Dots that form the constellation Argo on the Phaistos Disk Constellation Argo on the Phaistos Disk
Phaistos Disk Hidden Pattern - Minoan Boat, Constellation Argo


...The whole symbolic evocation rests upon the supposed, and in the end actual, corres­pondence of things, on the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm as intuitively understood by the mind and visually by the eye...(Introduction, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt, Manfred Lurker, Thames and Hudson, publishers, 1974.)

The hidden patterns on the Phaistos Disk seem to take us on a journey across the Aegean Sea from Crete to the Great Pyramid. This was probably a two week journey, round trip, or longer. To begin the journey to the Pyramids the Minoans got into a boat and were ferryed across the Aegean. Connect the 15 matching "Star/Pomegranate" pictographs with lines, like connecting stars to form constellations, to reveal a larger, hidden pictograph, a Minoan boat that seems to be the constellation Argo.

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Constellation Argo, Phaistos Disk
Constellation Argo

Phaistos Disk boat compared with modern map of the constellation Argo. The artist of the Phaistos Disk indicated only the major stars in the constellation, thus preserving a perfect 3,600 year-old stylized image of it.

Constellation Argo
Constellation Map
Constellation Argo on the Phaistos Disk
Pyramid Air Shafts

Minoan FerryConstellation Argo with mooring and oars on the Phaistos Disk, bow forward rather than the historical stern forward (above, left). Left, Minoan ferry at Santorini, ca. 1600 BCE. The sails of the boat on the Disk (above, left) are shaped like the Great Pyramid, the mast angle forming one of the shafts in the King's chamber leading to the exterior of the pyramid (above, right). Perhaps this boat's destination is ingeniously designed as part of the pattern.


The art of rowing can first be discerned upon the Nile. Boats with oars are represented in the earliest pictorial monuments of Egypt; and although some crews are paddling with their faces towards the bow, others are rowing with their faces towards the stern. (H.G. Wells)

Phaistos Disk boat

This two-directional rowing could account for the confusion regarding the direction in which the constellation Argo is sailing, the historical version having been sailing backyards, or stern forward, on constellation maps for at least 2,300 years. Wonder how that could have happened!?

Is the wave-tossed Argo on the Phaistos Disk drawn backwards? More accurate to say the Argo on the Phaistos Disk is the original version of the constellation with its logical, bow forward direction, while the historical version has been drawn sailing backyards illogically for at least 2,300 years. Maybe we owe this reversal to Aratos (310-245 BCE), a Greek court philosopher and astronomer who famously wrote (or rather, infamously as it turns out):

"Sternforward Argo by the Great Dog's tail
Is drawn; for hers is not a usual course,
But backward turned she comes, as vessels do
When sailors have transposed the crooked stern
On entering harbour; all the ship reverse,
And gliding backward on the beach it grounds.
Sternforward thus is Jason's Argo drawn.

Constellation Argo on the Phaistos DiskArgo sailing stern forward

As you can see, the Minoans drew the constellation sailing bow-forward (left), not stern-forward (right), which makes plenty of sense for two reasons: (1) because it is sailing in the direction the stars are (appear to be) moving and (2) because ships don't sail backwards.

Golden Fleece, Phaistos Disk PictographThe constellation was also known as Barque of Osiris, that which conveyed the god Osiris through the heavens. Through a transformation of myth from Egypt to Crete, this perhaps became the Greek legend of Jason and the Argonauts who sailed across the heavens in the Argo as they searched for the Golden Fleece (left, pictograph on the disk).

Minoan Ferry
Minoan trade routes
Minoan ferry, Mediterranean Bronze Age
Aegean Sea, Minoan trade routes

Is the Phaistos Disk Argo also the Khufu Ship? We know about the Khufu Ship because it was excavated in modern times, but could the Minoans have known about the Khufu Ship in 1600 BCE while it was still buried? Perhaps it was part of their mythology involving the Great Pyramid. This pictograph Phaistos Disk pictograph, Boat, along with the larger, hidden constellation Argo pictograph on the Disk (above left), seems to imply knowledge of it. (The Boat/Argo pictograph could mean, "Beneath the Pyramid is a boat.") These ancient people considered the correspondences of things to be revelatory, so they would elevate to divine status a pictograph that reprsents a boat, a ferry, a constellation, a journey, a pyramid with a boat beneath it.

