Time Lines and Guide Lines in the Denderah Zodiac, Is it the Book of Q?

Precautionary Note: This essay was first written on May 7, 1997. Subsequent research has added significant data to the thesis of this essay. The essay was originally intended as personal research notes. The reader is, therefore, asked to be patient with the current rendition, for it has not been prepared for general browsers. The essay is not intended for publication by any other individuals. However, all are welcome to evaluate the presentation, and make comments. A short essay supplement has been prepared which may help in relating to the purpose of the temple at Crossing the Leo-Cancer Boundary.

METAPHORS OF METAPHYSICS

Understanding the Denderah monument opens the door to the ancestors of Western Civilization, and therefore, it represents the "Rosetta Stone" of Western culture. Astroarchaeology has as its essential goals the rediscovery and preparation of such records of our cultural heritage. This essay applies the scientific method to an introduction of the Denderah monument. With the interpretation comes an understanding of why Egypt had spent so much wealth in creating the Temple to Hathor at Denderah. The temple was the means by which the priests of Ptolemaic Egypt combined humanist Greece and cosmic Egypt at the Dawn of Pisces.

Western Civilization abandoned the "oriental" method of the East for the sake of man made laws during the Roman period. Egypt warned that man made laws would lead to tyranny and bondage. This bondage would lead to a need for salvation as Western Civilization moved through the Age of Pisces. With the loss of the sea battle at Actium to Octavian in 35 B.C., Mark Anthony and Cleopatra turned the world over to the tyrants of Rome. This act, coupled with the destruction of Jerusalem and Masada, and the theocracies of the West, inaugurated the entrance into the "Valley of Death," which was the place where the phallus of Osiris had been lost to a fish thousands of years earlier. It was judgment day!

This essay will not capture the full power and prophecy of the Denderah zodiac, but it will identify the principles from which, and for which, it was constructed. It is a "rock of ages" portraying the passage of time using the metaphor of the passing of the vernal equinox through the cycle of 26,000 years, known as the Platonic Year. Researchers to date have taken too small a view of the objective of the monument. In order to fully understand the ancient peoples, it is necessary to visualize the "big picture." When the "big picture" is understood, the processes of each individual life can be understood directly from Universal Will.

A photograph of the Denderah monument was obtained from the Louvre, where the original stone work resides. Figure 1 is a reproduction of the Louvre photograph which was scanned with proportional scaling. Figure 3 is a modified reproduction of black and white artwork from Sacred Science by R. A.. Schwaller de Lubicz. It was possible to make initial evaluations directly from his artwork. Subsequent research revealed a segmentation of the monument into a mandala with eight principle themes. These themes are illustrated in Figure 3 . They are utilized to help develop the concept of the "big picture." The various colors and the segmentation helps to identify the glyphs on the monument. There are eight segments consisting of seventy eight separate glyphs within the circle of the composition. These seventy eight glyphs revolve in a spiral growing in a counterclockwise direction, corresponding to the direction of the precession of the equinoxes in the heavens. The spiral winds in four circles representing the metaphysical elements, earth water, air, and fire.

Figure 4: Denderah Zodiac Elements
At the heart of all truth religions is a fuller science known as metaphysics, which pertains to the source of being. Four principle elements of metaphysics include the material universe, the living organism, the imagination, and spirituality. The first is essentially the subject of all material sciences. The second is the subject of all biological sciences. The third is the subject of psychology and sociological sciences, as well as most written materials in the form of imaginative records. The fourth is the essence of being itself. It cannot be imagined, felt, or held, but without it no other entities have meaning. Therefore, meaning is essential to the fourth element. Meaning can be transformed into enthusiasm and emotions in general in the physical body.

Elements earth, water, air, and fire symbolize metaphysical being from material density toward spiritual rarification. Fire is a modification of the fourth element, which was also called light. Fire is, after all, the transubstantiation of material substance into light. Reversing this process is called photosynthesis in plants and is the transubstantiation of light into organic substance. As light, the fourth element implies the gnosis of cosmic truths as enlightenment. Gnostic wisdom was defeated early in the Christian era due to its emphasis on the aspect of understanding rather than Universal Will. The latter being the ultimate fire behind all creation. It is important to keep in mind that the Nag Hammadi scrolls, including the Gnostic Gospel of Peter, were found in an earthenware jug in 1947 just twenty miles from the temple at Denderah. The following presentation will often appear to be a discourse in Gnostic wisdom, however, everything will be related to cosmic substance, and enlightenment is merely a side effect of cosmic consciousness and Universal Will.

