Newsletter Issue 006

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The Mysterious Fortune Tellers of Egypt

Many ancient texts reveal that in the hoary past, the Egyptians used modern methods for forecasting the future. There were many temples in that country, where people gathered to know about there future. The temples of Akhetaton, Philae, Thebes and Adfu were renowned in ancient Egypt. These temples were situated on banks of river Nile. From 600 B.C to 200 B.C; these temples were not only centre of worship, but the priests of these temples also made prophesies regarding future events. Curious people thronged them to know about their future and destiny. The authentic and authoritative researches have proved that there were temples of Karnak and Luxor on the banks of Nile near the city of Thebes. Apart from making prophesies, these temples also created to the needs of the sick people, where they were treated for their ailments.

It would be pertinent to recall a prophecy made regarding Emperor Cyrus. His kingdom was near the sea. Once Cyrus went to the temple at Thebes to know about his future. The priest told him that during an expedition his head will be soaked in blood but he would have no injury in the head. His nose and ears will be full of blood, but it shall not be his blood. His skull would be in a river of blood, but his body would be safe. The Persians will be stronger under him and Babylon and Egypt will not remain under the Pharaohs but will be ruled by the Persians. The prophecy made under about sixth century B.C seems to be very confusing. It was made by an unknown fortune teller. About 530 B.C Cyrus was killed in an expedition he led in Middle East. His head was cut off and kept in a big leather bag, commonly called mashak. This mashak was full of blood of some animal. It was then only that people could realize the relevance of that confusing prophesy made regarding Cyrus. Before the event, it must have seemed to be a conundrum to the people.

Symbolism of Number 8

Number 8 is referred to many times in various religious texts, since time immemorial. 8 is the number of perfection, the infinity. In Mathematics, the symbol of the infinity is represented by ‘8’ laid down, in horizontal position. It is the Number figuring the immutable eternity or the self- destruction. It represents also the final point of manifestation. In China, Number 8 expresses the totality of the Universe and the coherence of the creation in evolution. 8 is the number of the balance and of the cosmic order, according to the Egyptians. The number eight corresponds to the New Testament, according to Ambroise. It is the symbol of the new life, the final Resurrection and the anticipated Resurrection that is the baptism. According to Clement of Alexandria, the Christ places under the sign of 8 the one he made to be born again. 8 represents the Earth, not in its surface but in its volume, since 8 is the first cubic number. The Pythagoreans have made the number 8 the symbol of the love and friendship, the prudence and the thinking and they have called in the Great “Tetrachtys”. In Babylon, Egypt, and Arabia, it was the number of the duplication devoted to the Sun, from where the solar disc is decorated of a cross with eight arms. The number 8 means the multiplicity, for the Japanese. It is also a favorable number, associated to the prosperity.

Quotes of the month

About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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