Ci r c l e of Isis

Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches

Ellen Cannon Reed
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Reed, Ellen Cannon Circle of Isis / by Ellen Cannon Reed p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 1-56414-568-9 (pbk.) 1. Magic, Egyptian. 2. Goddesses, Egyptian. 3. Gods, Egyptian. I. Title. BF1591 .R43 2002 299—dc21


To Christopher,
who is the wind beneath my wings.




Thanks to Willie, Rick, Tinne, Vicky, and all the others
who shared their experiences with me.


.................................................. 18 Geb ................................. 46 Nebet Het (Nephthys) .................................................................. sa Aset (Horus....................................................... 66 Bast .............................. 28 Asar (Osiris) ........ 69 Khnum .................................................. 24 Tehuti (Thoth) ................................................................................................................................... 49 Anpu (Anubis) .......... 81 Sekhmet ............................................................... 76 Shu ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 84 ....................................... 38 Set ......................... Son of Isis) ................................................................................................................. 74 Bes ...................................... 21 Ra ...................... 53 Heru................................................ 61 Het Heret (Hat Hor) .................................................................................................................................................................................................................lL Contents Part I Gods and Goddesses of Egypt 11 Nut .................................................................... 31 Aset (Isis).........................................................................

................................................................................... 86 Khonsu........................................ 105 Part II Rituals............................................................. 88 Seshat ................................................................................... Meditations................................. 93 Mut ........................................................................Ptah ....................................................................................................................................................... 133 Mantra Meditation .............. 95 Tefnut ........................................................................................................................................................... 90 Khephera ................................................................................................................................................................... 147 ...................... 103 Other Gods .................................. 135 Guided Meditations..................................... 134 Contact Rituals ........... and Developing Relationships With Deities 127 Meditation .............................................................. 97 Tanent .............................. 101 Neith ............................. 138 Other Meditations .........

................................................................................................................ 215 Making a Magic Wand .............................................. 154 The Rite of Blessing a Child ....................................................................................................... 206 Creating a Sistrum ................................................................................... 208 Making a Scarab . 165 Incenses and Oils .......... 198 Wax and Ushabti Figures ......................... 212 Making a Kilt ..........................................Rituals ..................... 216 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 181 Prayers .............................................................. 190 Part III Magic and Magical Tools 193 Amulets .... 161 Songs for the Gods . 157 Festival of Bast ............. 213 Making a Nemyss .......................................................................... 176 Food and Drink . 151 Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods ..................................................................................................................................

............................... 309 Index ......................................................................................... 234 Creating the Udjat Oracle ...................... 299 Resources ................... 257 Appendix B: The Calendar .................................................................................................Hieroglyphs ...................................................................................................... 313 About the Author ...... 319 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 267 Glossary .............................................. 251 Appendix A: Tameran Names ............. 218 Divination....................................................................... 235 The Pyramid of Nebet Het .......... 305 Bibliography .................

lL PART I Goddesses of Egypt Gods and 11 .


not for the eyes to see. Whether I changed paths or learned where I’d always been. as if turning away from the past. Perhaps it was not a matter of changing paths. When I did find them. I knew where I was supposed to be. but for the heart to know. the path walked by those who love and honor the ancient Egyptian deities. a cry of “Lady. please. 13 I . she loved me. and I loved Her. The reasons don’t matter. I had always been drawn to Her on some level. It consists of all of us who love Her. The rest. they were Witches. or the hands to touch. I found my path. 1974. It was New Year’s Eve and I sat alone in my apartment. that phrase sounds too weak. as they say. I remember physically turning my body. I had read. that Isis never turned away from those who called upon Her for reasons having to do with love. and I wanted to find others who loved Her. is history. and calling to Her. help me. it doesn’t matter. but of finding out what path I’d been on all along. somewhere (I still don’t remember where). those who are in the Circle of Isis. All I saw before me in the year to come was pain and loneliness. It was a simple prayer. December 31. But then a thought wandered into my head. The Circle of Isis isn’t an earthly coven or organization.” 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. For the magnitude of the moment. On that night. my life changed. I found my direction.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL was in despair. in tears. She was there. I loved Her. Oh.

they are our own. and my focus on that path is service to the Gods and Goddesses. They. as we all do. but almost all of them were written by people who wrote about “other people’s gods. They saw the majesty. saw the Lords and Ladies in all that existed.Circle of Isis In the quarter of a century since. and fertility in a horned animal (it happened to be a bull. and left ways to learn for ourselves how to learn and achieve spiritual growth. There are many books about the Egyptian Gods and the magic of that land.” Those authors were writing through the eyes of their own beliefs. They. saw the Ultimate as Gods and Goddesses. However. and understanding of. not a stag. our lives. What we have discovered so far is here. and our selves. but the similarity remains). too. symbols as a means of attaining spiritual growth. Therefore. The path that I follow is Wicca. these are not other people’s gods. sought to learn of the Infinite from the Finite. They. too. a great deal remains of the knowledge of the ancients. They are not abstract and They are not distant. the subject of ancient Egypt and its magic have been an abiding interest. In spite of all the information that has been lost. had a fascination with. the majority of the information I have gained and will share with you has come through personal knowledge of the ancient Egyptian deities. They have left us the keys to some of their knowledge. 14 . my interest is not so much in magic as it is in religion: the religion that colors and directs my life. too. For me. Although their culture was unlike ours. Our work with the deities has made them very real to us and very much a part of our work. too. They are personal. Our coven is working to discover the doors those keys open. and for others in the Circle of Isis. 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. They. the ancient Egyptians were not so different from the Pagans of today. There is much we can learn because Egyptians expressed so much in symbols. strength.

is done for physical or material matters. Having done all we are capable of doing on this plane. Using magic to meet our needs in this world is just as important. although those terms aren’t a great deal better. In Wicca. Wicca is. and will often ask for the help. nor is it the approach you will find here. as using magic to achieve our spiritual ends. 15 . “High” magic. We often speak of two types of magic. We are living in a world of the physical and material. so that we would be able to handle the unseen world ourselves. a very small part of the religion I follow. if you are willing. which is. But perhaps you will learn magic beyond spellcasting. “Low” magic. as far as I’m concerned. We believe that we are part of the Gods and able to do much They can do. our approach to magic is usually through the Gods. Those are terrible terms because they imply a value judgment. You might call magic a fringe benefit. referring to them as “high” and “low” magic. that is not the approach to magic our coven uses or teaches. or “spiritual” magic. and blessing of specific deities. guidance. we turn to magic. is work done for spiritual advancement. not to be used lightly. and just as holy. so Ra gave humankind magical powers. Magic is less than holy only if it is used for the wrong reasons. however. Egyptian legend says that Ra invented magic. The very source of the ability to do magic. first and foremost. heka. makes it imperative that we view it as something sacred. The Gods were too busy to do everything. While it is possible to do magic without any spiritual or religious overtones. or “mundane” magic. Never forget it was a gift from a God. I’d rather use the terms “spiritual” and “mundane” magic. or to manipulate or harm others. a religion. or for fun.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You will. a result of our beliefs. Both can be important.

It most emphatically is not. and did not realize my interest lay in ancient Egypt. Berber. etc. She kept assuming that I would dearly love Middle Eastern music. Celtic Myth and Legend. in a sense. Our coven and its tradition are Wiccan. but that’s not what we intend to do. I do not pretend that this is a recreation of the religion of ancient Egypt. for one thing. a translation. he did not translate it word for word. I found it interesting that.Circle of Isis The magic you will find here is more than ways to cast spells. It includes the ancient Egyptians and other African races. One other important note: I have a friend who follows a Celtic tradition. according to legend. The term also refers to certain languages including Egyptian. so that the English-speaking readers would appreciate the spirit without being confused by cultural differences. It is the magic of growing closer to the Gods. She was not aware that the Egypt of today is not the same culture. the magic of learning the Mysteries of the Universe. This is the kind of interpretation you will find here. When Edward Fitzgerald translated The Rubiyat of Omar Khayam. in his book. There are other organizations that are working toward a recreation of the ancient religions of that land.. This is. the descendants of Ham. and others. He translated its spirit. 16 . Today’s Egypt is Islamic. in present-day culture. Charles Squire says that one of the two original races of people in the British Isles spoke a hamitic language. Those who lived in Egypt during the earlier dynastic times have been referred to as “hamitic.” This word refers to a race of people who were. and for the longest time. dress. I do not pretend that the information in this book is exactly as it was taught in Egypt. but as those ideas might be taught now. and its people are semitic. Galla. I couldn’t figure out why. One day I realized that she made the assumption because she knew I was interested in Egypt.

This kingdom had many names. the vulture. there was an enchanted realm. l L In an age long past. and the jackal. the hawk. About the river. and to its inhabitants as Tamerans. the oryx. “Beloved Land. ducks and geese. I discovered very early in writing this book that typing “ancient Egyptians” became tedious. which means Beloved Land. Let me introduce you to it first through its Gods.” These people knew and loved many Gods. but one most vividly described the feeling of the people for their country: Ta Mera. it might well be tedious to read. I will refer to ancient Egypt as Tamera.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt It is important to me that readers of this volume understand this. Travel to the past with me. the crocodile. There wandered the gazelle. And the sky held an abundance of winged ones: the swallow. and the papyrus. to a land so important to its people that its name meant Beloved Land. If it’s tedious to type. the kite. 17 . by a mighty river of changing colors. There grew the stately sycamore. the hare. life flourished: the ibis. the acacia. whose name was Nut. the fruitful palm. and the hippopotamus. and soaring above them all. Throughout this book. the lion. Here’s how I’ve solved the problem: An ancient name for Egypt was Tamera. among them a beautiful Goddess of the sky. many kinds of fish.

The ancients portrayed Her stretched across the heavens with her feet to the East and her head to the West. She has watched empires rise and fall— civilizations grow and crumble. we visualize this Lady stretched over us. I can see High above How you cover all the world with your love. they said. She has known pain and learned to live with it. casts a circle. weeps for us. were jewels on her body.Circle of Isis lL Nut Others see Only sky When they raise their eyes above. Thou art. and the Milky Way was milk from her breasts. She is Mother of the Gods. just their minds. They are blind For they see not with their hearts. yet not old. 18 . raise their eyes. Sothistar. She surrounds us with her love. She has watched eons pass beneath Her. When our coven. ancient. with my heart. and eternally holds us in her womb. Mother Nut. Thou art beautiful to see. hurts when we hurt. the feeling you have in Her Presence is one of agelessness. I can see. rejoices with us. oh. The stars.

we all recognized Her as the same Goddess we’d met before. She contains all of us. 19 . She is able to view our temper tantrums and hurt feelings with a bit more objectivity than a new mother would. lovingly. speak a prayer found on one of the shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamun: Mother Nut. and that we must suffer to learn them. all our Earth. A few months later we did an invocation of Nut and when she appeared.” a beautiful chant. sometimes. more than one member of my group has felt that Nut has night-dark. See Her above you. Instead of a spoken invocation. If you would come to know this beautiful Lady. this expresses its meaning so well. we knew who one of our students would dedicate to when the time came. If we falter. Eager to learn more about this Lady. Although they are rarely depicted in paintings that are seen. Feel Her above you and know that She loves you. all that lives. and went home to work with this Lady further. made sure she knew the tune. She knows the painful times are often lessons. that thou mayest be my protection. especially one woman in the circle. She will pick us up. so blind. Her name is spelled with a small round ceramic pot and the symbol for “feminine. and seldom mentioned in any ancient writings. encircle me with thy arms in health and life that I may be inside thee. In hieroglyphs. night-soft wings enfolding us all. She would never consider letting us give up. dust us off. Chris began to sing “Ancient Mother. go out on a clear night and look up at the starry sky. the woman wrote down the chant.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt We invoked Her “by accident” one night. She is Mother. but brooking no nonsense. You may feel those wings about you. As Mother of the Gods. spread thy wings over me. true. On that night. so beautifully. and like so many hieroglyphs. and send us right back into the fray. She also knows that we could have learned them more easily if we weren’t so stubborn and. If you wish. The Goddess who appeared was wonderful. Her Presence touched us all. There She will be. but more Grandmother.” a container and a woman.

a piece of sodalite serves beautifully. your triumphs and your failures. And She loves you. As a symbol of Nut. Geb. and yet it does not keep us from seeing Nut when we stand outside and gaze at the star-jeweled sky. all of us. help me order my thoughts. It can absorb my confusion. Not only does it resemble Her body. We know. T 20 . and beloved also of the Lord of the Earth. She is truly Mother of the Gods. If She contains all those stars. and feel I can handle any problem. but often miles away from each other. We know that. but the feeling I get from it is very much the feeling I get from Her. She can see all. that the night sky is not solid. in the granite precipice.Circle of Isis Her Love is unconditional. This is a dark blue stone with white markings like the night sky and the stars that are its jewels. If you feel that love. you will find it impossible not to return it. in the steep sides of a canyon. She knows even those things you hide from yourself. Nothing is hidden from Her. and that the stars are not only billions of miles away from us. Womb of Creation. even those that appear in the groupings we call constellations. She knows your vices and your virtues. the God who can be seen in mountains thrusting up from the Earth. l L he lady Nut was beloved of her people.

and came to know a Lord not many are privileged to know. Oh. or failing to know Him. I can feel His strength by placing my hand on a sun-warmed boulder. thrusting up into the sky.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Geb 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. the strength of Earth people in my part of the 21 . the foundation on which both They and we stand. 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. Lord of the desert and sands! Now we sing our praise to Geb! We honor Thee! Geb! We honor Thee! Lord of the Earth. just like Her. Near my house. and they felt his strength and vitality rising from the Earth. He is the stability of the Earth under our feet. We cannot imagine ignoring Him. It was in these huge rocks that I first saw Him. praise to Thee! The people of Tamera saw this Lord stretched out below his Lady. I think of this Lord. Each time I see them. Beloved of Nut. and say a word of praise to Him. Father of Her children.

protected. Honor Him by caring for the Earth. and you will never feel alone again. stand there and feel that. He is of the Earth. we are held between Them. because we can feel that tremendous strength when large portions of the Earth move. He is of us. and He is worth knowing. Mother and Father. When we cast a circle. He is real. safe. the Sky Mother. in the love that flows between Them. With that in mind. Consider the Earth. I heartily recommend this. Know that. Send Him your love when you see the towering cliffs. Nut. Feel His power rising up 22 . There are those who have trouble with the idea of an Earth God and a Sky Mother. The Gods are complex beyond our ken. Why can’t our planet be both Mother and Father? As complex as life is. spend some time seeing the Earth as Geb. and we must stretch to try to achieve that understanding. He does exist. Geb will give you strength if you need it. He can bring you stability. The very stretching is part of our development whether we reach that understanding or not. however. Grandmother and Grandfather. and loved. to one point of view. we’d be foolish to restrict our ideas to one level.Circle of Isis world may know better than most. as we picture Nut stretched above us. because you will come to know this glorious Lord. You stand between His Body and that of his Beloved Lady. An Earth Mother seems much easier to understand because it is in the Earth that we plant seeds to grow. we picture this God beneath us. Striving to know Geb is more than an exercise. and we can’t afford to ignore any part of ourselves. much less any part of the Gods. 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. You will also learn much about the Earth if you try to feel it as a Father. Try feeling it as both and see the difference. as a seed in the womb of Nut.

Gods and Goddesses of Egypt through your feet. I never have. it came to pass that Nut found herself with child. l L Nut and Geb were lovers. Lord of the Earth. the husband of Nut was Ra. What would often be an occasion for rejoicing was here a potential tragedy. Lie on a huge boulder and feel His strength and His Love. Feel yourself sinking into the Earth. You’ll never regret it. and as it happens when two love. for though the beloved of Nut was Geb. surrounded by His glory. Lord of the Sun! 23 .

Ra! Ruler of the Sun! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. I’m sorry to say. but also for the sake of the community as well as the Craft. and I would not want to be the one who causes His displeasure. shining bright! Hail. a sad incident in our community. our King! Thou who art life. 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.Circle of Isis lL Ra Brightly He shines the Golden One! Hail. Most members of our community were hard-working. it was a frightening experience. our King! Father in heaven. our King! My first contact with Ra was not a pleasant one. The incident horrified the rest of us not only for her sake. He was angry. and. devout Witches. although I was not the object of His anger (thank goodness). and to have two group leaders use their office to abuse a student in 24 . He’s very powerful. Ra! Bring of the Light! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. A student in a group had been physically abused. There had been.

” “One of my children has been injured and you called not my name?” “No. Lord. and the 25 .” I wanted to say that the group involved was Celtic. The weather had been overcast and damp until that afternoon.” “Know you not that all are my children?” “Yes. our inability to do anything.. the Craft would be on trial. not the two people involved. I had already called upon Asar and Anpu.. but as I walked. ultimately. 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.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt the name of the God and Goddess enraged and sickened us. a pleasant smile. and it just hadn’t occurred to me to call upon this particular Lord. these two would pay for their act against their student. My entire contribution to the conversation was “Yes. Lord.. It was not. Lord. The Craft has enough troubles without its members using it to exercise their own sicknesses in its name. but. “and it will be terrible. the Sun was warm on my face.. Suddenly. the Craft. but. I was given very little chance to say anything. Lord. Realizing that. Lord.” and “No. Apparently. but. but. however. “Now you call my name?” “Yes.. One of the problems of this situation was our helplessness.” He proceeded to tell me exactly what He felt about the matter.. If the authorities were informed about the incident. but I regret to say I hadn’t thought to call upon Ra. That incident was not actively in my thoughts at the time. I’m sure. His actions would not be immediate.” He told me.. “They will go through the darkness... but.. I felt His Presence powerful and angry and I heard. 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. and I was singing Ra’s name in my mind.

(There are times when I’m not a very nice person. Nut swallowed Him at sunset and gave birth to Him at dawn. Heru sa Aset. while Ra represents the Sun that can be sensed. Amen. and all-seeing. heat. In the New Kingdom of Tamera. Ra is the Sun at noon and Midsummer.) 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). was often portrayed as a Hawk. like several other deities. He is very protective of all of us. the Younger. and that I wouldn’t want to be on His bad side. Although he is not. Sothistar uses four to represent the Sun both in its daily and annual cycles. Ra represents the physical aspects of the Sun. powerful. Amen represents the invisible aspects of the Sun. and so forth. but I have full faith that they will learn the lessons needed when they face this Lord. we’ve kept an eye on them. specifically light and heat. There are many Sun deities in Tameran mythology. He is angered by those who hurt us. beginning the day as a youth and aging as the journey went on. Ra was (and is) the mightiest Lord of all. the High Lord. the light. to me. the ultraviolet rays and so forth. To some. Groups or individuals who wish to work with Tameran deities just have to choose which they will work with and see as the Sun. and called Amen Ra. This bird soars above all free.Circle of Isis Gods was a matter of delight to me. While I don’t use this name. Ra. 26 . The Tamerans pictured Ra sailing across the sky in a barque. Nothing horrible has happened to them. is the Sun at dawn and at Spring. those we can sense. both times of unseen beginnings. Khephera is the Sun at midnight and at Yule. His name and attributes were combined with those of another Sun God. he has my respect and love. I understand the combination. What did I learn from this contact with Ra? Among other things. Tum is the Sun at evening and Autumn.

Tehuti. Amen. He proclaimed. Our story might have ended here. Lord of Wisdom. came to prominence. were it not for yet another God. so powerful that when another Sun God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Powerful was the Sun in this ancient land. be born in any day of the year. Ra pronounced a curse upon the children carried in the womb of the Lady. the Tamerans added Ra’s name to His. for none could ignore this mighty Lord. and powerful Ra. 27 . The children would not. In His not totally unreasonable anger. Lord of Words. the wisest mage and teacher of all time. Inventor of hieroglyphs.

curved beak and hold any serious thoughts. I would earn wings. 28 . I would earn wings. Wisdom can fly. Books. imagine Him standing before you in this form. to look at the strange figure with a human body and a bird head with a long. I would learn from Thee. holiest mage. and you will not find Him ludicrous. Lord. humor. you find in those eyes of infinite depth. It can seem laughable to consider this figure the Lord of Wisdom. Knowledge. if you meditate upon Him.Circle of Isis lL Tehuti (Thoth) Wisdom has wings. Teacher of kings. I would learn from Thee. Teaching—all these are His. Head of an ibis. and. Wisdom. Could wisdom come to one such as I? Teacher of Gods. Oh. Tehuti is said to be the Inventor of this alphabet. I would learn from Thee. I would earn wings.” He holds the keys to the Greater Mysteries. He is also ruler of knowledge beyond “book learning. Many believe the hieroglyphs are some of those keys. look into those eyes. Teacher of kings. at first. all these are represented by Him. Learning. s It seems difficult. Wisest of all wise ones. Oh. hear my cry! Feel my heart reach! My life is learning if you will but teach! Teacher of Gods. Teacher of Gods. Words. eyes of a sage. You will be entranced by the wisdom. Science. Yet. yes. Oh. Teacher of kings.

many believe that there is more to the hieroglyphs than representation of sounds. there was a thread that ran through all the messages. but remember. His appearance changed to a form so that a specific person could relate to Him better. strive for growth. but this is a graduate course. One of my former students was a bluegrass musician.” In order to learn the Greater Mysteries Tehuti can teach you. He said. you must prepare to be ready for that knowledge.” Although each message was different. soul-deep desire to learn and grow. of course. He said. When we did a contact ritual on Tehuti. In at least one case. The desire is important. 29 . Irreverent? Who am I to tell a God how He shall appear? My student loved this God most dearly. He has so much to teach you. Tehuti is also interested in your spiritual growth as well as your mental development. the feelings the Ancients had for their alphabet. the brush well made. the ink finely ground. Without it. reach for the knowledge you need. Tehuti appeared to him wearing mirror shades and helped with musical arrangements. “words of the God. The important thing you must have is a sincere.” To another writer.” To a man involved with computers. the words given to each of us were different.” This name revealed. As someone at that meditation put it. He had a personal relationship with Tehuti. and he will do whatever is necessary to help you learn. that thread was “Pardon me. The ancients called this pictographic alphabet medu neter. Funny? Maybe. I am sure there is much to be learned from their study. help you to achieve this. That’s the important thing. as names often do. “There is information that must be in your memory banks before I can teach you. You must be worthy of His teachings. He said.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Similar to the many who believe the Tarot deck is a book of knowledge hidden in symbolism. Tehuti will. To me. no amount of study will help you. You must advance spiritually. “Teach what you teach. Prepare them for me. “The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth.

You needn’t be a writer. Chris. if you have a human teacher. and then Tehuti will teach you. I call upon Tehuti often for his guidance in serving my students. Nut gave birth to three sons and two daughters. and I have had must be shared with this Wise Lord. Asar. and Nebet Het. or bookkeeper to honor Tehuti. As a teacher. and have no water bowl from which to libate. 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. 30 O . This Lord is the greatest teacher of all. and the wise and loving Tehuti took pity on our beautiful Goddess. and He has helped me innumerable times to teach and lead my students. I make an offering from my first cup of coffee! For me. creating five new days in the year. He can teach you so much more than any earthly teacher. it’s an advanced one. l L ne cannot be wise without being loving. a bookkeeper. build a foundation of knowledge. this beverage is a necessary working tool. If you wish to learn from Tehuti. that what he or she has to offer is unimportant. asking Tehuti to bless the work I am to do that day. His is not a basic course. Her Ur. I use a computer to write.Circle of Isis Tehuti was very special to ancient scribes. That may sound frivolous. Set. The current equivalent of a scribe might be a secretary. but I make my libation with all reverence. Such hard work will always be rewarded by the Lord of Wisdom. secretary. During these days. He played draughts with the Moon. You need only have the desire to learn and grow. Learn from your teacher. work hard and reach for His Knowledge. Credit for any success my husband. This does not mean. and won one 70-second part of each day. We could not have done it without his help. and the willingness to work at achieving those things. Every morning. Aset. I have never had the feeling He thought my act was irreverent. or a writer.

We know Asar as the Lord of the Underworld.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Asar (Osiris) Osiris. Osiris. because most of our information comes from tombs. Lord. He is also one of the least understood. Osiris. She Whose Name was Truth. Lord. Lord. Osiris. Hold us in your hands. Except for Aset. Lord. during which the heart of the deceased was weighed against the Feather of Maat. Lord. Touch us with your smile. Such writings are. Osiris. presided over the Weighing of the Heart. for most only know one of His Aspects. Asar is probably the most widely known of the Egyptian Gods. Holy is thy name. as the Judge. Fill us with your breath Osiris. Osiris. Pharaoh of two lands. of course. Osiris. We know Asar. Ruler of the Nile. Warm us with your flame Osiris. very much concerned with death and the afterlife. King of life and death. Lord. Osiris. 31 y . the Judge.

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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.


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. “What?” you say. 38 . This Lady is the most difficult for me to write about. Her Love. “Everyone knows about Aset. I have dedicated all my life to Her and the work She wants me to do.Circle of Isis lL Aset (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. Her Magnificence. I will show you my lady. Maiden. direction. She came into my life and brought with Her purpose. You’d think that would make it easy to write about Her. but it doesn’t. Mother. How can it be hard to write about Her?” It is difficult because she is my Lady. and meaning. Would your spirit unfold. I can find no words that will do Her justice. I am Her Priestess. I will never feel I have succeeded in showing you Her Beauty. I will show you my Lady. Her Splendor. Her Power. and Friend? Come with me. no dictionary or thesaurus contains them.

the Goddess as friend. please help me!” I heard laughter that held all the music of the spheres and a gentle voice full of mirth saying. Don’t let the term “loyal wife” confuse you. in desperation. the Lord and Lady are given equal honor. That night I just couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep. “It’s about time you called me friend. and She held me. as I did. Queen. She is usually portrayed in one of three forms: wearing the Solar Crown. When he traveled to teach the rest of the world. so were all my bruises. In 1977 I had been pagan for a couple of years. mother. the throne that is Her name. I have. prayed. Aset ruled Egypt. Both Aset and Asar ruled Tamera. Both are the height and heart of our coven. and ruler. lit candles to Her. 39 . I meditated. Those who had suffered because of love reached out to Her. In Egypt. shares yet another aspect of Isis with us. for She understood. My friend Willie. She defended her son against everything from scorpions to Set. Those of any age who felt the need of a nurturing Mother turned to Her. One day I fell. for She knew their pain. In our tradition. Finally. but there was nothing personal in our relationship. We are not talking about the “little woman. I know. or Her winged form. She was the epitome of loyal wife. I was able to fall asleep and when I awoke. I cried out. Parents appealed to Her for protection for their children.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Who is She? Mother. Aset’s status was and is equal to that of Asar. nothing serious but bruises and lots of aches and pain.” or the woman behind the man who has no place of her own. also a priestess of Isis. Creatrix. Like a good Christian turned Pagan I worshiped and revered my Goddess from afar.” A healing warmth filled by body and my pain was gone. and Sister. “My friend. Those who had lost a loved one appealed to Aset for comfort. Worker of Magic. those many years ago.

the kite is a captor. all life feeds off other life. and do. First. symbolized by a predator? How can you?” I can. let me remind you that we are the animal kingdom’s most voracious predators. She performed the greatest act of magic: She gave new life to her murdered husband. even one we don’t like. She winked at me and said. Since then she has been my best friend and confidant. “Sweet lovely Aset. so to some. She wants to be a part of your daily life. and have no room to criticize others. An insect. a relative of the hawk. Second. So does a swallow. daily basis. loved with. that the Gods have a sense of humor. 40 . It is often said. Willie has certainly learned that Isis does! Isis also loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. The bird of prey hunts down its food and kills it. but as energies that are lived with. although its prey is usually an insect. is still live prey. I can hear you now. Heru. “I’m here!” This Lady has so many facets. and laughed with on an intimate. 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. some. usually ruefully. I suggest another possibility.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. She doesn’t want to be adored from afar. a kite. There are many paintings of Aset hovering over Her Love’s body. Some writers call this bird a swallow. possessing talons that grab and hold. A few years ago. Like the hawk and the vulture. that makes it all right. the African swallow-tailed kite. fanning the breath of life into Him with the wings of a bird. 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. at the same time conceiving their son. my best friend asked me to dedicate his home to Isis.

nor a queen a queen. The disk in between. It is to our Sun. Without a throne. of course. but also the horns of the waxing and waning Moon. Aset. Another legend has it that Aset and Asar went to Sirius after They left Earth. 41 .” (You’ll see Het Heret wearing it. we are stable. means “throne. as I said above. The curved horns represent not only the cow. Our coven. and Sothis to the Greeks. as well as beautiful.” or “horned crown.” does represent a sun.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt The kite gives a feeling of strength I do not find in a swallow. You’ll notice the third star to Orion’s right is just a little off line from the other two. Legend has it that this star is the home of Aset. usually identified by the three stars that make up his belt. named in honor of that bright Sun. Aset is not a Southern Belle who gets the vapors when things become difficult. It is. She is the epitome of woman. a physical symbol of our goal in life. Sothistar. some say. the brightest star in the heavens. is.” one of the symbols of a ruler. It is Aset who can make kings and queens of us. you will find Sirius.” the source of its power. steady. a Mother symbol to the Egyptians. Her name. It is our inspiration. Sirius is called “the sun behind the Sun. it is a planet or possibly a satellite. we stand alone on our two fragile feet. but not our Sun. held. lift us heavenward. As you continue past (not through) the third star. too. known as Sopdet to the Egyptians. a seat. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and is easy to find. We seek to be bright and shining for Her sake. The crown she often wears is called a “solar crown. most of the year. in Her honor. If there is something brighter up there (besides the Moon). Locate the constellation Orion. supported. strong and powerful. called the “solar disk. Aset usually has the vulture headdress on as well. Without a throne. a king is not a king. It represents Sirius. while Het Heret does not). as our Sun is to our Moon. In a chair. Start with the star farthest to your right (his left) and draw a line through the middle star.

When we call upon Her in Sothistar’s rituals.). Freya. the right stone. azurite and malachite are often found together. however. and all the other Ladies upon whom we have called over the centuries. In contact rituals or other meditations. There’s a subject for meditation for you! I use two stones for Aset. 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. charged for that purpose. The first is azurite. The Romans fell in love with Aset. the Goddess. and held an annual ceremony in which their ships were blessed by the Goddess. it is as much a symbol of the Goddess as is the Moon. or chants. would be that much more effective. Statues of Aset nursing Her son. etc. The Romans. and took Her worship home with them. A beautiful description of Her can be found in Apeleius’ The Golden Asse.Circle of Isis and to Her Glory. saw Aset as a sea Goddess. we are 42 . a beautiful stone of blue and green. Another stone is chrysocolla. A temple of Aset has been found in England. its use was restricted to priests. Heru. If a special work is done that applies to a particular deity. Not everyone saw Her in Egyptian style or dress. Both of these attributions are the result of meditation. For us. Many people then (and now) saw Her as I do. Morrigan. Sirius is a double star. spreading Her fame even farther. Rhiannon. It was a very precious stone in Egypt. may have inspired the many pictures of the Madonna and child that came later. As a matter of fact. A small problem with using the Tameran Gods in our culture was the lack of a sea deity. The finest pieces look like blue-banded malachite. Het Heret. Bast. we should use as His or Her symbol. we often ask the God or Goddess we are communing with if there are special stones (or incenses. the Lady in whom I find Nebet Het.

She is the sustainer of souls and the spirit of quiet.. She is the August Dweller at the 43 ISIS .existence. silent shadows of the night. eats... all the many aspects humankind has given form to. She is the Womb of time and Being and all dwells in and as part of Her. relentless sureness of self.. 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 the Mistress of Mysteries and a lamp in the darkness to all who would seek Her and learn of Her ways.. Formally. She can be as cold as ice and yet burn like fire as She seeks to help bring all to wholeness.and quiet becomings and growth in the secret recesses of the Earth. She is the stark. laughs or whispers in the rustlings of leaves and dwells in the glow of sunlit things or the soft. She is night and her children are the stars. She is Twilight. “She lives in the endless murmuring of the sea or streams. or breathes. She is the spiny coolness of the air and the refreshing caresses of soft a ‘beautiful festival of heaven and earth..Gods and Goddesses of Egypt calling all the Goddesses. She lives in love.’ 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. and transfiguration. Although I will probably never feel any of my words will ever do Her justice. She lives in the sustaining and nourishing qualities of what one drinks.the Opening Between Worlds. gleams and sparkles in the sheen of stones. all the names by which the Lady has been called over the centuries. completion. laughter. offering and giving of Herself to preserve one alive. She dwells in the wellsprings of the self where one goes to draw nourishment and strength for one’s being.. I have found the words of another that are worthy of her.

