- "I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids,
and have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru,
Yucatan, and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks
of stone weighing many tons!" So declared Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian
eccentric, who concocted a method of single-handedly erecting massive quarried
stone resulting in the enigma that is Coral Castle.
- Often equated with the engineering feats of Stonehenge,
and the Great Pyramid of Egypt, Coral Castle is set on a ten-acre tract
of land just south of Miami, Florida. Originally located in the tiny town
of Florida City in the l920's, the site was later moved to it's current
location. Ed is said to have built the Castle for his "Sweet Sixteen,"
a woman from his native Latvia, who had promised to marry him, and then
changed her mind at the last minute.
- A feast of coral imagery, the site lies behind massive
8' high coral rock walls, protecting it from the sprawling, suburban city
of Homestead. The coral walls fit together with amazing accuracy, even
though they were constructed without cement. These technical accomplishments
have astounded, and surprised, engineers and scientists.
- A small statured man barely weighing one hundred pounds,
Ed quarried one piece of coral from the earth weighing over twenty-eight
tons and then erected it himself! His accomplishments include a rocking
chair weighing thousands of pounds, which can be rocked with a finger,
and an underground structure reached by climbing down a one-piece spiral
stone staircase to a subterranean refrigerator. A five thousand pound heart-shaped
coral rock table, with a red blooming ixora growing from its center, is
believed to be the world's largest valentine, according to Ripley's.
- Ed liked to read and would sit in a group of stone chairs
which caught the morning, afternoon and evening light as the sun traveled
over the horizon. There's a table fashioned from solid rock in the image
of the State of Florida, complete with a water basin at the position of
Lake Okeechobee where Ed reckoned the governor and representatives could
sit and figure out how to raise taxes.
- Much of the site is calibrated to celestial alignments,
including an ingenious thirty ton telescope, towering twenty five feet
above the complex, perfectly aligned to the North Star. A working sundial,
calibrated to noon of the Winter and Summer Solstice, is so accurate it
tells time within two minutes!
- An area known as the "moon pond," comprised
of three 18-ton pieces of coral, represents the first quarter, last quarter,
and the full moon. Nearby stand Mars (which Ed believed sustained life),
and a ringed Saturn - each the size of an automobile. An obelisk taller
then the great monolith at Stonehenge, stretches 40' toward the sky, weighing
57,000 pounds! A series of concentric coral circles is said to represent
the solar system.
- "Energy sensitive" people will sometimes report
headaches while standing inside the archway of the nine-ton swinging gate,
thought to be over a vortex.
- The original site remained in Florida City until the
mid l930's, at which time the story goes, someone planned to build a sub-division
nearby. A fanatic for privacy, Ed packed up his entire quarry and moved
to the present location in Homestead. No one ever saw him load or unload
the massive tonnage from a friend's truck that was enlisted to transport
the gigantic stones. The relocation progressed easily and the entire complex
was re-erected at its new location.
- In total, Ed quarried over eleven hundred TONS of coral
rock for his Castle, using tools fashioned from wrecking-yard junk, never
revealing how he managed to rise, and position, the massive coral blocks
that make up the compound. An air of mystery surrounded his two story monolith,
known as the tower, which housed his workshop and living quarters which
no one was permitted to enter. He was secretive, and almost always worked
at night, no one ever saw him.
- Ed seemed to have a sixth sense, with which he could
detect when he was being watched, often the hallmark of an intuitive, or
dowser. Ed stated, "if I concentrate on somebody's back (while that
person doesn't know it) they're liable to get restless, and look around!
I've noticed, I can chase the mosquitos away with this concentrated look."
- Ed disputed contempory science and believed all matter
consisted of magnets which could produce measurable phenomena, and electricity.
Ed would say he had "re-discovered the laws of weight, measurement,
and leverage" and that these concepts "involved the relationship
of the Earth to celestial alignments." He claimed to see beads of
light which he believed to be the physical presence of nature's magnetism
and life force, or what we term today, chi.
