Secret of Anubis - Ancient Astronomy
This Blog started 19. September 2008

Behold, the Secrets of Ancient Egypt, the land that the universe created when the cosmos made the Nile. As the Queen of the constellations raised herself above the two horizons and declared her name as Sirius, so did the jubilation of life occur, meanwhile her husband the constellation of Orion stands guard by her.

The articles that you find here, investigates all the mysteries that lies hidden in the ancient desert sand, specifically their spiritual nature which began among the stars.

While I worked in Egypt I quickly saw something more than the guides would talk about.
Like I would say to my guests before entering a temple, "I can give you the regular guide story, which last 40 min, and then you can walk around by yourself? Or..."

"I can give you everything I've got, meaning I will tell you the details, and anything you point to, I will explain. I will use up all of your time, and still have a lot to say. the choice is yours".
- Guess which one they picked, always :)

You could say that this blog is based on that concept, of giving you everything I've got, on what ever topic from this ancient land.

Mysterious objects, that either moves or sings, are studied in more detail. I can guarantee you a journey which you haven't seen before, from below the ground to up among the stars.

The Pyramid builders that left empty sarcophagus and a knowledge which no one have been able to imitate since...
A peculiar and mysterious thing, is also the fact that what we have from the Pyramid Builders are in stone not papyrus manuscripts. Their spiritual belief was written into the stones.

The mysteries of Edgar Cayce are also looked into, as well as the case of the Emerald tablets.

Furthermore you have a unique opportunity to read more about individual stars and constellations of ancient Egypt, known under the name of the Decans.

This blog goes extensively into different subjects from this holy land, and takes you on a real as well as truthful journey into the magical land of the great ancient Egyptians.

The Emerald tablets articles can be found under the label Hermes Trismegitus, there are more than one article about each subject, and it is for that reason that they are arranged into label categories.

You can also use the list below, turning the pages to see illustrating images of each article.
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By Karima Lachtane

The Lynx God of Ancient Egypt

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A lot of people do not know to many of the ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddess, probably because there are so many, and only a few which professors and scholars speak about.



In E.A. Wallis Budge's book, The Gods of the Egyptians Vol II page 363,

The Lynx god of ancient Egypt was called Maftet. 

The Egyptian lynx cat played an interesting part in the Egyptian mythology. The animal is like a large cat and has a small patch of hair on the tip of each ear. 

In the pyramid texts of Unas (line 548) allusions is made to its attack upon the serpents An-ta-f and Tcheser-tep. And it was evident that the Lynx god was a friend of the deceased.

In the Theban Recension of the book of the dead, Maftet takes part with the gods, including Serquet (the Scorpion goddess) and Maat (Goddess of Justice of balance), in overthrowing the fiend Apep (chaps. xxxiv,,xxxix,,cxlix.) We can therefore assume that this cat god was a destroyer of serpents, and that the Lynx god was supposed to ward of the attacks of serpents from the dead. 

Note: 
It is very evident that the creature seen killing the enemy from the darkness looked more fierce than a normal house cat. 

The Theban Recension book of the dead is actually very interesting
If I had to explain this quickly (in short) then I would say, that this book is made by the ancient Amun priests, and it is actually a opposite belief system than the Pyramid text, which is the oldest religion (the belief of the stars) where the book of the dead, was the new priests (new back then) changed the older system to fit their ego's. 

Here Osiris and Amun and Ra becomes all important, and the older gods and goddess are placed on a second shelf. 
- this was just very short. 

This book of the dead and others, rarely mentiones the ancient stellar gods and goddess (the stars/constellation). Apep is Apophis (the evil snake of darkness)" 


In E.A. Wallis Budge's book 'The Gods of the Egyptians Vol I' page 324 

"In the chapter xxxixth. the deceased says; Get thee back, Fiend, before the darts of his beams. Ra hath overthrown thy words, the gods have turned thy face backwards, the Lynx Maftet, hath torn open thy breast, the Scorpion goddess, hath cats fetters upon thee, and Maat hath sent forth thy destruction.. 

The fact that Maftet (the Lynx) was mentioned in Unas' burial text, a pharaoh (king) of the pyramid days, clearly gives a indication of how old this god was in Egyptian mythology." 

Another thing to notice, is how Maftet is aided by the Scorpion goddess and the goddess Maat. 

These ancient texts speak about a story of the Sun, how Ra the Sun, would travel across the sky. It is said that Ra would take the form of a Lynx and rip open the evil snake Apep. 

