posted on Jun, 21 2012 @ 03:56 PM
In September 1978 the Grateful Dead played 3 shows outdoors in Giza, beside the Sphinx. ON the third night, September 16, there was a full lunar
eclipse, which the band its followers were very aware of. The shows were announced in January, and from the start, it was clear these were not just
The Dead have always attracted a fair share of crazies…some of them quite brilliant. Among the folks pushing for the Egypt shows were many who
pointed to a new world order being noted in several prophecies—from the discovery of Edgar Cayce’s Hall of Records “when the shadow of the moon
falls between the paws of the Sphinx;” to calculations based on 1,978-3/4 “pyramid inches” from the entrance of the Great Pyramid to the
king’s chamber; to biblical prophecies citing the return of the capstone to the Great Pyramid; to UFO’s landing atop the Great Pyramid.
My wife and I traveled to Egypt for all three shows, and although we didn’t buy into any of the prophecies, I found them very interesting and tried
to get as much info as possible from the folks involved. One of them, Michael Mooney, wrote a book called ‘The Cosmic Light and Power of the Great
Pyramid” in early 1978, which presented the “pyramid inch” prophecy.
I lived in Eugene at the time, and was friendly acquaintance of Ken Kesey, who also journeyed to Egypt for the Dead shows/eclipse, along with Paul
Krassner, Owsley, a handful of aging pranksters and a few hundred devoted deadheads from US and Europe. Kesey turned me onto a copy of book called
“The Emerald Tablets of Thoth,” translated by Doreal—which didn’t connect directly to the offered yet another perspective on the changing
Other prophetic interpretations of the 9-16-1978 event were based on the full lunar eclipse that took place on September 16, 1978 in Cairo—the third
night the Dead played outdoors, beside the Sphinx. Yes, lunar eclipses are relatively common, but the 9/16 eclipse positioned the moon directly in
front of the Sphinx—which was remarkable, according to the lunar folks on this adventure.
Needless to say, the Great Hall of Records was not revealed, and neither capstone nor UFOs appeared atop the pyramid. But as I learned a few days
later, the world order actually changed on September 16, 1978.
Here’s what did happen:
On Sept. 16, 1978 a 7.8 earthquake struck central Iran, killing more than 25,000. The lack of response from the Shah of Iran, whose rule began on Sept
16 1941, resulted in an outcry that became the beginning of the revolution that saw the Shah overthrown by February, 1979. The Ayatollah returned, the
Islamists took over and truly changed the geo-political order in the Middle East.
Also on September 16, 1978: Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat, and Menachem Begin signed the Camp David Treaty—bringing Egypt and Israel to a peaceful
Neither of these are “earth-changing” events. Yet that both occurred on the same day and bunch of hippies seemed to be tuned into it in some way
is pretty cool, IMO. The real point is, sometimes changes in the world order are more subtle than we expect. But even small changes to the world order
can really rearrange the deck for everybody. And in the case of the Middle East—Iranian nukes, Israel-US-Egypt ties threatened—the seeds that were
planted in Iran and Camp David on September, are particularly relevant today.