“…the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee…”

1 Melakhim (1 Kgs.) 8:27; see also Devarim (Duet.) 10:14

Why did Joseph Smith’s esoteric “Egyptians”, “the Ah meh strah ans”, associate the sacred name of the LORD, the Tetragrammaton (יהוה), with the earth?

Tetragrammaton in the heavens

Standing upon the earth, not all the proposed constellations that spell out the name of the Eternal can be seen at once in the starry heaven. But as our spinning planet cycles through her seasons in orbit around the sun, the symbols appear in order in the night sky. The stars spell out the divine name in an endless round – as if earth’s firmament were an enormous, perpetual prayer wheel.


Ha Shem (The Name)

The sacred name of the Hebrew God is called “the Tetragrammaton” because, spelled out, unabbreviated, the name consists of four symbols.

First is the Hebrew letter yod י (which means hand). Yod is the tenth letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet. Anciently, yod was represented by a hand, or forearm hieroglyph - like this Yod.

Second is the Hebrew letter hey ה, as in the spelling of “Halelu-Yah” – a well known, but perhaps less often understood Hebrew expression meaning “Praise you (plural) the Eternal”. (Tehilim (Ps.) 135:1) Hey is the fifth letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and was long ago represented by a hieroglyph depicting a person with upraised arms Hey.

Third is the Hebrew letter vav ו (which means nail, hook, or peg vav, nail). Vavim held the weight of the veil of the ancient tabernacle or portable temple of Yisra’El (Israel) in the wilderness. The veil was hung in the colors of blood and bruising. (Shemot (Ex.) 26:31-32, Hebrews 10:19-20)

Most Hebrew scholars agree that the vav, in the divine name, does not actually make a “v” sound. Vav can make the sound of “ō” or “ū”. The “vav” in the sacred name was probably pronounced “ō”, “ū” or “w”. No mortal scholar knows for certain exactly how the name was pronounced.

The sacred name ends with a second hey ה = Hey.

Ah, but is this hey really the end?

Arranged in a circle, which has no beginning or end, the four symbols can be read “Ha-yaho …” – continuously! With the definite article (hey) in front, the expression can be interpreted to mean “The one (he) who will ever be …” Alternately, the circular writing can be read, “Hayah v’Hayah v’Hayah …” endlessly, meaning “He was and He was and He was …”  Thus “…from everlasting to everlasting” seems to be implicit in the divine name. (Tehilim (Ps.) 90:1-2; 135:13)

Ahmehstrahan Cross of Adon

This is the name which God bestowed “in” his messenger who led his people in the wilderness, the name with which his covenant people are endowed; the sacred name that is put upon them. (Shemot (Ex.) 23:20-21, Bemidbar (Num.) 6:26-27)

In regards to a shortened form of the divine name, Yah, bestowed in the title of a messenger, “sent from the Celestial Kingdom”, with “redeeming power”; and upon one delegated with “Kingly power .. authorized to execute judgment for the King”, as “one next to supreme”, consider the Latinized, Ahmehstrahan terms “Jah-ni hah” and “Jah=ho=e=oop”. (Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), pp. 24, 27, 29, 31, and 33) It should be clear that “Jah” in these arcane titles intentionally relates to the theonym. The letter “J” in such cases is a translator’s convention - a substitution. There is really no “J” in Egyptian or Hebrew. Take a look at Psalm 68:4 (KJV):

“Sing unto God [Heb. Elohim], sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens [Heb. desert-plains, evening skies] by [Heb. in] his name JAH [Heb. Yah], and rejoice before him.”

The Prophet Joseph Smith said:

“Were I an Egyptian [Ahmehstrahan], I would exclaim Jah..[here the Prophet inserted a close imitation of the Tetragrammaton!], Enish-go-on-dosh, Flo-ees-Flos-is-is; O earth! the power of attraction, and the moon passing between her and the sun. A Hebrew; Haueloheem yerau; a Greek, O theos phos esi; a Roman, Dominus regit me; a German, Gott gebe uns das licht; a Portugee, Senhor Jesu Christo e libordade; a Frenchman, Dieu defend le droit: but as I am, I give God the glory, and say in the beautiful figure of the poet;

'Could we with ink the ocean fill;

Was the whole earth of parchment made;

And ev'ry single stick a quill;

And every man a scribe by trade

To write the love, of God above,

Would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the whole upon a scroll,

Be spread from sky to sky.'” (Times & Seasons, November 1, 1843, pg. 373)

According to the Prophet, taking the point of view of an Ahmehstrahan, “Jah..[Tetragrammaton], Enish-go-on-dosh, Flo-ees-Flos-is-is” translates, “O the earth! the power of attraction, and the moon passing between her and the sun.”  The Prophet seems to be telling us that the “Egyptians” (Ahmehstrahans) associated the sacred title of deity with this planet.

