Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Twilight Time

What is this enigma; twilight? 

A simple definition:
twilight
  1. 1. 
    the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1SETN8gCGYfJl_5H1qx75xh1pnpQ1mubD   
Twilight; Woodland Hills, August 5, 2016, 8:24 PM, by Julie O.
However, anyone who experiences a sunrise or a sunset knows that twilight is much more than a simple phenomenon of physics. It touches us on a subline level of the soul. It is a time between light and dark, day and night, rising and falling. It is a junction, neither day, nor night; the two meet briefly in ballance, they take a few steps together, and then one vanishes . . . but in their mysterious merging, they become something very unique. 


Pacific Coast, Ventura, December 20, 2014, 4:12 PM, by Julie O.

Crepuscular means "pertaining to or resembling twilight", from Latin crespuculum "twilight, dusk", related to creper "obscure, uncertain", from Proto-Italic *krepos "twilight", which is itself of creper(uncertain) origin.

Interestingly the similar sounding crape meaning "a light thin fabric with a wrinkled surface is from Old French crespe "ruff, ruffle, frill", therefore like a veil, as is the twilight being a time between, the tween time; liminal.
Limin meaning "threshold” in Latin.

It is often in these ephemeral moments such as twilight that we are most acutely aware of our state here on earth, as creatures subject to time and change. Everything is in constant change and movement; cycles, cycles within cycles, spiraling out into endless space.


There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call The Twilight Zone

It is a potent time, yet subdued. Fleeting yet timeless, still, muted, yet often bright with brilliant colors filling the horizon at the juncture of the vanishing sunset.


The Sun moves no more quickly at these junctions, yet we are more acutely aware of its movement as it touches the horizon than at other times of the day. It is not surprising that during a total solar eclipse we also experience a mystical twilight. It is only during these fleeting moments that the majesty of the sun's corona(crown) is revealed. We grow pensive in this half light. 


On hiding, the sun, which a moment before made everything twice, thrice, a hundred times greater and better with its complexities of the light and gold, now leaves all things, without the long transition of twilight, lonely and poverty stricken as though one had exchanged gold for silver first and then silver for copper. The town resembles a musty and valueless copper cent. How gloomy and unimportant the streets, the squares, the tower, the mountain roads. - Platero and I, Juan Ramón Juménez, translated by Eloïse Roach

According to the Online Etymology dictionary:
Exact connotation of twi- in this word[twilight] is unclear, but it appears to refer to 'half' light. . . Compare also Sanskirt samdhya 'twilight,' literally 'a holding together, junction,' [and] Middle High German zwischerliecht, literally 'tweenlight.'" - https://www.etymonline.com/word/twilight

      Topanga, CA, June 4, 2018 , 7:41 PM, by Julie O.

So it is unclear what the original connotation of the "twi" in twilight is. However, it does make sense that this word would have the connotation of half light(1/2), -twi being related to the PIE root *dwo meaning "two," as in twice, twin, twine, and the German zwei "two", zwischen "between, zwielicht "twilight". 

But perhaps there is more to the story. . .

Looking at another word meaning twilight shows that there is another sense in which we might say this 'in between' light is related to the word forming sound 
-twi.
Gloaming is from Old English, glamoung meaning "twilight, the fall of evening", from glom "twilight", which is related to glowan "to glow"(hence, glow of sunrise and sunset). -etymology online

So twilight is also named after this time of glowing. 


     Pacific Coast, Ventura, Dec. 24, 2014, 5:03 PM, by Julie O.

It is interesting, then, what is said about a seemingly unrelated word, seismic (as in seismic activity, or an earthquake). 

