The Ruler of the Sky

egypt

awakening Osiris

Long after my Dad had traveled to Egypt and after we had the opportunity to visit and view the tomb goods of Tutanhkamun,  The  Mysteries of Egypt (Time of the Pharaohs) has traveled to us and The Royal BC Museum.  It has been unusually hot this summer and  the solar disk shines brightly in keeping with the ancient essence, though we too await the rainy season.

The Egyptians celebrated life and were profoundly spiritual.  Their book of the dead (Awakening Osiris) rivals the Biblical psalms in devotion, humility and poetry

Oh starry ones, I am but a man by the river, gazing up ( Egyptian psalm from The Book of the Dead)

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“I am a thought, a shadow, a bone, I am not  a human being I am a human becoming.”

 

"I have not learnt the things that are not..." | by not always here and never all there

 

“I have not learnt the things that are not…”

The prayer of a soul at judgment. In ancient Egypt the jackal god Anubis led the soul into the halls of Maat (truth) where his or her heart would be weighed by the god Osiris against a feather. It was important that you were not concerned with the trivia of life “I have not learnt the things that are not..( of consequence)” To enter paradise you had to answer negatively to a list of transgressions that were different for every walk of life. If your heart was light of sin you passed into the blissful Field of Reeds.Should your heart not be found pure it would be thrown to the floor and devoured by Amut the gobbler. You would then cease to exist.

Here we have the great city of Amarna built by the rather unusual and great heretical Pharaoh, Akhenaten. Born Amunhotep IV during the 18th dynasty (circa1350 BC the New Kingdom) he later changed his name to Akhenaten.

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Akhenaten was married to  Nefertiti whose name meant “the beautiful one has arrived.” He was the father of the boy king, Tutankhamun ( the living image of Amun), originally named Tutankhaten.  Akhenaten is the strangest looking of the Pharaohs. It is suggested that he had inherited a genetic condition causing his head to be elongated and his belly pouched. When Akhenaten was born, the great deity was Ra, a solar deity but also associated with the gods Horus and Amun.  Akhenaten claimed that heavenly beings came down from the sky to tell him that there was only one god and that god was Aten, embodied by the sun disk. This is a portion of his hymn to Aten

“How manifold it is, what thou hast made!They are hidden from the face (of man).O sole god, like whom there is no other!Thou didst create the world according to thy desire,Whilst thou wert alone: All men, cattle, and wild beasts,Whatever is on earth, going upon (its) feet,And what is on high, flying with its wings…..”

Of course the Pharaohs were believed to be related to the gods and therefore divine rulers themselves. The only other people who might challenge their authority were the priests, often relatives of the Royal Family. Their mystical temples were the houses of living powerful, gods that were tended, communed with and served, unlike churches of today which are more often treated as symbolic or spiritual representations.  Yet for some reason I am reminded of the old Catholic or Orthodox belief  (as with the Copts in Egypt today) where sacred ritual is still significant and the consecrated sacrament in the sanctuary is considered to be the living body of the divine Christ.

Akhenaten was a visionary but not a very effective administrator and his kingdom soon fell apart after his demise. Amarna was abandoned and the banished gods returned.

Khufu

Long before Akhenaten,  Pharaoh Khufu’s funerary barge  carried his body down the river and was placed in the pyramid he had built at Giza circa 2500 BC (the Fourth Dynasty or The Old Kingdom).

There is a modern theory that the 3 pyramids at Giza aligned with the constellation of Orion which in Egyptian times was called Osiris, after the god who was murdered by his brother Seth. Osiris was later resurrected and became central to achieving the heavenly realm after death as it was he who weighed the hearts of the dead. Resurrection is not exclusive to Christianity and probably the Psychiatrist Karl Jung would have attributed it to the Universal Consciousness.  It is a powerful concept and the Egyptians strove to achieve this by the preservation and hopeful eventual regeneration of their earthly remains.

The theory proposed that at a certain time starlight would penetrate the long mysterious narrow passage that traveled through the pyramid walls into the burial chamber, filling it with light and thus the Pharaoh’s soul would be launched into those heavenly coordinates, a star gate so to speak where beyond lay the Fields of Bliss.

oh great Pharaoh, beloved of Maat, Horus of Gold, Son of Ra, Lord of the sedge and the bee
May you live forever in the stars

 

The Golden Age of the Pharaoh’s was long past by the time The Greek or Ptolemic Dynasty was established  322- 30 BC)

My own apparent connection to Egypt on mytrueancestry.com (?) a swiss dna data bank genetic match- mind you  have a bit of everything including  Celts and northern Vikings and Romans to the south

44 Comments Add yours

  1. PNCO says:

    Love that image with the starship and Orion’s belt.. great work of art 🙂

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    1. many thanks Pieter!!

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  2. Mél@nie says:

    I visited Egypt during 3 weeks years ago and I’m still fascinated by this country, their culture, mythology, etc… I dedicated this post to the famous couple: 🙂
    https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/nefertiti-akhenaten-timeless-and-everlasting-love/

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    1. thanks Melanie and your post was beautiful!! those love letters!

