Yes, or whether there was a visible image at all, seeing as Sais is in the
Delta and archaeology didn't survive as well there as in Upper Egypt. Well,
with Crowley's Egyptology, it seems that Hermeticism derived from
Graeco-Egyptian renditions of Egypt, and Crowley was certainly an heir to
Hermeticism, but the deities he decided to "replace" the "Old Aeon" ones
with seem Pharaonic - but he placed them in the service of a Hermetic end. I
mean he wasn't trying to "do authentic ancient Egyptian religion" in a, say,
Reconstructionist sense, was he? He was doing Hermeticism. Its really
interesting! He had access to translated hieroglyphs, which before
Champollion translated them weren't deciphered, so we can excuse previous
Hermeticists regarding using Greek and Roman sources for their "Egypt", but
Crowley had the text of the "Stele of Revealing" translated... but still
chose to believe that it was "all about him" wouldn't you say, rather than
saying "Oh, that's interesting, the funerary stela of a Theban priest of
Montu." Crowley also applied that object to his Hermetic (and delusions of
grandeur) end. Have you read the article on Lashtal about the Boulak Museum
by Colin Mcleod? Interesting.
Morgan Leigh says she didn't tell me aout that Crowley quote I originally
enquired about... so its back to searching the archives of this list I
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> That's right - but dont think there is any evidence that the cult image at
> Sais was actually veiled - but its a n interesting piece of
> Neoplatonic serendipity - the "veils" are probably the "reverted" clothing
> of the goddess - (which most pilgrims would not see) -
> torn into strips and sold to pilgrims as relics.
> Its interesting the link between the quote ascribed to Egyptian belief and
> the hermetic axiom -
> "All is One - Hen Kai Pan!"
> Crowley's Egyptology based on Greek sources rather than the Egyptological
> "Love and do what you will"
>> Thanks. Plutarch is the source for Saite Isis having a veil that has or
>> hasn't been lifted.