A brief history centrality of kingship and the mytho-poetic lessons we gain from the Nile Valley traditions.
Horus & the King
Having conquered Set and restored order, Horus became known as Horu-Sema-Tawy, The Horus, Uniter of the Two Lands. He reinstated the policies of his parents, rejuvenating the land, and ruled wisely. It is for this reason that kings of Egypt, from the First Dynastic Period on, aligned themselves with Horus and chose a “Horus Name” to rule under at their coronation. Osiris had been the first king of Egypt who established order and then passed on to the underworld while Horus was the king who restored that order after it was overturned by Set and who raised Egypt up from chaos to harmony. Egyptian kings, therefore, identified themselves with Horus in life and Osiris in death. During their reign, they were the physical manifestation of Horus under the protection of Isis (a notable departure from this custom being the king Peribsen, sixth king of the Second Dynasty, who aligned himself clearly with Set). Ramesses II famously invokes the protection of Isis and Horus in his Poem of Pentaur following the Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BCE as do many other kings and pharaohs of Egypt. Wilkinson writes:
Horus was directly linked with the kingship of Egypt in both his falcon form aspect and as son of Isis. From the earliest Dynastic Period the king’s name was written in the rectangular device known as the serekh which depicted the Horus falcon perched on a stylized palace enclosure and which seems to indicate the king as mediator between the heavenly and earthly realms, if not the god manifest within the palace as the king himself. To this “Horus Name” of the monarch, other titles were later added, including the “Golden Horus” name in which a divine falcon is depicted upon the hieroglyphic sign for gold (201).
Since the king of Egypt was the `great house’ who protected his people, all the citizens of Egypt were under the protection of Horus. He was worshipped in many forms and in many different sites. Wilkinson notes that, “Horus was worshipped along with other deities in many Egyptian temples and imporant sites of his worship are known from one end of Egypt to the other” (203). His importance as the uniter of the two lands and maintainer of order made him a representation of the concept of balance which was highly valued by the Egyptians.
Preparation for Tehuti Season November22 – 22 December
The Shekhem Ur Shekhem Ra Un Nefer Amen of the Ausar Auset Society teaches that we should meditate this way when honoring Tehuti : “I understand that God has saved us by sharing Its power of wisdom with us.” – Ma’at: The 11 Laws of God.
Conscious Deep Hip Hop music carries resonances of Tehutian wisdom. Artists such as Mos Def, Yugen Blakrock, Diggable Planets, Jean Grae, Lauryn Hill, Blackalicious, Jeru The Damaja, Black Thought, Lupe Fiasco and The Macronots use words and sounds in such a way that they understand that they are co-creators of worlds.
According to the Pert Em Hru/ The Papyrus of Ani, famously known as the Egyptian Book of The Dead, “Tehuti or Thoth, represented the divine intelligence, which at creation uttered the words that when spoken turned into the objects of the material world. He (It) was self- produced, and was the great Neter of the Earth, Air, Sea and Sky; and He united in himself the attributes of many Neteru (Gods). He was the scribe of the Neteru, and as such He was regarded as the Inventor of all the Arts and Sciences known to the Kemetic peoples (Egyptians).
Some of His titles are “Lord of writing”, “Master of the papyrus”, “ Maker of the palette and the ink jar”, “The mighty speaker”, “The sweet tongued”, and the words and compositions which he recited on behalf of the deceased preserved the latter from the influence of hostile powers and made him or her invincible in the Other world. He was also the Neter of Right and Truth, wherein He lives and thereby He established the world and all that is in it.
Tehuti is also known as the Neter of the Moon; and as the reckoner of Time, He obtained His name Tehuti, i.e., “the Measurer”; in these Capacities She has the power to grant life for millions of years to the deceased. During the great battle between Set and Heru, Tehuti was there as the Judge. During this great battle He restored Auset’s head with a cow’s head.
Tehuti is mentioned in the Pyramid Texts as the Brother of Ausar. “
“Early European Christianity used Tehuti’s principles. The Western magical tradition, the Hermetic tradition–and the tarot are all sourced from Thoth. In Mexico, the Mayan Botan–the Mayan temple called Teotihuacan–the Astec Tecuhtli (grandfather or lord)–the Indo-Tibetan Khubil-Khan–and the ancient Celtic demigod Cuchulain all mean Tehuti. In different eras he was in various legends (e.g. with Horus, with Creation) and called the “Lord of Heavens,” “Beautiful of Night,” and the “Silent Being.” Tehuti spoke of ultra-microscopic things on earth and in the sky that have only recently been proven in the West with highly specialized technology. From Thoth comes the word “Thought.”
“Tehuti has long been known as the ‘teachers’ teacher–the mediator, the one who sees the ‘big picture’ and finds a solution for every problem. The beginning of his teachings was centered on the “love of truth and the hatred of abomination.” He crystallized the kernel of the true meaning of Wisdom by saying the will of humans must be directed by God (Amen, Metu Neter I:159). The process of progress is through vibrations–the means by which one’s mind creates thoughts compatible with the Cosmic Mind as well as the means by which the Cosmic Mind (God) brings into being and sustains Creation. His intention was to urge people ever upward toward higher learning so as to be able to understand the deeper meanings of their lives; internalize or embody its truth; and articulate and share that wisdom authentically from an enlightened place.”
It is clear then that Tehuti represents one of the primary Creative Forces, not only through the Kemetic traditions but He is reflected throughout the world.
As Holistic Healers we must not forget the fact that Tehuti is also part of the dualistic and binary tradition that tells us that No One Walks alone. Tehuti’s Masculine form is juxtaposed to the Feminine form which is known as Seshat. We can speak about how they share the same attributes in due time.
( Seshat is a very ancient goddess and was often referred to as “The Original One”.3 She comes to us from the very beginnings of Egyptian culture as one of a group of sky deities who were ousted by the solar religion of Ra. Seshat was already fading from the popular pantheons by the Old Kingdom. Originally she was a major goddess who had temples, priests and festivals. It is likely that she also had priestesses but there is no direct evidence for that. A 5th Dynasty (2465-2323 BCE) inscription mentions a festival of her birth and elsewhere there are references to three of her priests and a few personal names which incorporate her name. For most of the Pharonic Period Seshat received little worship and appears to attend solely to the king. What caused this reversal of fortune? Other goddesses prospered so we cannot blame the patriarchy this time. It is likely that Seshat refused to fit into the new popular solar religion, which happily incorporated some of the other ancient deities such as Nephthys. This does beg the question as to why Seshat continued to be present, albeit in a more limited capacity, through to the Greco-Roman Period. One major reason was her importance to the king and to sacred buildings. )
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