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Atlantis And The Cycles Of Time : Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations - Joscelyn Godwin

Atlantis And The Cycles Of Time

Prophecies, Traditions, and Occult Revelations

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ISBN: 9781594772627

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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 Ren‚ Gu‚non, 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.

Industry Reviews

"Godwin pulls together the many disparate topics associated with the myth of Atlantis from a number of sources and presents them in a well-organized, scholarly work. For serious students of history or anthropology only." * Susan Flaherty, Library Journal, January 2011 *
"Atlantis and the Cycles of Time is one of the most extensive examinations of the Atlantis story and the themes it embodies ever published. Godwin's knowledge of esotericism, occultism and mysticism is encyclopedic and his ability to elucidate the strangest and most obscure cosmology is breathtaking. From the inners and outs of Blavatsky's Root Races to the quirky views of Germanic Atlantology it is all here in mind blowing detail." * Living Traditions Magazine, January 2011 *
". . . an excellent work that gives us one of the first academic examinations of the theory of Atlantis throughout history. It is objective and critical, but sympathetic, and a truly challenging and stimulating read." * Robert Black, New Dawn Magazine, February 2011 *
". . . reveals a fascinating story of the way in which the Atlantis myth has permeated almost every strand of mystical thinking in the West from the occultists of revolutionary France to the New Agers of Modern California." * John Rimmer, Magonia Blog, February 2011 *
". . . Joscelyn Godwin. . .the eminent scholar of esotericism examines the continuing fascination of this myth and the surprising effect it has had on the Western world's intellectual history." * Modern Mythology & The Eyeless Owl, April 2011 *
"Much has been written about the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria from an occult perspective as well from a rationalist view based on geographic and geological data, but these perspectives have not really been synthesized into a coherent whole. Scholar, translator and music professor Dr. Joscelyn Godwin applies his talents to reconciling the two." * New Dawn Magazine, May 2011 *
"The depth and breadth of the presentation amazed, and pleased, me. . . It should earn a place in your library." * Michael Gleason, Independent Reviewer, August 2011 *
"Godwin has produced a very useful resource for anyone interested in the myriad ideas about Atlantis." * Choice Reviews Online, November 2011 *
"Intelligent and written in a readable style that moves at a good pace, Atlantis and the Cycles of Time is a compelling exploration of the topic." * The Beacon Magazine *
"...this is a richly rewarding and illuminating work of scholarship, a chronicle of modern Western essays in what Henry Corbin called `hierohistory'." * Temenos Academy, January 2013 *
"Scholarly, meticulously researched, and superbly presented. Joscelyn Godwin has produced a wonderful book that will delight and impress all those who seek `Atlantis,' be it a myth or reality. I urge you to read it!" * Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery and Egypt Code *
"In this important book Joscelyn Godwin has accomplished the nearly impossible, masterfully summarizing and synthesizing widely disparate approaches to the perennial question of Atlantis. Much more than a catalog of possible Atlantis locations, occult Atlantology is finally accorded the importance it deserves, including a cogent analysis of esoteric cycles of time, the Four World Ages, the Yuga Cycle, and the Precession of the Equinoxes, placing Atlantis in a larger temporal context. This is a must-read for anyone who wishes to truly understand the Atlantis debate." * Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D., author of Voyages of the Pyramid Builders and The Parapsychology Revolution *
"As absorbing as it is erudite, both comprehensive and profound, essential as a reference work, and quintessential to grasp the depth and breadth of a grievously misunderstood, perennially fascinating, and perhaps critical subject, Atlantis and the Cycles of Time is a unique work: the `compleat' Atlantis." * John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt *
"From the sublime to the ludicrous, from the poetic to the simply mad, Joscelyn Godwin gives us a chart of the many versions of Atlantis (with all their `glaring lack of consensus') that will last us till the lost continent rises again. Truly Godwin is the Master of Atlantis." * Peter Lamborn Wilson, coauthor of Atlantis Manifesto and Green Hermeticism: Alchemy & Ecology *

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Atlantis of the Rationalistsp. 1
The Atlantic Ocean
The Sahara Desert
Crete and Thera
The Caribbean
Central America
The French Esoteric Traditionp. 36
Delisle de Sales and the Age of the Earth
Fabre d'Olivet's Philosophical History
Saint-Yves d'Alveydre's Synarchic History
Edouard Schuré's Great Initiates
Papus and the Cancerous Moon
Paul Le Cour and the Sacred Heart
Pandora's Box
Jean Phaure: Return to Tradition
H.P. Blavatsky and the Early Theosophistsp. 64
Neoplatonic Forerunners and Isis Unveiled
The Mahatma Letters
Fragments of Forgotten History
The Secret Doctrine: The First Two Root Races
The Third (Lemurian) Root Race
The Fourth (Atlantean) Root Race
Later Theosophistsp. 88
A.P. Sinnett and "Mary"
William Scott-Elliot and His Sources
A Child's Story
Leadbeater Again
Rudolf Steiner and Theosophy
Alice Bailey and "The Tibetan"
Germanic Atlantologyp. 117
Lanz-Liebenfels and the Sodomite Apelings
Guido von List, Father of Ariosophy
Postwar Reconstruction I
Herman Wirth and The Ascent of Mankind
The Fall of Herman Wirth
Alfred Rosenberg's Myth of the Twentieth Century
Karl Maria Wiligut's Ancestral Traditions
Peryt Shou, the Outsider
Postwar Reconstruction II
Two Traditionalistsp. 157
René Guénon's Early Investigations
The Polar Mountain and the Underground Kingdom
Julius Evola and Pagan Imperialism
Guénon, Evola, and Wirth
The Primordial Tradition and Its Decline
Priests versus Warriors
The Britonsp. 172
Atlantis in the Inner Light
The Revelations of a Normal Lad
Psychometry on the Brink of War
Lewis Spence's Occult Trilogy
The Messages of Helio-Arkan/Arcanophus
The Return of Stainton Moses
The Sky People and the Avalonians
Some Indepenentsp. 206
Mayan Connections
Raleigh and the Yucatán Brotherhood
The Churchwards and Mu
The Rosicrucians
Beelzebub's Descents to Planet Earth
Channeling in the New Worldp. 235
Oahspe: A Kosmon Bible
Phylos the Tibetan
An Inspirational Lecture
Rin-gä'-se nud Sï-ï-kel'ze
Edgar Cayce
Mount Shasta Again
We Are All Star Guests
Tibetan Pretensions
Channeling in the New Agep. 270
Remembering Lemuria
Meeting Orthon
Other Flesh, Secret Places
Seth Speaks
Tom and the Nine
Ramtha the Lemurian
The Changing Light at Sandover
The Four Agesp. 298
432,000, the Ubiquitous Number
Guénon Reveals the Code
Alain Daniélou's Puranic Chronology
Gaston Georgel and the Rhythms of History
Interim Reflections
Fabre d'Olivert Reverses the Yugas
Buddhist Systems
The System of the Jains
Sri Yukteswar
The Precession of the Equinoxesp. 336
Precession of the Rationalists
Before and After Hamlet's Mill
Precession of the Mythologists
The Age of Aquarius
The Reigns of the Archangels
Conclusion Recurrent Themes of Occult Atlantologyp. 357
Notesp. 360
Bibliographyp. 404
Indexp. 423
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ISBN: 9781594772627
ISBN-10: 1594772622
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 7th February 2011
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59