2012 Survival Guide: A practical planner for the worst case scenario

World Ages and Their Demise

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In lockstep with ancient Greek and other world traditions, the Hopi elders told Frank Waters that each time mankind revived itself after a world destruction, the caliber of humans paled in comparison to the previous epoch. So the different metals representing the ages -- golden, silver, copper/bronze and iron -- are meant to symbolize our declining fortunes. With each successive age, our species either underwent a physical mutation (according to Hesiod), didn't live as long, and experienced a lot more hardship.

All of this runs afoul with the Darwinian view of evolution taught in schools today. We've been told that history comprises a steady "march of progress", and that this linear path dates back to the first biological organisms. With the exception of biblical creationists, most people nowadays accept the theory as proven fact.

America's most famous psychic, Edgar Cayce, saw a slightly different picture of the past, one that more closely matches the World Ages concept. The "Sleeping Prophet", as he was called, said our species had reached dizzying heights of technological sophistication as far back as 50000 B.C. But a combination of geologic upheaval and manmade disasters was responsible for at least three major extinction events. Each time, the survivors were forced to migrate from their home territories to different parts of the planet.

Cayce alleged that people long ago had mastered atomic power and were able to travel in "lighter-than-air" machines that could dive beneath the sea as well. Below is a passage from a reading he gave on December 20, 1933, referring to a time period approximately 28,000 years ago. The question put to him concerned a centralized power source he'd described alternatively as a "firestone", "Tuaoi stone" and "crystal" in previous readings. On this occasion he tried to explain it with the science available in the 1930's:

"In the center of a building that today would be said to have been lined with non-conductive metals, or non-conductive stone... The building above the stone was oval, or a dome where there could be or was the rolling back, so that the activity of the stone was received from the sun's rays, or from the stars; the concentrating of the energies that emanate from bodies that are on fire themselves -- with the elements that are found and that are not found in the earth's atmosphere. The concentration through the prisms of glass, as would be called in the present, was in such a manner that it acted upon the instruments that were connected with various modes of travel, through induction methods -- that made much the character of control as the remote control through radio vibrations or directions would be in the present day; though the manner of the force that was impelled from the stone acted upon the motivating forces in the crafts themselves."

Interestingly, the energy source just described was also used in the hospitals of 28000 years ago:

"Through the same form of fire the bodies of individuals were regenerated, by the burning -- through the application of the rays from the stone, the influences that brought destructive forces to an animal organism. Hence, the body rejuvenated itself often, and remained in the land until the eventual destruction..."

lf true, this would explain those scriptural accounts of people like Noah living for six hundred years!

In the 1975 book View Over Atlantis, John Michell presented evidence that an advanced universal civilization on Earth used "ley lines" for power transmission thousands of years ago. Also known as dragon lines, or grid lines, these routes were narrow, straight tracts carved into the ground that extended for tens or hundreds of miles, representing the path of geomagnetic currents. When crossing mountains, notches were often dug to either sight or accommodate the lines.

Incredibly, these manmade traces are still evident today, leading Michell to claim that we are all living in the midst of the ruins of this culture, and don't even realize it. Other investigators, like Alfred Watkins, charted the lines in 19th century Europe, uncovering megalithic stone markers set up along the tracts. These stones may have functioned like acupuncture needles used to draw the geomagnetism up from the ground. Naturally, sacred shines were built on the ley lines, so they, too, could tap directly into the magnetic energy. Around the continent today, many Christian churches sit on the ruins of those shrines. And China appears to have even better documented evidence of the lines, along with legends about dragons who flew along their paths.

Will the Golden Age Return?

Fortunately, the downward spiral of our species discussed in ancient legends appears to be reversible, or at least operated on a cyclical calendar. Many of the stories state that a Golden Age will emerge from the ashes of the current Iron Age. John of Patmos says as much in the Bible's Book of Revelation. And here's Virgil in the Eclogues:

"Now is come the last age of the song of Cumae; the great line of the centuries begins anew. Now the Virgin returns, the reign of Saturn returns; now a new generation descends from heaven on high. Only do thou, pure Lucina, smile on the birth of the child, under whom the iron brood shall first cease, and a golden race spring up throughout the world."

