The Egyptian zodiac is composed of 36 "decans" because each one is 10° of a circle (the cosmological circle). This became the Drekkana (D3 varga) of the Jyotish system (Wikipedia)!
This is interesting - why 36? It is derived from the Babylonian one, but before I even look into that I am thinking of the mysticism it could relate to...
The shepherd's crook and the GV meridian
The shepherd's hook (Jesus and Govinda) and the symbols of divinity in ancient Egypt remind me very much of the GV meridian:
This is an image of the god Osiris (Osiris may be an Egyptian version of an early form Shiva). In the royal regalia of the Pharoah indicating symbolic divine attributes (see Wikipedia), the crook became a symbol of Upper Egypt (I think of ascending subtle energy) and the 3-part flail a symbol of Lower Egypt (I think of scourging or purifying the body-identified ego) so it's probably to do with rise of Kundalini and the spiritual journey. The three parts of the flail might also be related to the 3 central nadis (ida, pingala and sushumna).
Heka and his "gods"
|The ancient Egyptian god Heka (Wikipedia)|
In this drawing of the god Heka (the GV meridian deified) it is interesting that he is pointing to either GV27-Ashwini or GV28-Bharani which are the points related to the soul re-entering into a new birth in a human body.
A title of Heka is "He who activates the ka" (ka means soul in ancient Egyptian - in particular that part of the soul associated with vital spark). When Kundalini is awakened in the sushumna nadi the soul begins its spiritual journey, so this makes sense to me. Ka-ba has to do with the spirit in the body (Kundalini) and may be the root of words like merkaba (divine light vehicle of ascension in the astral body) and Kabbalah (mystical representation of the astral body in Hermetic Judaism) (see link). Cyndi Dale in her research on chakrology around the world also connects the idea of Heka as related to the activation of a chakra (which is what Kundalini does in the sushumna) - see link.
Also that Heka is considered a child - this also makes sense. I am thinking of correlating this to the Tantric Ganesha (associated with GV1 and all of astrology) the divine child that is Wisdom born of Consciousness (Shiva) and Energy (Shakti). This also works for me.
When put together properly it looks like this:
"He was depicted in anthropomorphic form as a man in royal dress wearing the regal curved beard of the gods and carrying a staff entwined with two serpents. This symbol, originally associated with the healing god Ninazu of Sumer (son of the goddess Gula), was adopted for Heka and traveled to Greece where it became associated with their healing god Asclepius, and today is the caduceus, symbol of the medical profession." (link)
A Jungian view of the Osirus myth makes an interesting observation about Heka:
"If we look carefully into the myth we find ample evidence of the transition that took place during Egypt’s early history when magic (heka) evolved into the proto-science of alchemy."
Here I take Osirus as the cosmic (macrocosm) counterpart to the microcosmic Heka.
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