“Here comes the sun king…” The Beatles sang about the sun nearly as much as they sang about love. Sun worship has been practiced for thousands of years. What is it about the big ball of burning gas that keeps us mere humans so intrigued? This is our life force, without it, we would cease to exist. Ancient civilizations relied on the sun to tell them the time of day, the time of year, when to plant and harvest their crops. It is an important part of our daily lives- without understanding its cycles and its purpose, civilization would be impossible to maintain.
In ancient Egyptian mythology, the sun is of particular interest. Horus is sometimes known as the “rising sun” Ra the noon (or midday) sun, and Osiris the setting, or the dying sun. In Kemet legend, Osiris’s brother, Set killed Osiris and cut his body into pieces- scattering them across Egypt. This is one reason given to the origin of the term- sunset. Osiris (the dying sun) is symbolically killed off every evening by Set- or the sun’set’.
In the later dynasties of Egypt, Khepri (the winged beAtle god) is said to be the emerging sun, and often depicted as a winged beetle, or scarab with a sun disk above its head, representing the Khepri pushing the sun up for the sunrise. “Here comes the sun…?”
In his book Egyptian Magic, Sir Wallis Budge, late keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities within the British Museum, explained further the significance of the Beetle in Egyptian funerary concepts:
…the scarab or beetle itself possesses remarkable powers, and if a figure of the scarab be made, and the proper words of power be written upon it, not only protection of the dead physical heart, but also new life and existence will be given to him to whose body it is attached.”
Khepri the “winged beetle”
Another very popular solar god of ancient Egypt is Amun-Ra (AKA: Amun, Amen) The name Amun written imn, pronounced Amana in ancient Egyptian loosely translates to “the hidden one” or “invisible” [Nowhere man?] [got to be good looking cos he’s so hard to see?] It was thought that Amun created himself and then his surroundings [Chaos and Creation?]. Amun-Ra retained chief importance in the Egyptian pantheon throughout the New Kingdom (with the exception of the “Atenist heresy” under Akhenaten as discussed below). Amun-Ra in this period (16th to 11th centuries BC) held the position of transcendental, self-created, creator deity “par excellence”, he was the champion of the poor or troubled and central to personal piety. His position as King of Gods [“Sun King”] developed to the point of virtual monotheism where other gods became manifestations of him. With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods. As the chief deity of the Egyptian Empire, Amun-Ra also came to be worshiped outside of Egypt, in Ancient Libya and Nubia, and as Zeus Ammon came to be identified with Zeus in Ancient Greece.
Subsequently, when Egypt conquered Kush, they identified the chief deity of the Kushites as Amun. This Kush deity was depicted as ram-headed, more specifically a woolly ram with curved horns. Amun thus became associated with the ram arising from the aged appearance of the Kush ram deity. A solar deity in the form of a ram can be traced to the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
Ram-statues line the entrance to temple of Amun-Ra.
Ram solar deity which represented Amun-Ra in some Egyptian cultures
Pharaohs are often depicted with the sun disk on their heads, as are the many gods of ancient Egypt. The first recorded monotheistic religion is also home to ancient Egypt and the sun when Amenhotep IV declared one god- to be worshiped- signified by the solar disk and known as Aten. Amenhotep changed his name to Akunaten to associate himself with the one solar disk God.
Ancient Egyptians are also believed to have been strict vegetarians, and most definitely held animals in very high regard.
Many ancient cultures worshiped a sun god- and many lived their lives believing the sun was the source of all creation and sustainable life. This can be seen in many ancient structures such as Stonehenge and Chichen-Itza. Many such structures were aligned to track the movement of the sun across the horizon in order to plan their agricultural cycles, sacrificial rites, amongst other things.
Summer solstice alignment at Stonehenge
So what does this have to do with the Beatles mysteries? Plenty. As I have expressed before in previous blogs, I believe the Beatles actually began to think that they were in fact – bigger than Jesus – pop/rock gods sent to change the paradigm in the age of Horus. It is my belief that Paul intentionally resonates heavily with Osiris/Amun-Ra, depicting this symbolism throughout his musical career. “Here comes the Sun King” is a reference to Paul, not because he is “dead” but because resonates with the “sun god”. Avid PIDers will argue that any such symbolism after the fall of 1966 is directly related to the death of Paul McCartney and his subsequent replacement, but considering this symbolism is present long before the fall of 1966, I can not dismiss these ‘anomalies’ quite as easily.
Khepri is a winged-beetle sun god- Think “Beatles” ‘with an A’ and subsequently Paul McCartney and “Wings”. Also Alistair Crowley had a work titled “The Winged Beetle” and held ancient Egypt in high regard- incorporating many of its beliefs within Thelema.
Amun-Ra is the Sun King of ancient Egypt- sometimes depicted as a “Ram” But Ra takes many forms including the scarab beetle, as well as horned deity.
Osiris is also associated with the setting sun- known as the ‘good Shepard’ which may play of the notion of some of Paul’s aliases and symbolism used.
What would be the odds that a person like Paul McCartney would have associated himself in a major way with all of these ancient Egyptian deities unbeknownst to him? I am suggesting here that he absolutely knew his association with them. And made it quite clear for those of us who are familiar with symbolism and Egyptian mythology.
“spirits of ancient Egypt” by Paul McCartney and Wings -Venus and Mars
“Percy Thrillington” was an instrumental version of Paul McCartney’s album RAM released in 1977. Notice the obvious Ram and the sun setting behind him.
Other Beatles songs which mention the sun are plentiful, at least seventeen songs mention the word “sun” within their lyrics. I’ll follow the sun, good-day sunshine, here comes the sun… Etc. some interesting lyrics ensue as well within Beatles songs about the sun.
“If the sun don’t come, you get your tan by standing in the English rain.” – I am the walrus.
“so we sailed into the sun, until we found the sea of green.” – yellow submarine.
“Two of us, standing solo in the sun” – two of us.
” look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, and she’s gone” – Lucy in the sky with diamonds.
“Limitless undying love that shines around me like a million suns.” – across the universe.
“Ou Est Le Soleil?, Dans La Tete, Travaillez. Loosely translated- “Where is the sun? On my head. Work!”
The list goes on and on. Sure, most will say that this is merely coincidence, the Beatles have such a large collection of songs, surely something as poetic as the sun would be mentioned often within them. And while I do not deny this fact, I also can not dismiss the context in which they used the sun within their lyrics, and the symbolism which unfolds like layers of an onion when you begin to break down all of the hidden meanings in the Beatles mysteries.
…. To be continued