Ci r c l e of Isis
Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches
Ellen Cannon Reed
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who is the wind beneath my wings.
Thanks to Willie, Rick, Tinne, Vicky, and all the others
who shared their experiences with me.
................................................................... 38 Set ......... sa Aset (Horus........................................................................................................................ Son of Isis) .... 69 Khnum ............................. 24 Tehuti (Thoth) ....................................... 46 Nebet Het (Nephthys) .......... 66 Bast ........................... 53 Heru....................................................................................... 31 Aset (Isis)............................................................................................................................... 18 Geb .....lL
Part I Gods and Goddesses of Egypt 11
Nut ............................................................ 74 Bes ............................................................................................................. 84
............................................................................................................... 61 Het Heret (Hat Hor) ....... 21 Ra . 81 Sekhmet ........................................................................................................................ 76 Shu ................................................................................................................. 49 Anpu (Anubis) .................................................................................................................... 28 Asar (Osiris) ..........................................................................................................................................................
........................................................................................................................................................................... 138 Other Meditations ............................................................................ 95 Tefnut ................................................... 88 Seshat ........................................................................... 133 Mantra Meditation ........................................................ and Developing Relationships With Deities 127
Meditation .............................................. 90 Khephera ............. 105
Part II Rituals....................................................................... 93 Mut ........................................................ 103 Other Gods .............. 97 Tanent .................................................. Meditations........ 134 Contact Rituals ..............................................................Ptah .......................................................................................................................... 86 Khonsu..................................... 101 Neith ... 135 Guided Meditations..........................................................................................................................................................
......................................... 151 Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods ................................................................................................................................................................ 198 Wax and Ushabti Figures ........................................................................ 216
........................................................................ 208 Making a Scarab ................................................................................................................................................................................. 206 Creating a Sistrum .......................................................................... 190
Part III Magic and Magical Tools 193
Amulets . 176 Food and Drink ............................... 157 Festival of Bast .............................................. 213 Making a Nemyss ........................................ 181 Prayers ...........................................................Rituals ..................... 215 Making a Magic Wand .................................................................................. 212 Making a Kilt .......... 165 Incenses and Oils ........................................................ 161 Songs for the Gods ......... 154 The Rite of Blessing a Child ................
................................................................................................................... 235 The Pyramid of Nebet Het ................................................................................ 319
................................................................................. 218 Divination............... 251 Appendix A: Tameran Names ............. 309 Index ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 234 Creating the Udjat Oracle ................. 305 Bibliography ...................... 257 Appendix B: The Calendar .................Hieroglyphs .......................... 299 Resources ........................ 267 Glossary ............. 313 About the Author ........................................................................................................
lL PART I
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but for the heart to know. For the magnitude of the moment. Whether I changed paths or learned where I’d always been.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
was in despair. and calling to Her. When I did find them. On that night. she loved me. it doesn’t matter. December 31. I found my path. The reasons don’t matter. Perhaps it was not a matter of changing paths. please. as they say. Oh. The Circle of Isis isn’t an earthly coven or organization. they were Witches. but of finding out what path I’d been on all along. 1974. All I saw before me in the year to come was pain and loneliness. and I loved Her. I had read. a cry of “Lady. those who are in the Circle of Isis. is history. as if turning away from the past. my life changed. It was New Year’s Eve and I sat alone in my apartment. I loved Her. I remember physically turning my body. in tears. help me. or the hands to touch. It was a simple prayer. It consists of all of us who love Her. somewhere (I still don’t remember where). not for the eyes to see. the path walked by those who love and honor the ancient Egyptian deities. She was there. and I wanted to find others who loved Her.” How do I explain it? How do I tell you what happened? I have searched for the words and can find only these: She was there. I knew where I was supposed to be. The rest. 13
. that phrase sounds too weak. that Isis never turned away from those who called upon Her for reasons having to do with love. I had always been drawn to Her on some level. But then a thought wandered into my head. I found my direction.
They. sought to learn of the Infinite from the Finite. not a stag. They have left us the keys to some of their knowledge. They saw the majesty. Therefore. saw the Ultimate as Gods and Goddesses. In spite of all the information that has been lost. as we all do. too. and understanding of. and my focus on that path is service to the Gods and Goddesses. and our selves. They. They are personal. my interest is not so much in magic as it is in religion: the religion that colors and directs my life. strength. the ancient Egyptians were not so different from the Pagans of today. What we have discovered so far is here. and left ways to learn for ourselves how to learn and achieve spiritual growth. but the similarity remains). and fertility in a horned animal (it happened to be a bull. The path that I follow is Wicca.Circle of Isis
In the quarter of a century since. There are many books about the Egyptian Gods and the magic of that land. but almost all of them were written by people who wrote about “other people’s gods. had a fascination with. these are not other people’s gods. Our work with the deities has made them very real to us and very much a part of our work. a great deal remains of the knowledge of the ancients. However.” Those authors were writing through the eyes of their own beliefs. Our coven is working to discover the doors those keys open. saw the Lords and Ladies in all that existed. too. There is much we can learn because Egyptians expressed so much in symbols. For me. 14
. too. too. they are our own. What’s all this she’s saying about spiritual growth? I was hoping to learn something about magic. found lessons in the works of nature. symbols as a means of attaining spiritual growth. the majority of the information I have gained and will share with you has come through personal knowledge of the ancient Egyptian deities. They are not abstract and They are not distant. They. the subject of ancient Egypt and its magic have been an abiding interest. our lives. They. Although their culture was unlike ours. and for others in the Circle of Isis.
Those are terrible terms because they imply a value judgment. guidance. Using magic to meet our needs in this world is just as important. as using magic to achieve our spiritual ends. which is. makes it imperative that we view it as something sacred.
. although those terms aren’t a great deal better. heka. Egyptian legend says that Ra invented magic. and just as holy. “High” magic. In Wicca. that is not the approach to magic our coven uses or teaches. We are living in a world of the physical and material. a result of our beliefs. first and foremost. so that we would be able to handle the unseen world ourselves. Both can be important. The Gods were too busy to do everything. Never forget it was a gift from a God. a religion. and blessing of specific deities. nor is it the approach you will find here. is done for physical or material matters. or to manipulate or harm others. While it is possible to do magic without any spiritual or religious overtones. referring to them as “high” and “low” magic. if you are willing. or for fun. You might call magic a fringe benefit. The very source of the ability to do magic. and will often ask for the help. Having done all we are capable of doing on this plane. Magic is less than holy only if it is used for the wrong reasons. not to be used lightly. We often speak of two types of magic. so Ra gave humankind magical powers. however. We believe that we are part of the Gods and able to do much They can do. as far as I’m concerned. our approach to magic is usually through the Gods. “Low” magic. a very small part of the religion I follow. But perhaps you will learn magic beyond spellcasting. is work done for spiritual advancement.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
You will. I’d rather use the terms “spiritual” and “mundane” magic. Wicca is. we turn to magic. or “spiritual” magic. or “mundane” magic.
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The magic you will find here is more than ways to cast spells.. The term also refers to certain languages including Egyptian. I found it interesting that. There are other organizations that are working toward a recreation of the ancient religions of that land. I couldn’t figure out why. It most emphatically is not. I do not pretend that the information in this book is exactly as it was taught in Egypt. It is the magic of growing closer to the Gods. and its people are semitic. I do not pretend that this is a recreation of the religion of ancient Egypt. Our coven and its tradition are Wiccan. This is. One day I realized that she made the assumption because she knew I was interested in Egypt. Charles Squire says that one of the two original races of people in the British Isles spoke a hamitic language. dress. and did not realize my interest lay in ancient Egypt. Celtic Myth and Legend. the descendants of Ham. in a sense. for one thing. One other important note: I have a friend who follows a Celtic tradition. etc. the magic of learning the Mysteries of the Universe. Today’s Egypt is Islamic. he did not translate it word for word. but as those ideas might be taught now. He translated its spirit. and for the longest time.” This word refers to a race of people who were.
. Berber. She was not aware that the Egypt of today is not the same culture. This is the kind of interpretation you will find here. according to legend. Those who lived in Egypt during the earlier dynastic times have been referred to as “hamitic. Galla. in present-day culture. so that the English-speaking readers would appreciate the spirit without being confused by cultural differences. but that’s not what we intend to do. a translation. She kept assuming that I would dearly love Middle Eastern music. and others. It includes the ancient Egyptians and other African races. in his book. When Edward Fitzgerald translated The Rubiyat of Omar Khayam.
I will refer to ancient Egypt as Tamera. Here’s how I’ve solved the problem: An ancient name for Egypt was Tamera. and the jackal. Travel to the past with me. and soaring above them all. but one most vividly described the feeling of the people for their country: Ta Mera. If it’s tedious to type. the vulture. and the hippopotamus. There wandered the gazelle. ducks and geese. the lion. it might well be tedious to read. by a mighty river of changing colors. Throughout this book.
In an age long past. the fruitful palm. the hare. Let me introduce you to it first through its Gods. the acacia. “Beloved Land. About the river.
. to a land so important to its people that its name meant Beloved Land.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
It is important to me that readers of this volume understand this. I discovered very early in writing this book that typing “ancient Egyptians” became tedious. life flourished: the ibis. And the sky held an abundance of winged ones: the swallow. the crocodile. which means Beloved Land. the oryx. This kingdom had many names.
there was an enchanted realm. whose name was Nut. many kinds of fish. among them a beautiful Goddess of the sky. and the papyrus.” These people knew and loved many Gods. and to its inhabitants as Tamerans. the kite. the hawk. There grew the stately sycamore.
I can see. rejoices with us. Mother Nut. When our coven. Sothistar. Thou art. and the Milky Way was milk from her breasts. She is Mother of the Gods. weeps for us. She surrounds us with her love. I can see High above How you cover all the world with your love. hurts when we hurt. were jewels on her body. Thou art beautiful to see. ancient. we visualize this Lady stretched over us. She has watched empires rise and fall— civilizations grow and crumble. oh. casts a circle. She has known pain and learned to live with it. with my heart. The stars. they said. She has watched eons pass beneath Her. 18
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Others see Only sky When they raise their eyes above. They are blind For they see not with their hearts. just their minds. raise their eyes. yet not old. the feeling you have in Her Presence is one of agelessness. The ancients portrayed Her stretched across the heavens with her feet to the East and her head to the West. and eternally holds us in her womb.
made sure she knew the tune. She knows the painful times are often lessons. and like so many hieroglyphs. but more Grandmother. On that night. If we falter. and send us right back into the fray. Instead of a spoken invocation.” a beautiful chant. See Her above you. true. Although they are rarely depicted in paintings that are seen. all our Earth. Her Presence touched us all. spread thy wings over me. that thou mayest be my protection. encircle me with thy arms in health and life that I may be inside thee. If you would come to know this beautiful Lady. A few months later we did an invocation of Nut and when she appeared. Eager to learn more about this Lady. Chris began to sing “Ancient Mother. and went home to work with this Lady further. dust us off.” a container and a woman. speak a prayer found on one of the shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamun: Mother Nut. and that we must suffer to learn them.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
We invoked Her “by accident” one night. She is able to view our temper tantrums and hurt feelings with a bit more objectivity than a new mother would. but brooking no nonsense. so blind. She will pick us up. As Mother of the Gods. The Goddess who appeared was wonderful. so beautifully. sometimes. lovingly. She would never consider letting us give up. go out on a clear night and look up at the starry sky. You may feel those wings about you. especially one woman in the circle. In hieroglyphs. we knew who one of our students would dedicate to when the time came. we all recognized Her as the same Goddess we’d met before. Feel Her above you and know that She loves you. Her name is spelled with a small round ceramic pot and the symbol for “feminine. the woman wrote down the chant. 19
. night-soft wings enfolding us all. She also knows that we could have learned them more easily if we weren’t so stubborn and. more than one member of my group has felt that Nut has night-dark. and seldom mentioned in any ancient writings. this expresses its meaning so well. There She will be. If you wish. She is Mother. all that lives. She contains all of us.
We know. you will find it impossible not to return it. that the night sky is not solid. We know that. and beloved also of the Lord of the Earth. even those that appear in the groupings we call constellations. Womb of Creation. Not only does it resemble Her body. It can absorb my confusion. and yet it does not keep us from seeing Nut when we stand outside and gaze at the star-jeweled sky. a piece of sodalite serves beautifully. the God who can be seen in mountains thrusting up from the Earth. your triumphs and your failures. If you feel that love. all of us. She knows your vices and your virtues. She can see all.
. help me order my thoughts. in the granite precipice. but often miles away from each other. This is a dark blue stone with white markings like the night sky and the stars that are its jewels. Geb. And She loves you. She knows even those things you hide from yourself. in the steep sides of a canyon. As a symbol of Nut.Circle of Isis
Her Love is unconditional. and that the stars are not only billions of miles away from us. but the feeling I get from it is very much the feeling I get from Her. If She contains all those stars. She is truly Mother of the Gods. and feel I can handle any problem. Nothing is hidden from Her.
he lady Nut was beloved of her people.
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Lord of the Earth and the plains And the highest mountains Lord of the forest and hills And the deepest canyons Geb! We honor Thee! Geb! We honor Thee! Lord of the rocks and the cliffs And the darkest cave. I think of this Lord. thrusting up into the sky. Father of Her children. and say a word of praise to Him. the foundation on which both They and we stand. just like Her. Each time I see them. and they felt his strength and vitality rising from the Earth. and came to know a Lord not many are privileged to know. praise to Thee! The people of Tamera saw this Lord stretched out below his Lady. there are cliffs jutting up through the Earth. with his feet to the East and His Head to the West. He is Father of the Gods. I can feel His strength by placing my hand on a sun-warmed boulder. or failing to know Him. He is the stability of the Earth under our feet. It was in these huge rocks that I first saw Him. We cannot imagine ignoring Him. Near my house. the strength of Earth people in my part of the
. Beloved of Nut. Lord of the desert and sands! Now we sing our praise to Geb! We honor Thee! Geb! We honor Thee! Lord of the Earth. Oh.
and loved. because we can feel that tremendous strength when large portions of the Earth move. however. He can bring you stability. The Gods are complex beyond our ken. the Sky Mother. as a seed in the womb of Nut. An Earth Mother seems much easier to understand because it is in the Earth that we plant seeds to grow. Striving to know Geb is more than an exercise. and we can’t afford to ignore any part of ourselves.Circle of Isis
world may know better than most. With that in mind. Feel His power rising up 22
. we are held between Them. much less any part of the Gods. He is of the Earth. Mother and Father. You stand between His Body and that of his Beloved Lady. He is an aspect of the God many people don’t know for the very reason that we tend to gravitate toward the Earth Mother. Know that. There are those who have trouble with the idea of an Earth God and a Sky Mother. Try feeling it as both and see the difference. protected. Send Him your love when you see the towering cliffs. He does exist. and you will never feel alone again. Consider the Earth. You will also learn much about the Earth if you try to feel it as a Father. and we must stretch to try to achieve that understanding. When we cast a circle. safe. we picture this God beneath us. The very stretching is part of our development whether we reach that understanding or not. as we picture Nut stretched above us. stand there and feel that. Nut. Geb will give you strength if you need it. in the love that flows between Them. Why can’t our planet be both Mother and Father? As complex as life is. and He is worth knowing. Honor Him by caring for the Earth. He is of us. I heartily recommend this. we’d be foolish to restrict our ideas to one level. to one point of view. spend some time seeing the Earth as Geb. He is real. because you will come to know this glorious Lord. Grandmother and Grandfather.
What would often be an occasion for rejoicing was here a potential tragedy. Lord of the Earth. and as it happens when two
love. it came to pass that Nut found herself with child. Lie on a huge boulder and feel His strength and His Love. surrounded by His glory. I never have. Feel yourself sinking into the Earth.
Nut and Geb were lovers. Lord of the Sun!
. the husband of Nut was Ra. You’ll never regret it.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
through your feet. for though the beloved of Nut was Geb.
shining bright! Hail. although I was not the object of His anger (thank goodness). a sad incident in our community. The incident horrified the rest of us not only for her sake. Most members of our community were hard-working. Ra! Bring of the Light! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. I’m sorry to say. He’s very powerful. A student in a group had been physically abused.Circle of Isis
Brightly He shines the Golden One! Hail. but also for the sake of the community as well as the Craft. our King! Thou who art life. He was angry. Ra! Ruler of the Sun! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. all praise to Thee! Hail Ra! Ever Blessed Be! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. and I would not want to be the one who causes His displeasure. it was a frightening experience. and. our King! My first contact with Ra was not a pleasant one. There had been. our King! Father in heaven. devout Witches. and to have two group leaders use their office to abuse a student in 24
the Craft would be on trial.” He proceeded to tell me exactly what He felt about the matter. That incident was not actively in my thoughts at the time. But they will long for that darkness when they meet my flame!” I confess to smiling at that moment. and what He intended to do about it. Lord.” I wanted to say that the group involved was Celtic.” “Know you not that all are my children?” “Yes. Lord. I had already called upon Asar and Anpu. The Craft has enough troubles without its members using it to exercise their own sicknesses in its name.. If the authorities were informed about the incident. “Now you call my name?” “Yes. however. but as I walked. these two would pay for their act against their student.. Lord. One of the problems of this situation was our helplessness. I’m sure. Suddenly.” and “No. “and it will be terrible. ultimately. and the 25
. Apparently. The fact that they admitted the act and believed they were perfectly within their rights to do what they’d done was nauseating and frightening.. but. and I was singing Ra’s name in my mind. I was given very little chance to say anything. His actions would not be immediate. the Sun was warm on my face. “They will go through the darkness. Lord.” “One of my children has been injured and you called not my name?” “No. the Craft. a pleasant smile. and it just hadn’t occurred to me to call upon this particular Lord.. our inability to do anything.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
the name of the God and Goddess enraged and sickened us. but I regret to say I hadn’t thought to call upon Ra.. My entire contribution to the conversation was “Yes.. I felt His Presence powerful and angry and I heard. but. but. Realizing that.” He told me. The weather had been overcast and damp until that afternoon. but.... It was not. not the two people involved. Lord.. but.
The Tamerans pictured Ra sailing across the sky in a barque. His name and attributes were combined with those of another Sun God. To some. Amen represents the invisible aspects of the Sun. Amen. the ultraviolet rays and so forth. Nut swallowed Him at sunset and gave birth to Him at dawn. specifically light and heat. Ra was (and is) the mightiest Lord of all. There are many Sun deities in Tameran mythology. but I have full faith that they will learn the lessons needed when they face this Lord.) Although most of the community officially dissociated with the coven (a few thought whatever they did was all right because the two people said it was part of their tradition). Ra is the Sun at noon and Midsummer. Ra represents the physical aspects of the Sun. beginning the day as a youth and aging as the journey went on. In the New Kingdom of Tamera. Nothing horrible has happened to them. powerful. the Younger. Groups or individuals who wish to work with Tameran deities just have to choose which they will work with and see as the Sun. This bird soars above all free. like several other deities. He is angered by those who hurt us. the light. Ra. those we can sense. and called Amen Ra. he has my respect and love.Circle of Isis
Gods was a matter of delight to me. Tum is the Sun at evening and Autumn. Sothistar uses four to represent the Sun both in its daily and annual cycles. and that I wouldn’t want to be on His bad side. Heru sa Aset. 26
. (There are times when I’m not a very nice person. I understand the combination. is the Sun at dawn and at Spring. both times of unseen beginnings. heat. Although he is not. While I don’t use this name. we’ve kept an eye on them. Khephera is the Sun at midnight and at Yule. the High Lord. to me. was often portrayed as a Hawk. He is very protective of all of us. and so forth. What did I learn from this contact with Ra? Among other things. while Ra represents the Sun that can be sensed. and all-seeing.
the wisest mage and teacher of all time. and powerful
. Our story might have ended here. came to prominence. Amen. for none could ignore this mighty Lord. Lord of Wisdom. Tehuti. were it not for yet another God. so powerful that when another Sun God. The children would not. Inventor of hieroglyphs. the Tamerans added Ra’s name to His. In His not totally unreasonable anger.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Powerful was the Sun in this ancient land. Lord of Words. He proclaimed. be born in any day of the year. Ra pronounced a curse upon the children carried in the womb of the Lady.
It seems difficult. Many believe the hieroglyphs are some of those keys. Tehuti is said to be the Inventor of this alphabet. look into those eyes. Teacher of kings. Books. imagine Him standing before you in this form. Words. He is also ruler of knowledge beyond “book learning. Science. I would learn from Thee. Teaching—all these are His. 28
. I would earn wings. curved beak and hold any serious thoughts. hear my cry! Feel my heart reach! My life is learning if you will but teach! Teacher of Gods. I would earn wings.Circle of Isis
Wisdom has wings. You will be entranced by the wisdom. It can seem laughable to consider this figure the Lord of Wisdom. to look at the strange figure with a human body and a bird head with a long. yes. eyes of a sage. Could wisdom come to one such as I? Teacher of Gods. Wisest of all wise ones. Teacher of kings. and. I would earn wings. Knowledge. humor. holiest mage. Oh. Oh. all these are represented by Him. Head of an ibis. Learning. I would learn from Thee. Teacher of Gods. Oh. Teacher of kings. Yet. and you will not find Him ludicrous.” He holds the keys to the Greater Mysteries. Wisdom. I would learn from Thee. Wisdom can fly. you find in those eyes of infinite depth. if you meditate upon Him. Lord. at first.
” To a man involved with computers. Irreverent? Who am I to tell a God how He shall appear? My student loved this God most dearly. He said.” To another writer.” In order to learn the Greater Mysteries Tehuti can teach you. Funny? Maybe. “The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. You must advance spiritually. One of my former students was a bluegrass musician. As someone at that meditation put it.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Similar to the many who believe the Tarot deck is a book of knowledge hidden in symbolism. To me. of course. That’s the important thing.” Although each message was different. the feelings the Ancients had for their alphabet. The ancients called this pictographic alphabet medu neter. He said. Without it. help you to achieve this. You must be worthy of His teachings. but this is a graduate course. Prepare them for me. He said. reach for the knowledge you need. The important thing you must have is a sincere. the brush well made. many believe that there is more to the hieroglyphs than representation of sounds. no amount of study will help you. The desire is important. the ink finely ground.” This name revealed. He had a personal relationship with Tehuti. soul-deep desire to learn and grow. When we did a contact ritual on Tehuti. In at least one case. you must prepare to be ready for that knowledge. “words of the God. Tehuti is also interested in your spiritual growth as well as your mental development. there was a thread that ran through all the messages. “There is information that must be in your memory banks before I can teach you. He has so much to teach you. the words given to each of us were different. “Teach what you teach. His appearance changed to a form so that a specific person could relate to Him better. Tehuti will. Tehuti appeared to him wearing mirror shades and helped with musical arrangements. but remember. as names often do. 29
. that thread was “Pardon me. strive for growth. I am sure there is much to be learned from their study. and he will do whatever is necessary to help you learn.
. or a writer. but I make my libation with all reverence. Every morning. Her Ur. it’s an advanced one.Circle of Isis
Tehuti was very special to ancient scribes. and then Tehuti will teach you. a scribe’s first act was to make a libation to this Lord by dropping a few drops from the water bowl used for ink onto the ground. Chris. this beverage is a necessary working tool. build a foundation of knowledge. His is not a basic course. that what he or she has to offer is unimportant. During these days.
ne cannot be wise without being loving. As a teacher. You need only have the desire to learn and grow. I have never had the feeling He thought my act was irreverent. This Lord is the greatest teacher of all. asking Tehuti to bless the work I am to do that day. and the willingness to work at achieving those things. He played draughts with the Moon. secretary. and have no water bowl from which to libate. I make an offering from my first cup of coffee! For me. He can teach you so much more than any earthly teacher. Credit for any success my husband. If you wish to learn from Tehuti. creating five new days in the year. This does not mean. I use a computer to write. and won one 70-second part of each day. Such hard work will always be rewarded by the Lord of Wisdom. if you have a human teacher. a bookkeeper. or bookkeeper to honor Tehuti. work hard and reach for His Knowledge. Set. The current equivalent of a scribe might be a secretary. I call upon Tehuti often for his guidance in serving my students. Learn from your teacher. and the wise and loving Tehuti took pity on our beautiful Goddess. and I have had must be shared with this Wise Lord. That may sound frivolous. and He has helped me innumerable times to teach and lead my students. Aset. and Nebet Het. Nut gave birth to three sons and two daughters. You needn’t be a writer. We could not have done it without his help.
of course. Osiris. Touch us with your smile. Osiris. Osiris. Lord. Hold us in your hands. We know Asar. Holy is thy name. presided over the Weighing of the Heart. Asar is probably the most widely known of the Egyptian Gods. Ruler of the Nile. for most only know one of His Aspects.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
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. She Whose Name was Truth. Such writings are. King of life and death. as the Judge. Osiris. Pharaoh of two lands. Lord. Lord. He is also one of the least understood. Osiris. We know Asar as the Lord of the Underworld. Warm us with your flame Osiris. Osiris. Lord. very much concerned with death and the afterlife. Osiris. the Judge. Except for Aset. because most of our information comes from tombs. during which the heart of the deceased was weighed against the Feather of Maat. Lord. Fill us with your breath Osiris.
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If the result was favorable, perhaps the heart was as light as the Feather, the deceased went to live in the Fields of Ra; if not, the deceased was turned over to Amit, the Eater of Hearts. These are the ideas portrayed on the wall paintings found in tombs. My view is a bit different. I believe that should the deceased fail the test, it simply meant that the soul had more work to do, and would return to Earth for another incarnation. (This is just another way in which Sothistar’s practices differ from the ancient traditions.) Asar is usually depicted in mummy wrappings, wearing what is known as the atef crown. This is similar to the White Crown of Upper Egypt, with the addition of a feather along either side, and a small sphere at the top. He holds the crook and flail, symbols of rulership. In some paintings, His skin is black. In Egyptian symbolism, this color represented the Underworld and rebirth. It also represented the black fertile earth deposited by the Nile. In others, His skin is shown as green because He was also the Lord of Vegetation. With this attribution, we approach an aspect of the Lord that is seldom mentioned, and is the aspect that I cherish. As God of Vegetation, Asar would, of course, represent the life, death, and rebirth cycles of the grain and other plant life. Asar, Judge, Lord of Death, is concerned with the dead, but remember, the dead are those who will be reborn. In both aspects, Asar is the Lord of Life. The aspect I hold dear is Asar the King! I’ve found only one picture of Asar without the mummy wrappings in which he is usually depicted. Even then, the picture did not even hint at the power of the God I have met in my meditations. I have seen Him, strong and bronze, solidly built. His Face manages to be both beautiful and powerful. In my vision He wore a nemyss and short kilt of blue and gold stripes, and a pectoral of lapis lazuli. His presence was so overpowering that 32
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I fell to my knees, overcome, not by fear, but by awe. He was vital, vibrant, and inspired a devotion I was never able to give His other aspect, however much I revered Him. This is the Asar adored and worshipped by our coven. This is our High Lord. There is nothing of the solemn judge in this aspect, but that is not to say He is frivolous. He is not all sweetness and light. He is, after all, a king, and rules his people in a way that is best for them, guiding and protecting them, and punishing wrong-doers. This is the meaning of the crook and flail with which is He is always portrayed. The crook is a shepherd’s crook, symbolizing leadership. The flail symbolizes His duty to punish those who do wrong. No ruler is worthy of the title unless he or she is willing to do both. Balance is the keystone of many religions, including our own. These symbols can be held by either aspect of the Lord, and the differences they might have when held by one or the other are worthy of contemplation. Take a moment, if you will, to consider what these symbols would mean if held by Asar, the King. Now think what meanings they might have when held by the Judge. Do you find differences? If so, what are they? Life and death: both are important, both are part of the cycle we recognize. Asar’s death and rebirth are celebrated time and time again in Tameran writings. Yet death and resurrection mean nothing if not preceded (and followed) by life. One of the most delightful customs recognizing His function as Vegetation God was known as an “Asar bed” or a “corn mummy.” (Because corn as we known it in the United States is native to the Western Hemisphere, “corn” probably meant “barleycorn.”) This is a shallow container in the shape of Asar, filled with soil and planted with grain. Many have been found in tombs. At the proper season, the corn mummy would be watered. The grain would sprout and the God would be reborn. 33
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If such containers were available today, I would plant them in the Fall. It is at this time of year that the Goddess does Her planting; fruits fall from the trees, grain from the stalk. Planting an Asar bed would be a wonderful thing to do during an Autumn rite. I would water it at Yule to begin the rebirth. Asar is said to come from a star referred to only as Orion. Older astronomy books identify this as the middle star on the belt of the constellation of the same name. It is green. Betelgeuse, the star at Orion’s shoulder, was attributed to Set, because it is red. It’s interesting that this particular constellation is involved with Egyptian myths, because I’ve always felt a connection with it. And if you will draw a line from the top star in Orion’s Belt through the middle star and keep going, you will find the star Sirius, known to the Greeks as Sothis. The Tamerans said this was the home of Isis, and my coven is named after this star. Partly because of the pectoral Asar wore in my vision, I use lapis lazuli for Asar. I have a lovely piece on the altar near His statue. This attribution comes not only from a meditation on Asar, but also one on Aset, when two of us were told that lapis belonged to Her Lord. There was a barley field through which the Lord and I walked in my meditation, and that is where He spoke to me. Barley was grown in Egypt and used to make both bread and beer. The coven considered developing a recipe to make our own beer, but none of us have the proper skills. It isn’t, however, necessary to make your own. Malt liquor will serve as well. Malt is any grain (often barley) steeped, sprouted, and smoked, so malt liquor is very likely similar to barley beer. Another symbol of the Lord was a pillar called the “tet,” often called “Asar’s backbone.” It has the same sound as another Egyptian word meaning “stability.” This, too, could be a part of the meaning of the symbol. No one seems to be certain. To me, it represents the stability and strength of the Lord. If it 34
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is, as some believe, the trunk of a tree, then the tree is mighty. It is a tree that withstands storms, earthquakes, the extremes of the seasons. Life arising from death, a wonderful symbol of resurrection! Although His Name is Asar, the hieroglyphs that spell his name say something else. The first symbol is an eye, ari, the second, a throne, ast or aset. “Throne maker,” or “made by the throne?” I don’t know, but again, I’m sure we can learn much from contemplation. I am not forgetting Asar’s other aspect, the Lord of Death and Resurrection, nor is He any less beloved of our coven. I believe the best way to tell you about Him is to describe the events that helped us know and love Him. In class one night, we were discussing psychic gifts. After sitting quietly, with her thoughts apparently turned inward, one of our students burst out, “I have a talent that is a curse. I help people through the veil. When I was little, I thought I was making them die.” “A curse!” I cried. “Oh, no, never.” We gathered around her, reminding her that making it easy for someone to leave this life, when it is time, was far from a curse. It meant that instead of leaving one’s body in fear, one left holding her hand, led to the Summerland by her bright, loving spirit. The student’s expression showed her thoughts moving quickly, but she was still not assured, until I said, “You take them to Asar. This is the work done by His Priests.” She has one of those faces that are beautiful in repose, but shining when she smiles. That glorious smile of hers said it all. She already loved Asar, the King, with all her heart. How could it be anything but joyful to take someone to His Presence? She began to learn more of Asar, Lord of the Underworld, bringing to that study the love she already had for His Aspect as King. And as she extended that love to His other Aspect, so did the rest of us. You should hear her say His name.
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A short while ago, we were asked to do a healing for a lady. Barbara, who was a beloved friend of two of our members, was horribly ill: she had cancer. Such work is always preceded by meditation. For that reason, I knew, when we opened that circle, that we had to do more than physical healing. The healing was needed not only on more than the physical plane, but it needed to extend to more than Barbara. We also had to heal those who loved her. We would do our best to heal the cancer, but it would have been dishonest to ignore the possibility that it was time for her to go. We did raise the healing energy, and gave it to Barbara to use as she willed. We reminded all present that those who cross over go to the arms of the Lord and Lady. We gave her three stones and suggested that, whenever her time came, she try to have them near her. The first was an apache tear, for Anpu, the Guide. The second was a lapis lazuli for Asar. The third was an azurite/malachite for Isis. Each of us took a little of her pain, and gave back peace and healing. Then I called our Osiris priestess and put her hand in Barbara’s, telling Barbara to remember the feeling of that hand and to look for this priestess’s beautiful face when the time came. We continued with our regular ritual, and by the end of it, we were all laughing, including Barbara. Two weeks later, Barbara crossed over, and our Osiris priestess led her. Did our healing rite fail? I think not. Her last two weeks of life were of higher quality than they might have been otherwise with less medication necessary and better sleep, and she left a pain wracked body without fear, led by a loving hand, accompanied by our beautiful sister, Priestess of Asar. If you can understand and accept the above, you can accept and love the Lord of the Underworld. The important thing to remember is that the Lord of Death is still the Lord of Life, 36
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one who has experienced death and rebirth. When we die, He greets us, shows us what we have learned and have yet to learn, and gives us again to the Goddess, who gives us birth once more. Loving the Lord of Life makes it not only easy, but necessary to love the Lord of Death, for the dead are also the unborn!
Ruling by his side, the Lady Aset, Sister, Wife, and Queen,
Mistress of Magic, perhaps the most beautiful Goddess of all. Queen she was, and mighty in power, blinding in beauty, and loving beyond all human understanding.
Her Splendor. “What?” you say. no dictionary or thesaurus contains them. Seeking wisdom untold? Would you look on a beauty That’s blinding to see? Are there worlds you would know? Seek you power to grow? Come with me. I am Her Priestess. How can it be hard to write about Her?” It is difficult because she is my Lady. Would your spirit unfold. 38
. Her Power. I will never feel I have succeeded in showing you Her Beauty. I will show you my Lady. I can find no words that will do Her justice. and meaning. Mother. You’d think that would make it easy to write about Her. direction. “Everyone knows about Aset. This Lady is the most difficult for me to write about. Maiden. but it doesn’t. Her Love. Her Magnificence. She came into my life and brought with Her purpose. and Friend? Come with me.Circle of Isis
Seek you starlight that sings? Seek you magic with wings? Would laugh and then cry? Seek you joy? Seek you joy? Seek you love without end. I have dedicated all my life to Her and the work She wants me to do. I will show you my lady.
