“The Maya prophecy for 2012 is literally verified in a person who appeared, ruled, and ruined so much while seeking to exercise great control over humanity, all in service to his own selfish purposes. The prophesied appearance of Seven Macaw came to pass, and his name was George W. Bush” (Jenkins 2009:320)
According to Jenkins the Popol Vuh describes fairly general/archetypal events and persons that will occur at the end of a World Age. We are near the end of such a World Age according to Jenkins’s interpretation of Maya cosmology and he therefore singles out Bush as the worst of many Seven Macaws (people driven by greed, egocentrism and megalomania). Some of these Seven Macaws are also corporations. Jenkins chooses some historical examples when “legions of tyrants appear at the later, degraded phases of a civilization” (p 326). He singles out the Roman emperors and particularly Caligula “whose corruption in the decadent demise of the Roman empire is legendary” (p 326). I do not want to be picky but Caligula (AD 37-41) was the third of 147 Roman emperors that reigned before the division of the empire in AD 395. He can therefore hardly be seen as responsible for the demise of the empire. Such minor details appear not to bother Jenkins (and I can mention several other corrupted persons during the “height” of civilization). Did the “fall” of the Roman empire end a World Age? Hardly not the one visualized by Jenkins anyway (but if so each “civilization” makes up a World Age). Jenkins idealized worldview is not intended to be rational (it is supposed to be transrational). It therefore takes on a greater transcendent/arborescent perspective and orders everything under some archetypes/master-signifiers found in Aldous Huxley’s work on perennial philosophy. Jenkins is just another person who believes he thinks outside the (rational) box. He continues:
“If the definitive downfall of Bush-style politics was a manifestation of the Maya prophecy of the rise and demise of Seven Macaw, it’s hard to not to see Obama as the fulfillment of the second part of the Maya prophecy-namely, the restoration of the true ruler and the emergence of a unity consciousness represented by One Hunahpu” (Jenkins 2009:326f)
True ruler? Of the world or the USA? This is a typical USA-centered approach like so much else of the 2012 phenomenon. It turns out that Jenkins, despite all discussion of galactic alignment, precession of equinoxes, Atlantis (yes, it shows up in this book, not as a sunken continent but as an astronomical event halfway through the precession cycle when there is an alignment between the Milky Way and the summer solstice), it turns out that he is just another of the 2012 prophets. However, contrary to the majority of them, he can build upon his ideas after 2012 as well.
Jenkins, John Major (2009). The 2012 Story. Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, New York.