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 fact, each “sacred carving” conveys a wealth of information. In this case meh niswt refers to the cubic ratio expressed within the human forearm—the proportion of the radius to the hand.
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, the goddess of timespace. With this in mind, the hieroglyphic at top shows the human forearm, the Sun and the papyrus plant.
Notice below that there are two vertical lines of equal length—one running through Seshat (time) and the other reflected in the measuring cord (space). In other words, we have the vulva (below right) and the phallus (below left).
The arrangement of Seshat’s forearms draws our attention to a ratio—a divine proportion contained within the human body.
Indeed, the human arm contains a secret: it hides the ratio of the ulna to the hand which was expressed as √2:1. 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 the feminine and the masculine are balanced—they have the same wavelength. 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 provided the basis for the ancient 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 and develop priest classes. Without the Sun acting as our epigenome then we were unlikely to evolve as a species.
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. Indeed, the romantic ratio of √2:1 is the relationship between C and F# within the C major scale. When a yogi is able to raise their kundalini using this gateway then the state of Nirvikalpa Samādhi is experienced. This stage inspires the siddhis—occult transformational powers.
Ancient Egypt was a sympathetic culture and later civilisations like Greece and Rome divorced themselves from this harmonic measuring system. While Marcus Vitruvius Pollio and Leonardo da Vinci 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. Since these masterful times, we haven’t created a rule that implies divinity itself.