Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations: Part 20
The Port Adelaide Masonic Centre 1928
of South Australia, is built in the form of an Egyptian Temple!
The side of the Egyptian Temple faces the main road while the front faces a side street. The shadowed area under the verandah is a group of shops.
Excepting the shop fronts, the front of the Temple is not unlike the side in design. So realistic is the Temple that with the Australian Summer Sun burning down and the vividly blue sky a person could imagine having been transported to Egypt.
Hieroglyph for "Temple"
Notice also the Tau hieroglyph formed by the space above the Temple
In Part 9 it was discovered that when the hieroglyph appeared on the Narmer Plate in 4468 BCE it not only represented a temple it also represented Dawn, the Dawn of the Age of Taurus in the Precession of the Equinoxes.
A similar hieroglyph is to be found in a similar position on the side of the Temple. Crafted into this hieroglyph for "heaven" is what appears to be further Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs together with Freemasonic emblems of for example, the Level, and the Square and Compasses.
is what appears to be further Ancient Egyptian
hieroglyphs together with Freemasonic emblems.
Upon closer inspection however it is discovered that they are Anglicized hieroglyphs. The inscription reads "Masonic Building"! The architect had a sense of humour.
The architect had a sense of humour!
The Four World Pillars
the side of the Port Adelaide Masonic Centre.
The Fifth World Pillar
The lotus flower was used in Ancient Egypt to represent Life and Resurrection. (See Part 6) In ancient Egyptian texts it is written of the Tree of Life, "I am the plant which comes from Nu." The Tree of Life grew out of the Sacred Mound, the branches reaching out and supporting the star and planet studded sky, while the roots reached down into the watery abyss of the Netherworld.
grew out of the Sacred Mound,
it's roots reached down into the watery abyss of the Netherworld.
It was the trunk of the Tree of Life which represented the World Pillar or Axis Munde (literally "Axis of the Mound") around which the heavens appeared to revolve. The World Pillar was the centre of the universe. It was Osiris as the Djed Pillar, the Pillar of Stability and it was the Great Pyramid of Egypt. (See Part 6 and Part 7)
Furthermore the Sacred Waters are represented swirling around both the side and front of the building, on a level with the tops of the windows. (See picture below.) The fresco is an integral part of the decoration encoding Ancient Egyptian mythology concerning not only the watery abyss of the Netherworld but also the Great Flood (See Part 10) the River Nile and the Milky Way. The Milky Way also known as the Celestial River Nile. (See Part 2 and Part 3)
The Winged Disk
In Ancient Egypt the Winged Disk was a combined emblem of the Sun, a double-headed cobra and eagle or vulture wings. Moreover it is an alternative form of the "temple" hieroglyph. (See Part 17) The Cobra and the Vulture represented Upper and Lower Egypt … not just in the geographical sense but also in the sense of a Celestial Egypt and a Terrestrial Egypt. The "as above so below" concept. (See Part 3) The combined emblem represents the Sun passing through the centre of the Winged Disk, the Sacred Gateway, into the next Age of the Zodiac. (See Part 3 and Part 17)
the Sacred Gateway, into the next Age of the Zodiac.
For confirmation of this esoteric meaning let us take a closer look at the engraving of the Winged Disk on the Masonic Building. Within the Sacred Gateway is to be found the emblem of the Royal Arch Chapter: the Triple Tau within a triangle, within a circle.
the emblem of the Royal Arch Chapter:
the triple tau within a triangle, within a circle.
In Part 10 it was discovered that from the Tau hieroglyph in the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead it is clear that "Tau" means "holy or sacred gate" or "holy or sacred opening". The five-pointed star denotes the word "sacred".
of the Narmer Plate
NB: Tau and H
(H = Double Tau)
Triple Tau: Gates
or Sacred Opening
Temple of Jerusalem
NB: Tau and H
(H = Double Tau)
The Double and Triple Tau represent the plural form of Tau. Visually, when the Taus are joined together horizontally, they represent a temple. Two examples of this are: the hieroglyph between the Taurus Bulls' heads on each side of the Narmer Plate, and also Stone Henge. The vertical trunks of the Taus represent the columns of the Temple. In the Osiris Legend, Osiris was encased in a tree trunk, which was later utilized as a pillar. The pillar of a temple represents Osiris … who has already been evidenced as the Axis Munde in the Djed Pillar; the Pillar of Stability. (See Part 4 and Part 6) Since a Tau is a "sacred gateway, opening or portal", and multiple Taus form a Temple, it follows that a Temple is a gateway, opening or portal: a portal to the Netherworld through which the Sun rises at the Dawn of a New Age of the Zodiac.
the Temple of Jerusalem, within the Great Pyramid.
Both are examples of the Sacred Summit "Templum Hierosolma"
encoding the Secret of Precession.
The Square and Compasses
On the diagram for "The Royal Arch of the Ages of the Zodiac" in Part 5 each Zodiacal Season comprises a 90 degree right-angle … like a set-square. Each Zodiacal Season is a one fourth part of a circle and is standing on the square.
The Gateway of the Sun. The Temple of the Sun.
The All-seeing Eye of Ra
The Eye of Ra took on several guises in Ancient Egypt:
Note: This myth does not take into account the true Absolute, the true Self-existent, the true First Cause … The Celestial Sphinx. (See Part 2 and Part 3) Osiris usurped the position and title of the Celestial Sphinx "Giver of Life in the Beginning".
of the revolution of the Ages of the Zodiac around the heavens.
This is the origin of the Sun Wheel.
d) Finally, as a Watchful Eye the All-seeing Eye is considered in terms of humanity being under the complete surveillance of a Supreme Being. (See Part 3) The Celestial Sphinx was the Supreme Being in the heavens in 14000BCE.
The Two Pillars
and a crescent moon.
The Second Pillar could possibly appear to the untrained eye to be a rendition of Planet Earth, complete with lines of latitude and longitude but no land masses.
of latitude and longitude, symbolising Precession.
When these grid lines, or reference points, are superimposed on the star-studded celestial globe a picture is produced not too unlike the one below, which is a computer simulation of the night sky.
The spots represent major stars from which the remote Ancient Egyptians mapped the constellations. The "lines of longitude" are equally spaced at 15 degrees to facilitate ease of calculations of the apparent movement of the stars over thousands of years. The rate of Precession was calculated at one degree every 72 years which means that it takes 25,920 years to complete one cycle. (See Part 4)
17th century Freemasonic headstone
Task: To find as many symbols of Precession as you can …
Footnote … subtle references to Freemasonry are intentional.
Copyright Audrey Fletcher 1999
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Adelaide, South Australia