"What is that which has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?"
"What goes on four legs at dawn, two at noon, and three at dusk?"
[Parabola: Summer 2000][
The winged [Greek] sphinx of Boeotian Thebes, the most famous in legend, was said to have terrorized the people by demanding the answer to a riddle
taught her by the Muses and devouring a man each time the riddle was answered incorrectly. Eventually Oedipus gave the proper answer: man, who crawls
on all fours in infancy, walks on two feet when grown, and leans on a staff in old age; the sphinx thereupon killed herself. From this tale apparently
grew the legend that the sphinx was omniscient, and even today the wisdom of the sphinx is proverbial. [From: Britannica Online]
Ever since its relatively recent rediscovery, theories and controversies, much in imitation of the desert sands, have swirled around the Sphinx.
Perhaps this situation is not new, and the same occurred after previous rediscoveries, which were also followed by feverish attempts at repair and
preservation, after which the desert once again claimed all but its enigmatic Sphinx head.
The real riddle of the Sphinx at Giza relates to its very identity. Everything that you may have learned in school or through mainstream educational
programs is most likely erroneous. The people who have contributed to the status quo of the now stale and challenged "accepted theory" appear to be
reluctant to accept new research. In some cases, those charged with protecting this precious leonine treasure actually deny access to researchers with
whom they have had disagreements over theory.
Finding fresh, reliable news on just what is going on is very difficult. When one does come across new information, s/he must wade through rumor,
supposition, and, even more unfortunately, vitriolic back-biting.
The Great Sphinx casts spells of charming. S/he first enchanted me when I was about 7 and captured me quite sublimely a few years ago while I was
digging for information on the original Oracle at Delphi. Whenever a standstill came about in my Delphi research, I'd investigate the Sphinx. At the
time, the most interesting item I'd found concerning the Sphinx was what Edgar Cayce had uttered while in trance: that there were hidden areas below
the Sphinx and that a Hall of Records would be discovered near the end of this century. All of the other resources were dry, uninteresting, and
relegated this great, ancient structure to a minor existence -- constructed only as a memorial to one egomaniacal pharaoh or another. To me, this
theory lacked common sense.
Educational television programs seemed bent on taking an exciting topic and making it as boring as possible. Spokespersons were typically old,
slow-speaking, uninspiring gents who gave the impression of never having left their museums.
Along came a few "new" researchers who had also fallen under the Sphinx's spell. We have John Anthony West to thank for his having contacted Robert
Schoch, a respected geologist, stratigrapher, and paleontologist. Professor Schoch has presented evidence that the Sphinx has been eroded by
precipitation -- long periods of rains.
Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval took this information and combined it with their own research and that of many others. The work that they've done,
together and individually, is much too detailed to cover on a few pages of a web site. Their coauthored book, The Message of the Sphinx should be
available in libraries by now.
Almost a century ago, P.D. Ouspensky wrote about his visit to the Sphinx. You may find that his down-to-earth yet mystical description explains a
portion of the Sphinx's magnetic attraction.
I hope you'll enjoy the reading selections and links provided below. Keep in mind that this is not the main page of the site. To see a table of
contents, go to the main page of Morgana's Observatory. This section will be continually updated as I come across new information. In the meantime,
be sure to visit the >Forum to read what others have to say and to post your own opinions and questions.
The Sphinx lies on the Gizeh plateau, where the great pyramids stand, and where there are many other monuments, already discovered and still to be
discovered, and a number of tombs of different epochs. The Sphinx lies in a hollow, above the level of which only its head, neck and part of its back
By whom, when, and why the Sphinx was erected -- of this nothing is known. Present-day archaeology takes the Sphinx to be prehistoric. [Note:
Ouspensky was writing between 1908-1914.]
This means that even for the most ancient of the ancient Egyptians, those of the first dynasties six to seven thousand years before the birth of
Christ, the Sphinx was the same riddle as it is for us today.
From the stone tablet, inscribed with drawings and hieroglyphs, found between the paws of the Sphinx, it was once surmised that the figure represented
the image of the Egyptian god Harmakuti, "The Sun on the Horizon." But it has long been agreed that this is an altogether unsatisfactory
interpretation and that the inscription probably refers to the occasion of some partial restoration made comparatively recently.
As a matter of fact, the Sphinx is older than historical Egypt, older than her gods, older than the pyramids, which, in their turn, are much older
than is thought.
The Sphinx is indisputably one of the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable, of the worldâ€™s works of art. I know nothing that it would be
possible to put side by side with it. It belongs indeed to quite another art than the art we know. Beings such as ourselves could not create a Sphinx.
Nor can our culture create anything like it. The Sphinx appears unmistakably to be a relic of another, a very ancient culture, which was possessed of
knowledge far greater than ours.
There is a tradition or theory that the Sphinx is a great, complex hieroglyph, or a book in stone, which contains the whole totality of ancient
knowledge, and reveals itself to the person who can read this strange cipher which is embodied in the forms, correlations and measurements of the
different parts of the Sphinx. This is the famous riddle of the Sphinx, which from the most ancient times so many wise souls have attempted to solve.