Eye of Horus – Counting the Parts

Eye of Horus – Counting the Parts

Although an ancient festival to celebrate our store sounds cool, actually it is a day which reflects on the mystical symbol of the Eye of Horus which serves as our logo.

Egyptian Festival of the “Day of Counting the Parts of the Eye of Heru” is on February 21st

The Eye of Horus (originally the Eye of Ra) is an ancient Egyptian symbol of restoration, sacrifice, protection and power, from the god Horus or Ra. The eye is divided into 6 parts, representing the shattering of Horus’ eye in one of many battles with Seth to avenge the murder of Osiris.  Each shape was actually used in hieroglyphs as a notation of the fractional parts. These parts correspond with the 6 senses and a particular fraction – Touch (1/64) , Taste (1/32), Hearing (1/16), Thought (1/8), Sight (1/4) and Smell (1/2). These are the 6 parts of the “eye.” The eye is the receptor of “input.” It has these six doors in which to receive data. The mathematical divisions are also attributed to the lunar phases.

Now, as far as “counting” the parts, we can see it in many different ways. All of these parts were needed for the Egyptian God Thoth to reconstruct the eye, however, if we add up all of the fractions we get 63/64. There is still a missing piece that is needed. Some say this implies that if something is broken, it can never be restored fully.

Nothing is perfect and therefore, we should not strive for perfection. Another way of seeing this is that the last needed component would have to be magic. Maybe we cannot reach perfection, but with the help of magic, we can restore our body, mind and spirit. Thus, if we use the divine energy from the universe, our own will and all 6 of our senses to help piece things together, we too can become whole. Of course, there is so much more to take from this day than just this, including aspects of sacred geometry.

However, taking this all into consideration is a good starting point, especially in these times of reflection and innovation. May you use your own wisdom and insight to see the true meaning in the day of “Counting the Parts of the Eye of Heru.”

Eye of Horus Ritual Incense Blend by Catamara RosariumYou might want to use our Eye of Horus incense, which was specially formulated to correspond with the 6 senses:

The following ingredients represent the six senses and the corresponding measurements in relation to the mythology of the Eye of Horus.  Each ingredient used in this recipe is also used with intention to correspond to each fraction in order to create this magickal formula. Namely, Frankincense & Myrrh (combined as one ingredient for the sense of smell), Fennel for sight, Black Storax for thought, Cinnamon for hearing, Carob for taste, and Lotus for touch, and finally, Honey and Wine (adjuncts)– The Edfu and Philae Recipes for Kyphi list using wine and honey as ingredients.  Fresh Horus Eye and Sweet Horus Eye respectively. Read in detail about this incense formulation>

The Eye of Horus Eco-House | View from the Eye

I’m not sure if 25 bedrooms and 5 lounges qualifies as a house.  This Eye of Horus complex is more a private village or a defenseless castle.  Created by architect Luis de Garrido from Spain for Naomi Campbell, and free of any pesky budget limitations, this glass domed village (I refuse to call it a house) has it’s own microclimate. It’s all really quite mind-boggling. I mean, it’s great that it’s eco-everything (the Eye shape is actually formed by photo-voltaic panels).  It’s just the whole private island in Turkey is so James Bond, I keep wondering if it’s just an elaborate hoax (reported on dozens of sites) and I’ve fallen for it.

Eye of Horus Eco House

That's not a House, It's a Village

All the details of Ms. Campbell’s little Eye of Horus, including multiple other photos and diagrams are on the Inhabitat Article. which reviews all of the green tech involved.  The Inhabit site is worth checking out  in and of itself.

But I look at this amazing piece of art/architecture and I ask, Would I want to live there? I don’t know. That level of isolation seems a bit harsh, and although the building is all set up for eco-everything, what about getting to and fro . . . sailboats only, maybe? Somehow I doubt it. I’d love to visit, though.  What do you think? I’d love to hear other people comment on this one. It seems like a great place to go to get away from everything, and maybe that’s the point. That and simple uber-rich self-indulgence.  Very Pharaoh-like, really. Again, it seems so unreal. I suppose the first person who saw the great pyramid in all it’s glory, without knowing anything about its existence before-hand would have that same sense of wonder.

How to Charge Your Pendant with Purpose

We are often asked if we magically bless or charge the goods we sell, but we don’t.  We just cleanse them, as we cleanse our whole store, so they start ready to receive your intention and work for you.  The most we do is put the intention in everything that it finds the “right home.”  It’s not because we are stingy or don’t know how to charge a pendant.  The fact is, only you truly know what you need or want.

Eye of Horus Pendant

Eye of Horus Pendant

How many times have you asked for something for a holiday gift and had what you though was a simple request curiously or disappointingly misunderstood?  Seriously, do it yourself – someone else might not quite understand, and no one else can put the same amount of desire or meaning into it. The purpose of charging is to get yourself in touch with what I’ve come to think of as a universal energy meme or magical subroutine attached to the symbol; to personalize the pendant with your specific intent; and to activate that intent in the universe. No one can do this better than you, because even the best psychic can’t feel, see and taste your purpose half as well as you.

What I am presenting here is not “the one true way” to charge your pendant, talisman or amulet.  There are as many ways to bless an object as there are religious, magickal and folk traditions. You can search the internet and find any number of ways.

