Coincidence is a wraith. It guides and it can deceive so many. It is intimately intertwined with human nature. It can be the sword of Science or its conqueror. Prediction, as surprising as it may sound, is deeply respected by Science, and it is a mandatory step of Scientific Method. Its fulfillment means you’re on the right track. Even more it means you are a sound and logical theorist. When that prediction comes true, there are few professionals and lay alike who will not chase after it. Sometimes the discovery, whatever it may be, turns out to be coincidence . . . but sometimes this takes time to discover. Thus one must be very cautious when confronted by that wraith Coincidence.
Edgar Cayce’s prophecies are a case in point. They are intimately associated with the golden age of American midwest Christian spiritualism and therewith they had once wide circulation and influence. While in his trance states he spoke of the past civilization of Atlantis. Many who sat before him were surprised that “readings” they had requested of their past lives told them they were once Atlanteans. From a collation of these readings, published as Edgar Cayce on Atlantis, we are able to piece together this “civilization.” When out of his trance state, Cayce too expressed his surprise that he spoke so often about Atlantis. He had little interest in it in his own contemporary life, but his readings frequently hark back to this civilization, its glory and gradual decline.
Cayce’s Atlantis was very different than that of Plato’s Atlantis with which all had grown up. Cayce’s Atlantis was also not the Atlantis of Ignatius Donnelley, a former US congressman who wrote an epic and maverick work on the topic in 1882, Atlantis: the Antediluvian World, in which he proposed that Atlantis was the world destroyed by the Great Flood. Only in the latter aspect was Cayce’s Atlantis similar to Donnelly’s. He, too, had said that Atlantis was the antediluvian world and that it was destroyed slowly by flood and upheaval, but in Cayce’s Atlantis this was brought on by its own misuse of natural powers it had developed. These powers operated all sorts of “space age” equipment like lasers and televisions. Crystals powered flying machines and ships that could zoom underwater and fly into the air. His Atlantis was a super-civilization that could have put ours to shame.
There was little tangible evidence for Cayce’s Atlantis, indeed trances cannot be backworked. But there were a few instances when Cayce made cross-references to areas of the Earth today that he said were significant in Atlantis’ past. One was the Great Bahama Bank. He said that this was 1/5 of the last part of Atlantis to be plunged below the surface, the last bastion of this super-civilization’s advance science and technology. It is here that evidence would be found of Atlantis’ fabled past and magnificent super powers. He mentioned Bimini specifically, saying that part of the proof of Atlantis’ great power sources, the Tuoai Stone crystal, would be found there. He did not mention a year, as is often said. But he did say that part of Poseidia, that is, the Great Bahama Bank, would rise again in 1968-69.
Scientific Method. They can be directed and used on ANYTHING. . .and MUST be used on everything. Sometimes one cannot always reproduce the final skill (model building), but that does not negate the other 9 points from still being “science,” for science is merely dependent on natural logic. Within observe, classify, infer and interpret can be years of data gathering and with this comparative analysis.
Cayce died in 1945, long before the fulfillment of these prophecies could be expected and verified by his spiritualist followers. Cayce’s Atlantis thus remained fervently believed only in that realm, kicked around by the seance crowd and those who read Fate magazine. In 1961, his entire concept of
Bimini, for all intents and purposes an insignificant little island 45 miles off the Florida east coast. Yet it has yielded impressive unexplained underwater ruins.
Atlantis blossomed when it inspired the George Pal B-Movie Atlantis: the Lost Continent, and through this mediocre film we got to see the great super-civilization turn depraved and sink beneath the sea, its Toaui Stone crystals set atop pyramids firing their lasers burst into the sky as the city sank below the waves.
But Science is the pursuit of all things. As I have stressed elsewhere on this site and in my books, Science is but a method— Observe, Classify, Infer, Interpret, Measure, Predict, Questions, Hypothesis, Experiment, Model Building. These 10 points are the Process Skills of Scientific Inquiry. Together they comprise
A still from Atlantis: The Lost Continent, 1961. It was based entirely on Cayce’s “readings.” It gave us pyramids with crystals shooting out lasers and mixed this with Greek classical architecture.
Comparative analysis is powerful: it is the substance and spirit of logic.
