The Royal Cubit
The Royal Cubit is a solar unit of measure. Its hieroglyph looks like this:
While history tells us that this measurement comes from the Latin cubitum or “elbow,” in reality the truth is more esoteric. Hieroglyphs aren’t meant to be understood the way we read modern language. In fact, each “sacred carving” conveys a wealth of information. In this case meh niswt refers to the divine ratio contained within the human forearm.
You may notice the similarity between the measuring cord that Seshat holds above with the hieroglyph at top. To the ancient Egyptians the Stretching of the Cord ritual was born during the Old Kingdom. This was the archaic time of Djoser, Imhotep, Snefru, Amenhotep and Kanofer. The ceremony itself was intimately connected with Seshat and dealt with the dimensions and orientations of sacred temples.
The second symbol refers to the vibration of the Sun. In fact the wave above looks like the Uraeus and reminds us that the wavelength of a sphere is equal to its circumference.
The final symbol of the human arm refers to the ratio of the hand to the forearm which was expressed as 1:√2. Implicitly it also conveys the side/diagonal ratio of a square:
So we have three powerful ideas here that we must now somehow reconcile with a sacred measurement. As an actual length is must be based on real world phenomena. The title “Royal” gives us a clue here because it refers to the Sun. Due to the cubit’s use in many Egyptian temples we can infer that it had profound significance for the architects that used it:
A harmonic ratio refers to a circle and square that are expressed in terms of each other. When a circle’s circumference equals a square’s perimeter then the feminine and the masculine are balanced. This is an ancient expression of life and goes back beyond written record. Specifically, it underpins a sacred science that is only now blossoming on Earth again.
From the relationship above comes the lotus pattern below. It shows a series of nested squares that are drawn from the midpoint of their parents. This is the same as dividing each side by √2. While we have only drawn a short sequence below, in reality this pattern creates 45°spirals that regress far beyond our visual acuity.
Now imagine that the circle above is the Sun with a circumference equal to the perimeter of the outer square (a wavelength of nearly 4.4 million kilometres). The square’s sides therefore approach 1.1 million kilometres. Nesting this shape 42 times within itself we arrive at a side length of 0.5237 kilometres. This unit was called The Lotus (its hieroglyphic is below) and it provided the basis for the ancient Egyptian measuring system:
For architectural convenience the Royal Cubit was reduced to 1/1,000th of this figure or 52.37 centimetres. This length is therefore a harmonic partial of the wavelength of the Sun. For everyday reference, it was roughly equal to the human forearm. This measurement was vital when we came to build temples and develop priest classes. Without the benevolence of our Sun then we were unlikely to evolve as a species.
The Papyrus of Ani lists 42 negative confessions. If the initiate can give answers to all of them then they have the potential to become a star. At this point they can give light and fuel universal growth. So while the thousand-petalled lotus is a spacial reference, it also has a spiritual echo: the lotus is said to be the most subtle human chakra and aligned with pure love. Indeed, the romantic ratio of √2:1 is the relationship between C and F# within the C major scale. When a yogi is able to raise their kundalini using this gateway then the state of Nirvikalpa Samādhi is experienced. This stage brings about rebirth or the siddhis—occult transformational powers.
Ancient Egypt was a sympathetic culture and later civilisations like Greece and Rome divorced themselves from this harmonic measuring system. While Marcus Vitruvius Pollio and Leonardo da Vinci rediscovered the squared circle it would fall to modern mystics to reveal the lotus. Indeed, understanding the Royal Cubit invites us to acknowledge stargates and explore the cosmos once again.
Even today our metric and imperial systems are meaningless. This fall from divine relativity was one of the most subtle and enduring mathematical debaucheries in our history: science remains unaware of the Rule of One to this day. The Royal Cubit then, is an overtone of the fundamental frequency of our Sun.
So the Royal Cubit refers to the ratio of the forearm rather than its length. Here we may reflect on how the human body and the cosmos can be reconciled using the ratios of sacred geometry. Click here to see how space and time are functions of each other.