Atlantis and the Cycles of Time (cont.)
By Joscelyn Godwin
To put the final wrench in the precessional machinery, many traditional texts assert that the earth’s axis used to be perpendicular to the ecliptic, so that in former times there was no precession and no seasons. Some connect this with the Golden Age and with human habitation in polar or arctic lands. If precession is a recent phenomenon, large-scale cyclical theories based on its invariance are null and void.
All of this may seem mean-spirited, for it undermines many cherished assumptions, but that is not the case. There is a positive joy in this kind of research. The material is philosophically challenging, the parade of characters fascinating. Some of them may be rogues, paranoiacs, deluded and deluding, but what else do we find in profane history? This study, like no other, stretches the imagination over all of space, from Mediterranean islands through crustal shifts and crashing moons, right up to the center of the galaxy. It ranges over all of time, from the dawn of the historical period back to the birthday of this present earth. And as we reimagine the past, so we help to form our future.