Fulcanelli's Final Revelation:
Raising the Djed at the End of Time
Sunday, September 1st, 2002
By Jay Weidner and Vincent Bridges
From the fragments of the Great Myth gleaned from the Cairo Calendar, we find three Djed raisings. The first, the Djed of Nun on the primal mound, can be dated to the epoch half a precessional cycle ago when the galactic edge/center axis aligned with the solstices. At that time, the center of the galaxy fell on the zenith and the edge of the galaxy aligned with the nadir. The Djed of Nun then is the primal Djed alignment of galactic meridian and zenith/nadir meridian, aligned with galactic center and the noon sun on the summer solstice of 10,957 BCE.
The next Djed is that of Atum, erected to settle the disturbance caused by the struggle between Horus and Set. This can be dated to around 4,400 BCE, when the galactic center/edge axis fell on the equinoxes and the Leo/Virgo and Aquarius/Pisces alignment marked the solstices. As it had 6,000 years earlier, the meridian of the galaxy stood straight up in the sky at the latitude of Giza and Heliopolis. However, the zenith/nadir line at this era fell at right angles to the center/edge galactic axis. (See star chart H.)
The disparity between these Djed alignments can be seen as the cause of the conflict between the two antagonists, Set and Horus. The moment is marked by the alignment of the sun with the galactic antipode at the cusp of Gemini/Taurus. The Two Lords refer to the opposing Djed alignments, that of the galactic meridian and that of the zenith and nadir of the sky. At the moment of the spring equinox in 4,477 BCE, when this conjunction of sun and galactic antipode rose at dawn, we find this clearly shown in the sky. Horus, the risen Osiris represented by the constellation Orion, whose torch seems lit by the sun on the galactic antipode, was awarded all Egypt. We may take this to mean all of the land along the river Nile, whose analog in the sky is the Milky Way galaxy. Horus rules all Egypt, the Nile of the galaxy, from the delta/edge of the galaxy to the source far upriver at the galactic center. In other words, Horus was awarded the Djed of the galactic meridian.
Set was awarded the desert part of the sky marked by the north/south meridian and including at that epoch the poles of the galaxy and the north/south ecliptic and celestial poles, the zenith/nadir Djed axis, which contained the alignment of the djed with the celestial polar axis. (Since the Pharaoh aligning the djed to the north celestial pole is named for Set, then we might suppose that the Djed of Set was indeed the north celestial pole alignment, the axis of the "desert" in the sky.) The desert is therefore all of the sky not "watered" by the Milky Way/Nile. This arrangement brought peace to the land, but Tehuti, or Thoth, was brought before Ra to receive a judgment. As Tehuti is the neter or god who measures the arc of time, so we might think of this as a judgment, perhaps on Set, meant to last the 6,480 years until the erection of the next Djed.
Which brings us to our current epoch and the Djed of Osiris. The Cairo Calendar simply informs us: "It is the day of putting up the djed-pillar of Osiris. The gods are sad, with their faces downward when they remember Osiris." In the "Book of Coming Forth Unto Day," we find Atum, who erected a Djed to settle the conflict between Set and Horus, declaring that at the end of the world Osiris will be granted the Mound of the Dead, which is by association the primal mound. On that point he will erect his Djed and conduct the Day of Judgment and therefore restore stability to the universe.
This primal mound, the Mound of the Dead, seat of the Throne of Osiris in the Duat, would seem by the weight of the astronomical alignments and the geometry of their placement and structure to be the pyramids on Giza. We don't have to argue their probable age to understand this point. If they were built in the middle of the 3rd millennium BCE, then they were designed to model these eternally recurring patterns of cosmic alignment. That in fact might be even more astounding than that they were built by a pre-catastrophe world culture of unknown sophistication. If Khufu, Kaphre and Menkaura built the pyramids attributed to them, then they were, without a doubt, privy to a very deep understanding of celestial mechanics and what can only be called sacred science.
Let us consider then that the Throne of Osiris on the Mound of the Dead where Osiris as Lord of the Duat conducts the Day of Judgment is indeed the pyramid complex on Giza. The Djed of Osiris would therefore be the alignment of the galactic meridian Djed with the Djed of the apparent sky, the zenith/nadir axis. This would match, with the directions of the galactic Djed reversed, the sky in 10,957 BCE, and would therefore be the re-alignment of the primal Djed of Nun.
To see this, we must look once again at the celestial mechanics of precession that produce the alignments. Along the 30 degree north latitude line, the zenith and nadir of the apparent sky fall about 60 degrees from the north celestial poles. These points rotate every 24 hours as the earth turns. This zenith/nadir Djed axis crosses the same points in the sky every day, but the long haul of the Great Precessional Year shifts the stars against which these points fall. From the latitude of Giza, for instance, the nadir and zenith points in 4,477 BCE came closest to the zodiac at Aquarius/Pisces and Leo/Virgo, the solstices points, and crossed the galactic meridian at Crux and Puppis and Cassiopia and Cygnus, 60 degrees away from the galactic center/edge meridian. At the dawn equinox point, the zenith/nadir fell in the middle of this galactic encounter, 90 degrees from the galactic center/edge axis, with the nadir in Velis and the zenith between Cephus and Cygnus.