Joseph Smith’s published statement correlates well with what his scribes (W. W. Phelps and Warren Parish) recorded in the “Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian [Ahmehstrahan] Language” (1835).

In what follows, the Gentile term “planets” (a term Abram would not have used) should be replaced with the biblical Hebrew term “mazalot” (stars of fortune, abodes of gods). It’s true that “mazalot” is translated “planets” in 2 Kings 23:5, KJV, but “mazalot” may also connote constellations (groups of stars) of a zodiac. (Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew and English Lexicon, 4208, מַזָלוֹת, pg. 561)

The retrograde wanderers (the planets), and the relatively fixed and regular zodiacal constellations, all seem to reside near the ecliptic - the path that the sun appears to take in the heavens, and that the moon periodically crosses. The expression “fixed planets” found in Figure 5 of Abraham Facsimile 2 ceases to be a Mormon oxymoron, when “planets” is understood to be the Hebrew “mazalot”. The “fixed” mazalot in this case, are not “wandering stars” (NT Greek “planetai”, e.g. Jude 1:13) but are seemingly “fixed” groups of stars seen moving together in the night sky – in the vicinity of the ecliptic.  

By the way, in copying Iyov (Job) 38:32, a scribe long ago confused the Hebrew letter lamed (ל) in “mazalot” for a raysh (ר). This is easy to do when copying a text written in post exilic Hebrew. The letters can look alike! The scribe mistakenly spelled “mazarot”, or “Mazzaroth”, as baffled King James translators rendered it. (Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew and English Lexicon, 4216, מַזָרוֹת, pg. 561)

I believe that Joseph Smith’s Ahmehstrahans of Ptolemaic times, had unique insights into the afore mentioned verse in Iyov.  I believe they studied Iyov (Job) 38:31-33 closely.

Let us consider what the scribes of the Prophet Joseph Smith recorded on the subject of the earth and planets [mazalot].  

In what follows, symbols on the left (enlarged and formalized) accompany explanations from the Joseph Smith Egyptian Papers:

Earth symbol Jah..[Tetragrammaton] The earth under the governing< powers> of oliblish, Enish go on dosh, and Kae-e van rash, which are the grand governing key or in other words, the governing power, which governs the fifteen fixed stars <(twelve[illegible])> that belong governs the earth, sun, & moon, (which have their power <in> one,) with the other twelve moving planets [mazalot] of this system. Oliblish=Enish go on dosh [the sun as one of the governing mazalot; see Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 5 explanation], and Kaii ven rash, are the three grand central stars which powers that govern all the other creations, which have been sought out by the most aged of all the fathers, since the beginning of the creation, by means of the urim and Thummim: The names of the other twelve of the fixed stars are: Kolob, Limdi, Ziss, Vurel, Venisti, Waine, Wagah=ox=oan, oansli, Keble Shineflis, flis, ots. The Egyptian [Ahmehstrahan] names, of the fifteen moving planets [mazalot] are: Oan isis, Flos-isis, flo’ese: Abbesele, Ele ash, Sabble, Slundlo, ear roam, Crash ma kraw, obbles isim, Izinsbah. Missel Nah me,sile ohee oop Zah, Zaol.

(Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 5th Degree, pp. 24-25

KOLOB Kolob. signifies the first creation nearer to the celestial, or the residence of  God, first in government, the last pertaining to the measurement of time, the measurement according to celestial time which signifies, one day to a cubit which day is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth or Jah..[Tetragrammaton]

 (Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 5th Degree, pg. 26)

In Hebrew “Kaleb” (כּלב) means “As (like) the heart (mind)”. A similar sounding expression, kalah + lev = “kalatleb” (כּלתלב) can be interpreted “bride of the heart”.

