Source: Traunecker, Claude., and David Lorton. The Gods of Egypt. Ithaca, N.Y. ; London: Cornell UP, 2001. Print.
Mystery cults in Late Egypt – met in crypts beneath temple of Khonsu- on the cusp of Corpus Hermetica & PGM, it’s practical side. An example of their mysteries – the ten souls of Amun
1. The Sun (right eye)
2. The Moon (left eye)
3. Breath & space
6. Humanity (the Royal Ka)
7. Large & Small Cattle
8. Flying Creatures
9. Aquatic creatures
10. Forces of plant growth (the serpent provider of kas)
Unsettling because these are hidden aspects of Egyptian magical-religion, suppressed by previous commentators, the #tantrik #tankhem. An important part of my own research, viz “Egyptian Magick, a spirited guide”. I’ve always been interesting in this theme – the sketch is from the Opet shrine adjoining temple of Khonsu at Karnak. Which can be difficult to visit, I managed to photograph some of it, but the crypt itself is off limits.
But it seems to be intentional, sexuality is key component of images for meditational in the ancient mystery cult. There are lots more. Imagine what those candidates for initiation took from it before entering trance for the night journey?
Since writing this I’ve been in touch with Claude Traunecker and have a copy of his long article on the crypt – together with more photographs to share.
There’s a thing called the Shu theology- Atum the creator, but then two children, Shu & Tefnut who do all the life giving stuff – like an ancient Shiva-Shakti. And think prana, the breath in Tantra.
Last night listened to Diana Kreikamp’s presentation on The Amduat: the Great Awakening, for the Magical Woman’s Summer Salon. which is also the title of her book. See link below for recording.
Amduat Salon7 Recording
I learned how this important ancient text brings together two important threads of Egyptian magical religion – the cult of sun god Ra & cult of underworld deity Osiris. At the midnight hour of Sun’s journey, when he makes the transition and begins his regenerations. Here he meets with Osiris, and the two cults merge.
Later, when the existential threat comes in the form of personification of “evil”, the snake Apophis. The still frail sungod needs strong protections, which he gets from Goddess Isis and also her companion, the “Elder Magician” who use their magick to ward off the threats.
Then, as now, different people were supporters of the cults of different deities, all of whom are part of the drama in some way. The ancient Sethians, viewed the “Elder Magician” as an avatar of Seth.
Members of mystery cults identified with these underworld myths, looking for their true selves in the unconscious. Is there really the basis to the idea of an ancient mystery cult of the living, made up of priests and scribes? The archaeological evidence indicates this to be the case.
I also explored this phenomenon as background to “Isis goddess of Egypt & India”
Such ancient mystery cults in temples are mentioned in Great Hymn to Osiris as well as in other places.
“Praise to thee, Osiris! Thou Lord of eternity, king of gods! Those with many names and lordly of being! With mysterious ceremonies in the temples” Great Hymn of Osiris / Hymn of Amenmose
These were the precursors to the famous mystery cults of the classical world, a lively account of one dedicated to Isis & Osiris is found in Apuleius’s novel “The Golden Ass”.
A hymn for god Amun-Min on the final day of his lunar month. When Repyt, ancient lion goddess of Athribis,
hymns the god from the eastern gateway of her temple, greets him as he rises in the morning in his house on
the eastern side of the river at the “Horizon of Min” (Akhmin)
“May you be satisfied,
May you awaken in peace,
may you be awake,
the lord of the sanctuary,
who with great power of destruction against his enemies … now rise in peace
“May you be content,
may you awaken in peace,
You who gives life to your father Osiris,
awaken in peace, wake up and be content.
“May you be satisfied,
may you awaken in peace,
Awake leader awaken
The great Horus in Akhmin,
the nemesis for those who will suffer at your hand,
You who now sleep in peace.
“May you be content,
may you awaken in peace,
awaken with transfigured body
But awaken in peace.
May you be happy,
Your majesty awakened,
the living one who gives the air
to the one whose throat is constricted.
Awaken in peace,
To keep the one who is within him/her healthy, and in peace.