Khufu Ship
Phaistos Disk pictograph, BoatTHE MYSTERY OF

"The Khufu ship is an intact full-size vessel from Ancient Egypt that was sealed into a pit in the Giza pyramid complex at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2500 BC....The history and function of the ship are not precisely known." (Wikipedia)

Is it possible the Great Pyramid and the Khufu ship together represent the constellation Argo as shown above on the Phaistos Disk (below, right)? Perhaps the idea behind the construction of the pyramid and the ship was to mirror the constellation on earth because it was the ancient Egyptians' idea of the location of "heaven" and also their method of the afterlife journey in traveling there. In Egyptian hieroglyphic writing, the triangular face of the pyramid is the hieroglyphic for star Sirius in the constellation Canis Major.

Phaistos DiskSirius is the brightest star in the sky because of its proximity to our solar system. Sirius is the location of the Ogdoad, the eighth sphere, their concept equivalent to our idea of heaven. Perhaps this is where our symbol for infinity originally comes from, and the Phaistos Disk also corresponds to that ida of the Ogdoad and represents it, with its eight spheres and its continuum concept. Turned on its side it becomes the modern symbol for infinity.

Seen at the prow of the Argo pictograph is the pilot, the star 'Kanobus' (Canopus), or 'Pilot'-- from whom, they say, the star got its name." (Plutarch in Thrice-Greatest Hermes, G.R.S. Mead) Osiris is the General and Kanobus is the Pilot. Canopus is the second brightest star in the sky after Sirius. Perhaps a person might make the afterlife journey in the Khufu ship to Argo to become one of the immortal oarsman in this ship, and from this came the mythology of Jason and the Argonauts, the idea being to take a place in the boat, take up the oar and become one of the Argonauts after death.

Phaistos Disk, Constellation Argo

This way of thinking, this idea of the afterlife world being located in a constellation, may seem foreign to us because of our distance in consciousness from the ancient Egyptians, but from this way of thinking comes our idea of heaven as being "up there" in the stars. Also, their idea of the world below as a mirror image of the world above may have been based on their ideas regarding geometry. One of those ideas was the concept of:

"Duat, the realm of the dead. The Duat is the realm of the [good] god Osiris and the residence of other gods and supernatural beings. It is the region through which the sun god Ra travels from west to east during the night [in his evening boat], and where he battled [evil] Apep [Lord of Chaos}. It also was the place where people's souls went after death for judgement, though that was not the full extent of the afterlife. Burial chambers formed touching-points between the mundane world and the Duat, and spirits could use tombs to travel back and forth from the Duat." (Wikipedia) Pahistos Disk Constellation Argo

Could the air shafts in the Great Pyramid be tunnels created to assist the souls in traveling back and forth from the Duat? This could explain the necessity of their alignment with certain stars, the stars representing specific realms of the Duat. The Great Pyramid would therefore not be a tomb but a massive spiritual technology based on the Sacred Science and beliefs regarding how the soul navigates in the afterlife to its natural destination -- the constellation realm of the gods. This would explain why no Pharaoh was found buried there, making the so-called coffin in the pyramid only symbolic rather than functional. It is a tomb for souls, rather than bodies, used by the priest caste and the pharaohs, its design based on the Sacred Science to assist travel back and forth between the realms. Perhaps these ancient people perceived the constellation Argo/Khufu Ship as a vehicle of travel between these worlds.

This would be a remarkable "Science of the Afterlife." Where we have faith alone regarding the afterlife, they developed an entire science around it and implemented their ideas with geometry because that was part of their religion -- their Sacred Science.

The spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians is not immediately understandable by the western civilizations of the twentieth century...We may find it ridiculous for artists to represent the sky as a cow, or for a beetle to be venerated as a symbol of the sun god, but in past ages, among peoples having a mythical view of the world, the formative principle was not of logic but of an outlook governed by images...The whole symbolic evocation rests upon the supposed, and in the end actual, correspondence of things, on the relationship between microcosm and macrocosm as intuitively understood by the mind and visually by the eye...The ancient Egyptians, the Babylonians, and to some extent the Greeks, used images; their view of the world was a comprehensive one. (Introduction, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt, Manfred Lurker, Thames and Hudson, publishers, 1974.)