This opens up to the idea that it is not just a normal cat portrayed in the tomb, as killing Apep, but actually the Lynx. 

Since I was writing and reading about the critical endangered Iberian Lynx, I thought I recognized some things, which you might find interesting too. 

Please read this article about The Critically Endangered Iberian Lynx - Help to Save This Wildcat!

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By Karima Lachtane

Taweret Goddess, Egyptian Hippo Goddess

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Taweret Goddess, Egyptian Hippo Goddess


She was one of the Great Ones, her motherly nature was touched by Nut and Mutt, the great mother goddesses. The hippopotamus goddess was seen as a 'Mother goddess' with a protective power. Yet she is portrayed with a mix of deadly animals, which create a horrific creature.
Taweret goddess from Ancient Egypt

  • Ipet
  • Reret
  • Taweret


The Hippopotamus Taweret was widely known in ancient days, again and like all other gods and goddess, it had two sides to its nature, the protective, and the destructive. 

Many things about ancient Egyptian mythology and beliefs (probably one and the same thing back then) are still being debated. Some subjects are just left alone, or only studied by the very few. But one debate is (among some) that are the goddess the same just with different names and portrayed differently? Or are there more than one goddess? 

In this post we will take a very short look at two of these ancient hippopotamus Taweret goddess.


Ipet (Apet/Opet)


She was a very ancient primal goddess. Sometimes her name is found with Mutt's and Nut's name, connecting them and their natures. She is also believed to be the Star Draconis, which connects her to the afterlife - the soul's journey.


Reret


means 'sow' she was also known as Reret-weret, which means the Great Sow. She is in this form a representation of the constellation called 'Isis' and this constellation seem to be our day Draco


In ancient cultures around 2500 B.C the pole-star was known as Thuban, and this star lies inside Draco.


Taweret goddess





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By Karima Lachtane

Bastet goddess

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She was seen as the heat of the Sun, 
a goddess of fire.

Bastet was the foremost goddess of the eastern part of the Delta, and both she and her city are very old. 

A huge shadow suddenly jumps before me, I am so chocked that I take a step back. My heart begins to beat harder and faster as I see it walking slowly towards me. 

A long tail makes sudden movement, as if it was a snake ready to strike. Covered in fear I look around to see if I can escape, I cannot… Is it a Tiger, is it a Lion? 

Questions and fear is making my body shake but unable to move… I stand as the shadow comes ever so close, and I hold my breath, as if the breath would take me away from reality… 

Suddenly a little cat jumps out from behind a wall, wiggling its tail and body up the wall. Kindly it comes nearer, and away went my fear. 

Such a beauty of strength and grace, that is truly Bastet.

Drawing by Karima L - Lady Bastet

Bastet was original a lioness goddess but people changed her look and she became depicted as a woman with a cat's head. She had her own city/nome, which is mentioned in the bible, this city was called Bubastis. 

She is mentioned in many ancient texts, she was the daughter of Ra the Sun god. According to some old legends, the Bastet goddess was the personification of the soul of Isis.

In different cities/nomes Bastet's mythology changes, such as we find in Thebes (Luxor) where Bastet was identified with the goddess Mutt. In Dendera she was seen as the female counter part of Tem (In this city she was known under the name of Tem-t).

As the daughter of Ra she became the 'eye of Ra' but she was also connected to the Moon, where she was referred to as the 'eye of the Moon'. 

She would protect her father in his soul journey, and therefore Bastet were the protector of all who passed. 

She would fight the great enemy Apophis, a hideous snake that was on the soul's journey. She is said to be as fears as Sekhmet. 

Later on this cat goddess would become a symbol of motherhood, and a protective motherly nature.
In ancient Greece Bastet would be the parallel of the goddess Artemis.

The reincarnation of the goddess had special marks, a curtain look, so did the reincarnation of the cat goddess Bastet. When they found the cat with those special markings, they would take it to a special temple, the temple of Neith at Sais.


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By Karima Lachtane

Urt-Hekau, Goddess of magical spells

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Who is the Ancient Goddess Urt-Hekau


She was an embodiment of Isis in the form of a serpent, it was her form in the night boat, as her powerful magical spells would protect Ra on his journey.

There she stood before me, like she had guided me to her. I stood in awe as I looked upon her magical being. Who was she, for what reason did she exist? Of all the beings that I had seen, never had my eyes seen her before, and yet there she was.
The Cobra Goddess Urt-Hekau
Urt-Hekau Cobra Goddess of Magical Spells

Urt-Hekau is her name. She is an ancient goddess, so much so that even the old Egyptians called her ancient. She belongs to the road of the Underworld, the dark land between Earth and heaven. 

