The Narmer Plate and
the Twelve Ages of the Zodiac

Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations: Part 14

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The Age of Taurus: the Fourth Age
         The four tassels on Nermer's apron indicate that Egypt is moving into its Fourth Age in this cycle of the Ages of the Zodiac. The four standard bearers depicted marching forward in the New Age of Taurus support this, as do the four heads of the Bull.
         Moreover, if you look at the representation of the Ages of the Zodiac in the bottom panel of Side Two of the plate you will notice that the twelve Ages of the Sun are represented. Three are in the past, one is about to occur, and the eight still attached to the Zodiac are yet to occur.

4 tassels
4 standards
Four Tassels
The Fourth Age
Four Standards

         From this encoded information we are able to work out the beginning of the First Age of the Ancient Egyptians in this cycle. (The Giant's apron is clearly the original Freemasonic apron; even down to the tassels! From this it could be argued that the Giant Nermer/Osiris/Orion, was the first Freemason.)

         Working backwards and allowing 2160 years for each Age, we are able to date the beginning of the Ancient Egyptian civilization in this cycle.

Fourth Age Age of Taurus dawned in 4468 BCE
Third Age Age of Gemini dawned in 6628 BCE
Second Age Age of Cancer dawned in 8788 BCE
First Age Age of Leo dawned in 10948 BCE

         The question arises as to why the Age of Leo was chosen by the Ancient Egyptians as the First Age when clearly the Ancient Egyptians regarded Hu, the Celestial Sphinx, as the giver of Life in the Beginning. The answer lies in the New Beginning following the gradual Fall of Hu from his majestic position on the horizon in 14000BCE. (Part 5)
         It could be argued that technically the New Beginning should have started at the Dawn of the Age of Virgo in 13108BCE. Why wait until the Dawn of the Age of Leo in 10948BCE for the New Beginning? Was it perhaps because Virgo was female? Initially I would have suggested that this was not the case because the Ancient Egyptians represented the heavens in the female form: that of Nut, the Sky Goddess. However it must be remembered that Hu, the Celestial Sphinx and Creator, was male as evidenced by his Osiris Beard. Moreover the heavens which Hu created were impregnated into the body of Nut. The female was clearly subordinate to the male, and her purpose was one of childbearing. Hu represented the Male Principle while Virgo and Nut represented the Female Principle. (See also Part 2 and Part 6)
         There is an additional, and perhaps more straight forward reason why Leo was chosen over Virgo as the First Age. By 13108BCE the Celestial Sphinx had not fallen sufficiently below the horizon at Giza for a New Age to be even considered. However by 10948BCE the Ancient Egyptians had lost their affiliation with Hu. The Celestial Sphinx no longer had the same relevance in their lives as he had had for their ancestors.


The Celestial Sphinx 11:57pm July 3rd
13108BCE as viewed from Giza.


The Celestial Sphinx 11:57pm July 3rd
10948BCE as viewed from Giza.

(The computer software I used to access these skycharts is:Haney, M.A.
Skyglobe 3.5 A Shareware Product of KlassM Software, 1992)

         Hu had fallen from his perch; he belonged to a bygone Age. Hu rose to dominance, reigned supreme, and fell from power during the Zodiacal Season of the Eagle (Scorpio), encompassing the Ages of the Eagle (Scorpio), Libra and Virgo. By 10948BCE the Ancient Egyptians were ready for, and needed, a New Beginning, a new God a new Hu.
         Because of the similarity between the leonine Hu and the Constellation of Leo, Hu was resurrected in the new guise of the Constellation of Leo, at the beginning of the next Zodiacal Season. The Age of Leo was the First Age to follow the unopposed reign of Hu, the Celestial Sphinx.

Leo the Lion

Constellation of Leo the Lion
Leo the Pussy Cat

Constellation of Leo the Pussy Cat
A new Hu for a new Zodiacal Season:
Hu was resurrected in the guise of Leo.

         It made sense at the time but down through the millennia it was to cause utter confusion for later generations, as the original Secret of Hu became lost. (See Part 2)
         The Sphinx at Giza was no longer considered to be the earthly representation of Hu, God the Creator, the Celestial Sphinx. Rather, the Sphinx at Giza came to represent the Constellation of Leo, the substituted deity.
         On the earlier sky charts of the lost Constellation of Hu, the Celestial Sphinx, he appears to face towards the West. In contrast, the Constellation of Leo appears to face towards the East. This is an optical illusion. Also Hu is clearly a picture, as to a certain extent is Leo the Pussy Cat. Leo the Lion however is a representation.
         Further contributing to the confusion, Hu's title "Giver of Life in the Beginning" was usurped by Osiris.

Hu: Giver of Life in the Beginning.
This title was usurped by Osiris.

