CHAPTER 14 - A RIVER OF STARS
Amongst secret societies, cult academics, revivalists, and imperial powers Egypt has always served to quench a thirst for spiritual veneration. Indeed, even in its religion, Egypt had impeccable style. It was truly original. Their beliefs and origin story were inspired directly from nature and developed without sizeable influence from other cultures. This reality makes Egypt, in so many ways, a beacon for all artists, designers, conquerors, humanists, philosophers and historians. It represents something about humanity that gets lost in the hustle of our modern synthetic arts. Egyptian style emanates a sublimity that much of the world has lost.
In ancient Egypt phallic symbols, like obelisks, were not seen as gross sexual connotations, but instead as glorious monuments to the creative forces in nature. For them, imitation was indeed beyond flattery - it was worship. The Egyptians imitated the creative forces in nature through their monumental arts. This, a rather nuanced interpretation of gods and idols, still inspires us.
The Egyptians knew that it was virtually impossible to contain, within one concept, the totality of all of creation and its forces. They took elements from nature and created a pantheon that expressed the boundless variance that we see in the world. They personified the creative force of nature into deities that reflected a sublime principle that was impossible to express in words alone.
As the lotus, the symbolic upper form of every fleur de lis, would rise for the day and sink into the night, the Egyptians would capture from nature this magical aesthetic and incorporate it into their beliefs. The Egyptians held dear the duality of life and rectified paradoxes with relative ease. As the universe has both limitless form and design, so too does it present itself as one singular, divine whole. In the clasp, the most central piece of every fleur de lis, we find a principle sacred to our ancient ancestors. Unity, or togetherness, binding in design, comes at a cost. It requires a bold central force to bring different things into one. So as the Upper and Lower kingdoms of ancient Egypt were untied, so too were the respective symbols and peoples of each.
Humanity’s love affair with one of nature’s most creative icons, the flower, represents a deep-seeded spirituality that connotes effervescent ideas of transience, temporality and duality. In the allegory of flower we can find bold meaning that harken back to a time and place when humanity lived as one people, together and in unity.
As we are many we are also one, and as we rise for the morning and sink into the night so too must we live for a moment and die in a day. The moral of the fleur de lis, the ultimate symbol of flower, contains a message from nature so sublime that we were given immeasurable varieties to draw it from. So we must hold fast to what makes us one replete whole within the limitless expanse of space and time.