Heka-Aten

Egyptian symbolism & magic belief

Relief on Esna temple of Egyptian God ‘Heka’.

What’s magic?

My idea of magic is related to a specific neuronal mechanism: do not try to understand complexity of things by reading ancient texts, this article or whatever as a computing machine, but words’ senses within your subjective and strictly personal perceptions.

Correct and fluent thinking processes requires to know a good amount of words and the capability to evolve/mutate them via *images deconstruction.

Creative process is a determinative purpose for the thinking one.

We all see images while we are thinking about something, even numbers.

Image we see while thinking about the process of images we see while thinking, is Magic.

I will try to translate this concept onto an image, dancing with the ancient powerful god ‘Heka’ (re-imagined as the symbol of a wider common comprehension behind words expressed)

This powerful deity’s strictly related to our modern idealism of word *magic in contrast with the ancient Egyptian one, aware of *heka existance, power and even conscious about Its functionalities in the physical world

‘Head of pharaoh Akhenaton (Aten)’

I decided to unite two elements and fuse them with a word that represents, generically, what needs to be understood — (Heka-Aten).

Accordingly to the message I want to send here, We can basically translate this words’ connection as: Magic (Heka) of the God. (Seen as a human skill through the antropomorfization of a God into a human figure)

The so-called Aten:

Picture taken by the author at the Egyptian museum in Turin. (Hyeroglyphs in the frontal part of the Lid of the human-form sarcophagus of Ghemnefharbec. Black diorite. Reporting magical formulas

If I force myself to try to catch this conceptuality as an ancient egyptian man, I will see thoughts appearing in the shape of a glyph that can be written with the modulation of the symbol of a box.

Words have matter, a substance made up of thoughts.

Balance between these two dimensions (thoughts and words) is given by the result appearing between the awareness of the speaker and that of the listener: beware, balance, not the solution!

Balance is a light indicating a potential solution, as the Sun do, but lives only within our hearts

Imagine to read the word ‘belief’ written in hieroglyphs: you will see a symbol of a bee next to the one of a leaf, ‘bee’ + ‘leaf’ but you are reading the conceptuality behind a certain ‘belief’, not a bee landing on a leaf!

Phonetically speaking, It pronounces ‘belief’. Conceptually speaking, we run on two totally different ways of thinking; creativity (magic) is the bridge.

Take a look to my Knownorigin.io profile to see more works inspired and elaborated around these elements and structural meanings!

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Italian artist. Ancient cultures passionate, philosophy learner & NFTs creator. Articles in here defines my intellectual horizons and artistic inspirations 🔎

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Alberto Ballocca

Alberto Ballocca

Italian artist. Ancient cultures passionate, philosophy learner & NFTs creator. Articles in here defines my intellectual horizons and artistic inspirations 🔎