Saqsayhuaman, Peru

Newgrange and Saqsayhuaman: Separated at Birth in 3050 BC?

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As for Saqsayhuaman and its serrated megalithic walls, when observed from the air they take on the appearance of a bird’s wings, particularly when adding the now-destroyed cliff side walls that once formed a mirror image. It is hardly an accident that the site’s name in Quechua means ‘the place of the satisfied falcon’, for whereas this bird receives scant attention in Andean mythology, seven thousand miles away in Egypt the falcon god Horus is the symbolic continuation of the resurrected god-man Osiris, whose rituals were enacted and consummated on the equinox and solstice.

Saqsayhuaman reconstructed.

Saqsayhuaman reconstructed.

The recurring bond between the god-man, Venus, the equinox and solstice was still in practice, literally and symbolically, in the early Christian era. According to the Bible, John the Baptist was conceived on the autumn equinox and born on the summer solstice, while Jesus was conceived on the spring equinox and born on the winter solstice; both men were called nasoraiyi, an old Babylonian title meaning ‘preserver of divine secrets’, marking as it did the highest level of office attained by initiates who successfully experienced the most secret of rites, that of the living resurrection, and were thus qualified to administer the same to neophytes, beginning with a baptism in a special type of water.

The importance of these relationships forms the cornerstone of the Master Mason ritual in Scottish Rite Freemasonry today — a ritual whose roots date to the Biblical Enoch circa 3000 BC — and whose Seventeenth Degree is one of its most powerful and profound: the Knight of the East and West.

Now the bigger question is, what is the source of these identical concepts shared between distant cultures?

Related material in Freddy Silva's latest book, The Lost Art of Resurrection: Initiation, secret chambers and the quest for the Otherworld .

Q'uenqo, Saqsayhuaman and Saqsayhuaman reconstructed, images ©Freddy Silva


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By Freddy Silva


I have also noted many astronomical links to Venus.....The overlap in dates is even more intriguing.

I wonder...have you looked at Edo Castle in Japan for alignments to Venus?

I found the same astronomical values for predicting eclipses in the polygonal walls at Edo Castle, Delphi in Greece and Saksaywaman in Peru....Polygonal walls in Japan are very rare.

The link to Venus would fully explain the 40 degree alignment I am routinely seeing as a secondary alignment angle in polygonal walls.

This is from

One Venus cycle is 37960 days, or 40 Earth years. 104 x 365 = 37960 (one and a half Zodiac degrees.)

Venus transits the Sun every 121.5 years and again in 8 years, then repeats in 121.5 years.

The conjunction of Mercury, Venus, Earth and the Sun is known as the Shekina; Venus and Mercury become one very bright star as seen from Earth. This occurs every 480 years. 12 x 40 Venus cycles = 480. One of these conjunctions occurred in 4 BCE

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author: The Map that Talked

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Hello Derek. I've been following your excellent work on Saqsayhuaman with great interest, and mention it on my tours. Very insightful. I've not taken this further with regard to Japan. The focus of my inquiry relates to the use of certain sacred places for the ritual of living resurrection, seeing if that pattern repeats at sites we know little about, and adapting the same principles, on a hunch, to see whether the pattern fits. It does in this case. I will be looking at the Temple of Ise in Japan, given the obvious association with Isis and a similar resurrection myth to that of Osiris. Delphi, of course, is also such a temple.
However, these temples were often multi-disciplinary, so a number of disciplines can overlap (which is why so many people argue over the same topic :-). 
 Just putting this material out there so that others might advance the concept. many cases there might even be solstice alignments, planetary alignments, mathematical text, and other astronomical observations all overlapping.

That is why I concentrate in my work only on mathematical terms for calculating time and predicting eclipses. The number 40 appears in numerous texts, and the other secondary values might easily related to Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter.

Dr. Derek Cunningham
Author: The Map that Talked

I haven't looked into John the Baptist, but I know for sure that the Bible does not offer any evidence of Jesus being born in Winter, let alone on the Solstice. That is an invention of European Christianity, which is clung to in modern times to further allegorical New Age syncretisms.

Clues in the Bible itself lead the most directly to Jesus / Yahushua's birth being during the Festival of Booths, which was a harvest-time gathering. Whether you believe the man truly existed or not, he has no connection to the Winter Solstice in the original source texts - no matter if you are reading the 'New Testament' or looking at predictive prophesies from the older scriptures.

(Note that Luke is mistaken in saying Mary and Joseph were required to travel for a census. According to Roman records, which were obnoxiously extensive compared to those of their neighbours, there was no census at this time.)

For Jews of the day who were able, this celebration was a call to gather with the rest of their holy nation at Jerusalem. The city was packed, inns were overcrowded, tents ("booths") filled the streets, and many even had to look for accommodations outside the city. Space was scarce this time of year. Hence the stable and manger.

I forgot to mention some researchers (I would have to look up again whom it was, this was years ago I was studying this) believe astronomical clues point to this particular Festival of Booths being during a Jubilee Year. Jubilees are every fiftieth year. This would make it an extra-big occasion.

Fun fact, this is where Roman Catholicism gets its notion of the Santo Anno, a holy year that occurs every fiftieth year.

In Judaism, this was counted off along with Sabbath years, every seventh year. These Sabbath years would cycle around to 49 (a Sabbath), and then year 50 was the Jubilee. It is unclear if the ancient count of Jubilees has been continued or broken. The Catholic Jubilee likely started from its own arbitrary count and cannot trace back to Jewish Sabbatical or Jubilee years.

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