroki Ide, Miguel Logghe, Jo Norris, Naomi & Ahtem Salzman, Britt Bunyard, Rick Hollinbeck, Jaime Cobb, Sky & Mesa Hollinbeck, Larry Evans, Sarah Pletts, Ruby Siegel, Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain and others.

Informed by innovative field work at key archaeological sites and inspired by living and working among the Highland Maya, John’s 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  unprecedented “galactic alignment theory” is now receiving new support from recent discoveries in the Maya inscriptions. While integrating the scientific and spiritual viewpoints, John honors contemporary calendar Maya tradition and the ancient Maya vision of a unified cosmos.

John Jenkins is the advisory director and founding member of The Maya Conservancy, a non-profit foundation dedicated to education and preservation of ancient Maya sites. He is National Fellow member of The Explorer’s Club, director of The Center for 2012 Studies, Manager of and, a member of The Society for American Archaeology and and honorary member of 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.

Since the 1980s John’s articles have appeared in many magazines, newspapers, websites, and book anthologies, including: “The Mystery of 2012” (2007, Sounds True), “You Are Still Being Lied To” (2009, Disinformation Company), “Towards 2012” (2008, Penguin). His best known books are “Maya Cosmogenesis 2012” (1998), “Galactic Alignment” (2002), “Unlocking the Secrets of 2012,” (3-CD audio program 2007), and “The 2012 Story” (2009). The books have been translated into 10 languages.  John’s work appeared in a feature profile in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, July 2007.

At Shroomfest, John Major Jenkins is scheduled to speak about how sacred plants were involved in the formulation of the Long Count/2012 calendar, at the early Maya site of Izapa some 2100 years ago. Based on a chapter in “Maya Cosmogenesis 2012,” John will also discuss the larger context of “psychedelic cosmologies” among South American cultures.

His second presentation shares his research into Lord Jaguar, who used the 2012 date in strange and wonderful ways. John will also read from his poetic composite rendering of the six relevant texts, bringing the stiff hieroglyphic decipherment of Maya scholars into a realm of readability.

John’s third presentation explores the Finnish symbol called the Sampo, at once a cosmological metaphor for the sky and an image of the Amanita mushroom. He will also read from the Finnish Kalevala and discuss Siberian shamanism.

And, of course, in this year 2012, John Major Jenkins will explain what 2012 meant to the ancient Maya.

To learn more about John and preview his talks, click the “play” button and listen to our conversation.

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