Is there a link between the Heb Sed Festival of the Pharaohs, the Running Man of the Orion Constellation, and the Giza Pyramids? If one made the connections at all, it would be logical to conclude that they were purely co-incidental. I would like to demonstrate that the Pharaonic festival was all about Orion – and why!
Several writers have postulated that the positioning of the Giza Pyramids suggests an earthly map of the three stars at Orion’s belt. I agree with them, not because of any deep knowledge of Egyptology or, for that matter of astronomy, but because of their names.
Khufu (Cheops) = Horizon Khafre = Great Menkaure = Divine
The pyramids at Giza represented a Great Divine (heavenly) Horizon.
The Arabic names given to the three stars at Orion’s Belt are Mintaka (Delta Orionis) = Belt, Alnilam (The Amazon Star) = Belt of Pearls, Alnitak (Zeta Orionis) = The Girdle.
The King’s Pyramid, Khufu, is aligned with Alnitak, a star 100,000 times more luminous than the sun.
The Mayans were particularly interested in Orion’s Belt and the triangle of stars formed by Alnitak, Saiph and Rigel. They claimed that the Orion Nebula, seated at the heart of this triangle, was lit on August 12, 3114 BC which, according to their beliefs, was the first day of creation. This was the date of the first New Fire ceremony of our World Age.
If one looks at a cross-section of the Khufu Pyramid in relation to the triangle formed by these three stars, the King and the Queen’s Chamber are set in much the same position as the dual aspects of Orion Nebula, with the Running Man coinciding with the King’s Chamber.
What was this Great Divine Horizon? I believe it gave the Egyptian Pharaoh’s a broad view across history and into a distant future. By the statement of Giza, they were deliberately aligning themselves with the belt, the mid point. More about this in a later post.
On the surface, the purpose of the Heb Sed festival appears simply to have been a strengthening of the Pharaoh as ruler over the North and South Kingdoms of Egypt. He had attained his majority as a ruler – Heb Sed only took place at his thirtieth year – and a pyramid was erected in his honour. This was to be his tomb, but more than a tomb, it was his meeting place with the gods.
The ritual of Heb Sed was, in simple terms, a death and resurrection. An enactment of regicide had to take place, undoubtedly in remembrance of the death of Osiris, and for a night the Pharaoh was entombed and expected to battle the forces of darkness. The King was embarking on a journey in his Square Boat, a journey through the Underworld, the Amduat, to the eastern horizon. His destination was the Isle of Flame. If he survived the rigors of the night, he was a man reborn.
The name pyramid means “Fire in the Middle” and the Pharaoh was to be in a “fit state of mind” in preparation for his death, a state known at akh. Akhet, was a place of spiritual illumination and was often translated as horizon – a reminder of the Great Divine Horizon signified by the names of the three pyramids at Giza. We can then associate Akhet with Giza, a place of significant spiritual awakening.
What was this fire in the middle of the pyramid? It was the fire at the heart of the heavenly pyramid formed by Alnitak, Saiph and Rigel. The spectacular nebula burned with unearthly flame, and in the uppermost section of that flame a figure could be seen. A Running Man. And it was a place of spiritual enlightenment for the one entombed at the heart of the King’s Pyramid. Enlightenment that came from the Eye of Horus.
At the first light of dawn after the harrowing night of entombment, Pharaoh was released. Two feathers were placed as an upright ornament in his hair and in his hand was a bow. The crowd waited in breathless anticipation for the first glimpse of their King.
With the vigour of the rejuvenated, the Pharaoh ran out into the courtyard and made a circuit around the perimeter to the applause of the gathered crowd. Pharaoh, the Running Man.
Coincidence? We will explore further. Watch this spot.
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