Mother of the Golden Heru who Answered for His Father. Lady of Warmth and Fire. Lady of the North Wind. She will be living within you. Great Lady of the Other Worlds. Light Giver of Heaven. Lady of Wild Things. Lady of Life. Lady of Silence. Most Mighty One. Beloved in All Lands. Swift Huntress of the Soul. Protector of Anpu. Child of Nut. Maker of Kings. Female Ra. Greatest of the Goddesses and Gods. Lady of Joy and Gladness. Hidden Goddess. Mistress of Silence. Only One. She will answer you. Lady of the West. 1975 44 . Lady of Abundance. So will all the other Goddess and Gods. Queen of the Great House. Healer of Broken Dreams. the Splendid Light Who Veilest in Brilliancy. Benefactor of the Other World. Daughter of Geb. Lady of Silver. Mistress of the Luminous Darkness. Church of the Eternal Source First printed in Khephera. Lady of Love. Wife of the Lord of Inundation. Queen of the North and South.Circle of Isis Threshold. Fertility Through Waters. Lady of the Dawn. Lady of Heaven. She dwells in the depths and heights of every being. Divine One. Daughter of Neb er Tcher. Lady of the New Year. If you call to and from them. Goddess of the Gods’ Food. Mistress of the Fields of Heaven. Eye of Ra. Wife of Asar Millions of Years. Female Horus. Lady of the Mysterious Peace. Lady of the Fields. Dweller in Stillness.” Ron Myron. Lady of Words of Power. Greatest of the Dwellers in Nun. Maker of Sunrise. and Producer and Giver of Life. Opener of Life. Lady of the Green Crops. Giver of Life. The Power of the Nile. Lady of Beer. If you prepare a place within your heart for Her to dwell. Lady of Bread. Lady of the Endless Quiet Light. Queen of Earth. Goddess of Fields and Lands. Creatrix of Green Things. Transformer of Bodies into Bodies of Light. Goddess of the Harvest. Lady Who Opens the Year. Throne of Being.

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nasty. I’ve tried to include as few qabalistic references as possible in this book. 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. If not. Only the eternal shall remain In his wake. I confess to you. but I do understand what Set represents.Circle of Isis lL Set Ù 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. you will realize that I’m telling you the story of Aset and Asar. If you are at all familiar with Egyptian mythology. Myths mean something beyond the story. There must be more to it than that. evil Set! An Egyptian Satan! Now you know. We have no need for evil Gods. as a good Pagan I can’t accept that. Bad. I don’t yet know the meaning of every part of the myth. 46 .

Set wasn’t always considered a villain in Tamera. The grain is cut. there were people who do not understand. 47 . and not as an evil God. and that death is necessary for rebirth. and gave it life again. Pagans. I hope this discussion will make sense even if you don’t have knowledge of the subject. who feel any event or experience that is painful or difficult must be the result of evil. He was originally a desert and storm God. We have learned that the cycle of life includes death. wielder of the sword. planted it. Aset gathered the grain. Both are necessary for balance. the lessons Mars and Saturn have to teach can be very hard. We have come to understand that breaking down is as much a part of life as building up. and is scattered. falls. and who teaches agriculture to his people. please consult The Witches Qabalah (Weiser). who is patron of the arts. and hard times are usually lessons. very painful. That which Asar had to give was then given to the world. it takes root and is reborn. have learned that the lessons are usually hard. He was honored greatly. and the surgeon with a scalpel. Nurtured by the Air (Aset) and nourished by the Water (Nebet Het). Astrologically. and some still refer to these as “malefic” planets. Asar was the grain. At various times throughout the beloved land’s history. Even in a country as apparently enlightened as Tamera.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt because this text isn’t about Qabala. There are many. Asar represents Chesed and his forces as the benevolent king. Set represents Geburah and its energies: the warrior king. the king who nurtures civilization. but if you are interested in some background information. nurtured it. but I can’t avoid it here. Another interpretation would be to view Asar as the grain and Set as the harvester. In this story. even today. and the grain must be cut down if it is to spring up anew. however.

I have seen a pot. Once you have learned to accept Him. only the obstacles to growth. the air is clean. gazed upon Asar with such love that Set became enraged. Set found more reason for envy. The windstorms where I live are frightening. for the eyes of his wife and sister. 48 . and much of the dust and dirt is gone. only the unnecessary. envied His brother the love of the people. We cannot love and honor Asar without loving and honoring Set.Circle of Isis We may not like storms. Nebet Het. but when they pass. we’d never get some things clean. and in His own home. He removes only the temporal. He is not easy to love. dead leaves are blown from the trees. That which Set takes away is never essential. made bright again by sand blasting. Without scouring pads. you will find Him glorious! l L Set of the Red Hair. but learning to do so can be a giant step forward in your growth. Lord of Storm. but the Earth is often the better for their passing. It is our clinging to those things that make the cutting away painful. black with decades of use.

” She assisted Aset in the magical work done to resurrect Asar. I am the unseen. Mother of Anpu. do I teach. I am the starlight in the night. I am thoughtful silence. I am the chorus of the breeze.” 49 . seek me not. if you would seek me. All this does not tell us who She is. I am that which is not what it seems to be. “Oh. I am thoughtful silence. I am thoughtful silence. By misdirection. Whispered winds thought limbs of trees I am thoughtful silence. teach me of Thee. I followed my own advice and used one of the methods I described earlier. and yet we know little about Her. wife to Set. Book after book said little more than I’ve already written. (Used by permission from Carol N.” The following was the answer. I am thoughtful silence. Hart) This lady appears in many wall paintings and is mentioned in many writings. I chanted.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Nebet Het (Nephthys) I am the darkness of the womb I am thoughtful silence. So. She is the sister of Aset and Asar. Her name means “Lady of the House. Nebet Het. “Child. I am the stillness of the tomb. When I determined to learn more. I was constantly frustrated. Soft the sound of wings in flight.

I think most of the things we learn indirectly are from Her. and yet so different. She is the dark side of the Moon. that’s Nebet Het. Nebet Het is mystery. a lesser known side. sanding a floor. I don’t think you can reach for Her. Who is She? Once. and we never see it. Aset is the silver Moon. In all I’ve learned about both ladies. they are closely related. Guided meditations are Nebet Het’s style. Aset is magic. I think She must come to you. (Some call her the Dark Aset. When we discover we’ve learned something by some way other than direct study. In the movie Karate Kid. Her energy seemed familiar to me. they are sisters. movements that are a part of the martial art. it is part of the whole. I find them connected. I think She comes more often than we know. That’s Nebet Het. yet was different. not the dark of the Moon. it is an integral part of the Moon. I said she was Aset.Circle of Isis I work with Her since has shown me who She is. He is given work washing and waxing cars. Each job had to be done with very specific movements. When we suddenly realize that something we’ve learned has proved useful in a totally unexpected way. When the boy finally objects. Lecturing is an Aset form of teaching. Nebet Het is the dark side of the Moon. at least as much as I can understand. Upon 50 . How can we learn more of Her? I don’t know. the dark side of the Moon. varnishing fences. Her Presence in a ritual can be confusing because it is so like that of Aset. the young hero is taking karate lessons from an older man. that’s Nebet Het. and painting a house. his teacher shows him that in the course of his performing the chores. It is there. But I’ve learned that all the Gods and Goddesses are so individual that I can no longer say that.) I had a phone call the other day from a High Priestess of another coven who asked if we worked with this Lady. certain movements had become second nature. Yes.

I am spending. independent. she described an aspect they’d experienced in a Moon rite recently. She was drawn to Aset. like being in love. Choosing (or being chosen by) a deity to dedicate yourself to can be a joyful experience. and those who reach Second Degree will be Their High Priest or High Priestess. With the approach of her First Degree initiation. Am I being obscure? It isn’t deliberate. Because I am dedicated to Aset. if anyone. 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. She didn’t know. especially if you can’t secrete it anywhere. We did an aspect of Nebet Het in which I served as the vessel. and the results of Her words and actions turned out to be very different from what was expected. we discussed the aspect and when the woman spoke. or thereafter. As I/She stood in front of this particular student. I learned it hadn’t been necessary for me to speak. but felt in her heart that wasn’t quite right. 51 . You can call upon Her to help you teach in Her Manner. “That’s Her!” I said.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt my answering positively (or “Positively!”). 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. But it should not be taken lightly. I know I must learn to know this Lady better. members of Sothistar may also make special dedications at First. and will continue to spend. Although Asar and Aset are High Lord and High Lady of Sothistar. The Lady had been indirect. I found myself unable to speak the thoughts that were coming to me. It’s the Nature of this Lady. You can call upon Nebet Het if you wish something to be hidden. one of our people was still unsure whom she’d make a dedication to. I assure you. After the ritual.

the Challenger. and. in legend. Guardian of the Underworld. Others say. blessed the joining. Anpu. Anpu. Anpu. a child of hidden light. the Observer.Circle of Isis a great deal of time learning about Her. loving a God or Goddess is always a joy. the more I love Her. The more I learn of Her. Asar knew. Guide of Souls. A child was born to Nebet Het. Some say the Goddess deceived the Lord by taking on the likeness of Aset. 52 . And many say that Aset knew of the union. as you know. and in her boundless love. that Nebet Het and Asar were lovers. the Jackal. Anpu. l L It is said.

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. the Challenger.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Anpu (Anubis) 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? Ó Jackals: scavengers. Anpu is the Guardian. altogether nasty animals. night prowlers. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. the Dark Lord. they set a standard often hard to live up to. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. are they? Instead. 53 . or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. a standard that can present quite a challenge. 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. right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things. You must be ready to face Him steadfastly.

so that you can do what you must to handle the situation. Future Guardians may not be Priests of Anpu. a form of obsidian that appears opaque until it is held up against the light. Chris was. If he removed your fear. the association is certainly appropriate. Chris. A priest of Anpu is most appropriate for this office. but they will certainly be required to have a personal relationship with this God. the Guardian of our coven. but removes you from your fear. letting you step back and view it objectively. My husband and High Priest. always. He once said to me. He assists His Father. you would not necessarily be able to do that. Anpu is an observer. Its effects are somewhat gentler than obsidian. According to some sources. If there is something wrong about a person. Although Chris was chosen by Anpu rather than the other way around. he knows it. “If you are afraid. It is He who serves as a guide through the Underworld— jackals are very good in the dark. We are told that lying was an anathema to this Lord. His stone is an apache tear. Chris has an unerring sense about people. There are times when not being afraid would be stupid. a reporter.” He does not remove your fear from you. obsidian will tell you the truth.Circle of Isis Anpu is the son of Asar and Nebet Het. the priest/esses of Anpu were the true-seers. is His Priest. reach out into the darkness. for a long time. Lack of fear is not courage. I’ve gotten to know Anpu quite well. Feel the darkness gather around your hand. but they can still be difficult to deal with. yet another challenge. There is a big difference. in the Weighing of the Heart. 54 . and we are not always ready to face the truth. Courage is being afraid and going ahead and doing what you must. He is the only person in our coven who can veto the entrance of a potential student. In a meditation. the Judge. and I will remove you from your fear.

Because they weren’t ready. That would have been a mistake. they didn’t believe the things the stone had told them. We all carried them and several were placed around various homes. to see who was sending it. A week later. and that not everyone is ready to work with it. Naturally. It was she who taught us that obsidian must be worked with carefully. four of us charged some apache tears with a very special purpose: They were charged to rebound any negativity sent toward us. We did not attack. If you are unfamiliar with the ethics of magical practice.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Some years ago. From her.) I learned later that she and her students worked for weeks to trace the negativity back to its source. Naturally. (Three of those apache tears were in the pockets of people standing around her at the moment. 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 had a teacher in our community who shared her knowledge about crystals and stones. We’ve worked with His protective aspect more than once. More than once 55 . but most of them weren’t. you may have learned a thing or two from this story. lots of people were absolutely sure they were worthy and ready and mature. She couldn’t understand it. and to turn any negativity we might inadvertently send out into love and light. We gave the stones to anyone who might be a target of the negativity. We needed to protect our homes and ourselves from that. and a lot of things happened in their lives to show that they were doing anything they could to ignore the truth. Some of them were ready. With the help of Anpu. because she was the source. they failed. I learned most of what I know about the subject. and they rushed out to buy obsidian balls without giving it a second thought. How do I know that? I could see the effects. Our community had some problems with certain members sending out negativity.

but everything you can learn about it in its day-to-day life.. you should first learn everything about that animal. I repeated the prayer as usual. We’d been burglarized several times. not every day. “City of the Wolf. I would have been doing the wrong thing. Although the jackal is the animal normally attributed to Anpu. portrayed exactly as Anpu except that He is colored gray instead of black. there is some question among archaeologists as to whether this is correct. I would say. “I’m guarding already!” From that day on. and prey. its food. One possibility mentioned in Hope’s book certainly occurred more than once at our house. understandably. and were. and the one that is. most appropriate. and at the houses of others who have asked the same protection. 56 .. and every day when I left the house. a little tired of it. habits. but often enough to be noticeable. I simply thanked him for guarding us. dogs we’d never seen before. When Anpu came to my husband in meditations. Although I love the jackal.Circle of Isis I’ve believed the source of a problem was a particular person and I was wrong. Black dogs started showing up. he came as both jackal and wolf. The woman received back only what she had sent. and heard very distinctly. There is another deity. and prevented any negativity from getting out.and haven’t seen since. please guard our home. I took a suggestion from Murray Hope’s Practical Egyptian Magic.” After about a month. They see him as a dog. He was the High God in a city the Greeks called Lycopolis. Another protection we received from Anpu had to do with our home. as I was leaving the house. you might be more comfortable working with the wolf first. as I have shown. We simply sent the negativity back to its source. or a jackal. a wolf.” Both jackal and wolf have undeserved reputations. If I had performed a spell against that person. “Lord Anpu. As a note: when you are doing magical work or meditation with any animal. not just symbology connected with it. Apuat.

took it down to the river and placed it in the water. worthy of a God. And when you are ready. Passing His challenge is reason to be proud. Set announced a contest. If you are not yet ready. and hidden by the dark of night. and do pass the challenge. Build it. He is shining gold! l L Set could bear no more. When the feast was over. To them he gave this order: Build a sarcophagus suitable for the body of a God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You have nothing to fear from Anpu if you are ready to walk the hidden ways. and one by one each rose again. if you are ready to face the hidden truths. and sealed it with lead. inlay it with the most precious jewels. and dance. When the sarcophagus was completed. to the exact dimensions of the King. there is no reason to be ashamed. or too short. for all were too tall. There was music. The last to enter the sarcophagus was Asar. closed it. imprisoning the King. He called to his presence the craftsmen of greatest skill. He had only time to discover the perfect fit when Set and his henchmen fell upon the sarcophagus. however. One by one. and the Lord of Storm conceived a plan. Lord of Tamera. He revealed the glorious sarcophagus. gild it with the purest gold. Together. or too wide of hip. 57 . or too fat. you will make an amazing discovery: Anpu isn’t black and snarling at all. he ordered. and a glorious feast. Set and his conspirators carried the coffin out of the banquet hall. too narrow of shoulder. Set held a banquet in Asar’s honor. Build it of the finest woods. and proclaimed to whosoever fit it exactly would receive it as a gift. those at the banquet lay down in the coffin. where it floated away into the dark night. too thin. if you have courage. You will always have another chance.

Mourn. Our Lord is gone. And Nut added her voice to theirs as they called to the land of Tamera. my mother weep. Weep. mourn. For our brother. my sister. Weep. The King is gone. Set. for our brother! Together they cried out in grief to their mother. Hiding the body in the swamps. Your son is gone! Your son is gone. For my love. rent her garments. mourn. my country weep. Nebet Het. for the King. She called out to her sister. In a furor. and with his godly strength. who mourned with her. oh. Weep. Tamera. scattered the pieces throughout the Earth. however. The grieving Goddess searched.Circle of Isis Word came to Aset of the death of her Lord and Love. for our Lord. Mourn. Weep. As was the custom. weep. weep. 58 . mourn. For my son. Our brother’s gone. and mourned. he dismembered the corpse of his brother. In her absence. Mother. for your son. hunting in the swamp. our lord is gone. found her Lord. and she cried out in pain. she tore her hair. Aset sought assistance. discovered the body. Mourn. our brother’s gone. and in the land of Byblos. my sister. beloved land. The King is gone. my country. Mourn.

She traveled the world she knew. and sent out a call for help. and her son. one at the foot and one at the head of Asar. To those who wait in mourning. With the sweetest of herbs. O beautiful boy. son. they called to their brother. Then Aset and Nebet Het stood. learned of Set’s actions. She took the body of her husband back to the beloved land. Anpu. come to thy wife. Gently. and that she replaced with a member carved of sacred sycamore. sister. Come back! Come back! Beloved of all. Wife. Come home to those who love thee.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Returning to the swamp. And bring the joy back into life! Come to thy house And ease the pain 59 . Come to thy sister. and worlds she did not know. Mother of the Gods. they assembled the body of Asar. she retrieved the parts of her murdered Lord. that all in that country would know. At the site of each piece she recovered. she built a temple to the glory and remembrance of her King. and Nut. they perfumed it. and revere Asar. the most fragrant of spices. hid it once again. All she found. they wrapped their Lord. the Lady of Magic beheld an empty sarcophagus. and one by one. all but one. remember. Nebet Het came. and mother gathered together to perform a rite that was to be reenacted through all the ages of the beloved land. come back. in the finest of linen. and set out once more to recover the body of her husband. Come back. this time piece by cherished piece.

Chanting her ancient magics. and made greater still for the longing she felt for her Lord. sa Asar. Heru the Younger. But Aset was Mistress of Magic. Her power was great. Heru the Hawk. let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come back! O beautiful boy. and hovered over her husband. further spells to cast. Heru sa Aset. Come home to those Who love thee. Performing the greatest enchantment of all.Circle of Isis Oh. and she had further work to do. and at the same time conceived their son. who mourn thee. spread her wings. who call. she transformed herself into a swallow-tailed kite. 60 . she brought life anew to Asar.

we see quail. Heru has many aspects. Bright Lord. Heru. Instead of pigeons and sparrows. but now and then we see a glimpse of a kestrel and more often we hear that little hawk proclaiming its own majesty. Son of Isis) „ \ Heru! Heru! Young Lord. One of the delights of living here is the variety of birds we didn’t see when we lived in the valley. ravens. Born of Aset.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Heru. Heru! Heru! Heru! Hawk of Heaven! Heru! Heru! Heru! Heh! Child of Aset and Asar. The majority of them are red tails. of course. Heru! Heru. Heru! Heru! Heru! Son of Asar. mockingbirds. and as a man with a hawk’s head. I live on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley. More than one deity was symbolized by the hawk. He is pictured as a youth with his finger to his lips. as a hawk wearing the double crown. Lord of Morning. owls. Heru! Heru. conceived after Asar’s death. hawks. and. 61 . and I have no trouble understanding why. Heru. sa Aset (Horus. roadrunners.

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. their speed. I long to soar with the hawks. their vision. or soaring across the sky. who is dedicated to Heru. That was the time that I discovered that I was not failing the deity by my strange forms of devotion. Fifteen years later. There is something about their beauty and power that enchants me. I am exulted in their presence and lifted away from the mundane world. name. shared his experiences with me. It was amazing that I could find a place to sit 62 . and Friend Heru was when I was 16 years old. That the work I was doing during my periods of petition (prayer) and meditation were the highest forms of practices in the Craft. My friend. My first encounter with my Father. He did come to me in the form of an epiphany. I saw the principles of Union of the polarities. Brother. or His specific Aspect. and sing “Heru!” hoping they’ll hear and know my feelings. I’ve totally lost track of my work because I glanced out and saw a hawk. I call to them with my love. I had developed my Craft and my choice of spiritual path. hovering in place.Circle of Isis My desk is near the patio door and I can look out over the valley. yes. Rick. I thirst for their freedom. my observance of the natural cycles of life and connecting them with the deity. Many times. Although my Lord did not come to me in form. it is very easy for me to see in the hawk an image of the God. and devotion to truth. strength of conviction. Oh. 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 mean that I felt those things in my worship and work. their strength.

I was reminded again of the time we flew together: the heat of the Sun and the cooling wind under our wings. I found that place emotionally while inspired to sit at the very edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. while not denying them. Two always make one. I thought. Osiris. that it is the management of my emotions. and his Father. That was his gift to me: a personal lesson that brought much clarity to me. after having that visit. Anubis. with his brother. on another level. It was the most awesome experience of my life. join the bird in flight. And he united the two Realms and made them one. When I succumbed to the natural human emotion of anger He came to me again. He made it clear that He is the Sun God. Rick’s prayer to Heru is one we can all use. Over the years I have developed a sincere friendship and love of the Aspects. sharing the cool uplift of the air and the warm Sun shining on us all. 63 . 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 makes the passing grade and the stuff of our world come into focus.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt quietly and just be there. so my dialog with them became less formal. I was able to maintain a state of consciousness that allowed me to observe the bird physically and. And when I was having trouble dealing with my mother’s ill health just a few months ago. His reign is one over the two Realms because the balance tipped in his favor. That moment. Isis. his Mother. I shared my passionate distaste for her suffering with the Gods. It was then that Heru showed me the beauty of life—its awesome splendor.

When a hawk “stoops” feet first to capture its prey. which are said to be the source of the well-known Eye of Horus. You are a predator. So mote it be! Both the peregrine falcon and the kestrel bear eye markings. I’ve already done so. Are you feeling sorry for the mouse? Am I going to have to give my lecture on predators again? I won’t do it. As the child of the God and Goddess.) For us. in the section on Aset. referring to the battle He fought with Set to revenge His father’s death and reclaim His father’s throne. If you don’t like that. and soar to the heavens. Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are predators. (The harvested grain springs anew. If you’ve ever communed with a hawk. at length. From there. 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. If you ever have trouble contacting any deity. I don’t think you’d care what they eat. your light shines brightly over the mysteries. both new Suns.Circle of Isis Heru. He represents the Dawn and the Spring. start with Heru. Hawks have incredible eyesight and can spot a mouse running through a field from hundreds of feet in the sky. Heru is also known as the Avenger. Heru is the God who is most easily reached because He symbolizes the deity within. it is a simple matter to reach other Gods. It is only for us to open our eyes and focus on them for us to learn and understand. You must understand that predators are a part of life. He represents each of us. but as a protective symbol as well. They are used not only to represent Heru. it can go at speeds of more than 30 miles an hour. 64 . become the hawk. I’m sorry.

Find the hawk. Patroness of the Arts. He is a very personal God. 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. H 65 . who are not so much interested in the temporary. she of the Horned Crown. who had occupied the throne of Tamera. this lifetime you as in the eternal you. A great battle took place.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt I often speak of Gods and Goddesses who are impersonal. l L eru grew to manhood and challenged Set. Among them were those who have no other part in this story. find the glory that He is. and you will find the glory that you are. There was the Lady of Malachite. but. You will learn how to fly. cannot be ignored. witnessed by all the Gods and Goddesses known to the people of the beloved land. because we love them. Heru is not one of these.

My Lady Het Heret. And as I found out later. Het Heret has been called “Lady of Malachite.” Many of the arts belong to this beautiful Goddess.) This would seem to me to include most inspired works in any form of expression and any work that expressed a heart-felt emotion. She said. there is a specific one: malachite.Circle of Isis lL Het Heret (Hat Hor) Roots.” or “House of the Sky. I asked Her what stone should be used to represent Her. The Tamerans symbolized this by depicting Het Heret as a cow. but that found in nourishment. Down to the depths of the earth. “Hold a stone in your hand. it will work.” which 66 . If it says to you ‘eternity. not rock-hard immovable strength.’ it is my stone. Trees.” You will also see Her name spelled “Het Heru. with a crown bearing horns. Life springing from the world’s heart My Lady Het Heret.’ if it says ‘strength. reaching up to the sky. if they come from the “well springs of the soul.” (The words are Hers. or. In meditation. The first feeling you get from Her presence is that of strength. “Het Heret” means “House of Heaven. reaching into the earth. art Thou. in an eternal never-ending source of life itself. with their limbs in the sky. but not all. when she is in human form. Thou art Trees. but for me. The ones that do may be any art form.” If any stone says that to you. Stars nestled sweet on Thy bough.

qabalism. a priestess of Het Heret is shown wearing the necklace. Het Heret possesses many attributes that seem to be in opposition—Tree Goddess and Sky Goddess. Archaeologists are probably very nice people. 67 .” I prefer the first. The Craft. however. lifting the front as if to offer it to the Goddess. A symbol often connected with Het Heret is the “menat. (If you are an archaeologist following a magical path. you know how the weight is felt against the back of your neck. Happiness can be the result of balance in your life. son of Aset and Asar. My meditations on the menat have resulted in two things the menat could symbolize. and I’d love to talk to you. Instead of all the weight being held by your neck. as a Catholic might carry a rosary. I apologize. rather than Heru. but they might miss something because they are not following a magical path.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt translates as “House of Heru. ceremonial magic—many paths recognize the value of balance in everything. If one uses the second. and no one can deny the value of the work they do. Her Strength reaches from the depths of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the stars. This is often shown being carried rather than worn. In at least one picture.” a necklace of several strands of beads gathered into a counterpoise.) 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. If you have ever worn a heavy necklace or pendant. Most of my references refer to it as a symbol of happiness and/or a symbol of divine healing. The first thing you do when you are performing a healing on someone is to balance the energies of his or her body. and can appreciate how much better it would have been if you’d had a counterweight. Fertility and Music—but what She truly represents is balance in all things. but amplify it. I believe it would refer to a God known as Her Ur (Horus the Elder). the necklace would sit on your shoulders: it would be balanced. Very little else is said.

all the Mysteries that cannot be taught. but then all of Them are! l L lso attending was the Cat Goddess. or told in lectures. From the depths of the Earth. My writing needs soul-deep inspiration if I want my words to reach others deeply.) When we dance in a ritual. the menat has these meanings for us in Sothistar. through the sky as we send that energy to its goal. This makes me think of all the hidden truths. Whether the menat had this meaning for the Tamerans. and even if the size matched. and that’s often the only way I know to judge the rightness of anything. the counterpoise was hidden in the back. The counterpoise was usually smaller than the beads in the front.Circle of Isis My meditations have produced another reason for the menat. and even when I’m writing books. written in books. I do know this feels right in my gut. especially for the purpose of raising power. with eyes of golden Flame. They are every bit as important (have as much weight) as the things that can be learned in normal ways. I have no way of knowing. I call upon this beautiful Goddess when I am writing a song or a poem. 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. adding to our own energy. all of that is Het Heret. and energy rises in response. to heal or teach or help. She is a glorious Lady. filling us. Whether held or worn. Because it feels right. A 68 . (I am calling upon Her now. our feet strike the Earth giving energy to it. Dark Lady. until we are ready to send the power where we will.

” This comes from a writing custom of the Tamerans. there are only two words. When a symbol such as the one above represented the whole name.”) 69 . Maubast. Help us learn what we must know If our spirits are to grow. Hear! Might Goddess be ye near. Hear us as we call thy name. the “loaf. (Mau is the Tameran word for “cat. Maubast. Maubast. Thus. Maubast! Cat with eyes of golden flame. Grant to us our heart’s desire. Maubast. To our waiting hearts appear Hear us calling. Bast is often written with the symbol above followed by a half circle. Lady. they would repeat the final letter of the name.” representing the letter “T. Lady. Maubast. if you will it so. MAU BAST. You can do so by using a chant I received from Her in meditation.” It is possible for you to skip this chapter and learn of Bast all by yourself. à You will often see this Goddess called “Bastet. It’s very simple.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Bast Lady of the midnight fire.

and evil. teach me of Thee. Dark Ladies are usually referred to as Crones or Hags. In the Craft.Circle of Isis The words are chanted in a monotone. they are portrayed as old women. That feeling was probably not what you would have my name. I heard.” I stopped my mental chant and tried hard not even to think. the Morrigan. They are mistaken. 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. I was chanting. In silence shall I be heard. 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. “SILENCE…. you’ll never learn much.. As I said. Dark Ladies.” For a time. Where is it written that all your lessons are easy ones? The important ones never are! Never! 70 . but if you continue to feel that way. I spoke earlier of a mantra meditation I did on Bast and promised I would give further details. and Kali. My coven has used this on several occasions and it has never failed to result in Her Presence. and nasty? If you do feel that way. They are found in many traditions. Among the best known are Hecate. mean. in many pantheons. you are certainly not alone. She is a Dark Lady. “.” when I heard in my head. what is your reaction? Are you horrified? Are you frightened? If I started to invoke Hecate. Often. “O Lady Bast. In our hallway we have a glorious picture of Hecate in which the Lady is pictured as young and voluptuous. would you run from the room? Do you think They are evil. are not necessarily old.. but Crones. I simply noted the feel of Her presence. for Bast is not a cuddly kitten or an affectionate house cat. and every inch a Dark Lady. If I say that I love and adore these Ladies with all my heart. in cat form and about 18' tall.

I do not accept it as fact without verification. solar. perhaps you should consider that you might have handled the situation another way. Again.” I asked Bast if this had been accurate. “Yes. but one I have heard called a “jungle cat. the cat was the proper animal to connect with Her. I had been asked once what Goddess of another pantheon would I compare Bast to. “but I am golden.” Hecate is lunar. To get back to Bast. 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. They will stroke your hair and say. as we believed. Mother Goddesses will teach you table manners. you’ll understand. but pointed out that it was not the domestic cat.” came the answer. If you come to know any of Them.” 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.) When I receive information in such a meditation. and either research. “Hecate. She agreed. “My darling. and they will tell you the truth. and my experience with Her. Hard lessons require learning—that’s what makes them hard! The most difficult of these lessons come from Dark Ladies and Dark Lords. or wait and see what surfaces 71 .” (Very probably one of the African wild cats. I realized very quickly that I was dealing with a Dark Lady. not fear.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Problems that are easily solved are easy because you already had the knowledge to solve them. I then asked if. where She is silver. and when you make a mistake. Bast. I make a note of it. whether you want to hear it or not. They will call a spade a spade. where possible. and the devotion you feel will be inspired by love. They will hold you and comfort you. possibly felis capensis. and out of my mouth came.

We once called upon Bast.Circle of Isis later. Consider the cat for a moment. we all became aware of a darker area in the surrounding darkness. When she is in Mother “mode. Some people don’t like cats. No one owns a cat. however.. If you will look at the statues from earlier dynasties. and lots of teeth and eyes. to ask Her help. yet they are warm and loving mothers. Because of this. and deadly to their prey. and chooses the time when. and recipient to whom they bestow affection. in Her human body form. Cats are swift.” I later learned of a legend in which Hecate shape-changed into a wolf. (There was a time when I didn’t. is often shown holding a sistrum. she is also a Mother Goddess. you can note the differences: longer ears and longer legs. loving and protective. What we saw/ felt was about 18' of cat. “Wait a minute. and very protective. What does this say about Bast? Although she is a Dark Lady. Almost as an aside she said. We were outside.” however. The first words out of my mouth were.. Some sub-humans had tied a firecracker to the tail of a friend’s cat. place where. My research revealed that the domestic cat was not known in Egypt until the 12th Dynasty.”. she has been known to purr! Bast. silent.except in another land. where it is the wolf. when the Moon was dark.” Her children are as quickly corrected when they misbehave as they would be protected when they wander into danger. At the same moment.) An adult cat is aloof. Lady! We didn’t do it. as we chanted. she is sometimes considered a patron 72 . You can be honored when a cat is affectionate to you. for example. She is not. and so terrified that he would not come out of hiding to let his owners treat the injury. There are reasons why animals were chosen by the ancients to represent the deities. using the chant described earlier. a “Mommy.” We were extremely glad we hadn’t. The poor animal was in pain. The Lady said one other thing on the animals that are connected to her.

of course. especially if you are willing to learn what they have to teach. of course. l battle. The sistrum was used to get Her (Bast’s) attention. for a priestess of Bast was often called “The lady in the red dress.” The stones we use for Bast are obsidian and a type of citrine (cat’s eye or tiger’s eye). L The mighty and gentle lord. If this is indeed the case. The other stones. even if you don’t want to hear it. reflect Her eyes. The various types of obsidian are often found connected with Dark Deities.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt of the arts. the clothes such a figure would have been wearing would have been red. but she is more than a Cat Goddess.) The cat’s ability to strike with claws extended or retracted symbolizes two possible courses of action. We call on Bast for any work that involves cats. You can ask her what course to take. Do not fear what Bast or the other Dark Ladies and Lords have to teach you. human body form originally represented a priest or priestess. Her response to my inquiry about this was that the arts belonged to Het Heret. She’ll tell you the truth. Khnum. (Remember. You will always get that from Them. whether you want it or not. Magical paths are those on which we seek truth and growth. because working with it has the effect of reflecting truth. You can call upon her for protection or guidance. also observed the 73 . This fits in with my feelings that the animal-headed. whether you like it or not. if any.

