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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
who is the wind beneath my wings.
Thanks to Willie, Rick, Tinne, Vicky, and all the others
who shared their experiences with me.
............................................................................................. 18 Geb ........................................................................................................................... 38 Set .......................................................................................................... 28 Asar (Osiris) .................... 46 Nebet Het (Nephthys) ................................................................................ 69 Khnum ........................................................................................................ 53 Heru............ sa Aset (Horus....................................................................................... 76 Shu ................................................. 24 Tehuti (Thoth) . 61 Het Heret (Hat Hor) .............................................................................................................................................................. 66 Bast .............................. 31 Aset (Isis)..................................................lL Contents Part I Gods and Goddesses of Egypt 11 Nut ................................................................................................ 21 Ra ..... 81 Sekhmet ................................................................................ 74 Bes ........................ 49 Anpu (Anubis) .......................................................................................................................................................... 84 ................ Son of Isis) ...........................
.................... 138 Other Meditations ...... 101 Neith ................................. 103 Other Gods .............. 135 Guided Meditations........ and Developing Relationships With Deities 127 Meditation ........................................................... 90 Khephera ....................................... 134 Contact Rituals .........................................................................................................................Ptah ................................................................................................................................................................... 88 Seshat ..................................................... 105 Part II Rituals.......................................................... 86 Khonsu....................................................................................................................................... 93 Mut ............................................................................................................... 95 Tefnut ....... Meditations....... 133 Mantra Meditation .......................... 97 Tanent ............................................................ 147 .........................................................................................................................................................................
176 Food and Drink ................................................................................................................................... 213 Making a Nemyss .......................................... 157 Festival of Bast ................. 206 Creating a Sistrum ....................................................................... 161 Songs for the Gods .................................. 190 Part III Magic and Magical Tools 193 Amulets ........................................ 165 Incenses and Oils ........................................................ 154 The Rite of Blessing a Child ...................... 208 Making a Scarab ............................................................................... 215 Making a Magic Wand ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 216 ........Rituals .......................... 151 Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods .................................. 198 Wax and Ushabti Figures ........................................................................................................ 212 Making a Kilt ............ 181 Prayers .............................................
............................ 299 Resources ....................................... 309 Index .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 319 ............... 235 The Pyramid of Nebet Het ... 305 Bibliography ..... 267 Glossary .................................................................................................... 234 Creating the Udjat Oracle . 313 About the Author ................................................................................................... 218 Divination.............................. 251 Appendix A: Tameran Names .............................................. 257 Appendix B: The Calendar ............................................Hieroglyphs ........................................................................................
lL PART I Goddesses of Egypt Gods and 11 .
she loved me. they were Witches. not for the eyes to see. it doesn’t matter. I found my direction. December 31. a cry of “Lady. It was New Year’s Eve and I sat alone in my apartment. help me. my life changed. as they say. It was a simple prayer. On that night. is history. The reasons don’t matter. Oh.” 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. and calling to Her. and I loved Her. All I saw before me in the year to come was pain and loneliness. that phrase sounds too weak. somewhere (I still don’t remember where). I loved Her. It consists of all of us who love Her. I had read. 13 I . But then a thought wandered into my head. the path walked by those who love and honor the ancient Egyptian deities. those who are in the Circle of Isis. I found my path. I knew where I was supposed to be. in tears. Whether I changed paths or learned where I’d always been. that Isis never turned away from those who called upon Her for reasons having to do with love. I remember physically turning my body. please. or the hands to touch. but of finding out what path I’d been on all along.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL was in despair. She was there. When I did find them. The rest. and I wanted to find others who loved Her. but for the heart to know. The Circle of Isis isn’t an earthly coven or organization. as if turning away from the past. For the magnitude of the moment. I had always been drawn to Her on some level. 1974. Perhaps it was not a matter of changing paths.
There is much we can learn because Egyptians expressed so much in symbols. too. the subject of ancient Egypt and its magic have been an abiding interest. Therefore. strength. saw the Ultimate as Gods and Goddesses. They have left us the keys to some of their knowledge. What’s all this she’s saying about spiritual growth? I was hoping to learn something about magic. They. Our coven is working to discover the doors those keys open. and left ways to learn for ourselves how to learn and achieve spiritual growth. as we all do. but almost all of them were written by people who wrote about “other people’s gods. For me. too. and my focus on that path is service to the Gods and Goddesses. In spite of all the information that has been lost. 14 . Our work with the deities has made them very real to us and very much a part of our work. these are not other people’s gods. They saw the majesty. they are our own. too. They. too. They are not abstract and They are not distant. sought to learn of the Infinite from the Finite. and fertility in a horned animal (it happened to be a bull. and our selves. found lessons in the works of nature. The path that I follow is Wicca. symbols as a means of attaining spiritual growth. my interest is not so much in magic as it is in religion: the religion that colors and directs my life. had a fascination with.” Those authors were writing through the eyes of their own beliefs. our lives.Circle of Isis In the quarter of a century since. saw the Lords and Ladies in all that existed. and for others in the Circle of Isis. They. They are personal. However. the ancient Egyptians were not so different from the Pagans of today. not a stag. Although their culture was unlike ours. What we have discovered so far is here. a great deal remains of the knowledge of the ancients. but the similarity remains). and understanding of. the majority of the information I have gained and will share with you has come through personal knowledge of the ancient Egyptian deities. There are many books about the Egyptian Gods and the magic of that land. They.
Using magic to meet our needs in this world is just as important. not to be used lightly. is done for physical or material matters. The very source of the ability to do magic. is work done for spiritual advancement. guidance. although those terms aren’t a great deal better. “Low” magic. We often speak of two types of magic. as using magic to achieve our spiritual ends. referring to them as “high” and “low” magic. and just as holy. or “mundane” magic. But perhaps you will learn magic beyond spellcasting. Never forget it was a gift from a God. and blessing of specific deities. 15 . I’d rather use the terms “spiritual” and “mundane” magic. however. if you are willing. a religion. makes it imperative that we view it as something sacred. We believe that we are part of the Gods and able to do much They can do. a very small part of the religion I follow. nor is it the approach you will find here. first and foremost. and will often ask for the help. as far as I’m concerned. “High” magic. Wicca is. our approach to magic is usually through the Gods. we turn to magic. In Wicca. Egyptian legend says that Ra invented magic. or “spiritual” magic. that is not the approach to magic our coven uses or teaches. so that we would be able to handle the unseen world ourselves. You might call magic a fringe benefit. The Gods were too busy to do everything. a result of our beliefs. so Ra gave humankind magical powers.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You will. or for fun. We are living in a world of the physical and material. While it is possible to do magic without any spiritual or religious overtones. Magic is less than holy only if it is used for the wrong reasons. Having done all we are capable of doing on this plane. Those are terrible terms because they imply a value judgment. which is. Both can be important. or to manipulate or harm others. heka.
I found it interesting that. Today’s Egypt is Islamic. I couldn’t figure out why. and for the longest time. and did not realize my interest lay in ancient Egypt. Our coven and its tradition are Wiccan. so that the English-speaking readers would appreciate the spirit without being confused by cultural differences. and its people are semitic. the magic of learning the Mysteries of the Universe. She was not aware that the Egypt of today is not the same culture. dress. in present-day culture. etc. It most emphatically is not.” This word refers to a race of people who were. Those who lived in Egypt during the earlier dynastic times have been referred to as “hamitic. I do not pretend that the information in this book is exactly as it was taught in Egypt. but as those ideas might be taught now. This is. Charles Squire says that one of the two original races of people in the British Isles spoke a hamitic language. It is the magic of growing closer to the Gods. Galla. The term also refers to certain languages including Egyptian. She kept assuming that I would dearly love Middle Eastern music. in his book. He translated its spirit. It includes the ancient Egyptians and other African races.. When Edward Fitzgerald translated The Rubiyat of Omar Khayam. One other important note: I have a friend who follows a Celtic tradition. he did not translate it word for word.Circle of Isis The magic you will find here is more than ways to cast spells. according to legend. a translation. for one thing. the descendants of Ham. 16 . but that’s not what we intend to do. I do not pretend that this is a recreation of the religion of ancient Egypt. This is the kind of interpretation you will find here. Celtic Myth and Legend. in a sense. There are other organizations that are working toward a recreation of the ancient religions of that land. and others. One day I realized that she made the assumption because she knew I was interested in Egypt. Berber.
there was an enchanted realm. to a land so important to its people that its name meant Beloved Land. Let me introduce you to it first through its Gods. ducks and geese. but one most vividly described the feeling of the people for their country: Ta Mera. I will refer to ancient Egypt as Tamera. among them a beautiful Goddess of the sky. it might well be tedious to read. by a mighty river of changing colors. the oryx. Here’s how I’ve solved the problem: An ancient name for Egypt was Tamera. which means Beloved Land. And the sky held an abundance of winged ones: the swallow. There grew the stately sycamore. life flourished: the ibis.” These people knew and loved many Gods. and the jackal. many kinds of fish. Travel to the past with me. the crocodile. the acacia. This kingdom had many names. and soaring above them all. If it’s tedious to type. whose name was Nut. 17 . the kite. About the river. the hawk. “Beloved Land. Throughout this book. the lion. l L In an age long past. the vulture. and to its inhabitants as Tamerans. the fruitful palm. and the papyrus.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt It is important to me that readers of this volume understand this. There wandered the gazelle. and the hippopotamus. the hare. I discovered very early in writing this book that typing “ancient Egyptians” became tedious.
I can see. they said. rejoices with us. I can see High above How you cover all the world with your love. hurts when we hurt.Circle of Isis lL Nut Others see Only sky When they raise their eyes above. She surrounds us with her love. Thou art beautiful to see. The stars. the feeling you have in Her Presence is one of agelessness. just their minds. She has known pain and learned to live with it. 18 . When our coven. with my heart. raise their eyes. and the Milky Way was milk from her breasts. They are blind For they see not with their hearts. and eternally holds us in her womb. She is Mother of the Gods. were jewels on her body. She has watched eons pass beneath Her. ancient. oh. yet not old. casts a circle. The ancients portrayed Her stretched across the heavens with her feet to the East and her head to the West. we visualize this Lady stretched over us. She has watched empires rise and fall— civilizations grow and crumble. Thou art. Mother Nut. Sothistar. weeps for us.
true. but more Grandmother. so beautifully. the woman wrote down the chant.” a container and a woman. 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. In hieroglyphs. we all recognized Her as the same Goddess we’d met before. Instead of a spoken invocation. all that lives. You may feel those wings about you. encircle me with thy arms in health and life that I may be inside thee.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt We invoked Her “by accident” one night. Her name is spelled with a small round ceramic pot and the symbol for “feminine. speak a prayer found on one of the shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamun: Mother Nut. that thou mayest be my protection. especially one woman in the circle. If you wish. this expresses its meaning so well. we knew who one of our students would dedicate to when the time came. She contains all of us. She is Mother. She will pick us up. Feel Her above you and know that She loves you. lovingly. so blind. If you would come to know this beautiful Lady. and like so many hieroglyphs. If we falter. There She will be. all our Earth. made sure she knew the tune. Chris began to sing “Ancient Mother. Eager to learn more about this Lady.” a beautiful chant. and send us right back into the fray. On that night. Although they are rarely depicted in paintings that are seen. spread thy wings over me. dust us off. sometimes. See Her above you. 19 . but brooking no nonsense. The Goddess who appeared was wonderful. A few months later we did an invocation of Nut and when she appeared. She is able to view our temper tantrums and hurt feelings with a bit more objectivity than a new mother would. Her Presence touched us all. She knows the painful times are often lessons. and that we must suffer to learn them. more than one member of my group has felt that Nut has night-dark. and seldom mentioned in any ancient writings. and went home to work with this Lady further. go out on a clear night and look up at the starry sky. As Mother of the Gods. night-soft wings enfolding us all.
Not only does it resemble Her body. Womb of Creation. She knows your vices and your virtues. the God who can be seen in mountains thrusting up from the Earth.Circle of Isis Her Love is unconditional. all of us. She is truly Mother of the Gods. T 20 . She knows even those things you hide from yourself. As a symbol of Nut. in the steep sides of a canyon. that the night sky is not solid. Nothing is hidden from Her. but the feeling I get from it is very much the feeling I get from Her. a piece of sodalite serves beautifully. We know. and feel I can handle any problem. help me order my thoughts. and beloved also of the Lord of the Earth. but often miles away from each other. you will find it impossible not to return it. This is a dark blue stone with white markings like the night sky and the stars that are its jewels. and that the stars are not only billions of miles away from us. She can see all. If She contains all those stars. and yet it does not keep us from seeing Nut when we stand outside and gaze at the star-jeweled sky. It can absorb my confusion. even those that appear in the groupings we call constellations. your triumphs and your failures. in the granite precipice. l L he lady Nut was beloved of her people. If you feel that love. And She loves you. Geb. We know that.
He is the stability of the Earth under our feet. It was in these huge rocks that I first saw Him. 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. just like Her. Father of Her children. I think of this Lord. Each time I see them. Oh. the foundation on which both They and we stand. or failing to know Him. there are cliffs jutting up through the Earth. Near my house. with his feet to the East and His Head to the West. He is Father of the Gods. Beloved of Nut. Lord of the desert and sands! Now we sing our praise to Geb! We honor Thee! Geb! We honor Thee! Lord of the Earth. thrusting up into the sky. praise to Thee! The people of Tamera saw this Lord stretched out below his Lady. I can feel His strength by placing my hand on a sun-warmed boulder. the strength of Earth people in my part of the 21 . and say a word of praise to Him. We cannot imagine ignoring Him. and they felt his strength and vitality rising from the Earth.
Mother and Father. Try feeling it as both and see the difference. because you will come to know this glorious Lord. in the love that flows between Them. You stand between His Body and that of his Beloved Lady. however. Geb will give you strength if you need it. 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. much less any part of the Gods. An Earth Mother seems much easier to understand because it is in the Earth that we plant seeds to grow. With that in mind. Nut. we’d be foolish to restrict our ideas to one level. He is of us. we are held between Them. Honor Him by caring for the Earth. I heartily recommend this. protected. the Sky Mother. Grandmother and Grandfather. we picture this God beneath us. and loved. There are those who have trouble with the idea of an Earth God and a Sky Mother. He is of the Earth. because we can feel that tremendous strength when large portions of the Earth move. He does exist. Feel His power rising up 22 . You will also learn much about the Earth if you try to feel it as a Father. to one point of view. as we picture Nut stretched above us. The Gods are complex beyond our ken.Circle of Isis world may know better than most. The very stretching is part of our development whether we reach that understanding or not. He is real. stand there and feel that. He can bring you stability. When we cast a circle. and we must stretch to try to achieve that understanding. Send Him your love when you see the towering cliffs. safe. Consider the Earth. spend some time seeing the Earth as Geb. Know that. and He is worth knowing. and you will never feel alone again. Why can’t our planet be both Mother and Father? As complex as life is. as a seed in the womb of Nut. and we can’t afford to ignore any part of ourselves. Striving to know Geb is more than an exercise.
Lord of the Sun! 23 . the husband of Nut was Ra. and as it happens when two love. Feel yourself sinking into the Earth. Lord of the Earth. What would often be an occasion for rejoicing was here a potential tragedy.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt through your feet. Lie on a huge boulder and feel His strength and His Love. l L Nut and Geb were lovers. I never have. it came to pass that Nut found herself with child. You’ll never regret it. surrounded by His glory. for though the beloved of Nut was Geb.
Circle of Isis lL Ra Brightly He shines the Golden One! Hail. I’m sorry to say. and. Ra! Ruler of the Sun! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. The incident horrified the rest of us not only for her sake. 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. although I was not the object of His anger (thank goodness). it was a frightening experience. and I would not want to be the one who causes His displeasure. He’s very powerful. devout Witches. He was angry. Ra! Bring of the Light! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. our King! Father in heaven. A student in a group had been physically abused. but also for the sake of the community as well as the Craft. a sad incident in our community. Most members of our community were hard-working. There had been. shining bright! Hail. our King! Thou who art life. and to have two group leaders use their office to abuse a student in 24 . our King! My first contact with Ra was not a pleasant one.
.” “Know you not that all are my children?” “Yes. I’m sure..” He told me. our inability to do anything. not the two people involved. a pleasant smile. the Craft would be on trial. That incident was not actively in my thoughts at the time.. but. the Craft. It was not. and what He intended to do about it. “They will go through the darkness. My entire contribution to the conversation was “Yes. ultimately. “Now you call my name?” “Yes. The Craft has enough troubles without its members using it to exercise their own sicknesses in its name. but as I walked.... His actions would not be immediate. these two would pay for their act against their student.. But they will long for that darkness when they meet my flame!” I confess to smiling at that moment. Lord. and I was singing Ra’s name in my mind. Lord. but. “and it will be terrible. but. I had already called upon Asar and Anpu. The weather had been overcast and damp until that afternoon. Lord. If the authorities were informed about the incident. Realizing that. however.. The fact that they admitted the act and believed they were perfectly within their rights to do what they’d done was nauseating and frightening.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt the name of the God and Goddess enraged and sickened us. and the 25 . and it just hadn’t occurred to me to call upon this particular Lord. I felt His Presence powerful and angry and I heard. the Sun was warm on my face. Lord.. One of the problems of this situation was our helplessness.” and “No. Apparently. Lord. Suddenly. I was given very little chance to say anything.” I wanted to say that the group involved was Celtic. but I regret to say I hadn’t thought to call upon Ra.” He proceeded to tell me exactly what He felt about the matter. but.. but.” “One of my children has been injured and you called not my name?” “No.
Ra was (and is) the mightiest Lord of all. Ra. beginning the day as a youth and aging as the journey went on. but I have full faith that they will learn the lessons needed when they face this Lord. to me. and all-seeing. What did I learn from this contact with Ra? Among other things. 26 . the light. like several other deities. To some. and so forth.) 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). There are many Sun deities in Tameran mythology. This bird soars above all free. the Younger. In the New Kingdom of Tamera. While I don’t use this name. the ultraviolet rays and so forth. powerful. Nut swallowed Him at sunset and gave birth to Him at dawn. the High Lord. was often portrayed as a Hawk. he has my respect and love. while Ra represents the Sun that can be sensed. heat. He is angered by those who hurt us. specifically light and heat. Ra represents the physical aspects of the Sun. He is very protective of all of us. (There are times when I’m not a very nice person. those we can sense. and that I wouldn’t want to be on His bad side. Amen. The Tamerans pictured Ra sailing across the sky in a barque. we’ve kept an eye on them. Khephera is the Sun at midnight and at Yule. and called Amen Ra. both times of unseen beginnings. Sothistar uses four to represent the Sun both in its daily and annual cycles. Ra is the Sun at noon and Midsummer. Amen represents the invisible aspects of the Sun. is the Sun at dawn and at Spring. Groups or individuals who wish to work with Tameran deities just have to choose which they will work with and see as the Sun. Nothing horrible has happened to them. Tum is the Sun at evening and Autumn. Although he is not. His name and attributes were combined with those of another Sun God. I understand the combination.Circle of Isis Gods was a matter of delight to me. Heru sa Aset.
so powerful that when another Sun God. for none could ignore this mighty Lord. be born in any day of the year. the wisest mage and teacher of all time. Lord of Words. Tehuti. Amen. the Tamerans added Ra’s name to His. Inventor of hieroglyphs. The children would not. He proclaimed.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Powerful was the Sun in this ancient land. 27 . and powerful Ra. Ra pronounced a curse upon the children carried in the womb of the Lady. Lord of Wisdom. came to prominence. In His not totally unreasonable anger. were it not for yet another God. Our story might have ended here.
imagine Him standing before you in this form. eyes of a sage. Books. at first. Oh. I would earn wings. He is also ruler of knowledge beyond “book learning. Teacher of kings. Yet. and you will not find Him ludicrous. Wisdom. Science. to look at the strange figure with a human body and a bird head with a long. I would earn wings. humor. Teaching—all these are His. I would learn from Thee. holiest mage. s It seems difficult. all these are represented by Him. Lord. Knowledge. Teacher of kings. hear my cry! Feel my heart reach! My life is learning if you will but teach! Teacher of Gods. Teacher of Gods. if you meditate upon Him. look into those eyes. curved beak and hold any serious thoughts. Teacher of kings. yes. Wisdom can fly. Wisest of all wise ones. and. Many believe the hieroglyphs are some of those keys. Oh. Words. Oh. Could wisdom come to one such as I? Teacher of Gods. I would earn wings. It can seem laughable to consider this figure the Lord of Wisdom. Learning. I would learn from Thee. Tehuti is said to be the Inventor of this alphabet.” He holds the keys to the Greater Mysteries. 28 . I would learn from Thee. You will be entranced by the wisdom.Circle of Isis lL Tehuti (Thoth) Wisdom has wings. Head of an ibis. you find in those eyes of infinite depth.
He had a personal relationship with Tehuti. Tehuti appeared to him wearing mirror shades and helped with musical arrangements. You must advance spiritually. no amount of study will help you. “The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. To me. 29 . One of my former students was a bluegrass musician. but this is a graduate course.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Similar to the many who believe the Tarot deck is a book of knowledge hidden in symbolism. the words given to each of us were different. Prepare them for me. soul-deep desire to learn and grow. In at least one case. He has so much to teach you.” To another writer. and he will do whatever is necessary to help you learn. “There is information that must be in your memory banks before I can teach you. of course. Irreverent? Who am I to tell a God how He shall appear? My student loved this God most dearly. help you to achieve this. You must be worthy of His teachings. but remember. The important thing you must have is a sincere. The desire is important. “words of the God. He said. there was a thread that ran through all the messages. The ancients called this pictographic alphabet medu neter.” In order to learn the Greater Mysteries Tehuti can teach you. strive for growth. Tehuti is also interested in your spiritual growth as well as your mental development. I am sure there is much to be learned from their study. That’s the important thing. the feelings the Ancients had for their alphabet. Tehuti will. As someone at that meditation put it.” This name revealed. the ink finely ground. Funny? Maybe. reach for the knowledge you need. you must prepare to be ready for that knowledge. “Teach what you teach. many believe that there is more to the hieroglyphs than representation of sounds. He said. that thread was “Pardon me. His appearance changed to a form so that a specific person could relate to Him better.” Although each message was different. the brush well made. He said. When we did a contact ritual on Tehuti.” To a man involved with computers. Without it. as names often do.
We could not have done it without his help. this beverage is a necessary working tool. That may sound frivolous. l L ne cannot be wise without being loving. Her Ur. if you have a human teacher. Set. build a foundation of knowledge. or bookkeeper to honor Tehuti. As a teacher. If you wish to learn from Tehuti. and the wise and loving Tehuti took pity on our beautiful Goddess. This Lord is the greatest teacher of all. 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. He played draughts with the Moon. creating five new days in the year. I make an offering from my first cup of coffee! For me. and have no water bowl from which to libate. a bookkeeper.Circle of Isis Tehuti was very special to ancient scribes. but I make my libation with all reverence. 30 O . it’s an advanced one. Asar. I call upon Tehuti often for his guidance in serving my students. work hard and reach for His Knowledge. and Nebet Het. This does not mean. and won one 70-second part of each day. Aset. I use a computer to write. During these days. Credit for any success my husband. I have never had the feeling He thought my act was irreverent. and the willingness to work at achieving those things. that what he or she has to offer is unimportant. and then Tehuti will teach you. secretary. You needn’t be a writer. and He has helped me innumerable times to teach and lead my students. You need only have the desire to learn and grow. The current equivalent of a scribe might be a secretary. Such hard work will always be rewarded by the Lord of Wisdom. Chris. Nut gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Every morning. or a writer. Learn from your teacher. His is not a basic course. and I have had must be shared with this Wise Lord. asking Tehuti to bless the work I am to do that day.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Asar (Osiris) Osiris. Osiris. Lord. Warm us with your flame Osiris. We know Asar. Touch us with your smile. Osiris. because most of our information comes from tombs. Pharaoh of two lands. the Judge. She Whose Name was Truth. very much concerned with death and the afterlife. Osiris. Holy is thy name. for most only know one of His Aspects. Osiris. King of life and death. during which the heart of the deceased was weighed against the Feather of Maat. Osiris. Lord. We know Asar as the Lord of the Underworld. presided over the Weighing of the Heart. Such writings are. Ruler of the Nile. as the Judge. of course. Hold us in your hands. Lord. He is also one of the least understood. Osiris. Lord. 31 y . Osiris. Except for Aset. Fill us with your breath Osiris. Asar is probably the most widely known of the Egyptian Gods. Lord. 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.
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. I am Her Priestess. and Friend? Come with me. direction. Her Power. This Lady is the most difficult for me to write about. I will never feel I have succeeded in showing you Her Beauty. Her Splendor. Her Magnificence. Would your spirit unfold. 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. I will show you my lady. Maiden. I can find no words that will do Her justice. 38 . She came into my life and brought with Her purpose. but it doesn’t. “Everyone knows about Aset. I will show you my Lady. I have dedicated all my life to Her and the work She wants me to do. You’d think that would make it easy to write about Her. Mother. How can it be hard to write about Her?” It is difficult because she is my Lady. Her Love. no dictionary or thesaurus contains them. “What?” you say. and meaning.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Who is She? Mother. Those who had suffered because of love reached out to Her. lit candles to Her.” or the woman behind the man who has no place of her own. She is usually portrayed in one of three forms: wearing the Solar Crown. One day I fell. “My friend. I know. shares yet another aspect of Isis with us. also a priestess of Isis. in desperation. Those who had lost a loved one appealed to Aset for comfort. Don’t let the term “loyal wife” confuse you. for She knew their pain. the throne that is Her name. I meditated. the Goddess as friend. Like a good Christian turned Pagan I worshiped and revered my Goddess from afar. Parents appealed to Her for protection for their children. those many years ago. Aset’s status was and is equal to that of Asar. Queen. or Her winged form. She was the epitome of loyal wife. as I did. In 1977 I had been pagan for a couple of years. I cried out. My friend Willie. Creatrix. Both Aset and Asar ruled Tamera. In Egypt. That night I just couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep. Worker of Magic. for She understood. and She held me. When he traveled to teach the rest of the world. I was able to fall asleep and when I awoke. Both are the height and heart of our coven. Finally. We are not talking about the “little woman. “It’s about time you called me friend. In our tradition. and ruler. 39 . please help me!” I heard laughter that held all the music of the spheres and a gentle voice full of mirth saying. and Sister. prayed. She defended her son against everything from scorpions to Set. so were all my bruises. Aset ruled Egypt. the Lord and Lady are given equal honor. mother.” A healing warmth filled by body and my pain was gone. but there was nothing personal in our relationship. I have. 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.
let me remind you that we are the animal kingdom’s most voracious predators. daily basis. Second. at the same time conceiving their son. and have no room to criticize others. She winked at me and said. is still live prey. some. There are many paintings of Aset hovering over Her Love’s body. A few years ago. “I’m here!” This Lady has so many facets. She doesn’t want to be adored from afar. Since then she has been my best friend and confidant.Circle of Isis Isis had let me stumble around for a couple of years until I realized that a relationship with Her is very much in-your-face personal. So does a swallow. usually ruefully. symbolized by a predator? How can you?” I can. a kite. and do. Willie has certainly learned that Isis does! Isis also loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. It is often said. An insect. First. I can hear you now. all life feeds off other life. loved with. the kite is a captor. although its prey is usually an insect. 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. even one we don’t like. The bird of prey hunts down its food and kills it. my best friend asked me to dedicate his home to Isis. but as energies that are lived with. Some writers call this bird a swallow. that makes it all right. “Sweet lovely Aset. 40 . Several nights later I did the dedication and while we were meditating I looked up and there was Isis walking in through the door with two suitcases. a relative of the hawk. She wants to be a part of your daily life. She performed the greatest act of magic: She gave new life to her murdered husband. fanning the breath of life into Him with the wings of a bird. that the Gods have a sense of humor. possessing talons that grab and hold. so to some. the African swallow-tailed kite. Like the hawk and the vulture. and laughed with on an intimate. I suggest another possibility. Heru.
” or “horned crown. Aset. you will find Sirius. the brightest star in the heavens. we stand alone on our two fragile feet. Sirius is called “the sun behind the Sun. As you continue past (not through) the third star. We seek to be bright and shining for Her sake.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt The kite gives a feeling of strength I do not find in a swallow. Locate the constellation Orion. It represents Sirius.” one of the symbols of a ruler. Another legend has it that Aset and Asar went to Sirius after They left Earth. means “throne. Aset usually has the vulture headdress on as well. It is to our Sun. most of the year. as I said above. In a chair. Our coven. we are stable. is. as our Sun is to our Moon. but not our Sun. in Her honor. called the “solar disk. of course.” the source of its power. It is our inspiration. and Sothis to the Greeks. Her name. You’ll notice the third star to Orion’s right is just a little off line from the other two. as well as beautiful. The crown she often wears is called a “solar crown. named in honor of that bright Sun. a king is not a king. usually identified by the three stars that make up his belt. Without a throne. steady. a Mother symbol to the Egyptians. too. It is. a physical symbol of our goal in life. while Het Heret does not). but also the horns of the waxing and waning Moon. The disk in between. 41 . Legend has it that this star is the home of Aset. The curved horns represent not only the cow. it is a planet or possibly a satellite. lift us heavenward. Without a throne. a seat. Start with the star farthest to your right (his left) and draw a line through the middle star. Aset is not a Southern Belle who gets the vapors when things become difficult.” (You’ll see Het Heret wearing it. strong and powerful. She is the epitome of woman. known as Sopdet to the Egyptians. Sothistar.” does represent a sun. It is Aset who can make kings and queens of us. supported. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and is easy to find. some say. held. nor a queen a queen. If there is something brighter up there (besides the Moon).
). A small problem with using the Tameran Gods in our culture was the lack of a sea deity. Rhiannon. If a special work is done that applies to a particular deity. its use was restricted to priests. we often ask the God or Goddess we are communing with if there are special stones (or incenses. A beautiful description of Her can be found in Apeleius’ The Golden Asse. or chants. The first is azurite. A temple of Aset has been found in England. Both of these attributions are the result of meditation. we should use as His or Her symbol. azurite and malachite are often found together. When we call upon Her in Sothistar’s rituals. There’s a subject for meditation for you! I use two stones for Aset. the Lady in whom I find Nebet Het. Heru. It was a very precious stone in Egypt. etc. and held an annual ceremony in which their ships were blessed by the Goddess. spreading Her fame even farther. Morrigan. the Goddess. 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. it is as much a symbol of the Goddess as is the Moon. Statues of Aset nursing Her son. Het Heret.Circle of Isis and to Her Glory. The Romans fell in love with Aset. saw Aset as a sea Goddess. The Romans. we are 42 . Bast. Another stone is chrysocolla. charged for that purpose. and took Her worship home with them. Not everyone saw Her in Egyptian style or dress. For us. Sirius is a double star. a beautiful stone of blue and green. Freya. would be that much more effective. Many people then (and now) saw Her as I do. and all the other Ladies upon whom we have called over the centuries. the right stone. In contact rituals or other meditations. however. may have inspired the many pictures of the Madonna and child that came later. The finest pieces look like blue-banded malachite.
all the many aspects humankind has given form to.... Formally. laughter. gleams and sparkles in the sheen of stones. Although I will probably never feel any of my words will ever do Her justice. She is the August Dweller at the 43 ISIS ... She is Twilight.. She lives in the sustaining and nourishing qualities of what one drinks. wonderment and delight in women and men and can be found in anything that helps bring one to see Her realm and sway. and transfiguration. She is the sustainer of souls and the spirit of quiet. laughs or whispers in the rustlings of leaves and dwells in the glow of sunlit things or the soft. She is the spiny coolness of the air and the refreshing caresses of soft winds. She is the Mistress of Mysteries and a lamp in the darkness to all who would seek Her and learn of Her ways.existence. She is the stark. silent shadows of the night. She is the Womb of time and Being and all dwells in and as part of Her. I have found the words of another that are worthy of her. She can be as cold as ice and yet burn like fire as She seeks to help bring all to wholeness.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt calling all the Goddesses.the Opening Between Worlds. eats. completion. offering and giving of Herself to preserve one alive.’ She dwells in the sky as the silver sheen of the Four Fold Moon and its pale quiet light. She is night and her children are the stars.. relentless sureness of self.as a ‘beautiful festival of heaven and earth. “She lives in the endless murmuring of the sea or streams. or breathes.and quiet becomings and growth in the secret recesses of the Earth. She dwells in the wellsprings of the self where one goes to draw nourishment and strength for one’s being.. She lives in love. gaunt majesty of the mountains and the green softness of hills. all the names by which the Lady has been called over the centuries.
