The Pyramids of Giza—perhaps the best-known image in the world, the signature of Planet Earth. To us, this is the sight of antiquity par excellence; to the ancients it was a futuristic sight, a creation of some inconceivably developed technology.
To fully grasp their effect, we have to imagine the pyramids as they were in their original state: cased in white limestone polished to a glass-smooth finish. To the ancients, they must have appeared as glittering prisms, rising out of the sea of sand. Without the casing, however, with the rough inner masonry exposed, the pyramids are like X-rays of beautiful women (to borrow John Anthony West’s witty analogy).
It has been said that the Great Pyramid, also known as the Pyramid of Cheops, is the analog of the planet: in its measures and proportions, it reflects those of the Earth. It is also located in the center of gravity of the continents: it lies in the exact center of all the land area of the world. When reduced in scale, its shape has “magic” properties: foods placed inside of it maintain their freshness for a long period of time and razor blades get sharpened.
The geometry of the pyramid was designed with a specific purpose, which we today can only speculate about. As many astronomers have noted, the pyramid is celestially aligned, making it a meridional instrument of a sort. Inside the pyramid are two chambers, several passageways, and four air channels. The shafts, as Bauval and Hancock showed, not only provided the interior with air, but also aligned with certain stars, such as Sirius, the brightest star in the Orion belt, and the North Star, as they were positioned in the sky over Giza around 2500 BC.
The types of stone used for building were carefully chosen, too. The core of the pyramid consists of red granite with high content of quartz, iron, and magnetite—a type of stone that exudes a natural radioactivity. The outer limestone insulated the pyramid, keeping all the energy inside. By stepping inside, the priests of the past entered what was essentially a huge magnet.
In the post "Inside the King's Chamber" I talk about what happened when Dwight and I were locked in for two whole hours—alone.