Egypt Mysteries
Over Egypt have many rumors been spread in hermetical circles. The mythical figure Hermes Trismegistus pops up again and again, who is well known not only through the Tabula Smaragdina .

In the Corpus Hermeticum he speaks to his student that "Egypt is a mirror image of the sky".

But all that concerns actually more the newer hermetical view of Egypt. The ancient egypt culture fascinates through its hyroglyph language, through its pyramids and its temple plants.

In the center of the many pyramids stands the Cheops pyramid, whose method of construction is by far more perfect than that of the other pyramids, and until today it is not quite clear how the many 50 tons of heavy blocks of alone the "long hall" could be transported at that time.

The egyptian adepts knew these 22 steps of the path as the path of Thoth , and the Pyramid was a secret initiation temple.
It was assumed that the 22 pictures of the later Tarot come from Egypt, evtl. through the Mamluks .
This twentytwo-stage path was represented in the great pyramid in form of the gears and chambers :

The student must strain himself during the first two development steps until he passes the entrance of the pyramid, corresponding to the Yama of the Raja Yoga or the Introspection.

On step 6, the decision between Evolution or Involution (Apophis), the 'choice of grace' between light and abyss falls.
The end of step 14 leads once again almost vertically down into these involutionary powers of the unconscious, the underworld.

The branching with the small chamber ('step 14') before the long hall symbolizes the path of the occult 'white magic' and stands in special relation to the Sirius. The white aetheric magic leads far however not so high.
Similar occult capacities come on the spiritual path first on the step 18.

The long hall symbolizes the long path of the step 15.

The steps 16 and 17 are once again a short however tedious phase.

The step 18 symbolizes the rear upper "king chamber" : it stands in special relation to Orion. Here stands the preserved initiation coffin.
About that yet four further small cavities exist.

After this initiation the developement goes only higher. From step 19, no secret technologies have been published in books but only as visions.
Also in the temple plants to Memphis, reliefs of the book of Thoth are found still today - and only few understand the symbols correctly.
........................................................................ Several Egyptian myths describe the mystical rebirth symbolically:

Besides to the myth of the travel of RA through the underworld and the rebirth of the RA (papyrus Ani), especially the myth of Osiris is well known :
Osiris is murdered by Seth (box with lead-layer) and he must go down into the underworld(13.2). Out of its seed, Horus (Heru) is born.
Isis , the wife and sister of Osiris, brings his son Horus secretly to birth and lets him drive down the Nile in a basket, where he is found at the Nile bank.
Isis succeeds to reawaken Osiris (13.4). Seth notices the revival of Osiris and kills Osiris again and fragments him, whose new revival Isis does not succeed entirely, because the phallus is missing. Osiris remains in the end as ruler of the underworld.
In other words: The Adept or Neophyt passes through the steps 13 and 14( mystical death and rebirth). After that the subconscious forces are permanent under his control. Horus, the spiritual power in the adept, can grow and get on with the process.

Set is represented as a divinity of destruction. He is the enemy of Apophis, the big snake. He is a brother and also an opponent of Osiris, whom he kills later and takes in its place, but is then displaced of the throne by Horus, the son of the Osiris (end of the step 14), whereby two empires come into existence(step15).
We find this "fratricide" in other manner also in the story of Kain and Abel. The opposing powers of Set and Osiris determine the powers of the wheel in an early stage .
Apophis (cf.: kopt. Giant, Ägypt. Snake demon), who lives as a "big snake" in the darkness, is the embodiment of the dark material forces opposed the heavenly God of light. The sun must fight daily against Apophis.
Evenings during sunset, Apophis comes threateningly near to the sun ship before its entrance into the underworld and he must be fighted from the bow of the ship by Ra/Seth so that the red blood of the Apophis colors the sky. And in the mornings during sunrise when the ship comes out of the dark underworld the same battle takes place. (I.e. the symbolism of the change of the snake power into the powers of the wheel).
(Fludd : Utriusque Cosmi Historia, Oppenheim ; Der okkulte Mensch - Dies Microcosmos)
Over the Mysteries of lower Egypt, one should not forget Abu Simbel, whose rock temples were officially consecrated to the head Gods of higher Egypt and lower Egypt, Amun-Re, Ptah and Re Harachte as well as to the Pharao himself whereby to note is, that the Pharaos were usually high initiated. In Abu Simbel a group of eight Osiris statues is to be seen among other things, that carry out a heart handle as known from Napoleon. They indicate the difficult 'path of the heart', that is known in Asia as the master type of the Mahachohan.
The origin of the Tarot is assumed in Egypt nowadays. Picture illustrations of the Tarot are on this web page under Spirital Texts : Tarot - the 22 steps of consciousness.
Also Rudolf Steiner interpreted the ancient mysteries in his book " Christianity as a mystical fact " if also mixed with many errors).
The current Antroposophy with its emphasis of the Ego (and the elfins in the playscool) is however not really spiritual even if Rudolf Steiner spoke about the transformation of the body into an ATMAN.
Rudolf Steiner said also "On the earth, the ASURAS pass through their development of the mind." .


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