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his corpse and was able to extract some semen from his penis, so that she became pregnant after his death and was able to give birth to him again. She gave him birth in the form of the Horus child, often called Harpokrates; he is the “divine child” of all the late Egyptian mysteries and is generally represented as a little boy holding his finger to his mouth (the gesture of a baby), but it was interpreted in later times that he points to the great secret of the Egyptian mysteries. He is quite aptly called Horus, because he is really the restored cosmic wholeness, the restored totality in all its aspects. I have, therefore, put him in the center, between the two opposing triangles. He contains in nuce all the different aspects of the other gods: he is the new sun god, the renewed sun principle, and the divine child, who renews all life on earth. He is the secret spiritual goal which comes from the goddess Isis. When Isis reveals herself to Lucius, she brings to him the promise of spiritual renewal. She presents herself to him as Mother of the Cosmos—one of the names, domina rerum, given also the Virgin Mary. “I am the ruler of all nature: I am the highest of all the Gods and Goddesses; I am the queen of the ancestral ghosts (Manium).” She is the ruler of the ghost world. In later Greece and in Egypt there was a strong tendency toward monotheism, which culminated in the worship of the goddess Isis, or Nut. In Egypt the heavenly sky was the one all-embracing divinity, Nut, and all other gods were stars in it; their polytheism is the internal multiple aspect of the One. From the psychological perspective, monotheism tends toward a strengthening of consciousness and a unification of the personality and a movement away from the stage of possession. We inherit character traits and have contradictory ancestral elements in us, which drag us from one psychic condition to another and which the ego cannot quite bring together.5 Education and self-will try all they can to form us into one unity, but they can have no success without the help of the Self. This unity, individuality, can only be attained with the help of the transcendent function,6 expressed particularly in dreams, and which was personified in late antiquity by the god Hermes-Thot. Isis, the ruler over ancestral spirits, is a symbol of psychic wholeness, the Self in a feminine form. She governs human society through dreams. For instance, she gives instructions to Lucius and to the priests in their sleep, and synchronistic events accompany the dream. In our case she appears to Lucius and to the priest for the first time the same night, so that two people come

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