Dear Don: Canopic Jars…

lightrulesDear Don,
The canopic jars are odd, you know. The early ones had human heads, then they began to be representations of Anubis, and eventually became the better known sons of Horus… all four jars always protected by the goddess. Their history pretty much mirrors the journey of the soul, don’t you think?

5 Pickering (91)Each jar was associated with one of the cardinal points and contained the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines. Back to the ‘lights’ again… and it puts yet a different slant on ‘inner’ and ‘outer’…

The heart was not placed within the jars though, but was left in the body as it was the most important of the organs. The brain was simply discarded; not unlike the Christian symbolism in the hagiographies and paintings… the martyrs had their heads removed, the Egyptians just stirred up the brain and whipped it out through the nostrils.

They, of course, believed the heart to be the source of the emotions, much as we speak of it today, as well as the root of both memory and personality. Crucially from our perspective though, considering all our beheaded saints, they also saw it as the seat of wisdom, the home of the soul… and the place through which the gods spoke.

c99db7da-c4f7-44fe-8e83-3981300a1dc7_600The Egyptian systems still have so much to offer. The body serves a purpose and must be cared for, yet alone cannot reach the Fields of Ra. The brain… our intellect… cannot get you there either… But bringing the personality and the emotions to the place where the gods speak…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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