Laurence Gardner is a constitutional historian, international lecturer and broadcaster. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and is attached to the European Council of Princes’ as the Jacobite Historiographer Royal. He is author of Bloodline of the Holy Grail and Genesis of the Grail Kings. His most recent book Lost Secrets of the Sacred Ark was published in February 2003.
Throughout the past century, and especially since the days of Albert Einstein, scientists have been searching for the Holy Grail of modern physics, which they classify as a ‘Unified Theory of Everything’. This has led to some amazing discoveries and the emergence of a whole new language, which includes superstrings, quarks, and superconductivity, along with an awareness of hitherto unknown planes of existence beyond our familiar space-time. In the field of quantum mechanics, scientists have recently confirmed that matter can indeed be in two places at once. It is now established that, through quantum entanglement, particles millions of light-years apart can be connected without physical contact. Space-time can now be manipulated; teleportation is becoming a reality; gravity-resistant material is heralded for air transport, and virtual science has led to a greater understanding of hyper-dimensional environments. It is clear, however, from the documentary evidence of ancient times, that the attributes of superconductors and gravity defiance were known, even if not understood, in a distant world of priestly levitation, godly communication, and the phenomenal power of the elektrikus. At the heart of this ancient science was a mysterious ‘powder of projection’, which had various descriptive names in different cultures.
The ancient Mesopotamians called it shem-an-na and the Egyptians described it as mfkzt, while the Alexandrians venerated it as a gift from Paradise, and the later chemists such as Nicolas Flamel called it the Philosophers’ Stone. Today’s physicists have determined it to be a high-spin monatomic (single atom) element derived from gold and platinum group metals. The earliest historical record of mfkzt powder appears in the Egyptian Pyramid Texts - sacred writings which adorn the 5th dynasty pyramid tomb of King Unas at Saqqara. Here is described the locality in which the King is said to live forever with the gods, and it is called the Field of Mfkzt - an ethereal location associated with an otherworldly dimension called The Field of the Blessed. In Greek mythology the quest for the secret of this substance was at the heart of the Golden Fleece legend, while in biblical terms it was the mystical realm of the Ark of the Covenant - the golden coffer, which Moses brought out of Sinai and was later housed in the Temple of Jerusalem.
At all stages of its history the sacred ‘powder of projection’ was reckoned to have extraordinary powers of levitation, transmutation and teleportation. It was said to produce brilliant light and deadly rays, while at the same time being a key to active physical longevity. Recently, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Texas described the substance as ‘exotic matter’ and superconductivity (one of its primary characteristics) has been claimed by the Centre of Advanced Study in Illinois as ‘the most remarkable physical property in the universe’. Given that mysterious processes concerning gold have an alchemical ring about them, and since the monatomic powder (although made from noble metals) is often classified as a ‘stone’, it is relevant to consider the writings of the 17th Century alchemist Eirenaeus Philalethes. This renowned British philosopher, revered by Isaac Newton, Robert Boyle, Elias Ashmole, and others of his day, produced a treatise in 1667 discussing the nature of the Philosophers’ Stone, which was commonly thought to transmute base metal into gold. Setting the record straight, Philalethes made the point that the Stone was itself made of gold, and that the philosophers’ art was in perfecting this process. He stated: ‘It is called a Stone by virtue of its fixed nature; it resists the action of fire as successfully as any stone. In species it is gold, more pure than the purest; it is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but its appearance is that of a very fine powder’.
Some time earlier, in the l5th Century, the French alchemist Nicolas Flamel wrote in his Last Testament, dated 22nd November 1416, that when the noble metal was perfectly dried and digested, it made a fine ‘powder of gold’, which is the Philosophers’ Stone. Returning to ancient Egypt, we find further references to mfkzt at various sacred locations.
One of these relates to the treasures of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, as reproduced in a bas-relief at the temple at Karnak. In the metals section, there are a number of cone-shaped objects that are explained as being made of gold, but carry the rather odd description: ‘white bread’. It was at Karnak where, in about 1450 BC, Pharaoh Tuthmosis III founded his metallurgical fraternity of Master Craftsmen, with thirty nine members on the High Council. They were called the Great White Brotherhood - a name which, it was said, derived from their preoccupation with a mysterious white powder of projection. The powder features again in an Alexandrian document called the Iter Alexandri Magni ad Paradisum. This was an old parable of Alexander the Great’s journey to Paradise - the kingdom of Ahura Mazda, the Persian god of light. The account features the enchanted Paradise Stone which had numerous magical properties. In the Bible, it appears in the Exodus story of Moses and the Israelites.
