Brian Taylor Claims That an Ancient Conspiracy of Elites Is Suppressing the Truth about Astrology and Asteroids
Before we begin today, I’d like to draw your attention to Andy White’s blog where he describes a disturbing case where Ancient American magazine owner Wayne May has hired a treasure hunter and biblical archaeologist to excavate a Hopewell mound site in order to prove that it is the fictitious ancient Jewish citadel of Zarahemla from the Book of Mormon. The archaeologist, John Melancon, claims to be an expert on the lost treasure of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Regular readers will remember the Knights of the Golden Circle as the pro-slavery Confederate group that tried to establish a white supremacist slaveholding empire in Latin America, and the same organization that Scott Wolter, who has car-pooled to the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society meeting with May and ex-Nazi leader Frank Joseph in years past, investigated on America Unearthed. He nodded in agreement when his informant in the episode said that you “have to admire” the group.
On Friday, I wrote about ancient astronaut theorist Giorgio Tsoukalos’s belief that contemplating space aliens could help humanity overcome their differences. Imagine my surprise to find that this month’s “Author of the Month” over at Graham Hancock’s website has much the same idea, only about a lost Ice Age civilization. Will wonders never cease.
Brian Taylor is the author of Language of the Gods, a self-published book released in June that I could not describe better than Hancock himself, who called it a “poignant study on the holistic nature of the universe, of history, and on the human potential to end the consciousness-manipulation of monotheism and the current World Order.” I say I couldn’t do better because that description made no sense, and to judge from Taylor’s article about it on Hancock’s website, neither does the book.
Taylor’s world view is shaped by an all-encompassing belief than an unnamed “elite” have an iron grip on history and plot its permutations to keep humanity divided and therefore passive before their evil power. Citing “planetary energy” and “spiritual perversions,” Taylor argues that this elite have hidden away sacred wisdom known to the ancients but buried beneath the lie of monotheism. “I have suspected for a long time that the real power behind ancient wisdom has been safely guarded by the ruling classes, wisdom which originated from a pre-cataclysmic, advanced civilisation capable of great things, people who understood astronomy and applied it as a practical, holistic, metaphysical science.”
To this end, Taylor is a sort of threadbare Dirk Gently, using his holistic detection not so much in service of “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” per se but rather to argue that an evil cult of world-controllers utilizes “metaphysics and astrology” (no, seriously… astrology) to suppress the interconnectedness of things to keep ordinary, everyday folks oppressed and repressed. Naturally, he also believes that “Darwinism” is a hideous lie created by … whom, exactly? The monotheists tend toward creationism, and yet they are also the enemy. Their ways are quite confusing, with layers upon layers of contradictory mysteries designed to keep us all mystified.
This whole mystification occurs to hide a spectacularly improbable “truth.” Taylor argues that human consciousness is tied to the astrological cycle of the Great Year, better known as the precession of the equinoxes, whereby the wobble of the Earth’s axis gradually causes the stars to seem to rotate backward one degree every 71.6 years. Thus, the changing constellations against which the sun rises on the spring equinox (in the northern hemisphere) help to shape how clearly people can think about metaphysics. In turn, because Precession takes approximately 25,800 years (but not exactly because the Earth’s axial rotation varies over time), and the orbit of the Sirius star system in elliptical binary with our sun takes the same 25,800 years, then Sirius delivers cosmic doom: “The book explores the idea that every 25,800 years our solar system and the Sirius star system move closer together, and that the gravitational and electromagnetic influence of the Sirius system on our comparatively small solar system is so profound that it has the potential to cause cataclysms of biblical proportions.”
Take a moment to consider that. A star so distant that it takes its light nearly nine years to reach us can affect the orbits of comets and asteroids here in ways that the Sun and Jupiter and all the other heavenly bodies close by do not. Sirius is 8.6 light years from Earth, and yet it holds more influence than the triple star system of Alpha Centauri, just 4.4 light years from Earth.
There is a persistent fringe theory that the Sun and Sirius are part of a binary star system. It was, as best I can tell, proposed by Taylor’s direct source, Walter Cruttenden, in his book Lost Star of Myth and Time (2006). Cruttenden claimed, largely without evidence, that “the Great cycle of ages, and the phenomenon of precession itself, was supposed to be the result of our Sun revolving around a ‘dual star’. In modern terms this would mean that our Sun is part of a binary system, gravitationally linked to another star.” He needs some rather tortured arguments to make that case, particularly since the precession of the equinoxes wasn’t discovered until Hellenistic times and has no relationship with the Platonic Great Year, and there is little support for a 24,000-year (or 25,800, or whatever) cycle in ancient cultures. Indeed, in Taylor’s version, he applies Hindu cycles to the precessional cycle to argue for a rise and fall of consciousness in time with the cycle; yet, the Hindu cycles are not contained within 25,800 years but 4.32 million years, prompting him to discount the numbers wholesale.
There isn’t much point in continuing on. It’s clear that Taylor is merely derivative, an acolyte of Cruttenden and Hancock who became enamored of astrology and struggles to match Hancock’s gloom and doom vision of periodic civilizational destruction by comet to the spiritual transformation of astrological cycles.
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