THE HUMBLE APPROACH
This essay begins the final segment of the puzzle of the Denderah zodiac. The name of the essay is taken directly from the fundamental statement in the last stages of the Denderah cycle of the precession of the equinoxes from Aquarius through Sagittarius. The essay has prerequisites which are necessary for a full understanding, however, an attempt to make the essay complete has been made. The full impact of this essay is best understood by reading many of the essays at the SiLoam.Net Home Page. The following essays are essential to the present presentation, and they are placed in the recommended order for reading.
Introduction to the Denderah zodiac monument
Camelot and Stonehenge, The Dream of Kingdom Come
Lascaux, The Search for Common Sense
Foundations of the Eternal City, Common Sense in Obeisance to Common Knowledge
The next two essays are recommended for initial astronomical and spiritual understanding. The Maya transcendence is not mandatory, however, it is provided for those who would like to see how the Native Cultures of the Americas saw the cosmos. The correspondence between the cultures are strikingly similar, even though the actual stories seem totally at variance.
Aspects of Astronomical and Spiritual Navigation
Transcendence in Mayan Mythology
In the essay on the foundations of the Eternal City, the perspective of the denderah zodiac monument suggested that civilization is contrary to common sense, and the rational material sciences were, in essence, an adolescent boy attempting to rape Mother Nature. The contrast with the technology based modern Western Cultures to the nature based native cultures clearly demonstrates that the rape of Mother Nature is well advanced. Somehow we have stopped short of Mutual Assured Destruction, however, we are still wandering in a wilderness without a significant identity defining who we are, and where we come from. One reason for the loss of identity is the denial of common sense for the sake of technological science. The average person in modern Western Culture operates computers and devices, about which he has no significant understanding. In the native cultures, people were much more self reliant, and they understood the objects they had to deal with because of their self reliance. Although we are ignorant of the workings of much of our technology, our culture as a whole understands the technology it develops. Where we fall short is in understanding the consequences of technology on our culture. One of the primary losses caused by our technological culture is the ability to comprehend the place we occupy in the cosmos. On this question, the advanced ancient cultures of Rome, Greece, Egypt, Persia, India, Mesoamerica, and a myriad of other Native Cultures were far more astute. The great works of human spiritual scriptures testify to a time when we had the capacity for communing with nature's spirit in a far more holistic manner. This was the fabled Golden Age of Man, and because we were once capable of participating in a Golden Age, we are capable of returning to that place where truth is not a goal, truth is an approach to success.
The present essay will progress along the cycle of the precession as defined on the Denderah zodiac monument after the Age of Pisces. Something happened during the beginning of this age of fish which caused us to lose the vision of a Golden Age. That something was the war between the gods. The chief gods in the battle have many names. In Egypt they were Horus and Seth. In Persia they were Mithra and Ahriman. In the Torah, the gods are denied and the battle was between Israel and Egypt. In the Gospels, the battle is between the Son of God and the Devil. But, when we examine all the great scriptures closely, we find an underlying message.
The battle of the gods that caused the loss of the Golden Age and the Promised land was a battle between the eternal cosmic perspective of the infinite past and future, and the present personal perspective. These two gods struggled mightily for centuries, and when Caesar August took the throne of Western Civilization, the present personal perspective overpowered the eternal cosmic perspective. Expediency began to consume common sense. Our modern culture is just the product of selfish enterprise, while our religions speak of the future days when the cosmic enterprise will come again. How did we lose that unified perspective of present personal perspective of the eternal cosmic essence? Was it just the cycle of the seasons in the cosmos? Can we restore the image of the Golden Age without losing the battle for self awareness? Can Horus and Seth on opposite sides to stop the great cosmic mill?
The answer to these questions is blowing in the wind, and there is a scent in the air that we are about to recover the most precious gift of life. In our previous discussion of the school where the Father's Business is taught for the sake of making Great Shepherds, the conflict between common knowledge of civilizations and the common sense of nature was presented on the east side of the Denderah zodiac monument. On the monument, there is a break in the stones between the headstrong ram deity on its barque of rationality, and the Great Shepherd before the bound ones in their cartouche of habitual existence. Here is a statement which only Mother Nature could have made. In ancient times, civilizations knew that it was not wise to fool with Mother Nature. So the broken stone message carries the advice to search for wisdom, rather than knowledge, or gnosis.
