"Writing is no answer but when you feel deeply there is little else to do." -- James Baker Hall

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Is the Myth of Isis and Osiris, Horus and Set Relevant in Today's World?

     This is the question an Egyptian friend of mine recently asked, and I thought it was a good question. I don't think any myth ever stops being relevant, and this particular myth is alive and kicking. Consider the Middle East, and in this particular case, Egypt. The healing that comes in that great story comes through gaining the clarity of vision through the Eye of Horus. Horus, the younger generation of heroes, is always battling chaos, trying to return his kingdom to the bounty that existed during the time of his father, Osiris. There are, of course, a couple of layers with this myth.
     Set and Horus battle for years, years!!! eons. Set feels that he never received his fair share of th divine promise, that Osiris had it all handed to him. Then he killed Osiris to claim himself as heir to the throne, even attempting to prevent Horus from being born. But the gods and goddesses watch over this divine but all too human drama. Horus grows up and wants his birthright.
The king, an embodiment of the god Horus, is
suckled by the goddess Hathor, who is
depicted here as the sacred sycamore.
     The battle is ongoing, each trying to murder the other, until the goddesses Isis and Hathor intervene because they are the embodiments of human and spiritual love. When Set overpowers and blinds Horus, his beloved Hathor heals his blinded eye with the milk of her breast.  While Horus is being trained to be a spiritual warrior, he meets his father Osiris, Lord of Duat, in the dreamtime. Osiris teaches him through the subconcious, through the principles of what we might consider dream, synchronicity, and the imagination or psychic realm. 
 
     And remember here the point is not missed that the dream world contains our shadows, which really is what we must battle—that is the dark aspect or ourselves, the disavowed.  Oh, I’m the good guy, one might protest. Right. And so is the other. Neither side must demonize the other.
     The myth also tells us In the midst of the battle the myth tell us that Isis tried to intervene and stay the hand of Horus when he was in control, because, or course, neither side can be 'supreme' they must work in conjunction with each other through love. But Horus didn't like that idea so he cut off his mother's head. I think we can see that happening today. Set imprisons Isis to prevent her from birthing and nurturing Horus. Horus angry with his mother cuts off her head. How's the feminine principle doing in that battle? She is getting lost and beat up fairly badly.
     But Thoth, god of wisdom replaces her head with that of Hathor, that beautiful goddess of human and divine love.
     That is the principle LOVE that balances the battle between left and right. Do you think it is applicable today in what is going on in the world? Well, yes, I think so.
     I see that battle between Horus and Set as what is happening in Egypt today. And I see that when both sides try to imprison or cut off the feminine voice, the battle will do nothing but continue to rage. Love must prevail, and cosmic order. Isis and Ma'at.
     Of course, that is just my take on it. You can decide for yourself who is Horus, who is Set, and who is Osiris.  And I will say, that in Jungian terms, we all have within us a feminine archetype that operates on the principle of love.  Call upon her. Go forth and enact a great love.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Full Moon Meditation for Aquarius/Leo

The sign of Aquarius is the image of two waves of water moving in unison. In ancient Egypt this was called the male and female water, the Nu and Nu-t. The male Nu was the river Nile flowing across the land; the female Nuit was the body of the Milky Way flowing in a simultaneous stream above the river.  Ancient Egyptian zodiacs depicted the god Hapi as pouring forth the waters from two jars. An image that is repeated in the Greek astrological sign.

The dual streams poured forth from two jars is an image also repeated in the Star card of the Tarot. The unveiled Isis, which is the Star goddess pours one stream onto earth (the plane of form) and the other into the pool of cosmic mind. Isis appears prominently as Sirus twice a year--once in summer at her heliacal rising, which annually signaled the Egyptian New Year and the imminent Nile flood. And at midwinter when high overhead Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, signaling the birth of the divine child through Isis. Tonight look for her – a diamond-like star that flashes with green, blue, pink, and white starlight. And if you continue lifting your gaze upwards, you will see the constellation of Orion, which the Egyptians associated with Osiris, the Beloved of Isis.

In esoteric circles the sign of Aquarius is the cosmic Christ that appears after the personal sacrifice that the Christ of the Piscean age represented to lead his initiates into true humanitarian Love Wisdom in this age.

