EGYPT WITH ISHTAR 2020

November 1-14

FULL ITINERARY AND DETAILS


November 1/Day 1 – Arrive in Cairo

Accommodation Mariott Mena House - CLICK HERE TO VIEW

You will be met at the airport on arrival and transported to the Mariott Mena House Hotel.

Note: We recommend you arrive 1-2 days early if coming long distance to overcome jetlag before joining this journey.

Cairo is an exciting city, a wonderful assault on the senses, a thriving, teeming metropolis that is on the go day and night, its cars and pedestrians mixing with donkey carts and camels, tourist buses and street vendors.

In this intriguing city can be found an abundance of all the goods that Egypt has long been famous for such as fragrant oils, gold and silver jewellery inlaid with precious gems, cotton goods and the first "paper" that the world ever knew, papyrus.

November 2/Day 2: DAY OF POWER

We visit the magnificent twin temples of Ramesses II (the Great) and his beloved wife Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel.

Accommodation Hotel Seti, Abu Simbel - CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Early morning flight to Abu Simbel. Check in to Hotel.

Afternoon: Opening Ceremony in the conference room of hotel.

Evening - private viewing of Great Temple of Ramses and Great Temple of Nefertari.

Abu Simbel is the site of two temples carved out of a sandstone cliff and built by the Egyptian king Ramses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE).

The 66-foot (20-metre) seated figures of Ramses are set against the recessed face of the cliff, two on either side of the entrance to the main temple. Carved around their feet are small figures representing Ramses’ children, his queen, Nefertari, and his mother, Muttuy (Mut-tuy, or Queen Ti). The temple itself, dedicated to the sun gods Amon-Re and Re-Horakhte, consists of three consecutive halls extending 185 feet (56 metres) into the cliff, decorated with more Osiride statues of the king and with painted scenes of his purported victory at the Battle of Kadesh.

As we walk towards this temple we are greeted by four colossal seated statues of Ramesses, each one 20 metres tall and bigger than the Colossi of Memnon. The temple of Ramesses the Great stands facing the morning sun, bathed in relentless light and solar energy. It is said that it reminds one of the  energy of the base chakra, and tells us that we need to temper our ego, to stand in our own power, and allow the light be the greater part of us.

Like all of Egypt's temples, this place was built to interact with light, and, twice a year at the time of the solstice, the dawn sun penetrates the temple, and, with incredible precision, lights 3 of the 4 statues of the Gods, which are 200ft inside the temple of Ptah (creator-god and maker of things, a patron of craftsmen, especially sculptors; his high priest was called “chief controller of craftsmen.”) always staying hidden in the shadows.

This temple is a testament to the power and and grandeur of Ancient Egypt and to Ramesses the Great himself, which, of course, is exactly what he intended it to be.

Just to the north of the main temple is a smaller one, dedicated to Nefertari, the beloved wife of Rameses, for the worship of the goddess Hathor (goddess of the sky, of women, and of fertility and love. Hathor's worship originated in early dynastic times (3rd millennium bce) and adorned with 35-foot (10.5-metre) statues of the king and queen. Although this temple is much smaller, it is a testament written in stone to his undying love for her, in this world and the next, and is unique in that the statues of Nefertari on the facade  of her temple are almost the same size as those of the Pharaoh himself, showing us how important she was to him.

Both temples are exquisitely decorated and for this reason Abu Simbel is one of the most visited sites in Egypt.

NOVEMBER 3/DAY 3 - DAY OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND ACCEPTANCE

Drive overland in private a/c bus from Abu Simbel to Aswan.

We board our Dahabiya. Meditations on bus and sessions with Ishtar later in afternoon. Overnight on Dahabiya.  

NOVEMBER 4/DAY 4 - DAY OF LOVING EMBRACE

Today we have a private viewing of Temple of Isis, Agilkia Island, Aswan. Return to Dahabiya and sail on to Kom Ombo. Overnight on Dahabiya.

The whole complex of this temple was moved from its original location on Philae Island, to its new location on Agilkia Island, after the flooding of Lake Nasser. A major multinational Unesco team relocated Philae, and a number of other temples that now dot the shores of Lake Nasser. 

