Gary Osborn

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The Atef Crown

Atef crown and brain4

Figure 6: Left: Ancient Egyptian headdress symbols.
Original illustration without descriptive labels from The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (1949).
Again this is the opened up thalamic part of the brain as seen from below. It shows the pineal as the small orb below and the pituitary as the orb at the top. The thalamus is sliced open, but not as open as Figure 4. The pingala and ida serpents flank the two sides of the thalamus as the corpus callosum – indicating the opposite sides of the brain.
Right Sagittal side view of brain showing Pineal, central Thalamus and Pituitary.

This Triad in the above design reveals how the ‘third eye’ is activated by the pingala and ida nerve channels – being the ‘serpents’ – which also take their place as the two sides of the corpus callosum – therefore representing the two sides of the brain and the opposites.

The Triad is comprised of the pineal and the pituitary (the two orbs at the base) which are being struck by the pingala and ida serpents.
The thalamus is again the bottle part of the crown.

The picture below shows Osiris again wearing the Atef Crown, only this time we see the pineal positioned at the centre of his head, and more importantly we see the crown indicating all three components of the third eye, positioned between the two Eyes of Horus, as if indicating that the crown and its features depict the three components of the thalamic ‘third eye’.

The intended meaning behind the symbolism is quite unmistakeable.

Scarab beetle khepri

Figure 8: The Scarab beetle god Khepri travelling through the astral Duat . . . the Underworld.

Pituitary Gland

Pineal Gland

“In the central part of the head is the wonderful chamber or bed, called the “thalamus”. Santee's Anatomy of the Brain and Spinal Cord describes it thus:

“It is the great ganglion of the inter-brain. The thalamus is an important sensory relay station. Its medial part is concerned with smell and its lateral part with common sensation and taste. According to Head and Holmes, it is an organ of consciousness for impulses of pain and temperature. The third ventricle separates the thalami from each other, except at the midpoint where they are joined by the MASSA INTERMEDIA. The thalamus is situated behind and medial to the corpus striatum, and projects backward over the mid-brain. Laterally it rests against the superior lamina of the internal capsule, which separated it from the lentiform nucleus. The thalamus is shaped like an egg, with the small end directed forward. It measures 4 cm. Or about one and one-half inches in length and 2.5 cm, of one inch in width and thickness. It has an interior and posterior extremity and four surfaces; superior, inferior, medial and lateral”.

“The most striking statement in the above paragraph is that the thalamus is egg-shaped, and we can readily see why there is so much reference made in ancient religions to the egg.
For the thalamus with its adjacent appendages, when viewed in cross sections of the brain, looks exactly like a beetle, the body egg shaped, and the “horns” of the lateral ventricle, typifying the horns of the beetle.
In the scarabaeus of Egypt is exemplified the egg of immortality, the light of the world. It is the chamber of the HOLY OF HOLIES, wherein is concealed the ark of the covenant. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead we find this referred to as the “Boat of Seker”. (Sokar). Every religion which has existed down through the ages, has told in its own terminology, the same story, the same physiological process taking place within the body of man”.

God-Man: The Word Made Flesh by George W. Carrey and Inez Eudora Perry,
(The Chemistry of Life Co. Los Angeles, 1920), pp. 45 - 46.

The authors cite the same connections in regard to the Holy of Holies and the Henu Barque (boat) of Sokar being symbolic of the thalamus, especially in terms of the internal, shamanic 'astral-travel' experience, and I'm not surprised that esoterically the thalamus is seen as the "egg of Immortaility" and the "light of the World" - because it is the Inner Sun - recognised as the source-centre of one's consciousness and represents the Self or 'Core Soul identity' that continues on from one lifetime to the next.

However, as said, the metaphysical ‘function’ of the ‘third eye’ or ‘ajna chakra’ also relies on both the pineal, which I say is associated with the male, while the pituitary is associated with the female. The thalamus is considered neutral - "androgynous" - in this Triad.

