Forty thousand years ago our ancestors returned to sacred caves to ceremonially re-birth into the womb of Mother Earth and to initiate their shamans. This image of initiation shows a shaman is in a state of epiphany and ecstacy (he is falling backwards with an erection) at the appearance of the Bull of the Divine Goddess. He wears a bird mask and carries a bird staff . The bird represents the ability to inhabit the realm of the earth, water, and sky, and is the carrier of souls to the spirit world. The Bird is also twice born, once as an egg and once as chick.In the Goddess Culture, life is an endless cycle of birth and re-birth.
Isis as the Tree of Life is suckling the pharoah. Although the pharoah is the most powerful figure in Ancient Egyptian culture and its highest priest, it is the Goddess who gives life, power, wisdom, and legitimacy. Thus the power of the Egyptian culture was based on a balance of the sexes, and was essential to its survival for so many millenia.
Our ancestors understood the significance of the number two. On a cave wall in Gibralter
from 10,000 BC, a pregnant mare is decorated with bi-lines, indicating it takes the principle of two to create life. But two golden women from Turkey of 4000 BC may indicate a mother-daughter lineage.
After all, the mitochondria, the power source in every cell, are inherited from the mother.
The mitochondria of a sperm cell is located in its tail, which drops off when it fertilizes an egg. Therefore all mitochondria come from the mother.
So, guess who carries the lineage???
ofThe Egyptian Book of the Dead, found in the pharoah’s tomb, was a guide for the soul through the underworld. #Anubis, the jackal-headed God (carrying an Ankh, symbol of life), was the embalmer of the body and guide of the soul (in white robe). In the Hall of Judgement, the heart of the deceased was weighed on the Scales of Justice against the Feather of Truth. If the heart was lighter than a feather, the deceased could proceed on to the upper world to become a shining star in the heavens.
But if his heart was heavier, Ammit the Devourer, (part crocodile, leopard, and hippo), was waiting beneath the scales to devour it. Without a heart the soul would cease to exist!
Thoth, the ibis-headed god of scribes, standing on the right, would write down the proceedings in the #Akaishic Records, which kept track
Did you know that the symbols etched on the #Goddess figures from #neolithic times were sacred writing for direct communications with the deity? Over time they evolved into early writing called linear A and linear B in Crete, and this lead to the early Greek alphabet! wow! the Goddess rules!
#Nut the #AncientEgytian skygoddess protects the journey of the deceased pharaoh with her body (find him on his barque) as it proceeds through the #Netherworld. In the evening, she swallows the sun (red dot) . It travels through her body and is re-born again in the morning (red dot with wings), reflecting the re-birthing of the #Pharaoh.
#Birthing used to be the realm of the #Feminine. But by the time of the Ancient Greeks the male gods got it into their heads that, by gosh, they too have every right to be creators, and VOILA! Zeus gives birth to Athena! And not having a uterus is no obstacle for a god! He’ll just invent one from that All Powerful Brain of his! And why not?
Three spirals of #goddess energy from #Newgrange, England 3000 BC) are a symbol of our ancestors' understanding that there are three levels of the spirit world, lower, middle and upper. You can access these levels for spiritual healing and guidance through #shamanic practice or journeying with a drum. To access and honor the lower world they even erected giant stone circles to represent the portal/vagina of Mother Earth. Then through ceremony, rituals, and celebration they became one with the spirit world, finding harmony within and peace with the universe. hmmmm.... maybe we need to build more stone circles.