Your own illumination is the greatest service you can render the world.
This quote from Atum invites us to savour life every time we breathe through the nose. In this way we inhale prana into the very essence of our being—to live with vision, love and power. This includes feeling the dazzling beauty of our spirit as we walk the path of enlightenment. It also means listening to the inner stirrings of our souls and living life with GRATITUDE.
Through the grace of the divine, we are invited to gaze deeply into the unconditional love that exists at the centre of our hearts that reflects the beauty in all things. As we come to truly recognise ourselves as flowering beings within the Tree of Life we will embody the nine gods of the Egyptian Ennead.
As we evolve, the baser instincts within our brains, hearts and guts are slowly refined into the higher elements of light, spirit and soul (the Mer-ka-ba). This geometric language was used to establish communication with the archetypal forces of creation, all of which were observed in nature and applied to human affairs. So the spinning of the triquetra invited alchemists to recognise, activate and regulate the Nine Eyes of Light:
Above: can you see three interlocking equilateral triangles?
Each of these eyes has specific notes that resonate with each other like musical chords. When all three tones are played simultaneously, then we have harmony. Being aware of the atomic ripples within your physicality all the way to the light waves of your spirituality invites the emergence of divinity. In Egyptian these eyes were called the khat, ka, shew, ren, ab, ba, sekhem, sahu and akhu which informed their consciousness system.
Any potential for transformation occurs through awareness. When reading through each of the Nine, be honest, open and aware. Which do you still need to identify, accept and resolve? What resistance do you have in embodying each one? The awareness that all Nine exist within you, to be used at any time, means that you become a fully responsible co-creator with Osiris, on Earth, now. At their height, this is how the Egyptians lived, creating an awakened civilisation from the basis of the 9/3 enneagram:
This nine-pointed star symbolises enlightenment. One day soon, you will use all of the Nine to regain consciousness. This is also how we are designed to operate: as a co-creative part of life here on Earth, understanding that we are each composed of the Nine. You come to “know thyself” by experiencing and becoming the Nine in physical form, with this journey leading into every facet of human and divine awareness so that you may activate your Merkaba.
One way of understanding the subtle energy of the Nine is through the analogy “subtle energy is to electromagnetism as water vapour is to water.” Just as we do not measure water vapour with the same tools we use to measure water, we can’t use the same tools to measure subtle energy we would use to measure electricity. Subtle energy is higher, finer and follows different rules.
Above: can you see five irregular pentagons within?
Another word for this subtle energy is bioplasma. Bioplasma is a diffuse magnetic fluid which surrounds all living beings. Like a liquid, it can be made up of varying viscosities and densities. So this field not only surrounds humans, but also the planet. The energy of the Nine then, includes the electromagnetic field as a facsimile of the spiritual dimensions:
Above: the geometry of consciousness
This realisation of deeper layers of unconditional love was the basis of Egyptian civilisation at its height. This alchemy of life harmonised the spiritual, emotional and physical bodies to allow the full descent of life into time and space. Championing some of the Nine indicated the neophyte—activating them all heralded the Magician:
In the figure above, the enneagram joins the nose, inferring that prana enters the body this way. The star has three points outside the square, implying that the Merkaba (light, spirit, soul) is not subject to space. Elsewhere, the areas of the circle and the square are the same. So nine vesicae piscis are apparent if we draw nine circles using the enneagram:
The Nine Eyes of Light then, refer to the nine vesicae piscis within the centre circle. In some sense, they are like nine unique lenses through which we can view life—similar to a pair of glasses that filter different spectrums. So nine represents the ability to see clearly, the Three Worlds (spiritual, emotional and physical) and is the number of ILLUMINATION.
Buddha’s revelations occurred beneath a fig tree—the Bodhi. In religious iconography, this tree is recognisable by its heart-shaped leaves which are prominently displayed. So this “tree of awakening” played a key role in the peace of Buddha. This was nirvana—the ultimate state of bliss that blossomed from within.
Figs have a rejuvenating effect on the body and combat the aging process because they are rich in flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins. These are also known for their powerful antioxidant effects in neutralising free radicals. Regular consumption improves memory, relieves sleep disorders and works wonders for anemia. Figs are also a strong immune stimulant and have been a favourite of doctors since at least 10,000 BCE.
These aphrodisiacs are also rich in copper and vitamin B6. Copper is a vital mineral that’s involved in energy production as well as the formation of blood cells, connective tissues and neurotransmitters. Figs also improve blood pressure and blood fat levels, which can help boost vascular health and decrease the risk of heart disease. As a “superfood” they have the highest mineral and fibre content of ALL common fruits, nuts and vegetables.
