The Amduat II: Unity of Opposites

…their philosophy, which, for the most part, is veiled in myths and in words containing dim reflexions and adumbrations of the truth, as they themselves intimate beyond question by appropriately  placing sphinxes before their shrines to indicate that their religious teaching has in it an enigmatical sort of wisdom. —Plutarch, Isis and Osiris, 354 C. tr. … Continue reading “The Amduat II: Unity of Opposites”

The Amduat, or, Backstage at the Theatrum Mundi

All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players —Jacques, As You Like It, Act II Scene 7. In this post I want to share some long, rambling thoughts about the long, rambling title of a very strange ‘book’ painted on the tomb walls of some eighteenth- to twentieth-dynasty kings, the first … Continue reading “The Amduat, or, Backstage at the Theatrum Mundi”

Conversing with gods: propaganda or vision?

In this blog entry I’d like to ram home a couple of general points that have wide explanatory power and are not talked about enough. And when they are broached as subjects, it is often to minimize their importance rather than to appreciate it. These are they: The ancients did not think like we do. Even … Continue reading “Conversing with gods: propaganda or vision?”

Hands-on with your innards

The [right arm and hand] of this Meryre is that of the western [ba, as] he emerges [and ascends to the sky. The left arm and hand] of Pepi is that of the eastern ba, as he emerges and ascends to the sky. . . This Meryre’s lower legs are those of the two bas … Continue reading “Hands-on with your innards”

Plugging holes in Creation with Sunken Cities

It’s an exciting time in Egyptology for mystics and magicians. Now more than ever, the interested amateur has a good chance of accurately unpicking the gnomic imagery and allusions of the Ancient Egyptian mystics—and thereby successfully visiting their headspace. Of course, mystics and magicians have been doing inner plane archaeology for centuries. (For details on … Continue reading “Plugging holes in Creation with Sunken Cities”

New Mysteries for Old

When Josephine suggested that I write an Egyptian reference book for magicians, one thing she particularly wanted me to cover was the development…and degeneration…of Egyptian magical knowledge through time. I have yet to reach a point where I can start writing that chapter, but I have already found some very interesting things in my research … Continue reading “New Mysteries for Old”

Hark the Herald Isis and Nephthys Sing

It’s all go with copyediting the Quareia course and writing my Egypt book at the moment, so this week I haven’t had much time to spend putting together a blog article.  Instead I wanted to share a piece of silliness I put together just before Christmas for my own amusement. Part of my research for … Continue reading “Hark the Herald Isis and Nephthys Sing”

Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 3: Bag your Biliterals

So you’ve got your textbook and have memorized your monoliterals and the order in which they appear in the Egyptian alphabet.  Now it’s time to tackle the steepest part of the first mountain to climb when learning Egyptian: memorizing those tricky biliterals. This is the mountain faced with which many give up.  It took me … Continue reading “Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 3: Bag your Biliterals”

How to bleach linen: a Theosophist ‘explains’ Egyptian mythology

On a bookshelf in my home there are two books by G. A. Gaskell.  One is called A Dictionary of all Scriptures and Myths, and the other Egyptian Scriptures Interpreted.  In them G. A. Gaskell fits various myths into the Theosophist worldview. Egyptian Scriptures Interpreted will be the focus of this post. I really, really … Continue reading “How to bleach linen: a Theosophist ‘explains’ Egyptian mythology”

Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 2: Memorize the Monoliterals

So you’ve got your textbook and have reached the point where you have to start memorizing signs.  In this post we will learn together the monoliterals, and the order of the alphabet used in dictionaries of Ancient Egyptian.  To do this we will use two different mnemonic techniques which you can adapt for many different … Continue reading “Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 2: Memorize the Monoliterals”