Just came across this beautiful lady;
I had ordered her CD, Magdalene's Gift a while back, but had forgotten about it until it 'accidentally' fell out of it's hiding place! Shades of Loreena McKennitt!
Furthermore, My friend Jane had sent me an e-card this same morning of an angel playing the harp. Since i had been wanting 2 change the CD i listen 2 whilst driving, i figured this was the CD i was 2 change to. Well guess what?! The first song was harp music with the accOMpanying angelic voice of Ani! ...and as it turns out, Ani is a sound therapist who plays the harp! *
and the beat goes on.....
I just googled for Ani's cover artist and came across this;
“The Psalms of RA” aims towards a celebration of a shared spiritual heritage that transcends political differences. It has always been the role of the arts 2 awaken and illuminate, and 4 artists to take the lead in forging ahead where others dare not tread. Citizen diplOMacy is the forerunner of true political change, and music, the universal language, is one of the most effective and wonderful ways that the citizens of the world can reach out to each other.
and I 'just happen' 2 bee working on an image of Horiz!!
Furthermore, this is the image that cOMes up when you go 2 this site. This led me to google for Horiz and use the 'words' eye of Horiz, ankh and scaRAb in the image;
The background was formed by mirroring the photae of what i call a single wing cloud. Originally, i thought this was an image of Isis, but as syncrownicity would have, it turns out 2 bee an image of Horiz, although Isis is definitely still a part of the image. (*BTW, you have to click on The Temple of Isis to enter Ani's site.) The google search 4 Horiz led mee 2 this image;
from this site;
This in turn led mee 2 do a google search 4 'shen' which in turn led 2 this site and 2 the 'word' shen;
The Art of Ancient Egypt | Publications for Educators | Explore & Learn | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
NOTE that this is a 'Publications for Educators', and on 01072008, i beegin 2 beecOMe an educator once again.
The shen sign, a ring of rope, symbolizes all that the sun encircles. As amulets, knots and ropes provide protection. Aa a loop of rope that has no beginning and no end, shen symbolizes eternity. The sun disk is often depicted in the center of it. The shen also seems 2 bee a symbol of protection. It is often seen being clutched by deities in bird form, such as Horus the falcon, Mut the vulture. The word shen comes frOM the word "shenu" which means "encircle," and in its elongated form became the cartouche.
The rest of the 'words' in this image are from;
Tiamat was the ancient Sumero-Babylonian personification of the primordial salt waters of chaos. With her consort Apsu, the 'sweet' water, Tiamat mothered the first geneRAtion of the gods.
Tiamat took the form of a gigantic winged dRAgon, whose body was split in 2 by the hero Marduk to create the heavens and the firmament: her upper body became the vault of heaven; the lower, the earth; her blood, the oceans.
Designed 2 resemble the eye of a falcon, this symbol is called the Eye of RA or Eye of Horiz and represents the right eye of the Egyptian Falcon God Horiz. As the udjat (or utchat), it represents the sun, and was associated with the Sun God RA (Re).
The wedjat eye, "the sound or restored one," is used 4 protection against evil, and is a human eye with the plumage marking of a Horizfalcon cheek. It also reflects the spiRAl on the wings of the photae.
This symbol, called the vesiKA pisces (piscis) or "Jesus fish," has an unusual herstory. Used almost exclusively today to denote membership in the Christian religion, the symbol once held a very different meaning (even 2 the early Christians who adopted it). The words usually found inscribed within, ΙΧΘΥΣ (Ichthus), is Greek, meaning fish. The emblem beecame significant to Christians after St. Augustine, who extracted the word from the acrostic prophecy of the ErythRAean Sibyl, and applied the KAbbalistic technique of notarikon 2 the word 2 reveal "Jesus Christ, God's son, savior." The custom of early Christians 2 cOMmunicate by drawing a portion in the dust was carried over frOM the practice of the ancient Pythagoreans, who discovered the shape's unique properties and made it an important part of their teachings.
In Egyptian thought, the human soul is made up of five parts: the Ren, the Ba, the Ka, the Sheut, and the Ib. In addition to these components there was the human body (called the ha, occasionally a plural haw, meaning approximately sum of bodily parts). The Ka was the concept of the life force, the difference between a living and a dead person, death occurring when the ka left the body.
The spiRAl is probably the oldest symbol of human spirituality. It has been found scRAtched in2 rocks frOM thousands of years ago and on every continent in the world. The religious significance can only bee guessed, but it has been found on tombs, and possibly has a connection with the sun as the sun makes a spiRAl shape every 3 months in its tRAvels. A triple spiRAl motif found in Celtic tOMbs is drawn unicursally (that is, in 1 continuous line), suggesting a cycle of rebirth or resurrection. (this hypothesis is bolstered by the fact that many of these appear to be delibeRAtely placed where they catch the first RAys of the sun on the solstice).
In modern times, the spiRAl is still spiritually significant. It is the symbol of spirit in Wicca, an emblem of the Goddess.
A symbol 4 the alchemical element Sulfur is analogous to the human soul. Alchemically, sulfur has the qualities of masculine, hot and dry, cOMbined with Mercury (feminine, cool and moist). The pair were considered 2 bee the parents of all metals.
