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Ankh – The Egyptian Cross

The Ankh is one of the most recognizable symbols from ancient Egypt. It most often was held in the hands of the Gods as a symbol of their power to give life or take it away. The Ankh symbolized life, immortality and reincarnation. The Ankh is commonly associated with Isis, who was the wife of Osiris the God of the afterlife, and mother of Horus, the God of the Sun. The Egyptian Ankh symbol is a triliteral sign. This means that the symbol itself is an abbreviation of three sounds, in this case, a, n and kh. The word, “Ankh,” maybe fully written out using the symbols of all the sounds. Some also called it The Key of Life.

The Ankh was widely used as an amulet in Ancient Egypt. A symbolic representation of both physical and eternal life. The loop symbolized the eternal soul as it has no beginning or end. The cross in this spiritual interpretation represented death. The Ankh was the key to unraveling the mysteries of life and death. The Ankh has maintained its popularity as a symbol of life and knowledge. It is to this day a very sought after charm and a common jewelry art.

From fertility to unlocking all hidden knowledge the Ankh can be a very powerful addition to your workings. Use this symbol to increase the energy and level of your meditation, spells or ritual work. The Ankh could symbolize physical life on Earth, eternal life in heaven or the underworld, immortality, and even reincarnation. Often, the ancient Egyptians would carry ankh ornaments for protection or use them in their cult worship for their magical properties.

The Ankh is a very powerful and useful symbol that should be handled with reverence and mindfulness, and it’s one that should be found in your collection.