“May you be satisfied,
May you awaken in peace,
may you be awake,
lord of the sanctuary,
one with great power of destruction against his enemies .. . now rise in peace
“You who loves the beautiful day,
for whose soul the gods are in peace.
in whose hand is life and death, rise in peace.
Victories for you over all the of the rulers of the nine bows,
to you the gods bow, in peace.
You are called Lord by the kings of upper and lower Egypt,
the Lords of the two lands,
the chosen ones of ptah,
who moved by the image of Min-Re,
The sun god
And by Horus, the Lord of letopolis,
And all their names,
You are their truth
I offer you Myrrh and wine,
and all good things,
treating you like a king.
I see your morning glory
As on the first golden day
when our souls were united,
And we are are transfigured at the gate
forever, as gods
This land shall flame and glow …
You shall be the satisfied as one who is in the seat of the Bastet,
Where those of earth also sit,
Enjoying the fiery warmth of Sekhmet,
the mistress of heaven …
The one whose cheeks glow red at a feast,
As she eats raw meat
To whom the gods pray when they see it,
Because the gateways are open
The heart melted by the mistress of the flame
Rejoice, for the mistress, clothed in red linen,
Loves her lover
Composed, based on translated fragments by Mogg Morgan for Diti
What is a Typhonian? A new magical tradition also a spiritual path but one with ancient antecedents. In this sense like Babalon, Baphomet, & Babi.
Typhon is name of ancient Greek evil supernatural entity used by them as an overlay onto Egyptian Seth. They didn’t have that much in common though at that moment at end of pharaonic culture they obviously thought they did.
The Egyptian scribe-magicians recorded the name Typhon in their spells alongside that of Seth whilst at same time indicating in code that Seth was the real name with power.
The move associated many attributes of Typhon, who is almost wholly negative with Egyptian Seth, who does or did have many positive roles as “Lord of power & might”.
His is an all seeing, powerful eye that makes him the only deity who can stare Apophis, the personification of chaos & destruction, in the eye & not be paralyzed by its evil void.
In the 20th century neopagan revival the ancient cult of Seth began to reemerge in the magical discourse but under the Greek name Typhon. Not too obvious in Crowley but his disciples, such as Kenneth Grant, thought they perceived his presence as a hidden god, which seems appropriate.
The revivalists also influenced by inspired but flawed interpretations of Egyptian culture from Victorian theosophical authors such as Gerald Massey who relied heavily on Greek pov – Egyptological material on these myths being less widely known at that time…
So, apart from historical stuff what does a post modern Typhonian actually believe or do – & how does Apophis fit into the picture? Is he or she yet another name for Seth?
“Be not unaware of me oh Seth, if you know me, I shall know you” is the ancient spell, his aloof secretive nature who knows not just what he knows but secret identities of all others.
Seth, being a monstrous soul, is the most psychologically important of the ancient ones, certainly those that have a name. His companions look like demons, but ultimately these are more useful to us than the angels, approached wisely that is.
Typhonian magick, purports to go beyond conventional morality and the politically correct, and this is reflected in the “demonic” systems with which it is often associated. The Picatrix would probably be a typical typhonian text but there again, as its Arabic title alerts us, beneath all this is the “Goal of the Wise” – an individual gnostic quest for wisdom, knowledge, self mastery, for which one must sometimes descend into hell, or the underworld, the territory of Seth.
So a Typhonian is one who descends into void, or into hell if you like, who explores the weirder byways of magick and enters the dark and the nightside, not just for the hell of it but on the firm conviction that there, and perhaps only there, will they encounter the knowledge, inspiration and love, they and their world needs. (Mogg Morgan)
Interviewed by John Wisniewski
Could you tell us about writing your latest Vampires psychic energy. What interested you in this subject?