“This pineal body is the male spiritual organ. If you ask for proof as to its being a male organ, you can find indubitable proof by referring to any good physiological chart or anatomy, for you will see that the lower potions of this organ has been given the names, “corpora quadrigemina,” which means “four-fold bodies” – two nates (buttocks), and two testes (testicles). Thus we see, that in spite of our incredulence, even the scoffing scientist has unwittingly demonstrated the truth of occult investigations, in respect to this body”.
“In esoteric as well as physiological meaning, this is Joseph, meaning to increase, the father of Jesus, the seed, the redeemer. It is the organ through which the electrical forces of the body play [ . . .] becomes masculine, positive, electrical in quality and action”.

“On the other side of the thalamus is located the pituitary body, the feminine spiritual organ. It is a small reddish, ellipsoid organ in a depression of the sphenoid bone, and is attached to the brain by a peduncle. It has two lobes, one of yellowish-gray and the other reddish-gray colour. [ . . . ] Flowing into the this gland it becomes magnetic, female, in its quality and action. It is the Mary, pure sea or water, the Mother of the Holy Child”.

God-Man: The Word Made Flesh by George W. Carrey and Inez Eudora Perry, 1920, pp. 47 - 48.

I also stated that in the mystical Hindu and esoteric traditions the pineal gland is said to be connected to the etheric, male pingala nerve channel and that the pituitary is connected to the female ida nerve channel.

Again these two nadi channels are symbolised by the two uraei serpents in ancient Egyptian depictions, which is why the uraei serpents - Wadjet and Nekhbet - are also present on either side of the Atef Crown.

“Connected with the pineal gland is a nerve called the “pingala” in secret writings. This nerve crosses the spinal cord at the base of the skull, in the medulla oblongata and follows down the right side of the spinal cord to its end. Likewise, connected with the pituitary body, is the nerve Ida, which crosses the spinal cord at the same place where the Pingala crosses, follows down the left side of the spinal cord to its base.
Here the two nerves converge into the body through the semi-luna ganglion, where they merge into the solar plexus. The divine esse which has been differentiated by entertaining these two glands has become Mary [also Isis] and Joseph [also Osiris], the mother and father of the holy child” [Jesus – also Horus].

God-Man: The Word Made Flesh by George W. Carrey and Inez Eudora Perry, 1920, p. 48.

It is stated in various esoteric mystery schools that the ‘third eye’ will only open when ‘conscious’ fusion takes place between the opposites in one’s consciousness.

Below is a painting of Jesus emerging from the tomb; resurrected after his Crucifixion and assisted by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist - male and female on either side of him:

Jesus as thalamus

  Figure 11: Jesus Christ ressurected - emerging from the tomb.

In light of everything we have seen so far, the positions of the heads of all three figures is now obvious: The artist appears to be bringing attention to the positions of the two glands and central thalamus in the brain.

Jesus resurrected

  Figure 12: The brain superimposed over the painting of the Reserrection of Christ.

In the view of those shaman adepts - the Shining Ones - who were also behind the universal ‘cult of the serpent’, again,  the physical, sexual act would have been the perfect metaphor for this same fusion taking place between the opposite natures of an individual, as happens during the enlightenment experience, itself a rebirth which is confirmation enough of one's own immortality.

Which is why the union between one's male (animus-conscious-self-left-brain) and female (anima-subconscious-right-brain) sides (symbolically Osiris and Isis) to produce one's own rebirth (resurrection of Osiris through the birth of the child Horus) - is depicted in many alchemical illustrations; and why the thalamus was seen to represent the female egg of this rebirth – fertilised by the "sperm"-like "serpent" energies that ascend the spine (like the sperm which climbs upwards through the erect phallus) and connect with these power centres.

Its also interesting to discover that the thalamus ("egg") is just above and in front of the Reptilian part of the brain.

Egg Horus Avebury sat

  Figure 15: Left: The Orphic Egg.
 Centre: Horus with serpent sun-disk above head. The ‘sun-disk’ is the ‘Inner Sun’.
Right: Avebury with interesting diagram showing how the Henge may be an ovum or egg
and also showing cell division and growth after fertilisation.

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