music and its dance ~ an Africa-centered s/hero's journey perspective

A color with mystical and noble qualities, purple/violet is associated with royalty, spirituality, creativity, and magic. Representing the upper end of the visible color spectrum of Light, purple/violet is both a completion (spiritual mastery) as well as a beginning of the energy vibration beyond the physical. prince on guitarThis is the energy field in which one realizes the eternal union that exists between one’s self and the All (one’s infinite/higher/pure consciousness) – which is the goal of the soul’s journey in this life and beyond. Purple/violet governs the crown chakra, at the top of the head…

This post offers a brief look at the symbolism and meaning in the crowns worn by some of Africa’s royalty – gods and goddesses from Kemet (ancient Egypt) – along with some of the fundamental cultural wisdom that governs their being and evolution. It’s posted during  African American Music Appreciation Month (June), in remembrance of the late Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016 … “Sometimes It Snows In April”) – music genius who identified with royal symbols of purple/violet “reign.” This post honors the god(dess) who meets, supports and delivers us with such gifts as music and more in our epic life quest for truth/consciousness/light, repair, and harmony.

Holy Trinity (Kemet)

Holy Trinity (Kemet)

Holy Trinity: AUSET~AUSAR~HERU…

ausetOne of the earliest most beloved representations of the African Goddess – AUSET (pre-Greek “Isis”/ pre-Christian “Mary”) – was known as the Queen of Heaven. Goddess of the home and person rather than of the temple and priest, AUSET’s signature crown represents the throne of Kemet – the “lap” upon which her true King rules. “Justice and judgment are the foundation of thy throne” [Psalm 89:14 KJV] originated from her Goddess principles of Right, Justice, and Truth – Ma’at. AUSET’s journey through the wilderness (African diaspora) in search of the mutilated pieces of her beloved Ausar (murdered in Set’s coup for the throne of Kemet) becomes a hallmark of how this goddess came to be identified over the centuries by her numerous followers as the Divine Mourner.  (As Ausar’s funerary deity, the Nile River is said to flood 4 the Tears in [Her] Eyes – i.e. the sacred tears AUSET sheds equates to the river’s annual flooding.) The Throne-Mother’s nature-based powers of resurrection are said to have then come into play, restoring her husband’s manhood thus enabling AUSET to conceive their son, Heru – a matriarchal mystery that’s been re-scripted to fit a patriarchal/homosocial Christian agenda.

As the Divine Seeker and Giver of Life, AUSET has been strategically interchanged with HATHOR, Goddess of FertilityChildbirthMotherhoodMusicDance – alongside her other key attributes as Mansion of Heru and Celestial Nurse. Renderings of HATHOR wearing a cow-horned crown while holding the suckling infant Heru on her lap were supplanted by Christian “Madonna-Child” iconography. (Alternatively, as Celestial Nurse, HATHOR is sometimes portrayed as a sacred cow.) Representing  the Milky Way (celestial Nile River “…on Earth as it is in Heaven”) the crown this Fertility Goddess wears emphasizes her maternal role towards the life that issues from herSeveral Kemetic temples, in addition to those dedicated to the worship of HATHOR, depict her face in the semblance of a triangular-shaped uterus with her elongated ears representing the fallopian tubes. As such, Goddess HATHOR-AUSET is the divine “mansion” and “portal” from which the resurrected God Ausar‘s implanted seed came into its fully-realized life as Heru – Son of the Holy Trinity and pre-cursor “Savior”-figure.

atefWith Auset as his wife, AUSAR (pre-Greek “Osiris”) was the bringer of civilization and wise ruler of Kemet before his murder and mutilation at the hands of his jealous brother and usurper, Set. The 14 mutilated pieces of Ausar which Set scattered throughout the wilderness, in some interpretations, constitutes the African diaspora. Auset was able to locate only 13 of these pieces in her searchauset ausar, minus her beloved’s manhood and symbol of his resurrection which remains a deep mystery to this present day. AUSAR wears the Atef Crown, the centerpiece of which resembles the White Crown worn by Pharaohs of Upper Kemet, but with the addition of two feathers at the sides, and sometimes with a small solar disk at the top.

heru crownHERU (pre-Greek “Horus”) – the posthumously conceived son of Auset and Ausar – in manhood avenges his father’s murder and mutilation when he overthrows his uncle Set’s evil rule. Besides being the immediate precursor to the Biblical account of the “resurrection” and the “virgin birth,” the saga of this African Holy Trinity (AUSET~AUSAR~ HERU) can be appreciated for its many Hero(ine)’s Journey insights. prince 3rd eyeHERU wears the unification crown (pschent) depicting the peace treaty that was worked out between the North/Lower (red – deshret) and South/Upper (white – hedjet) divisions of Kemet. eye of HorusThe third, inner eye, is also associated with HERU which, when open, represents one’s spiritual enlightenment – the reconciliation of competing cosmic principles separating the lower from the higher natures of man. As a proverb from the Luxor Temple states: The key to all problems is the problem of consciousness.

