Riddle of the Sphinx
The Sphinx symbolises death and rebirth.
Although this famous monument has suffered over the centuries the archetype itself is perennial—representing eternal life. When we understand this, we will come to love her as the most profound secret in the cosmos.
The picture above hints at the awesome expanse of time that has passed since the Sphinx was carved from the living limestone. In fact, records show that for centuries only her head was visible above the desert sands. Even today she remains the most enigmatic sculpture on Earth and has influenced many cultures around the world—versions can be seen in Greece, Turkey, India, Burma, Thailand and the Phillippines.
The Sphinx is different from most other deities because she has a human face with the body of an animal. Usually, the Egyptian gods are depicted the other way around. The inference here is that the Sphinx represents something radically different from the gods of the Egyptian pantheon. To begin exploring this, we are reminded of two animal emblems often depicted on the foreheads of initiates: a vulture and a cobra.
The vulture represents the Egyptian goddess Nekhbet. In turn, the cobra symbolises the Egyptian goddess Wadjet. These symbols of death and rebirth were referred to as the Two Ladies. Indeed, Nekhbet victimises the world as the vulture of death but simultaneously Wadjet rejuvenates the world as the serpent of rebirth.
There is much disagreement over the age of the Sphinx but the water erosion around its enclose would suggest that is radically predates Dynastic Egypt. Many researches have inferred that the build date was sometime during the archaic Zep Tepi. Whatever the epoch, it’s apparent that the Sphinx had the body and head of two goddesses: