The multiple identities of Thoth (Tehuty, Djehuty, Tahuti, Tehuti, Zehuti, Techu, Tetu,)

Thoth Via: ancientegyptonline.co.uk

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Thoth (Tehuty, Djehuty, Tahuti, Tehuti, Zehuti, Techu, Tetu) was one of the earlier Egyptian gods. He was popular throughout Egypt, but was particularly venerated in Khnum (Hermopolis Magna) where he was worshipped as part of the Ogdoad. As the power of his cult grew, the myth was rewritten to make Thoth the creator god. According to this variant, Thoth (in the form of an ibis, one of his sacred animals) laid an egg from which Ra (AtumNefertum, or khepri) was born. Other myths suggest that Thoth created himself through the power of language (in an interesting parallel to the phrase in the Gospel according to St John “in the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”). His song was thought to have created eight deities of the Ogdoad (the gods Nun, Heh, Kuk and Amun and the goddesses Nunet, Hauhet, Kuaket and Amaunet).

Thoth at Luxor copyright Jon Bodsworth

The moon and the sun were initially thought of as the left and right eyes of Horus. According to legend, Horus’ left eye (the moon) was injured in a fight with Set and was restored by Thoth (“the eye of Horus”). However, as time progressed the moon came to be associated with Thoth, possibly because the crescent moon resembled the beak of an Ibis. During the Late period Thoth gained prominence when Khnum (Hermopolis Magna) became the capital. Archeologists found thousands of mummified ibis who were buried with honour in his name.

Although Osiris and Isis were generally credited with bringing civilisation to mankind, Thoth was also thought to have invented writing, medicine, magic, and the Egyptian´s civil and religious practices. He was even credited with the invention of music, which was more often associated with Hathor. Thoth was the patron of scribes and of the written word. He was scribe of the underworld who recorded the verdict on the deceased in the hall of Ma´at and was given the epithets “He who Balances”, “God of the Equilibrium” and “Master of the Balance”. Thoth maintained the library of the gods with the help of his wife, Seshat (the goddess of writing). He was the scribe of the gods, and was often described as the “Lord of the Divine Body”, “Scribe of the Company of the Gods”, the “voice of Ra” or the “counsellor of Ra” who (along with Ma’at) stood on the sun barge next to Ra on his nightly voyage across the sky. It was also thought that Ra gave Thoth and area of the underworld to rule in the “Land of the Caves”, He kept a register of those in his realm and decreed just punishments for their transgressions and acted as Ra´s representative in the afterlife. In this role, his wife was Ma´at.

Thoth as a baboon

It was said that he was the author of the spells in the “Book of the Dead” and “Book of Breathings” (which was also attributed to Isis) and he was given the grand title, the “Author of Every Work on Every Branch of Knowledge, Both Human and Divine”. Egyptian mythology speaks of the “Book of Thoth” in which the god inscribed all of the secrets of the universe. Anyone who read it would become the most powerful sorcerer in the world, but would be cursed by their knowledge. Needless to say, people have been searching for this text despite the warning, and some more “colourful” theories propose that it is hidden in a secret chamber in or near the Great Pyramid. This book is said by some to be the “emerald tablets of Thoth” a work of dubious authenticity which suggests that Thoth and the other gods were from Atlantis.

Thoth was a great magician who knew “all that is hidden under the heavenly vault”. He used his knowledge to help Isis after the murder of her husband Osiris by his brother Set. With the help of Anubis he created the first mummification ritual and helped resurrect Osiris (albeit in the land of the Dead). He also protected Isis´s son Horus by driving a magical poison from his body when he was very young and supported him in his fight to gain the throne which was rightfully his.

Thoth as an Ibis copyright Wikipedia Loves Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Many of the Egyptians religious and civil rituals were organised according to a lunar calendar. As Thoth was associated with writing and with the moon it is perhaps unsurprising that he was also linked to the creation of the calendar. As his association with the moon waned, he developed into a god of wisdom, magic and the measurement of time. Similarly he was considered to measure and record time. He was known by the epithets; “the One who Made Calculations Concerning the Heavens, the Stars and the Earth”, “the Reckoner of Time and of Seasons” and “the one who Measured out the Heavens and Planned the Earth”. Thoth was thought to be the inventor of the 365-day calendar (which replaced the inaccurate 360 day calendar). According to myth, he earned the extra days by gambling with the moon (Iabet or Khonsu) in a game of dice to help the goddess Nut. She was pregnant by her brother / husband Geb but Ra forbade her to give birth on any day of the Egyptian calendar. Thoth won a portion of light from the moon (1/72) which equated to five new days, and Nut gave birth to her five children on those days (OsirisHorus the ElderSetIsis and Nephthys).