My first serious interaction with the “occult” was the popular neo-shamanism of the 1980s – glowing light bodies perceived with the aid of drugs and a rather media-driven idea of energy (owing more to Star Trek than say the Vedas). When I had cleaned up my life, foresworn chemical aides and was seeking to explore human potential while keeping jobs and marriage I began exploring ritual magick in the context of the Temple of Set. The Temple’s Order of the Vampyre utilized “empty hand” methods involving attention, passion, glamour, atmosphere etc. The earlier (somewhat manic) methods I had used were directly applicable here WITHOUT drugs. I began a hybrid method of the Order of the Vampyre’s approach, legitimate scholarly studies of shamanism and my wild youth to develop an eclectic and pragmatic approach to the notion of energy magick. I taught it privately to my own students (beginning about 1991) and decided to teach it to a larger group.
When did you become interested in occult subjects, Don?
The Unknown knocked on my door three times. As a child I was entranced by occult media and became proficient in scaring my chums by performing seances. Puberty came and with other interests. In my early twenties I played with neo-shamanism – with mixed results. The most disappointing thing was seeing that all the humans I met with similar interests either were without morals, mentally ill or rationally impaired. I performed a Working of the Intention, “Send me to a Teacher or I’m done.” When I was 23. Economic circumstances sent me to Austin, Texas. I foreswore any occult/esoteric activities for six years, then a set of coincidences lead me to meeting. Dr. Stephen Flowers.
When did you write your first book?
My first book was Uncle Ovid’s Exercise Book which won the Fiction Collective prize in 1989, judged by Rodolfo Ayana. My first occult book was The Seven Faces of Darkness a study of Set-Typhon in the Greek Magical Papyri which came out in 1994.
Please tell us about Overthrowing the Old Gods Aleister Crowley and the Book of the Law? What did Aleister want to tell us about writing Book of the Law?
In 2004 a rather silly thread of emails appeared on an internal mailing list of the Temple of Set abut Crowley. In order to clear up some misinformation I responded with 31 short essays about notions that I perceived as important but overlooked or misunderstood about Aleister. I assumed that would be more or less my final word on the subject. My Teacher, Dr. Flowers ran a small press (then called Runa Raven Press) and I brought out a chapbook of these essays called The Fire and the Force. Dr. Flowers had a rather unscrupulous associate who told me that almost no copies of the chapbook sold and I pursued other lines of study. However a small group of Setians wanted to explore the notions in my mini-book and asked me to provide a platform to explore these ideas. I created a temporary study group (called an element in Setian jargon) to explore these ideas from the point of view of philosophy, pragmatics (or in today’s lingo “success magic”), and scholarly Egyptology. We did a 93 day working (31 days for each facet) and shared our results with the Temple. The members asked for a second 9g3 day Working, devoted to Set, Horus and Mehen (one of the forms of the conjoined Set-Horus entity). . I upgraded the Element into a permanent group the Order of the Hawk Faced Lord. I pitched a book on our ideas to Inner Traditions including a commentary on the Book of the Law, one of the few forbidden acts in Thelema.
Aleister needed a message from Beyond – he was about to give up the occult and start a normal married life. His honeymoon in Cairo was a last fling. Yet going to the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid with its airshaft aimed at the Big Dipper, or as the Egyptians would say the Thigh of Set, he aligned his inner needs and a cosmic purpose perfectly. Getting a revealed text is the first part. Changing your life by decoding such a text through word, thought and especially deed is the second part. Teaching others your insights is the third part. Then presenting them with your text is the fourth part. If your students can then use the text is the fifth part. Only in all of these can we say Aleister was trying to tell us something – the same message he was trying to tell himself. His message was:
a. Work on developing yourself, be hard
b. Use the fruits of your labor to improve mankind
c. While you do this, the universe will present you mysteries
d. Pursue those with the same unbending intent as in “a” above
e. Eventually an infallible internal oracle will arise
f. Trust that oracle over social conventions and received ideas
g. If you do so Victory is inevitable although difficult
h. Methods of the East (especially yoga) and the West (Especially Golden Dawn) will help. Drugs and dirty, dirty sex will also help.
i. In the meantime let me have your wallet, arse and girlfriend
j. I am a better poet than Yates
k. Spell “magic” as “Magick” there’s some great multi-lingual puns and numerology involved – trust me I am the Great Beast
A-G is pretty dead on. I-K is a little questionable.