In Figure 3 , the gray colored glyphs are the five planets known to the ancients. Saturn stands between Libra and Virgo under the figure of the pregnant hippo. Mercury stands on the light in the hand of Virgo next to Cancer. Jupiter stands above a cow between Gemini and Leo. Venus stands between Pisces and Aquarius, and Mars stands on the back of Capricorn. As roving stars, they contain time information, and are ambassadors of the serendipity of the cosmos. As mythological gods, they contain spiritual meaning, similar to present astrology.

At the very center of the monument is a circle of brown colored characters representing the metaphysical element of earth. Around the central circle of glyphs is a circle of mixed colored glyphs representing the metaphysical element water. The outer edge of this circle is touched by the feet of the lion walking upon a serpent. The third circle is bounded between the feet of the lion and the feet of the woman seated with her crown at the lion. This circle represents the metaphysical element air. Each of these circles has glyphs which cross between adjacent circles. The crab, Cancer, crosses the boundary between the circle of earth and the circle of water. Taurus crosses the boundary between the circle of water and the circle of air. Scorpio crosses between the circle of air and the circle of water. Metaphysically, Cancer represents feelings, which are the bridge between material existence and living organisms. Taurus represents material and physical wealth and power, and these ingredients are required to cross between physical existence and rational abundance. Scorpio represents physical desire, and is the essence of crossing the boundary between rational and physical existence. The pregnant hippo, Tauret, represents the transition from physical existence to material existence. This boundary is crossed when a living organism looses its senses. The fourth circle, representing the metaphysical element fire contains glyphs which cross the outer edge of the circle of air. Going into the circle of fire outside of Sagittarius is a man wearing an atef crown. This crown was given to those who reached enlightenment, and it is directly in line with the Horus falcon at the axis of the temple. This tells us that cosmic wisdom was the purpose of the temple. The crowns of the glyphs by Scorpio represent transcendence from spiritual to rational being through instinct. This is the rebirth of Osiris from the underworld, which leads through Scorpio and Tauret to physical and material being.

All of the glyphs in the three inner circles walk in a counterclockwise spiral. This direction is continued in the outer circle of fire, and represents the passing of time and the precession of the equinoxes. It is important to realize that we have no way of telling cosmic time, except by the precession of the equinoxes. That is why the monument was dedicated as a "rock of ages." Watches and calendars all have to be referenced to some celestial event in order to define time. The reason for this is simple. Time is an image of the passing of material bodies. Space is an image of the placement of material bodies. Modern space-time coordinates are dependent upon an appropriate celestial relationship. This is the essence of the "big picture."

In Figure 3 , the gray colored glyphs are the five planets known to the ancients. Saturn stands between Libra and Virgo under the figure of the pregnant hippo. Mercury stands on the light in the hand of Virgo next to Cancer. Jupiter stands above a cow between Gemini and Leo. Venus stands between Pisces and Aquarius, and Mars stands on the back of Capricorn. As roving stars, they contain time information, and are ambassadors of the serendipity of the cosmos. As mythological gods, they contain spiritual meaning, similar to present astrology.

