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Star Birth Bardo in the Body of Orion by Vincent Bridges

Star Birth Bardo in the Body of Orion by Vincent Bridges

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Star Birth Bardo in the Body of Orion
by Vincent Bridges
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 Just west of where the Nile begins to widen out into the fan-shaped delta, a rough limestone escarpmentrises a few hundred feet and then flattens off into a wind swept plateau. An ancient civilization built acomplex pattern of structures on the edge of the plateau, structures which have fascinated humanitythroughout its history.Consider the tale, first written down in the XVIIth Dynasty from a Middle Kingdom version of a IVthDynasty original, of Prince Radjedef, the Djedi and King Khufu. The King and his four sons are relaxing atthe palace telling stories of famous magicians. Radjedef tops them all by announcing that he knows of aliving magician equal to those of the past. Khufu is interested and Radjedef tells him of the Djedi, orstable one, who is apparently ageless and knows many things, including "the shrines of the secretchambers of the enclosure of Tehuti." Now Khufu is really interested, because the King "had spent muchtime in seeking for himself these secret chambers of the enclosure of Tehuti to fashion for himself theirlikeness for his horizon." Khufu dispatches Radjedef to bring the Djedi back to the palace.He returns with the Djedi, who quickly charms and awes the court with his magickal abilities. Then theKing comes to the point: "Now, as for the rumor that you know the number of the shrines of the secretchamber of the enclosure of Tehuti...?" Djedi says that he does not, although he knows where thatinformation can be found. "There is a box of flint in a chamber called the Revision of On: in that box." TheDjedi claims that he cannot recover this information, but the eldest of the triplets then in the womb of thewife of the high priest of "Re, Lord of Sakhbu," will discover the information and found a new Dynasty.Whatever we may think of the miraculous origins of the Vth Dynasty, this tale poses some interestingquestions. Just what is the "enclosure of Tehuti?" And what are the "shrines of the secret chambers"whose likeness Khufu wants for his own "horizon?" Why is it that the information concerning these secretscould be found in a chamber called "Revision" in On, or Heliopolis as the Greeks called it a thousand yearsinto its decline?The so-called Inventory Stele of Khufu, found in the Isis Chapel near Khufu's mortuary temple at Giza inthe 1850's, suggests that the "enclosure of Tehuti" is none other than the Great Pyramid complex itself.The stele clearly states that at least the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx were in existence at the time Khufuascended to the throne. Peter Lemesurier, a pyramid scholar, has speculated that Khufu, which meanssimply (he) "protects us," assumed the name of the traditional builder of the pyramid, Knum Khufu, or"Knum protects us," to symbolize his possibly reincarnative connection with this semi-mythical builder.One of the earliest artifacts of Egyptian civilization, the Narmer palette, indicates that the pyramidspredated the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. A pyramid in a rectangular enclosure looms over theright shoulder of Narmer/Menes on the Lower Egypt side of the tablet like some relic from a forgotten age.The Djedi story then presents us with the image of a King who doesn't know the secret chambers of hisown tomb, if we are to believe the Egyptologists. But the enclosure of Tehuti is clearly no tomb, and Khufuis sincerely interested in discovering its secrets. What these shrines of the secret chambers might be issuggested by the archaic title for the ancient Nome or precinct of On, Sakhbu. The literal translation of this word is "soul star place," and the ancient Egyptians used it to describe the entire plateau at Giza.The "soul star place," which contains the enclosure of Tehuti and its secret chambers, is the Duat on earththrough which the King travels as he makes his journey toward re-birth in Re's Boat of a Million Years.Khufu wishes to know its secret so that his horizon, his transition, might truly result in immortality amongthe imperishable stars. This was no idle concern for Khufu. The Djedi story suggest that his failure tounderstand the mystery caused the failure of his Dynasty. It would be the Vth Dynasty Pharaohs whowould bring forth or make public the secrets of the enclosure of Tehuti.But the "soul star place" remains, and its inconceivably ancient monuments continue to haunt us withtheir mystery. But perhaps, just perhaps, the shrines of the secret chambers, like some time locked vault,have begun to open and we can glimpse an awe-filled universe of meaning and connection.
 
