AngelicView: This is an incredibly fascinating article – but long. So I’m going to split it up into parts.
The Stargate of Atlantis
by William Henry
The British historian and novelist H.G.Wells put it best when he once observed,
“There is magic in names and the mightiest among these words of magic is Atlantis… it is as if this vision of a lost culture touched the most hidden thought of our soul.”
Of course, by far the most illustrious of all the voices in the Atlantis choir was Plato (c. 427-347 BC) who, repeating the story of his cousin’s excursion into Egypt, reintroduced the epic story of Atlantis to the collective human imagination. He is the father of ‘Atlantology’.
According to Manly P. Hall, Plato, whose real name was Aristocles, was initiated in the mysteries in Egypt at the age of 49. His tale of Atlantis appears in Timaeus, in which Critias tells Socrates how, visiting the Egyptian capital Plato’s ancestor Solon (c. 640BC) was told by a priest:
“Oh, Solon, Solon, you Greeks are all children, and there is no such thing as an old Greek. … You are all young in mind; you have no belief rooted in old tradition and no knowledge hoary with age. … In our temples we have preserved from earliest times a written record of any great or splendid achievement or notable event which has come to our ears, whether it occurred in your part of the world or here or anywhere else; whereas with you and others, writing and the other necessities of civilization have only just been developed when the periodic scourge of the deluge descends, and spares none but the unlettered and uncultured, so that you have to begin again like children, in complete ignorance of what happened in our part of the world or in yours in early times. So these genealogies of your own people which you were just recounting are little more than children’s stories. … The age of our institutions is given in our sacred records as eight thousand years ……”
from ‘Prolegomenon To Amenemope’
Plato, who is considered one of the world’s greatest scholars, left little room to doubt that he subscribed wholeheartedly to the historicity of Atlantis and repeated cataclysms.
Nine thousand years before Plato’s conversation was recorded (c. 400 B.C.) a war took place between an ancient pristine Athens and Atlantis. At that time Atlantis was an island ‘larger than Libya and Asia put together’ that was overcome by earthquakes. It is the source, says Plato, of the impenetrable mud, which prevents passage beyond the Pillars of Heracles and across the Atlantic.
Plato’s description of Atlantis came shortly after the Jews were in exile in Babylon (c.600 B.C.) and were taking history lessons from Sumerian texts that contained the missing pre-history to the Hebrew Book of Genesis. These texts speak of a massive cataclysm that destroyed an advanced race. They tell how the Sumerian gods Enki and Ninharsag intervened in the evolution of humanity and created an advanced civilization that was destroyed and how they assisted in the long march to renewing civilization. These beings were the Shining Ones of Eden and early biblical times. In Plato’s Atlantis story Enki became Poseidon, the ruler of the Atlantis.
For more than three thousand years, people have been magnetically attracted and bedazzled by Plato’s story of Enki/Poseidon’s island Empire of Atlantis and have either dismissed it as mere legend or have transformed this story into true hidden history.
Many feel that Atlantis is purely fable or a metaphor and that the ‘water’ that destroyed it is simply a symbol for a new wisdom that replaced the old.
Those who dismiss the tale of Atlantis are of Aristotle’s school. He compared his teacher’s story with that of Homer’s narrative of the wall which the Greeks were said to have constructed to protect mythical Troy, but which was destroyed by divine intervention. Aristotle’s belief was that bothHomer’s tale of Troy and Plato’s Atlantis were inventions of storytellers seeking to embellish their story lines.
Aristotle claimed that Plato sank the island so that it could never be found. With Homer’s Iliad as his guide, Heinrich Schliemann went hunting forancient Troy in 1870. When he found it new life was breathed into the belief that Atlantis was also an actual place.
Balancing Aristotle’s view on Atlantis was Crantor (c. 300 B.C.), the first editor of Plato’s Timaeus. To him Plato’s story was literally and historically accurate. According to some sources, he even sent investigators to Egypt to verify the sources. Allegedly, Egyptian priests claimed records found on still standing ‘pillars’ verified the story of Atlantis.
