The Pyramids Point to Heaven
Though built by three different kings, the pyramids at Giza are curiously similar. All face north, with each of their four corners aimed at a cardinal point, forming nearly perfect compasses. The third pyramid, although built last, is by far the smallest. Unless planned beforehand, it wouldnt make sense for a king to place his pyramid where its inferior size would be the most obvious. The fact that its slightly offset from the first two also suggests an intentional pattern. In their book, The Orion Mystery, (Crown Publishers) Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert give us a startling new idea about the secret of pyramids.
Most Egyptologists believe that the shafts within the pyramids were built for ventilation. The lower shaft ends, however, before it breaks outside the outer wall. Though one might explain that the shaft was abandoned before completion due to unforeseen architectural problems, this explanation is difficult to accept, since an air shaft seems a minor detail for a society advanced enough to build the pyramids.
A measurement of the angle of the shafts revealed an astronomical alignment. When taking precession (the apparent movement of stars in the sky due to the wobbly motion of the Earth) into consideration, the shafts point towards certain stars at the time the pyramid was built, specifically stars in the constellation of Orion. Though it is generally believed that ancient Egyptians worshiped the sun, this fact pointed towards a stellar-oriented religion.
The Pyramid Texts, the oldest writings known to man, contain stories about what happened to a king when he died. The constellation of Orion, who was associated with the god Osirus, resided in the part of the sky known as the Duat. Believed to be descended from gods, kings returned to the Duat upon their deaths, becoming a star in the constellation of Orion.
A comparison of a picture of the constellation of Orion with an aerial shot of the pyramids at Giza and other Fourth Dynasty pyramids revealed striking similarities. The relative size of each pyramid matched the brightness of its corresponding star. Even the third star in Orions belt was offset from the previous two in the same manner as the third pyramid at Giza. The Fourth Dynasty kings had created a map of the sky on the earth, with the Nile river representing the Milky Way, and the pyramids mirroring stars in the constellations they associated with their gods. The immortality of the pyramids suggest an immortal dimension to humanity.
(Digest by Kim Linn, Atlantic University)