Tutankhamun/Mars and the Divine Lotus Flower

We previously discussed how upper atmospheric lightning was seen as floral imprints on the heavens above, notably as the lotus and papyrus plants (see Sprites, Jets & Elves). We now turn our attention to how atmospheric conditions (i.e., light and dust) gave rise to another form of the lotus plant observed on the horizons. Worshiped as the god Nefertum, it played a significant part in the rising and setting of both the Sun and the god king planets, in particular; Mars/Tutankhamun. Confused? Well, you’re not alone, given the chaotic events above so were the Egyptians!

Left: Sculpture of Tutankhamun’s head emerging from a lotus bloom. Right: In this particular sunrise scene clouds give rise to a floral shaped lotus. Did dust and gas during times of upheaval create similar ‘blooming’ shapes?

Tutankhamun’s Sculpture. What are we to make of such symbolism?

Water Lily and Ra
The God Nefertum wearing a lotus headdress.

The sculpture above depicts the Pharaoh [Tutankhamun] in the guise of Nefertem, the god of the dawning sun. The child-god Nefertem springs from a blue lotus, which was associated with the revival of the Sun in the morning because its buds close at night and reopen at dawn. The blue base of the bust symbolises the primordial waters from which the sun rose at the beginning of creation. The Pharaoh was closely associated with the Sun, but the depiction of him in the guise of this particular solar deity was meant to magically guarantee that the Pharaoh would be reborn once more, just as the Sun is reborn at dawn.

An unusual and appealing small head that is a masterpiece; it was found by Howard Carter at the entrance to King Tutankhamun‘s tomb.

The head is that of the boy pharaoh with very beautiful features, modelled in the Amarna style and emerging from an open lotus flower. The base is painted blue to represent the water in which the flower grows.

It is a powerful symbol because the lotus flower closes its petals at dusk and opens them again at dawn, facing east to greet the rising sun. Thus, the emerging lotus is the symbol of the sun, which is regenerated each morning after its nightly journey to the regions of the underworld. This beautiful sculpture was placed in the tomb to wish the sovereign eternal life.


Sunrise and sunset images. The light from the Sun fashioning the shape of a water lily. Wikimedia Commons (link & link).

Now if we take a look at both the sunrise and sunset images on this page you will note the shape formed by the Sun’s light resembles that of a blooming flower, or as I contend, the lotus bloom. I would suggest such visions were fairly common during ancient times (especially during the Late Period, paralleling that of Nefertum’s popularity) due to the copious amounts of dust and debris strewn about the solar system and in Earth’s atmosphere. It dimmed the Sun red (EXACTLY as depicted by the AEs) resulting in a more distinct ‘trumpet’ shaped bloom. I would further suggest dust combined with an atmosphere laden with moisture (source: water from Mars) gave the lotus a bluish-green hue as painted by the AEs. The sky itself being largely yellow reddish brownish as many background wall paintings reveal.

Photo showing sunrise
The Sun giving rise to the divine water lily.

“Rise like Nefertum from the blue water lily, to the nostrils of Ra, and come forth upon the horizon each day” (Book of the Dead).

Nefertum was known as “He Who is Beautiful” and “Water Lily of the Sun.”

Since the Sun was believed to have risen from a lotus, we may envisage Ra emerging from Nerfertum’s water lily in the east, which in turn emerged from the swampy primal waters surrounding a flat earth. Ra then sailed across the heavens in his boat of “millions of years” before setting in the west, again the divine lotus playing a part as it closed its petals around the Sun.     

Mars/Tutankhamun Emulating the Sun God Ra

Tutankhamun and his celestial double (ka) embracing Osiris (star form) on the left.
The above offers clear support for the God King Scenario and the whole ‘double’ belief.

Although Tutankhamun’s human remains now rest in tomb KV62 (Kings Valley tomb) Tutankhamun was primarily just one of the many guises of red Mars. His epithets clearly allude to a personified celestial body.

Tutankhamun’s Celestial Titles.

“Living Image of Amun/Aurora.”

“Perfect God, likeness of Ra, Who Appears Over Foreign Lands Like the Rising of Re.”

“The Lordly Manifestation of Ra.”

“Grant that he rest upon thy throne as Horus, the Mighty Bull, beloved of Ma’at.”
(Papyrus Harris)

“Elevated of appearances who satisfied the gods.”

“Who has elevated the appearances of his father Ra.”
(All pharaohs were Sa Re, “Offspring of Ra”).

He Who is Fully Reborn Each Month,”
A time when Mars/Tutankhamun came so close to earth as to take on the crescent attributes of the Moon (see here).

Bearing in mind the above, the symbolism of Tutankhamun’s Sculpture becomes apparent.

A gravitational distorted *Mars/Tutankhamun periodically emulated the Red Sun god Ra by emerging from a lotus bloom on the morn. It gave off its own light due to its incandescence molten state as well as occasionally backlit by Ra. Tut/Mars then traversed the heavens in his war chariot of ‘gold and electrum’ before the divine Horus king set in the west. The lotus petals closing and enveloping the king in the process.

*See Elongated Skulls.

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