The Orion Connection




According to author-astronomer Robert Bauval, the answer to the ancient secret of Giza is in the Stars. When Robert Bauval came to realize, one starry night in the Arabian desert, that the three pyramids of Giza were arranged on the ground to replicate the arrangement of the three stars in Orion's belt, ancient astronaut theorization was the farthest thing from his mind. "Je tiens l'affaire", he shouted excitedly when he understood the connection, deliberately mimicking Champollion's exclamation when he had deciphered the Rosetta Stone. At the time of his discovery, Bauval was a construction engineer working in the Middle East. In his subsequent book, The Orion Mystery, co-authored with Adrian Gilbert, Bauval demonstrated convincingly that the ancient Egyptians were sophisticated astronomers, and that their religious beliefs and practices were far more profound and esoteric than previously believed. His thesis that the entire area of lower Egypt was laid out in emulation of the heavens is revolutionary, giving new meaning to the famous dictum of Hermes/Thoth, As above, so below. Furthermore he too, as had John Anthony West, Graham Hancock, and Edgar Cayce, pushed the frontiers of high Egyptian civilization way back to 10.500 B.C.


Bauval was born in Alexandria, Egypt to European parents, and has retained a fascination with his native country which eventually nagged him to find the real truth about ancient Egypt. Dissatisfaction with conventional Egyptology was evidently lurking in the back of his mind when, one day in 1979, at Heathrow Airport in London, he picked up a copy of Robert Temple's The Sirius Mystery. Temple showed that the African Dogon tribe had extremely ancient religious traditions centring around the Sirius star system. To Bauval, this suggested a connection with the ancient Egyptian traditions concerning Sirius, as well as the Orion star system. Thus began an investigative odyssey that culminated in one of the most important archeological discoveries of the 20th Century. Many believe that before all of the ramifications of his breakthrough have played out, the stage will be set for a totally new understanding of our origins.




We met Bauval in July at an A.R.E. conference in Virginia Beach sub-titled Atlantis Rising, (purely coincidental). He was the featured speaker. We asked about the debate over 2.500 B.C. vs. 10.500 B.C. There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the pyramids of Giza were built, physically built, in 2.500 B.C. We can't escape that. The area is carbon-dated. But the knowledge of building it was known long, long before. I think that what you're looking at is a blueprint that finally took shape. And the blueprint originated in the period of 10.500 B.C. But consonant with the evidence cited by John Anthony West, Bauval believes that the Sphinx was indeed carved out in 10.500 B.C. However, while West arrived at this date geologically, Bauval used astronomy.

Astronomical correlations are at the very heart of Bauval's discoveries and theories. As an amateur astronomer, he has delved deeply into the connections, but many of them are obvious. In fact, it is nothing short of astounding that for over two hundred years now, Egyptologists have avoided the stellar implications of ancient Egyptian beliefs and architecture, when it appears that their entire religious apparatus was based on the constellations. In his book, Bauval blames this on the long-time domination of Egyptology by one man, American James Henry Breasted, who adopted a monotheistic solar explanation which threw the star theory into disrepute.


Astrologers have long known about the 25.600-year cycle commonly referred to as the Precession of the Equinoxes. Every 2.160 years, the vernal point, moving along the ecliptic, enters a new sign of the Zodiac, going backwards, due to the wobble of the Earth. According to Manly Hall and others, each change of sign ushers in a new religio-philosophical dispensation. In The Orion Mystery, Bauval makes the bold claim that the ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests knew about precession as early as 10.500 B.C., which was the time that the constellation of Orion was at its lowest point on the meridian, and therefore started its upward cycle.

This would be incredible, if true, because it means they would have had to carefully observe star movements, without telescopes, for thousands of years. The importance of Orion to the ancient Egyptians is, of course, well known from the Pyramid Texts, as the home of Sahu, or Osiris in the sky. In our conversation, Bauval elaborated on this, pointing out how precession was used. At 10.500 B.C. when the constellation of Orion is at the low point, it also happens to be crossing the meridian at the time of the vernal equinox. On that day, the vernal point would be due East. That immediately draws your attention to the Sphinx, because the Sphinx looks due East. And when you investigate the position of that vernal point at 10.500 B.C. you'll find that it is exactly between Virgo and Leo. The constellation was performing its first heliacal rising. This means that the Age of Leo was just beginning. Now, this coincidence is a million to one. It's luring us to consider that the image of the Sphinx is a symbol of the lion in the sky, Leo. The message is... look at the Age of Leo.'


