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- Frederich Nietzche-

Archive for April, 2016

WRITINGS TO CHECK OUT

I want to make a short post to acknowledge some great researcher-writers of Ancient Egypt in the 1970’s and 80’s that have come to be forgotten today. Their work was a great foundation point for those who followed them, and are still more than worthwhile study tools for someone digging into these topics today, hence I wanted to share these names with you: Peter Tompkins, William Fix, John West, Lucy Lamy, and Roy Norvill.

The first is Peter Tompkins and his book Secrets of the Great Pyramid, the most complete compilation of material at its time (1973). Here he placed all that could be found on the pyramid’s mathematics, geometry, and explorations. He also presented many of the theories surrounding it, including what could be called spiritual theories not often found in print at the time- but never does he present any theory as an answer, he is just presenting information. It is really hard to find this book now, and those that are for sale on the internet are quite pricey, but if you see one around I highly recommend having it on your Egyptian bookshelf. Included are many of the drawings and early photographs made of the interior and exterior and thus are great for looking at things “before the modern fixes.” Actually that might become my next post, what one sees in the Great Pyramid now you wouldn’t have seen 100 years ago.

The second suggestion is William Fix. This is definitely a name no one has heard of. I came across his book Pyramid Odyssey, written in 1976, at a used bookshop about 15 years ago. It can be described as the blueprint for what became Graham Hancock’s Fingerprints of the Gods, and is one of the first printed works I can find that suggest the three Pharaohs may have repaired or restored the pyramids, not actually built them. Just for that alone makes it a unique read, but certainly Fix put together some interesting ideas (even if a few may be thought of as a bit too New Agey) but the basic premise over twenty years later finally reached a larger audience through the writing of another.

The next two names sort of go together, they are John Anthony West and Lucy Lamy. Both in their own way were working on simplifying the massive work of RA Schwaller de Lubicz. West began with Serpent in the Sky (still available and a great read to get a background on symbolism in Egypt) who later proposed the theory of a water-weathered Sphinx, and won an emmy award for it. Lamy was the step daughter of De Lubicz, and her book Egyptian Mysteries is another classic of understanding the symbolic nature of the Ancient Egyptians.

The final name to mention here is Roy Norvill, especially his book Hermes Unveiled. His was the book to really make a point that there was an Alchemic-Hermetic symbolic meaning to everything that went into any myth, religious story or ancient presentation of itself. That everything was a symbol, and if you could understand the meanings of the universal symbols, then the texts, reliefs, walls or temples could begin to be unlocked. Whether his symbols are all correct is not so much the point as the basic idea he is setting forth in this work.