Atlantis – Island of Atlas
When one looks into the texts of all the cultures of the ancient world, the picture painted is strangely similar. This is because they were all focused on observations of the same close astronomical encounters of Mars, which orbited the Earth at a distance of only about 33,800 km surface to surface, between 3717 and 687 BC, in a geostationary orbit. The view of that planet was similar to the image or Mars above with two exceptions:
(1) The mountainous Tharsis Bulge, at the upper left, was greatly distended due to prior close encounters with proto-Venus. Astrophysicists believe that this enormous feature was ‘pushed up from the inside’ (which is impossible), because the currently accepted paradigm, uniformitarianism, cannot imagine two planets having any kind of close encounters. This distorted shape of Mars led to its description as the ‘dog-faced star’ in Egyptian texts and the corresponding deity Anubis. In the Rg Veda Mars was Indra, described as an ‘ugly child’ when it first approached the Earth around 3717 BC.
(2) During the encounters, a vast ocean (the Egyptian Nun, Rg Vedic Apas or Purisha), the land form or residue of which can be easily recognized in the image, surrounded the raised land at the north pole called the firmament and the ‘risen land’ or duat in Egyptian myth. This ‘northern ocean’ has been recognized by planetary scientists, even given the name ‘Oceanus Borealis’, but as with the Tharsis Bulge, they cannot explain the ocean’s existence or to where all the water has disappeared.
The various layers in the geologic section of Mars were ‘peeled’ open by the continual tidal effect of the Earth while the planet was spinning with its axis pointed downward. As a result the resulting distortions of the planet were symmetrical with respect to the approximate line of centers between the two. In his famous dialog of Critias and Timeaus Atlantis Plato describes Atlantis as a circular island surrounded by seven circular continents between each of which were circular bodies of water. Most westerners are unaware that these are described in much greater detail in the Rg Veda/Hindu Puranas which give the Vedic names of the ‘continents’ and the differences in the seas between them. Vestiges of these rings are shown in some NASA low sun-angle images of the northern hemisphere of Mars shown in another post.
“These seven continents were called Jambu dvipa, Plaksha dvipa, Salmali dvipa, Kusa dvipa, Krauncha dvipa, Sake dvipa, and Pushkara dvipa. They are surrounded severally by seven great seas, of salt water, sugar cane juice, wine, clarified butter, curds, milk, and fresh water” (V.P. ii.2,4)…Jambu dvipa is in the centre of all these continents…In the centre of Jambu dvipa is the golden mountain Meru, 84,000 yolangas high, and crowned by the great city of Brahmā. There are in this continent six cross-ranges of boundary mountains, those of Himavat (Himalaya), Hemakuta, and Nishadha lying south of Meru; and those of Nila, Sveta, and Sringin, situated to the northward. Of these, Nishadha and Nila are nearest to Meru
Jambu dvipa is surrounded by a sea of salt water; and that sea again is bounded on its outer side by the dvipa or continent of Plasksha running all round it. According to this scheme the several continents and seas form concentric circles, Jambu dvipa being a circular island occupying the centre of this system. Plaksha dvipa is of twice the extent of Jambu dvipa…Thus each continent (ring) is of twice the extent of the one immediately inside it…Pushkara is surrounded by a sea of fresh water equal to itself in compass…On the other side of the sea is beheld a golden land of twice its extent, but without inhabitants.”
Actually the Tharsis Bulge explains the presence of the ‘Oceanus Borealis’. When Mars orbited the Earth this great bulge forced the rotation axis of the planet’s lithosphere, i.e. its north pole, to remain facing the Earth, just as depicted in the NASA mosaic shown in Figure 1. As a result, all the water in its northern hemisphere was drawn toward the north pole by the continuous tidal effect of the more massive Earth. Deposits from this sea are still present in the NASA image surrounding the island.
In Greek myth the three planets which repeatedly approached or orbited the Earth were the Olympian Gods, which ‘reigned for 3000 years’. The original solid core of Mars, now thought to be a separate planet (Mercury) was the Olympian god Hermes, the Egyptian Hathor and the Roman deity Mercury and many of the volcanic features that resulted from the tidal effect of the Earth, were also named – the seven largest were the Greek Pleiades, the Egyptian ‘seven ureaus deities’ and the Vedic ‘seven holy rishis (priests)’.
