Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations
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A comprehensive study of the major occult writings on Atlantis
• Fully examines the many occult teachings on Atlantis, including those from G. I. Gurdjieff, Madame Blavatsky, Julius Evola, Edgar Cayce, Fabre d’Olivet, and Dion Fortune
• Shows how these writings correlate with the concept of cyclical history, such as the Mayan calendar and 2012, the Age of Aquarius, and the four Yugas
• By a renowned scholar, author, editor, and translator of more than 30 books
Atlantis has held a perennial place in the collective imagination of humanity from ancient Greece onward. Many of the great minds of the occult and esoteric world wrote at length on their theories of Atlantis--about its high culture, its possible location, its ultimate demise, and their predictions of a return to Atlantean enlightenment or the downfall of modern society.
Beginning with a review of the rationalist writings on Atlantis--those that use geographic and geologic data to validate their theories--renowned scholar Joscelyn Godwin then analyzes and compares writings on Atlantis from many of the great occultists and esotericists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Fabre d’Olivet, G. I. Gurdjieff, Guido von List, Julius Evola, Edgar Cayce, Dion Fortune, and René Guénon, whose writings often stem from deeper, metaphysical sources, such as sacred texts, prophecy, or paranormal communication. Seeking to unravel and explain the histories and interpretations of Atlantis and its kindred myths of Lemuria and Mu, the author shows how these different views go hand-in-hand with the concept of cyclical history, such as the Vedic system of the four Yugas, the Mayan calendar with its 2012 end-date, the theosophical system of root races, and the precession of the equinoxes. Venturing broader and deeper than any other book on Atlantis, this study also covers reincarnation, human evolution or devolution, the origins of race, and catastrophe theory.
d Turkey d The Caribbean d Central America d Venezuela d Bolivia d Antarctica d Everywhere d Allegorical d Nowhere T wo The French Esoteric Tradition 36 Delisle de Sales and the Age of the Earth d Fabre d’Olivet’s Philosophical History d Saint-Yves d’Alveydre’s Synarchic History d Edouard Schuré’s Great Initiates d Papus and the Cancerous Moon d Paul Le Cour and the Sacred Heart d Pandora’s Box d Jean Phaure: Return to Tradition Three H. P. Blavatsky and the Early Theosophists 64
No such assumptions are needed by two other allegorical readings of Plato’s Atlantis story: those of John Michell and Ernest McClain. But even though they do not require advanced physics, they rest on the authors’ elaborate mathematical or musical structures, to which no summary can do justice. Michell (1933–2009), an English philosopher and student of anomalous phenomena, interpreted Plato’s numerical myths in The Dimensions of Paradise.112 They are a part of Plato’s writing that classical
rectangular plane with its grid of canals, and in one of the prime locations, too. Arctica Jean-Sylvain Bailly (1736–1793), an eminent astronomer and mayor of Paris who fell victim to the French Revolution, placed Atlantis in the Arctic Circle. Already while writing his history of ancient astronomy, 21 he had concluded that humanity, or at least its most important branch, had originated in the far North. His argument was based on some curious numbers found in Greek, Nordic, and Persian
4:56:58 PM Germanic Atlantology a 155 d The Great Pyramid’s coordinates are 29°58' North, 31°9' East. d A line drawn on the earth’s surface from the Great Pyramid northwest to the Externsteine makes an angle of 51°51' with the 30° line of latitude. d An isosceles triangle with its base as the 30° line of latitude and two of its points at the Great Pyramid and the Externsteine produces a third point at the island of Salvage (Portuguese: Selvagens), at latitude 30°5' North, 15°55' West. d
part of their significance.”1 Julius Evola, prefacing his Revolt Against the Modern World, writes that in traditional studies “all m aterials 157 AtCyTi.indd 157 11/1/10 4:56:58 PM 158 a Two Traditionalists having a ‘historical’ and ‘scientific’ value are the ones that matter the least; conversely, all the mythical, legendary, and epic elements denied historical truth and demonstrative value acquire here a superior validity and become the source for a more real and certain knowledge.” 2