Due to the movement of precession, these background star reference points shift so that 13,000 years ago, as now, the zenith and nadir of the sky fell close to the center and edge of the galaxy. Only at these times, and only at the latitude of Cairo can the Djed of the sky and the Djed of the galaxy merge into one Great Djed. We can therefore date these times with a degree of precision by charting when the galactic edge/center points fall closest to the 60-degree celestial latitude of the zenith/nadir meridian.
In our current precessional epoch, these galactic meridian points began their closest approach to the zenith/nadir points on the spring equinox of 1789. The close approach lasts for 3.75 degrees of arc, or 270 years. The mid point of this period fell on the fall equinox of 1924, making this the closest conjunction of the zenith/nadir and the galactic center/edge meridian. However the Djeds were not yet perfectly aligned. The galactic meridian was still one degree off 180 degrees from the last period of alignment in 10,957 BCE. That one degree, or 72 years, clicked off in 1996 and for the next 18 years until 2014, or one quarter of a degree, the Djed of the galactic meridian and the Djed of the zenith/nadir of the sky will be in perfect alignment on the fall equinox sunrise and the spring equinox sunset, as well as noon and midnight on the solstices. The period includes the end date of the Mayan calendar on the winter solstice alignment with the galactic center and the end point of Fulcanelli's catastrophic season. It also includes our target date of the fall equinox 2002, the Great INRI Cross shown on the Hendaye monument.
If this is a return, albeit in an opposing orientation, to the primal Djed of Nun, then we might have some answers to our questions concerning the "gods." The Major and Minor Ennead gives 18 'gods' echoing the 18-year, quarter of a degree of arc, alignment of the Great Djed. The original Djed compensated these gods by giving them a fixed point from which "fate and Osiris" could unfold. As there are four Great Djed alignments in these 18 years, we have a total of 72 Djed moments, or a one-degree of precession model of the complete cycle.
While we might think of this entire period of time as the Djed of Osiris, there is indeed one moment in time during these 72 Djed alignments when the Djed of Osiris Lord of the Duat appears in the sky. This moment is dawn on the fall equinox of 2002. In addition to the Great Cross of the galactic equinox alignment, the INRI formed by the planets, the alignments of the Cubes of Space and the erection of the Great Djed of the zenith/nadir-galactic meridian, there is one final marker that identifies the moment with clarity and precision, the planet Saturn.
Fulcanelli hints at its importance: "The age of iron has no other seal than that of Death. Its hieroglyph is the skeleton, bearing the attributes of Saturn: the empty hourglass, the symbol of time run out, and the scythe, reproduced in the figure seven, the number of transformation' Osiris, in his immortal form as Lord of the Duat, was considered to have seven bodies. At dawn on the fall equinox, seven alignments, two for the Great Cross, one INRI, two Cubes, one Djed and one Saturn conjunction, combine to create the Throne of Osiris on Giza. We may think of these alignments as the seven bodies that combine to generate Osiris' immortality in the Duat. The seventh, that of the Saturn conjunction with the zenith and galactic antipodes, is the critical body, the crucial component, the one that, when it aligns, animates and crystallizes the other six.
Saturn, because it is at the greatest distance from the sun of all the visible planets, has the longest "year," taking a little less than 30 years to complete one circuit of the zodiac. This makes it the best precessional timekeeper of all the planets. Saturn completes one precessional Great Year of 25,920 years every 864 of its "years," a half cycle every 432 of its "years," a quarter cycle every 216 of its "years," and an eighth of a cycle every 108 of its "years." This equals (108 x 30) 3240 years, or 45 degrees of precessional arc. We can continue counting in Saturn years down to 9, one 96th of the precessional year, or 3.75 degrees of arc and 270 earth years, which brings us to the alignment period of the galactic meridian and the zenith/nadir axis.
If we note when Saturn fell on a significant marker, such as the galactic center or antipode, then we can simply count Saturn cycles to mark the span of the Great Precessional Year. In this way, we could determine that if Saturn fell on the galactic antipode and made a station (since the earth is moving faster than Saturn, it appears as if it is overtaken, making it appear to stand still in the sky to mark the moment), then 432 Saturn cycles ago it was making a station at the same location, and would be doing so again at the completion of 864 Saturn cycles.
Since Saturn is making just such a station on the galactic antipodes for the 11 months between August 2002 and July 2003, then we have our target time period between the cross hairs of multiple precessional alignments. The fall equinox of 2002 is the first equinox since the exact Great Djed alignment began in 1996 to have Saturn, the planetary precessional counter, on the zenith point conjunct with the galactic antipode. With this last timer in place, we have our moment of the Djed of Osiris erected on the Mound of the Dead; and it is dawn on the fall equinox in Cairo, precisely 5:30 am local time when the zenith/nadir axis aligns with the galactic meridian axis and Saturn is on the antipodes at the cusp of Taurus/Gemini. All the other pieces of the puzzle, the planetary INRI, the Great Cross and the Cubes of Space, all fall into place at this magical moment. The seven bodies of Osiris align to create the Cubic Throne and the Great Djed, marking Osiris' emergence as Lord of the Duat.
