Tree of Life - Mythology
The Osiris Legend and the Tree of
Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations: Part 6
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The Osiris Legend and the Tree of Life (the Axis
The earliest reference to the concept of the Tree of Life is to be found in the philosophy of the Ancient Egyptians. In the Osiris
Legend, Osiris was induced by his wicked brother Set to lie down in a magnificent coffer under the
pretext of a game at a banquet. Set and his seventy-two conspirators
immediately closed the lid and threw the coffer into the Nile.
Osiris' wife Isis, who was also his sister, searched for and found the chest which
had been borne down the Nile and across the sea to what was later identified as the Phoenician
coast, where it was deposited at the foot of a tamarisk tree. As the tree grew it
enclosed Osiris and the chest within its trunk ... which was later cut down by the king of Byblos
and used as a pillar in his palace. The fragrance of the pillar became renowned far and
wide, and when Isis heard about it she immediately understood its significance. Isis returned the
pillar, and the body it contained, to Egypt.
In "Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations:
Part 2" the Lost Secret of the process of the Creation of the Universe was disclosed … the
Celestial Sphinx Hu / Osiris, symbolizing the Masculine Creation Principle, breathed Life
into the constellations.
The loss of this Secret inspired another explanation of the Creation of the
Universe. There was a primordial ocean called Nun. It wasn't flat; rather it was in the shape of a
cosmic egg … and from this cosmic egg was born the primeval hill called Nu.
Both the egg and the primeval hill are
recorded on pictures of Isis in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs; indicating that Isis
was the personification of the Feminine Creation Principle. She was the Holy Mother who was
represented with her child Horus by the Constellation of Virgo. Isis was considered Virgin as she
was seeded after the death and resurrection of Osiris … minus the phallus.
Isis, the Holy Mother
In ancient Egyptian texts it is written of
the Tree of Life, "I am the plant which comes from Nu." The Tree of Life grew out of the Sacred
Mound, it's branches reaching out and supporting the star and planet studded sky, while it's roots
reached down into the watery abyss of the Netherworld. The trunk of the Tree of Life represented
the World Pillar or Axis Munde (literally "Axis of the Mound") around which the heavens appeared to
revolve. The World Pillar was the centre of the universe.
The Ancient Egyptian symbol for "plant"
meaning "Tree of Life" was three sacred lotus lilies. They have tree stems curving to the left as
though blown into Life by the breath of Hu, the Celestial Sphinx. On top of each stem is the Lotus
flower which was used in Ancient Egypt to represent Life and Resurrection. It is from this
hieroglyph that the "fleur de lis" which is frequently found in Ancient Egyptian Art traces its
origin. The "fleur de lis" represents the Tree of Life. The glyph which denotes the sacred
knowledge associated with Hu is also formed by the three stems of the three sacred lotus lilies.
The Osiris Crown can be similarly considered in these terms. Following the role model of Osiris, in
1346AD Edward the Black Prince won three feathers at Crecy which he adopted as his emblem. If the
three feathers are gathered at the stems a fleur de lis is created.