. and ruler. Queen. also a priestess of Isis. Creatrix. That night I just couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep. or Her winged form. When he traveled to teach the rest of the world. as I did. In our tradition. please help me!” I heard laughter that held all the music of the spheres and a gentle voice full of mirth saying. the Goddess as friend. She defended her son against everything from scorpions to Set. She was the epitome of loyal wife. Parents appealed to Her for protection for their children. Both are the height and heart of our coven. the Lord and Lady are given equal honor. the throne that is Her name. nothing serious but bruises and lots of aches and pain. I was able to fall asleep and when I awoke. Like a good Christian turned Pagan I worshiped and revered my Goddess from afar. I have.” A healing warmth filled by body and my pain was gone. lit candles to Her. Don’t let the term “loyal wife” confuse you. Aset’s status was and is equal to that of Asar. Both Aset and Asar ruled Tamera.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Who is She? Mother. Worker of Magic. In 1977 I had been pagan for a couple of years. Aset ruled Egypt. “My friend. mother. One day I fell. and She held me. but there was nothing personal in our relationship. prayed. Those of any age who felt the need of a nurturing Mother turned to Her. I meditated. for She understood. We are not talking about the “little woman. in desperation.” or the woman behind the man who has no place of her own. and Sister. “It’s about time you called me friend. for She knew their pain. My friend Willie. shares yet another aspect of Isis with us. In Egypt. I cried out. Those who had suffered because of love reached out to Her. She is usually portrayed in one of three forms: wearing the Solar Crown. so were all my bruises. Finally. those many years ago. Those who had lost a loved one appealed to Aset for comfort. I know.
. I can hear you now. The bird of prey hunts down its food and kills it. even one we don’t like. She doesn’t want to be adored from afar. symbolized by a predator? How can you?” I can. some. A few years ago. Heru. let me remind you that we are the animal kingdom’s most voracious predators. the kite is a captor. daily basis. that the Gods have a sense of humor. so to some. and have no room to criticize others. is still live prey. Some writers call this bird a swallow. Several nights later I did the dedication and while we were meditating I looked up and there was Isis walking in through the door with two suitcases. She winked at me and said. Second. and do. all life feeds off other life. that makes it all right. Willie has certainly learned that Isis does! Isis also loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. at the same time conceiving their son. loved with. I suggest another possibility. So does a swallow. First. “I’m here!” This Lady has so many facets. usually ruefully. There are many paintings of Aset hovering over Her Love’s body. the African swallow-tailed kite. a relative of the hawk. Like the hawk and the vulture. She performed the greatest act of magic: She gave new life to her murdered husband. fanning the breath of life into Him with the wings of a bird. “Sweet lovely Aset. my best friend asked me to dedicate his home to Isis. An insect. a kite. It is often said. but as energies that are lived with.Circle of Isis
Isis had let me stumble around for a couple of years until I realized that a relationship with Her is very much in-your-face personal. Since then she has been my best friend and confidant. and laughed with on an intimate. She wants to be a part of your daily life. To serve Isis you should not be on a level where you are removed from Her as an untouchable Deity to be petitioned and adored from afar. although its prey is usually an insect. possessing talons that grab and hold.
The disk in between. and Sothis to the Greeks. The crown she often wears is called a “solar crown. Start with the star farthest to your right (his left) and draw a line through the middle star. Legend has it that this star is the home of Aset. 41
. Without a throne. in Her honor. Her name. Sirius is called “the sun behind the Sun. You’ll notice the third star to Orion’s right is just a little off line from the other two. It is. Aset is not a Southern Belle who gets the vapors when things become difficult. as our Sun is to our Moon. Aset usually has the vulture headdress on as well. held. Aset. but also the horns of the waxing and waning Moon. most of the year. It is to our Sun. we are stable. nor a queen a queen. The curved horns represent not only the cow. known as Sopdet to the Egyptians. It is Aset who can make kings and queens of us.” one of the symbols of a ruler. If there is something brighter up there (besides the Moon). some say. steady. It represents Sirius. a physical symbol of our goal in life. a Mother symbol to the Egyptians. She is the epitome of woman. In a chair. Locate the constellation Orion. strong and powerful. a king is not a king. we stand alone on our two fragile feet. Without a throne.” (You’ll see Het Heret wearing it.” the source of its power. As you continue past (not through) the third star. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and is easy to find. you will find Sirius. called the “solar disk. as well as beautiful. is. We seek to be bright and shining for Her sake.” or “horned crown. supported. a seat. it is a planet or possibly a satellite. Another legend has it that Aset and Asar went to Sirius after They left Earth. of course. means “throne. the brightest star in the heavens. It is our inspiration. while Het Heret does not). but not our Sun.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
The kite gives a feeling of strength I do not find in a swallow. as I said above. usually identified by the three stars that make up his belt. Our coven. lift us heavenward. named in honor of that bright Sun. Sothistar.” does represent a sun. too.
The finest pieces look like blue-banded malachite. we should use as His or Her symbol. may have inspired the many pictures of the Madonna and child that came later. Morrigan. A beautiful description of Her can be found in Apeleius’ The Golden Asse. the Lady in whom I find Nebet Het. As a matter of fact. and all the other Ladies upon whom we have called over the centuries. Bast. Statues of Aset nursing Her son. however. or chants. For us. and held an annual ceremony in which their ships were blessed by the Goddess. the Goddess. A small problem with using the Tameran Gods in our culture was the lack of a sea deity. it is as much a symbol of the Goddess as is the Moon. Het Heret. spreading Her fame even farther. the right stone. In contact rituals or other meditations. Another stone is chrysocolla. etc.). Heru. Freya. saw Aset as a sea Goddess. azurite and malachite are often found together. The Romans fell in love with Aset. The first is azurite. If a special work is done that applies to a particular deity. Both of these attributions are the result of meditation. Not everyone saw Her in Egyptian style or dress. Rhiannon. we are 42
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and to Her Glory. When we call upon Her in Sothistar’s rituals. would be that much more effective. How do you use a stone for a God or Goddess? We often give such a stone to someone as a symbol of that deity. a beautiful stone of blue and green. The Romans. Many people then (and now) saw Her as I do. There’s a subject for meditation for you! I use two stones for Aset. Sirius is a double star. A temple of Aset has been found in England. we often ask the God or Goddess we are communing with if there are special stones (or incenses. It was a very precious stone in Egypt.
. gleams and sparkles in the sheen of stones. relentless sureness of self.. Although I will probably never feel any of my words will ever do Her justice. or breathes..the Opening Between Worlds. She is the Mistress of Mysteries and a lamp in the darkness to all who would seek Her and learn of Her ways. silent shadows of the night.as a ‘beautiful festival of heaven and earth. She is the spiny coolness of the air and the refreshing caresses of soft winds. She is the Womb of time and Being and all dwells in and as part of Her. all the names by which the Lady has been called over the centuries. laughs or whispers in the rustlings of leaves and dwells in the glow of sunlit things or the soft. laughter..and quiet becomings and growth in the secret recesses of the Earth.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
calling all the Goddesses. She is the August Dweller at the 43
. Formally.. I have found the words of another that are worthy of her.. She lives in the sustaining and nourishing qualities of what one drinks. She can be as cold as ice and yet burn like fire as She seeks to help bring all to wholeness.existence. eats. She is the stark. She dwells in the wellsprings of the self where one goes to draw nourishment and strength for one’s being. and transfiguration. offering and giving of Herself to preserve one alive. all the many aspects humankind has given form to.’ She dwells in the sky as the silver sheen of the Four Fold Moon and its pale quiet light.. gaunt majesty of the mountains and the green softness of hills. wonderment and delight in women and men and can be found in anything that helps bring one to see Her realm and sway. She is night and her children are the stars. She is the sustainer of souls and the spirit of quiet. “She lives in the endless murmuring of the sea or streams. completion. She is Twilight.. She lives in love.
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Threshold. Only One. Maker of Kings. Benefactor of the Other World. Queen of the North and South. Protector of Anpu. Mistress of the Luminous Darkness. Creatrix of Green Things. Lady of Beer. She will be living within you. Wife of Asar Millions of Years. Lady of Silence. Female Ra. If you prepare a place within your heart for Her to dwell. Queen of Earth. Hidden Goddess. Throne of Being. Goddess of the Gods’ Food. So will all the other Goddess and Gods. Greatest of the Goddesses and Gods. Lady of the West. Lady of Bread. Queen of the Great House. Lady of Wild Things. Goddess of the Harvest. If you call to and from them. Maker of Sunrise. Dweller in Stillness. Mistress of Silence. Eye of Ra. and Producer and Giver of Life. Lady of Life. Lady of Warmth and Fire. Lady of the New Year. Lady of the Endless Quiet Light. Lady of Love. Lady of Words of Power. the Splendid Light Who Veilest in Brilliancy. Swift Huntress of the Soul. Divine One. Opener of Life. The Power of the Nile. Lady of the North Wind. Lady of Silver. Great Lady of the Other Worlds. Beloved in All Lands. Lady of the Green Crops. Healer of Broken Dreams. Most Mighty One. Greatest of the Dwellers in Nun. Lady of the Fields. She dwells in the depths and heights of every being. Female Horus. Lady of Abundance. Child of Nut. She will answer you.” Ron Myron. Church of the Eternal Source
First printed in Khephera. Lady Who Opens the Year. Mistress of the Fields of Heaven. Lady of the Dawn. Daughter of Geb. Lady of Joy and Gladness. Fertility Through Waters. 1975
. Lady of Heaven. Light Giver of Heaven. Giver of Life. Lady of the Mysterious Peace. Transformer of Bodies into Bodies of Light. Daughter of Neb er Tcher. Wife of the Lord of Inundation. Mother of the Golden Heru who Answered for His Father.
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Beloved was Asar. their brother
was not beloved by many of the people. They did not understand that his work—that storm was as necessary to life as peace. beloved was Aset.
. but Set. Many did not see His Glory. that breaking down was as much a part of nature as building up.
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Comes the desert wind! Comes the desert storm! Comes the Lord of all whose time is at an end! And when the storm has passed The temporal will be gone. If not. If you are at all familiar with Egyptian mythology. We have no need for evil Gods. 46
. Myths mean something beyond the story. Seek you now to grow? Seek you now to change? Seek you to be one with all eternity? Stand and face the winds And when the storm has passed Only the eternal will remain In his wake. you are about to see things that will portray this God as a murderer. Only the eternal shall remain In his wake. you will realize that I’m telling you the story of Aset and Asar. but I do understand what Set represents. nasty. Bad. evil Set! An Egyptian Satan! Now you know. I’ve tried to include as few qabalistic references as possible in this book. I don’t yet know the meaning of every part of the myth. as a good Pagan I can’t accept that.
and not as an evil God. wielder of the sword. but I can’t avoid it here. and the grain must be cut down if it is to spring up anew. there were people who do not understand. falls. very painful.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
because this text isn’t about Qabala. however. the king who nurtures civilization. and who teaches agriculture to his people. That which Asar had to give was then given to the world. have learned that the lessons are usually hard. who is patron of the arts. In this story. We have learned that the cycle of life includes death. Asar was the grain. Nurtured by the Air (Aset) and nourished by the Water (Nebet Het). even today. At various times throughout the beloved land’s history. We have come to understand that breaking down is as much a part of life as building up. it takes root and is reborn. Asar represents Chesed and his forces as the benevolent king. planted it. and is scattered. I hope this discussion will make sense even if you don’t have knowledge of the subject. He was honored greatly. Aset gathered the grain. The grain is cut. please consult The Witches Qabalah (Weiser). Even in a country as apparently enlightened as Tamera. Both are necessary for balance. Set represents Geburah and its energies: the warrior king. nurtured it. 47
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but learning to do so can be a giant step forward in your growth. you will find Him glorious!
Set of the Red Hair. but the Earth is often the better for their passing.
. I have seen a pot. gazed upon Asar with such love that Set became enraged. Nebet Het. He removes only the temporal. We cannot love and honor Asar without loving and honoring Set. It is our clinging to those things that make the cutting away painful. Once you have learned to accept Him. black with decades of use. Lord of Storm. but when they pass.Circle of Isis
We may not like storms. envied His brother the
love of the people. the air is clean. dead leaves are blown from the trees. we’d never get some things clean. and in His own home. The windstorms where I live are frightening. made bright again by sand blasting. only the unnecessary. He is not easy to love. and much of the dust and dirt is gone. That which Set takes away is never essential. for the eyes of his wife and sister. Without scouring pads. only the obstacles to growth. Set found more reason for envy.
if you would seek me. Nebet Het. Soft the sound of wings in flight. I was constantly frustrated. When I determined to learn more. seek me not. So. Hart)
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. I am thoughtful silence. I am the chorus of the breeze. wife to Set. I am that which is not what it seems to be. “Child.” She assisted Aset in the magical work done to resurrect Asar. I followed my own advice and used one of the methods I described earlier. I am the stillness of the tomb. I am thoughtful silence. Her name means “Lady of the House. I chanted. “Oh. I am the starlight in the night. All this does not tell us who She is. I am thoughtful silence. and yet we know little about Her. Mother of Anpu.
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Nebet Het (Nephthys)
I am the darkness of the womb I am thoughtful silence. By misdirection. do I teach.” The following was the answer. Book after book said little more than I’ve already written. I am thoughtful silence. Whispered winds thought limbs of trees I am thoughtful silence. She is the sister of Aset and Asar. I am the unseen. teach me of Thee.
When we suddenly realize that something we’ve learned has proved useful in a totally unexpected way. at least as much as I can understand. Guided meditations are Nebet Het’s style. Her energy seemed familiar to me. Each job had to be done with very specific movements. movements that are a part of the martial art. varnishing fences. He is given work washing and waxing cars. I said she was Aset. sanding a floor. I find them connected. his teacher shows him that in the course of his performing the chores. Nebet Het is the dark side of the Moon. Who is She? Once.Circle of Isis
I work with Her since has shown me who She is. and yet so different. that’s Nebet Het. In all I’ve learned about both ladies. Lecturing is an Aset form of teaching. When the boy finally objects. it is an integral part of the Moon. Her Presence in a ritual can be confusing because it is so like that of Aset. Nebet Het is mystery. But I’ve learned that all the Gods and Goddesses are so individual that I can no longer say that. Upon 50
. She is the dark side of the Moon. not the dark of the Moon. the dark side of the Moon. Aset is magic. Aset is the silver Moon. certain movements had become second nature. Yes. I think She comes more often than we know. It is there. the young hero is taking karate lessons from an older man. they are closely related.) I had a phone call the other day from a High Priestess of another coven who asked if we worked with this Lady. (Some call her the Dark Aset. That’s Nebet Het. and painting a house. How can we learn more of Her? I don’t know. that’s Nebet Het. When we discover we’ve learned something by some way other than direct study. yet was different. I think She must come to you. a lesser known side. and we never see it. it is part of the whole. I think most of the things we learn indirectly are from Her. In the movie Karate Kid. I don’t think you can reach for Her. they are sisters.
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my answering positively (or “Positively!”). We did an aspect of Nebet Het in which I served as the vessel. Although Asar and Aset are High Lord and High Lady of Sothistar. she described an aspect they’d experienced in a Moon rite recently. She and the Goddess had been having a conversation as I stood there and she now knew she would be a Priestess of Nebet Het. With the approach of her First Degree initiation. one of our people was still unsure whom she’d make a dedication to. The Lady had been indirect. if anyone. Because I am dedicated to Aset. You can call upon Nebet Het if you wish something to be hidden. It’s the Nature of this Lady. As I/She stood in front of this particular student. especially if you can’t secrete it anywhere. and will continue to spend. or thereafter. I am spending. but felt in her heart that wasn’t quite right. independent. and those who reach Second Degree will be Their High Priest or High Priestess. we discussed the aspect and when the woman spoke. members of Sothistar may also make special dedications at First. I found myself unable to speak the thoughts that were coming to me. But it should not be taken lightly. You can call upon Her to help you teach in Her Manner. The thoughts were very clear—Nebet Het was claiming this woman as Her Priestess—but I just could not get the words out of my mouth.
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a great deal of time learning about Her. Guardian of the Underworld. And many say that Aset knew of the union. The more I learn of Her.
It is said. Guide of Souls. the Challenger. the Jackal. and. as you know.
Some say the Goddess deceived the Lord by taking on the likeness of Aset. Anpu. Asar knew. that Nebet Het and Asar were lovers. a child of hidden light. Anpu. the Observer.
they set a standard often hard to live up to. the Dark Lord.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to face the hidden truth? Do you dare to face the hidden truth? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the hidden truth?
Jackals: scavengers. altogether nasty animals. Did you know that jackals are as often hunters as scavengers? That they usually mate for life? That they have a very strong family unit? It’s true. 53
. I’ve seen films of two young jackals taking on a hyena five times their size to protect their younger brothers and sisters. the Guide. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. You must be ready to face Him steadfastly. a standard that can present quite a challenge. Anpu is the Guardian. night prowlers. the Challenger. are they? Instead. right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting.
yet another challenge. In a meditation. but they will certainly be required to have a personal relationship with this God. My husband and High Priest. I’ve gotten to know Anpu quite well. There are times when not being afraid would be stupid. and we are not always ready to face the truth. He once said to me. he knows it. in the Weighing of the Heart. He is the only person in our coven who can veto the entrance of a potential student. Its effects are somewhat gentler than obsidian. “If you are afraid. the priest/esses of Anpu were the true-seers. reach out into the darkness. but removes you from your fear. Although Chris was chosen by Anpu rather than the other way around. obsidian will tell you the truth. According to some sources. for a long time. the Judge. letting you step back and view it objectively. It is He who serves as a guide through the Underworld— jackals are very good in the dark. Chris was. Chris has an unerring sense about people. Chris. If he removed your fear.” He does not remove your fear from you. We are told that lying was an anathema to this Lord. is His Priest. Future Guardians may not be Priests of Anpu. but they can still be difficult to deal with. so that you can do what you must to handle the situation. you would not necessarily be able to do that. Feel the darkness gather around your hand. His stone is an apache tear. and I will remove you from your fear. If there is something wrong about a person. a form of obsidian that appears opaque until it is held up against the light. 54
. Courage is being afraid and going ahead and doing what you must. a reporter. the Guardian of our coven.Circle of Isis
Anpu is the son of Asar and Nebet Het. There is a big difference. A priest of Anpu is most appropriate for this office. Anpu is an observer. the association is certainly appropriate. always. He assists His Father. Lack of fear is not courage.
We needed to protect our homes and ourselves from that. It was she who taught us that obsidian must be worked with carefully. they didn’t believe the things the stone had told them. the woman we believed to be the source of the negativity started complaining that some opals she owned had become full of negative feelings. We did not attack. to see who was sending it. Naturally. A week later. We gave the stones to anyone who might be a target of the negativity. We’ve worked with His protective aspect more than once. they failed. because she was the source. How do I know that? I could see the effects. Because they weren’t ready. you may have learned a thing or two from this story. We all carried them and several were placed around various homes. four of us charged some apache tears with a very special purpose: They were charged to rebound any negativity sent toward us. lots of people were absolutely sure they were worthy and ready and mature. and that not everyone is ready to work with it. Naturally. and a lot of things happened in their lives to show that they were doing anything they could to ignore the truth. but most of them weren’t. Some of them were ready. I learned most of what I know about the subject. She couldn’t understand it. From her. More than once 55
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Some years ago.) I learned later that she and her students worked for weeks to trace the negativity back to its source. Our community had some problems with certain members sending out negativity. If you are unfamiliar with the ethics of magical practice. and to turn any negativity we might inadvertently send out into love and light. and they rushed out to buy obsidian balls without giving it a second thought. (Three of those apache tears were in the pockets of people standing around her at the moment. we had a teacher in our community who shared her knowledge about crystals and stones.
One possibility mentioned in Hope’s book certainly occurred more than once at our house. Another protection we received from Anpu had to do with our home. and prey. please guard our home. and were.and haven’t seen since. Although the jackal is the animal normally attributed to Anpu. We simply sent the negativity back to its source. you should first learn everything about that animal. We’d been burglarized several times. and every day when I left the house. but everything you can learn about it in its day-to-day life.. a little tired of it. and prevented any negativity from getting out. I would have been doing the wrong thing. habits. There is another deity. portrayed exactly as Anpu except that He is colored gray instead of black. but often enough to be noticeable. not every day. as I was leaving the house. If I had performed a spell against that person. Apuat. “I’m guarding already!” From that day on. he came as both jackal and wolf. When Anpu came to my husband in meditations. not just symbology connected with it. Although I love the jackal. I would say. as I have shown.” Both jackal and wolf have undeserved reputations. “City of the Wolf. The woman received back only what she had sent. and heard very distinctly. I repeated the prayer as usual. They see him as a dog. He was the High God in a city the Greeks called Lycopolis. dogs we’d never seen before..” After about a month. I simply thanked him for guarding us. As a note: when you are doing magical work or meditation with any animal. a wolf. “Lord Anpu. and the one that is. Black dogs started showing up. I took a suggestion from Murray Hope’s Practical Egyptian Magic. and at the houses of others who have asked the same protection.Circle of Isis
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. understandably. you might be more comfortable working with the wolf first. there is some question among archaeologists as to whether this is correct. or a jackal. its food.
Passing His challenge is reason to be proud. where it floated away into the dark night. Lord of Tamera. To them he gave this order: Build a sarcophagus suitable for the body of a God. Build it. took it down to the river and placed it in the water. or too fat. He called to his presence the craftsmen of greatest skill. and do pass the challenge. or too wide of hip. to the exact dimensions of the King. you will make an amazing discovery: Anpu isn’t black and snarling at all.
. inlay it with the most precious jewels. He revealed the glorious sarcophagus. There was music. and dance. Build it of the finest woods. gild it with the purest gold. if you have courage. and hidden by the dark of night. too thin. When the feast was over. When the sarcophagus was completed. Together. One by one. Set and his conspirators carried the coffin out of the banquet hall. He is shining gold!
Set could bear no more. if you are ready to face the hidden truths. or too short. Set held a banquet in Asar’s honor. he ordered. The last to enter the sarcophagus was Asar. He had only time to discover the perfect fit when Set and his henchmen fell upon the sarcophagus. those at the banquet lay down in the coffin. for all were too tall. Set announced a contest. You will always have another chance. If you are not yet ready. and the Lord of Storm conceived
a plan. and proclaimed to whosoever fit it exactly would receive it as a gift. there is no reason to be ashamed. and a glorious feast. however. closed it. and sealed it with lead. imprisoning the King. And when you are ready. and one by one each rose again.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
You have nothing to fear from Anpu if you are ready to walk the hidden ways. too narrow of shoulder. worthy of a God.
Nebet Het. my mother weep. The King is gone. and mourned. my sister. For our brother. mourn. Mourn. who mourned with her. Mourn. scattered the pieces throughout the Earth. he dismembered the corpse of his brother. she tore her hair. oh.
. weep. Aset sought assistance. my country. And Nut added her voice to theirs as they called to the land of Tamera. Weep. Weep. She called out to her sister. Weep. beloved land. and with his godly strength. my sister. The King is gone. weep. The grieving Goddess searched. for our Lord. Tamera. for our brother! Together they cried out in grief to their mother. my country weep. for the King. mourn. Hiding the body in the swamps. For my love.Circle of Isis
Word came to Aset of the death of her Lord and Love. and in the land of Byblos. rent her garments. In a furor. for your son. however. Our Lord is gone. Mother. For my son. hunting in the swamp. Our brother’s gone. As was the custom. In her absence. found her Lord. Weep. mourn. discovered the body. our lord is gone. Your son is gone! Your son is gone. our brother’s gone. Set. and she cried out in pain. Mourn. Mourn.
this time piece by cherished piece. and that she replaced with a member carved of sacred sycamore. To those who wait in mourning. and worlds she did not know. remember. she retrieved the parts of her murdered Lord. they wrapped their Lord. O beautiful boy. All she found. son. She took the body of her husband back to the beloved land. in the finest of linen. and sent out a call for help. And bring the joy back into life! Come to thy house And ease the pain 59
. the most fragrant of spices. come to thy wife. learned of Set’s actions. one at the foot and one at the head of Asar. all but one. Nebet Het came. and mother gathered together to perform a rite that was to be reenacted through all the ages of the beloved land. that all in that country would know. and her son. Anpu. She traveled the world she knew. they assembled the body of Asar. they called to their brother. Come back. Come to thy sister. and Nut. Mother of the Gods. and revere Asar. Come home to those who love thee. At the site of each piece she recovered. Wife. Gently. sister. With the sweetest of herbs.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Returning to the swamp. the Lady of Magic beheld an empty sarcophagus. come back. Then Aset and Nebet Het stood. and set out once more to recover the body of her husband. she built a temple to the glory and remembrance of her King. they perfumed it. Come back! Come back! Beloved of all. and one by one. hid it once again.
Performing the greatest enchantment of all. let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come back! O beautiful boy. Heru the Younger. she transformed herself into a swallow-tailed kite. But Aset was Mistress of Magic.Circle of Isis
Oh. who mourn thee. sa Asar. she brought life anew to Asar.
. and at the same time conceived their son. further spells to cast. and hovered over her husband. and she had further work to do. Her power was great. who call. Chanting her ancient magics. spread her wings. Heru the Hawk. and made greater still for the longing she felt for her Lord. Heru sa Aset. Come home to those Who love thee.
owls. we see quail. hawks. sa Aset (Horus. and I have no trouble understanding why. as a hawk wearing the double crown. conceived after Asar’s death. More than one deity was symbolized by the hawk. Bright Lord. Lord of Morning. Son of Isis)
Heru! Heru! Young Lord. Heru. Heru! Heru. Heru has many aspects. Heru! Heru. One of the delights of living here is the variety of birds we didn’t see when we lived in the valley. Instead of pigeons and sparrows. and as a man with a hawk’s head. and. Heru! Heru! Heru! Son of Asar. I live on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley. roadrunners. but now and then we see a glimpse of a kestrel and more often we hear that little hawk proclaiming its own majesty. The majority of them are red tails. Born of Aset.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Heru. Heru! Heru! Heru! Hawk of Heaven! Heru! Heru! Heru! Heh! Child of Aset and Asar. of course. Heru. 61
. ravens. He is pictured as a youth with his finger to his lips. mockingbirds.
or His specific Aspect. or soaring across the sky. name. I call to them with my love. my observance of the natural cycles of life and connecting them with the deity. That was the time that I discovered that I was not failing the deity by my strange forms of devotion. strength of conviction. I swear by all that is holy that I saw one perform a chandelle (a specific flying stunt usually performed only by airplanes) twice! I have witnesses! I’ve been known to pull over to the side of the road to watch hawks. I long to soar with the hawks. their speed. I am exulted in their presence and lifted away from the mundane world. and sing “Heru!” hoping they’ll hear and know my feelings. their strength. who is dedicated to Heru. I thirst for their freedom. My first encounter with my Father. hovering in place. There is something about their beauty and power that enchants me. My friend. yes. it is very easy for me to see in the hawk an image of the God. He did come to me in the form of an epiphany. Although my Lord did not come to me in form. Oh. Fifteen years later. It was amazing that I could find a place to sit 62
. Rick. That the work I was doing during my periods of petition (prayer) and meditation were the highest forms of practices in the Craft. their vision.Circle of Isis
My desk is near the patio door and I can look out over the valley. Many times. I was coming of age during a very dark period of life and wondering about my future as many people do during their more formative years. Brother. and Friend Heru was when I was 16 years old. I mean that I felt those things in my worship and work. I had developed my Craft and my choice of spiritual path. I’ve totally lost track of my work because I glanced out and saw a hawk. I saw the principles of Union of the polarities. and devotion to truth. shared his experiences with me.
his Mother. on another level. It was then that Heru showed me the beauty of life—its awesome splendor. A bird of prey (although not a falcon) that today I am convinced was a direct representation of Heru flew toward me at eye level. that it is the management of my emotions. That moment. and his Father. And he united the two Realms and made them one. His reign is one over the two Realms because the balance tipped in his favor. I thought. with his brother. so my dialog with them became less formal. while not denying them. Anubis. And when I was having trouble dealing with my mother’s ill health just a few months ago. that makes the passing grade and the stuff of our world come into focus. 63
. Isis. Rick’s prayer to Heru is one we can all use. I shared my passionate distaste for her suffering with the Gods. When I succumbed to the natural human emotion of anger He came to me again. That was his gift to me: a personal lesson that brought much clarity to me. I found that place emotionally while inspired to sit at the very edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. He made it clear that He is the Sun God. It was the most awesome experience of my life. join the bird in flight.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
quietly and just be there. I was reminded again of the time we flew together: the heat of the Sun and the cooling wind under our wings. Osiris. sharing the cool uplift of the air and the warm Sun shining on us all. I was able to maintain a state of consciousness that allowed me to observe the bird physically and. after having that visit. Over the years I have developed a sincere friendship and love of the Aspects. Two always make one.
From there. but as a protective symbol as well. You must understand that predators are a part of life. Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are predators. (The harvested grain springs anew. referring to the battle He fought with Set to revenge His father’s death and reclaim His father’s throne. your light shines brightly over the mysteries.
. which are said to be the source of the well-known Eye of Horus. it can go at speeds of more than 30 miles an hour. I don’t think you’d care what they eat. If you ever have trouble contacting any deity. It is only for us to open our eyes and focus on them for us to learn and understand. He represents the Dawn and the Spring. Heru is the God who is most easily reached because He symbolizes the deity within. Heru is also known as the Avenger. both new Suns. He represents each of us. become the hawk. They are used not only to represent Heru. in the section on Aset. I’m sorry. start with Heru. I’ve already done so. at length. and soar to the heavens. If you don’t like that. When a hawk “stoops” feet first to capture its prey. One of the reasons I feed the various sparrows and finches that live in my area is the hope that they’ll provide food for the hawks and owls. So mote it be! Both the peregrine falcon and the kestrel bear eye markings.) For us. If you’ve ever communed with a hawk. You are a predator. it is a simple matter to reach other Gods. As the child of the God and Goddess. Hawks have incredible eyesight and can spot a mouse running through a field from hundreds of feet in the sky. Are you feeling sorry for the mouse? Am I going to have to give my lecture on predators again? I won’t do it.Circle of Isis
He is a very personal God. she of the Horned Crown. Find the hawk. cannot be ignored. There was the Lady of Malachite.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
I often speak of Gods and Goddesses who are impersonal. You will learn how to fly. this lifetime you as in the eternal you. witnessed by all the Gods and Goddesses known to the people of the beloved land. A great battle took place. who are not so much interested in the temporary.
eru grew to manhood and challenged Set. and you will find the glory that you are. Among them were those who have no other part in this story. find the glory that He is. because we love them. but.
. Patroness of the Arts. How much more personal can you get than a God who is you? Do you wish to know this Lord? Then look inside your own heart and find the hawk that soars in the vast spaces that are inside you. Heru is not one of these. who had occupied the throne of Tamera.
but not all. when she is in human form.’ if it says ‘strength. I asked Her what stone should be used to represent Her. art Thou. Life springing from the world’s heart My Lady Het Heret. reaching up to the sky. Thou art Trees. there is a specific one: malachite. Trees. The ones that do may be any art form. if they come from the “well springs of the soul. in an eternal never-ending source of life itself. but for me. My Lady Het Heret.) This would seem to me to include most inspired works in any form of expression and any work that expressed a heart-felt emotion. not rock-hard immovable strength. “Hold a stone in your hand. with their limbs in the sky.” Many of the arts belong to this beautiful Goddess. reaching into the earth. And as I found out later.” which 66
. She said. Stars nestled sweet on Thy bough.” or “House of the Sky. If it says to you ‘eternity.Circle of Isis
Het Heret (Hat Hor)
Roots.” If any stone says that to you. but that found in nourishment. The Tamerans symbolized this by depicting Het Heret as a cow.’ it is my stone. In meditation. it will work. with a crown bearing horns. or. Down to the depths of the earth. “Het Heret” means “House of Heaven. Het Heret has been called “Lady of Malachite.” (The words are Hers.” You will also see Her name spelled “Het Heru. The first feeling you get from Her presence is that of strength.
If one uses the second. however. you know how the weight is felt against the back of your neck. but they might miss something because they are not following a magical path. Most of my references refer to it as a symbol of happiness and/or a symbol of divine healing. as a Catholic might carry a rosary. If you have ever worn a heavy necklace or pendant. ceremonial magic—many paths recognize the value of balance in everything. Archaeologists are probably very nice people. and can appreciate how much better it would have been if you’d had a counterweight. A symbol often connected with Het Heret is the “menat. This is often shown being carried rather than worn. Het Heret possesses many attributes that seem to be in opposition—Tree Goddess and Sky Goddess. The Craft. 67
.) I’ve found that most of the ideas we’ve gained from study and meditation do not so much contradict what the scholars and archaeologists have said. a priestess of Het Heret is shown wearing the necklace.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
translates as “House of Heru. and no one can deny the value of the work they do. I believe it would refer to a God known as Her Ur (Horus the Elder). lifting the front as if to offer it to the Goddess. qabalism. The first thing you do when you are performing a healing on someone is to balance the energies of his or her body.” I prefer the first. Her Strength reaches from the depths of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the stars. rather than Heru. In at least one picture. Instead of all the weight being held by your neck. Happiness can be the result of balance in your life. (If you are an archaeologist following a magical path. son of Aset and Asar. Very little else is said.” a necklace of several strands of beads gathered into a counterpoise. the necklace would sit on your shoulders: it would be balanced. but amplify it. and I’d love to talk to you. My meditations on the menat have resulted in two things the menat could symbolize. I apologize. Fertility and Music—but what She truly represents is balance in all things.
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My meditations have produced another reason for the menat. and even if the size matched. adding to our own energy. Because it feels right. especially for the purpose of raising power. The counterpoise was usually smaller than the beads in the front. Whether held or worn. the menat has these meanings for us in Sothistar. I do know this feels right in my gut. but then all of Them are!
lso attending was the Cat Goddess. until we are ready to send the power where we will.) When we dance in a ritual. all of that is Het Heret. They are every bit as important (have as much weight) as the things that can be learned in normal ways. our feet strike the Earth giving energy to it. through the sky as we send that energy to its goal. written in books. My writing needs soul-deep inspiration if I want my words to reach others deeply. filling us. to heal or teach or help. This makes me think of all the hidden truths. Whether the menat had this meaning for the Tamerans.
. the counterpoise was hidden in the back. I call upon this beautiful Goddess when I am writing a song or a poem. and that’s often the only way I know to judge the rightness of anything. presenting the menat and all its hidden symbolism would be an offering of your efforts to strive toward balance and/or to seek the hidden knowledge. From the depths of the Earth. with eyes of golden Flame. Dark Lady. I have no way of knowing. or told in lectures. all the Mysteries that cannot be taught. She is a glorious Lady. (I am calling upon Her now. and energy rises in response. and even when I’m writing books.
