Our Hero Fighting On

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John Anthony West

My wife Carol and I went to visit John and his wife Celesta a few weeks ago. He is very frail. What we learned is that he, at 84 years of age, was climbing around the pyramid in Egypt when he dropped down. They brought him back to the U.S., where he was diagnosed with three cancers: the brain, the liver, and the stomach. The doctors pretty much said he should prepare for the end, but he refused to submit and went to Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, where he was successfully treated for the brain cancer. We are told he is 94% free of that now (late December), which is why he can still talk, and formulate thoughts, although talking is slow. But he still has the other two cancers to deal with.

His family is steadfastly by his side and helping in the daily care. They set up a little home-care in Celesta’s yoga studio, where he needs constant supervision. The family is thinking ahead about various projects that can include his expertise in Egyptological matters, without his having to travel.

His friend Clay Roup has been very proactive in moving this forward in the form of videos already shot and re-purposed to provide the world his extensive knowledge. But the financial burden is great, which is why any contributions to this ongoing effort would be most helpful.

Here is a picture of John with Carol and me. He cracked a few jokes, and it’s great to see he still has a sense of humor.

Bill Cote, TV Documentary Producer: The Mystery of the Sphinx; The Mysterious Origins of Man; and others, New York, NY


Atlantis Rising magazine owes a special debt to John Anthony West, who was very instrumental in our early days (1994) by giving us access to his extensive mailing list, and promoting us in many other ways. Our first issue featured a cover-story interview with him. Articles and interviews with, and about, him have often appeared in these pages since. We have also benefited immensely from the opportunity to quote him frequently at his brilliant and very funny best.

Many of his most ardent supporters, we are happy to say, remain within the ranks of our subscribers. You can get more information regarding his current heath status and related matters on the Internet at: https://fundly.com/john-anthony-west-project. Any donations should now be sent directly to: The John Anthony West Project, 675 Manorville Rd., Saugerties, New York 12477. —ED


Prehistoric Egyptian Knowledge-Leaks

Several articles in AR #126 argue for the possibility of prehistoric hidden knowledge. On this background, I would like to draw attention to the strange facts revealing a knowledge-leakage from prehistoric Egypt much before the assumed Sphinx origin 10,000 BC.

Note that many European cartographers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (e.g., Mercator, Hondius, Bleaue, etc.) showed the huge Saharan tributary (Nuba flumine) of the Nile. This Nubian river was depicted west of the Nile as the Nile-like stream flowing in a NE direction and falling into the Nile at the Tropic of Cancer, or slightly to the south of Elephantine Island at Syene (now Aswan). Such imaging can be tracked up to the Behaim globe (1492) and, probably, the Dulcert portolan (1339). However, the Saharan Nuba River was unknown to the modern geography as well as Ptolemy (2 AD) and even Herodotus (5 BC), who visited the Elephantine.

Nevertheless, one can see the dry channel of the Nuba River in space images of Google Maps. The nonexistent river of ancient cartographers can be easily traced over 460 km from the expressive fiord of the modern Nasser Lake up to irrigated fields in the wadi Dakhlah. Geologists know this paleo-channel as the “Late Qena River,” which was formed 16 million years ago, before the Nile (Goudie A.S. 2005, Geomorphology, vol. 67, pp. 437–456). This Qena River had the status of the Nile tributary during the last 6 million years. Could this watercourse be filled with water in the last epoch of wet Sahara 10,500 to 5,500 years ago?

The answer is NO. The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission revealed a quite different drainage system, “Tushka” (Abdelkareem M. & El-Baz F. 2015, Journal of Advanced Research, vol. 6, pp. 433–439). The dry watercourses of this Tushka system are directed at angles up to 50 degrees to the Qena paleo-river. Moreover, the place where the Tushka water flowed into the Nile is located 160 km south of the confluence of the Qena Palaeo River. This means that the Qena/Nuba River from ancient geographical maps could be a reality only in some previous fluvial epoch—i.e., more than 100,000 years ago.

Oleksiy Arkhypov, Ph.D., Graz, Austria


Regarding “The Sphinx Breaks Its Silence”

I want to thank Dr. Schoch for his article, “The Sphinx Breaks Its Silence,” AR #126. It was another well-written piece with great information.

I would like to give a complimentary interpretation to the titles found in the three images. The first title as found on the Hemiunu statue he, reports to be from, top down: an axe, inkwell, sedge plant, bread loaf, axe, bent rod, and lioness. Additionally, I add the following: the tail is exaggerated at the end into a ball, has an exaggerated down loop; and the lion, which is at rest, has three collars. There are three bent rods on the back of the lion in the Djer symbol. In the Mehit symbol, there is a long-beaked bird with one eye above the bread and a very similar three-collared lion and tail with ball and loop.