See the soul join the wheel of life. 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. As it spins. See the soul on the wheel of life. this gentle potter who forms our bodies on His wheel. let me remind you that before the clay is ever 74 . Khnum.Circle of Isis lL Khnum Hear the sound of the potter’s wheel. »j Perhaps the smith gods of other pantheons are more impressive. The wheel spins. Will return to the potter’s wheel As it spins. and firm pressure forms the blob of clay there into the seed that will become a body. As it spins. Khnum! And with death we are born anew While the vessel that’s tossed aside. As it spins. The spirit enters and we begin another incarnation. but I’m very fond of this God portrayed as a flat-horned ram. Birth to death 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.

If that vessel is broken or destroyed. and on it. That which is held in the vessel is eternal. This God does not desert us once the egg is planted. Huge hands came into my sight and began to manipulate the sphere on the wheel. again and again. He does not create our spirits. of course. a human body formed there. As I watched. the joyful warrior 75 . You cannot make light of the heat found in a kiln. You might say that what He creates is the combination of chromosomes that will result in your body.” only the vessel in which we will live for this lifetime. The Tamerans believed Khnum created the Gods. so he spins the wheel. and. impurities removed and air bubbles smashed. what I believe was the Earth. created the bodies in which we live. either. and begins to form new bodies for us. He knows that the vessels are temporary. to grow in its “natural” course. but don’t forget Ptah! l stood by as the battle raged. of protection. but will take the shards and rework them into new creations.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt formed. spinning. created the Cosmic Egg from which all came. and/or pray for a healthy one. He creates our bodies by creating an egg that he formed on the wheel and then it is placed in the mother’s womb. When we called Him in meditation by chanting His name. he assists at our births. I daresay that if you yourself are a potter. it is pounded. and does not mourn at their destruction. among other things. the “um” sound it creates becomes the sound of His wheel. With the Goddess Hekat. Lord of Laughter. L Bes. too. You can pray to Khnum when you desire a child. and for others. he feels regret. you could ask him for guidance and help in your work. The first thing I saw in this meditation was the top of the wheel. our “selves.

here’s a subject for you. before reading on. sometimes fiercely brandishing a dagger. I can only think of one other deity that is portrayed in this way: a Goddess who was adopted from another country. gives me power! Bes gives me strength. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. There is always a reason for Egyptian symbolism. Bes is a giant to me. sometimes gleeful. 76 . The meditation will be most meaningful if you do it now. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. Then you can compare your ideas with ours. gives me laughter. It is said that Bes is also an import. This strange little dwarf. Bes is a giant to me.Circle of Isis lL Bes Bes gives me joy. but I’m sure there is a reason. portraying a subject full-face could mean that there is a hidden aspect. If you’d like a subject for meditation. Portraying deities in profile could imply that They have two aspects. Bes teaches joy as a power! Bes teaches strength found in laughter. What does this mean? I haven’t the foggiest. Conversely. is one of the few Tameran Gods ever depicted with a full face in paintings.

much the same as the European gargoyles.” We laugh. although these are more often related to the home. hair brushes. spoken with the Goddess and God. “May it bring you movement. to prepare for ending ritual and returning to the mundane world. Something unexpected will come out of someone’s mouth. Pan is known as the Protector of the Greenwood. Both are Gods of joy and fun. childbirth. we have done our magical work. when the symbol for Earth was a bran muffin. smiled sweetly and said. His role in birth seems to be two-fold: He does serve to keep evil spirits away. During our Four Fold Feast. something strange will happen. As each passes the symbol to the next. Although I’ve seen very little of His protective aspects. Once. I have the feeling He’d be anything but laughable. deformed. His image was found on bedposts. “He’s hee-re. The last thing we do in a Moon rite is called “The Four Fold Feast. they make a wish for the person receiving the symbol. and worshiped and honored Them. He never seems to mind when we attribute smart-aleck remarks to Him. Humor is the quality that makes him most dear to us. and Bes does have his protective aspects. someone might pass the Air symbol and say. ugly to look upon. and humor. cosmetic pots. I’ve heard Bes referred to as the Egyptian Pan.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Bes is short. we worry. and I do find some truth in that. we begin to wind down. For example. and mirrors. In Tamera. and very dear to my coven. but He also encourages the child to be born. A symbol of each Element is blessed and passed around the circle. and welcome Bes to our circle. “Come on! It’s fun! Hurry up!” 77 . It may be that His ugly face scared away evil spirits. “May it lighten your burden.” At some point during this feast. If He doesn’t appear.” The reaction to such a remark is.” By the time we begin this. He is a God of protection. one of our people handed it to the next.

Bes teaches us to laugh at our own frailties. Our bodies release natural chemicals like natural painkillers and natural hormones that help us keep alert. As the tension built. our bodies react. If you’ve never been in such an intense situation. emotional. accepting the unthinking view that laughter is trivial. It was horrible and obscene dark humor—and it was absolutely necessary if the doctors and nurses were to continue. If they had not been able to release some of the tension. The jokes kept them from screaming. the Tamerans may have acknowledged humankind’s usual derogation of humor. Laughter is also healing and healthy. 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. and humor. 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. When we did our meditation on Bes. By portraying Bes as a dwarf. 78 . It is one of the essentials of life—physical. they would not have been able to continue their desperate work. and have seen similar situations where people made horrible jokes that would be totally tasteless to those who weren’t involved. 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. and to quit berating ourselves for having them. When we laugh. the jokes started. jokes. Anyone who has ever worked in a high-tension job can understand that. Many people have the idea that humor is frivolous. We take in more air. They are very wrong. increasing oxygen to the blood stream. and spiritual. I worked with a police department for many years. It can mean survival. as they worked harder and harder. have you ever made a joke because you were nervous or embarrassed? Multiply that need a thousand fold. to accept them.Circle of Isis Work with Bes can teach you the deeper meanings of laughter.

Our research hadn’t shown any cultic center or priesthood of Bes. Obtain. they were probably killed before puberty. Place it in the center of the circle. She and I always felt we were building karmic credit by not killing our husbands when they started their horrible wordplay. When you feel His presence. Do anything and everything you can to make yourselves see the humor of the situation. Think about how ridiculous he or she is being. 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. 79 . not fear. if you can. when he or she could do such glorious things with it. if you wish. I once heard someone compare doing harmful magic to using Shakespeare’s first folio for toilet paper. my husband. 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. as is Chris. Ask Bes to join you. Bes also reminds us that the best protection and defense against harmful magic is laughter. is laughable. Chant his name. 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. and the student’s wife ventured the opinion that if potential priests of the God made puns. The combination of Guardian and comedian struck us as an interesting combination and we jokingly suggested that the student become a priest of Bes. you can call upon Bes to help you protect yourselves. Laughter is the best defense against fear.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt A former Guardian of our coven was an inveterate punster. Do anything you can to make yourselves laugh at that person and at yourselves for worrying about it. begin to discuss the person who is working against you. even for his or her own benefit. You just cannot be afraid of something you can laugh at and mock. Someone who would take the time and energy to use magic to do harm to others. and should be regarded as an object of scorn. Bes will help you.

We’ve come to believe His importance has been highly underrated. but at that age. Bes teaches us to see these things in their true light. I ate it and suffered so wonderfully! I laugh at that now. So I took birdseed from my parakeet. watched the battle between grandson and great-grandson. by recognizing his value. I was sent to bed without my supper. seed by seed. The more we seek to work with this God. We will honor Him by treasuring our laughter. and the more we see the strength that comes from Him. He gives us hope that someday.Circle of Isis Bes is also the jester. S 80 . who is usually anything but foolish. Oh. shelled it. father of Nut. and to forgive ourselves for them. and plan to give him more honor than we already do. I was healthy and in no danger of starving before breakfast. the less we see His ugliness and the more we see His beauty. and mashed it in a glass with some water. the less we see that He is a dwarf. He teaches us to laugh at our own foibles. and to love ourselves all the better for having been human. but it seemed dead serious at the time. we may be able to laugh lovingly at the things we take so seriously now. and finding more joy in the lives we live. l L hu. the fool. to laugh at them. at 14. He teaches us to accept ourselves and stop putting ourselves down for being human. we suffer so well. and everything is a matter of life and death. Although I was slender. I’m reminded of the time when.

all connected. He enters your body with each breath. slow breath. the air around the entire sphere. As you exhale. Listen to it. whisper the sound “Shhhh” and toward the end of the breath. so His connection with this Element is appropriate. See the movement of the winds. 81 .” Visualize the planet Earth hanging in space. Try to hear the God’s name. Remember that the air you breathe is a part of the atmosphere covering our planet.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Shu Take a deep. touching every inch of your body. The trees show his passing. Shu is all of these. however. from the gentlest breeze to a gale force. On a physical level. The movement of air around our planet is His presence. He is around you and within you. our atmosphere is the air that we are most aware of. surrounding our home. “Shu.” Be aware of the air around you. The birds soar through and upon Him. Think on the wind in all its aspects. taking away that which is poison to you. Waving such a feather slowly through the air gives a wonderful visual awareness of His presence. Whitecaps reveal his presence on the sea. flowing from one direction to another. Although this is the deity we call the East for Air. Hold it there a moment. All of these are Shu. change to a whispered “uuu. bringing you life. His symbol is the ostrich feather. See the atmosphere that surrounds it. He enters and exits through your pores as well. Shu is more properly the God of the atmosphere. and try to feel the air as it enters your lungs. and exits with each exhalation.

) It isn’t that He is uncaring. Outside.Circle of Isis If I had to choose one word to describe Him. He is not only a part of it. it would be “movement. He is all the Air in the atmosphere all around us. The hurricane had indeed 80-mile-per-hour winds. My knowledge of Shu’s nature is one reason I hesitate to do any kind of weather magic. If not. Magic works that way. He is it. 82 . my friend has a lot to answer for. we hear it. As is the case with Maat. and often not even then. If my friend is responsible. 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. Shu is somewhat impersonal with regard to human concerns. Shu isn’t concerned with an individual windstorm or hurricane. my household is very much aware of air and its movement. Affecting a change in the weather near me could adversely affect weather elsewhere. we feel it. The truth is. and that atmosphere is in constant movement. we’ve muttered prayers. It is the whole that is His concern. and hit a major city. We are in the midst of a season of windstorms—60. and that would be my responsibility. How often are you aware of the movement of air in and out of your lungs? As I write this. All weather on our planet is interconnected. I hope the people in that city deserved the damage done by that storm. Yet we are aware that Shu is present not only in the winds buffeting our home. The Gods know our current incarnations are temporary and our eternal spirits cannot be destroyed. From time to time. and see its effects. constantly. Inside. asking Shu to take it easy before the roof of the carport ends up in San Diego.” We usually become consciously aware of Him only when He moves. but simply that his point of view is much more vast than ours. (We have found this true of all four deities we call for the Elements.

and movement. sustaining your life. He is a necessity for life. Air is more than physical air. inside us and out. We still exist. l L 83 Also watching was the Lady of Power. I’ve felt it. When you see any bird soaring. and I love to hold it up and watch it react to the slightest movement of the air in the room. Do not use the body of this Lord to curse.) He is in and about you. He is beginnings. 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. it desecrates His body. Beethoven. reaching for the stars. or speak untruths. honor Him in your heart. If you would honor Him. one way is to be careful what you say. always changing. in the tornado. and potential. I become aware that Shu is always present. and so is Shu. (Dust. air pollution certainly is. That molecule entering your lungs as you read may have entered the lungs of Aristotle. We have a beautiful yellow ostrich feather that is our Shu symbol. and they’re beautiful. in the fragrance of flowers. think of Shu. What a thought! Be aware of Shu in the breeze. It’s rather like we feel about bubbles. by the way. We like them. freedom. and thank Him for all he gives us. Our current incarnations are just beautiful bubbles to Shu. always the same. is the closest we can come to a proper stone for Him. light. Words are given sound by breath. and the “dust devil” you see. cause pain. Of course. Feed them. Another way is to care for birds who travel so easily through the Lord. but we aren’t upset when they break. He is inspiration. but isn’t upset when the thin shell surrounding us breaks. . Sekhmet.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Shu does project a feeling of affection for us. provide water for them. Although individual storms and so forth are not matters of concern to Shu. He loves us. and glory in their beauty as they fly. or Rameses II. He is aspiration. in the storm.

at three periods in history. Qabalistically. Neither of these deities is evil. She is power. 84 . “AH HAH!” you say. To most people in our culture.” which means strength. it’s that simple.” or “Lady of Power. Four of them are set in Tamera. that black and white. I have no idea whether that is true. Sekhmet’s name is the feminine of the word “Sekhem. She is energy. her name means “Lady of Strength.” She is that. Destruction is not evil if what is being removed is a cancer. or power. and many ideals worth striving for. However. In other words. she is a Geburic force just as Set is. I always recommend that my students read them. Destruction is evil. Construction is not good if what is growing is a cancer. I’ll explain. But there is one area where I disagree with her. She is force. it isn’t. Ms. is it? Construction is not good if what you’re building is a body 75 pounds overweight. I do know that the books contain many ideas I like and hope are true. Destruction is not evil if you’re tearing down a building that has become unsafe. She portrays both Set and Sekhmet as evil. in case you are not familiar with Qabala. Neither of them is necessarily easy to understand. the Egyptian equivalent of Satan. Destructive force! “I thought you said She wasn’t evil!” She isn’t. Our modern society views destruction as evil.Circle of Isis lL Sekhmet A series of books I love are the Far Memory books by Joan Grant. Of course. Grant says these books are memories of former lives. and both are often difficult to love. Construction is good.

especially to those who don’t understand it. She was capable of curing it. which at the very least reveals that the Tamerans observed nature. In a different way.) Some say that Sekhmet is the destructive power of the Sun. It often signifies Fire to our minds. Interesting concept when you consider that part of the success with mummification is the heat of the Nile Valley. (This is a difficult concept to accept when She is so definitely a solar Goddess. the Sun preserves instead of destroying. In this case. Like Bast. a light case of the disease in question to prevent serious illnesses. As a solar Goddess. Sekhmet is portrayed as a lioness. but using the terms “Crone” or “Hag” would be just as confusing. Is Sekhmet more powerful than Bast? I don’t think so. the God Ptah also witnessed the 85 . I believe that the lion symbolized power to the people of the Nile Valley. and therefore. The Tamerans believed She was capable of causing plague. Sekhmet is a Dark Lady. Power is often frightening. warming Sun. the power of the Gods is always on our side. we do the same thing. while Bast represents the nurturing. It can be exhilarating when you realize that however little we like what They do. Can She be gentle and loving? Possibly. Do I wish to know Her better? Absolutely! l battle. She can be frightening. She burns away excess. L Wrapped as a mummy. We use vaccinations. which certainly is a perfect attribution for this Goddess.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Sekhmet represents a destructive force that breaks down what is temporal. because the lioness is the more active hunter in that family of cats. That which is eternal is never destroyed.

What is your profession? A musician? A secretary? A doctor? A bulldozer driver? A bricklayer? If you’ll think about it carefully. and the tools used in painting. are a craftsman. that it might truly be worthy of honor.) When a craftsman in Tamera created a statue of a deity. She uses tools and knowledge to control germs. Ask. We have also asked His help in painting a plaster statue. Tamerans saw the statues as the deity rather than just representations of them. his or her hands. and such. that the person’s hands be guided. He controls tools. any work. (Craftspersons. putting it into a desired form. that you do control some force.Circle of Isis lL Ptah This God is usually portrayed with a smooth skull cap. if you wish. wounds. One witch I know is a registered nurse. My husband is a prototype maker. if you are an artist. or chisel and stone. He is the God of Craftsmen. that Ptah guide your hands so that you create a statue or a picture worthy of the deity it represents. using them and their energy to form metals and plastics. you will find that you. (Knowing this. both hand tools and large mills.) You can do the same. too. 86 .” His mummy wrappings signify the same thing. if you insist. You can apply this to almost any job. his body bound in mummy wrappings. An artist controls the paints. His name means “force captured in form. I have asked His help in writing about the Gods. that I may craft my words with such care that you will come to know and love Them as I do. he prayed to Ptah to encourage that deity to place a bit of himself or herself into the statue. A sculptor controls his fingers and the clay.

It doesn’t matter whether it is clay that can be fired or not.” If what you offer is something you value. you could also call it a sacrifice.) Its life force was released to be returned to the Gods whence it came. A word that was the reverse of another in letters might well have a reverse meaning. it was killed. The Tamerans were fond of word play.” which is either a sound of praise or the name of a Moon God. God of the Moon. and we are blessed by His Presence. and often in a short kilt or loincloth. listen for your heartbeat and try to feel it. You might learn more about Him in your mental meandering. shape it. He usually appears to us in a younger form than his statues show. and so His creative power can be felt in every heartbeat. as you form the clay. This form gives us the impression that He is more involved in the actual work of craftsmen than in simply supervising. call Ptah. He is not only capable of inspiring the design of a building. but also of pouring its foundation. The word that is the reverse of ptah is htp (hotep or hetep). twist it. feel the power of Ptah. htp is an opposite of pth. think about its form and. Portrayed as an older. squeeze it. You can. Feel the clay. Children’s clay will serve very well. and appearing to us as a young man—what a fascinating God this is! He is one involved in all our lives. know that the sound and feel of your own heart is a reflection of the God’s. One magical definition of sacrifice is “destroying form to release force. It means “peace” or “offering. l L 87 Nearby stood Khonsu. Have some fun with that. experienced man. One way to contact this Lord is with soft clay. When an animal was offered as sacrifice. If you can. . in your heart. It was said that Ptah used His heart to create all that is.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt His name can be written with the symbol for heaven and the symbol for “aah. (This occurred in many cultures.” In this way. God of Travelers.

a long lock of hair. 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. It is the presence of the God. it symbolized both youth and royalty. producing the illusion that there are two Moons. the features are Tut’s.Circle of Isis lL Khonsu My copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology is an old soft cover. especially of cycles. drawn to one side.” some say. and it is that aspect I find enchanting. as is true of many statues found there. in sad shape. He signifies potential and beginnings. but doesn’t it just as surely go from full to full. that is so beautiful. “The Moon is holding itself in its arms. son of Amun and Mut. something that enchants me. In Tamera. not the features. the other a full sphere. The statue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. something different. Khonsu is a Moon God. The new editions show a side view of the entire statue and I won’t ever buy one. We think of the Moon cycle as going from New to New. But there is something more. This youth should not be taken to imply lack of wisdom. Ptah appealed to Khonsu to place a bit of Himself in the statue. as legend promises. or from first quarter 88 » . Others see the Moon traveling in a crescent boat. A Crescent Moon “on its back” with horns pointing up. In my book is a full page picture of the head of a small statue that absolutely entrances me. and the crown he wears reflects a very specific appearance of the Moon. is so bright that the rest of the Moon is dimly illuminated. and. He is the first day of the rest of your life. one a crescent. Khonsu. is the reason I’ve refused to buy a new hard cover. Perhaps. His pictures and statues also show one other symbol: the prince’s lock.

Gods and Goddesses of Egypt to first quarter? From Moonrise to Moonrise is a cycle. Khonsu is also portrayed in mummy wrappings. Every day.” and that fear can make us very ill. Khonsu can inspire great love. which can be.. it is a change. He has said. but you are free to go. son of Aset and Asar. and “ka” can be roughly translated as “double” or “spirit. a very “evil spirit. Khonsu could also conquer evil spirits that caused illness. and both are shown holding the crook and flail of royalty. It must stay. “It is not New Moon. to those who feel it. every minute can be a beginning. The dead are also the unborn.and begin again. The light of the Moon can certainly chase away fear. Do not say. and wished to bear His name. He was often connected with Horus. In what seems incongruous. Why should a God who symbolizes beginnings be wrapped in the raiment of death? For those of us in the Craft.” Don’t wait until the New Year to make resolutions. death is not an end. wearing his Moon crown. l L 89 The Lady Seshat recorded all that occured. (“Khensu” is another pronunciation of the God’s name. .”) The priest knew nothing of the God except that he was drawn to Him. and birth is a beginning. Khonsu teaches us not to feel we must always begin at the beginning. “I protect those who travel by night. every hour.” So surely does the moonlight dispel the shadows where wrong doers might hide. A young priest of a Celtic tradition chose “Khensu ka” as his Craft name. His name means “traveller. You’ll sometimes see him portrayed as a hawk. According to legend. just as Sunrise to Sunrise.” and in a meditation. so I can’t start anything.. even among those who do not usually worship the Gods in Their Egyptian Aspects. if you need it to be so. considering what we know of Him. Both are divine children. The mummy wrapping can also signify freedom from the restrictions of the body. just as we usually see Osiris. it is also a beginning.

and wearing the skin of a panther. and wordy. and I’ve found that.” and so forth. and not sharing their beauty with others. Her Presence gives a feeling of vitality. Even after much meditation. She’s bright. In Tameran. The presence of both pen and animal skin are a source of puzzlement to me. she’s very concerned with words. My friend Tinne had this experience with this Lady: “I don’t work with an Egyptian pantheon now. I bore this Lady’s name (I hope to Her honor) as my Craft name. There were no requirements about them 90 . an attribution that feels very right and makes perfect sense to me.” The vowels are unknown. in ritual. the HPS and HP had us draw down six (yes I said six) divinities into our lives every month. She is also Goddess of Architecture and Record Keeping. For that reason. Her name is written “S-sh-t. I’ve seen it many ways.” “Sashet. She’s fussed at one member of our group for keeping his words to himself.” which means seven. Some refer to Her as the wife of Tehuti. But when I was in the teaching group. She is portrayed with pen (or brush) in hand. Naturally. Her name can be “Seshat. Her name means “She who writes. the things she says usually deal with words or writing.” “Sasheeta. and Her symbol includes a seven-petal flower. She is also known as “Sefket. I’m not sure what all Her symbols mean.” She is known as the Lady of Literature and Libraries.Circle of Isis lL Seshat For many years. I hope that further work will reveal at least a hint of the meaning. She chided another for being too hesitant to speak.

Nice Lady.) “Pretty soon out of the chaos you developed some favorites and would work in a new one or two to get to know them. every drawer. She was very happy with me. By the New Moon. the books on the bookshelves were all over the living room floor and being sorted by subject and alphabetized within subject. Precise. no matter who you are. 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. So I redid the books again in a different order. every cupboard. every Divinity has a side to them that doesn’t match with your own. A true sink or swim. And again. teaching about invocation and Divine energies. every box. (Wicked grin. I invoked Seshat. I should have seen it coming. “Within two days of invoking Her. “My Gemini husband is a bit lax about housekeeping. He was looking at my Capricorn butt with frank horror and dismay because I had run out of things to organize at home. But sometimes they tap into sides of you that you are aware of and magnify them in new and different ways. Went over to my mother-in-law’s house and during an afternoon helped her organize her pantry and craft closet. (Shudder. and record keeping. And redid the closets. every closet had been emptied and resorted and refilled. And trust me. and every shelf had been done.) “One memorable month.. I didn’t know much more than that and yes. Devised the system of accounting. writing.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.. Within a week. 91 .Gods and Goddesses of Egypt being from the same pantheon or even of the same gender.

I was grumpy. which surely would signify a change. L And at this battle. Speak to Her when you are researching. was Khephera. He made me promise to within an inch of my life that I would never ever even consider invoking this particular Divinity again. Speak to Her when you wish to phrase something precisely rather than lyrically. Better yet.” If this is the kind of effect you want or need in your life (I do) then speak to this Lady.Circle of Isis “I was exhausted. And learned to do a lot more research before invoking a presence into my life. let Her speak to you! l whatever the result. 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. I have kept that promise. 92 . Speak to Her when you want to design a house.

For our coven. We cannot. he is potential. Yet He is not uncaring. The God symbolized by the beetle is not an easy one with which to build a personal relationship. When the eggs hatch. which it then rolls into a ball. and took the scarab also as a symbol of the Sun. and becoming. formation. we are becoming more. He is not beginnings. From death comes life. we are becoming more perfect. This ball is rolled into a hole and buried.” “creation. at that time. Khephera is the Sun at night. The scarab can remind us of that never-ending cycle. see the Sun to show us that the day has begun. From dead discarded matter came the little beetles. another symbol of eternity and cycles. Call upon 93 ¿ . It is the scarab beetle. but the day has begun all the same. most especially at midnight. Scarabeus sacer is a dung beetle that lays its eggs in the middle of dung. combining the scarab with a circle. All of us are in the process of becoming. The scarab rolling the ball reminded the ancients of the Sun rolling along the sky. The Tamerans saw only that life came from defecation—they saw a miracle. We are striving to become one with the Lord and Lady. the dung supplies food for the little scarabs.” “formation.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Khephera His name means “becoming. My own scarab is a ring. Call upon Khephera when you need to remember that the Sun shines even when our half of the world is dark. Scarabs are also said to represent eternal life. We are becoming better.” and His symbol is probably wellknown to you.

Circle of Isis this Lord when you need direction. If you would like to know this God. It is Khephera who will help you transform yourself. L She who is symbolized by the vulture stood by. the Lady 94 . And know that the Sun will surely return. l Mut. Consider all the light that is hidden in the world. when you want to accomplish something and are not sure how to begin—or even if you should begin. all the hidden energies. if that is your desire. go out on a dark night and meditate on the invisible Sun.

The death of the body. How can these go together? Let’s think of the vulture on a physical level. I think I understand now.” because it is easily compared to the death of the 95 h . the vulture takes life. You could not grow spiritually if you were stuck in that body after it died. A vulture deals with corpses. However well it has served you. All scavengers do that. no matter how your body dies. full of disease. or repulsed? I was for a long time. poisoned bodies. no matter how many times you incarnate. a breeding ground for botulism. or its children. From death. Many of the mother Goddesses wear vulture headdresses. In a class she was giving on the magical aspects of birds. you leave behind something for which you have no further use. that vessel is not your essence. and the light went on over my head. of course. From these dead. with death. for him or her. she discussed the vulture. our Great Mother. Joanna.” and the hieroglyph used both for her name and the generic “mother” is a vulture. The Goddess. it is as much a beginning as birth. A vulture can feed her children with this meat. Death is not an end. however. is called “the lesser death. The essential you is eternal. Mothers deal with birth. When you die. Does that make any sense to you? Are you confused. and cleans up the landscape.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Mut This Goddess’s name means “mother. Some of those corpses are rotting and bloated. a vulture produces life. is the Giver of Life and the Bringer of Death. safely. but thanks to the help of a High Priestess in our community. It eats corpses. no matter what happens to your body after you leave it.

for many reasons. Mut. You no longer need walk to get from one place to another. represent the full cycle of life. (Besides. I’d like to enjoy that a while longer. and. She is the Goddess of all life’s aspects. You return to what we know as life. commune with loved ones. Your Personality. Free of your physical body. including death and rebirth. you can rest. and serves as a symbol for the death of your Personality. standing next to her brother. I rather like who Ellen is and it’s taken me years to get to that point. you can come to know this wonderful Lady.Circle of Isis Personality. I know in my mind that I can accomplish just as much without being Ellen. 96 . when the time is right. You will know who you have been in all your lives. who you are in this life. but I want to do it this time around. Thus. You can then consider all you’ve learned in this life. ready to learn more. L The Lady Tefnut watched. It will be extremely hard for me to give up being Ellen. is a lot more difficult to give up than leaving your body. maybe more. not simply the cycle from birth to death as we experience it in one lifetime. Until that Personality is gone. And both are restrictions. Freed from your Personality. You no longer need to find words to express your thoughts to another.) The vulture disposes of your physical body. return to an incarnation. If you can understand this. I have so much I want to do. you are no longer bound to the Earth. you are no longer restricted to the knowledge of this life alone. and her symbol the vulture. l Shu. you are locked up in it as surely as you had been in your physical body.

the dew.” She said. the clouds. the rain. No. when there was a forest fire within view of our house. I first came to know this Lady last year. and represents the moisture in the air. In fact. that could include rain. and in a desert land. demigod and demigoddess.” my Aunt Fanny! Every witch in the San Fernando Valley was turning those winds and calling moisture! Oh. In our country. powerful. You would be surprised what you can do when you can see the fire headed toward your home! We called on every deity. including Tefnut. I beseeched her to bring moisture to the fire. She said just that. We’ve worked with that idea. when the fire was under control. “You must decide who and what I am. however. it was announced that the firefighter’s efforts were aided by “fortuitous wind changes and unexpected moisture in the air. and have decided who and what She is. but who cares? Of all the Tameran deities. moisture of any sort would be very important and therefore.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Tefnut She is depicted as a lioness. Tefnut is the most difficult to “translate” to our culture. the fog. and mythological figure we could think of. they’ll never believe we had anything to do with it. She is the moisture in the air. to us. when we called Her to our circle. She is perhaps more to us than She was to the Tamerans. to make the trees harder to burn. it didn’t start to rain within moments of my prayer. 97 .” “Fortuitous. What does a lioness have to do with any of that? I believe lions symbolized power in Tamera.

The names. The presence of the clouds and fog are a blessing after the hot dry-spell we suffered recently. in the fog that obscures the valley below me. When you stop and think that every time it 98 . cleaned the air. and symbols were given to the Gods by humankind. The rain has washed the choking dust from the leaves. However green it may look. Vicky. my confidant. and cooled us. Our first change in symbolism was to do away with the lioness head. also known as Akhentef. and more. and I add my thanks to theirs as I see and feel the presence of Tefnut. the Los Angeles basin is desert. forms. and symbols to a specific aspect of the deity. 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. Whatever the lion may have meant to the ancients. She is there in the billowing clouds that fill the sky. By connecting names. Only at times like this is the land cooled. soft earth. She wears an ostrich feather as her brother Shu does. When we picture her. we see Her as a woman. has this to say about this Lady: “It is very hard to put into words how I feel about Tefnut. We’ve done it throughout history. forms. I can see Tefnut now. My friend. made green by imported water. She is my mother. is blue. The Lord and Lady exist without those things. I can feel the growing things breathing around me. Does the idea of deciding who and what a deity is. its thirst quenched by Nature. from my window. and They certainly have no need of those things. and choosing the symbols to be used strike you as strange? It shouldn’t. The ostrich feather she wears. in our minds.Circle of Isis This Lady was usually portrayed as a human figure with the head of a lioness. my best friend. their roots drawing water and food from the moist.

She is moisture. or a tear from your eye. a still pond. “Tefnut is a gentle Goddess whose touch is the tiny raindrop.. many questions: Why me? How could I possibly interest a Goddess? What am I supposed to do now? You get the idea. I had many.. you who are the clouds. I wrote the following as my “call” for Tefnut.. it usually rains! I live in the desert. blown gently on the breath of your husband/ brother Shu. Goddess of rain and moisture. it might just be Tefnut. and haven’t regretted it once. I have a tiny lioness statuette in Her honor also. that’s Tefnut.all of that is Tefnut. a thick misty fogbank that blocks everything from view. There have been times when I haven’t “heard” Tefnut speak to me.. or the tears from your eyes. “I was Chosen by Tefnut to serve Her almost five years ago. in any form. so rain is usually a rarity here. Empassioned lovers wrestling. sending you Her love. It is Her way of letting me know that even if I can’t hear Her.. 99 . the flowing river. and whenever that happens. the tiny delicate snowflake. wise woman.. She is with me. A waterfall. creating the storms of wind and rain.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. the sweat on your brow.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt rains. but have found She is with me always: Tefnut. Oh yes. So next time you are caught in a sudden shower. “I use rose incense or potpourri on my altar for Tefnut. that tiny drop of dew on a flowers leaf or petal. and more.