Earthquakes are powerful and also awe inspiring. The goddess Durga had seismic powers.
Upon encountering Durga, Mahishasura underestimated her, thinking: "How can a woman kill me, Mahishasur-the one who has defeated the trinity of gods?" However, Durga roared with laughter, which caused an earthquake and made Mahishasur aware of her powers." -Devi Mahatmya, www.dscourse.in/durga
Goddess Durga, fighting Mahishasura, the buffalo-demon, Early 18th century, Picture of the "Guler School"

The word Seismic is from the root seismo-
word forming element meaning "earthquake," from Greek seismos "a shaking, shock,; an earthquake," also "an extortion" (compare colloqial shake (someone) down), from seiein "to shake agitate, sway; to quake, shiver" from PIE root *twei- "to agitate, shake, toss; exite; sparkle" (also source of Sanskrit tvestai "to excite; to be excited, inflame, sparkle," and Avestan words for "fears" and "fright, danger"). -etymonline.com

Therefore, seismio- being from *twei-, seems phonetically or by pronunciation to be connected to twi(the supposed root of twilight), because we say the “seis” in seismic with a long I sound just as we say "twi” in twilight. 

Certain words coming from seismo have to do with a kind of agitation of light, seemingly, rather than just having to do with shaking; such as, sparkle, inflame. So in that sense this *twei- may have connection to the naming of the time when deep fiery colors overwhelm the horizon. These colors can have an intensive and definite glow to them.

Another seemingly unrelated word in concept to twilight is the name of the star, Sirius. Stars are usually associated with night rather than twilight, yet the appearance of stars(and also planet "stars" like Venus) at sunrise and sunset are actually historically very important dates and times. 

Anton Raphael Mengs 1765 Hersperus As Personification of the Evening Star
Starlight star bright

first star I see tonight

I wish I may

I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight

In ancient Egypt, the star Sirius, the brightest star by magnitude, was looked for in the twilight after a 70 day absence(being hidden by the brightness of the sun during that phase). This heliacal rising(rising just before the sun) was important to the ancient Egyptians because it indicated the time of the annual inundation of the Nile which fertilized the black land and made growing possible, and it was celebrated as the New Year.
The first sighting of Sirius and its association with the rebirth of the Nile was so important that its heliacal rising marked the start of the Egyptian calendar year. Heliacal relates to the stars proximity to the Sun(Helios in Greek), at the time, Sirius made its first appearance in early July as seen from the ancient capital of Memphis, but due to the procession of the equinoxes, the star now rises into view in early August. - www.skyand telescope.com/observing
A stellar Goddess, possibly Sopdet[Gk. Sothis, Latin Sirius 'the Dog Star', (Sirius also discussed here)], from the tomb of Seti I, c. 1300 BC

Therefore, the appearance of a star at its heliacal rising has to do with, and can be associated by experience with twilight. Not only is the sky bright and glowing at twilight, but the stars themselves; the stars that having been journeying in the underworld(absent from sight), can be described as shinny and sometime sparkling[remember one definition of PIE root *twei- "sparkling"]. So if star = sparkling we could say twei-light[twilight] is the majestic time of the appearance of this prominent starlight. Especially given the fact that a possible etymological origin of Sirius is also connected to the *twei root.
Latin Sirius rom Greek Seirios, said to mean literally "scorching" or "the scorcher" [*heliacal rising heralding the "dog days of summer", Sirius being found in the constellation of Canis Major]. But other related Greek words seem to derive from this use, and the name might be a folk-etymologized borrowing from some other language. 
An Egyptian name for it was Sothis[*actually Sopdet is the transliterated name from the Egyptian, and Sothis is the Greek rendering of this] Beekes suggests it is from PIE root *twei- "to agitate, shake, toss; excite; sparkle"- *my addition, from etymonline.com
Also, being associated with the underworld, death and rebirth, and thus the liminal; junctions, crossroads. The process of mummification interestingly, took around 70 days, just as the star Sirius spent 70 days in the underworld before its heliacal rising. The Egyptians were believers in resurrection of the body and life after death.
The ancient Egyptians' attitude towards death was influenced by their belief in immortality. They regarded death as a temporary interruption, rather than the cessation of life. To ensure the continuity of life after death  people paid homage to the gods, both during and after their life on earth. When they died, they were mummified so the soul would return to the body, giving it breath and life. -https://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/civil/egypt/egcr04e.html
  Resurrection scene from the tomb of Maya in Saqqara XIX Dynasty, Photo; ahramonline.