Opener of Life. Mistress of the Luminous Darkness. Benefactor of the Other World. The Power of the Nile. Lady of Warmth and Fire. She will be living within you. Lady of the Fields. Lady Who Opens the Year. Goddess of the Harvest. Wife of the Lord of Inundation. Light Giver of Heaven. Wife of Asar Millions of Years. So will all the other Goddess and Gods. Lady of Heaven. Lady of Life. the Splendid Light Who Veilest in Brilliancy. Lady of the Dawn. Swift Huntress of the Soul. Queen of Earth. Queen of the Great House. Lady of the Mysterious Peace. Greatest of the Goddesses and Gods. and Producer and Giver of Life.” Ron Myron. Queen of the North and South. Lady of the West. Lady of the Green Crops. Female Horus. Lady of Beer. Female Ra. Only One. Fertility Through Waters. Transformer of Bodies into Bodies of Light. She dwells in the depths and heights of every being. Most Mighty One. Lady of Love. Protector of Anpu. Healer of Broken Dreams. Lady of Wild Things. Eye of Ra. Giver of Life. Daughter of Geb. Creatrix of Green Things. Mistress of Silence. Lady of Silver. Lady of Silence. Mother of the Golden Heru who Answered for His Father.Circle of Isis Threshold. Throne of Being. Daughter of Neb er Tcher. If you prepare a place within your heart for Her to dwell. Mistress of the Fields of Heaven. Divine One. She will answer you. 1975 44 . Church of the Eternal Source First printed in Khephera. Lady of Words of Power. Lady of the New Year. Lady of Abundance. Dweller in Stillness. Great Lady of the Other Worlds. If you call to and from them. Beloved in All Lands. Maker of Sunrise. Lady of the North Wind. Maker of Kings. Goddess of the Gods’ Food. Greatest of the Dwellers in Nun. Child of Nut. Hidden Goddess. Lady of Joy and Gladness. Lady of the Endless Quiet Light. Goddess of Fields and Lands. Lady of Bread.
their brother was not beloved by many of the people.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Beloved was Asar. They did not understand that his work—that storm was as necessary to life as peace. 45 . but Set. Many did not see His Glory. that breaking down was as much a part of nature as building up. beloved was Aset.
Bad. We have no need for evil Gods. 46 . evil Set! An Egyptian Satan! Now you know. as a good Pagan I can’t accept that. I’ve tried to include as few qabalistic references as possible in this book. you are about to see things that will portray this God as a murderer. but I do understand what Set represents.Circle of Isis lL Set Ù Comes the desert wind! Comes the desert storm! Comes the Lord of all whose time is at an end! And when the storm has passed The temporal will be gone. If you are at all familiar with Egyptian mythology. If not. Myths mean something beyond the story. 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. nasty. I don’t yet know the meaning of every part of the myth. I confess to you. Only the eternal shall remain In his wake. There must be more to it than that. you will realize that I’m telling you the story of Aset and Asar.
and who teaches agriculture to his people. Asar represents Chesed and his forces as the benevolent king. and the grain must be cut down if it is to spring up anew. Set represents Geburah and its energies: the warrior king. the lessons Mars and Saturn have to teach can be very hard. please consult The Witches Qabalah (Weiser). nurtured it. but I can’t avoid it here. Aset gathered the grain. have learned that the lessons are usually hard.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt because this text isn’t about Qabala. wielder of the sword. Nurtured by the Air (Aset) and nourished by the Water (Nebet Het). planted it. 47 . and not as an evil God. At various times throughout the beloved land’s history. falls. We have come to understand that breaking down is as much a part of life as building up. He was originally a desert and storm God. and that death is necessary for rebirth. and gave it life again. In this story. He was honored greatly. and some still refer to these as “malefic” planets. and hard times are usually lessons. That which Asar had to give was then given to the world. very painful. Astrologically. Set wasn’t always considered a villain in Tamera. who is patron of the arts. the king who nurtures civilization. Both are necessary for balance. There are many. The grain is cut. who feel any event or experience that is painful or difficult must be the result of evil. there were people who do not understand. and the surgeon with a scalpel. even today. Even in a country as apparently enlightened as Tamera. however. I hope this discussion will make sense even if you don’t have knowledge of the subject. We have learned that the cycle of life includes death. and is scattered. but if you are interested in some background information. Another interpretation would be to view Asar as the grain and Set as the harvester. Asar was the grain. Pagans. it takes root and is reborn.
we’d never get some things clean. but when they pass. you will find Him glorious! l L Set of the Red Hair.Circle of Isis We may not like storms. It is our clinging to those things that make the cutting away painful. but the Earth is often the better for their passing. and in His own home. We cannot love and honor Asar without loving and honoring Set. Lord of Storm. Nebet Het. Without scouring pads. 48 . That which Set takes away is never essential. The windstorms where I live are frightening. only the unnecessary. He removes only the temporal. and much of the dust and dirt is gone. dead leaves are blown from the trees. for the eyes of his wife and sister. I have seen a pot. Set found more reason for envy. black with decades of use. the air is clean. but learning to do so can be a giant step forward in your growth. Once you have learned to accept Him. made bright again by sand blasting. envied His brother the love of the people. gazed upon Asar with such love that Set became enraged. only the obstacles to growth. He is not easy to love.
Whispered winds thought limbs of trees I am thoughtful silence.” The following was the answer. do I teach. I am thoughtful silence. (Used by permission from Carol N. seek me not. When I determined to learn more. Soft the sound of wings in flight. Book after book said little more than I’ve already written.” 49 .” She assisted Aset in the magical work done to resurrect Asar. if you would seek me. Her name means “Lady of the House. I was constantly frustrated.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Nebet Het (Nephthys) I am the darkness of the womb I am thoughtful silence. I am the chorus of the breeze. teach me of Thee. I chanted. All this does not tell us who She is. I am the unseen. So. “Oh. I am thoughtful silence. Hart) This lady appears in many wall paintings and is mentioned in many writings. Mother of Anpu. I am that which is not what it seems to be. I followed my own advice and used one of the methods I described earlier. Nebet Het. She is the sister of Aset and Asar. wife to Set. “Child. I am the starlight in the night. I am thoughtful silence. I am thoughtful silence. I am the stillness of the tomb. By misdirection. and yet we know little about Her.
Nebet Het is the dark side of the Moon. and yet so different. Her energy seemed familiar to me.) I had a phone call the other day from a High Priestess of another coven who asked if we worked with this Lady. When the boy finally objects. But I’ve learned that all the Gods and Goddesses are so individual that I can no longer say that. Upon 50 . they are sisters. certain movements had become second nature. varnishing fences. Yes. Guided meditations are Nebet Het’s style. the dark side of the Moon. I think most of the things we learn indirectly are from Her. it is part of the whole. Who is She? Once. In the movie Karate Kid. I find them connected. When we discover we’ve learned something by some way other than direct study. She is the dark side of the Moon. Aset is magic. and painting a house. I think She comes more often than we know. yet was different. Aset is the silver Moon. at least as much as I can understand. a lesser known side. When we suddenly realize that something we’ve learned has proved useful in a totally unexpected way. sanding a floor.Circle of Isis I work with Her since has shown me who She is. and we never see it. I don’t think you can reach for Her. Each job had to be done with very specific movements. That’s Nebet Het. they are closely related. In all I’ve learned about both ladies. (Some call her the Dark Aset. it is an integral part of the Moon. movements that are a part of the martial art. He is given work washing and waxing cars. How can we learn more of Her? I don’t know. not the dark of the Moon. the young hero is taking karate lessons from an older man. his teacher shows him that in the course of his performing the chores. I said she was Aset. that’s Nebet Het. It is there. Lecturing is an Aset form of teaching. that’s Nebet Het. I think She must come to you. Her Presence in a ritual can be confusing because it is so like that of Aset. Nebet Het is mystery.
she described an aspect they’d experienced in a Moon rite recently. I found myself unable to speak the thoughts that were coming to me. or thereafter. and those who reach Second Degree will be Their High Priest or High Priestess. She didn’t know.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt my answering positively (or “Positively!”). especially if you can’t secrete it anywhere. We did an aspect of Nebet Het in which I served as the vessel. and the results of Her words and actions turned out to be very different from what was expected. But it should not be taken lightly. but felt in her heart that wasn’t quite right. like being in love. if anyone. I learned it hadn’t been necessary for me to speak. one of our people was still unsure whom she’d make a dedication to. I assure you. independent. Because I am dedicated to Aset. 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 . It’s the Nature of this Lady. we discussed the aspect and when the woman spoke. Although Asar and Aset are High Lord and High Lady of Sothistar. members of Sothistar may also make special dedications at First. You can call upon Nebet Het if you wish something to be hidden. Am I being obscure? It isn’t deliberate. As I/She stood in front of this particular student. She was drawn to Aset. “That’s Her!” I said. I am spending. and will continue to spend. After the ritual. You can call upon Her to help you teach in Her Manner. I know I must learn to know this Lady better. 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. Choosing (or being chosen by) a deity to dedicate yourself to can be a joyful experience. The Lady had been indirect. With the approach of her First Degree initiation.
and. loving a God or Goddess is always a joy. l L It is said. Anpu. 52 . The more I learn of Her. Anpu. Guardian of the Underworld. in legend. Some say the Goddess deceived the Lord by taking on the likeness of Aset. the Challenger. the Observer. A child was born to Nebet Het. and in her boundless love. as you know. that Nebet Het and Asar were lovers. Guide of Souls. a child of hidden light.Circle of Isis a great deal of time learning about Her. blessed the joining. Anpu. Asar knew. the Jackal. the more I love Her. Anpu. And many say that Aset knew of the union. Others say.
right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. 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. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. the Dark Lord. they set a standard often hard to live up to. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. the Guide. a standard that can present quite a challenge. altogether nasty animals. are they? Instead.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. night prowlers. 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. 53 . You must be ready to face Him steadfastly. the Challenger.
” He does not remove your fear from you. for a long time. he knows it. and I will remove you from your fear. but they can still be difficult to deal with. but removes you from your fear. According to some sources. Chris was. a form of obsidian that appears opaque until it is held up against the light. Chris. There is a big difference. obsidian will tell you the truth. Although Chris was chosen by Anpu rather than the other way around. He once said to me.Circle of Isis Anpu is the son of Asar and Nebet Het. so that you can do what you must to handle the situation. yet another challenge. and we are not always ready to face the truth. Its effects are somewhat gentler than obsidian. 54 . It is He who serves as a guide through the Underworld— jackals are very good in the dark. Anpu is an observer. a reporter. There are times when not being afraid would be stupid. but they will certainly be required to have a personal relationship with this God. Courage is being afraid and going ahead and doing what you must. in the Weighing of the Heart. If there is something wrong about a person. He assists His Father. the Judge. Feel the darkness gather around your hand. is His Priest. you would not necessarily be able to do that. His stone is an apache tear. In a meditation. Lack of fear is not courage. always. reach out into the darkness. the association is certainly appropriate. the Guardian of our coven. If he removed your fear. We are told that lying was an anathema to this Lord. the priest/esses of Anpu were the true-seers. My husband and High Priest. letting you step back and view it objectively. He is the only person in our coven who can veto the entrance of a potential student. “If you are afraid. Future Guardians may not be Priests of Anpu. Chris has an unerring sense about people. I’ve gotten to know Anpu quite well. A priest of Anpu is most appropriate for this office.
and that not everyone is ready to work with it. they didn’t believe the things the stone had told them. More than once 55 . With the help of Anpu. and to turn any negativity we might inadvertently send out into love and light.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Some years ago. and a lot of things happened in their lives to show that they were doing anything they could to ignore the truth. we had a teacher in our community who shared her knowledge about crystals and stones. the woman we believed to be the source of the negativity started complaining that some opals she owned had become full of negative feelings. We did not attack. That would have been a mistake. If you are unfamiliar with the ethics of magical practice. because she was the source. How do I know that? I could see the effects. they failed. and they rushed out to buy obsidian balls without giving it a second thought. We all carried them and several were placed around various homes. It was she who taught us that obsidian must be worked with carefully. but most of them weren’t. you may have learned a thing or two from this story. We needed to protect our homes and ourselves from that. four of us charged some apache tears with a very special purpose: They were charged to rebound any negativity sent toward us. She couldn’t understand it. We’ve worked with His protective aspect more than once. We gave the stones to anyone who might be a target of the negativity. A week later. From her.) I learned later that she and her students worked for weeks to trace the negativity back to its source. Because they weren’t ready. (Three of those apache tears were in the pockets of people standing around her at the moment. lots of people were absolutely sure they were worthy and ready and mature. to see who was sending it. Naturally. Our community had some problems with certain members sending out negativity. I learned most of what I know about the subject. Naturally. Some of them were ready.
and the one that is. dogs we’d never seen before. and heard very distinctly. “City of the Wolf. but often enough to be noticeable. as I have shown.” After about a month. most appropriate. When Anpu came to my husband in meditations. you should first learn everything about that animal.” Both jackal and wolf have undeserved reputations. Although I love the jackal. If I had performed a spell against that person. Another protection we received from Anpu had to do with our home. They see him as a dog. not just symbology connected with it. a little tired of it. I would say. please guard our home. you might be more comfortable working with the wolf first. as I was leaving the house. but everything you can learn about it in its day-to-day life. I would have been doing the wrong thing. or a jackal. portrayed exactly as Anpu except that He is colored gray instead of black. and were. “I’m guarding already!” From that day on. and prevented any negativity from getting out. The woman received back only what she had sent. We simply sent the negativity back to its source. I took a suggestion from Murray Hope’s Practical Egyptian Magic. I repeated the prayer as usual. not every day.Circle of Isis I’ve believed the source of a problem was a particular person and I was wrong.. and every day when I left the house.and haven’t seen since. understandably. Apuat. As a note: when you are doing magical work or meditation with any animal. 56 . habits. Black dogs started showing up. “Lord Anpu. he came as both jackal and wolf. and at the houses of others who have asked the same protection. One possibility mentioned in Hope’s book certainly occurred more than once at our house. its food. there is some question among archaeologists as to whether this is correct. a wolf. and prey. We’d been burglarized several times. He was the High God in a city the Greeks called Lycopolis. There is another deity. I simply thanked him for guarding us.. Although the jackal is the animal normally attributed to Anpu.
and sealed it with lead. Lord of Tamera. or too fat. or too short. Build it. and dance. If you are not yet ready. and hidden by the dark of night. he ordered. He called to his presence the craftsmen of greatest skill. Set and his conspirators carried the coffin out of the banquet hall. 57 . Passing His challenge is reason to be proud. there is no reason to be ashamed. to the exact dimensions of the King. When the feast was over. for all were too tall. if you have courage. however. He had only time to discover the perfect fit when Set and his henchmen fell upon the sarcophagus. Set announced a contest. or too wide of hip. To them he gave this order: Build a sarcophagus suitable for the body of a God. those at the banquet lay down in the coffin. worthy of a God. There was music. And when you are ready. You will always have another chance. if you are ready to face the hidden truths. Set held a banquet in Asar’s honor. where it floated away into the dark night. and proclaimed to whosoever fit it exactly would receive it as a gift.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You have nothing to fear from Anpu if you are ready to walk the hidden ways. and a glorious feast. He revealed the glorious sarcophagus. and do pass the challenge. When the sarcophagus was completed. imprisoning the King. took it down to the river and placed it in the water. you will make an amazing discovery: Anpu isn’t black and snarling at all. too narrow of shoulder. too thin. inlay it with the most precious jewels. Build it of the finest woods. The last to enter the sarcophagus was Asar. gild it with the purest gold. Together. He is shining gold! l L Set could bear no more. One by one. and the Lord of Storm conceived a plan. and one by one each rose again. closed it.
For my love. mourn. and in the land of Byblos. Weep. for our brother! Together they cried out in grief to their mother. oh. and with his godly strength. The King is gone. As was the custom. he dismembered the corpse of his brother. Nebet Het. And Nut added her voice to theirs as they called to the land of Tamera. rent her garments. Our Lord is gone. 58 . Your son is gone! Your son is gone. In her absence. weep. for the King. scattered the pieces throughout the Earth. discovered the body. for our Lord. For our brother. Weep. Mother. hunting in the swamp. my sister. who mourned with her. Mourn. Mourn. Mourn. Weep. Mourn.Circle of Isis Word came to Aset of the death of her Lord and Love. my mother weep. Weep. however. Hiding the body in the swamps. found her Lord. my country. weep. Our brother’s gone. my country weep. mourn. our brother’s gone. The grieving Goddess searched. The King is gone. and mourned. mourn. She called out to her sister. Aset sought assistance. beloved land. Tamera. In a furor. and she cried out in pain. my sister. Set. for your son. she tore her hair. For my son. our lord is gone.
they assembled the body of Asar. Mother of the Gods. all but one. Come back! Come back! Beloved of all. in the finest of linen. and one by one. and mother gathered together to perform a rite that was to be reenacted through all the ages of the beloved land. one at the foot and one at the head of Asar. All she found. and that she replaced with a member carved of sacred sycamore. With the sweetest of herbs. Come home to those who love thee. And bring the joy back into life! Come to thy house And ease the pain 59 . the Lady of Magic beheld an empty sarcophagus. they perfumed it. and worlds she did not know. Wife. and her son. son. she retrieved the parts of her murdered Lord. She took the body of her husband back to the beloved land. Come to thy sister. come to thy wife. Gently. She traveled the world she knew. this time piece by cherished piece. and Nut. she built a temple to the glory and remembrance of her King. Then Aset and Nebet Het stood. and sent out a call for help. At the site of each piece she recovered. Come back. learned of Set’s actions. To those who wait in mourning.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Returning to the swamp. that all in that country would know. hid it once again. and set out once more to recover the body of her husband. the most fragrant of spices. remember. they called to their brother. sister. Anpu. O beautiful boy. Nebet Het came. come back. and revere Asar. they wrapped their Lord.
she brought life anew to Asar. and hovered over her husband. Heru the Hawk. further spells to cast. spread her wings. Her power was great. Chanting her ancient magics. and she had further work to do. she transformed herself into a swallow-tailed kite. and made greater still for the longing she felt for her Lord. Come home to those Who love thee. and at the same time conceived their son. who mourn thee. sa Asar. Performing the greatest enchantment of all. Heru sa Aset. 60 . let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come back! O beautiful boy.Circle of Isis Oh. who call. But Aset was Mistress of Magic. Heru the Younger.
Heru! Heru! Heru! Son of Asar. Born of Aset. Bright Lord. One of the delights of living here is the variety of birds we didn’t see when we lived in the valley. Heru has many aspects. and. conceived after Asar’s death. and I have no trouble understanding why. Heru! Heru! Heru! Hawk of Heaven! Heru! Heru! Heru! Heh! Child of Aset and Asar. sa Aset (Horus. and as a man with a hawk’s head. of course.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Heru. ravens. Instead of pigeons and sparrows. Lord of Morning. Heru! Heru. 61 . Heru! Heru. mockingbirds. roadrunners. hawks. but now and then we see a glimpse of a kestrel and more often we hear that little hawk proclaiming its own majesty. More than one deity was symbolized by the hawk. Heru. as a hawk wearing the double crown. owls. we see quail. Heru. Son of Isis) „ \ Heru! Heru! Young Lord. I live on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley. He is pictured as a youth with his finger to his lips. The majority of them are red tails.
their speed. That was the time that I discovered that I was not failing the deity by my strange forms of devotion. Oh. Although my Lord did not come to me in form. and Friend Heru was when I was 16 years old. their vision. I was coming of age during a very dark period of life and wondering about my future as many people do during their more formative years. I’ve totally lost track of my work because I glanced out and saw a hawk. Rick. it is very easy for me to see in the hawk an image of the God. My first encounter with my Father. or soaring across the sky. Fifteen years later. their strength.Circle of Isis My desk is near the patio door and I can look out over the valley. yes. I long to soar with the hawks. strength of conviction. and sing “Heru!” hoping they’ll hear and know my feelings. hovering in place. My friend. I thirst for their freedom. who is dedicated to Heru. or His specific Aspect. shared his experiences with me. I had developed my Craft and my choice of spiritual path. I saw the principles of Union of the polarities. 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 am exulted in their presence and lifted away from the mundane world. I mean that I felt those things in my worship and work. Brother. my observance of the natural cycles of life and connecting them with the deity. That the work I was doing during my periods of petition (prayer) and meditation were the highest forms of practices in the Craft. and devotion to truth. Many times. He did come to me in the form of an epiphany. name. I call to them with my love. There is something about their beauty and power that enchants me.
I shared my passionate distaste for her suffering with the Gods. He made it clear that He is the Sun God. When I succumbed to the natural human emotion of anger He came to me again. And when I was having trouble dealing with my mother’s ill health just a few months ago. I was able to maintain a state of consciousness that allowed me to observe the bird physically and. And he united the two Realms and made them one. That was his gift to me: a personal lesson that brought much clarity to me. on another level. 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. I found that place emotionally while inspired to sit at the very edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Osiris. his Mother. His reign is one over the two Realms because the balance tipped in his favor. after having that visit. I thought. Anubis. sharing the cool uplift of the air and the warm Sun shining on us all.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt quietly and just be there. that it is the management of my emotions. It was the most awesome experience of my life. and his Father. It was then that Heru showed me the beauty of life—its awesome splendor. with his brother. Over the years I have developed a sincere friendship and love of the Aspects. I was reminded again of the time we flew together: the heat of the Sun and the cooling wind under our wings. Rick’s prayer to Heru is one we can all use. Two always make one. 63 . That moment. that makes the passing grade and the stuff of our world come into focus. Isis. so my dialog with them became less formal. join the bird in flight. while not denying them.
which are said to be the source of the well-known Eye of Horus. Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are predators. From there. They are used not only to represent Heru. I don’t think you’d care what they eat. 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. referring to the battle He fought with Set to revenge His father’s death and reclaim His father’s throne. in the section on Aset. at length. Heru is also known as the Avenger. I’ve already done so.Circle of Isis Heru. I’m sorry. but as a protective symbol as well. (The harvested grain springs anew. If you ever have trouble contacting any deity. If you don’t like that.) For us. it is a simple matter to reach other Gods. and soar to the heavens. Are you feeling sorry for the mouse? Am I going to have to give my lecture on predators again? I won’t do it. it can go at speeds of more than 30 miles an hour. You must understand that predators are a part of life. As the child of the God and Goddess. You are a predator. both new Suns. He represents each of us. It is only for us to open our eyes and focus on them for us to learn and understand. Hawks have incredible eyesight and can spot a mouse running through a field from hundreds of feet in the sky. become the hawk. 64 . So mote it be! Both the peregrine falcon and the kestrel bear eye markings. your light shines brightly over the mysteries. When a hawk “stoops” feet first to capture its prey. He represents the Dawn and the Spring. If you’ve ever communed with a hawk. Heru is the God who is most easily reached because He symbolizes the deity within. start with Heru.
and you will find the glory that you are. H 65 . who had occupied the throne of Tamera. cannot be ignored. who are not so much interested in the temporary. because we love them. but. l L eru grew to manhood and challenged Set. this lifetime you as in the eternal you. Heru is not one of these. How much more personal can you get than a God who is you? Do you wish to know this Lord? Then look inside your own heart and find the hawk that soars in the vast spaces that are inside you. Find the hawk. A great battle took place. Patroness of the Arts. she of the Horned Crown. Among them were those who have no other part in this story. There was the Lady of Malachite. find the glory that He is. He is a very personal God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt I often speak of Gods and Goddesses who are impersonal. witnessed by all the Gods and Goddesses known to the people of the beloved land. You will learn how to fly.
but for me.” (The words are Hers. when she is in human form.” Many of the arts belong to this beautiful Goddess.” which 66 . The Tamerans symbolized this by depicting Het Heret as a cow.” If any stone says that to you. it will work. with their limbs in the sky. art Thou. Stars nestled sweet on Thy bough. there is a specific one: malachite. She said. reaching into the earth.Circle of Isis lL Het Heret (Hat Hor) Roots. but that found in nourishment. Het Heret has been called “Lady of Malachite. The ones that do may be any art form. Down to the depths of the earth. The first feeling you get from Her presence is that of strength. but not all. “Hold a stone in your hand. Thou art Trees.” or “House of the Sky. if they come from the “well springs of the soul.’ it is my stone. “Het Heret” means “House of Heaven. not rock-hard immovable strength. in an eternal never-ending source of life itself. I asked Her what stone should be used to represent Her.” You will also see Her name spelled “Het Heru. reaching up to the sky. or.) This would seem to me to include most inspired works in any form of expression and any work that expressed a heart-felt emotion. with a crown bearing horns. Life springing from the world’s heart My Lady Het Heret.’ if it says ‘strength. If it says to you ‘eternity. And as I found out later. My Lady Het Heret. Trees. In meditation.
Most of my references refer to it as a symbol of happiness and/or a symbol of divine healing. The Craft. In at least one picture. ceremonial magic—many paths recognize the value of balance in everything. but amplify it. This is often shown being carried rather than worn. but they might miss something because they are not following a magical path. Very little else is said.” a necklace of several strands of beads gathered into a counterpoise. you know how the weight is felt against the back of your neck.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt translates as “House of Heru. If one uses the second. Her Strength reaches from the depths of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the stars. however. as a Catholic might carry a rosary. Archaeologists are probably very nice people. rather than Heru. son of Aset and Asar. Het Heret possesses many attributes that seem to be in opposition—Tree Goddess and Sky Goddess. My meditations on the menat have resulted in two things the menat could symbolize. Happiness can be the result of balance in your life. Fertility and Music—but what She truly represents is balance in all things. the necklace would sit on your shoulders: it would be balanced. a priestess of Het Heret is shown wearing the necklace. A symbol often connected with Het Heret is the “menat.) I’ve found that most of the ideas we’ve gained from study and meditation do not so much contradict what the scholars and archaeologists have said. I apologize. If you have ever worn a heavy necklace or pendant. The first thing you do when you are performing a healing on someone is to balance the energies of his or her body. qabalism.” I prefer the first. 67 . and can appreciate how much better it would have been if you’d had a counterweight. I believe it would refer to a God known as Her Ur (Horus the Elder). Instead of all the weight being held by your neck. (If you are an archaeologist following a magical path. and I’d love to talk to you. lifting the front as if to offer it to the Goddess. and no one can deny the value of the work they do.
and energy rises in response. The counterpoise was usually smaller than the beads in the front. Whether held or worn. filling us. and even when I’m writing books. A 68 . until we are ready to send the power where we will. I call upon this beautiful Goddess when I am writing a song or a poem. I do know this feels right in my gut. 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. 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. She is a glorious Lady. our feet strike the Earth giving energy to it. Whether the menat had this meaning for the Tamerans. This makes me think of all the hidden truths. but then all of Them are! l L lso attending was the Cat Goddess. all the Mysteries that cannot be taught. Because it feels right. My writing needs soul-deep inspiration if I want my words to reach others deeply. adding to our own energy. (I am calling upon Her now. the menat has these meanings for us in Sothistar. with eyes of golden Flame. Dark Lady. the counterpoise was hidden in the back. or told in lectures. From the depths of the Earth. and that’s often the only way I know to judge the rightness of anything. and even if the size matched. through the sky as we send that energy to its goal. especially for the purpose of raising power. all of that is Het Heret.) When we dance in a ritual. I have no way of knowing. written in books. to heal or teach or help.
Maubast. Maubast! Cat with eyes of golden flame. Hear! Might Goddess be ye near. Lady. Hear us as we call thy name. there are only two words. To our waiting hearts appear Hear us calling. Maubast.” It is possible for you to skip this chapter and learn of Bast all by yourself. Help us learn what we must know If our spirits are to grow.” This comes from a writing custom of the Tamerans. Maubast. à You will often see this Goddess called “Bastet. the “loaf. Maubast. if you will it so. they would repeat the final letter of the name. MAU BAST. Lady.” representing the letter “T.”) 69 . You can do so by using a chant I received from Her in meditation.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. Thus. When a symbol such as the one above represented the whole name. It’s very simple. Maubast. (Mau is the Tameran word for “cat. Grant to us our heart’s desire.
but if you continue to feel that way. My coven has used this on several occasions and it has never failed to result in Her Presence. If I say that I love and adore these Ladies with all my heart. Where is it written that all your lessons are easy ones? The important ones never are! Never! 70 . I spoke earlier of a mantra meditation I did on Bast and promised I would give further details. “O Lady Bast. 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.. mean. you’ll never learn much. would you run from the room? Do you think They are evil. Dark Ladies are usually referred to as Crones or Hags.” I stopped my mental chant and tried hard not even to think. “.” For a time.. in many pantheons. what is your reaction? Are you horrified? Are you frightened? If I started to invoke Hecate. the Morrigan. I was chanting. Among the best known are Hecate. Often. In silence shall I be heard. and evil. “SILENCE….” when I heard in my head. That feeling was probably not what you would have expected. I heard.is my name. Dark Ladies. in cat form and about 18' tall. they are portrayed as old women. for Bast is not a cuddly kitten or an affectionate house cat. teach me of Thee. but Crones. In the Craft. and every inch a Dark Lady. are not necessarily old. you are certainly not alone. She is a Dark Lady. and nasty? If you do feel that way. In our hallway we have a glorious picture of Hecate in which the Lady is pictured as young and voluptuous. and Kali. They are mistaken. As I said. They are found in many traditions.Circle of Isis The words are chanted in a monotone. I simply noted the feel of Her presence. 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.
where She is silver. or wait and see what surfaces 71 .” (Very probably one of the African wild cats. but one I have heard called a “jungle cat.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Problems that are easily solved are easy because you already had the knowledge to solve them. whether you want to hear it or not. and out of my mouth came. Mother Goddesses will teach you table manners.” came the answer. They will stroke your hair and say. and they will tell you the truth. “Yes. “My darling. where possible.” I asked Bast if this had been accurate. perhaps you should consider that you might have handled the situation another way. I do not accept it as fact without verification. They will call a spade a spade.” Hecate is lunar. and either research. I make a note of it. “but I am golden. possibly felis capensis. Again. I realized very quickly that I was dealing with a Dark Lady. but pointed out that it was not the domestic cat. I had been asked once what Goddess of another pantheon would I compare Bast to.” 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. as we believed. and when you make a mistake. To get back to Bast. not fear. Hard lessons require learning—that’s what makes them hard! The most difficult of these lessons come from Dark Ladies and Dark Lords. and they will teach you the Mysteries of the Universe! The most fascinating thing about these Goddesses (and Gods) is the devotion They inspire in those who come to know Them. solar. and my experience with Her. She agreed. “Hecate. Bast. I then asked if. They will hold you and comfort you. you’ll understand.) When I receive information in such a meditation. the cat was the proper animal to connect with Her. and the devotion you feel will be inspired by love. If you come to know any of Them.
” I later learned of a legend in which Hecate shape-changed into a wolf. Lady! We didn’t do it. Some people don’t like cats. What we saw/ felt was about 18' of cat. and so terrified that he would not come out of hiding to let his owners treat the injury. Some sub-humans had tied a firecracker to the tail of a friend’s cat. place where. The poor animal was in pain. and chooses the time when. At the same moment. We once called upon Bast. using the chant described earlier.except in another land.” We were extremely glad we hadn’t. where it is the wolf. silent. a “Mommy. Because of this. Cats are swift. when the Moon was dark. she has been known to purr! Bast.) An adult cat is aloof. When she is in Mother “mode..” however. you can note the differences: longer ears and longer legs. (There was a time when I didn’t. to ask Her help. The Lady said one other thing on the animals that are connected to her. as we chanted. My research revealed that the domestic cat was not known in Egypt until the 12th Dynasty.”. What does this say about Bast? Although she is a Dark Lady. “Wait a minute. and lots of teeth and eyes. loving and protective. yet they are warm and loving mothers. No one owns a cat.” Her children are as quickly corrected when they misbehave as they would be protected when they wander into danger. Consider the cat for a moment. There are reasons why animals were chosen by the ancients to represent the deities. is often shown holding a sistrum. in Her human body form.Circle of Isis later. We were outside. You can be honored when a cat is affectionate to you. and very protective. The first words out of my mouth were. and recipient to whom they bestow affection. however. If you will look at the statues from earlier dynasties. we all became aware of a darker area in the surrounding darkness. she is also a Mother Goddess. She is not. and deadly to their prey.. for example. she is sometimes considered a patron 72 . Almost as an aside she said.
) The cat’s ability to strike with claws extended or retracted symbolizes two possible courses of action. This fits in with my feelings that the animal-headed. reflect Her eyes. You will always get that from Them. l battle. Do not fear what Bast or the other Dark Ladies and Lords have to teach you.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt of the arts. Khnum. of course. of course. whether you want it or not. Her response to my inquiry about this was that the arts belonged to Het Heret. If this is indeed the case. whether you like it or not. You can ask her what course to take. She’ll tell you the truth. The various types of obsidian are often found connected with Dark Deities. if any. especially if you are willing to learn what they have to teach. because working with it has the effect of reflecting truth. The other stones. also observed the 73 . human body form originally represented a priest or priestess. The sistrum was used to get Her (Bast’s) attention. We call on Bast for any work that involves cats. even if you don’t want to hear it. Magical paths are those on which we seek truth and growth. the clothes such a figure would have been wearing would have been red. You can call upon her for protection or guidance. L The mighty and gentle lord. for a priestess of Bast was often called “The lady in the red dress.” The stones we use for Bast are obsidian and a type of citrine (cat’s eye or tiger’s eye). (Remember. but she is more than a Cat Goddess.
