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Join a group lead by Anyextee for a symbolist tour through the Ancient Egypt Mystery Schools as we study the sacred temple science and reveal some of Kemet’s most illuminating secrets…
Anyextee is a world traveler, esoteric researcher, author, public speaker, filmmaker, artist & tour guide called to investigate the ancient mysteries, metaphysics and mysticism. He transformed his passion for exploration into a symbolist tour company dedicated to providing travelers with more meaningful experiences. He is a former music industry CEO, the producer for The Sacred History of the Rosicrucians and founder of Ancient Egypt Mystery Schools, Adept Initiates and Adept Expeditions where he leads tours through the Yucatan, Mexico, and Egypt. Anyextee is on a mission to raise consciousness.
DAY 01 - MON, SEPT 09th: Depart USA for Cairo, Egypt
Depart U.S. or elsewhere in the Western hemisphere.
DAY 02 - TUES, SEPT 10th: Arrival at Cairo airport, transfer to Hotel
Our local Representative will meet you at the airport, help you to obtain visas (currently $35), walk you through customs and out to our Coach. Depending on traffic, it’s roughly an hour to the historical Mena House Hotel in Giza, directly across the street from the entrance to the Great Pyramid.
Check in. The rest of the day is free.
Note: Travelers from Europe.
Because you are not flying across multiple time zones, you can depart on day 02 and arrive in Cairo on the same day. You can then avoid having to pay for an extra hotel night. HOWEVER, you should look for a flight that arrive in Cairo sometime in the afternoon if possible. Many flights from Europe come in late at night, meaning that people will get very little sleep since we start off for the Giza Plateau early the following morning – a 6AM wakeup call.
Some may prefer to come in a day earlier and get a good night’s sleep. Our Rep in Cairo can make all necessary arrangements if you choose to come early. (Overnight Mena House)
DAY 03 - WED, SEPT 11th: Private Dawn visit to the Great Sphinx enclosure, explore Giza Pyramids, the Giza Plateau & Solar Boat
We begin with a 7AM (sometimes even earlier) private visit to the Sphinx enclosure. (It is not open to the public.) We spend about 2 hours in the enclosure and around the Sphinx and it’s adjacent temples. There will be discussions about the work of John Anthony West and the ‘Water Erosion’ hypothesis, the ‘Lost Civilization’ theory and the Rosicrucian tradition. Feel the energy between the paws of the sphinx and examine the dream stele up close.
We work our way (walking) up the Plateau, past the Old Kingdom tombs of nobles and notables, toward the pyramids. There is more important evidence along the way (e.g. Tomb of Khentkaus, a Queen of Menkaure, the builder of the Third Pyramid). Also, because few tourists visit these places, we’re on our own and get a good visceral sense of what Egypt was like in those distant times.
Up on the Plateau, around the pyramids, there is a lot more evidence (architectural and geological) for the ‘Lost Civilization’. We will examine huge, 200-ton paving blocks we could barely move today, etc. Two distinct masonry styles two distinct building periods…
This takes us to between noon and 1 PM, depending upon how much input we get from group members. There are always lots of questions and if anyone in the group has expertise relevant to and/or complementing my explanations, discussions can be long, lively, detailed and instructive.
Then we visit the so-called “Solar Boat” of Khufu. This amazing, intact funerary boat is both a demonstration of the extremely sophisticated woodworking techniques in place 2500 BC and also of the power and wisdom of anchoring the spiritual quest in the material/physical world. As soon as the spiritual quest is relegated solely to the intellect, as is generally the case today, it becomes abstract and effectively ineffective.
Lunch. (included.) By now it’s 3 PM, and that’s enough for most of us! The rest of the day is free. It’s always been a time to get some (non-obligatory) shopping in. This can be arranged with our Egyptian guide, Sohaila Hussein. John Anthony West dubbed her “The Goddess of Shopping”. (Overnight Mena House) (Breakfast)
DAY 04 - THUR, SEPT 12th: Visit Saqqara; the Serapeum, the Red and Bent Pyramids of Dashur
6 AM wake-up call, 7:30 Departure. It is essential to start punctually and get there for opening… 20 minute bus ride to the Sakkara Necropolis.
