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In no particular order, here are some new images I’ve created recently. I posted these on my Facebook wall but they quickly got lost in the ephemeral feed. This blog is a much better repository for this research. This post is a grab bag of things I’ve noticed that haven’t made their way yet into other blog posts.

It turns out that the following 6:5 relationship in the Pyramid of Khafre is 99.9% accurate. The discovery was made by Peter Casperson in his book Den Matematiska Nyckeln Till Guds Namn (which translates from Swedish as “The Mathmatical Key to God’s Name”) published in 2004. The illustration is my own. The 6:5 relationship ties in with what I’ve written before in Taking Measure, the Snowflake and the Flower, and Cubits, among other blog posts.

The Pyramid of Khafre encodes 6:5 proportions

The Pyramid of Khafre encodes 6:5 proportions

The outer perimeter of the egg’s cross-section is 33,333 feet assuming the eggshell has thickness of ~5 feet at the scale of the Great Pyramid. I made a similar oval image a few years ago called The Megalithic Egg but it was based on the 3:4:5 triangle instead.

The circumference of the egg based on the geometry of the Great Pyramid is 33333 feet

The egg formed by the elevation of the Great Pyramid has a circumference of 33333 feet

I made a round image (with Photoshop’s polar filter) of moai on Easter Island looking into the center, and then felt inspired to have them look at the Orion nebula. The 15 moai fit the stages of the alchemical process and I took the stage names from a fantastic novel by Katherine Neville called The Eight that I was re-reading. The philosopher’s stone naturally fits in the center as the final goal of al-kemi. I was playing with the swirling colors as seen above in the nebula or below in the chemicals of the alchemist’s cauldron. Are we looking into the heavens or deep within? They end up in the same place: awareness.

The Great Work

The Great Work

Is this the basis of the Fahrenheit scale, why water boils at 212°? A circle with a diameter of 212 has a circumference approximately equal to 666. It’s interesting also that 33°F = .55555…°C

Here’s a discovery I made some time ago but don’t think I’ve posted it in the blog before. The Governor’s mansion at the top of Victoria Peak overlooking Hong Kong is 3333.3 km from Borobudur. Amazing distance between city mountains: sacred and mundane!


It’s interesting that the two main fortresses of England and Scotland are 333 miles apart. I’m sure that wasn’t planned by humans, but one must not rule out the gods.


The Brandaris connection was discovered by Shannon van den Heuvel. These two monuments are exactly 3333333 meters apart.


The traditional Buddhist retreat lasts for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days. Make sense?


Heliopolis is 3333 miles from Mt Everest and 3333 km from the equator. Both metric and imperial units are based on the dimensions of the Earth. The Sun is 333000 times more massive than the Earth.


There are actually minimum and maximum temperatures. Absolute zero is the coldest possible temperature where there is absolutely no movement. The temperature of the big bang has been calculated as 33 orders of magnitude hotter than absolute zero, as measured in degrees Kelvin. At this maximum temperature all four forces (gravity, electromagnetism, strong and weak) merge into one force and the fabric of spacetime itself is thought to dissolve into nothingness.


Quantum foam (also referred to as space-time foam) is a concept in quantum mechanics devised by John Wheeler in 1955. The foam is supposed to be conceptualized as the foundation of the fabric of the universe. This “foam” is the smallest measurable length, representing the granularity of spacetime itself. The human eye is 33 orders of magnitude larger than the quantum foam.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.
—Galileo Galilei, The Assayer, 1623

“The enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and…there is no rational explanation for it.” -Eugene Wigner, nobel laureate

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” -Albert Einstein

“The most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.” -Introduction to the Principia by Isaac Newton

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” -Niels Bohr

“Let no one ignorant of geometry enter.” -Engraved on the door of Plato’s Academy

The humble papyrus plant that was processed for writing was echoed in the architecture of hypostyle halls, and in the shape of the Nile, as seen from space.


The distance from Abu Simbel to Heliopolis is 864 km.

Mile End in London resembles the Eye of Horus. Was this intentional?


The Marine Corps war memorial in DC resembles the human eye in cross section. Was that intentional?


My analysis of the Great Pyramid shows very precise encodings of mathematical constants, some which the ancient Egyptians did not know. Were gods the architects and Egyptians the builders?


Miles, furlongs, feet, yards and inches are based on the Earth.


The geometry of the Nile delta implies a pyramid that extends into space.


The Amun oracle is π x 10 million inches from the entrance to the ancient temple dedicated to Amun.


Growth (interior and exterior) resonates with the divine spiral.



Peter Stanbury discovered the following relationships of the proton to electron mass ratio and the fine structure constant’s relationships to pi. I added the neutron to electron mass ratio and the boxed equation. Taken together, we see how pi, phi and mathematical ratio are fundamental to matter. All is number.


The molecular weight, specific heat capacity and temperature of air control how fast sound waves propagate through the atmosphere. At 3.3°C the speed of sound in air is 333.3 m/s and if the wavelength is 1/3 of a meter, the resulting frequency is exactly 1000 cycles per second, the center of human hearing. The meter, the second, base 10, and the qualities of our atmosphere conspire to produce this metrological sonic harmony.


The average male + female human height is 3.30 meters. These drawings were included on the Pioneer spacecrafts so that aliens can see what we look like naked!