Who is she, seems as mysterious as the pyramid creation itself, what was her purpose, no one knows for curtain. 

But no matter what we understand or lack to understand in our modern world, she is clearly important. And the lack of knowledge about her is probably further proof of her importance. 

I say this because the most holy of holiness has always been 'hidden'/ the least written about especially in our modern books.


Her name contains the word of Magic itself [Heka], and the Cobra was a symbol of power.


Personal note…
Right now I am thinking about Isis when she tricked Ra into giving her, his real name. 

In this mythological story she poisons him, with something he doesn’t even know. When Isis did this towards Ra, she was a kind of embodiment of magic itself. 

At further observation, I find it rather odd that Ra could not heal himself from her poison, if she is a smaller god than him. 


Maybe she was more or less equal to him in the heavenly sense?

By this I mean, Ra is the Sun, so if she is a star then this would make more sense, as the stars are both equal and more than our Sun. 

The Sun is mostly important to our environment/life force here upon earth. But the stars in general are as important and as great, just in ways we have still to figure out.




UPDATED 19. december - 2009
Since I am home in Denmark now, I can look in all of my books, which might give a further explanation of her. 

She is a most mysterious goddess, and it would seem that not much is known about her. The passages where her name has been found, leads us to a little more knowledge about her.
From Budge 'Gods of ancient Egypt Vol I'.
It states that Urt-Hekau is the 'protective power of the Eye of Horus.'

Directly connecting her to the mythology stories known as the 'Eye-myths'.


Urt-Hekau

From Budge Gods of ancient Egypt Vol II .
It has a short passages from the text of Pepi I (line 100 ff.)

“Hail, Nut in whose head appear the Two Eyes (i.e., Sun and Moon), thou hast taken possession of Horus and art his Urt-hekau (i.e., mighty one of words of power), thou hast taken possession of Set and art his Urt-hekau.” - This passage gives us further clues; Earlier I told you that her name contained the word for magic ‘Heka’ but rather interestingly this word ‘Heka’ contains yet another word ‘Ka.’ Now the Ka is very important in ancient Egypt, we can best translate this word for the soul. There is also something known as the ‘kau-spirits.’

It also has yet another interesting note when we read about the goddess Nephthys; That Nephthys possessed magical powers like Isis, and Urt-Hekau, ‘Mighty one of words of powers’ was as much a title for this goddess as of her husband, Set-Nubti.

Urt-Hekau is also known as a lioness goddess.


Danish translationDanish

Dér stod hun foran mig, det var som om at hun havde guidede mig dertil. Jeg stod i fuldkommen forbavselse af hendes magiske tilstedeværelse. Hvem var hun, hvad var grunden til hendes eksistens? Af alle de væsner jeg havde set, så havde mine øjne aldrig faldet på hende før, og alligevel var hun lige der.

Urt-Hekau er hendes navn. Hun er en meget gammel gudinde, så gammel at selv de gamle Ægypter kaldte hende gammel. Hun tilhører vejen til underverden, det mørke land imellem Jorden og himlen. Hvem hun er, virker næsten ligeså mystisk som de gamle pyramiders kreation gør. Grunden til hendes eksistens, er stadig uvis. Men ligegyldigt hvordan vores moderne viden er, eller mangel der af, er hendes eksistens indhyllet af uvished, men klart betydningsfuld. Den manglende viden omkring hende er nok yderlig bevis på hendes vigtige betydning. Dette siger jeg på grund af de gamles allermeste helligheder, som tit forbliver hemmelige, især i de mere moderne bøger.

Hendes navn i sig selv indeholder det gamle ord for Magi [Heka], og kobraen er de gamles symbol for kraftfuld magt.

Personlig note…
Lige nu tænker jeg på hvordan Isis narrede Ra, til at give hende, hans rigtige navn. I denne mytologiske historie forgifter hun(Isis) Ra med en gift han ikke kender til og ikke kan hele sig selv fra. Da Isis gør dette imod Ra er hun et slag væsen af selveste magien. Når jeg studere nærmer, syntes jeg at det er besynderligt at Ra ikke kunne hele ham selv fra denne gift, især hvis hun er en mindre gud en ham. Måske var hun mere på lige fod med Ra i den mere himmelske forstand. Med dette mener jeg; Ra er Solen, hvis Isis er en stjerne ville dette være mere logisk, fordi en stjerne er både på lige fod og mere end vores Sol. Solen er mest vigtig for vores form for livsform/miljø her på jord. Men stjernerne i den mere generelle forstand er ligeså vigtige, bare på måde vi stadig ikke er i stand til at tolke.


