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Anubis on The Thames

Guest post by Naomi Ozaniecan-u-bis

On the 3rd of October 2007 Anubis entered the city of London. His presence embodied in a statue 25ft high was floated upon the Thames on a barge. Traveling by water to the heart of the capital to promote the forthcoming Tutankhamun exhibition, this current procession presents us with an image not witnessed for millennia: a god rides upon the waters in triumphal entry to make way for the coming of the king.

For the Egyptians this was a familiar scene; the sacred sailing upon the waters was an event of great significance. The Nile like the Thames was the life-blood to a nation. For the Egyptians however the river itself was held to be sacred- a connection we have severed at our cost.

When great rivers become merely utilitarian waterways something invaluable is cast away.

Perhaps the startling image of the god riding upon the waters might jog the collective memory towards a moment of awakening.

Anubis, called, ‘the opener of the ways’ is a fitting figure to open this new Egyptian presentation. The face of the boy-king has become a global icon; it gazes back at us as we gaze upon it, and in that brief moment as his image becomes imprinted in the mind, we glimpse the Egyptian aspiration to honour and sanctify the divine life.

The image of Anubis in his familiar resting pose was placed within Tutankhamun’s tomb. The jackal face guardian of the Duat as the guardian of the necropolis like a faithful and most beloved dog was ready to lead the soul of the king back to the greater world.

But the less familiar image of Anubis as a jackal headed young man carries a different message. He is The Keeper of the Great Door. What lies beyond the portal is for the true spiritual seeker to discover. But in the time honored tradition, “Ask and it shall be given, knock and it shall be opened.”

At this time of spiritual renewal, Anubis comes to London. Ostensibly his figure invites the world to gaze on the outer mysteries of Egyptian glory but for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, his appearance is as the emissary to the inner mysteries of being and becoming.

Though the outer form has passed away, the spiritual heart still lives and Anubis stands it the threshold where he offers the ankh, the key of life to all who ask. Continue Reading…

A Global Awakening Is Happening

aAwakening is word getting thrown around more and more nowadays but does any of us really know what this means?

What does awakening mean on a personal level? How about on a global level? How does awakening apply to business? What about family, schools, the arts…

Is every aspect of our lives being affected in some way? And what is happening really?

Maybe we can get some insight from the root meaning of the word Awaken: “to spring into being,” also,”to wake up;” “to rouse from sleep” or “to stir up, rouse to activity”. Source: http://www.etymonline.com

But what are we awakening to?

I posed the question on facebook, “What does the global awakening mean for you?” and here’s some of the responses:

“Global awakening means to me the evolution of consciousness to who and what we are as a being and a species along with the withheld information about humanities origins and our divine connection with God and the Universe.”
~ Shannon Ramon Jeffries

“Reaching the core, of our light body. Realization that humanity is one working mechanism. Activation of our dormant DNA strands that completes as part of our evolution. It means far much more.” ~ Priscilla Thompson

“We are not alone…” ~ Lama Pittman

“Interconnectedness, a conscious responsibility for our own evolution and leading by example.” ~ Maria Munoz

“Through earth and cosmic changes, evolving to a higher level of existence; becoming a more spiritual, loving, effective and responsible being.” ~ Heidi Herman

“When the harmonic resonance of collective consciousness and unconsciousness amplify ‘good’ ideals actions and dreams. When utopia over topples this current distopia of reality…” Lozza Natili

“It is the ripple effect. One person becomes enlightened, then his surroundings, then his community, his city, his country, his world, the universe at large. Everyone is Consciously living… and the realization that all is One.. is understood Consciously.. by all.” ~ Kalani George

As we can see the concept of a global awakening means different things to different people. Though if we look closely we can see some ideas that we may even call universal in relation to what this awakening means to me, you and the average joe next door:

Global Awakening Concepts

  • Remembering Our Connection To Source
  • Remembering Our Connection To Each Other
  • Realizing That We Are A Global Community
  • Taking Responsibility For Ourselves & Our Actions
  • Leading By Example
  • Being Conscious or Aware In Our Everyday Lives
  • Realizing That Heaven Is Here On Earth

A lot of people toss around the concept of universal love emerging within the hearts of all. That this love will enable the world to make the fundamental shift necessary to move into the next stage of human evolution. I think this is too much of a leap for the world to take right now.

You can’t fake a feeling. You can’t just walk up to someone and expect them to be down with the “All we need is love program.”

Later on. Further down the path yes. The individual will come to conclusion naturally. But at first they’ll just shut down, turn off, and tune out.

