Wands of Horus

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from GoldKhu Website

Once pointed out, the extent to which the use of the Wands of Horus are depicted in Egyptian statues is amazing. There are two positions depicted extensively, the Master Position and the Communication Position.

Master Position

The most common position depicted is the Master Position. The person is standing, the left foot is slightly forward, they are looking straight ahead, one Wand is clenched tightly in each hand and the arms held straight by their side.

The reason that this position is depicted is that it indicated that the person had truly mastered, with the use of the Wands, the ability to move and communicate freely between the material and spiritual planes.

The Triad of Mycerinus, currently located in the Cairo Museum. Note the stance adopted by the Pharaoh and the cylinders in his hands. Menkaura' s reign is dated Dynasty 4, CA. 2490-2472 BC.

The Colossus of Ramesses is an enormous statue carved in limestone. It is about 10m (33.8 ft) long, even though it has no feet, and is located near the village of Mit Rahina. A small museum has been built to house this magnificent piece. Note the cylinder clasp in his hand. Ramesses reign is dated 19th Dynasty 1279-1213 B.C.


Pharaoh Mycerinus with goddess Hathor and personification of Thebes. Dynasty 4, CA. 2490-2472 BC.

King Mycerinus & Queen Kha-merer-nebty II The statue of the pharaoh Mycerinus and his queen was uncovered in 1910 when his pyramid and its temples at Giza were excavated by an archaeological expedition. Greywacke, Egypt, Dynasty 4, CA. 2490-2472 BC.



A statue of Ramesses II in the Cairo Museum. Note the stance and cylinders in his hands.


The Statue of Antinous in the Vatican Museo Egiziano. Found in 1739 in the Canope of the Villa Adriana.



Sculpture of an Egyptian priest holding nine-faceted "Wands of Horus". Photograph taken in the Hermitage, St Petersburg .


Communication Position

Less commonly depicted, but just as significant is the Communication Position.

This is the position adopted to communicate with your higher spirit guide. In the case of the Pharaohs and priests, those guides would have been one of those from the highest planes such as Ra, Osiris and Horus or other initiate adepts. Hence the position not only depicted one who had mastered this form of communication, but also ruled with the authority and guidance of those from the highest planes, providing a direct source of communication with the divine.

It should be remembered that the Wands are ultimately a training tool, hence those who had mastered this form of communication were often depicted in the sitting position with both hands flat on their foreleg, as in the case of the statues of Ramses at the entrance of the temple at Abu Simbel.

This position is also the original of the symbol of the throne, the King of the middle ages sitting on his throne is symbolic of one divinely appointed and guided to serve his people.

The diorite life sized statue of Khephren seated on his lion throne with the falcon of Horus hovering above his head. This statue indicates that Horus was his higher spirit guide.