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 The secret chambers began to open in 1989 with an article in the Oxford journal,
Discussions inEgyptology.
Engineer Robert Bauval argued that not only did the pyramids at Giza exhibit a grand unifiedpattern, but that pattern mirrored the stars in the constellation of Orion. In ancient Egypt, Orion was the"Place of Osiris," suggesting a deep connection between the constellation and the myth of death andrebirth. Bauval's idea made sense, (he would go on to co-author the bestsellers The Orion Mystery andThe Message of the Sphinx) and further investigation has shown that the entire pyramid field, fromDashur to Abu Roash, mirrors the stars in the sky above it.The plan of the Giza pyramids also exhibits an amazing degree of geometrical and mathematicalcoherence. For example, the three pyramids fit inside a rectangle formed from a vesicia piscis, from whichthe generative roots (the square root of 2, 3 and 5) are derived. The vesicia piscis also determines theangle of each face and the height of the floor of the King's chamber. R.J. Cook demonstrated that ageometrical axial system linked the smaller pyramids with the center pyramid. He found that this systemof linkages was based on the use of 60 degree and 26.5 degree angles.Sixty degrees is the angle of an isosceles triangle; 26.5 degrees is the angle of the diagonal of a doublesquare. The floor of the King's Chamber is a double square and the ascending and descending passagesare set at 26.5 degrees; this can hardly be accidental. The entire complex seems arranged to create apointer indicating the helical rising of Orion/Osiris. Even more fascinating, a line drawn at 26.5 degreesnorth of east, the indicator point for the pre-dawn rise of Orion, runs from the second pyramid toBethlehem in Palestine. Given the similarity between the dying god Osiris and the resurrected Christ, thisalignment suggests an ancient stellar connection much too significant to be co-incidental.A number of Giza researchers, including Max Toth, Rocky McCollum and William Buehler, have noticed thatthe arrangement of the three major pyramids produces a short section of a Golden Mean spiral. Extendingthis spiral on the ground leads to a small rise in the escarpment a few kilometers to the south-east of thepyramid complex. This area has received very little archeological attention since it covers a portion of thelocal village's cemetery. The 1947 survey map notes the existence, near the center of the spiral, of anunidentified ruin of which nothing seems to have survived to the present. Without more research,including on-site inspection, the ground level Golden Mean spiral seems to be a dead end.But, adds journalist, author and esoteric philosopher Jay Wiedner, what if we draw the Golden Mean spiralin the sky? If the pyramids are a model of the stars in Orion's belt, then they should also describe a smallsection of the Golden Mean spiral. If we continue the line in the sky, following the yellow brick road of theGolden Mean, we arrive at the heart of the figure of Orion/Osiris.Visually, this appears to be an empty region of space, but radio and x-ray astronomy reveal a seethingarea of collapsing stellar material below and to the left of the shoulder star, Bellatrix. Stars are being bornin the heart of Orion. Indeed, the general area of Orion has more stellar formation occurring thananywhere else in our local galactic neighborhood.The complex geometry of Giza, the Sakhbu or "soul star place," apparently was designed to embed andencode certain "truths" about the star fields of Orion. Giza's monuments function as a cosmic clock, tickingoff the ages through cyclical stellar alignments while establishing galactic scale resonance with the regionsof energetic star birth far off in Orion. This resonating clock reminds of us who we are and where we camefrom on a galactic scale. It holds our cosmic memory, that echo of self-awareness that allows us toovercome our monkey body programming.Tron, the self-aware computer program in Disney's film of the same name, claims his identity throughmemory: "I have seen the starships burning off the shoulder of Orion."
 