The Temple of Isis was built to honour the goddess Isis. Isis was the daughter of the earth god Geb and the sky goddess Nut and the sister of the deities Osiris, Seth, and Nephthys. She was also wife to Osiris, god of the underworld, and bore him a son, Horus. She was known for her magical power, which enabled her to revive Osiris and to protect and heal Horus, and also for her cunning. By virtue of her magical knowledge, she was said to be "more clever than a million gods".

Isis represents the eternal feminine aspect of God, which is present in all of nature. In Ancient times she was so loved and respected that her worship extended into the lands of the Mediterranean and beyond, there were even temples dedicated to Isis in Britain.

Isis is said to represent loyalty and a love so true that it is able to transcend the death of the physical and bring new creation into being in a miraculous and magical way.

This was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped. The cult of Isis continued here until at least AD 550. 

In the central court of the Temple of Isis, the mammisi (birth house) is dedicated to Horus, (the protector of the ruler of Egypt. The Egyptians believed that the pharaoh was the 'living Horus'), son of Isis and Osiris. Successive pharaohs reinstated their legitimacy as the mortal descendants of Horus by taking part in rituals celebrating the Isis legend and the birth of her son Horus in the marshes.

The second pylon leads to a hypostyle hall, with superb column capitals. Note the reuse of the temple as a Christian church, with crosses carved into the older hieroglyph reliefs, and images of the Egyptian gods carefully defaced.

Beyond lie three vestibules, leading into the Inner Sanctuary of Isis. Two granite shrines stood here, one containing a gold statue of Isis and another containing the barque in which the statue travelled, but these were long ago moved to Florence and Paris, and only the stone pedestal for the barque remains, inscribed with the names of Ptolemy III and his wife, Berenice. Take a side door west out of the hypostyle hall to the Gate of Hadrian where there is an image of the god Hapi, sitting in a cave at the First Cataract, representing the source of the river Nile.

NOVEMBER 5/DAY 5 - DAY OF CHOICE - THE WILL

Early morning visit to the twin temples of Kom Ombo (Temple of Duality) then we continue sailing to Esna, with sessions with Ishtar along the way. Overnight on Dahabiya. 

Kom Ombo temple (Temple of Duality) is one of the most unique temples in Egypt. Kom Ombo means “The Hill Of Gold” as the word “Kom” means “Hill” in Arabic, while the word “Ombo” means gold in hieroglyphics.

It was constructed in the Greco-Roman Period, from 205-180 BC in the ruling period of King Ptolemy V with some additions later on during the Roman period. It is located East side of the Nile River, 45 km north of the city of Aswan.  Kom Ombo temple is considered to be highly special and one of a kind as it is a double design temple and divided into two identical sectors dedicated to the worship of two deities.

At these temples it is said that we can make our own individual choice as to which path we want to take in this lifetime. The Ancient Egyptian religion promised us eternal life, and we could live eternal life in one of two ways; we could live it through countless reincarnations by following the path of Sobek, or have Eternal Life living with the Gods as godlike beings ourselves,by choosing the Path of Horus.

There is no penalty for the choice we make as long as we do not break the laws of fate and destiny.... the laws of Maat, the Goddess of Justice, Balance and Harmony.

In the southern half is the worship house of the crocodile deity Sobek, patron of fertility and accompanied with Hathor and Khonsu (the embodiment of the crescent moon's light. During the new moon, he was considered a mighty bull, but during the full moon, he was considered a neutered bull. Khonsu was supposedly powerful against the evil spirits in the world). The Temple of Sobek is associated with healing.

it is said that Sobek represents what we might call the "ordinary man", the man (or woman) who is living his everyday life, working, playing, caring for his family and being part of his community, but never extending himself to look further than the physical, never looking for knowledge of his own spirituality or of eternity to be revealed to him.

The northern part of the temple was consecrated to the falcon deity Horus the Elder (Haroeris) the protector of the Pharaohs and Egypt. It was also built to confirm the Ptolemies sovereignty and supremacy over the entire country (The Ptolemaic dynasty, sometimes also known as the Lagids or Lagidae, was a Macedonian Greek royal family, which ruled the Ptolemaic Kingdom in Egypt during the Hellenistic period. Their rule lasted for 275 years, from 305 to 30 BC. They were the last dynasty of ancient Egypt.)

