New Discoveries in Magical Egypt 2


In 2008 a team of career artists, art and architecture historians, and comparative mythology scholars began a ten-year research project to study ancient aesthetic canons and related forms of visual expression used in Ancient Egypt. The results of the project are presented in the new season of the “Magical Egypt” documentary series.

The team has discovered a previously unrecognised visual language, a type of visual cipher, hidden in the hieroglyphic reliefs, statuary, and architectural motifs of ancient Egypt. The message encrypted in this visual language is scientific in nature. It records and transmits the core principles of a very sophisticated ancient science.

The discovery holds serious implications for art history as well as scientific history.  These discoveries show an unprecedented marriage of art and science that allows central scientific principles to be communicated visually, in a trans-lingual mode of transmission. 

These discoveries stand at odds with the generally held view that the ancient Egyptians did not know what the brain was for, and are confrontational to the generally agreed upon picture of the ancient psyche and the level of scientific sophistication in place in the ancient world.

Just as surprising as the sophistication of the ancient science is its focus - the artwork transmits beautifully encrypted schematics of brain architecture and other biological systems: most having to do with either the mystery of consciousness or the mystery of reproduction. 

The more examples the team compiled, the more it seemed that the entire culture was a giant expression of an ancient story told through art and symbol.  The story serves as an allegory, or to use a more modern term, a dynamic model of the mysteries of consciousness itself. First, it schematises the key biological systems that are involved in generating consciousness. Then, through the use of mythos, legend and symbol, it ascribes to them an array of descriptors, specific behaviours, tendencies, affinities and other operational, functional information. A brilliant transmission of both the form and function of the key biological components that produce consciousness.

Chance Gardner and Brad Klausen Discuss their Findings

Historical Precedent For Biological Correspondence in Art

A precedent for biological correspondence in art was set in the Oct 10th, 1990 Issue of JAMA when Dr. Frank Meshberger published the theory and the visual proofs that Michaelangelo had depicted a brain in his painting “The Creation of Adam” on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When the painting is compared with or overlaid upon its “biological correspondence”, in this case, the human brain in sagittal view, we see that not only does it demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of the physical attributes of the brain, but marries symbolism to each location to suggest the function of the various physical systems. A particular emphasis is placed on Sophia, goddess of divine knowledge, emerging from the midbrain, diencephalon complex at the area where the thalamus, third and fourth ventricles, and choroid plexus are located. This seems to be the place, at the juncture or nexus of our circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems, that is repeatedly pointed to in the ancient science as the source of consciousness. Thus in these artistic traditions, it is associated with a specific kind of divinity.

Another precedent for biological correspondence in art was set in Dec 2007 when Alessandro Paluzzi, Antonio Belli, Peter Bain, and Laura Viva published Brain ‘imaging’ in the Renaissance discussing several examples of hidden symbolism in Renaissance paintings including Gerard David's painting of the ‘Transfiguration of Christ’ resembles a coronal section of the brain.


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This technique, once we were alerted to its presence, became visible in the sacred art of other cultures as well. Eventually leading to recognising this technique, and indeed, this ancient scientific message, in use from the very earliest expressions of sacred art.

A new kind of Rosetta Stone: The decoder ring of “biological correspondence”

The discovery of the Rosetta Stone was a profoundly significant discovery for early Egyptologists who were trying to understand how to read hieroglyphics.  Were these mysterious shapes supposed to be read as pictograms, or does each one represent a phonetic sound, as in our modern alphabet?  Or was it the expression of a form of communication alien to us and unlike anything we might suppose or recognise?

Because the Rosetta Stone duplicated an identical message in three languages, it eventually gave linguists the ability to cross-analyse and compare an Egyptian text with the better understood Greek and Hieratic languages, whose meanings were known.  Through this linguistic reverse engineering, it was discovered that hieroglyphs can act as either phonetic “letters”, as we use letters, each representing a sound, that strung together, creates a word, but they can also simultaneously act as pictograms that signify a word, name or important idea.  Or they can act as a symbol that carries a vast range of information and meaning, bearing an intricate and dense web of cognitive associations.  

The Rosetta Stone discovery alerted linguists and Egyptological researchers to the fact that the hieroglyphs and reliefs can hold multiple registers or layers of meaning at once.  The discovery of a hidden visual encryption technique that the team refers to as Biological Correspondence, is significant in a very similar way to the Rosetta Stone because it allowed for the discovery of a previously unrecognised layer of communication, and at the same time, for the discovery of an unrecognised message that is being radiated through the art, statuary, and architecture of Ancient Egypt.  

The discovery demonstrates an unexpected and overlooked extra register of communication - a hidden language that expressed the deepest most central scientific principles known to the ancient culture. This message has been hidden in plain sight through a simple lack of awareness of “how to read” the visual message encrypted into the art and architecture.

The message that is being transmitted through this newly discovered mode of visual communication may go a long way towards answering some of the biggest outstanding questions of Egyptology - and of human history. One of the biggest initial surprises was that the message is not theological - it is scientific.  And perhaps more interestingly still, the science it expresses is an anomalously sophisticated one that calls into question everything we thought we knew about the ancient intellect. 