. Wise council. was also present. the dew. l L She of the Primal Earth. If you would honor Her. Dampen my face with your tears. sweet up on my skin. then honor the moisture in your breath. I have only one line. Then send me back out into the world.Circle of Isis Gentle. honor your own sweat. I have never written an entire song for this beautiful q e l q e =======================[ l l& e e l h.speak softly in my ear. Tanent. sharing with me your quiet strength. your name always on my lips. your own saliva (“tef” means “saliva”). 2 e e e e e l e e =======================l l& 4 e Gent le on the air and fall . the clouds. mother’s kiss Forever in my heart. Share the brilliance of your father Ra with me in the reflected sunlight on a tiny drop of dew... 100 . quiet guidance. and upon occasion I sing it to myself..or perhaps you will. knowing you are always with me. Perhaps one day I’ll finish it. as well as the rain. Whisper your words to me. Tef nut. Enfold me in your comforting arms. fill my heart to overflowing with your love.

is where the girl would go when she needed strength and peace. She knows where every grain of sand is.A. All stones are hers.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Tanent The only mention I’ve ever found of this Lady was in E. Tanent is more like the Grandmother of Grandmothers. Yet there is more about this Lady that we found fascinating. Wallis Budge’s Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary. This is the love Tanent has for us. for she holds even the seas in her arms.” 101 . flat but at an angle. the Goddess said. digging your toes into the sand. “I know this Lady. you are not concerned. and knows when it is washed out to sea. and at the next Moon rite. She is the Earth’s core. You know that nothing is destroyed.” She is so much more. only changed. She is indeed Primal Earth. When you walk on the beach. and her color is russet. There.” she exclaimed. but are not concerned with specific grains of sand. and had felt the Goddess there. To one woman in the circle She spoke of a rock the woman had known as a child. She is no personal nurturing mother. “I always called Her the Lady of the Fields. the deepest sea bottom. you enjoy that beach as a whole. We had done a contact ritual on this Lady. earth red. If one washes out to sea. a large rock. however. and the beach remains. invoked her into the Priestess. but in a distant way. the continents. and She is said to be “a primal earth goddess. The woman confirmed that she had known such a rock. She loves us.

a War Goddess. and called Her Tanent. and called Her Danu. It was our beloved Tanent. we all knew Her. at least to our satisfaction. too.” was present. It would seem possible that the people of Tamera reached out to a specific Goddess.Circle of Isis The presence of this Goddess was naturally very heavy. loved Her. this is a very special Lady. knew Her. recognized the particular “feel” of this Lady from her own practices. a “feel”? Each Goddess is different. and rightly so. “Mother of the Gods.” in Celtic tradition. a purpose. I found it interesting that this same description had been given to me with regard to the presence of the Irish Tara. The moment Danu was present. we invoked Danu. She certainly has since in other lands. a specific type of work. What defines a particular aspect? A type of energy. l L It was only fitting that Neith. was present. 102 . as if one’s body were rooted down to the core of the Earth. She. Also attending our ritual that night was a Celtic High Priestess. knew Her. we reversed the situation. and I knew by the look on her face we’d proven our point. If She did not receive ample honor in Tamera. In order to confirm our findings. In a ritual soon after. The woman who had know Tanent as “the Lady of the Fields. loved Her. It would also seem possible that the people of the British Isles reached out to the same Goddess. “Primal Earth Goddess” in Egypt.

Neith reversed becomes Thien. Building up and breaking down both have their proper times. A Goddess of both war and weaving is displaying both the power of building up and breaking down. As I pointed out in the discussion of Ptah. I can accept that it might be coincidence. and at other times. For me. We contain both God and Goddess within. the natural cycles. She is both War Goddess and Goddess of Weaving. The oil should contain some salt. 103 . the Tamerans often reversed words to reverse meanings. She symbolizes. again. Perhaps the balance implied in the possession of both those powers implied both male and female abilities. At the proper time. If you are a student of Greco Roman mythology. of the two sides of the coin. of the hidden and the visible. The Goddess Athena had the same attributes. Neith was often credited with conceiving Herself. but according to Herodotus. I do not know the significance of this. this combination may sound familiar to you. We contain hormones of both sexes in our bodies. as so many do. light oil lamps and candles in every corner of your house. this is what the Tamerans did. doesn’t it? If you would honor Neith as the ancients did.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Neith This very ancient Goddess is also known as Net. Her symbol is variously referred to as a weaving shuttle and as a shield with crossed arrows. a warrior. and allow them to burn. Neith is a weaver. This mighty Lady displays the qualities of both. reflecting her two sides. but it does make you wonder.

think on her two symbols. A 104 . on her two areas of influence.Circle of Isis If you would know her. and on those times when it was right to break down. In that way. l L nd since the legends say that all the Gods watched. Honor the male and female within you. you will honor Her. Give acceptance and honor to both types of situations. Think on times in your own past when it was right to build up. we believe these others were present as well.

The following list gives brief information on other deities that have not been discussed so far. I find it much easier to stick with the individual deities. a part of your life and work. 105 . I must say that this practice went a little far at times because Ptah Seker Ra and similar names are only confusing to me. The Gods and Goddesses discussed so far are only a few of the many honored in Tamera. Not only were there many more. I’d be delighted if you’d share any information you gain with our coven. Amen Ra. have discovered even more about Them. and the glyphs for their names. Exploration of and learning about all of Them could be a lifetime’s work. and others you may wish to use. Aabit A singing Goddess. but many times the attributes of two Gods were joined together and worshiped under a combination name. make them a part of you. you can contact and learn of these deities.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Other Gods Where once a hundred lived. for example. this book would never have been finished! We continue to work with these deities and will. and though I am willing to give that time. by the time you read this. With the methods I will give you.

and father to Khonsu. 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. Amen is represented by a ram. and not easily personal. I did find a queen. as well as a symbol of the Order of the Fly. You may call upon him if you are bitten by a snake. often combined with Ra.Circle of Isis Aah A Moon God about whom I found little. If you are wondering why He is not discussed more fully. 106 . given for bravery. Amen One of the best known of the Tameran Gods. while Ra represents the qualities we can sense: light and heat. His name means “hidden” and He is the unseen qualities of the Sun. was husband to Mut. I can only answer that I have not felt moved to work with Him to any great extent. for he is said to absorb the poison from your body. X Aker An Earth God who is shown either as two heads or two lions facing in opposite directions (East and West). What work we have done has shown Him to be distant.

j Amutnen A Goddess of milk cows.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Ami A Fire God. j Ami Neter A singing God. j Ami Pe A lion God. h 107 .

He helps choose the way you will travel in your next life. nursing mother. after the weighing of hearts and judgment of your soul.” 0 108 . Apuat (Also Upuat) We have done very little work with Apuat. At the right time.” and is depicted exactly as Anubis is with one exception—he is white or gray instead of black. guides you to the place of rest.” “City of the Wolf. The words that came to me were.Circle of Isis Amu A dawn God. He is called “the opener of the ways.” We believe He is the one who. “He is both before and after Anubis. Xj » Apet A mother Goddess. The Greeks called the city dedicated to Him “Lycopolis. but what we have done has proved interesting.

X Ashket A Goddess of the winds. 0 Asbit. 109 . Asbet A Fire Goddess. X Aseb A Fire God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Aput A messenger God.

K Auit Goddess of nurses and children.Circle of Isis Ashu Water God. X 110 . O K Bait Goddess of the soul. X »O Aua God of gifts.

God of Fertility. pictured as a man with a woman’s breasts. ¾X Bata God of war and the chase. ¾X X Bekhkhit (Bekhkhet) Goddess of dawn’s light. ¾ Hapi God of the Nile.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Baket A hawk Goddess. we were talking 111 .” In a recent discussion with Janet Farrar. He was called “Lord of the fishes and the birds of the marshes.

I would call on Him only if I stood next to that river. 112 . he represented a wish that the recipient live for thousands of years. O Hekat (Heqet) Goddess of childbirth and protection. She was symbolized by a frog. When he appeared on monuments and jewelry. not generic rivers.” or. We both felt that some. To me. Hapi is one of the few I would not call upon.Circle of Isis about whether deities were bound to their original land of worship. does any of this sound familiar? ™Ý Henkheses God of the East Wind. not all. deities of a specific area or place. Heh God of infinity. He is the God of the Nile. With the exception of the frog. were “Gods of place. Her name translates as “Mistress of Magic.” Mention of her is found as early as the pyramids.

» Hutchai God of the West Wind. f Imhotep An architect and sage who was deified because of his skill and wisdom. (No. That’s a movie. he was never a reactivated mummy.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Hesa A singing God. Hu The God of taste.) j 113 .

” » Kekuit The Goddess of the hour after sunset. K 114 . Be still. “Bringer in of the light.” I’ve done a little work with this Lady. “Bringer in of the night. just as it became night. You’ve worked hard. It is time to rest.Circle of Isis Kekui (or Keku) The God of the hour before dawn. » Khurab A bird Goddess.” I felt myself enfolded in soft dark gray wings. » Maa The God of sight. “Hush. The feeling I got from Her was.

K Mathet Tree Goddess whose special purpose was to help the deceased climb into heaven. K Mahes A lion God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Mafdet A lynx Goddess. K Merseger “She who loves silence.” a cobra Goddess said to live on a specific mountain in Tamera. P 115 .

116 . B Meskhenet The Goddess who presides at childbirth. A woman squatted on two bricks to give birth. Flowers can be offered to Him to stimulate fruitfulness. Bees are sacred to Him. symbolized by a birth brick. and “long lettuce” (lactuca sativa) was supposed to help Him procreate. The modern one forces the woman to fight against it.Circle of Isis Mesen A blacksmith God. but no more so than the position used today. which is designed for the convenience of the doctor. B Min The God of sexual procreativity. The ancient position used gravity to help the birth. This may seem undignified.

Nerit (Neret) Goddess of strength. v 117 . » Nekhebet Vulture Goddess of southern Egypt. also represented by a griffin. Menthu) War God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Montu (Monthu. Neper God of grain and the prosperity of the barley and emmer wheat crops. falcon headed.

X Papait (Papaet) Goddess of birth. Nun God of the primal ocean. æ Pakhet A cat Goddess. 118 .Circle of Isis Nu The primal Water.

Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Pestit Goddess of Sunrise. » Rekhet Goddess of knowledge personified. j 119 . Pestu God of light. _ Remi A fish God.

and the one who decides how long the child will live. Her festivals were held at the end of planting season. » Renpiti A God of time. and at the beginning of the harvest. X 120 . Renenutet Goddess of the harvest. depicted as a cobra.Circle of Isis Remnet A cow Goddess. Saa The God of touch. She is also one of the deities said to be present at childbirth.

Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Setem The God of hearing. our own personal destiny. X j » Shesmu A God of wine. Each of us has our own Shai. X 121 . j Shai A God of destiny. Sia This God personifies the perceptive mind.

X Tauret Symbolized by the hippopotamus.Circle of Isis Sobek (Sebek) A benevolent crocodile God. and Tem) Symbolized by the lotus and the setting Sun. She was a protector of women in childbirth. Tait A Goddess of weaving. X ~ Tum (Also Atum. Nefertum. j 122 .

Unit (Uneet) A star Goddess.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Uadjet Cobra Goddess of northern Egypt. æ Unta A God of light. her name means “Green One. æk 123 .” ¨ æO Un God of existence.

æ Ur Henu A Water God. ~ Utchait A Goddess of the Moon. » 124 O .Circle of Isis Unti A God of light. »fX» Utekh A God of embalming.

and we will not forget. they are known and loved. To us they are not strange.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Utet Tefef God of the 29th day of the month. v There are more. Osiris lives. The temples have grown cold. But in our hearts. And no one blesses lovely Nut L 125 . These are the deities we have come to know and love. And Allah’s name rings out Where once Osiris was adored. None come there to adore. A deity only dies when forgotten. It is my hope that you will come to know and love as many of these deities as we do. so greatly loved. but I’m going to keep trying. many more. I don’t think I’ll ever come to know Them all. No more the sistrums ring In praise of Het Heret No more the voices sing A prayer to Nebet Het. The ibis flies no more. l The pyramids are old. And ever is my Lord.

Oh. Where once a hundred lived They call one God alone. Forgotten are the Gods In lands they called their own.Circle of Isis When stars shine high above. And ever shall they be. ancient ones of Egypt. we Have not forsaken Thee! 126 . But in our hearts these ladies live And ever have our love. But in our hearts they are alive.

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We believe our deities are both immanent and transcendent. this development of a personal relationship. and friends. or to each member individually. but loving parents. We learned about them the same way you learn to know anyone in your life. However. including mine.) Basically. brothers. She may speak to the group as a whole. not representatives of certain kinds of energy. near us always. We worked at developing relationships with them. In many covens. this view of the Gods and Goddesses that I’ve shared with you? Obviously. they are real beings. that most reflects the difference in attitude between ours and that of many other religions. To put it another way. some is found in books. 129 H . some of it is the result of research. teachers. Meditation.Rituals. both here and there. Some of the methods we’ve used follow later in this chapter. coming to know the “feel. the personality of each deity is the result of a very different kind of work. the Goddess speaks through the Priestess. (Personally. not archetypes.” the energy. Ideally. Our deities are not distant judges. We worked at learning who they are to us now. this belief is put into practice by what is often called Drawing Down the Moon. It is also called aspecting and channeling. we consulted both resources. not so much who they were to the Tamerans in ancient times. sisters. You can come to know them personally. It is this approach. it is this: The Priest calls a Goddess into the Priestess who serves as the vessel. I avoid the latter term because of the meaning it has come to have in New Age usage. and Developing Relationships With Deities lL ow did we come by this information.

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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 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.

Mantra Meditation
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.

Contact Rituals
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

Sea and Earth and Sky and Sun. or any particular name. Feel free to rearrange this to suit your own quarter system. So may our circle blessed be. So have we consecrated thee. With your powers gather nigh. At this time. visualizing a circle of white light forming around you. use the following: Sky and Sun and Sea and Earth. If you wish to invoke the Elements. for example. Preserve. again. If you like. If you’ve used the poem above. A guardian and protection be For power we shall raise in thee. give our wisdom birth. God and Goddess. you may ask the Lord and Lady to be present. contain it in thy sphere To aid the work we shall do here. do not call Aset and Asar. Teach us. and wish to continue in this vein. you can recite the following. these are fine. Sun and Sea and Earth and Sky. that is. All together four and one. Circle. 136 . now we conjure thee That thou mayest a boundary be Between the world of men we know And that the Mighty Ones shall show. Lord and Lady. I recommend that you do not use names here. Earth and Sky and Sun and Sea. Join us as we call to thee. keep it simple. because you do not want to turn minds toward any deity name but that which is the subject of your ritual.Circle of Isis Use the simplest circle casting possible.

At this point. putting as much energy and concentration into the visualization as you are able. You may discuss what you know of the deity. the work of the ritual begins. Each person sings the name of the deity as each feels it. Listen for the answer in your head.Meditation Loving Lady. if you have one (and there are several in the “Songs for the Gods” section) sing an appropriate song. mentally ask the deity what He or She would have you know. When all have finished. Mighty Lord. or. At the same time. whatever note or notes seem right. and almost always lovely. Once this is done. you may ask other questions. you might find it helpful to chant the name. each person should thank the deity for what they’ve learned. 137 . building a form suitable for the deity to enter. and would not realize that there is more there than blanking out and waiting for the deity to show up and say something. Begin visualizing the deity in the middle of the circle. Some deities will “take over” and give you more information without your asking. This is very effective. What you are doing is building a telesmic image. We often use a “bell” chant. (Oh. also known as a free form chant. When you feel you have an answer. 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. and close the circle. By cup and shield and wand and sword. stop chanting. When you feel the presence of the deity. It is important that all involved have worked at the visualization and called the God or Goddess to come and teach. We ask your presence and your light To bless the work we do this night. If this is performed by a group. any legends of which you are aware. the leader should wait until all have finished their visit with the God or Goddess.

138 . unknowable being. We are interested in what the Gods tell us. We usually use them with people who are new to our coven. work with it. rather than a distant. they are relaxing and enjoyable. You will often find that although each individual has had a personal experience. or share your experiences with each other. and wait to see what comes later. these help build personal relationships with the deities that have been introduced. Make note of it. here and now. with a space of time between. these rituals can have a very strong effect on the participants. You will learn what is truth and what isn’t. As you grow. Pay attention to events of the next several days. become a part of each person. This is the most important part of the ritual. Don’t worry if the information you’ve received does not match what the historians and Egyptologists have told us. but will sometimes repeat them for students who have been with us awhile. and gain a personal knowledge of Them you might not have imagined possible. or it helps further those relationships. The deity will become real. It is also valuable to do more than one contact ritual on a specific deity. and how they relate to us. If nothing else. research it. If you will use this ritual/meditation method. there will be a thread of similarity running through those experiences. you will learn immeasurable amounts about the Gods. 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. Done properly. who They are now.Circle of Isis Make notes. Do not feel you must accept and understand every bit of information you receive. the deities will have more and different things to teach you. for it often happens that things regarding this deity may crop up. As is true of the contact rituals. Guided Meditations The following meditations are introductions to some of the Tameran deities.

Many groups in our area use similar meditations based on their own pantheons. If the deity is male. those involved should describe their experiences and feelings. the spoken words.. Breathe slowly...Out. In.three. Make yourself as comfortable as possible..from problems…there is nothing but you and the darkness.. you’ll find this type of work valuable. You are moving without effort. Guided Meditation: Beginning Close your eyes. The following meditation includes both a “leading away” and a “leading back.. of course. a soft comforting darkness. and evenly.from worry. You are surrounded and held by darkness..” These (or your own personal preference) are to be read at the beginning and the end of each meditation. The room should be darkened as much as possible. and I.. After the meditation. allow them to keep silent if the experience was too personal to share.. Let your awareness of your body fade away.four. You float upon it. drift upon it.four.. 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. This seldom happens in a close group. Whatever your tradition.drift away from tension.Meditation Chris and I have found it best to read these together.two…three. I read the narration and he reads the words of the deity. leaving only as much light as is necessary for the leader (or leaders) to read the meditation. nurturing... however. no problems. without intention. You do not know where you are going... (Short pause.. if female.two. the soft.) Your body has no weight. peaceful dark. but you know it is right for you to go there.. 139 . Participants should make themselves comfortable... no pain. he reads the narration. We do.

listen. Your body takes on weight. a plant you recognize as papyrus. Amongst them stands a bird with a long. You have stopped your movement. and feel. warming you. that all except the Gods and the essence of yourself is temporary. and seems to be thinking deep. you approach your everyday life. At the edge of the river. Take a deep breath. This room is beginning to become visible. and the sounds and sights of the river. Guided Meditation: Ending Again. as you move. Their voices drift back over the water as they call to each other. soaking into your skin. You know that you bear with you the power of (subject of meditation) and with that. you become aware of your physical surroundings. let it out slowly. The sun beats down on your body. and you welcome it. Tall palms grow beside it. Its head. and return to your normal state. carries you away in its undemanding softness. you can conquer all. eyes closed.) Your movement has stopped. It feels good. You know that they are temporary. cradles you. bring you a feeling of peace. but you find that the problems and tensions you left behind have lost their power to confound you. and that. are green stalks. Out on the river. the darkness lifts you. Meditation: Asar Pharaoh You are standing by a river. 140 . For the moment you are content to look. fishermen cast their nets. He is very still. growing from the water. You feel your feet touch the ground. too. and you open your eyes. Some of them are singing as they work. broad and full. serious thoughts. soothing muscles. curved beak. is as it should be. Go to the guided meditation.Circle of Isis (Short pause. You know.

” He says and you know that where He leads. A pectoral of lapis lazuli with a large scarab in the center stands out against his bronze chest. Then. “Think more on my life. He wears a nemyss of dark blue and gold striped material.. a field of barley thrives.and you are overcome by it. the same cloth used in his short kilt. “I tried to teach them of life and death through the grain. “The pharaohs that were my image needed homage to remind them of me. you do.your people think too much of my death. staring at the grain before Him.” He is silent for several heartbeats. in a voice that is firm. tinged perhaps with amusement..Meditation Near you. you hear only the beating of your own heart. 141 . and slowly.” He ponders the barley for a moment. He reaches down to help you. I do not. almost to Himself. “Walk with me.. Beside Asar. He says. His very being. turned them from nomads into the progenitors of a great civilization. For a moment. you start to stand up. you find yourself at his feet. you walk between the river and the barley field. Rise. and speaks.” A bit dazed.but they did not understand. A slight breeze whispers through its leaves... and you take His hand as a child might reach to its Him. Without meaning to move.. You become aware of a presence behind you—so powerful a presence that you hesitate to turn—yet you know you must.. you will follow. He reminds you that He taught his people the skill of agriculture. yet you feel the power of His Presence. The figure you see is tall. and strongly built..” He muses. “This is often forgotten. His expression reveals nothing of his thoughts. I had to teach them through my own death.

does it have no existence?” “Who are you?” you ask. child. Slowly. To your left. you hear. and listen. He turns to bid you farewell. You leave Him. Finally. Is there anything here? Out of the darkness.” He says. when your eyes are closed? Nothing. waiting for your eyes to adjust. however. You peer into the darkness. you stop. you hear a woman’s voice. the land of Egypt fades away as the familiar darkness surrounds you. He turns back with a warming smile. but when you open your eyes. however. you can see nothing. and to give you His blessing. and you move toward it. Go to Ending. you wonder.” And you walk beside Him. “Has the Moon only one side? Because you cannot see it. “I am that which is not what it seems to be. “Come. When you reach the figure. The voice comes again. I have much to tell you. A long pause (at least five minutes) should be made to allow the students to experience their own time with Asar. you discover it was a trick of the light. What is here.Circle of Isis Just when you think He has forgotten you.” 142 . “let us walk farther. Does that mean everything has disappeared?” Again there is silence. you see a shadowy feminine figure. and return to the place where you began. And from yet another direction. “What do you see. from another direction. a swirling of shadow. Although you can hear sounds around you. you find yourself in darkness. and feel solidity beneath your feet. Meditation: Nebet Het You have come to rest on a solid surface. straining to gather in the slightest hint of light. There is no Moon to give light.

“Child. and Her hand is held out to you. “Lady!” The voice says. stand with Nebet Het. you feel Her Presence. Learn what She will teach you. “By misdirection do I lead. “As Isis is to Ra. a plant you recognize as papyrus. You move quickly toward it. You cannot see her clearly. if you would seek me. but find nothing. however. seek me not. so am I to Khephera.” Another shadowy figure appears ahead of you and this time you are sure it is not a trick. you are content to look. Tall palms grow beside it. broad and full. Among them stands a bird with a long. eyes closed. bring you a feeling of peace. And finally. He is very still. Go to Ending. Meditation: Tehuti You are standing by a river. profound thoughts. The Sun beats down on your body. It is time to return. Bid a loving farewell to the Goddess and close your eyes.” You stand where you are. listen. trying to be patient.Meditation You move toward the sound of her voice. curved beak. and seems to be thinking serious. You take it.” you hear from a distance. feeling the joy of Her nearness. and frustrated you cry out. Spend this time with Her. 143 . but be. Its heat. learning from Her. I am mystery. soaking into your skin. Short pause of about one minute. For the moment. and you welcome it. and feel. Reaching it. soothing muscles. warming you. and the sounds and sights of the river. It feels good. but She is there. you find nothing but shadows in the darkness. Feel yourself surrounded by the comforting darkness. At the edge of the water grow tall green stalks.

through the grain field. One is drawing clean precise hieroglyphs. the bird nods. you do not find this strange. the papyrus not smooth. the Teacher. though. You wonder where it leads. his papyrus stained with ink blots. that the eyes are intelligent. as if it has made a decision. After a moment. but with the head of the bird who led you here. and you enter through it. you see a building ahead. You find yourself in a surprisingly bright room. and takes to the air. he opens his eyes. The other’s work is rough. for this is. each drawing on papyrus. There sit two men. The first man has a better brush and better papyrus. turns his head and looks at you.Circle of Isis As you watch. made of mud brick. 144 . Lord of wisdom. Through a door opposite. Your attention is drawn to a path over which the bird flies. you realize. but the work you see is not of equal quality. Tehuti. A doorway faces you. and you have the feeling that the knowledge in that long beaked head is far beyond that contained in these cubicles. he seems to study you. Inventor of hieroglyphs. Without speaking. he leads you to a table. even wise. and you follow it. you can see an open inner courtyard. The eyes that look on you are full of wisdom. It spreads its wings. Somehow. You notice that the second man’s pen is blunt and crude. when you return the look. The other walls are covered with murals and hieroglyphs. with a pool in the middle. Master of hidden knowledge. You are surprised to see. On two walls are cubicles full of scrolls. It is possible they have the same skills. After a few moments. You turn to watch its flight as it passes you. with windows high in the walls. It is a strange personage who approaches—the body of a man. The doorway is momentarily darkened as a figure enters from the courtyard. It is no wonder there is a difference in their work. Lord of books and science.

” Stay here a while with the Lord Most Wise. motions for you to follow. He says. you can feel a slight breeze. a young man who is apparently just learning to scribe. The Lord shows you the plants there. “All these things must be prepared by you...” He leads you to another scholar. There are things you must know.Out the door to the path. You hear small sounds in the night. Perhaps He will have other wisdom to share with you. Go to Ending.Through the grain to the river. and learn from the feel and sound that you stand on rock and sand. He turns. “The proper tools are necessary... He slowly and carefully draws the same pictograph over and over. and the fish in the pool. “There is much I have to teach you. Prepare the tools. Though you can see nothing. The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. You look up to see Tehuti’s eyes upon you. You move your feet. The river fades slowly. The ink must be finely ground and of a good quality... and says. You walk back through the room of the darkness reappears. Meditation: Anpu You find yourself in darkness.slowly. 145 .. The brush with which I draw must be well made. and leads you out to the courtyard. It gives you a feeling of vast. but there is work for you to do. though the work is hard and often tedious. open space.. It is time to leave the Lord of Wisdom. knowledge you must have before I can teach you the greater Mysteries. You rise and bid him a respectful farewell. and you will be ready to learn what I have to teach.Meditation Tehuti nods as if he knows your thoughts.

The sound changes from one moment to the next. and after moments. try to learn what is approaching. Before you can. or something else. near your feet. however. What is it? A scorpion. and nearby. If more than one person is involved in the meditation. away from this denizen of the underworld. 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. stop.Circle of Isis Your eyes are beginning to adjust to the dark. Later. You realize. of queens. Another sound catches your attention. with no trepidation. You are in the Valley of the Kings—burial place of pharaohs. but in the darkness. He speaks: 146 . and away from the teeth revealed by His snarl. perhaps? A beetle? What is that slithering sound over there? Perhaps a horned asp. strain to hear. 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.. You can see something coming. of nobility—and you are alone. You strain to see. At first it is the step of an animal. or some harmless serpent. the Challenger. you cannot discern what it is—man.. You can’t quite tell what it is. the next moment. Guardian of the tombs. Guide of the Underworld. the measured tread of a human. You may escape if you wish. You can see sand.closer. Anpu ceases to snarl. but it is coming nearer. reassure him or her that it is all right—he or she just wasn’t ready. There is a scuttling in the sand. mounds. signal for the student to leave the room so you can continue.) You stand. some cliffs. Dark spaces in them seem to indicate openings of some sort. you have only to open your physical eyes and you will be safely away from those eyes that look deep into your soul. where you are.

” Anpu may have more to tell you. 147 . They shall not learn the deeper secrets. Other Meditations From my friend Mardon come these lovely meditations/ rituals. I guard not only the hidden ways but those who travel them. It is time to leave the Valley of the Kings and Lord Anpu. instead of black. the head of the God seems to be golden.. For a moment. Bid Him farewell as the Valley fades away and a strange thing happens... Grounding is a way of connecting and aligning yourself with the Elements to keep anchored when engaged in psychic or magical works. reach out into the darkness.. Those who cannot face me are unready.. but serves as a wonderful relaxation exercise.or unworthy to walk the ways I guard. Stay awhile in the presence of this mighty God. for that in itself may teach you much.and slowly there is total darkness. Glory in His Presence. Go to Ending. Know this. feel my hand holding yours. or you just feel unconnected. Meditation to Connect With Nut and Geb This meditation not only connects you with these two deities. it is also handy to use whenever you feel you need to rid yourself of excess or unwanted energies. as well as a good way to ground yourself..slowly.. I will remove you from your fear. This makes this meditation useful before any magical endeavors.slowly. shall not see that which is hidden.Meditation “I am the Challenger. “You have faced my challenge and you shall learn. If you find yourself in the dark and afraid. The valley fades away..

Do this for about 10 breaths before moving on to the next step. and continue up your body (include the arms). digging deeply into the earth below you. visualize a golden ball of light forming at your feet. from your feet.Circle of Isis Step One: Get comfortable. as you exhale. and disappointments leave your body. Get away from that computer. surprises. With your eyes closed. visualize strong roots expanding from your body. visualize gray and black energy leaving your body. Step Two: Scanning. with each exhalation. see the day’s worries. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. visualize rich green and brown energy entering your body. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. Start with your feet. move to your legs. feel yourself relaxed. With each breath you take in. allow Him to leave.) Breath deeply as you inhale. Step Three: Completely relaxed. Once Ra reaches the outer limits of your body. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the golden light to massage and sooth the stress from you. This is Ra. (You are connecting with Geb. 148 . and lower body. visualize strong branches like a tree stretching up into the sky. turn off the TV and the radio. spine. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. Feel the heat of the Sun as it beams down on your outstretched limbs. Turn your palms upward and visualize cool raindrops falling gently into your palms. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Ra’s healing energies. Unplug the phone. taking with him the stress and tension in your body.

as well as to establish new path workings. With each breath you take in. Step Two: Scanning. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. surprises. before history when the first seeds of life were introduced into the womb of the Goddess. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the blue light to massage and sooth the stress from you. With your eyes closed. turn off the TV and radio. Ending the ritual. Start with your feet. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. Get away from that computer. Allow it to mingle and course through your body. and continue up your body (include the arms). 149 . Step Six: Meditation to Connect With Ra and Nun This ritual connects you with Ra (Fire) and Nun (Water). and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. It is symbolic of the time before time. with each exhalation. This ritual should be used to consecrate new beginnings. feel yourself relaxed. Visualize the roots extended into Geb returning to your body. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Nun’s nurturing energies. Step One: Get comfortable. taking with Him the stress and tension in your body. Unplug the phone. and then the Branches extended to Nut retracting back into your being. see the day’s worries. Once He reaches the outer limits of your body. This is Nun. The energy you get from Nut is going to feel very different from the energy you draw up from Geb. and disappointments leave your body. move to your legs. allow Him to leave. visualize a blue ball of light forming at your feet. It is also commonly used to find an end to a conflict within.Meditation Step Five: Mixing the energies.

This is where you began your life. (This will be almost instantaneous from the time the lightning strikes the water. Feel the cooling waters surrounding you as you sink deeply into the womb of the Goddess. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. 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. The original purpose was to eliminate negative energies. visualize a streak of lightning coursing down from the heavens and joining with the waters. Try to limit your thoughts to the goal at hand. used successfully as a fertility ritual. visualize yourself coming up from the depths of the primordial waters. visualize yourself as the ocean.) At this time. As the waters flow off your flesh. visualize what it is you want to do. the objective of the ritual is set into motion. Ending the ritual. Visualize the lightning dispersing from the waters. and used by a close friend to help him quit smoking.Circle of Isis Step Three: Completely relaxed. Step Six: 150 . and nothing else. Step Five: At the moment the lightning strikes the waters. Keep in mind this ritual can have any purpose. The waves crashing on the shore become distant and the heartbeats of you and Nun become one. but the powers of this type of visualization have become limitless. Allow the energies to flow naturally with one another. 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.

It is more important that the rituals touch you than that you do them exactly as I have written them. They were not Witches! They had their own religion. None of this is unexpected. Sothistar is not trying to recreate the ancient Egyptian religion. There were celebrations of many kinds in Tamera. We have. and we work with the Tameran Gods. Most of these rituals were written especially for this book. If we performed these rites. We are a Wiccan coven. 151 . in fact. but even if we should wish to perform a crossing over rite. but I seriously doubt they were circle ceremonies. they had several of them. as you can tell by the Calendar (page 267). of course.lL Rituals What little we have found in the way of rituals as performed by the Tamerans shows these rites were very different from Wiccan ceremonies. As I have said. and although they may contain elements found in Sothistar’s rituals and/or may have been performed by our coven.” I urge you to add as many personal touches as you wish. just as I hope you will make the ritual uniquely yours. Although these rituals and their various elements are certainly designed so that you may use them “as is. very detailed records of the funeral ceremonies. We don’t know many details about these. The rituals you will find here are written with that mindset. we would add our own touches to make the ritual uniquely Sothistar’s. these would not be suitable in most situations. they are not necessarily traditional with us.

or athame. saying. Turn to the West and draw there the hieroglyph for Nebet Het. and with those who called upon Them. draw there glyph for Asar. This has always added to our feeling of connection with our deities.Circle of Isis Music is something often found in our rituals. and some recipes we’ve discovered. it has become traditional for our Harvest or Hallows feast to be made up of dishes that might have been served in ancient Egypt. use them with other rituals if you like. draw the symbol of the throne to the East. staff. Using a wand. part of ritual for us. You may. Turn to the North. it may be performed before this opening. The lady Nebet Het. y 152 . The Lady Aset stands before me. If you would like to include it in yours. my Lord Asar. Circle Opening All gather at the place of the ritual. In this section I’ve included a list of foods and spices that were available to the Tamerans. Incenses and oils are. of course. If the individual or group has a special circle opening for calling the Elements. Our big rituals are usually followed by a potluck feast. To my left. this section contains songs for many of the Tameran deities. and there’s a collection of recipes for these in this section. Below you will find a Circle Opening and a Circle Closing to be used with the two rituals. saying. saying. behind me. or use your own. of course. Over the years.

for we shall ever be in need of those blessings. Face East again. turn in that direction. Circle Closing Begin at the East and as you mention each deities name. protection. Make another sweeping motion from West to East. Safe I stand within the Gods Blessed be the Work done within this sphere. Lord Heru. Lord Asar. If you have a formal circle closing. and Lord Geb for their protection and guidance. and guidance we have received from these deities continue.Rituals Turn to the South. rap on the altar and say. saying. We thank the Lady Aset. If not. we ask that the love. the Lady Nebet Het. and say. Nut above me. Lady Nut. but this time with the wand lowered. To my right. ‚ Again. face East and make a sweeping motion above your head from the Eastern edge of the circle to the Western edge. saying. Geb below me. it may be done now. Proceed with the ritual. and draw there the Eye of Horus saying. 153 . Our Work is ended. and bow. The rite is ended. my Lord Heru. Although we shall leave our formal circle.

