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 an iron cross. Also known as a sun cross, this pattern describes 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 a symbol of life, it has a vivifying role in the reformation of the universe. It represents the active principle (the Egyptian Ra, the Greek Logos and the Hindu Om) 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 iron cross, sun cross and broken sun cross are one and the same, then the element we wish to investigate is naturally iron (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 “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 or the Jewish hexagram. 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. At the centre is the pineal gland which requires the creation of a magnetic field around it for consciousness to blossom. To manage this demand for oxygenated blood we evolved a pentagonal structure comprised of five arteries:

Internal carotid artery (left and right)
Anterior cerebral artery (left and right)
Anterior communicating artery
Posterior cerebral artery (left and right)
Posterior communicating artery (left and right)

Above: the apple of your eye

The brain comprises about 2% of total body weight, yet it receives nearly 20% of total cardiac output. Loss of consciousness occurs within 10 seconds of the interruption of the brain’s blood supply and irreparable damage to brain tissue occurs within a few minutes. So oxygen then, remains a key component of consciousness.

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, which plants need to function.

If we describe the life force as the “fifth element” then this mysterious aether informs our chemistry and therefore our biology. If the the Ankh governs the levels of bioavailable iron in the blood then it truly remains “the breath of life”. If consciousness is apparent in the inner planets, then we may infer that the Ankh appears on a large scale as well. Here we start to recognise the subtle geometry that makes up our solar system:

The dance of the planets around the Sun then, describe an Ankh with Venus at the neck. At the centre of the ring is the Sun (Da’at) which bestows all resonant light. As ironmen, we are a reflection of the life conveyed by this immortal design. The Ankh therefore, hints at the way home when we resonate with the music of the cosmos.

Above: Akhenaten receives an Ankh from the Sun

By championing this design, our ancestors were showing us how the microcosmos and macrocosmos were reflections of each other. Iron is the key because biochemically it embodies the geometry of life as described by the morphogenetic field. In a sense, our biology reflects our cosmology. The Ankh then, is the sistrum in our heads that harmonises us with the “one song” we call the universe:

As above, so below. As within, so without!