But death is always a solemn time, sometimes painful, sometimes frightening, at other times gloomy; death is a time of transition, and therefore a time in between; a kind of twilight time for a person; transition from life in this world to life in the next. Even the "good-est" of deaths dim the light in our lives, if even just for a time. 

As we see this from the death of Jesus. It is called Good Friday, but it really was a bit gloomy, as well as awe inspiring. It certainly shook things up when this 'Son' set.

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, and the tombs broke open. -Matthew 27:50-52
Gloaming of the Christ, by Julie O., 2003

Some people theorize that there was a lunar eclipse near the time of Jesus' death. And the gospels tell us that following his death there was an earthquake, and the curtain in the temple, the veil between God and man was split. At the time only the high priest could enter beyond the curtain to the Holy of Holies, and even then, only once a year to offer a blood sacrifice for atonement. We could say the curtain being torn down the middle illumined the liminal space, or barrier between God and human. The son was then placed in in the tomb and rose again on the third day. Just as the sun reaches a death and rebirth point at the winter solstice, and each and every day this drama is replayed in the microcosm of the day, i.e., The Day; day, night, morning; one day. The sun sets, day turns to night, light to darkness, and then rises again gloriously each morning. 


O happy fault that earned for us so great, so glorious a Redeemer. 
O felix culpa quae talem et tantum meruit habere redemptorem - Catholic Paschal Vigil Mass Exsultet

Depending on one's perspective and purposes, the light going to darkness is good, it is evil, or it is neutral, or even all at the same time. But one thing is true, without the darkening; without night, there is no morning.

One is fruitful only at the cost of being rich in contradictions . . .
Man ist nur fruchtbar um den Preis, an Gegensätzen reich zu sein . . . -Friedrich Nietzsche, GötzendämmerungTwilight of the Idols

The ancient Egyptians even personified this drama of the sun, attributing the different stages of the sun's travels with certain gods. Interestingly, the god of the setting sun was Atum. And we call the setting or twilight of the year, when the light and dark momentarily meet in perfect balance, the autumnal equinox; and the season autumn.
Atum, Ra, Horakhty, and Khepri, made up the different aspects of the sun. Atum was the setting sun which traveled through the underworld every night. He was also linked with solar theology, as the self-developing scarab who represented the newly created sun. As a result he is combined with Ra (the rising sun) in both the Pyramid and Coffin texts as Re-Atum he who "emerges from the eastern horizon" and "rests in the western horizon". In other words as Re-Atum he died every night at dusk before resurrecting himself at dawn. . . In this form, Atum also symbolized the setting sun and its journey through the underworld to its rising in the east. - ancientegyptonline.co.uk

So, twilight can be both glowing and bright, but also somber and gloomy, reminding us of our own fleeting day, the day of our life, and our mortality.


Mom's burial, Feb. 15, 2019, Gloomy and Rainy. Why are people Glowing and Smiling then? Is this a Funeral or a Fun–eral?


Gloom(n.), is said to be,
. . . of unknown origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English verb or from a Scandinavian source(compare Norwegian dialectical glome "to stare somberly"), or from Middle Low German glum "turbid," Dutch gluren "to leer." Not considered to be related to Old English glom "twilight." -etymonline.com 
Gloom is related possibly to a word meaning "to leer" wich we could also call a kind of glare; a glare as in "a stare". A different kind of glare is the what the glowing light of the sun might create at the gloaming. And when a person glares they often narrow their eyes. If the eyes are analogous to the sun, then this closing of the eyes, is like the sun winking just above or below the horizon, which creates this atmosphere of gloaming, glare, and gloom. 

However it states that the etymology of "gloom" is not considered to be related to "glom" twilight . . . yet the origin, is unknown

Since the twilight can be described as both glowing and, also at times, a bit solemn or gloomy we can make a connection between these words, gloom and glomthrough the phenomenon of twilight. 
Twilight = Gloaming -> related to Glow
Twilight is Glowing 
Twilight is Gloomy
Gloaming(twilight), can be both glowing and gloomy at the same time. So glow and gloom are connected in the experience of twilight.