He was also known as a good counsellor and persuasive speaker. In one version of an ancient myth Thoth and Shu were sent by Ra to persuade the “eye of Ra” (in this version usually in the form of Tefnut) to come home when she left Egypt for Nubia. According to the myth, all of the precious water left Egypt with her causing the land to become parched and dry. Meanwhile she was rampaging around Nubia killing animals and humans and drinking their blood. Thoth and Shu disguised themselves as baboons (an animal sacred to Thoth) and began their search for the wayward goddess. However, when they found her she refused to come home because she was perfectly happy where she was. Thoth told her that Egypt missed her terribly and that the whole land was suffering in her absence and he promised her great processions and celebrations if she would come home. Eventually she agreed, won round by his extravagant tales and the three returned to Egypt accompanied by Nubian musicians, dancers and baboons. They travelled up the Nile from city to city, bringing back the water, and there was much rejoicing.

Thoth with Khaemwaset in QV44

He was said to be the husband (or sometimes father) of Seshat, an ancient goddess of wisdom. As time passed he gradually absorbed most of Seshat´s roles, and she was seen largely as his female aspect. They had a child called Hornub. At Khnum (Hermopolis) he was the husband of Nehmauit (Nahmauit, Nehmetaway), goddess of protection. Their child was the god Neferhor. He was also sometimes considered to be the husband of Ma´at. Because he could take the form of a baboon, he was sometimes described as the partner of Astennu (one of the male baboons who lived in the underworld), although it was also stated that Astennu was simply an aspect of Thoth.

He was most often depicted as a man with the head of an ibis. He often holds a scribe’s palette and stylus but could also be depicted with an ankh (representing life) and a sceptre (representing power). Thoth sometimes wore a crescent moon on his head, but was also depicted wearing the Atef crown, and the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. When he was acting as the “voice of Ra”, he carried the “Eye of Ra” (a symbol of the power of the sun). Occasionally he was depicted as an ibis, or a baboon. It is thought that the bird was associated with the moon because of its crescent shaped beak, and the baboon is nocturnal animal which has the peculiar habit of chattering at the sun every day before going to sleep.

The Greeks associated Thoth with the messenger god Hermes. The two deities were combined to form Hermes Trismegistus and Khmun was renamed Hermopolis (“city of Hermes”). This version of Thoth remains popular with occultists today.

Bibliography
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copyright J Hill 2010

The Principles of Truth are Seven — The Kybalion.

“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.” — The Kybalion of Hermes Trismegistus

Also I discuss the Emerald Tablets of Thoth below.

These principles have eternal truth that outshines much in philosophers teachings and religious theologians faith and reason. Simple truths are the most powerful and the basic elements of earth, water, fire, and air symbolize very powerful truths, respectively, home, life, creation and thought. Tarot is based in these basic symbolism’s truth.
Also the “The Emerald Tablets of Thoth” are very important. “Magical”
Once you read The EMERALD Tablets Things will change in your life. There is a an energy that is probably a quantum entanglement of some sort that after you have read it all, it causes you start to recognize truth from falsehoods in everything you come across. It’s more than just a philosophical comprehension of these principles. It’s spirituality is divine from before Western Religions that were twisted by humans for control of people, and holy is a great word for it.


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Hermes was the third incarnation of the God Theuti/Thoth to the Egyptians, and in his first incarnation before that he was Thoth the Atlantean. In the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, the Halls of Amenti are described as a space between worlds where time collides and past, present, and future potentials coexist. It is a crystallized codex of consciousness, which is simultaneously a hall of records and a plane of reality. Egyptian religion is based in these Atlantean God’s that were much older than Egypt. Sometime around 63 BC Plato describes the destruction of Atlantis to have been thousands of years prior in the antediluvian world. There is a sunken monolithic “Pyramid structures” city off the western shores of Cuba estimated to be 50,000 years old, that many are hypothesizing to be Atlantis. This 10 min clip speaks of these unexplained underwater cities, (a similar monolithic city structure has been found off the coast of Japan estimated to be 5000 years old). There are a few others worldwide that are discussed in this great little clip, so take a moment to watch.

The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean
Tablet one, The History of Thoth, @ crystalinks
next page to get you started.

In the Heart of the Supreme Mind: Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

In the Heart of the Supreme Mind: Thoth Hermes Trismegistus

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Johfra, “Hermes Trismegistus”

In The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, I came across the following passage, which I found very illuminating:

“Before the visible universe was formed its mold was cast. This mold was called the Archetype, and this Archetype was in the Supreme Mind long before the process of creation began. Beholding the Archetypes, the Supreme Mind became enamored with Its own thought; so, taking the Word as a mighty hammer, It gouged out caverns in primordial space and cast the form of the spheres in the Archetypal mold, at the same time sowing in the newly fashioned bodies the seeds of living things. The darkness below, receiving the hammer of the Word, was fashioned into an orderly universe. The elements separated into strata and each brought forth living creatures. The Supreme Being–the Mind–male and female, brought forth the Word; and the Word, suspended between Light and darkness, was delivered of another Mind called the Workman, the Master-Builder, or the Maker of Things.“

The quote comes from a chapter devoted to “The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus,“ and specifically to the first part of the Corpus Hermeticum, i.e. “Poemandres, The Shepherd of Men,“ in which Hermes has a vision of the wise primordial being – the self-begotten World Serpent, the Great Dragon, the Mind of the Universe and the Creative Intelligence – who tells him the secrets of Creation. This supreme being personifies Logos – the word of God/dess which is made flesh.

