Ra: Here comes the Sun
Ra is the next important Arabic letter and
it means just that, Ra.
Ra is the Egyptian equivalent of life-force, chi, kundalini, prana, shekinah and salaat.
Ra is not the Sun god. Ra is the energy of life and the Sun glyph symbolized the Ra energy.
In Sanskrit, "Ram" is the mantra for fire.
The Arabic letter Ra ﺭ is, graphically, an abstract depiction of a falcon's beak in profile. One of Ra's main images is that of a falcon-headed human with the solar disk on his head.
The Tarot card that correlates to Ra is, appropriately, the Sun card.
The kundalini energy is often called "solar energy" as its ascension and descension is regulated by or timed to the Sun.
But Ra is not a Sun god. He is a force whose activities are connected to the relative position of the Sun.
There are two Egyptian deities that are so similar that Egyptologists regularly confuse them. Heru (Horus) and Ra are both associated with the Sun.
Heru, however, symbolizes consciousness while Ra symbolizes the subconscious.
All that ends up in Ra (the subconscious) must first pass through the Eye of Heru (consciousness).
Because awake consciousness is an extension
of subconsciousness, Heru is said to be a descendant of Ra.
Ra is the raw energy that makes up the substance of the subconscious. In that sense it has some of the attributes of the Freudian id.
Egyptian symbolic teachings state that Ra completely fills the Tuat (Underworld) in a fiery form. The Tuat symbolizes the subconscious. Ra is the energy that makes up the Tuat.
There are various "gates" to regions of the Tuat, indicating that the Egyptians and other ancient cultures mapped out the subconscious long before western psychology even existed.
In the seven gate system, the regions relate, primarily, to the chakras.
Each Tuat region is presided over by a particular god or group of gods. The god symbolizes the energy and function of that aspect of the subconscious.
The Utchat or Eye of Ra
The subconscious stores all knowledge in the universe. The Eye of Ra (Utchat) represents the ability of the initiate to see the hidden information contained in the subconscious.
The Eye has other meanings as well. It is also a symbol of the Third Eye/pineal gland.
Ra is the energy that makes up the body and the universe. That energy is also known by the Sanskrit word "kundalini."
Because that kundalini should travel in a circuit (like the circular Tuat), one icon of Ra is that of a falcon-headed human with the Sun disk (the Aton) on his head and a serpent encircling the disk.
The Sun disk represents "solar fire" (kundalini) and the serpent represents the kundalini energy moving within the Microcosmic Orbit.
Snakes were often used to symbolize energy because the scientific Egyptians knew that energy moves in undulating, serpent-like waves.
When the Ra force is awakened, this symbolizes the resurrection of Heru, Jesus, Osiris, etc. Energy in a latent or dormant state was metaphorically "dead." Active energy was metaphorically "raised from the dead."
Hymn to Ra
A hymn of praise to Ra when he riseth in the eastern part of heaven... Homage to thee, O thou who has come as Khepera, Khepera the creator of the gods. Thou art seated on thy throne; thou riseth up in the sky, illumining thy mother (Nut).
- Pert em Hru, B chapter 15
Ra's rising to "the eastern part of heaven" refers to kundalini rising to the right hemisphere of the brain which as under governance of the goddess Uatchet.
Khepera is the deity-symbol for kundalini sound power energy's transformative capacity. It is an aspect of Ra, denoting its ability to create by causing transformations to occur in its energy via 50 sound units of power.
Ra is "seated on thy throne," i.e., the Ra force is in the lowest (muladhara) chakra. The same word means "crowned," denoting the relationship between the Ra force in the base chakra and the Shekem (purified kundalini) at the crown chakra.
Ra/kundalini illuminates Nu (superconscousness/Samadhi) when it reaches heaven.
Alif Laam Ra
The movement of the kundalini/Ra energy from the navel, down to the perineum and up the spine is depicted by the Arabic Letter Laam ("L") ﻞ. That is also the shepherd's crook, used to guide thoughts.
Some Surahs of the Quran begin with the mantra Alif Laam Ra. Those letter combinations refer to the creative energy embodied by Alif moving up the spine, forming the Laam and arriving at "heaven" (the crown) to manifest the divine Ra.
Like all of the letter combinations preceding 29 Quranic surahs, Alif Laam Ra is a mantra.
Alif Laam Ra. Those are the signs of the Wise Book.
- Quran 10:1
Ra dwells in Geb
Egyptian wisdom states that "Ra dwells in Geb." Geb symbolizes the physical body and health.
Ra (subconscious) is intertwined within human flesh so that the subconscious affects the body and vice-versa. When the "worms of the earth have eaten away at Ra," i.e., when negative energy patterns are embedded within the subconscious, psychosomatic illnesses can result.
On a geological level, Ra-in-Geb refers to the hot core at the center of the Earth.
One hieroglyph for Ra is the Sun, identical to the astrological Sun glyph. With all of Ra's solar connotations, non-initiates can be forgiven for missing the subtleties and assuming that he was "the Sun god."
Ra was the god of energy, period, and the Sun's precessional age indicated which characteristic of Ra prevailed in a given 2160 year astrological age.
The Sun glyph symbolized the Microcosmic Orbit circling a dot (the Taoist pearl). In reality, the pearl travelled in the circuit, as given in the Taoist Fusion of the Five Elements exercises.
Some of Ra's solar hieroglyphs show, not merely the Sun, but a small serpent
beneath the Sun glyph. That little serpent indicates that it is kundalini
(serpentine fire) being discussed, not the planetary body.