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By Karima Lachtane

Duamutef, The Sons of Horus

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He is considered to be one of the Founders of Astrology



Behind the many layers of Anubis, lies a truth which cannot be denied. 


Through his nature we are lead to the magnificent guardians of the Coffin, guardian of the four corners of the Earth, also known as the sons of Horus.


They are the keepers of time 
and the followers of the soul.

Duamutef, who is a fascinating creature of the four sons of Horus is another Jackal but a separate character from Anubis. 


Duamutef is actually believed to the one of the founders of the Zodiac.
Duamutef, one of the son of Horus.

To understand this level of ancient Egyptian religious belief, you must open your mind to symbolism and history written by poets and artist who paint it in wonderful colors. It is a history written in a mysterious way, and only few come close to understanding the complete picture.

When we speak about Duamutef, we are actually speaking about one of the sons of Horus
these are the four guardians ‘jars’ which are also referred to as the Egyptian canopic jars, where the deceased organs were placed in. 

when we are speaking of the sons of Horus, we are actually also speaking about the seven divine beings. 


The sons of Horus are actually a part of the seven divine beings, where the three are hardly spoken about. 

As you can see, there is a complex system behind the gods and goddess, but remember these are the heavenly gods, those above the earthly gods. 

There seems to be no surviving temple dedicated to these gods, yet they are older and more complex than the gods and goddess that are mostly mentioned.

Some believe that the Jackal is actually not a divinity in the manner that we understand it, but is rather a ‘type’ to be even more precise the ‘Judgment type’ below as well as above.

This is further proven by the ancient texts, in the different manners we find the jackal character in. 

In one passage in the book of the dead, the seven divine beings (the sons of Horus) are seen standing behind the Anubis chest. 

clearly showing the distinction that I am referring to, where we have one being and object, namely the Anubis chest, and Duamutef is standing besides his six divine brothers.
Duamutef - Tuamutef's name

The Four sons of Horus are

Imsety – South Duamutef – East
Hapy – North Qebesenuef - West

As the four sons (and even souls) of Horus, they were the friends of the deceased, helping in rituals as well as guiders in the ‘passing’.


In my book ‘The secret of Anubis, the winter Triangle’ I make parallels to the ancient Greek world and how they saw the stars. 

It focuses on the zodiac as it is in the Dendera temple, and shows a clear and visible connection between Egyptian gods and goddess and the universe, a real star map from the ancient culture of the Egyptians, that shows the beginning of the souls journey among the stars.



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By Karima Lachtane

The Lion Goddess Sekhmet

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Who is the ancient Sekhmet


Every God and goddess from our ancient past, has two sides to their nature. On one hand they were protective, but on the other hand they were also destructive

The Lion headed goddess Sekhmet was as destructive as the Sun itself, and through his fire she would almost destroy mankind.

She was also known as the Great Lady beloved of Ptah holy one powerful one, Eye of Ra. 


Sekhmet’s name means ‘powerful’ or ‘the female powerful one’ 

She was razor sharp like the Sun’s rays, in her most destructive nature she would breathe fire unto mankind.


The hot desert winds were said to be the breath of Sekhmet.

Karima standing between two Sekhmet statues
Please do note, that I am not standing on the ancient monument 
(Sekhmet Statue's at Karnak), but actually behind it.
I would never be so disrespectful.

The Destruction of mankind.

She was a vital character in one of the ‘Eye’ myths, known as the destruction of mankind. When Ra became an old man, humans started to plot against him. 

Ra then sent Sekhmet forth to teach humans a lesson, but She became so intoxicated by human blood, that she was unable to stop her rage. 

It was actually Hathor that was sent out in the form of Sekhmet, to teach mankind a lesson. Ra could not bear to see his child in such a blood rush and he took pity on mankind. But Ra had granted her so much divine power, that not even he could stop her.

Ra would have to trick Sekhmet. He sent a messenger that was as quick as the wind itself, to Elephantine Island in Aswan. 

The messenger was instructed to bring Ra a very large quantity of the fruit called Mandrake, because its juice was as red as blood. 

And in large quantities the fruit caused great sleepiness. Over one night this fruit was turned into thick wine that would trick the eye of anyone. 

Ra had mankind help in spreading the wine every where they could, the task was done shortly before dawn. Sekhmet had been sleeping all night, her ruthless hunts each day made her sleep deeply at night. 

When she awoke, she was again hungry for a fight and for the taste of the mortal’s blood. As she walked into a field she saw the land bathing in what she thought was blood. 

She happily thought it was her doing, and she smiled. She bent down to drink of it, and the more she drank the more she wanted. 

What Sekhmet did not know, was that she was actually drinking the Mandrake fruit that had been mixed with barely (beer). 

She finally fell into a deep sleep, and her father called a whisper into the air “Come, come in peace, O fair and gracious goddess.” And so did the killing spree end. 

Ra ruled on, but created a celebration of this event in the city of Amen.

Sekhmet is a very old goddess, she is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts as being the one that conceived the king. She could protect against plagues, as she could cause them, she was also a healing deity. She was the consort of Ptah and the mother of Nefertem.

Recourses:
Gods and Myths of Ancient Egypt, by Robert A. Armour ISBN 977-424-669-1
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson
ISBN 977 424 781 7


Personal note:
There are several lioness goddesses in ancient Egyptian mythology. Animals played a key role in their beliefs, very often reflecting both the nature of man and animal. The ancient Egyptians were masters of the duality in nature, and everything they did was meticulous and reflected nature’s perfect duality between man and animal.
(When is the man an animal? And when is the animal a man?)
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By Karima Lachtane

History of Anubis

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He is thought to be a STAR
(or at least one of his character-like beings is)
Some believed Anubis 
meant, TIME.

The famously known Jackal headed god Anubis, is also known under other names (but they might not be representing the same concept or idea as Anubis). The history of Anubis date further back in time than Osiris, and he is most often seen with Thoth the god of Wisdom and writing.  





I took this picture at Abydos

Other Jackal Gods were
  • Input
  • Wepwawet (or Ap-uat)
  • from The Secret of Anubis
                  Tuamutef/Duamutef

The history of Anubis is rather complex and very old, so old that even the ancient Egyptian saw him as being ancient from their time.

He might be hard to comprehend in our world today, because he is a mixture of light and darkness at the same time. He could to some extent be seen as the Angle of Death in Christianity.

What precisely Anubis means, has been lost to our historical records, because of its ancient background. 

He was the son of many different gods and goddess. As time would change, so would the people’s views about who was connected to who.

His connection to Osiris and how fare back he goes can be seen in the ‘judgment scene’ from the book of the dead. 

Anubis might even have more power than Osiris in this scene, in that Anubis/Duamutef is able to be active and is the ‘weigher’ of hearts, whereas Osiris is always seen in a mummified state – immovable.
judgment scene

Some of Anubis titles were:

"Foremost of the Westerners"
"The lord of the scared land"
"He who is upon his scared mountain"
“Ruler of the bows”
“He who is in the place of embalming”
“Foremost of the divine booth”.

Another picture that I took at Abydos.


The Greeks and Roman also choose to portray Anubis.

Anubis, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anubis


Input 


Input is said to be the female counterpart of Anubis – (She had her own cult in one of the Upper Egyptian nome’s).


Wepwawet (or Ap-uat) 


(An unusual name if you ask me -Reminds me of the Native American names back in their old days).
Probably the oldest known Jackal god in ancient Egypt. His name Wapwawet means “Opener of the ways”. (To me this character reminds me a lot of Tuamutef/Duamutef).

What do you know about The 


The Secret of Anubis

Duamutef or Tuamutef 
Is one of the heavenly sons of Horus, the heavenly sons of Horus are four together, and with their tree hidden brothers, they make up the Seven divine beings. They are said to live among the stars, as guardians of Osiris.

I have my own personal fascination with this creature, and my own personal journey, I adore him especially in the form of 

Tuamutef/Duamutef. My book ‘Secret of Anubis, the winter triangle’ is actually about this beautiful animal. 

He is a separate character from Anubis, and very vital to the Egyptian beliefs system. 

He was a guide for the soul.

In the start of the book you will get a quick introduction to Anubis, and some of his story from ancient Egypt. 

As you read on you will take another step into a parallel world of the ancient Greeks, and reveal a very visible connection between the character of Anubis and to that of the constellation of Canis Major, where Sirius is located. 

Sirius was the queen of the decan’s, and with her the new year would begin. If Canis Major is Anubis the good of the passing, then it would be most fitting that his nose would be that of Sirius – as they did not believe in death (that would have been Hell for them) they would be given life again.

It’s a book about the Seven divine beings, which stands behind the Constellation of the Great bear, as they guard the path for Osiris.

ISBN 87-991527-9-7


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