The Giza Oracle: A New Theory Concerning the Design of the Pyramids of Giza (cont.)
By © (2006) Scott Creighton
Accepting this as a possibility the twelve signs of the zodiac are placed around the precession wheel to create a `precession clock'. The starting point or calibrating point for the wheel is, of course, the Great Sphinx and this possibly explains why it sits outside the circle - its realm is in the cosmos and the wheel is symbolic of the precessional turning of the stars. The date the clock is calibrated to is the dawn (symbolised by the Great Sphinx facing east where dawn rises) of the previous Age of Leo (the Sphinx symbolises a lion) which occurred around the year 10,948BC.
It is unlikely, however, that the ancient Designers of the Giza Precession Wheel would have left us to guess precisely what year they used as the start point for their astronomical clock and would have found a way to tell future civilisations the precise date to use as the start date - i.e. the year, relative to our own time-frame, the Designers' recognised as the 'Dawn of Leo'. This date will, in all likelihood, differ to the date our modern calendar recognises as the previous Dawn of Leo. It barely needs to be said but this start date or 'Year 0' is crucial to determine the dates encoded into the Precession Wheel. And it would seem that this crucial date is provided for us through the Great Giza Triangle. Let us now see how.
In the design of the GGT (and indeed the 3 Great Pyramids themselves) we are immediately drawn to the 'misaligned pyramid' of Menakau-Ra. It is one of Giza's most enduring puzzles and we find ourselves asking (as Robert Bauval did) why should this small pyramid be off-centre? Certainly the Centroid Alignment Theory shows how it comes to be misaligned from a mathematical perspective but it does not explain why the Designer's would have chosen such a design technique to 'create' such a misalignment. What is it they are trying to show us with this misalignment? What truth, if any, lies in the maths?
Figure 3c - Misalignment of Menkau-Ra is Due to 47 angle (from North) of the GGT Baseline
Mathematically, the misaligned pyramid of Menkau-Ra (in the context of the Centroid Alignment Theory) is misaligned specifically due to the angle of the GGT baseline (figure 3c). Changing the angle of the GGT baseline has the effect of shifting the position of Menkau-Ra's centre point. The baseline and the centre point (or centroid) of Menkau-Ra are, therefore, inextricably linked. In other words - the Designers' have fixed the baseline of the GGT at a very specific angle - 47 degrees from true north - in order to achieve the very specific misalignment of Menkau-Ra.
So now, if we are to accept (as Bauval/Gilbert propose) that the misaligned pyramid of Menkau-Ra is symbolic of the misaligned star (Mintaka) in Orion's Belt, then what can possibly connect this star with the 47 degrees we find in the Great Giza Triangle's baseline? The answer is simple and logical - declination!
The constellation of Orion (as with most constellations) slowly changes its declination (i.e. drifts up and down) on the southern horizon over the course of the Great Year (figure 3d). So, it is possible then that the fundamental purpose of the Great Giza Triangle is to provide us with a precise 'dating mechanism' for the astronomical clock based on the 'misaligned' star (Mintaka) with pyramid (Menkau-Ra). Let us take a moment to examine Mintaka's declination over the last 13,000 years.
Figure 3d - Declination of Mintaka over the Ages (Source: Skyglobe 4)
Mintaka appears to have a declination of -47 in the year 10,950BC. Intriguingly, this date shows a remarkable correlation with other ancient sources that place the Dawn of Leo circa 10,948BC - a difference of only 2 years. We now have the start date (Year 0) of the Precession Wheel -10,948BC.
Figure 4 - The Sphinx Represents the Dawn of the Previous Age of Leo (10,948BC) Map Source, Lehner - `The Complete Pyramids'
It is a very simple calculation to convert the angle of these alignments into actual dates. Since we know that 1 degree of the Great Precession Year is equivalent to approximately 72 years, a simple multiplication yields the number of years for each angle:
Khufu alignment = 52° x 72 = 3,744 years + 10,948 (dawn of Leo) = 14,692BC (16,692BP)
Menkau-Ra Alignment = 116° * 72 = 8,352 years - 10,948 (dawn of Leo) = 2,596BC (4,596BP)
Intriguingly these 2 dates correspond with highly significant past events. It is a matter of scientific fact that around 16,000-17,000 years ago the end of the last ice age took place. The catalyst for this defining moment in the development of human civilisation still remains a mystery but it is perhaps possible that the ancient Designers allude to its cause within the Giza Precession Wheel.
The second date (the Menkau-Ra alignment) of 4,596BP is equally significant since this seems to point directly to the era within which Egyptologists believe the Giza pyramids were finally completed.
The Giza Oracle indicates a number of other dates that have been plainly encoded into the wheel and demonstrates how these dates also correlate with significant events from our ancient past, in particular, the global extinction event that took place around 13,000BP - a date that correlates almost perfectly with the Precession Wheel start year of 12,948BP. But more than this, it seems that the ancient Designers of the wheel are perhaps indicating that the events of the past are actually part of a cycle, a cycle that could possibly see a return to the events of the past some time in our immediate future.
The Giza Oracle
Author, Scott Creighton
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