Twilight Tree, painting by Ailis O., 2016

Also since it is said that seismic(seismic events being events that can cause great fear and awe which we as also we could say of eclipses), is from root *twei- "to agitate, shake, toss; exite; sparkle", which is also the root of Avestan words for "fears" and "fright, danger," it's not crazy to think that gloom could be connected in some way to gloaming "twilight" and glow, seeing as how gloom(n.) itself can be the cause of sober or somber contemplation, and can inspire a state of internal gloominess or twilight, then places in between earth and heaven, matter and spirit, are brought to mind, which could be at times, frightening, even shaking us to the core.


In distillation, the 6th process in alchemy the substance is agitated(*twei-) or excited by the distillation. When a substance is heated in a distillation tube there might be sparks, and sparkling "shine as if giving off sparks". Spark is from Old English spearca "glowing or fiery particle thrown off," from Proto-Germanic *spark- . These words call to mind the time when our bright shining sun(star) fades from view and other sparkling stars appear in the sky. The stars themselves are very agitated, i.e., always in explosive movement; fearful awe inspiring energy machines. Distillation itself is a sort of a *twei- light, or seismic(shaking) event. We could also say that distillation in its  psychological description is related to twilight.
[Psychologically]Distillation is the agitation and sublimation of psychic forces is [sic] necessary to insure that no impurities  from the inflated ego or deeply submerged id are incorporated into the next and final stage. Personal Distillation consists of a variety of introspective techniques that raise the content of the psyche to the highest level possible, free from sentimentality, and emotions, cut off even from one's personal identity. Distillation is the purification of the unborn Self– all that we truly are and can be. -https://www.alchemylab.com/distillation.htm

 
     The Sower, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
To prepare for the final stage, [during Distillation]we need to purify the spirit to make sure that it is free from any destructive forms of ego. Here we are planting the seed for the unborn transpersonal self – one that is free from the distinctions of the collective and the individual. To help it grow one has to nourish it – which can be done with various forms of contemplation, spiritual ritual or meditation. -labyrinthos.co 
So much information distilled to make this post! I feel rich!
Oh, twilight, I knew I loved you so! I will surely meditate in thy light!







Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Come in for a Spell


We create our reality with our stories, both individually and collectively. What we give our attention to influences what we feel and how we feel, what we do, and what we say. We tell ourselves good stories, or bad stories. In fact our reality is largely influenced by our history, our collective stories, i.e., our his-stories and her-stories that we have written in history books, and/or told by word of mouth, even what we tell ourselves, i.e., my-stories. However these stories can change, and do change. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1FGC7xNwdMBDtQJDdtcE7kEWwl21Q5rKX
The history of the world, by Julie O.

The stories we tell ourselves can be either limiting or inspirational. Is it simply a mystery what makes up one's reality? When we tell stories we are doing something very powerful. We are spelling out, informing(telling) our present, that place where we are . . .  and where we are influences our future. Whatever the future holds, we are writing that story right now, but people often don't respect what powerful creators we are. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1RP011XPhdmHNd60C7fgnGuMHRvK2Rz61

"Spell" has a complex history and has evolved different common usages over time. Generally when we think of "spell" we mean, spell (v.1), early 14c."read by letter, write or say the letters of," the meaning of which seems to have come from(according to the etymology dictionary) a French word espeller, rather than the Old English spellian "to tell, speak, discourse, talk", espeller meaning "mean, signify, explain, interpret," and also, "spell out letters, pronounce, recite", both coming from the same  Germanic root, Proto-Germanic *spellam "to tell", from PIE *spel-(2) "to say aloud, recite." 


A spell(n.1) is a "story, saying, tale, history, narrative, fable; discourse, command," from Old English spell, as in gospel(good + spell), the good news. Good stories are inspirational and have the power to change the world in seemingly magical ways. We have magic at our fingertips and enchantments spilling from our lips every time we write, or speak. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1BI6T-S1B46gM869F_pmUn5hfdr125jYa
A good spell written by my sister at the beginning of a blank book, now full of other spells.

