Do you know the Ankh’s power?

 

Ankh is one of the most common and important symbols of Ancient Egypt.

It represents life in the language of Ancient Kemet (Land of Blackface) and portrays both the mortal life and the afterlife. It also took an important place in many pharaoh’s reigns from representing faith, royalty during Amun’s and Sun during Akhenaton. Furthermore, it was believed that deities gave them Ankh to represent their power to sustain life and revive human souls in the afterlife.
The symbol was always associated with air, water (which was believed to regenerate life) and Gods because every of their representation was associated with an Ankh in their hands or as ornaments.

This powerful and spiritual device got many conflicting descriptions and has many interpretations.

1- Duality

It represents female energy with its crown and male energy with its shaft.

2- Divine female energy

It also for others, visually looks like the reproductive organs of a woman and validates its meaning of life, with the crown that represents the wombs to the fallopian tubes; to the shaft being the birth canal.

Black Women and Sacrifice

3- Symbol of technology and electricity

Many historians believe that electricity isn’t a nowadays discovery, Egyptians may have already used electricity years from now and the Ankh might have been in some way able to conduct electricity. Isn’t it crazy?

4- Portal of eternal life

For others, its circle depicts the sun God Ra and it represents the portal to many dimensions to eternal life.

5- Tuning fork

The Ankh is perceived as a tuning fork that can create a frequency or produce a sound that has healing or meditation attributes. It can also allow to connect ourselves with higher consciousness and raise knowledge in our minds.

6- One of the funniest theory is that it was used to open ancient beer bottles.

Where do they find this kind of inspiration?

Nowadays

Sometimes represented in gold or blue, its representation matured with time. It is also very popular in Western culture and by people of African descent in the United State to claim their cultural identity.

This symbol crossed centuries to remind us that we come from Kings and Queens, we come from Great Gods and fierceness, we come from knowledge, technology, and pride.

Being a historic symbol and spreading a spiritual message, some were calling it genuinely « The religion of Life », mother of all religious beliefs with a purpose to celebrate life and respect every form of life, whether its flora and fauna. It is a divine sign that didn’t lose its actual force but became more of a symbol for black identity, spiritual appurtenance, meant to express freedom and ownership of our own path.

Some purists are mad that its now sacred aspect isn’t respected, that anybody can get access to it, now it is «normal» or not «avant-garde» to wear one, even as a tattoo of an Ankh. Moreover, they want you to introduce it to your journey and how you see the world, what it teaches about life and afterlife, really embrace the sacred power of the sacred Ankh, also a form of getting back to our roots, to our ancestors. As some use it to sleep at night and hide it under their pillow for good energy and favorize sweet dreams about being lost in the middle of the ocean, the energy Ankh generates is infallible, powerful and needed for more generations to benefit.

Ankh is still a powerful tool, even if its actual purpose was maybe lost in hecatombs years ago. Indeed, people are still working on collecting pieces of information to bring its powers back. Nowadays, its energy is most of the time used in necklaces, ring, even inspiring artists through paintings and sculptures.

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Erykah Badu (Soul/Jazz/Rnb singer), gracing her Ankh ring.

At the end of the day shouldn’t we celebrate life, as the Ankh does? Live and enjoy every day fully, embody every wrong, every right, drive the ancient energy of the Ankh to nourish your purpose, your strength!

Have you ever wore one? Tell us how does it feel and what do you want to express with your ankh.

Written by Yao Boni.

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