Figs are also symbolic of rebirth but more specifically the human uterus. In ancient Egypt, Ficus sycomorus was associated with the goddess Hathor whose face resembled a womb. The fig was also portrayed as the Egyptian Tree of Life and its timbers richly adorned the tombs of the pharaohs. Later, the fig was reborn in the Middle East within the hamsa—a womb symbol that promoted fertility, lactation and pregnancy:
Figs are technically not fruit—they are actually inverted flowers. So fig trees don’t bloom like apple trees because they flower inside the pod, which later matures. The result is a hard fruit called achene―which gives the fig the “crunch” we love. Certain types of fig are different sexes and require a special wasp to pollinate the females.
Invert nature and you will find that which you seek.
Here we return to our triangles and discover that there is a final one—that of the Moon, Venus and the Sun. In this case, the Moon infers subtle vision (the brain), Venus implies romantic love (the heart) and Sun refers to cosmic power (the gut). This is the Fourth World, or the cosmos reflected in man:
This 9 + 3 format implies a 12 pointed star, referred to as a dodecagram. (This is a 2D representation of a 3D shape: the dodecahedron.) In this case the dodecagram has 12 vertices and can be drawn as FOUR interlocking equilateral triangles:
This 12/4 dodecagram indicates the complete energy system of the human body and the cosmos. Simply put, this consciousness system brings forth our connection to the universe—the premise that all living beings are part of a whole. This can be drawn so:
The microcosm and macrocosm refer to a vision of the universe where the part reflects the whole and vice versa. It is a form of recursion which is a feature present in many esoteric models of philosophy, both ancient and modern. Born in Egypt, this heka was not lost on Pythagoras, who saw the cosmos and the body as a harmonious unity. This idea of “as above, so below” was revived about a century later by Plato and again during the Renaissance by Leonardo da Vinci.
In the Merkaba above, we can see how the dodecagram gives birth to squares, hexagons and hexagrams. Resembling the Crown of Thorns, this is our connection to the divine. It also allows energy to integrate into our physical lives. This white lotus, also known as Sahasrara, is aligned to seek an intimate relationship with the cosmos. It also implies something else—a circle:
In the archetype above, this circle has the same circumference as the perimeter of the square. This is a reference to our left and right brains, order and chaos, masculine and feminine. Next, we can add an outer circle and square with the same properties:
The figure above can be rendered artistically below in a way that shows the pathway home (the way that the smaller circle and square are connected to the larger ones). In this case the rising snakes of death and rebirth (Nephthys and Isis) emerging from the flower of eternal life. Here we see the Magician and his victory over these perceived opposites. This process implies Atum-Ra—the Sun god who rejuvenates the cosmos.
More triangles complete the Merkaba below. This represents great spirit manifesting in matter. Here we are reminded of Osiris, whose immortal power is governed by the death and rebirth cycles of Nephthys and Isis. His name means “the Verdant One”. In more recent times, Osiris is often depicted as a face made of fig leaves.
Despite the complexity of this image, we are reminded of what lies within. In the case, it is the minimum combination that can produce the geometry of life itself. Here the virgin triangle informs the balanced circle and square. In other words, the Merkaba (above) can be reduced to a fractal (below)—the Philosopher’s Stone:
This is the ROYAL CANON that Da Vinci attempted in the Vitruvian Man, except this version includes the triangle of spirit. While the wavelengths of the circle and the square are the same, less obvious is how the inverted triangle relates to them—the ratio is 101/129. Featured as a “winged disc” in Egyptian temples, it indicated the Holy Trinity blooming like a fig in the cross of the flesh:
From the geometry above we can draw a final white shape below—the Reuleaux triangle. God is then “the three that are one” and this figure was personified in the face of the Sphinx. This “triangular circle” was the most sacred figure known to the Egyptians because its circumference to width ratio was π—echoing the dimensions of a circle.
On a mineral level, the Philosopher’s Stone was a reference to red granite which was sometimes called the Red Lion. It resolved the apparent contradiction of a coherent crystal (quartz) that resonated within a veined rock (feldspar). Biologically, it implied the singing chalice of the heart, or love blossoming within the Reuleaux triangle:
When we breathe through the nose, this balances our consciousness in a way that invites the White Lotus to open. In other words, we are inviting divinity into our hearts. When this happens, we are literally breathing the love of creation. This “resonant flower” then, is a reference to the hyperspatial Godhead—Atum.