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.


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

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

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

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

lL PART I Goddesses of Egypt Gods and 11 .


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If the result was favorable, perhaps the heart was as light as the Feather, the deceased went to live in the Fields of Ra; if not, the deceased was turned over to Amit, the Eater of Hearts. These are the ideas portrayed on the wall paintings found in tombs. My view is a bit different. I believe that should the deceased fail the test, it simply meant that the soul had more work to do, and would return to Earth for another incarnation. (This is just another way in which Sothistar’s practices differ from the ancient traditions.) Asar is usually depicted in mummy wrappings, wearing what is known as the atef crown. This is similar to the White Crown of Upper Egypt, with the addition of a feather along either side, and a small sphere at the top. He holds the crook and flail, symbols of rulership. In some paintings, His skin is black. In Egyptian symbolism, this color represented the Underworld and rebirth. It also represented the black fertile earth deposited by the Nile. In others, His skin is shown as green because He was also the Lord of Vegetation. With this attribution, we approach an aspect of the Lord that is seldom mentioned, and is the aspect that I cherish. As God of Vegetation, Asar would, of course, represent the life, death, and rebirth cycles of the grain and other plant life. Asar, Judge, Lord of Death, is concerned with the dead, but remember, the dead are those who will be reborn. In both aspects, Asar is the Lord of Life. The aspect I hold dear is Asar the King! I’ve found only one picture of Asar without the mummy wrappings in which he is usually depicted. Even then, the picture did not even hint at the power of the God I have met in my meditations. I have seen Him, strong and bronze, solidly built. His Face manages to be both beautiful and powerful. In my vision He wore a nemyss and short kilt of blue and gold stripes, and a pectoral of lapis lazuli. His presence was so overpowering that 32

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I fell to my knees, overcome, not by fear, but by awe. He was vital, vibrant, and inspired a devotion I was never able to give His other aspect, however much I revered Him. This is the Asar adored and worshipped by our coven. This is our High Lord. There is nothing of the solemn judge in this aspect, but that is not to say He is frivolous. He is not all sweetness and light. He is, after all, a king, and rules his people in a way that is best for them, guiding and protecting them, and punishing wrong-doers. This is the meaning of the crook and flail with which is He is always portrayed. The crook is a shepherd’s crook, symbolizing leadership. The flail symbolizes His duty to punish those who do wrong. No ruler is worthy of the title unless he or she is willing to do both. Balance is the keystone of many religions, including our own. These symbols can be held by either aspect of the Lord, and the differences they might have when held by one or the other are worthy of contemplation. Take a moment, if you will, to consider what these symbols would mean if held by Asar, the King. Now think what meanings they might have when held by the Judge. Do you find differences? If so, what are they? Life and death: both are important, both are part of the cycle we recognize. Asar’s death and rebirth are celebrated time and time again in Tameran writings. Yet death and resurrection mean nothing if not preceded (and followed) by life. One of the most delightful customs recognizing His function as Vegetation God was known as an “Asar bed” or a “corn mummy.” (Because corn as we known it in the United States is native to the Western Hemisphere, “corn” probably meant “barleycorn.”) This is a shallow container in the shape of Asar, filled with soil and planted with grain. Many have been found in tombs. At the proper season, the corn mummy would be watered. The grain would sprout and the God would be reborn. 33

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If such containers were available today, I would plant them in the Fall. It is at this time of year that the Goddess does Her planting; fruits fall from the trees, grain from the stalk. Planting an Asar bed would be a wonderful thing to do during an Autumn rite. I would water it at Yule to begin the rebirth. Asar is said to come from a star referred to only as Orion. Older astronomy books identify this as the middle star on the belt of the constellation of the same name. It is green. Betelgeuse, the star at Orion’s shoulder, was attributed to Set, because it is red. It’s interesting that this particular constellation is involved with Egyptian myths, because I’ve always felt a connection with it. And if you will draw a line from the top star in Orion’s Belt through the middle star and keep going, you will find the star Sirius, known to the Greeks as Sothis. The Tamerans said this was the home of Isis, and my coven is named after this star. Partly because of the pectoral Asar wore in my vision, I use lapis lazuli for Asar. I have a lovely piece on the altar near His statue. This attribution comes not only from a meditation on Asar, but also one on Aset, when two of us were told that lapis belonged to Her Lord. There was a barley field through which the Lord and I walked in my meditation, and that is where He spoke to me. Barley was grown in Egypt and used to make both bread and beer. The coven considered developing a recipe to make our own beer, but none of us have the proper skills. It isn’t, however, necessary to make your own. Malt liquor will serve as well. Malt is any grain (often barley) steeped, sprouted, and smoked, so malt liquor is very likely similar to barley beer. Another symbol of the Lord was a pillar called the “tet,” often called “Asar’s backbone.” It has the same sound as another Egyptian word meaning “stability.” This, too, could be a part of the meaning of the symbol. No one seems to be certain. To me, it represents the stability and strength of the Lord. If it 34

