the lotus, as a universal symbol

“In the relics of ancient Egypt, the greater the antiquity of the votive symbols and emblems of the objects exhumed, the oftener are the lotus flowers and the water found in connection with the Solar Gods.

The god Khnemu – the moist power – water, as Thales taught it, being the principle of all things, sits on a throne enshrined in a lotus. The god Bes stands on a lotus, ready to devour his progeny.

Thoth, the god of mystery and wisdom, the sacred scribe of Amenti, wearing the solar disc as headgear, sits with a bull head (the sacred bull of Mendes being a form of Thoth) and a human body, on a full blown lotus.

Finally it is the goddess Heqet, under her shape of a frog, who rests on the lotus, thus showing her connection with water. And it is this frog-symbol, undeniably the most ancient of their Egyptian deities, from whose unpoetical shape the Egyptologists have been vainly trying to unravel her mystery and functions.

The “frog or toad goddess” was one of the chief cosmic deities connected with creation, on account of her amphibious nature, and chiefly because of her apparent resurrection, after long ages of solitary life enshrined in old walls, in rocks, etc.

She not only participated in the organization of the world, together with Khnemu, but was also connected with the dogma of resurrection.

There must have been some very profound and sacred meaning attached to this symbol, since, notwithstanding the risk of being charged with a disgusting form of zoolatry, the early Egyptian Christians adopted it in their Churches.

A frog or toad enshrined in a lotus flower, or simply without the latter emblem, was the form chosen for the Church lamps, on which were engraved the words “I am the resurrection”.

These frog goddesses are also found on all the mummies.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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