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Uncovering the Secrets of the Luxor Pyramid in Las Vegas

- adapted from William Cooper's Luxor Mystery School lecture

The imposing black glass pyramid of the Luxor Hotel contains a fascinating world of ancient Egyptian symbolism and initiation rites. Its mysteries beg to be explored. An examination of the esoteric symbols and rituals hidden in plain sight within the Luxor pyramid reveals much about the intentions and belief systems of the elite.


The Sphinx and pyramid of Luxor Las Vegas against the night sky, beam of light visible at the apex

Rising up from the neon glow of the Las Vegas strip is an awe-inspiring sight - a giant black glass pyramid, easily as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is the Luxor Hotel, an elaborate temple to the ancient Egyptian gods recreated in modern form. Beyond the dazzling light beam projecting from its crystalline apex, the Luxor contains a labyrinth of mysteries.

Ancient Egyptian Symbolism in Plain Sight The Luxor takes its name from the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, which in Arabic is called "Al-Uqsur" or "The Palaces." This is appropriate, as the hotel is a palace complex devoted to ancient Egyptian symbolism.

The most noticeable Egyptian feature of the Luxor is the replica Sphinx that greets visitors at the front entrance. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, this mythical creature represented divinity and wisdom in ancient Egypt. Walking past the Sphinx, one encounters an immense obelisk towering 150 feet in the air. Obelisks were sacred monuments believed to harness the sun's power.

Inside the pyramid more Egyptian symbolism abounds. Murals with hieroglyphics and scenes of gods cover the walls. A giant obelisk runs through the casino and points up towards the apex. Statues of Anubis, Ra, Osiris and other deities are on display. Clearly, the designers sought to recreate the mystique of ancient Egypt.

Recreations and Allusions In addition to the motifs carved into the walls, the Luxor contains active recreations of Egyptian rituals meant to immerse guests. One can take a cruise along the Nile River, passing replicas of famous monuments while guides narrate myths of the Egyptian gods. The pharaoh's tomb is reproduced in vivid detail, allowing people to experience what archeologists found when unearthing Tutankhamun's burial chamber for the first time.

Live shows take place in a replica Roman circus, alluding to the pageantry of the ancient mystery religions. The most spectacular event is "The Winds of the Gods," where lasers simulate the Egyptian gods breathing wind into the sails of ships along the Nile. Surrounded by these cinematic reproductions of ancient Egypt, one can easily get swept up in the mystique.

The Mysterious Crystal Capstone While the Sphinx and obelisk outside are imposing, the most mesmerizing feature is the glowing beam projecting from the Luxor's crystalline apex into the night sky. At 42.3 billion candela, it is the most powerful beam of light ever projected from earth into space. On a clear night, its shaft of light can illuminate the sky for 270 miles.

The origins and purpose of this illuminated arrow pointing to the heavens are uncertain. Circus Circus claimed it was simply meant to attract tourists, yet it seems to hold a deeper religious significance. The ancient Egyptians associated obelisks with rays of light from the sun god Ra. The beam projecting from the pyramid's capstone evokes this mystical symbolism, but on a massive scale.

Unanswered Questions Considering the scale and complexity of the Luxor, one can't help but wonder how it was conceived and constructed. The hotel and its Egyptian tropes were built in under a year at the cost of $375 million, which was spent in cash with no loans. Security guards prevented onlookers, and no reporters were given access during construction. The speed, secrecy and price tag involved provoke suspicion.

Who funded this Egyptian enterprise? It was built by Circus Circus Enterprises, owned by billionaire philanthropist Mandalay Resort Group CEO Glenn Schaeffer. What inspired his interest in ancient Egypt? Did he act alone, or were other elite figures involved? The Luxor seems intended to serve a higher symbolic purpose, but for whom? Its secrets remain veiled behind the smiling Sphinx.

In conclusion, the Luxor pyramid in Las Vegas is more than an expensive novelty. It reveals the elite's fascination with ancient Egypt and its pantheon of gods. The symbolic architecture implies a desire to channel the mysteries of the ancients. More research is needed to uncover the full meaning behind the Luxor and its illuminated capstone. Our understanding of the power structures in society depends on unveiling these obscure rituals encoded in plain sight.

The mysteries of Egypt await...will you dare to unveil them?

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