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is, as some believe, the trunk of a tree, then the tree is mighty. It is a tree that withstands storms, earthquakes, the extremes of the seasons. Life arising from death, a wonderful symbol of resurrection! Although His Name is Asar, the hieroglyphs that spell his name say something else. The first symbol is an eye, ari, the second, a throne, ast or aset. “Throne maker,” or “made by the throne?” I don’t know, but again, I’m sure we can learn much from contemplation. I am not forgetting Asar’s other aspect, the Lord of Death and Resurrection, nor is He any less beloved of our coven. I believe the best way to tell you about Him is to describe the events that helped us know and love Him. In class one night, we were discussing psychic gifts. After sitting quietly, with her thoughts apparently turned inward, one of our students burst out, “I have a talent that is a curse. I help people through the veil. When I was little, I thought I was making them die.” “A curse!” I cried. “Oh, no, never.” We gathered around her, reminding her that making it easy for someone to leave this life, when it is time, was far from a curse. It meant that instead of leaving one’s body in fear, one left holding her hand, led to the Summerland by her bright, loving spirit. The student’s expression showed her thoughts moving quickly, but she was still not assured, until I said, “You take them to Asar. This is the work done by His Priests.” She has one of those faces that are beautiful in repose, but shining when she smiles. That glorious smile of hers said it all. She already loved Asar, the King, with all her heart. How could it be anything but joyful to take someone to His Presence? She began to learn more of Asar, Lord of the Underworld, bringing to that study the love she already had for His Aspect as King. And as she extended that love to His other Aspect, so did the rest of us. You should hear her say His name.


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A short while ago, we were asked to do a healing for a lady. Barbara, who was a beloved friend of two of our members, was horribly ill: she had cancer. Such work is always preceded by meditation. For that reason, I knew, when we opened that circle, that we had to do more than physical healing. The healing was needed not only on more than the physical plane, but it needed to extend to more than Barbara. We also had to heal those who loved her. We would do our best to heal the cancer, but it would have been dishonest to ignore the possibility that it was time for her to go. We did raise the healing energy, and gave it to Barbara to use as she willed. We reminded all present that those who cross over go to the arms of the Lord and Lady. We gave her three stones and suggested that, whenever her time came, she try to have them near her. The first was an apache tear, for Anpu, the Guide. The second was a lapis lazuli for Asar. The third was an azurite/malachite for Isis. Each of us took a little of her pain, and gave back peace and healing. Then I called our Osiris priestess and put her hand in Barbara’s, telling Barbara to remember the feeling of that hand and to look for this priestess’s beautiful face when the time came. We continued with our regular ritual, and by the end of it, we were all laughing, including Barbara. Two weeks later, Barbara crossed over, and our Osiris priestess led her. Did our healing rite fail? I think not. Her last two weeks of life were of higher quality than they might have been otherwise with less medication necessary and better sleep, and she left a pain wracked body without fear, led by a loving hand, accompanied by our beautiful sister, Priestess of Asar. If you can understand and accept the above, you can accept and love the Lord of the Underworld. The important thing to remember is that the Lord of Death is still the Lord of Life, 36

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one who has experienced death and rebirth. When we die, He greets us, shows us what we have learned and have yet to learn, and gives us again to the Goddess, who gives us birth once more. Loving the Lord of Life makes it not only easy, but necessary to love the Lord of Death, for the dead are also the unborn!



Ruling by his side, the Lady Aset, Sister, Wife, and Queen,
Mistress of Magic, perhaps the most beautiful Goddess of all. Queen she was, and mighty in power, blinding in beauty, and loving beyond all human understanding.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

