The Sphinx

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. By looking up instead of down however, a much more specific build date can be inferred.

Below is the sacred conjunction that informed the Sphinx. Indeed, the circles around the face symbolise POWER, LOVE and WISDOM. Notice how the Nemes conforms to an equilateral triangle:

These three realms have colours associated with them—red for POWER, green for LOVE and blue for WISDOM—from the visible light spectrum and chakra system.

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.

This POWERFUL, LOVING, WISDOM is the sensory experience of the divine rapture as described here. This sacred transformation has a geometry called the triquetra. Based around the centre of our consciousness, it is activated 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:

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”.

As a lunar deity, Heqet governs the three-day esoteric phase of the dark moon when the lunar disc is invisible in the night sky. She also presides over solar eclipses, when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. This triquetra 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 more circles to the triquetra symbol, we eventually arrive at seven:

The Riddle of the Sphinx then, is a reference to the dawn of time. This baptism manifests in the spiritual “flooding” of DMT, the heliacal “flooding” of the Nile and the climactic “flooding” of the Sphinx enclosure during the great rains. 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 as “the Sphinx”.

Seshat then, is the ruthless goddess of time.