(Extract from an essay by Greg Taylor, originally posted to The Daily Grail in 1999) "In the depictions of mythological scenes on Near Eastern archaeological monuments and artefacts, a number of ‘archetypal images’ are apparent. One of the most intriguing of these is the ‘God with the Upraised-Arm’, which can be found in scenes from … Continue reading The God with the Upraised Arm – by Greg Taylor, The Daily Grail
This was one of the first sites I returned to again and again in the early days of the net. I haven't revisited it for years, but came across the link in one of my old blogs, and realised I'd been lucky to find these reference to the Ouroboros in the years before the net … Continue reading The Universal Ouroboros
According to Ancient Egyptian literature, the Book of Thoth (see earlier post about this here ) was said to have the power such that anyone who found and read it would know how to enchant the earth and the sky, see the wind, how to hear the sun, know the secrets of the gods and … Continue reading The Tale of Pharaoh Khufu and the Magician in Ancient Egyptian Literature
Hermetism is often and wrongly confused with Gnosticism, which similarly originated in Egypt in roughly the same era. For present purposes, a few salient points of contrast will suffice. Like the God of Stoicism, the Hermetic God was omnipresent and omniscient through the material cosmos. In Gnosticism, by contrast, God was transcendent, and the … Continue reading Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation
"The god Horus is a falcon (the word for which in hieroglyphs is qhr, the falcon’s cry). In the third surviving column of text, remarkably, the falcon is marked with a triangle, the hieroglyphic designation for the star Sirius. As if it were a mathematical proof unfolding before my eyes, I saw that if the … Continue reading The Turning Sky | Lapham’s Quarterly
“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you’ll see the way to fly.” - Richard Bach I was watching a tv documentary last night by Michael Scott about the oracle at Delphi (link for UK readers http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00w4jtx ) … Continue reading The Oracle of Delphi – Know Thyself
In the 14th Century B.C. Pharaoh Akhenaten, (formerly Amenhotep iv) who is referred to as "The Heretic" ruled Egypt during the 18th Dynasty -the Armana Period. He has been viewed as the first monotheist - the belief in the existence of only one god - by many scholars and has been credited as the inspiration … Continue reading Was Akhenaten’s Atenism monotheistic or polytheistic?
My interest in the esoteric began in earnest when I was studying Egyptology and came across some literature from the Ptolemeic period of Ancient Egypt; stories about one of the sons of Ramesses II, who had lived centuries earlier. This prince, Khaemwaset, was already a fascinating historical character, as among other major works, he … Continue reading The Language of the Birds and the Book of Thoth.
While reading 'A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe' ('The Sleepwalkers') by Arthur Koestler, there was a passage that gave me a "brain itch"; that feeling that something is really familiar, and you know you have definitely come across a similar idea before and you're struggling to remember because it was in a … Continue reading Temporal and Eternal, Being and Non-Being – “false” time and “changeless” time in Ancient Egypt