Thus it should not strike any of us as surprising that some with scientific credentials would try and tackle Cayce’s more tangible predictions. Dr. J. Manson Valentine was perhaps the most high- profiled. He was an oceanographer and naturalist. On Labor Day, 1968, he dived into the tepid waters off Bimini and discovered that entrancing huge road of polygonal stones that were soon dubbed the Bimini Road and the fulfillment of Cayce’s prophecy.
Actually, in detail, they were not. Cayce had predicted that part of Atlantis in this area would rise again in 68-69. It didn’t. His predictions about Bimini held no year. The Bimini Road is only evidence of a past civilization of high stone working ability, but so far no proof has come of space age technology. But since Cayce never mentioned a year for when
Bruce Gernon took this picture while flying over the Bimini Stones recently. They are a long inverted J.
this information would be discovered, his Bimini prediction remains provocative. It is the one specific he has mentioned that seems to have some truth behind it. No one has found proof of the great power sources of his fantastic Atlantis here, but this is a manmade structure hitherto popularly unknown.
Specifically, however, Cayce’ predictions have had dismal failure. The organization based on his life and readings, Association for Research and Enlightenment, was called by a noted seeker of alternative history, Graham Hancock, a “dottily eccentric American cult” and “aging group.” But in general, Cayce’s root thesis of a great civilization before recorded history in the Bahamas and Caribbean seems to have proven startlingly true. But the truth is in location, not in the substance of super civilization and high technology.
J. Manson Valentine had been one of its most vociferous supporters. He believed in both the Bimini Road as a manmade structure and in what we used to call the occult. There was nothing wrong in a scientist pursing the validity of such claims. Once again Science is for all and must be applied to all. It is but the perfection of natural logic. But the Bimini stones are not enough validity to say that psychic powers, and especially Cayce’s readings, are now reliable and Cayce’s Atlantis true.
Taking it back to square 1, observations confirmed the thin remnant of what seemed a cyclopean culture once having existed on the Great Bahama Bank before it was submerged. But observe, that essential starting point of all science and logic, didn’t go much further than that. And any theory springing from the psychic claims was and is on shaky ground.
However, discoveries continued, little by little. A ship captain named Don Henry discovered a pyramid off Andros using side scan sonar. Overflights have discovered various geometric shapes on the shallow bank. Valentine and Dr. David Zink’s dives have uncovered tiled floors. Currents and tides have swept into existence geometric shapes like Stonehenge and other cyclopean architecture. But it wasn’t until the 21st century that the most startling discoveries were made.
The discovery in 2000 of what appears to be an entire sunken city off Cabo San Antonio, Cuba, by Paulina Zelitsky is the most remarkable, and it isn’t being laughed at. She is also outspoken that she believes it sank around 12,000 years ago. Thus it is older than all civilization on Earth, and this date is disturbingly identical with Edgar Cayce’s readings.
The road to Zelitsky’s sunken city has been a long one, the concept paved with ridicule, but Paulina Zelitsky’s discoveries have changed it all. They have even enticed the backing of the National Geographic and other established foundations. She is a cautious Russian/Canadian scientist, who doesn’t mind speaking her mind. And she has given us much more to observe and now classify.
Using fishing sonar captain Don Henry’s gear traced this pyramidal structure sunk deep into the Tongue of the Ocean off Andros in the Bahamas. It was first reported by Charles Berlitz in his 1978 book Without A Trace (Doubleday).
Andros Island and the Great Bahama Bank. The unusual Tongue of the Ocean is a stark contrast to the shallow bank.
This would be a huge island if the Atlantic’s sea level were only 50 feet less.
In various interviews she has declared that samples they recovered from the sunken site have justifed their belief that these are megalithic structures. “The samples are granite stone,” she said, “completely polished, with some incrustations of fossils. Fossils of organic creatures that normally live on the surface, not on the ocean bottom. This is very
Zelitsky studying the image of a sunken pyramid. It is remarkably similar to the one Henry traced off Andros in the 1970s.
interesting because this is evidence that the whole surface sank to the depth of 700 meters (2,297 feet, or about a half mile down).”
