Secrets of the Sphinx©
Mysteries of the Ages Revealed
Andrew Tomasi Raymond

The Platonic Year
Chapter 2


In order to uncover some of the mysteries that are shrouded in our mythological and religious symbols, including the Great Sphinx, we must look beyond our Earth year to a much longer cycle of our planet.

We call this greater cycle, or one wobble of the Earth, the Platonic year in honor of the Greek philosopher Plato — whose ideas concerning the realities of the physical and metaphysical planes are still cherished by many of us who are seeking the wisdom of the ages.

I am going to introduce this cycle in the simplest way possible, as we only need a general knowledge of it to comprehend the wisdom this book intends to impart.

The combined gravitational effects of the sun, moon, and planets on the Earth’s equatorial bulge cause the Earth’s axis to sway clockwise in a slow circle, like the motion of a spinning top.

It takes 25,800 years for the Earth’s axis to complete one wobble, sway, or clockwise circle. We call this 25,800-year cycle of our planet the Platonic year. It is also referred to as the precession of the equinoxes or the great year in a comprehensive dictionary. The great year is one of the longest cycles that are well known to our astronomers.

In the cycle of the great year, the sun's plane intersects the celestial equator a little west from where it crossed the year before. This is known as the precession of the equinoxes. The sun, on a vernal equinox, takes about 25,800 years to go all the way around the celestial equator and cross at the same point again.

The wobble of the Earth, that causes the precessional cycle, also causes our North Pole star to change. When we take an imaginary line off the Earth’s North Pole axis and extend it into the heavens, we find that the line points at a star that we call Polaris, our “North Pole” star. The cycle of the Platonic year causes the line off the North Pole to scribe a circle in the heavens approximately 25,800 years long.

Polaris will reach the point at which it comes closest to aligning with the North Pole axis of our Earth in the year A.D. 2095. In two thousand years, because of the effects of the Platonic year, there will be no pole star, as there was no pole star two thousand years ago.

The next North Pole star after Polaris will be Al Deramin around the year A.D. 7500; later, Deneb will hold that position. Thirteen thousand years from now, the bright star Vega will be the North Pole star again, as it was the North Pole star nearly thirteen thousand years ago.

As the precession continues, Alpha Draconis, which is also known as the Dragon Star or Thuban, becomes the next North Pole star after Vega around the year A.D. 21600.

Alpha Draconis aligns closer to the North Pole axis of our Earth than all of the other pole stars in a Platonic year. It is also the only pole star in a great year to be in the exact position to shine down the Descending Passage of the Great Pyramid of Giza, because the Descending Passage is in true alignment with the North Pole axis of our planet.

In his book The Great Pyramid Decoded, E. Raymond Capt says, “the most precise alignment of the Dragon Star and the Great Pyramid occurred on the Vernal Equinox of the year 2141 B.C.”

The imaginary line off the North Pole axis of the Earth moves away from Alpha Draconis as it continues to scribe its 25,800-year circle in the heavens. Around the year A.D. 27900, our North Pole axis will once again point at Polaris, where it is at this time in history.

We are going to continue learning about the Platonic year so that we can expose the secrets of the Giza Sphinx and many other ancient symbols in due time. In the meantime, don't let my planting of seeds, that need time to mature, bog you down. Just keep on moving. The overall message of this book is much simpler than the medium being used to deliver it to you.

The twelve constellations of the Zodiac, that were painstakingly researched by the Greek, Hindu, Persian, Egyptian, Chaldean, Hebrew, and Chinese astronomers, create an imaginary belt in the heavens. The Zodiacal circle formed by these constellations is close to being aligned with our celestial equator. When the sun’s plane crosses the equator on the first day of spring, we could ask ourselves which of the twelve constellations is out behind our brilliant sun. At this time in history the sun appears, to an observer on Earth, to be located between Pisces and Aquarius on the first day of spring.

The Platonic cycle causes a slow backwards movement of the sun’s apparent position in the Zodiac when viewed on successive Vernal Equinoxes. We refer to this slow-backwards movement as the precession of the equinoxes.

The sun’s apparent position moves a little bit west in a constellation when observed on the same day each year; it takes an equinox sun approximately 2,150 years to transit one of the twelve constellations on its 25,800-year jaunt around the Zodiac.