It may seem strange that a cubit, which is a length measure, would be tied to an interval of time (one day). However, ancient peoples observed that the position of the sun relative to the background of “fixed stars” in the vicinity of the ecliptic, shifted each day by about the width of one’s pointing finger held at arm’s length - a cubit away. (See Johnson, Hollis R., “ONE DAY TO A CUBIT”, Interpreter, 2013)

Earth symbolJah..[Tetragrammaton] The earth and power of attraction it has with the third fixed star, which is called Kai=e ven-raoh.

(Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 4th Degree, pg. 27)

The mention of gravity or rather the earth’s “power of attraction” may come across as wildly anachronistic. Joseph Smith’s Egyptians, the Ahmehstrahans certainly were ahead of their time in grasping certain principles of orbital mechanics. But the Ahmehstrahan understanding of earth’s “power of attraction” may not be so anachronistic after all. Ancient Egyptians may have actually standardized a unit of length (the Royal Cubit or “Mahe”) based on a reliable, naturally occurring interval of time involving the passage of the solar disc on the horizon, and the nearly constant acceleration of gravity at the earth’s surface. (See Creighton, Scott, “GRAVITY CUBIT”, 2009)

Earth symbol Jah..[Tetragrammaton] The earth under the government of another or the second of the fixed stars, which is called Enish-go-an=dosh [the sun as one of the governing mazalot; see Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 5 explanation] or in other words the power of attraction it [the sun] has with the earth.

The sun described as one of the “fixed stars” suggests an understanding that the earth turns on her axis and orbits the sun. (Helaman 12:14-15) The sun is therefore understood to be “fixed” relative to other apparent “fixed stars”. The sun and other “fixed stars” in fact orbit the great galactic center, much as planets orbit a star. This explains why the sun would be classified as “one of the governing planets [mazalot]”; that, and the fact that the planets and zodiacal constellations all appear to reside near the ecliptic. (Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 5)

(Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 3rd Degree, pp. 29-30)

Earth symbol Jah..[Tetragrammaton] The earth under the government of another, which is one of the fixed stars; which is called Oliblish.

 (Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 2nd Degree, pg. 31)

Earth symbol Jah..[Tetragrammaton] The earth including its affinity with the other planets [mazalot], with their governing powers: which are fifteen: the earth; the sun, and the moon, first in their affinity; including one power.

(Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 1st Degree, pp. 33-34)

Notice that the sacred name, as interpreted by the Ahmehstrahans, doesn’t just apply to the earth. Cosmic governances and attractions (universal affinity) are also tied into the explanations of the sacred name. This could be key to understanding the Egyptian (Ahmehstrahan) use of the divine Hebrew name, as listed in the Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 1 explanation.

Note also that the earth is implicitly classed as one of the “planets”, apparently suggesting that the earth is an orbiting body. (Abraham 3:9) The earth was not recognized as a planet in erroneous geocentric models. If the earth is to be classed as one of the mazalot or “planets”, does this not suggest that the earth is an abode of god(s)? If so, should we be surprised at the proposition that the earth might bear the title of divinity?

What does the divine name, Latinized (mispronounced)  “Jehovah”, mean?

The divine name can be viewed as a combination of the Hebrew words “y’hi” meaning “He will be” and “Hayah” meaning “He was”. The sacred name is, in essence, a third person version of that first person title, or description which “Elohim” revealed to “Mosheh” (Moses) as recorded in Shemot (Ex.) 3:14. This first person title or description can be interpreted to mean “I will ever be”. Thus the sacred Tetragrammaton can be interpreted to mean “the Eternal”, “Endless”, and “Self Existent One”, “He who will ever be, and ever was”, “He who brings into being”. All these meanings and more may be intended. (Moses 7:35, LDS Doctrine and Covenants 19:10-12; 109:29, 34)

Thus we may read in Joseph Smith’s explanation of the redacted Sheshanq Hypocephalus:

 “…One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians [Ahmehstrahans] Jah..[the Eternal].” (Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 1)

Note the similarity of this explanation with that given on page 26 of Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language, found above. Consider also Qohelet (Eccl.) 1:4:

 “One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the earth abides forever”.

Just as God’s covenant people are endowed with his eternal name; so the earth, as a living creation, is endowed from above with her creator’s name.

The Ahmehstrahan name associated with the earth in Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 1 is the closest approximation to an accurate pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton in all LDS scripture. This near perfect pronunciation of the sacred name is truly a pearl of great price from antiquity.

