Saturday, 29 March 2008

Valley of the Kings and Queen Hatshepsut




The Valley of the Kings is known as the Place of Truth, and so we access the energies of such a powerful place to awaken to our own Truth, our Personal Truth and our Spiritual Truth. For the first time we combined all chakras in relation to awakening fully to our Truth and being able to communicate such with ease and clarity. We headed out to the Valley of the Kings (place of Truth). We meditated on awakening to our Truth outside one of the closed tombs in a shady spot and then moved on to Hatshepsut Temple where we meditated in the shade against the walls of the Temple for World Peace. (she wasknown as the queen of Peace).
From the beginning of the New Kingdom (c.1550-c.1069), kings were no longer buried in pyramids in the north of Egypt but in tombs cut into the cliffs of the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes (Luxor). During this period the King was regarded as god and the walls of the royal tombs are covered with scenes depicting the pharaoh in the company of the gods on his journey through the Underworld and finally united with them in paradise. It was therefore natural that the Valley of the Kings should have been regarded as one of the most sacred sites of the Two Lands.
For the Ancient Egyptians death was not the end but the entrance into eternal life and those who could afford to spent the greater part of their adult life preparing for it. Soon after becoming King the pharaoh would begin work on his tomb, where his transfiguration, resurrection and final union with the gods would take place.
Queen Hatshepsut was the female Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty (c.1473-1458BC). It was unusual for a woman to rule for a period of over 20 years because normally women only ruled when there was no male heirs to the throne. Women were usually omitted from the Kinglists because it was not what the Egyptians called maat or the correct order of things as laid out by the Gods at the time of creation.
Hatshepshut was the daughter of Tuthmosis I and she was married to her half-brother, Tuthmosis II. When he died the only heir was his very young son Tuthmosis III, to a secondary wife, so Hatshepsut reined for about 7 years and then proclaimed herself King and ruled alongside her stepson for a further 14 years. Their joint rein was a highly successful one where Tuthmosis III would undertake military campaigns while Hatshepsut would maintain Royal Authority at home. She was known as the Pharaoh of Peace and was buried in the Valley of the Kings. Part of her Temple is dedicated to Hathor who is very big in the West Bank.

On way back we visited the Al Shahrazad Alabaster Factory to see how Ancient Egyptians made their jars, and we purchased some wares for memory's sake.