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Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches

Ellen Cannon Reed
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To Christopher,
who is the wind beneath my wings.

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Acknowledgment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We ask questions, get answers (sometimes before we ask the question), or just hold Her Hand and enjoy Her Presence. Of course, the same applies to an invocation of a God. I must point out that, because we are dealing with a human vessel, everything said is taken with a grain of salt. We take what is said and consider it. Serving as the vessel is also a position of great trust, and violating that trust by speaking words that are not those of the deity, but are your own, would be a most serious offense. Experienced members can often tell when a deity is present, and would know. Once this is experienced, your relationship has to be different. This gives you something you can’t get by reading a book about archaeology! If you can’t imagine this feeling, don’t worry. If you really want to have this kind of relationship with the Gods and Goddesses, you will. If my explanation has not helped you understand, it is no fault of yours, and not even mine. What I am trying to do is similar to describing what it is like to be in love. Don’t despair. You will understand...you will, if you will open your heart and try. How? There are many ways, and every teacher has his or her own, but I will share my own in the following section. The techniques detailed in these pages can be used with any pantheon. We’ve used these techniques individually and as a group. Those who were involved—students, friends, other covens— almost invariably gained something more than knowledge of the Gods. They gained a relationship with Them. To us, these Gods are not abstract ideas or energies. They are not distant unreachable energies. To us, They are known, and loved... greatly loved. Thinking of that love reminds me of another reason for developing these relationships. It’s a matter of common courtesy. One of my pet peeves is being asked “What does this Goddess do?” or “What is He the God of?” as if deities can be put 130

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in little pigeonholes. What they are really asking is what is that deity to be used for. They think nothing of calling on a deity they’ve never had anything to do with and asking for favors, and they think there is no other reason to contact a God or Goddess. I’ve saved my editor some trouble by not saying what I think of that. I will merely say that I don’t think much of that attitude. The Gods aren’t servants! They do not exist just to help us do magic. They do help with that, of course, but they do a great deal more! Would you walk up to a stranger and ask him for money? Or to do you a favor, and expect them to do it? If you were that stranger, would you be inclined to grant that favor? Probably not, and yet many people just pick a God or Goddess to ask, and expect help. Well, if you are going to ask for help, the least you can do is spend some time getting to know the deity, and letting them get to know you. It’s only polite! In addition to the meditations included here, you’ll find some rituals you can perform, adding changes to make them yours, if you like. I’ve also included information on incenses and oils, to be used in these rituals and others. For us, the feast after a ritual is an integral part of the work we do, so you’ll also find information on food and drink. As you can see, there are many ways to involve the deities in your life. Meditation, ritual, and so forth, are only a beginning. Are you an artist? Paint a picture of Them or for Them. Write a poem, a song, or a prayer. Showing Them that you want Them in your life and making a place for Them is one of the best ways to get them there! None of us will try to tell you that you will have exactly the same results with these methods that we did. Each of you are individuals, and experience is intensely personal. If your view of the Gods is different, it does not matter.

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I would never try to impose my view of any God or Goddess upon someone else. I can only share with you what I have learned, and how. I do not insist that you see Them as I do. I do not insist (as if I could) that you will develop the same intense love for and relationship with every deity you meet. I do believe that if you have not yet worked toward knowing any of the Gods personally, if there is not one God or Goddess you can say you know, you have some new joys in store. I do promise you that if you will use these techniques, and others you may know, if you will put yourself into them as we have, you will gain a treasure beyond price: a personal relationship with the Gods.

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. What is it? A scorpion. or something else. reassure him or her that it is all right—he or she just wasn’t ready. There is a scuttling in the sand. but in the darkness. Later. you cannot discern what it is—man. some cliffs. Before you can. but it is coming nearer.. You may escape if you wish. try to learn what is approaching. the Challenger. If more than one person is involved in the meditation. away from this denizen 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. and nearby. Guardian of the tombs.Circle of Isis Your eyes are beginning to adjust to the dark. mounds. You can’t quite tell what it is.closer. and after moments. You are in the Valley of the Kings—burial place of pharaohs. the next moment. Another sound catches your attention. You can see sand. and away from the teeth revealed by His snarl. however.) You stand. the measured tread of a human. Dark spaces in them seem to indicate openings of some sort. of queens. At first it is the step of an animal. or some harmless serpent. Anpu ceases to snarl. the figure stands before you neither man nor animal but both the body of a man and the snarling black head of a jackal! You are face to face with Anpu. You can see something coming. where you are. Guide of the Underworld. signal for the student to leave the room so you can continue.. You realize. stop. strain to hear. The sound changes from one moment to the next. perhaps? A beetle? What is that slithering sound over there? Perhaps a horned asp. of nobility—and you are alone. He speaks: 146 . You strain to see. near your feet. with no trepidation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When the time is right. until it seems like people are ready to stop. 164 . (The tune is the same as the chant above. 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 . We will feast. Priestess: Let us end our circle. sing. 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.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 the following song.) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. continue. Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun.to the light. continue.to the light. Priest: From the darkness comes the light. When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast.

