Ancient Egyptian Initiation: The Seven Gates
The following is a selected text from The Book of Coming Forth by Light, popularly called The Egyptian Book of the Dead. It is an initiation text to be spoken aloud. Try using it in a ceremonial manner as you prepare for a period of meditation. Use incense and candles, perhaps some bells or music. Special clothing may also add to the ceremonial nature of the initiation process. Each Gate is associated with a specific chakra and thought-cluster. It is important to use your mind’s eye to visualize that center within your body and the concept in your mind as you speak the words associated with it. The words and thoughts are quite powerful. Wherever you see “[Your Name]”, speak your name. For example, I would speak: “May you cause the perfected soul of the Reunited One, the seeker John, to be victorious with you in the Temple of Reunion.”
These gates correlate to our body temple and our mental thoughts. Here are the thoughts you should focus on at each gate. To get the full effect of the initiation you should feel, imagine, and experience the journey. This is how one brings about the full illumination. Do not move through the gates quickly. Try to imbue your mind and body with the thoughts and vibrations of each gate before moving on.
Gate 1 – Root & Survival
Speak the words, pausing to feel the meaning and spirit of them.
Here begins the Entrance on Light, and of coming forth from and going into the Territory of the Holy Ones, in the beautiful Hidden Place. Homage to thee, O Guardian of the Hidden Place. O you who make perfected souls to enter into the Temple of Reunion.
May you cause the perfected soul of the Reunited One, the seeker [Your Name], to be victorious with you in the Temple of Reunion. May I hear as you hear; may I see as you see. O you who open the way and lay open the paths to perfected souls in the Temple of Reunion, open you the way and lay open the paths to the soul of Reunited [Your Name].
Homage to thee, O thou who art at the head of the Hidden Place. Grant that I may arrive in peace in the Hidden Place and that the lords of the Ascent may receive me.
Gate 2 – Navel & Soul Ascent
Here makes the Spirit Body to enter into the Upper Gate of the Ascent. Homage to thee, O thou that dwells in the Holy Mountain of the Hidden Place. Grant that I may arrive in peace in the Hidden Place and that the lords of the Ascent may receive me. Here begins the Entering on Light and living beyond physical life.
Hail, One shining from the Moon! Hail, One shining from the Moon! Grant that the Reunited [Your Name] may come forth from among those multitudes that are outside; and let me be established as a dweller among the citizens of Heaven; and let the Hidden Places be opened unto me. And behold, Reunited One, Reunited [Your Name], shall Enter on Light.
Gate 3 –Solar Plexus & Power
Here begins the Passing over the Celestial Road of the Upper Gate of the Tomb.
The Resurrected Infinite One, triumphant says: I open out a way over the Watery Abyss which forms a path between the two Combatants: Darkness and Light, Evil and Good, Death and Life, Law and Love, Selfish self and Reunited Self. May a path be made for me whereby I may enter in peace into the beautiful Hidden Place. And may a path be made for me whereby I may enter in and adore the Reunited One, the Lord of Life. Praise to The Attuned One when he rises upon the Horizon.
Gate 4 –Heart & Love
Here begin the praises and glorifying of coming out from and of going into the glorious Inner World that is in the beautiful Hidden Place. I am Yesterday, the Timeless One; I know Today.
What then is this? It is the Hidden Place wherein were created the souls of the gods when the Father was leader in the Mountain of the Hidden Place. I know the God who dwells therein. Who then is this? It is the Reunited One. What then is this? It is the horizon of my Father, the Unmanifested One.
What then is this? It is the cutting off of the corruptible in the body of the Reunited One, the earthly [Your Name]. It is the purification of Reunited [Your Name] on my birth. I pass over the way; I know the head [Crown chakra] of the Pool [Navel chakra] of the Well of Life. What then is this? It is the gate, the door; and it is the northern door of the tomb [Crown chakra].
Now as concerning the Pool [Navel] of the Well of Life, it is the way by which my father, the Unseen One, travels when he goes forth to the Realms of Initiation.
Now the southern gate [Navel] of the Ascent is the gate of the Pillars of He who rises. It is the gate where the god who rises lifts the disc of Heaven. The gate of the north [Crown] is the Gate of the Great God. The northern gate of the Ascent is the two leaves [the two hemispheres of the brain] of the door through which the Unmanifested god passeth when he goeth forth to the Eastern Horizon of Heaven [from the back of the head, over the crown of the head and on toward the frontal lobe and Third Eye behind the forehead].
Goddess Mythology Throughout the Ages
Mythological gods and goddesses have long symbolized the eternal heaven within human beings. This is how cultures connect to and move through life in a way that enables them to make sense of their surroundings and circumstances and move beyond what often is a hard physical reality.
Cultures throughout time have embraced and worshipped the image of a mother goddess for a variety of reasons. Mainly, she is looked to as a symbol for abundance, fertility, kindness, family, marriage, good harvests, and good fortune. Traits ascribed to these lovely beings, such as femininity and womanhood, have also represented hearth, home, family, fertility, compassion, strength, and loving-kindness throughout the centuries. Others, like the Norse giantess Hel and the Egyptian goddess Isis, represent the darker sides of life — the underworld, death, magic healing, and guiding the fates of men.
History of Goddess Worship
Goddess or woman worship began around the Paleolithic period (2.5 million years ago to 10,000 BCE), which is humanity’s longest recorded time on Earth. Archaeological digs unearthed artifacts dating back to this time period, the most frequent of which is Venus, believed to have been carved between 24,000 to 22,000 BCE.
The next period to follow was the Neolithic, in which more carved goddess figurines were unearthed and appear to date back 10,000 years. This era was when farming became standard practice, and figurines from this time period most likely represented fertility and offerings to ensure ample harvest.
The Egyptians were also at the forefront of goddess culture, beginning with their Nagada culture. Quite a few murals depict a goddess figure standing between two lionesses. Lionesses were a symbol of good motherhood. Earth, moon, sky, and primordial waters were also associated with the feminine and the care-giving powers therein. Egyptians worshipped many gods and goddesses, but the most prominent of the female figures in Egyptian mythology was Isis and Hathor. These traditions were then passed to other cultures.