Both Isis and Christ appear in the bleak winter as the promise of light to come. Both are associated with the living spiritual waters that flow forth from heaven. Isis, in search of Osiris, appeared to a group of women at the sacred well in Byblos; they recognized her by her divine spiritual presence, a heavenly perfume that exuded from her.  And Christ appeared at the well to the Samaritan woman, speaking to her of the living water that he represented. The Water of Life flows from the throne of heaven. Revelation 22:1 alludes to that water of life saying: "And he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God…”   

This water of both male and female vessel that is the energy of this particular Aquarius Full Moon has important significance, as it follows the December 21, 2012 shift into the intergalactic center of the Milky Way.  Here, as we enter into the new age, we celebrate this full moon in Aquarius as the sign of movement from personal consciousness and its desires to the group consciousness that promotes the love of all humanity. It is eternal spiritual renewal—our consciousness merged with divine consciousness.

The Aquarian energy is living water that flows from the throne of heaven. It is intended to slack the thirst of many through the communal well--the acts of sharing, loving, and giving. The Christed One has said: “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, there am I also.”  We take this to mean that the cosmic consciousness is strengthened by work in groups of like-minded initiates.

Whereas Pisces has been seen as the sacrifice of the one for many individual souls, the Aquarian energy must be the commitment and willing sacrifice of the many (group commitment) for the greater good of the planet and each other. By using this full moon energy you can see the opportunities to see how to make your next steps, to attain enlightenment, to understand brother and sisterhood. 

We are being presented with a greater awareness and a time to explore of our place in the cosmos, greater fields of human endeavor, greater contact with spirituality sensitive people and with groups for spiritual advancement, right timing and use of right energies, cooperation with Hierarchy, and contact with the Christ/Buddha consciousness in meditations and instructions.

Three Gifts of Aquarius Full Moon are:

The Creative Work of true alchemy -- a process of manifesting the inner Divinity through beauty, goodness and truth.  That seed of potential exists in every one of us. You may imagine it as being watered by the water of life of Aquarius, poured out by Hapi, by Isis, by the Christ. 

Enlightenment as if when a window opens and you see the purpose and beauty of the Life, feeling the electricity of that moment passing through you. This is similar to the epiphany that Thomas Merton had (an Aquarian sun with Leo full moon in his chart) in March 1958 on a sidewalk in Louisville. He was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that he loved every person before him. He described it as awaking from a dream of separateness, every individual “more beautiful than the sunlight itself.”

Like Merton’s vision, the third thing we are given a chance to experience is that Brother and sisterhood as a state of consciousness in which there is no judgment, no separateness, envy, anger, hatred for you see all is unity.  True freedom from the veil of glamour or illusion is recognizing that people really do love you, that they will encourage you toward success. You are protected because there is only one Light, one Truth and one Reality.

We are being directed now to see the power of working with Group Consciousness in groups of like-minded people who are working toward the betterment of themselves, their society, and the planet, with regard for all sentient creatures.

Group consciousness is the greatest lesson we can learn. Form follows thought and so when that thought is strengthened by multiplication and purified through ritual it has the potential to do the greatest good, especially when the little will is laid down in order to serve the Greater Good through Divine Will.

We may find that now in this new era spiritual practices will move away from dwelling on a dying god whose sacrifice saves individual souls to the consciousness of group engaged in ritual and ceremony that elevates all. We become less individually mystical and more dynamically magical. We move away from the either/or world of material reality vs. spiritual reality, to the more potent realm of matter AND spirit at work simultaneously.

Even if you are working alone at this time of Aquarius, you are not truly alone, because you may call upon the group consciousness of the Angelic realm, the archangels and the host of spiritualized beings and ancestors.  You may find yourself being taken out of body at night to an inner school and taught by a wisdom teacher alongside other initiates.  Know that as a disciple you are being asked at this time to work on both sides of the veil and that you are helping with other evolutions and the expansion of alternate realities. A lot of astral energy is available to you now. The more we make ourselves available to work through this less egoic astral energy (because the ego drops away from the conscious mind during sleep), the more peace we find on the planet. You may even find your memory of your dream time work more clear.

This time of shifting energy into a new age will be accompanied by trials and will not be easy. We are already experiencing trials of fire, solar flares, melting ice caps, solar heat, shifting tectonic plates, hurricanes, war, earthquakes, greed, disunity, civil mayhem.. All of the things we are experiencing we will continue to see for years to come as the shift takes place. These are not signs of an apocalypse, but a sign of deep transformation needed to the core of our consciousness.  We are responsible for overseeing how our life is transmuting and into what forms.  It is up to the group to accomplish deep transformation of energies through Love Wisdom, through Creative Vision, through Cooperation.