In this search for wisdom, we need to ask, how had it been lost? The answer was written in the walls of the temple at Karnak, over a thousand years before the beginning of the Age of Pisces, and the Christian era. The Egyptian priests had engraved a figure of Thoth, the neter of rational wisdom. He still stands on the temple walls with his wife Seshat to his left, and Khnum, the god of self awareness to his right. In the vignette, the priests show that Thoth has stretched a cloth or wide cord farther than he can reach. The shape of the cloth is the hieroglyph for the heavens above, and it is symbolic of the net of Neith. Its message is quite simple, Thoth knows all things under the heavens. This is not a surprising result, for Thoth was known for the invention of writing, and he was reported to have written all the knowledge in the great Hall of Records. Thoth is a metaphor for knowledge gained from cosmic experience. And since the cosmos is eternal, compared to the individual human, he represented cosmic knowledge.
The other two neters tell a new truth in the dialog between man and his Creator. The wife of Seshat is shown with her cord around her neck. More importantly, the shape of the cord and the position of her hands form the glyph of a virgin womb. In this vignette, the wife of cosmic wisdom is shown in a state of regression. She has returned to the cosmic womb. By direct contrast, Khnum, toward which the neters of rational an intuitional wisdom are facing, is shown in a dynamic dance, with a cord of his own. In other words, Khnum has recovered the information in the cosmic Hall of Records, and the intuition which revealed knowledge to Thoth for recording is no longer needed. Khnum is the Great Shepherd, and the time of the Ram had arrived.
To more fully understand the role of Seshat to the Ancient Egyptians, we need to realize that intuition precedes all scientific endeavors which are initiated before anything is written, or any foundation placed. The following text and the vignette to the left are excerpts from The Temple of Man, by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (pg. 730).
Finally, one of the essential operations, summarized under the title of "stretching the cord," consisted of determining the orientation of the temple. At Edfu, the king speaks thus in the presence of Seshat: "I have taken the stake and the mallet by the handle, I have grasped the (measuring) rope with the goddess Sefekhet; my gaze has followed the course of the stars, my eye has turned toward the Great Bear; I have measured time and counted (the hour) with the clepsydra [water clock], then I established the four corners that define the temple."
This statement is telling us that the temple marks cosmic time. It is a statement indicating that the temples are constructed to record certain cosmic moment, the time of the cosmic day. The one who has the reference measure for the length of the cosmic day is Seshat. However, the measure of time is a distance which can be measured by stretching a cosmic cord. This goddess is the source of creative action and wisdom. Time is just the positions of the stars to her. She is applied science at the beginning of all action. Unlike Thoth, she is the creator of the message which is to be written, for she initiates the idea of time, while Thoth is simply the recorder of deeds. Seshat is the equivalent of Eve in the Bible, for her intuitive action is the mother of all living, and she is always the first to measure time as distance. Thoth is the equivalent of Adam, for like Adam he is the master of names. Seshat represents an archetype for scientific research, for she does not make up cosmic truth, she measures it with the magic cord of science. She is the fundamental instrument for the consciousness, she is the essence of cosmic common sense. When she is shown in the previous vignette with her cord wrapped around her neck with her hands in the position of the hymen of a vagina, she is being set aside as a source of information. That means that Khnum is taking control as the Great Shepherd, and abandoning the ancient scientific approach of measuring the cosmos prior to initiating action. With Thoth stretched across the heavens, Khnum is a metaphor for recognition, not creative inspiration. The vignette is defining Khnum and it is declaring the end of new understanding. This is a dramatically different course for Egypt. It is suggesting that following the recognized path is preferred to initiating a new path, or listening to the gods.
To more fully appreciate the departure in the concept of Khnum depicted above, we have to go back to the Predynastic Period. Here is what de Lubicz had to say about the adjacent vignette (pg. 728). "The oldest representation of an inauguration scene, which goes back to the Predynastic Period, has been found at Hierakonoplis, King "Scorpion," wearing a white crown, holds the plow in his two hands, while a smaller figure in front of him holds a kind of basket. Beyond them, another figure holds a bundle of wheat stalks. The ground upon which the king's feet are placed shows undulations, signifying it is flooded soil." The seven petal flower above the scorpion, is a symbol of Seshat. The "basket" looks more like a mat which the subject is placing before the king, as if it were a welcoming mat. This individual with the plow is represented on the Denderah zodiac as the constellation Bootes. The plow at the very center of the composition, with the jackal standing upon it, is in the position of the Little Dipper. Bootes is known as a shepherd, a hunter, and a ploughman, as well as Atlas. The important feature is that Bootes represents the position of the north pole, prior to it moving along the precessional path toward the Great Bear, or the Big Dipper. The implication is that this individual is walking along a prepared path, and has arrived for a welcome.
