by Judy King

A  sign  is  a  communication  that  encodes  a message.  Sometimes  we  take  this  message  to  be  a  real  or  material  object,  person,  or  animal  in  our  observable  world,  when  it  points  to  something  beyond  what  we  can  see.  Egyptian  signs  point  beyond  to the   quantum  biological  world  of  proteins  and  molecular  processes.  The  Pharaohs  attempted  to  explain  this  biological  world  by  attributing  human  characteristics  to  animals,  objects  and  forces  of  Nature.

Using   a  holistic approach,   I  considered  each  sign’s  potential  for  meaning  within  the  context  of  the  whole  group  of  signs.   The  assumption  underlying  this  approach  was   that  the  funerary  texts  from  the  Old  Kingdom  to  the New Kingdom  are  unified  in  their  presentation  of  key  ideas. Fortunately,  when  one  sign  gives  birth  to  another  to  form  a  family  of  meaningful  signs  within  the    least  corrupted  texts,  and  then  expands  into  an  interconnected  city  of  signs  within  multiple  texts,  the  interpreter  can  be  confident  that  the  lost  meaning  is being  restored  to  the  signs.   In  this  consistent  model,  the  value  or  meaning  of  each  sign  emerged,  not  by  choice,  but  rather  from  an  analysis  of  each  sign’s  interaction  within  a  matrix  of  870  interlinked  thematic  signs.

To  begin  this  process,  the  argument  of  The  Isis  Thesis  presents  an  organization  of  the  earliest  Egyptian  writings  into  complementary  strands  of  ideas.  A   review  of  759  Old  Kingdom  Pyramid Texts  and  1185  Middle  Kingdom  Coffin Texts  resulted  in  a  comparative  table  of  108  idea  strands  or  key  themes  from  the  least  corrupted  texts.

Then  I  analyzed  the  108  idea  strands,  classifying  the  related  themes   into   broader  categories  such  as  Horus overcomes Seth  or  Osiris rises  or  Deceased  King  reassembles.  This  analysis  resulted  in  30  major  Idea Strand  classifications  from  the  least  corrupted  texts  that  clearly  defined  textual  events  and  major  deities.From this foundation of Idea Strands  and  using  an  inquiry-based  research  strategy,  I  assigned  a  tentative  meaning  to  major  deities (the  primary  signs)  in  a  hypothetical  biological  model  to  be  tested  for  validity  in  six  additional  funerary  texts.  This  process  required  numerous  readings  of  all  texts  with  related   modifications  to  the  working    model.   Keeping  my  mind  flexible  and  leaving   room  for   abductive  reasoning,  this  process  along  with  scientific  research  decoded  the  texts  and  supported   a  final   logical  model  upheld  by  870  networked  signs.

The  Reader  Participates  in  the  Discovery  Process

As  an  interpreter  using  this  foundational  sign  model  based  on  30  major  Idea  Strands,  the   reader  explores   translations  describing  primary texts  and  drawings,  continually  testing  the  model  for  validity.   Possible  scientific  meanings  are  assigned  to  additional  signs  that  are  tabulated  in  a  matrix  for  easy  identification.  In  this  process,  the  reader  considers  the  etymology  of  Egyptian  words   as  well  as  the  unity  and  coherence  of  the   interpreted  signs.  Using  these  strategies,  Part I  and  Part II  of  The  Isis  Thesis   builds  and  supports  a  base  of  interconnected  decoded  signs  —  a  model  that  the  reader  can  explore  to  decode  Egyptian  afterlife   mysteries.  In  Part III,  the  reader  tests  this  model  through  a   scientific  analysis  of  the  twelve  hours  of  the  Book Amduat  and  the  Book of Gates.   Discovering  both  of  these  texts  validate  the  expanding  model,  the  reader  explores  four  additional  texts  in  Part IV  to  test  the  model’s  validity.  This   investigation  of  The Book of Two Ways, the  Edifice of Taharqa, and  the  Book of the Dead,  including  the  Theban Recension,  provides  further  support  for  continued  unity  and  coherence  of  interpretation  in  the  model.