When did you join The temple of Set, and could you tell us about writing
Mysteries of The Temple of Set?
I joined the Temple of Set in 1989. The Temple takes years to work through its grades, with the exception of Dr. Flowers, who obtained the Grade of Magus in seven years and – um me, who obtained the Grade of Magus in seven years and became the High Priest in 1996. The Temple had shunned publicity – so when an anti-esoteric backlash called the “Satanic Panic” began there was nothing about us in the world – making us a target for the most lurid tabloid remarks. As High Priest I decided to address some misconceptions plus add certain aspects of my Utterance of Xeper, the eternal word of Set, I wrote a few essays plus added a selection of my columns from the church newsletter the Scroll of Set. _Mysteries of the Temple of Set_ is the third volume of my Teachings as Magus. The others are The Seven Faces of Darkness, Uncle Setnakt’s Essential Guide to the Left Hand Path, and Uncle SetNakt’s Nightbook_. The first deals with Set and Set-Typhon in Antiquity, the second with the transcendental branch of the Western Left Hand Path, the third with the basic theology and ontology of the Temple of Set, and the last deeply esoteric related to the other three as well as an examination of my own revealed text, The Book of the Heb-Sed. With _Overthrowing the Old Gods_ I began a new set of Teachings connected with my role of Ipsissimus.
Please tell us about writing Starry wisdom. What interests you about
the writings of H. P. Lovecraft?
In 1982 I took a class called “Writing the Science Fiction Story.” You could get an “A” by writing a story or doing a research paper. I found writing a story to be much easier so I produced a dreadful Lovecraftian pastiche “Diary found in an Abandoned Jeep.” Submitting to a magazine brought an instant offer of publication – which never actually occurred, but did lead me to try my hand at Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror writing Over the years I’ve stories in Amazing, Analog, Asimov’s, Interzone, Weird Tales (and hundreds of other places). Lovecraft appealed to me deeply because he: A) wrote in a variety of styles from lyric fantasy to science fiction B) utilized the idea of forbidden books and forgotten ruins C) helped put other writers D) created strange hoax-like situations by putting his ideas into the stories of other writers, borrowing other writers’ mythologies, and letting us friends use his and E) using a character named Webb in “The Call of Cthulhu.”
Lovecraft’s highly alien, beyond good and evil, blend of weird magick and strange science is very appealing for the human magician bored with conventional occultism. I have had a few collections of my Lovecraftian tales issued. The Washington Post said you should read my latest collection Building Strange Temples and frankly who am I to argue with the Washington Post?
What will your next book be about, Don?
I just turned in the manuscript for _A Year of Living Magically_ to Inner Traditions, It is a year-long training manual. I am working on a book of magical theory and a biography of Dr, Michael A. Aquino as my next two esoteric projects, although I may write a book on writing horror fiction based on my horror class that I’ve taught annually since 2002 at UCLA Extension.
By guest Blogger Diana Kreikamp
The ancient Egyptian Amduat is an important funeral text with twelve illustrations from Egyptian antiquity that describes the journey after life.
The Amduat tells the story of the Sungod Râ as he travels through the twelve hours of the night. At the end of the day the sun has lost his power to shine. Aged and exhausted Râ sinks beneath the horizon of the West. The sun has died and the world becomes shrouded in darkness. Then, twelve hours later, the sun arises again from the horizon of the East. Râ is reborn and his renewed appearance returns the light to the world. Thus, Râ has transformed death into a new life.
The extraordinary thing about the Amduat is the fact that the transformation process of the death and subsequent rebirth of Râ, has been described and depicted in twelve phases, or hours. The Amduat sends a clear message that death isn’t the end. Death is simply a transition from the old into a new phase; a new life. This grants men insight and trust in the mysteries surrounding death. It is clear that the Amduat is so much more than a simple mythical story telling the nightly voyage of the sun.
