In ancient times, the Moon, as the nightly replacement of the Sun, symbolised the God of Creation and was thus responsible for life, death and immortality. Genuine worship and satisfying this God, the ruler of the stars, was achieved by recreating the Moon on Earth. An example is the 35th stone layer of the Great Pyramid of Giza, representing the Moon and its lunar cycle of 29.5 days and wherein the pyramid itself represents the Earth. The ancient Egyptian god of knowledge and wisdom was Thoth or Djehuti, the God of the Moon. Together with his wife Ma’at, he was responsible for maintaining and stabilising the universe – creator, architect, builder, overseer. To the ancients the Moon was much more than a celestial body that orbits planet Earth. The story of ‘the beginnings’ is written on its surface in a universal language – the ‘writings of Thoth.’

In one way or another, all ancient stone circles on Earth are associated with our worshipped Moon – did the ancients, for example in Jordan and South Africa, replicate parts of the visible lunar surface in order to sanctify their habitat by copying the signature and writings of their God of Creation?

“You reached for the secret too soon – You cried for the Moon” – Pink Floyd


Willem Witteveen