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The Great Pyramid;
Symbols and Hieroglyphs in the King's Chamber (cont.)
By Richard E. Ford

IX. Narratives in the symbols and hieroglyphs

There appear to be several narratives that can be formed from the various symbols and words identified. Two examples follow:

  1. Atum-Re loves the earth. (Sentence formed from the symbol of Atum-Re from the 1st the word, mr (love), from the 3rd sphere, and the symbol for the earth from the 5th sphere.)
  2. The earth praises Atum-Re. (Sentence formed from the symbol for the earth from the 5th sphere, the word, mr (praise) from the 3rd sphere, and the symbol for Atum-Re from the 5th sphere.)

There may be many more such narratives, but we will limit ourselves to these two examples for the time being for the sake of brevity.

X. Concluding thoughts on the symbols and hieroglyphs

Several questions naturally arise from all of this. Are these symbols and hieroglyphs credible? Writing in the stars, connecting the dots, so to speak, is it believable? I think they are, because they derive from the regular practice of ancient astronomers in observing the stars, and also from their practice of drawing figures on the various constellations of the heavens using the stars as an outline. However, it could still all be a coincidence, but it seems that it would have to be one with very, very long odds. Many if not most of the important symbols and concepts from the Egyptian religion and geometry are either quite clearly present in the figures or can readily be derived from them, which would seem to argue that this was all done by design and is not the result of mere coincidence.

The three courses of stone in the four walls of the King's Chamber from which the symmetrical figures are derived seem to be related in both their number and layout to the format of "The Book of What is in the Duat." There are typically three rows of images in each of the twelve hours that make up the chapters or divisions of the book. The third sphere figures from the King's Chamber and their relationship to the hieroglyphs for dua and duat seem to be particularly compelling in this regard. The emphasis on the dua and duat also call to mind the pyramid texts with their similar focus. It has long been recognized that the various volumes of the Book of the Dead, of which the "The Book of What is in the Duat" is one, were derived in part from the much older pyramid texts. However, preceding and underlying both may be the symbols and hieroglyphs of the Great Pyramid. If so, the messages in the Great Pyramid would be the oldest such texts yet and the closest in time to the thoughts and beliefs of the people who originally conceived of them, and could also represent the original text for the Book of the Hidden Chamber, an important work related to The Book of What is in the Duat.

Professor Robert Temple in The Sphinx Mystery, Inner Traditions 2009, discusses the Book of the Hidden Chamber at some length in Chapter 7, and provides the following quote from this work, "Whosoever shall make these representations according to the image which is in writing in the hidden places of the Duat, at the south of the Hidden Palace..."[4] (my emphasis added). This is a most intriguing statement and I believe that it strongly suggests that the "Hidden Chamber" is none other than the King's Chamber itself. The fact that the five-pointed star, the very symbol of the Duat, can be found in the King's Chamber is very significant in this regard in my opinion. And the fact that the geographic location of the Great Pyramid is related to the upper culmination of the North Pole of the Ecliptic through the 54°─36°─90° triangle, a triangle that is the fundamental building block of the five-pointed star, is also very significant. (See my earlier article posted on Forum, "The Great Pyramid and the North Pole of the Ecliptic" for a discussion on this relationship and on the reasons that I believe the North Pole of the Ecliptic is to be identified with the ancient Egyptians' references to the Great Seat, the Throne of God, and the Palace of Ptah. The 'Hidden Palace" would, therefore, seem to be yet one more term of reference to this very singular spot in the heavens.)

There also seems to be a theme or series of related themes underlying the symbols and hieroglyphs of the Great Pyramid: God and creation, the lesser gods, heavenly design, heaven and earth, time, death, resurrection, eternity, and transformation. A further theme appears to be present in the symbols and hieroglyphs of the third sphere: geometry, mr triangle, golden rectangle, five-pointed star, golden mean, trigonometric functions; Fibonacci series and the progression of life. And what are these themes and what is their purpose or underlying meaning? I don't know, but it is tempting to speculate that their central theme is life, its origins and how it sustains itself. In this regard it may be significant that the only major ancient Egyptian religious symbol that is apparently not present in the Pyramid is the ankh, symbol of life, and it may be one that is conspicuous by its absence.

A few final thoughts. Apparently, the Great Pyramid preserves a great deal of knowledge, with far ranging implications and ramifications to a variety of fields of study, including: astronomy, geodesy, metrology, physics, linguistics, etymology, etc. Which begs the question: Is the Pyramid a relic from another age, after all, one far removed in time from the 4th dynasty? The ancient legends all say so, and in light of the foregoing maybe these legends should be treated with more respect than has been accorded them in the past. There may be far more that the Great Pyramid can teach us than anyone could ever have imagined, and Egypt may have a much longer and far richer history than we are aware of, just as the ancient Egyptians all claimed. The question is, though: Is our modern world, with its highly fractured and narrowly focused professional class, prepared to deal with it?

© Copyright 2009 by Richard E. Ford.

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  1. Professor Temple takes this quote from: E. A. Wallis Budge, The Egyptian Heaven and Hell, vol. 2 (London: Keegan Paul, 1905), pages 13-17. [back to text]

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