Copyright © Gary Osborn 2005. All Rights Reserved.

‘This is meant to be only an essay. It is a first reconnaissance of a realm well-nigh unexplored and uncharted. From whichever way one enters it, one is caught in the same bewildering circular complexity, as in a labyrinth, for it has no deductive order in the abstract sense, but instead resembles an organism tightly closed in itself, or even better, a monumental “Art of the Fugue”.’

Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge
and its Transmission through Myth by Giorgio De Santillana & Hertha Von Dechend.
(David R. Godine, Publisher Inc, 1969). p. 1.

Thus begins the celebrated book Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio De Santillana and Hertha Von Dechend first published in 1969.

Through studying some of the world’s most incomprehensible and rarely-known myths, the authors conclude that ancient man knew and understood the complicated movements of the Earth, the stars, the heavenly spheres, and most importantly the complex Law of Precession, known as the Precession of the Equinoxes – and long before the Greek astronomer, Hipparchus ‘rediscovered’ it sometime between 162 and 126 BC.

The above extract describes quite succinctly the almost impossible task that had been laid before me: to understand why an unknown source culture; a very ancient people of advanced intelligence, had encoded clues to this knowledge – a mystery to which the authors of Hamlet’s Mill could offer no solution. After all, it was enough that they brought these encoded references to public attention.

It may be difficult to believe, but indeed strong evidence suggests that a methodical, technical knowledge has been around long before the conventional dates given to human prehistory* and that an unknown, advanced culture had encoded traceable ‘hints’ that would one day lead the astute, intelligent and perceptive to the fount of their knowledge.

*This statement is supported by the authors of Uriel’s Machine: The Ancient Origins of Science
by Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas. (Arrow Books, 2000).
Quote: ‘Our analysis of the failings of prehistoric theory seemed to be pointing towards the pre-existence of knowledge’ . p. 32.

The key medium through which this knowledge could be strategically delivered and widely disseminated to those who would one day understand it, are the time-enduring myths and fables that were passed onto each generation via oral tradition and simple folk who were not aware of the cosmological secrets these moral “fairy tales” contained.

In his book, At the Edge of History (1989), William Irwin Thompson reflects on the fact that the wisdom and knowledge preserved in these myths show that the simple and primitive cultures that presented them, are not the beginning of something but the end of something else.

Considering the technology we have today, and the myths that seem to allude to a previous technical and scientific era, one could be forgiven for suggesting that mankind has perhaps come ‘full circle’ and that this has happened many times.

Personally, I certainly did not set-out to tackle this particular mystery but it was inevitable that I would eventually be led onto this path having first made a major discovery based on encoded information in several Baroque-period paintings (17th century) that on the surface seemed unrelated to the evidence provided in Hamlet’s Mill.

As described in the above extract, the mythical terrain is difficult: the evidential but subtle ‘key references’ – comparative data – found in myths from different nations and cultures, and even the cultures of divided continents, are frequently interwoven with nonsensical schemes and plots and conveyed via a narrative that is often florid and tiresome, and so its sometimes impossible to place what is understood into some kind of logical, rational order. But I am certain we are now close to understanding exactly why our distant ancestors encoded these clues and references . . . ‘keys’ to the profound knowledge they held in their capable grasp.

During the course of this research, and before my findings began to dovetail quite naturally with the astrophysical themes given in Hamlet’s Mill, I discovered that a large number of the world’s major literary works, architecture, and various works of art (both ancient and modern) contain hidden clues; small fragments of significant data: pieces of a “giant jigsaw”, some of which seem to have been deliberately placed, intentionally encoded and with intelligent design. I discovered that this encoded information is linked to an ancient ‘system of knowledge’ developed by a mysterious, primordial, obviously, shamanic-based culture known universally as the “Shining Ones”. This peculiar culture seems to have all but vanished – although its influence is continuous and very much alive as it has always been.
In my written works I have gone some way in uncovering the existence of these ancient shamans as well as reveal the influence they had on society and still have today. One example is our many traditions. In these presentations, I wish to deal with the ancient and secret knowledge – incorporating science, religion, mysticism and philosophy that hundreds of authors and researchers have “wrestled” with for decades to understand, simplify and clarify. Many have failed or could only go so far, because it is indeed a fact that we tend to concentrate separately on one theme or subject at a time without recognising that everything is deeply connected.