Horus represents the "Higher Being", the man or woman who is actively seeking esoteric and metaphysical knowledge and who has a strong desire to move closer to the spiritual and to find the divine.

At these fascinating temples we are able to see the inscriptions of ancient medical instruments, many of which look very much as they do now.

We can gaze down the well in the Temple of Sobek to see where the priests fed their pet crocodiles and view the once hidden rooms below the floors of the temples that allowed the High Priests secret access to both sanctuaries.

NOVEMBER 6/DAY 6 - DAY OF DEATH AND REBIRTH

We visit Sanctuary of the God Horus in Edfu, followed by Temple of Khnum & Neith at Esna.  We overnight on the Dahabiya.   

The Sanctuary of the God Horus is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu, which was known in Greco-Roman times as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo. Apollon or Apollo was a god in Greek mythology, and one of the 12 Olympians. He was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin brother of Artemis.

The falcon-headed Horus was originally the sky god, whose eyes were the sun and moon. He was later assimilated into the popular myth of Isis and Osiris as the divine couple's child. Raised by Isis and Hathor after Osiris' murder by his brother Seth, Horus avenged his father's death in a great battle at Edfu. Seth was exiled and Horus took the throne, Osiris reigning through him from the underworld. Thus all Pharaohs claimed to be the incarnation of Horus, the "living king."

The most sacred part is this temple is the Sanctuary of the God Horus. In ancient times only the High Priest or High Priestess of the temple and Pharaoh were allowed to enter this sacred place, no one else ever saw it. We are privileged to view it now and to stand close to the altar and the sacred barque of the God of the temple.

  • Here the male (Horus) and the female energies (Hathor) are united. Dedicated to the Falcon God Horus this temple was occasionally referred to as the "Exaltation of Horus".

  • On the inner face of the east pylon of the temple is a description of the annual Festival of the "Great Reunion".

  • Once a year the Goddess Hathor would travel from Dendera Temple to Edfu to visit her consort/husband Horus. Many of these ceremonies were enacted within the temple walls for the priesthood and their invited guests.

The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. In particular, the Temple's inscribed building texts "provide details both of its construction, and also preserve information about the mythical interpretation of this and all other temples as the Island of Creation. There are also "important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which related the age-old conflict between Horus and Seth

The Temple of Edfu was abandoned after the Roman Empire became Christian and paganism was outlawed in 391 AD. It lay buried up to its lintels in sand, with homes built over the top, until it was excavated by Auguste Mariette in the 1860s. The sand protected the monument over the years, leaving it very well preserved today.

Later we will travel to Esna to the Temple of Khnum and Neith. This temple was buried  for many years in silt from the Nile Floods. It is now around 20ft below street level and only around 1/4 of the temple has been excavated. The wonderful thing is that the silt has preserved the vivid original colours of the temple. This is how all the temples would have looked thousands of years ago.

The columns at the entrance of Esna temple represent the lotus flowers, a mythological symbolism of the birth of Ra, there is a Zodiac carved in the ceiling it was a temple dedicated to god Kun or Khnum a ram headed deity and goddess Neith.

Khnum was one of the most ancient gods of Egypt, whose worship is thought to have been popular as early as the Predynastic Period. References from the Pyramid Texts of Unas confirm that his worship was long established even at that early stage and the Old Kingdom pharaoh Khufu (the builder of the Great Pyramid) was actually called “Khnum-Khufu” (“Khnum is his Protector”). However, it seems that the cult of Ra (or Re) rose to dominance at that time and Khnum was pushed to the sidelines as Khufu’s son and grandson (Khaf-Re and Menkau-Re) both took names honouring Ra.

Khnum was originally a water god who was thought to rule over all water, including the rivers and lakes of the underworld. He was associated with the source of the Nile, and ensured that the inundation deposited enough precious black silt onto the river banks to make them fertile. The silt also formed the clay, the raw material required to make pottery. As a result he was closely associated with the art of pottery. According to one creation myth, Khnum moulded everything on his potters wheel, including both the people and the other gods. In Iunyt (Esna, in the 3rd Nome of Upper Egypt) it was proposed that he also created the “First Egg” from which the sun was born (as NefertumAtum or Ra).

