Genesis 12:10-11 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon.
12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say , This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive .
13 Say , I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.
See The Abraham Cycle for the necessary theme of sisterhood in the evolution of consciousness.
Mitzraim: Mem-Tsadde-Raysh-Yod-Mem: 40-90-200-10-40/600 is fecund with meaning (just click on the Hebrew letters above and absorb their formative energies). The first thing to notice about the word is that it contains Tsadde-Raysh within Mem-Yod-Mem, Mayim, waters, the passive matrix for biological life. Whatever it is that Tsadde-Raysh is, it will be living in the waters.
If you have clicked on the letters, you will know that Tsadde has something to do with reproduction of structures in existence, and that Raysh has something to do with a universal container or idea (as a container for cosmic consciousness, the preceding letter, Qof). So, in the most general sense, we have actual female structuralizing energy (Tsadde) given a greater, even cosmic container or significance (Raysh). And where is this "fat" (Raysh), "female" (Tsadde) energy placed? Right in the middle of waters of biological life.
Why "earth?" Because Mitsraim contains the Tsadde-Raysh of Eretz, earth, where Aleph is buried, but in reverse, Tsadde-Raysh, 90->200 instead of the Raysh-Tsadde, 200->90 of Eretz. Energy flows from actual structures to the universal, instead of the universal generating structures.
Going more deeply, instead of the Aleph of Eretz (Aleph-Raysh-Tsadde) we have the Yod of Mitzraim and instead of the 1-200-90 of Eretz, we have the 90-200-10 of Mitraim, its mirror image, with Yod as Aleph in existence.
In short, Egypt produces cosmically-significant material structures (pyramids: cosmic houses for Ram) and everything in between, in the fertile waters of the Nile.
The challenge, as always, right now, is to free ourselves from our own myths, whether we believe in them or not, and think symbolically and psychologically about some of our most basic structures. Egypt represents the instinctual bondage of physiological structures, ie., in our own bodies and psyches. Later, Moshe will go down to the fertile womb of Mitraim to collect the seed of Joseph and create the Jews, by freeing them from their bondage to Pharoah and magical thinking and by introducing them to the Commandments of I Am That I Am.
This is one stage in the long story of the contention between the Sons of YHWH and the Sons of the Earth. What is at stake is the rescue and resurrection of Aleph in human consciousness. Can you find Egypt in yourself?
"Egypt" - Interlinear Bible