the mundane egg

“As truly stated by [the French Masonic writer] Ragon, “the ancient Hierophants have combined so cleverly the dogmas and symbols of their religious philosophies, that these symbols can be fully explained only by the combination and knowledge of all the keys.”

They can be only approximately interpreted, even if one finds out three out of the seven systems: the anthropological, the psychic, and the astronomical.

The two chief interpretations, the highest and the lowest, the spiritual and the physiological, they preserved in the greatest secrecy until the latter fell into the dominion of the profane.

In the Book of the Dead reference is often made to the Egg. Ra, the mighty one, remains in his Egg, during the struggle between the “children of the rebellion” and Shu (the Solar Energy and the Dragon of Darkness).

The deceased is resplendent in his Egg when he crosses to the land of mystery. He is the Egg of Geb. The Egg was the symbol of life in immortality and eternity; as also the glyph of the generative matrix; and the tau, associated with it, only of life and birth in generation.

The Mundane Egg was placed in Khnemu, the “Water of Space”, or the feminine abstract principle; and when Ptah, the “fiery god”, carries the Mundane Egg in his hand, then the symbolism becomes quite terrestrial and concrete in its significance.

In conjunction with the hawk, the symbol of Osiris-Sun, the symbol is dual: it relates to both lives – the mortal and immortal. In Kircher’s Oedipus Aegyptiacus (3:124) one can see, on the papyrus engraved in it, an egg floating above the mummy.

This is the symbol of hope and promise of a second birth for the Osirified dead; his Soul, after due purification in the Amenti, will gestate in his egg of immortality, to be reborn from it into a new life on earth.

For this Egg, in the esoteric doctrine, is the Devachan, the abode of bliss; the winged scarab being alike a symbol of it. The “winged globe”is but another form of the egg, and has the same significance as the scarab.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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