June 21, 2011

Shrine of Cancer

Blessings of the Sun in Cancer and Happy Solstice!  Above is a recent photo of the Shrine of Cancer at the Temple of Isis, Clonegal Castle, while the photo below is an earlier version from a few years ago for comparison.  The Shrine of Cancer is located in the passageway outside of the Cave of the Mothers, going towards the Chapel of Lakshmi.

This zodiac season we also offer an audio clip of FOI co-founder, the late Lawrence Durdin-Robertson explaining the sign of Cancer during ritual:

(1:45 min./412kb)

Audio transcript:
"Companions on the quest for occult wisdom hidden within the Great Deep, know that the Sign of Cancer was reverenced in remote antiquity. In the fourth month of the Chaldea Duzu, it is the Northern Gate of the Sun whence, at the Summer Solstice, it commences its retrograde movement. With Scorpio and Pisces, Cancer forms the Watery Trigon. To the Coptic Egyptians, this sign was the Power of Darkness of the Jackal Anubis, Guide of the Dead, a Deity of Sirius. It was known as the Dark Sign with no eyes. The Ancient Egyptians knew it as Scarabeus, the beetle Kephera that holds the mud ball of earth. Cancer is depicted as Sacer, the Water Beetle of Immortality, in the most ancient Zodiac known, found in the Temple of Isis in the Denderah Temple of Hathor."

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(First photo by Minette Quick, second photo by Olivia Robertson, with additional cropping & enhancement by this website.)