At the very center of the monument is a circle of brown colored characters representing the metaphysical element of earth. Around the central circle of glyphs is a circle of mixed colored glyphs representing the metaphysical element water. The outer edge of this circle is touched by the feet of the lion walking upon a serpent. The third circle is bounded between the feet of the lion and the feet of the woman seated with her crown at the lion. This circle represents the metaphysical element air. Each of these circles has glyphs which cross between adjacent circles. The crab, Cancer, crosses the boundary between the circle of earth and the circle of water. Taurus crosses the boundary between the circle of water and the circle of air. Scorpio crosses between the circle of air and the circle of water. Metaphysically, Cancer represents feelings, which are the bridge between material existence and living organisms. Taurus represents material and physical wealth and power, and these ingredients are required to cross between physical existence and rational abundance. Scorpio represents physical desire, and is the essence of crossing the boundary between rational and physical existence. The pregnant hippo, Tauret, represents the transition from physical existence to material existence. This boundary is crossed when a living organism looses its senses. The fourth circle, representing the metaphysical element fire contains glyphs which cross the outer edge of the circle of air. Going into the circle of fire outside of Sagittarius is a man wearing an atef crown. This crown was given to those who reached enlightenment, and it is directly in line with the Horus falcon at the axis of the temple. This tells us that cosmic wisdom was the purpose of the temple. The crowns of the glyphs by Scorpio represent transcendence from spiritual to rational being through instinct. This is the rebirth of Osiris from the underworld, which leads through Scorpio and Tauret to physical and material being.

All of the glyphs in the three inner circles walk in a counterclockwise spiral. This direction is continued in the outer circle of fire, and represents the passing of time and the precession of the equinoxes. It is important to realize that we have no way of telling cosmic time, except by the precession of the equinoxes. That is why the monument was dedicated as a "rock of ages." Watches and calendars all have to be referenced to some celestial event in order to define time. The reason for this is simple. Time is an image of the passing of material bodies. Space is an image of the placement of material bodies. Modern space-time coordinates are dependent upon an appropriate celestial relationship. This is the essence of the "big picture."

Looking toward the constellation Draco ( Figure 5) we find the pole of the ecliptic plane (EP) defined by the path of the Earth around the sun. From our perspective, it appears that the sun moves clockwise around the constellations of the ecliptic through the four seasons. However, it is the Earth that is moving around the sun. This information is trivially obvious to anyone who takes the time to look at the stars, however, modern science teaches that it was not known until Copernicus (1473-1543) established the helical centered universe. Ptolemy (100-170), the Greek astronomer, was given credit for a geocentric universe concept which allowed for the estimation of the planet locations using epicycles on orbits around the Earth. However, Aristarchus (200 B.C.) of Samos, Greece suggested that the sun was at the center of the universe. Construction of the Denderah temple began early in the first century before Christ, and it is clear that scientific wisdom was in regression between Aristarchus and Ptolemy, while religious wisdom was still a protected entity.

Figure 5: Fourteen Ecliptic Constellations
The star chart in Figure 5 presents fourteen constellations along the ecliptic. This chart shows the movement of the vernal equinox counterclockwise along the path as seen from Earth. Thirteen of the constellations are on the ecliptic. Only Orion is off the ecliptic, and is beyond the circle, or below the ecliptic plane. Above the ecliptic plane opposite Orion are the constellations of Ophiuchus and Serpens. In the middle of the ecliptic circle are the asterisms of the Little Dipper and the Big Dipper with the constellation Draco. In the back of Draco is the north polar axis of the ecliptic plane (EP). Around this point is a circle representing the path of the north pole of the Earth’s axis. If we watch the stars at night in the northern hemisphere, they all revolve around the polar location. Today, 1997, the celestial pole is near the brightest star in the Little Dipper called Polaris. In 3000 B.C. when Dynastic Egypt began, the celestial pole was on the tail of the dragon at a star called Thuban. On the ecliptic circle we can see that the present vernal equinox is near the big fish in Pisces. Two thousand years ago the vernal equinox was near the line to the small fish. Four thousand years before Christ the vernal equinox was in Taurus above Orion. This was the age of the Minotaur, or bull-man, of the Kingdom of Minos in Greek mythology. When the Hall of Bulls was illustrated on the cave at Lascaux, the vernal equinox was at Libra. However, these people did not see a balance or a scorpion, they saw a bull, in fact many bulls. What has transpired over the 17,000 years since the Hall of Bulls was illustrated is the wholesale destruction of the constellations of bulls. Only one bull remains, Taurus. According to Ancient Egyptians, this bull was torn apart and its legs were placed at the dippers in the northern sky.

