I use my own spelling of the Sun in you mind, “Rae.” The Ra spelling is Victorian, pronounced “Rah.” Modern textbooks use “Re,” to bring the pronunciation closer to the original, a phoneme unfamiliar to the Western voice, much like saying “ray” and “rye” at the same time.)
Rae is not the sun in the sky. Rae is the light of your consciousness, sustained by the blood-river of the Nile within.
"Who then is this? It is Rae, the designer of the name of his flesh.
Existence is evolved by the Naytures in the Company of Rae.
I am without denial in the Naytures."
A basic Egyptian visual metaphor shows the contents of a container above the container. A box, table, or shrine is shown in side view for ease of recognition, with the hidden contents above it — “This is the box and that is inside the box.” The purpose of the many crowns and animal-headed figures are explained by this artistic convention. The crowns are metaphors for the energies and forms within your mind, emblems of thresholds crossed, initiations, learning, wisdom — visual clues to experiences of the person inside. For the same reason, today you wear lapel pins, school rings, gang tattoos, caps with team names, brand logos. The need to share the inner you with your social circle is the same today as it was then. Only the art has changed.
Rae is revealed by this metaphor, the Solar Crown. In other words, that is your head and Rae is the sun inside your head, the light of consciousness. The golden sun-disk in the crown is the light of Rae-consciousness in your mind. Rae is carried by your ego-identity, Horus, and the hawk-headed figure wearing the solar crown is the personification of Rae-consciousness.
“I am he who made the hours, thus the days were born.”
The hieroglyphs for Rae’s name is an eye, (R) a hand with forearm, (ae) and the determinative of a circle with a point at the center. The circle and dot are symbols of the range of perception, like the globe of lamplight in the darkness. The straight line indicates that the hieroglyph represents a thing, in this case, a thing of light. This circle and dot hieroglyph is also used as a determinative for words related to time, such as “day” and “hour.” Consciousness is the perceiver of time.
The figure of Rae sits unmoving within the sun-disk at the center of his Sunship. You experience time only in the moment Now. Your past is accessible only through memory or record-keeping. Your past travels further away as we move forward through time. Your future is experienced only by anticipation, arriving via the moment Now. These experiences, memory and anticipation, are unique functions of individual experience. “Now” is the eternal, timeless moment in which consciousness exists — and that’s you.
Face the sun and close your eyes. The direct light shining through your eyelids is a warm, golden color. That is what the ancient Egyptians meant when they said the Naytures had “skin of gold.” The Naytures are within you. You are the Sunship and your body is golden on the inside, where you live.
The Solar Barque in which Rae sails is a primary metaphor for your body. You are unique, yet your Sunship is universal. You live inside the brain-tissue/command-center of a biological machine — Rae’s Solar Yacht, the Sunship. This is your body and it has miraculous complexity and infinite potential. Your Sunship is built of stardust, and billions of years were needed to create you. You live in a magical machine and you are the wizard inside that machine, captain of the Sunship.
Your experience of your Sunship changes over the course of the day. You awake in the Mendet, or Morning Sunship, and ride in it for the first part of your day. You then change over to the Siktet, the Evening Sunship, weary and ready to sleep. You sail in it at night as you lay dreaming. The core metaphor of the two Sunships and this daily change of crews is your changing experience at the helm of your bio-machine. The two Sunships are identical in appearance because they are, in fact, the same. What changes is your experience of the passage of your life through the cycle of your day. Your body is the same body despite the wide differences in how you feel. This difference in self-perception is marked enough an experience to warrant the metaphor of the two forms of the Sunship. It is a fair warning: things will look better from the Morning Ship.
“Khopry in the morning, Rae at noon, Atum in the evening. Who then is this? It is Atum inside his globe.”
The ancient Egyptians thought deeply about the concept of “Deep Time,” the acknowledgment that time has been passing for a long, long, long time, for “millions and millions” of years and more. As their worldview evolved, Egyptians placed Atum at the beginning of creation as Rae Atum, who is conscious time, with the assistance of Thoth, who is understanding, and Ma'at, who is reality. Atum is the Night Sun, the guarantee that the Sun will rise and that you will wake up in the morning. Atum is “Father Time,” the objective passage of time in space. Rae perceives time. Atum is time.
Two lions, the Akers, are guardians of the past and future, protecting the moment now between them. They are guardians of time in the natural world, objective time that passes the same for the lion as it does for humanity. Heh is a kneeling figure holding notched palm-stems that symbolize the measure of the passing year, one in front and one behind. The notched palm is the symbol of the human mind recording the passage of time. Heh is seated on the nub, symbol of gold, the never-tarnishing skin of the Naytures. In other words, the past and the future of human experience in one image.
(Heh is subjective time, as measured by humans. The heh symbol translates as “the millions of years,” a single syllable, a simple image of an abstract, scientific principle, Deep Time.)