Heka was the magical “great word”.
The term has two syllables: he and ka. As discussed here, the first refers to “power,” the next means “spirit” implying the power of the spirit. The letter “h” is the eighth letter of the alphabet and “k” is the eleventh. If we write this as 8 + 11 we arrive at 19.
In the figure above, we have 19 dots in the hexagon and 37 in the hexagram. Curiously, 37 is also a centered hexagonal number with the next being 61, 91 and so on. To develop this sequence mathematically, a gnomon can be added to a figurate number to transform it into the next largest integer.
While centred figurate numbers are popular in recreational mathematics today, the Egyptians took them far more seriously. This was because they implied form and proportion as dictated by sound and energy. For example, we can create a magickal sexagon with 19 cells:
This magickal sexagon arranges numbers 1-19 in a centered hexagonal pattern. The numbers in each row, in all three directions add to 38—the magickal constant. This number is hinted at in the snakes that Heka holds at top in “X” fashion across his belly. Implied in this pattern is the number 76 which is really a sign of the magus or the number 13.
13 brings the test, the suffering and the death. It also symbolises the rebirth of the spirit—the passage to a higher level of existence. It announces the ending of old cycles and the beginning of new ones. It encourages you to be patient and to think positively. Indeed, you may be divinely guided towards your true soul mission and find the support of guardians in this process.
So the magickal sexagon is really the master reproductive scheme—in other words it expresses the unity of the pentagon and the pentagram (female and male). Unlike centred figurate numbers, it uses the individual numerical values to resolve the apparent size difference between the two polygons. In other words, the pentagon and pentagram below can be expressed in terms of each other:
Above: the sides of the hexagon and hexagram add to 228
Switching gears, summing the numbers of the hexagram above produces 119 and the hexagon 190. The resulting ratio of 0.626 is often a sign of major changes occurring in your love life. This shift is often related to reaching a higher level of commitment in your intimate relationship. If 626 can be reduced to the number 5 then there might be an announcement of an engagement, a wedding or a pregnancy. Whatever these changes might be, they will be highly beneficial to your future.
Bees have been fertility symbols for millennia—in real life they help plants grow, flower and breed. They do so by transferring pollen between blossoming flowers and therefore help to keep the cycle of life turning. The vast majority of plants we need for food rely on pollination—from almonds and cherries to apples and squashes. No surprises then, that bees are often featured in alchemical art in conjunction with the sacral chakra.
In the ancient tradition, the humming sound of the bee was said to stimulate super hormones known as Elixirs of Metamorphosis. This sound also resonates the ventricular chambers in the centre of the brain which are filled with cerebrospinal fluid. This sound acts as a cushion for the brain’s cortex, providing mechanical and immunological protection to the brain inside the skull. If we can emulate the humming sounds of the bee using mantras then, we can stimulate the pituitary gland, hypothalamus and amygdala.
Above: the buzzing of Serket’s bees echoed the hum of creation
Serket was a fertility goddess in Egypt who healed venomous stings and bites. She was associated with the scorpion because this creature resembled the hyoid bone in the throat. In fact, Serket’s name means “she who causes the throat to breathe” and therefore sound healing was her primary task (here we are reminded of the vasodilatory effect that humming has on our airways). As the octal goddess of fertility she was revered even in death—the canopic jar for the intestines was associated with venom.
To realise immortality then, the Egyptians placed their trust in the power of speech, or the ability to create by uttering the divine words conceived beforehand in the sexual organs. The creative power of words like “hu” is associated with Ptah, but we find this concept as early as the Pyramid Texts. In fact, without “words of power”, there would be no magick.
All kinds of rituals accompanied these words, but the gods would never appear if the priests did not know what to say. The magickal actions were important, but impotent without the words to empower them. Moreover, to assume the form of Serket and Heka, precise recitation was necessary. Perhaps their names are echoed in the lyrics “Say, say, say, hey, hey now baby” from the pop song What Lovers Do? In this suggestive video, the melody is wedded to fertility symbols that reinforce the power of the music:
Instead of using sound as a tool to change our circumstances directly, magick is aimed at altering the magician’s state of consciousness in such a way that they have access to psychic abilities. This invites not just telepathy and telekinesis, but makes it possible to influence the collective unconscious. This is like the effects of strong suggestions during a deep state of hypnosis, but on a collective scale. Direct suggestion of this kind is like the empowering effect charismatic leaders have on crowds.
In the Old Kingdom, Memphis was the centre of heaven on Earth, for the spirits and souls of the deities existed in the sky. These gods and goddesses could allow their “ka” and “ba” to accept the invitation spoken by Ptah. In these ceremonial performances, only the deities spoke, listened or moved. The priests enacted mystery plays with esoteric themes between the deities. The magicians identified themselves as much as possible with the gods and linked them to the heka residing in their reproductive organs:
To penetrate the belly of a god was an easy way to establish oneself in the most intimate part of his being and acquire a position of dominance there.
Above: Ptah embodied sound healing
The Egyptians were masters of the human biofield. The Ankh was held in the left hand (passive) and the Was was held in the right (active). The Ankh was like a receiver used in conjunction with the Was, or resonator, to create coherence. Because the Ankh aligned with the quintessential fractals of love, it could initiate the healing process in the body. Finally, the subject could intone a mantra via the trachea that harmonised with the healing vibrations of these sonic instruments.
So what does all this mean? It implies that if one can breathe by invoking the Great Word then immortality follows. If we can create a mantra using “he” and “ka” then we are vibrating according to the resonance of eternal life. In conjunction with breathing and yantras, these sounds remain a powerful act of rejuvenation.