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The Nile Decoded

Revealing the Secret Message of
the World’
s Longest River

By Goro Adachi

Copyright © 2003 Goro Adachi
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August 9, 2003

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Giza Producing ‘Anchor Dates’

If the Nile really is a literal river of time – a ‘Time River’ – then the possibility must be considered that there is a tangible timeline encoded into its design. And it can be reasonably assumed that the river’s beginning point at the equator represents the earliest point on the timeline, and Giza/Cairo at the edge (30°N) the ‘end of time’. (See Appendix 1 for discussion on the beginning latitude of the Nile.)

The most sensible time-encoding system here would be one based on latitude, where a linear, northward-moving timeline is superimpose on the Nile.

To derive a timeline in this system, it is necessary to first have at least two ‘anchor points’, or 'anchor dates', placed upon the Nile. The rest would be just a matter of simple calculation. (The distance between the two anchor points will have the function of a base unit for the timeline.)  But there needs to be a good rationale for selecting these points/dates.

For this, we turn to the Giza monuments, evidently an integral part of the Nile scheme (marking the river’s northern edge). Giza, through its astronomical alignments, manages to give us just what we need to turn the ancient river into a tangible map of time.

The key here is Robert Bauval’s popular ‘Orion Correlation Theory’ (or more broadly the ‘Star Correlation Theory’) which traces the Giza layout back to the stars. The basic idea is quite simple. The theory essentially says that the arrangement of the three great pyramids standing there closely emulates that of the three Belt Stars of Orion, the heavenly Osiris.

Bauval demonstrates this first by noting that the smallest pyramid is slightly offset from the diagonal line made by the other two pyramids. He then compares this to a similar offset seen in the Orion Belt Stars, with the dimmest star congruently corresponding to the smallest pyramid.

This sky-ground correspondence is supported by a passage from the ancient Egyptian ‘Pyramid Texts’ which makes it plain that the pyramid and Osiris-Orion are closely linked:

O Horus, this King is Osiris [= Orion], this pyramid of the King is Osiris, this construction of his is Osiris; betake yourself to it, do not be far from it in its name of ‘Pyramid’…[16]

Next, based on this initial ‘as above, so below’ connection, Bauval points out that there was an extraordinary set of alignments around 10,500 BC:

    Around 10,500 BC:

  1. Orion reached its lowest point at the meridian in its 26,000-year precessional cycle. (Precession slowly shifts Orion and other stars up and down the meridian, the imaginary north-south line drawn in the sky where the stars achieve their highest daily altitudes.)
  2. On the vernal equinox, the Great Sphinx, directly facing east, witnessed the rising of its two celestial counterparts – the sun and Leo.

    At the moment of equinoctial sunrise (c. 10,500 BC):

  1. Orion was positioned right at the meridian.

  2.  In the southern sky, the Milky Way was seen roughly vertical and positioned in such a way that it appeared to be an extension of the Nile. Orion was situated just to the right of the celestial river – closely mimicking the configuration of the Giza pyramids and the Nile.

It is reasonable to conclude that the builders of the Giza monuments intended to commemorate the extremely ancient epoch of 10,500 BC.

We can refine the date by taking a closer look at Point #1, i.e. Orion’s lowest transit point (‘southern culmination’). It occurred more exactly c. 10,600 BC. This, then, is our first ‘anchor date’.

As for the second ‘anchor date’, the answer turns out to be the ‘Pyramid Age’ when the pyramids themselves were built - around 2500 BC.

The date can be refined through another Giza celestial alignment, this time involving the four ‘air shafts’ (or 'star shafts') emanating from the so-called King’s Chamber and Queen’s Chamber inside the Great Pyramid.

Expanding on the theory of Alexander Badawy and Virginia Trimble,[17] Bauval found that these shafts, targeted at the meridian (i.e. due south/north), are angled just right so that around 2400 BC they aligned with key stars crossing the meridian ('transit'). The southern shafts were aimed at Alnitak (of Orion) and Sirius; the northern ones were aimed at Beta Ursa Minor (‘Kochab’) and Alpha Draconis (‘Thuban’, the ancient Pole Star).

Bauval claims that these alignments collectively pinpoint c. 2450 BC, but this is not quite accurate. It should be more like c. 2350 BC. All the star-shaft alignments occurred at the latter time except for Orion’s alignment with the King’s Chamber southern shaft (c. 2490 BC). But as Dr. Thomas G. Brophy points out, the same shaft did come into alignment with the Galactic Center around 2350 BC.[18]

At this point, then, the Giza monuments have given us two solid anchor dates, 10,600 BC and 2350 BC.

A Timeline Emerges

The next step is to figure out where to place these anchor dates along the Nile.

For 10,600 BC, it is actually a simple matter. Since the ‘10,500 BC epoch’ appears to signify the mythical ‘First Time’ (Zep Tepi), as postulated by Bauval and Hancock, it would naturally go to the source of the Nile at the equator. It is where ‘time’ begins, as the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria. In support of this designation, we find that the same epoch also happens to mark the establishment of the Nile’s equatorial Lake Victoria outlet.[19]

Additionally, the usage of the equator as the beginning latitude is strongly encouraged by Giza’s 10,600 BC celestial alignment. Let us examine it again:

  1. Orion was positioned due south and as close to the horizon as possible, thus guiding our attention toward the southernmost source of the Nile (Lake Victoria) situated due south of Giza.

