Ibis

egyptian_relief_thoth_large_01Ibis is related to the Egyptian god of wisdom, magic, astronomy, medicine, scribes – Thoth. The belief was that he taught the Egyptian people the occult arts and sciences.

He was assimilated to the Greek god Hermes and some of his esoteric characteristics were attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, the author of the Hermetic Corpus.

The shape of his beak symbolizes the crescent Moon.

In the Book of Job the ibis has a power of divination, he can predict the floods of the Nile river.

Cross

egyptian-crossThe symbolism of the cross is complex. Like the Tree of Life, the cross stands for the world axis. Placed in the mystic Centre of the Cosmos, it becomes the bridge for the soul to reach God. The cross affirms the primary relationship between the two worlds of the celestial and the earthly. It also stands for the conjunction of opposites. Hence its significance as a symbol for agony, struggle and martyrdom. When the cross is T-shaped, it emphasizes the near-equilibrium of the opposing principles. Continue reading Cross

Angel

Archangel MichaelAngels are invisible forces, mediators between God or the Source of Life and the World. They are purely spiritual creatures, sometimes having ethereal body, playing the role of messengers, guardians, protectors, etc.  Angels form the Army of God, his Court, his House. They play an important role in the Bible. They are organised in hierarchies of seven Orders, nine Choirs and three Triades. Their hierarchy depends on their proximity to the throne. Six-winged angels are called Seraphs. They surround the throne of God. The three main Archangels are Michael (winner of the dragons), Gabriel (messenger and initiator) and Raphael (guide of the doctors and travelers). In alchemy, the angel symbolizes sublimation, the ascension of a volatile (spiritual) principle.