We start with the Old Kingdom Tombs of the Nobles of the Vth and VIth Dynasties (ca. 2350 – 2200 BC), with their vibrant, detailed, but apparently quite mundane ‘scenes of daily life’. They are most assuredly scenes of daily life, but esotericly speaking they hold a deeper signioficance for as metaphors for spiritual alchemy.
Normally, Sakkara gets very crowded very early so we may have to change our sequence of visits to try to avoid the crowds or even choose alternative tombs to visit.
After the Noble Tombs, we go to and into the Sakkara Step Pyramid Complex itself, built in the reign of the IIIrd Dynasty Pharoah Zoser (ca. 2700 BC), under the direction of his genius Master of All Trades, the legendary Imhotep.
Sakkara is supposed to be the first major stone complex in Egypt, and for that matter, the world, but the sophistication of its plan and the virtuosity of its execution makes it hard to believe that it was invented on the spot — like imagining the iPhone X just happened out of the blue. Nor is it the first major stone complex either. We discuss a concept put forth by my mentor – Egypt as a ‘legacy’ not as a ‘development’.
The interior of the Necropolis enclosure was the scene of the Heb Sed festival, which is best understood as an initiatic process; the culmination of a lifetime of inner work, rather than as physical proof that King was physically fit enough to go on reigning (the Egyptology explanation).
The theme of ‘alchemical transformation’ is expressed in innumerable metaphors.
We’ll go undergroumd to investigate the nearly 100-ton mysterious stone boxes in the serapeum.
By this time, it’s around noon. Lunch is included at a neat outdoor local restaurant. Great kebabs!
After lunch, it’s on to Dahshur, and the Red and ‘Bent’ Pyramids.
The Red Pyramid, with its resonating main chambers and earlier megalithic third chamber is the second most spectacular pyramid after the Great Pyramid.
The Bent Pyramid is a generally unrecognized architectural marvel. 60% of the casing blocks are still in place, so you get a sense of what a completed pyramid once looked like, and the construction methods needed to build it defy explanation. This is the time for any architects or builders in our group, to have a go at it. The authorities keep on promising to open the inner chambers to the public, but so far it hasn’t happened due to deterioration on the inside. (Overnight Mena House) (Breakfast)
DAY 05 - FRI, SEPT 13th: Flight to Luxor, Visit Luxor Museum + Evening visit to Luxor Temple
We embark on a mid-day or early afternoon (we hope!— as opposed to early morning) flight to Luxor. Check into our Nile-side Sonesta St. George Hotel.
We then visit the small but beautifully designed, masterpiece-replete Luxor Museum— home to the Luxor cachette a highlight for many on previous trips.
At 6 PM we visit Luxor Temple, where R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz developed his Symbolist Interpretation: the Temple of Man as a cosmological/physiological map.
We discuss and demonstrate what ‘sacred’ architecture is, and just why it works the way it does. By 7:30 or so, the Temple is emptying out and we have it nearly to ourselves. In a chamber that represents the vocal chords we see what is in effect a depiction of the ‘Annunciation’, the ‘god’ telling the Queen Mother that she will bear a ‘Divine’ child, 1350 years before this becomes central to Christianity. (All along we will be drawing attention to Egyptian doctrines, myths, and metaphors, that are familiar to us because normally associated with Christian doctrine. Gurdjieff called ancient Egypt ‘esoteric Christianity’.) (Overnight Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor) (Breakfast)
DAY 06 - SAT, SEPT 14th: Visit Dendera and Abydos
This is a very long day. 5 AM wake up call so that we can be on the road at 6 AM.
Abydos temple, built by Seti I, father of Ramesses the Great, is one of the highest expressions of New Kingdom relief work, most of it in excellent condition, and some with the colors still vibrant. This is an Osiris temple; Osiris representing the cosmic principle of becoming and return, and also of the divinity immanent within humanity. En route to Abydos (2 1/2 – 3 hr drive), we talk at length about the Osiris myth and its relevance to our time, and any other time. It’s not generally recognized that this myth, when historicized, becomes the central doctrine of Christianity, then the story of Hamlet, and most recently, Disney’s Lion King.