At this full moon, the first of 2013, plan how you will execute these tasks through the coming year. How will you be a light-bearer in a darkened world?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gotterdammerung and Dec 21, 2012


A View of the Upcoming Apocalypse

In the modern era we see economic collapse, climate change, and energy crises. These less frequently seen as acts of God, but are depicted as the inevitable failure of our human consciousness to conceive alternatives, a failure of the imagination on an enormous scale.  We are depicted as on a collision course with our demise because of our unlimited greed and unrestrained growth.  Thus, in a LINEAR description of history, the only result of a genesis is an apocalypse when all that has been created has been used up.
The word for Apocalypse in German is Gotterdammerung.
Mircea Eliade sees that what marked the pivotal break of Hebrew religion from Hellenistic and ancient pagan ideas of cosmology, was its rejection of the narrative of eternal return. Before that, all life could be framed around the promise of regenesis, as seen in the idea of the Egyptian solar year or the Near Asian (Egyptian and Babylonian) creation myths.
Once this break occurred, it brought about the idea that violence, suffering and ecological disorder were no longer arbitrary, no longer part of an endlessly repeated process, but were a punishment.   Dangerous climate changes—such as those seen in Biblical plagues, or even the Great Depression were a direct result of “sins” committed against either God, or the earth, or both.
Even world wars and bloody injustices and catastrophic events were Gotterdammerung, revealing the Apocalypse as the logical conclusion to Genesis.  Because this consciousness is so ingrained in the human psyche now as a result of Biblical proselytizing, it has been categorized as inevitable.  And if the end of the world is nigh and its destruction inevitable, then why bother with its trash and depletion and pollution anyway?
This world view is actually not one that believes in salvation; its faith rests in damnation alone. The only shred of faith is in an individual egoic consciousness that might survive by crossing oneself like a “dotted I and a crossed t” just before the big one blows its last gasket.  Then I will be saved, but the rest of the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
Please, please, tell me you are not one of those people.  If you do believe in faith, love and personal responsibility, if you can handle the idea of the cyclical nature of reality and the Eternal Return, then work with me now to envision some renewed life beyond December 21, 2012 that will include a commitment to the environment, to others on this planet, to the children of the generations who will follow after.
The ancient Egyptians believed in a concept called Zep Tepi, or “The First Time” and it happened over and over again, when the Nile flooded every year to replenish the valley, to prepare it for new growth, and to give sustenance to its people.
If there is a community garden in your area, I invite you to join them. If there is an environmental preservation organization in your area, please support them. And check out the website for Interfaith Power and Light.  Whatever you do, become a co-creator of your life with the divinity of your choice.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Night Crossing into Egypt


We just returned from one of the best trips to Egypt ever.  Still feeling the heady rush of having been rapt in 18 days of wonder, sailing long into the night toward God source. A few poems.  (Please be kind and do not copy, although I appreciate your posting the blog note.)
--Normandi


Hymn to the Universe

Here I am amid your thousand splendors.
Here I am longing for love that says a holy “Yes”
because there is no fear.


Hand of God, hold mine.
Push yourself into my body, penetrate me
with the sacred conjunctio of heaven and earth.
The body longs for the divine with a thingly language,
having forgotten the shrine that it is.

The god within is
a subtle shift of breathing.



Full Moon Sonata

Did the Moon god nibble on his reed pen
and write with moonlight in the Nile all night?
Or were we simply drunk with dancing?
Were we in love with our imaginations and  memories?
All night long the music danced across the skin of water;
All night long we held our breath at the amazement of it--
Furious white script on the liquid black canvas of the Nile.
Orion lay on his side asleep in the yellow sand hills.
Sothis whispered chansons, “Arise, Beloved. Arise.”
I leaned over the deck to trail my fingers in the water.
See Thoth. I am your scribe up late, writing all night, too.
You were there with me, dancing, smiling.
Did you see the moon writing a poem full of light for you?
Did you see me write this one, too?



Nuit

In the secret bones of her skull
pasts and futures intertwine
mothers and fathers
in hot desires turning
souls into stars,
turning their magic into me.
With sky blue eyes
the Great Wife appears,
starlight streams over her breasts,
runs in rivulets between her legs.
She sighs and arches
from horizon to horizon,
arms above her head,
reaching into invisibility.
She comes
whispering
ancient mother songs;
Stretch out your arms
and touch the sky humming.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Shadow. Leaves. Vine. Window.