So, according to Bauval, the Sphinx was built to establish the advent of the Age of Leo as a marker in precessional time, and to identify it for future ages as what the Pyramid Texts call the first time. Then, says Bauval, 8.000 years later, the pyramid builders gave us further evidence that the plan was first hatched at 10.500 B.C. The arrangement of the Giza pyramids with respect to the Nile doesn't quite match the pattern in the stars and milky way at 2.500 B.C. But if the star map is rotated about 30 degrees to conform to the stellar pattern at 10.500 B.C., it matches perfectly. Bauval says, My conclusion about Giza is that we're certain that it is a collective marker of Leo. They're both linked, but if you look at it in 2.500 B.C. it doesn't match. You're looking at the wrong time. The time that it's telling you to look at is 10.500 B.C. Now, how you explain that it took shape at 2.500 B.C. is another matter. But, it did.




In his book Bauval points out that the importance of the Pyramid Texts, the oldest extant religious writings on the planet, has been trivialized by Breasted and the Egyptology establishment. But, properly understood, he says, they provide the key to the symbology and purpose of Giza. He says, There is a link between the pyramid texts and the pyramids, i.e., what one is saying textually, the other is saying architecturally, and we've proved this beyond any doubt. We begin to understand that the Pyramid Texts are not mumbo-jumbo at all. The message tells us that we are dealing with a dual landscape, two horizons. That is why the Egyptologists have missed out in finding the Sphinx in the Pyramid Texts, because the Texts speak of the Sphinx and the pyramids in cosmic terms. When they mention Orion, they mean the pyramids. When they mention horacty, they mean the Sphinx. Once you understand this trick you can make the correlations from the cosmic to the terrestrial.


Once these masked references in the Pyramid Texts are deciphered, they can be seen as a sort of travel guide, or triptik, for Horus, the dead king, as he makes his way back to rejoin his father Osiris, in the stars. But his journey is not only through space. According to Bauval, it is also a time journey. What we've recently discovered is that in Egypt in 10.500 B.C. there was a group of people called The Followers of Horus, who were supposed to be ancestors of the kings, and their job was literally to follow Horus as he changed position, in order to know exactly where they were in time, in order to be able to return. The Pyramid Texts speak of the time of the original Osiris, and of the original Horus. They believed that there is a lineage of kings that emerges from this first time, and that the king is supposed to return back to his origins in time. So basically the king uses the Followers of Horus to travel back. And the flux that he travels on is precession. That's why precession is built into this ancient architecture. They give us the date 2.500 B.C. with the Great Pyramid shaft pointing to Orion's belt, and then they tell us travel back in time.'




So far, Bauval had given us some fascinating new insights into the ancient Egyptian star religion, but had drawn no inferences. But at this point, the interview took an unexpected turn, as Bauval entered some new and daring territory. We asked him what sort of people could have designed such an elaborate and complex plan stretching out over 8.000 years with the confidence that it would come to fruition. We're looking at a scientific way of thinking that is totally alien to us. It seems that we have a device that was built to work with time. It's a sort of calendar that these people, the Followers of Horus, built in order to be able to trigger certain events in the future. One of the things that they knew would happen, and they timed it, was the Pyramid Age.


The Egyptians believed that certain individuals came from a divine origin, and these individuals had the ability to return to where they came from. There is something that we haven't yet quite understood about our capabilities. Because we feel uncomfortable with it, we use words like spirit, soul, intellect, whatever. But there is something about us that may possibly be able to travel in time or in space. Now these people seemed to know about it, and they went to a lot of trouble to create a condition that somehow allowed this to happen. We call it ritual, we call it initiation. You can call it what you like. But they seemed to think that it was only possible to achieve it through a certain condition when the harmonics were right, when everything was right. It has something to do with stone; it has something to do with scale; it has something to do with a mental state. You have to be able to take yourself to the threshold of a journey, and the journey seems to be returning to a time when immortality was known.


This explanation seemed to approach Edgar Cayce's claim that the Great Pyramid was a temple of initiation. We asked him to elaborate on this, and his reply was surprising. We seem to be dealing with people who were convinced that they had a science of immortality, and they built something that they felt was a device to achieve it.