As it spins. 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.Circle of Isis lL Khnum Hear the sound of the potter’s wheel. See the soul join the wheel of life. »j Perhaps the smith gods of other pantheons are more impressive. let me remind you that before the clay is ever 74 . As it spins. See the soul on the wheel of life. this gentle potter who forms our bodies on His wheel. Lest you believe that my fondness for the Divine Potter denotes a reluctance to undergo the purification under the smith’s hammer. The spirit enters and we begin another incarnation. Khnum. The wheel spins. Will return to the potter’s wheel As it spins. but I’m very fond of this God portrayed as a flat-horned ram. Birth to death on the wheel of life. Khnum! And with death we are born anew While the vessel that’s tossed aside. As it spins. and firm pressure forms the blob of clay there into the seed that will become a body.
among other things. he assists at our births. too. With the Goddess Hekat. I daresay that if you yourself are a potter. L Bes. The Tamerans believed Khnum created the Gods. You cannot make light of the heat found in a kiln. created the bodies in which we live. but will take the shards and rework them into new creations. and does not mourn at their destruction. so he spins the wheel. you could ask him for guidance and help in your work. The first thing I saw in this meditation was the top of the wheel. If that vessel is broken or destroyed. to grow in its “natural” course. of course. the “um” sound it creates becomes the sound of His wheel. and/or pray for a healthy one. our “selves. either. and on it. He creates our bodies by creating an egg that he formed on the wheel and then it is placed in the mother’s womb. and. it is pounded. Huge hands came into my sight and began to manipulate the sphere on the wheel. spinning.” only the vessel in which we will live for this lifetime. a human body formed there. but don’t forget Ptah! l stood by as the battle raged. and begins to form new bodies for us. created the Cosmic Egg from which all came. That which is held in the vessel is eternal. You can pray to Khnum when you desire a child. Lord of Laughter. impurities removed and air bubbles smashed.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt formed. When we called Him in meditation by chanting His name. He does not create our spirits. again and again. and for others. This God does not desert us once the egg is planted. the joyful warrior 75 . He knows that the vessels are temporary. of protection. he feels regret. As I watched. You might say that what He creates is the combination of chromosomes that will result in your body. what I believe was the Earth.
sometimes gleeful. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. before reading on. portraying a subject full-face could mean that there is a hidden aspect. I can only think of one other deity that is portrayed in this way: a Goddess who was adopted from another country.Circle of Isis lL Bes Bes gives me joy. sometimes fiercely brandishing a dagger. If you’d like a subject for meditation. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. It is said that Bes is also an import. is one of the few Tameran Gods ever depicted with a full face in paintings. There is always a reason for Egyptian symbolism. gives me laughter. 76 . gives me power! Bes gives me strength. Then you can compare your ideas with ours. This strange little dwarf. but I’m sure there is a reason. here’s a subject for you. The meditation will be most meaningful if you do it now. What does this mean? I haven’t the foggiest. Conversely. Bes teaches joy as a power! Bes teaches strength found in laughter. Bes is a giant to me. Portraying deities in profile could imply that They have two aspects. Bes is a giant to me.
deformed. In Tamera. and humor. to prepare for ending ritual and returning to the mundane world. and worshiped and honored Them. A symbol of each Element is blessed and passed around the circle.” We laugh. His image was found on bedposts. and Bes does have his protective aspects. someone might pass the Air symbol and say. Something unexpected will come out of someone’s mouth. As each passes the symbol to the next. and very dear to my coven.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Bes is short. During our Four Fold Feast. we begin to wind down. He is a God of protection.” The reaction to such a remark is. Humor is the quality that makes him most dear to us. Both are Gods of joy and fun. For example. He never seems to mind when we attribute smart-aleck remarks to Him. “He’s hee-re. “May it bring you movement. hair brushes. The last thing we do in a Moon rite is called “The Four Fold Feast.” At some point during this feast. Once. Pan is known as the Protector of the Greenwood. but He also encourages the child to be born. I’ve heard Bes referred to as the Egyptian Pan. and I do find some truth in that.” By the time we begin this. childbirth. we worry. something strange will happen. If He doesn’t appear. ugly to look upon. much the same as the European gargoyles. smiled sweetly and said. It may be that His ugly face scared away evil spirits. one of our people handed it to the next. and welcome Bes to our circle. they make a wish for the person receiving the symbol. Although I’ve seen very little of His protective aspects. His role in birth seems to be two-fold: He does serve to keep evil spirits away. cosmetic pots. when the symbol for Earth was a bran muffin. although these are more often related to the home. “May it lighten your burden. spoken with the Goddess and God. and mirrors. I have the feeling He’d be anything but laughable. “Come on! It’s fun! Hurry up!” 77 . we have done our magical work.
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. Many people have the idea that humor is frivolous. to accept them. Our bodies release natural chemicals like natural painkillers and natural hormones that help us keep alert. and humor. our bodies react. We take in more air. It can mean survival. Anyone who has ever worked in a high-tension job can understand that. accepting the unthinking view that laughter is trivial. and to quit berating ourselves for having them. Laughter is also healing and healthy. It was horrible and obscene dark humor—and it was absolutely necessary if the doctors and nurses were to continue. the Tamerans may have acknowledged humankind’s usual derogation of humor. Bes teaches us to laugh at our own frailties. The jokes kept them from screaming. increasing oxygen to the blood stream. as they worked harder and harder. They are very wrong. have you ever made a joke because you were nervous or embarrassed? Multiply that need a thousand fold. As the tension built. When we laugh. and spiritual. emotional. 78 . I worked with a police department for many years. and have seen similar situations where people made horrible jokes that would be totally tasteless to those who weren’t involved. One of the underlying themes of the television series M*A*S*H was that the craziness in which the characters indulged was necessary to keep them sane. When we did our meditation on Bes. the jokes started. they would not have been able to continue their desperate work. If they had not been able to release some of the tension. 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. If you’ve never been in such an intense situation. jokes.Circle of Isis Work with Bes can teach you the deeper meanings of laughter. By portraying Bes as a dwarf. It is one of the essentials of life—physical.
if you can. 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. Chant his name. Ask Bes to join you. as is Chris. Bes will help you. Do anything you can to make yourselves laugh at that person and at yourselves for worrying about it. my husband. Our research hadn’t shown any cultic center or priesthood of Bes. 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. She and I always felt we were building karmic credit by not killing our husbands when they started their horrible wordplay. when he or she could do such glorious things with it. even for his or her own benefit. Do anything and everything you can to make yourselves see the humor of the situation. Bes also reminds us that the best protection and defense against harmful magic is laughter. Someone who would take the time and energy to use magic to do harm to others. Think about how ridiculous he or she is being. 79 . and should be regarded as an object of scorn. I once heard someone compare doing harmful magic to using Shakespeare’s first folio for toilet paper. is laughable. Laughter is the best defense against fear. not fear. they were probably killed before puberty. begin to discuss the person who is working against you. You just cannot be afraid of something you can laugh at and mock.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt A former Guardian of our coven was an inveterate punster. 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. Place it in the center of the circle. and the student’s wife ventured the opinion that if potential priests of the God made puns. you can call upon Bes to help you protect yourselves. if you wish. The combination of Guardian and comedian struck us as an interesting combination and we jokingly suggested that the student become a priest of Bes. Obtain.
the less we see His ugliness and the more we see His beauty. and plan to give him more honor than we already do. to laugh at them. Although I was slender. watched the battle between grandson and great-grandson. and finding more joy in the lives we live. and the more we see the strength that comes from Him. I ate it and suffered so wonderfully! I laugh at that now.Circle of Isis Bes is also the jester. and to forgive ourselves for them. S 80 . l L hu. and everything is a matter of life and death. We’ve come to believe His importance has been highly underrated. We will honor Him by treasuring our laughter. the less we see that He is a dwarf. seed by seed. Bes teaches us to see these things in their true light. but at that age. He teaches us to accept ourselves and stop putting ourselves down for being human. at 14. we may be able to laugh lovingly at the things we take so seriously now. Oh. shelled it. we suffer so well. So I took birdseed from my parakeet. the fool. I was healthy and in no danger of starving before breakfast. He gives us hope that someday. by recognizing his value. and to love ourselves all the better for having been human. and mashed it in a glass with some water. The more we seek to work with this God. I’m reminded of the time when. father of Nut. I was sent to bed without my supper. but it seemed dead serious at the time. who is usually anything but foolish. He teaches us to laugh at our own foibles.
Hold it there a moment. He enters and exits through your pores as well. the air around the entire sphere. our atmosphere is the air that we are most aware of.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Shu Take a deep. See the movement of the winds. so His connection with this Element is appropriate. Listen to it. Shu is all of these. All of these are Shu. The trees show his passing. As you exhale. surrounding our home. taking away that which is poison to you. bringing you life. Although this is the deity we call the East for Air. The movement of air around our planet is His presence. He enters your body with each breath. Try to hear the God’s name. Think on the wind in all its aspects. Shu is more properly the God of the atmosphere. See the atmosphere that surrounds it. Whitecaps reveal his presence on the sea. 81 . flowing from one direction to another. touching every inch of your body. however. all connected. change to a whispered “uuu.” Be aware of the air around you. His symbol is the ostrich feather. whisper the sound “Shhhh” and toward the end of the breath. from the gentlest breeze to a gale force. Remember that the air you breathe is a part of the atmosphere covering our planet. He is around you and within you. Waving such a feather slowly through the air gives a wonderful visual awareness of His presence. On a physical level.” Visualize the planet Earth hanging in space. and try to feel the air as it enters your lungs. slow breath. “Shu. and exits with each exhalation. The birds soar through and upon Him.
constantly. Outside. but simply that his point of view is much more vast than ours. and see its effects. Yet we are aware that Shu is present not only in the winds buffeting our home.) It isn’t that He is uncaring. asking Shu to take it easy before the roof of the carport ends up in San Diego. The Gods know our current incarnations are temporary and our eternal spirits cannot be destroyed. and often not even then. Magic works that way. From time to time. I hope the people in that city deserved the damage done by that storm.” We usually become consciously aware of Him only when He moves. and that atmosphere is in constant movement. my household is very much aware of air and its movement. my friend has a lot to answer for. As is the case with Maat. How often are you aware of the movement of air in and out of your lungs? As I write this. My knowledge of Shu’s nature is one reason I hesitate to do any kind of weather magic. Affecting a change in the weather near me could adversely affect weather elsewhere. We are in the midst of a season of windstorms—60. All weather on our planet is interconnected. we’ve muttered prayers. (We have found this true of all four deities we call for the Elements. He is it.Circle of Isis If I had to choose one word to describe Him. If not. If my friend is responsible. we feel it. The truth is. and hit a major city. 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.to 80-mile-per-hour winds. Shu isn’t concerned with an individual windstorm or hurricane. He is all the Air in the atmosphere all around us. Shu is somewhat impersonal with regard to human concerns. 82 . Inside. it would be “movement. The hurricane had indeed turned. It is the whole that is His concern. He is not only a part of it. we hear it. and that would be my responsibility.
l L 83 Also watching was the Lady of Power. Words are given sound by breath. provide water for them. He is inspiration. freedom. Do not use the body of this Lord to curse. it desecrates His body. We still exist. honor Him in your heart. always changing. He loves us. reaching for the stars. It’s rather like we feel about bubbles. He is aspiration. sustaining your life. air pollution certainly is. . and thank Him for all he gives us. Feed them. is the closest we can come to a proper stone for Him. cause pain. and so is Shu. Our current incarnations are just beautiful bubbles to Shu. 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. If you would honor Him. and they’re beautiful. and the “dust devil” you see. and movement. He is beginnings. We have a beautiful yellow ostrich feather that is our Shu symbol. Although individual storms and so forth are not matters of concern to Shu. and potential. light. That molecule entering your lungs as you read may have entered the lungs of Aristotle. or Rameses II. Sekhmet. in the tornado. and I love to hold it up and watch it react to the slightest movement of the air in the room. and glory in their beauty as they fly. but we aren’t upset when they break. He is a necessity for life. (Dust.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Shu does project a feeling of affection for us. Air is more than physical air. or speak untruths. Beethoven. always the same. in the storm. think of Shu. but isn’t upset when the thin shell surrounding us breaks. Another way is to care for birds who travel so easily through the Lord. in the fragrance of flowers. What a thought! Be aware of Shu in the breeze. by the way. inside us and out.) He is in and about you. When you see any bird soaring. I’ve felt it. one way is to be careful what you say. I become aware that Shu is always present. We like them. Of course.
84 . Destruction is not evil if what is being removed is a cancer. that black and white. at three periods in history. She is power. I always recommend that my students read them. She is force. Neither of them is necessarily easy to understand. However. Of course. Construction is good. her name means “Lady of Strength. She portrays both Set and Sekhmet as evil. “AH HAH!” you say. she is a Geburic force just as Set is. is it? Construction is not good if what you’re building is a body 75 pounds overweight. it’s that simple. But there is one area where I disagree with her. Four of them are set in Tamera. I have no idea whether that is true. or power. I do know that the books contain many ideas I like and hope are true. Grant says these books are memories of former lives. Sekhmet’s name is the feminine of the word “Sekhem. Neither of these deities is evil. Ms. it isn’t.” or “Lady of Power. I’ll explain. Construction is not good if what is growing is a cancer. in case you are not familiar with Qabala. Destruction is evil. Our modern society views destruction as evil. To most people in our culture. and both are often difficult to love. Destruction is not evil if you’re tearing down a building that has become unsafe. She is energy. the Egyptian equivalent of Satan. In other words.” She is that.Circle of Isis lL Sekhmet A series of books I love are the Far Memory books by Joan Grant. and many ideals worth striving for. Destructive force! “I thought you said She wasn’t evil!” She isn’t.” which means strength. Qabalistically.
and therefore. She was capable of curing it. but using the terms “Crone” or “Hag” would be just as confusing. Is Sekhmet more powerful than Bast? I don’t think so. Sekhmet is portrayed as a lioness. Like Bast. As a solar Goddess. Sekhmet is a Dark Lady. In this case. We use vaccinations. Interesting concept when you consider that part of the success with mummification is the heat of the Nile Valley. while Bast represents the nurturing. the God Ptah also witnessed the 85 . warming Sun. Do I wish to know Her better? Absolutely! l battle. It often signifies Fire to our minds. In a different way. we do the same thing. which at the very least reveals that the Tamerans observed nature. That which is eternal is never destroyed. the power of the Gods is always on our side.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Sekhmet represents a destructive force that breaks down what is temporal. L Wrapped as a mummy. (This is a difficult concept to accept when She is so definitely a solar Goddess. which certainly is a perfect attribution for this Goddess. The Tamerans believed She was capable of causing plague. Can She be gentle and loving? Possibly. because the lioness is the more active hunter in that family of cats. a light case of the disease in question to prevent serious illnesses.) Some say that Sekhmet is the destructive power of the Sun. She can be frightening. Power is often frightening. She burns away excess. It can be exhilarating when you realize that however little we like what They do. the Sun preserves instead of destroying. especially to those who don’t understand it. I believe that the lion symbolized power to the people of the Nile Valley.
) When a craftsman in Tamera created a statue of a deity.) You can do the same. are a craftsman. any work. that the person’s hands be guided.” His mummy wrappings signify the same thing. and the tools used in painting. putting it into a desired form. if you are an artist. A sculptor controls his fingers and the clay. He controls tools. his or her hands. She uses tools and knowledge to control germs. using them and their energy to form metals and plastics. he prayed to Ptah to encourage that deity to place a bit of himself or herself into the statue. One witch I know is a registered nurse. An artist controls the paints. (Craftspersons. if you insist. that it might truly be worthy of honor. you will find that you. and such. 86 . I have asked His help in writing about the Gods. if you wish. My husband is a prototype maker. his body bound in mummy wrappings. or chisel and stone. that you do control some force. (Knowing this. that Ptah guide your hands so that you create a statue or a picture worthy of the deity it represents. He is the God of Craftsmen. too. We have also asked His help in painting a plaster statue. His name means “force captured in form. Ask. Tamerans saw the statues as the deity rather than just representations of them. that I may craft my words with such care that you will come to know and love Them as I do. wounds. 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.Circle of Isis lL Ptah This God is usually portrayed with a smooth skull cap. You can apply this to almost any job.
experienced man. think about its form and.) Its life force was released to be returned to the Gods whence it came. shape it. you could also call it a sacrifice. It doesn’t matter whether it is clay that can be fired or not. When an animal was offered as sacrifice. but also of pouring its foundation. It was said that Ptah used His heart to create all that is. If you can. (This occurred in many cultures. .” which is either a sound of praise or the name of a Moon God. listen for your heartbeat and try to feel it. feel the power of Ptah. A word that was the reverse of another in letters might well have a reverse meaning. and so His creative power can be felt in every heartbeat. It means “peace” or “offering. in your heart. htp is an opposite of pth. He is not only capable of inspiring the design of a building. Children’s clay will serve very well. You can. One magical definition of sacrifice is “destroying form to release force. Feel the clay. l L 87 Nearby stood Khonsu. The word that is the reverse of ptah is htp (hotep or hetep). as you form the clay.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt His name can be written with the symbol for heaven and the symbol for “aah.” If what you offer is something you value. Portrayed as an older. squeeze it.” In this way. You might learn more about Him in your mental meandering. Have some fun with that. This form gives us the impression that He is more involved in the actual work of craftsmen than in simply supervising. One way to contact this Lord is with soft clay. twist it. call Ptah. it was killed. He usually appears to us in a younger form than his statues show. and often in a short kilt or loincloth. God of Travelers. and appearing to us as a young man—what a fascinating God this is! He is one involved in all our lives. and we are blessed by His Presence. God of the Moon. know that the sound and feel of your own heart is a reflection of the God’s. The Tamerans were fond of word play.
and. In Tamera. A Crescent Moon “on its back” with horns pointing up. or from first quarter 88 » . as legend promises. one a crescent. something that enchants me. that is so beautiful. especially of cycles. is the reason I’ve refused to buy a new hard cover. son of Amun and Mut. a long lock of hair. He signifies potential and beginnings. it symbolized both youth and royalty. as is true of many statues found there. We think of the Moon cycle as going from New to New.” some say. But there is something more. not the features. the other a full sphere. The statue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Others see the Moon traveling in a crescent boat. the features are Tut’s. He is the first day of the rest of your life. Ptah appealed to Khonsu to place a bit of Himself in the statue. Khonsu. producing the illusion that there are two Moons. His pictures and statues also show one other symbol: the prince’s lock. something different. but doesn’t it just as surely go from full to full. This youth should not be taken to imply lack of wisdom. “The Moon is holding itself in its arms. in sad shape. In my book is a full page picture of the head of a small statue that absolutely entrances me. is so bright that the rest of the Moon is dimly illuminated. and the crown he wears reflects a very specific appearance of the Moon. It is the presence of the God. drawn to one side. Khonsu is a Moon God. 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. Perhaps.Circle of Isis lL Khonsu My copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology is an old soft cover. and it is that aspect I find enchanting. The new editions show a side view of the entire statue and I won’t ever buy one.
The mummy wrapping can also signify freedom from the restrictions of the body. Khonsu teaches us not to feel we must always begin at the beginning. The light of the Moon can certainly chase away fear. but you are free to go. which can be.” So surely does the moonlight dispel the shadows where wrong doers might hide. it is also a beginning. every minute can be a beginning. (“Khensu” is another pronunciation of the God’s name. and “ka” can be roughly translated as “double” or “spirit.” and that fear can make us very ill. l L 89 The Lady Seshat recorded all that occured. You’ll sometimes see him portrayed as a hawk. just as we usually see Osiris. death is not an end. Khonsu could also conquer evil spirits that caused illness. “It is not New Moon.. to those who feel it. His name means “traveller. “I protect those who travel by night. Every day.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt to first quarter? From Moonrise to Moonrise is a cycle. considering what we know of Him.” Don’t wait until the New Year to make resolutions. He was often connected with Horus. son of Aset and Asar. and birth is a beginning. even among those who do not usually worship the Gods in Their Egyptian Aspects. it is a change. He has said. so I can’t start anything. The dead are also the unborn. Khonsu can inspire great love.” and in a meditation. According to legend. and both are shown holding the crook and flail of royalty. A young priest of a Celtic tradition chose “Khensu ka” as his Craft name. and wished to bear His name. every hour.”) The priest knew nothing of the God except that he was drawn to Him. just as Sunrise to Sunrise.. wearing his Moon crown.and begin again. Both are divine children. It must stay. . Do not say. if you need it to be so. Why should a God who symbolizes beginnings be wrapped in the raiment of death? For those of us in the Craft. In what seems incongruous. a very “evil spirit. Khonsu is also portrayed in mummy wrappings.
She’s bright. and I’ve found that. She is also Goddess of Architecture and Record Keeping. Even after much meditation. Her Presence gives a feeling of vitality. Naturally. in ritual. Her name is written “S-sh-t. the HPS and HP had us draw down six (yes I said six) divinities into our lives every month.” which means seven. I bore this Lady’s name (I hope to Her honor) as my Craft name.” “Sashet. Some refer to Her as the wife of Tehuti.” She is known as the Lady of Literature and Libraries. But when I was in the teaching group. For that reason. and not sharing their beauty with others.Circle of Isis lL Seshat For many years. I’ve seen it many ways. She is also known as “Sefket. I hope that further work will reveal at least a hint of the meaning. She is portrayed with pen (or brush) in hand. and Her symbol includes a seven-petal flower. She’s fussed at one member of our group for keeping his words to himself. She chided another for being too hesitant to speak.” and so forth. My friend Tinne had this experience with this Lady: “I don’t work with an Egyptian pantheon now.” The vowels are unknown. I’m not sure what all Her symbols mean. The presence of both pen and animal skin are a source of puzzlement to me. an attribution that feels very right and makes perfect sense to me. and wearing the skin of a panther. she’s very concerned with words. There were no requirements about them 90 . the things she says usually deal with words or writing. In Tameran. and wordy. Her name means “She who writes. Her name can be “Seshat.” “Sasheeta.
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. “Within two days of invoking Her. And trust me. Precise. writing. A true sink or swim. no matter who you are. 91 . “My Gemini husband is a bit lax about housekeeping. Devised the system of accounting. He was looking at my Capricorn butt with frank horror and dismay because I had run out of things to organize at home. (Shudder. I didn’t know much more than that and yes. She was very happy with me. teaching about invocation and Divine energies.. But sometimes they tap into sides of you that you are aware of and magnify them in new and different ways. I invoked Seshat. And redid the closets. (Wicked grin. I should have seen it coming.) “One memorable month. Nice Lady. every drawer.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. And again. every cupboard.) “Pretty soon out of the chaos you developed some favorites and would work in a new one or two to get to know them. every Divinity has a side to them that doesn’t match with your own. and every shelf had been done. So I redid the books again in a different order.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt being from the same pantheon or even of the same gender.. Went over to my mother-in-law’s house and during an afternoon helped her organize her pantry and craft closet. every box. Within a week. By the New Moon. and record keeping. every closet had been emptied and resorted and refilled. the books on the bookshelves were all over the living room floor and being sorted by subject and alphabetized within subject.
Circle of Isis “I was exhausted. He made me promise to within an inch of my life that I would never ever even consider invoking this particular Divinity again. I was an organizing fiend gone amuck in Bill’s quiet home and it was a long month filled with terrifying surprises at every turn for him. I have kept that promise. was Khephera. L And at this battle.” If this is the kind of effect you want or need in your life (I do) then speak to this Lady. Better yet. I was grumpy. let Her speak to you! l whatever the result. Speak to Her when you want to design a house. And learned to do a lot more research before invoking a presence into my life. Speak to Her when you wish to phrase something precisely rather than lyrically. which surely would signify a change. 92 . Speak to Her when you are researching.
and took the scarab also as a symbol of the Sun. but the day has begun all the same. The scarab rolling the ball reminded the ancients of the Sun rolling along the sky. My own scarab is a ring. For our coven.” and His symbol is probably wellknown to you. From death comes life. combining the scarab with a circle. another symbol of eternity and cycles.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Khephera His name means “becoming. we are becoming more perfect. We cannot. Yet He is not uncaring. From dead discarded matter came the little beetles. All of us are in the process of becoming. The scarab can remind us of that never-ending cycle. we are becoming more.” “formation. This ball is rolled into a hole and buried. see the Sun to show us that the day has begun. Khephera is the Sun at night. We are becoming better. Call upon 93 ¿ . the dung supplies food for the little scarabs. he is potential. formation. We are striving to become one with the Lord and Lady. He is not beginnings. and becoming. which it then rolls into a ball. The Tamerans saw only that life came from defecation—they saw a miracle. Call upon Khephera when you need to remember that the Sun shines even when our half of the world is dark.” “creation. at that time. Scarabeus sacer is a dung beetle that lays its eggs in the middle of dung. When the eggs hatch. Scarabs are also said to represent eternal life. The God symbolized by the beetle is not an easy one with which to build a personal relationship. most especially at midnight. It is the scarab beetle.
when you want to accomplish something and are not sure how to begin—or even if you should begin. the Lady 94 . It is Khephera who will help you transform yourself. L She who is symbolized by the vulture stood by.Circle of Isis this Lord when you need direction. go out on a dark night and meditate on the invisible Sun. if that is your desire. all the hidden energies. If you would like to know this God. l Mut. Consider all the light that is hidden in the world. And know that the Sun will surely return.
and cleans up the landscape. All scavengers do that. Death is not an end. it is as much a beginning as birth. From these dead. with death. The death of the body. or its children. full of disease. but thanks to the help of a High Priestess in our community. When you die. It eats corpses.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Mut This Goddess’s name means “mother. You could not grow spiritually if you were stuck in that body after it died. no matter how your body dies. that vessel is not your essence. Many of the mother Goddesses wear vulture headdresses. no matter what happens to your body after you leave it. How can these go together? Let’s think of the vulture on a physical level. poisoned bodies. From death. I think I understand now. The Goddess. is the Giver of Life and the Bringer of Death. safely. However well it has served you. In a class she was giving on the magical aspects of birds. you leave behind something for which you have no further use. our Great Mother. a breeding ground for botulism. or repulsed? I was for a long time. A vulture deals with corpses. the vulture takes life. The essential you is eternal. for him or her. and the light went on over my head. she discussed the vulture. Some of those corpses are rotting and bloated. is called “the lesser death. A vulture can feed her children with this meat.” because it is easily compared to the death of the 95 h . Mothers deal with birth. Joanna. Does that make any sense to you? Are you confused. a vulture produces life.” and the hieroglyph used both for her name and the generic “mother” is a vulture. no matter how many times you incarnate. however. of course.
is a lot more difficult to give up than leaving your body. I know in my mind that I can accomplish just as much without being Ellen. 96 .Circle of Isis Personality. And both are restrictions. I have so much I want to do. You no longer need walk to get from one place to another. ready to learn more. including death and rebirth. I’d like to enjoy that a while longer. for many reasons. commune with loved ones. Until that Personality is gone. l Shu. (Besides. but I want to do it this time around. return to an incarnation. Thus. Free of your physical body. If you can understand this. You can then consider all you’ve learned in this life. She is the Goddess of all life’s aspects. and serves as a symbol for the death of your Personality. Mut. It will be extremely hard for me to give up being Ellen. standing next to her brother. who you are in this life. you can rest. you are no longer bound to the Earth. you are locked up in it as surely as you had been in your physical body. you are no longer restricted to the knowledge of this life alone. and. and her symbol the vulture. You no longer need to find words to express your thoughts to another. You will know who you have been in all your lives. when the time is right. I rather like who Ellen is and it’s taken me years to get to that point. Freed from your Personality. not simply the cycle from birth to death as we experience it in one lifetime. maybe more.) The vulture disposes of your physical body. You return to what we know as life. represent the full cycle of life. Your Personality. you can come to know this wonderful Lady. L The Lady Tefnut watched.
including Tefnut. What does a lioness have to do with any of that? I believe lions symbolized power in Tamera. and mythological figure we could think of. that could include rain. She said just that. Tefnut is the most difficult to “translate” to our culture. You would be surprised what you can do when you can see the fire headed toward your home! We called on every deity. when the fire was under control. when we called Her to our circle. We’ve worked with that idea. it didn’t start to rain within moments of my prayer. No. and represents the moisture in the air. I first came to know this Lady last year. powerful. the rain. moisture of any sort would be very important and therefore. She is the moisture in the air. but who cares? Of all the Tameran deities.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Tefnut She is depicted as a lioness. and have decided who and what She is. to make the trees harder to burn. 97 . the dew. “You must decide who and what I am. She is perhaps more to us than She was to the Tamerans.” She said. it was announced that the firefighter’s efforts were aided by “fortuitous wind changes and unexpected moisture in the air. and in a desert land. In fact. however. they’ll never believe we had anything to do with it. demigod and demigoddess. I beseeched her to bring moisture to the fire. the clouds. In our country.” “Fortuitous. the fog.” my Aunt Fanny! Every witch in the San Fernando Valley was turning those winds and calling moisture! Oh. to us. when there was a forest fire within view of our house.
we see Her as a woman. The ostrich feather she wears. The presence of the clouds and fog are a blessing after the hot dry-spell we suffered recently. and They certainly have no need of those things. also known as Akhentef. the Los Angeles basin is desert. The names. The rain has washed the choking dust from the leaves. She is there in the billowing clouds that fill the sky. forms. in the fog that obscures the valley below me. The Lord and Lady exist without those things. We’ve done it throughout history. and more. my best friend. forms. we are able to narrow down our view to that specific aspect rather than trying to deal with the unknowable vastness that is deity. My friend. has this to say about this Lady: “It is very hard to put into words how I feel about Tefnut. She wears an ostrich feather as her brother Shu does. and choosing the symbols to be used strike you as strange? It shouldn’t. I can feel the growing things breathing around me. is blue. in our minds. I can see Tefnut now. my confidant. soft earth. Our first change in symbolism was to do away with the lioness head.Circle of Isis This Lady was usually portrayed as a human figure with the head of a lioness. and cooled us. Vicky. and I add my thanks to theirs as I see and feel the presence of Tefnut. Does the idea of deciding who and what a deity is. and symbols to a specific aspect of the deity. However green it may look. made green by imported water. cleaned the air. By connecting names. Whatever the lion may have meant to the ancients. from my window. their roots drawing water and food from the moist. When we picture her. and symbols were given to the Gods by humankind. Only at times like this is the land cooled. She is my mother. in our minds it is inextricably connected with Fire. its thirst quenched by Nature. When you stop and think that every time it 98 .
and whenever that happens. Oh yes. it might just be Tefnut. that’s Tefnut. It is Her way of letting me know that even if I can’t hear Her.. I had many. I have a tiny lioness statuette in Her honor also. the tiny delicate snowflake.. it usually rains! I live in the desert. and more.. a thick misty fogbank that blocks everything from view. “I was Chosen by Tefnut to serve Her almost five years ago. you who are the clouds.I’m sure those of you reading this who have been ‘called or chosen’ know exactly what I mean! She has shown me the answer to many of these questions. creating the storms of wind and rain. blown gently on the breath of your husband/ brother Shu. I wrote the following as my “call” for Tefnut. the sweat on your brow.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt rains. or the tears from your eyes. Goddess of rain and moisture.all of that is Tefnut. that tiny drop of dew on a flowers leaf or petal. many questions: Why me? How could I possibly interest a Goddess? What am I supposed to do now? You get the idea. or a tear from your eye. in any form. so rain is usually a rarity here. sending you Her love. A waterfall. She is with me. but have found She is with me always: Tefnut. “I use rose incense or potpourri on my altar for Tefnut. Empassioned lovers wrestling. the flowing river... She is moisture. So next time you are caught in a sudden shower. 99 . “Tefnut is a gentle Goddess whose touch is the tiny raindrop. wise woman.. There have been times when I haven’t “heard” Tefnut speak to me. and haven’t regretted it once. a still pond.
Share the brilliance of your father Ra with me in the reflected sunlight on a tiny drop of dew.or perhaps you will. Enfold me in your comforting arms. the clouds.ing q e l q e =======================[ l l& e e l h. your own saliva (“tef” means “saliva”).speak softly in my ear.. the dew. If you would honor Her. Tef nut. I have only one line. honor your own sweat. your name always on my lips. l L She of the Primal Earth. knowing you are always with me. and upon occasion I sing it to myself. then honor the moisture in your breath. Perhaps one day I’ll finish it. as well as the rain. Then send me back out into the world. I have never written an entire song for this beautiful Lady. Tanent... Wise council. 2 e e e e e l e e =======================l l& 4 e Gent le on the air and fall . Whisper your words to me. sweet up on my skin. sharing with me your quiet strength. 100 . mother’s kiss Forever in my heart.. Dampen my face with your tears. was also present. fill my heart to overflowing with your love. quiet guidance.Circle of Isis Gentle.
and at the next Moon rite. Tanent is more like the Grandmother of Grandmothers. and her color is russet. the Goddess said. but in a distant way.” 101 . She is no personal nurturing mother. “I always called Her the Lady of the Fields. and knows when it is washed out to sea. The woman confirmed that she had known such a rock. “I know this Lady. If one washes out to sea. the deepest sea bottom. is where the girl would go when she needed strength and peace. flat but at an angle. the continents. you are not concerned. Wallis Budge’s Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary. She is the Earth’s core.” she exclaimed. She knows where every grain of sand is. This is the love Tanent has for us. There. and She is said to be “a primal earth goddess.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Tanent The only mention I’ve ever found of this Lady was in E. To one woman in the circle She spoke of a rock the woman had known as a child. digging your toes into the sand. She loves us. you enjoy that beach as a whole. only changed. for she holds even the seas in her arms.A. and had felt the Goddess there. We had done a contact ritual on this Lady. earth red. When you walk on the beach. You know that nothing is destroyed. All stones are hers. a large rock. however. but are not concerned with specific grains of sand.” She is so much more. and the beach remains. Yet there is more about this Lady that we found fascinating. She is indeed Primal Earth. invoked her into the Priestess.
we all knew Her. and I knew by the look on her face we’d proven our point. a War Goddess. recognized the particular “feel” of this Lady from her own practices. If She did not receive ample honor in Tamera. as if one’s body were rooted down to the core of the Earth.Circle of Isis The presence of this Goddess was naturally very heavy. loved Her. 102 . we reversed the situation. The moment Danu was present.” in Celtic tradition. It would also seem possible that the people of the British Isles reached out to the same Goddess. The woman who had know Tanent as “the Lady of the Fields. “Mother of the Gods. and rightly so. knew Her. I found it interesting that this same description had been given to me with regard to the presence of the Irish Tara. knew Her. a “feel”? Each Goddess is different. She. “Primal Earth Goddess” in Egypt.” was present. She certainly has since in other lands. In a ritual soon after. In order to confirm our findings. It was our beloved Tanent. a purpose. was present. l L It was only fitting that Neith. this is a very special Lady. too. It would seem possible that the people of Tamera reached out to a specific Goddess. and called Her Danu. and called Her Tanent. What defines a particular aspect? A type of energy. at least to our satisfaction. loved Her. we invoked Danu. Also attending our ritual that night was a Celtic High Priestess. a specific type of work.
of the hidden and the visible. of the two sides of the coin. doesn’t it? If you would honor Neith as the ancients did. She symbolizes. light oil lamps and candles in every corner of your house. the natural cycles. The Goddess Athena had the same attributes. For me. As I pointed out in the discussion of Ptah. I can accept that it might be coincidence. At the proper time. Her symbol is variously referred to as a weaving shuttle and as a shield with crossed arrows. a warrior. The oil should contain some salt. I do not know the significance of this. this combination may sound familiar to you. and at other times. and allow them to burn. We contain both God and Goddess within. reflecting her two sides. This mighty Lady displays the qualities of both. Neith is a weaver. A Goddess of both war and weaving is displaying both the power of building up and breaking down. the Tamerans often reversed words to reverse meanings. as so many do.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Neith This very ancient Goddess is also known as Net. If you are a student of Greco Roman mythology. Building up and breaking down both have their proper times. Perhaps the balance implied in the possession of both those powers implied both male and female abilities. She is both War Goddess and Goddess of Weaving. again. but it does make you wonder. 103 . this is what the Tamerans did. Neith reversed becomes Thien. We contain hormones of both sexes in our bodies. Neith was often credited with conceiving Herself. but according to Herodotus.
l L nd since the legends say that all the Gods watched. you will honor Her. on her two areas of influence. Give acceptance and honor to both types of situations. we believe these others were present as well. In that way. A 104 . Honor the male and female within you. Think on times in your own past when it was right to build up. think on her two symbols. and on those times when it was right to break down.Circle of Isis If you would know her.
