One of the places where I have carried out initiations has been in Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple at Deir el Bahri. Initiations seem to happen there naturally, perhaps because she was a server of the Goddess and a Priestess working with Earth energies. All of the energywork I have done there over the years tells me how she worked and how powerful she was, not only in a physical sense but in an energetic one. Many people have worked with this temple but here I am explaining it through my own direct experience of working here over the years with the Gaia Method.
This is what I have learned about this temple over the years:
The three layers each represent different levels of human experience.
The bottom level represents physical fertility and power within the Earth plane, the Mother, earthly power as symbolised by the lions, which once flanked the bottom ramp. The carvings along the lower level show you the daily agricultural life in Luxor.
The top level represents the ‘Sky’ or Father, open to the upper dimensional energies,the Sun and water. This is very much like the temples of the S. America’s where both sun and water gods were honoured. Sun and water are what fertilises the plants, which feed us. In this upper court is a geometric field, which is contained by the element of ‘Water’, the Source of Divine Feminine nourishment and knowledge. This is the container of Hatshepsut’s knowledge and energy of the Energy grid in Luxor and beyond. At the Midwinter solstice, the light shines in through the Holy of Holies on this level, then it is channelled, via a serpent energy, down to the earth, bringing fertility and abundance. The carving of a serpent undulates down both sides of the long stairway, from this upper level to the ground level, ending with a Horus Bird, which is the human medium, the son/daughte, able to ‘fly’ between Sky and Earth. It reminds me of the pyramid of Quetzalcoatl in Chitzen Itza where, on the Spring Equinox, the sun creates shadows on the side of the pyramid, making it look like the serpent is undulating down its sides, bringing the Source of life with it to the Earth.
The middle layer represents humanity, living on the earth, beneath the sky and sun. It is the level with the greatest area in front of it, apart from the ground level. From this platform the energy of the Sun can be channelled into the land, showering it with blessings and abundance by the priests and priestesses. This is not simply a ritualised act, for the energies channelled are very real.
On one side of this middle level there is the Chapel of Hathor, the Goddess of feminine abundance. Hathor is often portrayed as a Cow goddess. She brings abundance to mankind through her milk. The cow has been seen as sacred in many cultures around the world because she gives of her body for the benefit of mankind. As a cow, she also represents the overall abundance of Mother earth which is freely given. The Energy of the Ruby is anchored in this chapel via a sacred flame. There is also a direct link from this site to the Obelisk in Karnak temple which radiates the energy out through the upper layers of the earth’s energy field.
On the opposite side of the temple is the chapel of the God of Anubis, guardian to the Underworld. This contains the Emerald energies and is the Masculine counterpart to the Feminine energies. For this reason Hatshepsut’s temple is the ideal place to experience initiation. The balance of male and female is held here in this layer as fertility is created through the combination of male and female energies. It can be no other way. Energies are held in balance both horizontally, through this level, and vertically, through the energy of the three levels of the temple.
Over the years I have joined Hatshepsut’s temple to Karnak, Luxor temple and Medinet Habu, in a landscape temple, which bridges the River Nile. All temples in Luxor were once energetically joined together and yearly the temple priests activated this connection by a sacred procession of the Opet festival. This ensured that fertility was maintained in the landscape and the people were fed.
The sun moves from the upper level of the Sun and Amun, God of Wind, to the lower ‘human’ level, and then through humanity, who, by their physical actions, create the fertility necessary for their survival. The energy is ‘stepped down’ from God/Goddess, to humanity and then to the land. All of the necessary ingredients for survival exist here: Sun, Water, Wind and Earth! A wonderful place indeed.
Next time you visit try tuning into these energies and see what energies Hatshepsut’s wonderful Temple gifts you with.