Yet how many people believe this? Many have the idea that history is solid objective reality. History is something that simply happens to us. What we think, what we do, what we concentrate upon, or let into our lives, isn't really important. It is out of our hands. 


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1zKB09qzouWc5sg9aOIT-dJCZUpqJG-d9
Is this a bad boy? What's the story? 

And in a way this is true if you hand over your power to "his" story, and don't think for yourself. But, history is largely made up of people's stories, and these "tellings"(spellsare creative. They have the power to create positively, or negatively which impacts both personal reality and the reality of the world. 

Even if you just think of it on this simple level . . . have you ever walked into a room of angry or sad people and felt it? How did it make you feel? Inspired? Did it give you energy, or did it bring you down? I think we all know this, we would rather walk into a room with people who were happy, or hopeful. What we experience influences our actions, how much energy we have, and a whole host of other things. Why are people more likely to finish their race when people are rooting for them? Why is it harder when people are telling you that they expect you to fail and you're a looser? What is in our environment, and therefore too, what we choose to bring into our environments influences us, changes our histories, changes our worlds. So, you are in fact a powerful creator when you are conscious of this, when you are a conscious creator. We are the movers and shakers.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=16UQHL25UpP-slxjiXl5RuDD2JiO9xqUp
A phoenix, related to the benu bird of ancient Egypt who cried out(spoke the spell, the word) and creation came into existence

Spell didn't come into usage as a term for magic spells, a "set of words with supposed magical or occult powers, incantation, charm" until the 1570's, but undoubtedly the notion was still there before this time. When a person preforms /casts a spell they are trying to affect reality. They want to change the story in a take charge kind of way. Whatever you say about these magicians, they know that they are responsible in very significant ways for what "reality" they experience. 

In Hebrew kashaph means, "to practice sorcery, sorcerer, sorceress", f
rom a primitive root meaning properly "to whisper a spell". 
Pharaoh then summoned wise men[chakam] and sorcerers[kashaph], and the Egyptian magicians[chartom] also did the same things by their secret arts[lahat]. -Exodus 7:11
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1btMTynoJ_OftDyG2Wt9XybbKaW77DEbT
The Children's Bible, Western Publishing Company, Inc. pp 108-109

What else is this word kashaph(sorcerer) /whisperer reminiscent off? It is like the snake in the Garden of Eden, the nachash, the word nachash coming from the sound a snake makes. A snake is a "hisser(kshhhh, chash).N
achash also has the meaning of "practice divination, enchanter." In this case the snake was an enchanter /bewitcher /speller. The snake cunningly whispered to Eve hiss story and changed the history of mankind, i.e., the human(ha'adam), the people whom God had created.
For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. -Genesis 3:5

Lahat, above[Exodus 7:11], is translated as "magic arts", or "enchantments," and has the literal meaning of "a flame, flaming" It is interestingly the same word used to describe the "flaming whirling sword", the haphak[to turn] cherub[sword] which was used to guard the way to the tree of life along with the kerub[cherubim], after Adam and Eve were cast out.
After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. - Genesis 3:24
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=14BTR87DVGgqkdaCSznCyGTHG-aKd4oOj
Shaddowscapes Tarot Deck, Two of Swords: stalemate, an impasse, difficult decisions, avoidance, weighing options

So, these cherubim, i.e., "swords[cherub] of God(?)", "messengers[angels] who are like swords[cherub], or who smite down[charab] for God(?)", they guard the way to the tree of life with a flaming[lahat], i.e., "enchanted" turning sword. And the kapash[spell whispers, sorcerers] of Egypt, also did their magic by certain "flaming[lahat]", enchantments, when they copied the tricks Aaron was preforming by the power of YHWH, who was finally the greater speller
They threw down their staffs, which also became serpents! But then Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. - Exodus 7:12

And notice this, chartom is translated as "magician", but actually means "engraver, writer". How interesting, the engravers, i.e., carvers of the hieroglyphs were thought of as magicians. They must have been pretty good spellers too.


Hieroglyphics is the name given to the writings of the ancient Egyptians by the Greeks, from hieros "sacred, filled with the divine, holy" + glyphe "carving".  The Egyptians themselves called their writing mdju netjer "words of the gods."

