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Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Such writings are. Osiris. Asar is probably the most widely known of the Egyptian Gods. the Judge. Lord. Touch us with your smile. Lord. King of life and death. We know Asar. Osiris. Lord. Pharaoh of two lands. during which the heart of the deceased was weighed against the Feather of Maat. as the Judge. Osiris. 31 y . Fill us with your breath Osiris. because most of our information comes from tombs. Except for Aset. very much concerned with death and the afterlife. Osiris. Lord. of course. Holy is thy name. He is also one of the least understood. presided over the Weighing of the Heart.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Asar (Osiris) Osiris. Warm us with your flame Osiris. Lord. Osiris. Hold us in your hands. Ruler of the Nile. Osiris. We know Asar as the Lord of the Underworld. She Whose Name was Truth. for most only know one of His Aspects. Lord. 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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Those who had lost a loved one appealed to Aset for comfort. or Her winged form. Queen. In our tradition. and Sister. the throne that is Her name. Worker of Magic. I know. I meditated. In Egypt. “My friend. the Goddess as friend. I cried out. We are not talking about the “little woman. She defended her son against everything from scorpions to Set. 39 . the Lord and Lady are given equal honor. Parents appealed to Her for protection for their children. My friend Willie. for She understood.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Who is She? Mother. nothing serious but bruises and lots of aches and pain. She is usually portrayed in one of three forms: wearing the Solar Crown. When he traveled to teach the rest of the world. Like a good Christian turned Pagan I worshiped and revered my Goddess from afar. One day I fell. please help me!” I heard laughter that held all the music of the spheres and a gentle voice full of mirth saying. Creatrix. those many years ago. also a priestess of Isis. Aset’s status was and is equal to that of Asar. That night I just couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep. for She knew their pain. Those who had suffered because of love reached out to Her.” or the woman behind the man who has no place of her own. so were all my bruises. mother. Aset ruled Egypt. in desperation. Finally. She was the epitome of loyal wife. but there was nothing personal in our relationship. and ruler. Both are the height and heart of our coven. shares yet another aspect of Isis with us. lit candles to Her.” A healing warmth filled by body and my pain was gone. Both Aset and Asar ruled Tamera. and She held me. “It’s about time you called me friend. prayed. I was able to fall asleep and when I awoke. as I did. In 1977 I had been pagan for a couple of years. I have. Those of any age who felt the need of a nurturing Mother turned to Her. Don’t let the term “loyal wife” confuse you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. the Guide. are they? Instead. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. the Dark Lord. altogether nasty animals. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. I’ve seen films of two young jackals taking on a hyena five times their size to protect their younger brothers and sisters. 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. a standard that can present quite a challenge. You must be ready to face Him steadfastly. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. Anpu is the Guardian. night prowlers. 53 .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. the Challenger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Many people have the idea that humor is frivolous. We take in more air. and to quit berating ourselves for having them. It was horrible and obscene dark humor—and it was absolutely necessary if the doctors and nurses were to continue. Our bodies release natural chemicals like natural painkillers and natural hormones that help us keep alert. When we did our meditation on Bes. have you ever made a joke because you were nervous or embarrassed? Multiply that need a thousand fold. Only those who came to know this God and His hidden meanings learned the truth: He is a giant when you know and value what He has to teach. and humor. as they worked harder and harder. If they had not been able to release some of the tension. It can mean survival. increasing oxygen to the blood stream. I worked with a police department for many years. Bes teaches us to laugh at our own frailties. a good friend who is a registered nurse recalled a time early in her career when she and others were working frantically to keep a 2-year-old child alive. The jokes kept them from screaming. Laughter is also healing and healthy. By portraying Bes as a dwarf. the Tamerans may have acknowledged humankind’s usual derogation of humor. As the tension built. and have seen similar situations where people made horrible jokes that would be totally tasteless to those who weren’t involved. 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. they would not have been able to continue their desperate work.Circle of Isis Work with Bes can teach you the deeper meanings of laughter. the jokes started. and spiritual. If you’ve never been in such an intense situation. to accept them. They are very wrong. our bodies react. It is one of the essentials of life—physical. Anyone who has ever worked in a high-tension job can understand that. 78 . When we laugh. emotional. jokes. accepting the unthinking view that laughter is trivial.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