The ancient science seems to be focused in a direction that is a notorious blind spot for modern science.  The mysteries of human consciousness.  

Below is a presentation of some of the major discoveries presented in the Magical Egypt season 2 documentary series.

DISCOVERY #1 Eye of Horus correlation with the human limbic system.

The earliest of the visual correspondences was discovered by author Gary Osborn at the end of 1997. Gary was originally researching the unusual layout and geometric measures encrypted in the great pyramid of Giza, especially the odd arrangement of the interior chambers known as the kings and queens chambers. With the suspicion that their odd placement in the structure held a message or a correspondence to something meaningful, Gary had the epiphany of overlaying a sagittal view outline of the human brain upon a schematic of the pyramid interior, to see if the angular and spacial relationship between the inner structure of the pyramid and the structure of the brain were in some way related. There did seem to be a very specific correspondence between the architecture of the chambers in the great pyramid and that of key structures of the brain. In this case, the pineal and thalamus.

As Gary began checking other significant hieroglyphs and architectural structures, he compared the iconic eye of horus to the sagittal view of the human brain. The correlation was immediately apparent. Not only was there a direct correspondence between the eye of Horus symbol and the human limbic system, but it was so specific as to render the image a perfect diagram or schematic of this key conjuncture of brain systems. It not only demonstrates a very sophisticated understanding of brain structure, but seems to be hinting at the actual function of each of the components that make up the central limbic system of the brain.

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This is a classic example of how this visual technique allows the transmission of both the form and function of key components of the brain. In this case, the iconic image of the Eye of Horus is symbolically, mythologically associated with “mind”, or “mind’s eye”, and shares many similarities and parallels with the concept of the Third Eye from Vedic tradition, while at the same time serving as a sophisticated and accurate map of this key brain structure. In this way, the thalamus, pineal, pituitary gland and the 3rd and 4th ventricles are accurately schematised and symbolically associated with an emergent property of consciousness or awareness, beautifully encrypted into the hieroglyphic symbol known as the Eye of Horus.

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Notice the close parallel between the third and fourth ventricles and the shape of the eye of Horus. Another example of the breathtaking genius with which the ancients synergised art and science to transmit the deepest secrets of the universe.

This correlation was first presented in 2003 at:
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DISCOVERY #2: Ram sphinx terminals correlate to coronal view of human brain stem:

The next example of visual encryption that came to light was made by Brad Klausen.  A direct representational correspondence between the ram sphinx statuary at Luxor and Karnak and the “coronal” or “front facing” view of the human brain stem.

Each aesthetic feature that makes up the ram sphinx and terminal has a direct correspondence to one of the articulations that make up the brain stem.  Not only do the major shapes and outlines correspond, but upon closer study, there is no detail in the statuary that is not directly representative of a key component of the human brain stem.  There is an aesthetically ingenious modelling that acts as beautiful symbolic art and at the same time as a perfectly accurate and very sophisticated model of one of the most important biological systems involved in human consciousness.   

Click below for an excerpt from Magical Egypt series 2 that demonstrates the morphological correspondences between the human brain stem and the ram sphinx statuary and terminals.  

Discovery #3: Brainstem depicted in ancient Babylonian and Sumerian sacred art

The very distinctive shape, location, and positioning of the trigeminal nerves in relation to the pons and brainstem was the next clue. Note the uncanny similarity between the trigeminal nerves and the placement of the hands in the iconic Ishtar and Innana statues from Babylon and Sumeria. Also, note the obvious correlation between the pons of the brain stem and the torso of the statues. The merged legs and the articulations of the headwear are also direct correspondences, both in form and position.

click below to view a slideshow or watch a clip detailing the correspondences:

Discovery #4: The Venus of Willendorf

After tracing this visual technique of biological correspondence in ancient statuary back to Dynastic Egypt, Babylon, and Sumer, the next discovery was even more startling: The earliest example of ancient sculpture yet found is the Venus of Willendorf - a small figurine that is called a “fertility” icon. There are a number of very obvious deviations from normal human body attributes that indicate either an extremely poor understanding of anatomy and of basic sculptural techniques on the part of the ancients, or they signify something else. The same anatomical “mistakes” are repeated in versions of this statue found throughout Europe. These seemingly “mistaken” features, while deviating from a correct human form, are a remarkably close fit to another body - the brain stem and diencephalon.

Baffling features like the head with no face, and the horizontal stripes across the torso of the statue, the position and scale of the arms abound in this figurine. But while not reflective of an accurate human form, all these abnormalities correspond quite dramatically to the articulations that make up the human brain stem and thalamus. Note the correlation between the horizontal stripes across the pons and those on the torso of the Venus.

Click the slideshow below to see the correspondences or watch an excerpt from Magical Egypt episode 2:

Discovery #5: Statues of mummiform Osiris conceal correspondences to brain stem

The horizontal ridges that sweep around the pons appear to be a “wrapping” of cloth, visually suggestive of the wrapping practice seen in Egyptian mummification. In light of Brad Klausen’s discovery of the ram sphinx statue correlations, the team discovered an even more iconic sacred statue that used the technique of biological correspondence to relate more information about the brain and brain stem. This time in axial view. The mummified appearance of the pons suggested another famous mummiform character in the Egyptian pantheon. The mummiform Osiris.

