Radically reinterpreting the time line of prehistory, J. S. Gordon shows that Egyptian civilization is 50,000 years older than acknowledged by Egyptology. He explores astrophysical, cosmological, geophysical, linguistic, and anthropological evidence to reveal forgotten civilizations hidden beneath the Mediterranean and along the coast of northwestern Africa. He explains how the "spontaneous" full-fledged appearance of Egyptian and Sumerian civilizations 5,000 years ago represents not the birth of civilization but the remnants of an immensely ancient and sophisticated worldwide culture ranging from Tibet and China to Atlantis and the vastly larger continent of which it once was part. Examining the mystical traditions and initiatory rituals of the ancient Egyptians, Gordon shows that they were not a culture obsessed with death and tombs but one structured around cosmic knowledge, with an astronomical competence that modern science has yet to attain. He reveals their sophisticated understanding of the precession of the equinoxes and its inextricable connection to human evolution and divine purpose--an understanding that could only have arisen from many millennia of high-level observation. Illustrating in detail the sacred geometry of the Great Pyramid and the Giza site, Gordon explains how the coherence of Egyptian mystico-scientific concepts and their art, architecture, and engineering reveals a mission to achieve a "reflection of Heaven on Earth" through the careful location, orientation, and stellar alignment of their temples. He shows the Egyptian Mystery School and its scientific knowledge and universal spiritual philosophy to be a legacy left to the ancient Egyptians by the "fallen star gods," divine celestial beings who came to Earth long ago and founded the original now forgotten culture--and who will return again with the turning of the Great Year.
J. S. Gordon holds a master's degree in Western Esotericism from the University of Exeter and is a senior fellow of the Theosophical Society of England. He is the author of several books, including The Path of Initiation. He lives in Guildford.
Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION A Fresh Approach Part One Origins ONE Cosmic Seasons and Astronomical Cycles TWO Geological, Geographical, and Climatological Issues THREE The Disappearing "Atlantes" FOUR The Appearance of Culture and Civilization Part Two Traditions FIVE Egyptian Magic and the Law of Hierarchy SIX Two Egyptian Mystery Traditions Reconsidered SEVEN Gods of the Abyss and Underworld EIGHT The Ancient Esoteric Division of Egypt and the Significance of Its Main Temples Part Three Knowledge NINE Completing the "Jigsaw Puzzle" of Astronomical Metaphors and Allegories TEN Sacred Geometry and the "Living" Architecture of Egypt ELEVEN The Esoteric Significance of the Sphinx and Pyramids TWELVE The Internal Geometry of the Great Pyramid THIRTEEN Reflections APPENDICES A The Relationship between the Sothic Year and the Annus Magnus B From Plato's Timaeus C On Geology D From Schwaller de Lubicz's Sacred Science E From S. A. Mackey's The Mythological Astronomy of the Ancients (1824) F Philological Issues G The Egyptian Version of the Inner Constitution of Man H Concerning the Duat I Concerning the God-Name Seker J Concerning Sebek, Set, and Horus K The Circumpolar Stars and the "Mill of the Gods" L Concerning Ursa Major M The Astroterrestrial Axes among Egypt, Greece, and the Levant N Correlations between the Egyptian and Greek Mystery Schools O On the Significance of Double Statuary in Egypt P The Meaning of Ether/Aether according to the Principles of Hermetic Science Q On the Levitation of Stone by the Use of Sound NOTES GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX