Monday, January 7, 2013

O.W.L. +++ Lion Heart Path Lore

  Lion Heart Path Lore

Ancient beyond imagination, the Lion Path was the path of Egyptian kings and their families. They believed that within them was a potential ..."that from it would spring the refulgent and glorious envelope in which the Spirit-Soul (Ka) would take it's abode" ...

The Ancient Egyptians left records describing the Zep Tepi, (First Time) also as actual historic peoples who were very advanced and came to the Nile valley from the south and proceeded to civilise and rule over the native peoples. This group of people known as Zep Tepis were survivors of disaster in their former home and sought safety and a new life in the Nile valley. It is they, according to the Egyptian records that built the Great Sphinx and the Pyramid complex at Giza ...

The 42 books of Thoth, of which only fragments remain, contain formulae for restoring the Vital Force and triggering a metamorphic process within the cells of the physical body.
This would allow the Ka, or Spirit-Soul to form an 'Immortal Body of Light', not subject to the limitations of the 3 dimensional physical world ... 

This Power was brought forth by the Divine Mother Isis and emanated from her Star, the brightest star in the sky ...
... Sirius ....

Sekhmet is linked with Sothis(Sepdet), the Egyptian name for Sirius defined as a Goddess, (usually depicted with a star on her head). 

The morning star, Sirius, seen by the Eygptians to disappear below the horizon once a year for a period of some seventy days to reappear in midsummer, marked the beginning of the annual rise of the Nile and the New Year ...

 The Star of Isis, the Mother of Horus, is located in the constellation of Canis Major, The Great Dog, of which Sirius is a part  ... for this reason Sirius is colloquially referred to as the 'Dog Star' ...

We now know the Sirius system is directly 'upstream' of our solar system within the galactic arm of our Milky Way Galaxy, indicating the polarized energies of Sirius do indeed wash over us ... 

... By coming directly towards us, Sirius creates an axis of rotation with Earth relative to the stellar background ...
 ... Because of this, of all the stars in the sky, only the annual heliacal rising of Sirius exactly matches the length of our solar year, 365.25 days ...


... The Lure of the LionPath ... 
... Sirius~ly ... Seriously :) 
The Leonine Archetype assumes great significance in all Egyptian thinking, from the cosmological to the everydayLion gods and spirits were considered to be the guardians of all places and property, and the heads were often carved to represent members of the family, priests, priestesses, or Pharaohs and their wives. The Greeks called these 'sphinxes'.One of the names of the Egyptian Great Sphinx was Hu, 'the protector'; another was Hor-em-akhet ...

(or 'Horus of the Horizon' showing its connection with the enigmatical 'Followers of Horus' the Shemsu-Hor).
Incidentally, the name 'Hu' also occurs in the Celtic myth of Hu Gadarn, an Atlantean person from the sea who guided a band of settlers to the prehistoric shores of Wales. There is also an uncanny similarity of sound between the names Hu Gadarn and the Tuatha de Danaans (pronounced Tuar-de-Danans), those strange fairy people with magical powers who, according to legend, landed on the shores of prehistoric Ireland.
As we can see, the Leonine theme is by no means limited to the Egyptian ethos ... the fourth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu was as the 'Man Lion' or 'Tawny One', while lions also featured in the religion and beliefs of other long-lost cultures as far back as 35,000 BC. 


All these references carry Siriun overtones, for it was not only the strength or courage of the lion that caused the Ancients to pay so much attention to the leonine Archetype, especially at its more esoteric level .... 
 
Egypt gives us potent clues regarding the significance of the leonine archetype and the specific ways in which it influences our planet, and nowhere is this more obvious than in the personality and functions of the Goddess Sekhmet. The fact that the Sekhmet archetype is slowly percolating through to the collective unconscious may be evidenced in the way that people hitherto unconnected with symbology or studies of this nature are becoming aware of Her Mysteries ....
Aspects of Sekhmet


As many other Egyptian deities, Sekhmet, whose name means 'Mighty One' or 'Powerful Feminine', had two different aspects; one protective and healing, the other destructive and retaliating. She was said to have an awesome appeareance, her weapons being arrows 'with which she pierces hearts' and her body was said to spread a fiery glow. She is also identified with the 'The Eye of Ra' or 'The Eye of Horus' and her breath was associated with the hot winds of the desert ... 