Egypt is certainly the land of pillars. The stout columns of Karnak are unforgettable. Truly awe-inspiring are those three mysterious ancient pillars we call the pyramids of Giza, clumped together on the plateau of the gods. They represent a high science and industry capable of creating a nearly indestructible edifice. Are these the pillars of record?
Despite the fact that nearly two thousand books have been written about Atlantis in the twentieth century — many written about the Atlantean origin of the Egyptian, Sumerian, Indo-Aryan, and native South American civilizations — we may never be able to prove to some that Atlantis existed. Still,Atlantis reminds us of all that was once great about the human race, and can be great again. It is a state of mind, guided by the gods, glued together by far-flung ideas and a large measure of hope.
Here’s the essential story of Atlantis as told by Plato.
“Once upon a time,” Plato begins in Critias, “ the gods divided up the Earth between them.”
Each took a territory and having done so populated it with humans, “theircreatures and children.” The gods looked after human kind as shepherds look after their flocks, he notes, using mental telepathy to guide and persuade the mortal creatures in their care.
Poseidon’s share of the god’s earthly spoils was Atlantis and he settled the children born to him by a mortal woman in a particular district of it. At the center of the island, near the sea, on the most beautiful plain was a hill. Here there lived one of the original earth born inhabitants called Evenor, and his wife Leucippe. They had an only child, a daughter named Cleito. She was just of marriageable age when her parts died, and Poseidon was attracted by her and had intercourse with her. He fortified the hill where she was living by enclosing it in concentric rings of sea and land, making the place inaccessible to other humans. He equipped the central island with godlike lavishness.
Poseidon begot five pairs of male twins, brought them up and divided the island of Atlantis into ten parts, which he distributed between them. His oldest son, Atlas, was given his mother’s home district. Atlantis is named for Atlas. In the center was a shrine to Poseidon and Cleito, surrounded by a golden wall through which entry was forbidden.
For many generations, Plato tells us, a ‘divine element’ in the nature of the hybrid children of Atlantis survived. They retained a certain greatness of mind and enjoyed a high standard of living and lives of impeccable character.
But then, the divine element in them became weakened by frequent admixture with mortal stock and their human traits became predominant. They ceased to be able to carry their prosperity with moderation, says Plato. The degenerative strain began to covet power and unbridled ambition.
The god of gods, Zeus, whose eye can see such things, became aware of the wretched state of this admirable stock. He decided to punish them and reduce them to order by discipline.
He accordingly summoned all the gods to his own most glorious abode, which stands at the center of the universe and looks out over the whole realm of change, and when they had assembled addressed them as follows.
Here, Plato’s dialog cuts off. From this brief synopsis we have learned that the gods came to earth, mated with humans, created a new race of hybrid god-men, and built a protective enclosure for them at the center of Atlantis. After this race achieved a high degree of civilization it began to degenerate because of a dilution of ‘divine essence’.
Zeus, living in the center of the universe, destroys Atlantis.
I have investigated this ‘divine essence’ in my book Oracle of the Illuminati. It was also the primary subject of Gnostic text known as the Hypostasis of the Archons or The Reality of the Rulers. In short, the Gnostics believed humans possess a divine particle that is jealously coveted by a class of beings called archons or rulers. We have it. They don’t.
They want it.
The magical name ‘Atlantis’, I will contend, refers to more than just a vanished land (bridge) between Europe and America or a global kingdom that may soon arise. It is our constant craving, an irrepressible ideal; a word-symbol that conjures visions of ancient glory – a divine element — that was lost.
Atlantis is meant to be the guiding myth of human civilization. It is the great Phoenix-bird of myths — immolating and reconstituting over and over again. Like a psychological angel or demon relegated to the deepest recesses of the subconscious, it will rise again.
The question is when.
As evidenced by their use of stellar symbolism in their religious art the initiates of ancient times knew of the precession of the equinoxes, a time-keeping system which divides a 26,000 year ‘Great Year’ into 12 astrological ‘new ages’ of approximately 2,150 years each. They predicted that humanity would make a quantum leap to a new rung of evolution’s golden spiral during the Age of Pisces, which commenced during the time ofJesus and another in the second millennium AD at the beginning of the Age of Aquarius.
Time reveals everything.
(To be Continued in Part II)