Eye Of Horus Or Eye Of Ra The Eye of Horus Myth
In ancient Egypt, the Eye of Horus was just as popular and used as frequently as the Eye of Ra. Both Egyptian Eye symbols stand for the powerful “all-seeing-eye”. According to ancient Egyptian mythology, his right and left eyes represented the sun and moon, respectively. Horus' right eye was called the “Eye of Ra”, and his. The symbol incorporates an eye together with an eyebrow and is decorated with the markings of a falcon's eye. It is also sometimes referred to as the Eye of Ra. The Eye of Ra symbolized in the mythology of Ancient Egypt the female sun (Sekhmet) while Amon symbolized the male aspect of the sun. The. - The eye of Horus also known as Wadjet – Ouadza (or Udjat, Wedjat) is one of the most distinguished and used symbol of the Ancient Egypt.
According to ancient Egyptian mythology, his right and left eyes represented the sun and moon, respectively. Horus' right eye was called the “Eye of Ra”, and his. The symbol incorporates an eye together with an eyebrow and is decorated with the markings of a falcon's eye. It is also sometimes referred to as the Eye of Ra. Eye of Ra or Eye of Horus -symbol of health and well being and wisdom. The all seeing eye.
Scholars have determined that the different plagues showed the inferior status and inability of the Egyptian gods to protect the Egyptian people.
Relief from the sanctuary of Khonsu Temple at Karnak. The Eye of Ra can be equated with the disk of the sun, with the cobras coiled around the disk, and with the white and red crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt.
One of the plagues carried locusts to the land of Egypt. There were so many locusts in this plague that they blotted out the sun. Ra was seen by the Egyptian people as the sun-god and with the sky darkened, Ra was powerless to do anything He could not even use his eye to stop the locusts from destroying the land.
It is possible that God Horus has a biblical connection as well. The plague against the cattle is seen as a destruction against the goddess Hathor.
The name Hathor means the house of Horus. Since Ra was the sun god, his eye represented the sun. More About Ancient Symbols. The issue for most Egyptologists is that the ancient records do not clearly state if it is the right or the left eye that Horus lost.
Outside of ancient Egypt, the Eye of Ra seems to have lost popularity and modern use. It is not used as widely, if at all, for different secret organizations or other purposes.
On the other hand, the eye of Horus is seen throughout history outside of Egyptian purposes. Different eyes are seen on coffins and are used to help the deceased to see in the afterlife.
The Americans use the Eye of Providence on the back of their dollar bill. Credit: Wikipedia. In their minds, when the eye symbol appears, it means that the people are going to be subjugated, dumbed down, manipulated and more.
The time of the ancient Egyptians has long passed. How they believed and what purpose they attached to different eye symbols or which god had the best eye is left in history.
Myths and legends can only give us a partial picture of what these symbols stood for. Bible and Spade, 4 1 , Ancient Egypt Online.
Ancient Technology Mar 24, Ancient Places Jan 11, Artifacts Feb 28, Ancient Symbols Oct 13, Biblical Mysteries Jul 19, Archaeology Apr 4, Ancient Places Apr 18, Featured Stories Sep 15, Egyptian Mythology May 13, Ancient Places Mar 18, Ancient Traditions And Customs Jun 7, He had to cajole them in order to keep them both happy, dividing their duties.
The lunar eye became associated with Tefnut, daughter of Ra. To read more about this myth, check out my page on the goddess Tefnut.
The eye of Ra has been associated with many goddesses, and in each case will take on a specific quality.
For example in its protective role, which is prone to turn into aggression and destruction, the eye is associated with the goddesses Hathor, Sekhmet, Tefnut and Wadjet.
A very interesting myth showcasing this protective-aggressive tendency is told on my page The Eye of Ra and the Destruction of Mankind.
You might be wondering why the Egyptian eye is always part of a god, like Ra, but then when acting independently it is associated with a goddess.
Some have hypothesized, and I agree with their theories, that the protective-aggressive qualities that keep coming up in these myths are the way the ancient Egyptians viewed the divine feminine, and this perhaps comes from the way they observed female animals becoming very aggressive when they were protecting their young.
Lionesses and cats in particular, hence the way the Egyptian eye takes on feline forms in these myths. The Egyptian eye has other qualities and roles.
As the solar eye, it is a source of heat, light and fire. The lunar eye is associated with the god Horus, but how it became his is another interesting myth.
As a skilled magic practitioner and powerful goddess in her own right, she devised a plan to have him transfer some of his powers to her by telling her his secret name.
The secret name was the most potent and powerful name that a deity or mortal could have, and in order to keep these powers, the name had to remain secret.
In fact, the secret name was so important that it made up part of the anatomy of the ancient Egyptian soul. Take a look at my video below to find out more:.
So Isis waited for the opportunity to trick Ra into giving her his secret name. After aeons of traveling the skies every day, he had grown old and tired, and one day a little bit of his spit dribbled down the corner of his mouth and fell onto the earth.
Isis took this spit and mixed it with some earth and molded it into the shape of a cobra, which came to life.
Though a god was usually immune to mortal dangers, since this snake was made from his own spit, its poison could penetrate his being and harm him.
She hid the cobra on his daily path. When Ra was bitten and the poison made its way through his body, he was in severe pain and cried out for help.
None of the other deities could help, but Isis offered to relieve him if he told her his secret name. After negotiating the terms, Ra agreed to give Horus, the son of Isis, his eyes.
Of course, this myth was not the exclusive explanation for how the Egyptian eye went from being the Eye of Ra to the Eye of Horus.
Seth captured the Eye of Horus during one of their many battles and threw it into the darkness where it broke into pieces.
Thoth had seen where the eye had landed and went to look for it. He found the eye broken, but managed to restore it back to its original form.
As he did, he also restored the moon back to its full light, as this eye was lunar. This eye came to be known as the wadjet eye. Egyptian Eye — Fractions By Matematicamente.
The wadjet can be taken apart into pieces and is also used to represent fractions in ancient Egyptian mathematics. The eyeball is round like the moon, with a teardrop coming from it.
A lot of ancient Egyptian jewelry such as pendants, bracelets, earrings and amulets had the wadjet symbol. If you also notice in paintings of ancient Egyptians, their eye make-up resembled the look of the Egyptian eye, with the long line at the outer corner extended to be in line with the eyebrow.
I hope you enjoyed this page on the Egyptian Eye. If you did, please share it with anyone else you think might like it. Subscribe to The Pyramid Scrolls and receive a free ebook copy of an ancient Egyptian wisdom manifesto.