If we go all the way back to approximately 17,241 B.C. we reach a location in the sky that is dear to all participants in life on Earth. Below (outside) the ecliptic just beyond Scorpio’s tail and the knee of Ophiuchus in line with the arrow in the bow of Sagittarius is a spot which represents the center of the Milky Way galaxy (GC). At the outstretched arm of Virgo is the north galactic pole and the top of the galactic axis (TOG). The Milky Way sweeps in an arc through the galactic center, around the polar path opposite the Big Dipper and through the foot of the male twin in Gemini. This is the only asterism in the heavens which was not drawn by mortal creatures. In Ancient Egypt, this asterism was know as the Horus of Two Horizons. It was their celestial home. Above was fire, and below was water, between was earth and air. Their noble goal in establishing Egypt was to unite the two lands. This was a task that would require the uncovering of all the hiding places of the celestial scribe, Thoth, and then lead to the Exodus into Israel.

Where the Milky Way crosses the ecliptic represented the two most important hiding places in the heavens. On one side was the celestial father, Ra, on the other side was the celestial son, Osiris. We know these places as the constellations of Ophiuchus and Orion. Ophiuchus is in the first part of the stars of heaven above the Milky Way and the ecliptic. Orion is in the third part of the stars of heaven below the Milky Way and the ecliptic. This place was called the Duat or the Underworld of Osiris. Here is where life germinated from the eternal abyss. In the Duat a Sycamore tree grew out of the body of Osiris, and the trunk of the tree became the Great Square pillar of the kingdom of Byblos, whose canopy is the Milky Way. This same Horus of Two Horizons is the source of all living in the kingdom. It rotates about its galactic axis in the same direction as the equinoxes precess. Being composed of billions of stars, the orbital speed of the galaxy varies with distance from the center. At the sun’s radius the orbital speed is one cycle every two hundred million years. This means that the sun has gone less than half way around the galaxy since the dinosaurs perished sixty five million years ago. A single orbit is 7700 Platonic years. In one complete cycle of the equinoxes, the solar system will move around the galaxy less than three arcminutes. Visible stars are so close to the sun, that movement in the stellar background is almost imperceptible over a period equal to one Platonic year.


Figure 6: Scientific Cosmic Perspective and Egyptian Cosmic Metaphor

According to Egyptian legend, when Ra created the universe, he took Shu out of himself. Shu represented the element air, and was clearly a rationalization of the creator. Ra placed Shu at the ecliptic plane to signify the rational path of the light of day. Then Ra spew Tefnut out of his mouth as water. Thus the arc of the Milky Way was born. Shu and Tefnut met along the highway in heaven as twins proceeding from the mouth of the lion representing the Kingdom of Heaven. Where they met they gave birth to Nut and Geb. She became the top of the galaxy and rests at the outreaching hand of Virgo. Nut was the starry sky, or the fire of heaven, and she symbolized all the ideals of creation. Geb became the bottom of the galaxy and rests in the constellation of Sculptor. There he was earth in water under the great tree of heaven, and symbolized the root of all mundane qualities. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (John 9:6-7 KJV) (Si-loam is a mosaic of archaic words for sidereal and earth, or celestial earth.)

This holistic astral image was summarized in his book The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day on page 193, in E. A. Wallis Budge’s "Negative Confessions," with the words of a man who had purified himself in the Maat; "I have been to the Field of Grasshoppers. I have bathed in the pool wherein the sailors of Ra bathe. I have found the Scepter of Flint in the furrow of Maat." These celestial words were translated to the twenty third psalm. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Ps 23:1-6 KJV)

These words portray, in gloriously poetic inspiration, the whole cosmos, as seen from Egypt and Israel. This celestial vision is paraphrased by the reference to the "field of grasshoppers" and the "green pastures", which is the modern constellation of Coma Berenices. The "bathing pool of the sailors of Ra" and the "still waters" is the path of the equinoxes and the sun through the Milky Way. The "scepter of flint in the furrow of Maat" is in the depths under Pisces in the resting place of the constellation of the Sculptor at the bottom of the galaxy. Here also are the table, staff , oil, and cup running over. Passing through the sea under the Milky Way is the ecliptic path at the "presence of mine enemies." Egypt is below and Israel is above Tefnut. The land of milk and honey is the destiny for all people, who search for the fulfillment of desire along the way of Shu. Life giving waters are in the pathway of the net of Neith and the emotions of Tefnut, where the Tree of Life grows in Egypt. Israel is the region of light from Ophiuchus (Ra) to Taurus (El).