Divine Consorts: MA’AT~DJEHUTI…

maatAs goddess who is searching through the wilderness (diaspora) for her beloved, Auset’s own journey is destined to evolve into a deeper realization of her own truth. As such, the goddess MA’AT exists as the representation of truth, repair, harmony, and heavenly order in the African cosmology – all of which are determined and activated in relationship with her divine consort and beloved. Queens of the First Dynasty bore the title “She Who Sees Heru and Set” in keeping with the evolution of the African goddess as seeker. Dispensing one of her primary roles of preventing the world from descending into chaos, it was MA’AT who decreed Heru over Set as the rightful ruler of Kemet. Goddess MA’AT’s crown symbol is a single “feather of truth” against which souls of the departed are weighed in the afterlife. And her 42 Principles of Ma’at humanity’s oldest written sources of moral and spiritual instruction – foreshadow the biblical Ten Commandments.

djehutiDJEHUTI (pre-Greek “Thoth” and/or “Hermes Trismegistus”) is MA’AT’s beloved and divine consort. It was his ritual that enabled Ausar’s “resurrection” which made possible Auset’s “virgin birth” of Heru. Regarded as god of the magical arts and scribe of the gods, it was said of DJEHUTI’s powers that without his words (oratory) the gods themselves would not exist. One of his major roles was acting as a mediator between good and evil (notably Heru and Set) ensuring, it’s been suggested, that one does not have a decisive victory over the other. DJEHUTI mentored both Heru and Khonsu (children of African divinities), the latter of who was one third of the Trinity of Waset (below). DJEHUTI’s crown is often portrayed as a lunar disc sitting on a crescent moon, depicting his origins as a lunar god.

AmunRitualHoly Trinity of Waset: MUT~AMUN~KHONSU…

mutMUT who giveth birth, but was herself not born of any – is the mother aspect of the goddess, just as her divine consort Amun is the father aspect of the god. Regarded as the divine world mother from whom the cosmos emerged, MUT is queen of all gods and goddesses, and mother of pharaohs. As such, the African goddess gives passage to life into this world and the next after determining one’s moral standing against her principles of Harmony, Justice, and Truth (Ma’at). The hieroglyphic depiction of MUT’s name is the same griffon vulture used to write the letter “A” (alpha in Greek) and the word “mother”… Thus Alpha-Omega (“A-Z” used to symbolize “beginning” and “end” by biblical scribes and scholars) represents the consortium of MUT~AMUN. Her vulture crown thus symbolizes beginnings, divine motherhood, and her purification role in the afterlife which is mysteriously linked to the ecological role a “wake” of vultures would play in the natural world. Many portrayals of Goddess Mut (see ‘family portrait’ above) also include her wearing the unification crown atop her vulture crown

Amun / Amen

Amun / Amen

amun1AMUN means “The Hidden One.” Expressed as Amen in Hebrew – meaning “let it be” – at the end of prayers, the name of this African deity is used to magically evoke divine response. AMUN is the patriarchal divinity of the Triad/Trinity of Waset (pre-Greek “Thebes”) which includes his divine consort, MUT, and their son Khonsu or Montu. Waset, meaning “City of the Scepter” or alternatively “City of the Set” relates to the Was scepter’s representation of the power and dominion of pharaohs, priests, and gods over the chaos, disorder, violence and foreigners that Set represents. AMUN wears a double-feathered crown, in addition to carrying the Was scepter, Ankh (see picture above left) and other amulets of power and godhood.

