In Arabic, the land of Egypt is referred to as Al Khem. The name provides the root of our modern word “alchemy,” and offers a fresh insight not just into the ancient land of Khemet, but also the purpose of its most important temples.

Above: a priestess indicates the divine proportions of her forearms 

Alchemy, of course, was the mythical art of transmuting base metals into gold. But in the esoteric tradition such things were seen as metaphors. Consequently, the ultimate pursuit of the alchemist’s art was the transformation of the initiate herself. In this spiritual awakening, the adept emerges from the darkness and into the light.

Transmuting the pupil was the aim of the Egyptian mystery schools. Their classrooms were the temples: from Philae in the south to the fabled Hermopolis in the north. Indeed, their sanctums once accommodated famous initiates like Pythagoras and Plato. Attendees would often spend years at a specific location being taught one aspect of the sacred sciences before graduating on to more refined temples. 

Above: a detail of a rod displayed in the Museo Egizo in Turin

Royal Cubit rods were utilitarian and ceremonial. Some models from private tombs show that they could also be received as honorary awardsa distinguishing offering to a deserving architect. Indeed, upon this rod to Any was written:

A boon that the king gives to Amun-Re and to Ptah, lord of the two lands, and to Thoth, lord of divine words, great god who dwells in Hermopolis, that they may give life, prosperity and health and a good lifespan, following their ka’s, for the ka of the servant in the place of truth.

Thoth was sometimes referred to as Lord of the Cubit. As the god of writing, arts and technical skill, he inspired the scribes and those who made measurements. Indeed, everything suggests that this instrument was an essential tool for the craftsmen and technicians who were involved in all kinds of architectural work. Symbolically, this standard ruler ensures the control of time and space. Essential to the deeper truths, the Royal Cubit was protected within the temple of Hermopolis:

The standard length of a rod was 52.37 centimetres. If we take this measure as a harmonic partial of the Sun using the ancient method described here then we find the circumference of the solar disc to be nearly 4.4 million kilometres. You may also recall that the Great Pyramid was built using terrestrial and lunar dimensions. Here’s a graphical reminder of this interplay:

The graphic above is written in base 11 which nicely reflects the Egyptian use of prime number ratios as a function of consciousness. It also implies a direct relationship between the base length of the Great Pyramid and the Earth’s diameter. (If we convert 440 Royal Cubits to the metric system we get 0.23 kilometres.) Dividing the Earth’s diameter by 0.23 kilometres we get 55,400a small but significant harmonic.

Below is a picture of the Great Pyramid. The square formed at the base (440 Royal Cubits a side) is twice the size of the implied square formed at the King’s Chamber level (220 Royal Cubits a side). What does this pattern hint at and why did the pyramid need to be exactly this size?

We explored this diagram here as a way of DRAWING consciousness. But what it you wanted to BUILD consciousness? The best way of doing it is to design the pyramid as the “pineal gland” of the Earth. What is the third eye activated by? The star tetrahedron around the human heart:

While this design stimulates the wisdom of love, it also activates Earth’s third eye. Here we are reminded that the shape above comes from The Flower of Life—a beautiful design that inspires Metatron’s Cube:

Interpreting this idea further, if we draw a star tetrahedron touching Earth’s circumference it looks like this:

In cosmological terms, this makes each triangle side 22,000 kilometres long based on the circumference-to-side ratio of π:√3. But because each side is really one edge of a triangle that is actually the diagonal of a square, then we can take this √2 multiple and convert it to an XY projection of the inner grid of Metatron’s Cube:

In other words, if a cube can give birth to a star tetrahedron then it’s no surprise that this wavelength of √2 can be reflected in two dimensions as well. So by taking the star tetrahedron’s side length of 22,000 kilometres and nesting it 33 times within itself we arrive at 0.23 kilometres or the base length of the Great Pyramid. Greatly simplified it looks like this:

Thousands of years ago our great architects took the sacred ratios of Earth’s consciousness and immortalised them in granite and limestone. The purpose of the pyramid then, was to create enlightened beings capable of uniting the cosmos within themselves. These perfectly balanced avatars were able to recognise The Flower of Life within their own hearts and create a sonic temple based on the dimensions of Metatron’s Cube.

The ratios of love lead to enlightenment.