How often have we heard the phrase, ‘History repeats itself’? However, this isn’t just a cliché but a cosmic truth. We would do well to respect it.
The world evolves via cycles of different duration. Ages of progress and plenty are preceded and followed by ages of darkness and decadence. This is the remorseless rhythm of an endless cycle. The peaks and troughs of these cycles are hugely significant. And this is where we find ourselves right now.
Unknown to the majority of people, we have been in this position before. Not only have we not learned the lessons from that time, we’re repeating them.
Many people are aware of the Great Sidereal Year or the Precession of the Equinoxes, a vast cosmic cycle of 25,920 years in which the constellations appear to make a complete rotation of the Earth. This cycle is divided into twelve segments of 2,160 years each ruled by one of the signs of the zodiac.
We are currently transitioning from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius (although there is no consensus when precisely this is). This turning-point brings turmoil. But more crucially we are exactly mid-way through the large cycle itself.
The start of the current precession began around 12,500 years ago as the Age of Virgo gave way to the Age of Leo. It was accompanied by a huge cataclysm whose aftermath lasted millennia.
If we hold with the esoteric teachings, that cataclysm claimed the last remnants of Atlantis and its remaining landmasses sank into the Ocean. Atlantis, once a single continent covering the current location of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond, had suffered two previous cataclysms. These had fragmented its vast reaches into islands, the last one of which is popularly known as Poseidonis.
This convulsion around 10,000 BC dramatically changed the Earth’s geography and therefore its cultures and civilizations. It produced mass migrations as its inhabitants fled to the Americas, Europe, Egypt and elsewhere. It became the seed-bed for the civilizations of our accepted recorded history.
(It is said that the records of this once mighty civilization were preserved in three locations. None has yet been found, although some predict they will be.)
The Greek philosopher and initiate Plato learned of the demise of Atlantis from the famous ancient Greek legislator and governor of the Athenian State Solon who had been informed of this by priests during a visit to Egypt. Plato incorporated these ideas into his writings. In the modern era the existence of Atlantis was reprised in the nineteenth century first by Helena Blavatsky and later by the American writer Ignatius Donnelly.
Since then thousands of books have been written about this lost continent locating it everywhere from the Mediterranean and the Antarctic to Greenland and the Gobi Desert. Some have even recognised its real location. The West Indies, the Atlantic islands of the Azores, Canaries and elsewhere are the remains of its mountains.
Much of what has been written is simply lurid speculation or dry academic argument designed to deny its reality altogether. Most people regard Atlantis as an interesting myth and the subject of imaginative sci-fi films but without real historic proof.
However, let’s assume that it did exist for hundreds of thousands of years. Let’s also assume that there is such a thing as reincarnation. Since human beings undergo regular re-cycling, it’s safe to assume many people alive today were also alive at different times in Atlantis and the later civilizations it spawned.
Some of the most intriguing and consistent descriptions of Atlantis during its various phases came from Edgar Cayce (1877-1925). Nicknamed The Sleeping Prophet, Cayce was a prolific American clairvoyant who channelled thousands of life readings about health, reincarnation, past lives and many other subjects. He was contacted mainly by post and never met most of the people for whom he did readings. He simply lay on a couch and went into a trance.
Atlantis featured prominently in these readings and he said that many of those who consulted him had been members of the Atlantean races. More significantly, he predicted that because of this humanity was destined to repeat the same disastrous mistakes they made then.
But what were these mistakes? And why are they significant to us now? In short, because we’re doing much the same sort of thing now that we were doing way back then.
Cayce and others leave us in little doubt that Atlantis reached a degree of technological sophistication higher that we’ve yet to achieve in the twenty-first century. Advanced flying and submersible crafts enabled international trade, travel and conflict. He described powerful weapons similar to lasers and atomic bombs. He spoke of mass communications and robots. It all sounds hauntingly familiar.
What is also eerily reminiscent is that some Atlanteans severed all connections with their spiritual natures as they indulged in materialism and its assorted sensuous pleasures. There were huge scientific advances into such things as energy production but also manipulating the forces of nature for selfish and greedy motives. Does this also sound somehow similar to where we are now?
Over time the people of Atlantis bifurcated into two principal groups – put simply, the good and the bad. There were those known variously as the Lords of the Shining Face who retained a more spiritual view of life. Opposing them were the Lords of the Dark Face. There are many different names for both groups. Cayce referred.to them respectively as the Children of the Law of One and the Sons of Belial (synonymous with the devil in Christianity and Judaism).
This prolonged struggle and the apparent triumph of the dark forces is said to have triggered the seismic events which progressively obliterated Atlantis. Commentators also point to the widespread use of powerful black magic rituals and the creation of entities. The workings of those entities along with the karmic repercussions of what happened then continue to exert influence today.
There appears to have been widespread prior knowledge that this mighty convulsion would inevitably take place and many people fled beforehand taking their knowledge with them.
Since that cataclysm 12,500 years ago civilizations have regularly risen and fallen without exception. Some have lasted much longer than others. But the crucial point is that it has taken all that time for us to regain the technological prowess we had apparently acquired then. Let’s not forget the amount of scientific and technological ‘progress’ of the past century.
It’s obvious to almost everyone who dares to think about it that our use of these technologies is far from beneficent. It is often malevolent, violent, sinister and based on greed. When something new emerges from the laboratory the human instinct is first to weaponise it and then commercialise it. And then replace it with something even more all-encompassing.
Is it too simplistic to assume that humanity is again splitting into two distinct camps? Are we again dabbling with nature’s forces for all the wrong reasons? Because of our addiction to materialism are we producing a word-for-word re-make of the Atlantean script? If we are, I suggest we call it Atlantis Rising.