  2. Point 1 was accompanied by the equinoctial sunrise with Leo due east. Since the equinoxes are when the sun is at the extension of the equator (called the ‘celestial equator’), it tells us that 10,600 BC is to be seen as an equatorial (anchor) date.

As for the 2350 BC anchor date, we can assume that it will go to one of the following key points on the Nile: 1) the confluence at Khartoum, 2) the Atbara confluence, 3) the Great Bend peak, or 4) Giza/Cairo. The question is: Which one?

A big clue here comes from Sirius and Orion’s Alnitak, two prominent stars from the Great Pyramid's star-alignment scheme. They happened to produce the angle 19.5° around 2350 BC.

When Sirius was rising at the horizon as viewed from Giza, Alnitak we seen hovering 19.5° above the horizon. (See illustration below.)

This suggests that the date 2350 BC and the angle/latitude 19.5° are to be united. Hence we are encouraged to assign the second anchor date to the Great Bend’s peak at 19.5°.

There are other clues supporting the arrangement - including the fact that the general region of the Great Bend (Nubia/Kush) was once called the ‘Land of the Bow’ (Ta-Seti), which strongly resonates with the ‘Sirian’ nature of the 2350 BC-19.5°N anchor point, because Sirius’ various epithets happen to include ‘Bow Star’ (as well as ‘Arrow Star’).

So, with the two anchor points firmly established, we are now ready to move on to the critical step - the conversion of Nilotic latitudes into dates.[20]

As the highlights below show, what emerges is a startling timeline:

  • Khartoum at 15.60°N. corresponds precisely to 4000 BC.
  • The Atbara-Nile confluence at 17.67°N. corresponds to 3124 BC.
  • Giza/Cairo at 30.00°N. corresponds to AD 2093.

For those familiar with the general outline of ancient history, the significance of the first two dates, 4000 BC and c. 3100 BC, should be immediately clear. The third date c. AD 2100 is intriguing too for its close proximity to our own time.

For those not very familiar with ancient chronology, 4000 BC is in various ways – historically, religiously, and esoterically – the ‘beginning of the world’:

  • It was around 4000 BC that the first known high civilization called Sumer suddenly rose in Mesopotamia (present Iraq) to begin ‘history’.
  • The year 4004 BC is the standard Christian date for Adam, the first man, based on the scriptural calculation done by Archbishop James Ussher in the mid-seventeenth century (Annales Veteris Testamenti). In his calculation, Ussher even applied the date 2348 BC to the Great Flood, which almost exactly matches one of our anchor dates (2350 BC)!
  • 4000 BC is the beginning date used in the calendar adopted by Freemasonry – a quasi-esoteric fraternal organization whose enigmatic tradition can be traced back to various ancient cultures, including ancient Egypt. (Remarkably, the highest rank in Scottish Freemasonry is called ‘33rd Degree’ as if in reference to the key Nilotic longitude, 33°E.)

The other ancient date pinpointed, c. 3100 BC, has similar implications:

  • The date coincides with the beginning of ancient Egypt – none other than the ‘gift of the Nile’ itself! It was indeed around 3100 BC that King Menes commenced the Dynastic period as he unified Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt – an event known as the ‘Unification of the Two Lands’.
  • The date coincides with what the Mayan calendar calls the ‘Birth of Venus’ (3114 BC), the beginning of the current age.[21]
  • For the Hindus, too, c. 3100 BC was the beginning of the present age called Kali Yuga.[22]

It is quite evident that the Nile Timeline is very meaningful.

Now, before moving on to the next step, let us divide up the Nile according to the zodiacal Ages, each lasting roughly 2160 years. (We are currently living near the end of the 'Age of Pisces' and about to move into the 'Age of Aquarius'.) The illustration below shows the Nile so rendered.

We see that the river covers exactly six Ages – Leo, Cancer, Gemini, Taurus, Aries, and Pisces. Notice that the middle section around the Great Bend corresponds to the Age of Taurus. This will be shown to have a profound implication shortly.

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[16] Pyramid Texts, line 1657.

[17] See Robert Bauval and Adrian Gilbert, The Orion Mystery (New York: Crown Publishers, 1994), pp.99-103, 237-241.

[18] Thomas G. Brophy, The Origin Map (Writers Club Press, 2002), pp.86-9.

[19] D. A. Livingstone, ‘The Nile – Palaeolimnology of Headwaters’, in Rzóska (ed.), The Nile, Biology of an Ancient River, pp.23-5, 27; Said, The Geological Evolution of the River Nile, p.6.

[20] Corresponding year for latitude L = [(10600-2350)/19.5] x L – 10600. (If the resultant number is a negative number, it means it is a ‘BC’ date. Also, if the year yielded is zero or positive, technically an extra year has to be added to make up for the nonexistence of the year ‘0 AD’.)

[21] See, for example, Adrian Gilbert and Maurice Cotterell, The Mayan Prophecies (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), pp.33, 136, 184.

[22] Coomarswamy, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists, p.393, cited in Hancock, Heaven’s Mirror, p.150.


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