The name of the earth (and attendant attractive powers) given in the Joseph Smith explanations is, except for the “J” substituting for “Yod”, practically a transliteration of the divine name. By comparison, the improvised name “Jehovah”, found elsewhere in LDS scripture, is but a dignified, Latinized translation. Standard English “Jehovah” does not accurately represent an authentic pronunciation of the ancient name.

If you study the Joseph Smith Egyptian papers you will discover other Ahmehstrahan terms relating specifically to “the earth”. How came the sacred Hebrew name to be associated with “this earth” and its current measurement of time?  What does any of this have to do with the power of attraction between the earth and other cosmic bodies?

The Stars and the Aleph-bet

The Babylonian Zodiac got assimilated into western cultures. The Greek/Babylonian Zodiac was eventually adopted by Jews and Egyptians. It has become as familiar today as the daily Horoscope and the tail fin symbols on the “Astro Orbiter” rockets at Disneyland. The zodiac signs are a collection of pagan mythological characters construed as constellations. In other words, the constellations relate to pagan story elements.

LDS Scholar Ed Goble has presented evidence that the constellations of a more ancient, lunar zodiac are relatable to elements of Semitic language. In other words, an older set of zodiacal constellations appear to have been associated with Semitic phonograms (letters).

Is it a coincidence that Semitic languages are read from right to left, the same direction of progress as the phases of the moon (when observed in the Northern Hemisphere)? If ancient Semites really did see “letters” of the aleph-bet in the starry heaven, might they not also have come to read entire words spelled out in the night sky? If so, what is the most important word they could have perceived in the heavens? The sacred name of deity – of course!

The Ahmehstrahans were not your ordinary Egyptians. They were a forgotten minority, that purported to be the custodians of cosmological teachings passed on by Abram. They were very much like the atypical Egyptians described in Yesha’Yahu (Is.) 19:21. We can discern from the Joseph Smith Papers that the Ahmehstrahans were acquainted with Greek and Hebrew, and had a cosmological understanding beyond their time. These “Egyptians” recognized a greater cosmic center (unseen - requiring Urim v'Tumim to discover) – not the illusory center perceived in the night sky by the majority of ancient peoples. (Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 1, Joseph Smith’s Grammar and Alphabet of the Ahmehstrahan Language 2nd Part, 5th Degree, “Flos isis”, pg. 25)

The Ahmehstrahans understood the connection between earth’s cardinal directions and the four sons of the sky god Horus, depicted in Figure 6 of the Joseph Smith Book of the Dead Hypocephalus (Abraham Facsimile 2). They must have understood the association between the Sons of Horus and the four stars that form “the cup” or “body” of the constellation we call “the Big Dipper”, or “Ursa Major” (“Great Bear”). They understood how this circumpolar constellation helps locate and define the quarters of the night sky.

 “Fixed” within the heavenly quarters (defined by the Sons of Horus), appearing near the ecliptic (apparent pathway of the sun), are four other bright stars which the ancient Persians referred to as “Royal Stars”. The Magi, disciples of the great prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster) recognized the importance of these four stars as “guardians” or “watchers” of the sky, and saw how they correlated with the earth’s seasons, and the earth’s cardinal directions. (Bereshit (Gen.) 1:14)

Asterisms associated with these “Royal Stars” are the proposed constellations which the Ahmehstrahans saw spelling out the name of the Eternal. The letters of the name appearing in the heavens seemed to correlate with the earth by marking her seasons.

There are indications that the Ahmehstrahans knew that the earth revolved, that the true center of the cosmic temple was not in the direction of the slowly precessing pole star; that the apparent turning of the heavens is an illusion! Such advanced cosmological understanding was ostensibly communicated to Abram by the Elohim, and from Abram to the Ahmehstrahans. (See Joseph Smith’s Ahmehstrahan Alphabet, Second part, 3rd Degree, pg. 30; Second part, 1st Degree, pp. 33-34)

Beyond perceiving a correlation between sacred symbols (appearing in the sky) and earth’s seasons, an awareness of the existence of far reaching attractions, or affinities at work in the cosmos, is important to fully appreciate why the Ahmehstrahans associated the Tetragrammaton with “this earth”.

It is the attraction between the earth and the sun that makes possible the yearly orbit of the planet. (Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 5) It is the mutual affinity between the visible stars of our galaxy and the great, veiled galactic center which orders their orbits about the great hub. This celestial ordering makes possible our earth based perception of “fixed” groups of stars we call constellations. Without this far reaching affinity, resulting in the revolutions of worlds, orbits within orbits, there would be no earth based year, there would be no “fixed” mazalot in the local heavens!

