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The eye of Horus has been understood in various ways throughout the ages, but to me, it represents true vision. The ability to perceive in astute and discerning ways and the courage to speak the truth you see before you, free from delusion or fear.
Born into a time of chaos, Horus represents the good and courageous. He seeks to avenge the murder of his father Osiris.
Unlike his father, who as he aged became wilfully blind to the malevolence and lust for power of his brother Set, Horus had the perception of a falcon. He could see through illusory forces and understood the world as it was. He used this perception to battle against the God of chaos and evil and restore peace and order to the state of Egypt.
I think we all understand the interconnection between perception and the good. We instinctively know that it is not enough to see right from wrong but that we must then align our behaviour with what we believe to be right. It can be easy to slip into delusion and convince ourselves of untruths to avoid the discomfort or even danger that can arise from telling the truth as we see it. Whether that be in the trivial ignoring of an obnoxious act or of the greater evils of recent history like the holocaust. Evil requires the silence of the majority to prevail.
This is why perception and truth also require courage. Many of the people who have truly represented these values throughout history were punished with death. Telling the truth to power often bears a heavy weight.
It’s for this reason that I think the eye of Horus symbol is so powerful. It holds the spirit of our ancestors who were brave enough to speak what they knew to be true and good regardless of the consequences.
On the back of this piece also sits the Ankh, traditionally considered a symbol of life. I chose this because I think a life well lived is one in which we can reflect and know we did our best to be good, truthful and authentic. The Ankh also represents union, union of heaven and earth but also the union of masculine and feminine. Carl Jung believed that in order to possess a full and healthy psyche, men and women need to fully integrate both their masculine and feminine.
The Ankh also resembles a key and I think its power resides in its ability to unlock the deepest, most creative and powerful aspects of our personalities through the internal union of opposites such as: good/evil, masculine/feminine, wild/ordered. It is through understanding the multitudes that live within us, that we can come to comprehend the full and diverse scope of human experience.
Chain shown in picture 18"
THE EYE OF HORUS - ANKH
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