Ascending Passage

An Alternative Egyptian Mysteries and Science Directory

Rene Schwaller de Lubicz
Born in 1891, Rene Schwaller de Lubicz (Aor) was an adept in the Ancient Art of Alchemy who journeyed to Egypt in 1938 and spent many years studying the monuments there. The books he wrote, in French, point to a far different interpretation than that of conventional Egyptology. Harmony was the core of Ancient Egyptian civilization, harmony between the human and the Divine, and between the works of man and the divine principles of mathematics. This is how the ancient artists and architects were able to create objects and buildings of such astounding power. His wife, Isha Schwaller de Lubicz and step-daughter Lucie Lamy have also written important books in this genre.
"... we must be able to transcribe what is in us into our mental and objective consciousness, by establishing a relationship between the life in us and observation of that life in Nature. This we find supremely well expressed by the ancient Egyptians. It is a knowledge of magic, pure and sane, which can lead rapidly toward the spiritual goal of our lives, owing to the fact that we can evoke, by means of the sympathy of analogues in our surroundings, the consciousness of the heart latent in us."
from "The Temple of Man"

Luxor Temple, near Ancient Thebes, Egypt
Luxor Temple, where Schwaller did much of his research.
By David Roberts, 1838

Schwaller de Lubicz is far and away the most important source for understanding Ancient Egypt as the Egyptians saw it. He is an inspiration for Robert Lawlor and his wife who translated Schwaller's "The Temple of Man" from the French, and it was Schwaller who first noted the water erosion on the Sphinx, later confirmed by Robert Schoch and central to John Anthony West's theories. Schwaller's writing is very dense, intended for close study, rather than casual reading. John A West would be a better introduction.
Intro to Schwaller:
some excerpts from: The Egyptian Miracle
Gary Lachman on Schwaller's life and thought:
Karen Douglas
An article on Crop Circles using insights into sacred geometry from Schwaller, with a short intro to his work:

the Sphinx of Egypt
One of the earliest photographs of the Sphinx, 1849

John Anthony West
Brilliant and funny with an acid wit and no tolerance for fools, John Anthony West is the most accessible writer on the symbolist view of ancient Egypt, the closest modern thought has come to understanding the deeply different world of the ancient Egyptians.
"Schwaller de Lubicz's work, in the right hands, may play an important role in the shaping of a new society. For although Le Temple de l'Homme apparently concerns an ancient and alien civilisation, that civilisation had profound and exact knowledge of the principals responsible for the created universe. It is this knowledge that modern science lacks."
John Anthony West: "The Serpent in the Sky", page 29

"In an interview the science editor of the Boston Globe asked why archaeologists and Egyptologists responded with such unanimous fury. I told him that their opinions were of no consequence. Our evidence concerned the weathering patterns in rocks (on the Sphinx), and on this subject, an archaeologist's or Egyptologist's opinion carried no more weight than a proctologist's.
"This, Schoch told me, ratcheted up the outrage ... I tried to slake the flames by pointing out the proctologists did not appreciate my comments either. They said their job was to cure sick assholes; they didn't like being compared to them. Unfortunately this was not accepted in the conciliatory spirit intended..."
quote from website

Books by John Anthony West: The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt (what Fodor's won't tell you) Online copy of the introduction:
_ _ The Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (a most powerful book)
Website: (archived site)

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from the tomb of Merneptah in the valley of the kings.
Pharaoh Merneptah and Horus.
by Salvador Cherubini, 1832-1844