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... of the central sun]." (76) In the earlier symbolism of the Foundation Stone, there is no hint of solar associations, and the stone is not a "spiritual [invisible] rock," but the shining center around which the created earth, or Cosmos, congealed. The Egyptians knew the Foundation Stone as the Benben. Frankfort writes that the "first piece of solid matter actually created by Atum in the primeval ocean .. . (77) was a stone, the Benben; and it had originated from a drop of the seed of Atum which fell into the primeval ocean." More precisely, one should say that Atum was the seed ...
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2. Astral Kingship [Journals] [Aeon]
... that Pharaoh was thus the son of the Sun. (29) A digression, as we put this assumption to the test, may here prove to be quite worthwhile. From the Pyramid Texts, we have the following utterance: O Atum! When you came into being you rose up as a high hill, You shone as the Benben Stone in the Temple of the Phoenix in Heliopolis. (30) Atum is then the Primeval Hill itself and He "who came into being of Himself." (31) The Hindu god Vishnu is also a "self-creating" divinity (32) whose aspects and behavior are sometimes indistinguishable from Brahma. The name "Brahma" ...
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... heavenly dwelling. The steps signify the primeval foundation laid by the creator. In all Egyptian symbols of the mount one finds the same general significance. Always, it is the stable pillar supporting the resting god. One of the most famous representations of the Primeval Hill is the obelisk . The small pyramidion on top of the obelisk denoted the Benben stone (Foundation Stone), the Seed of Atum, the central sun. (The same form crowned the pyramid.) 44. Egyptian Re atop the steps. Atum-Khepri, thou wert high as the Hill Thou didst shine forth as Benben. (23) To the modern mind it may seem peculiar that the foundation stone should ...
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4. Alan Alford's The Phoenix Solution [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... ' in Egyptian religion. Decoding the myths of wandering eyes' and decapitated heads'. The battle whereby Horus's eye and Seth's testicles were exchanged. A planetary interpretation of Osiris' name - the resting place with the Eye'. Making sense of the Egyptian myths of phallic gods, seed/semen and an explosive pregnancy. How the Benben Stone commemorates a seeding in the heavens and in the Earth. 9: MYSTERIES OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: An assessment of stellar cults in ancient Egypt. Were Orion and Sirius symbols of the exploded planet? Did Orion mark the gateway to the heavenly Duat and the body of Nut'? The Nine Bows and the Shemsu-Hor as planets ...
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5. When the Gods Came Down [Journals] [SIS Internet Digest]
... Golden Age of the First Time'? Why did Osiris come down from the Sky? Why were Egyptian priests and kings united in their quest to turn back time? The importance of meteorites in ancient Egypt, and the use of meteoric iron in the cult of the afterlife. Might there be a secret labyrinth beneath the Temple of the Benben at Heliopolis - a labyrinth which still contains a sacred meteorite? Egyptology. Did Wallis Budge deliberately conceal the secrets of the pharaohs by feigning ignorance? The mysterious birth of Horus. The celestial secret revealed. Nut, Osiris and Re. Were they all aspects of an exploded celestial body? Ch. 4: Paradise Regained. A ...
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... seem to have had an original connexion in symbolism, if we may judge from the inscriptions of the 5th dynasty cited by E. de Rouge, which frequently mention sacred monuments of this figure: which manifestly combines the two. I would here remind the reader that the obelisk terminates in a pyramid, which termination or point was called the benben in Egyptian, having the same signification as pyramidion in Greek. The benben was venerated in a temple of On (properly An hieroglyphs )with a devotion similar to that paid to the Omphalos in the temple of Delphi. The Ethiopian royal conqueror Piankhi ascended alone to the benben chamber, and sealed it up after his visit. 36 ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 14  -  29 Sep 2002  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/night/vol-1/night-03.htm
7. The Saturn Thesis (Part 2) [Journals] [Aeon]
... celestial form behind the symbol. So what was the three-pronged star or its variant, the triangle? I think it can be shown that it signified a unique form of the Radiant Venus just prior to the emergence of goddess and hero as separate powers. In the Egyptian creation legend, the triangle is the abstract, two-dimensional form of the Benben stone, the three dimensional pyramidion which was later represented symbolically as the apex of the obelisk and the pyramid. It is also identified as a "drop of seed" from Atum, and inseparably tied to the virtually simultaneous births of the goddess Tefnut and the warrior-hero Shu. Now I think we can make sense of these things if ...
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8. Book Shelf [Journals] [Aeon]
... would have centered on polar Kochab (beta Ursa Minoris) when it was at its meridian zenith at the moment that Alnitak appeared on the eastern horizon. Undoubtedly, as Bauval would have us believe, the pyramid builders of the Fourth Dynasty were quintessential astronomers and geometers. The platform atop the pyramid of Khufu may not have had its own benben capstone, but have remained truncated for an ancient theodolite to additionally observe the line-of-sight between itself and the benben capstone on the towering obelisk positioned due north in Letopolis (ancient Khem) and that of the obelisk in Heliopolis (ancient On) due east of Khem, all for a more precise mensuration of the Nile valley based on the ...
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9. The Polar Sun [Books]
... ever-turning heart of heaven. Similarly, while the term men means "fixed" or "abiding," in reference to the god of the stable centre and summit, mennen means "to go round." (53) To the great god, as the steadfast centre or foundation stone of the Cosmos, the Egyptians gave the name Benben (see discussion of "The Foundation Stone"). But ben alone "is a verb of motion, and particularly of going around'" This dual, seemingly paradoxical relationship of motion and rest occurs throughout the Egyptian texts and becomes intelligible only when one recognizes the central sun, the Unmoved Mover, as the source of the ...
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... or round-tower shape, with their tops pointed at the summit. One is inclined to claim as Cosmic this ball on a spike, that is the sphere transpierced by its axis, and much will be said later on (see Index) as to the important symbolism of this conical roof-cap. (See also what is said of the Egyptian benben, and of the phalae.) With reference to this "ball on a spike," the wooden "rattles" used by "sorcerers," that is I presume priests, in British Guiana, are still of such a form, as may be seen from the specimens in the Museum of St. Augustine's College at Canterbury ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 5  -  29 Sep 2002  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/night/vol-1/night-04.htm
11. Monitor [Journals] [SIS Workshop]
... to have shaved their heads and would be unlikely to shed hairs. In November, Dr Hans Goedicke put forward a theory to explain the siting of the three pyramids of Giza, whose southwestern corners lie in a straight line with the ancient city of Heliopolis, a cult centre on the eastern bank of the Nile. At Heliopolis the "benben stone" marks the spot where the sun enters the world of man: Dr Goedicke thinks that Khufu erected his pyramid to mark the western point where the sun exited from the world, suggesting a "king's demise is comparable to the setting sun". Planet Comet/Encounter source: NATURE 305, pp.612-15 There are still ...
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12. The Crescent II [Books]
... darkness the emergence of God meant the coming of light, the first morning. For the Heliopolitans morning was marked by the shining of light on an erect pillar or pyramidion on a support which could reflect the rays of the rising sun. At the beginning a light-bird, the Phoenix, had alighted on the sacred stand, known as the Benben, to initiate the great age of the visible God. The rising of the mound and the appearance of the Phoenix are not consecutive events but parallel statements, two aspects of the supreme creative moment." (27) To the same elementary image belongs the winged Khepera, resting upon the tet or pillar of the Cosmos, and ...
Terms matched: 1  -  Score: 4  -  09 Aug 2007  -  URL: /online/pubs/books/saturn/ch-09b.htm

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