Major deity of the Sun. Pronounced either Rah or Ray. The word itself can be interpreted simply as'sun' or alternatively 'creative one.' Originally however, Tum (Atum) was the progenitor deity, laterunseated by Ra.Ra shares many symbols with other solar deities, especially Horus. He is usually depicted wearingthe pharaoh's crown, and always with the solar disk upon his head encircled by the
(cobragoddess, symbolic of kundalini raised to the
chakra.)Ra travels across the sky (both above
beneath the earth) in his Solar Barque; during his nighttimepassage beneath the earth, the boat protects the solar energy from extinguishment in Amenthe-Duat(the underworld.) Additional protection is provided by another occupant of the barque, Set, whoguards it actively from the various teratomas of the underworld, especially the serpent Apep (atavisticresurgence or uncontrolled kundalini) who tries to swallow the boat.Thoth (Tahuti) and his consort Ma'at navigate the boat in the prow; Horus in the form of Ra-Hoor-Khuit (Horus energized by a linkage with Ra) steers it at the rearward-located helm.