This was the diary I kept while in Luxor again during September 07. This was a little different as it was Ramadan and September! Not a good combination. We also had my 19 year old daughter Hana with us. It was so hot that we spent most of the time in the pool of the apartment we had rented for the two weeks. Not something I usually do but unavoidable this time as it was just too hot to go out. If we were used to the heat it might not have been so bad but we weren’t. But the time was well spent writing and studying and getting to know Luxor and its people a little better.24 September 2009.
We’ve been here a week and its been far too hot to do anything. We’ve gotten up at 5am on a couple of mornings to go to Luxor Temple and to Deir el Bahri, Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple, but the heat was still too much. That, coupled with the persistence of the vendors and ‘guides’, made for a very difficult and irritating time.
While we were at the temple we were approached by three ‘guides’ who wanted to show us things on the walls. Very frustrating when it happens all of the time.
It was far too hot to do anything so we went back to the apartment and had some breakfast. I studied a little more about Egypt and Alexandria. I was particularly interested in the time when Alexandria began to fall apart. The first three Ptolemy Kings seemed to be enlightened and made big, good changes to the city. After them the succeeding Ptolemy Kings were more ‘decadent’ and the city also became Coptic Christian and its ‘enlightenment’ began to dissipate. I could see that order, cleanliness, structure and productivity come from a few people who are ‘enlightened’ and possess the vision, and soul, to make things possible. However, when these people are gone, things start to fall apart.
Take El Gezira for example. It is on the West Bank of Luxor and is a sprawling, dusty, dirty village. There is one main road through the village which is lined with tiny shops, most of which are no bigger than a kiosk. Along one stretch there are more than 10 grocery shops, one bread shop, a couple of pharmacies, a couple of vegetable shops, a hardware store and a couple of tourist clothes shops.
Each grocery shop is tiny and each one has a cold drinks cabinet. Shelves line the walls and are stacked sparingly with basic foodstuffs, such as Rice, pasta, beans, water, packets of Egyptian food mixes and lots of Tuna. Eggs are small and white but very delicious. These shops remind me of my childhood in rural Ireland in the 60’s where, before the advent of large supermarkets, we bought everything in shops just like those! When we return to England and go into Tesco’s or Sainsbury’s we are overwhelmed by the amount of food on sale. Far too much choice! And most of it unnecessary luxury. We have changed our eating and shopping habits as a result of our trips to Luxor!!
There is a butcher’s shop on this road also where large sides of meat are hung in the open, covered with cream cloth, none of which looks edible. Too many flies!
Our apartment block is on the edge of the village, surrounded by farmland and with a beautiful view of the Mountain range wherein lies nestled the Valley of the Kings and Deir el Bahri.
At night, apart from the mosquitoes, we can hear crickets and frogs croaking and from a small, enclosed farmyard behind our block we can hear dogs barking, cocks crowing, geese honking and chickens cackling. The farmer keeps a colt in there too and only waters him once a day. All day long he is cooped up and one morning we awoke to a terrible racket. The colt had had enough and had gone ballistic, smashing down the door of his stable and kicking the rabbit hutches to smithereens. The place was a shambles. The poor horse was bored, hot and thirsty. Only once did we see the owner take him out, hose him down and give him a run, in circles! If that had been me in there I would have smashed the place up too!!
Altogether it was a noisy place but it made it more interesting as a result. It reminds me of Torremolinos, Spain in the 1970’s, where I grew up. Same dust, same heat, same men. The only difference was the religion, and of course the language! So in many ways Egypt feels very familiar.
The fields in front of us are filled with fave beans and sugar cane and beyond us, beneath the canopy of palm trees, lie small irrigated fields with the beginning of a new sugar cane crop. When I was 12 and living in Spain we used to et the base of the sugar cane stem after peeling off its outer cane. It was delicious. We would roam the fields and help ourselves. You can still do that here in Egypt but in Spain all those wonderful fields full of crops now lie beneath tourist housing and holiday rental apartments. Hopefully that won’t happen here in Egypt but it looks as though it might. And its not as if there is a lot of arable land in Egypt. If the land is used up in building for tourists and money what will the people eat?
Here in Egypt, when the farmers are irrigating their fields, which are separated by small banks of soil that create a checkerboard of small fields, Egrets, small and white, eat the frogs which come with the water. I remember watching the same scenes in Torremolinos! The water fills each small square field and then another is filled until they have all had their fill.
There is a tall palm tree right in front of our balcony which is filled with ripe dates. Sparrows and pigeons eat them to their content but only while the territorial hooded crows are away. When they are in residence they perch on a palm branch and ‘caw’ into the air proclaiming their territorial boundaries.
Alongside our apartment block is the main highway which can be very noisy as Egyptian drivers, worse than the Spanish, use their car horns to warn other drivers of their intention to overtake. You’re never taken by surprise by drivers as they also warn you of their coming.
