Monday, August 7, 2017

Some Thoughts on L.V.X.

The common meaning of L.V.X. is that it is latin for LUX or LIGHT,
as in this B.O.T.A. Tarot card. 

The woman's posture suggests the letter L, related to Lamed and Key 11.   The child's posture corresponds to V or Vav, Key 5. The man's posture corresponds to X, passive adoration. The self-conscious mind realizes it does nothing whatever of itself. And the more transparent Self-Consciousness becomes, the less it interferes with the free passage of the One Thing.  It crosses out, or cancels, the idea of personal origination for any action.

However, as always in occult studies, there is more . . .

As I researched L.V.X., 
I found this reference to Apophis, serpent and tree interesting. 

I really didn't know much about Apophis
so I researched further

As a person reared in a Christian household, 
the photo above spoke volumes to me as to who Apophis might be related to.

I discovered Apophis (aka Apep) was the Egyptian spirit 
of evil, darkness, and destruction 
who threatened to destroy the Sun God Re 
as he traveled through the underworld in his boat at night. 

In Egypt during the Middle Kingdom, 
Apep was depicted as a huge serpent (or sometimes a crocodile) 
which lived in the waters of Nun 
(Remember which Tarot Key is Nun?) 
or in the celestial Nile. 

Each day, when the solar barque (boat) of Re passed, 
Apep attempted to disrupt the passage. 

Some myths spoke of Apep as being an earlier and discarded sun-god himself. 
Could this be the "fallen star" Lucifer, spoken of in Isaiah 14:11-13? 

Your pomp and the music of your harps Have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you And worms are your covering.' "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.… 

This might help explain his resentment of the current sun (Christ/Tipareth). 

According to one website: 

"He never had a lasting victory though because of the prayers of the priests and religious. A book called, The Books of Overthrowing Apep contained a list of his secret names and a number of hymns that celebrate Re's victories. According to the book, Apep had been previously killed, hacked to pieces, dismembered and thrown into the abyss. However, he always came back to life to attack Re the next day. Egyptians would go to the temples and make images of snakes out of wax. They would spit in the images, then burn and mutilate them. Doing this and reciting the spells in the Books of Overthrowing Apep helped ensure Re's continued success and victory over the snake." 

According to the text of the Book of the dead 
the destruction which would fall upon Apep was quite descriptive. 
First, Apep would be speared, 
then sliced with red-hot knives, every bone of his body
has been separated, 
his head, legs and tail are cut off. 
His remains are then scorched, singed, and roasted, 
finally to be consumed by fire. 

The same fate awaits Apep's confederates 
and everything which formed parts of him, them, 
and all their offspring (their shadows, souls, doubles, and spirits). 

Doesn't this describe the scary stuff that happens to people 
who end up in the Christian Hell? 

And what about that picture of him up top, 
the one of the snake and the tree. 
If you didn't have a Christian upbringing, go read Genesis 3:1-7. 

Several types of trees appeared in Egyptian mythology. 
The ished tree (probably the Persea tree) had a particular solar meaning. 
It was associated with the rising sun and was also known as the Tree of Life. 

The animal in the picture up top is a cat, not a rabbit. 

I did a bit more research on this tree and discovered the following: 

The cat's name was Mau. 
I thought that was perfect! 

he Book of the Dead says, 

"I am the cat (Mau), who fought hard by the Persea tree in Annu on the night when the foes of Neb-er-tcher (a form of Osiris) were destroyed." 
The male cat is Ra himself and he is called 'Mau' because of the words of the god Sa, who said about him, "who is like (mau) unto him?"
and thus his name became "Mau" (cat)."

The cat embodied the Sun God Re 
and had character traits and abilities of the deity. 

The Egyptian Tree of Life was guarded and protected by the Mau, the Great Cat. 
This tree was identified with the Persea Tree. 
The sacred Persea Tree of Life first emerged when Ra Atum, the Sun God, 
first appeared at Heliopolis. 
It played a part in the Creation Myth 
explaining how the nine gods of the Ennead of Heliopolis were created. 

The fruit of the Tree of Life gave eternal life and knowledge of the divine plan. 

Apep, the Egyptian god of evil, chaos, and destruction, 
wanted to destroy the plan. 
Sound familiar? 
Well, maybe you have to be acquainted with the LDS teachings... 

In the Christian version, 
Adam and Eve are specifically told NOT to eat of the Tree of Life 
but the serpent (Apophis/Satan/Lucifer) tells them otherwise, 
and so they eat. 
Go read Genesis so you will see the correspondence. 

Obviously, this is where the Christian story came from 
or at least they had the same root. 

Apep threatened world and divine order 
and attempted to prevent Ra from bringing the sun into the sky each day. 
Apep was the deadly adversary of Ra. 
According to ancient Egyptian mythology 
Mau battled against Apep to prevent him from taking control 
of the Persea Tree of Life and the world. 

After many battles Mau finally defeated Apep 
and cut off the head of the serpent. 

The pictures depict this battle between good and evil 
and shows Mau killing the snake with the ancient Egyptian flint knife, 
called a Khop. 

Light triumphs over Darkness! 
Good triumphs over Evil! 
Life triumphs over Death! 
The world is saved, once again! 

So... after my little side trip with Apophis/Apep, 
what have I learned about L.V.X. ? 

What does this mean, when you use it as a signature? 

I like this explanation: 

L = Isis Mourning (Osiris slain by Set) 
V = Apophis Triumphant (Death) 
X = Osiris Risen (Rebirth) 

Another writer gave his thoughts and I liked what he said: 

"May you die and be reborn in the Limitless Extending Light of Godhead!" 

Yeah, I like that! 

In L.V.X. 

Rowan of Oakmist

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