The Sphinx has challenged travellers since the dawn of time.
Although this famous monument has suffered over the centuries the archetype itself is perennial. When we understand this, we will come to honour her as the most profound secret in the cosmos. Indeed, the Sphinx is the embodiment of a conjunction that we celebrated a long, long time ago.
The picture above hints at the awesome expanse of time that has passed since this leopardess was carved from the living limestone. In fact, records show that for centuries only her head was visible above the desert sands. Even today it 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.
Above: a sphinx from an Attic grave monument
There is much disagreement over the age of the Sphinx but the water erosion around her enclosure would suggest that she radically predates dynastic Egypt. By studying the weathering, geologists have concluded that construction was started sometime during the archaic Zep Tepi.
The head of the Sphinx above is formed by the conjunction of three circles. These spheres symbolise POWER, LOVE and WISDOM or the colours of red, green and blue from the visible light spectrum. In a deeper sense, the circles represent time reborn through the alignment of the heavens—the conjunction of the Sun, Earth and Moon.
This pattern has a geometry called the triquetra. This coherence is felt when the three fields of our consciousness are in balance—brain, heart and gut awareness. At its most fundamental it consists of three intersecting vesica pisces. The white lens in the middle is referred to as a Reuleaux triangle where all points on a side are equidistant from the opposite vertex.
The secondary colours of purple, aqua and yellow above manifested as the royal stones of amethyst, turquoise and gold in Egyptian culture. Today we know that any colour can be achieved by the superimposition of red, green or blue light. This fact indicates that in the eye there are only three types of receptors. These can be excited in proportions that correspond to any colour of the visible light spectrum. If all receptors are excited equally then the result is white light.
The architecture of consciousness therefore, has THREE distinct neurological systems that handle different tasks. The brain is the eye of wisdom, the heart is the flower of love and the gut is the snake of power. So ideas that spring from the aether are processed by the body in various ways by neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin. The ideal, of course, is to ensure that they work together—only then can there be illumination.
This pattern is embodied in the Möbius strip, which is an indicator of balance. Like a headband with three twists in it, this surface has only one side and one boundary. It also has the mathematical property of being unorientable. Also apparent in the face of the Sphinx, it hints at the solar eclipse or the alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon.
Here we are reminded of the triple goddess: Heqet. The “”key” in Heqet’s hand below is really a musical reference and the three notes of G#, C and D# on the 432 Hz scale correspond to the triquetra colours of red, green and blue. The word “chord” is originally a shortening of “accord” in the sense of “agreement”.
Heqet presides over eclipses—when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned. This cosmic ovulation produces a profound feeling of rebirth on Earth that traditionally celebrated the start of the Royal Calendar. So this triquetra symbol (the birth of energy, frequency and vibration) summons forth “the mistress of measure” Seshat. The Riddle of the Sphinx then, is a reference to the rebirth of time when the planets align. So the eternal challenge remains:
Born on the eclipse,
I am camouflaged
By the chords
Of a flooded tree
Crowned with frogs.
When I take a measure,
I mean displeasure.
Traditionally, if you answered “Seshat” then you were spared. Like a leopardess, time devours all things—she gnaws iron, bites steel and seizes copper. Ultimately Seshat would crush Egypt, too, but not before being immortalised in limestone at Giza.
The Sphinx then, embodies the ruthless goddess of time.