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By Lucy Wyatt

Hathor & Gold

Hathor the cow goddess had many roles, mostly to do with nurturing. She is sometimes attributed with lending her cow horns to the goddess Isis when tending the infant Horus. Hathor is also the one who nurtures the soul of the pharaoh on his journey.

Figure: Hathor, the Cow Goddess

Even more significantly, it is in her temple at Serabit el-Khadim in the Sinai peninsula where in the C19th Flinders Petrie found a mysterious white powder, vast quantities hidden under slabs in the floor. Furthermore, another of her names is Nub-t, the word for gold and her connection with gold is obvious at her temple at Denderah on the Nile which has the hieroglyph of gold on its back wall. It is in the Denderah temple where there are the strange ‘light bulb’ reliefs in the crypt.

Mouni Sadhu, who wrote a fundamental work on the Tarot in the late 1950s, alludes to the role of electricity in his summary of a typical alchemical process, albeit repeating the widespread deception that gold results from other metals.

Figure: reliefs in the crypt at Denderah

‘In order to transform another metal into silver or gold, we must first destroy the imperfect combination of its components, that is to separate the subtle from the gross in that metal, and then to establish a new, perfect combination, passive or active …The Emerald Tablets speak about this separation of the subtle from the gross. …’ Sadhu goes on to explain in more detail the stages that an alchemist might follow to create the Philosopher’s Stone which he identifies as being a ‘powder’.vi

The first phase is the preparation of the ‘Universal Solvent’ or Mercury using a mineral called the ‘Magnesia of the Sages’. The second phase is ‘the operation’ which produces a ‘dazzling white colour’ after slow heating in the athanor (the alchemist’s oven). There are several points to note in his account: his view that the Stone is a powder; that the ‘universal solvent’ is called the ‘Magnesia of the Sages’ which he later identifies as some kind of electrical charge; and the specific description of the powder being a ‘dazzling white’ colour. Is this the powder that Flinders Petrie discovered in the Hathor temple at Serabit el-Khadim?

Writer Lawrence Gardner also describes the electrical process of purifying gold which results in a white powder with levitational properties. According to Gardner, when the molecular structure of the gold changes some of its matter turns into energy and becomes pure light. Not only does the powder weigh less than the original metal, but it is capable of transferring some loss of weight to the container in which it was originally weighed.

vi - The Tarot, Mouni Sadhu, George Allen and Unwin Ltd, London, 1962

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