This ancient knowledge is very different to the knowledge we understand today, in that it was/is more holistic compared to our own, which is fragmented; divided into separate subjects, fields of study and disciplines and has no system to it other than each subject being sectioned and compartmentalised between A and Z. In comparison to ours today, the ancients had a 'system of knowledge' based on correspondences and the hidden connections between things, as encapsulated in the Hermetic maxim – “as above, so below”.

Their knowledge was also communicated through advanced mathematics and sacred geometry that reflected the workings of nature and was imbued with a profound wisdom and spiritual excellence, which is more akin to the ‘perfection’ we are supposed to be evolving towards rather than the ‘humble beginnings’ we have “evolved” ‘from’, as is generally believed.

I would emphasise that like today, none of the early civilisations we know of had a complete and thorough understanding of this ancient ‘system of knowledge’ which belonged to a former time in man’s long history. Its clear that these ancient cultures owe their development to the more ‘elementary’ tenets of the cosmology that had been divulged or passed onto them: but even so, its clear that they didn’t know the whole story or picture, and what had been passed onto them was often fragmentary, also misinterpreted, misconceptualised and further degraded by the new interpretations or belief systems that were forever springing up, and so in the process much of this original ‘core knowledge’ became buried and hidden over time.

However, by and large, there have always been the initiated amongst us who have understood this ‘system of knowledge’, and so it’s indeed possible that a number of said individuals felt the need to deliberately encode certain ‘key themes’ belonging to this knowledge in the relevant sources throughout history. I have found this to be a fact.

The fragments of cleverly-encoded data pertaining to this ancient cosmology turn up in various religious literary works: they turn up in the Bible, in the Gospels (those that are included in the Bible and mostly those that have been excluded from it), and in many of the well-known folk-stories, allegories, fables and myths from around the world – as made known to us by the authors of Hamlet’s Mill.

They also turn up dramatically in many so-called ‘factual events’ that have been recorded, and all are accompanied by what we find in esoteric literature and symbolism – especially the Hindu scriptures, and particularly, the Alchemical, Hermetic, Cabbalistic, Sufi, Masonic, Rosicrucian, Gnostic, Templar, Theosophical, mystery schools. We also find this ancient knowledge encoded in the buildings and structures erected, not only by our distant and erstwhile ancestors, but also by certain individuals living in our own times – and which even now remain a mystery to many of us.

Of course, one of the richest veins associated with this ‘underground stream’ are the Arts – sculptures, paintings, illustrations that contain a profusion of symbols, secret codes and sacred geometry, some of which we have already seen. If we really are dealing with a code in which an ancient belief, religion, cosmology or veritable ‘system of knowledge’ has been preserved, then evidence shows that this information was:
1), symbolically encoded when many of these mythological stories and other works and texts were first being conceptualised, disseminated and cultivated – and,
2), also added to by more data being inserted into these sources throughout the centuries and as time went on along with certain works of art produced by those who were initiated into this knowledge.
It’s only natural that we also find many modifications and amendments given to the original data, and in respect to our current understanding relating to different periods in history – i.e., those times when the data was revised in some way or perhaps supplemented.

This is evident in the small changes and additions that have been made to the Phoenix and Grail myths throughout history – to give just a few examples. Many of these pieces of information will often lead us on a highly convoluted trail of ‘double’ and sometimes ‘multiple meanings’ – the life and Crucifixion of Jesus being a typical case in point.

It must be said that the story of ‘the Christ’ or ‘Saviour’ is really part of a much bigger story – a ‘bigger picture’ that has its origin in the world-wide shamanic traditions. When each, or maybe even a few of these clues are spotted, their significance is easily overlooked, ignored or explained away as something mundane or at best a ‘coincidence’. However, the deeper meaning – i.e., what these clues are all pointing to – can only be seen when looked at in total.

This ancient cosmology which has been encoded in numerous sources, is about the truth of man’s immortality as many have suspected – a knowledge that is still being largely ignored and ‘officially’ denied us. But furthermore, this ancient cosmology leads us to the hidden processes behind all cyclic phenomena and more importantly, the ‘birth-death-rebirth’ cycle, which can be observed everywhere in nature.

To preserve this knowledge it’s now becoming increasingly obvious that an ancient brotherhood or priesthood with time on its hands, had originally encoded key segments of this cosmology in almost everything man-made and conceived, hoping that the “jigsaw” pieces of this elaborate code – when looked at in total – would one day provide man with proof of his own spiritual immortality as well as the secrets pertaining to the collective psyche and how it is intimately linked-in with the processes that underlie our reality.