You can do so by using a chant I received from Her in meditation. Maubast.
You will often see this Goddess called “Bastet. the “loaf. Maubast! Cat with eyes of golden flame.” representing the letter “T. Maubast. Maubast. Thus. Lady. Help us learn what we must know If our spirits are to grow. Hear! Might Goddess be ye near. Grant to us our heart’s desire. It’s very simple. Lady.” This comes from a writing custom of the Tamerans. MAU BAST. if you will it so. Maubast.” It is possible for you to skip this chapter and learn of Bast all by yourself. Maubast. Hear us as we call thy name. (Mau is the Tameran word for “cat.”) 69
. When a symbol such as the one above represented the whole name. they would repeat the final letter of the name. Bast is often written with the symbol above followed by a half circle. there are only two words. To our waiting hearts appear Hear us calling.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Lady of the midnight fire.
teach me of Thee. they are portrayed as old women. but if you continue to feel that way. “SILENCE…. what is your reaction? Are you horrified? Are you frightened? If I started to invoke Hecate. In silence shall I be heard. I simply noted the feel of Her presence.” For a time. In the Craft.” when I heard in my head. I heard. Dark Ladies. “O Lady Bast. would you run from the room? Do you think They are evil. you are certainly not alone. My coven has used this on several occasions and it has never failed to result in Her Presence. They are mistaken. Often. you’ll never learn much. but Crones. They are found in many traditions. She is a Dark Lady. That feeling was probably not what you would have expected. Among the best known are Hecate. Where is it written that all your lessons are easy ones? The important ones never are! Never! 70
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The words are chanted in a monotone. I was chanting. are not necessarily old. I spoke earlier of a mantra meditation I did on Bast and promised I would give further details. the Morrigan. and every inch a Dark Lady. in cat form and about 18' tall. in many pantheons.” I stopped my mental chant and tried hard not even to think. If I say that I love and adore these Ladies with all my heart. and Kali.. Those who refuse to deal with the Dark Ladies (and Dark Lords) are usually those who feel any event that is difficult or painful is bad. In our hallway we have a glorious picture of Hecate in which the Lady is pictured as young and voluptuous. and evil. and nasty? If you do feel that way.is my name. with the sound of each letter drawn out as much as possible: M M M M M M M M A A A A A A A A A U U U U U U UU BBBBBBBBAAAAAAAASSSSSSSST. “. mean. As I said.. for Bast is not a cuddly kitten or an affectionate house cat.
Bast. the cat was the proper animal to connect with Her.” Dark Ladies will hit you on the head with a 2 x 4 (just to get your attention) and say “Hey! You screwed up! Fix it!” They will not coddle or baby you.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Problems that are easily solved are easy because you already had the knowledge to solve them. To get back to Bast. but pointed out that it was not the domestic cat. where possible. Again. whether you want to hear it or not. She agreed. and they will tell you the truth.” Hecate is lunar. I realized very quickly that I was dealing with a Dark Lady. If you come to know any of Them. “Yes. I had been asked once what Goddess of another pantheon would I compare Bast to. They will stroke your hair and say. perhaps you should consider that you might have handled the situation another way. not fear.) When I receive information in such a meditation. and either research. as we believed. and when you make a mistake.” (Very probably one of the African wild cats. you’ll understand. Mother Goddesses will teach you table manners. but one I have heard called a “jungle cat. I make a note of it. They will call a spade a spade.” came the answer. possibly felis capensis. “My darling. and out of my mouth came. and the devotion you feel will be inspired by love. I then asked if. “Hecate. Hard lessons require learning—that’s what makes them hard! The most difficult of these lessons come from Dark Ladies and Dark Lords. and my experience with Her. They will hold you and comfort you. I do not accept it as fact without verification. solar. “but I am golden. or wait and see what surfaces
.” I asked Bast if this had been accurate. and they will teach you the Mysteries of the Universe! The most fascinating thing about these Goddesses (and Gods) is the devotion They inspire in those who come to know Them. where She is silver.
and chooses the time when. loving and protective. The Lady said one other thing on the animals that are connected to her. Some sub-humans had tied a firecracker to the tail of a friend’s cat. you can note the differences: longer ears and longer legs. Lady! We didn’t do it. as we chanted. she has been known to purr! Bast.” Her children are as quickly corrected when they misbehave as they would be protected when they wander into danger. is often shown holding a sistrum. When she is in Mother “mode. she is sometimes considered a patron 72
. Almost as an aside she said. Consider the cat for a moment..”.” however. Cats are swift.except in another land. in Her human body form.” I later learned of a legend in which Hecate shape-changed into a wolf. Because of this. “Wait a minute. silent. What we saw/ felt was about 18' of cat. We were outside. where it is the wolf. and lots of teeth and eyes. You can be honored when a cat is affectionate to you. There are reasons why animals were chosen by the ancients to represent the deities. (There was a time when I didn’t.Circle of Isis
later.” We were extremely glad we hadn’t. Some people don’t like cats. At the same moment. No one owns a cat. My research revealed that the domestic cat was not known in Egypt until the 12th Dynasty. place where. a “Mommy. and very protective. and recipient to whom they bestow affection.) An adult cat is aloof. when the Moon was dark. The first words out of my mouth were. using the chant described earlier. and deadly to their prey. yet they are warm and loving mothers. to ask Her help. she is also a Mother Goddess. for example. and so terrified that he would not come out of hiding to let his owners treat the injury. She is not. If you will look at the statues from earlier dynasties.. What does this say about Bast? Although she is a Dark Lady. We once called upon Bast. however. The poor animal was in pain. we all became aware of a darker area in the surrounding darkness.
She’ll tell you the truth. We call on Bast for any work that involves cats.
The mighty and gentle lord. also observed the
. You will always get that from Them. because working with it has the effect of reflecting truth. whether you want it or not. Her response to my inquiry about this was that the arts belonged to Het Heret. You can ask her what course to take. You can call upon her for protection or guidance.
battle.) The cat’s ability to strike with claws extended or retracted symbolizes two possible courses of action. (Remember. especially if you are willing to learn what they have to teach. of course.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
of the arts. human body form originally represented a priest or priestess. The other stones. The various types of obsidian are often found connected with Dark Deities. but she is more than a Cat Goddess. The sistrum was used to get Her (Bast’s) attention. Khnum. the clothes such a figure would have been wearing would have been red. Magical paths are those on which we seek truth and growth.” The stones we use for Bast are obsidian and a type of citrine (cat’s eye or tiger’s eye). even if you don’t want to hear it. for a priestess of Bast was often called “The lady in the red dress. If this is indeed the case. whether you like it or not. Do not fear what Bast or the other Dark Ladies and Lords have to teach you. if any. reflect Her eyes. of course. This fits in with my feelings that the animal-headed.
and firm pressure forms the blob of clay there into the seed that will become a body.Circle of Isis
Hear the sound of the potter’s wheel. this gentle potter who forms our bodies on His wheel. Will return to the potter’s wheel As it spins. See the soul on the wheel of life. Lest you believe that my fondness for the Divine Potter denotes a reluctance to undergo the purification under the smith’s hammer. The spirit enters and we begin another incarnation. As it spins. As it spins! Khnum! See the clay on the potter’s wheel As it spins! Khnum! Feel the hand of the mighty Lord Form the seed to contain a soul. but I’m very fond of this God portrayed as a flat-horned ram. let me remind you that before the clay is ever 74
. Birth to death on the wheel of life. Khnum. As it spins.
Perhaps the smith gods of other pantheons are more impressive. The wheel spins. As it spins. Khnum! And with death we are born anew While the vessel that’s tossed aside. See the soul join the wheel of life.
you could ask him for guidance and help in your work. he assists at our births. he feels regret. impurities removed and air bubbles smashed. but will take the shards and rework them into new creations. He does not create our spirits. spinning. This God does not desert us once the egg is planted. too.” only the vessel in which we will live for this lifetime. created the Cosmic Egg from which all came. With the Goddess Hekat. He knows that the vessels are temporary. and. the “um” sound it creates becomes the sound of His wheel. The first thing I saw in this meditation was the top of the wheel. of course. it is pounded. I daresay that if you yourself are a potter. You cannot make light of the heat found in a kiln. created the bodies in which we live. among other things. If that vessel is broken or destroyed. again and again. and does not mourn at their destruction. and on it. our “selves. so he spins the wheel. but don’t forget Ptah!
stood by as the battle raged. You can pray to Khnum when you desire a child. either. the joyful warrior
. As I watched. That which is held in the vessel is eternal. and/or pray for a healthy one.
Bes. Lord of Laughter. a human body formed there. to grow in its “natural” course. When we called Him in meditation by chanting His name. The Tamerans believed Khnum created the Gods. and for others. and begins to form new bodies for us. You might say that what He creates is the combination of chromosomes that will result in your body. He creates our bodies by creating an egg that he formed on the wheel and then it is placed in the mother’s womb.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
formed. what I believe was the Earth. of protection. Huge hands came into my sight and began to manipulate the sphere on the wheel.
Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. Bes teaches joy as a power! Bes teaches strength found in laughter. If you’d like a subject for meditation. sometimes gleeful. Then you can compare your ideas with ours. Portraying deities in profile could imply that They have two aspects. but I’m sure there is a reason. There is always a reason for Egyptian symbolism. gives me laughter. portraying a subject full-face could mean that there is a hidden aspect. I can only think of one other deity that is portrayed in this way: a Goddess who was adopted from another country.Circle of Isis
Bes gives me joy. sometimes fiercely brandishing a dagger. Bes is a giant to me. Bes is a giant to me. What does this mean? I haven’t the foggiest. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. This strange little dwarf. It is said that Bes is also an import. here’s a subject for you. The meditation will be most meaningful if you do it now. Conversely. before reading on. 76
. gives me power! Bes gives me strength. is one of the few Tameran Gods ever depicted with a full face in paintings.
someone might pass the Air symbol and say. I’ve heard Bes referred to as the Egyptian Pan. Humor is the quality that makes him most dear to us. and humor. to prepare for ending ritual and returning to the mundane world. “May it lighten your burden. but He also encourages the child to be born. ugly to look upon. and Bes does have his protective aspects. His image was found on bedposts. Something unexpected will come out of someone’s mouth. He is a God of protection. “May it bring you movement. childbirth. Both are Gods of joy and fun. and I do find some truth in that. we begin to wind down. and mirrors. deformed. spoken with the Goddess and God. cosmetic pots. much the same as the European gargoyles. The last thing we do in a Moon rite is called “The Four Fold Feast. He never seems to mind when we attribute smart-aleck remarks to Him. If He doesn’t appear. when the symbol for Earth was a bran muffin. As each passes the symbol to the next. Pan is known as the Protector of the Greenwood. something strange will happen. smiled sweetly and said. one of our people handed it to the next.” The reaction to such a remark is. and welcome Bes to our circle.” At some point during this feast. Once. and worshiped and honored Them.” We laugh. During our Four Fold Feast. Although I’ve seen very little of His protective aspects. It may be that His ugly face scared away evil spirits. For example. “He’s hee-re. we have done our magical work. although these are more often related to the home. His role in birth seems to be two-fold: He does serve to keep evil spirits away. “Come on! It’s fun! Hurry up!” 77
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Bes is short. we worry. I have the feeling He’d be anything but laughable.” By the time we begin this. they make a wish for the person receiving the symbol. and very dear to my coven.
Bes teaches us to laugh at our own frailties. have you ever made a joke because you were nervous or embarrassed? Multiply that need a thousand fold. When we did our meditation on Bes.Circle of Isis
Work with Bes can teach you the deeper meanings of laughter. It was horrible and obscene dark humor—and it was absolutely necessary if the doctors and nurses were to continue. and spiritual. Only those who came to know this God and His hidden meanings learned the truth: He is a giant when you know and value what He has to teach. and to quit berating ourselves for having them. the Tamerans may have acknowledged humankind’s usual derogation of humor. We take in more air. They are very wrong. to accept them. It is one of the essentials of life—physical. 78
. a good friend who is a registered nurse recalled a time early in her career when she and others were working frantically to keep a 2-year-old child alive. the jokes started. and have seen similar situations where people made horrible jokes that would be totally tasteless to those who weren’t involved. Our bodies release natural chemicals like natural painkillers and natural hormones that help us keep alert. emotional. The jokes kept them from screaming. As the tension built. and humor. If you’ve never been in such an intense situation. Anyone who has ever worked in a high-tension job can understand that. Many people have the idea that humor is frivolous. jokes. accepting the unthinking view that laughter is trivial. One of the underlying themes of the television series M*A*S*H was that the craziness in which the characters indulged was necessary to keep them sane. as they worked harder and harder. I worked with a police department for many years. When we laugh. they would not have been able to continue their desperate work. increasing oxygen to the blood stream. By portraying Bes as a dwarf. If they had not been able to release some of the tension. It can mean survival. our bodies react. Laughter is also healing and healthy.
is laughable. She and I always felt we were building karmic credit by not killing our husbands when they started their horrible wordplay. Bes also reminds us that the best protection and defense against harmful magic is laughter. 79
. as is Chris. they were probably killed before puberty. not fear. and the student’s wife ventured the opinion that if potential priests of the God made puns. Someone who would take the time and energy to use magic to do harm to others. Isn’t that funny? Couldn’t you laugh at someone that stupid? If you or your group have reason to believe you are the subject of harmful workings. Obtain. The combination of Guardian and comedian struck us as an interesting combination and we jokingly suggested that the student become a priest of Bes. I once heard someone compare doing harmful magic to using Shakespeare’s first folio for toilet paper.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
A former Guardian of our coven was an inveterate punster. Do anything and everything you can to make yourselves see the humor of the situation. Think about how ridiculous he or she is being. even for his or her own benefit. Do anything you can to make yourselves laugh at that person and at yourselves for worrying about it. Bes will help you. Ask Bes to join you. and should be regarded as an object of scorn. if you wish. if you can. Talk about the ignorance shown by this person who obviously does not realize that he or she will receive three-fold what is being sent out. When you feel His presence. You just cannot be afraid of something you can laugh at and mock. when he or she could do such glorious things with it. my husband. Place it in the center of the circle. begin to discuss the person who is working against you. Chant his name. you can call upon Bes to help you protect yourselves. Laughter is the best defense against fear. either a picture of the person doing the harmful magic (if you know who it is) or obtain some object to serve as a symbol of that person. Our research hadn’t shown any cultic center or priesthood of Bes.
I was sent to bed without my supper. we may be able to laugh lovingly at the things we take so seriously now. I was healthy and in no danger of starving before breakfast. We will honor Him by treasuring our laughter. and to love ourselves all the better for having been human. who is usually anything but foolish. but it seemed dead serious at the time. Bes teaches us to see these things in their true light.
hu. Although I was slender. and plan to give him more honor than we already do. We’ve come to believe His importance has been highly underrated. So I took birdseed from my parakeet. and the more we see the strength that comes from Him. and everything is a matter of life and death. by recognizing his value. the less we see His ugliness and the more we see His beauty. He gives us hope that someday. to laugh at them. but at that age. He teaches us to accept ourselves and stop putting ourselves down for being human. the less we see that He is a dwarf. father of Nut. shelled it. I’m reminded of the time when. and to forgive ourselves for them.Circle of Isis
Bes is also the jester. and finding more joy in the lives we live. watched the battle between grandson and great-grandson. Oh. seed by seed. we suffer so well. He teaches us to laugh at our own foibles. at 14. The more we seek to work with this God. and mashed it in a glass with some water. I ate it and suffered so wonderfully! I laugh at that now. the fool.
Listen to it. He is around you and within you. touching every inch of your body. Shu is more properly the God of the atmosphere. “Shu.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Take a deep. the air around the entire sphere. He enters your body with each breath. bringing you life. taking away that which is poison to you. Remember that the air you breathe is a part of the atmosphere covering our planet. Shu is all of these. and try to feel the air as it enters your lungs. Waving such a feather slowly through the air gives a wonderful visual awareness of His presence. so His connection with this Element is appropriate.” Be aware of the air around you. and exits with each exhalation. His symbol is the ostrich feather. The birds soar through and upon Him. Whitecaps reveal his presence on the sea. Although this is the deity we call the East for Air. flowing from one direction to another. slow breath. our atmosphere is the air that we are most aware of. from the gentlest breeze to a gale force. however. Hold it there a moment. On a physical level. See the atmosphere that surrounds it. whisper the sound “Shhhh” and toward the end of the breath.” Visualize the planet Earth hanging in space. He enters and exits through your pores as well. Think on the wind in all its aspects. all connected. As you exhale. 81
. change to a whispered “uuu. All of these are Shu. Try to hear the God’s name. The trees show his passing. See the movement of the winds. The movement of air around our planet is His presence. surrounding our home.
but simply that his point of view is much more vast than ours. My knowledge of Shu’s nature is one reason I hesitate to do any kind of weather magic. Magic works that way.to 80-mile-per-hour winds. and hit a major city. If not. If my friend is responsible. Yet we are aware that Shu is present not only in the winds buffeting our home. we’ve muttered prayers. The Gods know our current incarnations are temporary and our eternal spirits cannot be destroyed. The hurricane had indeed turned. Outside. asking Shu to take it easy before the roof of the carport ends up in San Diego. We are in the midst of a season of windstorms—60. A young friend of mine in Florida wrote to me some years ago about the success she and friends had in turning a hurricane away from their city. I hope the people in that city deserved the damage done by that storm. As is the case with Maat. Shu is somewhat impersonal with regard to human concerns. and that would be my responsibility. From time to time. we feel it. Affecting a change in the weather near me could adversely affect weather elsewhere. He is all the Air in the atmosphere all around us. He is it. (We have found this true of all four deities we call for the Elements. and that atmosphere is in constant movement. we hear it. 82
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If I had to choose one word to describe Him. Shu isn’t concerned with an individual windstorm or hurricane. constantly. How often are you aware of the movement of air in and out of your lungs? As I write this. and see its effects.” We usually become consciously aware of Him only when He moves.) It isn’t that He is uncaring. All weather on our planet is interconnected. and often not even then. It is the whole that is His concern.
always the same. Sekhmet. Feed them. cause pain. Shu also reminds us of His vastness with this fact: The air we breathe now is the same air that has been breathed throughout mankind’s existence. He is inspiration. Another way is to care for birds who travel so easily through the Lord. We have a beautiful yellow ostrich feather that is our Shu symbol. think of Shu. air pollution certainly is.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Shu does project a feeling of affection for us. Although individual storms and so forth are not matters of concern to Shu. and I love to hold it up and watch it react to the slightest movement of the air in the room. I become aware that Shu is always present. sustaining your life. or speak untruths. Beethoven. and so is Shu. He is aspiration. inside us and out. That molecule entering your lungs as you read may have entered the lungs of Aristotle. He is beginnings. What a thought! Be aware of Shu in the breeze. one way is to be careful what you say. When you see any bird soaring. and movement.) He is in and about you. Our current incarnations are just beautiful bubbles to Shu. We still exist. reaching for the stars. Words are given sound by breath. always changing. freedom. honor Him in your heart. and the “dust devil” you see. It’s rather like we feel about bubbles. light. in the storm. He is a necessity for life. in the tornado. He loves us. by the way. provide water for them. and thank Him for all he gives us. and glory in their beauty as they fly. (Dust. I’ve felt it.
Also watching was the Lady of Power. If you would honor Him. but isn’t upset when the thin shell surrounding us breaks. in the fragrance of flowers. Do not use the body of this Lord to curse. and they’re beautiful. and potential. Air is more than physical air. it desecrates His body. or Rameses II. We like them. Of course.
. is the closest we can come to a proper stone for Him. but we aren’t upset when they break.
it isn’t. Sekhmet’s name is the feminine of the word “Sekhem. However. it’s that simple. Of course. and both are often difficult to love. I’ll explain. Ms. Four of them are set in Tamera. In other words. But there is one area where I disagree with her. and many ideals worth striving for. She portrays both Set and Sekhmet as evil.” She is that. the Egyptian equivalent of Satan. at three periods in history. Our modern society views destruction as evil. in case you are not familiar with Qabala. Neither of them is necessarily easy to understand. Qabalistically.” or “Lady of Power. Construction is good. her name means “Lady of Strength. Destruction is not evil if you’re tearing down a building that has become unsafe. is it? Construction is not good if what you’re building is a body 75 pounds overweight. she is a Geburic force just as Set is.” which means strength. Construction is not good if what is growing is a cancer. To most people in our culture. Destruction is evil. She is force. Destructive force! “I thought you said She wasn’t evil!” She isn’t. or power.Circle of Isis
A series of books I love are the Far Memory books by Joan Grant. I always recommend that my students read them. that black and white. I have no idea whether that is true. Grant says these books are memories of former lives. Neither of these deities is evil. She is power. “AH HAH!” you say. Destruction is not evil if what is being removed is a cancer. 84
. I do know that the books contain many ideas I like and hope are true. She is energy.
Sekhmet is a Dark Lady. In this case. We use vaccinations. Like Bast. which certainly is a perfect attribution for this Goddess. She burns away excess. we do the same thing.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Sekhmet represents a destructive force that breaks down what is temporal. but using the terms “Crone” or “Hag” would be just as confusing.
Wrapped as a mummy. the God Ptah also witnessed the
. (This is a difficult concept to accept when She is so definitely a solar Goddess. Power is often frightening. Interesting concept when you consider that part of the success with mummification is the heat of the Nile Valley. which at the very least reveals that the Tamerans observed nature. the power of the Gods is always on our side. The Tamerans believed She was capable of causing plague. a light case of the disease in question to prevent serious illnesses.) Some say that Sekhmet is the destructive power of the Sun. In a different way. warming Sun. Can She be gentle and loving? Possibly. while Bast represents the nurturing. It can be exhilarating when you realize that however little we like what They do. It often signifies Fire to our minds. because the lioness is the more active hunter in that family of cats. She can be frightening. and therefore. Sekhmet is portrayed as a lioness. As a solar Goddess. That which is eternal is never destroyed. She was capable of curing it. the Sun preserves instead of destroying. I believe that the lion symbolized power to the people of the Nile Valley. especially to those who don’t understand it. Is Sekhmet more powerful than Bast? I don’t think so. Do I wish to know Her better? Absolutely!
He is the God of Craftsmen. he prayed to Ptah to encourage that deity to place a bit of himself or herself into the statue. 86
. We have also asked His help in painting a plaster statue. his or her hands. My husband is a prototype maker. An artist controls the paints. I have asked His help in writing about the Gods. and such. that it might truly be worthy of honor. that Ptah guide your hands so that you create a statue or a picture worthy of the deity it represents. if you insist.” His mummy wrappings signify the same thing. both hand tools and large mills. putting it into a desired form. Ask. any work. you will find that you.Circle of Isis
This God is usually portrayed with a smooth skull cap. He controls tools. His name means “force captured in form. if you are an artist. You can apply this to almost any job. too.) You can do the same. that I may craft my words with such care that you will come to know and love Them as I do. using them and their energy to form metals and plastics. (Knowing this. that the person’s hands be guided. or chisel and stone.) When a craftsman in Tamera created a statue of a deity. his body bound in mummy wrappings. if you wish. wounds. One witch I know is a registered nurse. (Craftspersons. She uses tools and knowledge to control germs. What is your profession? A musician? A secretary? A doctor? A bulldozer driver? A bricklayer? If you’ll think about it carefully. that you do control some force. are a craftsman. and the tools used in painting. A sculptor controls his fingers and the clay. Tamerans saw the statues as the deity rather than just representations of them.
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His name can be written with the symbol for heaven and the symbol for “aah. The Tamerans were fond of word play. It doesn’t matter whether it is clay that can be fired or not.
Nearby stood Khonsu.
. but also of pouring its foundation. and appearing to us as a young man—what a fascinating God this is! He is one involved in all our lives. One magical definition of sacrifice is “destroying form to release force. in your heart. You might learn more about Him in your mental meandering. squeeze it. If you can. know that the sound and feel of your own heart is a reflection of the God’s. You can. It was said that Ptah used His heart to create all that is. think about its form and. He is not only capable of inspiring the design of a building. Have some fun with that. Feel the clay. A word that was the reverse of another in letters might well have a reverse meaning. listen for your heartbeat and try to feel it. call Ptah. He usually appears to us in a younger form than his statues show. experienced man. and often in a short kilt or loincloth. as you form the clay. twist it. shape it.” In this way.” which is either a sound of praise or the name of a Moon God. feel the power of Ptah.” If what you offer is something you value. (This occurred in many cultures. you could also call it a sacrifice. Children’s clay will serve very well. This form gives us the impression that He is more involved in the actual work of craftsmen than in simply supervising.) Its life force was released to be returned to the Gods whence it came. and we are blessed by His Presence. it was killed. Portrayed as an older. htp is an opposite of pth. When an animal was offered as sacrifice. God of the Moon. God of Travelers. and so His creative power can be felt in every heartbeat. It means “peace” or “offering. One way to contact this Lord is with soft clay. The word that is the reverse of ptah is htp (hotep or hetep).
The new editions show a side view of the entire statue and I won’t ever buy one. in sad shape. something that enchants me. He is the first day of the rest of your life. It is the presence of the God. not the features. In Tamera. especially of cycles. as is true of many statues found there. Ptah appealed to Khonsu to place a bit of Himself in the statue. that is so beautiful. the other a full sphere.Circle of Isis
My copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology is an old soft cover. The statue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. is so bright that the rest of the Moon is dimly illuminated. This youth should not be taken to imply lack of wisdom. Khonsu is a Moon God. as legend promises. Others see the Moon traveling in a crescent boat. one a crescent. or from first quarter 88
. and the crown he wears reflects a very specific appearance of the Moon. We think of the Moon cycle as going from New to New. and. it symbolized both youth and royalty. is the reason I’ve refused to buy a new hard cover. and it is that aspect I find enchanting. something different. In my book is a full page picture of the head of a small statue that absolutely entrances me. “The Moon is holding itself in its arms. He signifies potential and beginnings. the features are Tut’s. A Crescent Moon “on its back” with horns pointing up. His pictures and statues also show one other symbol: the prince’s lock. son of Amun and Mut. producing the illusion that there are two Moons. a long lock of hair.” some say. Perhaps. but doesn’t it just as surely go from full to full. drawn to one side. But there is something more. I could no more flip past this picture without spending some time looking at it than I could resist mint chocolate chip ice cream in August. Khonsu.
He was often connected with Horus. Khonsu is also portrayed in mummy wrappings. it is a change. The light of the Moon can certainly chase away fear. In what seems incongruous. The mummy wrapping can also signify freedom from the restrictions of the body.”) The priest knew nothing of the God except that he was drawn to Him..” Don’t wait until the New Year to make resolutions. “I protect those who travel by night.. Every day. Khonsu teaches us not to feel we must always begin at the beginning. which can be. and both are shown holding the crook and flail of royalty.
. Khonsu can inspire great love. considering what we know of Him. death is not an end. if you need it to be so.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
to first quarter? From Moonrise to Moonrise is a cycle. The dead are also the unborn. every minute can be a beginning. but you are free to go. He has said. A young priest of a Celtic tradition chose “Khensu ka” as his Craft name. You’ll sometimes see him portrayed as a hawk. According to legend. His name means “traveller. Do not say. wearing his Moon crown. just as Sunrise to Sunrise. Why should a God who symbolizes beginnings be wrapped in the raiment of death? For those of us in the Craft. to those who feel it. it is also a beginning. and “ka” can be roughly translated as “double” or “spirit. a very “evil spirit. and wished to bear His name.and begin again. and birth is a beginning. Both are divine children. son of Aset and Asar.” and in a meditation. even among those who do not usually worship the Gods in Their Egyptian Aspects.
The Lady Seshat recorded all that occured. so I can’t start anything. (“Khensu” is another pronunciation of the God’s name. It must stay.” and that fear can make us very ill.” So surely does the moonlight dispel the shadows where wrong doers might hide. just as we usually see Osiris. every hour. “It is not New Moon. Khonsu could also conquer evil spirits that caused illness.
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.” “Sasheeta. and not sharing their beauty with others. In Tameran. I hope that further work will reveal at least a hint of the meaning. and I’ve found that. Her name is written “S-sh-t. I bore this Lady’s name (I hope to Her honor) as my Craft name. For that reason. the things she says usually deal with words or writing. But when I was in the teaching group. She chided another for being too hesitant to speak. Her name means “She who writes. Her name can be “Seshat.” and so forth.” She is known as the Lady of Literature and Libraries. she’s very concerned with words. She is also Goddess of Architecture and Record Keeping. Even after much meditation.Circle of Isis
For many years. an attribution that feels very right and makes perfect sense to me. and wordy. She is also known as “Sefket. Some refer to Her as the wife of Tehuti. She’s fussed at one member of our group for keeping his words to himself. I’m not sure what all Her symbols mean.” The vowels are unknown. My friend Tinne had this experience with this Lady: “I don’t work with an Egyptian pantheon now. and wearing the skin of a panther. Her Presence gives a feeling of vitality. Naturally. the HPS and HP had us draw down six (yes I said six) divinities into our lives every month. in ritual. and Her symbol includes a seven-petal flower.
He was looking at my Capricorn butt with frank horror and dismay because I had run out of things to organize at home. Within a week.) “One memorable month. And trust me. A true sink or swim. “Within two days of invoking Her. I should have seen it coming. Nice Lady.. every cupboard. “My Gemini husband is a bit lax about housekeeping. And redid the closets. and record keeping. no matter who you are. every Divinity has a side to them that doesn’t match with your own. every drawer. Went over to my mother-in-law’s house and during an afternoon helped her organize her pantry and craft closet. And again.. teaching about invocation and Divine energies.and Bill made absolutely certain that month I didn’t visit him at work at the theater for fear he would never find anything ever again after I got done with it. I didn’t know much more than that and yes. every box. the books on the bookshelves were all over the living room floor and being sorted by subject and alphabetized within subject. She was very happy with me. and every shelf had been done. I invoked Seshat. every closet had been emptied and resorted and refilled. (Shudder. By the New Moon.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
being from the same pantheon or even of the same gender.) “Pretty soon out of the chaos you developed some favorites and would work in a new one or two to get to know them. (Wicked grin. Devised the system of accounting. But sometimes they tap into sides of you that you are aware of and magnify them in new and different ways. So I redid the books again in a different order. writing. but my father-in-law was left feeling upset and in fear of what his garage was going to look like the next time I came over. 91
let Her speak to you!
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“I was exhausted.
And at this battle. Better yet. Speak to Her when you are researching. I was an organizing fiend gone amuck in Bill’s quiet home and it was a long month filled with terrifying surprises at every turn for him.
.” If this is the kind of effect you want or need in your life (I do) then speak to this Lady. And learned to do a lot more research before invoking a presence into my life. I have kept that promise. I was grumpy. Speak to Her when you want to design a house. which surely would signify a change. He made me promise to within an inch of my life that I would never ever even consider invoking this particular Divinity again.
but the day has begun all the same. This ball is rolled into a hole and buried. he is potential. see the Sun to show us that the day has begun. the dung supplies food for the little scarabs. we are becoming more. The Tamerans saw only that life came from defecation—they saw a miracle. From dead discarded matter came the little beetles. My own scarab is a ring. He is not beginnings. we are becoming more perfect. When the eggs hatch. and becoming. formation. most especially at midnight. The scarab can remind us of that never-ending cycle.” “formation. Khephera is the Sun at night. Call upon Khephera when you need to remember that the Sun shines even when our half of the world is dark. It is the scarab beetle. Yet He is not uncaring. The God symbolized by the beetle is not an easy one with which to build a personal relationship. All of us are in the process of becoming. For our coven. Scarabs are also said to represent eternal life. We cannot. Scarabeus sacer is a dung beetle that lays its eggs in the middle of dung. combining the scarab with a circle. which it then rolls into a ball.” “creation. and took the scarab also as a symbol of the Sun. We are striving to become one with the Lord and Lady. at that time.” and His symbol is probably wellknown to you. We are becoming better. Call upon 93
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His name means “becoming. From death comes life.
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this Lord when you need direction. when you want to accomplish something and are not sure how to begin—or even if you should begin. if that is your desire. all the hidden energies. If you would like to know this God. Consider all the light that is hidden in the world.
Mut. And know that the Sun will surely return.
She who is symbolized by the vulture stood by. It is Khephera who will help you transform yourself. go out on a dark night and meditate on the invisible Sun.
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This Goddess’s name means “mother. In a class she was giving on the magical aspects of birds.” and the hieroglyph used both for her name and the generic “mother” is a vulture. From these dead. a vulture produces life. you leave behind something for which you have no further use. that vessel is not your essence. or its children. From death. it is as much a beginning as birth. All scavengers do that. However well it has served you. is called “the lesser death. You could not grow spiritually if you were stuck in that body after it died. A vulture deals with corpses. no matter how many times you incarnate. and cleans up the landscape. our Great Mother. A vulture can feed her children with this meat. with death. she discussed the vulture. is the Giver of Life and the Bringer of Death. and the light went on over my head. When you die.” because it is easily compared to the death of the 95
. The Goddess. Death is not an end. I think I understand now. the vulture takes life. a breeding ground for botulism. of course. or repulsed? I was for a long time. full of disease. Some of those corpses are rotting and bloated. Joanna. however. poisoned bodies. no matter what happens to your body after you leave it. Does that make any sense to you? Are you confused. Many of the mother Goddesses wear vulture headdresses. but thanks to the help of a High Priestess in our community. How can these go together? Let’s think of the vulture on a physical level. It eats corpses. no matter how your body dies. The essential you is eternal. for him or her. safely. The death of the body. Mothers deal with birth.
It will be extremely hard for me to give up being Ellen. including death and rebirth. You return to what we know as life.
Shu. not simply the cycle from birth to death as we experience it in one lifetime. I know in my mind that I can accomplish just as much without being Ellen. commune with loved ones. when the time is right. who you are in this life. Your Personality. I have so much I want to do. for many reasons.
. You can then consider all you’ve learned in this life. ready to learn more. maybe more. I’d like to enjoy that a while longer. and. Freed from your Personality.) The vulture disposes of your physical body. Free of your physical body. And both are restrictions. You will know who you have been in all your lives. If you can understand this. She is the Goddess of all life’s aspects. Thus. (Besides. return to an incarnation. you can come to know this wonderful Lady.Circle of Isis
Personality. you are no longer bound to the Earth. represent the full cycle of life. and serves as a symbol for the death of your Personality. and her symbol the vulture. is a lot more difficult to give up than leaving your body. I rather like who Ellen is and it’s taken me years to get to that point. you can rest. You no longer need walk to get from one place to another. but I want to do it this time around. Until that Personality is gone. you are no longer restricted to the knowledge of this life alone. Mut. you are locked up in it as surely as you had been in your physical body.
