The Sphinx Reveals its Mystery

Advanced computer simulations and ancient Egyptian texts show that the Giza monuments reflect a diagram of ancient skies. According to Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval in their book The Message of the Sphinx: A Quest for the Hidden Legacy of Mankind (Crown Publishers), the purpose of such precise and elaborate construction relates to the search for immortality.

They begin by examining computer reconstructions of ancient skies as seen from Giza. In 10,500 BC, gazing due east in the pre-dawn on the spring equinox, the Sphinx would have faced its own celestial counterpart-the constellation Leo-at the horizon. As the sun rose at that exact spot, the pattern formed by the three stars of Orion's belt (at their lowest position in the sky) matched that of the three Great Pyramids. At that time there were also perfect correlations between the Milky Way and the Nile and between sunrise and the causeways of the Pyramids.

These unique celestial/terrestrial conjunctions are thought to have marked a significant beginning point during the 25,920 year precessional cycle of the equinoxes through the constellations. Such a "First Time" (Zep Tepi) is recorded in archaic Egyptian scriptures too. Several ancient texts mention a remote time when gods ruled Egypt. Horus, child of the Sun as well as the son of Osiris and Isis (associated with Orion and the star, Sirius, respectively), was the last god ruler of the Nile Valley. His demi-god successors, Horus-Kings, are said to have made journeys to reach Osiris so as to bestow immortality on Egypt. The trips, undertaken both in the sky and on land, involved passing by the star, Regalus, in Leo, and by the Sphinx.

The authors maintain that following the sun's path through the constellations from Taurus to Leo was only one facet of the journey; moving from the Age of Taurus to the Age of Leo was another. This movement through the ages constituted going backwards in time (i.e.-back to the "First Time"). They propose that the Shemsu Hor ("Followers of Horus") and advanced, semi-divine astronomers conveyed the secrets of the gods to the first mortal Egyptian Kings, thus accounting for the dramatic blossoming of the Egyptian culture in the Third millennium BC. Also, the incredible accuracy of the Pyramids built at that time implies that the designers envisioned a higher purpose than creating royal tombs. The entire Giza necropolis could have been a psychic gymnasium for the Horus-Kings to train them to overcome death.

(Digest by Marcia Noelle, Atlantic University.)