The word Amduat means; “Book of the Hidden Chambre”. The word can also be translated as “What is in the Duat”. When a person dies, their soul goes to an area known as the Duat. After sundown, the Sungod Râ disappears in the Duat to start his journey through the First Hour of the night. The Sungod sails on a river through this nightly landscape on his boat. There are various Gods and animals standing on both sides of this river to support Râ during his journey. However, there also are creatures there intending to destroy Râ.
Every hour is inhabited by different beings and has a different landscape. For example, one such hour is dominated by a dry dessert whereas another one contains an abundance of water. The twelve hour journey proves to be full of challenges. Râ has to brave many counteracting forces to eventually become reborn at the end of the Twelfth Hour in the Eastern horizon.
To understand the ancient symbolical language of the Amduat, I completed many years of research and translated various old hieroglyphic texts anew to properly understand the underlying message. During ten years I meditated daily using the texts and images of the Amduat. The Egyptian heritage centers on spirituality and goes far beyond the layer of rational thinking. Back then, life was about making contact with the Divine through worship and servitude of the Gods in the many temples.
Meditation exceeds rational thinking and allows you to descend into the dimension beyond the visible and tangible earthly life. You connect with a different layer of knowledge that lies deep within the sub consciousness. In doing so, I discovered that the nightly voyage of the Sungod is a symbolical reference to the universal journey of mankind.
The sun, or the light, is the symbol of consciousness and of the higher aspect of oneself. On a more profound layer, the journey through the Duat is a voyage that makes one aware of his True Self. The Duat symbolises our inner world, or our sub consciousness. In order to become aware of it, we have to descend into our inner world. The knowledge we gain while there, can be brought up so we can reflect it to the knowledge in the world outside of ourselves. The reflection of two opposites gifts us a reference and allows our consciousness to expand, or our awareness to rise.
During our lives, we develop ourselves as a child into adulthood, which makes our consciousness grow naturally. Each time, old perspectives and convictions are let go to make place for a renewed vision and consciousness. This makes us grow and become more aware of who we are and our place in the world.
However, there lies the paradox since this natural process of becoming aware usually happens unconsciously. Most people live their lives without knowing exactly who they are. The connection with the true core, or their Higher Self, is on a subconscious level. Every human being has to follow their own path. When we are conscious of the higher aspect of ourselves, then our inner Sungod can take the lead. Then we can connect and identify ourselves with the hidden light within and use it as our inner power. The Knowledge of our Self reveals our unique talents that can subsequently be put to use in your daily lives to complete the tasks we are meant to do.
The Amduat contains an ingenious system that we can use to become aware of who we truly are. It teaches us to connect with our True Self to awaken in a higher plane of consciousness. By following the sun through the twelve hours of the night, we are brought back to our core and make contact with our own inner Sungod, the Higher Self. On the way, inner blockades need to be cleared that otherwise impede the descent into our true core. Every time again a layer is scraped off in your inner being, similar to polishing a diamond in the rough.
This is an intense process for during this journey your True Self is revealed. Of course, this sounds fantastic. However, do be aware that the confrontation with this light aspect will have the same impact as the confrontations with the shadow part of yourself. We are inclined to deny both sides and to turn a blind eye to the truth.
Death and rebirth
The journey through the twelve hours of the night is an initiation during which a transition takes place. The old consciousness is dissolved and transformed in the rebirth and awakening of a new consciousness. This is why it is a journey of life and death. During our life, only our old consciousness dies to make place for the birth of a renewed self. We no longer are the child we once were, nor the same person we were yesterday. We have transformed ourselves again and again into a renewed version of ourselves.
When working with the Amduat, we simultaneously learn to die in a befitting manner at the end of our lives. That is the moment when we truly experience the journey to rebirth. Therefore, the voyage through the Duat is destined for both the deceased and any living soul on earth.
Even though the Amduat is thousands of years old, the system is still applicable now. In my book I explain the voyage of the sun in great detail. Each hour is described from an academic as well as an esoteric perspective. By bridging the gap between rational and inner knowledge, you are able to gain a more profound understanding. Furthermore, every hour I explain the process of transformation that you will experience when you partake in the journey through meditation.