It seems that the most influential concept that may be necessary and easily accepted by everyone is the idea of our inherent connectedness.

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Insights into The Ancient Egyptian Wisdom

The Boat of Millions of Years by Naomi Ozaniec

awThe Sacred Science of Ancient Egypt has much to offer us as we search to make a new paradigm a reality. Although the complex Egyptian pantheon can appear confusing, the application of a few simple keys will reveal a practical and profound understanding of nature and the cosmos.

Key 1 Divine Templates – The Neteru

The divine figures so often called, ‘gods’ and ‘goddesses’ are more properly called, neter and in the plural neteru which translates more properly as, ‘cosmic power.’ Often depicted traveling through the sky in the Boat of Millions of Years, the Neteru belong to eternal time.

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Ancient Wisdom From The Land Down Under

by Ian Paul Marshall

ancient wisdom for modern awakeningWhen most people think of Australia images of koala bears, crocodile hunters and didgeridoos come to mind. But the land down under is also rich with a spiritual heritage that dates back thousands of years.

To find Australia’s hidden spiritual treasure one must turn their sights away from the countries modern cities and surftowns and journey into the outback in search of an ancient race of people whose stories trace back to the beginning of time itself.

A people that live close to the earth, respecting her sacredness, beauty and wisdom. They view themselves as mere custodians of the planet, nothing is truly theirs, and they do their best to work in harmony with nature and the seasons taking only what they need. A concept that is embodied in the statement “Tread Lightly”

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mar31_97-2The news is depressing; everything we know is falling apart; the familiar bonds of work and financial security which hold society together are everywhere failing. Security and unpredictability are unfamiliar in the west, not so for much of rest of the world which has simply learned to live with chaos. But chaos is an alchemical process. The core of Western society is being dismembered, hacked into pieces by our own Sethian nature, the impulse to materialism and accretion run wild.

Osiris the Good God, the green-faced God of death and renewal was tricked by treachery, so everyman has been tricked by sleight of hand and deception. Osiris was made vulnerable by trust, likewise we have been betrayed by trust.

Through the enactment of the ancient mysteries, the Egyptians reminded themselves that life was cyclical, a repeating pattern of death, dismemberment and subsequent renewal. This mythic framework embraced both natural and human life, for the resurrection of Osiris, through the raising of the potent Djed Pillar, signifies the fertilising power of cyclical life. The resurrection of Christ is no longer the sustaining myth of western spirituality in the age of new belief; we are adrift. The New Age provides many things but it cannot offer any overarching framework, we must rather look to the Old Age of Primordial Tradition.

Disconnected from the primal myths of being and becoming, it is easy to lose sight of the essential interconnection with all life; the draught of forgetfulness or memory is offered to the initiate; we are now in the grip of a collective amnesia.

The remembering of Osiris, the primordial mythic quest, embodies the classic initiatory phases from death to rebirth in its three phases: questing, finding and rejoicing. Osiris, rendered into death, his body hacked into pieces and scattered throughout the land. This, the first initiatory phase of dissection and breaking is central to all initiating traditions. ‘As above, so below,’ says the Hermetic maxim; what exists in the microcosm exists in the macrocosm. The fabric of society is currently in a phase of dissection and dismemberment; for many the sudden disruption of the working life must feel like a kind of death.

Osiris meets his death at the hands of Set; aspiring to seize the kingdom, he has prepared a trap in the shape of an ornamented chest measured exactly to fit Osiris. At a feast Set promised to present it to the man who should find the chest to be exactly his length when he lay down in it. Each tried it in turn, but it fitted no one. Osiris alone was left, as soon as he lay down the lid was slammed shut and fastened by nails, carried to the river and sent it on its way to the sea.

On hearing this terrible news his loving wife and queen, Isis, cut off her hair and put on a mourning robe, wandering from place to place, not knowing what to do, she questioned everyone along the way. Emptied by weeping and in the depths of her sorrow she did not hesitate to do everything in her power to find her beloved; she quests to re-member that which has been so savagely dismembered After searching without ceasing, probably after several years, Isis, learned that the chest had been cast up by the sea on a foreign shore where a tree had grown around it. After another initiatory tale, she finally retrieved the chest which had become a coffin.

Osiris has waited upon the cycle of regeneration, dismembered and passive, he has been compelled to surrender to the forces of nature and time. Isis alone has been active in her desire to re-member. In this second phase, the initiate must passively await on the inner processes of regeneration, resting in the cocoon of the psyche as the work of transformation silently proceeds. We too are entering the stage of transformation; broken institutions, shattered corporate bodies, dismembered organisations, now all are subject to process and change.

