The Sphinx

This monument has mystified travellers since the dawn of time.

Although the Sphinx has suffered over the centuries the archetype itself is perennial. Today the Red Lion remains the most enigmatic sculpture on Earth and has influenced many cultures around the world—versions can be seen in Greece, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. Below is an example from an Attic grave monument:

There is much disagreement over the age of the Sphinx but the water erosion around the enclosure would suggest that it predates dynastic Egypt. Indeed, the age is so great that even the pharaohs considered the Sphinx to be ancient. By studying the weathering, geologists concluded that this monument was carved during the archaic Zep Tepi.

The Sphinx was inspired by the inverted pentagram that crosses key points in the body. Since the angelic heart is “all love” and the demonic third eye is “all power”, we might say that our heart is the lioness and our third eye is the serpent. So “beauty’s” qualities are intuition, faith and love while the “beast’s” strengths are perception, truth and power.

These polarities are also described in the Myth of Osiris. In this famous old story, Isis unifies while Set divides. It also implies the fractal starseed that germinates as a series of smaller pentagrams—the blueprint of the cosmos. In other words, the infinite within the finite that Sri Chinmoy once called “My breath, Thy Vision’s kite”.

Above: the lyre of Hermes aka the lute of Pythagoras

So if we belly breathe “love as power” via the nose, then this leads naturally to deeper levels of awareness. In other words, they are complimentary—for within the tenderness of love, power finds its purpose and within the depths of power, love finds its strength. Below we can see the LOVEPOWER of the starseed we call the Magician:

But Carl Jung takes us one step further: “As opposites never unite at their own level, a supraordinate ‘third’ is always required, in which the two parts can come together…it is able to unite them both, reconciling their conceptual polarity through its form and their emotional polarity through its numinosity.” In other words, a symbol within the physical body that anchors opposing forces in eternal life:

Above: consciousness is fractal, awareness is recursive, life is self-similar

This is the Ankh or the Circle of Willis. The Ankh was often held up to the nose in Egyptian reliefs; nasal breathing balances our energy and hence our state. When we realise this, peace prevails between the mirrored forces of duality and non-duality. As the symbol of eternal life then, the Ankh is absolute—it has no counterpoint.

When it comes to the unification of the opposites, our demons will only give up their names when they are loved; if the shunned aspects of ourselves feel safe enough to step from the shadows. Loving the darkness then, is really a leap of faith—the hero’s journey towards reconciliation. In other words:


In truth, our psyche is not really full of demons but rather the disassociated parts of ourselves that we have not yet learned to love. We must therefore transmute the grief, the fear and the pain. We never know when our demons will show up, though they normally rear their heads when we’re emotionally vulnerable. Perhaps now we can introduce the Riddle of the Sphinx:

I am the dance of Sun and Moon,
Of day and night, death and bloom.
In every facet I am there,
In every breath, in every prayer.

When I wake I feel the thrill,
Of renewing my eternal will.
Through mortal eyes I see it all,
As kings rise and ever fall.

Within my heart a lion’s might,
A serpent’s eye burning bright.
Devoted love and sovereign power
Guide my steps, hour by hour.

In the darkness I learned to see,
The living image inside of me.
I am the spirit in the void—

The gleam of gold, unalloyed.

Beauty and the beast combine,
Faith as truth, a duet sublime.
So who am I of human strife,
The essence of eternal life?

If you replied “Cosmic Man,” “Primordial Man” or “Adam Kadmon” then good for you! “Quintessential Man” then, balances these polarities as the Lord of Life. This is the individuated Jungian person—the whole, authentic, shepherd once known as Osiris.

Life in us is like the water in a river.
—Henry David Thoreau

The “starseed” above is echoed in the first stellation of the icosidodecahedron below. Known as the Christ Grid, this is an icosahedron combined with a dodecahedron. The icosahedron (water) and the dodecahedron (life) are duals, so connecting the centres of the faces of an icosahedron yields a dodecahedron and vice-versa. Both shapes have the same number of edges and together form little kites:

The Christ Grid, despite its name, is not related to Christianity. Much earlier, the Sphinx was built on the vertex of this shape as an expression of “water as life”. Here we are reminded of other famous water temples like Dwarkadhish. This transcendental union of two platonic solids is ultimately the ancient secret of The Flower of Life.

If the edge crossings were vertices, then the mapping on a sphere would be the same as that of a deltoidal hexecontahedron (above). This grid coincides with the sacred energy centres on Earth, allowing us to integrate the wisdom of the planet and the cosmos. Because we know two grid points (Giza and Freycinet) we can infer other key locations around the world. For those seeking revelation, these retreats are good places to start.

Judging by the globe above, other nodes include Santiago de Compostela, Mount Shasta, Mauna Kea, San Lázaro, Cahuachi, Easter Island and Angkor Wat. These pilgrimage sites have long been sought after for their peaceful and healing qualities.

This is what was truly expressed in the teachings of Osiris. He didn’t want anyone to follow Him—instead, He wanted all of us to reach the same state. So the grid exists as an invitation to experience Christ Consciousness.