On the statue of Hemiunu, notice that his or her right hand (it appears to be a woman) is close-fisted and the left is flat. Both are on her lap near the bent knees. Perhaps this suggests ‘the right was pounded and left flat at the lap near the bend.’

The inkwell can easily represent law, and the sedge plant can easily represent life—or even the tree of life. The bread also highly resembles a rising or setting sun. There is only one loaf, so combined it suggests one day’s bread or one day. The axe is above these three symbols, so it could be said: ‘It axed the law and life in one day.’

The second half of the title has an axe above the bent rod but connected and on the back of the lion and again connected. The tail suggests something that beats and perhaps caves in. A lion is a powerful animal, yet this one is collared and at rest. A rod is a device for measuring. The rod is on top, suggesting a measure above, such as the North Pole. So we might say: ‘Beneath the axe, the rod above bent. It was beaten and caved in by the powerful lion, and it came to rest where it was tamed with three collars.’

The Mehit symbol shows the beak of the bird going into the looped tail, and it is also above it. Note it has no wings. So we might say: ‘Like a bird from above, it went in. It took one day to cave it in as it was beaten. The powerful lion came to rest where it was tamed with three collars.’

If Dr. Schoch’s interpretations are equally correct, then Hemiunu was the keeper of such knowledge. As opposed to describing a room beneath the left paw of the Sphinx in Egypt, it becomes ‘the rooms left under the claws.’  I suggest these secret rooms are long vanished, great ice chambers, three in number, known today as Hudson Bay, where the ‘three collars’ are still visible. Remember that thousands of years ago, this area was a two-to three-mile-deep ice sheet. So… like a bird above with a beak, the comets came; and the two axed, beat, and clawed like a lion. It bent the rod as it turned the North Pole. It left concaves (rooms) in the ice. It axed the laws and life. The powerful was tamed where it was arrested at the three collars. The rightful was pounded and left flattened at the lap near where it bent. It happened in a day.

B.L. Freeborn, Internet at noahsage.com


Common Aversions

Hail, Atlantis Rising! Unshackling us from the heavy burden and pressing yoke of faith, many of your contributors have replaced the traditional BC and AD used to divide history, and rather employ BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era). Common, indeed! A more fitting adjective could not have been appropriated. For the peoples of Europe and North America are now living in the midst of a civilization which they have neither the intelligence to understand nor the will to replicate. Our architecture, which a thousand years ago consisted of towering cathedrals—astonishing temples of carved stone, sacred geometry, and breathtaking craftsmanship—is now slanted in favor of strip malls; the literature of Dante, Augustine, Shakespeare, Bronte, Hobbes (shall I end?), Shelley, Dickens, Milton, and Byron has been replaced with the staccato prose of lurid romances and disgusting crime novels; no longer, we grace our avenues with the feminine beauty, the grace of the Caryatids and the strength of Winged Victory.  Common people with common lives—it is a fitting epithet to engrave upon the tombstone of our civilization. Common people, hurrying about, striving to accumulate sufficient money to keep the whip of the money changers, whom our Lord rebuked, off our back; common homes, treeless suburbs we fill with 4K televisions, tablets, and smartphones to distract us from our obesity, debt, and loss of control over our lives; common people, consuming the same advertised food, surrendering our minds to the same common entertainments. Do not our forefathers, as the children of Noah, stand and weep as they behold the nakedness of our generation?

Wayne Dyck, Internet


Circular Arguments

I’ve read and enjoyed every Atlantis Rising magazine since your third issue and keep them all as a valued part of my library. I will subscribe forever.

As a publisher dedicated to speculative or investigative science, I am very curious as to why you seem to avoid the subject of crop circles. I do remember one or two articles in 127 issues, and I have bought two or three books on the subject from your library. But come on—this is as big a story as any you’ve ever covered.

Obviously you have some editorial position on the subject because your avoidance is a subject in itself. Even if it’s all a hoax, it qualifies as a huge story. It would be the biggest art hoax in history; and after 30-plus years of study, I’ve found all explanations wanting.

You must know something. Is it a copyright problem? Are you under a threat from: The government? The Illuminati? The aliens? Your publisher?

Barry Donner, Vineyard Haven, MA


Unfortunately Atlantis Rising has been forced by limited resources to neglect many worthy topics. We assure you, however, there is nothing sinister to read into our limited coverage of Crop Circles or any other worthy topic. All that is needed here is for a good writer to submit a well-researched story, and we will be happy to publish it. —ED

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