...A symbol has manifold significance and therefore its origin and purpose cannot often be explained satisfactorily. Sometimes the symbol seems to contradict itself. There are, in fact, symbols which refer to both poles of existence: life and death, good and evil. (Introduction, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt, Manfred Lurker, Thames and Hudson, publishers, 1974.)

We may not understand why they thought like this but we still retain vestiges of what they thought, and this becomes one of our connections to them though they seem lost in time from us. Regardless the distance in space and time between us, we share the commonality of a rational mind that intuitively looks for patterns as a way of identifying and comprehending things. If we can find the patterns in chaos, then are we not followers in the mighty footsteps of the sun god Ra and is not Apep, the dark Lord of Chaos, defeated? We seek to find a larger pattern, evidence that our lives are patterned on a higher dimension, an immortal and eternal realm to which we may return.

Lo! I am Khepera at dawn, Ra at high noon, and Tum at eventide. (Creation legend of sun worshippers, Egyptian Myth and Legend, Donald Mackenzie)

In fact, an entire concept of this came through during early common era Gnosticism, regarding the necessary passwords one would need when making this return journey, the soul no longer needing the boat ferry.

Gatekeepers and Passwords


Ship with Rope Truss
Egyptian ship sailing the coastline of Crete

SailorThe rope truss was a unique nautical technology advancement of the Bronze Age, used to stiffen the beam of the ship (above at the base of the beam in the shape of a figure 8). No other such use of the truss is known until the days of modern engineering. Does this pictograph (below left, 1) show a sailor with a rope truss tattoo on his cheek or is that a clue to the solution of the puzzle of the disk? Perhaps it is both. Beside him are pictographs that could be his oar (2) and his glove (3) for rowing.

Sailor Oar Glove Golden Fleece Ram

According to ancient history regarding these people, passed down to us as mythology, a mix of fact and fiction, the original Cretans or "Curetes" were Argonauts (Sailors of the Argo). They were the Minyae, the five immortal Curetes also called Dactyls, collectively Dactyloi, meaning fingers, who established the Minoan civilization. Exactly five "Dactyl/Glove" pictographs appear on the Phaistos Disk perhaps representing these five immortal Curetes or Cretans. Perhaps the rope truss tattoo symbolizes the sailor's lineage as descendant of the Argonauts and one of the five original Curetes/Dactyloi. Beside the "Glove" appears to be the "Golden Fleece" pictograph (above, 4), eternally sought for by the Argonauts sailing the night skies in the Argo. The fleece belonged to the golden haired ram (5), possibly the pictograph for Aries on the Phaistos Disk. Aries was anciently associated with the sun god Ra.


DodonaThe Argos of mythology was built at Dodona, where an ancient sanctuary of Zeus was located. A stadium was built there in the 3rd century B.C., open like a sunflower to hold 18,000 people. (far left and "flower" from disk) Dodona also had several temples, a theater, a stadium, and an acropolis, including a Temple of Heracles. Was Dodona the site of the first Olympic Games?

Phaistos Disk pictographPhaistos Disk pictographDodona was the oldest oracle, sacred to Zeus and Dione. An old oak tree there became an oracle when a black dove, from Egyptian Thebes, settled on it. Priestesses interpreted the rustling of the tree's leaves, the cooing of doves, and the clanging of brass vessels that were hung from the tree's branches. At Dodona, they spoke in images - symbols - not words. Does the Phaistos Disk preserve part of their symbol language?

Also in Dodona were the Oreiades, (right) divine children of the Dactyloi and cousins of the dancing Curetes. They were nymphs of the mountain oaks (1) and pines. They were usually portrayed with serpents (2), and they carried thyrsoi, pine-cone tipped staves or poles. (3) Thyrsoi were symbolic wands, generally cane-like or knotted like a bamboo, and sometimes wreathed with ivy or vine leaves, with a pine-cone at the top. (Plutarch)

The Argos (1) was made of sacred oak (2) from the oracle at Dodona. The Argonauts were sailing the Aegean Sea (3) searching for the golden fleece (4) belonging to the ram (5) that had been sacrificed to Zeus.