45 . but Set.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Beloved was Asar. They did not understand that his work—that storm was as necessary to life as peace. their brother was not beloved by many of the people. beloved was Aset. that breaking down was as much a part of nature as building up. Many did not see His Glory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

a standard that can present quite a challenge. I’ve seen films of two young jackals taking on a hyena five times their size to protect their younger brothers and sisters. altogether nasty animals. Did you know that jackals are as often hunters as scavengers? That they usually mate for life? That they have a very strong family unit? It’s true. night prowlers. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things. 53 . are they? Instead. Anpu is the Guardian. You must be ready to face Him steadfastly. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. the Challenger. the Guide. the Dark Lord.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. they set a standard often hard to live up to. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Yes. They will call a spade a spade. To get back to Bast. If you come to know any of Them. Bast. perhaps you should consider that you might have handled the situation another way.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Problems that are easily solved are easy because you already had the knowledge to solve them. Mother Goddesses will teach you table manners.” Hecate is lunar. I had been asked once what Goddess of another pantheon would I compare Bast to. “but I am golden. I realized very quickly that I was dealing with a Dark Lady. I then asked if. She agreed. as we believed. and the devotion you feel will be inspired by love. solar. and either research. and they will tell you the truth. but pointed out that it was not the domestic cat. Hard lessons require learning—that’s what makes them hard! The most difficult of these lessons come from Dark Ladies and Dark Lords. possibly felis capensis. I do not accept it as fact without verification. “My darling. where She is silver. 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.) When I receive information in such a meditation. you’ll understand. the cat was the proper animal to connect with Her.” Dark Ladies will hit you on the head with a 2 x 4 (just to get your attention) and say “Hey! You screwed up! Fix it!” They will not coddle or baby you. where possible. not fear. “Hecate. They will hold you and comfort you. Again.” came the answer. and out of my mouth came. and my experience with Her. or wait and see what surfaces 71 . but one I have heard called a “jungle cat.” (Very probably one of the African wild cats.” I asked Bast if this had been accurate. and when you make a mistake. whether you want to hear it or not. They will stroke your hair and say. I make a note of it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

105 . 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. The Gods and Goddesses discussed so far are only a few of the many honored in Tamera. Amen Ra. you can contact and learn of these deities. and others you may wish to use. for example. have discovered even more about Them. Aabit A singing Goddess. make them a part of you. and the glyphs for their names. The following list gives brief information on other deities that have not been discussed so far. but many times the attributes of two Gods were joined together and worshiped under a combination name. I must say that this practice went a little far at times because Ptah Seker Ra and similar names are only confusing to me. I’d be delighted if you’d share any information you gain with our coven. Not only were there many more. Exploration of and learning about all of Them could be a lifetime’s work. by the time you read this. I find it much easier to stick with the individual deities. a part of your life and work. With the methods I will give you.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Other Gods Where once a hundred lived.

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

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

” “City of the Wolf. The words that came to me were.” We believe He is the one who. nursing mother. The Greeks called the city dedicated to Him “Lycopolis. but what we have done has proved interesting. Xj » Apet A mother Goddess. He is called “the opener of the ways.” 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. after the weighing of hearts and judgment of your soul. “He is both before and after Anubis.Circle of Isis Amu A dawn God. guides you to the place of rest. He helps choose the way you will travel in your next life.

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

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

” In a recent discussion with Janet Farrar. ¾ Hapi God of the Nile. He was called “Lord of the fishes and the birds of the marshes. 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. God of Fertility. we were talking 111 .Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Baket A hawk Goddess.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

continue. Sing the following song. make music and dance all in Her presence! Circle Is Closed. Let us now sing and dance to thank the Lady for the wisdom She has given us and because it is traditional to do so. sing. (The tune is the same as the chant above. 164 . When the time is the the light. until it seems like people are ready to stop. When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast. continue.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 . Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun. We will feast.) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. Priestess: Let us end our circle. 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 . Priest: From the darkness comes the light.

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

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

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

) Grind and blend together.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.) Tehuti 1 part white sage ½ part bay ½ part rosemary ¾ part cinnamon 1 part cedar 179 . please. The “real” thing would require the death of an animal. noxious smell. 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. to some.

of almond or grapeseed oil. 180 . of almond or grapeseed oil. Isis Oil 5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender Add to ¼ oz. please use the synthetic.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.) 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.

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

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

and bottle immediately.Food and Drink For those of you who do not wish to consume an alcoholic drink. Wine Even now there are wines available whose original grape stock came from Egypt. cool. 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 . the following is a recipe for a nonalcoholic mead. Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation. Nonalcoholic Mead 1 quart honey ½ cup lemon juice 3 quarts distilled water Boil five minutes.

