The Axis Mundi is the cosmic center of or the connection between Heaven and Earth. As the celestial pole and geographic pole, it expresses a point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet. It appears in as many forms as people on the Earth. It appears as Atlas, Yggdrasill, the Totem Pole, the Maypole, the Pagoda, the Banyan Tree and the Bodhi Tree, the Golden Branches in the Crowns of Silla.
When the Olympians defeated the Titans, Zeus sent out two eagles to mark the boundaries of his dominion. Where they met was declared the center of the world. It was there he condemned Atlas to hold the heavens aloft as the "Axis Mundi", the world axis. The continent where he stood was christened "Atlantis", which simply meant the "Isle of Axis".
In 18,000 BC, a group of sorcerers in Atlantis tried to harness the power of Omphalos, the "naval of the axis", to control the turning of the Axis to make themselves the center of the world forever. This caused Atlas tremendous pain. The powerful energies wielded through the Omphalos caused the Great Cataclysm, sinking Atlantis beneath the ocean.
1st century BC
On September 18th, 1793 AD, the President of the United States of America, George Washington, was at a ceremony laying the cornerstone of the capital of the new city Washington, D.C.. When he was laying the stone, he looked into the sky and noticed something he had never noticed before, Atlas holding up the heavens, thus revealing that the Axis Mundi was now in North America.
The Queen of the Amazons, Artume, hoped to use the Omphalos to manipulate the Axis Mundi to bring the world under the control of the Amazons. After inciting a ritualistic dialect to relieve Atlas' burden of holding up the heavens and setting him upon Hercules as a distraction, Namora assisted in the fight as the heroes battled the vengeful Titan. Atlas grabbed the Washington Monument and used it as a club. Hercules entered the Smithsonian Institution and began throwing aircraft at Atlas. Hercules was able to knock Atlas out, sending him crashing to the ground. During the hustle and bustle of reality shifts between the various hands who possessed the universe-altering item in question, Artume snuck in a cheap shot against its last handler before completing the chanting rite which enabled her to take the reins of reality into her hands. This short-lived world where Amazonia reigned supreme was returned to normal and Atlas was returned to his punishment.
Links and References
- Axis Mundi at Wikipedia