What is a Djed Pillar?
It is said to represent Osiris's spine.
You can almost picture a spine when you look at it.
Associated Egyptian God:
The Myth of Osiris and the Djed Pillar
Uses in ancient Egypt:
- Djed amulets were worn or carried for protection, both for the living and the dead
- Djed pillars were carved into stone, along with other symbols
- They could be written on papyrus or paper
- Djed pillars could be found surrounded by a cartouche, along with other power symbols, and even a person's name. The cartouche acts like a rope, tying the symbols and name together into a single package.
- The djed pillar could be found on a seal ring, along with other symbols and hieroglyphs to form a message. Example: "Ptah the one with durable favors" Here, the word durable would be symbolized by the djed pillar.
- Shape of a pillar
- May be compared to a tree, with 4 parallel, branch-like bars
- Wide, stable base, and balanced upper arms.
- Strength and upward growth
- Life and fertility
Other symbolic concepts:
- A djed pillar could represent the power to hold a roof above one's head.
- Like a tree, the djed pillar could offer safe-haven for birds to land in its branches.
- The djed pillar could be tall enough to offer a distant view to those standing on top.
- The djed pillar is large enough for a person in trouble to find it from afar and seek refuge in its strength.
In modern use:
- Can be found in the form of jewelry.
- Is said to inspire a person to take on its qualities of strength and stability.