Ascending Passage

An Alternative Egyptian Mysteries and Science Directory

Those who travel to Egypt are often treated to a tour of the pyramids at Giza, bounced to Luxor for a morning at Karnak and an afternoon looking at the empty rooms that were King Tut's tomb, a relaxing Nile cruise up to Abu Simbel because everybody else does it, and a mystifying few hours running through the Cairo Museum with a guide who knows the names of everything, and little more.

There is more, a lot more. This website is a small opening to a far different world view from that of our time. There is no claim of perfect understanding here, but there are some scattered signposts that, taken together, point to a deeper knowledge of the human experience.

If you do get to visit Egypt, pause a lot. Sit with a statue or a temple and connect with the power there. It is still there, if you listen. And it is right here as well - where you are now. Let these words and pictures give you a taste. Follow the links to other websites that catch your interest. And don't let the guides, in Egypt or here at home, hurry you along.

two pyramids
Two pyramids in Giza
from "la Description de l'Egypte"

Archeologists measure the history of high Egyptian culture from about 5000 years ago, the time of the unification of the country by Menes, founder of what later became known as the First Dynasty. Little remains from before that time - the conventional archeological view is of a simple farming and herding society.

The ancient Egyptians called the pre-dynastic era "Zep Tepi" (translated as the "First Time") and claimed a long rule of gods (Neters) and then of demi-gods (Shemsu Hor - the Companions of Horus) existed for 35 thousand years. This date curiously coincides roughly with the advent of Homo Sapiens - Modern man as a species, and with the end of the "Dreamtime" of Australian Aborigine oral history.

It is convenient to speak of periods in Egyptian history by popular names. The two most important periods in (conventional) Egyptology are often called the Old Kingdom (third to sixth dynasties, around 2700 - 2200 BC), the time of the building of the pyramids and of other artistic and technological marvels, and the New Kingdom (17th to 21th dynasties, about 1600 to 1100 BC) the time of the superb artworks of Seti I's reign, the strange Akhenaton who, for twenty years pulled Egyptian religion and art into one of the most unusual side roads of history, Ramses (Ramesses) II who seemingly had carved (of himself) half the statues in Egypt, and King Tut, famous for his golden mask and the other treasures found in his tomb. While the history of ancient Egypt ran for three thousand years, it was in those two short periods that the culture produced most of the creations we marvel at today.

We offer an excellent book of travel in Egypt, covering both the ancient monuments and the Egypt of modern times. Our Ascending Passage edition has many great pictures from la Description and David Roberts. La Mort De Philae, by Pierre Loti (1924) is a sensitive travelog, not overly academic or spiritual, with a great feel for the country.

For a list and discussion of the Pharaohs of Egypt from the early period (including the ten ancient gods) through the Seventeenth Dynasty see: Pharaoh List Page 1

For a list and discussion of the Pharaohs of Egypt from the Eighteenth Dynasty through the Greek occupation (which ended 30 BC) see: Pharaoh List Page 2

There is an indigenous oral tradition in Egypt
that retains much of the ancient wisdom. Steven S. Mehler and his teacher Abd'El Hakim Awyan have come forward to share some of this knowledge.
This article by Steven at tells of some lesser known - but important - Old Kingdom Egyptian sites.
An Egyptian Tour Diary
(with great photos)
A great archive
of 19th century black and white photographs of Egypt is at:
Almost forgotten now, the Egyptian Labyrinth
was once thought to rival the Pyramids. The Labyrinth no longer exists, even the location is unsure.

Antaeopolis (Gaou)
from "la Description de l'Egypte"

Heliopolis (Iunu or On)
was the center of Sun worship in the earliest known era of Ancient Egypt. There is speculation that its libraries held manuscripts that dated to Atlantis and that it was here the secret knowledge that fueled the rise of historic Egypt was preserved. Once a large and important city, Heliopolis was quarried for stone to build nearby Cairo and almost nothing can be seen there today. A description of what has been found there and little of the meaning of Heliopolis is at:
The Osirion (Osiron or Osireion) - Abydos, Egypt
The Ancient Egyptian temple of Osiris is a popular candidate to be a remnant of a lost pre-Dynastic culture, with its 60 ton stone blocks and unusual style, similar only to the two temples near the Sphinx that were built of limestone removed as the Sphinx was built, known as the Sphinx and Valley temples.
Conventional description of Seti I's Temple and the Osirion w/ great photos:
"The Osirion at Abydos", an account of the first two years of discovery and excavation (1902-4) by William Flinders Petrie and Margaret Alice Murray is reprinted as a special feature of AscendingPassage: "The Osirion at Abydos".
The Valley of the Kings,
on the west side of the Nile near ancient Thebes, is the site of the tombs of many New Kingdom Pharaohs, including King Tutankhamen (or Tut-Ankh-Amun) the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. The wonders found in this Egyptian Pharaoh's tomb can only hint at the treasures that were placed in the tombs of more prominent pharaohs, only to be stolen and melted.
It's perhaps meaningful to note, as Howard Carter did, that Tutankhamen (King Tut), who is the only Pharaoh whose tomb has been found (mostly) intact, was the leader who returned Egypt to the old religion of Amon after Akhenaton's 20 year "heresy" of worship of the Sun, (Aton or Aten.)
Tutankhamun Website:
Related Site: . . . (photos, Howard Carter's diary)
The Tutankhamen collection gallery:
An account of the discovery of Seti I's tomb
the finest of the New Kingdom, also in the Valley of the Kings, in 1817. Giovanni Belzoni, a 6 foot 6 inch circus strongman who discovered the tomb, is one of the more colorful figures in early Egyptology. The tomb of Seti I
A 7 inch wingspan model glider
was found in a third century BC Egyptian tomb. Article:
Here are some accounts
written by travelers and explorers in Egypt in past centuries:
Awareness Quest
Archaeological Anomalies in Australia, mostly ancient Egyptian and Phoenician.
More general Egypt links:

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Ascending Passage Home Page
Exploring Egypt
Mysteries in Stone
Schwaller de Lubicz
Sacred Science
Library of Egyptian Secrets

The vast ruins of Karnac
The great temple at Karnac, in Thebes -
was the political and spiritual center of New Kingdom Egypt.
by David Roberts, 1849.