> Are we reading too much in to this or do you consider it to
> have significance?
> I'd like to think it has significance as there are stories of
> the AE's practicing surgery, dentistry, etc. and this symbol
> could possibly have stemmed from that, although I wouldn't bet
> my house on it.
> Also of note is the pineal gland is referred to in some
> cultures as 'the third eye.'
> "According to Max Heindel's Rosicrucian writings, called
> Western Wisdom Teachings, the third eye is localized in the
> pituitary body and the pineal gland. It was said that in the
> far past, when man was in touch with the inner worlds, these
> organs were his means of ingress thereto."
> As we know, the Eye of Horus is meant to represent protection,
> power and health. So, in a way, there is little connection
> there to begin with. Can anyone shed any more light on this?
I can't speak to the "eye of Horus" reference, but regarding these glands,
the pineal is not the 3rd eye. The physical manifestion of the 6th chakra (3rd eye or eye-center) is the pituitary gland, aka, the master gland.
The pineal is the physical manifestation of the crown chakra and it plays a big role in how we can leave the body through the crown chakra, which is much more desirable than exiting through the lower centers--heart, throat, etc.
During the early AM, starting at midnight, and peaking around 3-4 AM, the pineal secretes melatonin and "thins the veils" for us, making it easier to have visions and to consciously leave the body during meditation. The old mystics refered to this time of day as the "hour of elixer".