The path Bootes walks is the measure of time. That path leads to Upper Celestial Egypt, and the king has the crown of Upper Egypt on his head. The mat could very easily be an early representation for Neith as the galactic plane, for the asterism of wheat at the top of the galactic pole is directly in front of Bootes. The individuals holding the pillar like objects, referred to as a bundle of wheat stalks, is a direct correspondence to the top of the galaxy, or the pillar of the cosmos, and the north pole, or the celestial pillar. These two pillars are measures of time, and they are closest to each other in the Predynastic Period, around 4500 BC, as the north pole transitions away from Bootes in the direction of the Great Bear. This vignette represents a scientific approach to the establishment of a civilization in the annals of time. The king is undoubtedly an Osiris and is the Great Shepherd of the heavens. But his kingdom has just passed, and it would not come again, for another 26,000 years. Until the Shepherd at the top of the world regains the celestial throne, the Golden Age of Bootes will be gone. So the welcome mat must be for some other celestial deity.
The specific date when the galactic axis and the polar axis align is one of four unique alignments with the solsticial colure, or the circle which cross at right angles and pass through the equinoxes and the solstices. The summer solstice for the described vignette aligns with the top of the galaxy behind the head of Virgo. The autumn equinox aligns with the intersection of the ecliptic and the galaxy between Sagittarius and Ophiuchus. The winter solstice aligns with the bottom of the galaxy. And possibly most important, the spring equinox aligns with the intersection of the ecliptic and the galaxy above Orion. This vignette marks the beginning of the Age of Taurus. The vignette is celebrating the change of ages from the Age of Gemini to the Age of Taurus. Scorpio and Ophiuchus are arriving at the autumn equinox opposite the vernal equinox, and they mark the position of the earth, opposite the sun. This is the beginning of the age when the earth will be in King "Scorpion" on the vernal equinox. More importantly, this position of the earth is on the edge of the cosmic waters, and above the plane for the first time in 13,000 years. Thus, mankind, symbolised by the earthly kingdom, has been offered a welcome mat into the region of the heavens called Upper Egypt. Since Ophiuchus walks on the celestial waters, the metaphor of "as above, so below" strictly applies to the celestial measure of time for the moment in the vignette. It is a great occasion, which deserves a proper innaugeration. We celebrate annual beginning, century beginnings, an millennial beginnings. This vignette is a remnant of the celebration of the rising of the earth above the cosmic sea, which only happens once every 26,000 years. To understand how important this event is to native cultures, read the essays at Transcendence in Mayan Mythology and recognize that the Maya held the location signified by the earth rising above the galactic plane as the location of the birth of First Father, whom they saw as Ophiuchus; the same constellation that the Egyptians show as their First Father, Ra, on the Denderah zodiac monument.
The implication that Predynastic Egypt was using celestial markers may sound a bit fantastic in an age when people are oblivious to the stars. But, we have to look at the technology they were using at the time. All of the subsequent temples built in Egypt record time as celestial alignments, not dates on some esoteric calendar. Time of day, time of year, and time of precession were extremely important technological information to these people, initially as hunter gatherers, and later as agriculturalists. We rarely hear archaeologists or anthropologists describe the need for hunter gatherers to understand the seasons as often as they describe the need to know the seasons for planting and harvesting. The reason why is probably related to the minimal monumental construction activities of hunter gatherers. Many of these people wandered vast distances following seasonal migrations of herds. They had a greater need to understand the celestial relationships on earth, because of seasons, but more importantly, because of the navigational requirements. The stars told them where they were. Birds have been shown to navigate using the stars as seasonal markers, and they undoubtedly used stars as placement markers as well. (Scientific American August 1975)
The fact that the Egyptians were using star alignments to orient their temples for the sake of time measurements, indicates that the precession of the equinoxes was fully recognized as a phenomena of the cosmos, whether they understood the actual number of the years or not. The reference to the mark of the beast, 666, in the Book of Revelation, and the clear presentation of the angle between the hands of the man and the beast as 666 years presented in Foundations of the Eternal City, leaves no doubt that the number of the years of the precession was fully known at the foundation of the temple at Denderah. As further support that Seshat was the goddess of scientific measurement, consider the placement of the north indicating arrow on the Denderah monument shown here. Between Thoth and a serpent headed female icon stands the same image as the Great Shepherd image near Aquarius on the monument. This image is substantially smaller in stature. The reduction in size of the Great Shepherd is a clear metaphor for a more humble existence. The more important aspect is that the hieroglyph for Seshat, the goddess of true cosmic measurement stands upon the head of the humbled Great Shepherd. We will show that this is the direct result of the revelation that what one knows is substantially less than what can be known. In the vignette where Khnum is holding the measuring cord, he is shown stepping out in faith, for Thoth is stretched across the hieroglyph for the heavens, and Seshat has her own cord wrapped around her neck like a virginal womb. This position of stepping out in faith is the fundamental message in the east side of the Denderah zodiac. In order to grow, it is necessary to believe that you are more that what you appear to be. The child on the lotus is inspired to become king, but as king, he has no memories and no arms with which to build a kingdom. All he has is the inspiration and the flail, signifying mastery of physical understanding, which he received in the University of Mothering. Khnum is the ram of Aries, whose name is "I Am." The representation of an inflated ego should not be hard to recognize in the vignette where Khnum holds the measuring cord. By the same token, it should be rather obvious that a Humble Shepherd who is oriented to the cosmic directions will have an ego which is not inflated, and yet the most powerful form of consciousness possible. The Humble Shepherd's magic wand is the experience of truth, rather than the knowledge of truth. The Humble Shepherd between Thoth and Seshat is properly oriented, because he finished the orientation program in the University of Father's Business. When experience is added to truth, enlightenment is at hand.