At this point in history, the Vernal-Equinox sun is just entering Aquarius on the first day of spring. This is the scientific explanation for what we call the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius or a New Age.

If we were to check the sun’s position in the Zodiac on successive Vernal Equinoxes, we would see that it will take approximately 2,150 years for the spring sun to travel through the constellation of Aquarius on its way to Capricorn. If we were to live for 25,800 years, or one great year, we would witness twelve new ages. In the long view of things, the Earth has been at this place in the astronomical calendar thousands of times before, as each Platonic year spirals onward.

Consider the twelve star constellations of the Zodiac the same way we think about the twelve months in the annual cycle of our planet. The Earth year consists of twelve months of about thirty days in each month. In the Platonic year, there are twelve ages of nearly 2,150 years in each age.

The name of an age is taken from the name of the constellation that the Vernal-Equinox sun or the spring equinoctial point is traversing. When used correctly, the Zodiac is the master calendar or the face of a clock for the Platonic year.

Because there is no line in the heavens between the star constellations of the Zodiac, we find all the different shamans on the planet quoting us a different time for the start of our impending new age. Most people who are “into” this esoteric knowledge point to the year A.D. 2000, plus or minus 40 years, as the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

Since such a gradual shift of ages is transpiring and there is no precise date for this event, we will have to be satisfied with just welcoming you to the dawning of a new age.

The astronomical ruins around the Earth prove that the ancient shamans knew a lot more than we usually give them credit for. They understood not only the Platonic year but some subtle variations in its slow-working celestial mechanism.

For example, many of these observatories, including Stonehenge on England’s Salisbury Plain, accurately record the 18.6-year cycle of the moon. This cycle causes every eclipse of the sun to repeat itself at a different place on the earth every 18.6 years. It also creates an 18.6-year wave or nodding in the precessional movement called nutation.

Should we try to trace the sun’s vernal-crossing point as it moves a bit west each year on the equator itself, we would not discern any even pattern in its movement because of the nutational cycle. However, when we observe the position of the sun in the Zodiac on successive Vernal Equinoxes, the westerly movement will appear “steady” as each year passes, because the stars and sun are too far away to be affected by the cycle of the moon.

Our ancient ancestors not only understood the patterns of the Platonic year but they also incorporated the reckoning of that long cycle in the designs of their great monuments. We shall explore some of these markers, including the Great Sphinx, as we progress through the chapters of this book.

Now that we have been exposed to Plato’s year with its twelve ages, let us create an imaginary time machine that we may use to view some of our previous ages. Climb aboard, set the “year” knob for “slow reverse”, push the “travel” button on the main control panel, and hold onto your head — we’re out of here

     Secrets of the Sphinx is an uplifting experience and an easy book to read. You will be thinking about this publication long after you set it down!


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A Few of the Reviews & Letters to Author

Dear Andy. 
I am fifty seven years of age and like you I have been searching for the truth for
as long as I can remember, through libraries of booksincluding the Bible, and today through
the internet with the advance of technology. I am by no means at your level, but I am steadily
getting there.

Things really started to take off when I learned about Precession and I have been engrossed with
it since. I have even drawn my own precessional charts and spent lots of time drawing dots,lines,
circles, and Pyramids. Although everything I did seemed to make sense in my search, I still could
not quite pull it all together. Then I came across your book and you dotted the I's, and crossed
the T's for me, for which I will be eternally grateful. Especially the hourglass. and the four cherubims.

I will continue to search for the rest of my life, and to put into practice everything I learn.
I would very much like to keep in touch if that's o.k. with you.

a very happy enlightened soul,

A. Raymond,
I mysteriously came across links to your book while  searching for something completely different.
I had to solidify my being grateful for you sharing your knowledge with this letter.
Hopefully you will continue to enlighten , and should our creator see fit, we will meet, either on this plane -
or the next one up.

*One Love*
H. J.


