Modern Mythology of the Precession of the Equinoxes

I’d like to alert PaleoBabble readers to Jason Colavito’s series on the modern myth of precession.  Here are the first and second posts.

For those to whom the term “precession” is new, as Jason notes, it is the idea that our lives are controlled by the mechanical movements of the stars caused by the wobble in the earth’s axis and, further, that history is propelled by this cycle, the proof of which is recorded in human myth and religion, as all of that “records” precessional movement via the cycling of the constellations.

Confused? Understandable. Here’s a better and more detailed explanation of the astronomical phenomenon of precession and the idea that it contributed to ancient religions.

 

John Major Jenkins’ “Astrocrud” and the 2012 Mayan Mythology

I found the site “Astrocrud” recently.  Unfortunately, it is poorly designed, so that I cannot directly link to a lot of the things on it for all of you.  Though dated (2006) I wanted to share the author’s criticisms of John Major Jenkins’ astronomical theorizing. Jenkins, of course, is at ground zero of the Maya 2012 nonsense.  Below is the content of the site on this point. If you want to see what else Astrocrud critiques, visit the link.

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(These comments refer to content in Jenkins’s web pages as at 2006 February 13.)
(John Major) Jenkins, in various pages on his web site, has attempted to refute criticism, from here and elsewhere, of his astrocrud. I am not going to attempt to go into detail with respect to all of his attempted refutations. Some are based on Mayan history which I am incompetent to comment upon; there are so many that they almost qualify as a complex question fallacy and, to quote them all would mean quoting such a high proportion of Jenkins’s web site that it would be way beyond what is permitted by Fair Use clauses of copyright legislation (which I prefer to abide by, even if Jenkins — by quoting, in full and without permission, my private correspondence to him — evidently does not).

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Mayan PaleoBabble (The 2012 Hoax)

Well, sort of. This is more the fault of modern people than the Mayans.

I’m talking about the 2012 nonsense of course. Here’s a wonderful link that very thoroughly, and painstakingly, debunks all the Mayan 2012 calendrical predictive paleobabble.  It’s long, but worth the time, at least if you care about “white and nerdy” astronomy and calendrical science.

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A Christmas Suggestion from PaleoBabble

Some of you may have heard me make mention on Coast to Coast AM about “astral prophecy” and its relationship to Revelation 12 and the star of Bethlehem. Here’s an excellent video on that idea. Not expensive either. I watched it recently.  The only thing I’d change would be an explicit mention of the date of the birth of Jesus — September 11, 3 B.C. — and mention of how the dragon of Revelation 12 also works out astronomically.  Pretty cool visuals.

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