phallus of Osiris in Hollywood?
Is it possible
that the “phallus of Osiris”, the Egyptian Lord of
the Underworld, is located under a hill in Hollywood? As outlandish
as it may seem, truth might be stranger than any film producer
stories are weirder than anything Hollywood screenwriters could
come up with. But then, facts are often stranger than fiction!
How would you react if you were told that the phallus of the Egyptian
god Osiris is possibly located underneath a buried pyramid in
the very centre of Hollywood – Los Angeles? Doesn’t
this sound like something from a movie? Well, it isn’t.
The site where Osiris’ phallus is supposedly buried is known
as the Hollywood Cross, which sits on a small hill next to Interstate
101, at Cahuenga. The site is notorious as the cross can clearly
be seen from the 101, especially at night, when it is illuminated
and sometimes – depending on visibility – seems to
be suspended in mid air. From the Hollywood & Highland Center,
with its viewing platform designed to give visitors a good view
of the Hollywood sign, the sign is visible sitting to the lower
left of this iconic view.
So, how could a legendary Egyptian artefact ever end up underneath
a completely naturally looking hill in the very heart of lala-land,
correct? It seems absurd, impossible, as the Ancient Egyptians
according to all historical accounts never made it to America,
let alone the “far side” of America. But however illogical
it seems, this was nevertheless the total conviction of one of
the greatest astrologers of the 20th century, Linda Goodman, who
spent a small fortune in trying to prove her case.
Goodman was a New York Times bestselling author, who sold millions
of book on astrology, including “Sun Signs”, which
was published in 1968. Though therefore a well-known public figure,
what was less known, was that her life was defined by two main
preoccupations: the quest to find out the fate of her eldest daughter
Sally, who had disappeared in mysterious circumstances; and to
prove the presence of Osiris’ phallus in Hollywood.
The site where the phallus was supposedly located was underneath
the Hollywood Cross, which is located on Pilgrimage Drive, in
Cahuenga. Cahuenga is the Spanish name for the Tongva village
of Kawengna, meaning “place of the mountain” –
etymological evidence that the mountain was important to the Native
Americans who lived there.
Today, the hill shields the Ford amphitheatre on its lower slopes.
But it was what was inside the hill that obsessed Goodman: from
the early 1970s until her death on October 21, 1995, she believed
that there was a subterranean structure underneath the hill, which
contained Osiris’ phallus. From the early 1990s onwards,
she paid out a small fortune to have series of tests performed
that were always using the latest available technology that could
map what was inside the hill, without having to resort to physical
digging. She realised that no-one was going to believe her, or
allow her to excavate without almost concrete proof that something
manmade was underneath that hill. It was her quest for the Holy
But those who knew Goodman during the 1990s and saw the compiled
scientific material – Goodman tried to rally support and
interest in this project – confirm that these scientific
surveys all came back arguing that there was indeed an underground
structure underneath that hill. Some speak of a buried pyramid,
while others speak of clear evidence of a manmade structure, or
chamber. And with each survey result, Goodman became more convinced
that one of the greatest legendary artefacts – thought to
exist in legend only – was hidden in Hollywood.
did a bestselling author on astrology become convinced that there
was a buried pyramid in Hollywood? Goodman related the incident
in her 1988 book “Star Signs”. The story started in
1970 – New Year’s Day. While promoting her bestselling
“Sun Signs”, she stayed in room 1217 (later renumbered
to room 1221) of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, then as now one
of the iconic hotels in Hollywood.
Unexpectedly, a stranger knocked on her door. He identified himself
as “Nahtan” and was invited in by Goodman. During
their discussion, he made a number of extraordinary claims, stating
that he could bilocate, walk through walls, etc. He was apparently
an initiate of an order, who had lived for more than thirty years
in a monastery in India. For anyone not present, the obvious conclusion
might be that this was a charlatan, but Goodman was not naïve.
Whomever he was, he left a lasting impact on her. Indeed, it would
be a life-changing few hours for her.
Nahtan also had a clear mission: he told Goodman that she should
go to the mountains, where she would meet her twin soul. “Twin
souls” are similar to the concept of soul mates, but more
specified. The definition of a twin soul is someone who is made
from the same soul, halved at the beginning of time, who reunite
in the flesh during their lives on earth, to become whole again.
