Khonsu brings spiritual nourishment to our bodies and souls. He knows the exact timing in which we are ready to receive communion and ?eat the flesh of the Gods? so that we may become as ?one of them.? Khonsu works on our behalf to fertilize our minds and hearts with the seeds of our own divinity. He engages the power of the moon to bring forth the healing rains that cleanse our old belief systems and he renews our DNA at a cellular level. He governs the tides of the oceans and human emotions. This Keeper of the Lunar Mysteries restores our souls to their very core.
Khonsu?s representations have shifted in many directions over time, starting with references in the Pyramid Texts that portray him as ?bloodthirsty? for consuming the other gods to assimilate their power. Later, as the son of Amun and Mut, he was part of the important triad of Thebes, depicted with the side-lock of youth. Khonsu was also associated with Horus and shown as a protector and healer with a falcon head surmounted by the sun and crescent moon. He is most widely known as a lunar god who is closely associated with Thoth. As such, he is the measurer of time who determines the life span of humans. Still later he became associated with healing and the exorcising of demons, for which his fame spread beyond Egypt. At Kom Ombo he is depicted as the child of Sobek and Hathor. His name has been thought to mean ?the king?s placenta,? ?the traveler,? and ?he who traverses the sky.?
19. Amun-Ra: Solar Energies/Transfiguration/Alchemical Gold
Amun Ra ushers spiritualized matter, dignity, and royalty into our true nature. The powerful light from the Solar Mysteries shines upon us and transfigures our consciousness. We turn ourselves toward the shining light of the sun and become spiritually mature beings who seek to embody shamanic consciousness in everyday life. Amun-Ra helps us to realize that everything we need to heal ourselves and our world is within our reach.
One of the most important gods in Egypt, Amun-Ra contains within himself diverse aspects that have combined together over millennia, resulting in the fusion of Amun, the invisible or hidden one, with Ra, the blazing and visible sun. He is considered the supreme god of the Egyptian pantheon, yet his nature is intrinsically mysterious and hidden. He was primarily revered as a great creator god, a solar god, and a fertility god. In the height of his veneration during the New Kingdom, he was believed to have created the cosmos through his thoughts. At the same time he was considered to be a self-generated ithyphallic symbol of strength and virility, and as such was related to the fertility god Min. The temple dedicated to the triad of Thebes?Amun, Mut, and Khonsu?is the largest religious-temple structure in the world.
20. Ptah: The New Aeon/Imagination/Visionary Prophet
The great creator god Ptah has the power to imagine a new world and can open the mouth of creation to issue it forth. He is a prophet and a seer of the future aeons. He holds the potential of a Golden Age in his mind?s eye. When we can tap into his vision, he helps us harness his ability to speak things into being.
Ptah is said to have thought creation into being, whereas Thoth names the things of creation; they are closely aligned in this regard. Ptah is usually shown in anthropomorphic form with his limbs confined like those of a mummy. As such, he is often associated with both Osiris and Min, the ithyphallic fertility god. Amun, Ra, and Ptah together form a triad that some say formed all the gods. Their identity is hidden in Amun, visible in Ra, and embodied in Ptah.
This Lord of Ma?at, patron of truth and strength, Ptah was also the protector of craftsmen, the Great Fashioner who was worshipped by jewelers, craftsmen, and builders for his power to manifest anywhere in the vast realms between the underworld and the farthest reaches of the sky. Ptah is usually shown wearing a blue skullcap and holding a scepter with the ankh, the djed, and the uas (or was) staffs combined. Ptah?s once-magnificent temple complex at Memphis may well have been larger than Karnak and was primarily dedicated to the triad of Ptah, Sekhmet, and Nefertum (although a most exquisite chapel dedicated to Hathor is yet to be excavated there). The complex was called the Temple of the ka of Ptah, Hut-ka-Ptah, which in Greek was Aigyptos, quite possibly the source of the name Egypt.1
21. Nut and Geb: Wholeness/Creation of Sacred Purpose/Divine Parents
Nut and Geb represent the result of Ptah dreaming the universe, at least in terms of the perspective of human consciousness. Unified with passionate intent, they form a sacred union of wholeness and co-creation. They are our Divine Parents who help to initiate and birth us into our sacred purpose as we spiral around the great wheel of life, death, and rebirth on our shamanic path toward embodiment of the enlightened heart/mind. We are meant to awaken and remember our connection to the Divine so that we can become adult children of the gods and assume more responsibility in caring for our sacred planet Earth. We also inherit the powers of the ancient ones as we grow in their likeness.
Nut and Geb were born of Tefnut, the goddess of moisture and Shu, the god of air. Together they created the atmosphere that held the earth separate from the sky. Geb is the quintessential green god of fertility, the god of earth and vegetation, who is closely associated with his son, Osiris. His animal is a goose and he is sometimes called The Grand Cackler. Nut is the vault of the sky and is related to both Hathor and Isis. Her body contains the firmament. When Nut swallows the sun each night, the hours during which it is invisible represent the hours of the underworld journey of death. Each morning in the rosy red glow of dawn, she gives birth to the sun again in order to continue the cycle of birth, death, and resurrection. All of life pours forth from the union of Nut and Geb, including the gods Osiris, Isis, Horus, Set, and Nephthys?and, of course, Anubis.
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