When I was writing my novel “The God’s Wife” (The Story Plant), which is about a young priestess in ancient Egypt, I knew I would like to get to Egypt somehow to complete my research. It was back in 2004 and the political scene in Egypt was nothing like it is now, so we felt safe to go over there and check out the pyramids, the Sphinx, and other antiquities. The problem was of all the tours that operate out of Cairo, which one should we pick?
I found my hunt was relatively quick, because I looked online and saw that John Anthony West was going to lead a tour that coming winter. Now West is not exactly a household name, but I knew of him when he and geologist Ph.D. Robert Schoch redated the Sphinx to thousands of years earlier than had been thought (NBC television program “The Mystery of the Sphinx,” 1993). The redating, based on water weathering in this desert climate, made for splashy headlines and lots of anger among traditional Egyptologists.
But I liked West’s panache and in reading his books, Spirit in the Sky, A Traveler’s Key to Ancient Egypt, I found a view I could relate to. Here was a guy who felt that the ancient Egyptians really meant what they said in their myths and stories of god-pharaohs. He respected the culture and seemed to decode the art. It turned out that he was a tremendously good guide through the maze of Egyptian treasures and historical artifacts. We had a marvelous trip to Egypt because of West’s leadership.
Back at home, West followed his books with the DVD series “Magical Egypt,” (available at www.magicalegyptreturns.com). Now, he’s coming back for more with a second series of “Magical Egypt,” directed by Chance Gardner, and is hoping to raise enough money for the show via crowdfunding,
The first series of “Magical Egypt” included interviews with Egyptology experts, mathematicians, philosophers, and other forward thinkers who posited that most investigators had failed to realize the messages the Egyptians left behind. The eight-DVD series starts out with West describing “The Invisible Science” of Egyptian culture, a look at the stellar culture of Egypt, a discussion and tour of the temple of Luxor, a discussion of the symbolism in what’s commonly called “The Egyptian Book of the Dead,” and the search for hidden meanings in the architecture left behind.
Since the old series was released, about 10 years ago, Gardner, West, and company have much more material on the mystery of ancient Egypt, so new series will be full of fresh insights. Gardner says the 21st century adventurers will search not just for the symbols of an ancient message, but look for the message itself. They say its a message of higher consciousness.
The first show of “Magical Egypt 2” will be a look at archeological discoveries of artifacts far more ancient than the Sphinx. The discovery of Gobeki Tepi, an array of standing stones in the middle of the Sahara (but once in a fertile plain, like the Sphinx), has pushed back even the orthodox estimation of earliest civilization to 10,000 BC.
Other new areas include Laird Scranton’s discovery of a scientific language embedded in certain types of hieroglyphs, and English biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s model of consciousness as a resonant field rather than a brain in a box. The team will even investigate the ancient alien theories that most Egyptologists refuse to even consider. The team will stick strictly to science, they say, when investigating this controversial theory.
When will the programs be ready? It all depends on how much money will be raised by crowdfunding. Finding the alternative source of money will give the team freedom from traditional broadcast programming. Interested parties can check out opportunities at the Kickstarter program (which has a link at the “Magical Egypt Returns” website).