Akhenaten is known as the heretical pharaoh, who changed his name from Amenhotep IV in the fifth year of his reign and moved the religious center from Thebes to a newly built city named Akhenaten, now Amarna. The change in name was the result of his adoption of one of the pantheon of Egyptian deities, Aten, as the ‘one and only’ god. Akhenaten meant ‘servant of Aten’. As a result, some ancientologists imagine that this was a precursor of the Christian and Muslim religions but this was not the case.
Aten is currently thought to be the Sun. But all Egyptians of his time knew Aten was not the Sun, just as they knew Ra (or Re), an associated deity, was not the Sun. Egyptologists, indeed all humanists, have been led astray by the uniformitarianism of the ‘hard sciences’, which does not admit to the presence of other large bodies near the Earth in recent millennia. But the primary source of all Egyptian deities and those of all ancient cultures, was the planet Mars, which repeatedly orbited the Earth for 3,000 years. This was the Aten.
The greatest repository of the true nature of these deities are the ancient texts, particularly Egyptian and Vedic. But the art produced under the direction of Akhenaten gives what is even better than any photograph of Mars that could have been produced in ancient times. There are not just one or two, but a number of bas reliefs which depict Aten in three dimensions, making clear that it was not a disk like the Sun, but a ‘world’.
Moreover, in each case this world sports the most amazing feature, which was the primary deity in most ancient cultures, an enormous flaming column of hardened lava tubes which extended down toward the Earth some 2300 kilometers. This was the ‘djed pillar‘ or ‘tet‘ hieroglyth, but was primarily Osiris and in other cultures Prajapati, Purusha, Brahma, Zeus, and the ‘column of smoke and fire.’ It rose up at the north pole of Mars which remained facing the Earth during each fifteen-year orbiting encounter. Because Mars orbited over the Himalayas, the Egyptians had an ‘off-center’ view, which is accurately depicted in the art of the Akhenaten period.
The reliefs of Aten show life-giving rays descending toward the Earth, which are currently thought to be rays of sunlight, but they are meant to depict the multiple blessings from Mars, which Akhenaten recognized. Although these included reflected light, since Mars was 500 times the area of the Moon and almost nine times closer, but also all the oceans and atmosphere on Mars which gradually descended to the Earth along with the seeds of tens of thousands of Martian plants incorporated in the manna (Jewish), Soma (Vedic), ambrosia (Greek), haoma (Persian) which obviously fell around the world and were not a figment of the imagination of all these cultures. The ‘rays’ have what appear to be leaves at their ends. The modern explanation of Soma is that it was the juice squeezed from a particular plant and fermented, but this was merely an attempt of the ancients to reproduce the Soma, once it ceased to fall.
The hardened lava column possessed several additional imagined attributes in a number of cultures. Because Mars was in a geostationary orbit, it remained stationary in the heavens, although it rotated about its north pole, like a wheel. In its position, pointing down toward the Earth, it was imagined to be a deity that held up the world, i.e. kept the world (Mars) from falling to the Earth. This was Atlas of Greek myth and Shu (the upholder) of Egyptian myth. It was also imagined to be the axis mundi, the axis of the worlds, that joined Mars and the Earth. We owe Akhenaten appreciation for the art which he sponsored, which shows without any doubt the true nature of Aten – Mars, and its features when it orbited the Earth.