Alchemical dRAwings often portRAy Sulfur as the sun. (In some views, sulfur and salt are the parents of Mercury) The symbol of sulfur is often used as an identifying symbol by many Satanists. This glyph is often referred to incorrectly as the "pontifical cross of Satan" by tRAct writers, due to its adoption as an emblem of Satanism by Anton LeVey.
This Buddhist symbol is one of the eight auspicious signs, symbolizing the 8-fold paths of Buddhism. The endless knot is also known as the "mystic dRAgon," and is a symbol of eternity and unity. This 'word' is included because it is the design that is on the CD cover, OM TaRA-MantRAs frOM Tibet, that was under Ani's CD.
The scaRAb is the symbol of RA, the Sun God of the Egyptians. In his scaRAb aspect, RA was called KhepeRA. KhepeRA, the scaRAb beetle, means "2 becOMe" or "2 evolve." It is an amulet in life and in death, symbolizing rebirth.
ScaRAb beetles lay their eggs in dung, which they roll in2 a ball and roll into a hole. The Egyptians equated this with the movement of the sun and its daily resurrection. The opening and closing of the scaRAb's colorful wings symbolized night and day.
This Blessings symbol contains the Astrological glyph for the moon, and one of the alchemical symbols for silver, plus tears or RAin. TaRA was born frOM a lake that was formed by tears of cOMpassion and Silver is one of the 7 metals of alchemy. It is associated with the opeRAtion of Distillation.
The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol of life. Also known as an Ansata cross, it is a visual representation of a sandal strap. The ankh means "life" and "to live".
The horizontal and vertical bars of the lower tau cross represent the feminine and masculine energy, respectively. This cOMbination of male and female symbols (the cross and circle) in the ankh suggest fertility and creative power. The top loop also symbolizes the sun on the horizon, and suggests reincarnation and rebirth.
The ankh appears frequently in Egyptian writings about rebirth, and this symbolism was adopted by Coptic Christians, especially gnostic sects, 2 symbolize the resurrection of Christ and the heavenly marriage. The ankh was an earlier form of the cross than the better known "latin" cross.
As a symbol of eternal life, the gods are often seen holding an ankh to sOMeone's lips. This is considered 2 bee an offering of "The Breath of Life". The breath you will need in the afterlife.
In my search 4 Isis, i came across this image, which led me 2 include her 'crown word' just above the wee, small Isis bird at the bottom of the image. As it turns out, this is also an symbol for Hathor...and, 'co-incidentally', the CD that was under the OM TaRA CD was another of Ani's CD entitled 'Homage 2 Hathor'!
Hathor was the goddess of joy, motherhood, and love. She was considered the protectress of pregnant women and a midwife. She was the patron of all women, no matter their station in life. As the goddess of music and dancing her symbol was the sistrum. As a fertility goddess and a goddess of moisture, Hathor was associated with the inundation of the Nile. In this aspect she was associated with the Dog-star Sothis whose rising above the HORIZon heRAlded the annual flooding of the Nile. In the legend of RA and Hathor she is called the "Eye of RA."
Hathor was originally worshipped in the form of a cow. In this aspect, She is often shown with a head-dress resembling a pair of horns with the moon-disk between them.
i also found this image of Isis nursing Horiz.
Isis is one of the earliest and most important goddess in ancient Egypt. She was regarded as the feminine counterpart to Osiris, a role she probably occupied before the dawn of dynastic Egypt. No other Egyptian deity has stood the test of time as well as Isis. Her cult was not extinguished with the other Egyptian gods, but was embRAced by the Greeks and Romans, her worship has even lasted into the present day.
She was revered by the Egyptian people as the great mother-goddess and represents the maternal spirit in its most intimate form. She is often seen suckling a young Horiz. In the Osiris legend she is seen as a dutiful wife, a grieving widow and as a protector of the dead.
As a winged goddess she may represent the wind. In the Osiris legend there are references to Isis wailing and moaning like the wind. She is also continually traveling up and down the land in search of her lost husband. Upon finding Osiris' body, she takes the shape of one of the swiftest birds, a kite. Flapping and darting above his dead body she wails in mourning. She restores life to Osiris by flapping her wings and filling his mouth and nose with air.
Isis was a great enchantress, the goddess of magic. Together with Thoth, she taught mankind the secrets of medicine. She was the embalmer and guardian of Osiris. She is often rendered on the foot of coffins with long wings spread to protect the deceased.
Horiz ~ He who is above. The name Horiz comes from the Egyptian word Hor, which translates as 'face'. We find him worshiped as Mekhenti-irry which translates as 'He who has on his brow 2 Eyes', the sun and moon representing his eyes. On nights when there is no moon, we find him worshiped as Mekhenti-en-irty, 'He who on his brow has no eyes', in this form he was considered the god of the blind.
The followers of Horiz invaded Egypt in pre-dynastic history, at this time he was veneRAted as a victorious warlord. He became a part of the state religion and was associated with the sun god, RA. Horiz was so important to the state religion that PhaRAohs were considered his human manifestation.
In the more popular religious beliefs of the Osiris cults he was the son of Osiris and Isis. The avenger of his father's murder and the model of a dutiful son. It is in these stories that we find him doing battle with his uncle, Seth.
As RA-HaRAkhte, (Horiz of the two HORIZons), he was identified with RA and the daily voyage of the sun from HORIZon to HORIZon.