While at Mount Horeb in Sinai, Moses is disturbed to find his brother Aaron has collected the gold rings from the Israelites and forged from them a golden calf as an idol of worship. The account relates that Moses took the golden calf, burned it with fire, transposed it into a powder, and fed it to the Israelites. This story has long baffled theologians because heating or burning gold with fire does not, of course, produce powder, it produces molten gold. Later in the story, however, it is explained that the fine powder could be wiped with frankincense and made into bread cakes, which the old Septuagint Bible calls ‘bread of the presence’. All of this is mixed and mingled with accounts of fire on the mountain, and the express importance of the Ark of the Covenant - the golden coffer which sent out deadly spears of lightning from between the wings of the cherubim which surmounted its lid. In keeping with the bread of the presence, these bolts of Ark-lights were similarly referred to as ‘the presence’ (seemingly, the presence of God), and the Greeks called it the electrikus. In recent experiments, scientists have discovered that, when they repeatedly heated and cooled the substance under inert gases, the cooling processes took the sample to an amazing 400% of its starting weight, but on heating it again it weighed less than nothing - way below zero. When they removed the sample from the pan, they discovered that the pan actually weighed more than it did with the material in it, and they perceived that the sample had the ability to transfer its weightlessness to its supporting host. Even the pan was levitating!
This was precisely in accordance with the old Alexandrian alchemical text, which had discussed the golden Paradise Stone over two thousand years before: The material could outweigh its original quantity of gold, but when transposed to powder, even a feather would tip the scales against it. Back in old Babylonia, the enigmatic white powder was called an-na, meaning ‘firestone’ and, when made into conical cakes, it was shem-an-na - denoting cone shaped or highward fire-stone. According to the Bible, the Israelites referred to the bread-powder as manna, which sounds somewhat similar. It is explained by Flavius Josephus in his 1st Century Antiquities of the Jews that the word manna was actually a question, meaning ‘What is it?’ - and the book of Exodus confirms this stating: ‘They called it manna because they knew not what it was’. This is totally in line with mfkzt revelations from the Egyptian Book of the Dead (alternatively called the Papyrus of Ani). This 18th Century scroll from Thebes, acquired by the British Museum in 1888, is extensively illustrated and around seventy six feet (over twenty three metres) in length. In this ancient ritualistic work, the bread of the presence is associated with a pharaoh who seeks the terminal enlightenment and, at the completion of each stage of his journey, he asks the repetitive question; What is it?’ Other similar texts date back to the 3rd millennium BC, and it is clear from the Mount Serabit reliefs in Sinai that the Egyptian kings were ingesting the white manna of gold from around 2180 BC. However, only the metallurgical adepts of the mystery schools (the Master Craftsmen) knew the secret of its manufacture, and the ultimate High Priest of Memphis held the title of Great Artificer. The ‘terminal enlightenment’ (or, as the Greeks called it, the gnosis) was an ideal of perpetual quest. As against the physical body, one was also reckoned to have a ‘light body’, which similarly had to be fed so as to be nurtured and grow. The light body was called the ka and, though essentially an intangible feature of life, it was said to remain active in the Afterlife. The food of the ka was light, which generated enlightenment, and the generative substance of light was the mfkzt white powder of gold.
The powder’s association with light was discovered again by the archaeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie in 1904. Researching the mountain wilderness of Sinai for the Egypt Exploration Fund, he discovered a hitherto unknown Egyptian temple at the summit of Mount Serabit (better known as Mount Horeb in the Bible). Here in this complex of halls and shrines, there were numerous inscriptions relating to mfkzt, accompanying a variety of hieroglyphs for light. Also, in line with the Karnak reliefs, presentations of conical bread-cakes were apparent in the Serabit wall carvings. One of these was a representation of Tuthmosis IV in the presence of the goddess Hathor. Before him were two offering stands topped with lotus flowers and behind him a man bearing a conical object described as ‘white bread’. Another relief portrays the treasurer, Sobekhotep, presenting a conical loaf to Pharoah Amenhotep III. In this respect, however, Sobekhotep is described as ‘He who brought the noble and precious stone to his Majesty’ - and he is called ‘The Great One over the secrets of the House of Gold’.
There are many mysteries associated with the Ark of the Covenant, the least of which is the manner of its original creation at Mount Horeb. The book of Exodus explains that when Moses destroyed the Israelites’ golden calf, God issued a specific directive forbidding the manufacture of graven images which represented any living creature on earth or in heaven. But then, immediately after this, God seemingly instructed the craftsman Bezaleel to construct the Ark of the Covenant, specifying (in complete contradiction of the directive) that two golden cherubs should surmount its lid. What then (if not angels, as commonly thought) were these arcane cherubim? How did they have the power to produce the devastating Ark-light of the presence, which wreaked such havoc on the subsequent battlefields? Through our present understanding of high-spin elements, it becomes apparent that the Biblical Ark (along with similar devices in Egypt and Babylonia) was directly responsible for the scientific manufacture of the monatomic fire-stone (the shem-an-na or mfkzt), while also providing its own storage facility for the substance - hence the Ark’s levitational and superconductive powers. From the time of Moses, the Ark’s history can be followed to the Temple of Jerusalem. There, as described in the Septuagint, King Solomon used its powers to ‘provide bread for the household of the King of Tyre’, who supplied in return ships, horses and chariots for the Royal House of Judah. Subsequently, the Ark can be tracked for another two thousand years to its astonishing role in the history of the Knights Templars in Europe. Its last historical record comes from the early 14th Century, and from this its final resting place is determined - a resting place which could never have been understood until this present era of quantum physics and the superconductor research of high-spin monatomic elements.
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