- An air of secrecy pervaded the Castle. At one time Ed
erected a massive grid of copper wire poised above his quarried stones.
Another time one of Ed's neighbors found him singing to the stones, with
his hands placed on their surface as if he were somehow making them lighter.
A group of youths claim they saw him float coral blocks through the air
"like hydrogen balloons!"
- Ed's notebooks are laden with schematics for magnetism,
and electrical experiments. Although he possessed only a fourth-grade education,
it seems he had discovered a means to reduce the gravitational pull of
the earth. He wrote a series of pamphlets which included his theories on
magnetism and cosmic force.
- Researchers have speculated that Ed learned the secret
of levitation, and one theory in particular caught the imagination of many.
The planetary grid hypothesis postulates that the earth is covered by an
invisible web of energy, which is concentrated at points of telluric power,
the convergence of which create unusal phenomena.
- These telluric grid dynamics played a vital role in the
construction of the Castle, according to author Ray Stoner. In his book
"The Enigma of Coral Castle," Stoner speculates that the complex
was originally moved from Florida City to Homestead, not because of privacy
issues (as most historians suggest), but because Ed realized he had made
a mathematical error in his original positioning, and moved the entire
structure to take advantage of an area with greater telluric force.
- According to author B.J.Cathie, an authority on grid
dynamics, "there exists an all-encompassing global grid with direct
harmonic relationship to the speed of light, gravity, magnetics and earth
mass. All major changes of the physical state are brought about by harmonic
interactions of these manifestations. The controlled manipulation of these
forces would make it possible to instantaneously move mass from one point
to another in space/time."
- Cathie states, "measurements from Coral Castle yield
harmonics related to Light and Gravity. The distance between Coral Castle,
and Grid Pole A (in the north), dispel any doubt about the site being an
ideal position to allow Ed Leedskalnin to erect the huge blocks of coral
with relative ease. Measurements indicate the harmonics necessary for the
manipulation of anti-gravity."
- Researcher and author, Richard LeFors Clark concurs,
and believes the earth grid is made up of a network of "20 magnetic
reversal points" along which can be found specific sites of anomaly,
known as Diamagnetic Vortex Points.
- In his work "Diamagnetic Gravity Vortexes,"
found in the book Anti-Gravity and The World Grid, edited by David Hatcher
Childress, Clark postulates that the area of South Florida at Coral Castle
(considered part of the Bermuda Triangle) "is a powerful diamagnetic
levitator." "Leedskalnin demonstrated magnetism, and the mechanism
of levitation, by applying the natural Earth Grid principles of diamagnetism.
Leedskalnin could levitate huge pieces of coral by using the center of
mass for the needed slight, uplift, launching pressure."
- Equating this technique to the same process used in "party
levitation," Clark believes that Coral Castle could no longer be build
where it is today, as the Grid point has shifted to the area inside Homestead
Air Force Base, a few miles away.
- Ed Leedskalnin showed every indication of being a natural
geomancer - one who senses the unique telluric forces of the earth. He
was highly intuitive, and knew how to observe nature for signs of anomaly.
This ultimately led him to the discovery of vortex energy, and the ability
to harness the natural elements of magnetism.
- He understood the critical nature of identifying the
most energetic location to erect his massive Castle, and seemed to have
known the secrets of anti-gravity, and its relation to cosmic events. Ed
proceeded to develop a means of leverage power generated from the geo-magnetic
grid, and produced a system to generate anti-gravity waves. Ed Leedskalnin
knew exactly what he was doing when he created his fantastic Castle.
- In 1951 Ed took his secrets to the grave, the mystery
of Coral Castle was never revealed.
- Inspired by his visit to the complex, rock singer Billy
Idol wrote and recorded, "Sweet Sixteen," in honor of Ed's achievement.
Originally named "Rock Gate Park" the complex now known as Coral
Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Coral Castle
is open to the public and may be contacted at (305) 248-6344, or by writing
to Coral Castle, 28655 South Dixie Hwy., Homestead, FL 33030.