Isis, the mourning mother and grieving wife has shared in the human condition. Her voice of lamentation; the voice of grief and loss was raised to the heavens, our shared cultural lament has been sounded on the streets carrying despair and rage, it is both a lament and a wake-up call. From the depths of her grief, she calls upon Thoth, the lord of wisdom; Isis too is a wisdom goddess; wisdom alone has the power to embrace all, emptied as it is of self-interest. As the power to seek the greatest good, wisdom should walk hand-in-hand with public service. The Seven Wise Men of Greece were legislators and advisers especially chosen for their quality of wisdom. Who might we choose as our seven wise men? Human folly: the absence of wisdom, has decimated institutions designed to spread wealth; greed, self-interest and the love of money by the few has stolen peace from the many.

Under the aegis of Thoth, the magical work of reconstruction begins. Step by step, stage by stage the process of renewal commences; nothing is impossible with the help of wisdom: wisdom is not a vacuous concept or a timid voice, but a robust and skilled clarity brought to bear without self-interest. Thoth the ancient Egyptian embodiment of wisdom brings expertise to his calling: writer, peacemaker and diplomatic go-between, physician, law giver and judge, the writer of the truth, ‘whose horror is the lie’, the lord of the laws, the teacher of rightful order and the balance between order and chaos. These are exactly the skills needed at this time of unprecedented global crisis. These are the saving skills, this is the path of salvation through the unknown and uncertain; not a salvation doled out by the invisible almighty but earned through the skill and wisdom of men. It is Thoth who breathes new life into the body: the phallic Djed pillar, the axis mundi, the spine of Osiris stands upright once more; natural order has been restored. These annual enactments aligned the Egyptians to simple truths that we have forgotten at our peril: life and death are equally dynamic phases in the cycle of rebirth and transformation.

In this last phase the initiate rendered outwardly deathlike by the intensity of inner remaking, comes now to a new understanding of life, renewed and reborn, the past has been sloughed off as an outworn garment. This time of transition between the Great Ages, as Pisces wanes and Aquarius beckons, so a radical transformation of values and priorities is inevitable and essential: chaos though a fearful state, releases energy to the alchemical process which recombines the essential elements into a new matrix.

Globalization is here, arriving in an unguarded moment along with the Internet revolution, the family of humanity diverse and extraordinary now has unprecedented opportunity to recognize itself as never before. Isis the winged Goddess of Ten Thousand Names through her infinite compassion will always seek out the dismembered beloved and preside over the Mysteries of Rebirth in the infinite cycle of being and becoming which makes the world new again.

The ancient Mysteries of death and rebirth belong not to the past but to the Eternal Present; their timeless truth is valid in every generation. These great rituals connect us to life, by transcending the trivial and the mundane, these enactments of life and death are the true Passion Plays. Known as The Mysteries, from the earliest times, these particular dramatic performances are a class set apart from all other the theatrical forms. Their purpose is not to entertain but to initiate, to awaken the spirit and immerse all participants in the process of renewing life.

The word mystery is derived from the Greek, myein meaning ‘to close’ referring to the lips or eyes, the gesture of silence: the finger raised to the lips is familiar to students of the Mysteries, generally understood to imply a secret or even a closed event. However Egyptian vocabulary is possibly more insightful with regard to such performances. There is no Egyptian word for worship, instead the word, iau implies the establishment of a relationship between the participant and the divinity. The word, sheta means mystery but in daily use it means ‘hidden’, ‘concealed’ or ‘unprecedented.’ In a religious context the word means ‘a truly religious secret.’ The word djeser is usually translated ‘magnificent’ or ‘exalted,’ but it also means, ‘secluded,’ ‘inaccessible’ or ‘hidden.’ The verb bes means ‘to usher in’ or ‘to enter.’ It is used to describe the investiture of the pharaoh, the installation of a priest and a cultic secret. These words take us beyond the gesture of silence into the Mysteries of the Primordial Tradition: hidden, magnificent, exalted, and unprecedented experiences which usher in a relationship between the divinity and the devotee.

Since it is my wish to keep these ancient sacred enactments alive, the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris will be performed in 2010.

Naomi Ozaniec is the Director of Studies for the House of Life. She is a priestess, author and workshop facilitator. Naomi’s books include practical guides to many aspects of the Western Mystery Tradition. For further information see Amazon and www.thehouseoflife.co.uk