As well as creating the body and the “ka” (spirit) of each newborn child, he would bless the child. The Westcar Papyrus from the Second Intermediate Period includes the story of Khufu and the Magician in which the birth of three pharaohs is attended by IsisNephthysMeskhenetHeqet and Khnum. After each child was born Khnum gave them the gift of “health”. The pharaoh Hatshepsut also claimed that Khnum had formed her “ka” and given her the blessing of health at the request of her “father” AmunRa.

Khnum was also a protective deity of the dead. Spells invoking the assistance of Khnum can be found in the Book of the Dead and on many of the heart-scarabs interred with the dead because it was thought that he would help the deceased obtain a favourable judgement in the Halls of Ma´at.

The ram was considered to be a very potent animal, and so Khnum was associated with fertility. He makes an appearance on the “Famine Stele” found on Sehel island. The stele (which was allegedly inscribed during the reign of Djoser) tells that the pharaoh dreamed that the god would deliver the country from a terrible famine if a temple was built in his honour. The pharaoh immediately consecrated a temple to Khnum, and as promised the famine came to an end.

Khnum was one of the gods who was thought to have helped Ra on his perilous nocturnal journey through the underworld. It is also thought that he created the boat which carried Ra and helped defend the sun god against the serpent Apep (Apothis). Yet, he was sometimes considered to be the “ba” of Ra, because the word for “ram” in egyptian was also “ba”. When Khnum was merged with Ra to form the composite deity Khnum-Ra this deity was associated with Nun (who represented the primeaval waters), and given the epithet Hap-ur (“great Nile” or ” Nile of heaven”).

Neith is also known by the names Net, Neit, Nit all of which, according to scholar Geraldine Pinch, may mean "the terrifying one" because of her immense power and wide reach. She was also called "mother of the gods", "grandmother of the gods", and "great goddess".

NOVEMBER 7/DAY 7 - DAY OF DIVINE TRUTH

Today we are in Luxor to visit the Valley of Kings and Queens including Nefertaris Tomb. We will also visit the Workers village nearby and the Temple of Hathor. Here we will view the image of the God Anubis dressed in a read coat (the only one of its kind in Egypt. We overnight in the Dahabyia,

The Valley of the Kings is found on the west bank of Luxor. It has been the site of royal burials since around 2100 BC, but it was the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period (1550–1069 BC) who chose this isolated valley dominated by the pyramid-shaped mountain peak of Al Qurn (The Horn).

It was once called the Great Necropolis of Millions of Years of Pharaoh, or the Place of Truth, the Valley of the Kings has 63 magnificent royal tombs.

Highlights include Tomb of AyTomb of Horemheb (KV 57)Tomb of Ramses III (KV 11)Tomb of Ramses VI (KV 9) and Tomb of Seti I (KV 17).

The Valley of the Queens  is where the wives of pharaohs were buried in ancient times. It was known then as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning "the place of beauty".

At the southern end of the Theban hillside, the Valley of the Queens contains at least 75 tombs that belonged to queens of the 19th and 20th dynasties as well as to other members of the royal families, including princesses and the Ramesside princes. Four of the tombs are open for viewing. The most famous of these, the tomb of Nefertari, was only reopened to the public in late 2016. The other tombs are those of TitiKhaemwaset and Amunherkhepshef.

Ramses III’s magnificent memorial temple of Medinat Habu, fronted by sleepy Kom Lolah village and backed by the Theban mountains, is one of the west bank's most underrated sites. This was one of the first places in Thebes closely associated with the local god Amun. At its height, Medinat Habu contained temples, storage rooms, workshops, administrative buildings, a royal palace and accommodation for priests and officials. It was the centre of the economic life of Thebes for centuries.

We will also visit the delightful workers village of Deir El Medina. This is where the men lived who built the Pharaohs Tombs in the Valley of the Kings. It is  here they built and decorated tombs for themselves, although much smaller, they were just as beautifully decorated.  

 Next to the workers village is the small Temple of Hathor which contains the image of the God Anubis dressed in a Red Coat, the only one of its kind in Egypt.