With  eight  (8)  Ancient  Egyptian  texts  supporting,  detailing,  and  expanding  the  model,   the  initial  assumption  stands  firm:   2000  years  of  funerary  texts  from  the  Old  Kingdom  to  the  New  Kingdom  are  unified  in  their  presentation  of  key  ideas.  

Part V  then  draws  conclusions  based  on  the   expanded,  validated  model  or  city  of  living  signs  reconstructed  from  the  writings  and  artwork  of  the  Egyptian  Pharaohs. 
In  this  way,  one  can  understand  how  the  signs   work  together  to  reveal  the  lost  Egyptian  wisdom  that  is  buried  within  a  language  that  deceives  us  by  destroying  the  sign  and  its  entire  logic.  The  flood  of  language,  misunderstood  and  inflated,  that  has  swamped  History  as  the  essential  truth  and  drowned  the  voice  of  Nature  can  then  be  dammed.


In the Book Amduat, textual descriptions and actual drawings show a remarkable correspondence between Egyptian serpents and DNA-binding proteins.  When describing DNA-binding proteins, the Pharaohs portrayed the molecules as serpents with three, four, or five heads that correspond to the protein’s alpha helices (primary structure) and beta sheets (secondary structure).  Our scientists often refer to beta sheets as wings. 

Scientists describe the Lambda cI (c-one) repressor protein as having 5 alpha helices (heads) in a bundle with helices two and three forming a helix-turn-helix.  One can easily equate this five-helix bundle and its function with the image of the five-headed serpent repressing the inert Osiris (dormant Lambda genome) in Amduat Hour Six below. In all Egyptian texts studied, Osiris rises from the dead to break the bonds of this serpentine repressor protein and activate the lytic pathway. Cellular events are clearly defined in the texts and mirror the knowledge of our modern scientists on Lambda behavior.

The Ankh. Isis is the biological sign for the Lac proteins/genes responsible for production of the sugar lactose in bacteria. A remarkable DNA loop structure that looks like the Egyptian ankh forms at the Lac genes, where the Lambda genome (Osiris) is lodged on the host chromosome.  This DNA loop structure, referred to as the tiyet or Isis-knot, represents the Lac repressor protein that binds to the DNA and prevents the transcription of the lactose genes. In Gardiner’s Egyptian Grammar the ideogram for the symbol of life known as ’the ankh’ is described as “tie or strap.” The DNA loop structure ties off or blocks production of three lactose proteins necessary for the rising or excision of the Lambda genome (Osiris) from the host chromosome. In the Book of the Dead, Chapter 156 is the Chapter for a knot-amulet, stating, “You have your power, O Isis . . . The amulet is a protection for this Great One.” The Isis-knot is the marker for the “Hidden Chamber” of Osiris (30 bp region) next to the lactose gene seat of Isis on the bacterial host chromosome. Similarly, the sacred symbol of the Sumerian goddess Inanna called Inanna’s knot is a stylized bundle of reeds bent into a loop.

Lac Repressor Protein looping the DNA at Protein Data Bank.In lysogeny, Lambda attaches its tail to the host cell, penetrating the cell. It then injects its DNA down the tail into the cell. Once inside the cell, the DNA circularizes and becomes negatively supercoiled or twisted reversely with a zig-zag backbone, referred to as Z-DNA. The Lambda DNA or genome (Osiris) then must go through a DNA cross called a Holliday junction which is a seven base pair (7 bp) branch migration or what the texts refer to as seven gates or the Boat of the Branch in Amduat Hour Three. The Holliday junction is a site-specific recombination process responsible for integration and excision of bacteriophage genomes into and out of the host bacterium. The genome then lodges on the host cell DNA at a specific spot: the Hidden Chamber between the b-gal and bio genes. The b-gal gene is another name for the lactose genes or Isis. The major portion of phage protein is derived from the lactose nutrient medium, thus Isis as the Lady of Provisions plays a major role. The Lambda genome or Osiris falls asleep here next to the inactive lactose genes that are tied off by the lac repressor protein or the Isis-knot. The genome or Osiris becomes dormant, inert, or dead, to be silently replicated with the bacterial cell DNA, resulting in our classical world and the Conspiracy of Seth.
Holliday Junction.  Public Domain Protein Data Bank ID: 1HJP. Nishino et al. 1998.