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Al Selden Leif - Pagan - Gods and Goddesses - Egyptian - Deities (11)

Al Selden Leif - Pagan - Gods and Goddesses - Egyptian - Deities (11)

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Egyptian Deities
Amun:During the height of the Ancient Egyptian civilization, Amun was called "King of theGods". That’s well and good, but what does he mean to us? Well, as it is, Amun is quiteimportant. Amun is often found in combination with the sun god, Ra, and is called Amun-Ra. This makes Amun very powerful in magick dealing with sun energy. Sun energy can be used in any daytime magical working, and Amun’s aid is very helpful wherever outdoor sports or cooking is concerned. Amun appears as a ram, a man with the head of aram, or as a man wearing an ostrich plumed hat. Amun has a fondness of fancy feathersand lace. A small token consisting of a lace ribbon or a bright colored feather is sure toendow his favoritism when working with him.Anubis:Anubis is the God of embalming, as well as the God of the dead. Anubis is also known bytwo other names, in two other cultures: Hermes and Mercury. This makes Anubisextremely important in all dealings concerned with wit, speed, and communication. AsAnubis, he is a comforting presence who is watchful, caring, and a good listener. He isextremely fast to respond to any request. If you are upset, simply talk to Anubis. It doesnot matter what the problem is, weather trivial or very serious. Anubis is alwaysinterested in helping to make one feel better. Trust Anubis is any kind of financial bargain, especially if it involves a lot of bartering. If trade is your thing, Anubis is the oneto help. Never ever ask anything negative of Anubis. He will not tolerate it, and may verywell turn his back on you until you approach him in a much more suitable manner. Do not believe a thing you have seen on Anubis from the movies, as they have gotten only onething right about him: His looks. Anubis appears almost exclusively as a man with thehead of a jackal. He does take the form of a black jackal on occasion, but as far as I’veseen this is rare, done only when guarding the coffin of the deceased. In ancient times, the priests of the funerary cults wore masks of Anubis during mummification ceremonies.How do you contact Anubis? I’ll tell you a secret. Anubis is so easy to contact you could probably reach him just by yelling really loud if you wanted to (though I wouldn’tsuggest doing this unless you want him to arrive with guns blazing and jackal teeth bared). Like I said, he is quick to respond. You can very nicely ask him to join you and hecould be there before you’d finished inviting him. Don’t let his appearance frighten you.He is a wonderful deity and one to be granted the utmost respect. Anubis is the son of  Nepthys and Seth or Nepthys and Ra. Isis is Anubis’s adoptive mother.Aten:The story of Aten has an interesting history. During the reign of King Akhenaten, Atenwas made King of the Gods. In fact, Akhenaten had forbidden the worship of any of theother deities in favor of having Aten as the only God. This, however, did not last long.Akhenaten’s reign was not one favored by the people of Egypt, and after his death, the
 