NOVEMBER 8/DAY 8 - DAY OF REJUVENATION

We leave the Dahabiyah and check into Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor. We will have an opportunity to visit the Souk. We will also have an afternoon session in the conference room with Ishtar.

At 9pm to 11pm we will have a private viewing of the Temple of Luxor. Overnight Sofitel Winter Palace

The Luxor Temple was largely built by the New Kingdom pharaohs Amenhotep III (1390–1352 BC) and Ramses II (1279–1213 BC), this temple is a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of the modern town.

Unlike the other temples in Thebes, Luxor temple is not dedicated to a cult god or a deified version of the pharaoh in death. Instead Luxor temple is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship. It may have been where many of the pharaohs of Egypt were crowned in reality or conceptually (as in the case of Alexander the Great, who claimed he was crowned at Luxor but may never have traveled south of Memphis, near modern Cairo.)

Luxor Temple, also termed "Temple of Man", is said to have been built according to the creation of Man and his spiritual development and destiny.









NOVEMBER 9/DAY 9 - DAY OF OUR GIFTS

We have an early morning start to drive to the Abydos Temple - the Temple of Seti 1st where we will see the Flower of Life and the Osirion, tombs of Gods Osiris and Isis. We will overnight at the Sofitel Winter Palace.

They say there is something very special about the Temple of Seti 1st and the Osirion at Abydos.

Although the tomb of the God Osiris is now in ruins, it is easy to see how awe inspiring it once was. It speaks to us of great antiquity and an exact scientific knowledge that is all but lost to us. We are still able to walk down the steps to view the enigmatic flower of life that is still visible on the megalithic slabs of stone from which the Osirion was built.  The Flower of Life is believed to be the representation of the building blocks of the Universe.

The Temple Seti 1st is dark and mysterious. When the sunlight penetrates through the light shafts, it becomes a beautiful electric blue. Within this temple are the secret hieroglyphs. To see these hieroglyphs is an unmissable event.

The walls of this temple are filled with wonderful pictures, engravings and inscriptions and within the seven chapels, (the 7 steps to heaven and the 7 chakras) are intricate carvings in exquisite detail with images of Gods and Goddesses and the resurrection of Osiris by his wife Isis.

In this magical place we may ask for something special to discovered within us, perhaps a gift from another lifetime, such as a memory or skill that will help us to live at a higher level of our consciousness.  

 NOVEMBER 10/DAY 10 - DAY OF EMBRACING OUR SACREDNESS

We will need to get up very early for a private viewing from 3am-5am at the Karnak Temple. Sessions will be held later in day in conference room with Ishtar. Overnight in Sofitel Winter Palace 

The magnificent Temple of Karnak is an impressive and stupendous monument to the Ancient Egyptians all consuming love for their Gods. Karnak covers 247 acres of land and is a vast complex of pylons, chapels and temples, and is the largest temple ever built by man.

For 1300 years successive Pharaohs kept adding to its magnificence and many generations of superb artisans were kept busy decorating and maintaining its many different areas.

The ancient name of Karnak was "ipet-isut", meaning the most select or most sacred of places and heaven upon earth.

The towering columns of the great Hypostyle Hall are considered to be one of the world's greatest architectural masterpieces and as we walk through them it is easy to feel dwarfed and overawed by the majesty of this sacred buildIng.

The Hall ceiling was 82ft high and was supported by 12 papyrus columns, symbolizing the first moments of creation when the One Great Unknowable God spoke the words that brought everything into manifestation........ and the first of these things was Light.

Still visible are some of the stone lattice work windows that would have allowed sunlight to penetrate into the interior of the temple. In ancient times when the temple floor was covered in silver and its walls covered with gold, this would have recreated the effect of the first dazzling light that flowed across the Cosmos as Ra the God of the Sun rose over the horizon for the very first time.  

At its heart is the Temple of Amun-Ra, the earthly 'home' of the local god. Built, added to, dismantled, restored, enlarged and decorated over nearly 1500 years, Karnak was the most important place of worship in Egypt during the New Kingdom.

The great Temple of Amun-Ra – one of the world's largest religious complexes – with its famous hypostyle hall, a spectacular forest of giant papyrus-shaped columns. This main structure is surrounded by the houses of Amun's wife Mut and their son Khonsu, two other huge temple complexes on this site. On its southern side, the Mut Temple Enclosure was once linked to the main temple by an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. To the north is the Montu Temple Enclosure, which honoured the local Theban war god.

