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
Partzufim/Partsufim (Hebrew: פרצופים, singular Partzuf, Hebrew: פרצוף), meaning Divine “Personae/Visages/Faces/Forms/Configurations”, are particular reconfigured arrangements of the 10 sephirot Divine attributes/emanations of Kabbalah into harmonised interactions in Creation. Their names derive from mystical discourses in the Zohar, the foundational text of Kabbalah, where they appear as synonymous manifestation terms for the sephirot. Their full doctrinal significance emerges only in 16th century Lurianic Kabbalah in relationship to the cosmic processes of Shevirah-“Shattering” and Tikun-“Rectification”. Each Patzuf is a Yosher-“Upright” scheme of all the sephirot around one of their number, analogous to the interrelated sephirot configuration in Man. Continue reading
The Veil of Paroketh
Paroketh is rather an odd part of the Tree. Sources don’t agree on where it comes from, what its name means, what it represents, or even whether it’s a veil at all. What’s right? Can we even tell?
I have seen it said of Paroketh that:
The Veil of Paroketh falls in the Path of Samekh between the two Sephiroth called Yesod and Tiphareth. The word Paroketh (PRKTh) refers to the four elements: Peh is Water, Resh is Air, Kaph is Fire, and Tau is Earth. It is the Word of the Veil of the Temple, before the Holy of Holies. It is the Veil of the Four Elements of the Body of Man. Continue reading
The Qliphoth/Qelippot or Kelipot (Heb. קליפות) – literally “Peels”, “Shells” or “Husks”, from singular: קליפה Qliphah/Kelipah “Husk”) – are the representation of evil or impure spiritual forces in Jewish mysticism. The realm of evil is also termed ‘Sitra Achra/Ahra’ (Aramaic סטרא אחרא, the “Other Side” opposite holiness) in Kabbalah texts.
In the Kabbalah, the Kelipot are metaphorical “shells” surrounding holiness. They are spiritual obstacles receiving their existence from God only in an external, rather than internal manner. Divinity in Judaism connotes revelation of God’s true unity, while the shells Continue reading
Your nature is unconquerable peace, therefore nothing or no one in the world can face you. All experiences come to you to promote your reclamation of peace, that you may in turn acquire wisdom and spiritual power.
Reasoning: If attaining our natural state of peace in situations of challenge enhances our intuition and spiritual strength, then we should not label situations of challenge as detrimental to our being. If a bad event cannot be avoided, what is the point of allowing it to degrade us, when it can be used for enhancement by manifesting the proper attitude?
METU NETER Vol. 2, Pg. 111 Continue reading
The Kemetic Tree of Life
By Ra Un Nefer Amen [Edited]
The Kemetic Tree of Life represents a pattern of spiritual cultivation which enables one to envision and manifest the different faculties of the indwelling divinity and become a vehicle to allow God’s manifestation on earth. Continue reading