Friday, February 17, 2012

A Prescription For The Eye Of Horus

Some days I find myself tracking a thing  until I follow its trail back to its den where I have to then dig it out.  The RX symbol as an eye is one of those things.  By now I am no longer surprised when I have to follow something all the way back to Egypt. 

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet (also written as Wedjat,UadjetWedjoyetEdjo or UtoThe Eye of Ra) or "Udjat" The name Wadjet is derived from "wadj" meaning "green" hence "the green one" and was known to the Greeks and Romans as "uraeus" from the Egyptian "iaret" meaning "risen one" from the image of a cobra rising up in protection.

The Eye of Horus was believed to have healing and protective power, and it was used as a protective amulet, and as a medical measuring device, using the mathematical proportions of the eye to determine the proportions of ingredients in medical preparations) to prepare medications.

"The Eye of Horus (or 'udjat') became a powerful symbol in ancient Egypt.The Eye of Horus is depicted as a human eye and eyebrow, decorated with the markings seen under the eyes of falcons since Horus had the head of a falcon. The right eye represented the sun and the left eye the moon.... The left eye is the origin of the pharmacist's symbol for prescription, 'Rx' 
Notice that if we list them from greatest-to-least we get halving:
1/2 = 0.5
1/4 = 0.25 (2 + 5 = 7)
1/8 = 0.125 (1 + 2 + 5 = 8)
1/16 = 0.0625 (6 + 2 + 5 = 13 & 1 + 3 = 4)
1/32 = 0.03125 (3 + 1 + 2 + 5 = 11 & 1 + 1 = 2)
1/64 = 0.015625 (1 + 5 + 6 + 2 + 5 = 19 & 1 + 9 = 10 & 1 + 0 = 1)

If this symbol is the "right eye", what would happen if we add the "left eye"? Would we make our full Doubling Circuit (in both directions)?

Seth killed Osiris (turning him from the God of The Sun into The God of The After-Life). In order to avenge his father's death, Horus fought Seth for 80 days, a battle in which he lost his left eye. Seth tore up the eye into 6 pieces. Thoth found these pieces and magically put them back together. When he returned the eye to him, Horus gave it as a gift to his father. This became a symbol of healing (Rx) and respect for one's parents. But also an amulet to protect the "dead" by helping them to see themselves Reborn in the Light.

We can add a another component to this story as well by keeping in Mind the mathematics. Adding up all the fractions only gives 63/64. It takes a spiritual aspect (Thoth's Magic) to complete the fraction and make it equal Unity.

When you combine the concepts of healing and putting together fractions of things to create one healing compound you get the healing prescription symbolized by the left eye of Horus.


BB-Idaho said...

I'm wondering if the loss of a god's eye in Egyptian mythology
somehow filtered through nascent
civilization northward; Odin, the one eyed god, had traded his for
a drink from the well of wisdom...

drlobojo said...

Hardly any of these belief occurred in isolation. The influence of Egyptian culture permeates Judaism and Christianity why not Norse Mythology as well.