The ancient Egyptians believed that writing was invented by the god Thoth, and called their hieroglyphic script "mdju netjer" ("words of the gods"). The word hieroglyph comes from the Greek hieros (sacred) plus glypho(inscriptions) and was first used by Clement of Alexandria. https://www.omniglot.com/writing/egyptian.htm
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1m9N-0II3f7wDgVSuJU4t_mrx4jIOQnCr
Weighing of the Heart Ceremony[detail], Thoth "Lord of Divine Words", i.e., writing, recording the outcome
Its most important function was to provide a means by which certain concepts or events could be brought into existence. The Egyptians believed that if something were committed to writing it could be repeatedly "made to happen" by means of magic. -Egyptologist Rosalie David https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ancient.eu/amp/1-15434/ 
So, for the Egyptians their writings were literally spells. And the
hieroglyphic system lended itself well to this kind of spelling. It was a more holistic type of written communication than written English, or maybe I could say, it incorporated more right-brained(nonverbal, feelings, intuition, visualization) features along with the left-brained(verbal, logical, linear) than English does. For one thing, English uses the Roman alphabet which is more evolved and, therefore, removed from the pictorial meanings behind the letters, or the pictograms they evolved from. The letters we use in English can seem to be arbitrary in shape. We learn the names and sounds of the letters and construct words, and the words can then create pictures in our minds, but the symbols themselves are not usually associated with objects or animals. They are simply letters that represent different sounds of the spoken language[however there is a great amount of history written /encoded etymologically in English which is very magical, and with our black mirrors(smartphones), it's never been easier to access this magic].

Mdju netjer(hieroglophic writing) was both pictorial(a picture says a thousand words) and phonetic. Phonograms, logograms, and ideograms made up the basis for hieroglyphic script. 

Sometimes the symbols /pictures were used to represent one, two or even three letter combinations(phonograms). In English, th, ch, sh are examples of phonograms. Other times certain symbols were used to represent a whole word or phrase(logogram), such as how we use the Arabic number symbols(0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9). We say "nine" when we see the symbol "9". We can read this logographic sentence, 👁🧡 U, or the same phrase in one symbol, 🤟. 
Sometimes the symbols were meant to represent a concept(ideograms) and were used as determinatives which were not spoken, but rather gave certain extra context, or meaning to the sentence, not unlike how we use certain emojis 😀
Determinatives were also used to distinguish homophones(words having the same pronunciation but different meanings), such as fly[the insect] and fly[the verb 🛩], and they could also serve as word dividers(in English we often just use a blank /white space). 

Hieroglyphic script could also be written either left to right , right to left 
←, or vertically in columns ↓, and there was a certain amount of artistic license for how the characters were arranged. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Z65NUXOQcAYOxyUtpw2K_KH3X9w1LmFB

So think about this, even when the symbols were being used to represent phonetic sounds and put together to represent spoken words(left-brained), their visual connection to certain concepts(right-brained) could not be lost. An eye looks like an eye, even if it is being used as a letter. Am👁r👁te? 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ZfclAZzz-wy5fF9g2IiazLr0LiRROl1P
 Steele of Mennahkt, c. 1321 B.C. - Wikimedia

While the evolved scripts we have today maybe allow for greater amounts of logical precision and ease of writing, they accomplish this by sacrificing a certain depth of meaning and a more expansive intuitive type of transference of information and ideas. 