However ... as well as spreading pestilence, she was believed to be able to cure it.  She also held the titles 'Great of Magic' and 'Mistress of Life' and was a Goddess of Healing and Medicine.

Egyptian physicians were the 'priests of Sekhmet', this goes back to at least the Old Kingdom and they still held this position in later times. Worship of the Goddess was an integral part of every healing ministration. There was even a formal rite called 'Appeasing Sekhmet' which was recited by priests to stop epidemics from spreading. On the first day of the new year (Wep Ronpet) People exchanged amulets in the form of Sekhmet or Bast for appeasing them. Still today, statues of Sekhmet can invoke some apprehension, even in museums ... 



Sekhmet is the most important of the several manifestations of the 'Sacred Eye'. This association she shared especially with Hathor and several other deities like Aset, Tefnut, Mut and Bastet ...



As the 'Sacred Eye' She is the Power that protects the good and annihilates the evil. 

      
The Sacred Eye is called 'Udjat' in the Kemetic language. In the most Ancient Kemetic texts, the Sacred Eyes (two) are sometimes equated with the Sun and Moon, and are said to be the first emanations of the Creatrix.  The Udjat is the Symbol of the Protective Powers of the Netjer in Its Names of Heru (Horus), Ra or Shu, or in feminine aspect, Het-Hert (Hathor), Bast or Sekhmet.

At the precinct of Mut at Karnak hundreds of statues of Sekhmet were erected, either in a sitting position, holding the ankh in her hand, or standing, with a sceptre in the form of a papyrus plant by her side.  These many statues were honoured with offerings, each of them on a specific day of the year.
During the Middle Kingdom, Sekhmet was also associated with the Leonine Goddess Pakhet at Beni Hassan in Middle Egypt.
Her main center of worshipwas in MenNefer (Greek - Memphis), but there were many Temples and Shrines erected to her all throughout Egypt and also later well into the Greco-roman Period. Through her association with other deities, special Temples, like the one for Sekhmet-Hathor at Kom-el-Hisn were also built in her honor.

 

She was also often called 'Mother of the King'; and in the Pyramid Texts it says that she 'conceived' the king. It was said she protected him in battle, and her rage assured her victory over enemies. Her title of 'Lady of bright red linen' carries the meaning both of her place of origin in the Delta, as well as the blood-soaked garments of conquered enemies. 



Because of this fierceness, many ancient kings adopted her as a military patroness and she became their symbol in battle. Here her duality can be demonstrated in that she used her power to protect the king in a maternal fashion ... 



Sekhmet is usually depicted as a seated woman with a lion´s face.  She wears a Sundisc on top of her head and there is often a sceptre in her hand. There are also depictions of lionheaded goddesses wearing the Double Crown ... 

With her consort Ptah, God of Arts and Crafts and their son Nefertem she made up the Memphite Triad. Here she absorbed several other, minor deities, and was called 'Mistress of Ankh-Tawy' ... meaning Mistress of the Two Lands ...
In Tibet she is known as Senge Dong-ma, Lion-headed Dakini, 'Guardian of the Secret Tantric Teachings'.  

She is called 'Simhavaktra' in India where she also has a male reflection in the lion-headed incarnation of Vishnu, 'Narasimha'

Pure Shakti, she is doubtless a close relative to lion-mounted Durga, 'Keeper of the Flame' ...

Indeed, another Egyptian title for Sekhmet is 'Nesert', the flame. In the ancient Near East she was called Anat, Ashtoreth and Astarte. 

Sekhmet faces West, her body draped in red, while her sister-daughter Bastet in green, personification of the domestic cat, faces East ... 
SA SEKHEM SAHU
Glories and All Praises Be Unto Sekhmet!
... Gracious One ... 
... Destroyer of Evil ...
... Mistress and Lady of the Tomb .. 
 ... Mighty One of Enchantments ...

Sa Sekhem Sahu !!!
'Great One of Magic'

'Mother of the Netjeru'
'Lady of The Place of The Beginning of Time'
All Glories and All Praises Be Unto Sekhmet !

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