Participation with the Deities is one key to the quality of Egyptian magic. Another key is the sacred form, the symbol that IS reality. According to the Egyptians, sacred form—the image, the idol, if you will—was one of the best methods for magical participation.
You’ve heard me talk about the importance of the Goddessform and Godform in relation to Egyptian magic in other lectures. This discussion will expand on that idea, because Sacred Form is found in Egypt just about everywhere. The symbol—the form or image—was as real as the thing itself.
This idea is related to the fact that the Egyptians operated loosely in all the realms: the symbolic realm was as alive and real as the material realm; the material realm was as alive and real as the spiritual realm.
The Egyptian conception of the nature of Magic bears on this, too. Since the energy of Magic was considered to have a semi-physical aspect, it is reasonable that Magic should be able to take a form or inhabit a form or be moved from place to place, from being to being.
Thus the primordial and semi-physical energy of Magic or Heka could coalesce in the form of a sacred statue, a word, a sound, a movement, a ritual…or as architecture—in the form of the Temple.
This means that the Egyptian temple was a great, sacred magical formula-symbol-metaphor made real in stone.