Horizon, the sun rising between two humps of a mountain, is mirrored by the Egyptian pylon, two tapered towers with a lower entrance between them. * Akhet, like a head resting on a pillow, is where we disembark with Ra to pass across the underworld.
The key of life, or life itself, eternal life, a staff or cross with a teardrop shape replacing the upper bar. Ra, the sun god, holds an ankh because he’s the creator of life, or that’s what we say.
The sun deity who rules the created world, the god of order and royalty, the god of sky, earth, and underworld has the head of a falcon and bears the sun disk encircled by a cobra balanced on his head. * Gods to whom we attribute the behaviors of the universe are deeply embedded in the shape of our thoughts and in our languages, spoken and written.
A person’s vital essence, the horns of a bull, two hands raised up in praise. * Ka is one of five or more parts that composed the soul of an Egyptian. A soul is invisible; its existence, its unity, its composition are myths, but most human beings believe they contain this magical thing.
A bird with a human head wings folded or outstretched is everything that makes a person unique. * The Egyptians thought that Ba could transcend the body for a time, but was itself the person needing to breathe and to eat after death.
Star in a circle, the god (Osiris) is entrapped (in the underworld). Each morning the sun god (Ra) defeats chaos to rise and renew the cycle of life.