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Horus and Seth—The Inner Struggle

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Horus and Seth—The Inner Struggle
In the Egyptian allegorical model story, there are a series of battles between Horus and Seth. Such illustrates how life is a continuous quest for the divine within ourselves, as symbolized by Horus and Seth.
The archetypal inner struggle in the Egyptian model is symbolized in the struggle between Horus and Seth. It is the archetypal struggle between opposing forces. Horus, in this context, is the divine man, born of nature, who must do battle against Seth, his own kin, representing the power of opposition and not evil in the narrow sense.
Seth represents the concept of opposition in all aspects of life (physically and metaphysically).
We must continuously learn and evolve, like Heru (Horus), whose name means He Who is Above. In other words, we must strive to reach higher and higher.
We learn and act by affirmation of the Horus in each of us, and by negating the Seth within us. The obstacles within each of us, represented by Seth, must be controlled and/or overcome. Such obstacles are the ego, laziness, overconfidence, arrogance, evasiveness, indifference, etc.
In the Egyptian model, Seth represents the wilderness and foreign aspects within each of us. It is therefore that in Ancient Egyptian temples, tombs, and texts, human vices are depicted as foreigners (the sick body is sick because it is/was invaded by foreign germs). Foreigners are depicted as subdued—arms tightened/tied behind their backs—to portray inner self-control.
The most vivid example of self-control is the common depiction of the Pharaoh (The Perfected Man) on the outer walls of Ancient Egyptian temples, subduing/controlling foreign enemies—the enemies (impurities) within.
[An excerpt from Egyptian Mystics : Seekers of The Way, 2nd edition by Moustafa Gadalla . More comprehensive information about each of them is found in Egyptian Divinities : The All Who Are The ONE, 2nd edition by Moustafa Gadalla]