Research for "Egypt Forgotten Knwoledge" book
The main Amulets in the Ancient EGYPT: ANKH :The Key of Life, DJED :Pillar of Stability & Resistance. WAS Scepter :Power & Domination. and TYET (Isis Knot) :good life and wellbeing.
Were they Amulets only?
AnkhAs the most commonly used symbol among the ancient Egyptian symbols, the Ankh (which is also known as crux ansata by Coptic Christians) represents life and immortality.
It was also used as the symbol of the union between men and women, particularly the union of Osiris and Isis which was believed to flood the river of Nile thus bringing fertility to Egypt. That is the reason why the ankh is also called the Key of the Nile.
The Ankh Fact File
The Ankh was also known in Latin as 'crux ansata' and the "eyed" cross, the Key of the Nile
Description & Definition: Description & Definition: It is described as a cross with a handle
Materials: The materials used to make a Ankh varied but could be constructed from stone, wood, ebony, ivory or precious metals such as gold, and less frequently silver
Significance: The sacred icon was depicted in royal funerary scenes and reinforced the close connection between the pharaohs and the gods in whose name he ruled and to whom he returned after death
Symbol: The Ankh was was one of the most potent symbols of ancient Egypt symbolizing physical life, eternal life, immortality and reincarnation
Fetish: The Ankh was believed to be a fetish, an object that was believed to embody magical powers and offer magical protection
Facts about the Ankh from Mythology and Egyptian History
It was associated with life after death and the dead were sometimes referred to as "ankhu"
Fact 2: A term for a sarcophagus was neb-ankh which meant possessor of life
Fact 3: Mirrors were used for purposes of divination in Ancient Egypt as life and death were believed to mirror each other. Many ancient Egyptian mirrors were therefore shaped in the form of an ankh sign.
Fact 4: The sign of the ankh was also used to symbolize water in ceremonies and rituals relating to purification
Fact 5: Many depictions of the icon showed Egyptian gods and goddesses holding the ankh in front of the face of a Pharaoh to symbolize the breath of eternal life.
Fact 6: Theories on the origins of this famous icon are numerous and range from sexual symbolism to the common sandal strap
Fact 7: Early examples of the ankh show the end vertical sections separated
Djed pillar, which is also known as “the backbone of Osiris”, is the symbol that represents strength and stability in ancient Egyptian culture.
Facts about the Djed from Mythology and Egyptian History
According to the instructions in the Book of the Dead, the Djed amulet should be made of gold and be placed on the neck of the deceased on the day of his funeral
Fact 2: Spells were inscribed on the amulets to ward off the dangers of the Underworld
Fact 3: Words for Osiris were included in the Book of the Dead were engraved on one of two Djed amulets found on the mummy of Tutankhamen. The words are "Thou hast thy backbone, O weary one of heart; thou shalt place thyself upon thy side so that I may give thee water beneath thee. I have brought thee a djed pillar of gold; mayest thou be please with it."
Fact 4: It was later associated with the creation god Ptah who was called the "Noble Djed".
Fact 5: During the 'Raising the Djed Pillar' ceremony, which took place at Memphis, the pharaoh himself, supported by priests, raised the pillar with the help of ropes and could be a symbolic representation of raising the Tree of Life. The ceremony emphasised the stability of the pharaoh, and symbolized the rebirth of Osiris. It was also part of the Heb-Sed, the rejuvenation ceremony which was generally performed by aging pharaohs ensuring their powers were to restored
Fact 6: According the ancient Egyptian mythology Osiris was imprisoned by Set in a tree which became a pillar in a king’s palace. The tree symbolized the Tree of Life
Fact 7: The symbol was also connected with fertility and conserved the fruitfulness of the grain
Fact 8: Modern theorists say that the Djed represents electricity, a power generator or a medium to control the weather.
The Was Sceptre
The Was Sceptre was a symbol of power and authority and formed part of the part of the regalia carried on formal occasions by ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Priests, Gods and Goddesses.
The Was Sceptre was also known as the Standing sceptre, Heqa Sceptre and in Egyptian as an 'uas' or 'ouas'
Description & Definition: Description & Definition: The Was Sceptre is described as a long rod or staff. The top of the staff or rod took on an abstract design or shape, believed to represent the head of an animal. The bottom of the staff was bifurcated, meaning that it was divided into two branches or forks
Materials: The materials used to make a Was Sceptre varied but could be constructed from wood, ebony, ivory or precious metals such as gold and occasionally silver
Facts about the Was Sceptre from Mythology and History
The first representation of a Was Sceptre dates back to the first dynasty
Fact 2: Its origins are believed to relate to the staff called the 'heqa' that was used by Egyptian shepherds to control their animal
Fact 3: The staff stood for 'dominion' and also for 'wellbeing
Fact 4: The rod was perceived as a magical tool could fight the demons of the Underworld
Fact 5: The staff was often composed of alternating bands of blue and gold
Fact 6: The rod appeared as a decoration on funerary equipment
Fact 7: The length of the staff varied but it originally measured about six and a half feet (two metres) in length
Tiet – The Knot of IsisTiet/Tyet, also known as the Knot of Isis and the Blood of Isis, is an Egyptian symbol that looks a lot like the ankh symbol. Its meaning was also interpreted to be similar to the ankh. It is assumed to symbolize life.
It was generally identified with goddess Isis and mostly used with the ankh and Djed Pillar of Osiris which is why it was interpreted the dual nature of life.
Was Sceptre, Djed ,The Ankh
TYET (Isis Knot)
The God Ptah with
Was Sceptre, Djed ,The Ankh
A demonstration of the energy accumulation of the DJED PILLAR design and how it was a amplifier of spacial (Zero Point Energy). Natural elements combined as the ancients used in methods of Temple and Pyramid construction.
I took these pictures at Cairo Museum Egypt
TYET on the Sarcofagus of Tutankamon
Sarcofagus of Tutankamon
from the Sarcofagus of Tutankamon
Ceiling of the Egyptian Museum
The Statue of Ptah