The Dendera Zodiac is the only circular depiction of astronomy to be found within Egyptian antiquity. All other references to the zodiac or astrology are either square or pyramidal in shape and design. The zodiac itself depicts the 360 days of the Egyptian year, with thirty-six decans arranged in a circular fashion. A decan represents one-third of the duration of a zodiacal constellation. Twelve signs with three decans each means thirty-six decans in total. This is a metric that western astrologers continue to use to this day.
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String of 5 Eyed Beads, Egyptian Art
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
a ‘sem’-priest, wearing the traditional panther-leopard skin, burning incense with the “Arm of Horus” (the arm-shaped censer) and pouring water from an ewer; to the right, three flaming perfumed candles.
Detail from the “House of Eternity” of Inherkhau son of Hay (TT359), “Foreman in the Place of Righteousness and Truth (the Valley of the Kings) in the west of Thebes” and “Director of the works of the Lord of the Two Lands” during the reigns of Ramesses III and Ramesses IV
Relief of Sobek
Relief depicting the crocodile god Sobek
wearing Atef crown, detail of a wall carving from
the Double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris, Kom Ombo.
A purification scene from wooden coffin depicting King Amenhotep II with Anubis. 18th dynasty, ca 1427 – 1400 BC.
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The Death of Cleopatra, 1910
John Collier (British, 1850-1934)
Gallery Oldham, UK
💖The sun sets over the historical site of the Giza Pyramids and the Nile River, near Cairo, Egypt… #egyptpassion #iregipto #egypt #cairo #time #sunset #thegiftsofmindfulness #iregipto #egyptpassion #retreat #yoga #inspiration #alchemistofunconditionallove
Statue of Amun-Re
Detail from a statue of the god Amun-Re
in the Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak Temple Complex.
A statuette of the goddess Isis and her divine son Horus, powerful symbols of rebirth in ancient Egypt. The item dates back to the Ptolemaic Period (332 – 30 BCE) and is made of Egyptian faience, a manufactured glazed ceramic material. This lovely piece (55.121.5) is on display in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Photo (edited): Public Domain
Isis was a major goddess in Egypt. She was first mentioned in the Old Kingdom (circa 2686 – 2160 BCE) as one of the main characters of the Osiris myth, where she had conquered death through love; she was the symbol of the mysterious creative power which had produced the earth and all living things. Isis was believed to help the dead enter the afterlife as she had helped Osiris, and she was considered the divine mother of the king, who was associated with Horus. Moreover, her maternal tenderness was invoked in healing spells to benefit ordinary people.
The worship of Isis spread throughout the Greco world with the start of the Ptolemaic Period. As Ptolemaic and the wider Hellenistic culture was absorbed by Rome in the first century BCE, the cult of Isis became part of Roman religion.
Early Christians sometimes worshiped before the statues of Isis suckling the infant Horus, seeing in them another form of the ancient and noble myth by which woman, creating all things, becomes at last the Mother of God. The worship of Isis was ended by the rise of Christianity in the fourth and fifth centuries CE. This gave way to Christian full veneration of Mary, who is also revered in Islam for giving virgin birth to Allah’s Prophet Jesus who, according to the Quran, was conceived by her through the intervention of the divine spirit, archangel Gabriel. #egyptpassion #iregipto #egypt#thegiftsofmindfulness #ashleymariemoderndayalchemist