The beast below
Anubis can have a disturbing effect on our emotional and spiritual states.
For Anubis is the beast below, the ancient subwoofer who stalks the frequencies beneath our audible range. Anubis creates feelings of awe and terror that must be mastered before we can pass into deeper realms of awareness. Anubis is portrayed as a jackal because this species communicates via infrasound. Infra is Latin for below and refers to the ultra-low frequency beyond the range of humans: 20 Hz and below. Unfortunately, little can prepare us for the alarming nature of vibration as we drop below audible wavelengths.
For in the low frequencies of deep bass, pure notes result in tonal sensations plus an awareness of pitch. As the frequency falls below 20 Hz, the tonal sensation disappears and the sound changes into a feeling of pressure in the eardrums. At even lower frequencies it turns into a sensation of separate puffs. So when exposed to infrasound we stop hearing and start feeling. This is where the hallucinations begin as our energetic bodies align with the terrors of the depths. This domain is for sincere initiates only.
Why is Anubis shown holding an ankh above? Because this device was used to determine the level of infrasound in a temple. In fact, all the neters in the scene above have a secret: they are based on animals that communicate using infrasound. A temple then, is really an infrasonic resonance chamber where a standing wave may be captured.
Ammit “The Eater of Hearts” has a body that is equal parts crocodile, leopard and hippopotamus: three Nile man-eaters that use infrasound to communicate. Ammit stood beside the “Lake of Fire” where candidates readied themselves for their initiation.
Crocodiles use deep bass and infrasound to woo females and establish male hierarchy. The standard crocodile bellow is audible to human ears but there’s also an infrasonic wave beneath it that carries through the water.
Researchers in bioacoustics have discovered that leopards also emit infrasound during mating and territorial displays. All the big cats have this skill and their prey (including humans) can actually feel their roars.
Hippos also communicate using infrasound and these waves can travel up to several kilometres through liquids and solids of varying densities. Their limited-visibility habitats are ideally suited to these sonic messages.
The winged serpent Thoth (the ibis) represents a species that uses infrasound in a slightly different way: for navigation. Indeed, this bird can feel the melodies of mountains they approach because the vibration is distinct; they can find their homeland even with their eyes closed.
Peacocks speak infrasonically when ruffling their feathers. Recent advances in sound recording have enabled researchers to obtain infrasonic recordings. Male peacocks generate an infrasonic ripple that resonates through the side of the array in their feather train when fanned out. This “royal bird” also makes an infrasonic shudder that radiates from the base of the feathers through their shafts when shaken.
The serpent was also a sacred animal to the Egyptians because they viewed it as a living spinal column. Indeed, the cobra senses infrasound mainly through its skull and spine. Many species are able to perceive and react to substrate-borne vibrations. The vibrations are transmitted through the lower jaw which is often placed on the ground and is connected with the inner ear. They also detect vibrations directly with receptors on their body surface.
So the ancient Egyptian word neter passed down the etymological river via the Coptic netjer, past the Greek netcher and washed ashore as the English nature. We can thank our ancestors for endowing the spiritual realm with these animal personalities that still guide us today.
Anubis is the guardian who can balance your heart’s frequency with the spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency (read infrasound) range of the Earth’s electromagnetic field. These Schumann Resonances are like ripples that collapse our own wavelengths down into the deeper tones. Once you resonate with the Earth you can then align with the universe.
So Anubis holds his ankh to the scales and points it at the heart because he is measuring resonance: is your spirit light enough to fly as the Sun?