To add to the spirit of the celebration. 154 . Circle Is Opened Priest: My friends. bows and says: Praise to Thee. one by one. Receive Thee our love and adoration as we celebrate the day of your birth. so we celebrated the birthdays of all the Gods and Goddesses of all pantheons at this party. we are gathered here to celebrate. Sothistar held a “Birthday of the God/ dess” party. to celebrate the birth of five Egyptian deities. three sons and two daughters. Let us first honor Them. God of Life. Ruler of the Unborn. Priest: Priestess goes to the participant representing Asar. Priestess: Five they were. the birthday of five deities worshiped in an ancient land.Circle of Isis Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods For many years. born of the sky. if you wish. with joy and love. All others in the circle should be given (or choose) the name of other deities of the Egyptian pantheon (or any pantheon). Asar. Five they were. This ritual celebrates the births of the five deities. I am unaware of any traditional birth dates for deities of other pantheons. eldest Son of Nut. the date of the rising of Sirius. this ritual can (and should be) followed by a potluck feast. These celebrations were held on the Saturday or Sunday that fell within the five days preceding July 19th. but is designed so that you may add names in order to celebrate Gods of all pantheons. fathered by the Earth. Five were born of the sky mother. Information on traditional foods can be found later in this section. A participant should be chosen to represent each of the five deities. born one each day in the five days not of the year. Lord of Death.

all its strengths and all its burdens. Lady of the Womb. If you would honor me. Daughter of the Sky. I am the grain that must fall if life is to be renewed. and I shall be with you when your life begins and when it ceases. I am the brightness of learning. nor understand. and when you least expect me. bows and says: Her Ur. Heru: I am the sky beyond the sky. then honor all phases of life including its end. Mother. Serve them. honor praise we bring to Thee. Do not seek to know me. then honor yourselves. If you would honor me. Lord of all. our hearts rejoice at Your presence on the day of your birth. Lady of the House. bows and says: All love to Thee. If you would honor me. and meditation. Thou Great Face.Rituals Asar: First born of our mother am I. Mystery is mine. Aset. Lady of the Moon. and you will serve me. honor all my children. Know Thou of our love as we celebrate your birth. Priest goes to the one representing Aset. Magic is mine. watching all. for all creation is mine. Thou Great Sky. first to call it beloved. 155 . hear our joy as we celebrate the time of thy birth. It is my voice you hear in the last sigh of death and the first cry of birth. bows and says: Beautiful Nebet Het. first to see the land. I am all that is Woman. Mistress of all Magic. If you would honor me. I will come when I choose. honor that which you do not know. and power. for I am both. Priest goes to one chosen to represent Nebet Het. happily do we praise Thee. but that does not limit my power. Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Heru. Nebet Het: All that is unseen am I all that is unknown. Aset: I am my mother’s first daughter the fullness of the Moon am I. Little known am I. seeing all through the Sun and the Moon.

was the Goddess of the Sky. hear our praise as we honor the season of your birth. Priestess takes up the chalice. When that chalice has returned. then honor your eternal selves. storm bringer. without honoring Her.Circle of Isis Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Set. If you would honor me. rejoicing in the strength and beauty of His seed. the womb from which they came forth. Hear us. Partake of the cup. bows and says: Hail. Let us now. for they do not see that I give by cutting away. but not gently. and passes the chalice on. sips from it. call out the names of other Lords and Ladies. the Priestess says: Though we honor the deities of ancient Egypt with this rite. we know that there are others of other lands equally worthy of honor. sand blasting. for that is what I honor in my work. that we may. saying: Nor can we celebrate this birth without honoring the Father of the Gods. He then passes the plate to the next person. the Priest takes up the bread. Geb. honor all of them. saying: The Mother of these Gods. When the bread has returned. Priest raises the bread. Set: I am the desert storm. takes a small piece and eats it. Mighty Set! Sword wielder. in that spirit. reaper of the grain. I cleanse. rejoicing in the joy and pain of birth. 156 . We cannot honor Them. wind scouring. and passes it to the Priest who follows suit. Those who do not understand see me as evil. with love and praise. Priest and priestess return to their original positions. honoring this Great God. Priestess raises the chalice in a salute. Partake of the bread. taking within you the Mother of the Gods. Lord of the Earth. the Lady Nut. as much as possible.

If possible. Priestess: We are gathered to celebrate a joyous event: a loved one has returned to us. It will be most effective if.Rituals She calls out a name and the others follow suit around the circle. 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. Circle Is Opened. after you’ve gone around the circle once. those present can rotate. instead of calling out the names. If enough people are not available. Priest: A soul has entrusted itself and its upbringing to two of our members. Most of the deities mentioned in this rite are traditionally connected with childbirth. and prepare a child’s amulet as detailed on page 199. the parents should. each person sings the name. in whatever notes they choose. several times. A small cloth or leather bag to hold the amulet should also be prepared. Circle Is Closed. 157 . The Rite of Blessing a Child Before the rite. If desired. you do it again. Suggestions can be found at the end of each speech. choose a deity to serve as protector of the child. If. 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. one person should be chosen to represent each of the Gods who bring a gift to the child. (To parents) Bring the child forth. with careful thought. remembering as we do that this is as much a part of our celebration as this ritual. you will find it quite lovely and moving.

however. Before the Gods. or the child may be carried around the circle. another from the Land of the Unborn. Mistress of Magic. they should be given to the parent not holding the child. Priest: Until that time. do I bring power.) Khnum: Heqet: 158 . do I bright the gift of health. That choice belongs to each individual. that this small spirit may both love and be loved in return. When this child has reached the age of decision he/ she will choose the way of the spirit that is right for him/her. In the name of the Father of All. each person stepping forward to bestow a gift. Parents may stand in the center of the circle. (A tiny pot. Birth Giver. (A small frog charm.) From Khnum who created the seed for the body of this child. (A small heart. But He sends no spirit forth alone. Priestess: The naming is done. (child’s name) Priest: The Lord Asar has sent forth _______________ . Priest: As we rejoice in this returning of a loved one. And we can place them under the protection of the Gods as we know and love Them.) Priestess: In the name of Aset. Priestess: It is not our right to choose the path our children will follow. midwife. (A small compass. If symbols of the gifts are presented. we can direct our children along the path we have chosen. let us bring to this small one the gifts of the Gods.Circle of Isis Parents step forward with child to stand facing Priest and Priestess.) In the name of Heqet. do I bring the gift of guidance throughout life. or chip of baked clay. name this child. do I give the gift of love.

All envision the power of the deity entering the amulet. for his/her physical well-being. or a song may be inserted here. 159 . God of joy and protection.) Anpu: Priest: Anpu. of healing laughter. (goddessmother) Priestess: Before the Gods. as though he/she were born from your womb? Goddessmother responds.) Meshkenet: In the name of She who is the foundation on which birth takes place. The other will read the words of the amulet. and the voice which speaks the words be heard by all as your voice. Let the words written here be your words. take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. gives the ability to see the truth. let your power enter this amulet. Amulet is brought forth and held toward center of circle. The name of the God or Goddess may be chanted or sung. The amulet and a small symbol of the deity shall be placed in the bag that is placed around the child’s neck. (A tiny chip of brick.Rituals Bes: Bes. if a Goddess. I bring a foundation on which this child may stand firm throughout life. brings the gift of humor. let their truth be your truth. (Small item of silliness. the Priest. If a God has been chosen. Guardian of Souls. (Deity name) Priest/ess: _________________ . they should be called forth at this time. (A small candle. will you. of joy. and if need should come.) What deity have you chosen to protect this child? Parents name deity. Priestess reads the following. Priest/ess reads amulet. If godparents have been chosen. __________________ .

160 . Lord of Life and Death. My Lady Aset. as though he/she were grown from your seed? Godfather responds. is now under the protection of the Gods. for his/her physical wellbeing. Can we do less? Let us each promise our love and protection to this small one. (Father) Priest: . take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. or words of his own choosing. into my hands you have given this child. Father of all. Be ever at my side that I may be the father to my son/daughter You are to me. what vows will you make to this child. ______________ . Priestess: This child. leading him/her in the right ways. Mother of All. Be ever by my side that I may be the mother to my son/daughter You are to me. though he/she comes to you in this small body. help me to raise my child with love and wisdom. Priestess: . born to our brother and sister. Father steps forward and prays in these words. Strengthen me that I may ever be a source of strength to her/him. what vows do you make to this small spirit who may be even older and wiser that any here? Father makes vows. and if need should come. The godparents step back into the circle. or words of her own choosing. My Lord Asar. (Mother) Mother makes vows. will you. who.Circle of Isis Priest: (godfather) Before the Gods. may have carried you in her/his arms in another life. Mother now comes before altar and prays in these words. Mistress of Magic. Guide me that I may guide her/him to full growth.

Our work is done. The Charge of Bast as it appears in the ritual is shown as it was written. one of the traditional dates for a festival of Bast. Once that is done. Get everyone to sing the “meow meow meow meow” song found in a certain cat food commercial. We also had a center altar with a large bust of Bast on it. give everyone a few minutes to settle down. I wish someone had written them down! One thing you might do. It’s there anyway. do not light the quarter candles at that time. as so often happens.Rituals Child is carried around circle as each member makes promise. which made it more powerful. Only the candles on the main altar are burning. At this point. That way it’s not going to appear in the middle of the ritual. However. so you might as well let them do it. The purpose of this is to get everyone in tune and together. Circle Is Closed. words came out of the priestess’s mouth in addition to what had been written. When the quarters are called. of the type that have room in the back for a votive which. That will come later in the ritual. when burning. Priest: May we always be worthy of the trust the Gods have placed in us. with colors and other decorations relating to the Elements. For our ritual we had altars at each quarter. 161 . each with a different statue of this Lady on it. is let everyone get a certain something out of their systems. Festival of Bast We performed this as a public ritual about November 16th. the High Priest and High Priestess of the ritual should walk once around the circle having everyone chat “mau” (not “meow”) softly and quickly. after everyone is gathered and before you start the ritual. shines through the eyes of the statue.

Priestess: Before we light them again. So shall we do so now. Priest: Welcome to the Festival of Bast. East: Lady Bast! Bring to us the light out of darkness. Let the flames come out of the darkness. to the light-sparkled streams. Let the winds blow Your inspiration to us. But we also hope to make this ritual a learning experience. bring us Your love. This is a celebration. West: Lady Bast. let Your strength rise from the dark Earth to bring us knowledge of Your true self.Circle of Isis Quarters are called. We sing hymn to Bast. and relight them. and we will dance and sing. (Song can be found on page 174. We hope you will take away with you some knowledge about this beloved Goddess. and will perhaps take away a bit of Her Self. from the dark depths of the sea. true. All candles on center altar extinguished. the Festival of Lights. South: Daughter of the Sun! Bring to us the fire from midnight. calling Her to teach us. let us chant to the Lady Bast.) Priest: It was the custom in ancient Egypt to extinguish all lights at this time. Let us continue this chant until we are told to stop. whose Name we celebrate today. North: Lady Bast. 162 .

in the dark. She may speak in your mind and heart. is not easily learned. My symbol is not the domestic cat that is dependent on humans for its sustenance. when the lessons are most painful. and when the lesson is done. I can be the gentle light of dawn. at which time the speech should continue) Charge of Bast: (loudly) Silence. the fierce hunter. Will you learn my lessons? Or will you hide from me and all I have to give you? Think. call Her within you and listen to what She might have to say only to you. relight main candles.Rituals All chant the Mau Bast chant until Priestess speaking for Bast chooses to speak. I am there with you and that light is found through the learning. Know this. sovereign and proud. It is here in the darkness that my lessons are taught. When you feel the time is right. but you must first go through the dark night to reach that light. in the times when learning is the hardest. Oh my dear ones! Yes. call this Lady to you personally. I can be the nurturing Sun. No! My symbol is the wild jungle cat. Be still and listen. and the nurturing rays of the Sun will warm your day. (The word “silence” should be spoken loudly and in a commanding tone of voice that all become silent. now. Then take one of the candles on the center altar and go to a quarter. During this time. chant: 163 .. beginning to light candles clockwise. but this time. the dawn my name. That which I bring.. that which I teach. What will you do? Priestess: Let us chant again. And in silence shall I be heard. the night prowler. the light comes.

When the time is right. Priest: From the darkness comes the light. (The tune is the same as the chant the light. E E E E E e q e e q e e q l l========================[ & l What we learned in the night we will bring in . Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun. 164 . Sing the following song. until it seems like people are ready to stop. When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast. make music and dance all in Her presence! Circle Is Closed. sing.) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. We will feast.Circle of Isis c e e E e e q ========================l l & e e q e e q l e What we learned in the night we will bring in . Priestess: Let us end our the light. continue. 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.

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l q q q l of kings. Teach . l Teach. e q l h. Teach .er of Gods. b & b q q q l q q Q l q. Q l q. l q q q l h. l q q q l h. Feel my heart reach. e q l h. I would earn wings. l q.dom come to b E E =======================l l h. b Q =======================l l & b q. Could wis .dom can fly. bb =======================[ l & q q q l of kings. E q l h. l q q q l h.est mage. 167 . E q l h. q bb 3 =======================l l & 4 q q q l h. l q. Lord. l q q q l h. l q q q l q q eyes of a sage. bb ========================l l & q q q l h. l q one such as I. I would learn from Thee. e q l q q q l q. e q l q q q Teach. l q q l &b h q q l of Gods. l=======================l My life is learn. I would learn from Thee. ho . q l h.bis. Teach. bb =======================l l & of kings.Songs for the Gods Hymn to Tehuti (Wisdom Has Wings) To be sung somewhat slowly and heartfelt. I would earn wings.est of all wise ones. Teach. l q q q l h Wis-dom has wings. e q l h. I would learn from of Gods. Oh. bb & if you would but teach. l=======================l I would earn wings. Head of an i . e q l q q q l q q q l h. l q q q l h Oh. Wis . Oh. Wis . hear my .

my La . E E E Q E E Q l l l =======================l l& joy? Seek you love with . 2.out end? Sis .al? # q =======================l [ l& q l q q q #q l w q q Do Can you you dare bear to to walk face the the hid .den truth? Can you bear to to # ä ä =======================l l& q e e e q l q q q q l q e e e q face face the the Jack . I I will will show you show you my La .er to grow? 1.light Would your spir . E e E l Q l&4 E E l Q l =======================l Seek you star .fold seek . Come with me. Moth-er and friend? see? Are there worlds you would know? Seek you pow .ter.dom with un - H E E l H E E l Q Q Q l H E E =======================l l& wings? Would you told? Would you laugh and look on then cry? Seek you joy? Seek you a beau .den ways? Do you dare the hid .dy. The Challenge # =======================l l& c q q #q l w q l q q q q Do you Can you dare bear to to walk face the the hid hid den den ways? truth? # ä =======================l l& q q q q l q e q q l w l q q q q Do you dare to Can you bear to walk face the hid .al? face the Jack Jack .ing to H E E Q Q Q Q. E E H l E E Q Q ] q Q q l Q Q Q =======================l l& Come with Do you dare Can you bear to to face the Jack .Circle of Isis Hymn to Aset 3 Q. e H Q.gic wis .ing ma .ty that’s blind .den ways? truth? 168 . =============l=Q Q E =========l [ l& Come with me. H E E E l h q E l that sings? Seek you un .den hid . I will show you my La dy.

I the star .ing in up to to the the Earth. e q l q nest .lence.Songs for the Gods Hymn to Nephthys 3 b E E & 4 e x x e e e el h Q l H l=======================l I I I am am am the dark . trees. si . Thou. flight. Thy bough. Sky. I I I b H E q h ] e e E e q e =======================l l& am am am thought . Neph .lence. e q e e l =======================[ l& My My La La dy dy Het Het Her Her et. I the chor . si . Sky. Q e e q l q e e q } ======================= l&b e e e e q l Neph . Hymn to Het Heret e l e e h h.ness of the si .lence.ful am thought .thys Neb .et Neph .thys Neph . 169 .ter Neph .ful thought . e e e h e e =======================l l l& Down Trees to with the their depth limbs of in the the Earth.ful b Q h l e x x e e e l h e =======================l l& q si .ful thought . e Het Dark Het Dark Het Dark La La La dy dy dy of of of mys .lence. et. e e e e h e =======================l l l& Life Stars flow . mys .led from sweet the on world’s heart.light in the night. Het.thys Neb .ful si .ness of the womb. e h.thys Neph . Het. Soft the sounds of wings in si .thys Neb Neb Neb et et et reach .ter -y. I am thought .thys Neb . Thou art art. I am the still . e e e & c l=======================l Roots Trees reach .lence.ter -y. mys .us of the breeze.ful am thought . Whis-pered winds through limbs of tomb.lence.

try.ter. Weep for the king. # w lh e e e =======================l l& h e e e el h e e e e l e Weep. e l h e e e weep for your son.try. Our broth-er’s gone. Your son is gone! Your son is gone! # E e e l w l h e e e =======================l l & h. my sis . for my Love. # Q h h l h îl =======================[ l l & q. Our Lord is # e e e & h l=======================l e l w l h e e e e gone! Our Lord is gone! Weep Ta .er.lov . 170 .er! Mourn. Be .er. mourn. gone. The king is gone.a. for your son. Our broth-er’s gone. e e q e l e q e e e weep for our Lord. Moth . Weep. # =======================l l& h e e e e l h e e e E l h e e e el w Mourn. weep for our broth . my coun . oh. my sis . The king is # e e l w e e e w l h =======================l l& e l h. # e l h e e e ========================l l& h e e e el w lh e e e e mourn. my coun .Circle of Isis Mourning Song #c E h e e e h e e e e l h e e e =======================l l& l e Mourn. Mourn. Moth .ed land.mer . oh. mourn.ter. for our broth .

e in . back. l e e e q e Come to thy sis . Come home to b Î l q l H q =======================[ l &b h q l q q q l q those who love thee. and bring the joy back b Î l =======================l l &b e e q e e e q e l e e life! Come to thy house and ease the pain! Oh. b Q Q q l h q l e e ========================l l &b e e q let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come b =======================l l &b h e e l h e e l h e e l h e e back. come back.ti lov . e l h =======================l l &b h e b =======================l l & b e e e q e l e e e q. who mourn thee.ed ful of b e e l h e e l h.ter. q l h l h l& 4 Come Come back. oh be beau . wait in mourn .ful boy. all. Come to home those to who those who love thee. come back.ti . oh beau .Songs for the Gods Lament of Isis and Nephthys Q Q bb 3 e =======================l e e l q. who call! 171 . come to thy wife.

the world with your love.ers Moth .Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra To be sung brightly and quickly. e h. see see on they high with ly are a my sky blind bove heart. # e Rul .bove raise their eyes. Ra. Hymn to Nut To be sung moderately slow and softly. high. Hail.ti . King. all gold shi praise en ning to one! bright! Thee! H E ä Î E H E E b E l & l=======================l Hail. # e e e q l e e h.ther Thou who he in art shines. =======================l [ l& e e e when they raise their eyes for they see not with How you cov . our our our King. to see. O thou art.ces voi .er I can I can see Rul . high. Life. Rul . 172 .er of of of the the the sky sky sky E E E E E E l Q q h =======================[ l&b e e l Let Let Let your your your voi . Q H b e Q q l Q e =======================l l& c q Bright . our heav .en.ful a . e e =======================l l& c l Oth .ces ring ring ring in in in praise praise praise of of of Ra. Ra! Ra! Ra! Rul Bring Ev er er er of of bless the the ed Sun! Light! be! E E E H b E E e E h =======================l l& e l Ho Ho Ho ly ly ly one one one on on on all Thou art beau . Fa . Ra. their hearts but their minds. King.ces voi .

Lord. ris. e Hear See the sound of the soul on the pot .tain that’s tossed a soul.ter’s wheel as as it it spins. your flame. ris.y born a- e q e e l e e h e =======================l l& q e e Lord new form while the the seed ves to sel con . O O O O si si si si ris. ris. your hands. Î e e =======================[ l l& e e h l h.side will the re - e =============l==========[ l l& q q e h.ter’s wheel as the Wheel of Life as it it spins. Fill name. Khu spins. spins.Songs for the Gods Hymn to Osiris E E h e e h l e e =======================l l& c e e O Pha . Warm us us us si in with with ris. e l e e q spins! spins! Khu Khu num! num! Feel the hand And with death of we the are might . si of life is two and thy ris. The Potter =======================l l & c e e q e e e e l q e e q. e e e e Soul turn join to the Wheel of Life the pot . 173 . Lord. your breath. Lord. See a .ter’s the Wheel of wheel Life as as it it h e e e e =======================l l & q.roah King of Ho . Khu - =======================l l& h e e e e q l e e e e q num! See num! Birth the clay to death on on the pot . Lord. Hold death.

Might . q q q e e e e l =======================l l& c Bes Bes gives me teach .y hear. q q l q h l bQ Q q q q q q =======================l l& Lad . Mau Mau Bast.dess are be to grow. w q e e e l e l =======================[ l &b q Bes Bes is is a a gi gi ant ant to to joy. Mau Mau Bast Bast q q l q h l w q q q =======================l l w l& Grant Hear to us us as our we heart’s de . q q h l q q q q l q q h l w l w l =======================[ l& we must know if our spir . ter.y God .ing. Mau ye near.Circle of Isis Hymn to Bast q l q q h l w q q q =======================l l& c l w Lad . b q q e e l q e e =======================l l& h.its Lad .sire. help Hear us us learn what call . Bes Bes gives shows me me strength.night Fire. er. q. Bast. 174 .ing will hearts it ap so. see. Hymn to Bes b H. gold . me. gives strength found me in laugh laugh ter. call your name. Mau Bast. Bast. e l e e e e h =======================l l &b q x x e Called a Called a dwarf dwarf by by those those who who have have not not learned to learned to see. joy.y To our if you wait . pear.y Cat with of eyes the of Mid . gives has me a pow pow er.en flame.

=======================[ l& e l and and have ev ev not er er for is is sak my my en Lord. we Q Q Î e q l H.lone. Thee! 175 . q =======================l l& q in in an my my cient heart heart ones O these of si la E ris dies gypt. . hund .red Q Q q l q q q l h. ring Gods The in in Q Q q q q l Nut are a .les more do once a have grown voic .dore. q q q q l =======================l l& q si stars ev ris shine er was high will a a they dored. And And But Q Q bQ l q q q q =======================l l& q Al no in lah’s one our name thinks hearts rings of they out where once love .Songs for the Gods The Forgotten Ones q l q q l h. Q H e l q a the ten mids sis are are trums the old. No called Their own.bis praise of lands They flies no more. q =======================l q l& c q The pyr No more For . sing lived None a They come prayer call there to one to Neb God a et a . Where temp . q q l q =======================l l& q i . bove. be! but but Oh. live. =======================l l & .het. The Het Her .live Owhen and h. cold. lives.

” Make an effort. anise. The Gods were said to have a very sweet smell. Continue to use incense when the mood strikes you. We know they also had sesame. Say nothing you don’t want Them to hear! Use incense during any meetings you have that relate to your religion. 176 . and probably sandalwood. cumin. you could use them to set the mood for any meeting. Most of the “perfumes” mentioned in the various ancient writings were actually scented oils. let the fragrance of this incense remind me ever of You. both in and out of ritual. a kind of calamus (sweet flag).lL Incenses and Oils To the Tamerans. or it can bring those feelings into our everyday lives. cardomom. too. Among the scents the Tamerans were known to use were myrrh. whether or not it relates to your path. The use of incense “just because we want to” can have one of two effects. but as you light it. coriander. and violets. It can lessen our feelings about the magical uses of incense. say a small prayer. as you smell the incense. so the fragrance of the incense reminded them of and turned their minds toward the Gods. They also believed the smoke carried their prayers to the Gods. For that matter. and take care with what you say. to remember that its smoke carries your words to the Gods. For example: “Lord and Ladies. a type of oregano. Many of us use incense frequently. incenses served two spiritual purposes. The result is up to you.

then powdery ones. Just as we do not necessarily view the Tameran deities as the Tamerans did. of course. Craft sister. and therefore. Mix together groups by nature: first.Incenses and Oils The following recipes were developed by people. just for you. 177 . Every Kyphi recipe I’ve tried is very smoky. Kyphi First. Mix all batches together. so if you must use it inside. add red wine to moisten. we do not restrict ourselves to plants and materials that were available to those ancients. It is more important that an incense seem right to you than it be historically accurate. and partially from “feel. There are many recipes you can find for this. partially from research. resinous ingredients. have good ventilation. use them as they are. or you can develop your own. 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.” You can. and continue. Roll balls in benzoin. Lay out on waxed paper for a week or more. the best-known incense connected with Egypt is Kyphi. then roll into ¾" balls. and documentary maker who created these incenses just for this book. Maria Blumberg’s Incenses Maria Blumberg is a friend.

178 . and ylang ylang oils. Add oil or bouquet. Osiris 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. Lotus Bouquet (Courtesy of Scott Cunningham) Equal parts rose. Add oils. jasmine. Hathor 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. add green food coloring. Mix until scent is heavy. Blend in oil. Blend in oil. white musk. Blend. floral. If you like. Bast 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.Circle of Isis 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 warm.

Incenses and Oils Sekhmet 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. Mara‘s Recipes Heru 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 Sekhmet 1 part cinnamon 1 part cat’s claw Anpu part amber 1 part frankincense part myrrh 1 part cinnamon part cloves ¼ part dragon’s blood drop musk oil (synthetic.) Tehuti 1 part white sage ½ part bay ½ part rosemary ¾ part cinnamon 1 part cedar 179 . to some. please. The “real” thing would require the death of an animal.) Grind and blend together. noxious smell.

of almond or grapeseed oil.Circle of Isis Benu (Phoenix) 2 part cinnamon ¼ part myrrh 2 drops amber oil 1 part clove ½ part arabica Recipes From Seahorse Isis Incense 3 parts myrrh 2 parts sandalwood 1 part frankincense 1 part rose petals A few drops musk (again. Isis Oil 5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender Add to ¼ oz. please use the synthetic. of almond or grapeseed oil.) Osiris Incense 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 Ra Incense 2 parts orange peel 1 part myrrh Ra Oil 3 drops orange Add to ¼ oz. 180 .

we like to include some dish that might have been served in Tamera. then broken up into water. Beverages The beverages most often mentioned in Tameran writings are water.) The Tamerans used a wide variety of foods.) These were lightly cooked. milk. We usually pour a liquid onto the ground. The sprouts and some water were ground into moist dough and formed into cakes. this chapter may be of use to you. or use the proper beverage or food for an offering. or because 181 .lL Food and Drink As is true with many covens. If you prefer not to bother. Whenever possible. (Offerings. (Only one source mentions an addition of yeast. our celebrations usually include a potluck feast. beer. After a day or two. The beverage only kept for a day or so before it became undrinkable. There is also mention in both legend and literature of “red beer. can be consumed later. it was strained and drunk. as far as I can tell.” This could be red because of the grain used. If you wish to do this. Almost any grain could be made into beer. The grain was first sprouted in. and leave the food outside for the wild animals. the mixture would have fermented enough to be alcoholic. At this point. the very way we make sprouts for salads and sandwiches. by the way. many of which are familiar to us. any malt liquor will serve as well symbolically. and wine.

and therefore the honey they created. Cover with plastic wrap or plastic bags and allow for expansion. The Nile Valley is very hot. It winds up being about 60 proof. Add a package of yeast.Circle of Isis of an additive. dark place. 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. Strain and bottle. A legend regarding Sekhmet (and sometimes Hathor) included beer either colored with pomegranate juice or ochre. but I’m told that it is even better after it has been aged for several months. Put in a dark place and let it sit for seven days. Refrigerate until it settles (two or three days). over thousands of years. someone noticed this transformation. because it never lasts that long. We have found mention of Tamerans drinking beer sweetened with honey that resembled mead. you might want to try the following mead recipe. The bees. were sacred to Min. Consider the following: The Tamerans had honey. (If you wish to include herbs and spices. The yeast that causes fermentation is airborne. (I think this is how Og. the caveman discovered booze in the first place!) Surely. 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. We don’t know at our house. Put in a large container. Be careful. If you agree. Keep in a cool.) Cool down to just above body temperature. add them while it cooks. This is no lightweight drink. Water mixed with honey or honey itself sitting around in jars could very easily have fermented. God of Fertility. Mead 1 quart honey 3 quarts distilled water Mix and boil for five minutes. 182 . and mix. This is drinkable now.

cool. Nonalcoholic Mead 1 quart honey ½ cup lemon juice 3 quarts distilled water Boil five minutes.Food and Drink For those of you who do not wish to consume an alcoholic drink. the following is a recipe for a nonalcoholic mead. Wine Even now there are wines available whose original grape stock came from Egypt. Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation. and bottle immediately. They are: L Malmsey (a madeira dessert wine) L Rainwater L Nebbilio L Amarone L Nebbilio L Est madeira d’Alba est est Grigio L Pinot 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) 183 .

and leavened breads. bottle of beer 1½ tsp. Spices. Kamut is becoming more available in the United States. Knead for about 10 minutes. airborne yeast. 184 . consisting of flour and water. Beer Bread 5 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp. at 350 degrees. It is possible that homemade beer was used in this way. Kamut is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat. just as bread was made to make beer. For many health reasons. Some skilled bakers added honey or fruit to the dough. This variety was brought to the United States and named “Kamut” because it was thought that it meant “wheat” in ancient Egypt. Most breads seemed to be made of emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum). the breads do seem to have been both flat. Cover in a bowl and let it rise for about an hour. and. honey 1 12 oz.Circle of Isis Foods Breads There are many kinds of breads mentioned in Tameran literature. bake for 45 minutes. it is likely that the Tamerans had a type of sourdough. flatten each ball to about ½". Fry in oil until brown on both sides. using yeast. and found its way to Egypt. Divide the dough into four pieces and shape into balls. or unleavened breads. With your hands or a rolling pin. widely used in the Fertile Crescent. salt Combine ingredients. Rather than depend on wild. onions and so forth could be added for a different flavor. Or Make eight small balls and then flatten them to about ¼". On a baking sheet. The name Kamut is modern. This is a recipe for “Beer Bread” that used a 12-ounce bottle of beer as a leavening agent. although we don’t know what all the different names mean.

