A Brief Retrospective on the Last Great Year
BY DAVID S. LEWIS
As our readers know, we often deal with history, what went down in the past, so that we might understand the foundation upon which we now stand. But what about prehistory—that’s history too, just not recorded, at least not in the conventional sense?
A lot happened in prehistory (obviously) and we contend here that exactly what did happen is far from settled, and that whatever did go down is important, in a past is prologue sort of way, to people in Montana and everywhere else.
Now that 2012 has arrived, let’s take the long view of the past, that foundation of our own present. It’s of course never been 2012 before, but that which will happen this year, specifically on Dec. 21, has happened before, about 26,000 years ago. And so, it’s history.
You see, as the earth turns on its axis, it slowly wobbles like a top set a bit off kilter, but taking 25,800 years to complete one rotation of the wobble, something you would never realize here under the Big Sky or anywhere else unless you had sophisticated astronomical knowledge. Doing so, the wobble causes the apparent gradual westward shift of the equinox sunrise as experienced by earthly observers, or precession.
On Earth, this wobbling gives the impression that the sun rises against a background of different constellations as the centuries unfold. The result is that the equinox sun will soon be rising in Aquarius, rather than Pisces as it has for 2,000 years. And at winter solstice this year, again after 25,800 years, the wobble causes a rare event to take place—over a period of 36 years, the earth, the sun, and the galactic core align, marking one full passing of a Great Year and the proverbial end of the Mayan Calendar—computed at a time when the ancients, or their predecessors, somehow looked deep into the center of the Milky Way, through the Dark Rift, and perceived the core, and with it the origin of time and cycles, in that all proceeds from that cosmic center, every atom, every particle in our world, from a black hole (perhaps) or a worm hole, or whatever it is that rests in that enormous mysterious place—some say a portal to another dimension, beyond time, one that corresponds to the source of all things at the center of the universe, the Big Bang, and the beginning.
Marking time in this way transcends the concept as held by most people, yet this cycle of time, the 25,800 years, is nevertheless in play, then and now, and much has happened in the interval between then and now. And what has intrigued certain independent thinkers is that ancient cultures such as the Maya, the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the culture of ancient India, and others, all seemed to have known about precession and the 25,800 year cycle, as if that knowledge had been passed down from an even more ancient civilization, a knowledge that would have required sophisticated calculations of celestial mechanics far beyond what is attributed to peoples that lived so long ago, especially those who would have just emerged from the Stone Age—and then somehow, incomprehensibly, built the Great Pyramid, for example, a feat that would have necessitated a foundation of culture, engineering, and technology accumulated over thousands of years. Likewise, ancient city structures in Tihuanaco, Bolivia, and elsewhere, display celestial alignments and massive sophisticated stoneworks the cutting and moving of which (200 tons each) required advanced capabilities and technologies wholly at odds with the timeline of a supposedly primitive humanity—the Out of Africa scenar-io, monkeys coming down from the trees and then slowly evolving into us. Or as John Major Jenkins put it in his book Maya Cosmogenesis:
“This revisioning [of prehistory] has fought a persistent bias that survives in the assumptions of scholars as well as laypeople. Were our ancestors primitive, graceless cave dwellers, unaware of their relationship to the larger cosmos? Or did they gaze into the night sky with an appreciation for the majesty of it all, possessing insights into cosmic processes that are now lost to us? The new perspective championed by many independent thinkers favors the latter view.”
Consider the city-like structure in Bolivia dated to 15,000 BC by Arthur Posnansky, who spent most of his life studying the matter in situ, and his conclusions were supported by experts at the time, in the 1920s, but are now considered heresy. And in the 1990s, Robert Schoch of Boston University (who earned his Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics at Yale University) had the audacity to redate the Great Sphinx of Egypt, owing to the simple fact that the base of that monument is obviously eroded by rainwater—an occurrence that would had to have taken place in prehistory when the Sahara Desert was wet, pushing construction of the Sphinx (or the base) way, way back in time, and throwing a monkey wrench into doctrines about humanity’s development. How, after all, could human beings be slowly evolving from a primitive ancestry, scraping around in the dirt, as it were, when they were at the same time constructing civilizations rooted in developed cultures that must have themselves taken thousands of years to evolve? Hueyatlaco, furthermore, is a site in Mexico where sophisticated human-made tools were found in strata that multiple peer reviewed studies dated to 250,000 years ago, a heresy that scuttled careers and livelihoods.
Why do we discuss such topics here? —Because it goes to who we are, something essential, and because we rarely accept what we’re told without question or that which is arrived at by political consensus (think man-made warming). We prefer, instead, to stir up trouble, to weigh dogma against common sense, even intuition, and hope that you do too. It also give us something to do across the long, dark winter nights of Montana, halfway between the equator and the pole.
Hope the next Great Year, 2012 and beyond, brings the realization of your dreams.