💖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
Shalatin in the Easternmost desert at the Red Sea, close to the Sudanese border
The blue lotus had a marked solar character and was a symbol of life and rebirth; whereas the white lotus was related to the Night Solar Disc. The blue lotus was chosen by the Egyptians as the heraldic flower of Upper Kemet, the Valley, and symbol of the south. The papyrus took the place of representative of the north, being the heraldic plant of the Low Kemet, the Delta.
The Egyptians did not overlook a peculiar characteristic of this aquatic plant that swarmed on the banks of the Nile; Once the flower closed, it began to submerge in the late afternoon, spending the night under the waters and re-emerging the next morning to reopen with the first rays of sun, orienting towards the East.
This plant should be understood as a symbol that brings together three natural elements: fire (it is a solar plant), air and water. According to mythology, it is born and fed by the waters of the Nun, to which it returns every night, that is, it is a plant that lives in both the visible and the invisible world (understood as the Duat). Its roots are nourished by the primordial waters where all life originates, while its petals absorb energy from the Solar Disk.
It is understandable that the blue lotus became a symbol or archetype of rebirth, since it is a flower that “dies” to the night happening to exist in the underworld, and “reborn” at dawn thanks to solar energy. Its strong perfume was associated with the air and the breath of life.
The deceased assimilated to Wesir, the akhu, are the first to benefit from this symbolism. On the walls of the ancient tombs, a scene from the invisible world used to be represented: the funerary banquet. At the moment when the blessed deceased not only fed their kau with the offerings served at tables in front of them, they were also provided with lotus flowers so that, by aspiring their perfume, they would receive the “breath of life” and benefit from this magic symbol. It should be understood then that in the invisible world the blue lotus perfume provides “life” to those who inhale it and enjoy its fragrance. This strong perfume was also associated with the god Nefertum, whose symbol is the Seshen.
Let’s see now how the lotus participates in the Egyptian cosmogony being a symbol of the Sun and creation. In the city of Hermópolis the myth tells that the Sun arose for the first time of the interior of a blue lotus that floated in the waters of the Nun. This first moment of the Zep-Tepi is represented in the form of a lotus which, when opened, reveals a little child inside; it is the young sun god manifested in his Name of Nefertum.
The birth of the Sun arising from the blue lotus was symbolized in the temples through the offering of a golden lotus, material related to the Sun and rebirth (hence the sarcophagus chamber was called “The Gold Hall”, where it was carried out the regeneration of the deceased).
On the other hand, the fact that the rhizomes and seeds of this plant were able to endure terrible and prolonged droughts and sprout as soon as the waters return, linked it intimately to the idea of resurrection of the wesirian cult and funeral rituals. The lotuses appear as one of the infallible offerings for the gods and the deceased. Chapter 81 of the Book of Exit to the Day includes a formula that the deceased Akh must know in order to “transform into Seshen”, or what is the same, to transmute in the image that the Creator took in his first appearance.
Finally comment that the lotus extract was mixed with wine to get a drink with narcotic effect; This is why in funeral banquet scenes it is common to find lotus flowers decorating and perfuming wine jugs. During the same banquets the Egyptians were represented manipulating mandrake fruits which, mixed with alcohol, have sedative effects. It is not unreasonable then to think that they used lotus flowers with the same purpose (let’s not forget that the Nymphea lotus was commonly used as an anesthetic in the First World War when opiates were scarce
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Shubra (Arabic: شبرا, Coptic: ϭⲱⲡⲣⲟ) is one of the largest districts of Cairo, divided into 3 areas: Shubra, Road El Farag, and Elsahel. Many streets in this area are covered with trees – a rather uncommon thing for Cairo as a whole. The district is heavily populated with about 3 million residents, mostly Muslims, but including a large Coptic population, as Shubra has one of the highest concentrations of Copts in Cairo. There are several churches throughout the neighborhoods, like the Church of St. Mary and St. George. Shubra is served by the Cairo Metro. It also has an Islamic flavor as there are mosques side by side to the churches in a way that most of the time, you can hardly tell to which the minaret belongs. One of the most renowned mosques is el Khazen Dar. The palace of Muhammad Ali is a famous tourist attraction.
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Siwa oasis, Western desert, Egypt
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Never stop dreaming of moonbeams and fairy dust, shiny stars and the wonder of the heavens, a happier life and a better world.
📍 Cairo. Egypt 🇪🇬
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