Now, lets consider the wisdom of Solomon. Was Solomon truly wise, or was Solomon more like the Great Shepherd, instead. In verses 4:29-30 of I Kings we are told of the wisdom of Solomon; And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. With the construction of Karnak, and the destruction of Akhetaten, we have an actual historical fact of a King of Kings, whose wisdom was to prove more arrogance that experiential truth. The one Pharaoh who can be clearly recognized as the King of Kings was Amenophis III. Nearly all the attributes of Solomon were bestowed upon Amenophis III, including the seven hundred wives, the building of a high place to Chemosh, and the loss of the kingdom by his son. (I King 11:1-12) The building of a high place to Chemosh, is probably a reference to the Babylonian deity Shamash, who was symbolised as a rayed disk (Mesopotamia: The Mighty Kings, pg 19).
I King 11:1-12 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. (KJV)
The 18 Dynasty had conquered the known world, and Amenophis III was its ruler. If ever there was a Sol-o-mon, it was Amenophis III. However, the record shows that the Sun King did not take care of his duty to prepare his heir. Instead, he supported priests of a different leaning, who taught monotheism and defilement of the most ancient traditions of Egypt. The cult which Amenophis II gave power to by his beneficent support was the cult of Aten, a sun god symbolised by a rayed sun disk, and the hieroglyph for light.
Aten was an old deity of Egypt, and it was connected to the oldest traditions of the sun god Re. But, all the foreign wives from Asia Minor probably has a serious effect on the Pharaoh and his desire to support their concepts of deities. Aten was the disk which contained the star we called the sun. It had also been known as the Horus of Two Horizons, because the Milky Way spans the heavens, from horizon to horizon, and it was the androgynous parent of the sun. The record is not clear, but upon the death of Amenophis III, a son came from beyond the record and was made Pharaoh of the whole civilized world. His name was Amenophis IV, and he change his name to Akhenaten. Akhenaten's reign accomplished one very important task which tells us what the fundamental thesis of Aten life was about. The Atenist established a city at Akhetaten, which is El Amarna, Egypt, today. The inscriptions which have survived the attempt to erase the usurping cult say that Akhetaten was founded at the horizon of Aten on the day of the first occasion. That date is the cosmic moment when the sun begins to rise from below the galactic waters. It is a scientific message which requires knowledge of the precessional cycle, and the locations of the ecliptic, the earth equator, and the galactic equator. The city of Akhetaten was designed to be the last Eternal City for humanity, which would never cease to be the eternal City of God. By placing Akhetaten at the coordinates of El Armana, it would assure that Akhetaten would be the central axis of the galaxy every time the sun began to rise. Once every 26,000 years, this City of God would by at the horizon of the Aten. This is an exact echo of Stonehenge, and the foundation of the City of Rome. Read and view the images at The Horizon of the Sun Disc to learn just how central Akhetaten is to the cultural evolution which resulted in modern Western Civilization.
This essay is still in progress.
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"The Humble Approach" essay has no connection to The Humble Approach book
by John Marks Templeton. The use of the idea for the title came directly from the
Denderah zodiac monument. Any similarities between this essay and the book are
either coincidence, or they are representative of the greater truth presented on the
monument or in the book. The book is essentially one man's philosophy based upon a
better than average experience at the game of life. The monument is the culmination
of an uncounted number of dedicated persons over thousands of years. The fact that
one successful man should see a similar view to the ancients simply proves the adage,
Great Minds Think Alike. It is, after all, a small world, with clear indications of truth
during all ages, precisely as stated by the architects of the Denderah monument. The
book simply verifies that the ancient wisdom has a valid place in modern civilization.
The monument clearly states that we have a long way to go, to get where we have been.
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