The Great Djed of Osiris Lord of the Duat, 9/23/02, 5:30 am Cairo
Locating the Djed of Osiris so precisely in time and space allows us to turn to the mythic aspects with a completely new perspective. According to archaic futurist Moira Timms, in her 1995 article "The Raising the Djed": "The story of Osiris is in the shamanic tradition, and it begins with Osiris' murder by his evil brother, Set. One version says his body was cast into the river, washed ashore and entombed within a great tree (a type of the Djed) that grew around him. Eventually he was discovered and extricated from the tree by the great goddess Isis. The bare bones of the other version are that his body was dismembered and scattered throughout Egypt, but that after a long and arduous search, Isis retrieved and re-membered his parts. Both accounts end with Isis raising Osiris' spine to a vertical position, "making him stable," and resurrecting him to life by means of the words of power taught her by Thoth, the Master Initiator of Light."
From this we can discern a few crucial points. Osiris was cast into the river of the Milky Way/Nile and became entombed in a djed-tree from which he was released by Isis. His body was dismembered and scattered along the Nile in the other version, but the image is reinforced. The Djed of Osiris, along which his body is spread, is the galactic meridian, the celestial Nile. The critical point is the role played by Isis. She resurrects Osiris by raising his spine to align with the Great Djed, returning him to life by the words of power taught her by Thoth. By these deeds, Isis makes Osiris the Lord of Duat.
The glyphs for Isis and Osiris help us understand this a little more clearly. Isis' glyph is the throne, and Osiris' is a throne with the eye of Ra above it. Osiris rules life and fate or chance from the Cube of Space of his throne, the 64 gnomic cube formed by the alignments on Giza. This Throne, or Cubic Stone, is in turn part of the greater Cube of the Galaxy. This is the Throne of Isis, with the Great Goddess as the creative matrix at the center of the galaxy. Osiris' Throne, as shown by his glyph, is the solar Cube of Space, which sits or rests on the galactic Cube. When Osiris is triumphant and ruling as the overseer of Ra over both "Egypt" and the Duat, then the sun rests atop the Great Djed of the galactic meridian and the zenith/nadir axis. This era arrives once every 12,960 years, and we are in such an era now.
But it is the Saturn alignment, as we have seen, that determines the moment of the Djed of Osiris. Isis erected the Djed of Osiris, crowned by the star of the Duat, and gave him life by the magic of Thoth. But the story doesn't end there. Osiris must return to life in order to reign once more as the Lord of the Two Lands, Egypt and the Duat. The Lord of the Dead, planting the seed of his reincarnated form, Horus the Sun God and King, therefore impregnated Isis. Symbolically, this is represented in the sky by the moment the sun's disk touches the horizon on the fall equinox of 2002.
In Cairo on the 23rd of September 2002, the moment of the Djed alignment is 5:30 am. Seventeen minutes later at 5:47 am, the sun's disk touches the horizon. These 17 minutes are the moment of the hieros gamos, the sacred marriage between Isis, the center of the galaxy, and Osiris, triumphant in the Duat on the galactic antipode, and their union on earth at the moment of the sunrise. It is perhaps the most sacred 17 minutes in the last 13,000 years.
Death of Osiris 6/21/01
If this moment is indeed the Djed of Osiris as Lord of the Duat, then we should also be able to locate the moment of Osiris' death and dismemberment as well as the birth of the new Horus King. In the version of the legend that describes Osiris' dismemberment, we are told that he was split into 15 parts. If we think of this as units of time, then we are led to count them as months because 15 months before the fall equinox of 2002 is the summer solstice of 2001. (See star chart I) This is an appropriate moment because the sun was close to the galactic antipode, and most interesting of all, there was a solar eclipse. This date therefore fits quite nicely with the mythic pattern.
But what of the birth of the new Horus King? Nine months after the hieros gamos we find the summer solstice of 2003 when the summer sun will be conjunct with both Saturn and the galactic antipode. This signifies the moment when the resurrected or reincarnated Osiris/Horus is reborn as the King of Egypt and the Duat, the land of the living and the dead. (See star chart G)
Birth of Horus 6/21/03
These great mythic dramas are played out by means of the alignments in the sky and their markers here on earth. The myth of Isis, Osiris, Set and Horus define the events in the sky that mark the changes of the precessional seasons. We participate in the Cosmic drama, whether we understand its import or not. The myths in the sky move us, in deep and strange ways. We can either remain ignorant, and be taken unaware by changes, that when we have lived through them, will seem major enough to describe as the end of the world, or we can align ourselves to the new dispensation of the risen Osiris and assist the punctuation of evolution caused by the cosmic resonance of the moment. If we make the choice, we can all take part in, as Fulcanelli says, "the mission of renewing for regenerated humanity the chain of tradition of the humanity which has disappeared."
The choice is ours, because we are alive at this moment. Let us hope we all choose wisely'
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