(From Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine, issue 32, Winter 2012-13)
Back in 2006, together with Christopher Knight I published my most unusual book to date. The cover asked ‘Who Built the Moon?’ but despite such an apparently provocative title it was no joke. Looking at our part of the solar system with totally open eyes we turned our attention on just about the most peculiar celestial body imaginable – Earth’s Moon.
Our previous research had led us to recreate the most potent and ancient measuring systems used by our ancient ancestors. In Civilization One, we had shown conclusively that people living as long as 5,000 years ago had understood the true dimensions of the Earth and had created an integrated system of measurement that spanned distance, time, volume and mass. They had used a very specific unit of measurement, which has come to be known as the Megalithic Yard. It was 82.966 centimetres in length and it was a truly geodetic unit – in other words it divided into the polar circumference of the Earth in a known, logical and entirely planned way.
Civilization One proved to be a very popular book. Its implications took us around the world and introduced us to a wealth of individuals who shared our fascination with humanity’s generally unappreciated and illustrious past. As the saying goes, ‘that might have been that’, except for one niggling fact that we could not get out of our minds. We had discovered, almost accidentally, that the same simple but potent measurements that had worked so well on the Earth, were just as applicable to the Moon – our own companion in space!
The more we looked at the Moon, the greater was our sense of astonishment at what has been described by astronomers as being the most unlikely planetary body imaginable.
The more we looked at the Moon, the greater was our sense of astonishment at what has been described by astronomers as being the most unlikely planetary body imaginable. It turns out that the Moon is so absolutely crucial to the Earth that for a dozen different reasons, without it, the Earth would be a dead piece of rock, spinning uncontrollably in space. Life could never have evolved here and yet the Moon itself is so amazingly odd that it should not exist at all. Put very simply the Moon is too big, but too light in mass; it orbits the Earth in a most peculiar way, at an unbelievable distance and most incredible of all, despite the protestations of science, there is no truly reasonable explanation for how it got to be there. After two years of diligent research we were left with an irrevocable conclusion that horrified even us: the Moon simply had to be an artificially created object, which had been placed in orbit around the Earth to do exactly what it has done. The Moon keeps the Earth stable on its orbit, has slowed it to a reasonable speed; it regulates the Earth’s critical angle of inclination and prevents the Earth’s crust from hardening into a solid mass, as has happened on Venus and Mars.
All of this is what led to the writing of Who Built the Moon?, a book for which we made no apology at the time and of which we are still inordinately proud. Of course this begs an important question. If the Moon really is an artificially engineered body, someone or something must have made it, and therein lay our greatest dilemma. In Who Built the Moon?, we came up with three possible alternatives. The maker of the Moon could have been God, altruistic aliens or humanity itself. To my way of thinking only one of these options makes sense. After all, we don’t know for sure if God exists and we have no proof that aliens are a reality or that they have ever visited our planet. On a balance of probabilities, only humanity stands as the prime candidate for the building of the Moon.
But how could this be so? The Moon is quite clearly 4.6 billion years old. There is no doubt it was created from the surface material of the Earth soon after the planet came into existence, whereas humanity has only been around in its present form for a few hundred thousand years. Common sense suggested that the only way humanity could have built its own Moon would be if technologically adept humans from the future could go back in time to undertake the task. Science fiction aside, everyone knows that time travel is impossible – don’t they?
Common sense suggested that the only way humanity could have built its own Moon would be if technologically adept humans from the future could go back in time to undertake the task.
In fact this isn’t the case. There is nothing in physics to say we can’t travel in time. Even the regularly stated paradoxes of time travel wouldn’t apply if we were going back to fulfil something that had actually taken place. It’s a philosophical blockbuster, it would be extremely difficult and fearfully costly, but there is nothing to suggest it is impossible.
The more I looked, the more feasible it seemed. What is more the whole contemplation appeared to answer dozens of questions that have plagued me throughout my whole writing career. That is because humanity’s past has been so odd, and filled with all manner of peculiarities that are almost impossible to explain. And then came a great realisation: humanity would only go back and create its own Moon if it had proof positive that the job needed to be done – it required a whole series of clues spread throughout history to make us see the situation for what it really is.
And that is what my new book Intervention is all about. It looks at our past through new eyes. It explains such apparent phenomena as alien visitation, pre-existent civilizations, paradoxical historical puzzles and even the origin of life itself through entirely new eyes. When viewed from my new point of view everything that puzzled me before now slips neatly into place as a series of messages in bottles that tells us succinctly and at exactly the right time in our evolution what was done, and so therefore what we ‘will’ do.
It is true that this may turn out to be the most unusual book you will ever read…
It is true that this may turn out to be the most unusual book you will ever read, though it is not a novel, nor is it fiction of any sort. All I have done is to look at a host of happenings and situations from the past that fascinate most of us, but with an entirely different mind-set and whilst thinking what only a year or two ago would have seemed to be the unthinkable.
It isn’t going to be at all easy and it will take the ingenuity and co-operation of all humanity to create a planet – but it will be done one day. It must be done because the alternative is unthinkable. The only real paradox remaining is what will happen to all we are and everything we have been if we fail to take note of the messages we have so carefully left ourselves. I prefer not to contemplate the alternatives. The Moon does exist, and every successive eclipse offers me the reassurance that it is a deliberately engineered object and that humanity is totally responsible for its presence. Intervention will be published in October of 2012 and whether or not it is accepted as a plausible explanation, I hope it will start people thinking about our true destiny as a species.
INTERVENTION: How Humanity from the Future has Changed Its Own Past by Alan Butler, published by Watkins Publishing, Hardback (272 pages). Also available: Civilization One: The World is Not as You Thought it Was and Who Built the Moon?, both by Christopher Knight & Alan Butler, published by Watkins Publishing.
Alan Butler is an engineer, who became fascinated by history, and also became an expert in astrology and astronomy. He has researched ancient cultures, pagan beliefs and comparative religion and has published four successful books about the Knights Templar and the Grail legend. Alan will be giving a talk on his new book Intervention at Watkins Books, on December 5, more details here.