An Excerpt from Chapter 2b of the book “Atlantis and the Garden of Eden”. Copyright Frederick Dodson.
2.b Eve on the Island of Apples
There is another reason I associate Atlantis with the Garden of Eden. The descendants of Atlantis whom I identify throughout this book are almost all associated with matriarchy (rule by women). They speak of their queens, ruling mothers and mother goddesses. If Atlantis was ruled by women, this would be nicely congruent with the Garden of Eden story, which tells the tale of a woman who wanted more knowledge than was good for her, which led to the fall of the Garden and the humans therein being cast out. And this may be the reason that we are living in a patriarchy (rule by men) ever since and why certain male-based religions have a more skeptical view of women as well as of serpents. Of course, as we see today, rule by men isn’t working out ideally either, so in our next planetary level of consciousness we might as well move on to a ‘spirit-archy’ – rule by our higher-selves. Maybe this was the plan all along.
From this perspective and knowing that the Garden of Eden was the place where a woman ate the “forbidden apple” of knowledge, let’s take a look at the ancient Greek account of the Hesperides. Quoted from an Encyclopedia on mythology:
“The Hesperides are nymphs who tend a blissful garden in a far western corner of the world, located near the neighborhood of Cyrene or Benghazi in Libya or the Atlas mountains in North Africa at the edge of the encircling Oceanus, the world-ocean.
The Garden of the Hesperides is Hera’s orchard in the west, where either a single tree or a grove of immortality-giving golden apples grew. The apples were planted from the fruited branches that Gaia (Goddess Mother of the Earth) gave to Hera as a wedding gift when Hera accepted Zeus. The Hesperides were given the task of tending to the grove, but occasionally plucked from it themselves. Not trusting them, Hera also placed in the garden a never-sleeping, hundred-headed dragon named Ladon as an additional safeguard. However the Goddess of Discord, Eris managed to enter the garden, pluck a golden apple, inscribe it “To the Most Beautiful” and roll it into the wedding party (to which she had not been invited), in effect causing the Trojan Wars.”
An ancient mosaic depicting Hercules stealing the golden Apples in the presence of the serpent:
There is another Greek myth according to which the same apples, named “the apples of joy” tempted the Goddess Atalanta.
Let’s also look at the ancient Greek story of the “Isle of Fortune”:
“In the Fortunate Isles, also called the Isles (or Islands) of the Blessed, heroes and other favored mortals in Greek mythology and Celtic mythology were received by the gods into a winterless blissful paradise. According to Greek mythology, the islands were reserved for those who had chosen to be reincarnated thrice, and managed to be judged as especially pure enough to gain entrance to the Elysian Fields all three times. These islands were thought to lie in the Western Ocean near the encircling River Oceanus; Madeira, Canary Islands, Azores, Cape Verde and Bermuda have sometimes been cited as possible matches.”
Yet another mythological island associated with apples and rule-by-women is Avalon. Again, quoted from the Encyclopedia:
“Avalon (Welsh: Ynys Afallon; probably from afal, meaning apple) is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend. It first appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 1136 pseudohistorical account Historia Regum Britanniae (“The History of the Kings of Britain”) as the place where King Arthur’s sword Excalibur was forged and later where Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds after the Battle of Camlann. Avalon was associated from an early date with mystical practices and people such as Morgan le Fay…
Geoffrey of Monmouth called it in Latin as Insula Avallonis in the Historia. In the later Vita Merlini he called it Insula Pomorum, the “isle of apples.” The name is generally considered to be of Welsh origin, derived from Old Welsh abal, “apple,” or aball, “apple tree” (in later Middle Welsh spelled aval, avall; now Modern Welsh afal, afall). In Breton, apple is spelled “aval”/ “avaloù” in plural…
The island of apples which men call “The Fortunate Isle” gets its name from the fact that it produces all things of itself; the fields there have no need of the ploughs of the farmers and all cultivation is lacking except what nature provides. Of its own accord it produces grain and grapes, and apple trees grow in its woods from the close-clipped grass. The ground, of its own accord, produces everything instead of merely grass, and people live there a hundred years or more. Nine sisters rule there by a pleasing set of laws which come to them from our country.”
