For the third month in a row, as part of my Sunrise Sadhana, I made a brief sojourn to an undisclosed hilltop location this morning to watch the full moon set in the west as the sun rose in the east. I did not at all expect that this morning’s observance would revivify my past experiences with the Egyptian God Horus…
The sun and moon are frequently in the sky together, but it is only for a moment each month that the full moon (from our earthly perspective) is in the sky with the sun. For only a moment each month our two orbs balance each other, poised in opposite directions, one rising in the east as the other sets in the west.
Yesterday evening I was sharing this at a small gathering and as I described this celestial event I was going to observe in the morning, I unconsciously outstretched my arms, palms facing upward, to gesture their antipodal positions. To which someone quipped, “And you’ll be holding one in each hand.” I responded with an unabashed “Yes!” and we all shared a good-natured laugh at the prospect.
So this morning, standing on my hilltop as a fulcrum between the two orbs, I decided to do just as my friend had teased. Without thinking, I turned toward the north, and stretched my right hand out to the sun and my left hand out to the moon. As I imagined holding these two heavenly spheres, a couple of things happened. On the one hand (pun intended), I was flooded with a wonderful sensation of these two energies flowing into me, converging within me, uplifting me.
On the other hand (pun also intended), I was flooded with memories that brought a deeper meaning to the experience…which requires briefly recounting a couple of stories…
First ~ Years ago, when I was still a relative newcomer to the spiritual quest, I was asked to help lead a meditation service at the interfaith church I was attending. Just before the service the main facilitator and I closed our eyes in silent prayer, asking for some divine assistance with the information we were about to deliver. When I opened my eyes – and I want to stress that, with my eyes open, what I next saw was not something I saw in my imagination, it was something I saw with my eyes – there was an apparition of the Egyptian God Horus across the room from me. At the time, I had no idea who he was – a muscular male figure with the head of a falcon, wearing a loin cloth that was clearly Egyptian. Once I described what I had seen to others, they quickly surmised that it was Horus, and subsequent research and experience proved this to be so.
Second ~ Some months later, while sitting in the sanctuary of that same church, this time with eyes closed in meditation, another completely unbidden image came to me. In my mind’s eye I saw an Eagle swoop out of the sky and land on my right shoulder while at the same time an Owl swooped out of the sky and landed on my left shoulder. They both perched for but a moment and then simultaneously reached over and plucked out my eyes, the Eagle taking the right eye and the Owl taking the left. I remember my body tensing in shock as this unsettling image played out. Without pausing however, the two birds then replaced my old eyes with new ones – the eye of the Eagle in the right and the eye of Owl in the left.
Once again, I could write at length some explanatory and interpretive notes, but, for the moment, I will just provide a few details and allow the reader’s mind to flesh out the significance…
Those familiar with Egyptian lore know that the right eye of Horus is associated with the sun and his left eye is associated with the moon. For those not familiar with Horus, his story is well worth researching – you’ll find a fuller account quite fascinating.
As for the Owl and the Eagle, the Owl is of course a lunar animal and the Eagle is its solar counterpart.
So in my unconscious gesture last night, which elicited an intuitive response from a friend, and in my following that leading through assuming an unconscious posture (turning north rather than south) this morning, holding the sun in my right hand and holding the moon in my left, quite a profound event was activated. It is striking how there is a perfect congruency between these three experiences of the sun and moon, the yang and yin, the masculine and feminine, the intellect and intuition, of Horus, and of the Eagle and the Owl.