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Saturday, 20 May 2017

Twilight of Creation and Bornless Spirit

The ancient Egyptian story of creation vastly predates that of the Bible. It is so old that the better-known tales of Isis and Osiris, for example, are modern by comparison.
 
Twilight of Creation: Egyptian Creation, Budge, Gods of the Egyptians
EA Wallis Budge noted how little was known or indeed, remembered, of the swampy Ogdoad arising from the primal void even by the ancient Egyptians.[1]
“The very gods of the older company had been superseded, and their worship abolished, and the knowledge of their history and attributes was preserved only in the minds of priests and religious experts…”
The Lords of Keraha, cited in some of the more obscure ancient Egyptian texts, are said to dwell in the swampy Delta, the metaphysical equivalent of the Abyss or Da’ath. The Lords of Keraha are primal neters, ‘principles’, emerging from a watery abyss at the dawn of creation as frog-headed (male) and snake-headed (female); sometimes they appear as cats. The important thing is that they are pairs, male and female dualities emerging from the undifferentiated Nun or Abyss.
 
Kekui raises up the light and the day through the power of command, he is the exorcist (Hadit). Kekuit raises up the darkness and the night through the power of absorption, covering and enclosure (Nuit). Yet even Kekui and Kekuit are not the first pair of aeons emerging from Nu and Nuit. That honour goes to Hehu and Hehut.

Twilight of Creation: Budge, 'Oldest Company of the Gods', Gods of the Egyptians

I am Kerah, ruler of the Night!
I am Kerahet, soul of the Abyss!
I am Kekui, for I call forth your names in the primordial depth!
I am Kekuit, for I raise you with my sceptre!
I am Hehu and Hehut, and I stand between the heavens and the earth!
It is I that give life to you, with my spirit![2]
The undifferentiated chaos and night as the source of the word of light is the source of life itself. Instead of being opposed to light, as an enemy, the night is the whole span of the unfathomable mystery of life and consciousness. Truth is. Wisdom seeks more than ordinary knowledge.
 

Qabalah of Creation

The fifth verse of the first book of Genesis was written thousands of years after the Ogdoad was depicted in hieroglyphic texts. A transliteration of the key Aramaic words is placed here in parenthesis. According to the book of Genesis, 1: 5,
And the Elohim called the light [AVR] Day [IVM], and the darkness [ChShK] they called Night [LILH]. And the evening [ORB] and the morning [BQR] were the first day [IVM AChD].
“And the darkness” adds to 364, equal to Lux Occulta, the secret or hidden light. The absence of light is the condition of the numinous source of all; light itself is a veil. The name ‘Night’ is given as LILH, 75, equal to Nuit (NVIT). LIL (70) is the root, but LILH denotes the noun, as does Lilith, which is more expressly feminine.
 
Nuit is far more than merely the consort of Nu the sky god, as suggested by Budge.[3] Nuit embraces all, and her consort is her son and manifest star, Set-Hadit. Thus Nuit and Hadit, as cosmic principles, are veiled by both visible light and darkness.
 
Much creative license was taken with the King James and other bible versions. This makes for better poetry (in the case of the KJV) but often loses something of value and changes the meaning or context. To compound matters, the loss of esoteric meaning had already taken place when the Chaldean scriptures were placed in Modern Hebrew with vowel pointing—the pointing indicates a more precise, directive meaning. When such scriptures were first written, the ambiguity was intentional, as is the case with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and Sanskrit. Each word, let alone a sentence or verse, is then understood as having more than one meaning.
 


Notes

1. Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians, Volume I [Dover].
2. Our telling of this story serves the purpose of magical invocation, so Hehu and Hehut are named last, to assert a return to the Bornless or primal condition. The ‘Twilight Vigil’ ritual is given with a commentary in The Phoenix and other Stellar Rites of Initiation.
3. Ibid.
 
© Oliver St. John 2017, 2019
 
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