The first question that comes to mind is, who originally began encoding this data?

Based on the fact that much of this information is conceptually ‘shamanic’, my guess would be that it was the people behind the ‘cult of the serpent’ – the ‘Shining Ones’ – which, in my view was most-likely a shamanic-based priesthood which has ancient origins and is still in operation today – although much of the knowledge relating to these ‘Shining Ones’ has been kept hidden from us for almost an eternity by the Catholic Church, and other organised religions – especially the three main Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

What is astounding is the fact that many of these fragments of ‘connective,’ encoded information are related to the earliest forms of Gnosticism and the Arthurian Grail myths and legends, and also seem to be leading to the Giza necropolis in Egypt – especially the Great Pyramid and its North-South alignment with the star constellations of Orion (South sky) – said to be associated with Osiris the ‘good god’ (also a god of rebirth and resurrection) – and Draco, “the Dragon” or “Serpent,” (North sky) – said to be associated with the brother of Osiris, the ‘evil god’ Set or Seth.

We will discover that the theme of Duality is a common one and runs throughout everything we are going to be looking at in these presentations. The principal theme of Duality has a purpose, in that by giving reference to the dual opposites in nature, attention is really being brought to the “third thing” that exists between them – the neutral point of balance – which can lead to inner wisdom, knowledge and enlightenment.

Indeed BALANCE is everything, and meant everything to this unknown, ancient 'source culture' as we will discover. In this respect, one could say that symbolically, the sacred Giza plateau adopts a neutral and central, 0º position on an axis positioned between the opposites of “good” and “evil” – the positive and negative polarisation of the Earth and the Cosmos – and therein lies a clue as to the true purpose of Giza and the Great Pyramid which I found to be intimately related to the legends surrounding the ‘Grail’ and which has its origin in ancient Sumeria and beyond.

In fact, the Great Pyramid encompasses many of the principles of the Grail mysteries and more besides as I discovered in the course of my research. This is what we would come to expect if the Grail is also associated with man’s ‘immortality’ – something that the ancient Egyptians appear to have been obsessed with and something that still continues to mystify us today. Some parts of this complex puzzle have already been uncovered by joint authors and researchers Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval. Of especial interest is Bauval’s OCT (Orion Correlation Theory).

Although much has already been uncovered, what hasn’t yet been acknowledged is that the mysterious monuments that stand so silently on the Giza plateau are really symbolic pointers that can help us to ultimately understand the "mechanical" processes that underlie reality and how these processes are closely tied-in with the collective human psyche. Not only this, but despite what we may believe today, they also provide clues as to how the ‘immortal human soul’ can escape the repetitive incarnation cycles associated with these processes, as was once deeply believed by our ancestors and with the utmost conviction.

What I discovered points to a ‘Golden Age’ in our past when the principles of this knowledge associated with the enlightenment experience were practised and which no doubt produced the first ever religion, or all-encompassing ‘belief system’ based on man’s concept of the Centre – which is shamanic in origin. This was a working cosmology, in which all the religions we know today have their origin but still remain peripheral to – even though this Centre or Hub of the whole wheel is also the unconscious and hidden ‘nucleus’ of each.

The people whom this ‘system of knowledge’ belongs to, and the ancient serpent-worshipping cult just mentioned, could only be the ‘Shining Ones’ – also known (depending on the cultures who named them), as the Abgal, Abkarlu, Akeru, Akhu, Anak, Anannage, Ancient Masters, Annedoti, Angeloi, Angels, Annunaki, Apkallu, Archangels, Devas, Deiwos, Egrogoris, Elders, Elohim, Feathered Serpents, Fish-Beings or Fish Deities; Gibborim, Genii, Grigori, Jabaariyn, Jin, Nagas, Nephilim, Neteru, Nommos, Rephaim, Rishis, Seraphim, Seven Sages, Serpents, Shemsu Hor, Tuatha dé Danaan, Urshu, Watchers, Monitors . . . the list goes on and on.

These Shining (“Mighty” or “Majestic”) Ones – also illustrated in the stars and constellations through which the stories of their lives were conveyed – were seen as “gods”, “sons and daughters of gods” and ‘shepherds of men’, whom it is said, taught and civilised mankind.

