The Royal Cubit
The Royal Cubit is a solar unit of measure:
While history tells us that this measurement comes from the Latin cubitum or “elbow,” in reality the truth is more geometric—hieroglyphs aren’t meant to be understood the way we read modern language. In this case meh niswt refers to the cubic ratio expressed within the human forearm—the proportion of the hand to the radius.
To the ancient Egyptians the Stretching of the Cord ritual was born during the Old Kingdom. This was the archaic time of Djoser, Imhotep, Snefru, Amenhotep and Kanofer. The ceremony itself dealt with the dimensions of sacred temples and was governed by Seshat and Thoth—the gods of time and space:
In the picture above, there are two perpendicular, parallel lines—one running through Seshat’s body (time) and the other running through her hand (space). In other words, we have the vulva (above right) and the phallus (above left).
The parallel lines are important because the universe is actually flat. What does this mean? Well, the Möbius strip below features parallel lines, one on either side of the green ribbon. If we start with one and follow it, we eventually end up where we started but on the other side. The leading theory of the universe’s birth, known as cosmic inflation, yields pristine flatness.
Above: a modern interpretation of Heqet’s shen ring
So while time and space have the appearance of separation, in reality they are just different manifestations of ONE line. There’s also a distinction between geometry (the behaviour of parallel lines) and topology (the way that space twists). If the geometry of the universe is flat, the topology is not.
The arrangement above draws our attention to Thoth’s ratio—a divine proportion contained within the human body. Indeed, the human arm contains a secret: it hides the ratio of the hand to the radius which was expressed as 1:√2. Implicitly it also conveys the side ratios of nested squares:
So we must somehow reconcile this with a sacred measurement. As an actual length is must be based on real world phenomena. “Royal” gives us a clue here because it refers to the Sun. When a circle’s circumference equals a square’s perimeter then time and space are balanced—they have the same wavelength as manifested in the Möbius strip. This is an ancient expression of life and goes back beyond written record. Specifically, it underpins a sacred science that is only now blossoming on Earth again.
From the relationship above comes the lotus pattern below. It shows a series of nested squares that are drawn from the midpoint of their parents. This is the same as dividing each side by √2. While we have only drawn a short sequence below, in reality this pattern creates 45° spirals that regress far beyond our visual acuity.
Now imagine that the circle above is the Sun with a circumference equal to the perimeter of the outer square (a wavelength of nearly 4.4 million kilometres). The square’s sides therefore approach 1.1 million kilometres. Nesting this shape 42 times within itself we arrive at a side length of 0.5237 kilometres. This unit was called The Lotus (its hieroglyphic is below) and it was the basis of the Egyptian measuring system:
For architectural convenience the Royal Cubit was reduced to 1/1,000th of this figure or 52.37 centimetres. This length is therefore a harmonic partial of the wavelength of the Sun. For everyday reference, it was roughly equal to the human forearm. This measurement was vital when we came to build temples.
The circumferences of the Moon (11,000 km) and the Sun (4,400,000 km) come into alignment during a solar eclipse and appear to be the same size from Earth because the Sun is 400 times further away. Thoth then, expresses the temporal harmony of the cosmos in spacial terms which manifests in the lunar and solar discs being superimposed at the start of the Royal Calendar.
Above: focus on the central circle. Behold the resonant flower of timespace!
The Papyrus of Ani lists 42 negative confessions. If the initiate can give answers to all of them then they have the potential to become a star. At this point they can give light and fuel universal growth. So while the thousand-petalled lotus is a spacial reference, it also has a spiritual echo: the lotus is said to be the most subtle human chakra and aligned with pure love. When a yogi is able to raise their kundalini using this gateway then the state of Nirvikalpa Samādhi is experienced.
Ancient Egypt was a sympathetic culture and later civilisations like Greece and Rome divorced themselves from this harmonic measuring system. While Pythagoras and Vitruvius rediscovered the squared circle it would fall to modern mystics to unfold the lotus. Indeed, understanding the Royal Cubit invites us to acknowledge stargates and explore the cosmos once again.
Sadly, our metric and imperial systems are mere abstractions. This fall from divine relativity was one of the most subtle and enduring mathematical debaucheries in our history: science remains unaware of the Rule of One to this day. The Royal Cubit then, remains an overtone of the fundamental frequency of our Sun.
So the ancient Egyptians used the natural ratio of √2 (present in the microcosmos and the macrocosmos) to derive a measure that became the standard for their civilisation. Thoth then, inspired a divine rule that was manifested in the Royal Cubit.