Great Pyramid of Ennead

The Great Pyramid, which sits on the Giza Plateau in Egypt, is undoubtedly the most thoroughly examined ancient stonework. This is not only because it is the only surviving wonder from among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but because it is a multifaceted enigma that has not yielded its secrets easily. Yet, after millennia of examination, speculation about its origin, age, construction, purpose, and meaning continues. New information and ideas are periodically discovered and published, often amidst controversy. As always, PluribusOne™’s objective in studying such artifacts is to reveal something new, some insightful fact or factor that has been overlooked, or to offer a fresh and thought-provoking perspective.

Among other possible uses, the Great Pyramid is certainly a message in stone, but what message was it intended to send through the ages?

In this examination we are focusing on one particular enigmatic feature of this largest and oldest Giza pyramid: the vague vertical indentations that dissect each of the pyramid’s four sides. The presence of indentations running from the peak of the pyramid to the center of the base on each side is not a recent discovery. The slight concavity of the sides has been known for at least hundreds of years although not widely recognized because the telling ground-level visual effect only occurs when the light is right—at the equinoxes. Aerially, the opportunity to see the shadow effect is less rare, and from space the lines are visible without the play of light and shadow.

Go to the home page and select Image File #52 to see a photograph taken in 1940 by a British Air Force pilot named Graves which shows one of the indentations very clearly.

The Great Pyramid is unique among all other pyramids in various ways, including this subtle design element that might have a structural engineering purpose—as well as a functional purpose if its shape captures subtle energies, as some say—but what interests us is its symbolism, the message. In part, we have long recogmized the four sides and base of every ancient Egyptian pyramid as symbolizing the five alchemical elements of earth, air, fire, water, and aether. The Great Pyramid can also be understood to carry that information, but it is also saying more because the indentations create an eight-sided geometric shape on a base—nine sides that represent the Ennead.

Is this speculation reasonable, or wild? Consider the following passage from one of the Egyptian Pyramid Texts, which in the last century was translated into German and later English: “O you Great Ennead which is in Ōn, make the King’s name endure, make this pyramid of this King and this construction of his endure forever, just as the name of Atum who presides over the Great Ennead endures.”

While the above is inscribed on the walls of a pyramid at Sakkara and not the more ancient Giza site, the Pyramid Texts are among the oldest writings on the planet and they make references to earlier sacred Egyptian writings not available today. In any case, what knowledge would the ancients have had that they would have considered so supremely important that they would make such a literally monumental effort to immortalize it in stone for people of the future if not knowledge of the nature and way of the Creator? The Pyramid is a physical manifestation of metaphysical principles.

Should the “pagan” sacred science of the Egyptians hold value in the minds of modern-day people rooted in Judeo-Christian scriptures and doctrines? Note the resonance of that Pyramid Text passage with the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name…,” introduced and encouraged for use by the biblical Jesus who was, we conclude, discreetly connecting his teachings back to the conceptualizing of God as the One (Atum) which creates all things via an energy spectrum having nine fundamental aspects sometimes called Elohim.


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