You might want to do an additional cleansing of your pendant before you begin.  Set it out overnight under moonlight, sprinkle with salt, or smudge it with incense, etc.

9 Steps to Charge your Pendant:

  1. Gather your pendant, a small piece of paper, and a writing utensil then go to what you consider your sacred or private place. If you have a favorite incense, you might want to use that, as well.  Frankincense and Sandalwood are two options if you aren’t sure what to use.
  2. Light your incense, take a few clearing breaths – enough to let go of whatever you were doing prior in the day and what you might be fretting about or planning to do next. If it helps, visualize erasing a blackboard (or whiteboard).
  3. Connect to your higher self, patron diety or saint, spirit guide, your heart of hearts, etc. so you can put forth an intention for your highest good.
  4. Focus on the outcome you want to achieve, and how it feels, rather than your need . . . so focus on feeling safe and invulnerable vs. needing protection from harm, for example. Be as specific as you can, take time to ask for clarity, if needed.
  5. Take the piece of paper and draw the pendant or the symbol on the pendant on it.  (Or, if it doesn’t have a symbol, pick a symbol or word which represents the pendant to you) It absolutely doesn’t need to be exact. You are not being graded, even on a curve.  It needs to be your interpretation. As you draw, remind yourself of the outcome you want, so it flows through your hands into the symbol on the paper.
  6. Wrap the pendant in the paper, or just set the pendant on the paper, pick them both up and hold them in your hands, acquainting them with each other.  You are introducing your specific purpose to the universal meme, just as you would two people. Hold them for as long as you can keep the focus of what you want for your outcome, or until you feel that the two have “bonded” or become BFFs, soulmates, two sides of one coin . . . whatever metaphor works for you. Then press the paper to transfer your personal version of the symbol into the pendant, and vice-versa, so the “two become one”
  7. Send your intention forth to the universe by burning the paper (in a fireplace, fire pit or cauldron), composting, burying or otherwise sending that energy out into the universe, preferably without littering, please.
  8. Say “Thank You for” and name your outcome. (Some traditions say things like “So Mote It Be” but with “Thank You” it’s a done deal which flickers through space-time, not a hope. It’s also more polite.)
  9. When you put it on, remember your purpose, and when you take it off, give thanks again.

That’s it!  Now when you wear your pendant, it connects with the universe, and be ready for the hints the universe provides to keep to your purpose and respond accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to charge my pendant?  Won’t it work anyway?

No, you don’t have to charge your pendant.  If it is designed for a purpose, it will serve that purpose, generally.  But if you’re reading this article, some part of you wants to put more specificity/energy/oomph into it. Be honest with yourself, if you have resistance.  You might need to examine the purpose you intended to use the amulet or talisman for. Or it might be this is a “next step” or “level up” moment. We often obtain amulets or talismans during transition moments in life and then wonder if we really are ready, after all. If that’s the case, review step 3 and do what it takes to get into even temporary alignment with your highest, greatest self. Then decide if you want to, or need to charge your pendant.

What if my talisman is lost or stolen?

I’ll deal with the second part first, if someone takes your pendant and wears it hoping to achieve the same marvelous outcome you did, they’ll only confuse it, because their intention doesn’t lock into that personalized version you introduced to the pendant. So they can clear it and personalize it for themselves, but it’s questionable whether the energy meme will cooperate. If the owner knows in his heart of hearts that it isn’t really his, there can never be a true bond or focus, and that knowledge of illegitimacy will work against him.

Many people are afraid if they lose their talisman, it could be used against them in some way.  Not if you use this method of charging! Here’s why:

First off, if someone tries to use a symbol for anything other than the universal energy which has been associated with it by tradition, it simply won’t work. Secondly, you put your energy into the paper which then transferred the purpose to the amulet or talisman, and you returned that paper to the universe. It acted as a sort of a translator or forwarding address. Thus, when you wear the amulet, it is perfectly tuned to you and to that universal energy working for you, but in the hands of someone else, there is less of an energized link to you.  The link goes first to that intention that has been dispersed to the universe as to a forwarding address.  Of course, if you wear a piece enough, or wear it during rituals, etc. it will still pick up your energy.  If that’s the case, you might want to do a cutting or misdirection ritual.  Since it is already associated to that forwarding address, you could invoke the symbol and cut your ties with it.

I did everything you said . . . why it didn’t it work?

Think about it.  Think about it seriously.  You will likely come up with some fork in the road, something else you could’ve done, advice you didn’t head, etc.  You might find some mental block, self-deception, disruptive pattern or the like. Your soul may have had a greater lesson to learn. Or it could be you were relying on a thing around your neck to overcome common sense, physical reality or your own inertia. A talisman or amulet is not an excuse for not engaging in life with your fullest ability.  It is a crutch, when you need it, or a boost when you are ready for the results.

Summary

Sometimes you may just need something simple, but sometimes something more involved helps you tap into the power of a symbol.  So, if you need or want more, this ritual will work.  Feel free to elaborate or adapt it for your own use, trusting your own intuition to guide you. If you’ve found this article useful, please comment or use the share links below. Thanks!

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