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Amulets were placed in the linen wrapping of Egyptian mummies worn as jewlery and carried as tailsmans by the ancient egyptians.
You can find amulets in many museum shops, I have one on my computer stand – Bastet the cat goddess of creativity. They are hand carved and can be held in your palm.
My old “dog tags’ were a cartouche of my name in silver and an Udjat until I lost that necklace. ( boo-hoo, my favorite…)
Below are a few of the most popular amulets,
Eye of Horus- UDJAT,
Images From Goggle
The images are small but eloquent.
Have a Purrrrfect weekend!
FROM www.metmuseum.org Egyptian Amulets/Thematic Essay (Goggle search)
An amulet is a small object that a person wears, carries, or offers to a deity because he or she believes that it will magically bestow a particular power or form of protection. The conviction that a symbol, form, or concept provides protection, promotes well-being, or brings good luck is common to all societies: in our own, we commonly wear religious symbols, carry a favorite penny, or a rabbit’s foot. In ancient Egypt, amulets might be carried, used in necklaces, bracelets, or rings, and—especially—placed among a mummy’s bandages to ensure the deceased a safe, healthy, and productive afterlife.
Egyptian amulets functioned in a number of ways. Symbols and deities generally conferred the powers they represent. Small models that represent known objects, such as headrests or arms and legs, served to make sure those items were available to the individual or that a specific need could be addressed. Magic contained in an amulet could be understood not only from its shape. Material, color, scarcity, the grouping of several forms, and words said or ingredients rubbed over the amulet could all be the source for magic granting the possessor’s wish.
Egypt Egyptian Ancient Culture
Amulets Ankhs and Talismans Alchemy
Examination of funerary objects, tomb paintings, and inscriptions suggested that as a culture the Egyptians were inordinately concerned with ensuring that their eternal life was as agreeable as their daily life. The continuance of the personality in the afterlife was of paramount importance so the body was mummified, placed in a tomb, and given regular food offerings.
The Ankh was the Egyptian symbol for eternal life. Comprised of a spirit circle on top of a mundane cross, this Egyptian hieroglyph was an alchemical symbol, depicting the ascension of the soul over wordly boundaries.
By quickening the spirit with infusions of spiritual awareness, the life force rose to higher, more refined levels of Beingness. Various Egyptian gods and goddesses were often depicted holding an ankh before someone’s lips or the king’s nose, indicating that they were the purveyors of the Breath of Life necessary in both this life and the afterlife.
True ascendancy was achieved only when the Above totally permeates personal essence Below, raising substance to the level of quintessence. The two became one not only in the melding of male and female polarities; but; also in the mergence of the awakened, individual divinity with the totality of Universal Spirit.
Learning how to flow with evolutionary currents allowed one to effortlessly float in the cleansing waters; thus, bypassing the need to undergo the suffering of the crucifixion where the karmic crucible transmutes fixed patterns of negativity.