Mr Raymond,
My quest for knowledge has recently lead me to your web site, and your "Secrets of the Sphinx"
book.  I'd just like to say "thank you for writing this book". I've found the book to be packed with
powerful Knowledge, yet easy to read, a rare combo indeed. Again, thanks for providing this revealing info.
Regards Scott
Ardmore, OK


Thank you for you dedication, your heart, and your attitude.
And most of all, thanks for sharing.
 was a confirmation and an inspiration at the perfect time.
Funny how that happens.
All the Best,
Palm Springs, CA

I' ve read a shitload of books and have found alot of hidden meanings in the bible. 
Of course, as you are aware, I am finding that the more knowledge and wisdom that
I acquire, the less that I am able to relate to the average person.  Oh well, no turning
back now.  What did St. Paul say?  "It is impossible for those who have once been
enlightened to turn away, for in doing so is like crucifying the Son of God all over again
and subjecting Him to public disgrace."
Lucky charms,
Dr. Dan



Aloha Andrew!
I loved Secrets of The Sphinx! I owned it 10 years ago and gave it to a
friend 'cause I knew they would love it, and they did! I really missed that
book, so I contacted you about 2 years ago when trying to obtain another
copy for myself. You responded, and per your direction, I found a copy, and
have read it several times since. Thank you!

I would love to know if you do any seminars, workshops, etc.

My wife and I would be delighted to experience more of your teachings.

Mahalo for your attention.



It is with great gratitutde that I thank you for providing this information to those who seek it!!
I have one point-of many-that I hope you can clarify. During which age did the current Great Year begin?
I thought that any given Great Year would begin in Leo and then begin again at the next Leo-25,800 years later.
I realize you mentioned that the Age of Aquarius is considered the midpoint of the great year cycle but then the
question was presented that asked to identify if the Age of Pisces was the end of the current Great year.
Chapter 13 provided me much needed insight as to what to expect and how I may continue in my search for
knowledge as we enter the Age of Aquarius.


By the way, I finished your book. I read a hundred pages the first day i got, then i finished the rest in
the next two days. It is a really good book. I let my friend borrow it too, and he said, "This is one of
the only books that I've actually 'tripped balls' reading." We both like it because it's full of
information that can really push our minds to the edges, but it's easy to digest at the same time.
Admittedly, I'll need to read it more to get the full meaning though.


Dear Raymond
Thank you for the downoad of the Sphinx Revealed book. I really appreciate it. I do music with my wife.
You can hear the songs at: XXXXXXXXXXXX
Today is my wifes Birthday!
Thanks again
yours truly

Puerto Rico


Just read your online book and, as I am reading Hall's fantastic work now, I can only say "Thanks" 

How can I best support what you are doing?  Just let me know. 

Thanks again, take care and peace to you always,

Dear Andy,
Just a short note to let you know how much of a blessing your information (your hard work in studying, researching
and sharing with us) means to me.  I, too, have been searching.  I will understand the Bible much better. 
You made my day.

Secrets of the Sphinx is a consciousness changing book. It put me into a huge "growth period"
as we would experience in my psychic reading days.
I am also very interested in meeting you.
Thanks and much appreciation for your enlightenment.

Hi Andi,
I've read your book two times already, really cool. Thank you again.

Hi, I haven't read you book yet, but I have read everything on your web site.  I am fascinated in what
I have read.  I am only 15, but I have studied spirituality, mythology, religon, astrology, and a bunch
of other stuff.  Lately, I have been trying to study all of the different religions basis on the end of the world. 
The Mayans with their 2012, the christians with their "Mark of the Beast."  It all fascinates me.  I just
want to say that I think of you as a brilliant man, and I wish you luck with the rest of your life.
I have been spell-bound by the little information I've read so far on your web page regarding your book "Secrets of the Sphinx..." 
I rushing to the bookstore and purchasing it today! Your information seemed to have filled a void in my soul and spirit and I have
yet to read the first page!  I look forward to corresponding with you after I have read what seems to be a truly wonderful and inspirational book. 

I recently finished reading your book and found it quite interesting.
Lots of new ideas I've never thought of before.
Thought you might be interested to know about another error I found;
you'll want to fix it in your new edition.  On page 27, you mention the
Phoenician goddess 'Astarie'.  I believe the correct spelling is
'Astarte' with two t's.

Thank you for being here at this time.
I was just searching for Planetary Alignments on this day of the southern
Spring Equinox, and I was pleased to connect with information that
reinforced, from another's point of view, the information that had been
coming to me, linking sphinxes, pyramids, relationships and galactic
When I understand more, I'll be happy to share with you.
Hello, Andy;
My name is Ed XXXX.  I live in Arizona.  I found your website a
couple of weeks ago and immediately ordered your book from a local book
store.  I received the book yesterday and will finish it today.  But I could
no longer keep myself from contacting you.  I find your book very exciting.