Herakles and his brothers, the five original Curetes, are said to have built the alter of Olympic Zeus (1) and to have begun the Olympic games with a foot race, (2) which Herakles won. He received as his prize a branch of the wild olive. (3)

Phaistos Disk animation

Phaistos Disk pictograph, Star/PomegranatePhaistos Disk animation showing the location of the Star pictographs

"When it is once realized how largely the early civilization of the Aegean Islands and even the mainland of Greece was evolved out of similar elements to those of Asia Minor, it must certainly seem surprising that on this side no system of writing belonging to prae-Phoenician times should as yet have been clearly ascertained. The geographical contiguity to Anatolia, and the early trade relations which can be shown to have existed between the Aegean Islands and the valley of the Nile would assuredly, it might be thought, have given an impulse to the higher development of whatever primitive form of picture-writing was already to be found amongst the inhabitants of this Mediterranean region. It is impossible indeed to suppose that this European population was so far below even the Red Indian stage of culture as not to have largely resorted to pictography as an aid to memory and communication." (Cretan Pictographs and Prae-Phonecian Script Arthur J. Evans, M.A., F.S.A.)

Sailor Oar GloveBoat Golden Fleece RamMinoanWarriorWarrior and Shield

How did the Cretans and the Egyptians communicate? Did the Minoans speak Egyptian? Did the Egyptians speak Minoan? Is this picture writing found on the Phaistos Disk part of a specific nautical language used exclusively by the Minoans and the Egyptians in their communications? This might explain why it is found nowhere else and why it was not preserved by the Egyptians, who had their own written language.

Page 1 - Antique Science of Containment | Many Hidden Patterns

Page 2 - The Tablet | Who Created It? | How to Solve It

Page 3 - Constellation Argo - The Ferry | Khufu Ship | Rope Truss
      Argo Sails Backwards for 2,300 Years!

Page 4 - North Star | Enochian Language
     Linear "A" for Argothic? | Egyptian Influences

Page 5 - Great Pyramid Exterior

Page 6 - Pyramid Interior | Pyramid Goddess
      Archaeoastronomy Site | Vault Technology

Page 7 - Minoan Warriors

Page 8 - Apex and Base

      Minoan Symbols for Star and Constellation

Page 9 - Pyramid Geometry

Page 10 - Maze Solution | Phi Spiral

Page 11 - Conclusion | Unidentified Patterns | Ships of the Sky

Page 12 - Minoan Calendars | Minoan LuniSolar Calendar
      Minoan Zodiac Stellar Calendar | Minoan Sothic Calendar
     Minoan 366-Day Year Calendar

Page 13 - Brilliant Lost World

Page 14 - Origins of the Phaistos Disk | How Was it Made?

Page 15 - Evans Pictographs

Page 16 - Pictographs Numbered | Entire Inscription

Page 17 - It's Full of Stars! | Hoax Defense | Infamous Letter
     Wrong Motivation | Conclusion

Page 18 - Galileo on Philosophy | The Crater of the Whorl
     Remembering the Whorl | Planeism |Tree of Life
     The Arktype Astrology | Waking Whorl and Dream Whorl

Page 19 - The Phaistos Disk | Hidden Patterns | Emerald Table

     Astronomer-Artist | As Above, So Below | Planeism

Page 20 - Crete Invents Modern Astrology

     sexagesimal System | Phi Spiral | Astronomical Ages

     Birthing Stone of Zeus | Watcher Unseen

Page 21 - Phaistos Disk Color Animations

Page 22 - Phaistos Disk Maze of Daedalus
     Daedalus, Cunning Artificer | Palace of Knossos
     Daedalus Invents Images

Page 23 - Animated Geometry
Page 24 - Shield of Achilles

Page 25 - Great Pyramid on the Phaistos Disk

Page 26 - Constellation Argo Sail Backwards for 2,300 Years

Page 27 - North Star, Sirius, the Planets and Stars

Page 28 - 3,600 Year-Old Animation

Page 29 - Phaistos Disk Clay Pictographs

Page 30 - Emerald Table of Hermes Trismegistus

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