Why was the Great Pyramid of Giza built? When was it constructed? Is there a purpose that it was intended to serve?
Some believe that the Great Pyramid of Giza could be over 10,000 years old, which would pre-date any Egyptian civilization that is currently known. Others believe that it is much younger than that, built as a great tomb or center of worship. Many have set forth on a journey to determine the purpose of the pyramid in order to discover its secrets.
One of those individuals was Sir John Herschel. It is he who would initially develop what would come to be known as the Draconis Theory.
Why Is the Descending Passage is So Important?
There is one primary entry point to the Great Pyramid of Giza. It reaches a crossroads where one can go to the king’s or queen’s chamber or descend into a pit below the pyramid. Herschel decided to look at the Descending Passage with a different perspective. He looked at the pyramid as if it had been built for astrological purposes.
Herschel already knew that through the work of Professor Piazzi Smyth, who spent six months exploring the Great Pyramid of Giza, that the angle of the Descending Passage was 26.302778 degrees – which translates to 28 degrees, 18 minutes, and 10 seconds. There were also scored lines within the passage to indicate that anyone there should be looking upward toward the sky to determine their purpose.
When Herschel took that angle and pointed it toward the night sky, he realized that it was pointing directly where the constellation Draconis would have been. When the scored lines were included with the calculations, it was discovered that they pointed to the Pleiades cluster and to a star called Alcyone.
Professor Smyth confirmed the calculations for Herschel. For many cultures, Alcyone was considered to be the star that all other stars rotated around. Taking this fact into account, the two explorers calculated star movements back to determine that the scored lines and Descending Passage would have been pointing to the pole and pivot stars at the same time around 2100 BC.
Euphratean Traditions and Draconis Theory
The people who lived in the Euphrates region of Egypt, sometimes referred to as Mesopotamia, identified Alcyone with ceremonies for foundation-laying. This would further cement the idea that the Draconis theory was a plausible explanation for the construction of the pyramid. The scored lines would then indicate that the Great Pyramid of Giza was given the scored lines as a cornerstone, fixing the foundation of the pyramid to a foundation star.
Draconis theory would then take another step in dating by taking a look at the ascending passages in the Great Pyramid and how they relate to the Great Flood. By expanding upon the Herschel’s ideas, author Basil Stewart suggests that each inch within the ascending passage represents a year of time. Within the passage at 200 inches of length sits a plug that is dark, which some believe is a representation of the flood. This would put Noah’s flood at a date of around 2300 BC.
Aquarius is also featured within the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is often associated with the waters of the Great Flood in the traditions and stories that relate to the event. Babylonian tablets that have been dated to about 4,000 years in age tell a similar story, which could confirm the time frames initially offered by the Draconis theory.
Is Draconis Theory a Representation of Good and Evil?
If the Draconis theory is accurate, then it means the Great Pyramid was built to shine the light from a constellation that was shaped like a dragon, a representation of Satan, directly into the pit that exists below the pyramid. This means the Descending Passage would be a symbol of evil’s influence, while the Ascending Passage would be a beautiful influence.
And this means the Bible could also support the Draconis theory. In Job 38, God tells Jon, “Can you bind the beauty of the Pleiades? Can you loosen Orion’s belt?”
The fact is that the ancient world holds many secrets. We may be able to unlock some of them, but ideas like the Draconis theory offer the opportunity for an educated guess at what may be occurring. There may be other explanations that are equally valid for the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza, but for Herschel, Stewart, Smyth, and many others, the Draconis theory seems to be the explanation that holds the most answers.