Where I live. or fry in hot oil five minutes on each side. I used to wear a button that said. much as we use potatoes. 185 . salt 1½ cups hot milk Combine the ingredients. sesame. Seasonings Both coriander (cilantro) and cumin seem to be native to ancient Egypt. peas. Barley Cakes 3 cups barley flour ¾ cup raisins ¼ tsp. Shape into balls and flatten into circles. Other spices used were dill. celery. fenugreek.”) Other vegetables commonly used were carrots. chervil. and garlic. lentils. beans.Food and Drink Barley was another grain popular in Tamera. thyme. fennel. Fruits and Vegetables Onions were a very popular vegetable in Tamera. and were often eaten whole. leeks. In onions there is strength. It’s one of my favorites. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. Peppermint was also indigenous. (Talk about destiny! Long before I found the Craft. “I belong to the Onion Lover’s Club. turnips. Lotus roots were also used as a vegetable. (Check an oriental food store for these. as you can see in these recipes. We know cinnamon was used in mummification and have every reason to believe it was used in food as well. the seeds are called coriander. and parsley. radishes. spinach. safflower. Beans of many kinds were prevalent. There were some forms of squash as well as chick peas (garbanzo beans).) Archaeologists have found watercress seeds in Egypt. but the leaves are called cilantro.

place one peeled egg into the bowl. chopped. cumin. beef. Blend this mixture and the mashed beans back into the soup. fresh fava beans or 2 cups lamb or vegetable dried. (Trust me!) In a pot. olive oil or sesame seed oil 1 Tbsp. ground coriander 1 Tbsp. cover dried beans with water. Then continue as below. and six cloves chopped garlic in olive oil with 1 tsp. Chop fresh parsley finely and then add to radishes. Add the lemon juice and oil or sesame seed and stir. ground cumin 2 tsp. too. Simmer for another hour or until tender. cumin.Circle of Isis Fava Bean Soup (I make this at least once a year. spoon in the soup. coriander and 1 tsp. chicken. Radish Salad 10 radishes 1 Tbsp.) 3 cups shelled frozen or 4 cups stock. To serve. If using fresh or frozen beans. 1 tsp. Chop coarsely. simmer in stock for 30 minutes and continue as below. and 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbsp. and sprinkle a few coriander leaves on top. lemon juice or wine vinegar salt Wash and trim radishes in cold water. hulled fava beans 8 cloves garlic 2 tsp. soak in water for at least two days. and simmer for an hour. Remove one cup of the beans and mash. Salt to taste. 186 . Sauté the onion. Add 2 cloves garlic. coriander. olive oil 1 onion 1 hard-boiled egg per serving Chopped parsley or coriander If using dried beans. Radishes were popular.

then in the almonds. (Egyptian guacamole?) These are types of sweets from fruits.Food and Drink Fruits The fruits Tamerans used were dates. 187 . Add the walnuts and the cardamom and blend further. we do use avocados for such feasts. so try for a mixture that will form well. grind the walnuts. plums. The avocado is a persea. figs. Stir in the walnuts. Fig Cakes 1 cup fresh figs 1 Tbsp. ground cardamom ¼ cup walnuts In a blender. adding a little water. again adding water if the mixture gets too sticky. There is also mention of a persea tree. pomegranates. Grind the almonds separately and put them aside. Roll in the honey. and set them aside. and grapes. cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts A saucer of ground almonds Stir the dates with water to get a paste. Date Sweet 1 cup dates ½ tsp. cardamom seeds Warm honey 1 tsp. Form balls from a heaping teaspoon of the mixture. and blend for a bit. and roll in the ground almonds. Add cardamom and cinnamon. dip in the honey. honey ¼ cup almonds ½ tsp. and whether or not it is the same tree. Chop the figs into fairly small pieces. You are going to be making this mixture into little balls. Shape the sweets into balls. watermelon.

Well. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. Rub spices on ducks. partridges. breast down. Partridge is hard to come by in most parts of our country. so we substitute Cornish game hens. reduce heat to 350. I confess I haven’t tried either type of egg. inside and out. Place duck on rack in pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. nor would I know how to obtain them. My friends have said that I make a roast duck to die for. 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. freshly 2 Tbsp. cumin. so I can’t vouch for taste. and the meat of some wild animals. The domesticated chicken was not in Tamera until the Late Kingdom. and others. hyena! Along the river. the recipe comes from our ancient Egyptian feast.Circle of Isis Meats The Tamerans definitely used beef. turn breast side up and baste with drippings. according to one source. coriander. Chicken eggs will do fine. 188 . wild fowl were abundant: ducks. lamb. A friend who has cooked both says she finds very little difference. The Tamerans also had domesticated ducks and geese. After half an hour. 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. Up until that time. As soon as you put the duck in the oven. and here it is. geese. the eggs they used were duck or goose eggs. even.

The Good Book Cook Book by Naomi Goodman. Any of the Egyptian recipes included in this book would make wonderful additions to a festival feast. and your feast will be traditional. use the Must Sauce. Robert Marcus. but the important thing in a feast is enjoyment and good taste. Baste often with marinade or drippings. When the bird is brown and done. mix until blended and warm through. Wait 10 minutes before carving.Food and Drink Roast a total of an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. All this is great fun to do. Must Sauce a cup whole grain mustard b cup grape jelly or jam In a saucepan. turn off the oven. and Susan Woolhandler (Dodd Mead). The last time you baste. Be grateful to the Lord and Lady for the bounty you’ve received. 189 . I’ve recently obtained a wonderful book with recipes that could well have been used in Tamera.

compassionate and loving Lord Before You stands Daia. I know you will find them lovely. With love take her to Lord Osiris. Daia. or simply because you feel the need to pray to a particular deity. these invocations came to her. my Lord who dwells in the shadow lands of Amenti. Prayers for Daia When Willie’s beloved doberman. Innocent and pure of Spirit. who is gentle and loving of heart. You might find them useful. these may be of use to you. A valiant warrior. thy son. meditation. brings before you Daia. I plead with Thee to take her gently by the hand And lead her across the Rainbow Bridge Into the Land of Amenti.lL Prayers Whether used in ritual. Hail Anubis. Hail Osiris. passed away after an illness. Anubis. He who is Lord of everlasting life. child of my heart. 190 .

who is a child of my heart Has been brought before Osiris. we have loved and laughed together. care for her. For she has been true and loved unconditionally. Daia. too. but her place now is by your side. Lift the sorrow from my heart. You’ll be ever in my heart. Hail Isis. The wheel turns for all. For the wheel ever turns. 191 . My Lady who dwells forever in my heart. As you have shed salt tears of sorrow. And if it please the Gods. So. return to me. do I shed them now.Prayers She has fought a gallant battle. And if it be thy will. I Love you. For your presence in my life. May she once again return to me. I plead with Thee. Let my tears become tears of joy at her release from suffering. and let her rest. Though gone from this plane. Daia. thy husband. I plea that with thy loving arms you embrace her. I thank you! Restore and rest dear child. love her. Let her romp in the green meadows awhile.

spread Your wings over me. To be an indestructible start within You (Lichtheim). Harper and Row. Lord of Heaven.Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra When He Rises (based on the Book of the Dead) Homage to Thee. As you enfold the Earth and all things in Your arms. You possess the whole Earth as it is stretched beneath You. You rise upon the horizon of heaven. Please take this (name of deceased) to You. life springs forth. God of Life. Every place is filled with Your beauty. King of righteousness. We sing Your praises. glorious being. that you may be my protection. When You shine upon all. Strong one. Prayer to Nut for One Who Has Crossed Over O Great One who became Sky. Lord of Love. Mighty One. encircle me with Your arms in health and in life that I may be inside You. You shed your emerald light! Oh. King of eternity! Prayer to Nut for Protection Mother Nut. 192 . A shout of joy rises from the mouths of all. 1955). (Plankoff. When You rise in the horizon of heaven. Lord of Earth.

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for us. The words must be both spoken and written. which we can use today.Magic and Magical Tools lL o the Tamerans. Bast. the physical and nonphysical worlds were not the separate places our major cultures find them to be. Much of our magic is tied to the Gods and Goddesses. They were aware that we live in both. and so to do “Egyptian magic. In fact. and only as a last resort. I did find one spell that was used to protect the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. we don’t feel one has to use the exact words or gestures used by the ancients. how do we do “Egyptian magic”? It is known that there were two important components to the ancient magic: words and gestures. It involved four clay balls. such as amulets. while creating our own forms. One name was inscribed on each clay ball. Beyond that. and one was thrown toward each of the cardinal points. In my tradition. spoken for the power of them. words. I’ve found a few things. Sekhmet. and gestures. I have found almost nothing of specific gestures. 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. and Pakhet could be used. written so that they would last.” we call upon the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. spells are used rarely. T 195 . each inscribed with the name of a different cat-headed Goddess. Each was charged with the protection of a different cardinal point on the compass. Mafdet.

If you wish to decorate them with an Egyptian flair. As for magical tools. So. there’s no mention of knives used for anything but cutting. since he didn’t have time to do it all. and use it accordingly. you are using something that was a gift from a God. in addition to what little information I could find. the greatest tool you have is your mind. you should always remember that when you do magic. I’ve included instructions on making a nemyss (headdress). so that we could protect ourselves. we’re not trying to recreate the ancient religion here! Use the tools you are comfortable with. I’m sure you know you’re not going to find that the Tamerans used the same tools we did. You’ll find instructions in this section for creating some tools you might find useful: LA sistrum is simple to make. L To L Scarabs Divination Information on Tameran methods of divination is rare and vague. I’ve created two new divination forms based on Tameran symbols. For that reason. and you’ll see how to make two different kinds. Remember. Their wand was quite different.Circle of Isis It is said that magic was given to mankind by Ra. help you be in a Tameran mood. So? Does that mean your tools can’t be used? Of course not. If you find something of an Egyptian design. and chalices seemed to be only used as drinking utensils. go for it! I’ve included information on the hieroglyphs for which you will find many uses in your magic. of course. and a kilt to wear in ritual. so much the better. There are instructions here for creating a simple one. 196 . are as useful as they are ubiquitous.

Create any or all of these. you’ll be as Tameran as you need to be. 197 . or none. When you call upon the Gods and Goddesses for their blessings. The Pyramid of Nebet Het used a “board” and the sense of touch to see into the future.Magic and Magical Tools The Oracle of the Udjat uses a layout cloth and hieroglyphic tokens.

You can draw several amulets on a small piece of paper and carry the paper in your purse or wallet. When you have created your amulet. of course. Your amulet will then be charged and ready to carry or wear. it was also believed that the symbol. Amulets were carved from stone. I’ve included a prayer to be said at the time. or make your purse difficult to carry. Below. and created from clay. Fortunately. you can make them of clay or metal or stone. but many of us don’t. Carrying several stone amulets. I suggest you use the parchment-colored paper available today. You can. obtain papyrus. 198 . was just as effective as any other form. It has the look of papyrus. If you have the skills. drawn on papyrus.lL Amulets The Tamerans were great believers in amulets of many kinds. All this is very well and good if you have the skills to do those things. several of these amulets are discussed. could ruin the cut of your suit. each of which had a specific purpose. Whenever possible. There are other reasons this can be good. but it’s expensive. of course. should you feel the need. If you are like me. pass it through the smoke of incense for consecration. cast from metal. drawing them on paper will have to serve.

Meditate on the ability of that deity to deal with your problem. or on the paper. and carry it with you until it is no longer needed. Children’s Amulet 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. drawing a picture is almost the same as invoking the deity. whose mother is ________________. 3. Identify yourself with the deity. the Mighty. On a piece of paper. Such a statement might read: “Heru. 4. draw a picture of the deity appropriate to your purpose. state your need or problem. Aloud. 1. When you are confident. As you do this. or the need met. you can now deal with it. remember that to the Tamerans. When the problem is solved. my bones are Your bones” is one way this might be stated. Heru has spoken. says: Hear me. Know ye that this child is under my protection. 2. whose father is ________________. Ask the deity to come forth. “My flesh is Your flesh. all who would bring harm to _________.” 199 . and know that.Amulets The Paper Amulet This spell can be used for almost any purpose. feeling that you have the power of Him or Her. sending your thanks to the deity upon the rising smoke. 5. having that ability. Lord of the Skies. Never shall my eye be away from him/her and never shall any who do him/her harm escape my wrath. fold the paper up. burn the paper with incense. 6.

the physical heart and the emotional one. my heart. my mother. the heart amulet was made to replace the physical heart that had been removed during the mummification process. Let me be protected by those great Lords.” 200 . as well as the home of the conscience. The prayer used during the consecration would make the difference. and therefore. You can use it to keep evil from being said against you.” For protection: “Oh my heart. soul of Ra and soul of Osiris.Circle of Isis Heart Amulet We tend to think of our hearts in two ways. your own thoughts and emotions. Let none cause words of evil to spring up against me. my heart. You can use the heart amulet in several ways. “I couldn’t find it in my heart to do it. my mother.” “He has a black heart. and the deceased hoped his or her heart would not have evil things to say. You can use it for the understanding of your own heart. during the time of judgment. A heart was necessary in the Otherworld because it gave the deceased the power to move and speak.” The ancients held similar views. my mother. Let not that which is false be uttered against me. my heart. my mother! Be thou the Bennu. To prevent evil from being said against you: “Oh.” “My heart is broken. or for your own protection. but was the source of good and evil thoughts. The heart not only pumped blood. When created for the dead. the heart was weighed against the Feather of Maat. It was also believed that. My heart whereby I came into being.

whose shrine is hidden. The scarab symbolizes that rebirth. and the scarab represents the hidden light. but it had its own special attributes. whose name means “becoming. Khephera.Amulets To understand your heart: “Oh. my mother. everything begins again. my mother! I shall gain mastery over thee. life after death. transformation. Lord of Beginnings. serving Thee. that I may grow and transform.” The Scarab Not only was the scarab used in the same way the heart amulet was. The ancients believed wearing or carrying the symbol would attract all that He is. Open to me that I may know thy thoughts which are my own. that I be made new each day. The Sun may disappear from our view at night. A prayer for the consecration of your amulet might be: “Hail unto Thee. my heart. I shall understand thee and so understand myself. I do ask. thou Master of the Gods. it’s never-ending cycles. being. The Sun reappears to us each morning and the day is new. but it shines on. Be ever present. and the life-giving power it has. It is also a symbol of the Sun. my heart. so that I may spend that day. It was a symbol of the God Khephera. it was a symbol of revivification. as I spend each lifetime.” ¿ 201 . Khephera is that midnight Sun.” Used among the treasures of the deceased.

On the morning of the third day. thou great spirit. Burn myrrh and kyphi. and purified it by passing it through the smoke of incense. ninth. The Knot of Isis This symbol is also known as the “Blood of Isis” or “Girdle of Isis.” It is used for the purpose of invoking Her protection. carve a symbol of Aset on the bottom. you speak as Tehuti. Leave it there for three days. draw it in red ink or paint it red. 21st. If you are skilled enough to make your own ring. place it in the oil. 16th. you can reanoint yourself by dipping your ring in the oil. come to me. 202 . 10th. calling Khephera forth. Turn toward the East and anoint yourself with the oil on the ring. Inventor and Founder of medicines and letters. 12th. burn incense. including some olive leaves if you can. saying: “I am Tehuti. After you have cleansed the ring.Circle of Isis An ancient rite is described for the consecration of a scarab ring. In the prayer attached to this. If you make a parchment amulet. or cinnamon. Have a small container (tradition calls for one of chrysolite. the stone is usually red. but do what you can) in which you have an oil of lilies. Rise up to me. Set both on a linen cloth. Take the ring and place it on a piece of olivewood. Remove the ring from the oil.” Any time you feel the need. myrrh. 24th. When carved from stone. thou that art under the Earth. My sources indicate that the proper time to do this is the seventh. and 25th days of the month.

and thou dost triumph by reason of what was done for thee. Her child. especially if you have done healing work for him or her. When this is done.Amulets The prayer below can be worded for you. to learn from Them. or you can use the name of a friend or loved one. seeing healing energy surrounding him. prepare your amulet and bless it with this prayer: “Thou art lifted up. you can sit quietly. and grow toward Them. They lift up thy head to the horizon. O sick one that lies prostrate. and to guard me from him who would do anything I hold in abomination. If you don’t know how to do healing work. and the words of power of Aset shall be might to act as powers to protect me. 203 . This would make a lovely gift for one whom you wish Aset to protect. I treasure one made for me by a friend.” The Pillow This is a wonderful amulet to make for someone who is ill. and the strength of Aset. picturing your friend strong and well. the ladder was intended to help that person ascend to Heaven. I use it to help me reach upward toward the Gods. “The blood of Aset.” The Ladder When used for one who is deceased.

Ask the blessings of the Sun God you prefer. (See the section on Het Heret for more information. O Divine Ladder. Make it to symbolize help you wish from the Gods. or give to a friend who needs that help.” The Nefer Amulet This is a good luck amulet. and lead me to that which is my goal. O Ladder of Heru. O Divine Ladder. of Asar. F The Menat The menat is a symbol of balance. Homage to thee. of Aset. Stand thou upright.” Ask the blessings of any or all of the deities as you pass it through the smoke. 204 .Circle of Isis Say over the amulet: “Homage to thee. The Shen This symbol of eternity is intended to give life as long as the Sun continues its orbit. It is the hieroglyph for “beautiful” and “good.) Ask the blessings of Het Heret as you consecrate it. and therefore joy and health. ~ The Two Fingers These represent the two fingers Heru used to help Asar up the ladder to heaven.

and therefore harder. let it symbolize life in all its aspects.” It is connected with childbirth and rebirth.000. Let it be a sign of respect for all life. ‚ 205 . Ý The Neha Amulet This symbolizes protection. Eye of Horus This well-known symbol can be used for protection or. if you like.” Thus “Tuh ankh amen” means “living image of Amen.” If you chose to wear the ankh.” or “100. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth.” or “mirror image of Amen. and of your return of that gift into their hands. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. Call upon whatever deity you wish for that protection as you consecrate the amulet.Amulets The Frog This glyph represents not only the Goddess Hekat. the fact that you have chosen a magical. path. it means both “life” and “mirror. magic knot or sandal strap. Use it to assure a healthy child or for good luck. dedicated to Their service.” As a hieroglyph. for focus. Let it represent for you the choice of path. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. Ankh Whatever its original significance. or carry it. to the service of the Gods. whatever its form. but it also means “myriads.

This person felt that doing so courted death. but have also been found in houses. The figure should be prepared in order to resemble the usual personal items—pieces of fingernail. I believe that they were used by the living.lL Wax and Ushabti Figures Wax Figures The Tameran magicians sometimes used the wax figures made infamous by some modern practices in negative ways. and she is entitled to her opinion. Except for the 206 . I do not believe that this is so for the reason given above. and so forth— to make the spell more effective. When the figure is ready. or put in a safe place. hair. This seems to indicate that they were magical servants in this life as well as the next. incise the name or image of a deity on the figure to give the subject the power of that deity. I have received an objection to the use of these for anything other than funerary objects. carve an ankh. I must be honest.) The figure can be given to the subject. as well. have been found by the thousands in various tombs. made to resemble their owner. Ushabti Figures These small figures. shame on you! Remember what’s going out is what’s coming in. as they were in the Two Lands. If you are doing a healing. (If you are thinking of using this spell in a harmful way. but they can be used in beneficial ways. Wax figures were a very important tool to the Tameran magician.

Wax and Ushabti Figures fact that they were created as permanent servants rather than having life only for the duration of a specific errand. add anything that is outstanding about yourself. or serve as protection or sources of energy. I’d call them fetches. They can find things for you. 207 . if you want it to search out topics for paintings. these cannot do the gardening or housecleaning for you. I know that most of us do not have sculpting skills. or cloth. You can create these little self-images of clay. however. If they are designed for a specific purpose. and the figure should be in a form prepared to do that work. While you are making it. The word “ushabti” means “the one who answers. they “answer” to you. draw them on the figure’s face.” Their purpose was to respond when the deceased was called to do something. amongst other things. If you wear glasses. but they can do “other plane” work. For example. Unlike the ushabtis designed to do physical work for their owners in the Otherworld. For our purposes. If you have freckles. When the figure is complete. wood. concentrate on the purpose for which you are creating it. add them. You can. the figure should be an artist. you should keep that purpose in mind as you design them. charge it to do the work you want it to do and put it in a safe place. perhaps holding a brush. It never hurts to ask the help of a deity if one is appropriate.

I have many talents. and wooden or metal beads.) 2. my husband and High Priest. They were often beautiful and ornate. Drill four holes on each side of the fork. but the kind of work involved here is not among them. From a coat hanger. To make this sistrum. I think the one I made serves just as well. Bast. especially for Het Heret. The simplest sistrum. cut four straight pieces. metal washers. (Figure 1. These holes should be big enough for coat-hanger wire to pass through loosely. It’s basically a sacred rattle. These instructions come from Chris. and was used in rituals. spacing them evenly and making sure that the holes on each side are opposite the holes of the other. could represent the sound the sistrum makes. 1. and Aset. shesheshet. each 2" longer than needed to pass completely through the holes. and probably the most ancient.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. Such sistrum are available today at a high price. like a breeze blowing through reeds. you will need such a stick. The Tameran word for sistrum. is made with a forked stick. Figure 1 208 . a metal coat hanger or two.

block of wood approximately 1 ½" x ½" x 6". String several washers and beads. With pliers. but in the opposite way. anyone can do it.) 4.Creating a Sistrum 3. If I can do it. beads and washers. This is the one I made. You will need: L A strip of thin copper or brass about 1" wide and 18" long. LA Figure 3 wooden dowel approximately 8" long. finished like the dowel. If the sistrum above is not quite fancy enough for you. (Figure 3. Place the straight end of the first wire through one side of the sistrum. LA L Coat L Optional: 209 . and I’m very proud of it.) Figure 2 Do the other wires the same way. Whatever finish you want on this you should do before you begin putting your sistrum together. bend one end of each of the wires at a 90-degree angle. alternating them. but I’ve seen one done in gold leaf and it was beautiful. (Figure 2. try this one. It took me all day. It should be flexible enough to bend by hand. I like a natural stain. Place the wire in the other hole and bend the end of the wire as you did the other end. hanger or similar wire cut in four 8" pieces. The finish is up to you.

4. With an awl. The eight holes should be large enough for the wire to move when you shake the sistrum. Let dry.Circle of Isis To assemble your sistrum: 1. Using nails or small screws. 210 . 3. 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. Place wood glue in the hole. Figure 4 2. Lay the metal out flat and mark it as shown in Figure 4. affix both ends of the metal strip first to the bottom.) Figure 5 5. then push the end of the dowel into the hole. punch or drill holes where indicated. (Figure 5.

8. You don’t really need them because the metal wires against the metal band will make the proper sound. bend one end of each wire up 90 degrees. Chris says it represents the two polarities. Most traditional sistrum have only the wires.) (Figure 6. put them on as instructed in the simple sistrum. 211 . magically significant. The shape of the wire is. (If you are using the beads and washers.) Figure 6 . Thread each wire through matching holes in the sistrum.Creating a Sistrum 6. Bend the straight end of the wire to 90 degrees. according to some. With pliers. 7.

212 . I’ve found that a cocktail straw is useful for this. Incise a T-shape on the top. draw three diagonal lines (legs).lL Making a Scarab Only the ankh is more easily found today than the scarab. draw two vertical lines. Bake per the instructions that come with the clay. You will need over-fired clay. I personally have a silver scarab ring. If you wish to string your scarabs. On the front. 3. Roll the clay into a football shaped piece. 5. Look for one that can be baked in the oven at about 275 degrees. and 20 or 30 brown or bluegreen scarabs obtained from other sources. On each side. you should make the hole before baking. There are several brands of this clay available at craft stores. Remove the points. 4. one carved out of hematite. This clay comes in many colors. 2. Press it down on a hard surface to flatten it a little. If you want to make a scarab for your own use. a stylized one is very easy. 1. one made for me by a friend.

and long as the priests wore them. 1. You’ll need a piece of material that is one and a half times your waist measurement.lL Making a Kilt Although in Sothistar we do not wear Tameran garb in ritual. you might want to add some kind of stiffening material inside the hem at the waist. On one edge of the bottom. you could wear a floor-length version with a breast band. mark and cut a curve.) Figure 1 2. but that’s up to you. (Figure 1. broad “suspenders. The length of the material should be the length you wish the kilt to be plus 4".) If the ladies among you wish to wear a kilt. In Tameran drawings. the kilt is shown in two lengths: short for everyday wear or warriors. (Priests also shaved all their body hair. The technique is quite simple.) 213 . you may wish to wear something reminiscent of the beloved land in your rites. This allows for a 1" hem. Lay the material flat. The kilt looks best if the material is somewhat stiff. plus 2". Fold down the top (waist) 3" and hem.” or nothing at all. (This is to stiffen the waist a bit. If the material is very thin.

Attach snaps or velcro as show in Figure 3. Hem 1" all the way around the rest of the kilt. wrap the kilt around the front of your body. Figure 2 4. Fasten. (Figure 2). around the back and across the front.Circle of Isis 3. place the straight side at your side. Figure 3 To wear the kilt. 214 .

place the top of the nemyss against your forehead. 1. To wear. Hem all the way around. From each end of the top.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. Measure across your forehead and slightly downward toward the nape of your neck. 3. The material is cut in the shape of a truncated pyramid. but it reflects the more common style. The top is the narrow edge. and tie. 4. making a ¾" hem. more if you like. cut at about a 45 degree angle to the bottom. bring the ties around to the back of your head under the rest of the nemyss. This nemyss is somewhat simpler. The top should be about 2" longer than the measurement of your head. 2. the wide. and the bottom. The distance from the top to bottom should be about 14". Sew several inches of ribbon or bias tape to each side of the top. 215 .

A smaller wand would require bending over or crawling 216 . they did not resemble those with which you might be familiar. They are shaped somewhat like a throwing stick or a boomerang. would we? I can find no specific information on size. They were usually carved from ivory. It is said they were used to draw magic circles. A wand large enough to use standing would be too large to go in that box. but the wands described in my references were found in a box that measured 18" x 12" x 12". and some feel they were used in a “throwing” manner to send energy. These wands were different in both shape and purpose. of course. which. I believe the word “draw” must not be taken literally. we’d never use. They were inscribed to invoke the protection of specific deities or animals.lL Making a Magic Wand Although Tameran magicians did use wands.

Making a Magic Wand around the circle.” If you precede this sentence with the glyph for the name of the deity. After you create your wand. It also occurred to me that they are shaped like an ancient throwing stick used by the Tamerans. consecrate it by casting a circle. actually letting go of the wand) to send the magic in the direction you want. As you cut it out. If you wish to use hieroglyphs. or whatever purpose your wand has. concentrate on your reason for creating a wand and on the deity or deities whose protection you wish to invoke. and magical only because of their symbolism and the energy you place in them. from wood to heavy cardboard. tools. it could be used in a throwing gesture (without. 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. The important thing is the concentration and the work you put into the wand. inscribing there a circle. you could make a wand out of any material you have the skills to work with. you’ll have a fine invocation. the sentence below says “May I be in thy protection. I’m sure. 217 . Therefore. Because magical tools are only that. 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. æ! When your wand is complete. similar to the boomerang used in Australia. write on it (or draw the symbols for) its magical purpose.

consists of 30 “letters” representing 25 sounds. Second. but it is an area I hope to explore in the future. In other words. First. If you use hieroglyphs to write something. you might like to use them for special purposes. Time has not allowed me to study these hidden meanings. There are. left to right. Third. embroidered with a cartouche of his Craft name. 218 . For example.lL Hieroglyphs “Medu neter. Most of these glyphs have existed since predynastic times. What thoughts I do have on the subject are included with the letters. you read toward the faces. when Chris became High Priest of Sothistar. known to us as the hieroglyphic alphabet. but I’ve included them as magical for three reasons. Hieroglyphs may be written in any direction.” This alphabet. I believe that one of the facets of magical work is the concentration you put into it. This can only add to your magical work. we gave him a cloth-covered Book of Shadows. I believe the hieroglyphs had meanings beyond the sounds they represent. you will be giving it a great deal more concentration and thought than you would if you just scribbled it down. top to bottom. the hieroglyphs are not really an efficient way to transcribe words. As beautiful as they are. hundreds of hieroglyphs representing words as well. however. This allows for artistic arrangements. The animals and human figures face the direction from which the words should be read. right to left.” “the words of the God. or bottom to top.

an additional glyph. Phonetically. is also the name of a plant.Hieroglyphs Tameran. it was to indicate my name. Nobody’s speaking Tameran exactly as it was spoken. For example. Unlike English. So how do we know? Nobody’s speaking this language anymore. like English. the word would be written:   To indicate to the reader that the word designated the plant. Tameran had a way to show which meaning applied to the word. which is basically Tameran written in the Greek alphabet. Reed.” would be added. If you wish to learn about this. however. please check the Bibliography (page 309). a determinative would be added:   If. However. had its homonyms. knowing which glyphs meant which letter does not always indicate how a word was pronounced. my last name. with a few new letters developed for sounds 219 . and it is very interesting. the “determinative. At the end of the phonetic spelling. but there is a “living” language. Coptic. a female figure would be added:   _ The information on how we learned to translate hieroglyphs into modern alphabets is available in many books.

Mercer’s book Egyptian Hieroglyphic Grammar. S. and I use it for the suggested sound.” Budge calls this first one an eagle. with a strong leaning toward Mr. which is a glottal stop unless it appears at the beginning of a word. Hieroglyph Letter “A” as in “Barry. X 220 . If I’m not pronouncing Their names correctly. I do my best. creator of a Hieroglyphics word processor. because my qabalistic studies have already proved the difficulty of learning how the individual Hebrew letters are pronounced.” There are two hieroglyphs for the letter “A.A. and information from William Bentley. but this gives us an opportunity for an educated guess. Mercer and Mr. I believe Budge is mistaken. and have meanings by themselves.” However. and when it does make a sound. The list below is taken from Budge’s books. Curator of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the first part of the 20th century. in which case it is an “uh” sound. This vulture is almost mute.B. Budge compares this glyph to the Hebrew aleph. do what feels right. Some of these letters are also words.Circle of Isis that did not exist in Greek. He has a horrible habit of comparing the glyphs to Hebrew letters. I’ve tried to give you the widest possible scope. Therefore. and it would seem that the Gods and Goddesses understand. Sir E. This helps very little.A. They still respond. but other sources call it a vulture. the sound is very weak. Bentley. Wallis is best known for his books based on translations of ancient manuscripts. Almost inevitably there have been changes in the language. as in “about. and it is one of a very specific kind. Tamerans did not write weak vowels.

” œ “CH” Also pronounced “Dj “ (The difference is the same as what happens with the “th” in “thin” and the same letters in “the. Her Bak. The name of the Earth God. “D” It appears to be a right hand.” or “CH. “E” as in “Edith.” Letter “B” In her book. Geb is sometimes written with two “b’s.” “K. A foot (or leg) implies duality because feet come in pairs. One foot is a symbol. the second is not.” Could this mean Geb manifest? “C” There is no hieroglyph for “C.” The first is voiced.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph “A” as in “day. which would symbolize sending.” Use the glyph for “S.” 221 . Two feet represent reality. or giving. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz brings up an interesting thought.

“H” There are two glyphs for this letter. “KH” as in “loch. C 222 . The second is much more energetic.” “G” This is the hard “G” sound as in “garden. as you see. I lean toward the viper because snakes hiss.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph “E” as in “Edna.” masculine.” The closest sound to the soft “g” is the glyph for DJ.” or “chutzpah. “I” as in “Bill” or “Michael.” Letter “F” Some say this is a snail (without a shell).” The signs seem to be interchangeable. others a horned viper. and that hiss can be an “F” as well as an “S.” “J” (See “CH”) “K” This letter is also the glyph for “you.” This letter also means “he.

” “O” “P” Some sources refer to this as a door. 223 . with lips apart.” “N” The first is the older symbol. However. “R” An open mouth. An American “R” is pronounced with the lips pursed. It is also the word for “to” (someone) and of.Hieroglyphs Û j y Hieroglyph Letter “L” There was no “L” sound as we know it in Classical Egyptian. I wonder if this is a comment on the pronunciation of the letter. we do find Greek names written in glyphs with this symbol for an “L. others as a box. Other languages roll the “R” on the tongue. Mercer says it was first written with the same glyph as “R.” Dr.” “M” The owl is the older symbol.” which might tell us something about the way the Tamerans pronounced “R. “Q” Hill slope. and still others as the top of a stool. The second symbol is also pronounced “Ma.

you can use two “U”s.” This letter. However. Use “F” if you wish to approach the sound closely.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Letter “S” Both signs are interchangeable. (Or removing it made the word masculine.” feminine. if you prefer).” Expansion and restriction? Would each glyph be used depending on the meaning of the word? Also means “you. “SH” “T” Often this symbol added to a word made the word feminine. The first glyph is also the determinative for “health” and the second is the determinative for “bolt.” “W” Same as “U. 224 . is called a “double U” and it is exactly that. “TH” » “U” “V” There is no “V” sound. in English. You could also use “U” or “B. If you prefer. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz offers an interesting thought.

” “Y” If pronounced as in “yahoo.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Letter “X” There is no “X.” use the single reed. Each of these is also a word. “Z” Use one of the “S” glyphs.” Use “K” and “S. so you can use them alone or to make longer words. Hieroglyph Sound AW Meaning Wide K ¨ AYA Great DA Give 225 . There are other glyphs that represent two or more sounds.

being MA . Life Force KHEPER Becoming. discover v w HER Face HOTEP Offering. transformation. peace ™ ¿ K 226 KA Spirit.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound GEM Meaning Find.

after nouns “all” NEBET Lady F NEFER Beautiful.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Sound MEN Meaning Firm. child (of). good 227 . MES Born. birth NEE Before nouns “Lord”. established P B MER Love MIS.

Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound NETER Meaning God NETERET Goddess NU _ 228 „ „ SA Son SAT Daughter SETEP Chosen .

Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Sound SHU Meaning SU TA Land UAS Dominion æ 0 UN UP 229 .

strong These are single glyphs or a combination of glyphs that form words you might find useful.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound UR Meaning Great ‚ / Other Words USER Powerful. Glyphs Meaning Air Animal 230 .

Hieroglyphs Glyphs Meaning Earth # ! Eat Father Festival Fire O God 231 .

Circle of Isis Glyphs Meaning Heaven House ! g Man. I Mother Mountain Name 232 .

Hieroglyphs Glyphs Meaning Plant * Prayer. praise Tree Water _ Woman 233 .

and they help you to open up to the sources of the information you need. I found very little on divination that could apply to today. asking the blessings of the Gods (in general. and light the lamp. place the lamp on a clay brick. 234 . where you will be able to see it. There are so many types—crystal ball. I found myself considering exactly what divination is. immediately make notes of your dreams and of your feelings at the moment of waking. When you awaken. some of them distract your conscious mind with images. or until you feel a presence in the room with you. tea leaves—and they all work exactly the same way. I do know that the ancients used several forms of scrying. letting it fill your eyes and your mind. snuff the lamp. and go to sleep. if it is still burning. or of a specific deity if you wish) and state the question about which you seek information. At this time. and. in the flames. one that will be used for no other purpose. Concentrate on the flame of the lamp. They aim your mind in a certain direction. which seems to be a method for “dreaming true. and how the various methods work. something that brings a particular deity to mind.” Obtain a white oil lamp. When you are prepared. Do this until you see.lL Divination In my research. Thank the Gods for the wisdom they have given you. As I searched for other forms of divination. Be sure the oil lamp is in a place where it will be in no danger of being knocked over. and found the following. tarot cards. and let it burn throughout the night. lie down. futhark rune staves. Purify the lamp with salt.

if you first asked the guidance of the Gods.) The background cloth has designs on both sides. could be appropriate.” is the more formal of the two. The first. on one or both sides.) 235 . and three the number of manifestation. thinking about the rock or stick or bird you were studying. because they do not.Divination The Tamerans seemed to view everything as a key to wisdom. a word in hieroglyphs. (The reasons for this will be explained in the instructions for reading the oracle. Each of the glyph pieces represents an area of your life. Many have a Tameran deity attributed to them. and both sides will be used in the course of your reading. each bearing. can only add to the efficacy of the divination tool. Maat. (Seven was the Tameran number of perfection.” is quicker. however. however.” and provides shorter and less detailed answers. you could follow your thoughts to the source of knowledge. The second. “The Pyramid of Nebet Het. read on. Choose as your mind and heart lead you. Creating the Udjat Oracle This divination tool has a background cloth. It also takes a great deal more time. and 21 pieces. By concentrating on any item. exist in physical form. It is my feeling that almost any form of divination would be suitable. Both require some preparation. “The Udjat Oracle. Having to make your own. letting your mind wander. Anpu is often considered the God of True Seeing. She who is Truth. Which God is appropriate? You could appeal to Nebet Het. and can provide more detailed information. more “tactile. If. I’ve devised two forms of divination that have served me well. you wish to use a divination form that “feels” more Tameran to you. She who is the Lady of all that is not what it seems to be. Tehuti. God of Wisdom is another. at this time.

you will have to have tiny glyph pieces. Diagram 1 shows the front of the cloth.Circle of Isis Making the Background Cloth My own background cloth is embroidered. B v Diagram 1 236 . and four corners. each containing the hieroglyphs for one of the four seasons. You may also use fabric paints. containing the Udjat Eye. It consists of an inner square. (the Eye of Horus). and will run into problems having enough room to put the hieroglyphs on the pieces. The finished size of the cloth is about 16" square If you make it much smaller.

use two pieces. again. not as a square. In other words. If you are going to paint the cloth. Its center is blank and each of the corners contains a symbol for one of the four magical Elements. 237 . or. If you intend to embroider the cloth. the top point (Spring) will be away from you. the cloth is viewed as a diamond. either use a very heavy piece of material. you will need two pieces that will later be sewn together. Diagram 2 Please note: When the cloth is laid out for a reading. the bottom point (Autumn) will be nearest you.Divination Diagram 2 is the reverse side.

flip the paper over and trace the design with the hot transfer pencil. all the energy and time and effort and work you are putting into this cloth will add to its magic. or more. Creating the Glyph Pieces You have a lot of freedom when it comes to creating these pieces. why not whip together a bag to keep all this in?) Take your time. I suggest you obtain a large pad of tracing paper. The colors you use in painting or embroidering the cloth are up to you.) When you have it exactly as you want it. Draw your design on the tracing paper. there are a lot of metallic threads in my cloth. This pencil is available at most sewing and craft stores. Patience in preparing this cloth will reward you. sew them together with the designs inside. It is important that this cloth appeal to your senses. When both pieces are completed. No one can dictate your likes and dislikes. and sew with care. If you can think of another. even pressure. (While you’re sewing. Remember. 238 . and sew the remaining side. but with a tool that is truly yours. You may prefer a little less flash. Because I like sparkly things. not only with a nicer background cloth and a sense of achievement. Sew three sides (like a pillowcase). This is true of any tool you work with. Used correctly. please feel free to use it. turn it inside out. place the designs carefully. to your heart. and a “hot transfer” pencil. You’ll have more success if you keep a very fine point on the pencil (I keep my sharpener handy) and use firm. Please yourself. You are then ready to iron the pattern onto your cloth and embroider or paint it. (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. Here are three different methods.Circle of Isis Unless you have the skill to draw the designs directly onto the cloth. it turns your drawing into an embroidery transfer that can be ironed onto your material.

and slice it. think of the magic you’re putting into them! They can also be quite beautiful. I went to a beautiful beach near San Luis Obispo. You could. These would take a lot of work. and I’ve painted the glyphs on them. painted. The second way is to obtain a wooden dowel with the diameter you want. or wood-burned. you could always make the cloth larger. When it is baked. I suppose. This clay hardens at about 275 degrees in the oven. But then of course. Water is very relevant to divination in my tradition. They are all about the same size.) My first set of pieces was made from such clay. and it seemed appropriate. and gathered small. For that matter. You are restricted only by your skill in the creation of your glyph pieces. You don’t want your pieces too large because they’ll cover too much of the cloth when you use them. If you’re worried about putting so much effort into a divination tool you’re not even sure you’ll like. However. it would make a wonderful gift for someone! 239 . The more personal the method is. but again. although they’re different shapes. These can be sanded.” and found that a little large. cut pieces of cardboard to whatever size and shape you wish. or in almost any color you like. I used the top of an aspirin bottle as a “cookie cutter. inked. the better. stained. you can sand off the rough edges. I would do so only as a temporary measure.Divination The first (and easiest way) is to use one of the oven hardening clays that are available. you could draw the background cloth on paper and use that. You can find these in a natural color. The third way is the way I did my second set. sat down. (Remember that you have to paint or ink designs on them. and paint it as you like. but you might like it. flat stones that had been smoothed by the water.

The iris and pupil are the Immediate Present. The area above the eye represents Matters of the Spirit. It represents the Moon.Circle of Isis Reading the Udjat Oracle Before you start doing readings with this Oracle. later today or tomorrow. right now. The eyebrow and the area between the eyebrow and the eye represent Matters in Transition. Future Present Past B v Diagram 3 The Udjat Eye in the center of the cloth is the Eye of Horus. today. Lay it out before you and study it in conjunction with the pertinent diagrams. The area below the eye deals with Matters of the Body. 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. 240 . become familiar with the background cloth. as well as protection and wisdom.

At the top of the diagram. send a prayer to the God or Goddess attributed to that piece (if any). Their placement will tell you the type of action that will be most effective. The corner to your right is the hieroglyph for Summer. then interpret them in their relationship to each other. and pick out up to three that are most important. the symbol of Spring. remove the pieces. Before you use this. if you like. my Lady Aset guide me. concentrate on it.Divination The white to the right of the iris (it would be closest to your ear) is the immediate past. outside the inner square. I imagine myself surrounded by a beautiful light. Interpret the pieces separately by meaning and placement (See diagram 3). the birth of the Sun. and I say (mentally). still your mind and ask for guidance. Fold the corners of the cloth down toward the middle. and one in the past. at the bottom. forming a square. (Diagrams 4-7. When you have done all you can with this step. and future of each of the other divisions. Take about half the pieces in your hand (without looking) and toss or sprinkle them on the cloth. Shake the bag. find the piece that comes closest to that area. Pull one piece at a time and place one on each of the seasons. Toss the retained pieces on the cloth. 1. To your left is a symbol for the Winter Solstice. You can now proceed one of two ways. “Only higher forces around me.) You will now see your Elemental diagram. yesterday or the day before. is the hieroglyph for Autumn. Place it with the others in the bag. or reach in and stir the runes. 241 .” If your question relates to one particular area of life. is a flying beetle. present. or any other form of divination. Hold it. Nearest you. 2.

Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .

Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .

representing the seasons. but the first step has not been taken. The journey is completed. The direction for the journey has been decided. Spring: That which is represented by the piece has begun. Winter is the time of year when you choose what you will plant in the Spring. Summer: That which is represented by the rune is in process. . The seed that was planted at Spring has sprouted and is taking shape. but not yet planted. The journey has begun. consult below. If any of the pieces fall in the corner sections. the seed has been chosen. The Seasons B Winter: The matter represented by the piece has not yet begun. The harvest is made. The journey continues. The seed has been planted. In this sense.Circle of Isis Interpreting the Glyph Pieces Interpret the pieces first by the meaning of the piece. v 244 Autumn: That which is represented by the glyph piece has become manifest. It is real. and then by its placement.

the King. after He was murdered. Nebet Het: This piece represents all that is hidden. male energy. Ra: This symbol of the Sun is one of the symbols for Ra. Lord of the Sun. The Lady Nebet Het. negative (receptive) energy. This piece represents illumination. positive energy. If this is in conjunction with the Magic piece. whose name in Greek is Nephthys. When used to represent Asar as God. all that is psychic. It can represent surprises. hidden but existing just as surely as the side with which we are familiar. Asar. think more on Asar. illusions. discovery of something on the physical plane. is the dark side of the Moon. She teaches by misdirection. positive energy. feminine energy. a male love interest. None of these are necessarily negative. 245 . She who performed the greatest magic of all: giving new life to Her Consort. or it can represent spiritual illumination. it can signify the Winged Aset. and Her lessons are usually learned without our even knowing we are being taught. a female love interest. all that is not what it seems to be. It can represent physical illumination. it could signify a love interest. but comes from spiritual growth. who turned his people from a nomadic tribe to the beginnings of a civilization that was mighty for centuries. that which cannot be taught or given. and mistakes. Aset: The Goddess.Divination y The Glyph Pieces Asar: The God. In connection with the Love piece. a woman.

Reversed could imply that you should be focusing your attention there. In Matters of the Body. it can imply health. or balance. son of Aset and Asar. the area in which you can take control. or a need for healing. You will have to interpret this in light of other factors in the reading. or rather. Health: Health can also be defined as wholeness. the people you work with. In Matters of the Spirit. of course. do a little more than is expected of you. He is the son of Nut and Geb. if you will. like the others. has many forms. or that balance exists in that area. Its meaning. the Goddess of Love is Het Heret. or Heru the Elder. He is a Sun God. reversed could mean a frustration in that area. whom the Greeks called Hat Hor. The two Udjat Eyes are. in some y 246 . This piece can represent any one of them. but is not Heru. Upright could mean advancement. The deity attributed here is Her Ur. etc. Work: Your job or your career.Circle of Isis P ™ ™ Love: Love. Work in conjunction with home could mean you need to do your homework. Magic: Here are the powers of the mind. Focus: That on which you are focusing your attention (if upright). it can imply a need for balance. can vary according to the area in which it falls. According to many sources. Heru the Great.

or to the Lord or Lady who is most important to you. The delightfully ugly dwarf God. Reversed. home. Perhaps in the future. Luck: Good luck if upright. where growth is occurring. science. Energy: Areas where energy is being applied. The one used on your background is His left eye. something you will learn. it would be the Sun Eye. 3 Growth: Upright. and luck. it could mean finding that teacher. communication. 247 . Bes. Words: Learning. In Matters of the Spirit. is the God of humor. Naturally. If. reverse. your karma. or if reversed. If you are interested in your destiny. also known as the Eye of Ra. the implication would be something you are studying presently. For help.Divination legends. for example. our own destiny. where growth is needed. should limit yourself. Tehuti would be the deity to call upon. the Moon Eye. or should be applied. there is a God called Shai. books. Restraint: This is the area where you are restricted. considered to be His Eyes. difficulties if reversed. It is said that each of us has our own Shai. teaching. apply to Aset or Asar. you are looking for a teacher.

If this is touching or very near another. A more appropriate deity to appeal to. The God of Beginnings is either Khephera. including your dwelling place. Reversed would mean problems. Hapi.Circle of Isis Beginnings: A start. It could be days. something that has begun. the two should be read together. This glyph appears in the names of two Goddesses well known to many of us. “Now is the time. In combination with the Friends piece. the same is true of endings. check Diagram 8 on the following page for the number involved. it might mean. Upright would mean pleasant or positive events. this could mean company or entertainment in your home. If it is not touching the Eye. Time: If this is touching any part of the Eye. etc. if in the past. however. was very much involved with Flow—with the life bringing nurturing flow of the great river. If reversed.” Home: Anything to do with home or immediate family. Nebet Het (Lady of the House) and Het Heret (House of the Sky). The God of the Nile. hours. if in the present or future. whose name means “becoming. 248 . Flow: Matters in the same division of the background as this piece are flowing as they should (if upright) or not (if reversed). who is more specifically the beginnings of cycles.” or Khonsu. would be Bes.

or the environment outside your home and your work. in the past. Number: If this is touching the Eye. If it falls in the present. Upright can imply the growth of friendship. or that your friends have problems and you can help. check Diagram 8 below for the number involved. new friends. current friends can be important. 8 2 4 16 32 64 Diagram 8 249 .Divination Friends: Anything to do with your friends. Reversed can mean that your problems stem from that friendship. and in the future. old friends.

in intuition. For example. 250 . and teaching. Your strength is in the sword. in steadfastness.Circle of Isis The Elemental Diagram Air: The problem will be handled best by work of the mind—ideas. and so forth. and place it on the appropriate part of the background. in your emotion. if you want to move. chants. in courage. Your strength is in the wand. in passion. and in growth. Meditation Place the appropriate piece (or any other item) on the pupil of the eye. Your strength is in the shield. in nurturing. in the area that signifies the past. and see where your thoughts lead. thoughts. You may add prayers. place the Het (Home) piece in the space between the eyebrow and the eye. Earth: You will find the answer in Earth: in physical action. Magical Work Choose the piece that relates to your desire.) It is in the hands of the Gods. Spirit: (The center circle formed by the corners coming together. Your strength is in the cup. learning. Water: The answer lies in Water. Fire: The solution is to be found in action of the will. Focus on it.

with practice. it is really too small for comfortable use. When one of the glyphs feels different. You’ll have better success if you reproduce it in a larger size. and so forth. just before the first glyph. move the piece a little toward the future section. the information you need.” Research the glyph your finger stopped on to find the interpretation. Creating Your Own Pyramid Although the illustration of the pyramid here can be used.” and “sand-papery” have all been descriptions given.” “cold. It uses psychic touch rather than sight or thought. Continue the spell until you start to pack! The Pyramid of Nebet Het Nebet Het.Divination making this spell working as complex or simple as you wish. There are several ways you can do this.” “sticky” “hot. Many photocopiers have enlargement capabilities. Its use is not difficult. “warm. but it may require practice. Concentrate on your question. visualize yourself moving. and is good for simple questions. Light a candle and spend some time sitting before the cloth each day. stop. Lady of Things Unseen. When you have it clearly in mind. If you possess the artistic skill.” “rough. 251 . During this time. begin tracing your finger slowly around the path to the center of the pyramid. Using the Pyramid Place your finger at the beginning (outside opening) of the Pyramid. What do I mean by “different”? No one who has tried the Pyramid has used the same word to describe the feeling. inspired this divination tool. its ramifications. You will. discover your own “different. you can redraw the pyramid. Each day.

Wood burning is another possibility. the Pyramid can be used as is. 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. as is carving the glyphs in relief.Circle of Isis Once expanded. p F v K F F X F q F 252 . or made even better.” This will make both the pyramid as well as the glyphs three dimensional. It will make it possible to use the Pyramid without looking at it. and add to the tactile sensation.

Divination Interpretations Yes: Energies are positive. Go ahead. Maybe: The answer is not known at this time. No: Energies are negative. 253 . Lie: You are not being told the truth. Stop! X Meditation: Meditate on the matter. K True: You are being told the truth.

Circle of Isis Law: Check the legalities before you proceed. v Danger: Be careful. 254 . Information: You need more information before you proceed. There is danger here. End: The matter is ended. Passing: The matter is temporary. Cycle: The matter is part of a natural cycle.

yK y Wide View: Take the long view. Look for help. q Wait: Nothing can be done at this time. Try to see how the matter can affect the big picture. 255 .Divination Help: The matter should not be dealt with by you alone. Look: Look at things from a different angle.


choosing such a name means you will strive to be worthy of His love. 257 . I have included several of these names. for example). Use the one that sounds best to you. Although I doubt anyone wishes to choose the name of a Pharaoh. Some of the translations of the names are based on my limited knowledge of the language. Because the written language did not include weak vowels. Don’t be afraid to combine words to make your own special name. consult the following list. but this is not always the case. I’m not at all sure the Tamerans differentiated that much. Names that end in “T” were usually feminine names. remember that a name can represent a goal you set for yourself. you have probably seen more than one version of each name. If you wish to choose a Tameran name. If they sound a bit conceited (Beloved of Amun. Some of those names were masculine. with different vowels in each version. Many Tameran names made up a phrase or a sentence. as well as their separate parts in order to help you find the name that will be your name. If Amun is your Lord. usually in connection with a deity. and some feminine names did not end that way.Appendix A Tameran Names Many Craft people choose new names when they are dedicated or initiated. You can also turn to the section “Other Gods” (page 105) for names that might appeal to you.

” Meaning “A singing woman. “Child” or “pupil.Circle of Isis Name Aanata Ahabu Ahit Ahhotep “Dancer.” This name may be used in conjunction with the name of a deity to mean “child of deity. darling.” or “Aah is come” or “Aah is born.” “Son of Aah. “First born.” “Vassal of a deity. darling. “Vassal of a God. “Asaram” would mean “child of Osiris” (or pupil of Osiris). A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty and daughter of Menthuhotep II.” King of the 12th Dynasty.” For example. as in Amasar.” A queen of the early 18th Dynasty. trusted one (feminine).” “One who is in the heart. Her name means “Aah is content.” A general in the 11th Dynasty. in my opinion. Ahmose Am Amakhi Amakhit Amenemhet Amenmes Ames Ami ab Amit ab Antef Ashait 258 . but it could be pronounced as if the name were second. A sculptor during the 18th Dynasty. The name of the deity is usually written first as a matter of courtesy. a great woman.” “A cry of joy.” “One who is in the heart. trusted one.” First king of the 18th Dynasty.” “Amen is in his house (temple).

“To give light. and it is my belief that it symbolizes power. The Bull is the Horned One of the Egyptians. “Hawk.” “Servant of Aten.” All these are contained in one four letter name. shining. bright.” “Morning. sparkle. With all this symbolism. too. Shu “Soul of Shu. lighten. The Lion is a symbol that appears often. “Fire. dawn. “Bek” is the name of an architect to one Pharaoh (Akhenaten) and it could easily be spelled “Bekh. the result of some effort or creative activity. but then I’m prejudiced. and the Lion of the West. Calling the physical wind the Soul of the God of Air is a wonderful idea. the living Soul of Ra. to illumine. This is the mythical bird from whom the Greeks received their idea of a phoenix.Tameran Names Name Ashlar Meaning The squared stone represents worked material.” a name for the wind. the Bull of the East.” “To shine. morning light. you might find it’s yours.” 259 Ba en Bak Bekat Beketaten Bekh Bennu Besit Burqa . also a blackhaired bull God of Hermonthis. to glimmer. It’s my husband’s Craft name. You could probably do that to other Elemental deities as well. flame.” I rather like it.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.

” “Ebony.” Hermakhis Hesa Hesi Hesira Hesit Hesu 260 . usually a title of Heru.” The symbol for Nut is the hieroglyph used in spelling this name.” “East wind. to be content. The name might mean “Song of Ra. “Earthen vessel.” is usually used with a deity name to signify that the deity is content with your existence. to sing praises.” “Song” or “chant. Singing God.” “Amethyst. “To be at peace. “hotep.” A high official of the Third Dynasty. “Song” or “chant.” “Cupbearer of Ra.” “Song of love.Circle of Isis Name Fekat Fetket Habni Ham Hann Hanna Hebni Hebu Heknu Hemagat Henkheses Heqret Heri Meaning Turquoise or malachite. gazelle.” A similar word.” “Messenger.” “To cry out in joy.” “Pelican. Also “Fakat.” “Stag.” “Song of praise. The rising or setting Sun. to be satisfied.” The God of the East wind.” It was Fetket who brought drinks (nourishment) to Ra. “Ebony.

Tameran Names Name Het Meaning This word.” “Light. this name could signify that you wish to contain the deity within. “Ra hotep.” This name appears often in Tameran names in combination with the name of a deity. certainly something to strive for. double. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. as the stag was for the Anglo European. also means “womb. “Het Heret.” which means “House of the Sky. to be a shelter and enclosure for the qualities of that deity. spirit.” and Nebet Het (known to the Greeks as Nephthys).” “Amenhotep. splendor. whose name means “Lady of the House.” the animal that was to the Tamerans the symbol of masculinity.” It also means “bull. phantom.” See “Hotep. The word. A “songstress” of Aset during the right of Ay. “house.” It symbolizes the God or Goddess being pleased with your existence.” or “double of Anpu. 18th Dynasty. Hetchut Hetep Hotep Ihat Iuwy Iymeret Ka 261 .” Combined with the name of a deity. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty.” Anpu ka would mean “spirit of Anpu.” “To be at peace.” is found in the names of at least two Egyptian Goddesses. to be content. spelled differently in hieroglyphs. “Image. to be satisfied.

” “Mongoose.” “Bird Goddess. “Image.” It is believed that most ancient references to hematite really referred to bloodstone.” “Protected by Aten. “Weaver.” Another instance where the addition of a deity name would create a special name.” “Incense.” A Second Dynasty king.” “The powerful one appears.” “statue.” “Shrine.” “Lapis lazuli. A High Priest of Ptah. “Word” or “staff.” “Hematite. Karinut: “shrine of Nut.” “javelin.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters. acrobat. Kauit Khaemwas Khames Khasekhem Khari(t) Khatru Khebbti Khenet Khesbet Khurab Maahetch Maki Medu Meketaten 262 . and the son of Rameses II.” “Onyx.Circle of Isis Name Kamset Kam ti Kapet Kari(t) Meaning An architect and a sculptor in the Fifth Dynasty.” “Dancer.” A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty who was a daughter of Menthuhotep II.” “Singing woman. “Spear.

” “Crown. “Beautiful spirit of Ra.Tameran Names Name Menthu hetep Meri Ra Meaning “Menthu is content.” A name of Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty.” The name of another king of the Second Dynasty. “Beautiful truth. A goldsmith during the 12th Dynasty. “Metal worker. Meri Ra Setep en Amen “Beloved of Ra. “Beloved of Ra. “Strong woman.” “Beautiful woman. Meritamon Meritaten Mesen Meskha Metri Nakht Nebmaat Nebmaatra Nekhtet Neferet Nefer Ka Nefer Ka Ra Nefer maat Nofret “Beloved of Amon.” a queen during the 19th Dynasty. Chosen of Amen. “Beloved of Aten. “Lord of Truth.” The name of a priest of Maat in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. Fourth Dynasty king.” The name of a king of the Second Dynasty.” “The Lord of Truth is Ra.” A daughter of Akhenaten.” “Beautiful spirit. diadem.” A queen during the 12th Dynasty.” Two kings of the 11th Dynasty. “Beautiful woman.” A king in the Sixth Dynasty. 263 .” A son of Seneferu.” One of the Ptolemaic kings. blacksmith.

” or “Son of Ra. manner.” A mythological mouse or rat. bold.” “Kind. It could mean “heaven of Asar.” in its various forms? “Lee” means meadow. brave.” “Sage.” “Ptah is born.” A High Priest of Amen during the reign of Amenhotep III.” “Ra is born. “Strong. A sage and priest at the temple of Tehuti shortly before the fall of Egypt to Alexander.” If you are wondering why on Earth I would include meadow.” or “Son of Ptah.” Also spelled “Ramoses.” “Ra is content. sky. He may have been the son of Seneferu. likeness.” Meaning “Court physician during the Sixth Dynasty.” A High Priest of Ptah in the Fifth Dynasty.” A High Priest of Ra of the Fourth Dynasty. form.Circle of Isis Name Nuhati Niankhra Penu Petasar “Sycamore. to know.” “Meadow.” or “Ptah is come. learned man. like.” Image. I just threw this in here for fun.” “Wind. Ptahmose Qenu Qer(r) Qet Qetet Ra Hotep Rameses Ra Nefer Rekh Rekh khet Rennut Repenet 264 . “To be wise.” “Harvest. this is my reasoning: How many people do you know named “Lee. “Ra is come.

Repit Ast is an “amulet of Aset(Isis).” a daughter of Senusert II. and would be a fitting name.Tameran Names Name Repit Meaning This is the name of a Goddess.” “Daughter of Het Heret. gladness. “Wise man.” “The power of Ra.” A king of the 13th Dynasty.” “Jackal” or “wolf. “Watchman. “Sorcerer.” “Son of Het Heret.” Resha Reshi Sab Sa Het Her Saiti Sat Het Heret Sau Seb Sehu Sekhem Ra Senetites Sepi Seshem Seshesh Seshetat Shesau 265 .” “Mystery. and has many other meanings. reciter of spells.” “Antelope. “Joy. “Image or statue of a God. A general during the 12th Dynasty.” 17th Dynasty king. It also means “statue” or “image” and would be suitable for the same reasons as above. A High Priestess of Het Heret and Neith during the Fourth or Fifth Dynasties. It means “amulet” and would be combined with names of deities.” An amulet of a deity would represent the power of that deity. guardian.” “Lotus.” The planet Mercury. enchanter.” “Joy. gladness.

” It also means “Fire. flame.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters. “Protective strength. Royal scribe and chief of the stables of Pharaoh during the reign of Amenhotep III. God of Light. Un (Male) Unit (Female) Unta (Male) Utcha (Either) Uten (Male) Utenet (Either) God of Existence. acrobat.” You are probably most familiar with the name “Tutankhamun.” Fiery hands or a gift.” “Flowers. torch.” It means “Image living of Amen.Circle of Isis Name Setepenra Ta Repy Tchapqa Tchebu Tchet ta Tchay (or Tjay) Teka Tut Meaning “Chosen of Ra.” Tiye (Also Ty. Tiy and Ti) The mother of Akhenaten. A very interesting woman. Something given. Star Goddess.” “Image. 266 .” Enduring person or thing. The constellation Virgo. “Dancer. “Fire.

Further research may bring more understanding. occurring right before the New Year. (We’ve reworded some of them. but have included them for your information and enjoyment. Most of the information that follows comes from a papyrus called “the Cairo calendar. with five “extra” days. Bob Brier starts his version of the calendar on August 1st. predictions. and warnings. Since the building of the Aswan Dam. the “traditional” date. called the epagomenal days. Ancient Egyptian Magic. comments on the day. In his book. because Sirius now rises on approximately that date. The comments as to whether the day is “favorable” come from that papyrus. This took place approximately July 19th on our present-day calendar.Appendix B The Calendar The Tamerans had a calendar of 12 30-day months. 267 . or whenever you deem appropriate. In the list that follows. You must decide whether you wish to go with the actual rising of Sirius. The year began the first day Sirius (Sothis) rose at dawn after the rising of the Nile. we’ve started on July 19th.” The calendar contained festival notations. so the date of the inundation is a moot point.) Sothistar’s own research has been added. We do not understand all of the notations on the calendar. as do some of the more unusual predictions and warnings. the Nile no longer floods.

Anything you see will be good. Very favorable. Favorable. Mostly favorable. Pacify the hearts of those on the horizon. Mostly adverse. If you were born today.Circle of Isis Julian Date 19 July 20 21 22 Tameran Date 1 Tehuti 2 3 4 The New Year. What you see today will be good. goes forth. Make offerings to the Gods. Hedj Hotep. If you were born today. Favorable. If you were born today. 23 24 5 6 25 7 26 27 8 9 28 10 268 . Mostly favorable. Very favorable. Mostly favorable. Goddess of weaving. stay home and do nothing. In fact. Stay out of boats today. Stay home at night. Welcome the rise of the Nile. Very favorable. you will be honored in old age. Very favorable. Everyone is festive. The Gods are peaceful today. avoid crocodiles. Celebrate birthday of Aten. take up bullfighting or dairy farming. The day Ra goes forth. Anything you see today will be good.

The rage of Set battles. Very favorable. Chief festival of Thoth. Very favorable. Do not work today. Sunset Ceremony. If you were born today. Feast of the Lamps. Very unfavorable. Ceremony of Lighting the Fire. take care of your eyesight. Stay out of boats. you will fall down. Do not make love or look at a bull. Mostly bad. Chant “Sweet is Truth. Offering to Gods in your city. Mostly unfavorable. If you disobey Ra today. Incense. Very unfavorable. Who is born today will die of a crocodile. Start a fire today. The day the offering to Sobek was taken away.The Calendar Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 11 The Great Flame (Fire cobra Goddess) goes forth. Stay home until sunset. Offerings to followers of Ra. 30 12 31 13 1 August 2 3 4 14 15 16 17 5 6 18 19 7 20 8 21 269 . Very favorable.” Festival of Heaven and Ra. Festival of the Dead. The followers of Set and Ra battle. Very unfavorable. Avoid bulls. Eat honey and figs.

The heir is established. A very good day. House of Heru. Battle of Heru and Set. Very adverse. Very favorable. The enemies of Ra shall suffer. The Gods are festive. Make today a holiday. Stay home. Don’t kindle fire in the house today. The winds are peaceful for Ra’s sailing. Stay home at night. Very good. 11 12 24 25 13 26 14 27 15 28 16 29 17 30 18 270 1 Ptah . Going forth of Sekhmet to repel Set. Don’t burn incense. Transition of Aset to Het Heret head. Offerings to Asar or Tehuti. Very good. Do nothing. House of Asar. Mostly negative. Meditation and instrumental music are good but avoid singing and dancing. Anything you see today will be good. Don’t kill reptiles. Mostly good. Ritual in the House of Ra. Peace between Heru and Set. The Gods see the children of Nut and are happy. Very good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 9 10 Tameran Date 22 23 Don’t eat fish or birds. Don’t warm oil. Do not practice. Mostly good.

Tehuti in presence of Ra in inaccessible shrine. If you were born today you will live to a ripe old age. anoint with water.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 2 Ritual and Procession of Her Ur. 271 20 3 21 4 22 5 23 6 24 7 25 26 8 9 . Extremely favorable. Wonderful. Anpu goes forth. One born today should avoid drinking. All things in divine presence. Jubilation in the heart of Ra. and milk. It is important to make offerings to all the Gods. Feast of Montu. Do nothing today. Anyone born today is likely to die while making love. A great day. Terrible. Whatever you see today is good. egg. Plant barley. Anyone born today will die of a skin rash. Mostly bad.Very favorable. Offering in presence of Hedj Hotep. What you see today will be good. Awful! Isis learns She is pregnant. Anyone born today will die in foreign lands. Tehuti orders healing of Heru’s eye. Ra kills the children of rebellion. Avoid leaving the house. All enemies are destroyed.