Likewise, the ancient Mayans looked forward to the beginning of the next world age, as the authors of many 2012-related books are quick to point out. Obviously, the claim that December 21, 2012 marks the "end of days" is inaccurate. It's more likely the Mayans were attempting to roughly calculate the transition from one world age to another. Obviously, before humankind can reap the benefits of the next age, it first must slog through a protracted and difficult time replete with mega-disasters and a possible extinction event.

Here's what a Vedic scripture known as the Vishnu Purana has to say about the cycle:

"The four ages are the Krita, Treta, Dwápara, and Kali; comprehending together twelve thousand years of the gods. There are infinite successions of these four ages, of a similar description, the first of which is always called the Krita, and the last the Kali. In the first, the Krita, is that age which is created by Brahmá; in the last, which is the Kali age, a dissolution of the world occurs."

In his 2009 book, Unlocking the Secrets of the Ancient Mayans, Guatemalan author Carlos Barrios notes:

"Very little attention has been paid to the importance of earlier cycles, particularly the end of this one, Kajib Ajaw, or the Fourth Sun. It is during this period — right now — when we run the greatest risk of large-scale conflicts and natural disasters. The catastrophic side of the prophecy has unfortunately been misinterpreted as an inexorable, apocalyptic event...We may be facing the self-destruction of much of humanity, but an ever-increasing number of us are also aware of the damage we have caused to the environment and what we must do to change this."

Hopefully, Barrios is right and modern society can devise a way to mitigate a potential doomsday. However, if we are to believe the legends, only those people who evacuate or otherwise take precautionary steps to escape the danger in advance will live to see the next "generation".

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Whither Did Atlantis Go?

If advanced cultures did exist in previous world ages, they should have left behind some evidence. Complex architecture, streets laid out in a grid, sewage and water delivery systems, bathtubs and showers, sophisticated art forms, etc. -- all this has actually been uncovered at archaeological ruins throughout the world. Places like Puma Punko (13000 B.C.), Jericho (8000 B.C.), Catal Huyuk (6000 B.C.), Crete (4000 B.C.), Egypt (2800 B.C.) Carthage (0 A.D.) and some of the Mayan cities (900 A.D.) all display the telltale signs of civil engineering and astronomical know-how . (Because of the logistical challenges of excavation, far less is known about the ruins found in recent years underwater.)

In 1882, Philadelphia lawyer Ignatius published the book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, which ignited the search for that legendary metropolis. ("Antediluvian", which means before the Great Flood, was a term of art commonly used by geologists in the 19th century.) In his runaway bestseller, Donnelly recounted the story about Atlantis told by Plato in the Timaeus and Critias, adding other sources and his own compelling argument that the utopian continent had flourished at the end of the last ice age. The quest to find the underwater ruins continues to this day.

Five years before the book's publication, Helena Blavatsky penned her own pageturner, Isis Unveiled. Blavatsky believed that ancient cultures like the one in Egypt were founded by Atlantean survivors following the continent's sudden destruction:

"The perfect identity of the rites, ceremonies, traditions and even the names of the deities among the Mexicans, ancient Babylonians and Egyptians is a sufficient proof of South America being peopled by a colony which mysteriously found its way across the Atlantic... There are scattered throughout the world a handful of thoughtful and solitary students who pass their lives in obscurity. These men believe the story of Atlantis to be no fable, but maintain that at different epochs of the past huge islands and even continents existed where now is but a wild waste of waters."

Apparently, one of Plato's ancestors, Solon, first learned of Atlantis during a pilgrimage to Egypt. Solon claimed that one of the high priests there showed him a book in a library documenting the history of the civilization.

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Ancient, pyramid-like structures were discovered off the coast of Japan, near Yonaguni Island, by archaeologist Dr. Masaaki Kimura in the 1990's. The civilization here has been dated to 6000 B.C.

