Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and by Joscelyn Godwin

By Joscelyn Godwin

Looking to get to the bottom of a number of the interpretations of Atlantis and its kindred myths of Lemuria and Mu, Professor Joscelyn Godwin indicates how the legends of Atlantis cross hand-in-hand with the idea that of cyclical historical past, corresponding to the Vedic approach of the 4 Yugas, the Mayan calendar with its 2012 end-date, the theosophical approach of root races, and the precession of the equinoxes.

This examine completely reports the rationalist and occultist writings on Atlantis together with the paintings of G. I. Gurdjieff, Julius Evola, Edgar Cayce, Dion Fortune, and Rene Guenon. It additionally examines the comparable issues of reincarnation, human evolution, the origins of race, and disaster theory.

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A recent study by three scientists75 confirms the catastrophic theories of these Atlantologists, with convergent evidence from many sources pointing to a date of 13,000 years ago, or circa 11,000 BCE. 76 Besides creating the Carolina Bays and causing earthquakes, ground fires, climate change, magnetic oscillations, and increased radiation,77 this event brought the Ice Age to an end, with all the associated changes in sea level, flooding, and so forth. If any prehistoric “Atlantis” was flourishing beforehand, this provides an incontrovertible cause of its end.

All this is highly educational and entertaining, irrespective of any theories that may come trundling behind. As someone has pointed out, Plato’s Atlantis story has turned out like the buried treasure in Aesop’s fable “The Farmer and his Sons”: there was no treasure buried in his vineyard, but in digging for it the sons so improved the soil that they raised a bumper crop. indd 35 11/1/10 4:56:46 PM T wo The French Esoteric Tradition a Delisle de Sales and the Age of the Earth The later eighteenth century was a heady time for the French intellectual community.

The Trojans), in one day and night earthquakes and floods caused them all to be swallowed up. ” This suggests a scenario very different from the usual one and compatible with local disasters at the end of the Bronze Age. indd 16 11/1/10 4:56:44 PM Atlantis of the Rationalists a 17 of the books treated in this chapter. It is, in fact, that of The Sunken Kingdom by Peter James, an ancient historian who has already been quoted. James deconstructs the mid-Atlantic and the Minoan hypotheses but allows that there must be some truth behind Plato’s account.

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