Not only are buildings and a city grid plan apparent but the geologic evidence that sent this plateau below the sea. “What we find on the ocean bottom are fractures from which the magma and volcanic ash came out. From these structures we were able to delineate a configuration of the land that sank because you can see them clearly. The land that sank is very obvious from our image of the ocean bottom. And you can see bays, like harbors, and it’s all at the depths of 900 and 700 meters.”
In response to a question by Linda Moulton Howe on how such a huge section of land and city could have gone under, she said: “The whole island sank. Probably what we think happened is that Cuba and Yucatan at one historical time were both joined. But little by little, this land was fractured into islands and sank to the ocean bottom. So, the land on which we discovered megalithic structures sank somewhere between 15,000 and maybe 50,000 years ago, which is quite recent geologically.”
Perhaps geologically, but in terms of archeology and civilization, this is an enormously controversial statement which is not likely to be supported by the establishment. There are, in fact, reasons to take it cautiously. The development of civilization in America is far more recent, and if the parent civilization sank that long ago one must naturally ask why did civilization take so long to rebuild? Zelitsky herself identified this “sunken city” as possibly “built in the pre-classic period and populated by an advanced civilization similar to the early Teotihuacan culture of Yucatan.”
Zelitsky’s early interview with Howe was cautious. “I cannot give a logical explanation now. So, I am not telling that they are artificial, but what I say is right now I don’t have a good explanation as to the origin by natural cause of these structures. They might have an artificial origin. But in this case, we are opening into a very interesting situation because given the depth of this structures and if we calculate the timing when these might have been uplifted, it will take us up to 50,000 years ago. (Meaning, when the land mass now down a half mile might have been above sea level.)”
As controversial, and apparently contradictory as some of this is, Zelitsky’s work continued to uncover evidence. In 2004 National Geographic backed her expedition. Now, Zelitsky was certain: “We think that this is no longer a hypothesis, it is a fact, supported by scientists who specialize in geology and archaeology. The existence of pyramidal structures deep
underneath Cuban waters is verified. We only needed to gather the details.”
If what Zelitsky has discovered is true, and what the other amateur discoveries have provided us, then there was indeed a large civilization that was spread over perhaps one large island that is now partially sunk and the rest broken into Cuba and the smaller islands of the Caribbean. This is oddly reminiscent of Cayce’s general thesis of Atlantis’ location and destruction. Zelitsky’s time estimates also echo his time period, perhaps a little too coincidentally, both 50,000 years ago being the beginning of the decline of Atlantis in general and 12,000 years ago the final remnant perished beneath the Caribbean and Bahamas (according to Cayce at least).
Chichen Itza, the great Mayan city in Yucatan, only dates to the early time of Christ.
We must admit that although a scorpion in one’s underwear cannot be seen it can be felt. Therefore I must ask: are Cayce’s readings an influence in these deductions?
Mayan histories and artwork speak about their coming from the land of the rising sun (in other
The temple at Chichen Itza.
words, the east) and that their homeland perished beneath the waves in great cataclysm. This seems to bear out the discoveries all over the Bahamas and now Cuba. . . but does it justify the time period being proposed?
As it stands now there isn’t enough evidence to grant Cayce any kind of specific victory here. The dating for this destruction in no wise can be said to be 12,000 years ago or 50,000 as he had said.
Logical questions remain and prove nagging. If after all this cataclysmic destruction Cuba survived as a rather large island, why didn’t civilization rebuild
A glyph from Copan. Cities tumble, volcanoes arise from the oceans, man flees in a canoe as the city sinks.
there? This is a valid question. The Maya claim they rebuilt in Yucatan, and there are many ruins to prove the high order of Mayan civilization, but there are none in Cuba. Why forsake so much fertile land? After all, if Paulina Zelitsky is right the city off Cabo San Antonio is huge. So where are the rest of the ruins in Cuba? Shouldn’t there be ruins of other cities?
Most archaeologists are puzzled by how recent and yet vibrant Central American Indian civilization is. Perhaps their histories are true. Perhaps they did come from a huge civilization that was plunged into the Atlantic and Gulf. But it is hard to believe it was that ancient. Why had culture taken so long to rebuild in Yucatan if the sinking of the mother civilization was so long ago?