The Amduat contains many texts and hundreds of Deities to focus your meditation on. These Deities are gateways that open when you focus your attention on them. All of them are reflections of your inner being and set something in motion within you. The resulting inner images then take on a tangible form in real life as well. They subject you to trials and hold up a mirror to you. Each hour has its own energy and specific effect on you. Step by step, you learn to look beyond the outer layers and make contact with the true reality hidden underneath. That is how the Amduat provides a system to stimulate the process of raising awareness in a structured manner.
Reading the book
Do you want to dive into the heritage of the ancient Egyptians; the Amduat? Then read the book; Amduat: The Great Awakening. It contains the nightly voyage through the Duat in much detail as well as a wealth of information about the ancient Egyptian tradition.
Diana Kreikamp, “Amduat: The Great Awakening”.
(Released in May 2021)
Tanutari bhasilo amar
(The boat of my body is floating on the ocean of existence)
The boat of my body is floating on the ocean of existence.
My Mind, my good helmsman,
Row carefully. See That you
Don’t drown me at sea.
Our oarsman are the five senses and their objects –
But they’re paddling the boat in the wrong direction.
Please try to control them
Steer the rudder in Kali’s name,
Hoist the kundalini sail,
And let’s set off in a favourable wind.
Thwart the six
Lust and his band
With the great mantra
Lest they harass us on our way.
Take Kamalakanta. Let’s sing a boat song
In Kali’s name, and be happy
For we’re heading to the city
Of ceaseless bliss.
From selection in “Tantra in Practice”
For some the idea that Tantra is all about trance states comes as a bit of a shock and is resisted. But seems like
a reasonable insight to me. Here’s something from academia, as many find this significant. Though has to be said, the idea is not common.
“Theravada meditation, places considerably emphasis on the development of Samadhi (concentration or trance),
perhaps better described as focussing of the mind-body” Samuel 2008: 219
A story that needs to be told, this ground breaking documentary does the trick. Although at 1 hour 15minutes maybe a little overlong for the format and could be a bit faster. Even so it was great to see and hear her biographer, the late Nevill Drury contributing to the story he did so much to research over several editions of his book Pan’s Daughter : the magical world of Rosaleen Norton. I found the first half the most interesting, when she was younger and a rising star, before the grey men in the Australian patriarchy, and the catholic church brought her down and mostly extinguished her fire, sometimes literally in the fire, when the police were ordered by the courts to burn two of her paintings. Outrageous stuff that courts order burning of pictures, a real witchhunt.
The dirty tricks, the illegal raids on her home by the press are all there. And though she fought back and embraced and reclaimed her witch archetype, it was something of a pyric victory as she ended her days mostly as a recluse and died alone in a hospice run by nuns. Many of her former friends in the film seemed too untogether to be there for her at the end.
She became something of a parody of herself, sometimes grotesque in the media game. I was so glad to see the pictures of her in her sister’s garden, her hair down and unbleached, no fringe and no crazy eyebrows – just the beautiful person she once was.
So overall, despite a great body of work, she was well ahead of her time. But a wasted genius, and not through any fault of her own, other than being a woman and a witch. Her astral magick, with which she connected with Gavin Greenlees and Eugene Goossens enabling them to connect across space and time, is experiencing something of a revival just now and the greater details in Nevill’s book will be useful for that. The patrician musician Goossens was an important occult influence though in the end, the career of this magical superstar was destroyed by a media conceived scandal. He died soon after but never blamed Roie for the any of it; despite her keeping a photographic record of their work, which was stolen from its hiding place in her flat by a hostile journalist and they then sealed her, and his fate. So let us remember her, and induct her into the company of gnostic and tantrik saints. A true original, whose magick and witchcraft did not come from the usual suspects of the time, but was a power of love, direct and from above.
Honorable mention to the choreographer, actors and sound people for great soundtrack, though was odd that subtitles when pan danced musick subtitled as esoteric when Lilith danced is was dramatic, great track called “Dark Arts” by Brian De Mercia. Everyone should see this film and support the makers by paying the modest fee to own it.