Our planet is 3.3% the distance to the outermost planet in our system. This is true regardless of units.



The ancient Egyptian Temple of Debod was moved to Madrid, and is aligned with St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


The Vatican axis continues eastward to Istanbul, which was once capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Back then Istanbul went by the name Constantinople. The city went by the name Byzantium even before that, from 660 BCE to 330 AD. There are many layers and chapters to history.

Kevin McMahon wondered if he measured a line all the way from the Temple of Debod in Madrid to the ancient Egyptian obelisk of Theodosius in Istanbul, where would it cross Rome, exactly?

He discovered that the answer is the Lateran Palace, ancient Roman palace which was also the residence of Popes for a thousand years. Immediately outside the Lateran Palace is the largest obelisk in Rome—originally from Karnak, Egypt.


Rome is almost perfectly (99.7%) at the midpoint of this alignment between Madrid and Istanbul. Madrid was also originally a Roman settlement. Isn’t it interesting how this alignment of three cities is both Roman on one layer and Egyptian on another?

While I was pondering this tri-city alignment I noticed that Tripoli is due south of Rome. That’s curious on multiple levels. Lines connecting Tripoli to the tri-polis form a trident shape. Tripoli’s Arabic name literally means Bride of the Sea, which is a perfect moniker for a city resonating with Neptune’s trident.


Madrid, Rome, Tripoli are all their respective nation’s capitals. Istanbul was the capital of four successive empires in the past, although Ankara is the current capital of Turkey. That’s nobody’s business but the Turks. 🙂

We get the word capital, from the Latin caput, meaning head. The Capitoline Hill’s Temple of Jupiter was the head-quarters of the ancient Roman empire. It’s also what we connect to when we CAPITALIZE. This has unusual repercussions in the Roman law we are still subject to today.

The Temple of Jupiter has been a long time gone. Now the statue of Marcus Aurelius adorns the top of the Capitoline Hill. The Italian Kilometer Zero is literally the statue of Marcus Aurelius. Kilometer Zero is the point from which all distances in a nation are measured. All roads lead not only to Rome but to this point.

The distance from the Statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome to the Arch of Marcus Aurelius in Tripoli is exactly 1000.0 km. It almost seems like it was surveyed to be that distance although we know that level of precision was impossible for the Romans, not to mention that the meter was invented two millennia later. And yet, there it is.

“Because a thing seems difficult for you, do not think it is impossible for anyone to accomplish.” -Marcus Aurelius


Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is still revered as a literary monument to Stoic philosophy. Meditations takes the form of quotations varying in length from one sentence to long paragraphs. US President Clinton said Meditations is his favorite book.

I’m reading wisdom encoded in the landscape, a little like augurs of ancient Rome interpreted the will of the gods. However, instead of studying the flights of birds, I use Google Earth to take the auspices from the ley of the land.

“Who does not know that this city [Rome] was founded only after taking the auspices, that everything in war and in peace, at home and abroad, was done only after taking the auspices?” -Roman historian Livy

On the spine of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, a Serpentine Column stands immediately adjacent to the obelisk of Theodosius. Quite auspicious, don’t you think?

It’s funny but this obelisk’s twin was once erected on the spine of the Circus Maximus in Rome. In the Renaissance, Pope Sixtus V had it moved across Rome to the Lateran Palace (yes, it is the one in the Tri-polis alignment). Both obelisks were originally the same height and stood together in the Temple of Karnak in Egypt.

The Lateran obelisk replaced the statue of Marcus Aurelius that had been there since antiquity so Marcus and his bronze horse were moved to the top of the Capitoline Hill.

The Serpentine Column has an even more amazing history.


“The Serpentine Column has one of the longest literary histories of any object surviving from Greek and Roman antiquity — its provenance is not in doubt and it is at least 2,491 years old.” –Source

This broken column was one of three legs that together once formed the Delphic Tripod. It is located on the spine of the Hippodrome because Emperor Theodosius took it as a spoil when he closed the Oracle of Delphi in 395 CE and ordered all pagan temples to cease operation. Theodosius himself received the last oracle reading ever made at Delphi. I wonder what the priestess told him?

The Pythia, as every priestess of the Oracle of Delphi was known, sat on the Delphic Tripod. This was where the goddess speaking through the priestess voiced enigmatic answers to questions that so often proved prophetic.

Themistoclea, priestess of Delphi, was one of Pythagoras’ teachers. The name he chose for himself, Pythagoras, and Pythia are from the same branch of a linguistic tree. It is hard to overestimate the importance of the Oracle of Delphi in the ancient world.

Ancient Greek pottery c.330 BCE in British Museum - Delphic Tripod and the Pythia

Ancient Greek pottery c.330 BCE in British Museum – Delphic Tripod and the Pythia

For example, consider the Oedipus myth. It bears summarizing here.

Oedipus learned from the Pythia, like his father had before him, that he was destined to murder the King and marry his mother. In response to the prophesy his father, King Laius, left Oedipus to die of exposure as an infant and believed he had perished. However, Oedipus was rescued and raised by a poor shepherd.

After growing up Oedipus went to have his auspices foretold by the Pythia. Learning his terrible destiny Oedipus chose not to return home from Delphi but to travel all the way to Thebes, Greece instead and start a new life for himself.

