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.
thousand years, the period around 12,700 BP (10,700 BCE) keeps coming up as significant, both in the data and in mythology. Among other events, it marks the unexplained extinction of large mammals in North America and the end of the “Age of Virgo” (see chapter 12). This is close to Bauval and Hancock’s “First Time” of 10,500 BCE and to Firestone’s date of cometary impact around 11,000 BCE. AtCyTi.indd 28 11/1/10 4:56:45 PM Atlantis of the Rationalists a 29 As for Atlantis, LaViolette
doctrine, every root race has its own continent. The following extracts give the location of Lemuria and of the fourth continent, Atlantis. It must be noted that Lemuria, which served as the cradle of the Third Root-Race, not only embraced a vast area in the Pacific and AtCyTi.indd 81 11/1/10 4:56:50 PM 82 a H. P. Blavatsky and the Early Theosophists Indian Oceans, but extended in the shape of a horse-shoe past Madagascar, round “South Africa” (then a mere fragment in process of
in the axis came the dreadful Fimbulwinter, (the dire winter of Nordic legend), then floods and changes in the disposition of land and sea. The Aryans migrated south in all directions, bringing their wisdom and their Rita or laws to their new homes. For a long time they lived in “autochthonous” isolation, and only after their population increased did they meet other Aryan waves and form a single people. They named all localities after reminiscences of their polar home.17 This much is a variant of
chronicles of the Aryans’ history. This is evident enough in the Edda, but the Bible has to be stripped of the Judeo-Christian overlay; then it will be found in perfect accord with the Edda and other ancient texts. Wieland is not so extreme as Lanz, whose work he credits without mentioning the sexual material. He was simply convinced that racial AtCyTi.indd 127 11/1/10 4:56:55 PM 128 a Germanic Atlantology purity and its opposite, miscegenation, were the most important factors in human
he was entirely independent of Wirth, and that the presence of many common conclusions can only make them more plausible.66 He adds that Wirth’s explanation of the runes as derived from the course of the year ignores their secret and magical meaning, allowing that this might make Wirth more acceptable in conventionally learned circles. With that rueful thought, Gorsleben died, not even seeing his book in print. In selecting Gorsleben’s passages on Atlantis, I necessarily neglect the bulk of his