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Egyptian symbols and meanings

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Egyptian symbols and meanings


You have seen these Egyptian symbols and meanings of them you questioned thousand times. They are hidden in the logos of the companies as well as on the pyramid walls. You can spot them on the pages of esoteric or occult literature, or hear their names in popular cinematography. If you are a fan of conspiracy theories, recognizing these symbols in modern emblems can trigger you goose bumps, because many secret societies adopted variations of ancient symbols in their emblems. Often we don‘t question things, that we have right in front of our eyes every day. We register them, but our brain has learned to ignore. Just like that, they coexist with us without realizing their true and original meaning. Learning about ancient Egyptian symbols and meanings behind those can reveal a fascinating story, which will steal your attention, at least for a second, every time you will recognize well known shapes in cryptic tattoo, or graffiti. Share the stories with your friends, when gifting them the souvenirs from Egypt. Most likely they will have images of these ancient symbols on them.

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Geb

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Geb

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Amun-Ra

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Amun-Ra

In the ancient times, when philosophy was truly the universal science, geometry and arithmetic were considered as the most noble sciences derived from math – the queen of wisdom. That‘s why it might surprise you, that the logo of the square and two compasses is not just a tribute to geometry. Among others, these symbols are used by The Freemason Lodge with the letter G in the middle. The square is a Pythagorean representation of the Earth and the compasses forming the triangle represents the Heaven. But the letter G does not just represent God, but the Egyptian god of Earth – Geb. The shape of the symbol is also not accidental. In fact Nut – the goddess of the sky was separated from Geb, so they wouldn‘t conceive a child, that could according to the prophecy overthrown the highest god Amun-Ra. The references on Amun-Ra are also very common. He is often pictured with a sun above his head. The scarab will give you a better context to this rebirth symbolism. You can see this beetle rolling the ball of dung, where he lays his eggs and the ball serves as food for newborns, who will roll their own buffet balls for their children. The resemblance is also in the Sun setting and rising again every morning.

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Nut

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Nut

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Scarab

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Scarab

Then the Egyptian deity is bringing a gift of life, they are often imaged with an ankh – Nile cross. In god‘s hand is often seen another interesting motif. The Nile Cross, the key of life. This is another important sign of rebirth. It contains an oval symbolizing the goddess Isis, who played a vital part at the resurrection of Osiris – the cross. When we mention Isis, we always think of maternal and marital love. In order to help her son Horus, who was always a target of malicious plans of his uncle Seth, she decides to boost his royal authority. She creates a serpent that poisons the Amun-Ra and causes him unbearable pain. She offers to cure him, if he will tell her his true secret name, which contains huge power. Amun-Ra knowing, what Isis is after makes her promise, that she will say his name only to Horus. The power of his name is symbolized as the Wadjet. Formally known as the Eye of Ra, Eye of Isis, now the Eye of Horus in other form as the Eye of Providence. It was used as protective and all-seeing power by the Pharaohs as well as the status of royalty or an amulet against evil glances. Today, you can see the Eye of Providence on the reverse of the Great seal of the United States, or on the 1$ bill. Some speculate, that the $ sign represents the goddess Isis.

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Dollar bill

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Dollar bill

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Ankh

Egyptian symbols and meanings | Ankh

Under the Eye there is a pyramid – probably the most important of Egyptian symbols and their meanings. The last standing wonder was built in very exact angle at the base. It is 51 degrees, 51 minutes and 14.3 seconds, which forms and object we call an octahedron. The exact angle forms a carbon in red blood cells and it is a universal structure of all molecular and cellular structures in the world. In many esoteric practices the pyramid is used to regain balance and come into the original form. The last of the ancient symbols we will mention is the sphinx. The monster with lion body and human (or other animal) head. The ones with human heads are associated with riddles, secrets and consequences of not being smart enough to answer them. Knowing this ravenous beast, we were all holding our thumbs for Harry Potter in The Goblet of Fire to answer correctly, although we had no idea, it could be a spider (spoiler alert!)

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