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Atlantis and the Cycles of Time (cont.)
By Joscelyn Godwin

One who managed to keep out of trouble was the little-known occultist known as Peryt Shou. His career spanned both world wars, during which he ran a small and secretive group, teaching methods for regaining one’s spiritual birthright through a mixture of astrology, posture, and mantra. He wrote two books on Atlantis, and is probably the first to have seen any significance in the names Plato gives for the ten Atlantean kings. He analyzes them into their phonetic contents and tabulates their correspondences with star names, the Egyptian decans, the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah, the antediluvian patriarchs of Genesis, and the multiples and divisions of the “mother number” 432. (Esoterik der Atlantier, 1913, pp. 40-42, 59-61)

Peryt Shou’s object was to retrieve the spiritual awareness and autonomy that were lost with the fall of Atlantis. In his words, “Man forms himself, creates himself, for he possesses the divine guardian, the angel in his breast, who watches lest he thereby violate the divine law… In the course of his development, man grew ever further from this primordial religion. He believed that the Godhead was there to care for him, and so he should entrust everything to it… Through the Fall, man lost the right to free self-determination. He had to lean on God for everything and thereby forgot that God burned with its holiest rays in his own breast.” (Atlantis: Das Schicksal der Menschheit, 1930, p. 78)

After Germany’s second defeat, anything occult was shunned owing to its associations, real or attributed, with the Third Reich. Rare exceptions were Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophic movement, which was obviously innocent of any complicity with Nazism, and the Externsteine Circle. This was founded in the 1960s by Walther Machalett, a school teacher enthralled by the genii loci (spirits of place) and by a theory of prehistoric geodesy (earth measurement). His scheme linked Atlantis and the Pyramids with the Externsteine, an awe-inspiring natural formation in northwest Germany. Meeting each year on Ascension Day in the shadow of those towering rocks, the Machalett forum brings together psychics and engineers, scholars and eccentrics, in a non-dogmatic exploration of prehistoric cultures and earth mysteries.

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