The Spaceman would often stare up at those distant suns and planets and feel the lullaby of their motion tugging upon his soul, gently whispering to the dust of his being to return to its home.”
Love and Space Dust
The Egyptians studied the night sky, taking measurements from the stars to accurately align their pyramids and temples with the earth’s four cardinal points. Taking sightings of the Great Bear and Orion with an instrument called a ‘merkhet’—similar to an astrolabe, astronomer-priests marked out the foundations of buildings on Earth.
The Great Pyramid at Giza perhaps provides one of the best known examples…
This remarkable building has a footprint of over 13 acres and consists of approximately 6.5 million limestone blocks. Its four sides are accurately aligned to face north, east, south, and west, with an error of less than half a degree. They are also virtually identical in length, with less than a 20 cm, or 8 inches, variance between one side and another.
The Egyptians believed that the stars and the gods, or neteru, lived in the Duat, the Otherworld kingdom of Osiris.
The Duat is located in the sky where Orion and Sirius are seen rising heliacally just ahead of the sun at dawn on the summer solstice. Some Egyptologists have proposed that the Giza complex, with its three large pyramids, the Sphinx and the Nile, is a mirror reflection of the Duat. The three pyramids are most often thought to represent the three stars in the belt of Orion; the Sphinx corresponds to the constellation Leo; and the Nile corresponds to the Milky Way.
The concept of creating a sacred landscape on earth that reflects the night sky is not uncommon in other ancient cultures. By building pyramids, temples, and tombs aligned with stars and the earth’s cardinal points, ancient people venerated the heavens, bringing divine energy to the earth, and channeling it back again, which prevented the cosmos from falling into chaos.