Feast of Asar Unnefer. A bad day. Very favorable. Anpu ritual of Transformation. Mostly adverse. Nun goes forth to set up the djed pillar. and to burn incense.Very good. The earliest Gods come forth from the waters of Nun.Circle of Isis Julian Date 27 28 Tameran Date 10 11 Procession of Bast and ritual. Everything you see today will be good. All is good. Ra and his followers go out at night. Don’t look. Terrible. Receiving the White Crown of Heru. Ra makes an example of the rebels. Feast. Satisfy the hearts of the Gods. overseen by Tehuti. Don’t leave your house. All his followers rejoice. It is important to make offerings of bread and beer. Make offerings to local Gods and pacify spirits. A good day. 29 30 31 12 13 14 1 September 15 2 16 3 17 4 5 6 18 19 20 272 . Not good at all. Very favorable. Property and life are before the August One. Very favorable. Today the front piece of the prow is fixed on the Sacred Boat. Do nothing.

Don’t lay the foundation of a house or put a ship in a shipyard. you will die honored among your people. bad. Very favorable. If you were born today. If the wind is blowing. Very bad. Don’t work until the Sun sets. stay away from crocodiles. A bad day. Don’t work at all. Don’t go out. If you are born today. 273 10 24 11 25 12 26 13 27 14 15 28 29 16 30 17 1 Het Heret . bad. Birthday of the Staff of the Sun.The Calendar Julian Date 7 8 9 Tameran Date 21 22 23 Going forth of Neith. Her eyes guide Tehuti.Very favorable. Do not go on any road today. The windows at the palace of Busiris are opened and sealed. Mostly bad. Feast of Het Heret. Bad. Festival of Asar and Heru. Very adverse. Land in festivity. Bad. avoid snakes. Very favorable. If you were born today. Worse. Whatever you see today will be good. Do not bathe today. A wonderful day. Festival of Ra. do not go out of your house until after sunset. The children of rebellion are found in a burial mat.

The day of the blaming by His Majesty of this God. don’t navigate today. Very favorable. Ra’s crew is at peace. If you see anything on this day it will be good. Ritual of the Gods of the Two Lands.Circle of Isis Julian Date 18 19 20 Tameran Date 2 3 4 Wedjoyet returns from Dep. Those in the fields are working. Terrible. Pacification of the hearts of the Gods wherever they are. Very favorable. Her son is granted his heritage. Once more the Udjat eye is in the head of Ra. A good day. What you see today will be good. Do not go outside. If you value your house. Very adverse. Today Isis goes forth pleased. Adverse. You will see good things today. 21 5 22 23 24 25 6 7 8 9 26 10 27 28 11 12 29 274 13 . The Earth trembles under Nun today. Very good. There is rejoicing in Heaven. Asar sails upstream to Abydos. This is the day of the blaming of the Great Ones. Do not let light fall on your face until Ra sets. Very adverse.

Adverse. Anyone born today may catch the plague. Bad. A favorable day. Day of the inspecting of Ba Neb Dedet. A happy day of eternity and infinity. The day of the children of the storm. Very favorable day. The day of the raising of the statue of Maat. Appearance of the eight Gods of Ashmuneium. 1 October 15 2 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 7 8 9 21 22 23 275 . The feast of Shu. Bast goes forth angry.The Calendar Julian Date 30 Tameran Date 14 Set’s actions cause grief in the hearts of the Gods. Very bad. Do not begin a journey. Adverse. A terrible day. Today Ra judges. God of sexual fertility. Do nothing. Aset and Nebet Het weep over the death of Asar. This is a day of strife for the children of Geb. Do not sail or navigate a boat today. Landing of the Great Ones at Abydos.

Whatever you see today will please the hearts of the Gods. The three noble ladies of the Tan nenet go to the presence of Ptah and praise Ra. Tehuti judges before Ra. Heaven and land in festivity. Day of the House of Ra and Asar. Good. The day of judging of Set and Heru. Whatever you see today will be good. Establishing the tet pillar of Atum. The white crown is given to Heru and the red to Set. The Gods rejoice. They have seen Asar and he has given his throne to Heru. A good day. The Gods rejoice. Egypt is given to Heru and the desert to Set. Ra is joyful in his beauty. The lords are satisfied causing the doors to open. Favorable. Very good. A day of festival: Decree establishes Heru as King. Very good. Very favorable.Circle of Isis Julian Date 10 Tameran Date 24 Aset goes forth happy as does Nebet Het. 11 25 12 26 13 27 14 28 15 29 16 30 17 18 1 Sekhmet 2 276 . Very good. God/desses. All you see today will be good. Favorable.

Very favorable. Do not go out in the wind. Perform rituals of Sobek in his temple and in your house. Feast of Asar at Abydos. Wonderful. Favorable day. The barque of Ra is established to overthrow the enemies immediately. Anyone born on this day will die of his ears. Not a good day. Offer to your Bennu in your house. The unborn are joyful. Anyone born today will die in old age as beer enters his mouth. This will please the Gods. Bad.Very favorable. Tehuti acts. Very adverse. Life. stability. Very adverse. Het Heret goes forth in the presence of the Great Ones at Kher Aba. Whatever you see will be good. Ra speaks. A very good day. 277 20 4 21 5 22 6 23 24 25 26 7 8 9 10 27 28 11 12 . and welfare are given to her.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 3 Do not do anything today. Day of transformation into the Bennu. Stay at home.Very favorable.

The boat of the God is overthrown. 30 14 31 1 November 2 15 16 17 3 4 18 19 5 20 6 7 21 22 8 23 278 . Hedj hotep and Tayet go forth to hand their things over to Neith. Do not go out at midday. Feast of Sekhmet and Bast. Two Goddesses of weaving. The day of making ointment for Asar. People and Gods judge speech of crew of Heliopolis when Heru arrives. Setting up the tet pillar. A good day. Not good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 13 Holiday in your house. Mostly favorable. But the day is mostly favorable. Drink only grape juice until sunset. Going forth of Het Heret who is pleased in the presence of Ra. The day of looking at the sun disk. A bad day. Do not go out. If you see a lion it will kill you. Papyrus damaged. Do not anoint yourself. Do not taste bread or beer. You will see good things today. Terrible. Festival of ploughing the Earth. Placing of the Hennu boat. Do not go out at night. The Gods rejoice.

Mostly bad. If you are born today. Festival of Bast. Murder of Osiris. Day of Sekhmet and purifying the flame. Very adverse. Papyrus damaged. The finding of Asar’s body. Grief and search by Aset. Good. Make offerings to God/desses. Double the offerings today. Bad. invocation.The Calendar Julian Date 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tameran Date 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Papyrus damaged. 279 16 17 18 19 1 Amsu 2 3 4 20 5 21 22 23 6 7 8 . A good day. Very good. Favorable. Do not burn fire in the presence of Ra. Favorable. Favorable. Favorable. Good. Do not make love where the Sun can see you. Make a holiday in your house. Mysteries. you will die old among your people. offering food to spirits. Rejoicing. You will see good things today. She is violent.

Very favorable. Day of prolonging life and making beneficial Maat in the temple. The Gods will be pleased. Very good. Aset and Nebet Het weep in remembrance of what Asar had been. Nun goes forth through the cavern to where the Gods are in darkness. 25 10 26 27 11 12 28 13 29 14 30 15 1 December 2 16 17 3 280 18 . Don’t listen to singing or chanting. Do not wash yourself in water today. All come into existence. Answering every speech of Sekhmet. Do not burn papyrus today. Do not approach any dogs today. Don’t get near fire today.Circle of Isis Julian Date 24 Tameran Date 9 Offerings to Sekmet. Very good. Nun goes forth to the Gods. Make cakes and repeat the offerings. Anything you see today will be good. Favorable. The day of the coming forth of flame together with Heru from the marshes. Going forth of Gods to Abydos. Very bad. The going forth of Shu. Terrible. Not good.

Do not go out until Ra sets. There is great festivity in Hefau. Do nothing. Bad.The Calendar Julian Date 4 5 6 Tameran Date 19 20 21 Very adverse. A good day. Anything you see will be good. Very adverse. Going forth of the Noble One. 281 7 8 22 23 9 10 24 25 11 12 13 26 27 28 14 29 . Very good. Good. The great cow is established in Ra’s majestic presence. Going forth of Bast. Very good. What you see today will be good. Bast guards the Two Lands. Day of appearance of Hu. Tehuti sends forth to Bast and Sekhmet to guide the Two Lands. you will die in great old age. Happiness is on both Heaven and Earth. Tehuti takes an oath in Ashmineum. Don’t drink milk. rich in all that is good. Great. Make a holiday in your house. Wonderful. If you are born today. Do drink and eat honey. Make abet offerings to followers of Ra.

Horrible. God/desses in festivity. Favorable day. Good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 15 Tameran Date 30 Crossing over in the presence of Nun in from temple of Hapi. Very good. Great. Gods receive Ra. Festival of the Great Heat. Stay home. Festival of the Little Heat. Invocation. hearts are festive. 16 1 Rekh Ur 17 18 19 2 3 4 20 21 5 6 22 7 23 24 8 9 25 10 282 . The God enters to distribute the ration of all the Gods. offerings in house to spirits. Birth of Heru sa Aset. Better. Going forth of Set. Feast of Ptah lifting Heaven of Ra. All you see today will be good. The God/desses are in festivity. Offering to your spirits and local Gods. Very favorable. Show your heart to the Gods. Going forth of Udjat eye for singing. Make abet offerings to the Gods. Putting up the Tet pillars of Asar. Awful. Offer incense to all Gods. Elevating the Goddesses of the Temple. Very good. Very adverse.

Adverse. Anything you see today will be good. Do not go out at dawn on this day. The day of the birth of cattle. Day of keeping things of the wabet of Asar. Proceeding of Goddesses of heaven southward. Proceeding of Sekhmet to Letopolis. Heru saves his father. Everything you see will be good. 283 27 28 29 30 31 1 January 12 13 14 15 16 17 2 3 18 19 4 20 5 6 21 22 . Going forth of Sebek to guide her. Stay home. The day of the mourning of the God. The Gods go forth for him in heaven. which have been placed in the hands of Anpu. Bad. Festival of Ptah and Heru. Not good. Very favorable day. The seven executioners go forth. Aset is awakened by Ra. Very favorable. Do not go out alone in the daytime. Favorable. A good day. Mostly good. You will see good from her hands.The Calendar Julian Date 26 Tameran Date 11 Feast of Neith. Very adverse conditions.

Entry of Asar into the Moon. The unborn rejoice. 24 Festival of Aset. 25 All you see today is good. Bad. Great day. Do not go out during this time. Do nothing. Wonderful. 28 Unnefer is pleased. Good day. Birth of Aion. Heru rejoices. Great. 23 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 284 . 2 Everything you see is good. Do not approach river today. 26 Going forth of Min to Coptos. 5 Neith goes forth from Sais. 4 Set calls to battle. 3 Papyrus damaged. Everything you see will be good today. 29 There is uproar among the children of Geb. Favorable. 27 Feast of Seker. Aset sees Min’s face and joins him. Not great. Very adverse. 1 Amenhotep Feast of entering into heaven and two banks.Circle of Isis Julian Date 7 Tameran Date Festival of Aset. Super day. Very bad. when they see her beauty in the night for four and a half hours. 30 Talk to no one.

Very adverse. Good day. The day the Nile comes from Nun. Do not pronounce the name of Set today or you will fight eternally in your house. Stay home. Very favorable. Followers of Ra called to Heaven. Don’t leave your house until Ra sets. Bad. Wonderful. Day of rebellion in the shrine. Don’t look at anything in the darkness today. Coming of Tehuti. Very adverse conditions. Very favorable. Give food. Great. Very adverse. Day of opening of the doorways and court at Karnak. Going forth of Anpu. The day of judgment in Heliopolis. Making the way for the Gods of Khnum. Any ritual performed will be good. Make ritual.The Calendar Julian Date 20 Tameran Date 6 Jubilation of Asar in Busiris. Don’t work. Day Tehuti and spirits go forth. Very favorable. Awful. 285 21 7 22 8 23 24 25 26 27 9 10 11 12 13 28 29 30 14 15 16 31 17 . Day of making health. All you see is good.

Feast of Heru in Kemwer. Very good. Day of the birth of Nut anew. Very bad. The Feast in Busiris. Do nothing today. Very bad. Do nothing today. There is a great feast in heaven. Feast of Asar at Abydos. Omitted by scribal error. The day he is sent into the cave without knowledge of the Great Ones to look for the occasion of coming. Very bad. Make a holiday. 3 4 5 20 21 22 6 7 8 9 23 24 25 26 10 11 12 13 14 27 28 29 30 1 Rennutet 286 . she who counts the days. Birth of Apophis. Anything you see will be good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 1 February 2 Tameran Date 18 19 Feast of Nut. Obviously very adverse. Stay home and don’t look into the light. Do not leave the house. Do not look into the light. The enemies are struck. Do not even think of pronouncing the names of the snakes. Very favorable. Bad. Do not leave the house. Very good.

The Calendar Julian Date 15 Tameran Date 2 Geb goes to throne of Busiris to see Anpu who commands the council to learn the requirements of the day. The day the Great Ones and the uraeus fought. Going forth of Min into the festival tent. Do not go out into the darkness. Whoever sees small cattle today will die at once. Whoever approaches today will find anger. Terrible. Excellent. The stars go forth bitterly and openly. Put myrrh on the fire. Whatever you see today will be good. The Gods and Goddesses are satisfied when they see the Children of Geb. Very favorable. Heru is well when the red one sees His form. Day all the parts of the Eyes of Heru are accounted for. Do nothing. Very bad. Any lion who pronounces the name of the constellation Orion will die immediately. Very favorable. Bad. 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 21 7 8 22 9 287 .

Going forth of Kephera. Ra goes forth in his barque across heaven. Do not be courageous today. The Tamerans did add an extra day every four years. Do not approach in the morning. It is a happy day in heaven. Very bad. Great.Circle of Isis Julian Date 23 Tameran Date 10 The Great Ones are introduced to the whole eye of Heru. Every town is joyful. Very adverse. All you see today will be good. Asar is conducted to his ship at Abydos. but they added it to the epagomenal days in July. Feasting in Heliopolis. you’ll have to decide which way you want to do things. 24 25 26 27 28 29 11 12 13 14 15 1 March 2 3 16 17 18 4 19 288 . All you see today will be good. Very bad. Do not bathe with water today. Positive. Very adverse. Should you wish to follow this calendar. Very adverse. Adverse. Going forth of Set. Very favorable.

Feast of Heru sa Aset and His followers. What you see today will be good. Bad. Very bad. Very adverse. Do not work today. Papyrus damaged.The Calendar Julian Date 5 Tameran Date 20 Today Ra repells those who rebel against their masters. Set rebels against Unnefer. Asar. Offerings to all Gods. Very bad. 289 6 7 8 9 21 22 23 24 10 25 11 12 26 27 13 14 28 29 15 30 16 1 Khonsu . Do not go out until Ra sets. Very favorable. Offerings to Ra. Do not eat anything that is on the water. The day of making offerings to the spirits at Abydos. Terrible. Offer local Gods myrhh on fire. Bad. Do not go out today. The day of cutting out the tongue of Sobek. and Horus. Very good. Very Favorable. Extremely adverse. or you will have strife in your house forever. End of the world by Sekhmet. Adoration to Unnefer. Do not mention the name of Set today.

Every heart is glad. Adverse. What you see today is good. Bad. Feast of Ba neb dedet. Very bad.Circle of Isis Julian Date 17 18 19 20 21 Tameran Date 2 3 4 5 6 Do not sail today. Very good. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 April 2 290 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 . Papyrus damaged. Every land is happy. Follow Heru today. What you see today is good. God of sexual fertility. Festival of reconstituting the heavens. Do not leave the house. Bad. All you see today will be good. Damage to papyrus. Damage to papyrus. The White One of Heaven proceeds downstream. Wonderful. What you see today is good. Very good. Great. Coming of the Great Ones of the House of Ra. Bad. Very favorable. Adverse. Do not leave your house until sunset. Very adverse. Festival of Aset. You will see good things today. A time of rejoicing among the Gods. All you see today will be good.

Excellent. 291 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 Heru 2 17 18 3 4 19 5 . All you see today is good. The day is fixed as a feast on both heaven and Earth. Papyrus damaged. Good. You’ll see good things. Maat judges. Papyrus damaged. Very adverse. Papyrus damaged. Everything you see today will be good. All Gods rejoice. You’ll see good things today. House of Ra. Good.The Calendar Julian Date 3 Tameran Date 19 Day of counting by Tehuti who heard Maat. House of Heru. Festival of Heru. Favorable. Very adverse. Festival of Bast. Great. Good. Very favorable. Adverse. The hearts of the Gods listen very well. Very good. Anyone born this day will live to be very old. Geb and Nut are judged by the Gods. Don’t shout at any being today. Holiday of Ra and followers. Great. House of Asar. Very adverse.

Great day. Make a holiday for Ra and his followers. and offerings of incense and sweet herbs. Avoid sailing on the river. Very good. singing. chant. What you see today will be good. You will see only good. The worst. Wonderful. Make incense of various sweet herbs for Ra’s followers. Feast of Udject: festival. Asar goes forth from his house to the August mountain. Anyone born today will be noble. 23 9 24 25 10 11 26 27 12 13 28 29 14 15 30 1 May 2 16 17 18 292 . chanting. Make this day a good one. Favorable.Circle of Isis Julian Date 20 21 22 Tameran Date 6 7 8 Heru avenges his father. Do not judge yourself this day. Stay home. Great. The day of fighting. Very bad. Bad. Adverse. Singing. Don’t eat lion meat today. The followers of Ra catch birds and fish. The feast of the Udjat. Good. Anyone born today will become a magistrate.

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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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” or “mirror image of Amen. magic knot or sandal strap. and directions for many of its entries.” As a hieroglyph. Uadjet also used arrows. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth. “The Archer” was another name for Tum. the fact that you have chosen a magical. 299 . often used to symbolize the movement of a God.” If you choose to wear the ankh. and therefore more difficult. it contains explanations. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. and a club. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. Let it be a sign of your respect for all life. to service of the Gods. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. this one is different. Barque: A boat. whatever its form. I confess it is a catchall for the little bits of information my research has garnered and for information you might find useful. dedicated to Their service. In addition to definitions. Ankh: Whatever its original significance. it means both “life” and “mirror. a spear. whose sunbeams were said to be shot like arrows. path.lL Glossary While a glossary is usually a small dictionary of terms. Arrow: Two crossed arrows and a shield were the symbol of Neith. and of your return of that gift into Their hands.” Thus “Tut ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. Acacia: A tree sacred to Heru. Let it represent your choice of path. uses.

along with beads and amulets. They chose the bull. a statue. Blood: This fluid was considered as a creative power. so the Tamerans saw the strength and vitality. page 302. à y Bennu: The Egyptian phoenix. was found by an archaeologist. Anpu was drawn on the top of the box in black ink. but not to us). and sacred to the Gods. on which women would stand to give birth. four wands. (See Knot of Isis. the masculinity of the bull and revered it as the epitome of masculinity. Not only is travel to the underworld a step toward rebirth. In our temple. belonging to a magician of the Twelfth Dynasty. and from that moment on. it was one of the most revered animals in Tamera. The bee usually found in hieroglyphs resembles a wasp rather than the chubby honey bee with which we are familiar. to acknowledge both our physical roots and our spiritual ones. This birth brick was personified by Meshkenet. Box: Magicians traditionally kept their tools in a box.) Blue: The color of heaven. 300 .” Bull: ! Once upon a time. we have both types of horns. rather than a sign of death. Just as the Europeans revered the stag and other large-horned animals. Bread: It was considered one of the best offerings to make to a deity. Black: The color was at once the symbol of the underworld and rebirth (confusing to some.Circle of Isis Bee: Sacred to the God Min. Aset told the people to choose one of the animals to be most sacred. and a symbol of Lower Egypt. but black is the color of the fertile earth deposited in Tamera by the Nile. Brick: Most often thought of as birth bricks. Legend says that the cedar tree sprung from the blood of Geb. three simple dolls apparently used for spells. It contained papryi bearing magical information. One such box. a Goddess whose name could be translated as “Ruler of birth.

it shows She is giving or sending energy. or some other form of grain. the Goddess who was portrayed as a frog. If something was a good and healthy act. Soldiers received medals in the form of the fly as rewards for bravery in battle. in reality.” was called as a protection against the enemies of the Gods and noxious animals. A symbol of Heqet. Other figures have one of each. Child: A symbol of potential and beginnings. an elongated form of the hieroglyph shem. and the left hand. « Frog: Ý ƒ Goose: Sacred to both Het Heret and Geb. “It was a green thing to do. It is. the goose was considered the source of creation. receiving. She is connected with childbirth. When Nut is shown with two right hands. the Earth God. to encircle their names. Fly: Among other things. Because the egg was considered a symbol of creation. perhaps love. but design. whose name means “centipede. and egg-laying hens were not known to the Tamerans until the 18th or 19th Dynasty. What we in the United States call corn was not known in Tamera. to us.Glossary Cartouche: A symbol used. ‚ Centipede: The God Sepa. Crocodile: Considered both evil and good in Tamera. usually by Pharaohs. the Tamerans said. signifying eternity. an interesting statement about birth and death. Green: The color of life. It is a loop in a rope. Ears: Pictures of ears symbolized both a willingness to listen. In a relief at Denderah. with the rope signifying our eternal selves. She is shown sitting at the feet of Osiris. the fly was considered a symbol of courage because they are so hard to chase away.” Hands: You will notice in many drawings that human figures or those of deities seem to have two right or two left hands. so this is not ignorance. and the readiness of the Gods to listen to prayers. each of our lives can be seen as contained in the loop of a rope. The right hand signifies sending. Corn: The many references to corn found in books about Egypt probably referred to barley. 301 .

Het Heret was called “the Lady of Malachite. Night: The Tamerans did not consider night an evil thing. It is often found near Asar. The blue lotus was especially sacred.” Milk: Because of its color. milk was a symbol of purity.Circle of Isis Imiut: A symbol consisting of a headless animal skin hanging on a pole over a pot. Malachite: Green was a joyful color to the Tamerans. Usually made of a red stone such as carnelian. Wearing lapis and gold supposedly placed one under the protection of the sun and heaven. It is also a symbol of water. Other sources feel it symbolizes the fallopian tubes. it seemed to symbolize all that Aset represents. and malachite was said to express joy. Ritual knives were made of flint rather than metal.” Each ingredient in incense should be chosen carefully for its magical qualities. and choose with care. Lapis lazuli: Sacred to the Tamerans because of its color. It could symbolize the physical body left behind upon death when the spirit moves on. They believed the smoke served as a vehicle to carry prayers up to “heaven. Lotus: This flower is a symbol of dawn and beginnings because it closes up at night and opens in the morning. knots held magic fast. Knife: A symbol of protection and defense against evil. 302 .” it is said to resemble an ankh with the arms folded down. Knot of Isis: Also called “blood of Isis. releasing a knot released the magic or its subject. and connected with the many depictions of a king being suckled by a Goddess. We don’t have too much information about the ingredients that the Tamerans used. thus receiving divine power. Name: Names were as sacred to the Tamerans as they are to us. but rather a door to mystery. Conversely. Knot: Á In magical use. Knowing someone’s true name gave power over that person. The important thing is to concentrate on the purpose for which the incense is being prepared. Incense: The use of incense in magical work was a very important part of Tameran practice.

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.

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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

Dover Publications
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.

Ares Publishers
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)
Archaeologia Books sells books, prints, and autographs about ancient Egypt. 707 Carlston Avenue Oakland, CA 94610 Phone: (510) 832-1405 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

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

Design Toscano
Toscano makes wonderful statues and other items you might find interesting. Design Toscano 1645 Greenleaf Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-5526


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Web Sources
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.

Books Books on archaeology.

Other Egyptworld has a tremendous selection of statues and other things at fairly reasonable prices. 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. The Gold Pyramid House is another site with scads of Egyptian items both ancient and modern. 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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30. Making a. 83 Asar Pharaoh. 204 the Neha. 32 Amu. 110 B Background Cloth. 63 Apet. 34 Aua. 107 Ami Pe. 199 Amulets. 250 Aker. 53-57. 152. 107 Ankh. 109 Aseb. 111 Beginnings. 49. 236-238 Bait. 198-205 Amun. 52. 34. 174 Bastest. 49. 205 The Paper. 179 meditation. 245 Asbet. 152. 161-164 Hymn to. 200-201 the Nefer. 56. 109 Ashu. 106 Ami. 108 Amulet. 110 Asur. 178 Festival of. 107 Ami Neter. 205 Anpu. 51. 245 Dark. 108 Aristotle. 88 Amutnen. Meditation. 46. 59. 199 Heart. Children’s. 69 Bata.lL Index A Aabit. 105 Aah. 110 Baket. 106 Air. 69-73. 30. 38-45. 46. 109 Aset. 111 Bast. 110 Auit. 49. 106 Akhentef. 31-37. 50 Hymn to. 168 Ashket. 107 Amit. 140-142 Asar. 145-147 Anubis. 53-57. 98 Amen. 57-60. 108 Apuat. 248 313 .

234-255 Duck with Must Sauce. 267 Child. 21 Chrysocolla. 111 Benu. 174 Beverages. 253 F Feast. atef. 190-191 Danger. church of the. 184-185 Diagram. 95 G Geb. 187 Calendar. Interpretations. 86 Crone. 25. The Rite of Blessing. Four Fold. 22. 249 Frog. 247 Eternal Source. Prayers for. 250 Flow. 205 Fruits. Interpretations. 250 Divination. 76-80. the Elemental. 166 Geburah. 70 Craftsman. 206 Fire. 17 Gods and Goddesses of. Beer. 84 314 . Father of Nut’s. 181-189 Foods. 153 Circle Opening. 24. 185 Fig. Barley. 42 Circle Closing. 133 Craft. 206-207 Wax. 188-189 E Earth. 42 Friends. 21-23 Hymn to. 184-189 Forgotten Ones. 77 Figures. Wax and Ushabti. 246 Food and Drink. 32 Horned. 185 D Daia. 184 Breads. 180 Bes. 187 Fruits and Vegetables. 305-306 Bread. 65 solar. 181-183 Books and Magazines. Invoking the. 47 Geburic. 39 Cycle. 70. 101 Egypt. 85 Crown. 11-132 Elements. 196-197. the. 187 Death Bringer of. 175 Freya. 151. 67. 20. 250 Primal. 253 Danu. 102 Date Sweet. 62.Circle of Isis Bekhkhet. 157-161 Children. 152-153 Craft Work . 48. 44 C Cakes. the. 248 Focus. God of. 96 Hymn to. 136 Energy. the.

15 Hekat. 66-68 Hathor. 73 Het Heret. 87. 169 J Jackal. 113 Het Heret. 66-68. the. 61-65 Heret. Celebration of the birthday of the. 112 Heqet. 153. 165 Hesa. 111 Hat Hor. 105 Songs for the. 114 315 . 19 Other. 70 Karate Kid. 112 Henkheses. 26. 89 Eye of. 112 Her. 70. 75. 114 Kekuit. 180 H Hag. Maria Blumberg’s. 19. 92. 89 Khephera. 38-45. 85 Hapi. 42 Heru. 72 Heh. Jaon. 165 Grant. 113 Hutchai. 84 Growth. 50 Keku. 205 Hu. 114 Khensu ka. 74-75. 178 Health. 113 Incenses and Oils. 61-65. 244-250 Glyphs. 179 as Aset. 30 Hera sa Aset. 52 K Kali. 230-233 Gods. 218-233 letters. 253-255 Isis and Nephthys. 220-225 sounds and meanings. 102 Khonsu. 13. meanings. 35. 114 Kekui. 246 Hecate. 247 Het. 225-230 Horus. 67. 154-157 Egyptian. 106 Khurab. 177 Interpretations. 238-239 Interpreting the. Creating the. 53 Hymn to. 14 Mother of the. 42 Hieroglyphs. 113 I Imhotep. 176-180 Incenses. 36. 88-89. the. 202-203 Oil. 180 the Knot of. Lament of. 93-94 Khnum. Hymn to. 245-249. 178 Circle of. 73.Index Glyph Pieces. 171 Isis. 14 Isis Incense. 112 Heka.

42 Lady of. 216-217 Magic. 42. 95 Liquor. 15 Mistress of. Greater. 253 N Names. Making a. 34 Literature and Libraries. 103-104 Nekhebet. 115 Magic and Magical Tools. 257 Nebet Het. 90 Lotus Bouquet. malt. 15} low. 245 Meditation. 182 Nonalcoholic. 82 Mafdet. 246 high. blue banded. 60 two types. 69-70 Maybe. Giver of. 117 Moon. 66 Mathet. 37. 203-204 Lapis lazuli. 28 Mistress of. 115 Mau Bast. Tameran. 253 Mantra. the. 15 Mahes. 195-255 Magic Wand. 178 Love. 116 Meskhenet. 142-143 The pyramid of. 117 Nemyss. 250 Interpretations. 139 ending. 88. 213-214 Knot of Isis. 129 Morrigan. the. 152. 177 Mead. 95-96. 116 Min. 170 Museums. 43 L Ladder. 116 Montu. 34 Law. Interpretations. 70 Mourning song. 133. 147-150 Medu neter. 253 Lie. 106 Mysteries. 204 Merseger. 30. 251 Neith. 202-203 Kyphi. Making a. 140 Other. 29 Menat. 115 Mesen. Lady of. 247 M Maa. 183 Meats. 138-140 beginning. 94. 306-307 Mut. the.Circle of Isis Kilt. 188-189 Meditation. Interpretations. Interpretations. 31. 49-52. 215 316 . 134-135 guided. Drawing down the. 133-134. Making a. 253 Life. 246 Luck. 115 Malachite. 47. 251 using the Pyramid of. 114 Maat.

120 Renenutet. 17. 93 Seahorse. 172 prayer to. 32. 169 Nerit. Creating your own. the Witches. 120 Renpiti. 83 Recipes.Index Neper. 49-52 Hymn to. Interpretations. 120 Restraint. the. 189 Seasons. 84 317 . Making a. 117 Nephthys. 15. 251-252 S Saa. 192 Qabala. for protection. 67 R Ra and Nun. meditation to connect with. 118 Papait. 245 Incense. 34 Osiris. 118 Number. 249 Nun. 93. Recipes from. 47 Qabalism.24-27. the. 180 Seasonings. 105. 192 Rameses II. 173 Prayers. Mara’s. 18-20. 90 Q Qabala. radish. 172 when he rises. 85 Nu. 31. 173 Incense. 118 Passing. 149-150 Ra. for One Who Has Crossed Over. 180 P Pakhet. the. 201-202 Scarabeus sacer. 135-138 O Orion. 86-87 Pyramid. 119 Potter. meditation to connect with. 120 Salad. 21 Hymn to. 23. 147-149 Nut. 180 Oil. 244 Sefket. 46. 212 Scarab. 117 Nile Valley. 119 Remi. 179-180 Rekhet. 151-166 contact. 89. 247 Rhiannon. 253 Pestit. Egyptian. 180 Hymn to. 190-192 Ptah. 85. 42 Rituals. 178 Hymn to. 118 Nut and Geb. 63. 192 prayer to. 119 Pestu. 186 Satan. 84 Scarab. 119 Remnet.

28-30. the. 28 Words. 101-102 Tara.Circle of Isis Sekhmet. 124 Upuat. 253 318 . 47 Tanent. 122 Tefnut. 46. 122 Tamera. the. 84-85. 123 Unta. 307-308 Storm. 123 Udjat Oracle. 27. 246 Magical. 121 Shen. 21. 51 Soup. 183 Wisdom. Lord of the. 186 Spirit. 179 Seshat. 30 Utchait. 41 Sistrum. Interpretations. 16. 46-48. 121 Shu. 41. 100. 250 Statuary and Stuff. hymn to. 35. 19 Two Fingers. 83. 253 Wine. 102 Tauret. 240-243 Un. Making a Magic. 96. 89. 250 Y Yes. 196 Tum. 18. Lord of. Interpretations. 235 Reading the. 121 Sirius. 52 Unit. 124 Ur. 124 Utet Tefef. 216 Water. 48 Tutankhamun. Creating a. 250 Wicca. 90-92 Set. 108 Ur Henu. 167 Meditation. 124 Utekh. 123 Unti. fava bean. 81-83. 109. 104 Sia. 247 Work. instruction for making. 122 W Wait. 36. 204 Shesmu. Creating the. Interpretations. 208-211 Sobek. 248 Tools. 84 Hymn to. 123 Underworld. 30. 34 Sothistar. 253 Wand. 166 Setem. 125 T Tait. 121 Shai. 143-145 Time. 204 U Uadjet. list of. 15 Wide View. 122 Sothis. 97-100 Tehuti. the.

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