Apart from vehicles the sugarcane laden carts, pulled by donkeys are a frequent sight. Sometimes the carts are loaded with gas bottles and it is unbelievable that one tiny donkey can pull such a weight. They struggle along in the heat, straining to pull their heavy load.
Across from one restaurant we ate in was a ‘death house’. This was a house where the men of a departed member of the family stay to pay their respects to, and mourn the departed. The house was open to be visited by all. Each family group have their own ‘death house’. The owner of the restaurant explained this to us but we’re not sure we understood exactly what he said as we have seen other funerals since!
But, from where we were sitting we could see into the house. It lay behind large, wooden entrance gates. Beyond the gates was a courtyard and beyond that a large room full of made beds which were covered in spotless white bedlinen. Occasionally a man would walk around with a sensor full of incense filling the place, inside and out with smoke to repel the mosquitoes. The restaurant owner said that women were not allowed in the death house and that the departed and attendant family could spend up to 15 days there.
Yesterday there was a slight breeze and it was stiflingly hot. We had a visit from three geckos which ran across the living-room and kitchen walls. Lovely creatures and they eat the mozzies. We also have live-in ants, tiny ones which have created a pathway to the sugar! There are also large black ants, pharaoh ants, which make an appearance in the evening. They walk around with their tails in the air, very pharaoh-like!! Not too sure about those. They creep in through the kitchen window which looks out onto the air shafts!
25 September 2007.
We ventured into town today, the East bank of the Nile, and discovered that the way to deal with the heat is to walk slowly and in the shade!! The river crossing is also cool and refreshing as there is always a cool wind blowing. Maybe we should just spend all day crossing back and forth on the river!!
27 September 2007.
We were supposed to be in Cairo yesterday but we got the day wrong believing it was today we were supposed to be going!! Oh well, we were obviously not meant to go. As it happened, Waleed, the guide which had been arranged for us had also forgotten so we would have been stuck at Cairo airport waiting for him and he wouldn’t have turned up anyway!!
Yesterday we ended up going on a camel ride which my daughter Hana really wanted to go on. Not really my thing, give me a horse any day!! But we thought we’d give it a try. We had booked for a one hour ride with a guy called Mahmoud, down by the river. He also owned a shop which sold the usual over-priced clothes. We should have known!! The ride took four hours, which we had to pay for and give the camel boys a tip at the end. It cost us nearly £50 by the time we were finished.
We were down at the camels by 6am. Four boys came with us, Asheraf on the donkey and one holding a camel each. It was hard work staying on. The boys initially brought one complaining camel to its knees and then I was able to mount. As the camel came to standing it lurched forwards, then backwards and we were standing! Christ. What a job! Even when we were on it felt like we would come off at any minute. The saddles, wooden frames covered in thick fabric, felt very precarious. What made things even worse was that my camel took every opportunity to eat!! Each Mimosa tree, every mango or banana tree, sugar cane in the fields could not be passed without a bite! I wondered if we each had the camel who reflected us as I like eating too!! Each time the camel’s head went to eat something the boy holding him would yank his head up and pound him under the neck, yelling at him. Seemed a bit harsh but the camel was intent on eating wherever the opportunity arose!
Strolling through the village we arrived at the back of Medinet Habu temple. There was a café there who of course was related to either Asheraf or Mahmoud so we had to have a drink. I felt rather uncomfortable as it was Ramadan and the boys couldn’t drink so I opted out of having one. It didn’t seem fair really. Mind you, if I knew then what they were doing I would have had the damned drink!!
This morning we got up early and went to the Valley of the Kings. That was interesting. We went into KV15, 11 and 34. That is Seti the second, Ramoses the first and Tutmoses the third. We had done KV 11 and it was in good working order! As we walked down the corridor I was aware that all the hieroglyphs and images emitted an energy which filled the place, as though that were its intention. Chris was aware of the vortex which we had activated last time. Combined with the energy-work many other lightworkers do here it is functioning well.
On the way out the sulking man still sat on the wall. I nodded to him and said ‘Shokran’ Thankyou. He nodded sulkily back, feeling very sorry for himself.
Later on I received this channelling:
“The different levels represent the different phases of creation. The energies of those phases are represented by symbols which only the priests and scribes would understand. It was their job to ensure that the right energies were in place at every different tomb. Just as today there are many different types of healers dealing with different facets of creative/creation energy, so too were there priests and holy scribes who specialised in their levels and layers of creation energy.
There were lunar and solar priests/priestesses.
There was water and sky, light and life. The green growing things were the creation of Isis, the Great Queen of heaven and Osiris, her Lord, kept them fertile. Amun, the great god of the sun, insured the continuing success of all that lay beneath him. Geb, the Great Sky creator looked down from the Universe, pouring his light onto all the lands ensuring the survival and balance of the planet.
Study the old stories now and re-interpret them so that those who follow in your footsteps understand this sacred cosmology. There are seven layers, as you know. See which ones are in play then record your findings.
When you next return you will be ready to continue your work.