But by far the holiest of deities in all cultures was a column of vertical lava tubes drawn upward over 2,000 km from the northern island by the unrelenting tidal effect of the nearby Earth during each encounter. This was a spindly formation, supported primarily by the tidal effect of the Earth. It was the primary deity in all ancient cultures because of the brightness of the four layers of material that spread horizontally at its top and the large hot, glowing rock bodies which were periodically shot out through it, causing it to collapse temporarily. More physically the Egyptians called it the djed pillar ot Tet. In many cultures it was often described as a reed, lotus or sometimes as a tree. In Hindu myth it was Brahma, described as the lotus that grew from the navel of Vishnu, where the northern island itself was Vishnu’s belly and the volcanic vent from which the lava flowed was seen as his navel. These plant-like anologies stemmed from the fact that the column spread out into four layers at the top, which resembled foliage or branches. The hardened vertical lava columns comprising it were represented in Egyptian pictographs of Osiris as being wrapped in a white shroud (Figure 2). The best physical description of this feature was the biblical “column of smoke and fire”.
In Greek it was called the deity Zeus, but as in many other cultures this feature had more than one name. Because Mars remained stationary in the heavens close to the Earth for 14.4 years of every 30-year cycle, while all the other heavenly bodies moved across the sky daily, it seemed necessary to have mechanism (a deity) to keep it from falling to the Earth. Due to its brightness, activity and position directly pointed down toward the Earth, this fiery column, the Greek Atlas, was imagined in every ancient culture to be the one that held up this world, but it was not our world, it was Mars. Similarly in addition to being the all-powerful Osiris in Egyptian texts, in this role it was the Egyptian deity Shu si-ra, the ‘uplifter’ of Ra (Mars).
Because Atlas rose from the northern island on Mars, the Greeks called the island Atlantis, which has been translated ‘daughter of Atlas‘. The legends of the great civilization that lived in Atlantis, were also imagined in many cultures. The Vedas considered areas on the island where there were more volcanoes, to be locations where the holiest people lived, who were thought to be burning more oblations to the gods. People even selected certain areas on the northern island where they planned to go when they passed away. Similarly, the Egyptians imagined it to be the place (the Egyptian duat or firmament) to which the souls of the deceased ascended, and then, each time the planet left its orbit, they would be carried ‘to the gods (the stars)’.
But what was the logical name for the ocean surrounding Atlantis? Obviously it was the Atlantic Ocean. The myth of Atlantis includes the disappearance of this great civilization beneath the ocean. At the end of each geostationary orbit period of 14.4 years, Mars was released into an orbit of the Sun where it remained for the next 15.6 years. Each release of Mars from its geostationary orbit was intimately related to the northern ocean overflowing the northern island. Thus not only did Atlantis disappear beneath the ocean once, but one hundred times and this event was witnessed by one hundred generations of mankind around the world. Thus the myths of all cultures, including that of Atlantis, were reinforced throughout the first one hundred generations (3000 years) of mankind. Is it any wonder why the myth haunts us to this day?
Once the period of Cyclic Catastrophism ended, the names of all the ancient deities associated with the planets no longer were understood, so their names gradually became re-assigned to the presently-existing features – either on the Earth or in the heavens. For example, Therefore the origin of the name of the ocean between Europe and America came from the Greek myth of Atlantis. One Egyptian epithet for (the orbiting) Mars was the ‘dog star’, which is now mistakenly identified as the star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major, Similarly, the seven Pleiades, or the seven sisters of Zeus, which were the seven largest volcanoes in the northern hemisphere of Mars, became assigned to the tiny star cluster (of only six stars, one is supposedly hiding). The strong influence of Rome on the western world is exemplified by the fact that the Roman names of the planets Mars, Venus and Mercury assigned during the Vedic Period are still used in English, but withno comprehension of their origin or history, until explained by Cyclic Catastrophism.
“There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy”, Horatio