Known as one of the oldest sacred places in Egypt, the first Temple of Hathor at Denderah was built during the Old Kingdom, during the reign of Khufu (2589-2566 BC). The present Temple of Hathor was built in the first century AD by Ptolemies.
When Denon first discovered the Temple of Denderah in January 1799, he happened into a little stone chapel on the roof, where he found a large circular planisphere, or zodiac. Vivant Denon published the first drawing of the Zodiac in his ‘Voyage dans La Basse at la Haute Egypt’ (Paris, 18020. The Zodiac was part of the ceiling of one of the chapels where the resurrection of Osiris was commemorated, on the roof of the great Temple of Hathor.
Here, a disc, held up by four women assisted by falcon-headed spirits, represents the vault of heaven. The Denderah Zodiac is one of the most important surviving documents of antiquity. In 1822, Claude Lelorraine used explosives to remove the Zodiac: the original is now in The Louvre, France.
The zodiac is a planisphere of the stars on a plane projection, showing the 12 constellations of the zodiacal band forming 36 decans of ten days each, and the planets. These decans are groups of first magnitude stars. These were used in the ancient Egyptian calendar, which was based on lunar cycles of around 30 days and on the heliacal rising of the star Sothis (Sirius).
The Denderah Zodiac depicts twelve zodiacs and the planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, Sirius, Orion: the three known constellations of Draco, Ursa Minor and Ursa Major, and the axis of the temple.
What is the Precession of the Equinoxes and why is it relevant in this story? The World ages measured in the Zodiac provide the ultimate key of understanding the evolutionary cycles of humanity. In Ancient Egypt, the day was divided into 24 hours, 12 hours of light, 12 hours of darkness. Each hour had a name specifying its force or influence. The months were of two kinds, lunar, 29 days and 30 days. Five days were consecrated to Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephtys.
The Sothic Year is 365 ¼ days. The Sothic Year is linked with Sirius and the return to the heliacal rising of Sirius. This is a fixed year or ‘year of God’. The heliacal rising of Sirius takes place one day earlier, each degree of latitude from North to South. This is a sliding gauge of time. The Ancient Egyptians had exceptional astronomical knowledge and the Helical rising of Sirius celebrated the Festival of New Year.
The Pharaonic Sothic Cycle of 1460 years records and predicts the summer solstice advancing 11.5 days in relation to the rising of Sirius. The Solstice gains 11 days per Sothic cycle and the return of the star loses 9 days. The vernal points displaced by twenty days in 1460 days. The Precession of the equinoxes is a cycle of 25,920 years. The vernal point travels through the twelve constellations.
Each twelve months is 2160 years and 3 decans is 720 years. We also have seen these measurements repeated in The Great Pyramid- also known as the ‘house of god’. This is another nod to the next world phase and new template of cosmic man.
We must also look at the small, adjacent celestial observatory room just beyond the Denderah Zodiac for more clues on new world change. I have spent many hours working with meditation and transformation technologies at Denderah Temple to align with and understand the coming world age. Perhaps the Osirion Mystery holds further clues.
Seth enters the creation myth on day three hundred and sixty-five. This is the third day of the five epagomenal days added to the three hundred and sixty days Egyptian civil calendar. On this day, Seth violently breaks out of the womb of Nut to create suffering to Osiris.
In ‘The Contendings of Horus and Seth’, Seth shows an insatiable appetite for women even with Isis, consort of Osiris. It has been suggested that these mythological events reflect actual events of pre-dynastic Egypt. (I suggest these events reflect our current global changes). Both the ‘Eye of Horus” and the ‘testicles’ of Seth demonstrate similarities with Tibetan tantra involving light and semen. The ‘Eye of Horus’ is tied to the lunar cycle and restoration associated with the waxing moon. Isis and Hathor are involved in this story.
Let’s set the scene, in the court of The Ennead of Heliopolis presided over by Ra-Horakhti (the oldest of solar deities linking with the shem shu hors and Shining Ones), where the judgement that Horus should succeed the throne of Egypt is given. Horus is son of Osiris and Isis. Ra is displeased, considering Horus unfit. An alliance with Ra and Seth takes the Ennead into chaos.
