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

By Joscelyn Godwin

Looking to resolve some of the interpretations of Atlantis and its kindred myths of Lemuria and Mu, Professor Joscelyn Godwin exhibits how the legends of Atlantis cross hand-in-hand with the concept that of cyclical historical past, equivalent to the Vedic process of the 4 Yugas, the Mayan calendar with its 2012 end-date, the theosophical method of root races, and the precession of the equinoxes.

This learn completely studies 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 similar subject matters of reincarnation, human evolution, the origins of race, and disaster theory.

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He writes: Atlantis, as described by Plato, has never been found by anyone anywhere, and it seems that it never will be. But it was the Mediterranean, with its ancient civilizations, its conflicts, and its tectonic activity, that inspired Plato. It is the Mediterranean, with its sunken harbors and cities, that can still reveal many surprises. Many parts of its floor remain to be explored. indd 33 11/1/10 4:56:45 PM 34 a Atlantis of the Rationalists ancient civilization competing with the Phoenicians, the Cretans, or the Carthaginians, or, later, even with the Greeks and the Romans.

131 This survey of the rational Atlantologists deserves a rational conclusion. The need to theorize and explain is a psychological trait that can lead, at the extreme, to a dissociation from reality and a humorless conviction of one’s own special status. indd 34 11/1/10 4:56:46 PM Atlantis of the Rationalists a 35 they, and they alone, had put a stake through the heart of the matter. The fact that it now looks like a pincushion gives one pause. But every one of these authors has found something of value and contributed in some way to knowledge of the distant human past.

As for how Antarctica acquired its covering of ice, Hapgood’s earlier book had argued that the Earth’s crust periodically slips around like a loose orange peel, while the inner bulk of it continues to rotate around the same axis. This puts different places at the poles, or, from another viewpoint, the poles migrate, and wherever they are, an ice cap is liable to build up, as it has done over Antarctica. Therefore the mapping in question must have been done before the last slippage, which in turn explains the catastrophes that destroyed that worldwide maritime civilization.

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