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

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

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

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

even. Partridge is hard to come by in most parts of our country. reduce heat to 350. cumin. coriander.Circle of Isis Meats The Tamerans definitely used beef. After half an hour. 188 . with about ¼ of water in the bottom. Well. Place duck on rack in pan. The domesticated chicken was not in Tamera until the Late Kingdom. the eggs they used were duck or goose eggs. geese. 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. A friend who has cooked both says she finds very little difference. The Tamerans also had domesticated ducks and geese. I confess I haven’t tried either type of egg. turn breast side up and baste with drippings. nor would I know how to obtain them. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. As soon as you put the duck in the oven. lamb. so I can’t vouch for taste. the recipe comes from our ancient Egyptian feast. and others. My friends have said that I make a roast duck to die for. according to one source. and here it is. wild fowl were abundant: ducks. Duck with Must Sauce 2 ducks 1 cup olive oil 1 cup dry red wine 2 Tbsp. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. so we substitute Cornish game hens. breast down. freshly 2 Tbsp. and the meat of some wild animals. Rub spices on ducks. Up until that time. inside and out. hyena! Along the river. partridges. Chicken eggs will do fine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drill a hole in the center of the block of wood the diameter of the dowel. 4.Circle of Isis To assemble your sistrum: 1. The eight holes should be large enough for the wire to move when you shake the sistrum.) Figure 5 5. then push the end of the dowel into the hole. and then the sides of the block of wood. Using nails or small screws. Place wood glue in the hole. 210 . 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. Let dry. Figure 4 2. With an awl. 3. punch or drill holes where indicated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .

Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will make it possible to use the Pyramid without looking at it. Trace the design on heavier paper or poster board (graphite paper is available and can be erased) and go over the design with the type of paint that is “puffy. Wood burning is another possibility. p F v K F F X F q F 252 . or made even better. the Pyramid can be used as is.Circle of Isis Once expanded.” This will make both the pyramid as well as the glyphs three dimensional. as is carving the glyphs in relief. and add to the tactile sensation.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do nothing today. she who counts the days. Stay home and don’t look into the light. Birth of Apophis. Feast of Asar at Abydos. The day he is sent into the cave without knowledge of the Great Ones to look for the occasion of coming. Bad. Very bad. Anything you see will be good. Very good. 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 .Circle of Isis Julian Date 1 February 2 Tameran Date 18 19 Feast of Nut. The Feast in Busiris. Do not look into the light. There is a great feast in heaven. Omitted by scribal error. Very good. Day of the birth of Nut anew. Make a holiday. Very bad. Do not leave the house. Very bad. Very favorable. Feast of Heru in Kemwer. Do nothing today. Obviously very adverse. Do not leave the house. The enemies are struck. Do not even think of pronouncing the names of the snakes.

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

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

Asar. Papyrus damaged. Offerings to all Gods. Do not mention the name of Set today. Terrible. 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 . and Horus. Do not go out today. Extremely adverse. Bad. Do not eat anything that is on the water.The Calendar Julian Date 5 Tameran Date 20 Today Ra repells those who rebel against their masters. Very adverse. Offer local Gods myrhh on fire. What you see today will be good. Very favorable. Feast of Heru sa Aset and His followers. or you will have strife in your house forever. Do not go out until Ra sets. Very bad. Offerings to Ra. Bad. The day of cutting out the tongue of Sobek. Do not work today. The day of making offerings to the spirits at Abydos. Adoration to Unnefer. End of the world by Sekhmet. Very good. Very Favorable. Set rebels against Unnefer.

Very adverse. A time of rejoicing among the Gods. All you see today will be good. Every land is happy. Bad. Do not leave the house. Damage to papyrus. Feast of Ba neb dedet. What you see today is good. Festival of Aset. What you see today is good. Wonderful. Coming of the Great Ones of the House of Ra. All you see today will be good. Do not leave your house until sunset. Every heart is glad. You will see good things today. Adverse. God of sexual fertility. Very bad. Great. Damage to papyrus. Follow Heru today.Circle of Isis Julian Date 17 18 19 20 21 Tameran Date 2 3 4 5 6 Do not sail today. Papyrus damaged. Festival of reconstituting the heavens. What you see today is good. Adverse. Bad. Very favorable. Bad. The White One of Heaven proceeds downstream. 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 . Very good. Very good.

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 . Geb and Nut are judged by the Gods. Very adverse. You’ll see good things. Papyrus damaged. Don’t shout at any being today. Papyrus damaged. All Gods rejoice. Holiday of Ra and followers. Very good. Maat judges. Good. Very favorable. House of Ra. Festival of Heru. The hearts of the Gods listen very well. Everything you see today will be good. Very adverse. Anyone born this day will live to be very old. House of Heru. All you see today is good. Good. Very adverse.The Calendar Julian Date 3 Tameran Date 19 Day of counting by Tehuti who heard Maat. Festival of Bast. Great. Great. Papyrus damaged. Adverse. You’ll see good things today. House of Asar. Favorable. Excellent. The day is fixed as a feast on both heaven and Earth. Good.