The 3km paved avenue of human-headed sphinxes that once linked the great Temple of Amun at Karnak with Luxor Temple is now again being cleared. Most of what you will see was built by the powerful pharaohs of the 18th to 20th dynasties (1570–1090 BC), who spent fortunes on making their mark in this most sacred of places. Later pharaohs extended and rebuilt the complex, as did the Ptolemies and early Christians.

 Sanctuary of Sekmet, Temple of Ptah

We will walk among papyrus and lotus columns, obelisks and shrines and observe the play of sun and shadow dance across ancient wisdom carved into stone. At the far end we will explore the Sacred Lake, used for initiations and healing by the priests and priestesses. Later, we will take a detour off the beaten track, passing five successive gateways to the sanctuaries of Ptah and Sekhmet. Here is the statue of the lioness goddess Sekhmet.

  • Sekhmet is the third eye of the Sun God Ra, whose solar eyes symbolizes the one who gained enlightenment through the controlled use of power. Sekhmet is the goddess associated with power, creation, and destruction and healing. The energies here are strong and many spiritual travelers have profound experiences inside this mystical room.

NOVEMBER 11/DAY 11 - DAY OF REALIGNING AND HEALING

We drive to Dandera to visit the Temple of Hathor. Afternoon sessions with Ishtar in conference room. Overnight Sofitel Winter Palace.

The Temple of Hathor at Dendera, on the Nile north of Luxor, is one of the latest Egyptian temples. Dedicated to the wife of the god Horus.  This is another must sees on any visit to Egypt. This temple is dedicated to the Goddess Hathor, who is the personification of the God of Love and Beauty. Hathor, wife of Horus, was the goddess of the sky, fertility and healing, and the rituals performed by her priestesses included the use of a sistrum, or rattle.

Hathor is also mistress of music and dancing and all the things that give joy to human life on earth. There is a feeling of feminine grace and elegance within these temple walls.

The Temple of Hathor was built between 30 BC and 14 AD in Roman times, making it one of the youngest Egyptian temples. However, it was built on top of an older temple, the date of which remains unclear. It is probable that the design of the later temple is based on that of the older one.

Dendera was an ancient healing center, comparable to a Greek Asklepion or the Catholic Lourdes. The Temple of Hathor is boxy in shape and surrounded by a portico with thick columns and walls about half as tall as the roof. There are many reliefs of figures and rituals on the exterior of the temple, including pharaohs, Egyptian deities, and Roman emperors.

Inside, the most fascinating sight is the roof chapel dedicated to Osiris, which contains a sundial and circular zodiac. The zodiac, a replica of the original that is now in the Louvre, consists of two superimposed constellations. One is centered on the geographical north pole, the other on the true north pole. An axis passes through Pisces, confirming what we know from archaeological evidence: it was built in the age of Pisces, just over 2,000 years ago.

Interestingly, two hieroglyphs on the edge of the zodiac seem to indicate that another axis passed through the beginning of the age of Taurus (about 4,000 BC; a thousand years before dynastic Egypt). This may be a clue to the great age of the first temple that stood here.

The walls themselves, the pillars and ceilings are decorated with Hathor’s special colour, the most beautiful turquoise blue.

In this glorious space we are able to explore the secret rooms and view the enigmatic inscriptions hidden there... and make up our own minds about just how much technology was available to the Ancient Egyptians many thousands of years ago.

Above is the Dendera Light Bulb. This depiction of how they made light is in a tunnel beneath the crypt. No natural light could have penetrated here and there has never been evidence of smoke from candles or flares, but within these tunnels are works of extreme precision and delicacy.

We  will follow in the footsteps of Hathors priestesses as we make our way up the worn steps of the processional way to the roof of the temple. The view now is of desert, but once all the temples of Egypt were surrounded by lavish gardens and sacred lakes.

Among the many other structures here are the remains of a 5th-century Christian basilica, an excellent example of early Coptic church architecture. There is also a sanatorium, where pilgrims could bathe in the sacred waters or take holy water - which had been run over magical texts to infuse it with power - home with them.

