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Golden and Silver Gates

Star Gates of God and Man
By Ra Kheper Heru, 2011 [Edited]

There are only two Gates/entry ways [into heaven]. One being the intersection between Taurus and Gemini is known as the “silver gate” of heaven, [where Orion (Osiris/Ausar) is located]. The intersection between Scorpio and Sagittarius, were Ophiuchus is located is known as the “Golden gate” of heaven. The galactic center lies visually from our solar system along a line that passes through the golden gate.

The constellation Ophiuchus the “Serpent holder” [thus S-Ophi-Isis. 7M] sits 180 degrees across Orion (Ausar). Face one you face the galactic center, face the other you have your back to the galactic center. Ophiuchus sits in the direction towards the center of our galaxy. The ancients called it the ‘Gate of the Gods’. Orion (Ausar) sits in the opposite of this direction, which would be considered the ‘anti-galactic center’ and the ancients called this direction, the ‘Gate of man’. Continue reading

Djed Symbol

Two ivory Djed pillars found in a
First Dynasty tomb at Helwan.
(photograph taken by J.D.Degreef)

The Concept of the Djed Symbol
By Vincent Brown, 2012

One of the most enigmatic symbols of Ancient Egypt is the Tet, or  Djed. Although it was widely used as a religious icon throughout much of the history and geography of Ancient Egypt, it is still not clearly understood what the Djed was originally conceived to represent. Determining its meaning from its appearance alone is not an easy task so we shall take some of the suggested definitions and analyse each individually. But first of all lets look at the key elements that make up the symbol.

Typical Distinctive Features:

  • Four horizontal bars surmounting a vertical shaft
  • Vertical striations between each bar
  • These striations are shown in profile on the sides of the Djed creating a curved appearance
  • Four bands around neck of the shaft
  • Sometimes a small capital can be seen surmounting the Djed
  • The Djed often stands on a rectangular base

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Escaping Ausar – 2

Escaping Osiris
O Osiris the king,
who goes forth by night !
by Wim van den Dungen

Part 1

The legend of Osiris is told in various ways, but we possess no complete tale. The Egyptians themselves only alluded to the assassination and probably conceived the sequence of events as a form of sacred history.

Most narratives go back to De Iside et Osiride of Mestrius Plutarch (ca. 45 – 120 CE), an initiate of the mysteries of Apollo. He stressed the connection between the myth of Osiris and the inundation of the Nile and its fertility (cf. agriculture), a reading confirmed by Egyptology, connecting Osiris with popular Predynastic (Lunar) vegetations rituals (the “Bull” as consort of the great cow goddess of the Moon ?). The “Golden Age” or “age of the gods” could therefore reflect some of the events of the period of the formation of the two kingdom (the Late Predynastic Period, ca. 3600 – 3300 BCE, or the Gerzean culture of Naqada II and the Terminal Predynastic Period, ca. 3300 – 3000 BCE). In these last 600 years of prehistory, the role of the male chief, important from the start of agriculture in Lunar-based, nomadic and semi-nomadic societies, increased, and the “good king” became an emblem of power and unity. Continue reading

Escaping Ausar -1

Escaping Osiris
O Osiris the king,
who goes forth by night !
by Wim van den Dungen

“I, King Neferkare, am Osiris who goes forth by night.”
Pyramid Texts – Late Vth – VIth Dynasty – § 1761d.

“Lord of All Men, at the head of the Two Lands as a whole !
(He) who comes in peace !
Lord of the Blooming of the Heart !”

Hymn to Osiris – stela – XIIth Dynasty – British Museum

“Hail Osiris, son of Nut ! (…)
Whose awe Atum set in the heart
of men, gods, spirits and the dead. (…)
King of gods, great power of heaven,
ruler of the living, king of those beyond !”
Hymn to Osiris – Stela of Sobek-iry – XIIth Dynasty – Louvre

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Myths of Ausar

Ausar Auset HeruEgyptian Mythology – Osiris Cult
By Egyptian Tours

Osiris played a very important role in ancient Egypt and this carried over into the rituals and beliefs of Egyptians much later, as well. It was because of the legend of Osiris that Egyptians believed they had the right to be transformed and to live in the afterlife. The myth of Osiris is like every other Egyptian myth: the story has changed with every political change of power.

Osiris was the son of Geb and Nut and was born in Thebes in Upper Egypt. Upon his birth, his grandfather, Ra, pronounced him heir to his throne, and Continue reading

Fayyum and Sobek (2)

OSIRIS IN THE FAYYUM
Marco Zecchi
From Fayyum Studies 2
Edited by Sergio Pernigotti and Marco Zecchi, 2006

Part 1

Osiris in the Fayyum had to leave his power to his successor, who in the region took the aspect of Sobek-Horus. In the hymns in honour of Sobek of Shedet in the papyrus Ramesseum VI of the XII-XIII dynasty (P-1), Osiris certainly is a dead god, the main presence in the crucial moment of the passage of royal power from him to his son. Here, Sobek-Horus is described while he looks for the scattered body of his father Osiris and performs for him the rituals necessary to his resurrection. In this way, Sobek-Horus can finally become king of Upper and Lower Egypt: Continue reading

Fayyum and Ausar (1)

OSIRIS IN THE FAYYUM
Marco Zecchi
From Fayyum Studies 2
Edited by Sergio Pernigotti and Marco Zecchi, 2006

One of the most crucial and unavoidable issues in studying a polytheistic religion is the problem of gods’ identities. In this respect, Osiris is a problematic figure, whose identity one could never expect to master. Osiris’ origins remains unclear and a number of factors are important in attempting to unravel his identity, his birth and personal qualities and, above all, the events of his life and death.

The fact that his cult spread throughout Egypt made him an‘universal’ god, who belonged to all Egyptians. The particular inflections that his identity took on through its dissemination in various localities undoubtedly played an important role in the construction and reconstruction of his character Continue reading