En route he had an altercation with an old man at an intersection where three roads crossed each other. The old man wanted to go first and tried to run Oedipus down. In self-defense, Oedipus killed him. Unbeknownced to Oedipus, the old man of course turned out to be his father, the King of Thebes.

Later on the road outside the city, Oedipus encountered a Sphinx that had been terrorizing the locals with deadly riddles. He ended up answering the famous riddle (answer: a Man) and the Sphinx inexplicably but conveniently killed herself (she is traditionally depicted with two exposed breasts as shown here). When he arrived at his destination he was told the happy news that he had been made King because anyone who killed the Sphinx would be given the throne and have the recently widowed Queen’s hand in marriage. He didn’t find out until much later that the Queen was indeed his mother.

You can apparently choose your fate but not your destiny. Destiny is the gods’ business.

Oedipus and the Sphinx by Francois Xavier Fabre (1808)

Oedipus and the Sphinx by Francois Xavier Fabre (1808)

According to William Broad in The Oracle: Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind its Lost Secrets, “The Pythia of Delphi was arguably the most powerful woman of the ancient world.”

The Pythia was the last vestige of the ancient Goddess tradition. Here is a snake goddess from Crete more than a thousand years earlier. See any similarities to the Pythia or the Sphinx? They were holders of Serpent Wisdom.

Photo credit Chris 73 CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo credit Chris 73 CC BY-SA 3.0

The distance from the actual location where Pythia sat on the Delphic Tripod to the Sphinx of Egypt is 666 nautical miles. Note the uraeus on the Sphinx’s third eye chakra. Mark of the beast?


Snakes and 6’s have long gone together. Consider the Star of Life symbol. The snake climbing the pole is at an intersection where three roads cross each other. Sound familiar?

The Star of Life is the symbol of medicine

The Star of Life is the symbol of emergency medicine

The King’s Son/Sun got together with his Mother/Moon and it ended in tragedy. Oedipus put out his own eyes in despair. When the Moon eclipses the Sun there is darkness.

Total solar eclipse, photo by Luc Viatour CC BY-SA 3.0

Total solar eclipse, photo by Luc Viatour CC BY-SA 3.0

Apollo killed the Python and stashed its body in a crevasse under Delphi. Its rotting corpse was said to release the vapors which gave the priestesses of Delphi their visions.

Apollo slaying the Python

Apollo slaying the Python

The scientific explanation is that these vapors were naturally occurring ethylene gas.

“Anesthesiologist Isabella Herb found that a dose of 20% ethylene gas administered to a subject was a threshold. A dosage higher than 20% caused unconsciousness. With less than 20% a trance was induced where the subject could sit up, hear questions and answer them logically, although the tone of their voice might be altered, their speech pattern could be changed, and they may have lost some awareness of their hands and feet, (with some it was possible to have poked a pin or pricked them with a knife and they would not feel it). When patients were removed from the area where the gas accumulated they had no recollection of what had happened, or what they had said. With a dosage of more than 20% the patient lost control over the movement of their limbs and may thrash wildly, groaning in strange voices, losing balance and frequently repeatedly falling. All of these symptoms match the experience of the Pythia in action, as related by Plutarch, who witnessed many prophecies.” –Source

There is nothing new under the Sun. In ancient Egypt, the Sun god Ra killed the serpent Apophis, personification of all that was evil.

“It was even thought that sometimes Apophis actually managed to swallow Ra during the day, causing a solar eclipse, but since Ra’s defenders quickly cut him free, the eclipse always ended within a few minutes. On the occasions when Apophis was said to have been killed, he was able to return each night (since he lived in the world of the dead already). However, in other myths, it was the cat goddess Bast, daughter of Ra, who slew Aphophis in her cat form one night, hunting him down with her all seeing eye.” –Source

The sun god Ra, in the form of a Great Cat, slays the snake Apophis

The sun god Ra, in the form of a Great Cat, slays the snake Apophis

These myths were echoed most recently in the medieval story of St. George and the Dragon.

Saint George and the Dragon by Gustave Moreau 1889

Saint George and the Dragon by Gustave Moreau 1889

The distance from the Church of St. George, in Lalibela Ethiopia to Temple Bar in Paternoster Square in the City of London is 3033.33 nautical miles.

“The Church of St. George has been referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Lalibela, King of Ethiopia, sought to recreate Jerusalem, and structured the churches’ landscape and religious sites in such a way as to achieve such a feat.” –Source

The built landscape encodes uncanny messages, secrets in plain sight. Pater Noster means “our father.” The flaming golden “pineapple” atop Paternoster Square Column is quite solar. Thanks to Urban Asplund for inspiring this discovery.


Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar provides pedestrian access between St. Paul’s Cathedral (also designed by Wren) and Paternoster Square. However, Temple Bar was relocated from its original position outside Temple Church. A dragon has marked that spot since 1880 in the form of the Charles Bell Birch’s sculpture.

Photo by Tony Hisgett CC BY 2.0

Temple Bar Marker Dragon – Photo by Tony Hisgett CC BY 2.0

I think these myths are all about the Sun triumphing over the Moon, a telling his-tory of men’s domination of women. We are killing ourselves with this tragic meme. We need a new outlook.

The alchemists saw the Sun and the Moon differently—as equal partners.


After all, the Sun and Moon discs share the same size, between 32 and 33 minutes of arc, in our skies. This is truly miraculous!