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  3. sheldonk2014 says:

    Hey Cyebel
    It so good to see
    An old friend
    I need all of you
    To hug this old tree
    To try and shake loose
    The ripen fruit….so we
    Can all enjoy while it last

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  4. Starr says:

    very interesting blog ~ thank you for sharing ♥

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  5. John Hayduke. says:

    As you well know this is definitely one of my favorite subjects and very well displayed Cybele. You always display everything in a mystical and magical way. Love it.

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    1. So glad you approve, desert prince!

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  6. Suzanne says:

    A human becoming – I feel I am one of them too. Somehow I am not surprised to learn the Egyptians were aware of this concept. I feel the idea that they were in touch with beings who came from the stars – Orion and Sirius too – makes a lot of sense. They seem to have been aware of aspects of life that we modern humans have forgotten. I enjoyed your post a great deal. Thanks for sharing your detailed research and insights with us. 🙂

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    1. an endlessly fascinating subject Suzanne! thank you!

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  7. Magical words and magical images Cybele!

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    1. happy you enjoyed the post! Blessings!

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  8. Sherry Felix says:

    This post gives me goose bumps. I love the music and images – all of it. What is the name of the music?

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    1. it give me the shivers too! I will try to find the name of that piece. It was in with my music bits. Thanks Sherry!

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  9. milliethom says:

    I love Egyptian history and myth and was lucky enough to visit Egypt a few years ago. The valley of the Kings is fabulous. Your beautiful photos really do justice to the mystic and spiritual themes of your post. Thank you for sharing it, Cybele.

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    1. so glad you liked it Millie, Thank you!

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  10. smilecalm says:

    mystically ancient!
    remembering
    king tut 🙂

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    1. yes!! thanks Smilecalm!

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  11. Fascinating stories, Cool photos as usual, Cybele ❤❤

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  12. Maverick ~ says:

    Wonderful posting Cybele.

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  13. Anita says:

    Wonderful pictures, a lovely narrative, and what thoughtful and thought-provoking quotes, Cybele. I love your post.

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  14. A wonderful post, Dear Cybele! And another reason piling up on my mountain of reasons to visit Victoria! I was hoping to plan a visit before we leave for Egypt, but time’s moving quick and we leave in 3 weeks… we’ll be there till Christmas, so I guess Victoria will have to wait for next summer, darn it! I love that line, “…I am not a human being I am a human becoming” wow, that’s wonderful, isn’t it?! xoxoxo

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    1. oh Kathleen, good to hear from you! I hope I didn’t make any historical errors!!? lol. If you like the post then I am content!! You have seen the wonderful history and life along the Nile !! oh how wonderful – back to Egypt, I hope to see some posts from you! Yes that was quite a quote!! They were very profound I think. It’s been quite hot on the island but do come when you can. It’s wonderful here though this summer there has been a lot of smoke from forest fires!! I hope you are enjoying Vancouver. My parents lived there for years. God bless Kathleen you and your family and safe journey back to the land of the Pharaohs.

      oops punctuation and pharaoh corrected in places 😀

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  15. I loved your images, and the history. I recently relearned that the Egyptians had to answer questions and their answers weighed on a scale with a feather when I took #1 Grandson to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in our city. It’s a neat place with wonderful artifacts, and history.
    I don’t think I’d pass the test.

    I don’t think I’d read or heard so much about King Tut’s father before your post. Very informative!

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    1. thank you so much Deb. I’ve always been a bit of a history geek and fascinated with Egypt. oh and btw I keep seeing all these punctuation errors in my posts these days! I”m slipping lol as is my eyesight!!

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  16. Amy says:

    Fascinating, indeed! Amazing photos, Cybele!!

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    1. so happy you like it Amy!

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  17. pattimoed says:

    One of my favorite places in NYC is the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You’ve captured some of the mystery and spirituality of ancient Egypt. Wonderful!

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    1. many thanks Patti, I was hoping it would come across as such!! I have not been to New York!! One day maybe!

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  18. glauco ulcigrai says:

    …fascinating, spiritual, mysterious, magical period in history!
    Like your presentation, soundtrack and reconstruction trail. I feel completely absorbed in the ancient world with my “divine” cat Helena tightly held in my arms…

    Waves,

    =^._.^= ∫ & Glauco

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    1. ah Bast!!! I’m a cat person too as were the Egyptians! Thanks so much for visiting Glauco. Hope all is well!!

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  19. Wow! What a fascinating history lesson! Love the artistic photos, my friend. I also love that quote, “…I am not a human being, I am a human becoming.” Wonderful! 😀

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    1. Such beautiful words I agree. They are so mysterious!! Thank you Linda!

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  20. What a beautiful and powerful post. I have never read these saying and they are wonderful saying. Thank you my lovely Cybele xxxxxxxxx

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    1. they are amazing poems!! Thanks so much for sailing down the Nile!!( in Victoria lol)

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      1. Always lovely o come here.

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  21. Adrian Lewis says:

    I love ancient Egypt too; and the pictures here. A 🙂

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    1. so pleased you liked it Adrian!!

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  22. disperser says:

    Informative and, as always, striking.

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