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As the power of Shiva and Shakti lies in their union, so the greatness of Hermes is derived from his union with Anima Mundi – the Soul of the World. Hermes/Thoth is a patron of all brands of soulful knowledge: he presides over the marriage of mysticim and science. Magic, alchemy, symbology, astrology, tarot are all under his dominion. The Egyptian Thoth was a lunar god characteristically depicted as an ibis with a beak resembling a lunar crescent, thus strengthening the god’s union with the Soul of the World, but also his being bound to the cycles of time and to the sublunar world of matter and manifestation. Manly P. Hall writes this about the lost legendary Book of Thoth:

“This work contained the secret processes by which the regeneration of humanity was to be accomplished and also served as the key to his other writings. Nothing definite is known concerning the contents of the Book of Thoth other than that its pages were covered with strange hieroglyphic figures and symbols, which gave to those acquainted with their use unlimited power over the spirits of the air and the subterranean divinities.“

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The ability of mediating and moving freely between different contradictory realms (for example the heavens and the underworld) was one of the chief attributes of the Greek Hermes. In alchemy, it was in the hermetic vessel where the spiritual regeneration and rebirth took place as the intellect was blended with passions and emotions. The richness of this symbolism is visible in the glyph for the astrological symbol of Mercury is interestingly analyzed by Barbara G. Walker in The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets:

“ The cross marked Hermes a god of four-way crossroads, the four quarters of the earth, the four elements, the four divisions of the sacred year, the four winds, and the solstices and equinoxes represented by their zodiacal totems Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius-the bull, lion, serpent, and man-angel symbols adopted by Christians to represent the four evangelists. Sometimes, the cross of Hermes was an ankh, standing on a crescent that signified his mother the moon. This evolved into the conventional sign of Mercury, a circle with a cross Sign of Mercury (Hermes) below and a crescent above.”

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In the quote which opens my post there is a reference to mind as a builder. In astrology, Mercury rules two signs: Gemini and Virgo; this duality refers to a need for practical realization of thoughts, ideas and projects. In his Complete Astrology, Alan Oken refers to Mercury as “the transmitter of the spiritual to the material.” As Mercury approaches a superior conjunction with the sun tomorrow, I was prompted to look at a classic distinction that Michael R. Meyer (inspired by Dane Rudhyar) made into four types of natal Mercury (http://www.khaldea.com/planets/merc_pd.shtml). We are currently in the Promethean-Direct phase of Mercury:

“Promethean-Direct types are generally more able to effectively project their visions, reforms and agendas … upon the social and intellectual world, making things happen on a large-scale.“

I hope this leads us to a creative future.

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Paul Manship, “Prometheus“

The Hermetic Teachings of Tehuti – The Kybalion

The Kybalion read aloud YouTube video

The Kybalion – according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kybalion

The Kybalion: Hermetic Philosophy, originally published in 1908 under the pseudonym of “the Three Initiates”, is a book claiming to be the essence of the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus.

The Kybalion was first published in 1908 by the Yogi Publication Society in Chicago, Illinois and has been in the public domain since 1977. Purportedly based upon ancient Hermeticism, its philosophies became founding pillars within the New Thought movement of the early 1910s. The book early on makes the claim that it makes its appearance in one’s life when the time is appropriate and includes axioms and insights similar to those found in the Book of Proverbs.

I return to this over and over and each time something new surfaces and lights my path.

THOTH’s PROPHECY

THOTH’s PROPHECY read from the Hermetic Texts by Graham Hancock
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I find Graham Hancock to be inspiring. He has some theories that make much more logical conclusions to why things went certain ways. I don’t buy into the common beliefs about the human race in its beginnings, and in a lot of the common ideas about it’s various changes. I like many alternative versions of history that aren’t full of the propaganda they put in school books. Thoth (Tehuti) and Hermes Trismegistus (the thrice great} the Greek Egyptian philosopher who some believe to be Thoth reincarnated really resonates with me.
Wikipedia states:
Hermes Trismegistus. “The thrice greatest Hermes,” the name given by the Greeks to the Egyptian god Thoth or Tehuti, the god of wisdom, learning, and literature.”

I believe Thoth and Hermes were actual people. That they may have had more than basic human lives though. Gods walked among the humans of antediluvian world in my opinion. Some of these Gods were most likely extraterrestrial biological entities. Sumerian history makes it seem quite possible we were created by a extraterrestrial race. I’d love to read the Akashic records and know the exact truths.