Chariot Temple of the Elohim

Our galaxy – the Milky Way, a merkavah (chariot) temple of the Elohim. (YehezqEl (Ezek.) 1:16)


We may perceive the Tetragrammaton in the night sky because the turning earth orbits the sun to which she is attracted, and because there is an intergalactic affinity that holds our entire solar system (including the earth), and all the mazalot which we see as “fixed”, in greater orbits about the veiled galactic lobe. Thus the Ahmehstrahans connected the Tetragrammaton in the firmament, with the earth, her cyclic seasons, and the cosmic centripetal affinities that influence her. As mentioned, one of these affinities is the “power of attraction” resulting in the current standard of time we call a “year” (noted in Abraham Facsimile 2, Figure 1 explanation).

Notice how the explanation to Figure 1 is worded:

“...the measure of time of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians [Ahmehstrahans] Jah..[Tetragrammaton].”

Might this not also be interpreted to mean that “Jah..[Tetragrammaton]” became the name of an Ahmehstrahan “measure of time” equal to the time it takes for “this earth” (under the governance of solar attraction and orbital law) to cycle through all four seasonal asterisms spelling out the divine name? In other words, one “Jah..[Tetragrammaton]” is equal to one earth-year.

The revelation that the orbiting body (mazalah, translated “planet”) above the earth “moveth in order more slow ... because it standeth above the earth” doesn’t have to be interpreted as connoting a geocentric universe. Words like these could have been used to communicate to Abram the principle that an orbiting body, further away from a  central gravitational body, has reduced orbital speed, and therefore in one sense a “longer time” standard. (Abraham 3:5-10)

The statement that the orbiting  “lesser light ... reckoning of its time is not so many as to its number of days” is true for earth’s satellite, the moon. (Abraham 3:7) One lunar day is a month. It is not true in the case of the outer Jovian planets. These large planets rotate on their axes faster than the earth. The principle is true in regards to the annual orbits (years) of these planets, which are considerably longer than an earth year.

The Ahmehstrahans of Ptolemaic times could have been mindful of the prophecy in YirmeYahu (Jer.) 44:26, Jeremias LI.26 (Septuagint). In the Greek translation of Hebrew scripture, “kurios”, “Lord”, is substituted for the sacred Tetragrammaton. The Ahmehstrahans may have thought it wise, in their day, to not overtly connect the sacred name (the Tetragrammaton) with the Hebrew Deity. Instead they preserved a correct pronunciation of his name, by associating the name with “the measurement of time of this earth” under the attractive influence of “Enish-go-on-dosh”, the orbiting star we call “the sun”. They may have thought it appropriate that an Egyptian word for “earth”, “yah.t”, sounds somewhat similar to a shortened form of the divine name. (Michael D. Rhodes, “The Joseph Smith Hypocephalus Seventeen Years Later” , pg. 8.)

Dendera Temple Zodiac

From Professor Hugh Nibley’s Temple and Cosmos, pg 18. The circumpolar and zodiacal heavens represented on the ceiling of the not so ancient Dendera Temple of Egypt. The illusory center of the “turning” heavens is near the well known circumpolar constellation the “Great Bear” or “Big Dipper”. The Egyptians perceived this conspicuous constellations as the “Foreleg”. Familiar constellations of the Greek/Babylonian Zodiac are also featured on the temple ceiling. For instance, you may notice a lion, a bull, a water carrier (Hapi son of Horus) with a fish near his foot, and a scorpion. All of these can be seen in their respective quarters of the heavenly circle. Associated with each of these seasonal constellations is a “Royal Star”. These four stars are known to us as Regulus, Antares, Fomalhaut, and Aldebaran.


Southern Fish - Dendera Temple

In one of the four quarters of heaven (Dendera Temple ceiling), Hapi son of Horus (filling in as Aquarius) pours water upon Pisces Austrinus (the Southern Fish) which is associated with the Royal Star we call Fomalhaut.


Royal Stars

The creator of the Infinity Codes website has come to a similar realization regarding the “Royal Stars” and galactic coordinates.


