For our theme, it is irrelevant whether Pythagoras and others were actually in Egypt. What is important is the nimbus with which they could be surrounded through their supposed contact with Egypt and the wisdom of its priests. Iamblichus affirms that Thales sent Pythagoras to Egypt, for Thales himself had derived everything for which he was considered a sage from his association with the priests of Memphis and Thebes. The theme that all wisdom sprang originally from Egypt became ever more tightly woven into the legends.
“Foreign Wonderland on the Nile”, The Secret Lore of Egypt: Its Impact on the West, by Erik Hornung
Between every beat
The heart rests.
What is the peace
Of the Weary of Heart?
The fading sun
The waiting seed
The shining dead.
What is the season
Between the beats
Of the resting heart
Of the Silent God?
In their time
Each emerges in light.
Failed at Quote of the Week because of a new project that I hope people will enjoy when I announce it, but here, in the interim have some poetry, inspired by, oh, the first few pages of A Witch’s Book of Silence by Karina BlackHeart.
We need to be very clear about this: ritual actions on the earthly plane do not mimic or even emulate divine acts-in a mystical sense they become those divine actions. The newly lit candle or lamp is not like the radiant light, it is that light. For example, scenes or vignettes that show Djehuty (Thoth) and Heru (Horus) holding vessels filled with water and pouring that water over pharaoh point to an underlying truth. The scene shows streams of ankh hieroglyphs pouring forth from the vessels. Water brings life [ankh in Egyptian], and not solely physical life. When used in sacred rites, it brings divine life on the celestial plane.
– Eternal Egypt: Ancient Rituals for the Modern World, Richard J. Reidy
A thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, a thousand of every good thing. May he ascend.
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Sorry about no quote of the week yesterday; my computer’s on the fritz, and the baby and I are under the weather. If I manage to get myself together I’ll try to get one up later.