The Lady Tefnut watched. You no longer need to find words to express your thoughts to another. standing next to her brother.
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She is depicted as a lioness.” She said. demigod and demigoddess. they’ll never believe we had anything to do with it. She is perhaps more to us than She was to the Tamerans. In our country. and have decided who and what She is. powerful. when the fire was under control. Tefnut is the most difficult to “translate” to our culture. however.” my Aunt Fanny! Every witch in the San Fernando Valley was turning those winds and calling moisture! Oh. What does a lioness have to do with any of that? I believe lions symbolized power in Tamera. I first came to know this Lady last year. I beseeched her to bring moisture to the fire. and represents the moisture in the air. She is the moisture in the air. when we called Her to our circle. In fact. the dew. when there was a forest fire within view of our house. it was announced that the firefighter’s efforts were aided by “fortuitous wind changes and unexpected moisture in the air. but who cares? Of all the Tameran deities. the clouds. including Tefnut. She said just that. No. “You must decide who and what I am. the rain. to us.
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This Lady was usually portrayed as a human figure with the head of a lioness. my confidant. The names. The Lord and Lady exist without those things. also known as Akhentef. cleaned the air. Whatever the lion may have meant to the ancients. in our minds it is inextricably connected with Fire. we are able to narrow down our view to that specific aspect rather than trying to deal with the unknowable vastness that is deity. is blue. its thirst quenched by Nature. My friend. Vicky. and choosing the symbols to be used strike you as strange? It shouldn’t. Only at times like this is the land cooled. and more. By connecting names. When you stop and think that every time it
. However green it may look. forms. Does the idea of deciding who and what a deity is. and symbols to a specific aspect of the deity. and symbols were given to the Gods by humankind. and They certainly have no need of those things. forms. I can feel the growing things breathing around me. in our minds. The presence of the clouds and fog are a blessing after the hot dry-spell we suffered recently. She is my mother. the Los Angeles basin is desert. She wears an ostrich feather as her brother Shu does. has this to say about this Lady: “It is very hard to put into words how I feel about Tefnut. soft earth. my best friend. We’ve done it throughout history. I can see Tefnut now. made green by imported water. and I add my thanks to theirs as I see and feel the presence of Tefnut. When we picture her. in the fog that obscures the valley below me. from my window. their roots drawing water and food from the moist. Our first change in symbolism was to do away with the lioness head. we see Her as a woman. and cooled us. The ostrich feather she wears. She is there in the billowing clouds that fill the sky. The rain has washed the choking dust from the leaves.
A waterfall. the sweat on your brow. many questions: Why me? How could I possibly interest a Goddess? What am I supposed to do now? You get the idea. Goddess of rain and moisture. blown gently on the breath of your husband/ brother Shu. creating the storms of wind and rain. a thick misty fogbank that blocks everything from view. Oh yes. in any form.. Empassioned lovers wrestling. a still pond. that’s Tefnut. so rain is usually a rarity here..all of that is Tefnut. I had many. sending you Her love. or a tear from your eye. and more.. that tiny drop of dew on a flowers leaf or petal.I’m sure those of you reading this who have been ‘called or chosen’ know exactly what I mean! She has shown me the answer to many of these questions. and whenever that happens..Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
rains. So next time you are caught in a sudden shower. It is Her way of letting me know that even if I can’t hear Her. “I was Chosen by Tefnut to serve Her almost five years ago. the tiny delicate snowflake. “Tefnut is a gentle Goddess whose touch is the tiny raindrop. and haven’t regretted it once. or the tears from your eyes. but have found She is with me always: Tefnut. She is moisture. it usually rains! I live in the desert. wise woman. I wrote the following as my “call” for Tefnut. I have a tiny lioness statuette in Her honor also.. the flowing river. There have been times when I haven’t “heard” Tefnut speak to me.. you who are the clouds. She is with me. “I use rose incense or potpourri on my altar for Tefnut. 99
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. quiet guidance. then honor the moisture in your breath. your name always on my lips. Then send me back out into the world.. If you would honor Her. Share the brilliance of your father Ra with me in the reflected sunlight on a tiny drop of dew.speak softly in my ear. Enfold me in your comforting arms. was also present.
sweet up on my skin. and upon occasion I sing it to myself. as well as the rain.. your own saliva (“tef” means “saliva”).
She of the Primal Earth. Whisper your words to me.
you are not concerned. Yet there is more about this Lady that we found fascinating. You know that nothing is destroyed. a large rock. you enjoy that beach as a whole. only changed. To one woman in the circle She spoke of a rock the woman had known as a child. She is the Earth’s core. “I always called Her the Lady of the Fields. invoked her into the Priestess.” 101
. for she holds even the seas in her arms. and her color is russet. We had done a contact ritual on this Lady. “I know this Lady. If one washes out to sea. She loves us. and the beach remains. the Goddess said. All stones are hers. and had felt the Goddess there.” She is so much more. She is indeed Primal Earth. but in a distant way. digging your toes into the sand. There. Wallis Budge’s Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary. This is the love Tanent has for us. She is no personal nurturing mother.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
The only mention I’ve ever found of this Lady was in E.” she exclaimed. She knows where every grain of sand is. and knows when it is washed out to sea. The woman confirmed that she had known such a rock. but are not concerned with specific grains of sand. Tanent is more like the Grandmother of Grandmothers. however. earth red. the continents. and at the next Moon rite. flat but at an angle. is where the girl would go when she needed strength and peace. and She is said to be “a primal earth goddess.A. When you walk on the beach. the deepest sea bottom.
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The presence of this Goddess was naturally very heavy. She. “Primal Earth Goddess” in Egypt. and I knew by the look on her face we’d proven our point.
It was only fitting that Neith. It was our beloved Tanent.
. as if one’s body were rooted down to the core of the Earth. If She did not receive ample honor in Tamera. The woman who had know Tanent as “the Lady of the Fields. we all knew Her. was present. we invoked Danu. and rightly so. What defines a particular aspect? A type of energy. I found it interesting that this same description had been given to me with regard to the presence of the Irish Tara. at least to our satisfaction. knew Her. and called Her Tanent. knew Her. this is a very special Lady.” was present. Also attending our ritual that night was a Celtic High Priestess. and called Her Danu. She certainly has since in other lands. In order to confirm our findings. a “feel”? Each Goddess is different. It would also seem possible that the people of the British Isles reached out to the same Goddess. In a ritual soon after. loved Her. too. recognized the particular “feel” of this Lady from her own practices.
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This very ancient Goddess is also known as Net. Building up and breaking down both have their proper times. She symbolizes. I can accept that it might be coincidence. a warrior. Her symbol is variously referred to as a weaving shuttle and as a shield with crossed arrows. She is both War Goddess and Goddess of Weaving. This mighty Lady displays the qualities of both. and at other times. of the hidden and the visible. At the proper time. light oil lamps and candles in every corner of your house. I do not know the significance of this. and allow them to burn. this combination may sound familiar to you. this is what the Tamerans did. but according to Herodotus. If you are a student of Greco Roman mythology. again. The oil should contain some salt. doesn’t it? If you would honor Neith as the ancients did. As I pointed out in the discussion of Ptah. but it does make you wonder. We contain both God and Goddess within. reflecting her two sides. Neith was often credited with conceiving Herself. For me. the Tamerans often reversed words to reverse meanings. Neith reversed becomes Thien. 103
. the natural cycles. We contain hormones of both sexes in our bodies. Neith is a weaver.
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If you would know her. think on her two symbols.
nd since the legends say that all the Gods watched. on her two areas of influence. In that way. Think on times in your own past when it was right to build up. and on those times when it was right to break down. Honor the male and female within you. you will honor Her. Give acceptance and honor to both types of situations. we believe these others were present as well.
The Gods and Goddesses discussed so far are only a few of the many honored in Tamera. Amen Ra. you can contact and learn of these deities. make them a part of you. for example. a part of your life and work. this book would never have been finished! We continue to work with these deities and will. With the methods I will give you. by the time you read this.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
Where once a hundred lived.
A singing Goddess. The following list gives brief information on other deities that have not been discussed so far. have discovered even more about Them. and though I am willing to give that time. I find it much easier to stick with the individual deities. Not only were there many more. I must say that this practice went a little far at times because Ptah Seker Ra and similar names are only confusing to me. Exploration of and learning about all of Them could be a lifetime’s work. and others you may wish to use. I’d be delighted if you’d share any information you gain with our coven.
. and the glyphs for their names. but many times the attributes of two Gods were joined together and worshiped under a combination name.
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A Moon God about whom I found little. often combined with Ra. What work we have done has shown Him to be distant. while Ra represents the qualities we can sense: light and heat.
An Earth God who is shown either as two heads or two lions facing in opposite directions (East and West). In her tomb were found a decorated war axe that had been presented to her. a Great Royal Wife of one Pharaoh and mother of two Pharoahs who was very interesting.
One of the best known of the Tameran Gods. His name means “hidden” and He is the unseen qualities of the Sun. I can only answer that I have not felt moved to work with Him to any great extent.
. and not easily personal. If you are wondering why He is not discussed more fully. for he is said to absorb the poison from your body. You may call upon him if you are bitten by a snake. and father to Khonsu. as well as a symbol of the Order of the Fly. was husband to Mut. I did find a queen. given for bravery.
A Goddess of milk cows.
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A Fire God.
A singing God.
” “City of the Wolf.” and is depicted exactly as Anubis is with one exception—he is white or gray instead of black. He helps choose the way you will travel in your next life. “He is both before and after Anubis.
A mother Goddess. but what we have done has proved interesting. nursing mother.”
. after the weighing of hearts and judgment of your soul.
Apuat (Also Upuat)
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A dawn God.” We believe He is the one who. guides you to the place of rest. The Greeks called the city dedicated to Him “Lycopolis. The words that came to me were. He is called “the opener of the ways.
A Fire Goddess.
A Goddess of the winds.
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A messenger God.
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God of gifts.
Goddess of the soul.
Goddess of nurses and children.
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. God of Fertility.
God of war and the chase. pictured as a man with a woman’s breasts.
Goddess of dawn’s light. He was called “Lord of the fishes and the birds of the marshes.
God of the Nile.” In a recent discussion with Janet Farrar.
Hapi is one of the few I would not call upon.” Mention of her is found as early as the pyramids. not generic rivers. I would call on Him only if I stood next to that river.
. not all. he represented a wish that the recipient live for thousands of years. were “Gods of place. With the exception of the frog. She was symbolized by a frog.” or. Her name translates as “Mistress of Magic. does any of this sound familiar?
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about whether deities were bound to their original land of worship. To me.
Goddess of childbirth and protection. When he appeared on monuments and jewelry. deities of a specific area or place.
God of infinity. He is the God of the Nile. We both felt that some.
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A singing God. he was never a reactivated mummy.)
God of the West Wind. That’s a movie. (No.
The God of taste.
An architect and sage who was deified because of his skill and wisdom.
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Kekui (or Keku)
The God of the hour before dawn.
A bird Goddess. It is time to rest. The feeling I got from Her was.”
The Goddess of the hour after sunset.
The God of sight. Be still.” I felt myself enfolded in soft dark gray wings.
Tree Goddess whose special purpose was to help the deceased climb into heaven.
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A lynx Goddess.
A lion God.” a cobra Goddess said to live on a specific mountain in Tamera.
“She who loves silence.
and “long lettuce” (lactuca sativa) was supposed to help Him procreate.
The Goddess who presides at childbirth. A woman squatted on two bricks to give birth.
The God of sexual procreativity. but no more so than the position used today. Flowers can be offered to Him to stimulate fruitfulness. Bees are sacred to Him.
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A blacksmith God. which is designed for the convenience of the doctor.
God of grain and the prosperity of the barley and emmer wheat crops. Menthu)
Vulture Goddess of southern Egypt.
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Montu (Monthu. also represented by a griffin.
. falcon headed.
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The primal Water.
God of the primal ocean.
A cat Goddess.
Goddess of birth.
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Goddess of Sunrise.
Goddess of knowledge personified.
A fish God.
God of light.
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A cow Goddess. and the one who decides how long the child will live. depicted as a cobra.
The God of touch. She is also one of the deities said to be present at childbirth. and at the beginning of the harvest. Her festivals were held at the end of planting season.
A God of time.
Goddess of the harvest.
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The God of hearing.
A God of destiny.
This God personifies the perceptive mind.
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A God of wine. Each of us has our own Shai. our own personal destiny.
Symbolized by the hippopotamus.
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Symbolized by the lotus and the setting Sun.
Tum (Also Atum. She was a protector of women in childbirth.
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A benevolent crocodile God. Nefertum.
her name means “Green One.
A God of light.
A star Goddess.”
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Cobra Goddess of northern Egypt.
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A God of light.
A God of embalming.
A Water God.
A Goddess of the Moon.
they are known and loved. The temples have grown cold. It is my hope that you will come to know and love as many of these deities as we do. But in our hearts. many more. These are the deities we have come to know and love.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt
God of the 29th day of the month.
There are more. To us they are not strange. The ibis flies no more. No more the sistrums ring In praise of Het Heret No more the voices sing A prayer to Nebet Het. I don’t think I’ll ever come to know Them all. but I’m going to keep trying. and we will not forget.
The pyramids are old. so greatly loved. And ever is my Lord. None come there to adore. Osiris lives. And no one blesses lovely Nut
. A deity only dies when forgotten. And Allah’s name rings out Where once Osiris was adored.
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When stars shine high above. Oh. ancient ones of Egypt. we Have not forsaken Thee!
. And ever shall they be. Where once a hundred lived They call one God alone. Forgotten are the Gods In lands they called their own. But in our hearts they are alive. But in our hearts these ladies live And ever have our love.
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ow did we come by this information. not representatives of certain kinds of energy. It is this approach. we consulted both resources. but loving parents. that most reflects the difference in attitude between ours and that of many other religions. In many covens. not archetypes. Meditation. We believe our deities are both immanent and transcendent. this view of the Gods and Goddesses that I’ve shared with you? Obviously. I avoid the latter term because of the meaning it has come to have in New Age usage. We worked at learning who they are to us now. this development of a personal relationship. including mine. the Goddess speaks through the Priestess. coming to know the “feel. We worked at developing relationships with them. brothers. However. this belief is put into practice by what is often called Drawing Down the Moon. not so much who they were to the Tamerans in ancient times. Our deities are not distant judges. You can come to know them personally. She may speak to the group as a whole. both here and there. the personality of each deity is the result of a very different kind of work. Some of the methods we’ve used follow later in this chapter. they are real beings. sisters. Ideally. To put it another way. It is also called aspecting and channeling. it is this: The Priest calls a Goddess into the Priestess who serves as the vessel. 129
. near us always. (Personally.Rituals. or to each member individually. We learned about them the same way you learn to know anyone in your life. and friends. some is found in books.” the energy. some of it is the result of research.
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We ask questions, get answers (sometimes before we ask the question), or just hold Her Hand and enjoy Her Presence. Of course, the same applies to an invocation of a God. I must point out that, because we are dealing with a human vessel, everything said is taken with a grain of salt. We take what is said and consider it. Serving as the vessel is also a position of great trust, and violating that trust by speaking words that are not those of the deity, but are your own, would be a most serious offense. Experienced members can often tell when a deity is present, and would know. Once this is experienced, your relationship has to be different. This gives you something you can’t get by reading a book about archaeology! If you can’t imagine this feeling, don’t worry. If you really want to have this kind of relationship with the Gods and Goddesses, you will. If my explanation has not helped you understand, it is no fault of yours, and not even mine. What I am trying to do is similar to describing what it is like to be in love. Don’t despair. You will understand...you will, if you will open your heart and try. How? There are many ways, and every teacher has his or her own, but I will share my own in the following section. The techniques detailed in these pages can be used with any pantheon. We’ve used these techniques individually and as a group. Those who were involved—students, friends, other covens— almost invariably gained something more than knowledge of the Gods. They gained a relationship with Them. To us, these Gods are not abstract ideas or energies. They are not distant unreachable energies. To us, They are known, and loved... greatly loved. Thinking of that love reminds me of another reason for developing these relationships. It’s a matter of common courtesy. One of my pet peeves is being asked “What does this Goddess do?” or “What is He the God of?” as if deities can be put 130
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in little pigeonholes. What they are really asking is what is that deity to be used for. They think nothing of calling on a deity they’ve never had anything to do with and asking for favors, and they think there is no other reason to contact a God or Goddess. I’ve saved my editor some trouble by not saying what I think of that. I will merely say that I don’t think much of that attitude. The Gods aren’t servants! They do not exist just to help us do magic. They do help with that, of course, but they do a great deal more! Would you walk up to a stranger and ask him for money? Or to do you a favor, and expect them to do it? If you were that stranger, would you be inclined to grant that favor? Probably not, and yet many people just pick a God or Goddess to ask, and expect help. Well, if you are going to ask for help, the least you can do is spend some time getting to know the deity, and letting them get to know you. It’s only polite! In addition to the meditations included here, you’ll find some rituals you can perform, adding changes to make them yours, if you like. I’ve also included information on incenses and oils, to be used in these rituals and others. For us, the feast after a ritual is an integral part of the work we do, so you’ll also find information on food and drink. As you can see, there are many ways to involve the deities in your life. Meditation, ritual, and so forth, are only a beginning. Are you an artist? Paint a picture of Them or for Them. Write a poem, a song, or a prayer. Showing Them that you want Them in your life and making a place for Them is one of the best ways to get them there! None of us will try to tell you that you will have exactly the same results with these methods that we did. Each of you are individuals, and experience is intensely personal. If your view of the Gods is different, it does not matter.
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I would never try to impose my view of any God or Goddess upon someone else. I can only share with you what I have learned, and how. I do not insist that you see Them as I do. I do not insist (as if I could) that you will develop the same intense love for and relationship with every deity you meet. I do believe that if you have not yet worked toward knowing any of the Gods personally, if there is not one God or Goddess you can say you know, you have some new joys in store. I do promise you that if you will use these techniques, and others you may know, if you will put yourself into them as we have, you will gain a treasure beyond price: a personal relationship with the Gods.
Meditation is an integral part of Craft work as far as I’m concerned, and our training program includes meditation of several types: individual and group. We hold the belief that our earthly teachers can teach a limited amount. What they do teach us is, so to speak, the language necessary to learn the Mysteries. Meditation is one method by which we learn the rest. As you might expect from the previous section, all the meditations here are focused on the Tameran deities. Who better to teach us? In this section you will find information and instructions on various kinds of meditation we have used, and some that friends have shared with us. We’ve tried them all and found them all useful. Two of them, the Mantra Meditation and the Contact Ritual, are extremely versatile and can be used to contact and learn from any deity you choose, from any pantheon. All meditations require that you put some work into them. You can’t just sit there and mouth the words, and expect something to happen. You must reach out with your heart and mind to the deity you want to know. No candle-burning or chanting, no ritual, however complex and full of appropriate symbolism, nothing will help you come to know the Gods and what They have to teach you if you do not put your heart, mind, and energy into it. No teacher, however knowledgeable and wellintentioned; no book, however well-written, can give you what you can gain by this kind of work. 133
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If you want to know the Gods and Goddesses of any pantheon in your heart, your heart must be open to them. Your mind must be prepared and ready for what they have to teach. One more thing. Meditation is a minor form of invocation. What or who you meditate on will manifest in your life. The greatest results from meditation come not during or even immediately after, but often much later in the events that occur in your life.
This meditation is based on the four-fold-breath, which is a wonderful meditation by itself. It can be done anytime, anywhere, even walking, if you’re at all coordinated. Begin by breathing to the count of four: In…two…three…four. Out…two…three…four. Concentrate on the count, mentally. You’ll find this useful for relaxing and preparing for other meditations. When you have established the rhythm of your breathing, switch to a mental chant of eight syllables. For example: O In SI two RIS three LORD four. TEACH Out ME OF THEE two three four.
Try to mean the words. Continue until something happens. What could happen? I was chanting, “O Lady Bast, teach me of thee,” when I began to feel the tension that, for me, is a feeling of power, of energy gathering around me. I continued a moment more, until suddenly, inside my head (or was it?) I heard “SILENCE….” The rest you read in the chapter on Bast. Once you have His or Her attention, once you feel that Presence, you can listen, feel, ask questions, whatever you like, 134
as long as it is in a respectful manner. As soon as you can, make notes. Bast gave me a chant that has never failed to call Her. Other things of equal value have been learned from other meditations. I encourage you to keep a journal for the results of this and any other kind of meditation you do. You might find that you aren’t aware of the results of the meditations because they do not appear immediately, but you will see results later. Add these things to your journal, too.
We refer to these as “rituals” but they are, in truth, somewhere between a ritual and a meditation. They are deliberately very simple to ensure that concentration is on the deity to be contacted. Please, note, however, that although they seem passive, they are not. The work being done is not expressed physically or verbally for the most part, but it is still work, and it is still being done. You do not need any equipment for this rite, but those who are new to this type of work may find it helpful to have a picture, statue, or symbol of the deity you are contacting. For example, we recently did a contact ritual on Shu, the Egyptian God of the Air. We used a small center altar on which we placed a yellow candle (yellow symbolizes Air for us), sandalwood incense (incense also symbolizes Air, and sandalwood is a clean fresh fragrance), and a yellow ostrich feather (Shu is portrayed wearing an ostrich feather). It helped, too, that we were having 60-mile-an-hour winds that night, but such special effects aren’t necessary. We usually perform contact rituals sitting down. Often, instead of sitting in a circle, we find a comfortable place about the living room, and cast the circle around the room. We find it more important to be comfortable than formal for this work. 135
God and Goddess. If you’ve used the poem above. All together four and one. Sun and Sea and Earth and Sky. do not call Aset and Asar. Lord and Lady. or any particular name. A guardian and protection be For power we shall raise in thee. I recommend that you do not use names here. At this time. because you do not want to turn minds toward any deity name but that which is the subject of your ritual. So have we consecrated thee. Circle.Circle of Isis
Use the simplest circle casting possible. Teach us. that is. for example. give our wisdom birth. again. So may our circle blessed be. With your powers gather nigh. now we conjure thee That thou mayest a boundary be Between the world of men we know And that the Mighty Ones shall show. 136
. If you wish to invoke the Elements. use the following: Sky and Sun and Sea and Earth. Preserve. Feel free to rearrange this to suit your own quarter system. these are fine. Sea and Earth and Sky and Sun. If you like. Join us as we call to thee. keep it simple. Earth and Sky and Sun and Sea. visualizing a circle of white light forming around you. and wish to continue in this vein. you may ask the Lord and Lady to be present. you can recite the following. contain it in thy sphere To aid the work we shall do here.
Listen for the answer in your head. mentally ask the deity what He or She would have you know. putting as much energy and concentration into the visualization as you are able.Meditation
Loving Lady. We often use a “bell” chant. If this is performed by a group. Once this is done. We ask your presence and your light To bless the work we do this night. (Oh. if only there were such an invention as a psychic tape recorder!) Someone observing such a ritual would see all in the circle sitting quietly. whatever note or notes seem right. When you feel you have an answer. It is important that all involved have worked at the visualization and called the God or Goddess to come and teach. 137
. you might find it helpful to chant the name. stop chanting. or. You may discuss what you know of the deity. and almost always lovely. Begin visualizing the deity in the middle of the circle. the leader should wait until all have finished their visit with the God or Goddess. and would not realize that there is more there than blanking out and waiting for the deity to show up and say something. also known as a free form chant. What you are doing is building a telesmic image. Some deities will “take over” and give you more information without your asking. Each person sings the name of the deity as each feels it. the work of the ritual begins. each person should thank the deity for what they’ve learned. At this point. and close the circle. When all have finished. By cup and shield and wand and sword. At the same time. When you feel the presence of the deity. any legends of which you are aware. you may ask other questions. This is very effective. if you have one (and there are several in the “Songs for the Gods” section) sing an appropriate song. Mighty Lord. building a form suitable for the deity to enter.
but will sometimes repeat them for students who have been with us awhile. This is the most important part of the ritual. there will be a thread of similarity running through those experiences. The deity will become real. with a space of time between. work with it. here and now. and gain a personal knowledge of Them you might not have imagined possible. research it. It is also valuable to do more than one contact ritual on a specific deity. Don’t worry if the information you’ve received does not match what the historians and Egyptologists have told us. We usually use them with people who are new to our coven. If nothing else. for it often happens that things regarding this deity may crop up. they are relaxing and enjoyable. You will often find that although each individual has had a personal experience. Done properly. 138
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Make notes. You will learn what is truth and what isn’t. and how they relate to us. become a part of each person. As you grow. Pay attention to events of the next several days. If you will use this ritual/meditation method. Do not feel you must accept and understand every bit of information you receive. you will learn immeasurable amounts about the Gods. unknowable being. We are interested in what the Gods tell us. who They are now. As is true of the contact rituals. and wait to see what comes later. the deities will have more and different things to teach you. Make note of it. The love I have always felt for Asar is nothing compared to the adoration I feel for Him now that I’ve met Him in a contact ritual. these help build personal relationships with the deities that have been introduced. or share your experiences with each other.
The following meditations are introductions to some of the Tameran deities. these rituals can have a very strong effect on the participants. or it helps further those relationships. rather than a distant.
.... without intention. and I. You do not know where you are going.. allow them to keep silent if the experience was too personal to share. (Short pause.... You are surrounded and held by darkness.three. I read the narration and he reads the words of the deity. those involved should describe their experiences and feelings.. Breathe slowly.Out.. you’ll find this type of work valuable. the soft.. Let your awareness of your body fade away. You are moving without effort. If the deity is male.two.. leaving only as much light as is necessary for the leader (or leaders) to read the meditation. no problems.drift away from tension..
Guided Meditation: Beginning
Close your eyes. however. Many groups in our area use similar meditations based on their own pantheons. nurturing. We do. In.Meditation
Chris and I have found it best to read these together. Make yourself as comfortable as possible.from worry..four. 139
.” These (or your own personal preference) are to be read at the beginning and the end of each meditation. the spoken words. no pain. of course.. This seldom happens in a close group.four. if female.. Whatever your tradition. We have found it most effective to have a relaxation period in which the students are mentally led away from the everyday world and problems. he reads the narration. Participants should make themselves comfortable.. drift upon it. After the meditation. peaceful dark. The following meditation includes both a “leading away” and a “leading back..from problems…there is nothing but you and the darkness. a soft comforting darkness. You float upon it.two…three.) Your body has no weight. and evenly. but you know it is right for you to go there. The room should be darkened as much as possible.
and you open your eyes. a plant you recognize as papyrus. and seems to be thinking deep. Your body takes on weight. warming you. too. serious thoughts. broad and full. as you move. is as it should be. cradles you. soothing muscles. let it out slowly. You know that they are temporary.) Your movement has stopped. growing from the water. you can conquer all. You know. and that. 140
. At the edge of the river. you become aware of your physical surroundings. Their voices drift back over the water as they call to each other.Circle of Isis
(Short pause. This room is beginning to become visible.
Guided Meditation: Ending
Again. that all except the Gods and the essence of yourself is temporary. Out on the river. For the moment you are content to look. It feels good. You know that you bear with you the power of (subject of meditation) and with that. carries you away in its undemanding softness. Tall palms grow beside it. and feel.
Meditation: Asar Pharaoh
You are standing by a river. bring you a feeling of peace. Some of them are singing as they work. fishermen cast their nets. you approach your everyday life. soaking into your skin. and return to your normal state. You have stopped your movement. curved beak. eyes closed. the darkness lifts you. You feel your feet touch the ground. The sun beats down on your body. and you welcome it. Go to the guided meditation. He is very still. and the sounds and sights of the river. Its head. but you find that the problems and tensions you left behind have lost their power to confound you. are green stalks. listen. Take a deep breath. Amongst them stands a bird with a long.
and you are overcome by it.your people think too much of my death. He wears a nemyss of dark blue and gold striped material. tinged perhaps with amusement. I had to teach them through my own death. “The pharaohs that were my image needed homage to remind them of me. You become aware of a presence behind you—so powerful a presence that you hesitate to turn—yet you know you must. and strongly built. “I tried to teach them of life and death through the grain. you find yourself at his feet. He says. Without meaning to move.. The figure you see is tall. a field of barley thrives.. He reminds you that He taught his people the skill of agriculture. Then. yet you feel the power of His Presence. turned them from nomads into the progenitors of a great civilization... His expression reveals nothing of his thoughts. in a voice that is firm. For a moment. “Walk with me. A pectoral of lapis lazuli with a large scarab in the center stands out against his bronze chest.” He muses.by Him. you do. the same cloth used in his short kilt.” He is silent for several heartbeats.but they did not understand... almost to Himself.Meditation
Near you. staring at the grain before Him. “This is often forgotten.. you hear only the beating of your own heart. and you take His hand as a child might reach to its father.” He says and you know that where He leads.. and speaks. “Think more on my life. A slight breeze whispers through its leaves. I do not. you walk between the river and the barley field. and slowly. you will follow.” A bit dazed. He reaches down to help you. you start to stand up.” He ponders the barley for a moment. Beside Asar. His very being. Rise. 141
you wonder. “What do you see. He turns to bid you farewell. “I am that which is not what it seems to be. “let us walk farther. you hear a woman’s voice. I have much to tell you. waiting for your eyes to adjust. When you reach the figure. you can see nothing. and listen. does it have no existence?” “Who are you?” you ask. and to give you His blessing. the land of Egypt fades away as the familiar darkness surrounds you. The voice comes again. Is there anything here? Out of the darkness. a swirling of shadow.Circle of Isis
Just when you think He has forgotten you. Although you can hear sounds around you. you stop. To your left. “Has the Moon only one side? Because you cannot see it. “Come. You leave Him. however.” He says. you discover it was a trick of the light.
Meditation: Nebet Het
You have come to rest on a solid surface. you hear. you see a shadowy feminine figure. however. There is no Moon to give light. straining to gather in the slightest hint of light. You peer into the darkness. And from yet another direction. Finally. and return to the place where you began. when your eyes are closed? Nothing. but when you open your eyes. you find yourself in darkness. and you move toward it. What is here. A long pause (at least five minutes) should be made to allow the students to experience their own time with Asar. He turns back with a warming smile. child.” And you walk beside Him. Go to Ending. Slowly. Does that mean everything has disappeared?” Again there is silence.” 142
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Tall palms grow beside it. Reaching it. seek me not. feeling the joy of Her nearness. soothing muscles. so am I to Khephera. Spend this time with Her. you feel Her Presence.Meditation
You move toward the sound of her voice. “Lady!” The voice says. trying to be patient. but find nothing. 143
. and you welcome it. Learn what She will teach you. “By misdirection do I lead. At the edge of the water grow tall green stalks. It feels good. profound thoughts. Go to Ending. The Sun beats down on your body. Among them stands a bird with a long. You move quickly toward it.” you hear from a distance. Its heat. and Her hand is held out to you. He is very still.” You stand where you are. and frustrated you cry out. soaking into your skin. you are content to look.” Another shadowy figure appears ahead of you and this time you are sure it is not a trick. eyes closed. a plant you recognize as papyrus. It is time to return. bring you a feeling of peace. and seems to be thinking serious. stand with Nebet Het. curved beak. learning from Her. but be. You cannot see her clearly. I am mystery. “As Isis is to Ra. You take it. Bid a loving farewell to the Goddess and close your eyes. And finally. warming you. but She is there.
You are standing by a river. however. and the sounds and sights of the river. Short pause of about one minute. you find nothing but shadows in the darkness. broad and full. if you would seek me. For the moment. listen. and feel. “Child. Feel yourself surrounded by the comforting darkness.
. After a moment. though. After a few moments. turns his head and looks at you. and takes to the air. It is a strange personage who approaches—the body of a man. It spreads its wings. Without speaking. Lord of books and science. You notice that the second man’s pen is blunt and crude. with a pool in the middle. Your attention is drawn to a path over which the bird flies.Circle of Isis
As you watch. There sit two men. the bird nods. The doorway is momentarily darkened as a figure enters from the courtyard. each drawing on papyrus. the papyrus not smooth. through the grain field. It is no wonder there is a difference in their work. but with the head of the bird who led you here. when you return the look. It is possible they have the same skills. he opens his eyes. You turn to watch its flight as it passes you. Through a door opposite. you can see an open inner courtyard. You find yourself in a surprisingly bright room. The other walls are covered with murals and hieroglyphs. The eyes that look on you are full of wisdom. you do not find this strange. The first man has a better brush and better papyrus. but the work you see is not of equal quality. and you follow it. and you enter through it. his papyrus stained with ink blots. for this is. as if it has made a decision. even wise. with windows high in the walls. the Teacher. he leads you to a table. A doorway faces you. he seems to study you. Lord of wisdom. you realize. On two walls are cubicles full of scrolls. Master of hidden knowledge. that the eyes are intelligent. The other’s work is rough. You wonder where it leads. and you have the feeling that the knowledge in that long beaked head is far beyond that contained in these cubicles. Tehuti. One is drawing clean precise hieroglyphs. made of mud brick. You are surprised to see. you see a building ahead. Inventor of hieroglyphs. Somehow.
It gives you a feeling of vast.. motions for you to follow. Perhaps He will have other wisdom to share with you.slowly.. “All these things must be prepared by you. and learn from the feel and sound that you stand on rock and sand.. The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. He turns. and says. and leads you out to the courtyard. a young man who is apparently just learning to scribe.Through the grain to the river. You look up to see Tehuti’s eyes upon you. He says. You hear small sounds in the night. Go to Ending.as the darkness reappears..
