Guest Writers

Philip Gardiner

AKH – the Seed-Point and ‘Seed-Stone’ of Creation

by Gary Osborn and Philip Gardiner

It is said that in its day the Great Pyramid would have stood around 480 feet high, and that it once shone bright in the sun, having been covered in casing stones made of pure white limestone. It must have looked magnificent – an inspiration to human achievement. The ancient Greek geographer Strabo, (63 BC–24 AD – having lived at the same time as Jesus) once said that the Great Pyramid seemed like a “building let down from heaven, untouched by human hands”.

Rumour has it that these white limestone casing stones numbered 144,000 – a sacred number of some relevance although the true number is estimated to be 115,000. This is yet another example of the encoded details or clues we keep finding in many different sources and which has been added at some time in history and for good reason, as they were perhaps meant to expose the true purpose of the Great Pyramid to those with the eyes to see it as well as preserve this information.

In the sunlight these white casing stones would have acted like gigantic mirrors, reflecting a light so powerful that the Great Pyramid ‘would have been visible from the moon as a shining star on earth’.[1] No wonder the ancient Egyptians named the Great Pyramid Khut, meaning ‘Light’, or “Ikhet”, the “Glorious Light” or “Shining One”.

However, it is said that this idyllic vision has been robbed from us in more recent times by the Arabs of the region, who in 1356 began dismantling its casing stones to build the temples and mosques in the surrounding city of Cairo which had been partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1301 AD. Reports say that not only were the casing stones removed, but the men even tried to dismantle the pyramid itself from the apex down. However, after realising the impossible task set before them, we are told that they abandoned the project.

Although course and uneven, the summit is a convenient viewpoint for those who decide, or are now allowed to climb its 203 courses or steps (originally 210) – each of which are 3-ft high or more. To the ancient Egyptians, the capstone or pyramidion of a pyramid or phallic-shaped obelisk (really a raised-up pyramid) signified the apex or pinnacle of their beliefs in more ways than one.

Out of all the ‘Creation’ myths of the ancient Egyptians, the ‘Heliopolitan’ version (named after the city of Heliopolis) is the most popular. It is said that in the beginning, the universe was a “formless, watery void” named Nu or Nun. The English word ‘None’ – meaning “nothing” or “zero” may be a derivative of this ancient name.

Out of the waters of Nun emerged a phallic-shaped hill – the ‘primeval mound’. This hill or mound is a metaphor for a vortex or energy – a circular matrix created from its own centre. This creation myth is the origin of the ancient Egyptian Sun symbol – a simple circle with a dot.

Some traditions hold to the idea that the waters of Nun surround this ‘hill’ or ‘mound’ – being the first ‘world mountain.’ However, it would be more correct to say that the “waters” (the potential energy) of ‘Nun’ is at the very centre of the mound – like the lava at the centre of a volcano – being the centre of all creation.

Here, the confusing concept of the ‘World Mountain’ can be further explained in that an analogy was made with the “liquid-fire” (lava) that rises up from the depths or centre of the earth and through a mountain volcano so as to explode in all directions from the truncated summit. We would also note that the Great Pyramid is truncated.

The sexual imagery was not lost on those who noticed the correspondence between the lava rising upward through the axis of the volcano, the Kundalini prana energy – the mix of ‘fire’ and ‘water’ – rising up through the sushumna of the spine, and the semen, which rises up through the phallus at the climactic moment of sexual intercourse between male and female subjects – again the opposites.

In Hindu cosmology, this ancient Egyptian imagery of the energy rising up through the phallus of Atum-Ra and surrounded by the “waters” – the matrix of space – would be interpreted as the male Lingam (erect penis) surrounded by the female Yoni (vagina). It is said that from this union of Lingam and Yoni, the whole universe comes into being. And this would be correct as the sexual act reflects the fusion of opposites; the same mechanistic process that goes on within one’s consciousness and also at the microcosmic levels of reality; the “seeds” from which all things are being continually created and recreated.

