The Ankh

The pyramids have mystified travellers since they emerged from the jungle:

They are positioned west of Cairo and aligned with true north. Despite their antiquity, there is not a single hieroglyph on any of the structures—implying that they were built before dynastic Egypt.

Pictured above is the geometrical design the Giza Necropolis is based on. We can even reproduce it from memory because it looks like a sun cross. This pattern includes the size of the three pyramids and their relative positions.

Informing the figure above is the “broken sun cross” or swastika below. This chiral shape is an ancient symbol of divinity. The swastika comes from the Sanskrit meaning “conducive to well being” or “auspicious”. As an asymmetrical indicator of life, it has a vivifying role in the reformation of the universe. It represents the active principle (the Egyptian Amun, the Christian Amen and the Hindu Ohm) of the cosmos:

If we revisit the Hermetic phrase “as above, so below” then we are reminded that the shape of a cross on the ground is likely a stereographic projection of an element. If we accept that the sun cross and broken sun cross imply the iron cross, then the element we wish to investigate is naturally Fe:

The stereographic projection of the alpha iron (α) above looks like this:

But there is something more subtle going on here. If you look carefully above, can you see the ANKH too? It’s highlighted in white below:

The Ankh means “breath of life” and remains the most recognisable symbol from ancient Egypt. You can see its relationship to the vesica pisces. Also known as “the tree of life” it dates back thousands of years. Designed like a cross with a loop at the top it was sometimes ornamented with symbols or flourishes. The Ankh was also depicted in conjunction with the djed and was symbols, or worn as an amulet.

You may wonder why the Egyptians used the Ankh and not the iron cross as their master symbol. One of the reasons is that the Egyptian Ankh has FIVE axes—this is the “number of love” expressed in the pentagon and most biological phenomena.

The loop at the top means that it also resonates, unlike the Christian cross. In the centre of the loop is a special field that the Hebrews refer to as Da’at or sacred wisdom. This the mystical state where all ten sephirot in the Tree of Life are united as one. So the Ankh refers to the creative nature of the universe—it remains the inspiration behind the Kabbalah:

But where does the Ankh find its inspiration in the human body? Well, if we look to the joining area of several arteries at the bottom (inferior) side of the brain we find a curious pattern called the Circle of Willis. In this area, the internal carotid arteries branch into smaller arteries that supply oxygenated blood to over eighty percent of the cerebrum:

This arterial Ankh at the base of the brain is recognised as a compensatory system in the case of blocked arteries. In other words, this pathway allows for the equalisation of blood-flow between the two sides of the brain—it remains a key balancing mechanism. To manage this demand for oxygenated blood we evolved a pentagonal structure (the Ankh) comprised of five arteries.

Above: the apple of your eye

At the centre of the Ankh is the pituitary gland. It sits in the sella turcica (Turkish saddle), a bony hollow in the base of the skull behind the bridge of the nose. The pituitary controls the function of other endocrine glands and is therefore called the master gland. It secretes a variety of hormones into the bloodstream that act as messengers to transmit information to distant cells, regulating their activity. It also governs the pineal gland.

For example, the pituitary gland produces prolactin, which acts on the breasts to induce milk production. The pituitary gland also secretes hormones for the adrenal glands, thyroid gland, ovaries and testes. Through secretion of its hormones, the pituitary gland controls metabolism, growth, sexual maturation, reproduction, blood pressure and other vital physical functions.

The Egyptians called the sella turcica the Throne of Isis. If the pituitary governs the level of bioavailable iron in the blood then the Circle of Willis surrounding it manages these impulses. Without iron life would cease to exist. Every living thing—plants, animals and humans all need iron to survive and grow. Plants require iron to make chlorophyll, which is necessary for growth and generating oxygen.

Iron is also required to make DNA and hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to the human body. Iron also carries carbon dioxide out of the body. Iron is the key because biochemically it embodies the geometry of life as described by the morphogenetic field.

The Ankh then, is the sistrum in our heads that harmonises us with the “one song” we call the universe.