Not only were there many more. but many times the attributes of two Gods were joined together and worshiped under a combination name. The following list gives brief information on other deities that have not been discussed so far. Aabit A singing Goddess. With the methods I will give you. a part of your life and work. Exploration of and learning about all of Them could be a lifetime’s work. you can contact and learn of these deities. Amen Ra. and though I am willing to give that time. and the glyphs for their names. I’d be delighted if you’d share any information you gain with our coven. by the time you read this. this book would never have been finished! We continue to work with these deities and will. 105 . for example. I find it much easier to stick with the individual deities. I must say that this practice went a little far at times because Ptah Seker Ra and similar names are only confusing to me. and others you may wish to use.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Other Gods Where once a hundred lived. make them a part of you. have discovered even more about Them. The Gods and Goddesses discussed so far are only a few of the many honored in Tamera.
and father to Khonsu. I did find a queen. His name means “hidden” and He is the unseen qualities of the Sun. X Aker An Earth God who is shown either as two heads or two lions facing in opposite directions (East and West). was husband to Mut. and not easily personal. I can only answer that I have not felt moved to work with Him to any great extent. often combined with Ra.Circle of Isis Aah A Moon God about whom I found little. while Ra represents the qualities we can sense: light and heat. as well as a symbol of the Order of the Fly. If you are wondering why He is not discussed more fully. In her tomb were found a decorated war axe that had been presented to her. Amen is represented by a ram. Amen One of the best known of the Tameran Gods. 106 . for he is said to absorb the poison from your body. What work we have done has shown Him to be distant. given for bravery. 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.
j Ami Pe A lion God. h 107 .Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Ami A Fire God. j Ami Neter A singing God. j Amutnen A Goddess of milk cows.
“He is both before and after Anubis.” 0 108 . Apuat (Also Upuat) We have done very little work with Apuat. Xj » Apet A mother Goddess. after the weighing of hearts and judgment of your soul. nursing mother. The words that came to me were.” We believe He is the one who. He helps choose the way you will travel in your next life. He is called “the opener of the ways. but what we have done has proved interesting.Circle of Isis Amu A dawn God. At the right time.” and is depicted exactly as Anubis is with one exception—he is white or gray instead of black. guides you to the place of rest.” “City of the Wolf. The Greeks called the city dedicated to Him “Lycopolis.
X Aseb A Fire God. Asbet A Fire Goddess.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Aput A messenger God. 0 Asbit. 109 . X Ashket A Goddess of the winds.
Circle of Isis Ashu Water God. X »O Aua God of gifts. K Auit Goddess of nurses and children. O K Bait Goddess of the soul. X 110 .
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Baket A hawk Goddess. He was called “Lord of the fishes and the birds of the marshes. ¾X Bata God of war and the chase. pictured as a man with a woman’s breasts.” In a recent discussion with Janet Farrar. ¾X X Bekhkhit (Bekhkhet) Goddess of dawn’s light. we were talking 111 . God of Fertility. ¾ Hapi God of the Nile.
She was symbolized by a frog. Heh God of infinity.” Mention of her is found as early as the pyramids. He is the God of the Nile. I would call on Him only if I stood next to that river.” or. he represented a wish that the recipient live for thousands of years. O Hekat (Heqet) Goddess of childbirth and protection. not all. With the exception of the frog. Her name translates as “Mistress of Magic. To me. Hapi is one of the few I would not call upon. We both felt that some. When he appeared on monuments and jewelry. not generic rivers. were “Gods of place.Circle of Isis about whether deities were bound to their original land of worship. does any of this sound familiar? ™Ý Henkheses God of the East Wind. 112 . deities of a specific area or place.
That’s a movie. f Imhotep An architect and sage who was deified because of his skill and wisdom.) j 113 . he was never a reactivated mummy. Hu The God of taste. (No.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Hesa A singing God. » Hutchai God of the West Wind.
K 114 .” » Kekuit The Goddess of the hour after sunset.” I’ve done a little work with this Lady. » Khurab A bird Goddess. The feeling I got from Her was. “Hush. » Maa The God of sight. It is time to rest. You’ve worked hard.” I felt myself enfolded in soft dark gray wings. Be still. “Bringer in of the light. “Bringer in of the night.Circle of Isis Kekui (or Keku) The God of the hour before dawn. just as it became night.
K Mahes A lion God.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Mafdet A lynx Goddess.” a cobra Goddess said to live on a specific mountain in Tamera. P 115 . K Merseger “She who loves silence. K Mathet Tree Goddess whose special purpose was to help the deceased climb into heaven.
Flowers can be offered to Him to stimulate fruitfulness. which is designed for the convenience of the doctor.Circle of Isis Mesen A blacksmith God. but no more so than the position used today. A woman squatted on two bricks to give birth. This may seem undignified. 116 . B Min The God of sexual procreativity. symbolized by a birth brick. B Meskhenet The Goddess who presides at childbirth. Bees are sacred to Him. and “long lettuce” (lactuca sativa) was supposed to help Him procreate. The ancient position used gravity to help the birth. The modern one forces the woman to fight against it.
Nerit (Neret) Goddess of strength. Menthu) War God. v 117 . Neper God of grain and the prosperity of the barley and emmer wheat crops.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Montu (Monthu. also represented by a griffin. » Nekhebet Vulture Goddess of southern Egypt. falcon headed.
X Papait (Papaet) Goddess of birth. 118 .Circle of Isis Nu The primal Water. æ Pakhet A cat Goddess. Nun God of the primal ocean.
j 119 . Pestu God of light.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Pestit Goddess of Sunrise. _ Remi A fish God. » Rekhet Goddess of knowledge personified.
Saa The God of touch.Circle of Isis Remnet A cow Goddess. and the one who decides how long the child will live. » Renpiti A God of time. X 120 . She is also one of the deities said to be present at childbirth. Her festivals were held at the end of planting season. depicted as a cobra. Renenutet Goddess of the harvest. and at the beginning of the harvest.
X j » Shesmu A God of wine. Each of us has our own Shai. our own personal destiny. j Shai A God of destiny. Sia This God personifies the perceptive mind.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Setem The God of hearing. X 121 .
She was a protector of women in childbirth. Nefertum. X Tauret Symbolized by the hippopotamus. Tait A Goddess of weaving. and Tem) Symbolized by the lotus and the setting Sun. X ~ Tum (Also Atum.Circle of Isis Sobek (Sebek) A benevolent crocodile God. j 122 .
her name means “Green One.” ¨ æO Un God of existence. æ Unta A God of light. Unit (Uneet) A star Goddess.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Uadjet Cobra Goddess of northern Egypt. æk 123 .
æ Ur Henu A Water God. ~ Utchait A Goddess of the Moon. »fX» Utekh A God of embalming. » 124 O .Circle of Isis Unti A God of light.
And ever is my Lord. No more the sistrums ring In praise of Het Heret No more the voices sing A prayer to Nebet Het. A deity only dies when forgotten. but I’m going to keep trying. It is my hope that you will come to know and love as many of these deities as we do. The ibis flies no more. v There are more. many more. and we will not forget. And no one blesses lovely Nut L 125 . And Allah’s name rings out Where once Osiris was adored. The temples have grown cold.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Utet Tefef God of the 29th day of the month. so greatly loved. I don’t think I’ll ever come to know Them all. To us they are not strange. But in our hearts. These are the deities we have come to know and love. None come there to adore. Osiris lives. l The pyramids are old. they are known and loved.
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It is also called aspecting and channeling.” the energy. and friends. some is found in books.) Basically. She may speak to the group as a whole. it is this: The Priest calls a Goddess into the Priestess who serves as the vessel. In many covens. this development of a personal relationship. Our deities are not distant judges. or to each member individually. this view of the Gods and Goddesses that I’ve shared with you? Obviously. not archetypes. and Developing Relationships With Deities lL ow did we come by this information. Meditation. not so much who they were to the Tamerans in ancient times. 129 H . (Personally. that most reflects the difference in attitude between ours and that of many other religions. teachers. brothers. Some of the methods we’ve used follow later in this chapter. the Goddess speaks through the Priestess. We worked at developing relationships with them. We worked at learning who they are to us now. coming to know the “feel. this belief is put into practice by what is often called Drawing Down the Moon. including mine. not representatives of certain kinds of energy. We believe our deities are both immanent and transcendent. To put it another way.Rituals. some of it is the result of research. they are real beings. It is this approach. You can come to know them personally. we consulted both resources. sisters. but loving parents. I avoid the latter term because of the meaning it has come to have in New Age usage. We learned about them the same way you learn to know anyone in your life. However. both here and there. the personality of each deity is the result of a very different kind of work. near us always. Ideally.
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We ask questions, get answers (sometimes before we ask the question), or just hold Her Hand and enjoy Her Presence. Of course, the same applies to an invocation of a God. I must point out that, because we are dealing with a human vessel, everything said is taken with a grain of salt. We take what is said and consider it. Serving as the vessel is also a position of great trust, and violating that trust by speaking words that are not those of the deity, but are your own, would be a most serious offense. Experienced members can often tell when a deity is present, and would know. Once this is experienced, your relationship has to be different. This gives you something you can’t get by reading a book about archaeology! If you can’t imagine this feeling, don’t worry. If you really want to have this kind of relationship with the Gods and Goddesses, you will. If my explanation has not helped you understand, it is no fault of yours, and not even mine. What I am trying to do is similar to describing what it is like to be in love. Don’t despair. You will understand...you will, if you will open your heart and try. How? There are many ways, and every teacher has his or her own, but I will share my own in the following section. The techniques detailed in these pages can be used with any pantheon. We’ve used these techniques individually and as a group. Those who were involved—students, friends, other covens— almost invariably gained something more than knowledge of the Gods. They gained a relationship with Them. To us, these Gods are not abstract ideas or energies. They are not distant unreachable energies. To us, They are known, and loved... greatly loved. Thinking of that love reminds me of another reason for developing these relationships. It’s a matter of common courtesy. One of my pet peeves is being asked “What does this Goddess do?” or “What is He the God of?” as if deities can be put 130
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in little pigeonholes. What they are really asking is what is that deity to be used for. They think nothing of calling on a deity they’ve never had anything to do with and asking for favors, and they think there is no other reason to contact a God or Goddess. I’ve saved my editor some trouble by not saying what I think of that. I will merely say that I don’t think much of that attitude. The Gods aren’t servants! They do not exist just to help us do magic. They do help with that, of course, but they do a great deal more! Would you walk up to a stranger and ask him for money? Or to do you a favor, and expect them to do it? If you were that stranger, would you be inclined to grant that favor? Probably not, and yet many people just pick a God or Goddess to ask, and expect help. Well, if you are going to ask for help, the least you can do is spend some time getting to know the deity, and letting them get to know you. It’s only polite! In addition to the meditations included here, you’ll find some rituals you can perform, adding changes to make them yours, if you like. I’ve also included information on incenses and oils, to be used in these rituals and others. For us, the feast after a ritual is an integral part of the work we do, so you’ll also find information on food and drink. As you can see, there are many ways to involve the deities in your life. Meditation, ritual, and so forth, are only a beginning. Are you an artist? Paint a picture of Them or for Them. Write a poem, a song, or a prayer. Showing Them that you want Them in your life and making a place for Them is one of the best ways to get them there! None of us will try to tell you that you will have exactly the same results with these methods that we did. Each of you are individuals, and experience is intensely personal. If your view of the Gods is different, it does not matter.
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I would never try to impose my view of any God or Goddess upon someone else. I can only share with you what I have learned, and how. I do not insist that you see Them as I do. I do not insist (as if I could) that you will develop the same intense love for and relationship with every deity you meet. I do believe that if you have not yet worked toward knowing any of the Gods personally, if there is not one God or Goddess you can say you know, you have some new joys in store. I do promise you that if you will use these techniques, and others you may know, if you will put yourself into them as we have, you will gain a treasure beyond price: a personal relationship with the Gods.
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.
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.
We refer to these as “rituals” but they are, in truth, somewhere between a ritual and a meditation. They are deliberately very simple to ensure that concentration is on the deity to be contacted. Please, note, however, that although they seem passive, they are not. The work being done is not expressed physically or verbally for the most part, but it is still work, and it is still being done. You do not need any equipment for this rite, but those who are new to this type of work may find it helpful to have a picture, statue, or symbol of the deity you are contacting. For example, we recently did a contact ritual on Shu, the Egyptian God of the Air. We used a small center altar on which we placed a yellow candle (yellow symbolizes Air for us), sandalwood incense (incense also symbolizes Air, and sandalwood is a clean fresh fragrance), and a yellow ostrich feather (Shu is portrayed wearing an ostrich feather). It helped, too, that we were having 60-mile-an-hour winds that night, but such special effects aren’t necessary. We usually perform contact rituals sitting down. Often, instead of sitting in a circle, we find a comfortable place about the living room, and cast the circle around the room. We find it more important to be comfortable than formal for this work. 135
All together four and one. Feel free to rearrange this to suit your own quarter system. So have we consecrated thee. Earth and Sky and Sun and Sea. again. 136 . Lord and Lady. God and Goddess. Sun and Sea and Earth and Sky. At this time. or any particular name. visualizing a circle of white light forming around you. Preserve. you may ask the Lord and Lady to be present. use the following: Sky and Sun and Sea and Earth. you can recite the following. 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. I recommend that you do not use names here. Sea and Earth and Sky and Sun. Teach us. now we conjure thee That thou mayest a boundary be Between the world of men we know And that the Mighty Ones shall show. If you like. If you wish to invoke the Elements.Circle of Isis Use the simplest circle casting possible. do not call Aset and Asar. and wish to continue in this vein. If you’ve used the poem above. for example. that is. A guardian and protection be For power we shall raise in thee. keep it simple. So may our circle blessed be. Join us as we call to thee. these are fine. Circle. contain it in thy sphere To aid the work we shall do here. give our wisdom birth.
We often use a “bell” chant. if you have one (and there are several in the “Songs for the Gods” section) sing an appropriate song. By cup and shield and wand and sword. you might find it helpful to chant the name. building a form suitable for the deity to enter. mentally ask the deity what He or She would have you know. and close the circle. Each person sings the name of the deity as each feels it. It is important that all involved have worked at the visualization and called the God or Goddess to come and teach. When you feel you have an answer. If this is performed by a group. Once this is done. stop chanting. also known as a free form chant. At the same time. (Oh. and would not realize that there is more there than blanking out and waiting for the deity to show up and say something. or. putting as much energy and concentration into the visualization as you are able. Begin visualizing the deity in the middle of the circle. When all have finished. 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. you may ask other questions. the leader should wait until all have finished their visit with the God or Goddess. Listen for the answer in your head. any legends of which you are aware. What you are doing is building a telesmic image. 137 . You may discuss what you know of the deity. At this point.Meditation Loving Lady. Some deities will “take over” and give you more information without your asking. We ask your presence and your light To bless the work we do this night. Mighty Lord. and almost always lovely. each person should thank the deity for what they’ve learned. whatever note or notes seem right. When you feel the presence of the deity. the work of the ritual begins. This is very effective.
Do not feel you must accept and understand every bit of information you receive. with a space of time between. Don’t worry if the information you’ve received does not match what the historians and Egyptologists have told us. research it. and gain a personal knowledge of Them you might not have imagined possible. who They are now. or it helps further those relationships. these help build personal relationships with the deities that have been introduced. and wait to see what comes later. As you grow. or share your experiences with each other. As is true of the contact rituals. they are relaxing and enjoyable. become a part of each person. We usually use them with people who are new to our coven. You will often find that although each individual has had a personal experience. You will learn what is truth and what isn’t. but will sometimes repeat them for students who have been with us awhile. This is the most important part of the ritual. there will be a thread of similarity running through those experiences. If you will use this ritual/meditation method. for it often happens that things regarding this deity may crop up. rather than a distant. and how they relate to us. Guided Meditations The following meditations are introductions to some of the Tameran deities.Circle of Isis Make notes. these rituals can have a very strong effect on the participants. Make note of it. It is also valuable to do more than one contact ritual on a specific deity. If nothing else. here and now. the deities will have more and different things to teach you. Done properly. you will learn immeasurable amounts about the Gods. 138 . We are interested in what the Gods tell us. unknowable being. The love I have always felt for Asar is nothing compared to the adoration I feel for Him now that I’ve met Him in a contact ritual. The deity will become real. work with it. Pay attention to events of the next several days.
139 . peaceful dark. Let your awareness of your body fade away..Meditation Chris and I have found it best to read these together.. Guided Meditation: Beginning Close your eyes. those involved should describe their experiences and feelings.. nurturing. You do not know where you are going. of course. The following meditation includes both a “leading away” and a “leading back. drift upon it. leaving only as much light as is necessary for the leader (or leaders) to read the meditation. he reads the narration..two.. You are surrounded and held by darkness.four. We do. and evenly.. however.Out. You are moving without effort.. no pain.two…three. a soft comforting darkness.) Your body has no weight.” These (or your own personal preference) are to be read at the beginning and the end of each meditation. but you know it is right for you to go there.from worry. the spoken words. 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. allow them to keep silent if the experience was too personal to share.. This seldom happens in a close group.from problems…there is nothing but you and the darkness.four.. the soft. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. If the deity is male. Participants should make themselves comfortable. and I.. (Short pause.. I read the narration and he reads the words of the deity.. The room should be darkened as much as possible.. Breathe slowly. After the meditation. no problems. you’ll find this type of work valuable.. without intention.. Whatever your tradition. Many groups in our area use similar meditations based on their own pantheons.. if female. You float upon it.drift away from tension. In..three..
warming you. are green stalks. The sun beats down on your body. you can conquer all. cradles you. soothing muscles. You know that they are temporary. and you open your eyes. This room is beginning to become visible. but you find that the problems and tensions you left behind have lost their power to confound you. listen. You feel your feet touch the ground. and you welcome it. 140 . the darkness lifts you. For the moment you are content to look. He is very still. you become aware of your physical surroundings.Circle of Isis (Short pause. carries you away in its undemanding softness. It feels good. Their voices drift back over the water as they call to each other. too. growing from the water. curved beak. You know. and that. a plant you recognize as papyrus. broad and full. you approach your everyday life. eyes closed. Guided Meditation: Ending Again. fishermen cast their nets.) Your movement has stopped. Some of them are singing as they work. let it out slowly. and the sounds and sights of the river. bring you a feeling of peace. that all except the Gods and the essence of yourself is temporary. At the edge of the river. as you move. Go to the guided meditation. and feel. Its head. Amongst them stands a bird with a long. You know that you bear with you the power of (subject of meditation) and with that. and seems to be thinking deep. Out on the river. Your body takes on weight. Tall palms grow beside it. soaking into your skin. serious thoughts. Meditation: Asar Pharaoh You are standing by a river. Take a deep breath. You have stopped your movement. and return to your normal state. is as it should be.
... He reaches down to help you.and you are overcome by it. and speaks. a field of barley thrives. The figure you see is tall. “The pharaohs that were my image needed homage to remind them of me. I do not. you do.your people think too much of my death. Rise.. staring at the grain before Him. His expression reveals nothing of his thoughts.. yet you feel the power of His Presence.by Him.” He muses. Without meaning to move. You become aware of a presence behind you—so powerful a presence that you hesitate to turn—yet you know you must. turned them from nomads into the progenitors of a great civilization.. in a voice that is firm. Beside Asar. and strongly built. you walk between the river and the barley field.but they did not understand.” A bit dazed.” He ponders the barley for a moment.. He wears a nemyss of dark blue and gold striped material. “This is often forgotten. He says. and you take His hand as a child might reach to its father. A slight breeze whispers through its leaves. “Think more on my life. you hear only the beating of your own heart. 141 . He reminds you that He taught his people the skill of agriculture.” He is silent for several heartbeats.Meditation Near you. For a moment. you will follow. “I tried to teach them of life and death through the grain. A pectoral of lapis lazuli with a large scarab in the center stands out against his bronze chest. His very being. almost to Himself. Then. you start to stand up. tinged perhaps with amusement. the same cloth used in his short kilt. “Walk with me.” He says and you know that where He leads.. I had to teach them through my own death. and slowly. you find yourself at his feet.
however. Go to Ending.” He says. does it have no existence?” “Who are you?” you ask. What is here. “What do you see. child. There is no Moon to give light. When you reach the figure. a swirling of shadow. waiting for your eyes to adjust. Meditation: Nebet Het You have come to rest on a solid surface. and to give you His blessing. “I am that which is not what it seems to be.Circle of Isis Just when you think He has forgotten you. the land of Egypt fades away as the familiar darkness surrounds you. you can see nothing. you stop. The voice comes again. you hear. however. He turns to bid you farewell. you hear a woman’s voice. straining to gather in the slightest hint of light. And from yet another direction. He turns back with a warming smile. “let us walk farther. and listen.” 142 . “Has the Moon only one side? Because you cannot see it. You leave Him. and feel solidity beneath your feet. and you move toward it. A long pause (at least five minutes) should be made to allow the students to experience their own time with Asar. You peer into the darkness. you discover it was a trick of the light. Although you can hear sounds around you. but when you open your eyes. Is there anything here? Out of the darkness. To your left. when your eyes are closed? Nothing. I have much to tell you. Finally. from another direction. you see a shadowy feminine figure. you wonder.” And you walk beside Him. Slowly. you find yourself in darkness. and return to the place where you began. “Come. Does that mean everything has disappeared?” Again there is silence.
curved beak. trying to be patient. stand with Nebet Het. feeling the joy of Her nearness. I am mystery. seek me not. He is very still. learning from Her. and you welcome it. “Child. eyes closed. You take it. Spend this time with Her. a plant you recognize as papyrus. broad and full. soothing muscles. Among them stands a bird with a long. you are content to look. Short pause of about one minute. you find nothing but shadows in the darkness. soaking into your skin. if you would seek me. You move quickly toward it.” You stand where you are. however. but She is there. You cannot see her clearly.” you hear from a distance. you feel Her Presence. Bid a loving farewell to the Goddess and close your eyes. and seems to be thinking serious. At the edge of the water grow tall green stalks. so am I to Khephera. and the sounds and sights of the river. Feel yourself surrounded by the comforting darkness. and Her hand is held out to you. bring you a feeling of peace. The Sun beats down on your body. Meditation: Tehuti You are standing by a river. For the moment. listen. “By misdirection do I lead. but be. and frustrated you cry out. It is time to return. “Lady!” The voice says. Its heat.Meditation You move toward the sound of her voice.” Another shadowy figure appears ahead of you and this time you are sure it is not a trick. Go to Ending. Learn what She will teach you. 143 . profound thoughts. And finally. but find nothing. “As Isis is to Ra. warming you. Tall palms grow beside it. and feel. Reaching it. It feels good.
One is drawing clean precise hieroglyphs. 144 . he seems to study you. The other walls are covered with murals and hieroglyphs. that the eyes are intelligent. The first man has a better brush and better papyrus. made of mud brick. You turn to watch its flight as it passes you. You wonder where it leads. A doorway faces you. you see a building ahead. as if it has made a decision. Inventor of hieroglyphs. It is a strange personage who approaches—the body of a man. There sit two men. Lord of wisdom. and takes to the air. The doorway is momentarily darkened as a figure enters from the courtyard. the papyrus not smooth.Circle of Isis As you watch. through the grain field. Somehow. The eyes that look on you are full of wisdom. but the work you see is not of equal quality. turns his head and looks at you. when you return the look. you do not find this strange. You find yourself in a surprisingly bright room. and you enter through it. It spreads its wings. The other’s work is rough. Your attention is drawn to a path over which the bird flies. It is possible they have the same skills. and you have the feeling that the knowledge in that long beaked head is far beyond that contained in these cubicles. even wise. the bird nods. for this is. each drawing on papyrus. Without speaking. though. After a few moments. but with the head of the bird who led you here. you realize. Master of hidden knowledge. Tehuti. you can see an open inner courtyard. and you follow it. with a pool in the middle. with windows high in the walls. You are surprised to see. You notice that the second man’s pen is blunt and crude. Lord of books and science. After a moment. he leads you to a table. his papyrus stained with ink blots. Through a door opposite. It is no wonder there is a difference in their work. he opens his eyes. On two walls are cubicles full of scrolls. the Teacher.
knowledge you must have before I can teach you the greater Mysteries.slowly.. and says. 145 . a young man who is apparently just learning to scribe.. you can feel a slight breeze. He slowly and carefully draws the same pictograph over and over...” He leads you to another scholar. Though you can see nothing. and the fish in the pool.. Meditation: Anpu You find yourself in darkness.Through the grain to the river. and you will be ready to learn what I have to teach. though the work is hard and often tedious. and learn from the feel and sound that you stand on rock and sand.. It is time to leave the Lord of Wisdom. “All these things must be prepared by you. The ink must be finely ground and of a good quality. The river fades slowly. “The proper tools are necessary. and leads you out to the courtyard. You rise and bid him a respectful farewell. He turns. The Lord shows you the plants there.” Stay here a while with the Lord Most Wise. You move your feet. You look up to see Tehuti’s eyes upon you. motions for you to follow. It gives you a feeling of vast. “There is much I have to teach you..Meditation Tehuti nods as if he knows your thoughts. There are things you must know. Prepare the tools..as the darkness reappears. You hear small sounds in the night. Go to Ending.Out the door to the path. The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. He says. The brush with which I draw must be well made. open space. but there is work for you to do. You walk back through the room of scrolls. Perhaps He will have other wisdom to share with you.
but in the darkness. reassure him or her that it is all right—he or she just wasn’t ready. At first it is the step of an animal. and after moments. of nobility—and you are alone. You are in the Valley of the Kings—burial place of pharaohs. There is a scuttling in the sand. You strain to see. the measured tread of a human. signal for the student to leave the room so you can continue.. but it is coming nearer. Another sound catches your attention. Before you can. You can’t quite tell what it is. 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 realize. try to learn what is approaching. near your feet. You can see sand. Guide of the Underworld. If more than one person is involved in the meditation. Later. What is it? A scorpion. of queens. The sound changes from one moment to the next. You may escape if you wish. the next moment. mounds. Anpu ceases to snarl. Dark spaces in them seem to indicate openings of some sort. You can see something coming. and away from the teeth revealed by His snarl.. away from this denizen of the underworld. and nearby. or some harmless serpent. where you are.Circle of Isis Your eyes are beginning to adjust to the dark. you have only to open your physical eyes and you will be safely away from those eyes that look deep into your soul. 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.closer. however. perhaps? A beetle? What is that slithering sound over there? Perhaps a horned asp. or something else. strain to hear. Guardian of the tombs. the Challenger. stop. He speaks: 146 . you cannot discern what it is—man. with no trepidation. some cliffs.) You stand.
. Grounding is a way of connecting and aligning yourself with the Elements to keep anchored when engaged in psychic or magical works. but serves as a wonderful relaxation exercise.” Anpu may have more to tell you. The valley fades away.. If you find yourself in the dark and afraid. Meditation to Connect With Nut and Geb This meditation not only connects you with these two deities. I will remove you from your fear.or unworthy to walk the ways I guard. Other Meditations From my friend Mardon come these lovely meditations/ rituals.and slowly there is total darkness. 147 . Glory in His Presence. This makes this meditation useful before any magical endeavors.. Bid Him farewell as the Valley fades away and a strange thing happens. Go to Ending.Meditation “I am the Challenger. instead of black. I guard not only the hidden ways but those who travel them. They shall not learn the deeper secrets. the head of the God seems to be golden...slowly.slowly. For a moment. “You have faced my challenge and you shall learn. feel my hand holding yours.. for that in itself may teach you much. as well as a good way to ground yourself. It is time to leave the Valley of the Kings and Lord Anpu. shall not see that which is hidden.. it is also handy to use whenever you feel you need to rid yourself of excess or unwanted energies. or you just feel unconnected. Stay awhile in the presence of this mighty God. reach out into the darkness.. Those who cannot face me are unready. Know this.
With your eyes closed. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Ra’s healing energies. allow Him to leave. Feel the heat of the Sun as it beams down on your outstretched limbs. Get away from that computer. feel yourself relaxed. and disappointments leave your body. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. visualize rich green and brown energy entering your body. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the golden light to massage and sooth the stress from you. visualize gray and black energy leaving your body. 148 . With each breath you take in. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed.Circle of Isis Step One: Get comfortable. Turn your palms upward and visualize cool raindrops falling gently into your palms. from your feet. visualize strong roots expanding from your body. move to your legs. as you exhale. digging deeply into the earth below you. taking with him the stress and tension in your body. spine. visualize strong branches like a tree stretching up into the sky. This is Ra. turn off the TV and the radio. Step Two: Scanning. Once Ra reaches the outer limits of your body. Unplug the phone. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. and continue up your body (include the arms). visualize a golden ball of light forming at your feet. with each exhalation. Step Three: Completely relaxed. surprises.) Breath deeply as you inhale. Start with your feet. and lower body. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. see the day’s worries. (You are connecting with Geb. Do this for about 10 breaths before moving on to the next step.
taking with Him the stress and tension in your body. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the blue light to massage and sooth the stress from you. see the day’s worries. before history when the first seeds of life were introduced into the womb of the Goddess. With your eyes closed. Unplug the phone. Get away from that computer. Allow it to mingle and course through your body. and then the Branches extended to Nut retracting back into your being. surprises. and disappointments leave your body. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Nun’s nurturing energies. turn off the TV and radio. With each breath you take in. and continue up your body (include the arms). This is Nun. Step Six: Meditation to Connect With Ra and Nun This ritual connects you with Ra (Fire) and Nun (Water). allow Him to leave. Step Two: Scanning. Start with your feet. feel yourself relaxed. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. as well as to establish new path workings.Meditation Step Five: Mixing the energies. with each exhalation. This ritual should be used to consecrate new beginnings. 149 . visualize a blue ball of light forming at your feet. Once He reaches the outer limits of your body. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. move to your legs. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. Ending the ritual. Step One: Get comfortable. The energy you get from Nut is going to feel very different from the energy you draw up from Geb. It is also commonly used to find an end to a conflict within. Visualize the roots extended into Geb returning to your body. It is symbolic of the time before time.
visualize a streak of lightning coursing down from the heavens and joining with the waters. and used by a close friend to help him quit smoking. Step Five: At the moment the lightning strikes the waters. As the waters flow off your flesh. used successfully as a fertility ritual. The original purpose was to eliminate negative energies. but the powers of this type of visualization have become limitless. (This will be almost instantaneous from the time the lightning strikes the water. Keep in mind this ritual can have any purpose. In the past it has been used to eliminate negative energies. and nothing else. The waves crashing on the shore become distant and the heartbeats of you and Nun become one. Ending the ritual. (This is a great bath ritual by the way!) As you slip under the waters your heartbeat becomes one with the ocean. Step Six: 150 . Visualize the lightning dispersing from the waters. This is where you began your life. Allow the energies to flow naturally with one another. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. Try to limit your thoughts to the goal at hand. the objective of the ritual is set into motion. visualize what it is you want to do. Feel the cooling waters surrounding you as you sink deeply into the womb of the Goddess.) At this time. visualize yourself coming up from the depths of the primordial waters.Circle of Isis Step Three: Completely relaxed. As you rise just above the waters it is a good idea to begin the relaxation and grounding ritual which will again center and ground you. visualize yourself as the ocean.