In the Egyptian creation myth, it was from this phallic hill, that Atum-Ra, by enfolding his hand around his penis (again demonstrating the union of opposites) masturbated himself to an explosive orgasm – his seed igniting the birth of the Universe and creating all life within it. From this fusion point, the Universe expanded in all complexity – unfolding like a flower through many levels. In the minds of the ancients, this was how the material world became manifest.

This mythical act of creation is similar to the creation of the universe as told by modern physicists – the popular “Big Bang” theory. This theory holds that the Universe was seeded into life from a ‘point of singularity’ – the proto-atom (Atum) of potential energy/information, which exploded its contents outwards and in all directions.

As the matrix of the Universe expanded, there appeared within it, similar ‘points of singularity’ – the centres of the vortices we call atoms and subatomic particles from which all manner of complex patterns of creation are blinking into and out of existence. At another level there are also the blackhole/whitehole vortices, known by our astrophysicists as supermassive blackholes – around which swirl the galaxies of suns and from which they are being both created and destroyed.

Like the Tao of Chinese tradition, Atum-Ra was the neter (nature) or ‘neuter’ (neutral) – an Androgynous figure – neither male nor female, but encompassing both opposites and their principles. However, to many Atum was also known as a male god, and immediately after this burst of creation, from his phallus – which in most esoteric traditions also doubles as the spinal column – two opposite beings – the god Shu and the female goddess Tefnut emerge. Shu is the ‘active force’ in the universe – the ‘male principle,’ which makes things happen, and Tefnut is the ‘female principle,’ which limits, regulates, controls and directs the male energy. Tefnut is also known as Maat or Ma’at – the goddess of justice and judgement, who is also the risen Kundalini goddess of wisdom. This would mean that the Kundalini experience is associated with one’s own judgement, in that having this experience, and successfully all the way to its climax one, one is ensured a place in heaven.

We say that the Great Pyramid is a splendid example of the shamanic world mountain or the primordial mound of creation.

The capstone of the pyramid which was also placed at the apex of columns and obelisks, representing the shamanic ‘world pillar’, was called the Benben and represented the ‘seed-point’ of creation. In other words, the pillar or obelisk represented the phallus of the supreme god Atum-Ra, who personified the source-centre of the cosmos and all of creation – the Benben on top representing the sperm or ‘seed-droplet’ which seeded this creation.

We have here a reference to the zero-point, because that’s just what the pinpoint apex of the pyramid symbolises. We also see in this interpretation, the ‘proto-atom’ of the cosmos – i.e., zero-time, and just before the “big bang”, as conceptualised by our modern-day physicists. Some say that the pyramid was capped by a gold-plated Benben pyramidion while others say that the capstone was of pure black onyx, or possibly even a quartz crystal or meteorite. There is logic behind the last suggestion.

The meteorites that fell to earth were believed to be semen droplets of the Creator; deposits from Atum-Ra’s own creation of the universe. It is said that the meteorites that were observed falling, and the ones discovered – some of which were conically shaped (pyramidion) due to the friction caused by the earth’s atmosphere – provided evidence for this belief.

Both the Benben stone and its related archetypal creature, the bennu bird, (a Heron) which is often depicted perched on top of the capstone of an obelisk (‘sacred pillar’ – shamanic), also represented the ‘soul’, the ‘divine spark’ or ‘life force’ that is said to reside in every man and woman and inside the centre of the skull – hence the placement of the Benben on top of the column, obelisk or pyramid which represented the human spine and body. To the ancient Egyptians the soul was known as the ba – which they believed was one’s own link to the source or Godhead known as the Akh. We will recall that among the Pyramid Texts are the ‘glorifications’ – the sabu (associated with the star constellation of Orion) which makes one into an Akh.

The ‘Akh’ is the ancient Egyptian term for the ‘spiritual centre’ or ‘source of creation’ – i.e., zero-point – so Akh is the highest point or centre reached and it is reached via the ba – the soul.