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

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Tameran Date 19 20 21 The Ennead sails repeatedly. Not good. The day many will die if an adverse wind comes. Bad. The day of the living children of Nut. Do not go out before dawn. Shu complains to Ra about the Great Ones of infinity. Stay home. Bad. The crew rests when it sees the enemy of its master. Good. What you see today shall be good. Very good. Everyone is pacified by the sun disk. Very favorable. Going forth of Neith. Very adverse conditions. There is an uproar among the Gods. Do not work. Adverse. Day of purifying things. Festival today. Do not go against events. Very good. What you see today will be good. Very favorable. Going forth of Shu. Appearance of Tehuti. Very good. Great feast of the southern heavens. Festival of Bast. Feast of Het Heret. Wonderful. 293



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Tameran Date 14 15 Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Stay home. Very bad. Heru hears your words in the presence of all Gods and Goddesses. Good things will be seen in your house. Very good. Day of transporting Maat to the shrine of Ra. Adverse. The escape of the fugitive eye. Bad. Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Very adverse. Stay home today. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Mostly good. The day of Sepa of Tura. Do not look at any digging, skin rash, or fever today. Adverse. The day of quarreling with Unnefer. Bad. The day of the children of Bedesh. The God kills them when he comes, then sails South. Very favorable. The great enemy is in the temple of Sekhmet. Don’t go out at midday. Mostly good. What you see today will be good. Favorable. 295

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Tameran Date The day of sailing down the river and tearing down the enclosure wall. Stay home. Very bad. 28 The day of creating misery. Very bad. 29 Festival of Mut. Feeding of the Gods and Mut’s followers. Very good. 30 Ceremony of Heru Merti. Very favorable. 1 Heru Khuiti Send abet offerings. All Gods and Goddesses feast. Very good. 2 Maat and all Gods perform rites as one who is in heaven. Very good. 3 Feast of the Goddess of Heliopolis. Stay home. Bad. 4 Procession of Sopdu and youthful followers. Mostly bad. 5 Temple is festive. Min is at Akhmin. What you see will be good. Very good. 6 The day of transporting Unnefer to Rostau. Do nothing. Very bad. 7 The Dead One arrives on Earth. Whoever approaches him will be trampled by a bull. Very adverse. 27

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Tameran Date 8 9 Utchat ceremony. Also, Anpu ceremony. If you are born on this day, you will have noble honor. Very favorable. The day the eye of Re enters. Very good. Destructiveness is created in the presence of the followers of Ra. Bad. Day of jubilation throughout the land. Very good. Holiday for Heru followers, defenders of the Son. Very good. Ra goes forth to propitiate Nun. Very bad. Pour ritual water for those in your next world. Very good. You’ll see good things. Good. The crew leads the rebels. Stay home in the morning. Bad. The Eye of Horus returns. Feast of your local God. Appease your spirit. Very good. Cleansing and renewal of the noble ones. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Very favorable. 297

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Tameran Date 22 Feast of Anpu. Followers of Geb and Nut in festivity. Purification of the Gods. Very good. Do not taste bread or beer on this day. Very bad. Abet offerings to Gods in presence of Ra. Holiday in your house. Very good. The God is established. Very favorable. The Gods sail. Do not go out at noon. Mostly good. Do nothing. Very bad. Feast of Min. Very good. Holiday in temple of Seker. Very favorable. Birthday of Ra. Any rite good today. Sing and make offerings. Very favorable. Birthday of Asar. Very favorable. Birthday of Her Ur. Very favorable. Birthday of Set. Very favorable. Birthday of Aset. Very favorable. Birthday of Nebt Het. Very favorable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She spends her time pursuing her interest in storytelling. Ellen continues to be active in the Los Angeles area Pagan community. she was also editor of Pagansong. High Priestess of the Coven of Sothistar since 1977. Chris. Ellen says. with her husband. a Pagan Association. I never can figure out which. The Witches Tarot (book and deck). author of The Witches Qabala.lL About the Author llen Cannon Reed has been Wiccan since 1975. of Pacific Circle. The Heart of Wicca. Founder.” E 319 . a Pagan songbook. “I’m either a traditional iconoclast or an iconoclastic traditionalist. reclaiming that performance art for both adults and Pagans. and Circle of Isis.

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