You find yourself in darkness. knowledge you must have before I can teach you the greater Mysteries. you can feel a slight breeze. There are things you must know. It is time to leave the Lord of Wisdom. The river fades slowly. You move your feet.. and the fish in the pool.. Though you can see nothing. open space.Out the door to the path. The Lord shows you the plants there.” He leads you to another scholar. Prepare the tools. You walk back through the room of scrolls. though the work is hard and often tedious. 145
. He slowly and carefully draws the same pictograph over and over. “There is much I have to teach you. but there is work for you to do. You rise and bid him a respectful farewell. “The proper tools are necessary.. and you will be ready to learn what I have to teach..” Stay here a while with the Lord Most Wise. The brush with which I draw must be well made. The ink must be finely ground and of a good quality.Meditation
Tehuti nods as if he knows your thoughts.
away from this denizen of the underworld. near your feet. He speaks:
. What is it? A scorpion. Guardian of the tombs. and after moments. stop.) You stand. where you are. Before you can. You strain to see. however. and nearby. There is a scuttling in the sand. of queens. try to learn what is approaching. Anpu ceases to snarl. Guide of the Underworld. strain to hear. You realize.closer. the Challenger. Another sound catches your attention. You can see sand.Circle of Isis
Your eyes are beginning to adjust to the dark. and away from the teeth revealed by His snarl. You are in the Valley of the Kings—burial place of pharaohs. with no trepidation. you have only to open your physical eyes and you will be safely away from those eyes that look deep into your soul. What will you do? Will you open your eyes? Or face the challenge of the jackal? (If the student chooses to open his or her eyes at this point. The sound changes from one moment to the next.. the measured tread of a human. perhaps? A beetle? What is that slithering sound over there? Perhaps a horned asp. At first it is the step of an animal. If more than one person is involved in the meditation. reassure him or her that it is all right—he or she just wasn’t ready. the next moment. some cliffs. Later. but it is coming nearer. or something else. you cannot discern what it is—man. but in the darkness. Dark spaces in them seem to indicate openings of some sort. You can’t quite tell what it is. You can see something coming. signal for the student to leave the room so you can continue. of nobility—and you are alone. mounds.. the figure stands before you neither man nor animal but both the body of a man and the snarling black head of a jackal! You are face to face with Anpu. You may escape if you wish. or some harmless serpent.
It is time to leave the Valley of the Kings and Lord Anpu. or you just feel unconnected. For a moment. shall not see that which is hidden. feel my hand holding yours. I will remove you from your fear. the head of the God seems to be golden..slowly. The valley fades away.and slowly there is total darkness. “You have faced my challenge and you shall learn.” Anpu may have more to tell you. They shall not learn the deeper secrets. Glory in His Presence. This makes this meditation useful before any magical endeavors.. Those who cannot face me are unready. Know this. If you find yourself in the dark and afraid. I guard not only the hidden ways but those who travel them. it is also handy to use whenever you feel you need to rid yourself of excess or unwanted energies. 147
“I am the Challenger. reach out into the darkness..or unworthy to walk the ways I guard.
Meditation to Connect With Nut and Geb
This meditation not only connects you with these two deities. Grounding is a way of connecting and aligning yourself with the Elements to keep anchored when engaged in psychic or magical works. Go to Ending. as well as a good way to ground yourself.
From my friend Mardon come these lovely meditations/ rituals.. for that in itself may teach you much. Bid Him farewell as the Valley fades away and a strange thing happens.slowly. instead of black. Stay awhile in the presence of this mighty God.... but serves as a wonderful relaxation exercise.
and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. (You are connecting with Geb. taking with him the stress and tension in your body. and disappointments leave your body.
. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. visualize gray and black energy leaving your body. move to your legs. turn off the TV and the radio. Turn your palms upward and visualize cool raindrops falling gently into your palms.
Step Two: Scanning. visualize strong branches like a tree stretching up into the sky. spine. This is Ra. Step Three: Completely relaxed. visualize strong roots expanding from your body. Once Ra reaches the outer limits of your body. Feel the heat of the Sun as it beams down on your outstretched limbs. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. visualize a golden ball of light forming at your feet. digging deeply into the earth below you. Unplug the phone. allow Him to leave. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the golden light to massage and sooth the stress from you.) Breath deeply as you inhale. feel yourself relaxed. from your feet. visualize rich green and brown energy entering your body. Get away from that computer. surprises. as you exhale. With your eyes closed. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. with each exhalation. and continue up your body (include the arms). Do this for about 10 breaths before moving on to the next step.Circle of Isis
Get comfortable. and lower body. Start with your feet. see the day’s worries. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Ra’s healing energies. With each breath you take in.
and disappointments leave your body. Step Two: Scanning. Unplug the phone. allow Him to leave. Visualize the roots extended into Geb returning to your body. Start with your feet. Once He reaches the outer limits of your body.Meditation
Mixing the energies. It is symbolic of the time before time. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. With each breath you take in. Step One: Get comfortable. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Nun’s nurturing energies. feel yourself relaxed. turn off the TV and radio. surprises. before history when the first seeds of life were introduced into the womb of the Goddess. see the day’s worries. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the blue light to massage and sooth the stress from you. move to your legs. as well as to establish new path workings. It is also commonly used to find an end to a conflict within. with each exhalation. and continue up your body (include the arms). and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. The energy you get from Nut is going to feel very different from the energy you draw up from Geb. visualize a blue ball of light forming at your feet. taking with Him the stress and tension in your body. This is Nun. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. With your eyes closed. Ending the ritual. and then the Branches extended to Nut retracting back into your being.
Meditation to Connect With Ra and Nun
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. This ritual should be used to consecrate new beginnings. Allow it to mingle and course through your body. Get away from that computer.
(This will be almost instantaneous from the time the lightning strikes the water. The waves crashing on the shore become distant and the heartbeats of you and Nun become one. Keep in mind this ritual can have any purpose. Feel the cooling waters surrounding you as you sink deeply into the womb of the Goddess. As the waters flow off your flesh. Try to limit your thoughts to the goal at hand. In the past it has been used to eliminate negative energies. (This is a great bath ritual by the way!) As you slip under the waters your heartbeat becomes one with the ocean. Step Five: At the moment the lightning strikes the waters.) At this time. visualize what it is you want to do.Circle of Isis
Step Three: Completely relaxed.
. visualize yourself as the ocean. Ending the ritual. but the powers of this type of visualization have become limitless. used successfully as a fertility ritual. and used by a close friend to help him quit smoking. The original purpose was to eliminate negative energies. Visualize the lightning dispersing from the waters. and nothing else. As you rise just above the waters it is a good idea to begin the relaxation and grounding ritual which will again center and ground you. visualize yourself coming up from the depths of the primordial waters. This is where you began your life. Allow the energies to flow naturally with one another. visualize a streak of lightning coursing down from the heavens and joining with the waters. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. the objective of the ritual is set into motion.
they had several of them. in fact. None of this is unexpected. just as I hope you will make the ritual uniquely yours. We don’t know many details about these. There were celebrations of many kinds in Tamera. of course. and although they may contain elements found in Sothistar’s rituals and/or may have been performed by our coven. as you can tell by the Calendar (page 267).lL
What little we have found in the way of rituals as performed by the Tamerans shows these rites were very different from Wiccan ceremonies. and we work with the Tameran Gods. 151
. Sothistar is not trying to recreate the ancient Egyptian religion. If we performed these rites. The rituals you will find here are written with that mindset. but I seriously doubt they were circle ceremonies. As I have said.” I urge you to add as many personal touches as you wish. We have. these would not be suitable in most situations. They were not Witches! They had their own religion. Although these rituals and their various elements are certainly designed so that you may use them “as is. we would add our own touches to make the ritual uniquely Sothistar’s. It is more important that the rituals touch you than that you do them exactly as I have written them. but even if we should wish to perform a crossing over rite. We are a Wiccan coven. very detailed records of the funeral ceremonies. Most of these rituals were written especially for this book. they are not necessarily traditional with us.
Turn to the West and draw there the hieroglyph for Nebet Het. If the individual or group has a special circle opening for calling the Elements. The Lady Aset stands before me. use them with other rituals if you like. of course. this section contains songs for many of the Tameran deities. Incenses and oils are. my Lord Asar. This has always added to our feeling of connection with our deities.
All gather at the place of the ritual. staff. draw there glyph for Asar. saying. You may. saying.
. If you would like to include it in yours. and with those who called upon Them. To my left. In this section I’ve included a list of foods and spices that were available to the Tamerans. saying. draw the symbol of the throne to the East. or use your own. Below you will find a Circle Opening and a Circle Closing to be used with the two rituals. or athame. Our big rituals are usually followed by a potluck feast. Turn to the North. it may be performed before this opening. Over the years.Circle of Isis
Music is something often found in our rituals. part of ritual for us. and some recipes we’ve discovered. Using a wand. of course. behind me. it has become traditional for our Harvest or Hallows feast to be made up of dishes that might have been served in ancient Egypt. and there’s a collection of recipes for these in this section. The lady Nebet Het.
for we shall ever be in need of those blessings. turn in that direction. Face East again. Geb below me. and Lord Geb for their protection and guidance.
Begin at the East and as you mention each deities name. Lord Asar. If not. and draw there the Eye of Horus saying. Lady Nut. but this time with the wand lowered. Although we shall leave our formal circle. If you have a formal circle closing.
Again. We thank the Lady Aset. protection. and bow. Nut above me. The rite is ended. Lord Heru. we ask that the love. face East and make a sweeping motion above your head from the Eastern edge of the circle to the Western edge. saying. rap on the altar and say. and say. Make another sweeping motion from West to East.Rituals
Turn to the South. Safe I stand within the Gods Blessed be the Work done within this sphere. To my right. it may be done now. Our Work is ended. and guidance we have received from these deities continue. saying. my Lord Heru. Proceed with the ritual. 153
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the date of the rising of Sirius. God of Life. Circle Is Opened Priest: My friends. Ruler of the Unborn. Five were born of the sky mother. so we celebrated the birthdays of all the Gods and Goddesses of all pantheons at this party. To add to the spirit of the celebration. bows and says: Praise to Thee. we are gathered here to celebrate. Sothistar held a “Birthday of the God/ dess” party. 154
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Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods
For many years. with joy and love. This ritual celebrates the births of the five deities. three sons and two daughters. to celebrate the birth of five Egyptian deities. Lord of Death. Priestess: Five they were. if you wish. eldest Son of Nut. These celebrations were held on the Saturday or Sunday that fell within the five days preceding July 19th. All others in the circle should be given (or choose) the name of other deities of the Egyptian pantheon (or any pantheon).
Priestess goes to the participant representing Asar. Receive Thee our love and adoration as we celebrate the day of your birth. Let us first honor Them. born of the sky. Information on traditional foods can be found later in this section. fathered by the Earth. I am unaware of any traditional birth dates for deities of other pantheons. one by one. the birthday of five deities worshiped in an ancient land. born one each day in the five days not of the year. Asar. this ritual can (and should be) followed by a potluck feast. but is designed so that you may add names in order to celebrate Gods of all pantheons. A participant should be chosen to represent each of the five deities. Five they were.
hear our joy as we celebrate the time of thy birth. and I shall be with you when your life begins and when it ceases. I am all that is Woman. our hearts rejoice at Your presence on the day of your birth. I will come when I choose. I am the grain that must fall if life is to be renewed. Heru: I am the sky beyond the sky. then honor all phases of life including its end. Aset. Thou Great Face. If you would honor me. Lady of the Moon. Serve them. Mystery is mine. Aset: I am my mother’s first daughter the fullness of the Moon am I. and meditation.Rituals
First born of our mother am I. If you would honor me. first to see the land. It is my voice you hear in the last sigh of death and the first cry of birth. Nebet Het: All that is unseen am I all that is unknown. Mother. for I am both.
Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Heru. Mistress of all Magic. Magic is mine. seeing all through the Sun and the Moon. honor all my children. I am the brightness of learning. If you would honor me. nor understand. Lady of the House. Lord of all. and power. honor praise we bring to Thee. Thou Great Sky. and when you least expect me.
Priest goes to one chosen to represent Nebet Het. bows and says: Beautiful Nebet Het. but that does not limit my power. Know Thou of our love as we celebrate your birth. honor that which you do not know. bows and says: All love to Thee. all its strengths and all its burdens. happily do we praise Thee. If you would honor me. 155
. for all creation is mine. and you will serve me.
Priest goes to the one representing Aset. then honor yourselves. watching all. Little known am I. Lady of the Womb. Daughter of the Sky. Do not seek to know me. bows and says: Her Ur. first to call it beloved.
saying: The Mother of these Gods. Partake of the bread. Priest raises the bread. Lord of the Earth. but not gently. When that chalice has returned. takes a small piece and eats it. for that is what I honor in my work. without honoring Her. 156
. Priestess raises the chalice in a salute. then honor your eternal selves. the Priest takes up the bread. sand blasting. we know that there are others of other lands equally worthy of honor.
Priest and priestess return to their original positions. and passes it to the Priest who follows suit. call out the names of other Lords and Ladies. taking within you the Mother of the Gods. rejoicing in the joy and pain of birth. the Lady Nut. the Priestess says: Though we honor the deities of ancient Egypt with this rite. Let us now. When the bread has returned. the womb from which they came forth. Hear us. Geb. honoring this Great God. was the Goddess of the Sky. reaper of the grain. and passes the chalice on. sips from it. He then passes the plate to the next person.Circle of Isis
Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Set. with love and praise. Mighty Set! Sword wielder. Priestess takes up the chalice. Set: I am the desert storm. as much as possible. Those who do not understand see me as evil. honor all of them. that we may. hear our praise as we honor the season of your birth. We cannot honor Them. saying: Nor can we celebrate this birth without honoring the Father of the Gods. rejoicing in the strength and beauty of His seed. storm bringer. wind scouring. bows and says: Hail. I cleanse. If you would honor me. Partake of the cup. in that spirit. for they do not see that I give by cutting away.
remembering as we do that this is as much a part of our celebration as this ritual. with careful thought. If possible.Rituals
She calls out a name and the others follow suit around the circle. in whatever notes they choose. after you’ve gone around the circle once. choose a deity to serve as protector of the child. Priest: A soul has entrusted itself and its upbringing to two of our members. instead of calling out the names. you do it again. A small cloth or leather bag to hold the amulet should also be prepared. several times. Most of the deities mentioned in this rite are traditionally connected with childbirth. you will find it quite lovely and moving. each of the gifts given in the name of the deities during the rite can be symbolized by an actual gift to be placed in a small bag or box. the parents should. and prepare a child’s amulet as detailed on page 199.
Circle Is Closed.
The Rite of Blessing a Child
Before the rite. 157
. It will be most effective if. If desired. Circle Is Opened. those present can rotate. If enough people are not available. one person should be chosen to represent each of the Gods who bring a gift to the child. Priestess: We are gathered to celebrate a joyous event: a loved one has returned to us. Suggestions can be found at the end of each speech. (To parents) Bring the child forth. Priest: Hail to the Lord and Lady by all Their Names! Priestess: Let us now close our circle and continue our celebration with feasting and laughter. each person sings the name. If.
) In the name of Heqet. we can direct our children along the path we have chosen. Parents may stand in the center of the circle. (A small frog charm. do I bright the gift of health.Circle of Isis
Parents step forward with child to stand facing Priest and Priestess. another from the Land of the Unborn.) From Khnum who created the seed for the body of this child. name this child. But He sends no spirit forth alone. (child’s name) Priest: The Lord Asar has sent forth _______________ .)
. Mistress of Magic. Birth Giver. that this small spirit may both love and be loved in return. Priestess: It is not our right to choose the path our children will follow. do I bring power.) Priestess: In the name of Aset. however. (A tiny pot. Priest: As we rejoice in this returning of a loved one. they should be given to the parent not holding the child. or the child may be carried around the circle. midwife. When this child has reached the age of decision he/ she will choose the way of the spirit that is right for him/her.
The naming is done. (A small heart. And we can place them under the protection of the Gods as we know and love Them. In the name of the Father of All. let us bring to this small one the gifts of the Gods. Priest: Until that time. each person stepping forward to bestow a gift. If symbols of the gifts are presented. do I bring the gift of guidance throughout life. That choice belongs to each individual. do I give the gift of love. Before the Gods. (A small compass. or chip of baked clay.
Priest/ess reads amulet. the Priest. 159
. let your power enter this amulet. and the voice which speaks the words be heard by all as your voice. (Small item of silliness. Priestess reads the following.) What deity have you chosen to protect this child?
Parents name deity. The other will read the words of the amulet.)
Meshkenet: In the name of She who is the foundation on which birth takes place. If a God has been chosen. take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. The name of the God or Goddess may be chanted or sung. Let the words written here be your words. will you. if a Goddess. let their truth be your truth. of joy.) Anpu: Priest: Anpu. (A tiny chip of brick. they should be called forth at this time. The amulet and a small symbol of the deity shall be placed in the bag that is placed around the child’s neck. of healing laughter. (Deity name) Priest/ess: _________________ . Guardian of Souls. (goddessmother) Priestess: Before the Gods. and if need should come. If godparents have been chosen. brings the gift of humor. as though he/she were born from your womb? Goddessmother responds. (A small candle.Rituals
Bes. or a song may be inserted here. Amulet is brought forth and held toward center of circle. gives the ability to see the truth. God of joy and protection. __________________ . All envision the power of the deity entering the amulet. I bring a foundation on which this child may stand firm throughout life. for his/her physical well-being.
Mother now comes before altar and prays in these words. Priestess: This child. ______________ . take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. or words of her own choosing. or words of his own choosing. 160
. for his/her physical wellbeing. into my hands you have given this child. leading him/her in the right ways. Be ever by my side that I may be the mother to my son/daughter You are to me. what vows do you make to this small spirit who may be even older and wiser that any here? Father makes vows. Guide me that I may guide her/him to full growth. (Father) Priest: . who. My Lady Aset. Priestess: . Mistress of Magic. help me to raise my child with love and wisdom. My Lord Asar. though he/she comes to you in this small body. Mother of All. The godparents step back into the circle. born to our brother and sister. Strengthen me that I may ever be a source of strength to her/him. Can we do less? Let us each promise our love and protection to this small one. Lord of Life and Death.
Mother makes vows. is now under the protection of the Gods.Circle of Isis
(godfather) Before the Gods. what vows will you make to this child. as though he/she were grown from your seed?
Godfather responds. will you. Be ever at my side that I may be the father to my son/daughter You are to me. Father steps forward and prays in these words. and if need should come. Father of all. may have carried you in her/his arms in another life.
words came out of the priestess’s mouth in addition to what had been written. That way it’s not going to appear in the middle of the ritual. It’s there anyway. When the quarters are called. That will come later in the ritual. At this point. We also had a center altar with a large bust of Bast on it.Rituals
Child is carried around circle as each member makes promise. Get everyone to sing the “meow meow meow meow” song found in a certain cat food commercial. so you might as well let them do it. Priest: May we always be worthy of the trust the Gods have placed in us. is let everyone get a certain something out of their systems. each with a different statue of this Lady on it. I wish someone had written them down! One thing you might do. do not light the quarter candles at that time. The purpose of this is to get everyone in tune and together. after everyone is gathered and before you start the ritual. Once that is done. Only the candles on the main altar are burning. with colors and other decorations relating to the Elements. Circle Is Closed. shines through the eyes of the statue. give everyone a few minutes to settle down. For our ritual we had altars at each quarter. Our work is done. However. one of the traditional dates for a festival of Bast. as so often happens. which made it more powerful. the High Priest and High Priestess of the ritual should walk once around the circle having everyone chat “mau” (not “meow”) softly and quickly. The Charge of Bast as it appears in the ritual is shown as it was written. of the type that have room in the back for a votive which. when burning.
Festival of Bast
We performed this as a public ritual about November 16th. 161
let us chant to the Lady Bast. Let the flames come out of the darkness. true. let Your strength rise from the dark Earth to bring us knowledge of Your true self. the Festival of Lights. Priestess: Before we light them again. Let us continue this chant until we are told to stop. North: Lady Bast. 162
. (Song can be found on page 174. and we will dance and sing. from the dark depths of the sea. Priest: Welcome to the Festival of Bast. calling Her to teach us. South: Daughter of the Sun! Bring to us the fire from midnight. But we also hope to make this ritual a learning experience. whose Name we celebrate today. to the light-sparkled streams. East: Lady Bast! Bring to us the light out of darkness. All candles on center altar extinguished. So shall we do so now. We hope you will take away with you some knowledge about this beloved Goddess. and relight them. and will perhaps take away a bit of Her Self. Let the winds blow Your inspiration to us. West: Lady Bast.) Priest: It was the custom in ancient Egypt to extinguish all lights at this time.
We sing hymn to Bast. This is a celebration. bring us Your love.Circle of Isis
Quarters are called.
now. call Her within you and listen to what She might have to say only to you. beginning to light candles clockwise. when the lessons are most painful. Know this. the dawn comes. in the times when learning is the hardest. the night prowler. in the dark.. No! My symbol is the wild jungle cat. call this Lady to you personally.. Then take one of the candles on the center altar and go to a quarter. Oh my dear ones! Yes. sovereign and proud. but you must first go through the dark night to reach that light. Will you learn my lessons? Or will you hide from me and all I have to give you? Think. the light comes. I can be the nurturing Sun. It is here in the darkness that my lessons are taught. chant:
. and when the lesson is done. During this time. but this time. What will you do? Priestess: Let us chant again. and the nurturing rays of the Sun will warm your day. That which I bring. Be still and listen.Rituals
All chant the Mau Bast chant until Priestess speaking for Bast chooses to speak.is my name.
When you feel the time is right. at which time the speech should continue) Charge of Bast: (loudly) Silence. I am there with you and that light is found through the learning. My symbol is not the domestic cat that is dependent on humans for its sustenance. relight main candles. I can be the gentle light of dawn. that which I teach. She may speak in your mind and heart. And in silence shall I be heard. the fierce hunter. (The word “silence” should be spoken loudly and in a commanding tone of voice that all become silent. is not easily learned.
until it seems like people are ready to stop. When the time is right. Priestess: Let us end our circle.
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What we learned in the night we will bring in . We will feast. continue. Let us now sing and dance to thank the Lady for the wisdom She has given us and because it is traditional to do so.) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. continue.to the light. Priest: From the darkness comes the light.
When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast.Circle of Isis
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What we learned in the night we will bring in . Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun. sing.
. (The tune is the same as the chant above.to the light. Sing the following song. make music and dance all in Her presence! Circle Is Closed.
He . but I’m not sure if I wrote the songs because I had that relationship. He . He .lL
Songs for the Gods
These songs can be used in a ritual. Others seemed to come on their own.ru!
Î l h Î Î h. Bright Lord. and it would be unusual for us to have a ritual without some kind of song or chant involved. but it is magically effective to use songs everyone can sing. I mentioned writing songs for them. That’s been one of the ways I’ve developed those relationships. He .sar.ru! of A . or simply to praise a specific deity. so not only is it pleasant. In the earlier discussion on building personal relationships with the deities.ru! of A .
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Hymn to Geb
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Songs for the Gods
Hymn to Tehuti
(Wisdom Has Wings)
To be sung somewhat slowly and heartfelt.
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Come with me.al? Jack .ing ma .al?
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Hymn to Nephthys 3 b E E & 4 e x x e e e el h Q l H l=======================l
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Mourning Song #c E h e e e h e e e e l h e e e =======================l l& l e
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weep for our Lord.mer . for our broth . e l h e e e
weep for your son. my sis . mourn. my coun .lov .try. oh.ed land. oh.er! Mourn. Weep. mourn. Our broth-er’s gone.
.er. for my Love.
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mourn. weep for our broth . Moth . Moth . my coun .ter. Be .
and bring the joy back
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Come Come back.Songs for the Gods
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b e e l h e e l h. who call!
in .ti . come back. come back. come to thy wife. l e e e q e
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let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come
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Hymn to Nut
To be sung moderately slow and softly.en.Circle of Isis
Hymn to Ra
To be sung brightly and quickly.
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Bright .ther Thou who he in art shines.
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num! See num! Birth the clay to death on on the pot . Lord. Fill name. Hold death.ter’s the Wheel of wheel Life as as it it
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Lord new form while the the seed ves to sel con . ris.Songs for the Gods
Hymn to Osiris E E h e e h l e e =======================l l& c e e
O Pha . Olands.
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Bes Bes is is a a gi gi ant ant to to me. e l e e e e h =======================l l &b q x x e
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q. Mau Mau Bast.y Cat with of eyes the of Mid . Mau Bast.
Bes Bes gives shows me me strength.ing.
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Say nothing you don’t want Them to hear! Use incense during any meetings you have that relate to your religion. both in and out of ritual. to remember that its smoke carries your words to the Gods. and probably sandalwood. The Gods were said to have a very sweet smell. let the fragrance of this incense remind me ever of You. We know they also had sesame. whether or not it relates to your path. and take care with what you say. The use of incense “just because we want to” can have one of two effects.” Make an effort. Most of the “perfumes” mentioned in the various ancient writings were actually scented oils. cumin. For that matter. For example: “Lord and Ladies. They also believed the smoke carried their prayers to the Gods. you could use them to set the mood for any meeting. say a small prayer. too.
. but as you light it. incenses served two spiritual purposes. Many of us use incense frequently. and violets. so the fragrance of the incense reminded them of and turned their minds toward the Gods. The result is up to you. Among the scents the Tamerans were known to use were myrrh. a kind of calamus (sweet flag).lL
Incenses and Oils
To the Tamerans. anise. a type of oregano. as you smell the incense. coriander. or it can bring those feelings into our everyday lives. cardomom. It can lessen our feelings about the magical uses of incense. Continue to use incense when the mood strikes you.
There are many recipes you can find for this.” You can. use them as they are. and documentary maker who created these incenses just for this book. then powdery ones. and continue.Incenses and Oils
The following recipes were developed by people. Every Kyphi recipe I’ve tried is very smoky.
. Roll balls in benzoin. and therefore. Lay out on waxed paper for a week or more. Mix all batches together.
First. Mix together groups by nature: first. or you can develop your own. then roll into ¾" balls. of course. resinous ingredients. we do not restrict ourselves to plants and materials that were available to those ancients.
Maria Blumberg’s Incenses
Maria Blumberg is a friend. Just as we do not necessarily view the Tameran deities as the Tamerans did. It is more important that an incense seem right to you than it be historically accurate. just for you. partially from research. the best-known incense connected with Egypt is Kyphi. add red wine to moisten. Craft sister. have good ventilation. so if you must use it inside. Here is one: 3 parts honey 3 raisins 1 part copal 1 part myrrh 1 part orris 4 parts sandalwood 1 part storax 2 parts frankincense 2 parts cinnamon Red wine (enough to moisten (grind it forever) mixture) Benzoin (enough to roll balls in) Thoroughly grind all ingredients separately. and partially from “feel.
. white musk.
5 parts orris root 4 parts rose petals 3 parts myrrh 2 parts spikenard 2 part sweet flag (calamus) 6 drops civet oil 9 drops henna oil (oil from the henna plant flower) Grind all ingredients to fine powder and mix.
5 parts frankincense 3 parts dittany of Crete 1 part myrrh 4 parts juniper 2 parts cedar leaves 3 drops lotus oil or Lotus Bouquet (see above recipe) Grind all ingredients to a fine powder and mix. Blend in oil. add green food coloring. Blend. If you like. Add oil or bouquet. jasmine.
4 parts frankincense 3 parts acacia gum 2 parts myrrh 1 part catnip 1 part cedar 1 part cinnamon ½ part juniper 2 drops civet oil Grind ingredients to fine powder and mix. Mix until scent is heavy.
(Courtesy of Scott Cunningham)
Equal parts rose. Add oils.Circle of Isis
3 parts white sandalwood 2 parts orris root 1 part frankincense 2 parts myrrh 1 part rose petals 5 drops lotus oil or Lotus Bouquet (recipe below) Grind all ingredients to powder. and ylang ylang oils. Blend in oil. floral. and warm.
1 part white sage ½ part bay ½ part rosemary ¾ part cinnamon 1 part cedar
1 part amber 1 part clove ½ part bay 1 part dragon’s blood 1 part red sandalwood 2 drops vanilla oil 1 ¼ ½ 1 2 parts cinnamon ¼ part horehound
1 part cinnamon 1 part cat’s claw
part amber 1 part frankincense part myrrh 1 part cinnamon part cloves ¼ part dragon’s blood drop musk oil (synthetic.)
Grind and blend together. to some. please.Incenses and Oils
3 2 1 7 1 parts red sandalwood 3 parts cinnamon parts myrrh 1 part benzoin part catnip ½ part dragon’s blood reed drops cedarwood oil small pinch asafoetida (optional) (This herb has a very strong and. noxious smell. The “real” thing would require the death of an animal.
2 parts benzoin 1 part pine 1 part patchouli 4 parts frankincense 1 part juniper berries 4 drops frankincense 1 drop cinnamon 1 part cedar 1 part myrrh
2 parts orange peel 1 part myrrh
3 drops orange
Add to ¼ oz.
5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender
Add to ¼ oz.
. of almond or grapeseed oil. of almond or grapeseed oil.Circle of Isis
2 part cinnamon ¼ part myrrh 2 drops amber oil 1 part clove ½ part arabica
Recipes From Seahorse
3 parts myrrh 2 parts sandalwood 1 part frankincense 1 part rose petals A few drops musk (again. please use the synthetic.
any malt liquor will serve as well symbolically.lL
Food and Drink
As is true with many covens. the very way we make sprouts for salads and sandwiches.
The beverages most often mentioned in Tameran writings are water. and leave the food outside for the wild animals. many of which are familiar to us. If you prefer not to bother. After a day or two. The beverage only kept for a day or so before it became undrinkable.) The Tamerans used a wide variety of foods. and wine.” This could be red because of the grain used. this chapter may be of use to you. can be consumed later. or because 181
. it was strained and drunk. as far as I can tell. then broken up into water. beer. The sprouts and some water were ground into moist dough and formed into cakes.) These were lightly cooked. There is also mention in both legend and literature of “red beer. milk. by the way. the mixture would have fermented enough to be alcoholic. We usually pour a liquid onto the ground. we like to include some dish that might have been served in Tamera. At this point. (Offerings. (Only one source mentions an addition of yeast. The grain was first sprouted in. Whenever possible. our celebrations usually include a potluck feast. Almost any grain could be made into beer. If you wish to do this. or use the proper beverage or food for an offering.
but I’m told that it is even better after it has been aged for several months. Consider the following: The Tamerans had honey. The Nile Valley is very hot. Cover with plastic wrap or plastic bags and allow for expansion. It winds up being about 60 proof. someone noticed this transformation. Be careful. The yeast that causes fermentation is airborne. This is no lightweight drink. and therefore the honey they created. God of Fertility. the caveman discovered booze in the first place!) Surely. dark place. (If you wish to include herbs and spices. The bees. This is drinkable now. This came as no surprise to me because we had in various conversations come to the conclusion that the Tamerans could not have escaped learning about mead. There is a beer available today that is “red” and we’ve adopted the tradition of the Church of the Eternal Source of honoring Sekhmet by having this beer at our gatherings. and mix. Put in a large container. 182
.) Cool down to just above body temperature. Keep in a cool. We have found mention of Tamerans drinking beer sweetened with honey that resembled mead. because it never lasts that long. over thousands of years. If you agree. you might want to try the following mead recipe. (I think this is how Og.Circle of Isis
of an additive. We don’t know at our house. Water mixed with honey or honey itself sitting around in jars could very easily have fermented. Strain and bottle. Refrigerate until it settles (two or three days). A legend regarding Sekhmet (and sometimes Hathor) included beer either colored with pomegranate juice or ochre. Add a package of yeast. add them while it cooks. were sacred to Min.
1 quart honey 3 quarts distilled water Mix and boil for five minutes. Put in a dark place and let it sit for seven days.
the following is a recipe for a nonalcoholic mead. and bottle immediately. Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation. They are: L Malmsey (a madeira dessert wine)
L Rainwater L Nebbilio L Amarone L Nebbilio L Est
est est Grigio
Wines related to Eygptian wines are: L Savignon blanc (similar to wines from the Delta)
L L’Tour Blanc (has a picture of a shrine to Asar
on its label)
.Food and Drink
For those of you who do not wish to consume an alcoholic drink. cool.
1 quart honey ½ cup lemon juice 3 quarts distilled water
Boil five minutes.
Even now there are wines available whose original grape stock came from Egypt.
On a baking sheet. Divide the dough into four pieces and shape into balls. bottle of beer 1½ tsp. The name Kamut is modern. airborne yeast. widely used in the Fertile Crescent. honey 1 12 oz. Knead for about 10 minutes. flatten each ball to about ½". onions and so forth could be added for a different flavor. although we don’t know what all the different names mean. This variety was brought to the United States and named “Kamut” because it was thought that it meant “wheat” in ancient Egypt. 184
Combine ingredients. This is a recipe for “Beer Bread” that used a 12-ounce bottle of beer as a leavening agent. just as bread was made to make beer. Kamut is becoming more available in the United States. the breads do seem to have been both flat. Most breads seemed to be made of emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum).
5 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp. and. Spices. Or Make eight small balls and then flatten them to about ¼". and leavened breads. bake for 45 minutes. It is possible that homemade beer was used in this way. or unleavened breads. Kamut is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat. consisting of flour and water. it is likely that the Tamerans had a type of sourdough. Rather than depend on wild. at 350 degrees. using yeast. With your hands or a rolling pin. Fry in oil until brown on both sides. Some skilled bakers added honey or fruit to the dough.Circle of Isis
There are many kinds of breads mentioned in Tameran literature. and found its way to Egypt. Cover in a bowl and let it rise for about an hour. For many health reasons.
There were some forms of squash as well as chick peas (garbanzo beans). thyme. In onions there is strength. or fry in hot oil five minutes on each side. Other spices used were dill. lentils. I used to wear a button that said.Food and Drink
Barley was another grain popular in Tamera. Beans of many kinds were prevalent. beans. (Talk about destiny! Long before I found the Craft. as you can see in these recipes. turnips. (Check an oriental food store for these. We know cinnamon was used in mummification and have every reason to believe it was used in food as well. fennel. and parsley. Peppermint was also indigenous. Where I live. and garlic.) Archaeologists have found watercress seeds in Egypt. celery. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. safflower. and were often eaten whole. 185
Both coriander (cilantro) and cumin seem to be native to ancient Egypt.”) Other vegetables commonly used were carrots. sesame. fenugreek. peas. It’s one of my favorites. the seeds are called coriander. much as we use potatoes. Shape into balls and flatten into circles. Lotus roots were also used as a vegetable. but the leaves are called cilantro. spinach. “I belong to the Onion Lover’s Club. salt 1½ cups hot milk
Combine the ingredients. leeks.
Fruits and Vegetables
Onions were a very popular vegetable in Tamera.
3 cups barley flour ¾ cup raisins ¼ tsp. radishes.
ground coriander 1 Tbsp. soak in water for at least two days.) 3 cups shelled frozen or 4 cups stock. Simmer for another hour or until tender. cover dried beans with water. cumin. Remove one cup of the beans and mash.