The Biblical ‘dove’ is also symbolic of the soul, but more importantly, according to the Egyptians it was believed that the soul – the ‘life force’ that sustains our very existence – was given to us by the Creator Atum-Ra, who represents the Akh and is equatable with the Sumerian god Anu. Its interesting that scientists now have evidence that falling meteorites, and particularly iron meteorites, played an important part in the evolution of life on earth).[2] Keeping with these philosophical thoughts, one could interpret this to mean that like an egg, the earth, had been seeded, or infused with the soul of the Akh Creator – the life-force – the same force or energy which is evident in the shining stars.

Furthermore, the bennu bird is also the Phoenix – the sacred bird of rebirth and resurrection. This suggests that the ancient Egyptians, or a people from whom these mythical creature-archetypes, symbols and metaphors were perhaps borrowed or inherited – also believed in reincarnation: that all things go around in cycles and that although the physical vehicle may be discarded and changed, the soul or ‘divine spark’ of the universe which reincarnates – becoming immersed in matter – belongs to the Creator, to which everything is linked, is immortal and indestructible.

We would say that the Great Pyramid represents this indestructible ‘divine spark’ – perhaps the ‘stone’ that fell from heaven – immersed as it is in the material world as the zero-point – the seed-stone and point of creation itself.

Many are perplexed as to the reasons why the Great Pyramid might have been built without being capped – after all it’s a little unsettling that a building like that could remain unfinished and on purpose. An early reference to the missing capstone comes from Diodorus Siculus– who claims to have visited the Giza complex and saw the Great Pyramid with its casing stones intact. He wrote that the structure was “complete and without the least decay, and yet it lacked its apex stone”.

This is interesting because how could the capstone have been dismantled without first demolishing the smooth casing-stones so that one could approach it by stepping on the course core-masonry that lay underneath? This statement by Diodorus is used as evidence that the capstone had never been added to the structure – and this is now the emerging consensus view: that the Great Pyramid never had a capstone placed on it – which indeed contradicts the ancient Egyptian veneration of the Benben – and that it remained unfinished and perhaps for a more profound symbolic reason: perhaps something to do with the fact that most of us are unconscious of this ‘divine spark’ within us and therefore our own spirituality and immortality. This explanation of ours may have some light shed on it by the following quote by author Peter Lemesurier:

‘There is some evidence in the ancient texts that the eventual addition of the capstone (and thus the completion of the pyramid to its full design) was seen by the initiates as symbolising the return of the Light to the world in the Messianic person of the resurrected Osiris’.[3]

There is more to this explanation or theory which we will reveal in books yet to be published – suffice to say, that ancient Egyptian imagery – i.e., obelisks and truncated pyramids – are endemic in Masonic symbolism, and this posits a nagging question which has not been satisfactorily answered – if at all asked:

If the Great Pyramid and other pyramids are merely ‘tombs, and tombs only’, as many an orthodox historian or Egyptologist would be quick to inform us, then why does all this emblematic imagery exist? This symbolism belongs not only to the many secret societies, but also to many mystery schools of the esoteric.

Surely such imagery hints at a vast secret associated with the Great Pyramid? . . A profound secret that has been hiding behind the ‘smokescreen cover’ of it being a tomb or burial mound?

And what is this secret? Take the symbolic location of the glass pyramid in Paris: was the glass pyramid built and placed on the former Paris ‘zero-point’ meridian to silently refer to this secret and/or perhaps immortalise it? Again, only those with the eyes to see it would benefit surely.

It is indeed a strange world when we consider that many of us would rather continue to accept or believe without question, the rather mundane explanations given by mainstream Egyptologists and historians, while at the same time ignoring the fact that there are also many mystifying symbols, signs, secret codes, secret messages, in text, art and architecture both ancient and modern, which seem to be conveying a far greater purpose given to the pyramids – and most notably, the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Given these facts, the reader will appreciate, that there seems to be a “knowledge” reserved for the general masses and another kind of knowledge for those who are “in the know”, and those who have earned their ‘right to know’ by being able to read the hidden clues in the symbolic language. But to be able to read these clues and pointers, one must first become aware of; acknowledge and understand the reality of an extraordinary and rare phenomenon regarding the human mind and the physical body – a phenomenon we can all experience, and this experience is exemplified in the conception of the Benben – the apex of the pyramid and what it really signifies.

