What is the ankh?

(Ancient Egyptian Symbol And Its Meanings )

What is the ankh?

The Ankh is one of the most recognizable symbols from ancient Egypt, known as “the key of life” or the “cross of life”, and dating from the Early Dynastic Period, In reference to this belief, it often accompanied phrases like “a prosperous life”, “eternal life” and “I am thy father, re-fashioned in the Ikhet” (“Book of the Dead”, Chapter 156).

The ankh was also associated with Venus, and called both “the knot of the morning star” or “at the knot” and “greater Ans-ket”, and with Amun and Atum in being related to the world of creation as well as a key.

In addition, it was depicted on a number of Gods like Lord Anhur and Lord Thoth.

The Ankh is one of the most famous but misunderstood symbols in the world. Some describe the Ankh as the Egyptian cross, although it predates Egypt and the Cross Itself.

This symbol is a hieroglyph for life or breath of life, and as the kemites believe, that one’s earthly journey was only part of eternal life, the Ankh symbolizes both mortal existence and the afterlife.

What is the spiritual meaning of the ankh?

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The moral genius Imhotep, who became defined as the god of medicine, also became associated with the Ankh and its healing aspects, the loop itself is the perfect symbol of what has neither beginning nor end and stands for the soul, which is eternal because it springs from the spiritual essence of the gods.

The possessor of this geometric key to the hidden mysteries of creation will be able to open the gates of the realms beyond and penetrate the hidden meaning of eternal life.

The Ankh & Its Hidden mysteries of creation

It was sometimes held upside down, especially during funeral rites and in these cases representing the key to entering the realm of eternity. Sometimes the Ankh is placed on the forehead between the eyes and in these cases symbolizes the duty of the enlightened to keep secret the sacred knowledge to which he or she has been initiated.

If one is blessed by the supreme vision, endowed with the clairvoyance to pierce the veil of fog, to see the great beyond, he must guard this knowledge from the undisciplined.

That the Ankh remains a highly visible symbol today is a testament to its enduring power and its connection to mankind.