These four figures are called Sky People, and are equated to Dawn, Blue Sky, Yellow Evening Light (Dusk), and Darkness. These are indeed the Four Cardinal Directions: Orient (or East), Occident (or West), Noon (or South) and Darkness (North). More exactly, they correspond to the Four Corners of the World.3
The Four Trees are the Trees of Life represented by four domesticated plants springing from the Central Paradise. Sometimes, all four are corn trees (maize), the Sacred Tree of most Amerinds. We note that, in Fig. 2, the subsidiary mountains are crossed by two perpendicular diameters. This emblem corresponds to the traditional symbol of the planet Earth, as well as to the so called Cross of Atlantis, as it corresponds to the shape of the capital city of the empire described by Plato.
The “Trees of Life” springing from the Navajo Paradise vividly portray the fact that agriculture and the domesticated plants and animals whose mysterious origins are one of the greatest riddles of Mankind indeed originated in Lemurian Atlantis, in Eden or Paradise. From there the Navajos came, in the dawn of times, from the Primordial Cave buried under the Holy Mountain and turned the Realm of the Dead, the Paradisial Hades or Amenti or Xibalba or such, which the Judeo-Christians later turned into a hellish Sheol.
More exactly, the figure portrayed in the mandala in question represents the same shape mentioned above, that of a four-sided pyramid with a round base which is the peculiar form of Mt. Meru. Apparently, this form was an idealized rendition of Mt. Everest, which has approximately the pyramidal form.
At the symbolic level, this round-based pyramid represents the “squaring of the circle”, here allegorized by the serendipitous reunion of the two incongruous geometries, the circular base and the square top. This odd shape matching incongruals is also found in the Indies, for instance, in certain olden pagodas illustrating the Golden Mountain of Paradise (Mt. Meru), precisely as with the Whirling Mountain of the Navajo Indians.
The Whirling Mountain of Paradise
The Central Mountain in Fig. 2 has a central circle representing a flat-topped cone or, rather, a volcanic crater. This flat-top is also a feature of Mt. Meru (the lotus”) and represents the “decapitation of Paradise” that is commemorated in the world s mythologies. Sometimes, this central flat-top is represented by an actual bonfire at the center of the diagram. Alternatively, it is conventionally represented by a red cross at the exact Center of the World, that is, at the top of the Whirling Mountain of Paradise.
As in India, the idea is that the Whirling Mountain represents the Polar Mountain, placed at the exact center of the world, directly under the Pole Star. In fact, this universal allegory which makes sense nowhere but in India is an esoteric reference to the Tara-milas (the Dravidas or Tamils), a name that means “People of the Pole Star”. The reason for that name derives from the fact that the Dravidas identified their Supreme God Shiva Sthanu, the Pillar of the World with the Pole Star (Canopus), which they utilized in their Celestial navigations in Atlantean times.
The Pole Star and the Whirling Mountain of Paradise
The Pole Star in question was the Southern Pole Star of the epoch, Canopus, which the Greeks identified with Atlas and the Egyptians with Osiris as the Djed, the “Pillar of the World”. The placement of the Holy Mountain of Paradise Mt. Atlas or Meru or the Whirling Mountain, etc. directly under the Pole Star is, we repeat, a mere allegory, a purely symbolic representation of its association with the Tara-milas or Dravidas, and with their great god, the alias of the Pole Star.
The researchers who insist in placing Atlantis and/or Lemuria in the Polar Regions of Antarctica and the Arctic against common sense and against the massive scientific evidence contrary to the idea of Pole Shift commit a most grievous mistake. We heard that the main proponent of the idea of Pole Shift, John White (Pole Shift, Berkley Books, New York, 1980) has discarded that preposterous, anti-scientific notion. Perhaps his followers, who obtained the harebrained idea from the late Charles Hapgood, should also follow the example of their precursors. The serious reader is urged to discard such a farfetched nonsense, that can only harm the cause of Atlantis, and bring discredit to it. After all, “you cannot fool the whole people the whole time”, can you?
The Pole Star was often equated with the Morning Star. More exactly, we then had Twin Pole Stars, one the North Star (Vega) and the other the Southern Star (Canopus). These were represented as the Twins of all mythologies and, in particular the Twins of Navajo traditions. In Egypt, for instance, the Twin Pole Stars of Atlantean times, Vega and Canopus, were identified to Hathor and Horus (the Elder), or, also, though more confusedly, with Isis and Osiris.
In later times, after the fall of Atlantis, these twin gods were also equated to Sirius and Orion. In Greece, the Twins were often identified to Atlas and Hesperus, themselves identified to the Morning and the Evening Stars and, more exactly, to the Twin Pole Stars of Atlantean times, Vega and Canopus. These Twins, as those of the Navajos and other nations, personified the two primordial, destroyed Paradises, Atlantis and Lemuria.4
The Whirling Mountain Is Indeed a Volcano
The Fiery Mountain (or Hogan) is actually a volcanic peak with its central crater.