The Benben is the zero-point; the non-local, non-dimensional nature of the source consciousness within us and from which the information patterns of one’s own reality are created and projected outwards like the spokes radiating from the hub of a wheel.

Our theory that the tip of the missing capstone represents the zero-point of creation is supported by the following:

It’s a fact that Quartz grows in a particular geometric pattern, as do all crystals. And it’s a fact that quartz grows in the form of a triangle or pyramid with an angle of 51.43 degrees – the same as the sloping sides of the Great Pyramid.

Quartz crystal begins its life deep within the earth from hot vapour, which is a supersaturated solution of silicon dioxide. As it cools a unit cell of quartz forms around a nucleating site (seed) in the same way that an oyster forms. The quartz is the matrix created around a seed point. The forming atoms that are bonding together to create the crystal are laid down where there is most energy – the molecules adhering to the base silicon matrix. Made up as a tetrahedron shaped molecule, it is now composed of four atoms of oxygen with one silicon atom suspended within. This primary cell unit now attracts other silicon dioxide molecules and over time trillions of these cells link together in a spiralling motion, layer upon layer until the crystal is made. The crystal is a known quantum converter that is able to transmit energy in a magnified state and this energy can easily be absorbed or received by biological matter – such as the human body. 90% of granite is quartz – and the walls of the Kings Chamber are made out of blocks of granite.

Its possible then that the King’s Chamber was a place of initiation, where the adept shaman, god-king-priest, would go into trance to initiate out of body experiences – the flight of the ba or soul, and ultimately the enlightenment experience known by the Hindus as Kundalini, and by which the shaman accessed the Akh – the source-centre of creation – and at the climax of enlightenment.

Our own conclusion is, that it is from this experience – one’s awakening to this source – that the profound knowledge still being preserved by various secret societies, was first derived, and which over time, an ancient shamanic culture had developed into a ‘cosmological system’. We are now certain that this knowledge is summarised in the layout and symbolic location of Giza and the architectural design of the Great Pyramid, which also contains encoded information about the geophysics of the earth and acts as a precessional clock to determine the cycles of reality within which it was believed man is trapped. The shaman sought to find a way in which to escape these cycles through trance and these altered state experiences.

The reality of this is supplemented by the associative information that has been encoded worldwide in ancient texts, myths, art, and even our contemporary architecture – and therefore we are looking at the ultimate code which some have tried to conceal and suppress – the official ‘tomb explanation’, as taught in schools, being part of this agenda.

Anything that contains important information which is not instantly recognisable on the surface can be considered to be a retainer of a code or cipher, and we can be sure that this is what the Great Pyramid is in structure.

As described by our friend, writer and esotericist, Anneke Koremans, the pyramids and all temples for that matter are like cupboards or boxes. “The real treasure is not always what’s inside the box but is the box itself”.

After looking briefly at just some of the conclusions given and questions posed in this essay, no one can really doubt that the amount of information that can be gained from closely studying the Great Pyramid and its location – even if much of this information was intentionally encoded or not – is indeed so mind-boggling, that one could be forgiven for thinking that ‘God’ or some ‘higher intelligence’ not constrained by the laws of our reality had built it, saying: “There you are, all the information you need to know about you and your reality is all stored within this monument – find it and use it!” . . .

Notes and References

1. Source: The Great Pyramid of Giza Research Association.

2. On August 24, 2004, it was reported that University of Arizona scientists had discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth. Research shows that meteorites could easily have provided more phosphorus than naturally occurs on Earth to give rise to biomolecules which eventually assembled into living, replicating organisms. Source:

3. Lemesurier, Peter, The Great Pyramid Decoded, Element, 1977

Copyright © Gary Osborn & Philip Gardiner. 2005. All Rights Reserved
All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Other Articles




Copyright 2005