I am especially excited by your understanding of the mystical nature of the
english (anglican, angelic) language.  I believe the english language was
delivered to man in the end of the Picean age for the express purpose of
revealing the true nature of man to man. 
I read your book while relaxing pool-side at the hotel the last two days.
 One of the young bar maid beauties inquired about the book and was intrigued
with what I was able to share.  She said she was anxious to get the book and
made some notes on her napkin.  I really enjoyed your book.  I plan on
reading it again and sharing it with my kids and some friends. I also feel inclined to
re-read "Skinny Legs and All" because of your reference to the dance of the
seven veils. 
   I don't know what it all means, but I believe everything happens for a
purpose - so you and your ideas are now part of the tapestry of my life and I
am grateful to have had the good fortune to cross paths with you.

I have just stumbled upon your web site and I really found it
It called to my attention that what goes on in one part of the
globe affects another part, sooner or later. I think that unity is
the key element needed in order for the cancer that humanity is
inflicted with to be cured.
Like a human body, the cells (individuals) of mankind must work
together in a unified manner or else cancer or other illesses may result.
Wow, man!  Your page is really cool.  Where do I start?  I'm a young
Aquarius looking forward to the gradual onset of the Seventh Age with
excited anticipation and wonder.  Since childhood I have constantly sought
the truth of life, the answers to human existence; and much of what you
wrote in your little biography resonated...  I've always been fascinated by
these higher, mysterious realms of thought - religion, philosophy,
mythology, astrology, egyptology, especially the wisdom which I've always
intuitively believed ancient cultures possessed.
Hey Andy
Had a great tour of the road to Hana with you. Someone told me to
Google for the year 2012 having to do with the Mayan Long Count Calendar.
Reminded me of your discussions.
Have a great day.
Paul Pacifica, CA
Hi Andy!
Last week my dear friend Karyna XXXX recommended your book to me. Although I've been to Egypt, last
night is the first time I've ever dreamt of a Sphinx (By the way, it was living)!  So, this morning, I figured
I better read your book!!!  Thank-you so much for your generosity of Spirit!!!
Your kindness is greatly appreciated
God/Goddess Bless You, and have a very happy 'Vernal' New Year!
Love & Light Andrea


I finished your book and am impressed with your scope of topic coverage. Your Great Year examination is a most intriguing
subject and while I was reading it, I remembered reading about the Mayan 2012 mythology, that concerns their calendar
system ending in the year 2012. Doomsday sayers proclaim, this is the true end of days date, others proclaim that 2012
signifies the end of 1 cycle of the Mayan cosmological calendar for earth.

Andy, I just stumbled onto your web page for the first time today!  It was
sooooo nice!
Have you ever picked up a book and experienced such a connection to its
message and author that you knew with out any doubt what was written in it
before you turned the pages?  Every now and then this will happen to me.
And today, when I came across your web has happened again!
I felt this overwhelming connection to you immediately!  Almost as if you
are a long lost twin, (an inner twin version of myself, if there could be
such a phenomenon!)  Sounds corny, but true!  It gave me a whole new
meaning to "Dejevu"! 
Thank you so much for all of the great information that you are providing!
 I went to your webpage and was reading in your book. Lots of fun to read that! I liked "live/evil, lived/devil"
and the yin/yang +/- relationships throughout. All quite true. The wabble period of 25,800 years is actually
a variable that is never 25,800. It only approximates that number if you average it, but you probably know that.
If you were to put a pencil lead on the end of a long stick that points through the earth's axis and goes out to
the edge of our galaxy to draw on, the wabble pointer would draw something that looked like an irregular
gear, each tooth different.
I see how you keep the book fun to read, and in that subject, that isn't easy. Craig

I had read some of your stuff amongst many other works and find yours can be conveyed
to interested parties on a forum where we think we have found a pattern in weather cycles etc...
I am finding it very difficult with my not so good grammatical skills at expressing the workings
of the celestial timings of the Grand Year etc.. And therefore am asking permission if I can quote
some of the text from your chapters of "Secrets of the Sphinx" on a forum.

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