At this point, it is the power of the feminine, the power of Hathor and Isis that intervenes to neutralise the anarchic forces of Ra and particularly, Seth. Hathor succeeds in restoring Re to the Ennead. In response, Seth attempts to claim his right to the throne as rightful protector of Ra. Seth, cunningly persuades the ennead to listen to the proceedings on the Island-Ian-The-Midst, without Isis.
It is useful to note here that only Isis possesses the power to challenge Seth. Seth is now free to threaten and potentially remove all archaic tradition, custom and ancestry. The Shining Ones connection surfaces in this story as Isis has already created a snake from the moth of Ra and extracted his secret name. This is critical as a serpent goddess and for power over Ra.
Isis, in this story, transforms and shape-shifts as mother, virgin and crone, often associated with lunar deities. As the crone, Isis is ferried to the Island-In-The-Midst where she once again transforms as beautiful virgin whereupon Seth approaches her and is fooled into invalidating his claim to the throne.
The saga continues; Seth directs his ambitions upon Horus for a fight to prove himself king of Egypt. Horus and Seth, transform as two hippopotami and plunge into the deepest waters, locked in violent combat. Isis shoots and locks a harpoon into Seth. Seth as her brother (both Isis and Seth are children of Nut0 appeals to release the harpoon. Horus is enraged and beheads Isis.
He flees to the desert, the domain of Seth, where Seth tears out the eyes of Horus. This episode ties with the loss of vision associated with young and gifted, clairvoyant vision, often associated with initiates of shamanistic traditions. Here, Hathor returns to the story. The ‘Eyes of Horus’ are buried, transformed as lotus flowers.
The lotus flower is where Ra rises each morning. As ‘Lady of the southern Sycamore’ and the Tree of Memphis, SHE HEALS Horus with healing liquid, restoring Horus to the solar path, the path of light, the path of the hero back to Ra-Horakhti.
‘I found Horus had lost eyes because of Seth, But I restored them. Now here he comes.’
Isis is also transformed by Hathor: when she is given the cow’s head, she is connected with Hathorian solar life free from her restrictive maternal bonds with Horus. Horus returns to Ra-Horakhti. These powerful mythological narratives closely link with cult rites and shamanic practices, ‘The Contendings of Horus and Seth’ continue, and no longer weak, Horus is transformed and yet the Ennead has little patience.
The final contest between Seth and Horus involves Seth making sexual advances. Horus catches Seth’s semen in his hand before taking it before Isis. Isis cuts off Horus’ hand BEFORE CREATING A NEW ONE. The semen of Horus is collected in a jar. Isis places the content on Seth’s garden, creating a cunning trap to plant the seed of Horus in Seth. At court, Seth begins by demanding the throne based upon his encounter with Horus. However, Seth has been tricked into becoming a container for the seed of Horus, and a lunar disc bursts from his head.
Thoth enters this story and claims the lunar disc for his own. The two oppositional forces of Seth and Horus are forced to concede or resolve. The re-emergence of light from Seth’s head in the solar disc is the rebirth of the Eye of Horus, the Wedjat Eye.
The Eye has to be shattered to pieces to be made whole again. Seth now relinquishes his claim to the throne before Atum at Heliopolis. Horus unites Egypt in the red crown of Lower Egypt and white crown of Upper Egypt. Of the two sacred ‘Eyes’ the left eye is ‘Eye of Horus’ connected with the waxing moon, and the right eye with the raging goddess Hathor-Sekhmet and ceremonial practices associated with this goddess. Hathor is ‘Gold of The Gods’, the cosmic template of woman.
It is this power of greater love and value of humanity we need to return to, to heal one again in our modern world. This path is the only path that leads us to accelerating evolution, god and miracle solutions of a divided world.
Excerpt from ‘Ancient Egyptian Celestial Healing- The Source Codes for High Frequency by Tracey Ash (Findhorn Press & Natural Spirit) available in English and Japanese.
Tracey Ash is one of the finest voices and teachers of her generation on the next phase of consciousness change, uniquely connecting this with ancient mysteries research and consciousness awakening at ancient sites all over the world. She is an honorary member of PSI Japan. She brings the ancient stories alive. She is a speaker at ASEAN Advanced Archaeology Symposium 2017, Philippines