It is this specific concept that is told time and again in many
myths, including the myth of Isis and Osiris, who were such twin
souls. In mythology the concept is often described as “brother
and sister, and lovers”. Indeed, it was their love story
that is probably the greatest love story ever told, one that inspired
generations of ancient Egyptians. Goodman had worked extensively
in using astrology with this concept and after 1970, applied herself
mentioned, Goodman related her encounter with Nahtan in detail
in her book “Star Signs”. What Goodman left out of
the published account, were the details on how Nahtan had provided
information on Hollywood Hill, though the published account does
include an oblique reference to it. After Nahtan left, Goodman
writes how she sat in the suite of the hotel, “by the window
that looked out on the small white cross, planted on the far hill
behind Graumann’s Chinese Theatre across Hollywood Boulevard.”
(Preface, p. lv) This wasn’t just a woman looking into the
distance, but a woman looking at what was going to become one
of her life’s greatest challenges.
Ever after, whenever Goodman came to Los Angeles, she would ask
for the same hotel suite, primarily because of the encounter she
had had there, and because there was a clear, unobstructed view
to the Hollywood Cross. Today, the latter is no longer the case,
as the Hollywood & Highland Center has blocked the view –
though from the viewing platform of that complex, you can, as
mentioned, see how the Hollywood cross and the famous Hollywood
sign almost perfectly align.
during Nahtan’s visit, he related about a future in which
Goodman would meet her twin soul. She considered Isis and Osiris
to be the perfect archetypes for the concept of twin souls, and
she seemed to hold the belief that the Great Pyramid had been
built by Osiris, millennia earlier than established history dates
it – in her opinion, Khufu merely restored it. She was,
of course, neither the first nor the last who believed that the
pyramid predated the Dynastic Era of Ancient Egypt. The Egyptian
High Priest Manetho produced a King List, in which he stated that
before the first Dynastic Pharaoh, there were demigods and gods
who ruled over Egypt – including Osiris. Indeed, for the
Ancient Egyptians, Osiris was not considered to be a mythical
figure, but a physical reality.
The story of Isis and Osiris is one of the greatest love stories
ever told. When Osiris is tricked during a meal, he is killed
and his body mutilated in fourteen parts, whereupon they are scattered
along the length of the River Nile. Isis goes in search of these
pieces, in the hope of recovering them all, and thus saving Osiris’
soul. Alas, she is unable to find Osiris’ phallus, which
some accounts of the legends relate was eaten by the fishes that
live in the Nile. (It was the reason why Egyptian priests were
not allowed to eat fish.) She therefore created a phallus from
wood, and through magic was able to conceive the Divine Child,
Horus, who would later go on to avenge his father by slaying Seth,
Osiris’ brother, whom had been responsible for Osiris’
Goodman highlighted December 8 as the date that was linked with
the festival of the maimed Osiris and his resurrection through
the intervention of Isis. Today, in the Christian calendar, it
marks the feast of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, each
year, Goodman would make sure that she was in Los Angeles, so
she could trek to the Hollywood Cross, often accompanied by a
small group of people who shared her passion for this enigma.
Most reconnaissance missions started from and ended at her hotel.
most of the information on the Hollywood Cross seems to have come
from Nahtan, friends of Goodman believe that her interest in the
Cross was enforced once she followed Nahtan’s advice to
go to the mountains, which turned out to be in Colorado. They
believe that once she had settled in a relationship there, she
was contacted by members of the White Brotherhood, a movement
that had been created in Colorado by Maurice Doreal. His teachings
were heavily focused on the Emerald Tablets – which were
linked with the fourteen pieces of Osiris, one of which was of
course his phallus. Doreal had created his own translation of
the Tablets, which Goodman used. The tablets were said to have
been written by Thoth, the scribe of the Gods, and said to contain
all the wisdom known to Mankind. One version of the Emerald Tablets
became known as the “Corpus Hermeticum”, and they
were designed to allow the Greeks to understand the knowledge
of their Egyptian compatriots, after the Greeks had conquered
There are definitely several overlaps between what Nahtan had
told Goodman and what Doreal had preached. But there are also
aspects of Doreal’s claims that are less mainstream. Maurice
Doreal (the name Claude Doggins adopted) believed that an ancient
race of lizard people had once lived on this earth, as well as
an Aryan race from Mars that was at war with these lizard beings.