) “One memorable month. And trust me. But sometimes they tap into sides of you that you are aware of and magnify them in new and different ways. every closet had been emptied and resorted and refilled. “My Gemini husband is a bit lax about housekeeping. I didn’t know much more than that and yes. Went over to my mother-in-law’s house and during an afternoon helped her organize her pantry and craft closet. She was very happy with me. Nice Lady. every box.) “Pretty soon out of the chaos you developed some favorites and would work in a new one or two to get to know them. 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. And redid the closets. By the New Moon. writing. every Divinity has a side to them that doesn’t match with your own. He was looking at my Capricorn butt with frank horror and dismay because I had run out of things to organize at home. 91 . Within a week. no matter who you are. every cupboard. And again. and record keeping. 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. every drawer. (Wicked grin. A true sink or swim.. teaching about invocation and Divine energies.and Bill made absolutely certain that month I didn’t visit him at work at the theater for fear he would never find anything ever again after I got done with it. “Within two days of invoking Her. I should have seen it coming. Precise. So I redid the books again in a different order. I invoked Seshat. (Shudder. and every shelf had been done.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt being from the same pantheon or even of the same gender..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her name translates as “Mistress of Magic. he represented a wish that the recipient live for thousands of years. I would call on Him only if I stood next to that river. Hapi is one of the few I would not call upon.” or. Heh God of infinity. not generic rivers. deities of a specific area or place. We both felt that some. He is the God of the Nile.Circle of Isis about whether deities were bound to their original land of worship. To me. With the exception of the frog. When he appeared on monuments and jewelry. She was symbolized by a frog. not all. were “Gods of place. 112 . 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 was never a reactivated mummy. That’s a movie. Hu The God of taste. (No. f Imhotep An architect and sage who was deified because of his skill and wisdom.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Hesa A singing God. » Hutchai God of the West Wind.) j 113 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

oh be beau . come back.ing.ti . wait in mourn . who mourn thee. e in .Songs for the Gods Lament of Isis and Nephthys Q Q bb 3 e =======================l e e l q. all. b =======================l l & b e e e q e l e e e q.ed ful of b e e l h e e l h. q l h l h l& 4 Come Come back. and bring the joy back b Î l =======================l l &b e e q e e e q e l e e q. come back.ful boy. who call! 171 . 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.ter. Come home to b Î l q l H q =======================[ l &b h q l q q q l q those who love thee. l e e e q e Come to thy sis . back. e l h =======================l l &b h e boy. oh beau . Come to home those to who those who love thee.to life! Come to thy house and ease the pain! Oh. come to thy wife.ti lov .

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

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

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

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

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

The “real” thing would require the death of an animal. noxious smell.) Grind and blend together.Incenses and Oils Sekhmet 3 2 1 7 1 parts red sandalwood 3 parts cinnamon parts myrrh 1 part benzoin part catnip ½ part dragon’s blood reed drops cedarwood oil small pinch asafoetida (optional) (This herb has a very strong and. please.) Tehuti 1 part white sage ½ part bay ½ part rosemary ¾ part cinnamon 1 part cedar 179 . Mara‘s Recipes Heru 1 part amber 1 part clove ½ part bay 1 part dragon’s blood 1 part red sandalwood 2 drops vanilla oil 1 ¼ ½ 1 2 parts cinnamon ¼ part horehound Sekhmet 1 part cinnamon 1 part cat’s claw Anpu part amber 1 part frankincense part myrrh 1 part cinnamon part cloves ¼ part dragon’s blood drop musk oil (synthetic. to some.

of almond or grapeseed oil. 180 .Circle of Isis Benu (Phoenix) 2 part cinnamon ¼ part myrrh 2 drops amber oil 1 part clove ½ part arabica Recipes From Seahorse Isis Incense 3 parts myrrh 2 parts sandalwood 1 part frankincense 1 part rose petals A few drops musk (again. Isis Oil 5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender Add to ¼ oz. please use the synthetic. of almond or grapeseed oil.) Osiris Incense 2 parts benzoin 1 part pine 1 part patchouli 4 parts frankincense 1 part juniper berries 4 drops frankincense 1 drop cinnamon 1 part cedar 1 part myrrh Ra Incense 2 parts orange peel 1 part myrrh Ra Oil 3 drops orange Add to ¼ oz.

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

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

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. the following is a recipe for a nonalcoholic mead. Nonalcoholic Mead 1 quart honey ½ cup lemon juice 3 quarts distilled water Boil five minutes. and bottle immediately. cool. They are: L Malmsey (a madeira dessert wine) L Rainwater L Nebbilio L Amarone L Nebbilio L Est madeira d’Alba est est Grigio L Pinot Wines related to Eygptian wines are: L Savignon blanc (similar to wines from the Delta) L L’Tour Blanc (has a picture of a shrine to Asar on its label) 183 . Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remember. Their wand was quite different.Circle of Isis It is said that magic was given to mankind by Ra. you should always remember that when you do magic. 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. the greatest tool you have is your mind. you are using something that was a gift from a God. I’m sure you know you’re not going to find that the Tamerans used the same tools we did. and a kilt to wear in ritual. so that we could protect ourselves. As for magical tools. There are instructions here for creating a simple one. So. If you find something of an Egyptian design. are as useful as they are ubiquitous. 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. since he didn’t have time to do it all. I’ve created two new divination forms based on Tameran symbols. You’ll find instructions in this section for creating some tools you might find useful: LA sistrum is simple to make. and chalices seemed to be only used as drinking utensils. If you wish to decorate them with an Egyptian flair. help you be in a Tameran mood. I’ve included instructions on making a nemyss (headdress). 196 . L To L Scarabs Divination Information on Tameran methods of divination is rare and vague. so much the better. and use it accordingly. So? Does that mean your tools can’t be used? Of course not. of course. For that reason. in addition to what little information I could find.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .

Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

254 . Information: You need more information before you proceed. Passing: The matter is temporary. End: The matter is ended. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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
A wide variety of items can be found in the catalogs obtained from museums. Catalogs change, so I won’t try to list the items that are available. 306

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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