moon changes its appearance every seven days.We have seven days in the week. The seventhletter of the Egyptian alphabet is called Z
meaning “life” and is the symbol for life eternal.The Number Seven is perfect because it is com-posed of the Number Three and Number Four,or God and Nature combined in man. Pytha-goras says the Number Seven has a body, com-posed of four principles and a soul composed of three principles. Religion, mysticism, historyand mythology are full of references to theNumber Seven, especially with a sacred aspect.Then there are seven colors in the rainbow andseven notes in music—in fact, there are thou-sands of examples of the significant use of Number Seven which a person can discover bya little effort.
The Book of the Dead
Book of the Dead
is the title now comL monly given to the great collection of funerary texts which the ancient Egyptianscribes copied for the benefit of the dead. Itwas really the great religious book of ancientEgypt. The dead were to be able to recite the200 chapters in order that they might gain thepower and enjoy the privileges of the life of their heaven.Thoth, regarded by the Egyptian as the “Re-cording Angel” was the author of the
Pictorial presentation played a veryconsiderable part in the
Book of the Dead.
Thework is full of magical references, as its purposeis to guard the dead against the dangers whichthey have to face in passing, first, the under-world, and then “Tuat,” the world of the dead.The Egyptian dead were threatened by manyobstacles and dangers in Amenti, or the under-world, and Tuat before reaching their haven of rest. On this journey through these worlds to-ward heaven, the dead meet many beings whotry to hinder their progress but fail because of the power of the
Book of the Dead
which thedead carry with them. The dead also had toundergo judgment by Osiris, king of the under-world, and to justify themselves before beingpermitted to enter the realm of bliss. This wasthe one and only moment when even the
of the Dead
was of no help. The souls of the