Selective effacing of certain reliefs within the temple is often attributed to Christian fanatics, bent upon destroying the temple’s pagan ‘magic’. But it is no such thing. More on this anon and on site.
Behind Seti’s Temple of Abydos there is the Oseirion, one of the most powerful, mysterious, and resonant places in all of Egypt, and almost certainly a major propontent for the “Lost Civilization” theory.
We have our boxed lunch en route. The temple is entirely Ptolemaic/Graeco-Roman, (ca. 150 BC – 80 AD) and consecrated to Hathor, the Cosmic Feminine in her roles of Mistress of the Cycles of Time and Mother of the Universe. It’s here that we get our first real taste of what time is doing to Egypt. While the knowledge of geometry/harmony/proportion and measure is still intact, the exquisite and seemingly effortless virtuosity of New Kingdom art and sculpture has turned unwieldy, clumsy, and uninspired.
It is a fascinating lesson for us, watching Egypt degenerate and this is the first among many examples.
The art at Denderah has become over time but the temple retains its power. An inscription in a crypt closed to the public declares that Denderah is based ‘upon a plan found on a goatskin scroll written in the time of the Companions of Horus’, one of the two long, (and perhaps-not-fictional) periods the Egyptians assert preceded the rise of their own Dynastic Egypt. Like all ‘goddess’ temples, Denderah was a healing site; a ruinous mud brick structure adjacent to the temple was once a sanatorium where dream analysis was carried out.
While reactions to Luxor Temple and Abydos are invariably very positive, Dendera often gets polarized reviews. For some, despite the inferior art work, it is a favorite temple, a place of profound cosmic peace. For others it is dark and gloomy, even spooky.
We return to Luxor (about an hour’s drive.)
Note: Depending upon local conditions, we do not necessarily visit these sites in the order listed, but we do visit all of them. (Overnight Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor) (Breakfast)
DAY 07 - SUN, SEPT 15th: Visit West Bank, Valley of the Kings (including tomb of Ramesses VI and Thutmosis III), Hatshepsut temple, Ramesseum, Nobles tombs
This area is entirely funerary in significance; here we have the massive funerary complexes of the New Kingdom, the Valley of the Kings, where all New Kingdom pharaohs are buried, and the well-preserved tombs of the Nobles — related to those we’ve seen at Sakkara but markedly different in execution and expression. This is a day much devoted to discussions of Egypt’s complex and mysterious funerary beliefs and practices.
If we are mystified, we’re not alone. Even to the New Kingdom Egyptian scribes recording the texts, they are ‘mysterious’, but in the broadest sense they’re comprehensible; they combine two separate but intertwined doctrines: the path of Horus (which becomes ‘salvation’ in Christian doctrine) and the doctrine of reincarnation (corresponding loosely to the Vedic/Buddhist tradition). Since to our own “Church of Progress” both these paths lead nowhere, they are more or less dismissed as mumbo jumbo. But if the Church of Progress priesthood cannot make any sense of them, we can, and the experience of the visit, however, unfamiliar experientially, is nevertheless vivid. Even the to-us-bizarre practice of elaborate mummification starts to make sense.
The Ramesseum is the mortuary temple of Ramesses the Great, and is less grandiose than the huge Medinet Habu, but very powerful. It’s here that the fallen colossus lies that inspired (in absentia) Shelley’s famous poem Ozymandias.
We visit the great (but controversial) Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple of DEIR EL BAHARI, the other temple with a peculiarly ‘modern’ look to it. To the ancient Egyptians it was ‘the most splendid of all’ – and so it must have been. Even in its present state it’s spectacular. Here we discuss hidden harmonies and Rosicrucian connection to Hatshepsut.
We have an early lunch at a lovely, typically rustic, outdoor Egyptian local restaurant, and then on to the VALLEY OF THE KINGS, where all the kings of the New Kingdom were buried.
Avoiding crowds in the West Bank is problematical but at lunchtime (for everyone else) we’ll be relatively crowd-free at this otherwise thronged site. And we will have special tickets to the closed but particularly vivid and significant tomb of Ramesses VI which, because it’s an extra ticket, will not be thronged.
