Tag #16481 - Ancient Egyptian Realm - EYE OF HORUS
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Created February 23, 2011
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The deeper meaning of the eye of Horus
There is a legendary Egyptian story that tells the tale of the eye of Horus, an indestructible symbol believed to have the power of aiding rebirth. The Eye of Ra or The Eye of Horus is also known to represent an association with the Sun God Ra and also with the sun itself. It's design closely resembles the right eye of a falcon. It's mirror image (or left eye) naturally represents the moon and the God Tehuti. This illustrates the powerful example of the sun and moon's importance to Egyptian mythology. The Eye of Horus was discovered under the twelfth layer of bandages which covered Tutankhamen's mummified corpse.
The legendary story of the left eye is an interesting one. The left eye was torn from Horus by his duplicitous conniving brother Seth, it was later reapplied by Thoth, a magical God. After the reattachment Horus made a gift of the eye to Osiris. Osiris (because of the Eye) then went on to rule the underworld with his power as a solar deity.
The Eye of Horus symbolizes protection and a deities royal power. The Eye's together symbolizes the whole of the universe. The right eye reflects solar, masculine, energy, reason and mathematics. The left Eye reflects fluid, feminine, lunar energy, rules intuition and mathematics.
It has been stated that the symbol of the Eye of Horus is seen on Hathor, Horus's mother. Its also been said that it was seen on other deities that were in association with Hathor. The Egyptian word for the Eye of Horus, is "wadjet". Wadjet was actually the Deity who was the first to own the Eye of Horus, he later became acquainted with the other deities; Bast, Mut' and Hathor. The Eye of Horus began as the Eye for the solar deity Wadjet, it allowed her to see everything.
Horus was a Sky god in the form of a falcon, so naturally the Eye represents a peregrine falcon's eye. The Eye did more than just represent the sun and the moon (it's mirrored image, the left side), it's also believed to have a vast array of duties. It had healing and protective power and it also functioned as a medical measuring device. The Mathematical proportions of the eye were used to determine proportions of ingredients in medical preparations.
The eye of Horus existed in a form that encompassed several Egyptian rules and beliefs. They relied on it as a mystical representation of the sun and moon. It was also believed to assist in rebirth as already mentioned. And lastly it embodies the concepts of their mathematical and measurement systems. The Egyptians also used their mathematical and measurement concepts in regard to the human senses. In the measurement system, the Eye of Horus rounded off the number 1. The number 1 would result in the following equation 1=1/2+1/4+1/8+1/16+1/32+1/64. 1/2 represented smell, 1/4 represented sight or the sensation of light, 1/8 represented thought, 1/16 represented hearing, 1/32 represented taste and 1/64 represented touch, rest and healing.
The eye of Horus was more than just a symbol, it was a part of the foundation and fabric of the ancient Egypt's culture and society.
Professor Charles Xavier.
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