10 radishes 1 Tbsp. Chop fresh parsley finely and then add to radishes. too. chopped. Chop coarsely. and sprinkle a few coriander leaves on top. Sauté the onion. fresh fava beans or 2 cups lamb or vegetable dried. Add the lemon juice and oil or sesame seed and stir. Then continue as below. Salt to taste. chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbsp.Circle of Isis
Fava Bean Soup
(I make this at least once a year. hulled fava beans 8 cloves garlic 2 tsp. If using fresh or frozen beans. ground cumin 2 tsp. simmer in stock for 30 minutes and continue as below. and six cloves chopped garlic in olive oil with 1 tsp. coriander and 1 tsp. cumin. lemon juice or wine vinegar salt Wash and trim radishes in cold water. spoon in the soup. Radishes were popular. (Trust me!) In a pot. 1 tsp. beef. olive oil 1 onion 1 hard-boiled egg per serving Chopped parsley or coriander If using dried beans. and 1 tsp. To serve. place one peeled egg into the bowl. Blend this mixture and the mashed beans back into the soup. coriander. Add 2 cloves garlic. olive oil or sesame seed oil 1 Tbsp. chicken. and simmer for an hour.
we do use avocados for such feasts. Grind the almonds separately and put them aside. ground cardamom ¼ cup walnuts
In a blender. Add cardamom and cinnamon. grind the walnuts. adding a little water. so try for a mixture that will form well. There is also mention of a persea tree. and grapes. again adding water if the mixture gets too sticky. (Egyptian guacamole?) These are types of sweets from fruits.
1 cup dates ½ tsp. Stir in the walnuts. watermelon.Food and Drink
The fruits Tamerans used were dates. figs. Shape the sweets into balls. Roll in the honey. cardamom seeds Warm honey 1 tsp.
. and set them aside. and roll in the ground almonds. pomegranates. dip in the honey. Form balls from a heaping teaspoon of the mixture. Add the walnuts and the cardamom and blend further. You are going to be making this mixture into little balls. plums. Chop the figs into fairly small pieces.
1 cup fresh figs 1 Tbsp. and whether or not it is the same tree. honey ¼ cup almonds ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts A saucer of ground almonds
Stir the dates with water to get a paste. then in the almonds. and blend for a bit. The avocado is a persea.
As soon as you put the duck in the oven. ground (it makes a freshly ground difference) 2 cups Must Sauce (recipe below) Marinate ducks in the wine and oil for at least an hour. so we substitute Cornish game hens. Partridge is hard to come by in most parts of our country. Up until that time.Circle of Isis
The Tamerans definitely used beef. the eggs they used were duck or goose eggs. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. and others. The Tamerans also had domesticated ducks and geese. according to one source. Rub spices on ducks. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. cumin. partridges. even. and here it is. with about ¼ of water in the bottom.
Duck with Must Sauce
2 ducks 1 cup olive oil 1 cup dry red wine 2 Tbsp. Well.
. A friend who has cooked both says she finds very little difference. inside and out. Chicken eggs will do fine. so I can’t vouch for taste. and the meat of some wild animals. reduce heat to 350. The domesticated chicken was not in Tamera until the Late Kingdom. the recipe comes from our ancient Egyptian feast. hyena! Along the river. Place duck on rack in pan. geese. coriander. nor would I know how to obtain them. My friends have said that I make a roast duck to die for. turn breast side up and baste with drippings. freshly 2 Tbsp. breast down. lamb. I confess I haven’t tried either type of egg. wild fowl were abundant: ducks. After half an hour.
Food and Drink
Roast a total of an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. turn off the oven. Robert Marcus. The Good Book Cook Book by Naomi Goodman. Baste often with marinade or drippings. and Susan Woolhandler (Dodd Mead).
. Any of the Egyptian recipes included in this book would make wonderful additions to a festival feast. Be grateful to the Lord and Lady for the bounty you’ve received. Wait 10 minutes before carving. I’ve recently obtained a wonderful book with recipes that could well have been used in Tamera. use the Must Sauce.
a cup whole grain mustard b cup grape jelly or jam In a saucepan. mix until blended and warm through. The last time you baste. All this is great fun to do. and your feast will be traditional. When the bird is brown and done. but the important thing in a feast is enjoyment and good taste.
Whether used in ritual. Innocent and pure of Spirit. these may be of use to you. With love take her to Lord Osiris. brings before you Daia. meditation. my Lord who dwells in the shadow lands of Amenti. thy son. these invocations came to her. passed away after an illness. I know you will find them lovely. child of my heart. He who is Lord of everlasting life. Hail Anubis.
. Anubis. I plead with Thee to take her gently by the hand And lead her across the Rainbow Bridge Into the Land of Amenti. You might find them useful. who is gentle and loving of heart. A valiant warrior. or simply because you feel the need to pray to a particular deity. Hail Osiris.
Prayers for Daia
When Willie’s beloved doberman. compassionate and loving Lord Before You stands Daia.
care for her. Though gone from this plane. I plead with Thee. too. May she once again return to me. I plea that with thy loving arms you embrace her. Lift the sorrow from my heart. For the wheel ever turns.
. Hail Isis. we have loved and laughed together. return to me. I Love you. thy husband. My Lady who dwells forever in my heart. And if it please the Gods. who is a child of my heart Has been brought before Osiris. Daia. For she has been true and loved unconditionally. And if it be thy will.Prayers
She has fought a gallant battle. For your presence in my life. Daia. So. and let her rest. I thank you! Restore and rest dear child. Let my tears become tears of joy at her release from suffering. Let her romp in the green meadows awhile. love her. do I shed them now. but her place now is by your side. As you have shed salt tears of sorrow. The wheel turns for all. You’ll be ever in my heart.
When You shine upon all. To be an indestructible start within You (Lichtheim). You possess the whole Earth as it is stretched beneath You. Harper and Row. 1955). Every place is filled with Your beauty. Lord of Heaven. We sing Your praises. Lord of Love. God of Life. 192
Prayer to Nut for One Who Has Crossed Over
O Great One who became Sky. King of righteousness. spread Your wings over me. Lord of Earth. King of eternity!
Prayer to Nut for Protection
Mother Nut. Strong one. encircle me with Your arms in health and in life that I may be inside You.Circle of Isis
Hymn to Ra When He Rises
(based on the Book of the Dead) Homage to Thee. When You rise in the horizon of heaven. Please take this (name of deceased) to You. life springs forth. Mighty One. A shout of joy rises from the mouths of all. You shed your emerald light! Oh. glorious being. As you enfold the Earth and all things in Your arms. that you may be my protection. You rise upon the horizon of heaven. (Plankoff.
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Magic and Magical Tools
spells are used rarely. spoken for the power of them. while creating our own forms.Magic and Magical Tools
o the Tamerans. and Pakhet could be used. how do we do “Egyptian magic”? It is known that there were two important components to the ancient magic: words and gestures. They were aware that we live in both. written so that they would last. It involved four clay balls. Mafdet. Much of our magic is tied to the Gods and Goddesses. Beyond that. A study of the spells and magic found in the various ancient writings we have today really don’t apply to our society and our magical work in the present day. Each was charged with the protection of a different cardinal point on the compass. for us. and gestures. One name was inscribed on each clay ball. and one was thrown toward each of the cardinal points. I’ve found a few things. Bast. I did find one spell that was used to protect the Temple of Osiris at Abydos.” we call upon the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. which we can use today. Sekhmet. and only as a last resort. I have found almost nothing of specific gestures. The words must be both spoken and written. In my tradition. the physical and nonphysical worlds were not the separate places our major cultures find them to be. each inscribed with the name of a different cat-headed Goddess. we don’t feel one has to use the exact words or gestures used by the ancients. In fact. and so to do “Egyptian magic. such as amulets. words.
I’ve included instructions on making a nemyss (headdress). you are using something that was a gift from a God. There are instructions here for creating a simple one.Circle of Isis
It is said that magic was given to mankind by Ra. 196
. So. I’ve created two new divination forms based on Tameran symbols. and chalices seemed to be only used as drinking utensils. and you’ll see how to make two different kinds. I’m sure you know you’re not going to find that the Tamerans used the same tools we did. since he didn’t have time to do it all. For that reason.
Information on Tameran methods of divination is rare and vague. so much the better. Remember. Their wand was quite different. If you wish to decorate them with an Egyptian flair. in addition to what little information I could find. help you be in a Tameran mood. As for magical tools. you should always remember that when you do magic. the greatest tool you have is your mind. So? Does that mean your tools can’t be used? Of course not. so that we could protect ourselves. and a kilt to wear in ritual. we’re not trying to recreate the ancient religion here! Use the tools you are comfortable with. go for it! I’ve included information on the hieroglyphs for which you will find many uses in your magic. You’ll find instructions in this section for creating some tools you might find useful:
sistrum is simple to make. of course. are as useful as they are ubiquitous. and use it accordingly. If you find something of an Egyptian design. there’s no mention of knives used for anything but cutting.
Create any or all of these.Magic and Magical Tools
The Oracle of the Udjat uses a layout cloth and hieroglyphic tokens.
. you’ll be as Tameran as you need to be. When you call upon the Gods and Goddesses for their blessings. or none. The Pyramid of Nebet Het used a “board” and the sense of touch to see into the future.
Your amulet will then be charged and ready to carry or wear. When you have created your amulet. should you feel the need. each of which had a specific purpose. drawing them on paper will have to serve. I suggest you use the parchment-colored paper available today. Below. You can draw several amulets on a small piece of paper and carry the paper in your purse or wallet. of course. Amulets were carved from stone. could ruin the cut of your suit.lL
The Tamerans were great believers in amulets of many kinds. Whenever possible. It has the look of papyrus. you can make them of clay or metal or stone. several of these amulets are discussed. and created from clay. Fortunately. cast from metal. it was also believed that the symbol. I’ve included a prayer to be said at the time. There are other reasons this can be good. pass it through the smoke of incense for consecration. or make your purse difficult to carry. of course. was just as effective as any other form. but many of us don’t. but it’s expensive. All this is very well and good if you have the skills to do those things. obtain papyrus. Carrying several stone amulets. drawn on papyrus. You can.
. If you have the skills. If you are like me.
all who would bring harm to _________. On a piece of paper. whose mother is ________________. draw a picture of the deity appropriate to your purpose. Lord of the Skies. and carry it with you until it is no longer needed. Know ye that this child is under my protection.”
. As you do this. my bones are Your bones” is one way this might be stated. 5. Ask the deity to come forth. When the problem is solved. 2. fold the paper up. state your need or problem.Amulets
The Paper Amulet
This spell can be used for almost any purpose. 4. Such a statement might read: “Heru. or on the paper. remember that to the Tamerans. burn the paper with incense. the Mighty. Never shall my eye be away from him/her and never shall any who do him/her harm escape my wrath. 1. 6. Aloud.
Children were often given a strip of papyrus on which was written the statement of a deity that He or She was the protector of the child. Meditate on the ability of that deity to deal with your problem. drawing a picture is almost the same as invoking the deity. whose father is ________________. “My flesh is Your flesh. and know that. Identify yourself with the deity. you can now deal with it. says: Hear me. feeling that you have the power of Him or Her. having that ability. 3. sending your thanks to the deity upon the rising smoke. When you are confident. Heru has spoken. or the need met.
as well as the home of the conscience. Let none cause words of evil to spring up against me.” “He has a black heart. my mother. soul of Ra and soul of Osiris. my mother. my heart.” For protection: “Oh my heart. A heart was necessary in the Otherworld because it gave the deceased the power to move and speak. my mother. the heart was weighed against the Feather of Maat.” The ancients held similar views. during the time of judgment. To prevent evil from being said against you: “Oh.Circle of Isis
We tend to think of our hearts in two ways.” “My heart is broken. and the deceased hoped his or her heart would not have evil things to say. my heart. my mother! Be thou the Bennu. It was also believed that. When created for the dead. You can use it to keep evil from being said against you. Let me be protected by those great Lords. and therefore. but was the source of good and evil thoughts. the heart amulet was made to replace the physical heart that had been removed during the mummification process. the physical heart and the emotional one. Let not that which is false be uttered against me. You can use the heart amulet in several ways. your own thoughts and emotions. You can use it for the understanding of your own heart. The heart not only pumped blood. The prayer used during the consecration would make the difference. “I couldn’t find it in my heart to do it.” 200
. My heart whereby I came into being. my heart. or for your own protection.
. my mother. so that I may spend that day. that I may grow and transform. and the scarab represents the hidden light. Lord of Beginnings. whose shrine is hidden. it was a symbol of revivification. I shall understand thee and so understand myself. The Sun may disappear from our view at night. It is also a symbol of the Sun. A prayer for the consecration of your amulet might be: “Hail unto Thee. life after death. The ancients believed wearing or carrying the symbol would attract all that He is. that I be made new each day. The Sun reappears to us each morning and the day is new. The scarab symbolizes that rebirth. whose name means “becoming. and the life-giving power it has. my heart. being. Be ever present. as I spend each lifetime.”
Not only was the scarab used in the same way the heart amulet was. but it had its own special attributes. my heart. serving Thee. Khephera is that midnight Sun. but it shines on. It was a symbol of the God Khephera. thou Master of the Gods.” Used among the treasures of the deceased. Open to me that I may know thy thoughts which are my own.Amulets
To understand your heart: “Oh. transformation. it’s never-ending cycles. I do ask. my mother! I shall gain mastery over thee. Khephera. everything begins again.
Have a small container (tradition calls for one of chrysolite. 10th.
The Knot of Isis
This symbol is also known as the “Blood of Isis” or “Girdle of Isis. including some olive leaves if you can. thou great spirit. you can reanoint yourself by dipping your ring in the oil. calling Khephera forth. but do what you can) in which you have an oil of lilies. In the prayer attached to this. place it in the oil. If you are skilled enough to make your own ring. 16th. or cinnamon. Inventor and Founder of medicines and letters. burn incense. Rise up to me. My sources indicate that the proper time to do this is the seventh. Remove the ring from the oil. After you have cleansed the ring. draw it in red ink or paint it red. Set both on a linen cloth. you speak as Tehuti. 12th. On the morning of the third day. Leave it there for three days. Take the ring and place it on a piece of olivewood. and purified it by passing it through the smoke of incense. myrrh. Burn myrrh and kyphi. saying: “I am Tehuti. When carved from stone. the stone is usually red. Turn toward the East and anoint yourself with the oil on the ring.” Any time you feel the need. carve a symbol of Aset on the bottom. ninth. 21st.Circle of Isis
An ancient rite is described for the consecration of a scarab ring.” It is used for the purpose of invoking Her protection. come to me. 24th.
. and 25th days of the month. thou that art under the Earth. If you make a parchment amulet.
and the strength of Aset. I use it to help me reach upward toward the Gods. “The blood of Aset. When this is done. I treasure one made for me by a friend.Amulets
The prayer below can be worded for you. and grow toward Them.
. especially if you have done healing work for him or her. to learn from Them. and the words of power of Aset shall be might to act as powers to protect me. or you can use the name of a friend or loved one. and to guard me from him who would do anything I hold in abomination. Her child.”
When used for one who is deceased. They lift up thy head to the horizon. picturing your friend strong and well. the ladder was intended to help that person ascend to Heaven. and thou dost triumph by reason of what was done for thee. If you don’t know how to do healing work. you can sit quietly. This would make a lovely gift for one whom you wish Aset to protect. prepare your amulet and bless it with this prayer: “Thou art lifted up. seeing healing energy surrounding him.”
This is a wonderful amulet to make for someone who is ill. O sick one that lies prostrate.
or give to a friend who needs that help. Homage to thee.” Ask the blessings of any or all of the deities as you pass it through the smoke.
. of Asar.
The Two Fingers
These represent the two fingers Heru used to help Asar up the ladder to heaven.Circle of Isis
Say over the amulet: “Homage to thee. (See the section on Het Heret for more information.”
The Nefer Amulet
This is a good luck amulet.
The menat is a symbol of balance. O Ladder of Heru. Stand thou upright.) Ask the blessings of Het Heret as you consecrate it. O Divine Ladder. It is the hieroglyph for “beautiful” and “good. Ask the blessings of the Sun God you prefer.
This symbol of eternity is intended to give life as long as the Sun continues its orbit. and lead me to that which is my goal. Make it to symbolize help you wish from the Gods. of Aset. and therefore joy and health. O Divine Ladder.
” or “mirror image of Amen.” Thus “Tuh ankh amen” means “living image of Amen.
Eye of Horus
This well-known symbol can be used for protection or. Let it represent for you the choice of path. and therefore harder. dedicated to Their service.
. but it also means “myriads. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth. and of your return of that gift into their hands. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. Use it to assure a healthy child or for good luck.” If you chose to wear the ankh. or carry it. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. whatever its form. the fact that you have chosen a magical.” or “100.” It is connected with childbirth and rebirth. magic knot or sandal strap.
Whatever its original significance.
The Neha Amulet
This symbolizes protection. path.Amulets
This glyph represents not only the Goddess Hekat. Let it be a sign of respect for all life. it means both “life” and “mirror. to the service of the Gods.” As a hieroglyph. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. Call upon whatever deity you wish for that protection as you consecrate the amulet. if you like.000. for focus.
) The figure can be given to the subject. incise the name or image of a deity on the figure to give the subject the power of that deity. (If you are thinking of using this spell in a harmful way. I believe that they were used by the living. as well. and she is entitled to her opinion.
These small figures. shame on you! Remember what’s going out is what’s coming in. Except for the 206
. or put in a safe place. carve an ankh. This seems to indicate that they were magical servants in this life as well as the next. The figure should be prepared in order to resemble the usual personal items—pieces of fingernail. I must be honest. When the figure is ready.lL
Wax and Ushabti Figures
The Tameran magicians sometimes used the wax figures made infamous by some modern practices in negative ways. hair. Wax figures were a very important tool to the Tameran magician. This person felt that doing so courted death. have been found by the thousands in various tombs. but they can be used in beneficial ways. I do not believe that this is so for the reason given above. I have received an objection to the use of these for anything other than funerary objects. but have also been found in houses. If you are doing a healing. and so forth— to make the spell more effective. as they were in the Two Lands. made to resemble their owner.
wood. concentrate on the purpose for which you are creating it. For example. the figure should be an artist. If you have freckles.Wax and Ushabti Figures
fact that they were created as permanent servants rather than having life only for the duration of a specific errand. The word “ushabti” means “the one who answers. they “answer” to you. or serve as protection or sources of energy. amongst other things. these cannot do the gardening or housecleaning for you. or cloth. When the figure is complete. I’d call them fetches. If they are designed for a specific purpose. but they can do “other plane” work. You can. While you are making it. add anything that is outstanding about yourself.” Their purpose was to respond when the deceased was called to do something. perhaps holding a brush. If you wear glasses.
. charge it to do the work you want it to do and put it in a safe place. if you want it to search out topics for paintings. draw them on the figure’s face. It never hurts to ask the help of a deity if one is appropriate. you should keep that purpose in mind as you design them. and the figure should be in a form prepared to do that work. For our purposes. add them. I know that most of us do not have sculpting skills. Unlike the ushabtis designed to do physical work for their owners in the Otherworld. You can create these little self-images of clay. however. They can find things for you.
and probably the most ancient. and was used in rituals. These holes should be big enough for coat-hanger wire to pass through loosely. and wooden or metal beads. Drill four holes on each side of the fork. Bast.
. To make this sistrum. I think the one I made serves just as well. like a breeze blowing through reeds.) 2. could represent the sound the sistrum makes.lL
Creating a Sistrum
Using a sistrum can be a wonderful aide in appropriate parts of your ritual because it helps you set the mood. you will need such a stick. shesheshet. my husband and High Priest. a metal coat hanger or two. It’s basically a sacred rattle. each 2" longer than needed to pass completely through the holes. and Aset. The simplest sistrum. metal washers. especially for Het Heret. From a coat hanger. cut four straight pieces. 1. They were often beautiful and ornate. I have many talents. but the kind of work involved here is not among them. These instructions come from Chris. (Figure 1. is made with a forked stick. Such sistrum are available today at a high price. The Tameran word for sistrum. spacing them evenly and making sure that the holes on each side are opposite the holes of the other.
bend one end of each of the wires at a 90-degree angle.)
Do the other wires the same way. block of wood approximately 1 ½" x ½" x 6".) 4.
. If I can do it. anyone can do it. I like a natural stain. This is the one I made. and I’m very proud of it. try this one. You will need: L A strip of thin copper or brass about 1" wide and 18" long. alternating them. With pliers.Creating a Sistrum
3. hanger or similar wire cut in four 8" pieces. but I’ve seen one done in gold leaf and it was beautiful. It took me all day. but in the opposite way. Place the straight end of the first wire through one side of the sistrum. (Figure 3. beads and washers. The finish is up to you. finished like the dowel. It should be flexible enough to bend by hand. Place the wire in the other hole and bend the end of the wire as you did the other end. (Figure 2. If the sistrum above is not quite fancy enough for you. String several washers and beads.
wooden dowel approximately 8" long. Whatever finish you want on this you should do before you begin putting your sistrum together.
Using nails or small screws.)
2. Let dry. affix both ends of the metal strip first to the bottom. With an awl. (Figure 5.Circle of Isis
To assemble your sistrum: 1. 3. The eight holes should be large enough for the wire to move when you shake the sistrum. Place wood glue in the hole. Lay the metal out flat and mark it as shown in Figure 4. 4. then push the end of the dowel into the hole. 210
. punch or drill holes where indicated. and then the sides of the block of wood. Drill a hole in the center of the block of wood the diameter of the dowel.
. Thread each wire through matching holes in the sistrum. Most traditional sistrum have only the wires. bend one end of each wire up 90 degrees. Chris says it represents the two polarities. 7. You don’t really need them because the metal wires against the metal band will make the proper sound. put them on as instructed in the simple sistrum. Bend the straight end of the wire to 90 degrees.
8. (If you are using the beads and washers.) (Figure 6. magically significant.Creating a Sistrum
6. according to some. The shape of the wire is.)
Figure 6 . With pliers.
I’ve found that a cocktail straw is useful for this. 4. 3. This clay comes in many colors. Bake per the instructions that come with the clay. On the front. Incise a T-shape on the top. you should make the hole before baking. 5. Look for one that can be baked in the oven at about 275 degrees. one made for me by a friend.lL
Making a Scarab
Only the ankh is more easily found today than the scarab. I personally have a silver scarab ring. Press it down on a hard surface to flatten it a little. 2. You will need over-fired clay. and 20 or 30 brown or bluegreen scarabs obtained from other sources. 1. There are several brands of this clay available at craft stores. a stylized one is very easy. Roll the clay into a football shaped piece. On each side. draw three diagonal lines (legs).
. draw two vertical lines. one carved out of hematite. If you want to make a scarab for your own use. If you wish to string your scarabs. Remove the points.
(This is to stiffen the waist a bit. The technique is quite simple.” or nothing at all. Lay the material flat.) 213
. mark and cut a curve. you could wear a floor-length version with a breast band. 1. (Priests also shaved all their body hair. In Tameran drawings. but that’s up to you. Fold down the top (waist) 3" and hem.) If the ladies among you wish to wear a kilt. The kilt looks best if the material is somewhat stiff. If the material is very thin. On one edge of the bottom.lL
Making a Kilt
Although in Sothistar we do not wear Tameran garb in ritual. The length of the material should be the length you wish the kilt to be plus 4". you might want to add some kind of stiffening material inside the hem at the waist. you may wish to wear something reminiscent of the beloved land in your rites. plus 2".)
2. (Figure 1. broad “suspenders. the kilt is shown in two lengths: short for everyday wear or warriors. and long as the priests wore them. This allows for a 1" hem. You’ll need a piece of material that is one and a half times your waist measurement.
Hem 1" all the way around the rest of the kilt.Circle of Isis
3. around the back and across the front. Fasten. wrap the kilt around the front of your body.
4. Attach snaps or velcro as show in Figure 3. place the straight side at your side.
To wear the kilt. (Figure 2).
4. the wide. making a ¾" hem. From each end of the top. bring the ties around to the back of your head under the rest of the nemyss. more if you like. 3.
To wear. Measure across your forehead and slightly downward toward the nape of your neck. 2. This nemyss is somewhat simpler. Sew several inches of ribbon or bias tape to each side of the top. The top should be about 2" longer than the measurement of your head. cut at about a 45 degree angle to the bottom. but it reflects the more common style. and the bottom. place the top of the nemyss against your forehead. The top is the narrow edge.lL
Making a Nemyss
The nemyss usually appears in its more formal shape on statues such as the head of King Tutankhamun with which we are all familiar. and tie. Hem all the way around. The material is cut in the shape of a truncated pyramid. 1. 215
. The distance from the top to bottom should be about 14".
They were inscribed to invoke the protection of specific deities or animals. of course. A wand large enough to use standing would be too large to go in that box. They were usually carved from ivory. they did not resemble those with which you might be familiar. It is said they were used to draw magic circles. would we? I can find no specific information on size. A smaller wand would require bending over or crawling 216
. but the wands described in my references were found in a box that measured 18" x 12" x 12". These wands were different in both shape and purpose. They are shaped somewhat like a throwing stick or a boomerang. I believe the word “draw” must not be taken literally. which. and some feel they were used in a “throwing” manner to send energy. we’d never use.lL
Making a Magic Wand
Although Tameran magicians did use wands.
. actually letting go of the wand) to send the magic in the direction you want. It also occurred to me that they are shaped like an ancient throwing stick used by the Tamerans. raising the wand on high and asking the deity to bless your wand so that it may serve as a proper tool to draw your protective circle. write on it (or draw the symbols for) its magical purpose. you’ll have a fine invocation. from wood to heavy cardboard. After you create your wand. concentrate on your reason for creating a wand and on the deity or deities whose protection you wish to invoke. or whatever purpose your wand has. consecrate it by casting a circle. it could be used in a throwing gesture (without.” If you precede this sentence with the glyph for the name of the deity. the sentence below says “May I be in thy protection. I’m sure. Therefore. and magical only because of their symbolism and the energy you place in them. Because magical tools are only that. As you cut it out. you could make a wand out of any material you have the skills to work with. The important thing is the concentration and the work you put into the wand. inscribing there a circle.Making a Magic Wand
around the circle. tools. If you wish to use hieroglyphs. similar to the boomerang used in Australia.
When your wand is complete. A better and more graceful way would be to hold the wand by the end and project energy through it by visualizing the energy in the form of light flowing from your hand through the wand to the floor.
This allows for artistic arrangements.” This alphabet. This can only add to your magical work. There are. For example.lL
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. Time has not allowed me to study these hidden meanings. In other words. Hieroglyphs may be written in any direction. or bottom to top. Third. consists of 30 “letters” representing 25 sounds. If you use hieroglyphs to write something.” “the words of the God. I believe the hieroglyphs had meanings beyond the sounds they represent. you might like to use them for special purposes. we gave him a cloth-covered Book of Shadows. What thoughts I do have on the subject are included with the letters. top to bottom. but I’ve included them as magical for three reasons. As beautiful as they are. hundreds of hieroglyphs representing words as well. you will be giving it a great deal more concentration and thought than you would if you just scribbled it down. however. but it is an area I hope to explore in the future. First. I believe that one of the facets of magical work is the concentration you put into it. left to right. known to us as the hieroglyphic alphabet. the hieroglyphs are not really an efficient way to transcribe words. you read toward the faces. Most of these glyphs have existed since predynastic times. Second. when Chris became High Priest of Sothistar. embroidered with a cartouche of his Craft name. The animals and human figures face the direction from which the words should be read. right to left.
a female figure would be added:
The information on how we learned to translate hieroglyphs into modern alphabets is available in many books.” would be added. my last name. knowing which glyphs meant which letter does not always indicate how a word was pronounced. For example. Reed. is also the name of a plant. please check the Bibliography (page 309).Hieroglyphs
Tameran. the word would be written:
To indicate to the reader that the word designated the plant. Coptic. the “determinative. and it is very interesting. a determinative would be added:
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. If you wish to learn about this. like English. Unlike English. which is basically Tameran written in the Greek alphabet. At the end of the phonetic spelling. an additional glyph. Nobody’s speaking Tameran exactly as it was spoken. but there is a “living” language. Phonetically. Tameran had a way to show which meaning applied to the word. had its homonyms. it was to indicate my name. However. however. So how do we know? Nobody’s speaking this language anymore.
” Budge calls this first one an eagle. the sound is very weak. which is a glottal stop unless it appears at the beginning of a word. and information from William Bentley. I believe Budge is mistaken.B. If I’m not pronouncing Their names correctly. but other sources call it a vulture.” There are two hieroglyphs for the letter “A. I’ve tried to give you the widest possible scope. Bentley. because my qabalistic studies have already proved the difficulty of learning how the individual Hebrew letters are pronounced. Budge compares this glyph to the Hebrew aleph. with a strong leaning toward Mr. He has a horrible habit of comparing the glyphs to Hebrew letters. Wallis is best known for his books based on translations of ancient manuscripts. I do my best. This vulture is almost mute. S. and it is one of a very specific kind. Therefore. Almost inevitably there have been changes in the language. Curator of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the first part of the 20th century.” However.A. in which case it is an “uh” sound. and when it does make a sound.
“A” as in “Barry. Tamerans did not write weak vowels. Mercer’s book Egyptian Hieroglyphic Grammar. Some of these letters are also words. The list below is taken from Budge’s books. and it would seem that the Gods and Goddesses understand. Sir E. This helps very little. creator of a Hieroglyphics word processor. as in “about. and I use it for the suggested sound. do what feels right. and have meanings by themselves.Circle of Isis
that did not exist in Greek.A.
. They still respond. but this gives us an opportunity for an educated guess. Mercer and Mr.
One foot is a symbol.” “K. Geb is sometimes written with two “b’s. which would symbolize sending. A foot (or leg) implies duality because feet come in pairs. the second is not.” The first is voiced.” Use the glyph for “S.”
“CH” Also pronounced “Dj “ (The difference is the same as what happens with the “th” in “thin” and the same letters in “the. “D” It appears to be a right hand.” or “CH.”
. “E” as in “Edith. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz brings up an interesting thought.” Could this mean Geb manifest? “C” There is no hieroglyph for “C.”
“B” In her book. Her Bak. or giving. The name of the Earth God. Two feet represent reality.Hieroglyphs
“A” as in “day.
” or “chutzpah.” The signs seem to be interchangeable.” masculine. and that hiss can be an “F” as well as an “S. as you see.” This letter also means “he.”
“J” (See “CH”) “K” This letter is also the glyph for “you. I lean toward the viper because snakes hiss. The second is much more energetic. “I” as in “Bill” or “Michael.” The closest sound to the soft “g” is the glyph for DJ. “KH” as in “loch.
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“E” as in “Edna. “H” There are two glyphs for this letter.”
“F” Some say this is a snail (without a shell). others a horned viper.
and still others as the top of a stool. “Q” Hill slope. However. It is also the word for “to” (someone) and of.” “O”
“P” Some sources refer to this as a door.” Dr. Other languages roll the “R” on the tongue.Hieroglyphs
“L” There was no “L” sound as we know it in Classical Egyptian.” which might tell us something about the way the Tamerans pronounced “R.” “N” The first is the older symbol. I wonder if this is a comment on the pronunciation of the letter.” “M” The owl is the older symbol. with lips apart. 223
. The second symbol is also pronounced “Ma. Mercer says it was first written with the same glyph as “R. An American “R” is pronounced with the lips pursed. we do find Greek names written in glyphs with this symbol for an “L. others as a box. “R” An open mouth.
” “W” Same as “U. if you prefer).
.” feminine. you can use two “U”s. “TH”
“V” There is no “V” sound. The first glyph is also the determinative for “health” and the second is the determinative for “bolt. However. is called a “double U” and it is exactly that.Circle of Isis
“S” Both signs are interchangeable. You could also use “U” or “B. (Or removing it made the word masculine. in English. Use “F” if you wish to approach the sound closely.” This letter.” Expansion and restriction? Would each glyph be used depending on the meaning of the word? Also means “you. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz offers an interesting thought. If you prefer. “SH” “T” Often this symbol added to a word made the word feminine.
” Use “K” and “S.
“Z” Use one of the “S” glyphs.” “Y” If pronounced as in “yahoo.” use the single reed.
. so you can use them alone or to make longer words. There are other glyphs that represent two or more sounds. Each of these is also a word.Hieroglyphs
“X” There is no “X.
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Find. transformation. being
Spirit. Life Force
Firm. after nouns “all”
Beautiful. child (of). birth
Before nouns “Lord”. established
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These are single glyphs or a combination of glyphs that form words you might find useful.
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When you awaken. if it is still burning. At this time. When you are prepared. lie down.” Obtain a white oil lamp. and. and go to sleep. futhark rune staves. in the flames. or of a specific deity if you wish) and state the question about which you seek information. I found myself considering exactly what divination is. Purify the lamp with salt. and they help you to open up to the sources of the information you need. or until you feel a presence in the room with you. Concentrate on the flame of the lamp. I found very little on divination that could apply to today. 234
. which seems to be a method for “dreaming true. some of them distract your conscious mind with images. where you will be able to see it. As I searched for other forms of divination. place the lamp on a clay brick.lL
In my research. and light the lamp. They aim your mind in a certain direction. Thank the Gods for the wisdom they have given you. something that brings a particular deity to mind. and found the following. tarot cards. I do know that the ancients used several forms of scrying. asking the blessings of the Gods (in general. one that will be used for no other purpose. There are so many types—crystal ball. immediately make notes of your dreams and of your feelings at the moment of waking. snuff the lamp. and let it burn throughout the night. and how the various methods work. tea leaves—and they all work exactly the same way. Be sure the oil lamp is in a place where it will be in no danger of being knocked over. Do this until you see. letting it fill your eyes and your mind.
thinking about the rock or stick or bird you were studying. If. Having to make your own. By concentrating on any item. on one or both sides.” and provides shorter and less detailed answers. She who is Truth. at this time. and three the number of manifestation. The second. Anpu is often considered the God of True Seeing. however. Which God is appropriate? You could appeal to Nebet Het.
Creating the Udjat Oracle
This divination tool has a background cloth. It is my feeling that almost any form of divination would be suitable. you wish to use a divination form that “feels” more Tameran to you. Both require some preparation. The first. God of Wisdom is another. Choose as your mind and heart lead you. Tehuti.) 235
. more “tactile. read on. It also takes a great deal more time. if you first asked the guidance of the Gods. because they do not. Each of the glyph pieces represents an area of your life. “The Pyramid of Nebet Het. and both sides will be used in the course of your reading. (The reasons for this will be explained in the instructions for reading the oracle. Maat. a word in hieroglyphs. you could follow your thoughts to the source of knowledge.” is the more formal of the two. (Seven was the Tameran number of perfection. however. exist in physical form. each bearing. She who is the Lady of all that is not what it seems to be.) The background cloth has designs on both sides. “The Udjat Oracle.Divination
The Tamerans seemed to view everything as a key to wisdom. letting your mind wander. can only add to the efficacy of the divination tool.” is quicker. could be appropriate. and 21 pieces. Many have a Tameran deity attributed to them. and can provide more detailed information. I’ve devised two forms of divination that have served me well.