  

NOVEMBER 12/ DAY 12 - DAY OF NURTURE AND SUPPORT

We fly back to Cairo. Check into Marriott Mena House. Afternoon session with Ishtar in conference room. Explore Cairo. Overnight stay in Mena House.

NOVEMBER 13/ DAY 13 - DAY OF NEW BEGINNINGS

We start the day early with a 5am-7am private viewing of The Sphinx. Then we have the days to sit in contemplation before we go to enjoy a private viewing of Kings Chamber, Grand Pyramid from 5pm-7pm. Then we will hold our completion ceremony and farewell dinner. 

The Great Sphinx of Giza (The Terrifying One; literally: Father of Dread), is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the pharaoh Khafre.

Cut from the bedrock, the original shape of the Sphinx has been restored with layers of blocks. It measures 73 m (240 ft) long from paw to tail, 20 m (66 ft) high from the base to the top of the head and 19 m (62 ft) wide at its rear haunches. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the pharaoh Khafre (c. 2558–2532 BC)

From an antiquity too great for many to even imagine, the Sphinx has gazed eastward towards the rising sun. It was erected in the Zodiac Age of Leo (10,500BC).  To the Ancient Egyptian this marked the beginning of time, when the Gods came to earth and lived beside humans.

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering present-day El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

The Grand Pyramid of Giza is considered the the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. For nearly 4,000 years, the extraordinary shape, impeccable geometry and sheer bulk of the Giza Pyramids have invited the obvious questions ‘How were we built, and why?’ Centuries of research have given us parts of the answer. Built as massive tombs on the orders of the pharaohs, they were constructed by teams of workers tens-of-thousands strong. Today, they stand as an awe-inspiring tribute to the might, organisation and achievements of ancient Egypt.

There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. The lowest chamber is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and was unfinished. The Queen's Chamber and King's Chamber are higher up within the pyramid structure. The main part of the Giza complex is a set of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honour of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives, an even smaller satellite pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small mastaba tombs for nobles surrounding the pyramid. The room near the top of the Great Pyramid is known as the King’s Chamber. Near the top of the Grand Gallery, three pink granite monoliths (which are still in place) form the door to the King’s Chamber. The modern entrance is located at the upper end of the south wall of the Grand Gallery.

Inside the Great Pyramid we follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs and High Adepts of the ancient world, for here they came to pass the challenges it would take for them to be born again, to become the Horus, the higher being, the intermediary between ordinary mortals and the Gods.

They were only admitted after many years of study and learning, so we are truly blessed to be able to enter this sacred space and climb through the interior of the Pyramid to the King’s Chamber.

A portion of the pharaoh's spirit called his ka was believed to remain with his corpse. Proper care of the remains was necessary in order for the former Pharaoh to perform his new duties as king of the dead. It is theorized the pyramid not only served as a tomb for the pharaoh, but also as a storage pit for various items he would need in the afterlife. The people of Ancient Egypt believed that death on Earth was the start of a journey to the next world. The embalmed body of the King was entombed underneath or within the pyramid to protect it and allow his transformation and ascension to the afterlife.

The Kings Chamber measures 10.45 meters by 5.20 meters, and is 5.80 meters high and is made entirely of pink granite. The relief chambers of the Kings Chamber are only a few feet high. The sides are constructed from limestone and granite and ceilings from roughly cut blocks of pink granite. The higher chambers have saddle shaped ceilings to help bear the weight. The chambers were never meant to be seen, and so the builders left marks which have been preserved.

Within the chamber lies a red granite sarcophagus.  The cover of the sarcophagus is missing, as is the king’s mummy.

It is in this room that we will begin our meditation to open our hearts and minds to a higher level of consciousness in order to begin the journey of the new way without having to physically die first, yet releasing the old ways and programs that have held us limited for so long.

The private time inside the Great Pyramid is a special moment in our spiritual evolution and has the potential to open new doorways of understanding if you open your heart and mind to receive. If you are ready to take the next step into the new way for you this will lead you on your path.

 NOVEMBER 14/ DAY 14 - DAY OF THE NEW WAY

Say goodbyes and fly home. Completion of this Sacred Journey and the beginning of your new path.