Both possessed advanced technology, some of which was preserved
in “Rainbow City”, which was said to be somewhere
in Antarctica. As was the case for so many others of his ilk and
time, Mount Shasta also became of paramount importance in his
theory; he even wrote a book, “The Mysteries of Mt. Shasta”.
Of course, since Doreal, a belief in extra-terrestrial lizards
has become one of the popular conspiracy theories.
Of direct interest to us is that Doreal’s “Emerald
Tablets” was published in the late 1940s, echoing his interest
in the teachings of the ancient Egyptians. He believed that this
collection of material had been compiled by an Atlantean high-priest,
Thoth, who, like Osiris, should be seen as a physical entity.
Doreal also created The Brotherhood of the White Temple in 1930
with headquarters in Sedalia, Colorado. The focus of the brotherhood
was to print pamphlets, which tackled a variety of esoteric subjects.
They were said to be the teachings of higher-evolved beings that
were here to guide humanity in its evolution. If true, Nahtan
was clearly one of them.
much did Doreal and his movement influence Goodman? Doreal died
in 1963, but his brotherhood survived, to this day (www.bwtinc.org).
Seeing that Goodman only moved to Colorado in the early 1970s,
and became more prominently interested in the subject matter after
her encounter with Nahtan, it is clear that Doreal’s influence
was secondary, at best. However, it is known that she had Doreal’s
translation of these Emerald Tablets, and that she often gave
some copies to friends. However, based on what we can know for
sure, it seems that she saw the organisation more like kindred
spirits, one of few interested parties in Colorado – if
not America – that might be interested in and helping her
with her quest to prove a manmade structure existed underneath
the Hollywood Cross. How much the organisation did help, remains
a matter of speculation.
Goodman died in 1995, her estate ended up in the hands of Crystal
Bush. She hired a team that went through all of Goodman’s
boxes. Some of the researchers were intimately aware of the fact
that Goodman had documents and test results to do with the Hollywood
Cross hill, but none of those papers were found in the boxes acquired
by Bush. Where they ended up, remains unknown.
The story of the Hollywood Cross is therefore – at present
– without hard evidence. But it comes from a remarkable
and reputable source. And everyone who came across the evidence
Goodman had accumulated, was convinced that the investigation
should be continued. All the hard scientific surveys she had carried
out on the hill, at great personal expense, always came back arguing
that the matter should not be dropped.
The paramount question, of course, is whether it is possible.
For even evidence of a subterranean chamber under a hill is not
necessarily evidence of Osiris’ phallus present inside.
But to take the problem one bite at a time…
When driving around that specific area of Hollywood, specifically
around the back streets, it is clear that some of the hills show
clear signs of terracing. Whether ancient or more modern is to
be determined, but it is largely in line with earthen mounds seen
elsewhere in the States and Mexico. It is also known that the
area was once sacred land to the Native Americans, which could
explain the terracing, but also brings about the question why
the Native Americans considered it to be sacred.
Interestingly, Goodman was convinced that it was no coincidence
that the eighth art – cinematography – had blossomed
in the shadow of Osiris’ missing phallus. It is indeed a
matter of record that the Emerald Tablets and hence Osiris were
seen as inspiring the arts (e.g. the availability of the Corpus
Hermeticum in 15th century Florence is one of the cornerstones
of the Renaissance and painters like Botticelli, Donatello, etc.).
Osiris and his magical son Horus are also the heroes par excellence,
and it is of course Hollywood that is the best-known and biggest
hero factory on Planet Earth. Coincidence? For an astrologer like
Linda Goodman, there was no such thing. Coincidence was merely
a relationship between two objects which science had not yet fully
understood. The reason why Hollywood became what it is, she felt,
lay underneath a hill next to the 101.
are some hints that Goodman might not have been the first interested
in this piece of land. Interestingly, the summit of the hill is
the only piece of property in LA that is circular in shape! Today,
it is in private ownership, though the property immediately surrounding
the circle is owned by LA County.