The ability to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs was lost for much of modern history, from the late 4th century A.D., until the(fortunate) discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 A.D., which eventually enabled for its possible reconstruction(. . . or at least thats the popular story, maybe other people figured it out sooner or kept the knowledge alive in secret 🤷‍♀️). Those who pondered the carvings during those years did not understand its phonetic complexity. 
It is arguable whether the ancient Greeks or Romans understood hieroglyphics. The Greeks almost certainly did not, since from their viewpoint, hieroglyphics were not phonetic signs but symbols of a more abstruse and allegorical nature. The humanist revival of the European Middle Age, although it produced a set of Italian-designed hieroglyphics, gave no further insight into the original Egyptian. https://www.britannica.com/topic/hieroglyph
Which is kind of a strange development considering many of the most renowned Greek philosophers, studied at Egyptian mystery schools. However, it is also not strange given that certain ideas taken from the Egyptians were probably not appreciated, or were considered to be threatening by the powers that were. It is an interesting question as to how much of a factor this was. Certain people suggest that persecution was present.
It is clear then that Socrates offended the Athenian government simply because he pursued the study of astronomy and probably that of geology; and that the other philosophers were persecuted for the same reason. But the study of science was a required condition to membership in the Egyptian Mystery Systems, and its purpose was the liberation of the Soul from the ten bodily fetters, and if the Greek philosophers studied the sciences, then they were fulfilling a required condition to membership in the Egyptian Mystery System. Stolen Legacy, by George G. M. James[1954], ch.3 http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/stle/stle07.htm
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1AEKQuALoyjmycQT6CeSzAyMa1iH1UUT5
The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David(1787)

It is also the case that the reign of the pharaohs came to an end in 30 BC which would have contributed to the loss of the Egyptian priesthood and customs.  


The final straw, however, came when Cleopatra lost to Rome in the battle of Actium in 30BC. She was Egypt's last pharaoh and Egypt became a mere province of Rome.  

The use of hieroglyphics struggled on for several centuries, but it dwindled away to be replaced by the  Roman alphabet. Eventually, it fell into complete disuse and became a total mystery to humans. -https://www.egyptabout.com/2017/01/when-did-hieroglyphics-stop.html
 And,
After the Emperor Theodsius I ordered the closure of all pagan temples throughout the Roman empire in the late 4th century AD, knowledge of the hieroglyphic script was lost.https://www.omniglot.com/writing/egyptian.htm

So, it was not necessarily a complete accident, even if it was just through lack of respect for the wisdom of ancient Egypt(and unfortunate happenings such as the burning of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt in 48 BC), that the understanding of hieroglyphic writing was lost . . . for a time.

Luckily artifacts from the past are recovered through archeological study and other fortunate discoveries from time to time, and attempts to rewrite history are not always entirely successful. 

This same sort of thing occured with the Mayan codices in Mesoamerica. Only a few of codices were saved from destruction, and then turned up in Europe, such as the Dresden Codex. 

The Mayans had a pictorial script as well. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=15bW0GJc6e2eIopwWI_w0i_zVUjFr-cKJ
Mayan Codex written on Mesoamerican bark paper.

Their books were intentionally destroyed by the conquering Spanish, the biggest offender, Diego de Landa Caldéron, Catholic bishop of the Archdioceses of Yucatán. This was done in order to erase their history, and body of “heretical” knowledge and practices, in an attempt to control and change the story, and affect the future. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1ajaUBj7wMa-h5PBkeHs-jes9RcUxqt4l
Mural by Juan O’Gorman, Biblioteca Central de la UNAM, Mexico City 
We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they (the Maya) regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction. -https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diego_de_Landa - Clendinnen
Oh how odd, who would have thought? 🤨 🙄

People attempt to change history by limiting or changing what we see. The word "history" comes from Old French estoire "story; chronicle, history," from Latin historia "narrative of past events, account, tale, story," from Greek historia "a learning or knowing by inquiry, an account of one's inquiries, history, record, narrative," from historein "inquire," from histōr “wise man, judge,” from PIE *wid-tor-, from root *weid-to see.” [etymonline.com] 

So the word "history" can be traced back to the concept of the things seen and related by those wise and discerning. The seers(wid-tor-ians) of the things, tell the tales, or spell the spells. The most honest of these weid-tors(seers) being weeders of false history, but not weeders of information. It is against the spirit of inquiry(historia) to destroy people's histories. The most deceptive of the histōrs(wise men) are hissers(snakes) who use their spells in attempts to rewrite, or confuse history, and enslave the masses.