         In the hieroglyphs for Hu's title "Giver of Life in the Beginning" the Lion, the Hemisphere, and the Pillar denote "the Beginning". (See Part 2)
         These three hieroglyphs of the Lion, the hemisphere and the Pillar are a "Treasure Map" which discloses that there is a pillar and a cavern beneath the Sphinx. Concerning the Pillar, according to tradition knowledge from a previous Age is recorded on a Pillar so that the knowledge is not lost. The Pillar should not be difficult to find since its location is clearly indicated on the set of three hieroglyphs! Concerning the Cavern, that is probably where the Lost Secrets of Hu are stored for posterity.
         Having said that, remember that the Pillar can primarily be considered in terms of the Axis Munde, the Hemisphere in terms of the Mound and the Lion in terms of Hu, the Celestial Sphinx all of which encode the Sacred Knowledge of Creation and the Precession of the Equinoxes. The Hall of Records can be found in the heavens. (See Part 1) The "Treasure Map" indicates that there is a physical Hall of Records beneath the Giza Sphinx in addition to the Celestial Hall of Records.
         Thoth was the Keeper of the Secrets, the Keeper of the Records.. It will be recalled that in the Osiris Legend (See Part 4) Osiris was Thoth's master, and in this capacity, having usurped the role of Hu, he was both God and the source of all knowledge in Ancient Egypt. Moreover, in the same legend, Osiris was personified as a Pillar. It was Thoth, who was credited with having introduced all the arts and sciences, including astronomy and hieroglyphs, to the Ancient Egyptians

Thoth: the Keeper of the Secrets

         However the Secrets of the arts, sciences, astronomy and hieroglyphics were not for the commoner to know about or understand because these were considered to be the ultimate Sacred Subjects, whose Sacred Secrets were fit only for the ears of the elite in remote Ancient Egypt.
         Throughout all civilizations Knowledge has been considered Sacred and as such it was made available only to the elite few. It was no different in, for example, England until about a hundred years ago, when education was made available to the masses.

Sacred Knowledge
         The First Age of Leo, dawning on June 21st 10948BCE, is an example of the Sacred Knowledge pertaining to the Precession of the Equinoxes. In the Calendar Year of the Ages of the Zodiac the First Age of Leo dawned on the Summer Solstice. Almost six and a half thousand years later, on September 21st 4468BCE, the Fourth Age of Taurus dawned on the Autumn Equinox.
         The Winter Equinox in this Precession of the Ages of the Zodiac is due to occur on December 21st 2012. The Sun will rise on this Winter morning to herald in the New Age of Aquarius.

age of aquarius
The Age of Aquarius:
the Water Bearer pouring the Water of Life out of the Urn.

First Age Age of Leo dawned in 10948 BCE Summer Equinox
Second Age Age of Cancer dawned in 8788 BCE  
Third Age Age of Gemini dawned in 6628 BCE  
Fourth Age Age of Taurus dawned in 4468 BCE Autumn Equinox
Fifth Age Age of Aries dawned in 2308 BCE  
Sixth Age Age of Pisces dawned in 148 BCE  
Seventh Age Age of Aquarius ... dawns in 2012 AD Winter Equinox
Eighth Age Age of Capricorn ... dawns in 4172AD  
Ninth Age Age of Sagittarius ... dawns in 6332 AD  
Tenth Age Age of Scorpio dawns in 8492 AD Spring Equinox
Eleventh Age ... Age of Libra dawns in 10652 AD  
Twelfth Age Age of Virgo dawns in 12812 AD  

         Looking at this Precessional Cycle of the Equinoxes the "three in one" concept becomes clear. Within each "Season" there are three Ages. Within each "Season" there is a "Trinity" or "Triad of Ages".

         Clearly the prime concern of the remote Ancient Egyptians was the Precession of the Equinoxes, and with meticulous care they encoded the information on to the Narmer Plate.

         For those readers who may still have their doubts that the Ancient Egyptians were responsible for the creation of the constellations in the night skies, the Great Architect of the Universe left his signature of the catfish and the chisel! Nermer was the Great Architect of the Universe.

The Catfish "Ner"
(Constellation of Taurus)
The Chisel "Mer"
(Constellation of Lepus)

         All of the evidence points to the Ancient Egyptians being the progenitors of civilization. They discovered the Great Secret of Precession and its associated geometry. Moreover they invented hieroglyphs, cuneiform writing and mythology as a vehicle for perpetuating and concealing Secrets. They determined 360 degrees in a circle and created the twelve signs of the Zodiac, each of 30 degrees. The remote Ancient Egyptians created the constellations of our night sky as their legacy lest their Sacred Knowledge, their Secrets, be lost.

nermer plate

The Nermer Plate: encoding divisions of 30 degrees

         The Ancient Egyptians' knowledge of geometry and Precession is clearly demonstrated on the Nermer Plate. The centre point is the tip of the White Leo/Gemini Crown. Line One is through the Club. Line Two bisects the Crown. This creates four angles each of 90 degrees. Line Three is the horizontal at the tip of the Crown. Line Four is the vertical through the tip of the Crown. Already the formation of angles of 30 degrees can be observed. The tip of the White Leo/Gemini Crown becomes a dot within a circle; the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for Ra and the concept of Precession. It is the pinnacle of the Axis Munde around which the heavens appear to revolve. (See Part 5) A revolution through the heavens of twelve 30-degree segments can take one year or, in the case of Precession of the Ages of the Zodiac, 25920 years. The division of the heavens into twelve 30-degree segments gives the appearance of a starburst. A further division into 15-degree segments creates the 24-hour day.

Footnote subtle references to Freemasonry are intentional.

Copyright Audrey Fletcher 1999
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Adelaide, South Australia

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