 people reverted to the old ways and Aten was no longer considered King of the Gods.Aten is not simply a Sun God, but is revered as the sun itself. Everything that happensduring the daytime is in Aten’s rule. He mainly concerns himself with politics and foreignaffairs, though he is willing to help with other things that are of lesser importance to him.He has a superior attitude to him, but he is in no way arrogant. He is simply a symbol of true royalty and he shows it in all he does. This deity does not have the attitude of a parent or friend. Rather, he has the attitude of a pharaoh who watches over his people.Your problems are his problems, and will deal with them accordingly. He does favor those of royal and noble blood above others, but he will help anyone in need. He is agood deity to talk with, as he shows a sharp contrast in both attitude and appearance. Atenappears in hieroglyphics as a sun disk with rays that end in hands. In a simple circle, Atenis more seen than felt. If you are lucky enough to get a visual of this deity, you will mostlikely only see a ball of soft light that gives off extreme warmth, though it does not burn.Aten has no humanoid appearance that is known of.Atum:Atum was the first of the Egyptian deities, and it is believed that he is responsible for creating all the other Gods. Today, Atum is not considered so much of a god as one of theearliest renditions of the All, or the combination of all energies, both masculine andfeminine, in the Universe. Atum can be consulted as one would normally consult the All.If you have any questions about doing a magical working, you should ask Atum. Atumappeared in hieroglyphics as a man wearing a double crown, the double crown showingthat he ruled supreme over both Upper and Lower Egypt.Bastet:Also known as Bast (and pronounced as Bast), she is the gentle protector, the giver of music, dance, and laughter. Bast will purr you to sleep if you are extremely upset or angry. Bast is known to appear on her own accord should she feel you need a shoulder tocry on. Bast was much loved by the Ancient Egyptians, and was honored accordingly.Bast had many temples built to her, but more famous were the cat statues that adorned thecities and villages. Bast was so revered that all cats, being her favored creatures, wereconsidered to be pets fit only for royalty and nobility. The act of killing a cat, even byaccident, was punishable by death. To this day, Egyptians of all religions treat cats well.Bast appears as a woman with the head of a cat. The only time she appears differently isto protect a ruler in battle, during which time she is seen as having the head of a lioness.Bast is a deity that, like Anubis, you can simply sit and talk to without having to ask anything of her. She loves to give a helping hand when she can. Bast is also good toconsult in all matters concerning love and happiness. A good gift to Bast is a cat toy or treat. Catnip is great. She is also excellent if you have anything going on in the music or entertainment industry. Bast is a daughter of Ra.
 
Bes:Bes is an interesting one, but is not contacted very much in this day and age. Which isironic, since Bes would be of more help now than ever before. Bes is the protector of  pregnant women, newborns, and the family in general. This is especially true if you livein a desert region that harbors snakes and/or scorpions, as Bes protects against snake andscorpion bites and stings. Although amulets and small statuettes of Bes were popular witheveryone in Egypt, Bes never had a single temple built to him (that we know of, anyway).If you are pregnant, ask Bes to protect the child against any kind of negativity, including birth defects. If your newborn has not been feeling well, implore the aid of Bes (as wellas taking the child to the nearest hospital, of course). Bes is yet another example of attitude and appearance difference. Bes appears as a dwarf with lion and human featuresor as a dwarf wearing the skin of a lion. Bes has the attitude of the protector of the clan,especially the females. He is the one who plays a big role in the family clan’s survival.Bes is a nice deity, but does take some getting used to as his attitude is so different andmuch more based on our own needs and desires than one would normally be used to withmost of the other Egyptian deities.Geb:Geb is a God of the earth. In fact, Geb is considered to be the earth. The ancientEgyptians believed that earthquakes were Geb’s laughter. Geb is very nice. His is theessence of jolliness and the bounty of the harvest. He is a deity who is willing to share his bounty with anyone who comes to visit him. Ask Geb for anything that concernsgardening, crops, farm animals, or soil in general. Geb is not quite as quick to respond torequests as some of the others, but he grants enough to make up for this tenfold. Geb isalso the one to contact if you are worried about having enough to eat, either for yourself or others. Geb makes sure everyone has enough on their plate when you sit at his table.Geb appears in hieroglyphics as a man lying down below the arch of the sky goddess Nut. In a simple circle, he appears as a man with a goose on his head. Geb is the husbandof Nut, and the father of Osiris, Isis, Nepthys, and Seth.Hapy:Hapy was then and is now very important to the Egyptians, as it is Hapy who brings theannual flood to the Nile every year. The flood was and is important because it depositsrich silt on the Nile’s banks, allowing the Egyptians to grow crops where it wouldotherwise be nearly impossible to do so. Hapy is a very friendly deity, but he gives off animpression of constantly being wet. Ask Hapy for help in growing anything, especiallywhere either tropical or water plants are concerned. Do NOT ask Hapy for water unlessyou are suffering from an extreme drought, as Hapy does not bring a little water, he brings an entire flood. Hapy appears as a man with a potbelly and crown of water plantson his head. Hapy is a very laid back and relaxed deity. Hapy reflects his name in that helikes to laugh. Give Hapy anything that is positive and funny and he’ll make your cuprunneth over.

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