After the Valley of the Kings we return to Luxor (Overnight Dahabiya Hadeel) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 08 - MON, SEPT 16th: Early morning visit to Karnak, Sail to Esna
– Very early 6 AM visit to the vast KARNAK TEMPLE, consecrated to Amon in his role of animator of form, the ‘breath of life across the waters’. SAIL TO ESNA ON THE HADEEL.
Each major temple at Luxor represents a stage in their (and our!) cosmology, which, taken together, tell the story of the genesis of the universe. Huge joyous processions connected one temple to another. So the Egyptians, through an act of conscious deliberate sympathetic magic, were themselves mimicking and therefore participating in the process of creation itself. We can no longer do this — we’ve lost the necessary magic spell to access it — but the power of these temples provides an echo, an inkling, an appreciation of what life had once been like, when a genuine civilization, itself in a cosmologically-ordained descending octave, last prevailed.
The Hypostyle Hall at Karnak is one of the architectural wonders of the world, and there is much else there that is both emotionally and spiritually moving, as well as intellectually revelatory. If Luxor is The Temple of Man, Karnak is the Temple of Organic Creation and the Hypostyle Hall symbolizes this with its double banks of 9 x 7 gigantic columns.
We do a private meditation session in a secluded Sekhmet Shrine in the company of the great Goddess’ granite embodiment. We leave Karnak awed, humbled, exhilarated and — very much looking forward to a late breakfast.
In the afternoon, we board the private sailboat “Hadeel” and will set sail up the Nile toward Aswan. We will live and relax on this magnificent boat for the next few days. The views as we sail slowly up the Nile are truly unforgettable. We generally spend the evening docked at the locks of Esna. (Overnight Dahabiya Hadeel) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 09 - TUES, SEPT 17th: Sail to Edfu, Afternoon visit to Edfu Temple
We spend the morning relaxing on the Hadeel, and generally arrive at Edfu in the afternoon. Here we come to another great masterpiece. Edfu, the best preserved temple of the ancient world, due to the Greeks who rebuilt the temple above a more ancient temple below. Edfu is consecrated to Horus of Behdet; that is, Horus in his specific role of avenger of the murder of his father, Osiris. Horus (or Heru) can be viewed as a symbol for the illumination of the fully enlightened initiate and the hero’s temple is appropriately macho and martial with many intriguing and important lessons to convey. (Overnight Dahabiya Hadeel) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10 - WED, SEPT 18th: Sail to Kom Ombo, Afternoon visit to Kom Ombo, Sail to Aswan
In the afternoon, we visit the double temple of Kom Ombo, consecrated to the duo of Sobek, the crocodile (Death as a cosmic function) and Horus, the Elder (Return to the Source as a cosmic function). Beautifully sited on a bend of the Nile, but now photogenically ruinous, Kom Ombo was in its day a healing temple and hospital. We will point out where the ancient initations once took place here and initiates had to overcome fear by swimming with crocodiles. Afterward, we return to the Afandina and sail to Aswan, generally arriving in late afternoon. (Overnight Dahabiya Hadeel) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11 - THUR, SEPT 19th: Aswan - Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk
Depending upon the crowd situation, either an early wake-up call to visit PHILAE TEMPLE early, or we wait till it (hopefully) empties out at lunch. If the latter, we can sleep in, and around 10 AM go to the UNFINISHED OBELISK at the ancient granite quarries, where a planned, half-excavated 1200 ton single block of granite failed to make it out of the bedrock.
Here we get a good taste of Egyptian technology in action, and we believe we can explain here what is next to impossible to convey anywhere else in Egypt: how with very simple tools the Egyptians managed to accomplish what is practically impossible to accomplish even with modern machinery — but even so, plenty of mysteries remain.
