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Crowns of Ancient Egypt

Crowns of Ancient Egypt: decoding the candy cane

Double crown of United Egypt (Peschant)Egyptian Sun god Horus and Mother goddess Mut are both typically represented wearing a red and white crown called the Pschent or Double Crown of Egypt. This is a crown formed by combining the red crown (Deshret) of Lower Egypt with the white crown (Hedjet) of Upper Egypt. Horus’ father, Osiris, wears an Atef which is the white crown of Upper Egypt surrounded by two Ostrich feathers, and sometimes with a gold disc on top. In the coded imagery of the Game, it seems that alternating red and white colors symbolize unity.

screenshot for video for Hole's song, Malibu
Red and white stripes may represent unity. (Screenshot from Hole’s “Malibu” video)

ancient egyptian crownThe red crown of Lower Egypt is associated with the letter “N” (N red crown). It features a stylized Uraeus that, in art and hieroglypics, looks like a “curl” springing forward from the back part of the crown, extending forward. In later crowns, and on the sarcophagi of pharoahs like Psusennes, Ramses, and Tutankhamun, the Uraeus “curl” springs from the center of the forehead. The “curl on the forehead” is a sun symbol, no doubt related to the uraeus (or its absence) and to the idea of a “third eye” (or its blindness).
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Sun King mythology V: Aztecs and Tonatiuh, the Fifth Sun

Aztec Sun God: TonatiuhThe association between Ancient Egypt and freemasonry via stonemasonry is obvious, but it seems like there is an Aztec connection as well. Mythological associations between the Sun, fertility, and the passage of time (calendars) were important to Aztecs who first encountered Europeans with the arrival of Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1517. It’s certainly possible that over the past 500 years, some Aztec beliefs regarding the Sun were incorporated into the mythological structure of European freemasonry. Continue reading Sun King mythology V: Aztecs and Tonatiuh, the Fifth Sun

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and some modern structures they may have inspired.

Statue of Liberty

I crawl like an ant in mourning
Over the weedy acres of your brow
To mend the immense skull-plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.
– Sylvia Plath “Colossus” 1959

From what I have seen, for at least the past 500 years songs, films, plays, novels, poems, oil paintings, and monuments reflect the Sun. In all likelihood, it is the continuation of a much older tradition.

As the Western Roman Empire fell (313-376 AD), and Europe entered the so-called “Dark Ages,” literacy became a distinguishing mark of the elite. For those who didn’t obtain a formal education, weights and measures may have provided another type of literacy; a language that apprentice stonemasons would have learned and understood whether or not they could read written words. You don’t need to be able to read to learn and understand a symbolic or mathematical language, especially if you have a deck of cards which can serve as a symbolic key.
Marseille Tarot 17th century deck
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Decoding the alphabet

It seems like each letter has a meaning which I believe is sometimes based on the letter’s shape and/or hieroglyphic origin as well as its sound. The following are best guesses based on patterns. I believe that many short words (like the words “do”, “run”, and “sock”) are often acronyms.

A – Alpha
Holbein - John Calvin c. 1500The letter A can be traced to the first letter of the Phonecian alphabet which was supposed to represent the head of an ox. It looks like a pyramid. I believe it mans “first.” I think it may also relate to the word “architect.”

John Calvin, in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), repeatedly calls the Christian God “the Architect of the Universe”, also referring to his works as “Architecture of the Universe”, and in his commentary on Psalm 19 refers to the Christian God as the “Great Architect” or “Architect of the Universe”…Masonic historians such as William Bissey, Gary Leazer (quoting Coil’s Masonic Encyclopaedia), and S. Brent Morris, assert that “the Masonic abbreviation G.A.O.T.U., meaning the Great Architect of the Universe, continues a long tradition of using an allegorical name for the Deity.” (wikipedia: Great Architect of the Universe

B – Blue or Blood (or both)
The letter “B” may have started as the Egyptian hieroglyph for floorplan for a house. Phonencian letter “bet” or beth” symbolizes the number 2 in Gematria and is the first letter in the Torah.

C – to see
The letter “C” comes from the same source as the letter “G.” That is Gimel, the third letter of many Semetic alphabets. Originally it may have been an Egyptian hieroglyph for a staff or shepherd’s sling, the weapon David used to kill Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)

D – Dust, Dirt, or most likely, Door
The Semitic letter Dâlet may have developed from the logogram for a door. This might also matter since it seems there is a door for the Sun to find. Names like “Doris” evoke that. It’s possible that there is a mirror meaning, both related to the Sun: dirt & door.

“Well Friday about a week ago, Leroy shootin’ dice, and at the edge of the bar sat a girl named Doris, and ooh that girl looked nice.” – Jim Coce “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” 1973

E – Elephant
E is the 5th letter of the alphabet. The Elephant represents the Sun. It looks like the Roman number “3” turned sideways. I believe the Game is sometimes framed as Mouse vs. Elephant. E is also the most common letter in many languages, and for that reason, it is used to crack a code in Edger Allen Poe’s The Gold Bug. (As far as I can tell, all of Poe’s works included coded references to The Game.)
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