METU NETER Vol.1, Pgs. 230-233

Sebek is the name given to the planet mercury by the Egyptians during the Greco-Roman time. Earlier it was called “Sebku.” In astrology, mercury is styled as “the messenger of the gods.” This is because it corresponds to the language verbalizing centers – Broca and Wernicke – that are located in the left hemisphere of the cerebrum. We must take note of the fact that all of our other faculties are only able to communicate sensations and images. Verbal thinking is a process of putting into verbal form (informing) what is felt, imaged or already known nonverbally. This will become very clear if you were to practice clipping your thoughts as soon as they begin to appear. You will realize that even though you suppressed the completion of the sentence or paragraph, you are still able to know what the words were going to indicate. This is because the knowledge of what you clothe in thoughts precede the mental verbalization of such knowledge. Sebek translates these nonverbal messages into words. If the names, definitions, and logical activities concerning these nonverbal messages are in harmony with reality then the “way is open for the indwelling intelligence to extend its operations to the outer – career, marriage, etc. – part of our lives.” Otherwise, it is closed.


It is important to note that Western psychologists have overrated the value of this faculty, obviously for the fact that it is the foundation of their technological and commerce oriented culture. Their unqualified statement that it corresponds to language cannot be accepted. To be precise, it corresponds to verbalizing aspects of language. It does not have the ability to process meaning (to understand) which is the function of the right side of the brain, a fact that suggests how, and why the left side of the brain is the chief source of mischief in the world. Long before Western scientists even suspected about the dualization of the brain, the Kabalistical tradition had an extensive knowledge about it. Quoting from the Zohar in the Kabbalah Unveiled, S. L. MacGregor Mathers states that:


7. When the inferior man descendeth (into this world), like unto the supernal form (in himself), there are found two spirits. (So that) man is formed from two sides – from the right and from the left.

8. With respect unto the right side he had NShMThA QDIShA, Neschamotha Qadisha, the holy intelligences; with respect unto the left side, NPSh ChIH, Nephesh Chiah, the animal soul.

9. Man sinned and was expanded on the left side; and then they who are formless were expanded also. (That is those spirits of matter, who received dominion in the inferior paths of the soul of Adam, whence arouse concupiscence.).


There are few things that can rival the possession of a great deal of information without understanding.


Sebku, Sebek and Sobek are etymologically related to “Seb,” from whence “Seba” and “Sebau” are derived. As “Seb” (Geb) is a name for the Earth God, Sebek or Sebku corresponds to information derived from earthly experiences (from outside of our self, as opposed to the spiritually intuited wisdom). We also have “Sba,” to educate; “Sbau,” school; “Sbat,” pupils; and “Sbai,” teacher.


Sebek is the faculty that enables us to separate and label parts of a whole, or members of a group on the basis of their external differences. Without this faculty we would look at an event or thing, and not be able to distinguish its parts or phases. Yet, because of it we segregate things and events that belong together into air tight compartments, based on their superficial external differences, and thus create a host of problems in the world. This is the source of all the hypocritical acts, contradictions, and the failure to transfer what is learned in a situation to analogous situations. The segregating function of Sebek is chiefly supported by the verbal functions of language; definitions, descriptions and naming. To define a thing is to explain what it is, and is not. I.e., to segregate it from other things. Few people know that verbal thinking, with its definitions and names, is an obstruction to acquiring the knowledge of reality. When most people look at a thing, or event, they fail to see what is really there because the Sebek faculty interposes the definitions and formulas that have been fed us via the educational process. Even where the definitions are useful and correct, there is still a process of substituting the symbols representing reality for the reality itself. Thus, to know reality, the thinking process must be stilled.


The Sebau (plural of Seba) are therefore all individuals whose lives are determined by earth-borne information, as opposed to spiritual teachings, and the intuitions from the wisdom faculty, Tehuti. This is why the Sebau were considered the enemies of Ra and of Ausar. I.e., earth-borne information closes the way to the development of our life-force and our spiritual growth.


Sobek corresponds to the side of Sebek as the guardian of the threshold. Sobek symbolized the crocodiles which closed the way to Arabians attempting to smuggle themselves into Kamit. We find the same throughout Africa where cognate deities like Elegba, etc. are also the guardian at the entrance of shrines, homes, etc.


Anpu – called Anubis by the Greek – and Ap-uat (opener of the way), two aspects of the mercurial principle Sebek, shared the duty of guiding the deceased in the underworld to Maat’s Hall of Justice, where the heart (will) is weighed. The deceased in this case are symbols of the person undergoing spiritual initiation, as it results in dying to certain things in the world, as well as to the personality (see Seker). This is why “reformed” Christians say that they are “born again.” The “underworld” (tuat, Amenta, etc.) corresponds to the “subconscious,” to which the focus of consciousness is transferred during trance.


Anpu and Ap-uat are depicted as canine headed men, because the faculty of cleverness, among others that they represent, is the dominant trait in dogs, foxes, jackals, etc. The ability of canines to learn to respond to a large number of verbal commands is also well known.


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