The Three Primary Phases of the Creation Cycle

The sequence of the creation cycle is delineated into three primary phases, in the Ancient Egyptian texts. The very same delineations were later on duplicated in Sufi (and other) writings.

The followings are three main Ancient Egyptian sources for such triple delineations:

A- Pyramid Texts: Consistent  with the theme of three phases of the creation cycle, we find that, as far back as at least 5,000 years ago, the “Pyramid” Texts reveals the existence of three companies of neteru (gods,goddesses), and each company consisted of 9 neteru (gods, goddesses). Throughout the “Pyramid” Texts, frequent mention is made of one group, or of 2 or 3 groups, of 9 neteru (gods, goddesses).

The Egyptian texts speak of three Enneads, each representing a phase in the creation cycle. Nine is the number of each phase—each phase begets the following phase in 9 terms.

The first (Great) Ennead represents the conceptual or divine stage. This is governed by Re.

The second Ennead represents the manifestation stage. This is governed by Osiris.

The third Ennead represents the return to the Source, combining both Re and Osiris.

In The Book of the Coming Forth By Light, both the souls of Osiris and Re meet and are united to form an entity, described so eloquently:

            I am His Two Souls in his Twins.

B- Litany of Re: After a brief preface, the Litany opens with seventy-five invocations to the Forms of Re, followed by a series of prayers and hymns in which the identity of Re and Osiris is constantly stressed.

The perpetual cycle of Osiris and Re dominates the Ancient Egyptian texts. The first leg is the manifestation of Re in his various forms. The second leg is the manifestation of Osiris in his forms. The third and final leg occurs in the Netherlands to join together and resurrect as a new ReHerakhuti of the Two Horizons.

C- Leiden Papyrus J350: This surviving Ancient Egyptian document is dated to at least since the Old Kingdom (2575–2150 BCE), a copy of which was reproduced during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century BCE .

The Leiden Papyrus J350 consists of an extended composition describing the principle aspects of the ancient creation narratives. The system of numeration in the Papyrus  identifies the principle/aspect of creation and matches each one with its symbolic number.

The manuscript is divided into a series of numbered “stanzas”. Each is entitled “Mansions [of the moon], number xx”.

The numbering system of this Egyptian Papyrus, by itself, is significant. They are numbered in  three tiers—1 to 9 – and then the powers 10, 20, 30, to 90, to constitute the energetic foundations of physical forms—and the third tier is numbered in the 100s.

This numbering system shows the three phases of the creation cycle:

1. The Conceiving Phase/Ennead whose theme is the objectification of a circumscribed area of undifferentiated energy/matter, wherein the world will be manifested.

2. The Orderly Manifestation Phase/Ennead deals with the creation of the noumenal and phenomenal planes—the two grand subdivisions of the manifested world.

3. The Reunification Phase/Ennead whose theme is the return to the Source and subsequent reunification process that leads to a NEW Alpha.

[For the details of the three phases of creation cycle see Egyptian Alphabetical Letters of Creation Cycle by Moustafa Gadalla.]

[An excerpt from Egyptian Cosmology : The Animated Universe ,3rd edition by Moustafa Gadalla]

Egyptian Cosmology, The Animated Universe, 3rd edition

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Egyptian Alphabetical Letters of Creation Cycle

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