The opposition between man and woman, day and night, up and down, in and out, need not be externalized into a literal battle. The real battle is internal in all of us and exists within all forms of duality.

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” -Marcus Aurelius

I would like to rephrase that: “Whoever lives in harmony within themself lives in harmony with the universe.”

The sages of India understood all of this long ago. Lord Shiva’s attributes include a snake around his neck (Serpent Wisdom), a crescent Moon, and a trident called a Trisul.

Photo by Arjuna Filips CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo by Arjuna Filips CC BY-SA 3.0

Shiva’s Trisul represents a variety of trinities including past, present, and future or creation, destruction and preservation. In the human body, the Trishul represents the three main nadis, or subtle energy channels. Pingala is solar, Ida is lunar and the central Shusumna channel circulates kundalini energy up the spine when awakened by balancing your Ida and Pingala energies.

The landscape seems to be echoing the Trisul in the alignments connecting to Tripoli. It is 55555 arc seconds from Tripoli to Madrid, and 1666.66 km from the Arch of Marcus Aurelius in Tripoli to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia means Holy Wisdom and Sophia is honored as a goddess of wisdom by Gnostics, as well as by some Neopagan, New Age, and feminist-inspired Goddess spirituality groups. In Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christianity, Sophia, or rather Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom), is an expression of understanding for the second person of the Holy Trinity. –Source

The distance from Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, which is also Spain’s Kilometer Zero, to the Hagia Sophia is 3003333 yards. There is a crescent moon at the top of the spire on the dome of the Hagia Sophia. The Muslim calendar is lunar after all. Threes all the way between Moon and Sun.


All that is without is also within. Your body is the true temple, a hologram of the whole. Three subtle channels of energy twist within and around your physical spine, from the first chakra at its base up 33 bones to the head-quarters between your temples.

Screen capture from The Fountain (film) - superimposed graphics my own

Screen capture from The Fountain (film) – superimposed graphics my own

Speaking of your head, a third element is needed to transcend and integrate shiva (masculine energy) and shakti (feminine energy). The three nadis join back together in the 6th chakra (third eye). Trinity is always required to transcend duality.

Elemental charge is triple by nature. The third rail is electrified.

Elementary, my dear Watson

Elementary, my dear Watson

Thanks to Clive Hetherington who sent me the link to Peter Stanbury’s discovery of the proton to electron mass ratio and the fine structure constant’s relationships to π. I deduced the other symmetries.

The electron has a charge of one e (not to be confused with Euler’s constant e). The neutron has one up quark and two down quarks, whose charges cancel out making it electrically neutral. The proton has two up quarks and one down quark, netting a charge of one e, polarized oppositely compared with the electron. The fine structure constant is a measure of the strength of the interaction between charged particles.

I think it is vital to understand that there are trinities in the substructure of every thing (i.e. quarks) and that all is number, ratio, proportion, symmetry, geometry, beauty, and harmony. Everything is made of love. Admittedly, it usually looks upside down and bass ackwards, but that dualistic tension is exactly what generates the great mystery. Romae (Latin for Rome) is the first chakra, survival. Where we go from there is up to us. That’s amore (Italian for love)! Let us get the balance right this time.


Bonus: Thanks to Jordi’s comments on this post I measured the distances for another tri-polis, this time all within Spain.


The visual style of this illustration reminded me—back in April, I found another set of correspondences between three ancient cities in Mexico, and only now recognize it as a “tri-polis.” I am continually amazed at how these things come together in my own personal life but even more so about what it reveals about the impersonal world out there. They are connected as any microcosm is to the macrocosm.



Back in 2012 I wrote a post on Burning Man, a post-modern pilgrimage where 50,000 people converge on Black Rock City in the Nevada desert every summer. This cathartic festival culminates in the ritual burning of a giant man in effigy.

Burning Man

Julius Caesar wrote in his Commentary on the Gallic War that the Gauls sacrificed men by burning them inside wicker effigies but it appears that this might have been disinformation designed to demonize the druids.

Wicker Man

Wicker Man

Black Rock City is the name of the temporary encampment recreated every year in the Nevada desert. Designed by a now-deceased architect, Black Rock City occupies 66.6% of a circle inscribed within a pentagon. Kevin McMahon realized that the azimuth from the center to one of the points is 333.3° true north. I bring this up now because the axis of Black Rock City points to Santiago de Compostela, a traditional pilgrimage site in northwestern Spain.

Black rock city

Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to Galicia Spain where he was buried in what is now the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Way of St. James, or the Camino as is is known in Spanish, was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with pilgrimages to Rome and Jerusalem.

Counter to what you might expect, the number of pilgrims is growing today. Over 200,000 people made the walk last year. Shirley Maclaine chronicled her transformative physical and spiritual journey in her book The Camino.


People going on the Camino come from all over the world but I wondered if there is a symbolic start point for this pilgrimage?

The axis of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain points directly to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi, Italy. I wrote about St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), founder of his namesake Franciscan order, in Secrets of San Francisco.

Francis was a wealthy young man when he had an ecstatic vision of nature mysticism.

St. Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1475)

St. Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Bellini (c. 1475)

After going on a pilgrimage to Rome, Francis gave up his riches and possessions and begged with the beggars outside the doors of St. Peter’s. While homeless he had another vision where Jesus said to him three times, “Go and repair my house that is falling into ruin.” He returned to Assisi and circa 1211 rebuilt the tiny Porziuncola, a stone chapel that he lived outside of in a primitive hut. Francis later founded the Order of Poor Clares for women and became known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

The Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels

The Porziuncola inside the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels – Georges Jansoone CC BY-SA 2.5

Francis died in his hut, not fifteen yards from the chapel, at sunset on Saturday, 3 October 1226. Shortly after 1290 the tiny stone chapel became entirely inadequate to accommodate the throngs of pilgrims visiting the site. The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels was built around the Porziuncola to protect it and control the flow of pilgrims.

I took a pilgrimage there with my family (see Trip to Italy and France) and my wife was affected by its palpable sense of sacredness.

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Assisi

The prayer of Saint Francis, whether or not it was really written by him, affects me emotionally. It is a work of goodness and humility and thus resonates with St. Francis.

Make me an instrument of peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

Francis of Assisi himself completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The distance from the rond-point of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela to the Round Fountain in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris is 666.66 miles. Urban Asplund discovered this geo-metric gem.

Compostela Round Fountain

Note the orbs in the photo inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, possibly attesting to the sacredness of that space.

Asplund notes that the distance from the same Round Fountain in the Tuileries to Bugarach Peak overlooking Rennes le Chateau is 666.66 km. Furthermore it is due south. Bugarach Peak is located at 42°51’52.30″N, 2°22’45.21″E.

Pic Bugarach Round Fountain Tuileries

Bugarach Peak has been a New Age pilgrimage site since the 1960s.

For decades, there has been a belief that Pic de Bugarach, which, at 1,230 metres, is the highest in the Corbières mountain range, possesses an eerie power. Often called the “upside-down mountain” – geologists think that it exploded after its formation and the top landed the wrong way up – it is thought to have inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Since the 1960s, it has attracted New Agers, who insist that it emits special magnetic waves.

Further, rumours persist that the country’s late president François Mitterrand was transported by helicopter onto the peak, while the Nazis, and later, Israel’s Mossad, performed mysterious digs there. Now the nearby village is awash with New Agers, who have boosted the local economy, though their naked group climbs up to the peak have raised concerns as well as eyebrows. –Source

The distance from Cleopatra’s Needle in New York City to Bugarach Peak is 3303.33 Nautical Miles.

Cleopatra's Needle Pic Bugarach

Twenty kilometers east of Paris is a commune in the historic province of Brie called Champs-sur-Marne. In 2005, a new rond-point was built in the Pyramid district (so-called because of a housing complex of the same name built in the 70s) featuring a scale model of the three pyramids of Giza, complete with Sphinx. The Nile is represented by purple flowers. The distance from the center of this rond-point to the purple peak of Bugarach is 666066 meters. Wikipedia lists the population density of Champs-sur-Marne as 3333 persons per square kilometer. I can’t believe it, but there it is!


The distance from the Round Fountain to the Luxor Obelisk in La Place de la Concorde is 666 meters.


The distance from the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile to the Louvre Pyramid is 3333 meters.


In SIPS Volume 1 I profiled the sacred geometry of Jerusalem…

…and showed how it was replicated in the Tuileries Gardens of Paris:

The Round Fountain in the Tuileries correlates with Solomon’s Temple. That’s interesting because Solomon is all about 666’s. Consider this bible quote:

Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold [666]. -1 Kings 10:14

This makes me wonder which man was referred to in Revelation. Might the beast actually be none other than wise Solomon?

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six [666]. -Revelation 13:18

The Seal of Solomon is the same as his father David’s famous Star, which is on the flag of Israel today. The Star of David has a resonance with 666.

star of david

In SIPS Volume 2, I connected Solomon with Sol Amon, names for the Sun and ancient Egyptian Sun God…

Sol Amon

…and observed that the grand total of the magic square of the Sun is 666.

Magic Square of the Sun

Solomon’s Temple (today’s Dome of the Rock/Western Wall/Farthest Mosque) is 666.6 nautical miles from the Kaaba in Mecca. What is it about sacred sites that draws pilgrims? They attract non-physical spirits and spirits-having-a-human-experience with a kind of magnetic action-at-a-distance.

The spiritual magnetism of the Kaaba

The magnetism of the Kaaba

Today my wife asked me what I was up to and I said I’m writing a blog post on Pilgrimage. She said, “Have you checked out Lourdes?” No I hadn’t. Following her suggestion and this synchronicity, here is what to my utter amazement appears:

Louvre Lourdes 666

In SIPS Volume 1, I analyzed the Louvre Pyramid and showed how it is composed of 666 rhombi. Its height is also 21.6 meters. 6 x 6 x 6 = 216. The Louvre is the world’s most visited museum and the Louvre pyramid is its entrance. I too entered there on my pilgrimage to Paris last year.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is built over a grotto where beginning on 11 February 1858, a 14-year-old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous claimed to have experienced a series of apparitions of a girl dressed in white and with a blue belt around her waist, who eventually introduced herself as the Immaculate Conception, a name by which the Virgin Mary was known. Among the instructions from ‘the Virgin’ were “Go and drink from the spring”, “Go and tell the priests to build a chapel here”, and “Have the people come here in procession”. These 3 instructions in particular were to prove pivotal in the development of Lourdes as a pilgrimage site.

