“In the “Kabbala” the three male Sephiroth — Chochma, Chesed, Netzach — are known as the Pillar of Mercy.

The three feminine on the left, namely, Binah, Geburah, Hod, are named the Pillar of Judgment.

While the four Sephiroth of the centre — Kether, Tiphereth, Yesod, and Malchut. — are called the Middle Pillar. ( the four aspects of Osiris).

The ten Sephiroth are ten emanations of Eternal Mother Space, ten waves which serve as the foundation of the Great Mother.

The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth and the triune Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown.”

Samael Aun Weor: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah

1800 year old ancient Egyptian letter reveals hopes and fears of young soldier

1,800 years ago, a young soldier from Egypt serving in the Roman army wrote six letters home to his family but without response. Finally, he sent a desperate plea for them to reply and to not forget about him. The ancient letter brings to life the hopes and fears of people from our distant past.

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Kheper-Haru Beetle

Known for the curious hallucinations they cause, the Kheper-Haru Beetle is native to Egypt, and was once much prized, as it was believed the hallucinations they caused were linked to Divination in some manner. The loop of their pincers is the source of their magic, and each incident causes entirely different hallucinations in the watcher. However the hallucinations always start the same way, with the Kheper-Haru apparently growing larger, and an eye forming within the pincer-ring.

From this the victim finds their perspective changed, as they apparently travel through the loop and into a brightly coloured hallucinatory world. While in most wixes these hallucinations mean nothing at all, they were long used under the misapprehension they may turn people who used them into Seers. The truth - as proven by the Ancient Egyptian Physician, Imhotep - is that in those who do have the sight it permits them a limited control over their precognitive abilities, although they will, in amongst anything they might be seeking to See, See the soonest incidence of unavoidable misfortune set to befall them, which reduced the practice considerably.

Though in recent years the practice remains less popular (barring brief periods of increased usage, such as during the surge in Egyptology in Europe’s Colonial Period, and the Muggle “hippie years”) the Kheper-Haru Beetle is still kept by some wixes, not for the hallucinations, but for the magical properties of the oils the Kheper-Haru beetles secrete. Forming a thick, wax-like coating on the the wings of Kheper-Haru beetles, the layer can be peeled off and mixed with candlewax. The smoke from candles made thusly causes most wixes and muggles to pass out, however those with the Sight will have mild hallucinations of eyes, which is believed by some modern wixes, to be part of the source of the “Third Eye” theory behind Divinatory Precognition.

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Last week in Rosetta: Egyptian fishermen repair their nets, as they prep for another foray out into the Med. This boat’s captain assured me they’re intent only on filling their cargo hold with fish, but with thousands of refugees and some economic migrants paying small fortunes to reach Europe from these ports, other local sailors haven’t been able to resist the lure of greater riches. 

Image and caption by Peter Schwartzstein, via Instagram. Egypt, 2015.

Peter and Jonathan, along with Leyland Cecco, are reporting on an upcoming project titled “The Blue Nile: A Portrait of a River Under Attack.”

What 'La Femme Nikita' Has to Say about Egypt and Former President Hosni Mubarek
La Femme Nikita's miserable and corrupted world of moral dead zones and US-sanctioned torture forces its hero to make a real-world choice between pragmatic collusion or principled, perhaps doomed, resistance.

A great article by Kit MacFarlane


In Egypt, counter-revolution stalks the makers of an uprising the whole world lauded.

Workers, the poor, women, Muslims and Coptic Christians, who in 2011 united against a tyrannical regime to demand a decent society, have been plunged back into repression, sectarian division and impoverishment on a scale unprecedented in modern Egyptian history.

At the head of this counter-revolution is Abel Fattah el-Sisi, the supreme commander of the Egyptian army. He came to power by commandeering the 2013 revolt against the Muslim Brotherhood government. Sisi was able to transform opposition to the Brotherhood government and its leader Mohammad Morsi into support for what was essentially a military coup that dramatically ended more than two years of revolutionary upheavals.

The powerbrokers of the old regime had been waiting for the right moment to reassert their class power politically. Morsi did everything he could to ingratiate himself with Egyptian capital and the deep state with which it is intertwined, but they were determined the Muslim Brotherhood would not be allowed to carve out a space for itself as a manager of the Egyptian state.

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Abdelhalim al-Araby, 62. Tanta, Egypt. We travelled to the Nile Delta in Egypt to finish the last phase of our Nile expedition that we started 6 weeks ago. To build an in-depth picture of how climate change and population growth are affecting one of the world’s greatest waterways, Peter Schwartzstein, Leyland Cecco and I travelled the length of Nile river from Ethiopia’s Lake Tana to where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. 

Image and caption by Jonathan Rashad, via Instagram. Egypt, 2015.

Peter and Jonathan, along with Leyland Cecco, are reporting on an upcoming project titled “The Blue Nile: A Portrait of a River Under Attack.”

The tomb of the 26th dynasty ruler of Upper Egypt uncovered

Within the framework of the South Assassif Conservation Project on Luxor’s west bank, an Egyptian-American stumbled upon a 26th dynasty tomb that belongs to the vizier of Upper Egypt, Badi-Bastet.

Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, explained that the tomb was found inside the tomb of Karabasken, who was Thebes’ ruler and the fourth priest of Amun during the 25th dynasty (TT 391).

“Such a find highlights that Badi-Bastet reused the tomb,” he pointed out.

Afifi went on to say that the archaeological survey carried out recently on the court of Karabasken tomb shows that several architectural designs and paintings were made especially for Badi-Bastet as it bode well to his fine and important position in the governmental echelon. Read more.

Who was Amelia Edwards?

Surprisingly few people have heard of Amelia Edwards. 

Archaeologists know her as the founder of the Egyptian Exploration Fund, set up in 1882, and the Department of Egyptology at University College London, was created through a bequest on her death. Edwards did more than anyone in the late nineteenth century to encourage interest in ancient Egypt. But she could also be labelled as a travel writer, novelist, journalist, musician, linguist, fund-raiser, and a feminist. Penelope Tuson discusses her legacy.

Image Credit: Amelia B. Edwards, 1890 (Harper and Brothers, New York). Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.