This poetic vision is ornamented by the vignette depicting the separation of Nut and Geb by Shu, which had been duplicated in many forms throughout the history of Egypt. In the vignette, the barque of Ra sails from night to day in the precessional direction over Nut (Virgo). Nut and Geb extend in the precessional directions of their respective ecliptic paths. Shu, supporting the tabernacle of the sun and four ankhs and flanked by the eschatological truths of the vulture and the eagle, separates Nut and Geb, as a rationalization of dreams and reality. Geb, covered with feathers of truth, reaches with his left hand toward the crown of the two lands, heaven and earth, which is the syncretic destiny of civilization and the Barque of Ra. The right hand of Geb points toward the Utchat and his right forearm is under the Djed pillar, signifying unity and stability. Maat accompanies Ra, while the helmsman, Thoth, is transformed with truth and the scepter of life, as he acquires a head and understands the mysteries of the Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. Prior to passing over the torso of Nut, Thoth is slumped over the helm of the Barque of Ra, as if the vessel were weathering a storm. When the vessel passes into the Kingdom of Heaven (Leo), Thoth receives the implements of a successful voyage, the scepter of flint and the ankh, while the feather of truth takes over the helm. Outside the scene is Tefnut. This divine emotion is, in essence, the holistic scene itself, and the abyss below. She is shown in her form as Neith, the fabric of existence, and is the aspiration of the Barque of Ra.

In Shu, Tefnut (Neith), Nut and Geb, we see the metaphor of the metaphysical creation elements, air, water, fire, and earth. Shu represents the rationality which comes forth from self consciousness. Tefnut represents the emotion that spews forth from the aspirations and exasperations of self consciousness. Nut represents the ideals and dreams of life. Geb represents the mundane qualities of reality. By separating the ideal from the mundane, Shu has given victory to reason over chaos.

These metaphors for material-physical-psycho-spiritual existence are preceded by the Barque of Ra. In the barque, Ra sits behind Maat, who symbolizes the cosmic medium and its relationship to cognitive truth. Maat is the holistic Freudian concept of the Id. Thoth represents the chronicles of experience and is re-cognized truth. He is the holistic Freudian concept of Super Ego. Ra represents the principle of cosmic consciousness and the primeval creator. For it is consciousness, and consciousness alone, that decides whether to follow Maat or Thoth. Just like it is ego and ego alone that decides whether to follow the Id or the Super Ego. A primary difference between the Freudian trinity and the Egyptian trinity is fearlessness (love) in the Egyptian cosmic metaphor. Freud was obsessed with abnormal psychological behavior, human phobias, individuation, and self realization. Neurosis and sin are just mistakes in communication.

These three Egyptian oracles represent uncreated spirits. No being can communicate without these three, for they are the essence of communication. Maat is the medium. Ra is the cognitive being. Thoth is the message. All communication, whether between created beings or divine beings, is entirely subject to these three. Any attempt to communicate without one of these three will fail, whether by a mortal or by an immortal being.

Thus the second generation of Ra was complete, and his grandchildren were forbidden to give birth on any day of the year, for all the elements of heaven had been born. This perplexed Nut and Geb so they conversed with the wise Thoth. Knowing that the Egyptian calendar was made of thirty six ten day periods, Thoth informed Nut that she could have her children during the five days which were not included in the ancient calendar. Thus Nut gave birth to Osiris, Horus the Elder, Seth, Isis, and Nephthys. These were identified with human qualities and chariots of fire. Osiris represented fire in Orion. Seth represented air in Lepus. Isis represented water in Canis Major. Nephthys completed the human elements as earth in Canis Minor. Horus the Elder never acted during the first generation of Nut, for his time had not come. Instead, he became the duplicated spirit of the grandfather, Ra, in Auriga. This Horus was the preconscious being of the human condition. He did not act on his own, but he paid close attention to the goings and comings of the other four siblings and their parents. He would eventually come into his own as the son of Isis and Osiris, as a metaphor for consciousness proceeding out of the union of water and fire.