The Book of Iyov (Job) and Ahmehstrahan Constellations

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?  or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?  canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

(Job 38:31 – 33, KJV)

Here is another translation:

Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion? canst thou bring forth Mazzarot in their season?  or canst thou guide the Bear with his sons? knowest thou the ordinances of heaven?  canst thou establish its dominion in the earth?

(Iyyov/Job 38:31 – 33, KOREN Jerusalem Bible)

Iyov (Job) 38 verses 31-33

Verse 31 literally reads “Wilt thou bind the bands* of Kimah or the cords of Kesil let loose?” *[Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew and English Lexicon, 4575 מַעֲדַנוֹת, pg. 772]

“Kimah” (כִּימָה) is translated “Pleiades”. (Iyov (Job) 9:9; 38:31) Others think “Kimah” could be the star “Sirius”.

“Kesil” (כְּסִיל) implies “stupid fellow”, “dullard”, “fool”. The constellation of Kesil the foolish giant, is usually associated with Orion. The bound giant of the winter night calls to mind the condemned giant offspring of the watchers (fallen benei Elohim) described in the book of Hanokh (Enoch), and briefly mentioned in Bereshit (Genesis). (See also Jude 1:6, 13) In one sense therefore Kesil may have been seen as a symbol of divine punishment. (LDS Doctrine and Covenants 19:8-12)

Not exactly identical to Orion, Kesil’s outstretched red hand (Aldebaran) may be seen reaching for the ecliptic.

Yesha’Yahu indicates that in the heavens there is more than one foolish giant, there are “kesilim”. (Yesha’Yahu (Is.) 13:10, “kesilei-hem” is vaguely translated “constellations thereof” in the KJV) There are two proposed Ahmehstrahan kesilim (zodiacal giants in the sky), each associated with a “Watcher” that happens to be a supergiant star. One of these sky bound giants is in the direction of the galactic rim. The other, nearly 180 opposite, is in the direction of the galaxy’s fiery hub - veiled from view by nebular curtains.

The kesilim somewhat resemble the letter “H”, the sound they signify - as in “Heaven” or “Hell”, coincidentally. One giant can be thought of as a symbol of  “everlasting  burnings” (Yesha’Yahu (Is.) 33:14) in the presence of the galactic center. The other Kesil prefigures “outer darkness” (B’sorot Matti (Matt.) 22:13) beyond the galactic rim. This calls to mind the Ahmehstrahan term “Hahdees”, as in the inglorious kingdom of darkness “Dah tu Hah dees”. This esoteric name, revealed by Joseph Smith, evinces a familiarity with both the Egyptian “Duat”, and Greek “Hades” concepts. 

Verse 32 reads “Wilt thou bring forth Mazar[l]ot [mazalot – misspelled in scripture] in his time? And Aish with her sons (baneyah) wilt thou lead?”

But there are curious problems with this Hebrew verse. The Koren translation reads “Mazzarot in their season”, which makes sense since “mazalot” is feminine plural. But the Hebrew clearly reads “b’ito” = “in his time” not “their season”. The Ahmehstrahans may have recognized in this verse reference to the seasonal mazalot coming forth in “his time”, the Eternal’s time – spelling out the divine name. The mazalot therefore are zodiacal constellations near the ecliptic. These are constellations that appear at “set times”, unlike circumpolar constellations which are ever present to view in the clear night sky. (Abraham 3:10)

Verse 32 goes on to mention “Aish” (עַיִשׁ) or “Iyush” (עִיֻשׁ) translated “the Bear”. Could the name be related in to “Y'ush” (יְעוּשׁ) = “He comes (hastens) to help (lend aid)”? The letter “yod” in this astronomical name is missing in Iyov (Job) 9:9. Others presume that “Aish” is a star like “Arcturus” (KJV), a carryover from the Latin Vulgate.

“Aish” appears to be in a different stellar category from the “mazalot”, because “Aish” is most likely a circumpolar constellation (as is the Great Bear); whereas the “mazalot” are seasonal or zodiacal.

The Hebrew verse appears to read “And Aish (עַיִשׁ) with her sons (בּניה) …” But what is it about “Aish” (עַיִשׁ) that makes the name feminine? Apparently nothing, except for the inclination to interpret בּניה as “her sons”! Both the KJV and the Koren translation, on the other hand, read “his sons”!