It is more important that the rituals touch you than that you do them exactly as I have written them. of course. There were celebrations of many kinds in Tamera. in fact. The rituals you will find here are written with that mindset. and we work with the Tameran Gods. they are not necessarily traditional with us.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. Sothistar is not trying to recreate the ancient Egyptian religion. but even if we should wish to perform a crossing over rite. as you can tell by the Calendar (page 267). these would not be suitable in most situations. we would add our own touches to make the ritual uniquely Sothistar’s. they had several of them. We have.” I urge you to add as many personal touches as you wish. If we performed these rites. very detailed records of the funeral ceremonies. and although they may contain elements found in Sothistar’s rituals and/or may have been performed by our coven. 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. We are a Wiccan coven. None of this is unexpected. but I seriously doubt they were circle ceremonies. 151 . just as I hope you will make the ritual uniquely yours. They were not Witches! They had their own religion. As I have said.
You may. and with those who called upon Them. The lady Nebet Het. it has become traditional for our Harvest or Hallows feast to be made up of dishes that might have been served in ancient Egypt. draw the symbol of the throne to the East. Below you will find a Circle Opening and a Circle Closing to be used with the two rituals. Incenses and oils are. Over the years. part of ritual for us. Our big rituals are usually followed by a potluck feast. draw there glyph for Asar.Circle of Isis Music is something often found in our rituals. or use your own. To my left. Turn to the North. of course. saying. This has always added to our feeling of connection with our deities. Using a wand. y 152 . or athame. Turn to the West and draw there the hieroglyph for Nebet Het. If the individual or group has a special circle opening for calling the Elements. use them with other rituals if you like. this section contains songs for many of the Tameran deities. saying. staff. it may be performed before this opening. In this section I’ve included a list of foods and spices that were available to the Tamerans. The Lady Aset stands before me. behind me. and some recipes we’ve discovered. saying. and there’s a collection of recipes for these in this section. If you would like to include it in yours. Circle Opening All gather at the place of the ritual. my Lord Asar. of course.
face East and make a sweeping motion above your head from the Eastern edge of the circle to the Western edge. Safe I stand within the Gods Blessed be the Work done within this sphere. Circle Closing Begin at the East and as you mention each deities name. The rite is ended. If not. the Lady Nebet Het. but this time with the wand lowered.Rituals Turn to the South. and Lord Geb for their protection and guidance. Lady Nut. and say. protection. and bow. Face East again. saying. Lord Heru. saying. 153 . rap on the altar and say. Geb below me. Lord Asar. To my right. Our Work is ended. it may be done now. ‚ Again. my Lord Heru. If you have a formal circle closing. We thank the Lady Aset. turn in that direction. and guidance we have received from these deities continue. Proceed with the ritual. Although we shall leave our formal circle. we ask that the love. Make another sweeping motion from West to East. and draw there the Eye of Horus saying. for we shall ever be in need of those blessings. Nut above me.
This ritual celebrates the births of the five deities. the date of the rising of Sirius. born of the sky. one by one. 154 . Five they were. Information on traditional foods can be found later in this section. bows and says: Praise to Thee. with joy and love. I am unaware of any traditional birth dates for deities of other pantheons. we are gathered here to celebrate. A participant should be chosen to represent each of the five deities. Priest: Priestess goes to the participant representing Asar. Priestess: Five they were. Receive Thee our love and adoration as we celebrate the day of your birth. God of Life. this ritual can (and should be) followed by a potluck feast. Let us first honor Them. Lord of Death.Circle of Isis Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods For many years. three sons and two daughters. Asar. eldest Son of Nut. so we celebrated the birthdays of all the Gods and Goddesses of all pantheons at this party. All others in the circle should be given (or choose) the name of other deities of the Egyptian pantheon (or any pantheon). To add to the spirit of the celebration. Ruler of the Unborn. These celebrations were held on the Saturday or Sunday that fell within the five days preceding July 19th. if you wish. fathered by the Earth. Circle Is Opened Priest: My friends. born one each day in the five days not of the year. Five were born of the sky mother. to celebrate the birth of five Egyptian deities. Sothistar held a “Birthday of the God/ dess” party. but is designed so that you may add names in order to celebrate Gods of all pantheons. the birthday of five deities worshiped in an ancient land.
Priest goes to one chosen to represent Nebet Het. Know Thou of our love as we celebrate your birth. and you will serve me. and meditation. then honor yourselves. I will come when I choose. nor understand. happily do we praise Thee. Lady of the Womb. but that does not limit my power. I am all that is Woman. for I am both. Lord of all. bows and says: Beautiful Nebet Het. If you would honor me. It is my voice you hear in the last sigh of death and the first cry of birth. Mistress of all Magic. Do not seek to know me. honor that which you do not know. Magic is mine. bows and says: Her Ur. Mother. I am the grain that must fall if life is to be renewed. hear our joy as we celebrate the time of thy birth. Little known am I. Serve them. Aset: I am my mother’s first daughter the fullness of the Moon am I. Lady of the House. bows and says: All love to Thee. for all creation is mine. If you would honor me. our hearts rejoice at Your presence on the day of your birth. Mystery is mine. 155 . then honor all phases of life including its end. Daughter of the Sky. watching all. Aset. honor praise we bring to Thee. Lady of the Moon. seeing all through the Sun and the Moon. all its strengths and all its burdens. Priest goes to the one representing Aset. honor all my children. I am the brightness of learning. Nebet Het: All that is unseen am I all that is unknown.Rituals Asar: First born of our mother am I. Thou Great Face. and power. Thou Great Sky. Heru: I am the sky beyond the sky. If you would honor me. Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Heru. first to call it beloved. and when you least expect me. first to see the land. and I shall be with you when your life begins and when it ceases. If you would honor me.
hear our praise as we honor the season of your birth. saying: The Mother of these Gods. honor all of them. with love and praise. and passes the chalice on. honoring this Great God. wind scouring. taking within you the Mother of the Gods. for they do not see that I give by cutting away. Priest raises the bread. Those who do not understand see me as evil. the Priest takes up the bread. Geb. storm bringer. Priest and priestess return to their original positions. Priestess raises the chalice in a salute. Lord of the Earth. I cleanse. We cannot honor Them. When that chalice has returned. reaper of the grain. If you would honor me. Set: I am the desert storm. Priestess takes up the chalice. as much as possible. the womb from which they came forth. without honoring Her. Hear us. then honor your eternal selves. rejoicing in the strength and beauty of His seed. Let us now. that we may. sand blasting. saying: Nor can we celebrate this birth without honoring the Father of the Gods. takes a small piece and eats it. for that is what I honor in my work. When the bread has returned. Mighty Set! Sword wielder. rejoicing in the joy and pain of birth. 156 .Circle of Isis Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Set. bows and says: Hail. He then passes the plate to the next person. we know that there are others of other lands equally worthy of honor. sips from it. Partake of the bread. the Lady Nut. Partake of the cup. in that spirit. the Priestess says: Though we honor the deities of ancient Egypt with this rite. and passes it to the Priest who follows suit. was the Goddess of the Sky. call out the names of other Lords and Ladies. but not gently.
those present can rotate. you do it again. choose a deity to serve as protector of the child. 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. Priestess: We are gathered to celebrate a joyous event: a loved one has returned to us.Rituals She calls out a name and the others follow suit around the circle. each person sings the name. several times. Suggestions can be found at the end of each speech. The Rite of Blessing a Child Before the rite. Circle Is Opened. one person should be chosen to represent each of the Gods who bring a gift to the child. If possible. Most of the deities mentioned in this rite are traditionally connected with childbirth. remembering as we do that this is as much a part of our celebration as this ritual. in whatever notes they choose. and prepare a child’s amulet as detailed on page 199. (To parents) Bring the child forth. It will be most effective if. 157 . Circle Is Closed. If desired. If. with careful thought. you will find it quite lovely and moving. If enough people are not available. 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. Priest: A soul has entrusted itself and its upbringing to two of our members. A small cloth or leather bag to hold the amulet should also be prepared. after you’ve gone around the circle once. instead of calling out the names. the parents should.
Priestess: The naming is done. we can direct our children along the path we have chosen. Priest: Until that time.) Khnum: Heqet: 158 . midwife. name this child. do I bring the gift of guidance throughout life. (A tiny pot. however. do I bright the gift of health.) In the name of Heqet. or chip of baked clay. (A small frog charm. Mistress of Magic. Priest: As we rejoice in this returning of a loved one. let us bring to this small one the gifts of the Gods. And we can place them under the protection of the Gods as we know and love Them. each person stepping forward to bestow a gift.) Priestess: In the name of Aset. (child’s name) Priest: The Lord Asar has sent forth _______________ . But He sends no spirit forth alone.) From Khnum who created the seed for the body of this child. Priestess: It is not our right to choose the path our children will follow. If symbols of the gifts are presented. Parents may stand in the center of the circle. they should be given to the parent not holding the child. that this small spirit may both love and be loved in return. Before the Gods.Circle of Isis Parents step forward with child to stand facing Priest and Priestess. That choice belongs to each individual. When this child has reached the age of decision he/ she will choose the way of the spirit that is right for him/her. or the child may be carried around the circle. (A small compass. another from the Land of the Unborn. do I bring power. (A small heart. In the name of the Father of All. do I give the gift of love. Birth Giver.
) What deity have you chosen to protect this child? Parents name deity. If godparents have been chosen. (Deity name) Priest/ess: _________________ . The amulet and a small symbol of the deity shall be placed in the bag that is placed around the child’s neck. gives the ability to see the truth. 159 . (goddessmother) Priestess: Before the Gods. brings the gift of humor. The other will read the words of the amulet. Priestess reads the following. and the voice which speaks the words be heard by all as your voice. they should be called forth at this time. as though he/she were born from your womb? Goddessmother responds.Rituals Bes: Bes. of healing laughter.) Anpu: Priest: Anpu. take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. let your power enter this amulet. I bring a foundation on which this child may stand firm throughout life. Priest/ess reads amulet. Guardian of Souls. (A small candle. and if need should come. __________________ . (Small item of silliness. the Priest. or a song may be inserted here. (A tiny chip of brick. let their truth be your truth. will you. Amulet is brought forth and held toward center of circle. Let the words written here be your words. The name of the God or Goddess may be chanted or sung. if a Goddess. God of joy and protection. of joy.) Meshkenet: In the name of She who is the foundation on which birth takes place. All envision the power of the deity entering the amulet. If a God has been chosen. for his/her physical well-being.
Mother of All.Circle of Isis Priest: (godfather) Before the Gods. Be ever at my side that I may be the father to my son/daughter You are to me. Lord of Life and Death. help me to raise my child with love and wisdom. ______________ . take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. or words of her own choosing. for his/her physical wellbeing. Priestess: . Can we do less? Let us each promise our love and protection to this small one. leading him/her in the right ways. Mistress of Magic. into my hands you have given this child. Priestess: This child. Mother now comes before altar and prays in these words. or words of his own choosing. My Lord Asar. The godparents step back into the circle. as though he/she were grown from your seed? Godfather responds. and if need should come. though he/she comes to you in this small body. will you. who. Father of all. Guide me that I may guide her/him to full growth. Strengthen me that I may ever be a source of strength to her/him. born to our brother and sister. (Mother) Mother makes vows. My Lady Aset. what vows do you make to this small spirit who may be even older and wiser that any here? Father makes vows. (Father) Priest: . Father steps forward and prays in these words. what vows will you make to this child. may have carried you in her/his arms in another life. 160 . is now under the protection of the Gods. Be ever by my side that I may be the mother to my son/daughter You are to me.
words came out of the priestess’s mouth in addition to what had been written. each with a different statue of this Lady on it. 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. Once that is done. I wish someone had written them down! One thing you might do. do not light the quarter candles at that time. 161 . after everyone is gathered and before you start the ritual. Our work is done. as so often happens. of the type that have room in the back for a votive which. Get everyone to sing the “meow meow meow meow” song found in a certain cat food commercial. Priest: May we always be worthy of the trust the Gods have placed in us. is let everyone get a certain something out of their systems. Circle Is Closed. when burning. so you might as well let them do it. one of the traditional dates for a festival of Bast. However. The purpose of this is to get everyone in tune and together. with colors and other decorations relating to the Elements. That way it’s not going to appear in the middle of the ritual. At this point.Rituals Child is carried around circle as each member makes promise. which made it more powerful. When the quarters are called. Festival of Bast We performed this as a public ritual about November 16th. Only the candles on the main altar are burning. give everyone a few minutes to settle down. The Charge of Bast as it appears in the ritual is shown as it was written. It’s there anyway. shines through the eyes of the statue. For our ritual we had altars at each quarter. We also had a center altar with a large bust of Bast on it.
All candles on center altar extinguished. Let the flames come out of the darkness. and will perhaps take away a bit of Her Self. But we also hope to make this ritual a learning experience. East: Lady Bast! Bring to us the light out of darkness. We sing hymn to Bast. Priestess: Before we light them again. We hope you will take away with you some knowledge about this beloved Goddess. from the dark depths of the sea. Let the winds blow Your inspiration to us. whose Name we celebrate today. West: Lady Bast. Priest: Welcome to the Festival of Bast. 162 . calling Her to teach us. This is a celebration. South: Daughter of the Sun! Bring to us the fire from midnight.) Priest: It was the custom in ancient Egypt to extinguish all lights at this time.Circle of Isis Quarters are called. and relight them. to the light-sparkled streams. let us chant to the Lady Bast. So shall we do so now. (Song can be found on page 174. true. Let us continue this chant until we are told to stop. North: Lady Bast. the Festival of Lights. let Your strength rise from the dark Earth to bring us knowledge of Your true self. and we will dance and sing. bring us Your love.
Oh my dear ones! Yes. beginning to light candles clockwise. relight main candles. but this time. call Her within you and listen to what She might have to say only to you. Will you learn my lessons? Or will you hide from me and all I have to give you? Think. and when the lesson is done. Then take one of the candles on the center altar and go to a quarter.. Know this. but you must first go through the dark night to reach that light. She may speak in your mind and heart. now. the light comes. I am there with you and that light is found through the learning. Be still and listen. And in silence shall I be heard. that which I teach. call this Lady to you personally. I can be the gentle light of dawn.Rituals All chant the Mau Bast chant until Priestess speaking for Bast chooses to speak. I can be the nurturing Sun. chant: 163 . When you feel the time is right. It is here in the darkness that my lessons are taught. What will you do? Priestess: Let us chant again. and the nurturing rays of the Sun will warm your day. the night prowler. No! My symbol is the wild jungle cat. sovereign and proud. is not easily learned. During this time. the fierce hunter.is my name. My symbol is not the domestic cat that is dependent on humans for its sustenance. (The word “silence” should be spoken loudly and in a commanding tone of voice that all become silent. the dawn comes. at which time the speech should continue) Charge of Bast: (loudly) Silence. when the lessons are most painful. in the times when learning is the hardest. That which I bring.. in the dark.
We will feast. 164 . When the time is right. continue. Priestess: Let us end our circle.Circle of Isis c e e E e e q ========================l l & e e q e e q l e What we learned in the night we will bring in . 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. When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast.to the light. Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun. until it seems like people are ready to stop. continue. sing. Priest: From the darkness comes the light.to the light. E E E E E e q e e q e e q l l========================[ & l What we learned in the night we will bring in .) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. make music and dance all in Her presence! Circle Is Closed. (The tune is the same as the chant above. Sing the following song.
lL Songs for the Gods These songs can be used in a ritual. and it would be unusual for us to have a ritual without some kind of song or chant involved. That’s been one of the ways I’ve developed those relationships. so not only is it pleasant. q q l=======================[ & h l l He ru! He ru! He! 165 . In the earlier discussion on building personal relationships with the deities. but it is magically effective to use songs everyone can sing.ru! of A .ing. He . Music is very important in our tradition. Nothing brings a group of people together like singing. We use them often. Bright Lord.ru! of morn .ru! of A .sar. I mentioned writing songs for them. Some came when I needed a song for a specific deity. He . as invocations. He . He . I do know that after they were written I seemed to have a close relationship with the deity the song was about. Others seemed to come on their own. or simply to praise a specific deity.set.ru! Î l h Î Î h. Hymn to Heru Q Q H Q Î q Îl q Q l =======================l l &c h q Î l h He He He He After last verse - ru! ru! ru! ru! He He He He - ru! ru! ru! ru! Young Lord Born Son Lord. but I’m not sure if I wrote the songs because I had that relationship. or the relationship existed because I wrote the song. These were written at various times in my life.
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ty that’s blind . I will show you my La dy.it that sings? Seek you un . Moth-er and friend? see? Are there worlds you would know? Seek you pow .light Would your spir . 2.den ways? truth? 168 .dy.er to grow? 1. my La .ing to H E E Q Q Q Q.ing ma .gic wis . =============l=Q Q E =========l [ l& Come with me. E E E Q E E Q l l l =======================l l& joy? Seek you love with .al? face the Jack .al? # q =======================l [ l& q l q q q #q l w q q Do Can you you dare bear to to walk face the the hid .den truth? Can you bear to to # ä ä =======================l l& q e e e q l q q q q l q e e e q face face the the Jack . I I will will show you show you my La . Come with me.ter. e H Q.out end? Sis .fold seek .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 . H E E E l h q E l Q.den hid . 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 .al? Jack .den ways? Do you dare the hid . E E H l E E Q Q ] q Q q l Q Q Q =======================l l& Come with me.al? Do you dare Can you bear to to face the Jack .dy.Circle of Isis Hymn to Aset 3 Q.
thys Neph .thys Neb .ness of the womb.et Neph . flight. e e e e h e =======================l l l& Life Stars flow . Soft the sounds of wings in si .ful thought .ful am thought .ter -y. Het.ter -y. I I I b H E q h ] e e E e q e =======================l l& am am am thought .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 . I the star .lence. Thy bough.thys Neph .ter -y. Het.ful b Q h l e x x e e e l h e =======================l l& q si . si .ful si . Whis-pered winds through limbs of tomb. 169 . e e e h e e =======================l l l& Down Trees to with the their depth limbs of in the the Earth. Thou.et Neph . Thou art art.ness of the si . Sky. e q l q h.ing reach . Neph . e e e & c l=======================l Roots Trees reach .et Het Dark Het Dark Het Dark La La La dy dy dy of of of mys .light in the night.ful thought . trees.lence.lence. Hymn to Het Heret e l e e h h.lence.thys Neb Neb Neb et et et Het. e H.led from sweet the on world’s heart. mys . Q e e q l q e e q } ======================= l&b e e e e q l Neph .lence. Sky. I the chor . et.ful am thought . e h.thys Neb . mys .us of the breeze.lence. I am thought . e q e e l =======================[ l& My My La La dy dy Het Het Her Her et. I am the still .ing nest . si .thys Neb .ing in up to to the the Earth.
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.try. # Q h h l h îl =======================[ l l & q.er! Mourn.er. for my Love. Moth .lov .ter. # w lh e e e =======================l l& h e e e el h e e e e l e Weep. my sis . # =======================l l& h e e e e l h e e e E l h e e e el w Mourn. # E e e l w l h e e e =======================l l & h. e l h e e e weep for your son. my sis . The king is gone. Your son is gone! Your son is gone! Weep. # e l h e e e ========================l l& h e e e el w lh e e e e mourn.mer . Moth . my coun .er. mourn.try. Mourn. Our broth-er’s gone.er.a. 170 . 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 . Our broth-er’s gone. oh. mourn. gone. weep for our broth . Weep for the king. for your son. The king is # e e l w e e e w l h =======================l l& e l h. Be . for our broth .ed land.ter. e e q e l e q e e e weep for our Lord. Weep. my coun . oh.
to life! Come to thy house and ease the pain! Oh.ti . e l h =======================l l &b h e boy. and bring the joy back b Î l =======================l l &b e e q e e e q e l e e q.ter. oh be beau .Songs for the Gods Lament of Isis and Nephthys Q Q bb 3 e =======================l e e l q. who mourn thee. Come to home those to who those who love thee. q l h l h l& 4 Come Come back. oh beau . b =======================l l & b e e e q e l e e e q.ful boy. 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. e in . l e e e q e Come to thy sis . wait in mourn . back. Come home to b Î l q l H q =======================[ l &b h q l q q q l q those who love thee.ed ful of b e e l h e e l h. come back.ti lov . who call! 171 . come back.ing. come to thy wife. all.
=======================l [ l& e e e when they raise their eyes for they see not with How you cov .er Rul . Ra. to see.en. high. the world with your love.er all Thou art beau .bove raise their eyes. Hymn to Nut To be sung moderately slow and softly.ly Fa . 172 . all gold shi praise en ning to one! bright! Thee! H E ä Î E H E E b E l & l=======================l Hail.ther Thou who he in art shines. Hail. Life. # e h. King.ces voi .ces voi . see see on they high with ly are a my sky blind bove heart.Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra To be sung brightly and quickly.ful a . Ra. # e e e q l e e h.er I can I can see Nut. high. O thou art. e h.ces ring ring ring in in in praise praise praise of of of Ra.ers Moth . 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. their hearts but their minds. Rul . e e =======================l l& c l Oth .ti . our heav . Q H b e Q q l Q e =======================l l& c q Bright . Hail.er of of of the the the sky sky sky E E E E E E l Q q h =======================[ l&b e e l Let Let Let your your your voi . our our our King. King.er Rul .
See a .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 . Warm us us us si in with with ris. 173 . ris. Lord. Olands. The Potter =======================l l & c e e q e e e e l q e e q. e e e e Soul turn join to the Wheel of Life the pot . Lord. your flame.ly si of life is two and thy ris.ter’s wheel as as it it spins.roah King of Ho . your hands. Khu spins.ter’s wheel as the Wheel of Life as it it spins. spins. O O O O si si si si ris.tain that’s tossed a soul. e l e e q spins! spins! Khu Khu num! num! Feel the hand And with death of we the are might . ris. your breath.ter’s the Wheel of wheel Life as as it it h e e e e =======================l l & q.Songs for the Gods Hymn to Osiris E E h e e h l e e =======================l l& c e e O Pha . ris. e Hear See the sound of the soul on the pot . Fill name. Î e e =======================[ l l& e e h l h. Lord. Hold death.side will the re - e =============l==========[ l l& q q e h. 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 .
174 . 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 .its Lad . er. q. pear. w q e e e l e l =======================[ l &b q Bes Bes is is a a gi gi ant ant to to me. b q q e e l q e e =======================l l& h. Bast. Mau Mau Bast.Circle of Isis Hymn to Bast q l q q h l w q q q =======================l l& c l w Lad . Might .y Cat with of eyes the of Mid .night Fire.y God . gives has me a pow pow er. Mau ye near. q q h l q q q q l q q h l w l w l =======================[ l& we must know if our spir . q q l q h l bQ Q q q q q q =======================l l& Lad . Bes Bes gives shows me me strength.sire.ing will hearts it ap so. call your name. gives strength found me in laugh laugh ter. joy. Mau Bast.en flame. Bast. Hymn to Bes b H. gold .ing.y hear. ter. 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. q q q e e e e l =======================l l& c Bes Bes gives me teach .y To our if you wait . see.es joy. help Hear us us learn what call . me.dess are be to grow.
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We know they also had sesame. Many of us use incense frequently. and probably sandalwood. so the fragrance of the incense reminded them of and turned their minds toward the Gods. Say nothing you don’t want Them to hear! Use incense during any meetings you have that relate to your religion. let the fragrance of this incense remind me ever of You. 176 . and take care with what you say. both in and out of ritual. a kind of calamus (sweet flag). a type of oregano. whether or not it relates to your path. incenses served two spiritual purposes. say a small prayer. Continue to use incense when the mood strikes you.lL Incenses and Oils To the Tamerans. to remember that its smoke carries your words to the Gods.” Make an effort. The use of incense “just because we want to” can have one of two effects. as you smell the incense. For example: “Lord and Ladies. or it can bring those feelings into our everyday lives. coriander. too. but as you light it. It can lessen our feelings about the magical uses of incense. They also believed the smoke carried their prayers to the Gods. cumin. cardomom. The result is up to you. you could use them to set the mood for any meeting. and violets. The Gods were said to have a very sweet smell. Most of the “perfumes” mentioned in the various ancient writings were actually scented oils. anise. For that matter. Among the scents the Tamerans were known to use were myrrh.
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. Maria Blumberg’s Incenses Maria Blumberg is a friend.” You can. resinous ingredients. There are many recipes you can find for this. use them as they are. Mix all batches together. just for you. add red wine to moisten. we do not restrict ourselves to plants and materials that were available to those ancients. Mix together groups by nature: first. then powdery ones. Just as we do not necessarily view the Tameran deities as the Tamerans did. and partially from “feel. Roll balls in benzoin. Craft sister. and documentary maker who created these incenses just for this book. so if you must use it inside. have good ventilation. the best-known incense connected with Egypt is Kyphi. and therefore. Kyphi First. partially from research. then roll into ¾" balls.Incenses and Oils The following recipes were developed by people. 177 . Lay out on waxed paper for a week or more. Every Kyphi recipe I’ve tried is very smoky. or you can develop your own. of course. It is more important that an incense seem right to you than it be historically accurate.
178 . Mix until scent is heavy.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. add green food coloring. Blend in oil. jasmine. Blend. and warm. floral. and ylang ylang oils. Blend in oil. Add oil or bouquet. 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. 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. Lotus Bouquet (Courtesy of Scott Cunningham) Equal parts rose. white musk. Add oils. 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. If you like.
noxious smell. to some.) Grind and blend together.Incenses and Oils Sekhmet 3 2 1 7 1 parts red sandalwood 3 parts cinnamon parts myrrh 1 part benzoin part catnip ½ part dragon’s blood reed drops cedarwood oil small pinch asafoetida (optional) (This herb has a very strong and. please.) Tehuti 1 part white sage ½ part bay ½ part rosemary ¾ part cinnamon 1 part cedar 179 . Mara‘s Recipes Heru 1 part amber 1 part clove ½ part bay 1 part dragon’s blood 1 part red sandalwood 2 drops vanilla oil 1 ¼ ½ 1 2 parts cinnamon ¼ part horehound Sekhmet 1 part cinnamon 1 part cat’s claw Anpu part amber 1 part frankincense part myrrh 1 part cinnamon part cloves ¼ part dragon’s blood drop musk oil (synthetic. The “real” thing would require the death of an animal.
Isis Oil 5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender Add to ¼ oz. 180 .Circle of Isis Benu (Phoenix) 2 part cinnamon ¼ part myrrh 2 drops amber oil 1 part clove ½ part arabica Recipes From Seahorse Isis Incense 3 parts myrrh 2 parts sandalwood 1 part frankincense 1 part rose petals A few drops musk (again. of almond or grapeseed oil.) Osiris Incense 2 parts benzoin 1 part pine 1 part patchouli 4 parts frankincense 1 part juniper berries 4 drops frankincense 1 drop cinnamon 1 part cedar 1 part myrrh Ra Incense 2 parts orange peel 1 part myrrh Ra Oil 3 drops orange Add to ¼ oz. of almond or grapeseed oil. please use the synthetic.
” This could be red because of the grain used. many of which are familiar to us. can be consumed later. and wine. by the way. it was strained and drunk. we like to include some dish that might have been served in Tamera. The beverage only kept for a day or so before it became undrinkable. There is also mention in both legend and literature of “red beer.) The Tamerans used a wide variety of foods. or use the proper beverage or food for an offering. the mixture would have fermented enough to be alcoholic. this chapter may be of use to you. any malt liquor will serve as well symbolically. or because 181 . beer. as far as I can tell.lL Food and Drink As is true with many covens. If you prefer not to bother.) These were lightly cooked. and leave the food outside for the wild animals. milk. The sprouts and some water were ground into moist dough and formed into cakes. the very way we make sprouts for salads and sandwiches. (Offerings. At this point. After a day or two. We usually pour a liquid onto the ground. The grain was first sprouted in. Whenever possible. Almost any grain could be made into beer. then broken up into water. If you wish to do this. our celebrations usually include a potluck feast. (Only one source mentions an addition of yeast. Beverages The beverages most often mentioned in Tameran writings are water.
God of Fertility. the caveman discovered booze in the first place!) Surely. If you agree. dark place. you might want to try the following mead recipe. We don’t know at our house. Strain and bottle. 182 . Add a package of yeast. We have found mention of Tamerans drinking beer sweetened with honey that resembled mead. This is no lightweight drink.Circle of Isis of an additive. and mix. Refrigerate until it settles (two or three days). This is drinkable now. Be careful. 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. (If you wish to include herbs and spices. The yeast that causes fermentation is airborne. It winds up being about 60 proof. Keep in a cool. Consider the following: The Tamerans had honey. were sacred to Min. Cover with plastic wrap or plastic bags and allow for expansion.) Cool down to just above body temperature. The bees. A legend regarding Sekhmet (and sometimes Hathor) included beer either colored with pomegranate juice or ochre. add them while it cooks. (I think this is how Og. 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 dark place and let it sit for seven days. over thousands of years. and therefore the honey they created. Put in a large container. because it never lasts that long. The Nile Valley is very hot. 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. someone noticed this transformation. but I’m told that it is even better after it has been aged for several months.
cool.Food and Drink For those of you who do not wish to consume an alcoholic drink. Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation. Nonalcoholic Mead 1 quart honey ½ cup lemon juice 3 quarts distilled water Boil five minutes. the following is a recipe for a nonalcoholic mead. They are: L Malmsey (a madeira dessert wine) L Rainwater L Nebbilio L Amarone L Nebbilio L Est madeira d’Alba est est Grigio L Pinot Wines related to Eygptian wines are: L Savignon blanc (similar to wines from the Delta) L L’Tour Blanc (has a picture of a shrine to Asar on its label) 183 . and bottle immediately. Wine Even now there are wines available whose original grape stock came from Egypt.
With your hands or a rolling pin. using yeast. and found its way to Egypt. bottle of beer 1½ tsp. airborne yeast. The name Kamut is modern. It is possible that homemade beer was used in this way. Fry in oil until brown on both sides. This is a recipe for “Beer Bread” that used a 12-ounce bottle of beer as a leavening agent. and. the breads do seem to have been both flat. Or Make eight small balls and then flatten them to about ¼". bake for 45 minutes. honey 1 12 oz. Beer Bread 5 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp. Most breads seemed to be made of emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum). and leavened breads. Knead for about 10 minutes. 184 . onions and so forth could be added for a different flavor. This variety was brought to the United States and named “Kamut” because it was thought that it meant “wheat” in ancient Egypt. or unleavened breads. at 350 degrees. For many health reasons. Rather than depend on wild. Some skilled bakers added honey or fruit to the dough. On a baking sheet.Circle of Isis Foods Breads There are many kinds of breads mentioned in Tameran literature. just as bread was made to make beer. although we don’t know what all the different names mean. Divide the dough into four pieces and shape into balls. Cover in a bowl and let it rise for about an hour. it is likely that the Tamerans had a type of sourdough. consisting of flour and water. Kamut is becoming more available in the United States. Spices. widely used in the Fertile Crescent. flatten each ball to about ½". salt Combine ingredients. Kamut is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat.
”) Other vegetables commonly used were carrots. Fruits and Vegetables Onions were a very popular vegetable in Tamera. Other spices used were dill. chervil. (Talk about destiny! Long before I found the Craft.) Archaeologists have found watercress seeds in Egypt. the seeds are called coriander. leeks. fennel. “I belong to the Onion Lover’s Club. salt 1½ cups hot milk Combine the ingredients. and garlic. Shape into balls and flatten into circles. 185 . or fry in hot oil five minutes on each side. safflower. spinach. lentils. sesame. turnips. Barley Cakes 3 cups barley flour ¾ cup raisins ¼ tsp. It’s one of my favorites. (Check an oriental food store for these.Food and Drink Barley was another grain popular in Tamera. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. radishes. Beans of many kinds were prevalent. thyme. Seasonings Both coriander (cilantro) and cumin seem to be native to ancient Egypt. I used to wear a button that said. Where I live. fenugreek. much as we use potatoes. Peppermint was also indigenous. In onions there is strength. but the leaves are called cilantro. as you can see in these recipes. and were often eaten whole. Lotus roots were also used as a vegetable. beans. There were some forms of squash as well as chick peas (garbanzo beans). peas. We know cinnamon was used in mummification and have every reason to believe it was used in food as well. and parsley. celery.
) 3 cups shelled frozen or 4 cups stock. Simmer for another hour or until tender. chopped. and six cloves chopped garlic in olive oil with 1 tsp. lemon juice or wine vinegar salt Wash and trim radishes in cold water.Circle of Isis Fava Bean Soup (I make this at least once a year. beef. cover dried beans with water. chicken. To serve. fresh fava beans or 2 cups lamb or vegetable dried. olive oil 1 onion 1 hard-boiled egg per serving Chopped parsley or coriander If using dried beans. Sauté the onion. ground coriander 1 Tbsp. olive oil or sesame seed oil 1 Tbsp. 1 tsp. hulled fava beans 8 cloves garlic 2 tsp. cumin. cumin. Salt to taste. Add the lemon juice and oil or sesame seed and stir. Chop coarsely. (Trust me!) In a pot. place one peeled egg into the bowl. Add 2 cloves garlic. Radishes were popular. Chop fresh parsley finely and then add to radishes. ground cumin 2 tsp. and 1 tsp. and sprinkle a few coriander leaves on top. Radish Salad 10 radishes 1 Tbsp. soak in water for at least two days. 186 . If using fresh or frozen beans. simmer in stock for 30 minutes and continue as below. Blend this mixture and the mashed beans back into the soup. Then continue as below. chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbsp. Remove one cup of the beans and mash. spoon in the soup. coriander. coriander and 1 tsp. too. and simmer for an hour.
ground cardamom ¼ cup walnuts In a blender. Form balls from a heaping teaspoon of the mixture. and blend for a bit. honey ¼ cup almonds ½ tsp. 187 . Add cardamom and cinnamon. grind the walnuts. Stir in the walnuts. Date Sweet 1 cup dates ½ tsp. then in the almonds. figs. You are going to be making this mixture into little balls. and roll in the ground almonds. Grind the almonds separately and put them aside. Shape the sweets into balls. and set them aside. so try for a mixture that will form well. cardamom seeds Warm honey 1 tsp. dip in the honey. (Egyptian guacamole?) These are types of sweets from fruits. There is also mention of a persea tree. plums. and grapes. Fig Cakes 1 cup fresh figs 1 Tbsp. watermelon. Add the walnuts and the cardamom and blend further. again adding water if the mixture gets too sticky. adding a little water. Chop the figs into fairly small pieces.Food and Drink Fruits The fruits Tamerans used were dates. pomegranates. Roll in the honey. we do use avocados for such feasts. cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts A saucer of ground almonds Stir the dates with water to get a paste. and whether or not it is the same tree. The avocado is a persea.
