Ci r c l e of Isis

Ancient Egyptian Magick for Modern Witches

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


To Christopher,
who is the wind beneath my wings.




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


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

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

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

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

lL PART I Goddesses of Egypt Gods and 11 .


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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



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


I will show you my lady. Would your spirit unfold. Maiden. You’d think that would make it easy to write about Her. This Lady is the most difficult for me to write about. I will show you my Lady. Her Magnificence. She came into my life and brought with Her purpose. Seeking wisdom untold? Would you look on a beauty That’s blinding to see? Are there worlds you would know? Seek you power to grow? Come with me. but it doesn’t. “What?” you say. Mother. How can it be hard to write about Her?” It is difficult because she is my Lady. I will never feel I have succeeded in showing you Her Beauty. I can find no words that will do Her justice. and meaning. Her Splendor. I am Her Priestess. no dictionary or thesaurus contains them. I have dedicated all my life to Her and the work She wants me to do. 38 .Circle of Isis lL Aset (Isis) Seek you starlight that sings? Seek you magic with wings? Would laugh and then cry? Seek you joy? Seek you joy? Seek you love without end. and Friend? Come with me. “Everyone knows about Aset. direction. Her Love. Her Power.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the Challenger. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. the Dark Lord. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things. 53 . altogether nasty animals. they set a standard often hard to live up to. 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. are they? Instead. night prowlers. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. the Guide. You must be ready to face Him steadfastly.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Anpu (Anubis) Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to walk the hidden ways? Do you dare to face the hidden truth? Do you dare to face the hidden truth? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the jackal? Do you dare to face the hidden truth? Ó Jackals: scavengers. a standard that can present quite a challenge. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. Anpu is the Guardian. I’ve seen films of two young jackals taking on a hyena five times their size to protect their younger brothers and sisters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I thought. It was the most awesome experience of my life. sharing the cool uplift of the air and the warm Sun shining on us all. 63 . after having that visit. He made it clear that He is the Sun God. Osiris. That moment. join the bird in flight. His reign is one over the two Realms because the balance tipped in his favor. that makes the passing grade and the stuff of our world come into focus. 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. so my dialog with them became less formal.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt quietly and just be there. Two always make one. that it is the management of my emotions. on another level. Over the years I have developed a sincere friendship and love of the Aspects. Isis. while not denying them. 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. his Mother. Rick’s prayer to Heru is one we can all use. 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. Anubis. with his brother. and his Father. And he united the two Realms and made them one. 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. I found that place emotionally while inspired to sit at the very edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I was reminded again of the time we flew together: the heat of the Sun and the cooling wind under our wings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I once heard someone compare doing harmful magic to using Shakespeare’s first folio for toilet paper. Chant his name. either a picture of the person doing the harmful magic (if you know who it is) or obtain some object to serve as a symbol of that person. they were probably killed before puberty. She and I always felt we were building karmic credit by not killing our husbands when they started their horrible wordplay. When you feel His presence. 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. Obtain. as is Chris. Bes will help you. when he or she could do such glorious things with it.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt A former Guardian of our coven was an inveterate punster. The combination of Guardian and comedian struck us as an interesting combination and we jokingly suggested that the student become a priest of Bes. my husband. if you wish. Someone who would take the time and energy to use magic to do harm to others. is laughable. Our research hadn’t shown any cultic center or priesthood of Bes. 79 . not fear. Do anything you can to make yourselves laugh at that person and at yourselves for worrying about it. begin to discuss the person who is working against you. Bes also reminds us that the best protection and defense against harmful magic is laughter. even for his or her own benefit. Ask Bes to join you. You just cannot be afraid of something you can laugh at and mock. you can call upon Bes to help you protect yourselves. Do anything and everything you can to make yourselves see the humor of the situation. if you can. Place it in the center of the circle. Think about how ridiculous he or she is being. and should be regarded as an object of scorn. and the student’s wife ventured the opinion that if potential priests of the God made puns. Laughter is the best defense against fear. 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 plan to give him more honor than we already do. So I took birdseed from my parakeet. I’m reminded of the time when. who is usually anything but foolish. I was healthy and in no danger of starving before breakfast. He teaches us to laugh at our own foibles. We’ve come to believe His importance has been highly underrated. Although I was slender. He teaches us to accept ourselves and stop putting ourselves down for being human. The more we seek to work with this God. father of Nut. and to forgive ourselves for them. but at that age. and finding more joy in the lives we live. at 14. Oh. and the more we see the strength that comes from Him. S 80 . I ate it and suffered so wonderfully! I laugh at that now. we suffer so well. and to love ourselves all the better for having been human. by recognizing his value. seed by seed. Bes teaches us to see these things in their true light. watched the battle between grandson and great-grandson. the less we see His ugliness and the more we see His beauty.Circle of Isis Bes is also the jester. We will honor Him by treasuring our laughter. I was sent to bed without my supper. the fool. shelled it. we may be able to laugh lovingly at the things we take so seriously now. but it seemed dead serious at the time. He gives us hope that someday. l L hu. and everything is a matter of life and death. the less we see that He is a dwarf. and mashed it in a glass with some water. to laugh at them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and the crown he wears reflects a very specific appearance of the Moon. Ptah appealed to Khonsu to place a bit of Himself in the statue. as is true of many statues found there. something that enchants me. In my book is a full page picture of the head of a small statue that absolutely entrances me. This youth should not be taken to imply lack of wisdom. or from first quarter 88 » . Khonsu is a Moon God. producing the illusion that there are two Moons.” some say. The new editions show a side view of the entire statue and I won’t ever buy one. He is the first day of the rest of your life. as legend promises. A Crescent Moon “on its back” with horns pointing up. especially of cycles. but doesn’t it just as surely go from full to full. something different. the features are Tut’s. drawn to one side. not the features. son of Amun and Mut. in sad shape. We think of the Moon cycle as going from New to New. But there is something more. and. the other a full sphere. that is so beautiful. Others see the Moon traveling in a crescent boat. The statue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. I could no more flip past this picture without spending some time looking at it than I could resist mint chocolate chip ice cream in August. It is the presence of the God. In Tamera.Circle of Isis lL Khonsu My copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology is an old soft cover. Perhaps. “The Moon is holding itself in its arms. Khonsu. His pictures and statues also show one other symbol: the prince’s lock. it symbolized both youth and royalty. He signifies potential and beginnings. a long lock of hair. and it is that aspect I find enchanting. one a crescent. is the reason I’ve refused to buy a new hard cover. is so bright that the rest of the Moon is dimly illuminated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