More recently, we find that many prominent occultists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries claimed to have been in touch with these beings, which they said exist in another dimension.

Alice Bailey called them the ‘Ascended Masters’; Aleister Crowley referred to them as the “Hidden Chiefs”; Idries Shah called them the ‘Guardians of the Tradition’; while John Bennett named them the ‘psychoteleios’ or “perfected ones”.

Others refer to them as the ‘Ancient Ones’, the ‘Immortals’, the ‘Hidden Directorate’ and the ‘Children of Seth’. Recently we find these beings also under the name of ‘the Nine’ – supposedly the nine Ennead of ancient Egyptian religion.

It has been established that the term ‘God’ in the Bible, Elohim, is in the plural and means, ‘Bright’ and ‘Shining’ and also translates as “These Beings”. Therefore the term ‘gods’ encompasses not only this early shamanic-based culture of highly-skilled and intelligently advanced individuals – who over time and because of their scientific and astronomical knowledge, their spiritual wisdom and their supposed shamanic, extrasensory abilities, made them appear as “gods” . . . but also the supernatural “beings” (also “Shining Ones”) that these shamans communed with and which exist in the psychical or ‘other dimensional’ realms, and who no doubt also had an influence – both good and bad – in shaping human destiny. All were thought of as “gods” by lesser developed people who lived peacefully aside them in the surrounding countries and domains.

According to the Illuminati, who in recent years have emerged from the shadows and have come forward to dispel the disinformation, lies and propaganda that's been said and written about them, we are told that their oldest writings declare that the Order, which is Gnostic in principle, was founded by the Illuminators – the Phosters (again, “Shining Ones”), to impart mathematical knowledge to the wisest peoples of the Earth – i.e., nomadic holy men, mystics and philosophers.

See: The Illuminati by Adam Weishaupt (pseudonym) Hyperreality Books, 2011.

My own findings, suggest that a number of these advanced people the Illuminati call the Phosters, survived a major global catastrophe. The date of the initial event is still to be determined. Evidence suggests – also supported by Masonic symbolism – that the original perpetrator was a comet, and that the survivors of this advanced race or culture, while preserving their knowledge in the monuments they built and the myths that they inspired or created, taught the rest of mankind how to survive the new conditions on Earth.

Although the reality of this mysterious ‘godlike’ culture is not taken seriously by the majority of mainstream historians, not alone the ‘worldwide catastrophe scenario’ which is forever being concluded in individual research, much has now been written about the evidential presence of this unknown culture in the distant past and throughout history. And today through authors and researchers such as the late Zecharia Sitchin (Annunaki), Christian O’Brien (Elohim), Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock (Neteru, Akhu, Shemsu Hor), Andrew Collins (Elders), Christopher Knight & Robert Lomas (Grooved Ware People), and Tracy R. Twyman (Watchers) the subject is now very popular and not without reason as we are discovering more about this primordial ethos everyday.

Evidence suggests that these people – humans – were ‘scientifically advanced’ and believed to possess certain psychic or clairvoyant abilities which they, or those around them could often use to their advantage, in that they could easily manipulate those who believed they held supernatural powers akin to “godhood”. In addition to this they were expert magicians and could therefore easily be perceived as being in contact with, or holding the “power of the gods” through their advanced knowledge.

They were intrinsically shamanic in origin, as their cosmology contains the same key concepts we find in the shamanic tradition. It would seem that their ‘power base’ evolved from the influence the early primitive shaman had over his tribe and his people which then developed into a Gnostic ‘brotherhood’ or ‘priesthood’, and over millennia into a sophisticated and scientifically advanced community. These people are still with us today as the Illuminati.

In any case, it is now obvious to me that the original ‘Shining Ones’ knowledge was based on the ‘mid-point’ or ‘neutral balance’ between all opposites, including “good” and “evil” and that it was this principal which these advanced people tried to uphold, preserve and maintain – even when some of their own kind had fallen into the illusions of duality taking the greater part of the human race along with them.

My own view is that this knowledge along with geophysical data concerning the Earth’s tilted axis is greatly preserved in the monuments of Giza as a code, and that one must first acknowledge and understand what this ‘Neutral Point’ in consciousness is before one can begin to decode it and this is the purpose of these presentations.


For the original text featuring the Shining Ones see The Book of Enoch. R. H. Charles, W. O. E. Oesterley. (Book Tree, 1998.)
Also, see here . . . and here.

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