Partridge is hard to come by in most parts of our country. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. hyena! Along the river. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. turn breast side up and baste with drippings. 188 . inside and out. so we substitute Cornish game hens. freshly 2 Tbsp. Duck with Must Sauce 2 ducks 1 cup olive oil 1 cup dry red wine 2 Tbsp. My friends have said that I make a roast duck to die for. Place duck on rack in pan. partridges.Circle of Isis Meats The Tamerans definitely used beef. wild fowl were abundant: ducks. the eggs they used were duck or goose eggs. Up until that time. ground (it makes a freshly ground difference) 2 cups Must Sauce (recipe below) Marinate ducks in the wine and oil for at least an hour. cumin. geese. breast down. and others. Well. even. the recipe comes from our ancient Egyptian feast. so I can’t vouch for taste. As soon as you put the duck in the oven. Rub spices on ducks. Chicken eggs will do fine. with about ¼ of water in the bottom. coriander. and the meat of some wild animals. nor would I know how to obtain them. reduce heat to 350. and here it is. The domesticated chicken was not in Tamera until the Late Kingdom. I confess I haven’t tried either type of egg. according to one source. A friend who has cooked both says she finds very little difference. lamb. The Tamerans also had domesticated ducks and geese. After half an hour.
I’ve recently obtained a wonderful book with recipes that could well have been used in Tamera. use the Must Sauce. turn off the oven. Wait 10 minutes before carving. mix until blended and warm through. Be grateful to the Lord and Lady for the bounty you’ve received. and your feast will be traditional. Must Sauce a cup whole grain mustard b cup grape jelly or jam In a saucepan.Food and Drink Roast a total of an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. and Susan Woolhandler (Dodd Mead). All this is great fun to do. 189 . Robert Marcus. When the bird is brown and done. but the important thing in a feast is enjoyment and good taste. The last time you baste. Any of the Egyptian recipes included in this book would make wonderful additions to a festival feast. The Good Book Cook Book by Naomi Goodman. Baste often with marinade or drippings.
my Lord who dwells in the shadow lands of Amenti. compassionate and loving Lord Before You stands Daia. passed away after an illness. I plead with Thee to take her gently by the hand And lead her across the Rainbow Bridge Into the Land of Amenti. child of my heart.lL Prayers Whether used in ritual. A valiant warrior. or simply because you feel the need to pray to a particular deity. Anubis. You might find them useful. I know you will find them lovely. these may be of use to you. With love take her to Lord Osiris. these invocations came to her. who is gentle and loving of heart. Hail Anubis. He who is Lord of everlasting life. Hail Osiris. Daia. meditation. Innocent and pure of Spirit. 190 . thy son. brings before you Daia. Prayers for Daia When Willie’s beloved doberman.
and let her rest. Let her romp in the green meadows awhile. For your presence in my life. And if it please the Gods. return to me. Though gone from this plane. we have loved and laughed together. Daia. For the wheel ever turns. The wheel turns for all. I thank you! Restore and rest dear child. Lift the sorrow from my heart. My Lady who dwells forever in my heart. I plea that with thy loving arms you embrace her. I Love you. May she once again return to me. 191 . For she has been true and loved unconditionally. who is a child of my heart Has been brought before Osiris.Prayers She has fought a gallant battle. care for her. thy husband. And if it be thy will. As you have shed salt tears of sorrow. Hail Isis. too. Let my tears become tears of joy at her release from suffering. You’ll be ever in my heart. but her place now is by your side. do I shed them now. Daia. love her. I plead with Thee. So.
We sing Your praises. When You rise in the horizon of heaven. glorious being. A shout of joy rises from the mouths of all. King of righteousness. Prayer to Nut for One Who Has Crossed Over O Great One who became Sky. When You shine upon all. To be an indestructible start within You (Lichtheim). Lord of Love. Mighty One. You possess the whole Earth as it is stretched beneath You. Lord of Earth. Lord of Heaven. Every place is filled with Your beauty.Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra When He Rises (based on the Book of the Dead) Homage to Thee. encircle me with Your arms in health and in life that I may be inside You. King of eternity! Prayer to Nut for Protection Mother Nut. You rise upon the horizon of heaven. God of Life. life springs forth. (Plankoff. As you enfold the Earth and all things in Your arms. spread Your wings over me. Strong one. Harper and Row. Please take this (name of deceased) to You. 192 . that you may be my protection. 1955). You shed your emerald light! Oh.
lL PART III Magic and Magical Tools 193 .
for us. In my tradition. spoken for the power of them. Mafdet. and one was thrown toward each of the cardinal points.Magic and Magical Tools lL o the Tamerans. It involved four clay balls. the physical and nonphysical worlds were not the separate places our major cultures find them to be. which we can use today. Beyond that. spells are used rarely. and only as a last resort. I have found almost nothing of specific gestures. T 195 .” we call upon the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. how do we do “Egyptian magic”? It is known that there were two important components to the ancient magic: words and gestures. while creating our own forms. and so to do “Egyptian magic. each inscribed with the name of a different cat-headed Goddess. words. I’ve found a few things. Sekhmet. They were aware that we live in both. The words must be both spoken and written. written so that they would last. In fact. and gestures. I did find one spell that was used to protect the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. such as amulets. Bast. One name was inscribed on each clay ball. Each was charged with the protection of a different cardinal point on the compass. Much of our magic is tied to the Gods and Goddesses. and Pakhet could be used. we don’t feel one has to use the exact words or gestures used by the ancients. 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.
Remember. L To L Scarabs Divination Information on Tameran methods of divination is rare and vague. There are instructions here for creating a simple one. there’s no mention of knives used for anything but cutting. 196 . and chalices seemed to be only used as drinking utensils. As for magical tools. and use it accordingly. I’ve included instructions on making a nemyss (headdress). we’re not trying to recreate the ancient religion here! Use the tools you are comfortable with. So. the greatest tool you have is your mind. in addition to what little information I could find. so that we could protect ourselves. and you’ll see how to make two different kinds. If you wish to decorate them with an Egyptian flair. For that reason. since he didn’t have time to do it all. and a kilt to wear in ritual. so much the better. you should always remember that when you do magic.Circle of Isis It is said that magic was given to mankind by Ra. of course. help you be in a Tameran mood. are as useful as they are ubiquitous. Their wand was quite different. go for it! I’ve included information on the hieroglyphs for which you will find many uses in your magic. you are using something that was a gift from a God. You’ll find instructions in this section for creating some tools you might find useful: LA sistrum is simple to make. I’ve created two new divination forms based on Tameran symbols. I’m sure you know you’re not going to find that the Tamerans used the same tools we did. If you find something of an Egyptian design. So? Does that mean your tools can’t be used? Of course not.
or none. When you call upon the Gods and Goddesses for their blessings. The Pyramid of Nebet Het used a “board” and the sense of touch to see into the future. Create any or all of these.Magic and Magical Tools The Oracle of the Udjat uses a layout cloth and hieroglyphic tokens. 197 . you’ll be as Tameran as you need to be.
Amulets were carved from stone. Fortunately. 198 . should you feel the need. but it’s expensive. I suggest you use the parchment-colored paper available today. but many of us don’t. I’ve included a prayer to be said at the time. If you have the skills. each of which had a specific purpose. could ruin the cut of your suit. you can make them of clay or metal or stone. All this is very well and good if you have the skills to do those things. It has the look of papyrus. Your amulet will then be charged and ready to carry or wear. it was also believed that the symbol. obtain papyrus. When you have created your amulet. of course. Whenever possible. You can draw several amulets on a small piece of paper and carry the paper in your purse or wallet. There are other reasons this can be good. Carrying several stone amulets. pass it through the smoke of incense for consecration.lL Amulets The Tamerans were great believers in amulets of many kinds. several of these amulets are discussed. drawing them on paper will have to serve. You can. Below. of course. or make your purse difficult to carry. was just as effective as any other form. cast from metal. If you are like me. drawn on papyrus. and created from clay.
Meditate on the ability of that deity to deal with your problem. sending your thanks to the deity upon the rising smoke. all who would bring harm to _________. draw a picture of the deity appropriate to your purpose. Never shall my eye be away from him/her and never shall any who do him/her harm escape my wrath. Ask the deity to come forth. Know ye that this child is under my protection. and know that. feeling that you have the power of Him or Her. 5.Amulets The Paper Amulet This spell can be used for almost any purpose. 1. As you do this. “My flesh is Your flesh. On a piece of paper. and carry it with you until it is no longer needed. drawing a picture is almost the same as invoking the deity. Lord of the Skies. or on the paper. Such a statement might read: “Heru. burn the paper with incense. 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. my bones are Your bones” is one way this might be stated. 2. 6. Aloud. says: Hear me. 4. having that ability. When you are confident. fold the paper up. you can now deal with it. 3.” 199 . Heru has spoken. state your need or problem. When the problem is solved. whose mother is ________________. remember that to the Tamerans. Identify yourself with the deity. whose father is ________________. or the need met. the Mighty.
my heart. You can use the heart amulet in several ways. but was the source of good and evil thoughts.” The ancients held similar views.Circle of Isis Heart Amulet We tend to think of our hearts in two ways. Let not that which is false be uttered against me.” “My heart is broken. The heart not only pumped blood. my heart. A heart was necessary in the Otherworld because it gave the deceased the power to move and speak. and therefore. To prevent evil from being said against you: “Oh.” For protection: “Oh my heart. You can use it to keep evil from being said against you. my heart. soul of Ra and soul of Osiris. and the deceased hoped his or her heart would not have evil things to say. the physical heart and the emotional one. When created for the dead. my mother. the heart amulet was made to replace the physical heart that had been removed during the mummification process. You can use it for the understanding of your own heart.” 200 . My heart whereby I came into being. the heart was weighed against the Feather of Maat. my mother. your own thoughts and emotions. or for your own protection. as well as the home of the conscience. It was also believed that. during the time of judgment. The prayer used during the consecration would make the difference. Let me be protected by those great Lords. my mother! Be thou the Bennu.” “He has a black heart. “I couldn’t find it in my heart to do it. Let none cause words of evil to spring up against me. my mother.
and the scarab represents the hidden light. The Sun may disappear from our view at night. I do ask. A prayer for the consecration of your amulet might be: “Hail unto Thee. life after death. thou Master of the Gods.” Used among the treasures of the deceased. that I may grow and transform. but it shines on. it’s never-ending cycles. transformation. Lord of Beginnings. The ancients believed wearing or carrying the symbol would attract all that He is. that I be made new each day. being. but it had its own special attributes. Khephera. everything begins again. It was a symbol of the God Khephera. The Sun reappears to us each morning and the day is new. my mother! I shall gain mastery over thee. I shall understand thee and so understand myself. serving Thee. and the life-giving power it has. It is also a symbol of the Sun. whose shrine is hidden. Be ever present. Open to me that I may know thy thoughts which are my own. my heart. whose name means “becoming. my heart. as I spend each lifetime. Khephera is that midnight Sun.” The Scarab Not only was the scarab used in the same way the heart amulet was. so that I may spend that day. The scarab symbolizes that rebirth. it was a symbol of revivification.” ¿ 201 . my mother.Amulets To understand your heart: “Oh.
When carved from stone. you can reanoint yourself by dipping your ring in the oil. carve a symbol of Aset on the bottom. draw it in red ink or paint it red. place it in the oil. 202 . Rise up to me. thou great spirit. burn incense. Remove the ring from the oil. On the morning of the third day. Inventor and Founder of medicines and letters.” It is used for the purpose of invoking Her protection. Leave it there for three days. come to me. Set both on a linen cloth.Circle of Isis An ancient rite is described for the consecration of a scarab ring. The Knot of Isis This symbol is also known as the “Blood of Isis” or “Girdle of Isis. saying: “I am Tehuti. In the prayer attached to this. If you make a parchment amulet.” Any time you feel the need. 12th. 16th. 24th. My sources indicate that the proper time to do this is the seventh. Have a small container (tradition calls for one of chrysolite. including some olive leaves if you can. After you have cleansed the ring. calling Khephera forth. Take the ring and place it on a piece of olivewood. and 25th days of the month. 10th. If you are skilled enough to make your own ring. you speak as Tehuti. 21st. the stone is usually red. thou that art under the Earth. myrrh. Turn toward the East and anoint yourself with the oil on the ring. Burn myrrh and kyphi. ninth. but do what you can) in which you have an oil of lilies. and purified it by passing it through the smoke of incense. or cinnamon.
prepare your amulet and bless it with this prayer: “Thou art lifted up. When this is done. the ladder was intended to help that person ascend to Heaven. If you don’t know how to do healing work. This would make a lovely gift for one whom you wish Aset to protect. and the words of power of Aset shall be might to act as powers to protect me.Amulets The prayer below can be worded for you. Her child. or you can use the name of a friend or loved one. “The blood of Aset. seeing healing energy surrounding him. picturing your friend strong and well. I use it to help me reach upward toward the Gods. They lift up thy head to the horizon. to learn from Them. and to guard me from him who would do anything I hold in abomination. O sick one that lies prostrate. you can sit quietly. and thou dost triumph by reason of what was done for thee. I treasure one made for me by a friend.” The Ladder When used for one who is deceased. 203 . and the strength of Aset. especially if you have done healing work for him or her. and grow toward Them.” The Pillow This is a wonderful amulet to make for someone who is ill.
O Divine Ladder. Ask the blessings of the Sun God you prefer. and lead me to that which is my goal. F The Menat The menat is a symbol of balance. of Aset.” Ask the blessings of any or all of the deities as you pass it through the smoke. 204 . The Shen This symbol of eternity is intended to give life as long as the Sun continues its orbit.) Ask the blessings of Het Heret as you consecrate it. or give to a friend who needs that help. of Asar. O Ladder of Heru. Homage to thee. ~ The Two Fingers These represent the two fingers Heru used to help Asar up the ladder to heaven. Stand thou upright. O Divine Ladder. (See the section on Het Heret for more information.Circle of Isis Say over the amulet: “Homage to thee. and therefore joy and health.” The Nefer Amulet This is a good luck amulet. It is the hieroglyph for “beautiful” and “good. Make it to symbolize help you wish from the Gods.
dedicated to Their service. but it also means “myriads.” or “mirror image of Amen. it means both “life” and “mirror. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth.” If you chose to wear the ankh. Ankh Whatever its original significance. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. and of your return of that gift into their hands. Use it to assure a healthy child or for good luck. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady.” or “100. and therefore harder.” It is connected with childbirth and rebirth. ‚ 205 . path.000. if you like. magic knot or sandal strap. or carry it. for focus. Call upon whatever deity you wish for that protection as you consecrate the amulet. the fact that you have chosen a magical.Amulets The Frog This glyph represents not only the Goddess Hekat.” As a hieroglyph. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. Let it be a sign of respect for all life. Ý The Neha Amulet This symbolizes protection. to the service of the Gods. Eye of Horus This well-known symbol can be used for protection or. whatever its form.” Thus “Tuh ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. Let it represent for you the choice of path.
The figure should be prepared in order to resemble the usual personal items—pieces of fingernail. This person felt that doing so courted death.) The figure can be given to the subject. Except for the 206 . (If you are thinking of using this spell in a harmful way. shame on you! Remember what’s going out is what’s coming in. hair. but have also been found in houses. Ushabti Figures These small figures. I must be honest. I do not believe that this is so for the reason given above. I have received an objection to the use of these for anything other than funerary objects. I believe that they were used by the living. have been found by the thousands in various tombs. or put in a safe place. made to resemble their owner. This seems to indicate that they were magical servants in this life as well as the next. When the figure is ready. but they can be used in beneficial ways. incise the name or image of a deity on the figure to give the subject the power of that deity. Wax figures were a very important tool to the Tameran magician. as well.lL Wax and Ushabti Figures Wax Figures The Tameran magicians sometimes used the wax figures made infamous by some modern practices in negative ways. as they were in the Two Lands. carve an ankh. and so forth— to make the spell more effective. and she is entitled to her opinion. If you are doing a healing.
They can find things for you. concentrate on the purpose for which you are creating it. When the figure is complete. 207 . wood. these cannot do the gardening or housecleaning for you. For our purposes. if you want it to search out topics for paintings. I know that most of us do not have sculpting skills. It never hurts to ask the help of a deity if one is appropriate. however. If you have freckles. While you are making it. draw them on the figure’s face. charge it to do the work you want it to do and put it in a safe place. If they are designed for a specific purpose. I’d call them fetches. but they can do “other plane” work.” Their purpose was to respond when the deceased was called to do something.Wax and Ushabti Figures fact that they were created as permanent servants rather than having life only for the duration of a specific errand. add anything that is outstanding about yourself. the figure should be an artist. You can. or serve as protection or sources of energy. You can create these little self-images of clay. add them. and the figure should be in a form prepared to do that work. If you wear glasses. you should keep that purpose in mind as you design them. perhaps holding a brush. Unlike the ushabtis designed to do physical work for their owners in the Otherworld. The word “ushabti” means “the one who answers. For example. they “answer” to you. amongst other things. or cloth.
metal washers. The simplest sistrum. I think the one I made serves just as well. To make this sistrum. and was used in rituals. 1. Figure 1 208 . especially for Het Heret. spacing them evenly and making sure that the holes on each side are opposite the holes of the other. shesheshet.) 2. It’s basically a sacred rattle. These instructions come from Chris. They were often beautiful and ornate. The Tameran word for sistrum. could represent the sound the sistrum makes. like a breeze blowing through reeds. cut four straight pieces. and wooden or metal beads.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. is made with a forked stick. Such sistrum are available today at a high price. I have many talents. These holes should be big enough for coat-hanger wire to pass through loosely. my husband and High Priest. Bast. and probably the most ancient. and Aset. From a coat hanger. Drill four holes on each side of the fork. you will need such a stick. a metal coat hanger or two. each 2" longer than needed to pass completely through the holes. but the kind of work involved here is not among them. (Figure 1.
hanger or similar wire cut in four 8" pieces. (Figure 2. Place the straight end of the first wire through one side of the sistrum. Whatever finish you want on this you should do before you begin putting your sistrum together.) 4. try this one. I like a natural stain. bend one end of each of the wires at a 90-degree angle. Place the wire in the other hole and bend the end of the wire as you did the other end. If the sistrum above is not quite fancy enough for 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. With pliers. block of wood approximately 1 ½" x ½" x 6". It should be flexible enough to bend by hand. The finish is up to you. String several washers and beads. but I’ve seen one done in gold leaf and it was beautiful. alternating them. beads and washers. (Figure 3. but in the opposite way.) Figure 2 Do the other wires the same way. finished like the dowel. This is the one I made. anyone can do it. It took me all day. LA L Coat L Optional: 209 .Creating a Sistrum 3. and I’m very proud of it. If I can do it.
Let dry. Figure 4 2. affix both ends of the metal strip first to the bottom. 3. Lay the metal out flat and mark it as shown in Figure 4. 210 . (Figure 5. punch or drill holes where indicated. Place wood glue in the hole. and then the sides of the block of wood.) Figure 5 5.Circle of Isis To assemble your sistrum: 1. Using nails or small screws. then push the end of the dowel into the hole. Drill a hole in the center of the block of wood the diameter of the dowel. The eight holes should be large enough for the wire to move when you shake the sistrum. With an awl. 4.
Creating a Sistrum 6. With pliers.) (Figure 6. (If you are using the beads and washers.) Figure 6 . 7. Bend the straight end of the wire to 90 degrees. Chris says it represents the two polarities. Thread each wire through matching holes in the sistrum. The shape of the wire is. according to some. 8. magically significant. Most traditional sistrum have only the wires. You don’t really need them because the metal wires against the metal band will make the proper sound. 211 . bend one end of each wire up 90 degrees. put them on as instructed in the simple sistrum.
2. a stylized one is very easy. 212 . I personally have a silver scarab ring.lL Making a Scarab Only the ankh is more easily found today than the scarab. one made for me by a friend. draw three diagonal lines (legs). 3. If you want to make a scarab for your own use. Remove the points. Look for one that can be baked in the oven at about 275 degrees. and 20 or 30 brown or bluegreen scarabs obtained from other sources. If you wish to string your scarabs. Bake per the instructions that come with the clay. This clay comes in many colors. draw two vertical lines. I’ve found that a cocktail straw is useful for this. You will need over-fired clay. On the front. Press it down on a hard surface to flatten it a little. Roll the clay into a football shaped piece. one carved out of hematite. 1. On each side. 4. Incise a T-shape on the top. There are several brands of this clay available at craft stores. 5. you should make the hole before baking.
you could wear a floor-length version with a breast band. (Priests also shaved all their body hair. On one edge of the bottom. the kilt is shown in two lengths: short for everyday wear or warriors. broad “suspenders. you may wish to wear something reminiscent of the beloved land in your rites. The kilt looks best if the material is somewhat stiff. plus 2". You’ll need a piece of material that is one and a half times your waist measurement.) If the ladies among you wish to wear a kilt. 1.” or nothing at all. (Figure 1. you might want to add some kind of stiffening material inside the hem at the waist.lL Making a Kilt Although in Sothistar we do not wear Tameran garb in ritual. mark and cut a curve.) Figure 1 2. and long as the priests wore them. This allows for a 1" hem. The length of the material should be the length you wish the kilt to be plus 4". Lay the material flat. The technique is quite simple. In Tameran drawings.) 213 . (This is to stiffen the waist a bit. If the material is very thin. Fold down the top (waist) 3" and hem. but that’s up to you.
Figure 3 To wear the kilt. Attach snaps or velcro as show in Figure 3. place the straight side at your side. Fasten. Hem 1" all the way around the rest of the kilt. wrap the kilt around the front of your body. Figure 2 4. 214 .Circle of Isis 3. (Figure 2). around the back and across the front.
From each end of the top. The top is the narrow edge. This nemyss is somewhat simpler. Measure across your forehead and slightly downward toward the nape of your neck. 4. and the bottom. bring the ties around to the back of your head under the rest of the nemyss. cut at about a 45 degree angle to the bottom. but it reflects the more common style. and tie. making a ¾" hem. place the top of the nemyss against your forehead. more if you like. The top should be about 2" longer than the measurement of your head. The material is cut in the shape of a truncated pyramid. Hem all the way around. 3. 215 . To wear.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. Sew several inches of ribbon or bias tape to each side of the top. the wide. 2. The distance from the top to bottom should be about 14". 1.
I believe the word “draw” must not be taken literally. and some feel they were used in a “throwing” manner to send energy.lL Making a Magic Wand Although Tameran magicians did use wands. they did not resemble those with which you might be familiar. but the wands described in my references were found in a box that measured 18" x 12" x 12". They are shaped somewhat like a throwing stick or a boomerang. would we? I can find no specific information on size. which. of course. A smaller wand would require bending over or crawling 216 . we’d never use. A wand large enough to use standing would be too large to go in that box. These wands were different in both shape and purpose. They were inscribed to invoke the protection of specific deities or animals. They were usually carved from ivory. It is said they were used to draw magic circles.
I’m sure. and magical only because of their symbolism and the energy you place in them.” If you precede this sentence with the glyph for the name of the deity. similar to the boomerang used in Australia. you could make a wand out of any material you have the skills to work with. æ! When your wand is complete. 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. it could be used in a throwing gesture (without. 217 . If you wish to use hieroglyphs. you’ll have a fine invocation. It also occurred to me that they are shaped like an ancient throwing stick used by the Tamerans. the sentence below says “May I be in thy protection. 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. or whatever purpose your wand has. actually letting go of the wand) to send the magic in the direction you want. Therefore. As you cut it out. inscribing there a circle. from wood to heavy cardboard. concentrate on your reason for creating a wand and on the deity or deities whose protection you wish to invoke.Making a Magic Wand around the circle. The important thing is the concentration and the work you put into the wand. After you create your wand. write on it (or draw the symbols for) its magical purpose. consecrate it by casting a circle. tools. Because magical tools are only that.
however. consists of 30 “letters” representing 25 sounds. 218 . This can only add to your magical work. hundreds of hieroglyphs representing words as well.” This alphabet. left to right.lL Hieroglyphs “Medu neter. or bottom to top. top to bottom. Hieroglyphs may be written in any direction. As beautiful as they are. The animals and human figures face the direction from which the words should be read. when Chris became High Priest of Sothistar. Second. embroidered with a cartouche of his Craft name. Time has not allowed me to study these hidden meanings. but I’ve included them as magical for three reasons. This allows for artistic arrangements. but it is an area I hope to explore in the future. I believe that one of the facets of magical work is the concentration you put into it. known to us as the hieroglyphic alphabet. the hieroglyphs are not really an efficient way to transcribe words. Most of these glyphs have existed since predynastic times. you read toward the faces. we gave him a cloth-covered Book of Shadows. There are. What thoughts I do have on the subject are included with the letters. I believe the hieroglyphs had meanings beyond the sounds they represent.” “the words of the God. In other words. If you use hieroglyphs to write something. you will be giving it a great deal more concentration and thought than you would if you just scribbled it down. you might like to use them for special purposes. Third. right to left. For example. First.
” would be added. Tameran had a way to show which meaning applied to the word. an additional glyph. had its homonyms. a female figure would be added: _ The information on how we learned to translate hieroglyphs into modern alphabets is available in many books. which is basically Tameran written in the Greek alphabet. For example. is also the name of a plant. with a few new letters developed for sounds 219 . If you wish to learn about this. Phonetically.Hieroglyphs Tameran. the word would be written: To indicate to the reader that the word designated the plant. and it is very interesting. At the end of the phonetic spelling. Reed. please check the Bibliography (page 309). but there is a “living” language. Unlike English. like English. However. Nobody’s speaking Tameran exactly as it was spoken. a determinative would be added: If. it was to indicate my name. however. Coptic. the “determinative. So how do we know? Nobody’s speaking this language anymore. knowing which glyphs meant which letter does not always indicate how a word was pronounced. my last name.
in which case it is an “uh” sound. and it is one of a very specific kind. Hieroglyph Letter “A” as in “Barry. which is a glottal stop unless it appears at the beginning of a word. Bentley.A. X 220 . This helps very little. Mercer’s book Egyptian Hieroglyphic Grammar. but this gives us an opportunity for an educated guess. and have meanings by themselves. I do my best. and it would seem that the Gods and Goddesses understand.” There are two hieroglyphs for the letter “A. They still respond. Mercer and Mr. Sir E.A.Circle of Isis that did not exist in Greek. Budge compares this glyph to the Hebrew aleph. as in “about. Therefore. He has a horrible habit of comparing the glyphs to Hebrew letters. because my qabalistic studies have already proved the difficulty of learning how the individual Hebrew letters are pronounced. Almost inevitably there have been changes in the language. creator of a Hieroglyphics word processor. with a strong leaning toward Mr. Some of these letters are also words. I believe Budge is mistaken. and information from William Bentley.” Budge calls this first one an eagle. the sound is very weak. but other sources call it a vulture.B. and when it does make a sound. do what feels right. and I use it for the suggested sound. The list below is taken from Budge’s books. If I’m not pronouncing Their names correctly. Curator of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the first part of the 20th century. Tamerans did not write weak vowels. S. This vulture is almost mute. I’ve tried to give you the widest possible scope. Wallis is best known for his books based on translations of ancient manuscripts.” However.
“E” as in “Edith.” 221 .” or “CH. Her Bak. “D” It appears to be a right hand. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz brings up an interesting thought. the second is not. which would symbolize sending.” “K. A foot (or leg) implies duality because feet come in pairs. or giving. Geb is sometimes written with two “b’s.” The first is voiced. The name of the Earth God.” 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. One foot is a symbol.” Could this mean Geb manifest? “C” There is no hieroglyph for “C. Two feet represent reality.” Letter “B” In her book.” Use the glyph for “S.
” The closest sound to the soft “g” is the glyph for DJ.” “J” (See “CH”) “K” This letter is also the glyph for “you.” “G” This is the hard “G” sound as in “garden. The second is much more energetic.” This letter also means “he.” Letter “F” Some say this is a snail (without a shell). and that hiss can be an “F” as well as an “S.” The signs seem to be interchangeable. as you see. C 222 . I lean toward the viper because snakes hiss.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph “E” as in “Edna. “I” as in “Bill” or “Michael. “H” There are two glyphs for this letter. others a horned viper.” or “chutzpah. “KH” as in “loch.” masculine.
” “M” The owl is the older symbol.” Dr. An American “R” is pronounced with the lips pursed. “Q” Hill slope. Mercer says it was first written with the same glyph as “R. “R” An open mouth. 223 .” “N” The first is the older symbol. we do find Greek names written in glyphs with this symbol for an “L.” “O” “P” Some sources refer to this as a door. The second symbol is also pronounced “Ma. others as a box. with lips apart.Hieroglyphs Û j y Hieroglyph Letter “L” There was no “L” sound as we know it in Classical Egyptian. Other languages roll the “R” on the tongue. However. I wonder if this is a comment on the pronunciation of the letter. and still others as the top of a stool.” which might tell us something about the way the Tamerans pronounced “R. It is also the word for “to” (someone) and of.
“SH” “T” Often this symbol added to a word made the word feminine. However. in English. If you prefer.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Letter “S” Both signs are interchangeable.” Expansion and restriction? Would each glyph be used depending on the meaning of the word? Also means “you.” This letter. (Or removing it made the word masculine. The first glyph is also the determinative for “health” and the second is the determinative for “bolt. is called a “double U” and it is exactly that. “TH” » “U” “V” There is no “V” sound. if you prefer). you can use two “U”s. Use “F” if you wish to approach the sound closely.” “W” Same as “U. 224 .” feminine. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz offers an interesting thought. You could also use “U” or “B.
Each of these is also a word.” Use “K” and “S.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Letter “X” There is no “X. so you can use them alone or to make longer words. Hieroglyph Sound AW Meaning Wide K ¨ AYA Great DA Give 225 . “Z” Use one of the “S” glyphs.” use the single reed.” “Y” If pronounced as in “yahoo. There are other glyphs that represent two or more sounds.
Life Force KHEPER Becoming. discover v w HER Face HOTEP Offering. transformation.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound GEM Meaning Find. peace ™ ¿ K 226 KA Spirit. being MA .
child (of). after nouns “all” NEBET Lady F NEFER Beautiful.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Sound MEN Meaning Firm. good 227 . MES Born. established P B MER Love MIS. birth NEE Before nouns “Lord”.
Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound NETER Meaning God NETERET Goddess NU _ 228 „ „ SA Son SAT Daughter SETEP Chosen .
Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Sound SHU Meaning SU TA Land UAS Dominion æ 0 UN UP 229 .
strong These are single glyphs or a combination of glyphs that form words you might find useful.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound UR Meaning Great ‚ / Other Words USER Powerful. Glyphs Meaning Air Animal 230 .
Hieroglyphs Glyphs Meaning Earth # ! Eat Father Festival Fire O God 231 .
I Mother Mountain Name 232 .Circle of Isis Glyphs Meaning Heaven House ! g Man.
praise Tree Water _ Woman 233 .Hieroglyphs Glyphs Meaning Plant * Prayer.
in the flames. where you will be able to see it.lL Divination In my research. Do this until you see. asking the blessings of the Gods (in general. As I searched for other forms of divination. 234 . lie down. At this time. I found myself considering exactly what divination is. some of them distract your conscious mind with images. They aim your mind in a certain direction. and let it burn throughout the night. Be sure the oil lamp is in a place where it will be in no danger of being knocked over. Concentrate on the flame of the lamp. When you awaken. and go to sleep. place the lamp on a clay brick. tarot cards. letting it fill your eyes and your mind. if it is still burning. tea leaves—and they all work exactly the same way. Thank the Gods for the wisdom they have given you. which seems to be a method for “dreaming true. snuff the lamp. immediately make notes of your dreams and of your feelings at the moment of waking. and light the lamp. something that brings a particular deity to mind. or of a specific deity if you wish) and state the question about which you seek information.” Obtain a white oil lamp. futhark rune staves. and how the various methods work. I do know that the ancients used several forms of scrying. and they help you to open up to the sources of the information you need. Purify the lamp with salt. I found very little on divination that could apply to today. and. When you are prepared. and found the following. There are so many types—crystal ball. one that will be used for no other purpose. or until you feel a presence in the room with you.