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 Our third question remains: If the enclosure of Tehuti is the pyramid complex itself and the shrines of thesecret chambers are the stellar alignments and geometric resonance points on the Giza plateau, then howcan this information be found in a flint box in a storeroom in Heliopolis?Dan Winter, Gnostic alchemist and author of Embedability & the heart biofeedback, has suggested that theanswer is perhaps a symmetry set of the phase angles of the nesting platonic solids, theosophy's greatermaze. Or, in other "words," mathematics. And this does make sense; the monuments on Giza were therefor all to see, no secret there. But how to use them was a secret that could be coded into a text andstored with a few models in a flint box.Given that the "Book of Coming Forth unto the Light," the core of the Pyramid Texts, appeared near theend of the Vth Dynasty, maybe SahuRe, the eldest of the royal triplets, did indeed find that flint box withthe secret operating manual for the "soul star place."The Pyramid Texts, mankind's oldest religious writings, were carved on the internal walls of one VthDynasty pyramid and four more from the VIth Dynasty. Frozen, like an ant in amber, these inscriptionsrecord the definitive expression of an ancient star religion, whose beliefs included the translation of thedead king into a star in the constellation of Orion. Even the Victorian Egyptologists with their Christian andsolar bias agreed that the Pyramid Texts had greater antiquity than the Vth Dynasty. Gaston Maspero,their original discoverer and translator, thought that "the greater part were originally written during thepre-historic period of Egypt." That is, at least before about 3300 BC.Professor R. T. Rundle Clark, who had a great respect for the Pyramid Texts, notes that "the rising of Orion in the southern sky after the time of its invisibility is the sign. . . Osiris has been transformed into a'living soul.' " (Remember, the ability to mark this moment is one of the major design factors involved inthe overall plan of the monuments on Giza. This line, indicated by the 26.5 degree angle north of east,points to the summer solstice sunrise at the time of Orion's return; it also runs to Bethlehem.) The Textsthemselves are quite clear on this:"Behold he has come as Orion, behold Osiris has come as Orion. . . O king, the sky conceives you withOrion, the dawn-light bears you with Orion. . . you will regularly ascend with Orion from the easternregions of the sky, you will regularly descend with Orion in the western region of the sky." (Pyramid Texts,line 820-2)"O king, you are this Great Star, the Companion of Orion, who traverses the sky with Orion, whoNavigates the (Duat) Netherworld with Osiris; you ascend from the east of the sky, being renewed in yourdue season, and rejuvenated in your due time. The sky has born you with Orion. . ." (Pyramid Texts, line882-3)A little further along in the same passage, we find an important clue: "I am a soul. . . I (am) a star of gold. . ." (Pyramid Texts, Line 886-9)Thus the dead King, as an "Osiris," evolved to inhabit a newly born stellar matrix in the constellation of Orion. The Duat, translated as Netherworld by most Egyptologists, actually appears to be the star birthBardo field in the heart of Orion. There the newly immortal King must "Navigate the Duat" as a companionof Orion/Osiris. Significantly, the Osiris-king announces: "The sky is pregnant of wine (the dawn-light),Nuit has given birth to her daughter, the dawn-light, I raise myself indeed. . ." (Pyramid Texts, line 1082-3)In several places in the Pyramid Texts, a curious statement is made: "The (dead) king's sister is Sothis,(Sirius) his offspring is the Morning Star. . ." (Pyramid Texts, lines 357, 929, 935, 1707) It is easy to seeIsis, Osiris' sister/wife, as the star Sirius, which follows Orion in the sky. But to see Horus, Osiris'offspring, as the Morning Star, Venus, takes a bit of understanding. Until we remember that Venus, risingagainst the zodiac of the ecliptic, creates a five pointed star through time. This symbol, a star made of fivelines drawn from a common center toward the points in the zodiac of Venus' rising, covers the ceiling of Unas' pyramid where the earliest Pyramid Text is inscribed.

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