Window is the way you look at the world. When there is a curtain, there is a veil between you and what lies beyond the window. When you are looking at the rays of the sun directly, it hurts your vehicle to do so. The magnitude of the light vibration and its energy are blinding. This is how The Goddess or the Master Teachers might appear to us without a filter.

Yet through the curtain you are able to glimpse the light that streams toward you from the other side. This is light your eyes can use and adjust to using. This light can reveal that which exists on the other side of the window frame. It can impress images onto the curtain--shadows, if you will. They are not "dark" shadows, but the shadows of things that live and exist in the light that emanates from the other side.

This is the principle behind spiritualist philosophy. Truly there is life that exists on the other side of the window frame. That life is just as real, or more real as our earthly lives. That life is, as we are, in need of light source vibrations to live as we live. 

The window is a border -- a frame -- that we can use as a focusing lens.

In your meditations, you might want to use the window "frame" as a visualization tool. It will help you focus on the dualities of whatever states of being you are contemplating.  For example, you might wonder "What about that thing, idea, quality over there in the subconscious (dimly visible) exists also on this conscious side (more visible)?  What shadow of a reality are you seeing? How does it, in a supraconscious way, respond in its truest Self  in relation to the shadow and light?

Definition: Self is a quality of being.  Self is the allness of you. Mostly you see the material dense self--with a little 's'; that is, the You that you equate with the vehicle. This other Self exists beyond and in addition to what you know as self.

You see, you are the leaf -- both as shadow, and leaf, and idea. Even at that, you have yet to see all that you truly are.  Rejoice in your complexities and quiver in the gentle wind and light.

Normandi/Ptahmose
For another take on truth ane light, See Plato's Allegory of the Cave.
http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/platoscave.html
 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Getting Back in the Groove

Okay, its been nearly 9 months since I posted on this blog.  I've been busy promoting the three new books I wrote within the last year --Imagining the World into Existence (just out), Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt, and Going West. Really that is no excuse.  There is more going on than that, as well. I want to share with you this life that I am continually discovering and uncovering and exploring.

Will begin with this entry, only to say I am planning to use this space in the next few months to post
a) bits of my novel as it comes about;
b) ideas for sermons in the works--yes, I am working on becoming an associate spiritualist minister;
c) some full moon meditations;
d) Egypt trip info (This photo of Steve Bass and me was taken during an annointing ritual in Abydos June 2012); and
e) whatever tidbits from ancient days surfaces. 

Will also be posting some material for those who are attending a number of workshops I am teaching.  Thank you for reading my posts. Please check back in every now and again. And do drop me a line on Facebook.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

When It's 2012...

Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Karen Tate on her show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine, which was the last show of 2011 (Dec 28). We had a great discussion about the concept of my recent work: Egypt,  'magical' thinking, and words of power. By the end of our time together, the talk turned to the question of now that we are entering the year 2012, what does that mean?

I am not sure that I answered as completely as I would have wanted. So I want to continue that conversation here.

I believe that the most important thing to know about 2012 is what with all of the internet articles and books written on the Mayan prediction that time ends on 12-21-12, and what with all of the speculation about whether the event will spell disaster; or if not, what it will mean? With the majority of people musing about the subject, our thoughts about the subject have already raised the conscious awareness of most people. We believe that something is afoot.  A change, a transformation is about to take place, and many people are poised for that to happen. Whether they are aware of it or not, their thoughts are spring loaded and waiting for whatever event will jettison us into the transformative cauldron.

It could be a physical, planetary change, or something more sutle like a spiritual vibration that attunes us to deeper information and understnding. The Law of Vibration suggests that like attacts like, and so with global consciousness and multiple energies poised for a transformative experience of some kind, one will occur. The question is which one?

Are there more doomsayers who see mass destruction and environmental degradation, or are there more of us wanting to pool our resources and work with healing energies in love and cooperation? Which kind of life do you want to wake up to after 2012? One grasping for the last resource in your neighbor's hand, or one that joins hands to work toward a common goal? Mine is the later, and it is my task--and I hope it will also be yours--to envision that peace and communion every day. I intend to set aside each full moon for meditation on how I can best serve others and align with the divine plan.

When the ball drops us into the coming year, it is my fondest dream that a wave of peace and fellowship of man will surge across us all. And it is my deepest desire that all of our 2012 transformations be made for the benefit of the planet and all sentinent beings in the spirit of abundant life and love. May we live enlightened and shepherd in the Great Light of the Divine.

To hear my interview with Karen go to her webpage and search for the program dated Dec 28, 2011.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/voicesofthesacredfeminine