Mainstream archaeologists still scoff at the suggestion that an advanced culture existed as far back 9000 B.C. (Plato's date), and then left its legacy to the Egyptians and Mayans. In particular, they argue that the absence of artifacts to account for the period between 9000 to 4000 B.C. precludes the possibility of any connection.

However, Graham Hancock and other investigative journalists counter that the Great Pyramids and Sphinx are a lot older than the 2500 B.C., the date generally attributed to their construction. And after examining water erosion on the stonework, geologist Robert Schoch put the date of the Sphinx at no later than 7000 B.C.

Approaching the mystery from another angle, author and engineer Robert Bauval has proposed that the Giza complex was built with an orientation that aligned it with the constellation Orion. Using astronomy software, Bauval was able to pinpoint the construction based on that alignment. He puts the date at 10200 B.C. While this claim is considered a stretch, Egyptologists do agree that the pyramids were built with astronomical coordinates in mind. And Bauval was first to notice that the three pyramids are plotted on the ground in the orientation as the stars in Orion's belt.


The three pyramids at Giza are aligned to the three belt stars of the constellation Orion. Most megalithic monuments in antiquity were oriented towards key stars in the night sky. This allows archaeoastronomers today to date the structures using star mapping software.

Bauval and Hancock discuss their pyramid theories at length in the book Keepers of Genesis. In two of his other works, Underworld and Heaven's Mirror , Hancock examines artifacts and monuments as a means of filling in the 9000-4000 B.C. gap between the fall of Atlantis and the rise of Egypt. Like Captain Nemo in the Jules Verne classic, 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea, Hancock and his wife, photographer Santha Faiia, spent two years diving at the site of prehistoric ruins around the world. Hancock alleges that modern man is the victim of amnesia when it comes to his own family tree.

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More Resources

Articles of Interest

"The Succession of World Ages." (PDF) By Jane B. Sellars. From The Death of Gods in Ancient Egypt (1992).

“Principles of Prehistoric Cult Geography” (1938) by Dr. Josef Heinsch.

"The Lost City of Dwarka; Rewriting our Common History." By Malini Alexander. Tasmanian Times 12/27/10

"The Great Year and the Lost Star." By John Major Jenkins. May 2006.

"World's oldest Copper Age settlement found." Indo-Asian News Service 11/15/10.

"Twilight of the Gods." Chapter excerpt from the book Hamlet's Mill. By Giorgio De Santillana and Gertha von Dechend (1969)

"Seven Eras of the World." Excerpt from The Wheel of Time by Luis Goitizolo.

"Prehistoric Origins of Electricity." By Roger Coghill.

Websites

Ages of the World

Great Flood legends

Plato's Timaeus

Books

The New View Over Atlantis by John Michell (1983).

Underworld: The Mysterious Origins of Civilization (2003) by Graham Hancock.

The Mythical World of Atlantis (1915) by Preston Whitmore.

Book of the Hopi (1963) by Frank Waters.

The Works and Days by Hesiod. Best English translation is by Richmond Lattimore.

The Metamorphoses by Ovid.

Vishnu Purana, Book VI, Chapter 1. Text available online.

Lost Cities and Ancient Mysteries (series beginning in 1984) by David Hatcher Childress.

The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age (1999) by Richard Rudgley

Lost Science of the Stone Age: Sacred Energy and the I Ching (2004) by Michael Poynder.

Fingerprints of the Gods (1999) by Graham Hancock.

Forbidden Archaeology (1993) by Richard Thompson and Michael Cremo

DVDs and TV Programs

History Channel: America Unearthed series. Journey to 10000 B.C. Ancient Aliens series.

The Mysterious Origins of Man: Rewriting Human History (1996) Based on the book Forbidden Archaeology. (Available for rental on Netflix.)

NOVA: America's Stone Age Explorers. (2004) Research into the origins of the Clovis people, circa 15000 - 11500 B.C.

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