First briefing was just that, the one of many firsts. The first time we met Hayley, our team leader and the first time we all got together as a team. Happily it soon became clear that we work really efficiently together. By the end of the first weekend, not only have we dressed up in red, white and blue to honour our Scottish thistle (this will make sense when you see the photos), but we have ordered our uniform, booked in our briefing weekends, organised our conference calls, and most importantly designed our badge.
The Team Egypt 2010 GOLD badge:
Most of you will recognise the eye symbol that we have used for our team badge and some of you may already associate it with Egypt. I thought it would be of interest to provide a little by way of explanation as to the meaning of the badge.
The ‘Eye of Horus’, personified in the goddess ‘Wadjet’ is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection and royal power. Wadjet was one of the earliest Egyptian deities who later became associated with other goddesses. She was the tutelary deity of Lower Egypt and the major Delta shrine the ‘per-nu’ was under her protection. The Wadjet was intended to protect the king in the afterlife and to ward off evil. Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern sailors would frequently paint the symbol on the bow of their vessel to ensure safe sea travel. Maybe our adoption of the eye, will bring us the same protection on our trip!
Horus was the Ancient Egyptian sky god who was usually depicted as a falcon. His right eye was associated with the sun Ra. The eye symbol represents the marking around a Peregrine Falcon’s eye that includes the teardrop marking sometimes found below the eye.
There are seven different hieroglyphs used to represent the eye. In Egyptian myth the eye was not seen as the passive organ of sight but more as an agent of action, protection or wrath.