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. This is the essence of the pineal gland and the resulting colours of the chakra system:
This sacred transformation has a geometry called the triquetra. Based around the centre of our consciousness, this coherence is felt when the three fields are in balance. 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.
In geometry, the stereographic projection is a mapping function that projects a sphere onto a plane. The projection is defined on the entire sphere, except at one point: the projection point. Where it is defined, the mapping is smooth and bijective. It is also conformal, meaning that it preserves angles at which curves meet. Because the sphere and the plane appear in many areas of mathematics, so does the stereographic projection—it finds applications in cartography, astronomy and photography. Using a cube instead of a sphere, this is the resulting pattern:
What does this 2D expression of a 3D shape mean? It refers to the fact that certain properties are preserved between dimensions—the resulting triquetra has smooth, bijective and conformal attributes. This hints at the link between squares and circles. Another way to say this is that light and darkness are simply interpretations of each other. In some sense, time is the shadow of space. The Flower of Life therefore, has much in common with the stereographic projection and hints at the way the mind interprets the world.
The two halves of the brain then, process information in a way that preserves key ratios. The architecture of consciousness therefore, is a verb. Using a tree of life metaphor, you cannot find anything in the roots if it doesn’t appear in the branches. Ideas that spring from the aether are then accessed by the different hemispheres. In Opticorum Libri Sex, we see concepts from the pineal gland being interpreted by the left and right brains:
This pattern is also reflected in the Möbius strip, which is an indicator of rebirth as discussed here. Like a headband with three twists in it, this surface has only one side and one boundary. It also has the curious mathematical property of being unorientable. Also apparent in the face of the Sphinx, it remains a nod to the start of time.
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. This mystical alignment summons forth “the mistress of measure” Seshat. By adding four more twists to the triquetra symbol, we arrive at SEVEN:
In other words, the triquetra is a resonant shape and the next resonant shape is seven. This has to do with the manifestation of energy, frequency and vibration. The Riddle of the Sphinx then, is a reference to the dawn of time. 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.
If you answered “Seshat” then you might be 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.
The Sphinx then, embodies the ruthless goddess of time.