K Mahes A lion God. P 115 .Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Mafdet A lynx Goddess. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Meditation is an integral part of Craft work as far as I’m concerned, and our training program includes meditation of several types: individual and group. We hold the belief that our earthly teachers can teach a limited amount. What they do teach us is, so to speak, the language necessary to learn the Mysteries. Meditation is one method by which we learn the rest. As you might expect from the previous section, all the meditations here are focused on the Tameran deities. Who better to teach us? In this section you will find information and instructions on various kinds of meditation we have used, and some that friends have shared with us. We’ve tried them all and found them all useful. Two of them, the Mantra Meditation and the Contact Ritual, are extremely versatile and can be used to contact and learn from any deity you choose, from any pantheon. All meditations require that you put some work into them. You can’t just sit there and mouth the words, and expect something to happen. You must reach out with your heart and mind to the deity you want to know. No candle-burning or chanting, no ritual, however complex and full of appropriate symbolism, nothing will help you come to know the Gods and what They have to teach you if you do not put your heart, mind, and energy into it. No teacher, however knowledgeable and wellintentioned; no book, however well-written, can give you what you can gain by this kind of work. 133

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If you want to know the Gods and Goddesses of any pantheon in your heart, your heart must be open to them. Your mind must be prepared and ready for what they have to teach. One more thing. Meditation is a minor form of invocation. What or who you meditate on will manifest in your life. The greatest results from meditation come not during or even immediately after, but often much later in the events that occur in your life.

