The Ancient Egyptian Third Eye

There´s a “missing piece” Egyptologists aren´t recognizing when it comes to the ancient Egyptian religion, and it played a central role in the artwork, culture and history of Egypt for thousands of years. This missing piece is visible and present in the world´s oldest living religious tradition, the Hinduism of India, which was contemporary with ancient Egypt. It´s called the “Third Eye,” and it´s been a main subject in my articles, lectures, and videos for more than fifteen years.


My latest article, Third Eye In Ancient Egypt, is now live on Author Graham Hancock´s website. You can read the full article here:


While living in Cairo, Egypt, in the Fall of 1996, I spent a great deal of time at the Cairo Museum, where I studied various aspects of the ancient Egyptian culture, including the little-known concept of the Egyptian “Third Eye”, one of many unsung Egypt/India parallels.

I had just graduated from Pace University in New York City with degrees in Journalism and Philosophy, and I had saved enough money with my four-year college job working as the personal assistant to the President of Jägermeister to travel through Egypt, as well as other parts of the world.

I had already read about the Third Eye in Egypt in books by H.P. Blavatsky, C.W. Leadbeater, Edgar Cayce, W.L. Wilmshurst, Alvin Boyd Kuhn, Manly Hall, John Anthony West, and Schwaller de Lubicz.

While in the Cairo museum, I easily confirmed that everything they talked about was correct. For example, I noticed that some Egyptian sarcophagi like this one have a single “Eye” symbol in place of the Third Eye:


It was also easy to see that the Egyptians also used the same exact “forehead dot” as the Hindus to symbolize the Third Eye. In India the forehead dot is called “Bindi.” In Egypt, the forehead dot was called “Aten,” the sun symbol. The Aten was sometimes depicted inside the Shen symbol of eternity:


The “Aten” stands for the awakened Third Eye that sees the “soul within” or “sun within,” which “soul” or “sun” is really the “higher Self” – the “divine spark” within us.

The Aten is thus a symbol of both the “Third Eye” and the “Soul Within” that the awakened Third Eye sees:


A lifelong passion for all things Egyptian, and a deep insight into the symbolism of the Egyptian religion, pushed me to make the journey to Cairo by myself at age 24, despite the warnings of friends and family after 18 Greek tourists were murdered earlier that year in front of their hotel, less than a mile from the Giza pyramids.

Luckily for me, my first night in Cairo I met an amazing group of locals at a restaurant. They spoke English pretty well, and we hit it off. When they found out I was traveling alone and didn´t speak Arabic, one of them insisted I stay with him. I did—for the entire time I was in Egypt.

How´s that for hospitality?

My whole life until that point I was told by American news and newspapers that Arabs were hijackers, terrorists, murderers, jihadists, etc., and that they hate Americans. But now here I was in enemy territory, finding out that the enemy was in fact the American media, who seem to paint monsters out of entire nations of people when, in fact, just a few bad apples deserve blame.

I would soon learn that the Egyptian gentlemen I stayed with was no ordinary person. His friends told me he was “one of the most famous singers in all of Egypt,” and I thought they were kidding—until the next day when we were mobbed on the street by hundreds of his adoring fans and had to make a quick getaway!

The best part was that my apartment was close to the pyramids of Giza, so one of my favorite hobbies became riding horses from one pyramid to the next. Here I am in front of one of the pyramids of Abusir, with the pyramids of Giza faintly visible behind me:


A much younger me in front of one of the pyramids of Abusir outside Cairo, Egypt, 1996.

Another highlight of my Egyptian adventure was that I began to see a repetition of a certain “three door” temple that I later began to call “Triptych Temples.” It was immediately apparent that Egypt´s Triptych Temples were special, and were in some way directly connected to the Aten symbol, but it was years away before I realized that Egypt´s Triptych Temples were centers of Third Eye awakenings.

Know Thyself” was written on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. Depicting the Aten above the Triptych´s center door was the ancient Egyptian way of saying “Know Thyself”:

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The “Third Eye” is a subject that caught my interest early in life. Its importance in virtually every occult genre led me to believe at a very young age that the Third Eye has deep roots in Antiquity. In other words, I felt that the Third Eye was inherited and preserved by the forces of the occult from Antiquity because there´s something about the Third Eye that is “intrinsic” to the human condition.

My studies of ancient cultures across the world have showed me that virtually all of them practiced the Third Eye; in other words, the Third Eye has “survived” in Hinduism, but it “existed” in virtually every ancient civilization in the world at one time.

In my travels across the Americas (not long after my stay in Egypt) I noticed that a very ancient Third Eye religion lies embedded in the earliest layers of Mayan, Olmec, Toltec, and Pre-Inca cultures.

I wrote about this in Written in Stone, and I recently updated my website with a new article that describes some of the research from my book:

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I´ve been posting ancient Third Eye images in the Americas and in Egypt and in other places around the world on my websites and providing esoteric information on ancient Egypt and the pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas online and in books for more than 15 years. You can read a full summary of my research in Written In Stone (2011).

What really drove home the importance of the Third Eye for me was the friendship I had struck up with two of my greatest teachers on esoteric wisdom—the Vice President of New York City’s Pace University and my Professor of Philosophy at Pace University, my alma mater.

I became friends with them shortly after graduation because the two were not only good friends with each other, they were esoteric masters. One of the things they emphasized to me was that the Third Eye is of vast Antiquity. Most of the impetus for my research was initially guided by their enthusiasm and support.

A few years later, while living in New York City and working as an editor in Manhattan, I sat in on Egyptology classes at one of New York City´s elite universities. The professor allowed me to do this when he found out about my trip to Egypt, my knowledge of Egyptology, my lack of financial ability or financial assistance to pay for a post-graduate education, and my strong understanding of the occult.

I won´t say the name of the professor or the university, but I will say that his act of kindness endowed me with a strong sense of duty toward our fellow man. We should help each other, even when we don´t stand to benefit. I´ve always believed that, and now this act of kindness by this old professor was showing me that my belief was well-founded. On his orders, I bought, read, and studied all the Egyptology books I could find. I am familiar with most of the mainstream texts, including the Book of the Dead, the Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts. I´ve studied them for many years, and I continue to study them today:


Now that I have studied these books, deepened my background understanding of the occult, received formal advanced training at the university level, traveled to many of the places I write about, and honed my deep personal insight into ancient cultures and symbols, I am proud to present you this summary of my lifelong research into the Third Eye in Ancient Egypt:




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dsc_0129Richard Cassaro’s new book, The Missing Link, explores the meaning, transformations and propagation of the ancient world’s most important religious icon. His first book, Written in Stone, is a wide-ranging exploration of hitherto-unknown connections among Freemasons, medieval cathedral builders and the creators of important ancient monuments, in support of his theory that a spiritually advanced mother culture, lost to history, is behind many of the world’s architectural and artistic traditions.

Prior to the publication of Written in Stone, Cassaro enjoyed a successful career as a U.S. correspondent, professional journalist, and photo researcher for Rizzoli Publications, one of the world’s leading media organizations. Cassaro, who is a graduate of Pace University in New York City, has examined first-hand the ancient ruins and mystical traditions of Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, England, India, Peru and Spain; he has lectured on his theories to great acclaim in the United States, Egypt, Italy, Spain and Peru.

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