Each of the glyph pieces represents an area of your life. however. on one or both sides. It also takes a great deal more time. Maat. Which God is appropriate? You could appeal to Nebet Het. if you first asked the guidance of the Gods. (Seven was the Tameran number of perfection. It is my feeling that almost any form of divination would be suitable. I’ve devised two forms of divination that have served me well. If. at this time. letting your mind wander. thinking about the rock or stick or bird you were studying.) The background cloth has designs on both sides. and both sides will be used in the course of your reading. Many have a Tameran deity attributed to them. can only add to the efficacy of the divination tool. Creating the Udjat Oracle This divination tool has a background cloth. Choose as your mind and heart lead you. because they do not. could be appropriate. The first. By concentrating on any item. read on. The second. (The reasons for this will be explained in the instructions for reading the oracle. God of Wisdom is another. “The Pyramid of Nebet Het. exist in physical form. Anpu is often considered the God of True Seeing. Tehuti. however. a word in hieroglyphs.” is quicker. She who is the Lady of all that is not what it seems to be. and 21 pieces.” is the more formal of the two. She who is Truth. and three the number of manifestation. more “tactile. you wish to use a divination form that “feels” more Tameran to you.) 235 . each bearing.Divination The Tamerans seemed to view everything as a key to wisdom.” and provides shorter and less detailed answers. you could follow your thoughts to the source of knowledge. “The Udjat Oracle. Having to make your own. and can provide more detailed information. Both require some preparation.
you will have to have tiny glyph pieces. The finished size of the cloth is about 16" square If you make it much smaller.Circle of Isis Making the Background Cloth My own background cloth is embroidered. and four corners. each containing the hieroglyphs for one of the four seasons. B v Diagram 1 236 . You may also use fabric paints. containing the Udjat Eye. and will run into problems having enough room to put the hieroglyphs on the pieces. It consists of an inner square. (the Eye of Horus). Diagram 1 shows the front of the cloth.
If you intend to embroider the cloth. you will need two pieces that will later be sewn together. the top point (Spring) will be away from you. not as a square. 237 . If you are going to paint the cloth. the cloth is viewed as a diamond. In other words. again. Diagram 2 Please note: When the cloth is laid out for a reading. the bottom point (Autumn) will be nearest you. use two pieces. or. either use a very heavy piece of material. Its center is blank and each of the corners contains a symbol for one of the four magical Elements.Divination Diagram 2 is the reverse side.
and a “hot transfer” pencil. sew them together with the designs inside. or more. and sew with care. Creating the Glyph Pieces You have a lot of freedom when it comes to creating these pieces. Used correctly. Please yourself. When both pieces are completed. I suggest you obtain a large pad of tracing paper. even pressure. and sew the remaining side. turn it inside out. Remember.) When you have it exactly as you want it. place the designs carefully. why not whip together a bag to keep all this in?) Take your time. Here are three different methods. to your heart. (While you’re sewing. The colors you use in painting or embroidering the cloth are up to you. Patience in preparing this cloth will reward you. Draw your design on the tracing paper. it turns your drawing into an embroidery transfer that can be ironed onto your material. Sew three sides (like a pillowcase). not only with a nicer background cloth and a sense of achievement. This pencil is available at most sewing and craft stores. but with a tool that is truly yours.Circle of Isis Unless you have the skill to draw the designs directly onto the cloth. please feel free to use it. It is important that this cloth appeal to your senses. You may prefer a little less flash. all the energy and time and effort and work you are putting into this cloth will add to its magic. This is true of any tool you work with. No one can dictate your likes and dislikes. You’ll have more success if you keep a very fine point on the pencil (I keep my sharpener handy) and use firm. You are then ready to iron the pattern onto your cloth and embroider or paint it. If you can think of another. there are a lot of metallic threads in my cloth. (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. Because I like sparkly things. flip the paper over and trace the design with the hot transfer pencil. 238 .
I went to a beautiful beach near San Luis Obispo. painted. The more personal the method is. If you’re worried about putting so much effort into a divination tool you’re not even sure you’ll like. the better. but you might like it. it would make a wonderful gift for someone! 239 .” and found that a little large. cut pieces of cardboard to whatever size and shape you wish. or wood-burned. and paint it as you like. When it is baked. you can sand off the rough edges. For that matter. flat stones that had been smoothed by the water. although they’re different shapes. You can find these in a natural color. you could draw the background cloth on paper and use that. and it seemed appropriate. think of the magic you’re putting into them! They can also be quite beautiful. But then of course. The second way is to obtain a wooden dowel with the diameter you want. I suppose.) My first set of pieces was made from such clay. They are all about the same size. You don’t want your pieces too large because they’ll cover too much of the cloth when you use them. and slice it. or in almost any color you like.Divination The first (and easiest way) is to use one of the oven hardening clays that are available. You could. I used the top of an aspirin bottle as a “cookie cutter. inked. This clay hardens at about 275 degrees in the oven. (Remember that you have to paint or ink designs on them. These would take a lot of work. you could always make the cloth larger. These can be sanded. and I’ve painted the glyphs on them. stained. sat down. and gathered small. but again. I would do so only as a temporary measure. Water is very relevant to divination in my tradition. The third way is the way I did my second set. You are restricted only by your skill in the creation of your glyph pieces. However.
It represents the Moon. The white of the eye to the left (it would be closest to your nose if this were your left eye) is the immediate future. 240 . The iris and pupil are the Immediate Present. The area above the eye represents Matters of the Spirit. as well as protection and wisdom. become familiar with the background cloth. The eyebrow and the area between the eyebrow and the eye represent Matters in Transition. later today or tomorrow.Circle of Isis Reading the Udjat Oracle Before you start doing readings with this Oracle. The area below the eye deals with Matters of the Body. 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. today. right now.
and I say (mentally). 241 . present. Take about half the pieces in your hand (without looking) and toss or sprinkle them on the cloth. and pick out up to three that are most important. if you like. the birth of the Sun. is a flying beetle. concentrate on it. 1.) You will now see your Elemental diagram. or any other form of divination. I imagine myself surrounded by a beautiful light. Pull one piece at a time and place one on each of the seasons. 2. At the top of the diagram.Divination The white to the right of the iris (it would be closest to your ear) is the immediate past. You can now proceed one of two ways. Interpret the pieces separately by meaning and placement (See diagram 3). is the hieroglyph for Autumn. Fold the corners of the cloth down toward the middle.” If your question relates to one particular area of life. remove the pieces. The corner to your right is the hieroglyph for Summer. and future of each of the other divisions. find the piece that comes closest to that area. my Lady Aset guide me. Their placement will tell you the type of action that will be most effective. send a prayer to the God or Goddess attributed to that piece (if any). To your left is a symbol for the Winter Solstice. and one in the past. or reach in and stir the runes. Toss the retained pieces on the cloth. still your mind and ask for guidance. Nearest you. Place it with the others in the bag. forming a square. the symbol of Spring. yesterday or the day before. then interpret them in their relationship to each other. Before you use this. When you have done all you can with this step. outside the inner square. (Diagrams 4-7. at the bottom. Hold it. Shake the bag. “Only higher forces around me.
Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .
Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .
Circle of Isis Interpreting the Glyph Pieces Interpret the pieces first by the meaning of the piece. The seed that was planted at Spring has sprouted and is taking shape. v 244 Autumn: That which is represented by the glyph piece has become manifest. representing the seasons. The direction for the journey has been decided. The journey continues. If any of the pieces fall in the corner sections. consult below. but not yet planted. and then by its placement. . The seed has been planted. The Seasons B Winter: The matter represented by the piece has not yet begun. Summer: That which is represented by the rune is in process. but the first step has not been taken. The journey is completed. In this sense. The journey has begun. It is real. Winter is the time of year when you choose what you will plant in the Spring. the seed has been chosen. Spring: That which is represented by the piece has begun. The harvest is made.
is the dark side of the Moon. hidden but existing just as surely as the side with which we are familiar. She who performed the greatest magic of all: giving new life to Her Consort. a female love interest. a male love interest. Nebet Het: This piece represents all that is hidden. illusions. and mistakes. It can represent physical illumination. Lord of the Sun. positive energy. the King. In connection with the Love piece. all that is psychic. Aset: The Goddess. whose name in Greek is Nephthys. If this is in conjunction with the Magic piece. and Her lessons are usually learned without our even knowing we are being taught.Divination y The Glyph Pieces Asar: The God. positive energy. discovery of something on the physical plane. after He was murdered. It can represent surprises. She teaches by misdirection. This piece represents illumination. None of these are necessarily negative. male energy. who turned his people from a nomadic tribe to the beginnings of a civilization that was mighty for centuries. feminine energy. When used to represent Asar as God. but comes from spiritual growth. Ra: This symbol of the Sun is one of the symbols for Ra. negative (receptive) energy. The Lady Nebet Het. it could signify a love interest. a woman. it can signify the Winged Aset. or it can represent spiritual illumination. think more on Asar. Asar. 245 . that which cannot be taught or given. all that is not what it seems to be.
or that balance exists in that area. Work in conjunction with home could mean you need to do your homework. The two Udjat Eyes are. or Heru the Elder.Circle of Isis P ™ ™ Love: Love. or balance. In Matters of the Body. Health: Health can also be defined as wholeness. son of Aset and Asar. This piece can represent any one of them. Reversed could imply that you should be focusing your attention there. but is not Heru. has many forms. or rather. Work: Your job or your career. Focus: That on which you are focusing your attention (if upright). whom the Greeks called Hat Hor. He is a Sun God. the Goddess of Love is Het Heret. You will have to interpret this in light of other factors in the reading. The deity attributed here is Her Ur. reversed could mean a frustration in that area. if you will. in some y 246 . do a little more than is expected of you. He is the son of Nut and Geb. According to many sources. In Matters of the Spirit. or a need for healing. it can imply a need for balance. Its meaning. the people you work with. Magic: Here are the powers of the mind. Heru the Great. of course. like the others. the area in which you can take control. can vary according to the area in which it falls. Upright could mean advancement. etc. it can imply health.
For help. If. our own destiny. Tehuti would be the deity to call upon. also known as the Eye of Ra. science. 247 . The one used on your background is His left eye. and luck. there is a God called Shai. or to the Lord or Lady who is most important to you. If you are interested in your destiny. where growth is occurring. Bes. for example. Luck: Good luck if upright. 3 Growth: Upright. teaching. where growth is needed. the Moon Eye. it could mean finding that teacher. or should be applied.Divination legends. communication. should limit yourself. it would be the Sun Eye. something you will learn. Perhaps in the future. you are looking for a teacher. is the God of humor. Naturally. It is said that each of us has our own Shai. the implication would be something you are studying presently. The delightfully ugly dwarf God. books. your karma. reverse. home. or if reversed. difficulties if reversed. apply to Aset or Asar. In Matters of the Spirit. Words: Learning. Energy: Areas where energy is being applied. considered to be His Eyes. Reversed. Restraint: This is the area where you are restricted.
Nebet Het (Lady of the House) and Het Heret (House of the Sky). the same is true of endings. It could be days. etc. If this is touching or very near another. however. If it is not touching the Eye. who is more specifically the beginnings of cycles. If reversed. if in the past. including your dwelling place. In combination with the Friends piece. Upright would mean pleasant or positive events. Flow: Matters in the same division of the background as this piece are flowing as they should (if upright) or not (if reversed). the two should be read together.” Home: Anything to do with home or immediate family. was very much involved with Flow—with the life bringing nurturing flow of the great river. this could mean company or entertainment in your home. check Diagram 8 on the following page for the number involved. hours.Circle of Isis Beginnings: A start. whose name means “becoming. 248 . The God of Beginnings is either Khephera. it might mean. Hapi. Time: If this is touching any part of the Eye. Reversed would mean problems. would be Bes. “Now is the time. something that has begun. The God of the Nile.” or Khonsu. A more appropriate deity to appeal to. This glyph appears in the names of two Goddesses well known to many of us. if in the present or future.
check Diagram 8 below for the number involved. Reversed can mean that your problems stem from that friendship. or the environment outside your home and your work. current friends can be important. new friends.Divination Friends: Anything to do with your friends. old friends. and in the future. If it falls in the present. Upright can imply the growth of friendship. or that your friends have problems and you can help. 8 2 4 16 32 64 Diagram 8 249 . in the past. Number: If this is touching the Eye.
Spirit: (The center circle formed by the corners coming together. Magical Work Choose the piece that relates to your desire. place the Het (Home) piece in the space between the eyebrow and the eye. in the area that signifies the past. and in growth. Your strength is in the wand.Circle of Isis The Elemental Diagram Air: The problem will be handled best by work of the mind—ideas. Earth: You will find the answer in Earth: in physical action. Meditation Place the appropriate piece (or any other item) on the pupil of the eye. in steadfastness. in passion. Focus on it. Your strength is in the cup. thoughts. 250 . if you want to move. in courage. Your strength is in the sword. Fire: The solution is to be found in action of the will. and so forth.) It is in the hands of the Gods. You may add prayers. Water: The answer lies in Water. in nurturing. Your strength is in the shield. and see where your thoughts lead. and teaching. learning. For example. and place it on the appropriate part of the background. in intuition. in your emotion. chants.
Its use is not difficult. Light a candle and spend some time sitting before the cloth each day. When one of the glyphs feels different. “warm. inspired this divination tool. and so forth. Using the Pyramid Place your finger at the beginning (outside opening) of the Pyramid.Divination making this spell working as complex or simple as you wish. visualize yourself moving. Each day.” “sticky” “hot. its ramifications. What do I mean by “different”? No one who has tried the Pyramid has used the same word to describe the feeling. Lady of Things Unseen. Concentrate on your question. you can redraw the pyramid. the information you need. but it may require practice. Many photocopiers have enlargement capabilities. You will. It uses psychic touch rather than sight or thought. with practice. and is good for simple questions. If you possess the artistic skill. There are several ways you can do this. When you have it clearly in mind.” “rough. Creating Your Own Pyramid Although the illustration of the pyramid here can be used. During this time. You’ll have better success if you reproduce it in a larger size.” “cold. discover your own “different.” Research the glyph your finger stopped on to find the interpretation. 251 . just before the first glyph. Continue the spell until you start to pack! The Pyramid of Nebet Het Nebet Het.” and “sand-papery” have all been descriptions given. it is really too small for comfortable use. stop. begin tracing your finger slowly around the path to the center of the pyramid. move the piece a little toward the future section.
as is carving the glyphs in relief. the Pyramid can be used as is.Circle of Isis Once expanded.” This will make both the pyramid as well as the glyphs three dimensional. It will make it possible to use the Pyramid without looking at it. p F v K F F X F q F 252 . Wood burning is another possibility. and add to the tactile sensation. 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. or made even better.
Stop! X Meditation: Meditate on the matter. Go ahead. 253 . Lie: You are not being told the truth. Maybe: The answer is not known at this time.Divination Interpretations Yes: Energies are positive. No: Energies are negative. K True: You are being told the truth.
Circle of Isis Law: Check the legalities before you proceed. 254 . There is danger here. Cycle: The matter is part of a natural cycle. v Danger: Be careful. End: The matter is ended. Information: You need more information before you proceed. Passing: The matter is temporary.
Look: Look at things from a different angle.Divination Help: The matter should not be dealt with by you alone. 255 . Try to see how the matter can affect the big picture. Look for help. yK y Wide View: Take the long view. q Wait: Nothing can be done at this time.
remember that a name can represent a goal you set for yourself. consult the following list. with different vowels in each version. and some feminine names did not end that way. I have included several of these names. Although I doubt anyone wishes to choose the name of a Pharaoh. you have probably seen more than one version of each name. If they sound a bit conceited (Beloved of Amun. Some of those names were masculine. If Amun is your Lord.Appendix A Tameran Names Many Craft people choose new names when they are dedicated or initiated. 257 . If you wish to choose a Tameran name. Because the written language did not include weak vowels. for example). choosing such a name means you will strive to be worthy of His love. usually in connection with a deity. Use the one that sounds best to you. Don’t be afraid to combine words to make your own special name. Some of the translations of the names are based on my limited knowledge of the language. Many Tameran names made up a phrase or a sentence. but this is not always the case. I’m not at all sure the Tamerans differentiated that much. You can also turn to the section “Other Gods” (page 105) for names that might appeal to you. as well as their separate parts in order to help you find the name that will be your name. Names that end in “T” were usually feminine names.
” King of the 12th Dynasty. a great woman.” “One who is in the heart.” Meaning “A singing woman.” This name may be used in conjunction with the name of a deity to mean “child of deity. “Child” or “pupil. but it could be pronounced as if the name were second. Ahmose Am Amakhi Amakhit Amenemhet Amenmes Ames Ami ab Amit ab Antef Ashait 258 . trusted one (feminine). The name of the deity is usually written first as a matter of courtesy. A sculptor during the 18th Dynasty. darling.” A queen of the early 18th Dynasty. A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty and daughter of Menthuhotep II.” “Son of Aah. trusted one.” A general in the 11th Dynasty. “First born.” First king of the 18th Dynasty.” “Vassal of a deity.” “Amen is in his house (temple). darling. “Vassal of a God. “Asaram” would mean “child of Osiris” (or pupil of Osiris). in my opinion.” “A cry of joy.Circle of Isis Name Aanata Ahabu Ahit Ahhotep “Dancer.” or “Aah is come” or “Aah is born.” For example. Her name means “Aah is content. as in Amasar.” “One who is in the heart.
the result of some effort or creative activity.Tameran Names Name Ashlar Meaning The squared stone represents worked material. but then I’m prejudiced. lighten. shining. With all this symbolism. the living Soul of Ra.” 259 Ba en Bak Bekat Beketaten Bekh Bennu Besit Burqa . to illumine. The Bull is the Horned One of the Egyptians. “Bek” is the name of an architect to one Pharaoh (Akhenaten) and it could easily be spelled “Bekh. and the Lion of the West. The Lion is a symbol that appears often. you might find it’s yours. It’s my husband’s Craft name. “Fire. Calling the physical wind the Soul of the God of Air is a wonderful idea.” “Servant of Aten.” I rather like it.” a name for the wind. sparkle. morning light. bright. You could probably do that to other Elemental deities as well.” All these are contained in one four letter name.” “Morning. also a blackhaired bull God of Hermonthis. This is the mythical bird from whom the Greeks received their idea of a phoenix. dawn. to glimmer. “To give light. Shu “Soul of Shu.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters. flame. “Hawk. the Bull of the East. too.” “To shine. and it is my belief that it symbolizes power.
Singing God. The rising or setting Sun. Also “Fakat.” “To cry out in joy.” is usually used with a deity name to signify that the deity is content with your existence.” “Amethyst.” “Cupbearer of Ra.” A similar word. to sing praises. “Ebony.” Hermakhis Hesa Hesi Hesira Hesit Hesu 260 . “Earthen vessel. The name might mean “Song of Ra.Circle of Isis Name Fekat Fetket Habni Ham Hann Hanna Hebni Hebu Heknu Hemagat Henkheses Heqret Heri Meaning Turquoise or malachite. “To be at peace.” “Pelican. “hotep.” It was Fetket who brought drinks (nourishment) to Ra.” A high official of the Third Dynasty.” The God of the East wind. to be satisfied. “Song” or “chant. to be content.” “Ebony.” “Song of love.” “East wind.” “Stag.” “Song” or “chant.” The symbol for Nut is the hieroglyph used in spelling this name. gazelle.” “Song of praise.” “Messenger. usually a title of Heru.
” This name appears often in Tameran names in combination with the name of a deity.” “Light. “Ra hotep. spelled differently in hieroglyphs.” Anpu ka would mean “spirit of Anpu.” and Nebet Het (known to the Greeks as Nephthys). to be satisfied.” “Amenhotep.” “To be at peace. The word. “Het Heret.Tameran Names Name Het Meaning This word.” which means “House of the Sky. to be a shelter and enclosure for the qualities of that deity. as the stag was for the Anglo European.” See “Hotep.” It symbolizes the God or Goddess being pleased with your existence. double.” Combined with the name of a deity. 18th Dynasty. whose name means “Lady of the House. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. “house. to be content.” or “double of Anpu. “Image. this name could signify that you wish to contain the deity within. Hetchut Hetep Hotep Ihat Iuwy Iymeret Ka 261 . phantom. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty.” It also means “bull. spirit.” is found in the names of at least two Egyptian Goddesses.” the animal that was to the Tamerans the symbol of masculinity. A “songstress” of Aset during the right of Ay. also means “womb. splendor. certainly something to strive for.
acrobat.” “javelin.” Another instance where the addition of a deity name would create a special name.” “Onyx.” A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty who was a daughter of Menthuhotep II.” “Dancer.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.Circle of Isis Name Kamset Kam ti Kapet Kari(t) Meaning An architect and a sculptor in the Fifth Dynasty. and the son of Rameses II.” “Protected by Aten. “Spear.” “Mongoose. “Weaver. “Image. A High Priest of Ptah. Kauit Khaemwas Khames Khasekhem Khari(t) Khatru Khebbti Khenet Khesbet Khurab Maahetch Maki Medu Meketaten 262 .” “The powerful one appears.” “Lapis lazuli.” “Hematite.” It is believed that most ancient references to hematite really referred to bloodstone.” “Singing woman.” “Incense.” A Second Dynasty king. “Word” or “staff.” “Bird Goddess.” “statue. Karinut: “shrine of Nut.” “Shrine.
Meritamon Meritaten Mesen Meskha Metri Nakht Nebmaat Nebmaatra Nekhtet Neferet Nefer Ka Nefer Ka Ra Nefer maat Nofret “Beloved of Amon.Tameran Names Name Menthu hetep Meri Ra Meaning “Menthu is content. “Beautiful truth.” The name of another king of the Second Dynasty.” “Beautiful woman. “Metal worker. diadem.” “Beautiful spirit.” a queen during the 19th Dynasty. “Beloved of Aten. A goldsmith during the 12th Dynasty. “Lord of Truth. blacksmith. “Beautiful spirit of Ra. “Strong woman.” Two kings of the 11th Dynasty.” A daughter of Akhenaten.” A name of Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty.” One of the Ptolemaic kings.” A king in the Sixth Dynasty. Fourth Dynasty king.” “The Lord of Truth is Ra.” A queen during the 12th Dynasty.” The name of a king of the Second Dynasty. 263 .” A son of Seneferu.” “Crown. “Beautiful woman. “Beloved of Ra.” The name of a priest of Maat in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. Meri Ra Setep en Amen “Beloved of Ra. Chosen of Amen.
Circle of Isis Name Nuhati Niankhra Penu Petasar “Sycamore.” Meaning “Court physician during the Sixth Dynasty.” in its various forms? “Lee” means meadow.” A mythological mouse or rat.” or “Son of Ra. this is my reasoning: How many people do you know named “Lee.” “Wind.” “Harvest.” “Ra is content. Ptahmose Qenu Qer(r) Qet Qetet Ra Hotep Rameses Ra Nefer Rekh Rekh khet Rennut Repenet 264 . form. “Strong. He may have been the son of Seneferu. I just threw this in here for fun. sky. brave. It could mean “heaven of Asar. to know. likeness. manner.” “Kind. learned man. bold.” “Sage.” or “Ptah is come.” “Meadow.” “Ra is born.” Image. like. A sage and priest at the temple of Tehuti shortly before the fall of Egypt to Alexander. “Ra is come.” A High Priest of Amen during the reign of Amenhotep III.” “Ptah is born.” A High Priest of Ptah in the Fifth Dynasty.” A High Priest of Ra of the Fourth Dynasty. “To be wise.” Also spelled “Ramoses.” or “Son of Ptah.” If you are wondering why on Earth I would include meadow.
and has many other meanings.” “Son of Het Heret.” Resha Reshi Sab Sa Het Her Saiti Sat Het Heret Sau Seb Sehu Sekhem Ra Senetites Sepi Seshem Seshesh Seshetat Shesau 265 .” 17th Dynasty king. It also means “statue” or “image” and would be suitable for the same reasons as above.Tameran Names Name Repit Meaning This is the name of a Goddess. guardian. enchanter. gladness. “Wise man. gladness.” “Antelope.” An amulet of a deity would represent the power of that deity. “Watchman.” “Mystery.” “The power of Ra. A general during the 12th Dynasty.” a daughter of Senusert II.” “Lotus. “Joy. “Image or statue of a God.” “Daughter of Het Heret. It means “amulet” and would be combined with names of deities. Repit Ast is an “amulet of Aset(Isis). A High Priestess of Het Heret and Neith during the Fourth or Fifth Dynasties.” The planet Mercury.” “Jackal” or “wolf. and would be a fitting name.” A king of the 13th Dynasty. reciter of spells.” “Joy. “Sorcerer.
” “Flowers. “Protective strength. “Fire. Star Goddess. God of Light.” Tiye (Also Ty. acrobat. Tiy and Ti) The mother of Akhenaten.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters. flame. “Dancer. A very interesting woman.” “Image.” Enduring person or thing. Something given. torch. Un (Male) Unit (Female) Unta (Male) Utcha (Either) Uten (Male) Utenet (Either) God of Existence.Circle of Isis Name Setepenra Ta Repy Tchapqa Tchebu Tchet ta Tchay (or Tjay) Teka Tut Meaning “Chosen of Ra. 266 . Royal scribe and chief of the stables of Pharaoh during the reign of Amenhotep III.” It also means “Fire.” It means “Image living of Amen.” You are probably most familiar with the name “Tutankhamun.” Fiery hands or a gift. The constellation Virgo.
predictions. This took place approximately July 19th on our present-day calendar. the “traditional” date. Further research may bring more understanding. comments on the day. called the epagomenal days. or whenever you deem appropriate. so the date of the inundation is a moot point. we’ve started on July 19th.Appendix B The Calendar The Tamerans had a calendar of 12 30-day months. occurring right before the New Year. In the list that follows. We do not understand all of the notations on the calendar. Bob Brier starts his version of the calendar on August 1st. The comments as to whether the day is “favorable” come from that papyrus. the Nile no longer floods. In his book. Most of the information that follows comes from a papyrus called “the Cairo calendar. but have included them for your information and enjoyment. 267 .) Sothistar’s own research has been added. (We’ve reworded some of them. The year began the first day Sirius (Sothis) rose at dawn after the rising of the Nile. as do some of the more unusual predictions and warnings. Since the building of the Aswan Dam. Ancient Egyptian Magic. You must decide whether you wish to go with the actual rising of Sirius. with five “extra” days. because Sirius now rises on approximately that date. and warnings.” The calendar contained festival notations.
The Gods are peaceful today. Everyone is festive. avoid crocodiles. If you were born today. stay home and do nothing. Mostly adverse. you will be honored in old age. Celebrate birthday of Aten. Mostly favorable. Make offerings to the Gods. Stay out of boats today.Circle of Isis Julian Date 19 July 20 21 22 Tameran Date 1 Tehuti 2 3 4 The New Year. Welcome the rise of the Nile. What you see today will be good. Anything you see will be good. Very favorable. The day Ra goes forth. Anything you see today will be good. Stay home at night. Mostly favorable. Favorable. Mostly favorable. take up bullfighting or dairy farming. Very favorable. Goddess of weaving. Very favorable. 23 24 5 6 25 7 26 27 8 9 28 10 268 . Hedj Hotep. Very favorable. If you were born today. goes forth. Pacify the hearts of those on the horizon. Favorable. In fact. If you were born today.
Mostly bad. Offerings to followers of Ra. The rage of Set battles. Incense. Ceremony of Lighting the Fire. Very unfavorable. 30 12 31 13 1 August 2 3 4 14 15 16 17 5 6 18 19 7 20 8 21 269 . take care of your eyesight. Very favorable. Chant “Sweet is Truth.” Festival of Heaven and Ra. Sunset Ceremony. Avoid bulls. Who is born today will die of a crocodile. Offering to Gods in your city. Do not make love or look at a bull. Very favorable. Eat honey and figs. Very unfavorable. Very favorable. Feast of the Lamps.The Calendar Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 11 The Great Flame (Fire cobra Goddess) goes forth. Stay out of boats. Very unfavorable. The followers of Set and Ra battle. Start a fire today. If you were born today. Stay home until sunset. If you disobey Ra today. Chief festival of Thoth. The day the offering to Sobek was taken away. Festival of the Dead. you will fall down. Do not work today. Mostly unfavorable.
Circle of Isis Julian Date 9 10 Tameran Date 22 23 Don’t eat fish or birds. Very favorable. Don’t kindle fire in the house today. The Gods are festive. Mostly good. Don’t warm oil. Mostly negative. House of Heru. The enemies of Ra shall suffer. Do nothing. Offerings to Asar or Tehuti. A very good day. Stay home at night. Ritual in the House of Ra. Stay home. The heir is established. Very good. Going forth of Sekhmet to repel Set. Peace between Heru and Set. Meditation and instrumental music are good but avoid singing and dancing. 11 12 24 25 13 26 14 27 15 28 16 29 17 30 18 270 1 Ptah . Make today a holiday. Very good. Mostly good. Very good. Don’t burn incense. Battle of Heru and Set. The winds are peaceful for Ra’s sailing. Anything you see today will be good. Very adverse. Don’t kill reptiles. The Gods see the children of Nut and are happy. House of Asar. Do not practice. Transition of Aset to Het Heret head.
271 20 3 21 4 22 5 23 6 24 7 25 26 8 9 . Feast of Montu. egg. Offering in presence of Hedj Hotep. Terrible. Jubilation in the heart of Ra. One born today should avoid drinking. Anyone born today is likely to die while making love. Anyone born today will die in foreign lands. If you were born today you will live to a ripe old age. Tehuti in presence of Ra in inaccessible shrine. All things in divine presence. Anyone born today will die of a skin rash. Awful! Isis learns She is pregnant. What you see today will be good. Wonderful. Plant barley. and milk.Very favorable. Tehuti orders healing of Heru’s eye. All enemies are destroyed. anoint with water. A great day. Anpu goes forth. It is important to make offerings to all the Gods. Avoid leaving the house. Mostly bad. Do nothing today. Whatever you see today is good.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 2 Ritual and Procession of Her Ur. Ra kills the children of rebellion. Extremely favorable.
Make offerings to local Gods and pacify spirits. Terrible. Mostly adverse. Feast. Not good at all. Satisfy the hearts of the Gods. All is good. Anpu ritual of Transformation. and to burn incense. Ra makes an example of the rebels. All his followers rejoice. A good day. Property and life are before the August One. overseen by Tehuti. 29 30 31 12 13 14 1 September 15 2 16 3 17 4 5 6 18 19 20 272 . Very favorable. The earliest Gods come forth from the waters of Nun. Nun goes forth to set up the djed pillar. Very favorable. Do nothing. Don’t leave your house. It is important to make offerings of bread and beer. Don’t look. Today the front piece of the prow is fixed on the Sacred Boat. Very favorable. Ra and his followers go out at night.Very good. Receiving the White Crown of Heru. A bad day. Everything you see today will be good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 27 28 Tameran Date 10 11 Procession of Bast and ritual. Feast of Asar Unnefer.
avoid snakes. Do not bathe today. Mostly bad. Festival of Asar and Heru. you will die honored among your people. bad. Her eyes guide Tehuti.Very favorable. If you are born today. Worse.The Calendar Julian Date 7 8 9 Tameran Date 21 22 23 Going forth of Neith. A wonderful day. stay away from crocodiles. Very adverse. Very favorable. Festival of Ra. Don’t go out. Very favorable. Do not go on any road today. Don’t work at all. Bad. do not go out of your house until after sunset. The windows at the palace of Busiris are opened and sealed. If you were born today. bad. Whatever you see today will be good. Land in festivity. If the wind is blowing. Very bad. 273 10 24 11 25 12 26 13 27 14 15 28 29 16 30 17 1 Het Heret . Birthday of the Staff of the Sun. Don’t lay the foundation of a house or put a ship in a shipyard. Don’t work until the Sun sets. Feast of Het Heret. The children of rebellion are found in a burial mat. If you were born today. Bad. A bad day.
You will see good things today. If you see anything on this day it will be good. Ritual of the Gods of the Two Lands. Very adverse. Her son is granted his heritage. Terrible. Very adverse. If you value your house. don’t navigate today. 21 5 22 23 24 25 6 7 8 9 26 10 27 28 11 12 29 274 13 . What you see today will be good. Asar sails upstream to Abydos. Ra’s crew is at peace. Once more the Udjat eye is in the head of Ra. A good day. Pacification of the hearts of the Gods wherever they are. Do not let light fall on your face until Ra sets. This is the day of the blaming of the Great Ones. Today Isis goes forth pleased. The day of the blaming by His Majesty of this God. Very favorable. Do not go outside. Very good. Very favorable. The Earth trembles under Nun today. There is rejoicing in Heaven.Circle of Isis Julian Date 18 19 20 Tameran Date 2 3 4 Wedjoyet returns from Dep. Those in the fields are working. Adverse.
A terrible day. Adverse. Bast goes forth angry. Anyone born today may catch the plague. Landing of the Great Ones at Abydos. A happy day of eternity and infinity. God of sexual fertility. Do nothing. A favorable day.The Calendar Julian Date 30 Tameran Date 14 Set’s actions cause grief in the hearts of the Gods. Appearance of the eight Gods of Ashmuneium. Aset and Nebet Het weep over the death of Asar. Bad. Adverse. The feast of Shu. Very favorable day. Do not sail or navigate a boat today. The day of the raising of the statue of Maat. The day of the children of the storm. 1 October 15 2 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 7 8 9 21 22 23 275 . Today Ra judges. This is a day of strife for the children of Geb. Very bad. Day of the inspecting of Ba Neb Dedet. Do not begin a journey.
Ra is joyful in his beauty. The three noble ladies of the Tan nenet go to the presence of Ptah and praise Ra. Day of the House of Ra and Asar. Favorable. The white crown is given to Heru and the red to Set. The Gods rejoice. The lords are satisfied causing the doors to open.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 . Heaven and land in festivity. Egypt is given to Heru and the desert to Set. Whatever you see today will please the hearts of the Gods. The day of judging of Set and Heru. All you see today will be good. A day of festival: Decree establishes Heru as King. They have seen Asar and he has given his throne to Heru. God/desses. Whatever you see today will be good. Very good. Favorable. Establishing the tet pillar of Atum. A good day. Very good. Very favorable. Tehuti judges before Ra. Very good. The Gods rejoice. Good.