This latter Horus would have to avenge his father’s death at the hands of his selfish uncle Seth, a metaphor for loss of spirituality for the sake of rationality and a return to consciousness. Horus had four sons of his own. They did not take part in living affairs, but became the four elements of the human soul of every dead Osiris. It was their duty to keep safe the vital organs for a future life when the usurper of the soul turned the house over to the master. Thus the theme of the metaphysical creation was repeated three times, with earth, water, air, and fire being passed from the Creator to the universe to the human ancestors, and finally to the souls of the dead. This divine mystery was portrayed for a purpose. That purpose was the return of Osiris, when all souls that were found equal to cosmic truth at the Last Judgment would rise to their heavenly bodies at the moment known as Sep Tepi. Sep Tepi was the first time, and it was coming again.

All of this legend was recorded in the Chapters of Coming Forth by Day. This ancient text was the modern equivalent of the Bible of Western Civilization. Egyptologists refer to it as the Book of the Dead, because so many copies of it were found wrapped in the cloths of Egyptian mummies. Our modern rational-materialistic wisdom does not allow use to understand that these ancient people so loved life, that they took it with them in the form of their sacred scriptures. What better place is there for retaining the messages of cosmic wisdom than in the possession of the ancestors. As children grow they strive to leave the nest. But eventually they return to the nest with children of their own. Then as their own children flounder in the existential abyss the new parents look toward their ancestors to find the hidden secrets they had been too arrogant to learn. That is the legacy of the ancient world. How arrogant we are not to understand it ourselves. But we are the children of the children of God through two thousand years of precession, after the end of their day at the tabernacle of the sun. If it were not for the pyramids of Egypt, and the respect they demonstrate for the afterlife, we would not be in a position to rediscover our own roots. So we return now to the message which our ancestors found written on the celestial vault.

With this background we can further appreciate the atef crown on the glyph that crosses the boundary between air and fire (light) at Sagittarius. This location represents the stepping off point for a new beginning in a universe of perfect communication. Sep Tepi occurs between Sagittarius and Ophiuchus, and the First Time is the beginning of a new cycle. This cycle can be explained using the colored coded glyphs in  Figure 3.

Beginning at the bow of Sagittarius and traveling counterclockwise we traverse through the celestial ages, as well as life’s passages. After material reformation, a new beginning starts with animal instinct. The composers of the monument defined each passage with a barque. In the green glyphs, the baboon of Thoth rests upon the Barque to symbolize the school of instinctuality. Reincarnation begins at the altar of instinctuality, where the solar disc crosses the boundary between fire and air. Instincts are developed by a "teacher of righteousness." In the orange glyphs, the image of Ra rests on a barque. Ra is presented as the judge at the balance. Judgment cannot be made on the first passage, and he represents Horus the Elder during the first initiation of the instincts. The instincts listen and attempt to identify the new stimulation based upon experiences in past lives. A baby cries when it needs to be fed. An antelope gets to its feet within moments of birth in order to run from any predators lurking in the grass. At this passing, instincts from past lives rule. Surviving the birth process the youth is nurtured by the parent. This role is predominantly a female task, for the mother must nurture the seed until it is born, and nurture the child until it is an adolescent. This school of nurturing is symbolized by the barque under the ruminating cow. Within the school are the crone, the mother, and the maiden. These represent wisdom (Sophia), responsibility, and motivation. The goal of nurturing is the coming kingdom of heaven, represented by the woman holding the child on her knee under the lion. This age is marked by whelping and weaning, the age of nurturing leads into the age of rationality. Rationality is depicted first as a cocky adolescent and then as wise men in the form of a man and a beast. Adolescence is that age when the struggle to understand the body and the mind dominates events, whether in a civilization or in a person. This school is symbolized by the ram with a sun disk on its head. This "stiff-necked one" rests on the barque of the school of rationality. It is a symbol of arrogance, which is a direct result of the compressed wisdom of the Crone, symbolized by the serpent with the atef crown on the altar at the foot of the cocky man. He has great faith and holds the flail on his shoulder with the scepter of flint in his foreword arm. It is the spirit of arrogance that has driven man to the moon. His wisdom was too immature to realize that he could not reach the moon, so he did it in nine years. But there is a price to pay for arrogance.