Pope John Paul II at Lourdes grotto and spring

Pope John Paul II at Lourdes grotto and spring – Ireneed CC BY-SA 3.0

Sick pilgrims are reputed to be miraculously healed by Lourdes water. Each year about 350,000 pilgrims bathe in Lourdes water. Kind of makes me wonder about the qualities of the water from the Round Fountain up in Pharia-Isis.

Fittingly, pop star Madonna named her daughter Lourdes.

The Louvre Pyramid is a stone’s throw from the Round Fountain in the Tuileries. Speaking of stones, I put this diagram together two nights ago. The diameters of the planets are given in miles and the diagram is drawn to scale.

Philosopher's Stones

Philosopher’s Stones

It builds on the work of renaissance alchemist Michael de’ Maier (1566 – 1622), and contemporary alchemists Bert Janssen, Randall Carlson, and Gary Osborn.

All the rocky planets in our solar system loosely fit the diagram. You are looking at Earth, Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Moon, coordinated by sacred geometry. I submit that the rocky planets are literally the philosopher’s stones. Note that the angle of the triangle is 66° and that Mercury’s diameter is 3033 miles.

The angle between Earth’s North pole and the ecliptic is 66.6°. The ecliptic is the plane in which we travel around the Sun. Spaceship Earth’s average orbital velocity is 66600 miles/hour.

The 3-4-5 triangle encodes the Earth's obliquity

The 3-4-5 triangle encodes the Earth’s obliquity

Asplund noticed that if you draw a line from Santiago de Compostela through Bugarach Peak it goes directly to the City of Rome. More precisely, it is 33003300 inches from Bugarach peak to center of the Spanish steps, just below the obelisk at Trinita dei Monti. I was there last year on my Roman pilgrimage and made this photo-painting which shows the view from that exact point. I especially liked the sundials. Funny how the Spanish steps connect us back to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Trinita dei Monti in Rome

Trinita dei Monti in Rome

If you add up the Roman numerals DCLXVI (500+100+50+10+5+1), they sum to 666. However, Rome is certainly the inversion of everything that St. Francis of Assisi stood for.

Amor backwards is Roma.

Consider the Roma style of Burning Man, for example. The ‘Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition’ burned the brilliant Giordano Bruno at a stake in Campo de’Fiore in 1600 for nothing more than holding opinions contrary to the Catholic faith, believing in reincarnation, and the existence of a plurality of worlds.

This statue was erected on the very spot in the 19th century by Italian Masons.

Giordano Bruno in Campo de'Fiore - Sputnikcccp CC BY-SA 3.0

Giordano Bruno in Campo de’Fiore – Sputnikcccp CC BY-SA 3.0

I’ve pointed out before that the distance from the Campidoglio in Rome (considered the Roman kilometer zero) is 1111.11 km from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Both are centers of 12 pointed stars, or zodiacs.

Here is the Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage. Its template appears to be a pair of 3-4-5 triangles put together, more or less.

Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage

Great Pyramid of Pilgrimage

Asplund also noticed that the distance from Stonehenge to the Louvre Pyramid is 1293100 feet at a bearing angle of 129.31° (the same numbers). Also, Stonehenge is 3456000 feet from the rond-point of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 3456 is a term in the Cosmic Sequence.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Stonehenge is also part of the matrix. It too was as much a pilgrimage site in ancient times as it is today. I find Bruce Bedlam’s theory that Stonehenge was a building has a lot of merit:

“You have seen the evidence. Evaluate and decide.”


The Great Pyramid has a base perimeter of 1007.7 yards, as measured by Sir Flinders Petrie in 1883 and confirmed by J.H. Cole in 1925.

The mean diameter of the Earth plus the mean diameter of the Moon is 10077 miles (99.99% accurate). 1007.7 yards and 10077 miles use the exact same digits, however these measurements are in different Imperial units and scales.

The polar diameter of the Earth plus the polar diameter of the Moon is 10000 x Φ kilometers (99.98% accurate). The Greek letter Φ (phi) represents the golden ratio, which is approximately 1.618033989…

The reason that there is a difference between the mean and polar diameters of the Earth is that the equator bulges out somewhat. In fact the Earth’s diameter bulges .33% beyond a perfect circle. The Earth orbits the Sun in an ellipse whose major axis bulges 3.3% beyond the diameter of a perfect circle.

The Great Pyramid’s slope angle of 51°51′ encodes the relationship of the size of the Earth to the size of the Moon. The pyramid elevation triangle in the diagram below cuts across the Earth’s equator and connects to the center of the Moon with matching angles of 51°51′.


Dividing the 4 edges of the Great Pyramid’s base perimeter by 4 gives us its mean edge length, which turns out to be 755.775 feet.


My analysis of the Great Pyramid’s elevation reveals the repeating digits 3333 inches and 555.5 feet. This can be discovered either by drawing a vesica piscis such that the height of the almond shape intersection between the circles matches the height of the pyramid, or by inscribing an equilateral triangle within its elevation. 555.5 feet equals 6666 inches.


The Washington Monument is 555.5 feet in height. Its geometry is derived from the sacred geometry of the Great Pyramid. That is what I showed in this image from Quantification (it’s larger in the book).