Bauval was obviously referring to the priests at Heliopolis. But his description of their activities and goals strayed far from conventional Egyptology. What I think happened here is that we have a very powerful nucleus, a messiah-making academy if you like, at Heliopolis, that maintained the origin of an idea, maintained something, whether it's in physical form, whether it's the Hall of Records, whatever. They were the keepers of it. And they maintained it to a point where they finally were able to physically create a place for it to rest forever. My impression, based on the evidence, is that we're dealing with people who seem to know their origins, who knew where they came from, literally, and they wanted to maintain this knowledge of their origins forever, never to be lost. They seem to have been able to keep it for a long period of time, and finally found, perhaps within their own academy, or outside, an individual who could wield the nation in order to build what they had in mind, to find a repository for this knowledge of origins. There were 2.000 - 3.000 years of preparation for something to happen. And then it does happen. They find the right guy, they find the right moment. And the point in time is 2.500 B.C. And then their mission was accomplished, and they left.




By this time, Bauval had used the A word (alien) twice, in other contexts, and he was now clearly advancing towards Stargate country. Although there are no ancient astronaut implications in his book, it was beginning to appear that he may have now begun to think about it, so we decided to turn the conversation in that direction. His response was startling, and placed his entire body of research and theory into a totally new domain. His answers put the capstone on his discovery, and suddenly it all made perfect sense. We could see that this was obviously not just an add-on idea, but was seamlessly integrated into his theoretical framework.


Bauval first argued that the Pyramid Texts were directing the dead king specifically to a place underneath the Sphinx. We are led to conclude that by following the instructions, we reach a date of 10.500 B.C., and that somewhere underneath the Sphinx, somewhere between the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid, is something that has to do with 10.500 B.C. I'm translating the message as it is written in the Pyramid Texts, and on the monuments. And he's supposed to arrive at the region called horacty when he's finished his journey. And there he's arrived at the time of the gods, and this is declared to be the place of the first time. What he's told then is that when he reaches here, he's at the entrance of the necropolis. And now comes the terrestrial journey. It's said that now at this entrance he has to find the astral body of his father, of Osiris. So from here, he has to go to the pyramids, which are behind him, which we know represent the astral body of Osiris. But he is actually told to go under the Sphinx. The message is to find the astral body which is behind you, you have to proceed to that point. And what we find there is a plaque in front of the Sphinx, a stele. And on it is written, This is the place of the first time. Surprisingly nobody has picked up its meaning.


The time had now come to ask the obvious question, the key question; what were the origins that the priests were so jealously guarding? Where did they come from? We pointed out to Bauval that the configuration of the three pyramids in replication of the Orion stars was only obvious from the sky. That observation elicited the following amazing reply. What they are telling us, whether we like it or not, is that the gods came from the sky, and one of them, the major one, came from Orion. And they're telling us that in 10.500 B.C. they buried the body of Orion at Giza. And they're leading us on just enough, but making it hard to find. It isn't Robert Bauval that is saying this. The message is there.


When Bauval made that statement, the words of Von Daniken and Sitchin flashed through our mind. All of a sudden, it all made sense, the Nazca Plain, Maccu Piccu, and Teotechaun. What makes Bauval's conclusion so convincing is the route by which he got there. He didn't start out with the extraterrestrial hypothesis, but arrived at it after painstaking study of the Pyramid texts, and a corresponding highly scientific astronomical study of the monuments. The body of evidence is there for anyone to see. 10.500 years before Christ, some super intelligent beings knew all about precession and galactic astronomy, and all the dimensions of the planet, and they laid out a construction plan on earth to duplicate the star patterns in order to leave behind an indestructible message telling us where they came from, and perhaps, where we came from!




Having now revealed his entire message, Bauval felt free to comment on the extraordinary resistance to these ideas by the establishment, archaeologists and Egyptologists, who refuse to even consider the star theory, and who have even been accused of suppressing some important new discoveries.  There are a few of us who are trying to maintain the tempo, and what we're finding is the quintessential adversarial situation. There is enormous resistance.


We're dealing with something that is giving us a cosmic address, a cosmic time, and it's screaming a message out loud. It's plain to read, but we won't accept it. And we feel uncomfortable with something that we shouldn't feel uncomfortable with. We live in a cosmic environment that cries out for us to consider an outer space explanation. This planet may very well have been visited. So, we may look like a bunch of fools now. But if we don't speak up, in two or three generations time they'll say well, the evidence was staring them in the face. They had these big things there. They were obviously astronomical. There was obviously something to investigate, and these idiots have concluded that they were tombs!'


If there is any faint possibility that these people knew something that we don't know about our origins, let alone immortality, then we should pursue it, whatever the uncomfortable feeling we have. I can tell you that I am speaking far more openly now than I would have two years ago. But we're dealing with something of a scale and magnitude that has to be taken with the utmost seriousness.