ing. Nothing brings a group of people together like singing. Others seemed to come on their own.ru! of A . so not only is it pleasant. Some came when I needed a song for a specific deity.lL Songs for the Gods These songs can be used in a ritual. or the relationship existed because I wrote the song. We use them often.ru! of morn . but it is magically effective to use songs everyone can sing. He . or simply to praise a specific deity. He . In the earlier discussion on building personal relationships with the deities.set.ru! of A . q q l=======================[ & h l l He ru! He ru! He! 165 . I do know that after they were written I seemed to have a close relationship with the deity the song was about. That’s been one of the ways I’ve developed those relationships. as invocations. but I’m not sure if I wrote the songs because I had that relationship. He . Hymn to Heru Q Q H Q Î q Îl q Q l =======================l l &c h q Î l h He He He He After last verse - ru! ru! ru! ru! He He He He - ru! ru! ru! ru! Young Lord Born Son Lord. Music is very important in our tradition. Bright Lord. These were written at various times in my life.ru! Î l h Î Î h. I mentioned writing songs for them. and it would be unusual for us to have a ritual without some kind of song or chant involved. He .sar.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.) 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.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. 180 . of almond or grapeseed oil.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. Glyphs Meaning Air Animal 230 .Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound UR Meaning Great ‚ / Other Words USER Powerful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .

Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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Resources
Considering the continuing fascination the world has with Tamera, it’s amazing how difficult it is to find inexpensive Tameran items. (The key word here is inexpensive.) It’s easier now than it used to be, but it seems that the most sources available are on the Internet. Not everyone is online, I know, so I’ve tried to find more sources that are available through mail order. It isn’t easy! If you are not online, and would like to explore some of these options, perhaps you have a friend who can help you. At the very least, your friend can request some paper catalogues for you from those online businesses that offer them. In addition, we have made a few great finds in thrift stores and garage sales. We have an incredible plaque of Anpu that my husband found in a thrift store, and one of my favorite statues of Heru was found in a garage sale. Keep your eyes open. Below are sources not just for statuary and such, but for information, as well.

Books and Magazines
KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt This publication is a high quality glossy magazine published quarterly. It covers many aspects of life in ancient Egypt, and has served as a wonderful resource for me. The advertisements alone make the magazine worth buying. A year’s subscription is $32. 305

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KMT Communications Inc. Box 1475 Sebastopol, CA 95473-1475 www.egyptology.com/kmt/

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 www.archaeologia.com Catalog: $5

Museums
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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Catalog Sales Department P.O. Box 1044 Boston, MA 02120-0900 www.mfa.org

Metropolitan Museum of Art
255 Gracie Station New York, NY

Statuary and Stuff
Artisan‘s Guild International
They make absolutely gorgeous statues. Most are between 11" and 13" tall and usually run about $125. The catalogue used to be $5, but it is refundable on your first order. It may be more now. Be prepared to drool. Artisan’s Guild International 5610 South Soto St., Suite C Huntington Park, CA 90255

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

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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
www.cornellpress.cornell.edu: Books on archaeology.

Other
www.egyptworld.com: Egyptworld has a tremendous selection of statues and other things at fairly reasonable prices. www.solarcrown.com: Solar Crown is a Pagan-owned site that features their own statuary and gateways to other products you’ll like, including videos, books, etc. It also has some free clipart and a great hieroglyphic font. www.goldpyramid.com: The Gold Pyramid House is another site with scads of Egyptian items both ancient and modern. www.sacredtravel.com/egyptstore: Sacred Travel/The Egypt Store offers lots of things to buy, but this site is especially good if you are fond of Sekhmet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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