There is that peculiar statement in Plato’s Atlantis. It is the most spectacular statement in there because of all that Plato said this one thing has certainly been proven true. It is both prediction and fulfillment, and Science and everybody is swayed by that. The Egyptian priest told Solon the Sage:
“Many great and wonderful deeds are recorded of your state in our history. But one of them exceeds all the rest in greatness and valor. For these histories tell of a mighty power which unprovoked made an expedition against the whole of Europe and Asia, and to which your city put an end. This power came forth from the Atlantic Ocean, for in those days the Atlantic was navigable; and there was an island situated in front of the straits which are by you called the Pillars of Hercules; the island was larger than Libya or Asia put together, and was the way to other islands, and from these you might pass to the whole of the opposite continent which surrounded the true ocean, for this sea which is within the Straits of Heracles is only a harbor, having a narrow entrance, but the other is a real sea, and the surrounding land may most truly be called a boundless continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others . . .”
This is something totally unknown and even unsuspected by Columbus. He thought he would reach China and India. The existence of a huge “boundless continent” laying beyond islands of the Atlantic has most certainly proven true. Where did the Greeks get it except from ancient transatlantic travelers? Did they also pick up pieces of this island realm’s great and horrific destruction and this is what Plato ad-libbed into his great moral parable? Or is it just that wraith Coincidence?
I tend to believe that the Greeks picked up actual information and with this Plato elaborated and created one of the most enduring stories in western civilization. But I also believe that there is a basis of fact in it which the discoveries in the Bahamas and Cuba are proving. A great Amerindian civilization was horrifically destroyed in these fertile islands.
But does this justify Cayce’s unique interpretation and embellishments? One has to be cautious and note his track record. On specifics, once again, he is deplorable. But his general these of a sunken civilization stands good . . .but did one really need psychic means to suspect it was there?
Could he not have been influenced by Plato and Donnelly’s Atlantis? Plato’s orations have been read by every generation. In it is that undeniable statement of a boundless continent beyond islands. It’s easy for any to identify these with the Bahamas and Caribbean. School children for a hundred years have marveled over the unique shallow Great Bahama Bank. It is a genuine geologic curiosity. Could this not influence anyone, even subconsciously, into believing in Atlantis in this area? Donnelly was the first to really propose that Atlantis was the antediluvian civilization destroyed by the Flood. Therefore it was one great world culture and not just the island civilization of Plato. Could not this also have influenced Cayce?
Probability says that a civilization could indeed have been submerged in the Bahamas and Caribbean. But finding this at last does not prove there are crystals shooting out laser energy or that other nifty gadgets below operate on eternal volcanic energy sources and still send out pulses causing the Triangle’s famous electromagnetic enigmas.
In short, great cities could indeed lie below the Caribbean Sea. But I suspect they are quite Amerindian. Their destruction no doubt inspired some elements of Plato’s Atlantis and thus we can be generous and say that Atlantis is being found. But to an extent we must be generous to Cayce. The publicity accorded these finds is because they exist in the shadow of his fabulous civilization.
Without Cayce’s famous predictions having pinpointed Bimini and this greater area long ago, the controversy over discoveries for the past 40 years would not have directed a world’s curiosity to this area. It is the idea we may find a nifty remnant of our own origins that generates all the hype. The discovery of the Bimini Road
A curious mound on Bimini, one of a number of identifiable animal shapes. This one, however, is hard to interpret. Photo: Bruce Gernon.
as a fulfillment of psychic prophecy, whether coincidence or not, made us ponder that this is Atlantis, and without that fame doubtless these discoveries would not have gotten the world press they deserve so that finally they can be completely uncovered and lost knowledge brought to life again.
Cayce’s predictions are, most likely, coincidence, but they have served a very valuable purpose in lighting our imaginations with ideas of super crystals and fantastic powers. This makes the research all the more exciting, and who knows what indeed awaits to be found.
Ironically, it is the many missing in the Bermuda Triangle which revealed and popularized Cayce’s readings and the idea of a Bahamian Atlantis to the mainstream. Once again, those who have perished in the Triangle have not died in vain. Mystery always inspires thought, and by thought so much can be discovered and gained.
Exploring Cayce’s Atlantis:
A study in Prophecy or Coincidence?