Atlantis and the Cycles of Time: Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Nov 18, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 448 pages
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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.

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Atlantis, the fabled lost civilization, has fascinated people for ages. Much has been written about it by a variety of authors relying on different sources. Godwin (music, Colgate Univ.) here attempts ... Read full review


Chapter 1 Atlantis of the Rationalists
Chapter 2 The French Esoteric Tradition
Chapter 3 H P Blavatsky and the Early Theosophists
Chapter 4 Later Theosophists
Chapter 5 Germanic Atlantology
Chapter 6 Two Traditionalists
Chapter 7 The Britons
Chapter 8 Some Independents
Chapter 10 Channeling in the New Age
Chapter 11 The Four Ages
Chapter 12 The Precession of the Equinoxes
Conclusion Recurrent Themes of Occult Atlantology

Chapter 9 Channeling in the New World

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Educated at Cambridge and Cornell, Joscelyn Godwin, Ph.D., is a professor of music at Colgate University and the author, editor, and translator of more than 30 books, including Athanasius Kircher’s Theatre of the World. Known for his translations of the works of Fabre d’Olivet and Julius Evola as well as Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, he lives in Hamilton, New York.

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