These ages from instinct to rationality are all illustrated between the equinoctial ages of Scorpio and Pisces. After detailed examination, there is evidence that the adolescent must undergo the trial at the balance in order to become adept at the skills of the man and beast within. On the cross beam of Libra is a naked adolescent. Above the adolescent is a jackal and a young king. These symbols define the judgment made at the balance. If the judgment yields to the jackal, the adolescent is sent back to the center for reformation. His descendants will participate in the same instincts that he was given at birth. If the judgment yields to the young king, then the adolescent passes through Virgo to Leo and rides the bull of Taurus to greater abundance at the mark of the man and the beast. Here is wisdom. The adolescent who understands the man and the beast will proceed onward to Aquarius. This angel of the heavens carries a bucket of water. On the Denderah he is emptying two vials upon the fish at his feet, implying that arrogant rationality is a fish out of water. These are the same vials which were held by the mother in the school of nurturing. She withheld her affection in order to make him strong and rational. Because of this she was forced to pay obeisance to the symbol of rationality at the barque of the stiff-necked ram. In the school of rationality we see a child sitting on a lotus flower sucking his finger, a tyrant sitting on a thrown with powerful horns but no head or arms. On either side of these two are altars of serpent and ram heads. Each altar contains four heads. Thus the four elements were converted from spiritual instinctuality to mental rationality. Beyond the four rational elements is a man holding stone tables representing man made rationalizations material cosmic laws. The last three characters in the circle of fire in the school of rationality is a great sheep, a swan, and eight bound persons. This statement declares that the rational laws of man will bind the people in order to satisfy the Great Shepherd. Thus the monument is declaring that rational adolescence will lead to bondage. Eight bound images represent the state of the ego centered universe in a circle within the greater circle of life, implying a ball rolling in a drum. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. (Rev 17:11 KJV)

The mistake made by the Great Shepherd is the worship of graven images. It is essential to realize that the rational mind is dependent upon images for its livelihood. If images become engraved in the mind, as if on stone, then learning will cease, and regression or forgetfulness will take over. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (Exod 20:4 KJV) Tyrants attempt to rule people by indoctrinating them with images that give all power to the tyrant. Rational stiff-necked behavior is at fault in all forms of addiction. This includes material, physical, spiritual and rational addictions. Mental health is dependent upon the free adaptations of the images within the mind. When the mind can no longer adapt, then the rational child is dead, as the body succumbs to the ego trip. Adaptation is the only purpose for the mind and its world of images.

What makes the child become addicted is the transfer of needs. All that was needed was another hug at the right time. When affection was withheld, the adolescent decided to be a hero and deny the mother for the sake of rational independence. But such independence is based upon a lie, and the "man of a lie" must face the eternal judge at the balance. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? (Luke 2:48-49 KJV)

Passing the last judgment, the adolescent leaves the school of rationality and moves into the school of Sagacity. There we see the monument designers indicate a small ram, symbol of the humble shepherd, between Thoth and a serpent headed woman. Thus the sheep are scattered as the shepherd regains universal knowledge and feminine intuition in Capricorn after abandoning the tyrannical ego trip. Between Capricorn and Sagittarius is a sun headed man in the circle of fire. This glyph can be easily summarized with the words an "enlightened man." After enlightenment comes a hawk headed man, the man with the atef crown, and a serpent headed man. Combined, these three indicate consciousness of human knowledge and perception of things to come. Above the last glyph in the school of Sagacity, and under the forelegs of Sagittarius, is the barque of the school of wisdom. This is the complete cycle, for it returns to the First Time at Sep Tepi and the baboon of Thoth. Even though fixed images represent death to the conscious mind, it is critical that the mind give proper perception to rational truth. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exod 20:7 KJV)

Seven stages --- serendipity, reformation, instinctuality, righteousness, nurturing, rationality, and sagacity --- represent the composite which is the holistic truth of the "big picture. Four of these stages are the essence of the metaphysical elements. Instinctuality is the unaided material wisdom available through the genetic record. Nurturing is the life giving waters. Rationality is all air and imagination. Sagacity is the fire where the revelation of the inner workings of the cosmos are available. Righteousness is the fifth school, which is run by the Creator, and it is the fifth kingdom of Daniel, as well. Only the Creator can judge, for only the Creator commands. All others obey or perish.