What if the Ahmehstrahans saw this verse differently? What if they read “Iyush with the son(s) of Yah [ben-Yah, or bene-Yah] wilt thou guide?” To the Ahmehstrahans “bene- Yah” (בּניה) could have called to mind “sons of God(s)”, the “benei Elohim” previously mentioned in the same chapter. (Iyov (Job) 38:7)

If “Aish” is a she-bear, where in the night sky do we find her “sons”? There is an Ursa Minor, but what “sons” (plural) were associated with the Ursa Major? Jewish Astronomers thought of the trailing stars Alioth, Mizar and Alkaid as cubs following their mother “Aish”. The Egyptians, however, did not perceive the constellation as a “bear” or a “dipper”. Doubtless the Ahmehstrahans would have correlated the “bene-Yah” (the “benei Elohim” of the book of Iyov) with the sons of the sky god Horus, who were already associated with the notable circumpolar constellation in Egyptian mythology.

Sons of Horus

The Sons of Horus depicted upside down in the netherworld portion of the Joseph Smith Book of the Dead Hypocephalus adapted as Abraham Facsimile 2 (see Figure 6). The explanation given is: “Represents the earth in its four quarters.” The Sons of Horus were also associated with the four stars forming “the cup” of the asterism westerners call “the Big Dipper”. This prominent asterism is helpful in dividing the night sky into quarters. Each quarter has its bright “Royal Star” near the ecliptic (the apparent pathway of the sun). It just so happens that the four “Royal Stars” or “Watchers” are near  locations in the night sky that help coordinate the earth with the galaxy.


Verse 33 literally reads: “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven(s)?  Wilt thou establish his [the Eternal’s] rule in the earth?”

This verse can be interpreted to mean that the symbolic, yet physical ordinances presented in the heavens, correlate with the Eternal’s governance on earth.

The Ahmehstrahans could have concluded from this verse, that what was written in the heavens pertained to (blessed or threatened) the earth. The ordinances of the heavens were seen as uniquely tied to earth’s endowments - for instance, her seasons. So in their minds, the name written in the heavens became the earth’s.

The letter hey at the end of Hebrew words is often considered a feminine ending. One can choose to think of the hey at the end the earth’s divine name as appropriately feminine.

Ordinances of Heaven(s)

Here is how you can locate each constellation of the Ahmehstrahan Tetragrammaton (with their attendant Royal Stars or Watchers) using the Sons of Horus as guides:

Find the four stars (Sons of Horus) that form “the cup” of the Big Dipper (Great Bear). If it is springtime, and the evening sky is clear, the sides and bottom of “the cup” will point directly to an asterism that looks like a forearm (palm open, thumb extended).  An imaginary line from the edge of “the cup” closest to “the handle” will lead your eyes directly to the bright star forming the “elbow”. This is the Zoroastrian Watcher “Venant”; which westerners call “Regulus”.

If it is autumn, an imaginary ray from the other side of the “the cup” (Sons of Horus), arcing across the night sky in the opposite direction, will land your eyes on a circlet of stars by the side of a great “square” of stars. This circlet forms the “head of a nail”. (Ezra 9:8, Yesha’Yahu (Is.) 22:25) The bright “point of the nail” (southward) is the Watcher “Haftorang” or “Hastorang”. This star also goes by the name “Fomalhaut”.

The conspicuous giants with upraised hands (the “kesilim”) are roughly orthogonal (90 degrees) on the ecliptic with respect to the “hand” and “nail” asterisms. The Kesilim are both near “the Milky Way”, but at opposite ends. One giant looms near the Orion arm of the galaxy, the other near the Sagittarian arm (see Our galaxy above). These arms appear blended together (from the earth) as “the broad white road in heaven, Pathway of the ghosts, the shadows” (Song of Hiawatha).

Thus the sons of the sky god, and the “the Milky Way”, can help define the quarters of the night sky. You will have to be patient to see all the signs, in their set times as the seasons roll on.

Beyond these directions, you may want to obtain a planisphere for the mid-north latitudes, and seek clear night skies free from light pollution (away from any big city).