Then on to PHILAE TEMPLE, consecrated to Isis in her role of Mother of Horus (the Christians changed her name to the Virgin Mary, but she’s Isis, like it or not). Philae is on an island in the middle of the Nile (now it’s the lake backed up behind the British ‘Low Dam’ built in 1904.) Quintessentially feminine, it is one of the most beautiful and moving sites in all of Egypt, despite the relatively inelegant quality of the Ptolemaic relief work and the wholesale, but telling selective defacing. It’s here that the transition of the ancient Egypt doctrine of Immortality segues almost seamlessly into Christianity in front of our eyes. (Overnight Dahabiya Hadeel) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12 - FRI, SEPT 20th: Aswan - Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel has always been high on the list of must-see Egyptian marvels, and so it should be, but tightened, paranoid security measures, a dreadful sound and light show, and hundreds of tourists streaming off the new cruise boats plying Lake Nasser between Aswan and Abu Simbel and mooring there in the evening have diminished that Abu Simbel experience. (For a few years I actually removed it from the itinerary, leaving it as an option for those determined to go there no matter what.)
However, post-revolution, and with tourism (as this is written) but a fraction of “normal” I’ve put it back on. Though I can’t promise it will be near-empty, it will definitely be worth the 3 hour bus ride back and forth. Overnight at the Seti I Abu Simbel Hotel. It ain’t the Mena House! But it’s a funky place in its own way, perched on high ground just up from Lake Nasser (formerly known as the Nile River before the Aswan High Dam was built.) There are some nice swimming pools and we have had some wildly fun parties there in previous years. (Overnight Abu Simbel Hotel) (Breakfast & Dinner)
DAY 13 - SAT, SEPT 21st: Abu Simbel - Aswan to Cairo
We generally visit Abu Simbel itself at dawn, when it is least crowded and when the morning light strikes the enormous statues of Ramses most spectacularly. After a leisurely visit of the site, we take our bus back to Aswan and from there, board a mid-day flight back to Cairo. By then it is late afternoon, and we return to the Mena House Hotel in Giza. The evening is free. (Overnight Mena House) (Breakfast)
DAY 14 - SUN, SEPT 22th: Cairo / Giza - Private Meditation Inside the Great Pyramid and Cairo Museum
In the morning, we have a 2 Hour Private Great Pyramid Meditation Session. We follow the foot steps of many initiates across various traditions first descending until we reach the original passageway where we’ll begin our ascent until we reach the King’s Chamber. The Great Pyramid can be viewed as sonic machine. We will engage in sacred chanting and toning to open all chakras, energy centers, as the final initiation into the Greater Mysteries. Over the last few thousand years, the Great Pyramid has become the Supreme Temple of Initiation, and we will connect with all the great souls who have been there. This is for many a profound, life-enhancing experience. It is rare that anyone comes out of this unmoved.
After breakfast at the Mena House, we take a bus into central Cairo for a visit to the Egyptian Museum. The museum was built in 1907, before anyone knew how a museum should be designed, and it shows. Imagine a pretentious Art Nouveau (or Beaux Art) civic warehouse that happens to be over-stuffed with unlit, badly lit, incompetently labeled and utterly incomparable masterpieces. It is an unforgettable experience, at least in part because the museum itself is so terrible. You feel like you’re discovering the works of art all on your own! The Museum recapitulates our Egypt trip as we go from Pre-Dynastic to Old Kingdom to Middle to New to Ptolemaic and finally to Egypt’s ultimate and inglorious dissolution under Rome. It takes time to really take in the wealth of masterpieces here, and many like to return for a second visit later in the trip. Having seen the great temples and tombs across Egypt already gives an added sense of appreciation to the great art works we see in this museum. We better understand the full cultural and historical sweep of this civilization. (Overnight Mena House) (Breakfast + Farewell Dinner)
DAY 15 - MON, SEPT 23rd: Breakfast followed by Final Departure
Breakfast followed by final departure. Goodbye, Egypt – until we meet again!
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TOUR PACKAGE: $5,247 USD
Single Room Supplement: $750 USD / Deposit: $750 (Non-refundable)
Your tour package includes: Airport/hotel transfer on arrival and departure dates, transportation in a private air conditioned coach, 8 nights hotel accomodation in double room, 5 nights private Dahabiya Hadeel full board, daily breakfast at hotel, entry fees for all sites listed on itinerary. Not included: International flight to and from Egypt. Drinks, wine, beer, beverages with meals, personal expenses, room service, laundry, cancelation, medical, liability, travel or personal Injury Insurance of any kind and any meal or item item not specified on itinerary.