Nowhere in the world could you find a place as magical as sacred Egypt. It has mystified and delighted for centuries. It’s such a sensuous place. The souk air is soaked with perfume and spices. The fresh Nile vegetables make you wonder what you’ve been eating all your life. Cairene taxi swerve by as sounds of hip bouncing music pour out into the street. The morning call to prayer breaks the silence of the still night air. Everywhere you look are beautiful people with expressive eyes and smiling faces. Most of all, your heart will burst with the intensity and love that pours from the Egyptian sands.
If your heart is missing magic, there is nowhere in the world more likely to restore it than sacred Egypt. We all need magic to get out of our rut, make life new again, and continue to grow. Nobody wants to be tired and stale. So, let’s see what’s in store for this trip.
Egypt is famous for her monumental architecture. We will talk about the temples later, but for now I’ll tell you about the Giza Plateau where we will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here we find the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus and the famous Sphinx. These are between six-thousand and thirteen-thousand years old. While there are lots of stories the archealogists will tell you, mystics have a much different idea of the history of these structures.
Colossi of Memnon are two gigantic statues in Luxor that have stood guard to the entrance to Amenhotep’s mortuary temple for 3,400 years. This once was the site of the largest mortuary temple in the world where people worshipped Amenhotep as a god. Earthquakes and erosion have carried off all but these two statues.
Cultural and Spiritual Sites
Who doesn’t love shopping in foreign bazaars? There is so much to see! If you enjoy haggling, stopping for tea, and talking with vendors, you’re going to love Khan el Khalili, a 700 year old marketplace. Whether you want leather goods, toys, souvenirs, Luxor gold, or medicinal teas, you will find it here.
Although Egypt is predominantly Muslim, Christians and Jews have long occupied this land too. We will visit the Hanging Church, a 7th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Inside you will see 13 pillars, one for each apostle. The black on represents Judas, the grey, doubting Thomas. This isn’t a museum, but an active church so please maintain decorum.
We will also see the Ben Ezra Synagogue which used to be a place of pilgrimage and major festivals and celebrations. The original structure was built in 882. The current one dates from 1892 and is a faithful reconstruction. During reconstruction a cache of worn out Torah scrolls were discovered that dated back to the Middle Ages. Today the site is a monument.
The Egyptian Museum houses many incredible artifacts from antiquity. The most famous and probably most popular are those of King Tut’s tomb. The thousands year history of this mighty empire will leave an impression on you that you won’t soon forget.
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is absolutely stunning. Queen Hatshepsut ruled for 22 of the most prosperous years in Egyptian history. The energy here is very soft and powerful.
The Valley of the Kings is where 62 kings, including King Tut, were buried. This land of the dead is holy ground. We will step inside to see the small passageways that led down to the hiding places that held treasure that these kings took with them to the after world.
All of sacred Egypt has amazing energy. The earth’s throat chakra is located off the Rainbow/Plumed serpent ley lines a bit near the Great Pyramid. This may activate your throat chakra, the energy that wants to be heard. This is great news if you are feeling like you aren’t standing in your power, don’t know who you are, are stuck in a rut, or want to be seen in a more authentic light. This energy can highlight what is off center in your life so that you can fix it or bring joy to your life so that you have the courage to continue shining.
Egypt has a long history. The ancient layers of soft feminine energy ride beneath the more modern masculine energies giving it both an exciting, “anything is possible” feel and a deeply relaxing and timeless feel. Let yourself drift into the wholeness of self here.
In a land of monumental, impressive temples, Abu Simbel stands out. Construction began in a site already sacred to Hathor around 1244 BC by Ramses II. The purpose was to commemorate his victory in battle at Kadesh, solidify his standing as a god, intimidate his Nubian neighbors to the south, honor his queen and wife Nefertari, and honor himself. It’s 98 feet tall and 115 feet wide. The construction is oriented with the sun in mind showing that these ancient people had a respectful relationship with the Sun. Unique in all of Egypt, the statue of Nefertari is the same size as Ramses II. The daughters are taller than the sons.
