An Essay on
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Gods, Goddesses and Angels - Continued
Warlord of the Galaxy
Horus (also called Hoor) is included among the most ancient deities in the Aegyptian mythology. His earliest form is found in late, pre-dynastic Khem. Depicted as a hawk (falcon), his title is often translated as meaning the high, and his earliest associations are with kingship, derived from being a form of the sun god. As the worship of Horus stretched throughout all of the dynasties, he was represented under many forms and had many associations.
Horus was depicted as a man with a falcon's head, and is also symbolized by the Eye of Horus, an Aegyptian sign of power.
In the well-known myth, his left eye is wounded during his battle with uncle Set, who had killed Osiris as he (Set) attempted to seize the throne. The Eye was healed by Thoth. Horus eventually defeated Set, but it was not an ultimate victory. Horus merely drove set into a hole in the ground and then disguised himself as a pole to watch over the pit lest Set re-emerge, as if to imply that the price of victory is eternal vigilance.
Note that medieval and modern concepts of the Devil, Satan (Set or Shaitan), often imply that he dwells underground in a Pit.
Practices relating to the number 5 include works of power, strength and war. This is associated with the initiatory battle that is engaged when one sets forth to balance one's karma.
6 - Ra
Ra (also Rê) is the sun god of ancient Khem. He was essentially the mid-day (noon) sun. The primary worship center of Ra was first based in Heliopolis (ancient On) meaning "City of the Sun."
He was said to command the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was associated with the winged sun-disk and the falcon (hawk). Ra was the "One god" of Aegyptian monotheism, of whom all other gods were considered to be aspects, manifestations, phases, or forms.
In later dynastic times, Ra was absorbed into Horus, as Re-Horakhty (and other spellings, including Ra-Hoor-Khuit).
He is shown as a man in various images, usually with a falcon's head, wearing a pharaoh's crown and the solar disk on his head. He is often portrayed in a different manner according to the place of the sun in the sky. At sunrise he was the falcon-headed man Harakhty (Lord of the Horizon); at noon Ra, the Solar Disk; at sunset the elder Atum (note the similarity with the setting Tum and the word Tomb); and at midnight, the beetle Kepher-Ra (Kephra).
The Bennu-bird is Ra's symbol of fire and rebirth. This bird is to be equated with the Phoenix, whose destination is Heliopolis. The Phoenix is a common theme in Arabia, China, and Arizona - where a city sits in the middle of the Valley of the Sun.
It should be noted that the magician's soul-body (also called the causal body) is attributed to the sphere of the sun, Tiphereth, and that it is guarded by the Solar Angel. In all people, this body (aura) is always radiant gold in color, although karma stains may appear upon its face, just like sunspots darken tiny portions of the sun's disk.
Practices relating to the number 6 include works of beauty, harmony and the assumption of responsibility. There is also a direct association with the Invocation of the Solar Angel.
7 - Hathoor
Hathoor (or Hathor, meaning House of Horus - Hat-hoor ) was an incarnation of our galaxy, the Milky Way, that was perceived as the milk that flowed from the udders of a heavenly cow (Holy Cow!).
She is an ancient goddess who was revered as a cow-deity from at least the 2nd dynasty (circa 2700 BC), and probably earlier by the Scorpion King who ruled during the pre-dynastic period.
Later, she was known as the wife of Ra, the creator, after his worship arose and he replaced Horus. It was said, with her motherly characteristics, that Hathoor greeted the souls of the dead in the Tuat, and offered them food and drink.
She forms part of the basis for the Olympian Aphrodite and the Roman Venus.
Practices relating to the number 7 include works of love, philosophy and nurturing.
8 - Anubis
Thoth, lord of science, as correlated with Mercury, is usually associated with the number Eight. But here we place his trusted assistant Anubis, as Thoth has already been identified with the second sphere, Chokmah.
Anubis is the Greek name for the dog- (jackal-) headed god of the dead of Khem whose title in hieroglyphs is spelled Anpu. Carvings of Anubis have been found in the most ancient of tombs in Aegypt. He has also been associated with the Eye of Horus.
Anubis is a guide of the dead. A funeral parade in Khem would always have Anubis marching at the front as the "mediator between gods and man." The Aegyptians swore "by the Dog" when making binding oaths. Anubis was the god of embalming, and gaining titles like He of the Mummy-wrappings.
During the later Ptolemaic period, Anubis came to be identified as the Greek god Hermes, and was called Hermanubis. The center of his worship was in Cynopolis, a city whose Greek name signifies the "city of dogs". Anubis was associated with Sirius in the heavens, and Cerberus in hell.
One of the main duties of Anubis was to free the human body at death from the decay that possessed it. He washed the body, embalmed it, perfumed it with myrrh, wrapped it with clean linen and received it at the door of the tomb - he was the Lord of the Cleansing Room.
Practices relating to the number 8 include funerals and weighing, for it is Anubis who works the scales of equilibrium as Thoth stands by and records the result. This "weighing" is extended to works of alchemy, science, numbers, and other intellectual pursuits.
9 - Isis
Many attributions place other deities with the number Nine, but we make this association with Isis, as Yesod and Isis are both associated with the Moon.
Isis (also Isa and Asi) was most conspicuous as the wife and sister of Osiris and the mother of Horus. She was revered as the archetypal wife and mother. Her name means "Queen of the Throne", which was signified by the throne worn on her head. She is often depicted with cow's horns supporting a solar disk, but this is a later form that was used when she absorbed the qualities of Hathoor.
The political progression of the dynasties resulted in deity after deity absorbing the qualities of previous deities. The magician is advised to utilize the earliest obtainable qualities, images and attributes.
Practices relating to the number 9 include divination, astral projection, and giving birth.