Ted Harper is a New Zealander who claims to have studied sacred geometry for 17 years before deciding to reveal his conclusions to the world in the wake of his reading of Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods, a book that shaped his ideas about what the ancients were trying to say through geometry.
In a posting on Graham Hancock’s website Harper revealed his conclusion that the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge signal the summer solstice annular solar eclipse of June 21, 2020 in order to warn us all of an impending asteroid or meteor strike. His logic is overly complicated and a bit difficult to follow.
In astronomical terms, he says that particular partial solar eclipse will align with the galactic equator, an arbitrary line in the sky representing the midpoint of the disk-shaped Milky Way galaxy. The galactic coordinate system Harper uses in his analysis wasn’t formalized until 1958, refining (and shifting) and earlier system from 1932, itself drawing on one first proposed in 1785. The Great Pyramid was constructed around 2450 BCE, long before the current arbitrary galactic equator existed.
It’s not clear, though, that Harper distinguishes between the galactic coordinate system and a geocentric astrological coordinate system that projects the earth’s latitude and longitude out onto the celestial sphere. Thus, while he uses the scientific term “galactic equator” he appears to be referring at times to fringe claims made about the “celestial equator,” which arbitrarily projects the Earth’s equator out into the sky, particularly since he relates the coordinate system to the precession of the equinoxes, the slow change in the apparent position of the stars due to the wobble of the Earth’s axis. This axial movement changes the location of stars in the geocentric coordinate system but not the heliocentric one (though our perception of the heliocentric system will, of course, change with the movement of the Earth’s axis). This image, from here, might make it a little clearer how the two systems differ:
As you can see, this isn’t an arbitrary distinction: The older astrological system and the new scientific one are not anywhere close to aligned. The galactic plane (the more correct name for the “galactic equator” is offset relative to the celestial equator by 62.6°. They can’t be swapped for one another. Thus, when he says that the sun “moves” relative to the galactic axis (perpendicular to the galactic plane), he seems to be referring to geocentric astrological system, since the heliocentric system is centered on the sun, which by definition doesn’t move relative to it. (The sun does move relative to the Milky Way, but since it takes 64 million years to happen, the movement over the span of humanity is negligible.)
Using the modern 1958 coordinate system, Harper determines that the June 2020 eclipse will not be visible at Stonehenge, but that beneath the plane of the Earth, the sun will be “sitting” on the moon at dawn in both locations, at the intersection of the 1958 galactic equator and the ecliptic. At the Great Pyramid, the eclipse will take place in the sky, but it will be only a partial eclipse, so he concocts a reason for that, too: He thinks the Egyptians wanted to symbolize the balance of light and dark! “This is Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid in space. This is the only time this alignment of the earth, moon and sun happens along the galactic equator in this way!”
He concocts an elaborate geometric argument for why the Great Pyramid actually symbolizes this particular eclipse, but it boils down to drawing circles around an unexplained drawing of the pyramid, which seems to be a cross-section parallel to the faces of the pyramid—but why not a cross section from corner to corner, or the view from outside? He then squares the circle, draws more circles around the leftover bits and calls the whole thing and image of the solstice eclipse that, by his own admission, is not visible in that location in the manner so depicted. The correlation only “works” if we assume that the Great Pyramid is a scale model of the Earth, and then lop a chunk off the top to represent the moon, for which there is no evidence whatsoever on the ground or in ancient texts.
Harper follows what he claims to derive from the online speculation of a group of Singaporean students, Yee Joo Yow et al., that Stonehenge was created to track the Taurid meteor shower. This shows the limits of Harper’s research, for he should know that Graham Hancock—who is publishing this drivel!—speculated on the alignment of Stonehenge with the Taurids in his 1998 co-authored book The Mars Mystery, and that Hancock acquired the idea from Duncan Steel, the Australian director of Spaceguard Australia, who made the determination based on the astronomical speculations of Gerald Hawkins and others, for which he received criticism for accepting previous speculation and conclusions as equivalent to evidence. Steel’s idea was that in the past the Taurids rained down heavier meteor bombardments on Earth, during its peak intensity around 3000 BCE, so ancient people needed to predict when the Taurids would return so they could take cover from falling space rocks. The Singaporean students were merely summarizing what they copied from Steel.
Putting this all together with Graham Hancock’s speculation in Magicians of the Gods that a comet, or fragment of one, hit the earth around 12,800 BCE and will strike again between now and 2040, he concludes that ancient monuments are warning us that in 2020 we will pass through the same debris field that spawned the earlier disaster and we therefore must take cover. He says we need to guard ourselves the same way Orion, the constellation, guards himself with a shield against the Taurids, because he confuses his computer software’s depiction of Orion with club and shield for an “official” image of Orion. The mythic figure is more frequently depicted as holding either a dead animal or a bow, and in either case wasn’t depicted that way at all in ancient Egypt, where he symbolized Osiris.
Harper then concludes that his revelation can help to save humanity if only we turn our attention to preparing for this event and recognizing the “electromagnetic/harmonic” nature of reality.
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