Sacred Anatomy of Ancient Egypt
This is the first in a series of three or four installments as we work our way through the “chakras of the Nile.” The Nile is the longest river in the world, flowing uniquely south to north for more than five hundred miles. The ancient Egyptians called their fertile land Khemit, which meant “black land.” The word is the origin of our word alchemy, out of Egypt. The desert was called red land. One was rich and fertile while the other was harsh and forbidding. The Egyptians saw their land as a sacred reflection of heaven on earth and perceived the Nile as the earthly mirror of the Milky Way, the celestial river. Today we can see the amazing likeness of river as photographed from above–it’s cause for wonder.
As above, so below
Around the world Earth energy, and the phenomenon often called vortexes, or telluric energy, seems to compel people to build on sacred land again and again. Over thousands of years this urge has brought forth a network of sacred sites, which naturally unfolded due to the inherent power of locations which lie at intersections along this invisible energetic “grid.”
Looking at a map of Egypt it’s easy to be struck by two things. First, the rich Nile Delta and the river look very much like a lotus in bloom with a long stem. Second, and more symbolically, the same image looks like a crosswise representation of a human brain and spine. Seen this way, the ancient temples emerge into our awareness as energy centers, Chakras along the Nile. The Nile can be seen as a reservoir of Kundalini energy, rising from the river’s origin in the south, infusing the sacred sites with spiritual force, and empowering them as places where the frequencies of those centers can be strengthened and balanced.
Whether or not the ancient Egyptians worked consciously in this manner and recognized such a connection, the telluric energy of the Earth resonates powerfully at these sites. Even now, after the structures of humans have been toppled, the power of the sacred vibrations can be felt. I believe the nature of the gods evoked at these shrines correlates with the nature of the Chakra with which they correspond.
There is a prevalence of serpent symbolism in Egyptian iconography. The rearing head of a cobra, with hood spread wide, of the royal uraeus emerges from the brow of the Pharaoh and was an emblem of divine kingship. Wadjet, the cobra goddess of the royal uraeus, was a fire-spitting serpent who was also the power behind the Eye of Re, the sun god. Sanskrit Kundalini is also a goddess, and this “raised serpent” feminine energy on Pharaoh’s crown is striking in its Kundalini imagery. As representative of the sun god the cobra also suggests the quality of illumination.
Chakras of the Nile
Although thousands of years of patriarchy have eroded and sometimes demonized the Divine Feminine, to the Egyptians the archetypal energies of the gods took both masculine and feminine form and were seen as equal. The counterparts were like mirrored reflections of the same archetypal energy. This is not obvious anymore and scholars have also diminished the feminine aspects of these deities. Because of this divine duality there are usually two temples at significant locations, each dedicated to a god or goddess, and each honoring one side of the polarity. It may also be that some predynastic sites have yet to be discovered and still greater wonders still lie buried beneath the sands of time.
When traveling to Egypt with intention the particular character of each site, and its correspondence to the archetype of a particular Chakra, can be experienced in a deep way. Healing and balancing of the energy centers can be accelerated by setting an intention to harmonize the particular “frequency” of the site. People respond in different ways to this experience. Some feel intense joy, others shed inexplicable tears. Fear comes up for some as deep emotional blocks are released. In all cases, profound healing and empowering can occur.
. . . to be continued.