• Maria Vandenburg

Cruising the Nile and Visiting Edfu: Temple of Horus

Updated: Oct 17, 2019

The following day brought us to Edfu where we visited the Temple of Horus.

I should take a step back and say that at this point we had commenced our 5 day cruise along the Nile aboard the Dahabeya Afandina.

As Nancy Nazmy at Quest Travel informed me

  • Dahabeya refers to the kind of boats that were sailed in the Ancient Days without the use of a motor

  • Afandina is the name and title given to the old Royal Kings and Pacha's

The Dahabeya Afandina - Our Home on the Nile

The Nile Journey begins. I had the distinct feeling I had been here before

Photo Credit: Leo Brodie

This was my first time on any type of cruise, and it did not disappoint. I loved the staff, including "Tiger" who was not shy of letting us know how he got his name, to the cook, who honestly made the most amazing food I tasted in Egypt. It was so good, that the food at the 5-star hotels we stayed at down the line paled in comparison. To the captain and the staff who found places for us to jump into the Nile, visit a local village, and made every effort to allow us to feel at home.

Baptism in the Nile

Plus, the boat only slept 18. It provided a very intimate environment for all of us. AND, when I couldn't sleep, I could go upstairs, read a book I stumbled across (Halle Eavelyn's Red Goddess Rising) while gazing up at the stars.

We arrived early morning to make our way by horse and carriage to Edfu. As our itinerary describes: "It is one of the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. When you approach the temple complex, you become aware of its enormous dimensions, with a vast courtyard, a forest of towering columns and high ceilings. The side chambers of the Temple of Horus show the complexity of ancient rites; they include a healing chamber, a perfumery, and singers’ rooms. One chamber, called the House of Life, stored all of the sacred texts used in seasonal and daily rituals. Horus is associated with higher vision and clarity. The eye of Horus greatly relates to his myth and power. The left eye represents the lunar, the moon, the intuitive, the feminine energy. The right eye is connected to the solar, the masculine, the action, and the yang energy. Both are necessary for true power to exist."

Edfu Temple

Horus Upon Entry

Photo Credit: Safaa Aboushady

The piece of jewellery I am wearing in my photo above is the Eye of Horus. What I love about this, was that I did not pick it up in Egypt. I was pulled to it at a retreat in Glastonbury, England. The minute I learned the stone in the eye was a peridot (my birthstone). I knew that it was mine.

In the temple itself, we were able to go into the inner sanctuary. While walking through Kathianne asked to get intentional with what we were seeking. This trip for me ended up being about remembering the fact that I am enough (just as I am, my theme for my life, this website and all of my work to date) as well as the concept of trust and surrender. So I pondered that as I walked in the inner sanctum and I heard the words "Write". Write about what? I thought. Egypt? I am already writing Crown Jewels. I asked for clarity and I heard the words "Breathe." What I took from that is that one of Spiritual Gifts shows up through my writing, both to serve others (Like 30 days of Authenticity and Crown Jewels) and to serve myself. That whenever I'm feeling frustrated/stuck/what have you, I should take a minute to Breathe, re-connect and then continue to write, whatever I might be inspired to in the moment, or whatever I might need to release. It was a pretty powerful experience and happened while I was walking through here:

Breathe and Write <3

I took it to heart <3

Photo Credit: Leo Brodie

I also felt a powerful connection to Sekhmet here - more to come with this though when I talk about my experience at Karnak Temple.

Photo Credit: Laura Unruh

Photo Credit: Malissia Woodall

Photo Credit: Malissia Woodall

Loved this space!

Lots more to come - like our arrival in Luxor <3

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