The Mystery of Orion’s Nebula

What’s the common factor between the human brain, Egypt, and the paintings of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci? It’s hidden well, but can be seen clearly when you know what to look for and take the time to truly observe: the Orion Nebula. It may seem like a crazy idea, but after all the following evidence is shown it will certainly cause you to question reality, humanity, and the nature of the universe outside our planet.

(Image Source: Bill Snyder)

(Image Source: Bill Snyder)

Throughout history, the Orion Nebula can be found mentioned in all major ancient religious texts and even on some of the earliest traces of stone carvings known to historians; in all these instances, the nebula is considered to either be the universe’s creation point, the birthplace of the gods, or where travelers from the stars came from. The Egyptians, Sumerians, Dogon, Mayans, and Olmecs all held Orion as a spiritual place of the highest importance. Even the Christian Bible makes specific references to Orion in the Old Testament as a holy place related to God’s “heavenly” throne.


A man by the name of Danny Wilten has done some extensive research on the Orion Constellation and Nebula analyzing its place in history, as well the human mind and planet Earth; he has put together a series of illustrations, using new hi-resolution images from NASA’s Hubble telescope and overlaying images of the corresponding paintings, brain, and satellite photos. The pictures are embedded below with each related sections.

(Image Source: Danny Wilten)

(Image Source: Danny Wilten)

An interesting note is that a good number of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings for the Vatican contain a common esoteric design structure that correlates directly with the shape of the Orion Nebula or the Orion Trapezium (the brightest area located inside the Nebula). The paintings usually depict a scene of angels, Jesus, or God himself, accompanied by bright light and allusions to “heaven” (as seen in the examples above and below). The Orion Nebula lines up with the focal point of the paintings and when the images from the Hubble are laid over the paintings, one can see striking similarities in their appearance.



Digging deeper into the mysterious circumstances, with the advent of satellite imagery of Earth, it was discovered the three Egyptian pyramids of Giza align perfectly with the stars of Orion’s Belt. Given the importance of Orion to ancient Egyptian religion, it makes sense why they would build the structures in this formation.


To be able to align the top points of each pyramid with the precise location of each star without the use of a telescope is extremely interesting. Something else was recently discovered as well: if a star chart is properly scaled down and laid directly over satellite images of Egypt, aligning the three stars of Orion’s Belt with the three pyramids of Giza, then the Orion Nebula is directly over the Nile Delta.


When the finer details between the Orion Nebula and the Nile Delta are studied, one can see many similarities showing up between the two different images. It seems that the man made structures and farmland have been shaped into mirror images of the gas and star clouds in the nebula.


To further the strangeness, there are other examples of Orion mirrored in structures; the ruins of Teotihuacán just north of Mexico City contains three great pyramids constructed using similar mathematics and precisely the same alignment as those in Giza, all the way on the other side of the world.


The native Hopi Indians of northeast Arizona have an elaborate mythology background that revolves around Orion. The Native Americans chose three mesas to set their villages up at, and the placement of these mesas directly correlates with Orion’s Belt; in addition, the Hopi Indians have villages (both current sites and ruins) in the precise location of each star in the Orion constellation.


Someone recently pointed out that when you view the site of the World Trade Center from above, after the construction of the new One World Trade Center next to the spot where the Twin Towers resided, the formation is strikingly similar to both Orion’s Belt and the Pyramids of Giza. Strange coincidence? Or a conspiracy?


Another interesting layer to add onto this mystery is the similarities between the human brain and the Orion Nebula. If one were to lay an image of a human brain cut in half on an image of the nebula, and align the pineal gland with the Orion Trapezium, then the rest of the nebula correlates with parts of the human brain.


Taking this all one step further, since the renaissance paintings line up and see to be structured like the Orion Nebula, one could also argue that the paintings align with the imagery of the human brain – the brightest focal points in the paintings would line up with the pineal gland; the seat of the soul. This brings another new perspective for viewing Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork that actually correlates quite well. With this outlook, it’s hard to properly determine if the paintings were inspired by their reverence of Orion’s Nebula or  the human brain?



All of these similarities and hidden details when brought together provide a pretty solid case for the fact that there is more going on with Orion than we currently understand. It seems the ancients may have known quite a lot more about the nature of reality and how it all began Many theories postulate that ancient aliens helped build the pyramids, and when details like this are seen even a skeptic can begin to question if there is a possibility these theories could be somewhat true.


To learn more, watch “The Pineal Gland Is The Seat Of The Soul” by the aforementioned Danny Wilten:

Danny Wilten has a large collection of videos on YouTube analyzing different aspects of Orion’s importance in our universe and history. You can view his entire body of work by clicking HERE.



Ryan Tindrick
Ryan Tindrick
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