When these figures were directly compared to their biological counterpart, the correlations seem to be self-verifying.

Click through the images below to see the correspondences:

The Osiris correspondences were discovered by team researcher / show writer Chance Gardner, while studying the correspondences revealed in the ram sphinx terminals. The Osiris figurines show the same articulations, including the shape of the torso matching the shape of the pons, the unified legs that correspond to the medulla oblongata, and the many visual correspondences between the atef crown and the area described by the top of the brain stem and extension of the olfactory nerves, outlining the ventricles. Figurines of the god Osiris show the arms drawn up to create the shape of the pons. Note the correspondence between the face and the area above the pons where the mammillary glands are located. Also, note the exact correspondence between the placing of the uraeus and the location of the infundibulum. This correspondence was also present in the Ram Sphinx statuary.

Once again, there is a layer of mythos that may hold some information about the function of the areas modelled. Curiously, the brain stem, thalamus, and pineal gland are all active during REM and dreaming states, symbolically associating them with the “underworld” of sleep and dream states. The association of Osiris with the underworld and the afterlife might indicate that important information about the brainstem’s role in the dream state has been encrypted into the Osiris mythos.

Discovery #6: Diencephalon and Amygdala schematics hidden in sacred symbolic art

The next series of correspondences that came to light was discovered by researcher/author Gary Osborn. The visual technique is the same, but in this case, represents a view of the brain from the axial view, ie. underneath, looking up. At this cross-sectional view of the human brain, we can see the diencephalon, hippocampus, amygdala, corpus callosum, pineal and pituitary glands and the lobes of the thalamus, each creating a very distinctive complex of outlines. This is the mechanism that connects the brainstem and the hemispheres, as well as the conjunction point of the nervous and circulatory systems and the ventricles. This distinctive complex of discreet recognisable shapes is seen mimicked in the ceremonial motifs of the Atef crown and in the stylised Atef crown worn by the God Khnum. The point for point correspondences make it difficult to attribute to imagination or confirmation bias. As either motif could be used as a totally functional reference model for this centrally important area of the brain, and these components that all contribute critically to the experience of consciousness.

The brain schematic depicted in ceremonial Atef crown motifs was first discovered by Gary Osborn. Read more about Gary’s groundbreaking research at

Click below for a slide show of the correspondences, or to view an excerpt from Magical Egypt series 2:


Discovery #7: Brain Schematics in 3D hidden in classic Egyptian temple pylon architecture

Another example of encrypted biological schematics hidden in the aesthetic canons of ancient Egypt. The classic Egyptian temple pylon was itself revealed to be another ingenious schematic that depicts the brain structures central to consciousness. In this case, the view of the brain is the “coronal” or front view.

The pylon is a masterpiece of both symbolic and direct geometric correspondences with the coronal view of the left and right hemispheres of the cerebrum, the brain stem and diencephalon all matched or “templated” by the architecture of the temple and entrance door. The two rhomboidal “mounds” on either side are connected by a bridging architecture made up of the door and the symbolic corniche above the door. Ubiquitously located at the central focal point of every pylon temple is the hieroglyphic symbol of the winged disk. The entire pylon structure acts as a very sophisticated template or reference model of the structure of the hemispheres and brain stem, seen in the coronal view, with a special emphasis on the mirrored wing shapes made by the ventricles. The lines, positions, symbols, and underlying geometry all indicate the locations of important brain components when overlaid with one another.

Once again, we see mythos or legend associated with the various parts of the temple that may offer insight into the function of the part of the brain indicated, or into the overall operation of the subject of the schematic. This architecture symbolically associates with the timeless idea of the newly born sun, rising between the primordial mounds. A symbolic allegory for the arising of a certain kind of consciousness from the interaction of the two hemispheres, brought together, or unified, or accessed, in the case of door symbolism, by passing through a threshold of sorts - the central door that unites the two hemispheres.

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Not only do the position and proportions of the door correspond to significant parts of the brainstem, but when a cross-section of the brain is seen at the right depth, we can even see that the ventricles, which are of central importance to brain function and consciousness, are the morphological inspiration for the icon of the winged disk, itself a symbolically rich symbol associated with higher, or unified consciousness and with the continuity of consciousness after physical death.

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This method of encrypting a kind of “meta-message” into temple architecture, once this MODE OF EXPRESSION was understood, eventually led to recognizing the same technique, and presumably the same ancient science in the earliest Eastern temples. In a case very similar to Egyptology’s reluctance to acknowledge the idea of biological correspondence, the meta-message of the ancient Taoist temples expresses the same centrally important information, in the same way - through biological correspondence. And although it would seem that this discovery could represent an important new expansion of our understanding of ancient history and ancient intellect, this meta visual language is not officially acknowledged by Eastern historians as it is not currently acknowledged by orthodox Egyptology.

This series of discoveries was made by series writer/animator Chance Gardner, in the process of researching material for the new ME2 series.