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Ra Rising

Backstory and Inspiration by @Yantrart_Design

"Another myth tells of how Isis created a magical serpent out of dust and Ra’s spittle. She placed the serpent on the path that the sun god usually took when he was traveling by day, and the serpent bit him. Ra had power over all things, and so he ordered the poison to leave his body. However, as the serpent had been made from Ra’s own spittle he was unable to cure himself.

He called on Isis (who was already a great magician and healer). She told him that she could only heal him if she knew his secret name. Ra tried to fob her off with some of his lesser names, but eventually, he relented and told her his true name. Isis immediately cured Ra, but he could not take back the power that he had granted her by telling her his true name, and from that point on Isis was equal even to the sun god in power.

She played the game with him to obtain the power to be able to get pregnant. There are some other variants about this tale."

The idea of this piece was to make a tribute to Ra, the greatest god of Ancient Egypt, the god of the sun. I had the inspiration of his reborn as a Phoenix bird (Ra's been represented under many forms and one of them is the Phoenix bird), and taking again the power he had before being tricked by Isis. He is also represented as a better-called kheper, appearing on the top of the boat. The boats below are the vehicles to pass to the Underworld representing the path where Isis placed the snake that got him. The phoenix in the center is Ra, raising again with all is power. The figure behind is Ra itself, ruling the natural world. Then I placed a Lotus right on the bottom of the whole scene, being a powerful analogy to rebirth.

Lotus representation:
"The Lotus flower is regarded in many different cultures, especially in eastern
religions, as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth.
Its characteristics are a perfect analogy for the human condition: even when
its roots are in the dirtiest waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful
flower."

There is also some Seed of Life and Flower of Life patterns and symbols, inside the lotus, giving even more power to the concept of creation, rebirth, nature, and the sacred.