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DESIGN OF THE ROCK OF AGES 
        Figure 1: Denderah Zodiac Photograph, Louvre Inventory D38 
        Figure 2: Migrating Birds Recognize Asterisms in the Sky
        Figure 3: REA Denderah Zodiac Paraphrase

METAPHORS OF METAPHYSICS
        Figure 4: Denderah Zodiac Elements
        Figure 5: Fourteen Ecliptic Constellations
        Figure 6: Scientific Cosmic Perspective and Egyptian Cosmic Metaphor

CALIBRATING THE HEAVENS
        Figure 7: Giza Complex, 2450 BC
        Figure 8: Star Ways of the Great Pyramid at Giza
        Figure 9: Calendars of Western Civilization Stop the Tabernacle of the Sun
        Table 1: Precessional Calculations Using Denderah Zodiac Photograph

SALVATION AND REVELATION
        Figure 10: Mithras Sees the Gateway to Heaven
        Figure 11: Birth of Libra

DAY AND NIGHT
        Figure 12: Celestial Time Indicators
        Figure 13: Balance of Reason and Truth
        Figure 14: North Galactic Pole at Zenith above Akhet Aten (El Amarna, Egypt) 1996
        Figure 15: South Galactic Pole at Nadir below Akhet Aten (El Amarna, Egypt) 1996
        Figure 16: Out of Egypt have I called my son. (Matt 2:15 KJV)
        Figure 17: Constantine’s Shield Guards the Throne
        Figure 18: Papyrus of Hu-nefer, Reign of Seti I, 1306-1290 B.C., He Has Risen
        Figure 19: Conflict of Consciousness
        Figure 20: Vernal Equinox March 21, 30 A.D. Relative to March 21, 1997
        Figure 21: Solar Eclipse Revealed the Fable of the Ancients
        Figure 22: At the Nadir Meridian of Constantinople, the Earth Rested on the Balance
        Figure 23: Sixth Millennium Chatal Höyük, Anatolia
        Figure 24: Seal of Solomon
        Figure 25: Eclipse of 646 AD Superimposed on 1900 BC Records of Venus
        Figure 26: Meaning of the Nadir Site
        Figure 27: Creator of Heaven
        Figure 28: Journey Through the Duat

EVANGELISM AND APPRENTICESHIP
        Figure 29: Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. (Matt 26:34)
        Figure 30: Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. (Mark 14:30)


Return to Crossing the Leo-Cancer Boundary for a rebuttal to Dr. E. C. Krupp's debunking of the Bauval-Hancock presentation on the layout of the Giza plateau in the March 2001 Sky & Telescope magazine.

Return to View Through the Grand Gallery and see what the ancients actually saw when the looked through the grandest hall ever constructed by a living creature on earth.

Return to View Through the Entrance Passageway and see why the grandest structure was prepared for the ages.

Return to Midnight at the Oasis and watch what the recent meeting of the American Federation of Astrologers could have seen when they celebrated the coming of Aquarius on June 9, 2000, just six days before the lunar eclipse that would herald the very moment they were celebrating.

Return to Khufu's Pyramid and witness the construction that tells the oldest version of The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Return to  New Giza, Age of the Fifth Sun and see the whole of the Egyptian heavens reborn. The Greeks, through Zeus, killed the Serpent which carried Ra through the Night. The Hebrews drove his serpent out of the Garden in Heaven. Now, with the whole cosmos of Egypt revealed, we can recognize that the Serpent of Ra was the Night Boat which carried Cosmic Consciousness through the dark wilderness in the still vital body of Osiris.

Return to the Mistress of Common Sense and see how a child's natal charts predict the coming of the Great Comforter, with the soul of the First Father.

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