I discovered that the Washington Monument is 333,333 meters from the spire on the Bank of America Tower in New York. Right now the Bank of America Tower is the third tallest building in Manhattan (soon to be eclipsed by 432 Park Avenue). The bank tower features an obelisk-like metal mast.


The Washington Monument is also 33003300 feet from the foundation of Etemenanki in ancient Babylon. It’s not entirely clear to scholars but Etemananki might also be the Tower of Babel.


The Seat of the European Parliament in Strasbourg France was designed to resemble the Tower of Babel, as painted by Pieter Bruegel.

EU parliament

Vigilant Citizen’s article confirms this connection with the official poster promoting the EU Parliament building. Its inverted pentacles are another story.

EU poster

I measured the distance from the EU Parliament building to Thebes, Egypt and it is 3333 km. More specifically this exact distance is to the Colossoi of Memnon, two 720 ton statues at the ceremonial entrance to Amenhotep III’s temple built ~3333 years ago. I call this one “Seats of Power” in my book Quantification (page 57).


The hills behind Amenhotep III’s temple is the part of the Theban Necropolis known as Valley of the Kings, burial place of many a pharaoh. The Ancient Egyptians called the highest point in this valley ta dehent, or ‘The Peak’. The distance from ‘The Peak’ to Mount Everest is 3330 miles. Their shapes are even similar.

Valley of the Kings Mount Everest

Immediately across the Nile is the Temple of Luxor. In 1833 the French moved one of the pair of obelisks at the entrance of this ancient Egyptian temple to the 86400 square meter La Place de la Concorde in Paris, 33.0° across the surface of the Earth.


The distance from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre Pyramid is 3333 meters. Do you suppose that is an accident or design?


The oldest obelisk in the world still stands in Heliopolis but sadly, that’s all that remains of this once great ancient city where Pythagoras was educated and where the Ennead came from. It’s fitting that the City of the Sun is located 3333 miles from the highest point in the most massive mountain range on Earth, considering that the Sun is 333000 times more massive than the Earth.

Heliopolis Everest

Incidentally, the distance from Mt Everest to Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the world’s oceans, is 6066 km.

A pair of obelisks from Heliopolis were moved to Alexandria in antiquity by the Romans and almost two thousand years later they became known as Cleopatra’s Needles. In the 19th century, the English moved one of these obelisks from the harbor of Alexandria and erected it on the Victoria embankment in central London. This obelisk was moved a distance of 3333.33 kilometers. If you doubt any of these facts, check them yourself in Google Earth or using other precise methods. Part of the magic is seeing it for yourself.


The partner of this obelisk is in Central Park in Manhattan. The tip of Manhattan is 3333 km from the Great Pyramid of Cholula in Mexico. Cholula is the largest monument ever built anywhere on Earth. The sprawling Great Pyramid of Cholula has a volume twice as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza but is only 66 meters high. Manhattan has been described with such superlatives as Alpha++ Global Power City, cultural and financial capital of the world, largest city in the United States and so on. It seems fitting to compare Manhattan to Cholula.

NYC Cholula

The Germans moved the original Ishtar gate to Berlin in the 1910s. Saddam Hussein built a replica at the original site in Babylon in the 1980s. The distance between these Ishtar gates is 3333 km.


La Place de la Nation in central Paris is 3333.33 kilometers from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. This isn’t the distance from the gas station to the hairdressers, it is the distance between symbolic national monuments. It measures 33.33° across the surface of the Earth from the Dome of the Rock to Stonehenge.


A line from the Sun King’s Hall of Mirrors at Versailles to the White House bisects the symmetric French landscape garden.

Versailles Alignment

These two power houses are exactly 3330.3 nautical miles apart.

Think about all of this. At first you might assume the threes are all part of an incredibly vast Freemasonic Conspiracy. The highest rank one can earn in the Scottish Rite is the 32nd degree. The 33rd degree is by invitation only.

Morals and Dogma

Cover of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike

I invite you to think more deeply about it. The locations of Washington DC, New York City, Babylon, Strasbourg, Thebes, Luxor, Paris, London, Berlin, Jerusalem, Versailles, Stonehenge and Mount Everest all appear to be interrelated with repetitive threes.

A hidden hand may have shaped history.

Hidden Hand

A disembodied hand supposedly wrote MENE MENE TEKEL PERES on the wall of ancient Babylon at 32°32’32″N. Most importantly, what did the hand that shaped history write?


Belshazzar by Rembrandt (1635)

These words are known Aramaic names of measures of currency:
MENE, a mina (from the root meaning “to count”),
TEKEL, a spelling of shekel (from the root meaning “to weigh”),
PERES, half a mina (from the root meaning “to divide”).

Much is illuminated when we count, weigh, and divide the Earth. After all the word “geometry” literally means Earth measure.


Modern Baghdad is located at 33.333333°N, 44.444444°E. In fact that exact point is in a lake fronting an 864 foot diameter Martyr’s Memorial complete with oculus and eternal flame.


There are 32 boroughs surrounding the City of London.

London 33

The London Eye has 32 cars rotating around a compass-like central pivot.


Diliff CC BY 2.0

It is 333333 inches from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square to the centre of the London Olympic Stadium. Lingam and Yoni separated by nothing but threes.


The United Nations emblem divides the Earth into 33 sectors.

