Atlantis - Bimini
Probably most people on this list hold the view that Edgar Cayce
said Bimini was the location of Atlantis. I think many people also
are of the opinion he even specified that in 1968 or 1969 it would
be found rising there. Actually this needs to be reviewed. But first
some research info. It appears that just as in the case of Cuba,
there is some "people info" that is relevant here as well.
There was a book published in 2001 by ARE. It is "Edgar Cayce's
Atlantis and Lemuria" by Frank Joseph. It was distributed to
ARE's sponsors as "benefit". The book is highly supportive
of the Bimini area. However, it appears to me (and others) that
the book is misleading and even wrong. I suggest it be avoided.
Two years later, in 2003, ARE published "The ARE's Search
for Atlantis" subtitled "The Ongoing Search for Edgar
Cayce's Atlantis in the Bahamas" by Gregory and Lora Little.
This is an excellent book and I am grateful to ARE for publishing
it. It presents realistic research by the two authors from both
air and underwater in an open minded search to confirm or refute
the many "sightings" and issues surrounding Bimini. Those
two authors have other close connects to ARE as indicated in the
book. Taken as a whole it appears to nullify the significance of
the mysteries surrounding Bimini. I recommend this book highly for
those wanting to pursue the issue of Atlantis at Bimini. It can
be found at http://seekerbooks.com/atlantis/locations/index.htm#0940829444.
Here are the finds published in the ARE book:
1. There is a picture that appeared in newspapers showing an apparent
rectangular temple on the shallow ocean bottom. However it is not
a temple. It is as some had claimed - a sponge pen built by the
locals. And there are many of them. The locals a pen to hold their
sponges. The pen is made by ramming sticks into the ground underwater,
tying them together with rope, and supporting them with stones.
The temple floor plan seen in many places is only a structure made
by the locals in the last century. The famous newspaper picture
of it, if examined closely, shows some of the individual sticks.
Why wasn't this seen??
2. The are mysterious large near perfect circles in the water that
would seem to be man-made - possibly ancient. They are natural.
In an odd but known way (known to the locals) they are made by fish
swimming in circles. Seems odd but true. They were checked out in
the water and there was no rock or whatever under the circular waves
3. There is an alleged "upright stone pillar" at the
southwestern end of the island. However it is little more than a
4-to 6 ft tall sponge. It probably appeared as a pillar on a side-scan
4. Moselle Shoals was said to have "colossal square columns".
These are just non-rectilinear granite chunks partially on top of
modern steel ship and engine parts - certainly modern.
5. The odd formations seen on the surrounding ocean floor are all
the result of natural growths of seagrass showing clearly against
the ocean bottom.
6. Concerning the "road": There was a study conducted
in 1979 and 1980 on two areas of the beachrock formation by Marshall
McKusick and Eugene Shinn. [McKusick, M and E. Shinn, 1980, Bahamian
Atlantis Reconsidered, Nature, v. 287, no. 5777, p. 11.] These scientists
took 17 oriented cores of the limestone boulders and examined them
with X-radiographs. The cores from both areas showed "slope
and uniform particle size, bedding planes, and constant dip direction
from one block to the next. If the stones had been quarried and
re-laid there is no reason to suppose bedding planes would carry
stratigraphically from block to block. The sedimentary laminations
clearly show that these were not randomly laid stones but a natural,
relatively undisturbed formation." In other words there is
strong evidence that the stones were created in place in-situ by
To be fair it should be noted that the explorer/authors of the
book also found a new underwater platform on one of the shallow
underwater banks. It is clearly manmade. It is interesting. But
it is not clear that much will come of it.
If I had read these negations from some other source I would have
been skeptical of their accuracy. However, coming from ARE I find
So is there any reason why Edgar Cayce's prediction is doing so
poorly on the Bimini prediction when he has a clear high batting
average in other cases?
Apparently yes. There is difference of opinion within ARE as to
how Cayce's readings should be interpreted relative to Bimini. It
turns out that Edgar Cayce's readings must be parsed very carefully,
at least in the case of Atlantis - just as we sometimes must analyze
very carefully various statements of HPB.
There are several of these statements to be considered carefully.
This parsing can go into more detail than may be appropriate for
this list. Parsing HPB is enough of a challenge. But here is one
example from Reading 996-12 that is short:
Client: Is this [ the Biminni area ] the continent known as Alta
Cayce: A temple of the Poseidians was in a portion of this land.
Now did Cayce say "yes" or "no". Maybe if you
read it fast he said "yes". But I (and others) think that
if you read it carefully, then he said "no". Try reading
it with emphasis like this: A TEMPLE of the Poseidians was in a
portion of this land. As though he were explaining patiently that
it was only a TEMPLE that was there, not the whole island of Poseidonis
The view of one faction within ARE says:
1. "No reading specifically identifies Bimini with Poseidia".
2. "No reading predicts an underwater road to be found near
Bimini and no year.
From checking the readings myself, it appears to me more likely
that this faction is correct.
I might note in passing his comment on the year of discovery. It
occurred in Reading 958-3 and reads like this:
"And Poseidia will be among the first portions of Atlantis
to rise again. Expect it in sixty-eight and sixty-nine ('68 and
'69); not so far away!".
I have also an apparent year of its sinking given by Cayce as just
a little after 10,000 BC. This is of course in complete accord with
Theosophy. And both match the science I will presenting.
Now it is on to the geological problem for those who place Atlantis
in the mid Atlantic.
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