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1rEybscqD2tPgc0vvl4gS05XfGQkxOQdV
Snake in the Grass, Dr. Seuss Political Cartoon, March 24,1942


If writing is from the gods then it is no surprise that these things would resurface despite the best efforts of men to wipe them out.
Things once forbidden pop up time and again miraculously, like also, the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of of early Christian and Gnostic texts dating from the 2nd to 4th centuries AD, that were discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945. However, the many of texts, found were significantly damaged and have missing words and sections.  

The ancient Egyptians themselves were not innocent of rewriting, or leaving out information in their histories as well. After the death of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten, monuments were dismantled, or hidden, and statues destroyed, and his name was even excluded from the king lists. 
These lists were often condensed, with some rulers (such as the contentious and disruptive Akhenaten, and even entire dynasties omitted from the record; they are not truly history, rather they are a form of ancestor worship, a celebration of the consistency of kingship of which the current ruler was a part. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/ancient-mediterranean-ap/ancient-egypt-ap/a/ancient-egypt-an-introduction
The ancient Egyptians were so serious about their carvings and the power of the written word that they placed names inside of protective shen rings. The shen ring was a stylized loop of a rope. Shen meaning "encircle", and it represented eternal protection.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=129kZjAhCL_A425q-4we9ACcacK7POJrW
Neckbet in vulture form holding shen ring, Detail from the White Chapel of King Sesostri I, Karnak

Cartouche, from French cartouche "a full charge for a pistol"(originally wrapped in paper thus resembling the shape of the cartouche), is the name given to these oblong shen rings that enclose names. 

Why should the name be treated this way? Perhaps because writing is a form of magic, or a magical formula, and it’s not wise to just write a name, spell it, put it out there unprotected. Names have power. A name defines a person. When a name is wrapped in the shen it is a name defined, loaded and locked for protection

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1wXnniFYcb54i0bIf9Kzsv63vb80KPzl9
Cartouche of Ramses II at Tanis, 3655 BC

There is a tradition of the names of gods /the divine, and /or demons not being named, or their names not being spoken, and also of knowers of names having certain powers over others [The Name of Ra]. Words are spells. Sometimes the spell is broken by not spelling it out even though it is known who is being referred to. Such as in the Old Testament The Name of God is written with the letters Yōd Hē Vov Hē, YHVH, or YHWH, But we don’t have the pronunciation, it was lost from history by the 3rd century BC. It is often assumed to be Yahweh, but is usually translated as The LORD, i.e., Adonai. And sometimes, simply, HaShem "The Name"(Interesting how in ancient Egypt names were written in shen rings, and as a hieroglyph were used for the word "name", and in Hebrew shem means name).

There is the idea that there are certain dangers, problems or powers associated with the writing and speaking of names. So, in both the spelling(writing out), and spelling(telling) of names. Perhaps this is due, in part, to the fact that what proceeds out of a person’s mouth, or how they read a word imposes their subjective understanding upon that person or concept. So it could be disrespectful for a uneducated or unenlightened individual to dare to define a divine being. They would be imposing their own history /herstory. Or, who would want to accidentally summon a demon by speaking its name? How dare a mere mortal speak The Name? Who knows if they are a good speller? 
Rabbinical Judaism teaches that the name[Yōd Hē Vov Hē] is forbidden to all except the High Priest, who should only speak it in the Holy of Holies of the Temple in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur. -https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_God_in_Judaism#YHWH

If anyone is a good speller it is the God of the universe, the most powerful magician of all. "Magician" is ultimately from Old Persian magush, which is possibly from PIE *mahg- "to be able; have power,"[etymology online] 


The effectiveness of spell is based upon the powers of the magician. There is the magic of an illusionist, black magic, white magic, supernatural magic, alchemical magic, etc. However the proof is in the results. Without ability that produces real results, the "magician" is only charlatan, i.e., a babbler, a quack. Just like a god that doesn’t produce any actual results is an idol due to this idleness, i.e., idol-ness.

The God of the universe was not idle. A most powerful spell was spoken and the whole of creation came into being, the One thingWordLogosOmTao. Ma'at. Asha . . .


https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1tzgWJFDK2SbRClHKFPSf5p7FgQ56q5Su


The rest is history.