An interesting character in the history of the hill is Christine
Wetherill Stevenson. In the 1920s, she purchased land across the
street from the Hollywood Bowl and built the Pilgrimage Theater,
which became the home of the Pilgrimage Play, all about the life
of Jesus. Jesus and Osiris share many things in common, though,
of course, one can’t go too far into this comparison, for
Jesus is at the cornerstone of every Christian’s faith.
Upon her death in 1922, she was remembered with the now famous
cross, making the Hollywood Cross hill into something of a Golgotha,
the hill upon which Jesus was crucified. Originally, the cross
was only lit during Easter when the play was performed, but soon,
it was lit every night and the Cross became one of Hollywood’s
many famous landmarks. Of course, the Passion, with the Last Supper
and Jesus’ subsequent death, are clear parallels with the
story of Osiris being murdered during a meal. Equally, the parallels
between Mary Magdalene weeping at the cross and Isis weeping over
her husband’s body, are apparent.
did – how could – Osiris’ phallus end up in
California? That is of course the vital question. For this, we
need to accept that the legend of Isis and Osiris is physically
real. As alien as that is for a 21st century mindset, the ancient
Egyptians themselves made it clear that they believed that their
deities were once physical beings, who had lived ca. 20,000 BC.
It is also known that the ancient Egyptians of Dynastic times
had sailing boats that were able to sail the seas. There is as
yet no hard evidence that they sailed the oceans, though there
are some indications to this possibility. Only the future will
tell. In the Grand Canyon and Arizona, there are some indications
that the ancient Egyptians potentially came here. Certain Egyptian
artefacts and rumours of caves with Egyptian mummies and like
have been rumoured to exist ever since the Canyon was unlocked
Osiris, however, was the Lord of the Underworld. Subterranean
chambers and coffins were linked with him and therefore the possibility
that one of the artefacts linked with him was buried in a subterranean
structure, is extremely logical. And another question, of course,
is whether the thirteen other artefacts linked with Osiris are
buried somewhere – and if so, where?
is too early to create a coherent theory, but there are some interesting
points to make. The Hopi, a Native American tribe that lives in
Arizona, see their place of emergence – the place of creation
– in the Grand Canyon. It is therefore a very special place
for them. Could it be the same for the ancient Egyptians, who
spoke of a Western Isle as the place of their origins? A place
from which they came to Egypt…
Some will immediately fill this in as Atlantis, a continent said
to exist in the direction of America, and though written down
by Plato, this Greek philosopher was relating information that
he himself had received from Egyptian priests… the same
Egyptian priests who believed their deities had lived, thousands
of years ago, on earth. If Osiris belongs to that period, 20,000
odd years ago, and to a lost civilisation, then the possibility
that this civilisation sailed to America, is a possibility. Archaeology
is discovering with every passing day that Mankind’s presence
on the American continent is far older than previously assumed!
The Hopi equally speak about a magical water jar, which was able
to create wells and streams even in the most adverse dry climates.
Many of their great houses in Arizona were without running water,
yet it is known that communities once thrived there. Did water
indeed come from a magical water jar? Part of their tradition
states that sometimes a jar broke, and hence a representative
of the Hopi needed to travel west, to an undefined location on
the Pacific Coast, to refashion a magical water jar. Interestingly,
such water jars, or baskets, or chests, are in Egyptian culture
specifically associated with Osiris. Coincidence? Or a final indicator
that Hollywood Hill might be intimately linked with the mysteries
of ancient Egypt, and that reality is often indeed more incredible
and weird than anything the screenwriters can come up with?
Hill was a private project of Linda Goodman, which largely died
when she died in 1995. But those who knew her and of her interest,
remain convinced that Goodman was onto something, if only because
they had seen the results of the scientific surveys. Alas, when
she died, the relevant documents were apparently lost, meaning
that the story of the Hollywood Hill became another… legend.
Those who knew her, hope that they can rekindle the project. Since
1995, surveying techniques have made gigantic strides forward,
and what seemed impossible to map then, is now often quite easily
doable. The “problem” of Hollywood Hill, therefore,
seems to be one of belief, of conviction. Can we accept that the
ancient Egyptian deities were once physically real? And if so,
is it possible that somehow, an ancient Egyptian relic, ended
up halfway across the world, in Hollywood? It’s a small
step for a Hollywood scriptwriter, but a giant leap for Mankind!
article appeared in Atlantis Rising, Issue 85 (January - February