The Temple of Hathor is off the well trod tourist path in Dendera so the throngs of tourists will be lighter here. This is a very old, very sacred place that was probably first used in 5000 BC up to 100 AD. This is the chief location for the worship of the goddess Hathor, the goddess of earthy love, healing, and femininity. It was a pilgrimage site where physical and psychological healing took place. Astrology is an important factor in this site as it’s situated on astrological alignment to Gamma Draconis. There is a zodiac on the ceiling of the temple dedicated to Osiris. The zodiac was used to predict a child’s path through life based on his birthdate. The multitude of astrological references show that this was an important part of this very unique temple complex.
The temples of Seti I in Abydos are among the most famous and impressive in Egypt, yet are also off the beaten path. The god Osiris was worshipped her and is said to be buried here. The paintings of the Gods and Pharaohs on the walls of the Osiris Temple at Abydos are among the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. Abydos has the only record of the line of kings found anywhere. It is also significant for being one of the oldest cities in the world.
Luxor is a crown in the Upper Egypt jewel. To appreciate the unique Temple in Man found at the complex of temples at Luxor, get a copy of Serpent in the Sky. It’s illuminates why the ancient Egyptians were far in advance of modern science. Even greater than that, this book demonstrates the spiritual intelligence that has been lost to modern people. It will blow your mind when you think about how different people must have been to live with this knowledge.
Travel back to 3200 BC at the Karnak Temple complex. It’s hard to say what’s your favorite temple when they are like comparing apples, to pomegranates, and kiwis. For me, I think it’s Karnak. There are many important temples and statues here. Perhaps the most notable is the obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. All traces of her existence were almost obliterated, but here we see traces of her reign as the first female pharaoh. (The only other female pharaoh was Cleopatra). If you are able, peak into some of the smaller temples. You will find some really juicy surprises inside.
The Temple of Horus at Edfu is one of the best preserved temples because it is one of the youngest. Built between 237 and 57 BC, it’s a mere 2000 years old. When the Romans outlawed paganism, the temple was abandoned in 391 AD. It was covered in sand that preserved it until it was excavated in 1861. You will enjoy this large, beautiful complex.
The Temple at Kom Ombo is home of the crocodile god, Sobek. If you’re not paying attention, you’ll have temple burnout by now. If you are paying attention, you will delight in the very different energy of this place. This site didn’t used to be water side, but after the creation of Lake Nasser, the temple is now surrounded by water giving it a really peaceful feeling.
After visiting a few of the temples, you will start to notice that the gods worshipped there have a distinct influence over the energy found there. Perhaps this is why the Temple of Philae is noticeably softer. It’s the only temple on our itinerary dedicated to Isis. After the Romans abandoned Isis in favor of Jesus, the Nubias continued to workshop her here for hundreds of years. The temple was finally closed or converted to Christianity around 527 – 565 AD.
Cruising the Nile is a fabulous luxury. You get great scenery, a smooth ride, great entertainment, fresh food, and comfortable lodgings. Our boat has a sundeck, pool, fitness room and massage available at a reasonable price. Rooms are air conditioned with private bathrooms. There is a lounge area for gathering in small groups or just reading by yourself. You may want to bring your boogie shoes and dance after the local evening entertainment.
Balloon Ride over the Sahara
How many of you have a balloon ride on your bucket list? There are so many bucket list items on this tour that it’s just an amazing deal. There is nothing like gliding in the air noiselessly over the desert. You’ll have a beautiful view of the temples. Many will say that this it the highlight of the tour.
We will actually see two tannoura shows – one on the cruise ship that is more of a tourist show that demonstrates really entertaining technique. The other is more of a spiritual event. So what’s a tannoura show? It’s a folkloric performance of music and dance that highlights Egypt’s heritage. The whirling dances at the end show love and adoration for Allah. The show takes place at the beautiful Wekalet El Ghoury built in 1504 A.D during the reign of Mamelukes.
Yes, we’re going to be cruising the Nile already. Do we really need a felucca (sailboat) ride? YES! A felucca is an up-close-and-personal, earthy type of way to feel the spirit of the river. If we’re lucky enough to have a boat crew with a drum and lively spirit, you’ll be in for a huge treat. We have many wonderful memories of colorful felucca rides. Let’s cross our fingers and hope that this one is too.
Places are fantastic, but what makes a life worth living are relationships, people. Egypt has some of the most friendly people in the world. They are so full of life. You’ll fall in love with their smiling faces and open, deep eyes. Talk to some locals. Open your heart. You may make a friend for life. I certainly have!
This is an Egyptian dream come true. Ready to go? Register here and get ready to reclaim the magic.