Horus is the Egyptian god of the sky and the archetypal symbol for one that sees everything from a bird’s eye view. Having the head of a hawk Horus is representative of the sharp eye for detail in which the hawk is superior to other birds- the hawk can scan the earth from a height of 10-15,000 feet looking for meals and this is the same for Horus, he might not have the same eye for specific details, but can see the 10,000 foot view of the ALL.
The eye of Horus is perhaps the most recognizable totem from Egyptian symbology, the most common depiction of this image is actually the eye of Ra. Being that the right eye is representative of the masculine sun energy and the left the feminine moon energy. However, both eyes are in the physical body of Horus, so it could be argued that both are the eyes of Horus, with one holding the sun energy representative of Ra and the other holding the moon energy of Horus.
The Story Of The Eye Of Horus
The main reason behind the left eye being referred to as the eye of Horus is in the story of how he gained the energy of the moon in his right eye.
Isis is the goddess of magic and Osiris god of the afterlife, they are parents to Horus. Set is the uncle of Horus and brother to Osiris and would be a close representation of what in Christianity would be known as Satan or the devil.
There are many variations of the story however one version is- Osiris was king of upper and lower Egypt and in an attempt to overthrow him, his brother Set murdered Osiris. He placed him in a coffin and drowned him in the river Nile. However, Isis was able to locate Osiris encased in a tamarisk tree trunk and bring him back to life. When Set found out, he chopped Osiris up into 42 pieces- representing the forty-two provinces, in Egypt and scattered his body over Egypt.
Set became king while Isis searched for the body parts of her husband. Eventually, Isis found all pieces, apart from the phallus (penis) which had been consumed by a fish. She used a golden Phallus in its place and cast a spell of resurrection. This allowed Osiris to come back to life long enough to impregnate Isis with the baby which later became Horus.
Horus went into hiding to prepare to avenge his father’s murder and overthrow Set. This lead to a series of battles between the 2, in which eventually Horus was able to defeat Set. In the final battle between the 2 Horus’ left eye was gouged out by Set.
Later his left Eye was restored by Hathor (goddess of love) or Thoth (god of knowledge and wisdom) in other versions of the story. Upon recovery, Horus offered his left eye to Osiris as the symbol of restoration, healing, love, protection, and sacrifice. These qualities, being that of the Moon, and so the eye of Horus was born as a symbol.
Anatomy, DMT and Psychedelics
The Eye of Horus is actually very closely linked with human anatomy, being that the eyes and pineal gland in the human brain have the same molecular compound. The pineal gland is thought to produce melatonin and dimethyltryptamine (DMT), melatonin is what is produced by your brain in preparation for entering the dream state and DMT is a compound that produces altered states of consciousness. Many natural substances such as the chacruna leaves which are added to the visionary brew ayahuasca contain DMT, it can also be extracted from the plant Mimosa tenuiflora and the toad Bufo alvarius and smoked creating a short burst of intense visions which are hard to explain without taking up too much space here.
The Eye of Horus represents the pineal gland, which is the third eye. The third eye within the chakra system is representative of vision and the ability to see a situation. But with visions, you rarely see the whole picture, just pieces that lead you to the next phase/s and allow the bigger picture to continue to unfold. The third eye is also linked to intuition, as is the stomach, although I would say it is a different type of intuitive feel. The stomach is very in the moment- and could be seen and fight or flight intuition, whereas third eye intuition is more about direction and where you see yourself going.