The ouroboros

The ouroboros is an ancient Egyptian symbol of a serpent eating its tail: There are two factors at work above: corruption and rejuvenation. These two apparently opposite forces result in the eternal swirl of the ouroboros: after birth we grow...

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The merkaba

A cube has equal edges: The easiest way to derive a tetrahedron from a cube with sides of one is to draw two diagonal lines of √2 across opposite faces at 90° to one another. By joining the tips the resulting tetrahedron has four sides...

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Resurrection symbols

Osiris was known as the Lord of Love. The name Osiris is the Latinised form of the Egyptian Usir  which is interpreted as "powerful" or "mighty". This god of creation presided over the organic cycle of deaths and rebirths that a normal...

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The Nile chakras

Egypt is not a country you live in—it lives within you. Art thou aware that Egypt is the image of heaven, or rather, that it is the projection below of the order of things above? If the truth must be told, this land is indeed the temple of...

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The third eye

The brain can be reimagined as a vagina: Anatomically, the pituitary is an evagination of the reservoir of spinal fluid that we call the third ventricle. In this respect it is very like the uterus in being a hollow cavity. The pituitary...

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Ma’at & Anubis

Maat is the symbol for truth, balance and lightness of spirit. She is the divine, female energy of truth that flows through us all. In the image above, she arises and connects us with the universe. In the background is Anubis who stands...

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The divine feminine

Mahatma Gandhi once said, "God has no religion". Sadly, if your beliefs are based on a male God, male prophets or male priests then you as a worshipper are lost. This is bad news for most Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. You...

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The morning star

Venus is referred to as "the morning star". She was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Venus lies within Earth's orbit so she never appears to venture too far from the Sun. As a fixture in human culture since her namesake...

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The sacred breath

Alchemical art has long mystified casual observers. Really, though, it is all about the breath. On a spiritual level, breath is the carrier wave of life itself—the sacred bridge between spirit and matter and the chariot of the soul. The word...

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On the nose

In the tomb painting below, Nefertari receives the breath of life from Isis: The Ankh was held to the nose in thousands of reliefs—hinting at an Egyptian version of pranayama that clears the physical, emotional and spiritual obstacles in...

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