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Making the Background Cloth
My own background cloth is embroidered. and four corners. containing the Udjat Eye. you will have to have tiny glyph pieces. each containing the hieroglyphs for one of the four seasons.
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. It consists of an inner square. (the Eye of Horus). The finished size of the cloth is about 16" square If you make it much smaller. and will run into problems having enough room to put the hieroglyphs on the pieces. You may also use fabric paints.
If you are going to paint the cloth. you will need two pieces that will later be sewn together.Divination
Diagram 2 is the reverse side. again. either use a very heavy piece of material. If you intend to embroider the cloth. the top point (Spring) will be away from you. In other words. the cloth is viewed as a diamond. Its center is blank and each of the corners contains a symbol for one of the four magical Elements. or. the bottom point (Autumn) will be nearest you. not as a square.
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It is important that this cloth appeal to your senses.
Creating the Glyph Pieces
You have a lot of freedom when it comes to creating these pieces. This pencil is available at most sewing and craft stores. and a “hot transfer” pencil. (I found it easier to trace each part of the design separately and iron it on the proper place than to trace the whole design and try to iron it on. (While you’re sewing. Here are three different methods. place the designs carefully. Remember. but with a tool that is truly yours. and sew with care. I suggest you obtain a large pad of tracing paper. please feel free to use it. there are a lot of metallic threads in my cloth.) When you have it exactly as you want it. sew them together with the designs inside. This is true of any tool you work with. You may prefer a little less flash. even pressure. The colors you use in painting or embroidering the cloth are up to you. Sew three sides (like a pillowcase). Patience in preparing this cloth will reward you. or more. When both pieces are completed. No one can dictate your likes and dislikes. not only with a nicer background cloth and a sense of achievement. why not whip together a bag to keep all this in?) Take your time. Please yourself.Circle of Isis
Unless you have the skill to draw the designs directly onto the cloth. Because I like sparkly things. all the energy and time and effort and work you are putting into this cloth will add to its magic. it turns your drawing into an embroidery transfer that can be ironed onto your material. 238
. turn it inside out. Used correctly. You are then ready to iron the pattern onto your cloth and embroider or paint it. You’ll have more success if you keep a very fine point on the pencil (I keep my sharpener handy) and use firm. flip the paper over and trace the design with the hot transfer pencil. and sew the remaining side. to your heart. If you can think of another. Draw your design on the tracing paper.
or in almost any color you like. (Remember that you have to paint or ink designs on them. stained. But then of course. I used the top of an aspirin bottle as a “cookie cutter. You don’t want your pieces too large because they’ll cover too much of the cloth when you use them.) My first set of pieces was made from such clay. or wood-burned. I would do so only as a temporary measure. The more personal the method is. If you’re worried about putting so much effort into a divination tool you’re not even sure you’ll like. painted. think of the magic you’re putting into them! They can also be quite beautiful. Water is very relevant to divination in my tradition.Divination
The first (and easiest way) is to use one of the oven hardening clays that are available. the better. They are all about the same size. inked. flat stones that had been smoothed by the water. although they’re different shapes. This clay hardens at about 275 degrees in the oven. you could always make the cloth larger. However. The third way is the way I did my second set. When it is baked. I suppose. you can sand off the rough edges. You can find these in a natural color. These can be sanded. You are restricted only by your skill in the creation of your glyph pieces. but you might like it. but again. and gathered small. For that matter. and it seemed appropriate. you could draw the background cloth on paper and use that. The second way is to obtain a wooden dowel with the diameter you want.” and found that a little large. sat down. cut pieces of cardboard to whatever size and shape you wish. and slice it. it would make a wonderful gift for someone!
. These would take a lot of work. I went to a beautiful beach near San Luis Obispo. You could. and I’ve painted the glyphs on them. and paint it as you like.
The iris and pupil are the Immediate Present. Lay it out before you and study it in conjunction with the pertinent diagrams.Circle of Isis
Reading the Udjat Oracle
Before you start doing readings with this Oracle. today. right now. The white of the eye to the left (it would be closest to your nose if this were your left eye) is the immediate future. The area above the eye represents Matters of the Spirit. as well as protection and wisdom. The area below the eye deals with Matters of the Body. later today or tomorrow. become familiar with the background cloth. It represents the Moon. 240
The Udjat Eye in the center of the cloth is the Eye of Horus. The eyebrow and the area between the eyebrow and the eye represent Matters in Transition.
and I say (mentally). at the bottom. Toss the retained pieces on the cloth. is the hieroglyph for Autumn. forming a square. Before you use this. 241
. 1. the birth of the Sun. You can now proceed one of two ways.Divination
The white to the right of the iris (it would be closest to your ear) is the immediate past. is a flying beetle. my Lady Aset guide me.) You will now see your Elemental diagram. yesterday or the day before. or reach in and stir the runes. present. At the top of the diagram. Fold the corners of the cloth down toward the middle. (Diagrams 4-7. and pick out up to three that are most important. and one in the past.” If your question relates to one particular area of life. Pull one piece at a time and place one on each of the seasons. find the piece that comes closest to that area. still your mind and ask for guidance. the symbol of Spring. concentrate on it. “Only higher forces around me. and future of each of the other divisions. To your left is a symbol for the Winter Solstice. then interpret them in their relationship to each other. Interpret the pieces separately by meaning and placement (See diagram 3). send a prayer to the God or Goddess attributed to that piece (if any). When you have done all you can with this step. outside the inner square. I imagine myself surrounded by a beautiful light. if you like. Nearest you. or any other form of divination. remove the pieces. Hold it. Take about half the pieces in your hand (without looking) and toss or sprinkle them on the cloth. The corner to your right is the hieroglyph for Summer. 2. Place it with the others in the bag. Their placement will tell you the type of action that will be most effective. Shake the bag.
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Autumn: That which is represented by the glyph piece has become manifest. and then by its placement. representing the seasons. Spring: That which is represented by the piece has begun. The seed that was planted at Spring has sprouted and is taking shape. but the first step has not been taken. The harvest is made.Circle of Isis
Interpreting the Glyph Pieces
Interpret the pieces first by the meaning of the piece. the seed has been chosen.
Winter: The matter represented by the piece has not yet begun. The journey has begun.
Summer: That which is represented by the rune is in process. The seed has been planted. The direction for the journey has been decided. If any of the pieces fall in the corner sections. It is real. In this sense. The journey continues. but not yet planted. The journey is completed. Winter is the time of year when you choose what you will plant in the Spring. consult below.
who turned his people from a nomadic tribe to the beginnings of a civilization that was mighty for centuries. The Lady Nebet Het. after He was murdered. She teaches by misdirection. illusions. male energy. This piece represents illumination. all that is not what it seems to be. that which cannot be taught or given. and Her lessons are usually learned without our even knowing we are being taught. it could signify a love interest. a woman. is the dark side of the Moon. feminine energy. negative (receptive) energy. In connection with the Love piece. It can represent physical illumination. None of these are necessarily negative. When used to represent Asar as God. She who performed the greatest magic of all: giving new life to Her Consort. it can signify the Winged Aset. Lord of the Sun. Nebet Het: This piece represents all that is hidden. think more on Asar. the King. positive energy. but comes from spiritual growth. or it can represent spiritual illumination. hidden but existing just as surely as the side with which we are familiar.Divination
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Asar: The God. and mistakes. 245
. whose name in Greek is Nephthys. Aset: The Goddess. a male love interest. Ra: This symbol of the Sun is one of the symbols for Ra. Asar. It can represent surprises. If this is in conjunction with the Magic piece. positive energy. discovery of something on the physical plane. all that is psychic. a female love interest.
or a need for healing. Magic: Here are the powers of the mind. in some
. You will have to interpret this in light of other factors in the reading. can vary according to the area in which it falls. or that balance exists in that area. do a little more than is expected of you. but is not Heru. Heru the Great. Health: Health can also be defined as wholeness. Its meaning. The two Udjat Eyes are. In Matters of the Spirit. Work in conjunction with home could mean you need to do your homework. This piece can represent any one of them. it can imply health. In Matters of the Body. or Heru the Elder. The deity attributed here is Her Ur. the people you work with. According to many sources. the Goddess of Love is Het Heret. He is the son of Nut and Geb. son of Aset and Asar.Circle of Isis
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Love: Love. it can imply a need for balance. if you will. whom the Greeks called Hat Hor. Reversed could imply that you should be focusing your attention there. Focus: That on which you are focusing your attention (if upright).
Work: Your job or your career. or balance. the area in which you can take control. etc. like the others. reversed could mean a frustration in that area. or rather. Upright could mean advancement. has many forms. He is a Sun God. of course.
science. Luck: Good luck if upright. or should be applied. there is a God called Shai.
. it could mean finding that teacher. our own destiny. your karma. it would be the Sun Eye. for example.Divination
legends. Perhaps in the future. Bes. If.
Restraint: This is the area where you are restricted.
Words: Learning. In Matters of the Spirit. teaching. Naturally. Reversed. communication. home. Energy: Areas where energy is being applied. should limit yourself. The delightfully ugly dwarf God. or to the Lord or Lady who is most important to you. also known as the Eye of Ra. is the God of humor. apply to Aset or Asar. The one used on your background is His left eye. It is said that each of us has our own Shai.
Growth: Upright. For help. or if reversed. you are looking for a teacher. the Moon Eye. If you are interested in your destiny. reverse. where growth is needed. considered to be His Eyes. the implication would be something you are studying presently. difficulties if reversed. where growth is occurring. and luck. Tehuti would be the deity to call upon. something you will learn. books.
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Beginnings: A start.” or Khonsu. If this is touching or very near another. In combination with the Friends piece. was very much involved with Flow—with the life bringing nurturing flow of the great river. the two should be read together. This glyph appears in the names of two Goddesses well known to many of us. something that has begun. Upright would mean pleasant or positive events. if in the past. the same is true of endings. would be Bes. Nebet Het (Lady of the House) and Het Heret (House of the Sky). who is more specifically the beginnings of cycles. Hapi. it might mean. Time: If this is touching any part of the Eye. It could be days. If reversed. check Diagram 8 on the following page for the number involved. this could mean company or entertainment in your home. if in the present or future. A more appropriate deity to appeal to. however. hours. etc. whose name means “becoming. Flow: Matters in the same division of the background as this piece are flowing as they should (if upright) or not (if reversed). The God of Beginnings is either Khephera.
. Reversed would mean problems. The God of the Nile. including your dwelling place. If it is not touching the Eye.” Home: Anything to do with home or immediate family. “Now is the time.
new friends. in the past. or the environment outside your home and your work. current friends can be important. Reversed can mean that your problems stem from that friendship. Number: If this is touching the Eye. check Diagram 8 below for the number involved. and in the future.Divination
Friends: Anything to do with your friends. Upright can imply the growth of friendship. old friends. If it falls in the present.
. or that your friends have problems and you can help.
place the Het (Home) piece in the space between the eyebrow and the eye. Your strength is in the cup.
Spirit: (The center circle formed by the corners coming together. learning.) It is in the hands of the Gods. in the area that signifies the past. and so forth. Your strength is in the wand. thoughts.
Choose the piece that relates to your desire.Circle of Isis
The Elemental Diagram
Air: The problem will be handled best by work of the mind—ideas. Your strength is in the shield. You may add prayers.
Water: The answer lies in Water. in steadfastness. in courage. in nurturing. in passion. Focus on it. Your strength is in the sword. if you want to move. and teaching.
Earth: You will find the answer in Earth: in physical action.
Place the appropriate piece (or any other item) on the pupil of the eye. and place it on the appropriate part of the background. in intuition. For example. 250
. and in growth.
Fire: The solution is to be found in action of the will. chants. and see where your thoughts lead. in your emotion.
“warm. and is good for simple questions. Continue the spell until you start to pack!
The Pyramid of Nebet Het
Nebet Het. stop. visualize yourself moving. During this time. You will. What do I mean by “different”? No one who has tried the Pyramid has used the same word to describe the feeling. It uses psychic touch rather than sight or thought. Each day. Its use is not difficult. begin tracing your finger slowly around the path to the center of the pyramid. move the piece a little toward the future section. Concentrate on your question. Light a candle and spend some time sitting before the cloth each day. When you have it clearly in mind. When one of the glyphs feels different. the information you need.” “sticky” “hot. discover your own “different. Many photocopiers have enlargement capabilities.
Creating Your Own Pyramid
Although the illustration of the pyramid here can be used.Divination
making this spell working as complex or simple as you wish. its ramifications. with practice. Lady of Things Unseen. it is really too small for comfortable use. If you possess the artistic skill. There are several ways you can do this.” and “sand-papery” have all been descriptions given. and so forth. you can redraw the pyramid.” Research the glyph your finger stopped on to find the interpretation. You’ll have better success if you reproduce it in a larger size.
Using the Pyramid
Place your finger at the beginning (outside opening) of the Pyramid. but it may require practice. just before the first glyph.” “cold. inspired this divination tool.” “rough. 251
and add to the tactile sensation. the Pyramid can be used as is.Circle of Isis
Once expanded.” This will make both the pyramid as well as the glyphs three dimensional.
. or made even better. Wood burning is another possibility. as is carving the glyphs in relief. It will make it possible to use the Pyramid without looking at it. Trace the design on heavier paper or poster board (graphite paper is available and can be erased) and go over the design with the type of paint that is “puffy.
Yes: Energies are positive.
True: You are being told the truth.
Maybe: The answer is not known at this time. Go ahead.
No: Energies are negative. Stop!
Meditation: Meditate on the matter.
Lie: You are not being told the truth.
Danger: Be careful.
Passing: The matter is temporary.
End: The matter is ended. There is danger here.Circle of Isis
Law: Check the legalities before you proceed.
Cycle: The matter is part of a natural cycle.
Information: You need more information before you proceed.
Wide View: Take the long view. Look for help.
Wait: Nothing can be done at this time.
. Try to see how the matter can affect the big picture.Divination
Help: The matter should not be dealt with by you alone.
Look: Look at things from a different angle.
Names that end in “T” were usually feminine names. for example). Some of those names were masculine. Many Tameran names made up a phrase or a sentence. Don’t be afraid to combine words to make your own special name. Because the written language did not include weak vowels. I’m not at all sure the Tamerans differentiated that much.
. and some feminine names did not end that way. consult the following list. Although I doubt anyone wishes to choose the name of a Pharaoh. you have probably seen more than one version of each name. Some of the translations of the names are based on my limited knowledge of the language. If they sound a bit conceited (Beloved of Amun. usually in connection with a deity. as well as their separate parts in order to help you find the name that will be your name. If you wish to choose a Tameran name. but this is not always the case. remember that a name can represent a goal you set for yourself. You can also turn to the section “Other Gods” (page 105) for names that might appeal to you.Appendix A
Many Craft people choose new names when they are dedicated or initiated. I have included several of these names. If Amun is your Lord. with different vowels in each version. Use the one that sounds best to you. choosing such a name means you will strive to be worthy of His love.
“Vassal of a God. Her name means “Aah is content. “Asaram” would mean “child of Osiris” (or pupil of Osiris).” “Vassal of a deity.” A general in the 11th Dynasty. A sculptor during the 18th Dynasty. in my opinion. but it could be pronounced as if the name were second.” “Amen is in his house (temple).” “One who is in the heart. darling.”
“A singing woman.” or “Aah is come” or “Aah is born. darling. “Child” or “pupil.” “A cry of joy.” “Son of Aah.” A queen of the early 18th Dynasty.” This name may be used in conjunction with the name of a deity to mean “child of deity.” First king of the 18th Dynasty.” King of the 12th Dynasty. a great woman. “First born. The name of the deity is usually written first as a matter of courtesy.” For example.” “One who is in the heart. trusted one. as in Amasar.
Amakhi Amakhit Amenemhet Amenmes Ames Ami ab Amit ab Antef Ashait
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Aanata Ahabu Ahit Ahhotep “Dancer. A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty and daughter of Menthuhotep II. trusted one (feminine).
also a blackhaired bull God of Hermonthis. shining. “Fire. The Lion is a symbol that appears often.” “Servant of Aten. you might find it’s yours.Tameran Names
The squared stone represents worked material.” “To shine. bright. You could probably do that to other Elemental deities as well. the result of some effort or creative activity. and the Lion of the West. the Bull of the East. dawn. the living Soul of Ra.” a name for the wind.” 259
Bak Bekat Beketaten Bekh
Bennu Besit Burqa
. “Hawk. and it is my belief that it symbolizes power. too. flame.” All these are contained in one four letter name. lighten. It’s my husband’s Craft name. but then I’m prejudiced. to glimmer. The Bull is the Horned One of the Egyptians. to illumine. morning light. With all this symbolism. Shu “Soul of Shu. Calling the physical wind the Soul of the God of Air is a wonderful idea.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.” “Morning. “Bek” is the name of an architect to one Pharaoh (Akhenaten) and it could easily be spelled “Bekh. This is the mythical bird from whom the Greeks received their idea of a phoenix.” I rather like it. sparkle. “To give light.
to be satisfied.” is usually used with a deity name to signify that the deity is content with your existence. “Ebony. to sing praises.” It was Fetket who brought drinks (nourishment) to Ra. “Song” or “chant. gazelle.” The symbol for Nut is the hieroglyph used in spelling this name.Circle of Isis
Fekat Fetket Habni Ham Hann Hanna Hebni Hebu Heknu Hemagat Henkheses Heqret Heri
Turquoise or malachite.” The God of the East wind.” “East wind.” “To cry out in joy. The rising or setting Sun. “Earthen vessel.” “Ebony. usually a title of Heru. The name might mean “Song of Ra. Also “Fakat.” A high official of the Third Dynasty.” “Song of praise. “To be at peace. Singing God. “hotep.” “Messenger.”
Hermakhis Hesa Hesi Hesira Hesit Hesu
.” “Pelican.” “Cupbearer of Ra.” A similar word.” “Song” or “chant.” “Stag. to be content.” “Amethyst.” “Song of love.
This word.” It also means “bull. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. to be satisfied. also means “womb. to be content. 18th Dynasty.” is found in the names of at least two Egyptian Goddesses.” and Nebet Het (known to the Greeks as Nephthys). “Het Heret.” “Amenhotep. spirit.” the animal that was to the Tamerans the symbol of masculinity. The word.” Anpu ka would mean “spirit of Anpu.” It symbolizes the God or Goddess being pleased with your existence. splendor.” “To be at peace. whose name means “Lady of the House.” or “double of Anpu.” This name appears often in Tameran names in combination with the name of a deity. as the stag was for the Anglo European.” “Light.” See “Hotep. spelled differently in hieroglyphs.
Hetchut Hetep Hotep
Ihat Iuwy Iymeret Ka
. “Ra hotep. double. “house. to be a shelter and enclosure for the qualities of that deity. certainly something to strive for. phantom.” Combined with the name of a deity. A “songstress” of Aset during the right of Ay. this name could signify that you wish to contain the deity within.” which means “House of the Sky. “Image.
Khaemwas Khames Khasekhem Khari(t) Khatru Khebbti Khenet Khesbet Khurab Maahetch Maki
.” “Bird Goddess.” It is believed that most ancient references to hematite really referred to bloodstone.” “Lapis lazuli.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.” “javelin. Karinut: “shrine of Nut. “Spear.” Another instance where the addition of a deity name would create a special name.” “Dancer. and the son of Rameses II.” “Shrine. “Weaver.” “Incense.” “Protected by Aten. “Word” or “staff.” “statue. “Image.” “Hematite. A High Priest of Ptah.” “Singing woman.” “Mongoose.” A Second Dynasty king.” “The powerful one appears.” “Onyx.Circle of Isis
Kamset Kam ti Kapet Kari(t)
An architect and a sculptor in the Fifth Dynasty. acrobat.” A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty who was a daughter of Menthuhotep II.
Meri Ra Setep en Amen “Beloved of Ra. “Lord of Truth. diadem. “Beloved of Ra.” The name of a king of the Second Dynasty.” “Beautiful woman.” A king in the Sixth Dynasty. “Metal worker. Chosen of Amen.” A name of Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty. blacksmith.” Two kings of the 11th Dynasty. Meritamon Meritaten Mesen Meskha Metri Nakht Nebmaat Nebmaatra Nekhtet Neferet Nefer Ka Nefer Ka Ra Nefer maat Nofret “Beloved of Amon. A goldsmith during the 12th Dynasty.” A queen during the 12th Dynasty. “Beloved of Aten.” A daughter of Akhenaten.” a queen during the 19th Dynasty.” “Crown. “Beautiful woman. “Strong woman. Fourth Dynasty king. “Beautiful spirit of Ra.” A son of Seneferu.Tameran Names
Menthu hetep Meri Ra
“Menthu is content.” “The Lord of Truth is Ra.” “Beautiful spirit. “Beautiful truth.
.” The name of another king of the Second Dynasty.” The name of a priest of Maat in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties.” One of the Ptolemaic kings.
this is my reasoning: How many people do you know named “Lee. bold. “To be wise.” “Harvest. like.” “Sage.” Also spelled “Ramoses.” “Meadow. sky.” “Ptah is born. manner.” A High Priest of Ptah in the Fifth Dynasty.” A mythological mouse or rat.” “Ra is content.” “Ra is born.” A High Priest of Amen during the reign of Amenhotep III.”
“Court physician during the Sixth Dynasty.” in its various forms? “Lee” means meadow. I just threw this in here for fun.Circle of Isis
Nuhati Niankhra Penu Petasar “Sycamore. “Ra is come. brave.” “Wind. “Strong. A sage and priest at the temple of Tehuti shortly before the fall of Egypt to Alexander. form.” A High Priest of Ra of the Fourth Dynasty.” “Kind.
Qenu Qer(r) Qet Qetet Ra Hotep
Rameses Ra Nefer Rekh Rekh khet Rennut Repenet
.” If you are wondering why on Earth I would include meadow. He may have been the son of Seneferu.” or “Son of Ra.” or “Son of Ptah. learned man. to know. It could mean “heaven of Asar.” or “Ptah is come. likeness.” Image.
” “Son of Het Heret. “Sorcerer.” “Jackal” or “wolf. “Joy.” 17th Dynasty king.” a daughter of Senusert II.Tameran Names
This is the name of a Goddess.” “Daughter of Het Heret.” “Lotus. It means “amulet” and would be combined with names of deities. Repit Ast is an “amulet of Aset(Isis). “Image or statue of a God.” “Antelope.” “Joy.” The planet Mercury. gladness.” “The power of Ra. guardian. A High Priestess of Het Heret and Neith during the Fourth or Fifth Dynasties. enchanter. and has many other meanings. “Watchman. A general during the 12th Dynasty.”
Resha Reshi Sab Sa Het Her Saiti Sat Het Heret Sau Seb Sehu Sekhem Ra Senetites Sepi Seshem Seshesh Seshetat Shesau
. and would be a fitting name. “Wise man. gladness.” A king of the 13th Dynasty. reciter of spells.” An amulet of a deity would represent the power of that deity.” “Mystery. It also means “statue” or “image” and would be suitable for the same reasons as above.
Something given.” “Image.” “Flowers. “Protective strength.”
Tiye (Also Ty.” You are probably most familiar with the name “Tutankhamun.
.” It also means “Fire. God of Light. Royal scribe and chief of the stables of Pharaoh during the reign of Amenhotep III. “Fire. flame. The constellation Virgo.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.Circle of Isis
Setepenra Ta Repy Tchapqa Tchebu Tchet ta Tchay (or Tjay) Teka Tut
“Chosen of Ra. “Dancer. Star Goddess. Un (Male) Unit (Female) Unta (Male) Utcha (Either) Uten (Male) Utenet (Either) God of Existence.” Fiery hands or a gift.” It means “Image living of Amen. Tiy and Ti) The mother of Akhenaten. acrobat. torch. A very interesting woman.” Enduring person or thing.
Since the building of the Aswan Dam. but have included them for your information and enjoyment. the “traditional” date. The year began the first day Sirius (Sothis) rose at dawn after the rising of the Nile. We do not understand all of the notations on the calendar. with five “extra” days. Most of the information that follows comes from a papyrus called “the Cairo calendar. we’ve started on July 19th. Bob Brier starts his version of the calendar on August 1st. This took place approximately July 19th on our present-day calendar.) Sothistar’s own research has been added. called the epagomenal days. predictions. (We’ve reworded some of them.
. as do some of the more unusual predictions and warnings. so the date of the inundation is a moot point. The comments as to whether the day is “favorable” come from that papyrus. In the list that follows. and warnings. Further research may bring more understanding. You must decide whether you wish to go with the actual rising of Sirius. because Sirius now rises on approximately that date. occurring right before the New Year.” The calendar contained festival notations. or whenever you deem appropriate. In his book. the Nile no longer floods. comments on the day.Appendix B
The Tamerans had a calendar of 12 30-day months. Ancient Egyptian Magic.
avoid crocodiles. Hedj Hotep. stay home and do nothing. take up bullfighting or dairy farming.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 19 July 20 21 22
Tameran Date 1 Tehuti 2 3 4 The New Year. If you were born today. Very favorable. Favorable. goes forth. Favorable. Mostly favorable. Very favorable. Anything you see will be good. Mostly favorable. Pacify the hearts of those on the horizon. you will be honored in old age. Very favorable. What you see today will be good. The Gods are peaceful today. Stay home at night.
. The day Ra goes forth. Anything you see today will be good. Everyone is festive. Stay out of boats today. Mostly favorable. Make offerings to the Gods. Goddess of weaving. If you were born today. Celebrate birthday of Aten. Mostly adverse. If you were born today. Welcome the rise of the Nile. In fact. Very favorable.
If you were born today. Offering to Gods in your city. If you disobey Ra today.
1 August 2 3 4
14 15 16 17
. Very unfavorable. Very favorable. Stay out of boats. Ceremony of Lighting the Fire.The Calendar
Julian Date 29
Tameran Date 11 The Great Flame (Fire cobra Goddess) goes forth. The rage of Set battles. Chief festival of Thoth. you will fall down. Very favorable.” Festival of Heaven and Ra. Mostly bad. Sunset Ceremony. Offerings to followers of Ra. Feast of the Lamps. Do not make love or look at a bull. The followers of Set and Ra battle. Very favorable. Chant “Sweet is Truth. Mostly unfavorable. The day the offering to Sobek was taken away. Stay home until sunset. Start a fire today. Eat honey and figs. Avoid bulls. Very unfavorable. Incense. take care of your eyesight. Who is born today will die of a crocodile. Very unfavorable. Festival of the Dead. Do not work today.
Very good. The heir is established. Don’t kindle fire in the house today. Mostly negative. Mostly good. Transition of Aset to Het Heret head. A very good day. The Gods see the children of Nut and are happy. Very good. Going forth of Sekhmet to repel Set. Stay home. Do nothing. House of Asar. Anything you see today will be good. Make today a holiday. The Gods are festive. Ritual in the House of Ra. Offerings to Asar or Tehuti. Battle of Heru and Set. Meditation and instrumental music are good but avoid singing and dancing. House of Heru. Very adverse. Don’t burn incense. Don’t kill reptiles. The enemies of Ra shall suffer. Don’t warm oil. Very favorable. Do not practice. Peace between Heru and Set.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 9 10
Tameran Date 22 23 Don’t eat fish or birds.
. The winds are peaceful for Ra’s sailing. Stay home at night. Mostly good. Very good.
Anyone born today will die of a skin rash. Feast of Montu. 271
. Tehuti in presence of Ra in inaccessible shrine. Terrible.Very favorable. Jubilation in the heart of Ra. If you were born today you will live to a ripe old age. Whatever you see today is good. It is important to make offerings to all the Gods. All things in divine presence. and milk. Wonderful. Awful! Isis learns She is pregnant.The Calendar
Julian Date 19
Tameran Date 2 Ritual and Procession of Her Ur. All enemies are destroyed. Anyone born today is likely to die while making love. Anpu goes forth. What you see today will be good. Mostly bad. Offering in presence of Hedj Hotep. egg. One born today should avoid drinking. Avoid leaving the house. Extremely favorable. Tehuti orders healing of Heru’s eye. A great day. Plant barley. Do nothing today. anoint with water. Ra kills the children of rebellion. Anyone born today will die in foreign lands.
All is good. Terrible. Very favorable. Nun goes forth to set up the djed pillar.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 27 28
Tameran Date 10 11 Procession of Bast and ritual. Ra makes an example of the rebels. A good day. Anpu ritual of Transformation. A bad day. Feast. Mostly adverse. and to burn incense.
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4 5 6
18 19 20
. Ra and his followers go out at night. The earliest Gods come forth from the waters of Nun. Do nothing. Property and life are before the August One. Very favorable. Don’t look. Feast of Asar Unnefer. Today the front piece of the prow is fixed on the Sacred Boat. Everything you see today will be good. It is important to make offerings of bread and beer. Don’t leave your house. All his followers rejoice.Very good. overseen by Tehuti. Very favorable. Satisfy the hearts of the Gods. Make offerings to local Gods and pacify spirits. Not good at all. Receiving the White Crown of Heru.
Worse. stay away from crocodiles.Very favorable. The windows at the palace of Busiris are opened and sealed. 273
1 Het Heret
. Don’t work until the Sun sets. The children of rebellion are found in a burial mat. bad. Very bad. Do not go on any road today. Don’t go out. A wonderful day. Festival of Ra. Festival of Asar and Heru. If the wind is blowing. Bad. Her eyes guide Tehuti. Birthday of the Staff of the Sun. Do not bathe today. Bad.The Calendar
Julian Date 7 8 9
Tameran Date 21 22 23 Going forth of Neith. Very favorable. If you were born today. If you were born today. Mostly bad. Don’t work at all. Land in festivity. A bad day. Whatever you see today will be good. Don’t lay the foundation of a house or put a ship in a shipyard. you will die honored among your people. Feast of Het Heret. Very favorable. bad. If you are born today. Very adverse. avoid snakes. do not go out of your house until after sunset.
What you see today will be good. don’t navigate today. Adverse. Terrible. Asar sails upstream to Abydos. Very adverse. If you value your house.
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6 7 8 9
. Very good. You will see good things today. Those in the fields are working. Do not go outside. This is the day of the blaming of the Great Ones. Very favorable. Her son is granted his heritage. A good day. Do not let light fall on your face until Ra sets. Today Isis goes forth pleased. Ritual of the Gods of the Two Lands. Very adverse. Ra’s crew is at peace. There is rejoicing in Heaven. Very favorable.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 18 19 20
Tameran Date 2 3 4 Wedjoyet returns from Dep. If you see anything on this day it will be good. The Earth trembles under Nun today. Pacification of the hearts of the Gods wherever they are. The day of the blaming by His Majesty of this God. Once more the Udjat eye is in the head of Ra.
Day of the inspecting of Ba Neb Dedet. Do nothing. A favorable day. Adverse. The day of the children of the storm. This is a day of strife for the children of Geb. A terrible day. Aset and Nebet Het weep over the death of Asar. Very favorable day. A happy day of eternity and infinity. Appearance of the eight Gods of Ashmuneium. God of sexual fertility. Adverse. Today Ra judges. Landing of the Great Ones at Abydos. The day of the raising of the statue of Maat. The feast of Shu. Bast goes forth angry.
7 8 9
21 22 23
. Bad. Anyone born today may catch the plague.The Calendar
Julian Date 30
Tameran Date 14 Set’s actions cause grief in the hearts of the Gods. Very bad. Do not sail or navigate a boat today. Do not begin a journey.
The day of judging of Set and Heru. Favorable. The lords are satisfied causing the doors to open. Favorable. Whatever you see today will be good. The white crown is given to Heru and the red to Set. The Gods rejoice. Egypt is given to Heru and the desert to Set. Very good. A good day. They have seen Asar and he has given his throne to Heru. Whatever you see today will please the hearts of the Gods. Heaven and land in festivity. Very good. The Gods rejoice. Establishing the tet pillar of Atum. All you see today will be good. Very favorable. A day of festival: Decree establishes Heru as King. Ra is joyful in his beauty. Good. Very good. Day of the House of Ra and Asar.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 10
Tameran Date 24 Aset goes forth happy as does Nebet Het. God/desses.
1 Sekhmet 2
. The three noble ladies of the Tan nenet go to the presence of Ptah and praise Ra. Tehuti judges before Ra.
Wonderful. Day of transformation into the Bennu. Do not go out in the wind. Very favorable.Very favorable. stability.Very favorable. Tehuti acts.The Calendar
Julian Date 19
Tameran Date 3 Do not do anything today. and welfare are given to her. Offer to your Bennu in your house. Very adverse. 277
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. The unborn are joyful. Anyone born today will die in old age as beer enters his mouth. Perform rituals of Sobek in his temple and in your house. Life. Not a good day. Het Heret goes forth in the presence of the Great Ones at Kher Aba. The barque of Ra is established to overthrow the enemies immediately. Favorable day. A very good day. Very adverse. Bad. Stay at home. Ra speaks. Whatever you see will be good. Anyone born on this day will die of his ears. Feast of Asar at Abydos. This will please the Gods.
Two Goddesses of weaving. Drink only grape juice until sunset. A bad day. A good day. Mostly favorable. Setting up the tet pillar. The boat of the God is overthrown. Do not go out at night. The Gods rejoice. Placing of the Hennu boat. The day of making ointment for Asar. Terrible. Feast of Sekhmet and Bast. People and Gods judge speech of crew of Heliopolis when Heru arrives. Do not taste bread or beer. If you see a lion it will kill you. Hedj hotep and Tayet go forth to hand their things over to Neith. Papyrus damaged. But the day is mostly favorable. Festival of ploughing the Earth.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 29
Tameran Date 13 Holiday in your house. The day of looking at the sun disk. Do not go out.
31 1 November 2
15 16 17
. Do not anoint yourself. Going forth of Het Heret who is pleased in the presence of Ra. You will see good things today. Not good. Do not go out at midday.
