To get to Coral Castle, lots of folks had worked their fears on me – “you have to go through the Miami area – it’s an accident for sure!” – “You have to go on the Toll Roads – better add your toll money onto the rental car up front!” – “It’s so busy you’ll be stuck in traffic for hours in that Southern Florida section!” Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s “Don’t Listen To The Fear-Mongers!”
I arrived about 1 p.m. at Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, after an easy, direct, no toll roads, sparse traffic journey from Melbourne, where I had spent the night. Coral Castle is situated on the corner of the main road. It’s small and unassuming from the outside. Even from the inside it looks somewhat like a pleasant rock garden, until you start really looking at it. And then the mystery begins.
Edward Leedskalnin built Coral Castle by himself, in the middle of the night, from 1920 to 1940. He stood 5′ tall and weighed 100 pounds. The stones are cut directly from the land the castle was built upon – it is fossilized coral, and very heavy. Stones in the wall of the castle weigh up to 29 tons each. How could one man, working alone and at night, with only a pick-up truck flatbed, hand tools and a hoist, cut the stones and move them? It is an engineering marvel that has baffled scientists for decades and been likened to Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
The son of an engineering father, Ed was born in Latvia in 1987. At the age of 26 he was engaged to be married to Agnes Scuffs who was 10 years his junior. He always referred to her as “Sweet Sixteen.” On the day before their wedding she told Ed she could not marry him because he was too old for her. His heart was crushed, and he left Latvia. He wandered for several years, then went to Canada, then down into Texas and California, and finally settled in Florida with doctors advice that it would be good for his “touch of tuberculosis.”
He bought an acre of ground for $12.00 and began cutting the coral bedrock of his own property to construct his castle, which he said he was building in dedication to “Sweet Sixteen.” Ed worked on it alone at night by lantern light and would not let others see how he cut, lifted and transported the mammoth tonnage of coral rocks.
In 1936 Ed moved his entire castle 10 miles north, again at night, to a larger more private property which is where Coral Castle stands today. People occasionally saw the loaded trailer being pulled by a tractor going by on the road, but never saw it being loaded or unloaded.
As you walk around the interior of the Castle walls, you see many pieces of large coral stone furniture that Ed created. There is the perfectly balanced Rocking Chair, the world’s largest Heart table (5,000 pounds), sunbathing chairs, the 20′ long State of Florida Table surrounded by 10 chairs, Goldilocks children chairs and tables, twin beds and a bathroom with bathtub! There is a well, an oven, a moon fountain, a sun dial, towers, and a Polaris telescope. There is even a Throne Room, as Ed believed everyman should by the king of his own castle! There is a Repentance Room, supposedly for disciplining children, and a 28 ton Obelisk carved with the star of Latvia inside.
The gates are most amazing. The front entrance gate is 3 tons and perfectly balanced so that it can be moved with the touch of a finger. The rear gate to Coral Castle looks like something you might see in Egypt – it weighs 10 tons and is balanced so perfectly that to turn it a child need just to put their small hand against it to move it to the open position. The sides of the gate fit within 1/4″ of the surrounding walls.
I took a short tour with a guide, shot lots of photos, and stood quite awhile in front of all the tools Ed used to construct his castle. Several things that stand out are his quartz crystal handmade radio, the glass and ceramic bottles and jars wrapped with copper wire, the magnetic electricity maker, and the flat metal pieces that I imagine were used to separate the coral pieces from the substrate to which they were attached.
There is a lot of speculation from numerous quarters as to Ed’s techniques – levitation, anti-gravity, Sacred Geometry and more. Yet, when you look directly at what was left behind in his tool shop, you wonder if there aren’t some very simple equations that most of the scientific world is missing. Is it possible that the truth is so simple it eludes us? Is it possible that creating a “sphere of influence” ( you heard that terminology here first, folks 🙂 to counter-effect the pull of gravity is not so difficult after all? What other conclusion can one arrive at, when staring at the facts directly without hedging?
Well, for me, it’s something I’ve often thought of, and wondered about, and pondered how it could be. For years, ever since I was very young and first learned about phenomenons such as Coral Castle, I’ve tried to solve the riddle of such enigmas. And I’m not alone. There are perhaps 10s of thousands of folks out there at large that have done the same thing. Well, guess what. I think, after looking closely at the tools dear Ed worked with, I’ve got an idea of how he did it. So now I’m in the process of seeking out scientists who work in the field of electromagnetics and crystal radio frequencies to see if they might have some spare lab time (I know – that’s very doubtful) to spend in testing a few of my hypothesis.
Towards the end of the day and a very uneventful drive back up to DelRay Beach, my mind was totally preoccupied with solving the problem – how did he do it? After two days of non-stop thinking about it (even dreaming about it) my mind had come to some ideas that I thought held some water. Then I switched and started thinking about whether it could also be used for the Great Pyramids. My conclusion after several more days was that the theories were similar, but the techniques were not the same.
If any of you readers out there happen to know a bona fide research scientist in the electromagnetic and crystal radio frequency fields of study, I would greatly appreciate knowing of them. Meanwhile, I’m still tinkering with my ideas, still reading up on other enigmas, still fantasizing that I might one day be able to understand what is currently beyond fathoming.
So, from Coral Castle I was back up to DelRay Beach, and feeling almost disembodied from the whole mental experience that Coral Castle contemplations had put me through.
I spent several days in DelRay, just enjoying the town, walking the beaches, catching up with email and blogs, and trying to figure out what to do, where to go from here. I didn’t like car-camping anymore – I’m too old for this type of overnight entertainment anymore. And I didn’t like the thought of crewing on a sailboat to see the Caribbean – too confined – not enough access to island walking or other exercise beyond swimming, and probably not enough access to the Internet, which I’ve become dependent upon as a resource to access information and knowledge.
And… my goals were starting to change. What to do, what to do. It was a few days from December…so many things to consider. My directions in life were hanging in the balance, suspended in mid-air, one could say – maybe levitating – holding the non-gravitational pull that one of Ed’s large stones held in transport – waiting waiting waiting for a decision or a sign or anything to help lead me, point me in the direction of greatest benefit for myself and for others. I did not have to wait long.