Horus

Looking at the Black Boar – Part 1

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Jung argued that symbols that appear in people's dreams or in the cultures of indigenous peoples are never consciously created, but are a product of the unconscious, transmitted through revelation or intuition. He argued that they were the concretization of what was indistinct or unclear. According to Andrzej Niwiński1, however, Egyptian symbols had a completely different character and were consciously created by ancient priests.

Black boar

What does the black boar, at the sight of which Horus loses consciousness symbolize? Black is the color of ignorance and unawareness, of a space devoid of light. Where there is light, there is joy, creativity, order, harmony, love, trust and prosperity. Where there is no light, there is fear, sadness, apathy, chaos, resentment, criticism and all deficiencies.

Boar or pig is a word which - as the name of an animal - should sound neutral, but has a pejorative connotation and brings to mind associations with the worst instincts ruling man: greed, gluttony, drunkenness, betrayal for one's own benefit, selfishness, impulsiveness and animal sensuality. The boar's anatomy prevents it from looking up at the stars; the boar, then, knows only the earthly, material reality before its eyesight. Nothing higher exists for it.

Horus - in the Universal Science a symbol of the spiritual soul of man - looks at the black boar, feels like having hit by Set and loses consciousness. Isn't this a reference to the fall of divinity in man? The divine consciousness, as soon as it connects itself with the unconscious matter, becomes overwhelmed by it, imprisoned, fettered, hypnotized, devoid of nobility and reason. And this confused, chaotic, full of negativity consciousness characterizes modern humanity.

“Oh gods: Be disgusted with the black boar, that Horus may be healthy!”

This exhortation brings to mind a verse from 1 John:

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  (1 John 2:15- 17)

“Oh gods: Be disgusted with the black boar, that Horus may be healthy!”

Can this call apply to people? Are people gods? In John 10:34, Jesus says, that the Law “called them gods, to whom the word of God came”. Nowadays, there are many channeling messages addressed to the human ego in which people are told that they are gods.

And many of us, who do not yet know our nature very well, are filled with "the pride of life" and believe it. Man is god, yes... but only potentially. For now, Horus in him is unconscious and awaits healing from Ra. For the time being, the divine in man is dormant, in a state of lethargy.

Man needs to accept the word of God that came to him in order to regain his heavenly status. He must go through a process of fundamental transformation, of the crucifixion of his ignorance, that is, to dissolve all one’s unconsciousness and greed; a process called transfiguration in the gnostic sciences and Opus Magnum in alchemy.

“Oh gods: Be disgusted with the black boar, that Horus may be healthy!”

How often persons are proud of their personality and their achievements. How often they identify themselves with it so deeply that they only look ahead, at material things to come, at successes to be achieved in physical reality, and never "look up". They only see the "black boar" - a physical reality that makes them promise themselves a lot.

Are love for the world and love for God mutually exclusive?

It follows from the above that love for the world and love for God are mutually exclusive. It sounds unbelievable. Isn't the world God's work? Perhaps it is.

However, man is not created only from divine forces, and his love for the world is not pure and unconditional. It is a sensual, greedy and lustful love, inclined to receive and prone to turn to hatred and despair whenever a person does not get what he wants. It is only when we overcome our senses and our unconsciousness that we will be capable of true, unconditional love, one that only wants what God wants.

The reality that surrounds us is a product of our consciousness. It reflects our own internal confusion. It reflects the light present in us, but also shows the darkness hidden in the unconscious in the smallest details.

"The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of this life" are deeply ingrained in us. Despite our love for God and our great longing for liberation, our natural self continues to claim its rights! He wants to survive at all costs and steals every moment of our inattention for himself. Or, by directing our thoughts to the future success that "I" can achieve for its glory. Or, on the contrary, lowering our vibrations by feeding us with fear, self-doubt, stagnation, sadness and resignation.

Horus loses consciousness

Horus loses consciousness in us constantly. Because we still choose to "look at the black boar". We decide at every moment whether we choose the divine reality present within us, or whether we bring our desires outside, looking for self-realization in the world. We are hypnotized by the world of matter. We think we will achieve fulfillment by developing our personality, filling our pockets and pursuing ambitious goals. Up to a point all goes well, but in this reality there is no good separate from evil, and one ends up confronted with the shadow of his or her actions. This shadow comes from our unclean consciousness, full of selfish intentions. The atmosphere around us is polluted with the breath of the "black boar", the breath of darkness and the unawareness of our self.

He or she discovers that in this world they will achieve neither peace nor fulfillment. The atmosphere around him or her is polluted with the breath of the "black boar", the breath of evil and unawareness of their own selves. The reality that we create for ourselves and for others will not become perfect and free from suffering until our whole being has achieved crystal purity, absolute freedom from fear and an “I” attitude. Fulfillment does not come from deeds, but from Being. From Being which is in union with God. And what stands in the way of this is the powerful illusion of "me" and life attitude obsessed with "I", "me", and "mine." Our ego can be either prideful or self-doubtful. In either case, it is an artificial creation that separates us from the omnipotence of God who is our true essence.

(to be continued in Part 2)

  • 1. Jan van Rijckenborgh „ The Gnostic Mysteries of Pistis Sophia”, Rosycross Press, 2006.
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