Hieroglyphs , the writing of Ancient Egypt , have been around for thousands of years.They are fascinating to look at, because many of the signs are recognisable as pictures of people , parts of body, animals, birds, insects and plants.
Put together in rows and columns , these symbols form an infinite variety of pattern that were a part of ancient Egyptian art. These hieroglyphs were not just pictures , to those who could ream them , they were a system of writing, stories, love poetry,and above all, magic spells.
The most easily recognised symbol of Ancient Egypt is the Ankh ( a symbol of life) , so frequently used now as charms , pendants.
The Eye of Horus (wedjat) , acted as a protective device in amulets and jewellery, while millions of amulets were made in the shape of the Scarab beetle, a symbol of eternal life and resurrection.
Hieroglyphs were mainly carved into the stone walls of temples and tombs.
To the ancient Egyptians , writing was a gift from the gods. Thoth was believed to have invented writing and so he was the main God of writing.
English is written and read horizontally from left to right, while Arabic is written and read horizontally from right to left. Hieroglyphs could be written and read horizontally in two directions : either from left to right or from right to left. In hieroglyphics were read from top to bottom ( never bottom to top) , either starting with the left-hand or the right-hand column. The direction of writing and reading in both horizontal lines and vertical columns of hieroglyphs depended on the direction in which the hieroglyphs faced.
On my Bastet painting the hieroglyphs are written and read from left to right.
The direction of reading is best taken from “Snake” , “woman face” , “bird” , who is here facing left (although its head is turned to face the reader).
After days of researches and reading some amazing books about Hieroglyphs of Ancient Egypt , I have chosen the following combination of hieroglyphs that represent wishes, symbols , expressions to nurture our Spiritual Life.
The Ankh , became a powerful amulet of eternal life, and the deed pillar , became a symbol of long life and stability.
A common group of hieroglyphs used as a magic formula or amulet was “Ankh udja seneb djed “ meaning “ life, prosperity, health , stability” .
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