eye of heru

“Eye of Horus” is the cultic expression for every offering item, not just water. Every offering item was thus represented as a substance that restored something that had been lost, that returned something that had been stolen, that renewed something that had been used up, that replenished something that had been reduced, that put together something that had fallen apart - in short, it was the symbol of a reversibility that could heal everything, even death.
—  Jan Assmann, “Death & Salvation in Ancient Egypt” p.357

anonymous asked:

Hey, could you maybe point me to a source more about the wadjet eye and Osiris? Or explain in a bit more detail than "Horus offered it to him to make him healthy/alive again". Just had a second dream featuring him, and I wouldn't even realize the eye was associated with him if the icongraphy I was looking at didn't keep spelling it out, literally at one point. I'll keep discernment in mind, but my gut says to go with both these dreams being signs. Though I should wait for a third /ramble.

I’ve gone through most of the sources that I have that involve the Eye, and most of them don’t really go into details regarding Osiris. In most cases, the Eye is most heavily involved with Horus and his fight with Set, and it really only involves Osiris at the end or indirectly through the myths.

The eye is meant to be protective of both the Crown/king and Osiris specifically, and in the PT it’s associated with the White Crown at least once (Griffiths). It’s an offering of wholeness, completeness and totality–and that’s probably why it’s given to Osiris the most often. He’s the deity who really needs the assistance with being made whole, as compared to everyone else in the pantheon. Osiris is also known for being a more passive god, so it stands to reason that he doesn’t really play an active role in nearly any of the symbols tied to him. They’re almost all created or made by someone else to assist him in his situation.

If you wanted to try and skim through books that would maybe hold clues, I’d recommend My Heart My Mother by Roberts, Myth and Symbol in AE by Rundle Clark, or Cult of Osiris by Griffiths (out of print).

In regards to the dreams and symbolism overall, I think it’s worth mentioning that Osiris isn’t known for being particularly clear or easy to understand. So it’s entirely possible that he’s purposefully making things more difficult or challenging. Or it’s possible that something got lost in translation. Sometimes, if you think a particular god is reaching out to you, but you’re not entirely sure why or for what end goal… it’s just easier to reach out to the god first, and see what comes of it. So if you feel like it’s related to him, it may be worthwhile to ask him about it before waiting for another dream. You’re not likely to mess anything up by doing so, fwiw.

So, uh, yeah. Probably not entirely helpful, but that’s what I could find from the books that I have.

I started thinking about the Egyptian and Norse pantheons interacting and…

You bet that Nephthys and Sigyn get together to talk about their husbands. Also Sekhmet, Bast and Mafdet all hanging out with Freya, Nut with Frigga and Ra and Odin eyeing each other warily. Heru sa Aset and Balder would probably get along fine. Older Horus and Thor. OSIRIS AND HEL. Anubis eyeing her warily and AMMIT WALKING RIGHT UP TO HER AND NOSING AT HER TO GIVE HER PETS.

anonymous asked:

What's the difference between the eye of Ra and the eye of Heru? Is the eye of Heru depicted as a left eye and the eye of Ra depicted as a right eye?

According to Wilkinson, originally the sun and moon were regarded as the eyes of the great falcon, Horus. However, in time, the left eye (eye of Horus) became associated with the moon, and the right eye (eye of Ra) became associated with the sun.

However, this doesn’t seem to be consistent with all eras, and most of the time it looks like they are used interchangeably. So YMMV with that.