Bad. Papyrus damaged. Very good. 279
16 17 18 19
1 Amsu 2 3 4
21 22 23
6 7 8
. The finding of Asar’s body. If you are born today. Festival of Bast. Good. Murder of Osiris. Mostly bad. A good day. Day of Sekhmet and purifying the flame.The Calendar
Julian Date 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Tameran Date 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Papyrus damaged. Favorable. Good. Double the offerings today. Make a holiday in your house. offering food to spirits. Mysteries. Very adverse. Make offerings to God/desses. Favorable. Favorable. Favorable. You will see good things today. Rejoicing. She is violent. Do not burn fire in the presence of Ra. invocation. Grief and search by Aset. you will die old among your people. Do not make love where the Sun can see you.
Do not approach any dogs today. Don’t listen to singing or chanting. The Gods will be pleased. Make cakes and repeat the offerings. Very favorable. Terrible. Day of prolonging life and making beneficial Maat in the temple. The day of the coming forth of flame together with Heru from the marshes. Don’t get near fire today. Anything you see today will be good. Very good. Do not wash yourself in water today. Going forth of Gods to Abydos. Answering every speech of Sekhmet. Not good. Favorable. Nun goes forth to the Gods. All come into existence. Aset and Nebet Het weep in remembrance of what Asar had been.
1 December 2
. Nun goes forth through the cavern to where the Gods are in darkness. Very bad. The going forth of Shu. Very good.Circle of Isis
Julian Date 24
Tameran Date 9 Offerings to Sekmet. Do not burn papyrus today.
rich in all that is good. 281
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26 27 28
. Anything you see will be good. Very good. Make a holiday in your house. Don’t drink milk. Happiness is on both Heaven and Earth. If you are born today. Good. Do nothing. you will die in great old age. The great cow is established in Ra’s majestic presence. Tehuti takes an oath in Ashmineum. Tehuti sends forth to Bast and Sekhmet to guide the Two Lands. Day of appearance of Hu. Do not go out until Ra sets. Very adverse.The Calendar
Julian Date 4 5 6
Tameran Date 19 20 21 Very adverse. Do drink and eat honey. Great. A good day. Wonderful. There is great festivity in Hefau. Very good. Bad. Going forth of the Noble One. What you see today will be good. Make abet offerings to followers of Ra. Bast guards the Two Lands. Going forth of Bast.
Show your heart to the Gods. The God enters to distribute the ration of all the Gods. Very good. Very favorable. Good. Putting up the Tet pillars of Asar. God/desses in festivity. Offering to your spirits and local Gods. Going forth of Set. Stay home. Feast of Ptah lifting Heaven of Ra. Very good. Very adverse. Going forth of Udjat eye for singing.
1 Rekh Ur
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. Favorable day. hearts are festive. Great. Awful. The God/desses are in festivity. Birth of Heru sa Aset. Festival of the Little Heat.Circle of Isis
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Tameran Date 30 Crossing over in the presence of Nun in from temple of Hapi. Better. All you see today will be good. Horrible. Invocation. Elevating the Goddesses of the Temple. Make abet offerings to the Gods. offerings in house to spirits. Offer incense to all Gods. Festival of the Great Heat. Gods receive Ra.
Everything you see will be good. Not good. Anything you see today will be good. Proceeding of Goddesses of heaven southward. Mostly good. which have been placed in the hands of Anpu. Stay home. The seven executioners go forth. Very favorable day. Aset is awakened by Ra. Do not go out at dawn on this day. Day of keeping things of the wabet of Asar. Very favorable. Favorable. Very adverse conditions. Festival of Ptah and Heru. Bad. Proceeding of Sekhmet to Letopolis. Adverse. You will see good from her hands. The day of the mourning of the God. Do not go out alone in the daytime.The Calendar
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Tameran Date 11 Feast of Neith. A good day. The day of the birth of cattle. 283
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. The Gods go forth for him in heaven. Going forth of Sebek to guide her. Heru saves his father.
Do not go out during this time. 3 Papyrus damaged. Bad. Birth of Aion. Great day. Everything you see will be good today. 27 Feast of Seker. Aset sees Min’s face and joins him. Very bad. Wonderful. when they see her beauty in the night for four and a half hours. 4 Set calls to battle. Super day. 28 Unnefer is pleased. 5 Neith goes forth from Sais. 25 All you see today is good. 26 Going forth of Min to Coptos. 29 There is uproar among the children of Geb. Do not approach river today. Great. 24 Festival of Aset. Heru rejoices. Good day. 30 Talk to no one. Very adverse. The unborn rejoice. 1 Amenhotep Feast of entering into heaven and two banks. Entry of Asar into the Moon. Do nothing.Circle of Isis
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Don’t leave your house until Ra sets. Very adverse. Do not pronounce the name of Set today or you will fight eternally in your house. Stay home. Making the way for the Gods of Khnum. Followers of Ra called to Heaven. Don’t look at anything in the darkness today. Don’t work. Very favorable. Give food. Good day. Wonderful. Any ritual performed will be good. Day Tehuti and spirits go forth. Bad.The Calendar
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Tameran Date 6 Jubilation of Asar in Busiris. Make ritual. 285
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. All you see is good. Going forth of Anpu. Coming of Tehuti. Day of rebellion in the shrine. Great. The day of judgment in Heliopolis. Very adverse. Very favorable. Day of making health. The day the Nile comes from Nun. Day of opening of the doorways and court at Karnak. Awful. Very adverse conditions. Very favorable.
Very good. Stay home and don’t look into the light. Do not leave the house. The Feast in Busiris. Very bad.Circle of Isis
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Tameran Date 18 19 Feast of Nut. Very bad. Feast of Heru in Kemwer. Do not even think of pronouncing the names of the snakes. The enemies are struck. Do nothing today. Feast of Asar at Abydos. Do not leave the house. Birth of Apophis. The day he is sent into the cave without knowledge of the Great Ones to look for the occasion of coming.
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. Anything you see will be good. Day of the birth of Nut anew. There is a great feast in heaven. Very favorable. Make a holiday. Bad. Very good. Omitted by scribal error. Do nothing today. Do not look into the light. Obviously very adverse. Very bad. she who counts the days.
. Excellent. Put myrrh on the fire. Very favorable. Any lion who pronounces the name of the constellation Orion will die immediately. The Gods and Goddesses are satisfied when they see the Children of Geb.The Calendar
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Tameran Date 2 Geb goes to throne of Busiris to see Anpu who commands the council to learn the requirements of the day. Bad. Going forth of Min into the festival tent. Heru is well when the red one sees His form. Terrible. Whoever sees small cattle today will die at once. Whatever you see today will be good. Do nothing. Day all the parts of the Eyes of Heru are accounted for. Whoever approaches today will find anger. Do not go out into the darkness. Very favorable. The stars go forth bitterly and openly. The day the Great Ones and the uraeus fought.
Very favorable. Going forth of Set. Every town is joyful. All you see today will be good. Great. you’ll have to decide which way you want to do things. Do not be courageous today. Very adverse. Feasting in Heliopolis. Going forth of Kephera. Should you wish to follow this calendar. Do not approach in the morning. Very bad. but they added it to the epagomenal days in July. It is a happy day in heaven. Do not bathe with water today. Very adverse. All you see today will be good. The Tamerans did add an extra day every four years. Ra goes forth in his barque across heaven.
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Tameran Date 10 The Great Ones are introduced to the whole eye of Heru. Adverse. Very adverse. Asar is conducted to his ship at Abydos. Positive.
The day of cutting out the tongue of Sobek. Very good. 289
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. Offer local Gods myrhh on fire. Bad. Terrible.The Calendar
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Tameran Date 20 Today Ra repells those who rebel against their masters. Do not mention the name of Set today. Set rebels against Unnefer. Very bad. Do not go out today. or you will have strife in your house forever. Offerings to Ra. End of the world by Sekhmet. Bad. Very favorable. Papyrus damaged. and Horus. Do not go out until Ra sets. Very adverse. Do not eat anything that is on the water. Asar. The day of making offerings to the spirits at Abydos. Do not work today. Offerings to all Gods. Very bad. Very Favorable. Adoration to Unnefer. Extremely adverse. Feast of Heru sa Aset and His followers. What you see today will be good.
What you see today is good. The White One of Heaven proceeds downstream. Follow Heru today. Damage to papyrus. God of sexual fertility. A time of rejoicing among the Gods. Very bad. Very good. Do not leave your house until sunset. Wonderful. What you see today is good. All you see today will be good. Feast of Ba neb dedet. Festival of Aset.
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. Bad. Very adverse. Bad. Very favorable. Papyrus damaged. Adverse. Coming of the Great Ones of the House of Ra.Circle of Isis
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Tameran Date 2 3 4 5 6 Do not sail today. All you see today will be good. Very good. Bad. What you see today is good. Festival of reconstituting the heavens. Every heart is glad. Adverse. Every land is happy. Damage to papyrus. You will see good things today. Great. Do not leave the house.
Anyone born this day will live to be very old. Very adverse. Very adverse. All you see today is good. The hearts of the Gods listen very well. Very adverse. Papyrus damaged.The Calendar
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Tameran Date 19 Day of counting by Tehuti who heard Maat. Excellent. Papyrus damaged. Everything you see today will be good. Papyrus damaged. Great. House of Asar. Very good. Favorable. Adverse. House of Heru. Great. Don’t shout at any being today. Very favorable. 291
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. You’ll see good things today. Maat judges. Good. All Gods rejoice. The day is fixed as a feast on both heaven and Earth. Holiday of Ra and followers. Good. House of Ra. Festival of Heru. Geb and Nut are judged by the Gods. Good. You’ll see good things. Festival of Bast.
and offerings of incense and sweet herbs. Make this day a good one. Anyone born today will be noble. Good. Asar goes forth from his house to the August mountain. Do not judge yourself this day.Circle of Isis
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Tameran Date 6 7 8 Heru avenges his father. Singing. The day of fighting. The followers of Ra catch birds and fish. Adverse. Favorable. Feast of Udject: festival. Avoid sailing on the river. chanting. The worst. Stay home. Very bad. The feast of the Udjat. You will see only good. chant. Anyone born today will become a magistrate.
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. What you see today will be good. singing. Make incense of various sweet herbs for Ra’s followers. Make a holiday for Ra and his followers. Great day. Don’t eat lion meat today. Great. Wonderful. Very good. Bad.
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Tameran Date 19 20 21 The Ennead sails repeatedly. Not good. The day many will die if an adverse wind comes. Bad. The day of the living children of Nut. Do not go out before dawn. Shu complains to Ra about the Great Ones of infinity. Stay home. Bad. The crew rests when it sees the enemy of its master. Good. What you see today shall be good. Very good. Everyone is pacified by the sun disk. Very favorable. Going forth of Neith. Very adverse conditions. There is an uproar among the Gods. Do not work. Adverse. Day of purifying things. Festival today. Do not go against events. Very good. What you see today will be good. Very favorable. Going forth of Shu. Appearance of Tehuti. Very good. Great feast of the southern heavens. Festival of Bast. Feast of Het Heret. Wonderful. 293
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Tameran Date 2 Every God/dess spends the day in festival and great awe in the sacred temple. Very favorable. The anger of the Divine Majesty. Do nothing. Very adverse. Whatever you see today will be good. Very good. Het Heret departs. The Gods are sad. Stay home. Stay away from boats. Stay away from work. Very bad. All the Goddess’ temples are in an uproar. Do not make an uproar in your house. Very bad. Sailing of the Gods after the Goddess. Bad. The massacre of the followers of the Goddess. Do not beat anyone. Very adverse. The Gods are content. Every God is in festivity. Very good. The day of creating enmity, the hearts of the Gods are sad. Bad. The Great Ones learn what Ra saw through the eyes of Her Ur. Do not perform any ritual. Bad. Reception of Ra, holiday and festival. Very good. Ra sails westward to see the beauty of Unnefer. Bad.
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Tameran Date 14 15 Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Stay home. Very bad. Heru hears your words in the presence of all Gods and Goddesses. Good things will be seen in your house. Very good. Day of transporting Maat to the shrine of Ra. Adverse. The escape of the fugitive eye. Bad. Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Very adverse. Stay home today. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Mostly good. The day of Sepa of Tura. Do not look at any digging, skin rash, or fever today. Adverse. The day of quarreling with Unnefer. Bad. The day of the children of Bedesh. The God kills them when he comes, then sails South. Very favorable. The great enemy is in the temple of Sekhmet. Don’t go out at midday. Mostly good. What you see today will be good. Favorable. 295
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Tameran Date The day of sailing down the river and tearing down the enclosure wall. Stay home. Very bad. 28 The day of creating misery. Very bad. 29 Festival of Mut. Feeding of the Gods and Mut’s followers. Very good. 30 Ceremony of Heru Merti. Very favorable. 1 Heru Khuiti Send abet offerings. All Gods and Goddesses feast. Very good. 2 Maat and all Gods perform rites as one who is in heaven. Very good. 3 Feast of the Goddess of Heliopolis. Stay home. Bad. 4 Procession of Sopdu and youthful followers. Mostly bad. 5 Temple is festive. Min is at Akhmin. What you see will be good. Very good. 6 The day of transporting Unnefer to Rostau. Do nothing. Very bad. 7 The Dead One arrives on Earth. Whoever approaches him will be trampled by a bull. Very adverse. 27
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Tameran Date 8 9 Utchat ceremony. Also, Anpu ceremony. If you are born on this day, you will have noble honor. Very favorable. The day the eye of Re enters. Very good. Destructiveness is created in the presence of the followers of Ra. Bad. Day of jubilation throughout the land. Very good. Holiday for Heru followers, defenders of the Son. Very good. Ra goes forth to propitiate Nun. Very bad. Pour ritual water for those in your next world. Very good. You’ll see good things. Good. The crew leads the rebels. Stay home in the morning. Bad. The Eye of Horus returns. Feast of your local God. Appease your spirit. Very good. Cleansing and renewal of the noble ones. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Very favorable. 297
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Tameran Date 22 Feast of Anpu. Followers of Geb and Nut in festivity. Purification of the Gods. Very good. Do not taste bread or beer on this day. Very bad. Abet offerings to Gods in presence of Ra. Holiday in your house. Very good. The God is established. Very favorable. The Gods sail. Do not go out at noon. Mostly good. Do nothing. Very bad. Feast of Min. Very good. Holiday in temple of Seker. Very favorable. Birthday of Ra. Any rite good today. Sing and make offerings. Very favorable. Birthday of Asar. Very favorable. Birthday of Her Ur. Very favorable. Birthday of Set. Very favorable. Birthday of Aset. Very favorable. Birthday of Nebt Het. Very favorable.
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it contains explanations. “The Archer” was another name for Tum. path.” or “mirror image of Amen. whatever its form. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth. uses.lL
While a glossary is usually a small dictionary of terms. Let it represent your choice of path. magic knot or sandal strap. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. the fact that you have chosen a magical. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. Arrow: Two crossed arrows and a shield were the symbol of Neith. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. I confess it is a catchall for the little bits of information my research has garnered and for information you might find useful. Ankh: Whatever its original significance.” As a hieroglyph. and directions for many of its entries. and of your return of that gift into Their hands. Let it be a sign of your respect for all life. Barque: A boat.” If you choose to wear the ankh. it means both “life” and “mirror. to service of the Gods. dedicated to Their service. often used to symbolize the movement of a God. this one is different.” Thus “Tut ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. whose sunbeams were said to be shot like arrows.
. Uadjet also used arrows. a spear. and a club.
Acacia: A tree sacred to Heru. and therefore more difficult. In addition to definitions.
It contained papryi bearing magical information. and sacred to the Gods. page 302. Not only is travel to the underworld a step toward rebirth. belonging to a magician of the Twelfth Dynasty. four wands. In our temple. we have both types of horns. the masculinity of the bull and revered it as the epitome of masculinity. This birth brick was personified by Meshkenet.
Bennu: The Egyptian phoenix.
Black: The color was at once the symbol of the underworld and rebirth (confusing to some. along with beads and amulets.” Bull:
Once upon a time. on which women would stand to give birth. Anpu was drawn on the top of the box in black ink. Just as the Europeans revered the stag and other large-horned animals. Brick: Most often thought of as birth bricks. was found by an archaeologist. rather than a sign of death.) Blue: The color of heaven. so the Tamerans saw the strength and vitality.
. a Goddess whose name could be translated as “Ruler of birth. Box: Magicians traditionally kept their tools in a box. it was one of the most revered animals in Tamera. to acknowledge both our physical roots and our spiritual ones. Blood: This fluid was considered as a creative power. and from that moment on. They chose the bull. Aset told the people to choose one of the animals to be most sacred. a statue. but not to us).Circle of Isis Bee: Sacred to the God Min. Bread: It was considered one of the best offerings to make to a deity. One such box. (See Knot of Isis. Legend says that the cedar tree sprung from the blood of Geb. but black is the color of the fertile earth deposited in Tamera by the Nile. The bee usually found in hieroglyphs resembles a wasp rather than the chubby honey bee with which we are familiar. three simple dolls apparently used for spells. and a symbol of Lower Egypt.
A symbol of Heqet.
. Fly: Among other things.” was called as a protection against the enemies of the Gods and noxious animals. and egg-laying hens were not known to the Tamerans until the 18th or 19th Dynasty. signifying eternity. and the left hand. an elongated form of the hieroglyph shem.Glossary
Cartouche: A symbol used. It is a loop in a rope. Soldiers received medals in the form of the fly as rewards for bravery in battle. the Earth God. receiving. Ears: Pictures of ears symbolized both a willingness to listen. Crocodile: Considered both evil and good in Tamera. whose name means “centipede. or some other form of grain. so this is not ignorance. the Goddess who was portrayed as a frog. and the readiness of the Gods to listen to prayers. with the rope signifying our eternal selves. each of our lives can be seen as contained in the loop of a rope. Child: A symbol of potential and beginnings. Green: The color of life. What we in the United States call corn was not known in Tamera. the Tamerans said. to encircle their names. It is. the goose was considered the source of creation. Corn: The many references to corn found in books about Egypt probably referred to barley. In a relief at Denderah. Because the egg was considered a symbol of creation. the fly was considered a symbol of courage because they are so hard to chase away. to us.” Hands: You will notice in many drawings that human figures or those of deities seem to have two right or two left hands. “It was a green thing to do. in reality.
Goose: Sacred to both Het Heret and Geb. an interesting statement about birth and death. She is shown sitting at the feet of Osiris. She is connected with childbirth. The right hand signifies sending. but design.
Centipede: The God Sepa. Other figures have one of each. perhaps love. it shows She is giving or sending energy. If something was a good and healthy act. usually by Pharaohs. When Nut is shown with two right hands.
it seemed to symbolize all that Aset represents. milk was a symbol of purity. The blue lotus was especially sacred. They believed the smoke served as a vehicle to carry prayers up to “heaven. and malachite was said to express joy.
.” Milk: Because of its color. It is also a symbol of water.” Each ingredient in incense should be chosen carefully for its magical qualities. Conversely. Name: Names were as sacred to the Tamerans as they are to us. Knife: A symbol of protection and defense against evil. but rather a door to mystery. Lapis lazuli: Sacred to the Tamerans because of its color. We don’t have too much information about the ingredients that the Tamerans used. Ritual knives were made of flint rather than metal. It could symbolize the physical body left behind upon death when the spirit moves on. releasing a knot released the magic or its subject.
Knot of Isis: Also called “blood of Isis. The important thing is to concentrate on the purpose for which the incense is being prepared. Night: The Tamerans did not consider night an evil thing. Lotus: This flower is a symbol of dawn and beginnings because it closes up at night and opens in the morning. Knowing someone’s true name gave power over that person. Other sources feel it symbolizes the fallopian tubes.” it is said to resemble an ankh with the arms folded down. It is often found near Asar. Wearing lapis and gold supposedly placed one under the protection of the sun and heaven. and connected with the many depictions of a king being suckled by a Goddess. Usually made of a red stone such as carnelian. thus receiving divine power. Malachite: Green was a joyful color to the Tamerans. knots held magic fast. Incense: The use of incense in magical work was a very important part of Tameran practice. and choose with care. Het Heret was called “the Lady of Malachite.Circle of Isis Imiut: A symbol consisting of a headless animal skin hanging on a pole over a pot. Knot:
In magical use.
Phoenix: See Bennu. Red: At some times in Tameran history, red was considered an “evil” color because Set was supposed to be red-haired. If you accept Set as an evil God, this makes sense. If you consider Him simply a Geburic figure, a God of storm and destruction, then you cannot think of Him as evil. (Interesting that red is the color of the sphere Geburah on the Tree of Life.) The crown of Southern Egypt was “the red crown.” Red was worn by the priestesses of Bast, and Maat’s Feather is red. How can the color be both good and bad? Easy, we just make an arbitrary decision as we often do. In some cases it is good, in others, it is bad. Ring:
As it is in many cultures, the ring was the symbol of eternity.
Representing a rolled and tied herdsman’s hut, this symbolized protection.
Serpent: If life and death are part of the same thing, that which could bring death can also be a symbol of life. So it was with the serpent in Tamera. Uadjet, the cobra Goddess, was a symbol of power. The hieroglyph for “Goddess” is a serpent. Because it sheds its skin, the serpent also symbolized life after death. Shield: A symbol of protection. Ship: A symbol of transition, as in “the voyage of life.” Sistrum: An instrument used in worship, especially in connection with Her Heret.
Snake: See Serpent. Stone: A symbol of stability and steadfastness as opposed to the shortlived ethereal nature of man.
Circle of Isis Sycamore: A tree sacred to Nut, Asar, and Het Heret. The last was often referred to as “The Lady of the Sycamore.” Its leaves used as amulets were said to bring good things to those who carried them. Sycamores were considered the manifestation of the sky Goddess. When the tree quivered, the Gods were sitting in it. Tongue: Because of its importance in speaking, the tongue symbolized manifestation of the will. Ptah took the creative power of His heart and spoke, manifesting His desires. Uas: A stick or wand forked at the bottom with the top resembling the head and ears of an animal, usually referred to as a “canid.” (The shape of the top looks very much like Anpu to me.) Many Gods are shown holding this staff, and it has been described as a symbol of royalty and divinity. I can’t help but compare this to the stang found in Celtic symbolism. This is a staff forked at the top and pointed at the bottom. It may descend from a staff often carried by ancient tribal leaders in Europe and the British Isles. If the leader and his people approached another tribe, the position in which the stick was held conveyed their intentions. If the fork was held up, they approached peacefully; if the point was up, they approached with hostility. A tribal leader, whatever title he or she bore, was the royalty of that tribe. If that leader was also priest, he or she was the tribe’s liaison with the Gods. Pharaoh was, to the Tamerans, both ruler and deity. I don’t find these things very different. In our coven, the uas tends to be used as a masculine symbol. A priest (or priestess) will hold it when he or she wishes to serve as a vessel of the God. (The lotus wand is used for the Goddess.) This does not necessarily reflect ancient symbolism. It just worked out that way.
Urshu: “Watchers,” beings who watched over individuals and cities. They were often messengers. To my mind, these compare to the “angels” of another mythos. They were depicted as human-headed hawks wearing a solar crown and a uraeus. Water: Symbol of life and birth. Willow: Sacred to Osiris because it sheltered his coffin.
Considering the continuing fascination the world has with Tamera, it’s amazing how difficult it is to find inexpensive Tameran items. (The key word here is inexpensive.) It’s easier now than it used to be, but it seems that the most sources available are on the Internet. Not everyone is online, I know, so I’ve tried to find more sources that are available through mail order. It isn’t easy! If you are not online, and would like to explore some of these options, perhaps you have a friend who can help you. At the very least, your friend can request some paper catalogues for you from those online businesses that offer them. In addition, we have made a few great finds in thrift stores and garage sales. We have an incredible plaque of Anpu that my husband found in a thrift store, and one of my favorite statues of Heru was found in a garage sale. Keep your eyes open. Below are sources not just for statuary and such, but for information, as well.
Books and Magazines
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt This publication is a high quality glossy magazine published quarterly. It covers many aspects of life in ancient Egypt, and has served as a wonderful resource for me. The advertisements alone make the magazine worth buying. A year’s subscription is $32. 305
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KMT Communications Inc. Box 1475 Sebastopol, CA 95473-1475 www.egyptology.com/kmt/
They carry books such as Ancient Egyptian Cut and Use Stencils. Drop them a line and tell them what you’re looking for. They’ll send you the appropriate catalog.
They are a mail order house as well as publisher. Several of my references came from them. Ares Publishing 7020 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60645
Archaeologia Books sells books, prints, and autographs about ancient Egypt. 707 Carlston Avenue Oakland, CA 94610 Phone: (510) 832-1405 www.archaeologia.com Catalog: $5
A wide variety of items can be found in the catalogs obtained from museums. Catalogs change, so I won’t try to list the items that are available. 306
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalog Sales Department P.O. Box 1044 Boston, MA 02120-0900 www.mfa.org
Metropolitan Museum of Art
255 Gracie Station New York, NY
Statuary and Stuff
Artisan‘s Guild International
They make absolutely gorgeous statues. Most are between 11" and 13" tall and usually run about $125. The catalogue used to be $5, but it is refundable on your first order. It may be more now. Be prepared to drool. Artisan’s Guild International 5610 South Soto St., Suite C Huntington Park, CA 90255
Toscano makes wonderful statues and other items you might find interesting. Design Toscano 1645 Greenleaf Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-5526 www.designtoscano.com
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There is no way I could list all the sites on the Web that have products for you to buy, so I’m restricting myself to my favorites.
www.cornellpress.cornell.edu: Books on archaeology.
www.egyptworld.com: Egyptworld has a tremendous selection of statues and other things at fairly reasonable prices. www.solarcrown.com: Solar Crown is a Pagan-owned site that features their own statuary and gateways to other products you’ll like, including videos, books, etc. It also has some free clipart and a great hieroglyphic font. www.goldpyramid.com: The Gold Pyramid House is another site with scads of Egyptian items both ancient and modern. www.sacredtravel.com/egyptstore: Sacred Travel/The Egypt Store offers lots of things to buy, but this site is especially good if you are fond of Sekhmet.
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31-37. 46. 69 Bata. 168 Ashket. 110
Background Cloth. 140-142 Asar. 49. 57-60. 53-57. 179 meditation. 83 Asar Pharaoh. 107 Ankh. 110 Auit. 145-147 Anubis. Meditation. 109 Aset. 199 Amulets. 152. 30. 200-201 the Nefer. 198-205 Amun. 174 Bastest. 109 Ashu. 69-73. 108 Aristotle. 250 Aker. 236-238 Bait. 178 Festival of. 34 Aua. 152. 110 Asur.lL
Aabit. 205 Anpu. 53-57. 46. 63 Apet. 106 Ami. 98 Amen. 245 Dark. 245 Asbet. 32 Amu. 108 Apuat. 49. 109 Aseb. 30. 161-164 Hymn to. 106 Air. 52. 248
. 59. 88 Amutnen. 107 Amit. 105 Aah. 51. Children’s. 111 Beginnings. Making a. 107 Ami Pe. 34. 56. 49. 199 Heart. 50 Hymn to. 107 Ami Neter. 205 The Paper. 108 Amulet. 110 Baket. 111 Bast. 204 the Neha. 106 Akhentef. 38-45.
65 solar. 101 Egypt. 67. 185
Daia. 175 Freya.Circle of Isis Bekhkhet. 152-153 Craft Work . the. 185 Fig. 42 Friends. church of the. 305-306 Bread. 76-80. Four Fold. 188-189
Earth. 153 Circle Opening. 17 Gods and Goddesses of. 136 Energy. 151. Invoking the. the Elemental. 249 Frog. Interpretations. Wax and Ushabti. 44
Cakes. 70 Craftsman. 246 Food and Drink. 248 Focus. Father of Nut’s. God of. 206 Fire. 187 Death Bringer of. 157-161 Children. 234-255 Duck with Must Sauce. 111 Benu. 190-191 Danger. 250 Primal. 250 Flow. 22. 24. atef. The Rite of Blessing. 187 Calendar. 20. 86 Crone. 77 Figures. 253 Danu. 21 Chrysocolla. 11-132 Elements. 166 Geburah. 25. 42 Circle Closing. 184-185 Diagram. Interpretations. 48. Beer. 187 Fruits and Vegetables. 196-197. 250 Divination. 174 Beverages. the. 206-207 Wax. 85 Crown. 267 Child. 70. 102 Date Sweet. 62. 184 Breads. 84
. 247 Eternal Source. 253
Feast. 39 Cycle. 21-23 Hymn to. 181-183 Books and Magazines. 47 Geburic. 184-189 Forgotten Ones. 133 Craft. 180 Bes. Barley. 95
Geb. 96 Hymn to. 205 Fruits. 32 Horned. 181-189 Foods. Prayers for. the.
66-68 Hathor. 113 Het Heret. 36. 84 Growth. 105 Songs for the. Creating the. 253-255 Isis and Nephthys. Maria Blumberg’s. 218-233 letters. 171 Isis. 114 Kekui. 114 Khensu ka. 52
Kali. 106 Khurab. 67. 205 Hu. Jaon. 244-250 Glyphs. 112 Henkheses. Lament of. 87. 26. 220-225 sounds and meanings. 72 Heh. 53 Hymn to. 92. 89 Khephera. 225-230 Horus. 112 Heqet. 61-65 Heret. 42 Heru. 19. 177 Interpretations. the. 165 Hesa. 66-68. 113
Imhotep. meanings. Celebration of the birthday of the. 38-45. 70. 89 Eye of. Hymn to. 176-180 Incenses. 238-239 Interpreting the. 245-249. 113 Incenses and Oils. 74-75. 180
Hag. 85 Hapi. 70 Karate Kid. 114
. 202-203 Oil. 61-65. 230-233 Gods. 35. 75. 180 the Knot of. 30 Hera sa Aset. 246 Hecate. 73 Het Heret. 112 Heka. 13. 111 Hat Hor. 154-157 Egyptian. 93-94 Khnum. 112 Her. 14 Isis Incense. 247 Het. 15 Hekat.Index
Glyph Pieces. 102 Khonsu. 14 Mother of the. 73. 114 Kekuit. 42 Hieroglyphs. 88-89. 19 Other. the. 179 as Aset. 169
Jackal. 178 Health. 113 Hutchai. 178 Circle of. 153. 165 Grant. 50 Keku.
195-255 Magic Wand. the. 103-104 Nekhebet. 115 Mesen. 306-307 Mut. 142-143 The pyramid of. the. 129 Morrigan. 250 Interpretations. 117 Nemyss. 247
Maa. 203-204 Lapis lazuli. 147-150 Medu neter. 47. malt. 116 Montu. 69-70 Maybe. 43
Ladder. 170 Museums. Making a. 15} low. 15 Mistress of. 213-214 Knot of Isis. Making a. 253 Life. 42. 245 Meditation. 133-134. 216-217 Magic. 116 Min. 178 Love. Greater. Making a. 70 Mourning song. Interpretations. 253
Names. 34 Law. 49-52. 183 Meats. 66 Mathet. 95 Liquor. 28 Mistress of. 115 Magic and Magical Tools. 88. 60 two types. 204 Merseger. 139 ending. 251 Neith. 106 Mysteries. 251 using the Pyramid of. 115 Malachite. 152. 140 Other. 246 Luck. 133. 253 Mantra. 138-140 beginning. 29 Menat. 37. 42 Lady of. 215
. 246 high. 82 Mafdet. Interpretations. 117 Moon. 95-96. 94. Drawing down the. Interpretations. 15 Mahes. blue banded. 31. Lady of. 30. 257 Nebet Het. 253 Lie. 134-135 guided. the. Tameran. 188-189 Meditation. 34 Literature and Libraries. Giver of. 115 Mau Bast. 114 Maat. 182 Nonalcoholic. 116 Meskhenet. 202-203 Kyphi. 90 Lotus Bouquet.Circle of Isis Kilt. 177 Mead.
192 Qabala. Creating your own. Egyptian. 192 Rameses II. 247 Rhiannon. 212 Scarab. 23. 86-87 Pyramid. 180 Oil. 192 prayer to. 84 Scarab. 84
. 169 Nerit. 249 Nun. 179-180 Rekhet. the. 245 Incense. 251-252
Saa. 120 Renpiti. 117 Nile Valley. Recipes from.Index
Neper. 253 Pestit.24-27. 119 Remnet. Mara’s. 42 Rituals. 119 Potter. meditation to connect with. 85. 32. 67
Ra and Nun. 90
Qabala. 118 Papait. 47 Qabalism. 180
Pakhet. 118 Nut and Geb. 173 Prayers. 31. 119 Remi. for protection. 93 Seahorse. 15. 17. 189 Seasons. 93. 180 Hymn to. 172 prayer to. Making a. 190-192 Ptah. 135-138
Orion. Interpretations. radish. 180 Seasonings. 118 Number. the Witches. 178 Hymn to. meditation to connect with. 120 Salad. 85 Nu. the. 151-166 contact. 147-149 Nut. 244 Sefket. 105. 89. 120 Restraint. 34 Osiris. 49-52 Hymn to. 173 Incense. 172 when he rises. 118 Passing. 117 Nephthys. 119 Pestu. 149-150 Ra. 120 Renenutet. 186 Satan. 201-202 Scarabeus sacer. 18-20. 83 Recipes. 21 Hymn to. the. 63. 46. for One Who Has Crossed Over.
35. 30. Creating a. 15 Wide View. 21. 48 Tutankhamun. 166 Setem. 179 Seshat. 46. 196 Tum. 124 Upuat. 250
Yes. the. Creating the. 124 Ur. hymn to. 108 Ur Henu. 51 Soup. 100. 47 Tanent. fava bean. 125
Tait. Lord of the. 36. 34 Sothistar. 121 Shai. 122 Sothis. 307-308 Storm. 90-92 Set. 204
Uadjet. 143-145 Time. 101-102 Tara. 124 Utekh. 27. 253
. Interpretations. 104 Sia. 204 Shesmu. 123 Unti. 122
Wait. 122 Tefnut. Interpretations. 167 Meditation. list of. 253 Wine. 28 Words. 46-48. 41 Sistrum. 121 Sirius. 240-243 Un. 216 Water. 16. 121 Shu. 19 Two Fingers. 96. 81-83. 250 Wicca. 97-100 Tehuti. 183 Wisdom. 123 Unta. 102 Tauret. 84-85. 18. 186 Spirit. 122 Tamera. Interpretations. 28-30. 246 Magical. 250 Statuary and Stuff. 208-211 Sobek. 84 Hymn to. 123 Udjat Oracle. 89. Making a Magic. 123 Underworld. instruction for making. the.Circle of Isis Sekhmet. 248 Tools. Lord of. 124 Utet Tefef. 253 Wand. 109. 83. 121 Shen. 247 Work. the. 52 Unit. 30 Utchait. 235 Reading the. 41.
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