UN emblem 33

In Buddhism the traditional Great Retreat lasts for 3 years, 3 months and 3 days.


Jesus supposedly lived 33.33 years and performed 33 miracles.


There are 33 bones in your spine.


The speed of sound in air varies with temperature. The speed of sound is 333.3 meters per second at 3.3°C. Escape velocity is 33 times the speed of sound. Spaceport America is located exactly at 33° latitude.


We are all part of the cosmic pattern. My work hopefully is making you more aware of this great pattern: as above, so below.



I was going through some old paperwork last night and came across a folder of memorabilia from high school. I had a good laugh at this letter:


I don’t remember that test and unfortunately I have retained very little Spanish, even though I went on to take 4 years of classes. What kind of superhuman effort did I exert on September 21, 1984 to warrant a letter sent home to my parents? Maybe my superpowers shone brighter on the equinox?

That’s mildly amusing but here’s what really got me laughing out loud:


The address of my high school is 33333 Golden Lantern. Is the address some kind of alchemical statement? Is golden lantern a euphemism for the pineal gland? See my post on 33.


The phone number was (714) 496-6666, back when most of southern California was all in one area code. But look at that: five sixes all in a row. Did I go to an illuminati high school?

If you have read much of my blog, my book, or watched my two films you will probably be smiling at this “coincidence.”

Dana Hills High School is in Dana Point, which is in southern Orange County, the namesake of a TV series called The O.C. (which I have never seen).

Dana Point’s population was most recently measured at 33,351 (2010 census). Just 18 more people than the perfect 33,333. Dana Point covers a land area of 6.5 square miles. Do you know what I have discovered about 6 and 5?


Dana Point Harbor viewed from end of Blue Lantern

I recognize the scenic vantage point from where this wikipedia photo was taken. I remember carefully reading Plato’s Republic during the summer of 1984, sitting in a gazebo at the end of Blue Lantern where this photo was taken.

The streets in Dana Point’s historic core are named after colored lanterns, used by sailing ships 200 years ago to advertise their wares. However, this was only done in 1930 in the spirit of faux romanticism that real estate developers succumbed to when they laid down the bones of this town. The United States is so young, especially the West Coast.

I was just looking at Dana Point in Google Earth and decided to look at neighboring Laguna Beach, which, by the way, was the name of another awful TV series.

I zoomed in on the hospital where I was born and smiled again because it is located at 33°30′ north latitude.

My birthplace

My birthplace at 33°30′ north latitude

Was my DNA genetically engineered by the Anunnaki? They must have messed up because I was born without both of my legs below the knee and also without my right hand. I’ve walked on artificial legs since I was 18 months old. All through my childhood I needed a new pair of legs every year or so as I was growing (and less frequently now that I am an adult). As you might imagine this turned out to be a financial burden for my parents.

Luckily for me the Shriners donated funds to have a few pairs of legs made in my childhood. You know those guys who wear those funny Fez hats driving around in miniature cars powered by lawnmower engines at parades? Oh well maybe you don’t know. They do that to “promote a positive Shriner image to the public.” Is this the most effective method you can think of to accomplish this goal?

Photo credit Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia

Photo credit Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia

His Fez says Syrian Corvettes. The word corvette comes from a sailing warship with one tier of guns. But why Syrian? I must be missing something.

The Shrine used to be called Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, but in 2010 they changed their name to Shriners International which describes itself as “a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.” Life magazine described the Shriners in 1938 as “among secret lodges the No. 1 in prestige, wealth, and show.”

Up until recently, Shriners had to complete the Scottish Rite’s 33 degrees (or the York Rite degrees) before being eligible for membership. Shriners are therefore a brotherhood of elite freemasons at the top of the veritable pyramid.


I traced the Fez hats back to Fez Morocco where the red dye used on the funny hats made from crimson berries originally came from.


Fes aka Fez, Morocco

I searched for Fez in Google Earth (which is also spelled Fes) and its latitude comes up at precisely 34.033333° N. I have never seen any city whose label comes up with such a perfect string of threes.

Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

The Shriners are doing good things for disabled children and that is outstanding in my book.

Back to the O.C. just one last time. Just 4.44 miles from my birthplace is the Chet Holifield Federal Building, known locally as The Ziggurat. It is a 7 stepped pyramidal complex that was built in what was the middle of nowhere around the time I was born. Now it is in the middle of a town called Aliso Viejo that didn’t exist when I was in high school. The Ziggurat is owned by the US Government and the Department of Homeland Security controls the top floor. Also the IRS shares part of the building. Death and taxes. When I was in high school the place was a ghost town and I learned to drive a stick-shift in its vast and empty parking lot. It is located at 33°33’33” N.

Chet Holifield Federal Building at 33°33'33" N.

Chet Holifield Federal Building at 33°33’33” N.

Interestingly the Ziggurat was designed by architect William Pereira who also designed the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, but that is another story.

Here are a few fun facts:

  • The number of minutes in 33°33′ = 2013.
  • The Sun is 333,000 times more massive than the Earth.
  • 33.33… x 33.33… = 1111.1111…
  • The Earth-Moon system’s center of mass, called the barycenter, is an average of 1111 miles beneath the surface of the Earth.
  • The Earth’s orbital velocity is 1111 miles per minute.
    There is just something about repeating digits that catches my attention.

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