Ankh (Crux ansata, Key of Life, Key of the Nile)

The ankh is an ancient Egyptian symbol of life. Also known as an Ansata (latin; handle) cross, it is a visual representation of a sandal strap. The horizontal and vertical bars of the lower tau cross represent the feminine and masculine energy, respectively. This combination of male and female symbols (the cross and circle) in the ankh suggest fertility and creative power. The top loop also symbolises the sun on the horizon, and suggests reincarnation and rebirth. The ankh appears frequently in Egyptian writings about rebirth, and this symbolism was adopted by Coptic Christians, especially gnostic sects, to symbolize the resurrection of Christ and the heavenly marriage. The ankh was an earlier form of the cross than the better known “Latin” cross.

Gnostic Ankh, from the Gospel of Judas

The Ankh is also considered to have meaning in Ritual magick and in Wiccan/Neopagan traditions, as a symbol of immortality and completion.

Ankh with djed pillar Christian-style ankh from Alexandria
Related Symbols:
TyetCeltic CrossLatin Cross

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John March 6, 2018 at 4:47 am

The ankh is representative of an energy system that is tantric and was used in the egyptian temples. It involves moving sexual energy from the lower chakra up to the heart chakra, then pushing it out in front and over the top of the head and back in the heart chakra at the back thus forming the shape of the ankh. This is called, not surprisingly, ankhing and is the first of 3 exercises that are performed one after the other for a specific metaphysical purpose

Zimzam January 28, 2018 at 8:50 am

It was used to measure the flooding water levels of the Nile river. It was large and made of wood and placed on the banks of the river.

Alexander Volkov January 25, 2015 at 12:39 am

Message to The Hun: What’s ankh origianally dimensions and shape?

the Hun April 1, 2014 at 6:34 am

THIS is all a HUGE misconception. the ANKH was used as FREQUENCY MODULATOR during and after Ra came to Egypt. Ra is a group mind originally from Venus who MADE the pyramids using the Law of One/ thought/ love

Stacy April 26, 2015 at 7:17 am

So you are saying Ra had a home made natural disaster starter. Or are you saying he had the first cell phone or no maybe it could control minds. Frequencies control everything around you from your own thought patterns to a blade of grass giving off oxygen. You can even chance the atmosphere around you with the right amount of power. It seems hard to believe but they did have batteries way back then. Who knows.

HB August 5, 2016 at 8:31 pm

I a silver Ankh rather large really. Inscribed with a large black circle, filled in and under it is a large scareb bettle and then there’s what looks like a boat with 3 sails on it

I got it from the Hebrew store of used jewelry and things. Do you have any idea what these symbols on it mean?

I know the Goddess Isis is carrying the Ankh in her hand in many pictures. She was said to give life and death, resurrection.

the Hun April 1, 2014 at 6:33 am

this is alla

Andre Barendse April 9, 2013 at 2:19 am

cool website. I’ve always had an interest in this symbol, and was quite surprised to find that Gnostics also used/uses it.

Nathan J. Isbell November 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

This symbol has showed up numerous times as I seek my purpose for God. I was watching the Gospel of Judas from the History Channel and “Boom, der “IT” go”.

sham July 13, 2010 at 12:55 am

The ankh and the Atlantis looks rather similar. Also the Celtic cross looks similar with the Atlantis cross. All these cross is somehow leading the civilization to communicate the underworld. That means this is the magic society. Rise and Fall.

sham July 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

this is a mason theory

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