The Djed Column of Osiris


This special symbol from ancient Egypt is called a “Djed column” You may see authors from previous decades or centuries refer to it as a “Tat” column or a “Tat Cross.” It was associated with the god Osiris and specifically with the “backbone of Osiris” Osiris was treacherously slain by his brother, Set, and placed into a casket that was then sent out to sea . . . The “casting down” of Osiris into the sea and ultimately into the underworld is symbolized by the casting down of the Djed column. This is an image of the goddess Isis receiving the Djed column of Osiris after he has been slain and entombed. In Lost Light, published in 1940, Alvin Boyd Kuhn explains that the casting down of the Djed column was associated with the fall (or autumn) equinox, when the Sun was cast down into the underworld, the lower half of the year, where the . . . . . . nights are longer than the days. However, every year there is a “turning point” where the cast-down god begins to ascend, and ultimately the Djed column and thus Osiris himself is raised-up again. Thus the annual Wheel itself has in it a Cross, consisting of a horizontal line, between the equinoxes which creates an “underworld,” beginning at the fall equinox, where the Djed column is cast down, as well as a vertical line, between the solstices, which represents the re-ascent and the restoration of the Djed column, the raising back up of Osiris, after he has been cast down. Now, Alvin Boyd Kuhn argues that this cycle is only seemingly about an external god, Osiris. It is in fact about each and every human soul, each and every divine human soul, and it symbolizes our experience on more than one level. He explains that the Djed column or Tat Cross is one version of a concept that is found in different forms in the various scriptures and sacred mythologies all around the world, and it symbolizes human life itself. He writes: “This most ancient perhaps of all religious symbols, by no means an exclusive instrument of Christian typology, was the most simple and natural ideograph that could be devised to stand as an index of the main basic datum of human life, the fact that in man the two opposite poles of spirit and matter had crossed in union. The cross is but a badge of our incarnation, the axial crossing of soul and body, consciousness and substance, in one organic unity an animal nature that walked horizontally to the earth and a divine nature that walked upright crossed their lines of force and consciousness in the same organism The implications of this situation are all that the great symbol ever connoted. The same “casting down” and “raising-up” can be clearly seen in the form in which these concepts are allegorized in the New Testament scriptures, which are very closely aligned to the form that they take in the Osiris myth of ancient Egypt. Remember, these are metaphorical “pictures” of the experience of the soul, not a literal representation, so we should not get hung-up on the fact that Osiris or maybe some of the other depictions in other parts of the world are gods who are depicted as a male god — or a female god, for that matter. The raised-up Djed column is associated with the upraised arms as we see here in this image, which is also associated with the sacred Scarab Beetle in ancient Egypt, and we don’t look at the winged Scarab symbol and say, “Well, that excludes me: I’m not a Scarab Beetle.” It’s a picture; it’s a symbol; it points to spiritual truths that have to do with the existence of the Invisible Realm of spirit, which is the actual origin of this physical, material, visible universe, and, of our own invisible divine spirit, which comes down into this physical world, according to these allegorical teachings. Also, these stories are not just about going back to the Invisible Realm after this life, That’s one level — but they are also talking about “raising the Djed” within this material life as well. While we are in the body, we are supposed to remember what our material condition, and the necessities of the physical universe, often work to make us forget: that we have a spiritual dimension, and that we can make contact with the Invisible Realm at any time, in fact that we are always in contact with it, because it is part of — and the actual source of — everything we see in the Material Realm, and that we have the ability to call if forth in ourselves and to help raise it in the world around us. One word for this bringing-forth of the invisible and the divine for the purposes of raising the spirit in ourselves and others, and in the world, is “blessing” This ancient knowledge, depicted in the sacred myths of the world, in so many different forms, all of them related has many incredible implications for our day-to-day life, implications that have the power to transform everything. The casting-down of the Djed column and the raising it back up again is very clearly symbolized in one form of the ritual of baptism by immersion that is still widely-practiced today The baptism-by-immersion ritual depicted here, which you can still see today, in many churches, has very clear commonalities with the Osirian “casting down” and then “raising back up” symbology. (silent portion) So this powerful symbol, present in different forms in virtually all of the world’s ancient sacred mythologies speaks of our eventual triumph and transcendence but it is also a concept we can incorporate into our lives every single day, and maybe, even, every single minute. “Follow this link for more on the world’s ancient Star Myths” images: Wikimedia commons


10 Responses

  1. Jordan Brown

    December 19, 2015 5:53 pm

    Very cool video and very well done! Pretty enlightening, interesting stuff you went into, thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Electric Earth

    February 17, 2017 9:43 pm

    The Djed pillar is the backbone of the universe – it literally holds up the sky – hence the outstretched upwards arms. It is the hyperboloid of earth's magnetic field, whose ancient and royal symbol is the fleur-de-lis. Earth does not move or rotate – the stars and luminaries do. The symbolic raising and falling of the Djed represents the precession of the magnetic torus during the calendar year, which produces seasonal rise and fall of the constellations accordingly.

  3. corey mack

    September 4, 2017 8:26 am

    When the Djed Staff is combined with the Metaphysical Key of Thoth, it displays a power that is unknown or perceived by the understanding of men in this 3 dimensional realm. When Monotomic Gold is added,then it unveils a power that is beyond description or comprehension!

  4. LaQuisha Adams

    December 15, 2018 9:35 pm

    I gave this video a thumbs down because you depict Osiris with the Fre masonry symbol that is satanic. When Osiris is an Egyptian god who follows the Star of David ✡️ and practices masonry not free masonry???? Okay? Please and thank u let’s not confuse the people 😊!

  5. Foo Fighter

    June 27, 2019 5:27 pm

    Wouldn't it just be a sighting device to track the changing azimuth of the Sun? I think that is defiantly what the cross is for. They used sightlines from a fixed position at sunrise/sunset to track this too.


    September 24, 2019 1:20 pm

    DJED PILLAR WAS USED AS A COSMIC COMPUTER AND WAS ABLE TO ACCESS AKASHIC RECORDS " theosophy and anthroposophy, the Akashic records are a compendium of all human events, thoughts, words, emotions, and intent ever to have occurred in the past, present, or future. They are believed by theosophists to be encoded in a non-physical plane of existence known as the etheric plane"


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