In Norse, Germanic and Celtic mythology we find similar tales that differ in the details but are the same in its message. According to Norse myth, the goddess Iounn was the “keeper of the golden apples” which allowed the gods to stay young. The quest for knowledge and immortality while on Earth (rather than having knowledge and immortality while in a spiritual state) is one of the things that enraged the higher-ranking gods and one of the causes of Earth’s destruction. Iounn was kidnapped by a giant who wanted the apples for himself. Without the apples of immortality, the gods began ageing so they hired Loki to get Iounn back and get rid of the giant. Upon his successful return with Iounn, the gods (called Aesir in Norse myth) took the apples but burned Loki. The gods regained their youth and ever since, the apple tree is a symbol of youth and beauty.
Recalling the Nigerian word Atala (the white isle), it is interesting to see what the very same word means in Sanskrit. The Hindus say Atala refers to a “fallen” place that is now in the underworld. It is ruled by Bala who is the son of Maya. “Maya,” in connection with Atlantis, is also noted by the Greeks, Basques (and of course the Maya themselves). This Atala is ruled by “lustful women” who like to intoxicate men with cannabis so that they can first seduce them and then kill them.
As some of you might recall, there were two trees in the Garden of Eden. One was the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” (or of duality) and the other was the “tree of life.” Eating an apple from the tree of knowledge was considered the “original sin” which led to Adam and Eve being cast out of Paradise. From my understanding, this fall of humankind happened both physically and spiritually. Physically it happened as the fall of the Garden of Eden, and spiritually it happened as a descent from the non-dual state of spirit (a central teaching of certain Hindu denominations). Jewish, Islamic and Christian accounts appear to agree with this narrative, although it is interesting to familiarize oneself with their slight differences, for those who have the inclination.
The “Garden of Eden” is the subject of Genesis chapters 2 and 3, directly following the Creation story. It is also mentioned in the book of Ezekiel. Elsewhere in the Bible, it is also called “garden of God.” The word Eden is derived from Aramaic meaning “fruitful” and “well-watered.” In Hebrew, Eden is also known to translate as “pleasure.”
Adam and Eve walked around the Garden naked, symbolizing a state of innocence. It was this innocence that the serpent exploited. After first creating Adam, he placed him in the Garden and caused beautiful trees for food to grow. In the middle of the garden the serpent placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was free to eat of every tree except for this one. Eve was created supposedly by taking a “rib” from Adam. Various Rabbis however say this is a mistranslation and that instead a “side” of Adam was used to create Eve. The serpent seduced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and Adam joined her in the transgression. They then lost their innocence and were expelled from the Garden. The Garden was subsequently guarded by cherubim and “a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.” Some theologians interpret this to mean that the Garden is now a spiritual place.
Jewish eschatology clearly states that there are two different “Gardens of Eden,” one a terrestrial place of beautiful and fruitful vegetation called the “lower Garden of Eden” and the second a celestial place of good and immortal souls, called “higher Garden of Eden.” This higher-realm garden will reveal itself at the “end of time” (which, in Norse mythology, would be the final battle of Ragnarök). Its inhabitants, both Jewish and non-Jewish, are clothed in “garments of light and eternal life and eat of the tree of life.” The opposite of this place is “sheol,” a non-physical area of purification that wicked souls go to after death. It is described as the furthest distance from Eden. It is said that when “history completes itself,” the ultimate destination of all of mankind is to return to Eden, rather than dwell in hell “eternally.” This is a myth in the truest sense of the word: This myth was created in the ‘dark ages’ of humanity to instill fear in people. It is derived from Biblical mistranslations.
The Quran mentions only one tree in Eden, namely that of “immortality,” which was forbidden to Adam and Eve. Satan, appearing as a serpent (implying that he could also appear in other forms), kept instructing them to eat from the tree which they finally did. The idea of pre-flood people grasping for immortality is another common theme throughout the world.
Shortly after Adam and Eve were expelled, humankind began to multiply and the Nephilim (giants – descendants of “fallen angels” and humans mixing) had intercourse with humans and the flood was brought to Earth. Although being expelled from the Garden does not appear to have been the main reason for the Flood, it led to a series of events and a descent in consciousness that finally brought about the Deluge.
Much debate and conjecture has occurred as to the exact location of the Garden of Eden but all of it has been inconclusive. The reason for this, in my view, is that the physical Garden of Eden was Atlantis which was destroyed by the flood.