The much-discussed Dec 21, 2012 is just around the corner. Whether you think it’s the end of days, absolutely nothing or something in between, we want to know what you’d like to do the day before (just in case)! Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you eat? What song would you like to hear?
Follow us on Twitter and send us a tweet @TarcherBooks with your ideal plans. The people with our favorite answers will win THREE Tarcher books: 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck, The 2012 Story by John Major Jenkins and Toward 2012, a collection of essays from various 2012 experts!
December 21, 2012 has been trumpeted as the end of the world as we know it. But are we really in for fire and brimstone? Tarcher authors Daniel Pinchbeck and John Major Jenkins, as well as our Editor-in-Chief Mitch Horowitz, can help better explain the Mayan civilization, their calendar, why it is relevant to us today, and what we should expect in the coming weeks.
Why December 21?
December 21, 2012 is the day the Mayan Long-Form calendar ends, the day that has been studied and talked about since New York Times bestseller 2012: the Return of Quetzalcoatl first brought it to the forefront of public consciousness in 2006.
Some people are calling it the Apocalypse. But Pinchbeck (author of 2012), Jenkins (author of The 2012 Story) and Horowitz see something different on the horizon: an ongoing shift in human culture and consciousness.
In 2012, Pinchbeck recounts his own personal experiences, beginning with an exploration of prophecy, especially the vision of the Mayans. The Mayans were obsessed with time, and according to their Sacred Calendar, the year 2012 marks the end of a “Great Cycle” of more than 5,000 years, and the culmination of larger patterns that appear to go back billions of years. Pinchbeck discovered that a number of theorists, working outside the mainstream of archaeology, make a compelling argument that 2012 could represent a transformation in the nature of human consciousness as well as, potentially, a unified and harmonic global civilization.
While Pinchbeck brought the 2012 phenomenon to the masses, it has long been a
subject of discussion among scholars. As a veteran scholar of Maya studies who has been interviewed by the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and Coast to Coast, among others, John Major Jenkins has worked to dispel 2012 misapprehensions. Even now, many people are confused about what 2012 signifies and where this date originated. Between the doomsday scenarios propagated by Hollywood and the wild-eyed theories of other prophecy enthusiasts, it’s difficult to discern where the truth lies. In THE 2012 STORY: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History, he offers the most comprehensive overview of this phenomenon to date.
Jenkins explores the making of the Mayan calendar and why it ends in 2012; how the calendar was rediscovered and reconstructed today; what cycle endings really meant to the Maya and how we can apply this knowledge to our current times; how the 2012 idea has been interpreted by various scholars and pop culture; and how we can cut through all the noise and gain true wisdom from the Mayan teachings about 2012.
Some of today’s most celebrated thinkers and pioneers in the field of evolving consciousness have theories about what awaits us on December 21st of this year. In addition to Jenkins and Pinchbeck’s theories, the anthology Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age, edited by Pinchbeck and Reality Sandwich editor Ken Jordan, presents a whole other set of perspectives. It culls the most provocative content from their acclaimed website (www.realitysandwich.com) and tackles subjects ranging from shamanism to urban homesteading, the legacy of Carlos Castaneda to Mayan predictions for the year 2012.
Whether or not you believe that something will occur in 2012 or that we stand on the precipice of great spiritual, ecological and financial change, there’s no denying the fact that a growing number of people are tuning in to these possibilities—and that New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pinchbeck has become a leading voice for this cultural movement.
Often referred to as a Timothy Leary for our current age, Pinchbeck is known for examining current issues from an intelligent and countercultural perspective. In Pinchbeck’s highly anticipated new book, Notes From the Edge Times, he explores the “edge realms,” touching upon topics ranging from the financial collapse to our need for a new media paradigm to the meaning of 2012. In the process, he challenges readers to consider some pressing questions:
- “[A]t a time when war has become a ‘permanent social relation,’ and the planet’s life support systems are in jeopardy,” can we really cut ourselves off from political and societal involvement?
- Does our monetary system require a fundamental redesign?
- How can the millions of us who currently practice disciplines such as Buddhism, yoga and Shamanism apply our spiritual ideals in a social movement?
- Can we overcome deeply ingrained cultural stereotypes to spark a new sexual revolution defined by self-awareness and acceptance?
Provocative and unflinching, Notes From the Edge Times not only critically examines the state of modern society; it offers a way forward in this transitional time.
About the Author:
Daniel Pinchbeck is the bestselling author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. He is the coeditor of Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age. Pinchbeck’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, ArtForum, Arthur, and many other publications. He is the editorial director of RealitySandwich.com, cofounder of the community website Evolver, and one of the creators of 2012: Time for Change, a documentary currently debuting in cities across the nation. He lives in New York City.
NOTES FROM THE EDGE TIMES
Tarcher/Penguin hardcover, on-sale Oct 14, 2010
$23.95, ISBN 978-1-58542-837-3
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Tarcher will publish a new book from counterculture icon Daniel Pinchbeck on October 14, 2010. The first book since his 2006 New York Times bestseller 2012, NOTES FROM THE EDGE TIMES collects his most compelling writings on sex, money, beliefs, culture, & the looming question of 2012. Check out the release announcement here.
Read Daniel Pinchbeck’s blog on RealitySandwich.com and stay tuned to the Tarcher Books Video page for our upcoming Tarcher Talks episode with Fishers of Men author Adam Elenbaas and Jonathan Talat Phillips, writer and community director at RealitySandwich.com, as they discuss ayahuasca and holistic health.
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