KhonsuMONTU/KHONSU – son of Mut and Amun – is a moon god who is said to be unable to show his whole glory for the entire month because he lost a wager in the ancient game of senet/ “passage” against his elder, Djehuti. His lunar aspects are reflected in his mother Mut’s Isheru, a moon-shaped lake at her precinct in the Karnak Temple Complex of Waset, more commonly known by its Greek designation “Thebes” – hence the reference to this African Trinity as the “Triad of Thebes.” Amun‘s precinct is the only one available for tourist visits in present-day Egypt, but MONTU/KHONSU, like his mother Mut, has his own separate precinct in the Karnak Temple Complex of Waset. Typically portrayed with a side-lock of hair (the symbol of childhood) and wearing a crown depicting the crescent of the new moon subtending the full moon disc, MONTU/KHONSU is closely linked to other divine children such as Heru and Shu.

ROYAL AMULETS…

Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun

MONTU/KHONSU is depicted holding five royal amulets, two of which are the crook and flail. The shepherd’s crook, an insignia of pharaonic authority or kingship, is most commonly associated with AUSAR (above), but also appears on the coffin of Tutankhamun (AKA “King Tut”). In both instances the crook is paired with the flail, the latter of which is said to stand for the fertility of the land. The striped Nemes crown Tutankhamun wears (pictured) is said to represent his death mask.

was-djed-ankh symbols

was-djed-ankh symbols

The other three amulets are the Was (scepter), Djed (pillar representing god’s backbone/stability), and Ankh (“Key of Life”). The Ankh‘s depiction of an oval surmounting the crucifix constitutes the balance between the divine feminine and masculine creative energies that are necessary for life to be generated, sustained, and evolved to be as one with the higher, heavenly order. A proverb from the Luxor Temple states: prince symbolIf you search for the laws of harmony, you will find knowledge… A biblical passage states: “Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries” [SoS 7:5 KJV]. As divine consorts, the African goddess/queen and her god/king each thus represent complementary creational forces that explain and necessitate each other and – from their higher collective vibration – inform the structure and harmonious workings of the universe.

Ubuntu ~ “I am because we are…” Purple Reign… Let There Be Light!prince

Comments on: "Purple Reign ~ Royal African Symbols" (5)

  1. Great post sis! You are correct. The seventh chakra, Sahaswara, is referred to as the thousand-petal lotus chakra. This is the top chakra of the seven and located at the crown of the head. Sahaswara is our source of enlightenment and spiritual connection to all that is. It is a connection to our higher selves, to every being on the planet, and ultimately the divine energy that creates everything in the universe. This is the true opening of Sahaswara means the realization that you are pure awareness. You are pure consciousness, undivided, and all expansive. I like how you connected the Holy Trinity with the African Gods and chakras. The color purple has always been associated with royalty long before the so-called English royals came along. Of course they come along afterwards and act like they started it. Nothing but culture vultures. I will have to share this post. Thank you!

    • Asante sana, bro KP… Your feedback and sharing of this post is truly appreciated! Your comment about the “culture vultures” goes deep with me because of the particular crown associated with Goddess Mut, as well as the predatory role England has played in our affairs. The source of the sacred Nile River is still named after the “grand-mother of Europe” – Queen Victoria – whose role in colonial atrocities upon Africa should never be minimized! Also, let’s not forget that Prince transitioned on the current queen of England’s birthday. So, yeah… I definitely feel you on that. In addition, I remember the director of the “Gods of Egypt” calling critics of his movie “diseased vultures” which, to me underscores his Eurocentric misreading, misappropriation, and misapplication of our cultural and deeply spiritual walk. Even the critics didn’t really get it on that level. But that’s why we’ve gotta keep doing we, and anchoring our truth. Praises! M

      • Yes I mentioned the connection to the so-called queen’s birthday when Prince passed away. And people were calling me a crazy nut. Some of our people are just so asleep it’s depressing. They have NO idea what these elite societies are doing. We must be vigilant and do research to find the truth. These thieves have stolen so much of our history from much of Africa. That’s why we must educate our children so they will not be ignorant of their enemies. Otherwise the blame will fall on us. That Gods of Egypt was pure garbage! Nothing but revisionist garbage! They want us to play only play thieves,slaves,butlers,thugs and maids. While they play Gods??? Utter nonsense! Everything is backwards in the system of white supremacy. We must keep fighting for the TRUTH and real justice for our people. Thank for this post and the information you provide. Your work is not in vain. Much love to you my beautiful sister. 🙂

      • ❤ Backatcha, bro KP. Stay strong against the shadow system. Light and Truth will prevail… Believe that! M

      • You’re always welcome.

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