Mantra Meditation
This meditation is based on the four-fold-breath, which is a wonderful meditation by itself. It can be done anytime, anywhere, even walking, if you’re at all coordinated. Begin by breathing to the count of four: In…two…three…four. Out…two…three…four. Concentrate on the count, mentally. You’ll find this useful for relaxing and preparing for other meditations. When you have established the rhythm of your breathing, switch to a mental chant of eight syllables. For example: O In SI two RIS three LORD four. TEACH Out ME OF THEE two three four.

Try to mean the words. Continue until something happens. What could happen? I was chanting, “O Lady Bast, teach me of thee,” when I began to feel the tension that, for me, is a feeling of power, of energy gathering around me. I continued a moment more, until suddenly, inside my head (or was it?) I heard “SILENCE….” The rest you read in the chapter on Bast. Once you have His or Her attention, once you feel that Presence, you can listen, feel, ask questions, whatever you like, 134


as long as it is in a respectful manner. As soon as you can, make notes. Bast gave me a chant that has never failed to call Her. Other things of equal value have been learned from other meditations. I encourage you to keep a journal for the results of this and any other kind of meditation you do. You might find that you aren’t aware of the results of the meditations because they do not appear immediately, but you will see results later. Add these things to your journal, too.

Contact Rituals
We refer to these as “rituals” but they are, in truth, somewhere between a ritual and a meditation. They are deliberately very simple to ensure that concentration is on the deity to be contacted. Please, note, however, that although they seem passive, they are not. The work being done is not expressed physically or verbally for the most part, but it is still work, and it is still being done. You do not need any equipment for this rite, but those who are new to this type of work may find it helpful to have a picture, statue, or symbol of the deity you are contacting. For example, we recently did a contact ritual on Shu, the Egyptian God of the Air. We used a small center altar on which we placed a yellow candle (yellow symbolizes Air for us), sandalwood incense (incense also symbolizes Air, and sandalwood is a clean fresh fragrance), and a yellow ostrich feather (Shu is portrayed wearing an ostrich feather). It helped, too, that we were having 60-mile-an-hour winds that night, but such special effects aren’t necessary. We usually perform contact rituals sitting down. Often, instead of sitting in a circle, we find a comfortable place about the living room, and cast the circle around the room. We find it more important to be comfortable than formal for this work. 135

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

our heav . Hymn to Nut To be sung moderately slow and softly.ers Moth .ces voi . all gold shi praise en ning to one! bright! Thee! H E ä Î E H E E b E l & l=======================l Hail. Q H b e Q q l Q e =======================l l& c q Bright .Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra To be sung brightly and quickly. King. 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 .er all Thou art beau . Life.ces voi .ces ring ring ring in in in praise praise praise of of of Ra. their hearts but their minds. King. e e =======================l l& c l Oth . the world with your Rul .bove raise their Rul . our our our King. to see. high. I can I can see Nut.ther Thou who he in art shines.ful a . # e e e q l e e h. # e h. O thou art. 172 . 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 . 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. e h. high. Hail.ti . Rul Fa . Ra.

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

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

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

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

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

jasmine. 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. Blend. Add oils. floral. Lotus Bouquet (Courtesy of Scott Cunningham) Equal parts rose. Add oil or bouquet. add green food coloring. Blend in oil. and ylang ylang oils. Mix until scent is heavy. If you like. Bast 4 parts frankincense 3 parts acacia gum 2 parts myrrh 1 part catnip 1 part cedar 1 part cinnamon ½ part juniper 2 drops civet oil Grind ingredients to fine powder and mix. 178 .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. 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 warm. white musk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .

Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 . The day of judgment in Heliopolis. Day Tehuti and spirits go forth.The Calendar Julian Date 20 Tameran Date 6 Jubilation of Asar in Busiris. Day of rebellion in the shrine. Don’t leave your house until Ra sets. Bad. Stay home. Any ritual performed will be good. Coming of Tehuti. Going forth of Anpu. Very adverse. Don’t look at anything in the darkness today. Very favorable. Followers of Ra called to Heaven. The day the Nile comes from Nun. Making the way for the Gods of Khnum. Do not pronounce the name of Set today or you will fight eternally in your house. Give food. Very adverse. Good day. Awful. Very favorable. Wonderful. Great. Very adverse conditions. Make ritual. Day of making health. All you see is good. Very favorable. Day of opening of the doorways and court at Karnak.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phoenix: See Bennu. Red: At some times in Tameran history, red was considered an “evil” color because Set was supposed to be red-haired. If you accept Set as an evil God, this makes sense. If you consider Him simply a Geburic figure, a God of storm and destruction, then you cannot think of Him as evil. (Interesting that red is the color of the sphere Geburah on the Tree of Life.) The crown of Southern Egypt was “the red crown.” Red was worn by the priestesses of Bast, and Maat’s Feather is red. How can the color be both good and bad? Easy, we just make an arbitrary decision as we often do. In some cases it is good, in others, it is bad. Ring:


As it is in many cultures, the ring was the symbol of eternity.

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Representing a rolled and tied herdsman’s hut, this symbolized protection.

Serpent: If life and death are part of the same thing, that which could bring death can also be a symbol of life. So it was with the serpent in Tamera. Uadjet, the cobra Goddess, was a symbol of power. The hieroglyph for “Goddess” is a serpent. Because it sheds its skin, the serpent also symbolized life after death. Shield: A symbol of protection. Ship: A symbol of transition, as in “the voyage of life.” Sistrum: An instrument used in worship, especially in connection with Her Heret.

Snake: See Serpent. Stone: A symbol of stability and steadfastness as opposed to the shortlived ethereal nature of man.


Circle of Isis Sycamore: A tree sacred to Nut, Asar, and Het Heret. The last was often referred to as “The Lady of the Sycamore.” Its leaves used as amulets were said to bring good things to those who carried them. Sycamores were considered the manifestation of the sky Goddess. When the tree quivered, the Gods were sitting in it. Tongue: Because of its importance in speaking, the tongue symbolized manifestation of the will. Ptah took the creative power of His heart and spoke, manifesting His desires. Uas: A stick or wand forked at the bottom with the top resembling the head and ears of an animal, usually referred to as a “canid.” (The shape of the top looks very much like Anpu to me.) Many Gods are shown holding this staff, and it has been described as a symbol of royalty and divinity. I can’t help but compare this to the stang found in Celtic symbolism. This is a staff forked at the top and pointed at the bottom. It may descend from a staff often carried by ancient tribal leaders in Europe and the British Isles. If the leader and his people approached another tribe, the position in which the stick was held conveyed their intentions. If the fork was held up, they approached peacefully; if the point was up, they approached with hostility. A tribal leader, whatever title he or she bore, was the royalty of that tribe. If that leader was also priest, he or she was the tribe’s liaison with the Gods. Pharaoh was, to the Tamerans, both ruler and deity. I don’t find these things very different. In our coven, the uas tends to be used as a masculine symbol. A priest (or priestess) will hold it when he or she wishes to serve as a vessel of the God. (The lotus wand is used for the Goddess.) This does not necessarily reflect ancient symbolism. It just worked out that way.

Urshu: “Watchers,” beings who watched over individuals and cities. They were often messengers. To my mind, these compare to the “angels” of another mythos. They were depicted as human-headed hawks wearing a solar crown and a uraeus. Water: Symbol of life and birth. Willow: Sacred to Osiris because it sheltered his coffin.



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

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

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KMT Communications Inc. Box 1475 Sebastopol, CA 95473-1475

Dover Publications
They carry books such as Ancient Egyptian Cut and Use Stencils. Drop them a line and tell them what you’re looking for. They’ll send you the appropriate catalog.

Ares Publishers
They are a mail order house as well as publisher. Several of my references came from them. Ares Publishing 7020 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60645

Archaeologia (books)
Archaeologia Books sells books, prints, and autographs about ancient Egypt. 707 Carlston Avenue Oakland, CA 94610 Phone: (510) 832-1405 Catalog: $5

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


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

Metropolitan Museum of Art
255 Gracie Station New York, NY

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

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


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Web Sources
There is no way I could list all the sites on the Web that have products for you to buy, so I’m restricting myself to my favorites.

Books Books on archaeology.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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