Yad of Aviv

The “hand”Yod, “forearm of spring” or “yad ha-aviv” (outlined in gold/yellow). This constellation appeared high in the ancient springtime sky of the Northern Hemisphere, at evening. The first of the year, according to the lunar-solar calendar revealed by the Eternal to Mosheh (Moses) and Aharon (Aaron), begins in the spring with harvestable barley - in the month of the aviv. (Shemot (Ex.) 12:1-2) The children of Yisra’El (Israel) did not rely on this constellation to set the year, but doubtless noticed its seasonal appearance, and dominance. The bright, blue-white Royal Star we call Regulus (actually a multiple star system) forms the elbow of the arm. What appears to the unaided eye to be a single bright star is actually more than one star in orbital union. Here we may see an an analogy to the unity of the Elohim. What is singular from one point of view, is a plurality from another. Regulus is seen near the ecliptic (blue line) – apparent pathway of the sun, near the pathways of the moon and planets. Regulus is the brightest star in the pagan constellation of Leo the lion (partially outlined in green). Regulus in the constellation of the “yad of spring” begins the spelling of the divine name in earth’s starry firmament.


Kesil of Qayits

The first “upraised arms”Hey,  “giant of summer” or “kesil qayits” is outlined in gold/yellow. This proposed Ahmehstrahan constellation became dominant in the ancient night sky of the Northern Hemispheres towards summer (qayits). The bright Royal Star near the head (or heart) is the red supergiant Antares. Called by the Magi “Satevis”, and by the Arabs “Kalb al Aqrab”, “Heart of the Scorpian”, Antares appears near the ecliptic (blue line). Red Antares is the brightest star in the pagan constellation Scorpius (partially outlined in green). The Ahmehstrahan asterism includes stars from the nearby pagan constellation of Ophiuchus the serpent-bearer (also partially outlined in green). Two stars of Ophiuchus form the upraised hands of the giant. The giant’s body and legs include stars from the lower constellation of Lupus the wolf (outlined in green). As seen from the earth, the “hey of summer” situates in the general direction of the unseen, blazing mount of our galaxy. The veiled center of the galactic temple is in the general direction of the nearby teapot shaped constellation Sagittarius (the archer). Shielding the earth from the super radiant galactic center are curtains (arms) of nebular material – like the veils of a great temple. Our universe is ablaze with forms of radiation which the human eye cannot see. (Tehilim (Ps.) 139:11-12) We know of the super radiant center of our galactic home via infrared and x-ray telescopy, and by viewing the structures of similar far off galaxies. The veiled center houses “the eldest of all the stars, the greatest body of the heavenly bodies...” known to us. (Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language (1835), Second Part, 1st Degree, Kolob, pp. 32, 34)


Vav of Etanim

The “vav”vav, nail, “nail of the living streams” or “vav ha-etanim” is outlined above in gold/yellow. This proposed Ahmehstrahan constellation could be seen in the ancient night sky of the Northern Hemispheres near the time of ingathering and harvest. The head of the nail is the circlet of stars (a Pisces fish, partially outlined in green) beneath the great square (Pegasus). The shaft of the nail is formed by stars that are part of the pagan constellation of the water bearing (Hapi son of Horus, or Aquarius – partially outlined in green). The shaft of the nail runs more or less parallel to water poured out by Hapi. The ancient Hebrew season of the etanim, during which this constellation would regularly appear, seems rather appropriate. The point of the nail is the bright Royal Star we call Fomalhaut – appearing at the mouth of the southern fish (Pisces Austrinus). The bright star (actually a triple star) is surrounded by circumstellar debris – appearing telescopically as if it were blood surrounding the point of a nail.


Kesil of Horeph

The last “upraised arms”Hey, “giant of winter” or “kesil horeph” is outlined in gold/yellow. This proposed Ahmehstrahan constellation arrived in the ancient night sky of the Northern Hemispheres towards winter (horeph). The bright Royal Star forming a raised palm of the giant, is the reddish-orange supergiant Aldebaran. Called by the Magi “Tascheter”, Aldebaran appears near the ecliptic (not shown in the image above). Aldebaran is the brightest star in the pagan constellation Taurus the bull (partially outlined in green). The proposed Ahmehstrahan constellation however, is largely composed of stars associated with the constellation of Orion (partially outlined in green). Relative to the earth, the “giant of winter” is bound to that part of the sky that is in the direction of the outer limits of the galaxy – literally “outer darkness”. In the opposite direction from bound kesil is the veiled celestial center of the galactic temple.


Back to Abraham in Egypt and the Papyrus Solar Ferry


To Esoteric Egyptian in the Margins of the Book of Abraham


To Joseph Smith’s Book of the Dead Hypocephalus


On to Esoteric Egyptian in Facsimile No. 2


See also Ahmehstrahan Counting and Gematria

Ahmehstrahan 1000

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