Wedjet

Wedjat eye

This tiny amulet represents the eye of Horus, known to Egyptologists as the wedjat eye. It is the smallest object on display in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds. The wedjat eye is half human (the eye and brow), and half falcon (the vertical and spiral elements underneath). This is because it is closely associated with the god Horus, who could be shown as a falcon or falcon-headed man.

Horus was the son of Isis and Osiris. After his uncle Seth had brutally murdered his father Osiris, Horus spent his childhood hiding from his evil uncle in the marshlands of the Nile delta. When he had gained enough strength to claim his right to the throne, he confronted and defeated Seth in a battle that left one of his eyes injured. This eye was later restored by Thoth, the god of wisdom. When Horus recovered it, he offered it to his father Osiris hoping to bring him back to life. He replaced his own eye with the divine serpent, which since then served as an emblem of royalty.

Because of this, the eye of Horus was seen as a symbol of restoration, healing, sacrifice and protection. Amulets in the shape of the eye were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousands of years, from the Old Kingdom to Roman times.

See this beautiful object in the BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds, opening 19 May 2016. 

Gold wedjat eye. Thonis-Heracleion, 332–30 BC. National Museum, Alexandria. Photo: Christoph Gerigk. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation.

Eye of Horus ≠ Eye of Ra

I noticed that quite a number of people misuse the title ‘Eye of Ra' 

Original Egyptian concept of the Eye of Ra is a disc encircled by two cobras, a female counterpart of the male god Ra. It was a violent figure that subdued enemies and was depicted like this:

Eye of Ra is also a crystal, an artifact that appears in Stargate, hidden on Abydos.
Also Stargate related, this is the Eye of Ra medallion from the movie found on Eart next to the chappa'ai

What you are tagging on all those pictures of amulets and tattoos is the Eye of Horus. The right eye was associated with Ra, but that didn’t make it the eye of Ra. it’s still just the right Eye of Horus

also this is how it was written in hieroglyphs and was called wedjet

tl;dr: Eye of Ra is a Stargate thing referencing the Eye of Horus, it’s not the same thing as the ancient Egyptian Eye of Ra which was a sun disk encircled by cobras

Tag your shit properly, hipsters.

It's Not Just An Eye: The Eye of Horus Symbolizing the Good and Healthy

     

One of the most popular hieroglyphs admired from the Ancient Egyptian culture is The Eye of Horus, a wedjat that means “healthy” or “royal power”. Since the beginning of the Egyptian civilization, the falcon god Horus’ eyes were seen as the sun (right eye) and the moon (left eye); Horus created the the day and the night by opening one eye and closing the other. 

The term wedjat comes from the happenings of the Battle between Seth, the god of storms and foreigners in Ancient Egypt, and Horus. Seth tore out Horus’ left eye, cut it into little pieces that were then put back together and healed by Thoth, the god of knowledge and wisdom and husband of Ma'at, the goddess of truth, order, and justice. From then on the left eye of Horus was named wedjat and symbolizes everything good and positive in the universe. 

The Eye of Horus may be visually appealing to popular culture because it is in the shape of a human eye, and of course anything familial to us is inviting. The hieroglyph is carved or drawn in the shape of a human above a marking that is a stylized spiral “tear” line (this “tear” refers to the belief that mankind was created from the god Re’s tears). 

The symbol is seen as “royal power” due to the fact that it has been a sacred hieroglyph and design of the elite’s jewelry. An example can be seen in the bracelets that were found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb, which had these wedjets and scarabs, the hieroglyph for ‘Becoming" or One who breathed life into the universe, inscribed within the designs. The wedjets were also seen in sacred tomb offerings adorning tables with bounties of food and drink, symbolizing not only the good health and protection to the elite buried, but also illustrating the necessities traveling with the dead in the prominent afterlife.  

This symbol isn’t just an aesthetically pleasing makeup trick for women to elongate their eyes, it meant something much more to the ancient Egyptians. Not only their god Horus, but also the symbol of positivity in their culture and civilization. 

The Eye of Horus

by  Saṃsāran

Horus was the ancient Egyptian sky god. His right eye is associated with the sun god, Ra. In battle with the God of Chaos Set Horus’ right eye was torn out. It was recovered and offered to the Great God Osiris. Thus, the Eye of Horus is associated with protection, sacrifice and healing. 

The Eye of Horus is also known as the “Wedjet” or “the Eye of Ra”

Some have argued that the proportions of the eye also hold the key to the mathematical series of proportion known as the Golden Ratio.

Another association is with the pineal gland and the “third eye”