Day of transformation into the Bennu. Life. Bad. A very good day. This will please the Gods. Not a good day. Ra speaks. Stay at home. The barque of Ra is established to overthrow the enemies immediately. Very adverse. Favorable day. Perform rituals of Sobek in his temple and in your house. and welfare are given to her. Whatever you see will be good. Het Heret goes forth in the presence of the Great Ones at Kher Aba.Very favorable. 277 20 4 21 5 22 6 23 24 25 26 7 8 9 10 27 28 11 12 .Very favorable.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 3 Do not do anything today. Anyone born on this day will die of his ears. Very favorable. Anyone born today will die in old age as beer enters his mouth. Do not go out in the wind. The unborn are joyful. stability. Offer to your Bennu in your house. Very adverse. Wonderful. Feast of Asar at Abydos. Tehuti acts.
A good day. A bad day. Two Goddesses of weaving. Do not go out. The day of looking at the sun disk. Do not anoint yourself. Feast of Sekhmet and Bast. If you see a lion it will kill you. People and Gods judge speech of crew of Heliopolis when Heru arrives. But the day is mostly favorable. Placing of the Hennu boat. Going forth of Het Heret who is pleased in the presence of Ra. Do not go out at night. Papyrus damaged. Hedj hotep and Tayet go forth to hand their things over to Neith. The Gods rejoice. The day of making ointment for Asar. Drink only grape juice until sunset. The boat of the God is overthrown. Terrible.Circle of Isis Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 13 Holiday in your house. Do not go out at midday. Setting up the tet pillar. Do not taste bread or beer. You will see good things today. 30 14 31 1 November 2 15 16 17 3 4 18 19 5 20 6 7 21 22 8 23 278 . Festival of ploughing the Earth. Not good. Mostly favorable.
invocation. Festival of Bast. offering food to spirits. Mysteries. Murder of Osiris. Rejoicing. 279 16 17 18 19 1 Amsu 2 3 4 20 5 21 22 23 6 7 8 . Favorable. If you are born today. Good. You will see good things today. A good day. Very adverse.The Calendar Julian Date 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tameran Date 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Papyrus damaged. Day of Sekhmet and purifying the flame. Favorable. Mostly bad. The finding of Asar’s body. Do not make love where the Sun can see you. Grief and search by Aset. Make offerings to God/desses. Favorable. Bad. Double the offerings today. She is violent. Make a holiday in your house. Favorable. Very good. you will die old among your people. Papyrus damaged. Do not burn fire in the presence of Ra. Good.
Very favorable. Do not approach any dogs today. Not good. Favorable. All come into existence.Circle of Isis Julian Date 24 Tameran Date 9 Offerings to Sekmet. Nun goes forth through the cavern to where the Gods are in darkness. Nun goes forth to the Gods. Going forth of Gods to Abydos. Very bad. The day of the coming forth of flame together with Heru from the marshes. Do not wash yourself in water today. Very good. Do not burn papyrus today. Answering every speech of Sekhmet. Don’t get near fire today. 25 10 26 27 11 12 28 13 29 14 30 15 1 December 2 16 17 3 280 18 . Day of prolonging life and making beneficial Maat in the temple. Don’t listen to singing or chanting. The Gods will be pleased. The going forth of Shu. Terrible. Aset and Nebet Het weep in remembrance of what Asar had been. Very good. Anything you see today will be good. Make cakes and repeat the offerings.
Do nothing. rich in all that is good. Make abet offerings to followers of Ra. Do drink and eat honey. Happiness is on both Heaven and Earth. Good. There is great festivity in Hefau. Day of appearance of Hu. Make a holiday in your house. Tehuti sends forth to Bast and Sekhmet to guide the Two Lands. A good day. Going forth of the Noble One. Going forth of Bast. Very adverse.The Calendar Julian Date 4 5 6 Tameran Date 19 20 21 Very adverse. Bast guards the Two Lands. you will die in great old age. Very good. Bad. Don’t drink milk. Tehuti takes an oath in Ashmineum. The great cow is established in Ra’s majestic presence. Do not go out until Ra sets. Anything you see will be good. Very good. 281 7 8 22 23 9 10 24 25 11 12 13 26 27 28 14 29 . Wonderful. What you see today will be good. Great. If you are born today.
All you see today will be good. Awful. Feast of Ptah lifting Heaven of Ra. Elevating the Goddesses of the Temple. Offer incense to all Gods. Invocation. Make abet offerings to the Gods. Great. Offering to your spirits and local Gods. Good. Show your heart to the Gods.Circle of Isis Julian Date 15 Tameran Date 30 Crossing over in the presence of Nun in from temple of Hapi. Festival of the Great Heat. Favorable day. offerings in house to spirits. God/desses in festivity. Going forth of Set. Very favorable. Horrible. Birth of Heru sa Aset. Festival of the Little Heat. Better. Very adverse. Gods receive Ra. Very good. The God enters to distribute the ration of all the Gods. The God/desses are in festivity. hearts are festive. Very good. 16 1 Rekh Ur 17 18 19 2 3 4 20 21 5 6 22 7 23 24 8 9 25 10 282 . Putting up the Tet pillars of Asar. Going forth of Udjat eye for singing. Stay home.
Mostly good. Everything you see will be good.The Calendar Julian Date 26 Tameran Date 11 Feast of Neith. The day of the birth of cattle. Anything you see today will be good. The day of the mourning of the God. Proceeding of Sekhmet to Letopolis. Do not go out at dawn on this day. Festival of Ptah and Heru. Proceeding of Goddesses of heaven southward. The seven executioners go forth. Day of keeping things of the wabet of Asar. 283 27 28 29 30 31 1 January 12 13 14 15 16 17 2 3 18 19 4 20 5 6 21 22 . Very favorable day. Very favorable. You will see good from her hands. Bad. Going forth of Sebek to guide her. Do not go out alone in the daytime. Adverse. Stay home. Aset is awakened by Ra. A good day. Very adverse conditions. Heru saves his father. The Gods go forth for him in heaven. Favorable. Not good. which have been placed in the hands of Anpu.
Entry of Asar into the Moon. 3 Papyrus damaged. Bad. Not great. 1 Amenhotep Feast of entering into heaven and two banks. Do not go out during this time. 29 There is uproar among the children of Geb. Great. Super day. Favorable. 2 Everything you see is good. 4 Set calls to battle. Good day. Wonderful. 25 All you see today is good. Everything you see will be good today. Aset sees Min’s face and joins him. Very adverse.Circle of Isis Julian Date 7 Tameran Date Festival of Aset. 26 Going forth of Min to Coptos. 24 Festival of Aset. 28 Unnefer is pleased. Do nothing. 30 Talk to no one. 23 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 284 . when they see her beauty in the night for four and a half hours. Birth of Aion. The unborn rejoice. Great day. Do not approach river today. 27 Feast of Seker. Heru rejoices. 5 Neith goes forth from Sais. Very bad.
Very adverse. Wonderful.The Calendar Julian Date 20 Tameran Date 6 Jubilation of Asar in Busiris. Don’t look at anything in the darkness today. Very favorable. All you see is good. The day of judgment in Heliopolis. Day of making health. Very favorable. Make ritual. Don’t work. Day Tehuti and spirits go forth. Coming of Tehuti. Give food. Awful. Great. 285 21 7 22 8 23 24 25 26 27 9 10 11 12 13 28 29 30 14 15 16 31 17 . Very adverse. Day of rebellion in the shrine. Followers of Ra called to Heaven. Do not pronounce the name of Set today or you will fight eternally in your house. Bad. Very adverse conditions. Day of opening of the doorways and court at Karnak. Don’t leave your house until Ra sets. Making the way for the Gods of Khnum. Very favorable. Any ritual performed will be good. Good day. Going forth of Anpu. The day the Nile comes from Nun. Stay home.
Make a holiday. Anything you see will be good. Feast of Heru in Kemwer. The day he is sent into the cave without knowledge of the Great Ones to look for the occasion of coming. The enemies are struck. Obviously very adverse. Do nothing today. Stay home and don’t look into the light. Birth of Apophis. Bad. Do not leave the house. Very favorable. Day of the birth of Nut anew. 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 . Very good. Very bad. Do not look into the light. she who counts the days. Omitted by scribal error. Do not even think of pronouncing the names of the snakes. There is a great feast in heaven. Do nothing today. Very good. Feast of Asar at Abydos. The Feast in Busiris.Circle of Isis Julian Date 1 February 2 Tameran Date 18 19 Feast of Nut. Very bad. Do not leave the house. Very bad.
Whatever you see today will be good. Whoever sees small cattle today will die at once. Going forth of Min into the festival tent. Day all the parts of the Eyes of Heru are accounted for. The Gods and Goddesses are satisfied when they see the Children of Geb. Very bad. Very favorable.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. Do nothing. 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 21 7 8 22 9 287 . Whoever approaches today will find anger. Bad. Do not go out into the darkness. The stars go forth bitterly and openly. The day the Great Ones and the uraeus fought. Terrible. Excellent. Heru is well when the red one sees His form. Very favorable. Any lion who pronounces the name of the constellation Orion will die immediately. Put myrrh on the fire.
Do not bathe with water today. 24 25 26 27 28 29 11 12 13 14 15 1 March 2 3 16 17 18 4 19 288 . Very adverse. you’ll have to decide which way you want to do things. Do not approach in the morning. Asar is conducted to his ship at Abydos. but they added it to the epagomenal days in July. Going forth of Set. Very bad. Adverse. Should you wish to follow this calendar. Very adverse. Great. All you see today will be good. Very bad. All you see today will be good. Every town is joyful. Do not be courageous today. Positive. Feasting in Heliopolis. The Tamerans did add an extra day every four years.Circle of Isis Julian Date 23 Tameran Date 10 The Great Ones are introduced to the whole eye of Heru. Very adverse. Ra goes forth in his barque across heaven. Very favorable. Going forth of Kephera. It is a happy day in heaven.
What you see today will be good. or you will have strife in your house forever. Very Favorable. Do not go out today. Very favorable. Bad. Very bad. Adoration to Unnefer. Very good. Set rebels against Unnefer. Feast of Heru sa Aset and His followers. Offerings to all Gods. Offer local Gods myrhh on fire. End of the world by Sekhmet. Do not eat anything that is on the water. Very adverse. The day of cutting out the tongue of Sobek. Very bad. and Horus. Terrible. Do not go out until Ra sets.The Calendar Julian Date 5 Tameran Date 20 Today Ra repells those who rebel against their masters. 289 6 7 8 9 21 22 23 24 10 25 11 12 26 27 13 14 28 29 15 30 16 1 Khonsu . The day of making offerings to the spirits at Abydos. Papyrus damaged. Asar. Do not work today. Bad. Offerings to Ra. Do not mention the name of Set today. Extremely adverse.
Wonderful. Follow Heru today. Very bad.Circle of Isis Julian Date 17 18 19 20 21 Tameran Date 2 3 4 5 6 Do not sail today. All you see today will be good. Very adverse. God of sexual fertility. What you see today is good. Bad. Bad. Every land is happy. Adverse. Very good. Very favorable. Do not leave the house. Feast of Ba neb dedet. Festival of reconstituting the heavens. Do not leave your house until sunset. You will see good things today. All you see today will be good. The White One of Heaven proceeds downstream. Festival of Aset. A time of rejoicing among the Gods. Damage to papyrus. Every heart is glad. Papyrus damaged. What you see today is good. Damage to papyrus. Coming of the Great Ones of the House of Ra. Adverse. What you see today is good. Great. Very good. Bad. 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 .
Good. The hearts of the Gods listen very well. Great. Very favorable. House of Heru. All you see today is good. Anyone born this day will live to be very old. Excellent. Favorable. Festival of Bast. Holiday of Ra and followers. Papyrus damaged.The Calendar Julian Date 3 Tameran Date 19 Day of counting by Tehuti who heard Maat. Great. Everything you see today will be good. You’ll see good things today. Good. Very adverse. The day is fixed as a feast on both heaven and Earth. Papyrus damaged. Papyrus damaged. Very adverse. Very good. Maat judges. House of Asar. 291 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 Heru 2 17 18 3 4 19 5 . Adverse. Good. Very adverse. You’ll see good things. Geb and Nut are judged by the Gods. Festival of Heru. Don’t shout at any being today. House of Ra. All Gods rejoice.
The followers of Ra catch birds and fish. You will see only good. Anyone born today will be noble. Do not judge yourself this day. The worst. Make a holiday for Ra and his followers.Circle of Isis Julian Date 20 21 22 Tameran Date 6 7 8 Heru avenges his father. Wonderful. Good. Asar goes forth from his house to the August mountain. Anyone born today will become a magistrate. The day of fighting. Make incense of various sweet herbs for Ra’s followers. and offerings of incense and sweet herbs. 23 9 24 25 10 11 26 27 12 13 28 29 14 15 30 1 May 2 16 17 18 292 . Avoid sailing on the river. Stay home. Bad. singing. Favorable. The feast of the Udjat. Very good. Feast of Udject: festival. Make this day a good one. Great. Adverse. Don’t eat lion meat today. Very bad. Great day. chanting. Singing. chant. What you see today will be good.
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Tameran Date 19 20 21 The Ennead sails repeatedly. Not good. The day many will die if an adverse wind comes. Bad. The day of the living children of Nut. Do not go out before dawn. Shu complains to Ra about the Great Ones of infinity. Stay home. Bad. The crew rests when it sees the enemy of its master. Good. What you see today shall be good. Very good. Everyone is pacified by the sun disk. Very favorable. Going forth of Neith. Very adverse conditions. There is an uproar among the Gods. Do not work. Adverse. Day of purifying things. Festival today. Do not go against events. Very good. What you see today will be good. Very favorable. Going forth of Shu. Appearance of Tehuti. Very good. Great feast of the southern heavens. Festival of Bast. Feast of Het Heret. Wonderful. 293
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Tameran Date 2 Every God/dess spends the day in festival and great awe in the sacred temple. Very favorable. The anger of the Divine Majesty. Do nothing. Very adverse. Whatever you see today will be good. Very good. Het Heret departs. The Gods are sad. Stay home. Stay away from boats. Stay away from work. Very bad. All the Goddess’ temples are in an uproar. Do not make an uproar in your house. Very bad. Sailing of the Gods after the Goddess. Bad. The massacre of the followers of the Goddess. Do not beat anyone. Very adverse. The Gods are content. Every God is in festivity. Very good. The day of creating enmity, the hearts of the Gods are sad. Bad. The Great Ones learn what Ra saw through the eyes of Her Ur. Do not perform any ritual. Bad. Reception of Ra, holiday and festival. Very good. Ra sails westward to see the beauty of Unnefer. Bad.
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Tameran Date 14 15 Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Stay home. Very bad. Heru hears your words in the presence of all Gods and Goddesses. Good things will be seen in your house. Very good. Day of transporting Maat to the shrine of Ra. Adverse. The escape of the fugitive eye. Bad. Maat and Ra go forth in secret. Very adverse. Stay home today. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Mostly good. The day of Sepa of Tura. Do not look at any digging, skin rash, or fever today. Adverse. The day of quarreling with Unnefer. Bad. The day of the children of Bedesh. The God kills them when he comes, then sails South. Very favorable. The great enemy is in the temple of Sekhmet. Don’t go out at midday. Mostly good. What you see today will be good. Favorable. 295
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Tameran Date The day of sailing down the river and tearing down the enclosure wall. Stay home. Very bad. 28 The day of creating misery. Very bad. 29 Festival of Mut. Feeding of the Gods and Mut’s followers. Very good. 30 Ceremony of Heru Merti. Very favorable. 1 Heru Khuiti Send abet offerings. All Gods and Goddesses feast. Very good. 2 Maat and all Gods perform rites as one who is in heaven. Very good. 3 Feast of the Goddess of Heliopolis. Stay home. Bad. 4 Procession of Sopdu and youthful followers. Mostly bad. 5 Temple is festive. Min is at Akhmin. What you see will be good. Very good. 6 The day of transporting Unnefer to Rostau. Do nothing. Very bad. 7 The Dead One arrives on Earth. Whoever approaches him will be trampled by a bull. Very adverse. 27
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Tameran Date 8 9 Utchat ceremony. Also, Anpu ceremony. If you are born on this day, you will have noble honor. Very favorable. The day the eye of Re enters. Very good. Destructiveness is created in the presence of the followers of Ra. Bad. Day of jubilation throughout the land. Very good. Holiday for Heru followers, defenders of the Son. Very good. Ra goes forth to propitiate Nun. Very bad. Pour ritual water for those in your next world. Very good. You’ll see good things. Good. The crew leads the rebels. Stay home in the morning. Bad. The Eye of Horus returns. Feast of your local God. Appease your spirit. Very good. Cleansing and renewal of the noble ones. Very adverse. What you see will be good. Very favorable. 297
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Tameran Date 22 Feast of Anpu. Followers of Geb and Nut in festivity. Purification of the Gods. Very good. Do not taste bread or beer on this day. Very bad. Abet offerings to Gods in presence of Ra. Holiday in your house. Very good. The God is established. Very favorable. The Gods sail. Do not go out at noon. Mostly good. Do nothing. Very bad. Feast of Min. Very good. Holiday in temple of Seker. Very favorable. Birthday of Ra. Any rite good today. Sing and make offerings. Very favorable. Birthday of Asar. Very favorable. Birthday of Her Ur. Very favorable. Birthday of Set. Very favorable. Birthday of Aset. Very favorable. Birthday of Nebt Het. Very favorable.
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Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth.” If you choose to wear the ankh. uses. whose sunbeams were said to be shot like arrows. to service of the Gods. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. In addition to definitions. Barque: A boat. Ankh: Whatever its original significance.” or “mirror image of Amen. path. it contains explanations.lL Glossary While a glossary is usually a small dictionary of terms. Arrow: Two crossed arrows and a shield were the symbol of Neith. 299 . Let it be a sign of your respect for all life. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. the fact that you have chosen a magical. “The Archer” was another name for Tum. and of your return of that gift into Their hands. and directions for many of its entries.” As a hieroglyph. magic knot or sandal strap. this one is different. Let it represent your choice of path. and therefore more difficult. dedicated to Their service. whatever its form.” Thus “Tut ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. and a club. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. I confess it is a catchall for the little bits of information my research has garnered and for information you might find useful. a spear. Uadjet also used arrows. often used to symbolize the movement of a God. Acacia: A tree sacred to Heru. it means both “life” and “mirror.
They chose the bull. the masculinity of the bull and revered it as the epitome of masculinity. we have both types of horns. but not to us). belonging to a magician of the Twelfth Dynasty. 300 . and sacred to the Gods. a Goddess whose name could be translated as “Ruler of birth. This birth brick was personified by Meshkenet. Box: Magicians traditionally kept their tools in a box. three simple dolls apparently used for spells. to acknowledge both our physical roots and our spiritual ones. It contained papryi bearing magical information. Legend says that the cedar tree sprung from the blood of Geb. Bread: It was considered one of the best offerings to make to a deity. page 302.) Blue: The color of heaven. it was one of the most revered animals in Tamera. Not only is travel to the underworld a step toward rebirth. In our temple. and a symbol of Lower Egypt. along with beads and amulets.Circle of Isis Bee: Sacred to the God Min. so the Tamerans saw the strength and vitality. on which women would stand to give birth. Brick: Most often thought of as birth bricks. Anpu was drawn on the top of the box in black ink. Aset told the people to choose one of the animals to be most sacred. but black is the color of the fertile earth deposited in Tamera by the Nile. a statue.” Bull: ! Once upon a time. One such box. Black: The color was at once the symbol of the underworld and rebirth (confusing to some. and from that moment on. à y Bennu: The Egyptian phoenix. was found by an archaeologist. Blood: This fluid was considered as a creative power. Just as the Europeans revered the stag and other large-horned animals. four wands. The bee usually found in hieroglyphs resembles a wasp rather than the chubby honey bee with which we are familiar. (See Knot of Isis. rather than a sign of death.
Child: A symbol of potential and beginnings. A symbol of Heqet. signifying eternity. to us. It is a loop in a rope. When Nut is shown with two right hands. each of our lives can be seen as contained in the loop of a rope. In a relief at Denderah. in reality. it shows She is giving or sending energy. to encircle their names. whose name means “centipede. « Frog: Ý ƒ Goose: Sacred to both Het Heret and Geb.” was called as a protection against the enemies of the Gods and noxious animals. and the readiness of the Gods to listen to prayers. It is. “It was a green thing to do. and the left hand. She is shown sitting at the feet of Osiris. but design. the Earth God. receiving. with the rope signifying our eternal selves. What we in the United States call corn was not known in Tamera. the fly was considered a symbol of courage because they are so hard to chase away. Crocodile: Considered both evil and good in Tamera. Because the egg was considered a symbol of creation. Green: The color of life. She is connected with childbirth. Soldiers received medals in the form of the fly as rewards for bravery in battle. If something was a good and healthy act. 301 . Ears: Pictures of ears symbolized both a willingness to listen.Glossary Cartouche: A symbol used. the Tamerans said. the Goddess who was portrayed as a frog. Fly: Among other things. and egg-laying hens were not known to the Tamerans until the 18th or 19th Dynasty. perhaps love. so this is not ignorance. ‚ Centipede: The God Sepa. Corn: The many references to corn found in books about Egypt probably referred to barley. The right hand signifies sending. or some other form of grain. usually by Pharaohs. Other figures have one of each. an elongated form of the hieroglyph shem.” Hands: You will notice in many drawings that human figures or those of deities seem to have two right or two left hands. an interesting statement about birth and death. the goose was considered the source of creation.
Name: Names were as sacred to the Tamerans as they are to us. Knot: Á In magical use. Incense: The use of incense in magical work was a very important part of Tameran practice. It is often found near Asar. Ritual knives were made of flint rather than metal.” Each ingredient in incense should be chosen carefully for its magical qualities. Knowing someone’s true name gave power over that person. Het Heret was called “the Lady of Malachite. The blue lotus was especially sacred. It could symbolize the physical body left behind upon death when the spirit moves on. Knot of Isis: Also called “blood of Isis. Knife: A symbol of protection and defense against evil. Night: The Tamerans did not consider night an evil thing. and malachite was said to express joy. The important thing is to concentrate on the purpose for which the incense is being prepared.” Milk: Because of its color. Lotus: This flower is a symbol of dawn and beginnings because it closes up at night and opens in the morning. We don’t have too much information about the ingredients that the Tamerans used. Usually made of a red stone such as carnelian. They believed the smoke served as a vehicle to carry prayers up to “heaven. thus receiving divine power. Conversely. milk was a symbol of purity. Malachite: Green was a joyful color to the Tamerans. and choose with care. 302 . It is also a symbol of water. but rather a door to mystery. and connected with the many depictions of a king being suckled by a Goddess. releasing a knot released the magic or its subject.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. Lapis lazuli: Sacred to the Tamerans because of its color. knots held magic fast. it seemed to symbolize all that Aset represents.” it is said to resemble an ankh with the arms folded down. Other sources feel it symbolizes the fallopian tubes.
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.
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 www.egyptology.com/kmt/
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.
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 sells books, prints, and autographs about ancient Egypt. 707 Carlston Avenue Oakland, CA 94610 Phone: (510) 832-1405 www.archaeologia.com 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 www.mfa.org
Metropolitan Museum of Art
255 Gracie Station New York, NY
Statuary and Stuff
Artisan‘s Guild International
They make absolutely gorgeous statues. Most are between 11" and 13" tall and usually run about $125. The catalogue used to be $5, but it is refundable on your first order. It may be more now. Be prepared to drool. Artisan’s Guild International 5610 South Soto St., Suite C Huntington Park, CA 90255
Toscano makes wonderful statues and other items you might find interesting. Design Toscano 1645 Greenleaf Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-5526 www.designtoscano.com
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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.
www.cornellpress.cornell.edu: Books on archaeology.
www.egyptworld.com: Egyptworld has a tremendous selection of statues and other things at fairly reasonable prices. www.solarcrown.com: Solar Crown is a Pagan-owned site that features their own statuary and gateways to other products you’ll like, including videos, books, etc. It also has some free clipart and a great hieroglyphic font. www.goldpyramid.com: The Gold Pyramid House is another site with scads of Egyptian items both ancient and modern. www.sacredtravel.com/egyptstore: Sacred Travel/The Egypt Store offers lots of things to buy, but this site is especially good if you are fond of Sekhmet.
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140-142 Asar. 204 the Neha. 205 The Paper. 250 Aker. 107 Ami Neter. 110 B Background Cloth. 38-45. 106 Air. 69 Bata. 98 Amen. 49. 34. 106 Ami. 83 Asar Pharaoh. 245 Dark. 110 Asur. 200-201 the Nefer. 107 Ankh. 59. 205 Anpu. 107 Ami Pe. 236-238 Bait. 111 Bast. 108 Amulet. 63 Apet. 161-164 Hymn to. 30. 50 Hymn to. 248 313 . 199 Amulets. 178 Festival of. 245 Asbet. 109 Aseb. 152. 34 Aua. 198-205 Amun. 49. 110 Baket. 152. 30. 51. 199 Heart. 56. Meditation. 106 Akhentef. 46. 53-57. 109 Ashu. 46. 145-147 Anubis. 109 Aset. 108 Apuat. 52. 179 meditation. 31-37. 32 Amu. 168 Ashket. 88 Amutnen. 107 Amit. 49. Making a. 110 Auit. Children’s. 108 Aristotle.lL Index A Aabit. 105 Aah. 111 Beginnings. 53-57. 174 Bastest. 69-73. 57-60.
234-255 Duck with Must Sauce. 77 Figures. 76-80. 205 Fruits. 21-23 Hymn to. Interpretations. 248 Focus. 21 Chrysocolla. 250 Primal. 65 solar. 249 Frog. 187 Death Bringer of. 42 Friends. the Elemental. 250 Divination. atef. 174 Beverages. 70 Craftsman. Interpretations. 25. 44 C Cakes. Wax and Ushabti. the. 17 Gods and Goddesses of. 247 Eternal Source. 86 Crone. 136 Energy. 42 Circle Closing. 267 Child. 11-132 Elements. Barley. 253 F Feast. 22. 67. 47 Geburic. 187 Fruits and Vegetables. 250 Flow. 151. the. 175 Freya. 101 Egypt. 70. Prayers for. 206 Fire. 20. 39 Cycle.Circle of Isis Bekhkhet. 305-306 Bread. Father of Nut’s. 206-207 Wax. 85 Crown. 246 Food and Drink. 180 Bes. 24. 184 Breads. 152-153 Craft Work . 84 314 . Invoking the. 184-189 Forgotten Ones. 187 Calendar. 48. 95 G Geb. 253 Danu. 181-189 Foods. Beer. 111 Benu. 184-185 Diagram. 196-197. the. The Rite of Blessing. 188-189 E Earth. 102 Date Sweet. 181-183 Books and Magazines. 166 Geburah. 190-191 Danger. 32 Horned. God of. 157-161 Children. 153 Circle Opening. 133 Craft. Four Fold. 185 D Daia. 62. 185 Fig. church of the. 96 Hymn to.
52 K Kali. 73. 225-230 Horus. 74-75. 177 Interpretations. 19. 220-225 sounds and meanings. 106 Khurab. 87. 178 Health. 112 Her. 112 Heka. 171 Isis. Celebration of the birthday of the. 70. 50 Keku. 66-68. 15 Hekat. 84 Growth.Index Glyph Pieces. 244-250 Glyphs. 114 315 . 230-233 Gods. 153. 30 Hera sa Aset. 42 Heru. 14 Isis Incense. Creating the. 13. 114 Kekui. 92. 165 Grant. 169 J Jackal. 112 Heqet. 202-203 Oil. 112 Henkheses. 73 Het Heret. 245-249. 105 Songs for the. 42 Hieroglyphs. 14 Mother of the. 165 Hesa. 180 H Hag. 66-68 Hathor. 61-65 Heret. 113 I Imhotep. 179 as Aset. 67. 53 Hymn to. 102 Khonsu. Lament of. 36. 253-255 Isis and Nephthys. 113 Incenses and Oils. 89 Khephera. 178 Circle of. 205 Hu. 70 Karate Kid. 238-239 Interpreting the. 88-89. 113 Hutchai. 180 the Knot of. 61-65. 26. 75. 19 Other. 247 Het. Maria Blumberg’s. Hymn to. 35. the. 93-94 Khnum. 176-180 Incenses. the. Jaon. 38-45. 113 Het Heret. 114 Kekuit. 85 Hapi. 246 Hecate. 218-233 letters. 89 Eye of. meanings. 114 Khensu ka. 72 Heh. 111 Hat Hor. 154-157 Egyptian.
140 Other. 106 Mysteries. 117 Moon. 177 Mead. 43 L Ladder. the. 182 Nonalcoholic. Interpretations. 15 Mistress of. Tameran. 129 Morrigan. 152. 251 Neith. 94. 30. 253 Lie. 178 Love. 245 Meditation.Circle of Isis Kilt. 15 Mahes. 133-134. 115 Magic and Magical Tools. 42 Lady of. Lady of. 138-140 beginning. 69-70 Maybe. 116 Montu. 117 Nemyss. 115 Mau Bast. Making a. Making a. 15} low. 204 Merseger. 115 Malachite. 37. Giver of. 114 Maat. Interpretations. blue banded. 82 Mafdet. 215 316 . Greater. Drawing down the. 34 Law. 47. 103-104 Nekhebet. 183 Meats. 246 high. 246 Luck. 31. 28 Mistress of. Making a. 147-150 Medu neter. 66 Mathet. 49-52. 34 Literature and Libraries. 251 using the Pyramid of. 60 two types. 88. 253 N Names. 139 ending. 170 Museums. 134-135 guided. 253 Mantra. 188-189 Meditation. 133. 95 Liquor. 42. 195-255 Magic Wand. 216-217 Magic. 202-203 Kyphi. malt. the. 116 Min. 90 Lotus Bouquet. 253 Life. 29 Menat. 250 Interpretations. 70 Mourning song. 306-307 Mut. 115 Mesen. 247 M Maa. the. 257 Nebet Het. Interpretations. 95-96. 142-143 The pyramid of. 213-214 Knot of Isis. 203-204 Lapis lazuli. 116 Meskhenet.
21 Hymn to. Egyptian. 118 Passing. 147-149 Nut. Creating your own. 189 Seasons. 151-166 contact. 105. 180 P Pakhet. 135-138 O Orion. 118 Nut and Geb. 172 when he rises. Mara’s. 93 Seahorse. 119 Remnet. 118 Number. the. 117 Nile Valley. 86-87 Pyramid. 173 Incense. 178 Hymn to. 84 317 . 34 Osiris. 120 Salad. 251-252 S Saa. 117 Nephthys. 67 R Ra and Nun. 119 Pestu. for One Who Has Crossed Over. 245 Incense. meditation to connect with. Recipes from. radish. 120 Renpiti. 46. 247 Rhiannon. 32.Index Neper. 31. 253 Pestit. 85 Nu. the. 119 Remi. 119 Potter. 149-150 Ra. 192 Rameses II. 84 Scarab. 186 Satan. 201-202 Scarabeus sacer. 118 Papait. 212 Scarab. 42 Rituals. 172 prayer to. 180 Hymn to. 192 prayer to. 180 Oil. 120 Renenutet. 249 Nun. 89. 15. Interpretations. the. Making a. 23. 90 Q Qabala. 49-52 Hymn to. 17. 63. the Witches. 190-192 Ptah. 173 Prayers. 179-180 Rekhet. 180 Seasonings. 18-20. 93. 244 Sefket. 85. 192 Qabala. 47 Qabalism. for protection. 83 Recipes. 120 Restraint. 169 Nerit.24-27. meditation to connect with.
18. 48 Tutankhamun. Creating a. 250 Wicca. 183 Wisdom. 122 W Wait. 21. Lord of. 97-100 Tehuti. 84 Hymn to. 89. 253 318 . Creating the. 240-243 Un. Interpretations. 248 Tools. 30 Utchait. 196 Tum. 46-48. 122 Tamera. 46. 19 Two Fingers. 204 Shesmu. 121 Shen. 121 Sirius. 123 Underworld. 122 Tefnut. 27. the.Circle of Isis Sekhmet. the. 246 Magical. 51 Soup. 35. 247 Work. 36. instruction for making. 47 Tanent. 250 Statuary and Stuff. 90-92 Set. 30. 52 Unit. 41. Interpretations. 179 Seshat. 81-83. 41 Sistrum. 28 Words. 124 Utet Tefef. 123 Unti. list of. 122 Sothis. 143-145 Time. 208-211 Sobek. Lord of the. 102 Tauret. 125 T Tait. 253 Wine. 253 Wand. 28-30. 123 Unta. 123 Udjat Oracle. 83. 166 Setem. 307-308 Storm. Making a Magic. 15 Wide View. 124 Utekh. 186 Spirit. 250 Y Yes. 124 Upuat. 121 Shai. 84-85. 104 Sia. 121 Shu. fava bean. hymn to. 16. 124 Ur. 100. 235 Reading the. 204 U Uadjet. 96. 167 Meditation. 109. 108 Ur Henu. Interpretations. 34 Sothistar. 101-102 Tara. the. 216 Water.
” E 319 . and Circle of Isis. author of The Witches Qabala. with her husband. She spends her time pursuing her interest in storytelling. I never can figure out which. Founder. reclaiming that performance art for both adults and Pagans. Ellen continues to be active in the Los Angeles area Pagan community.lL About the Author llen Cannon Reed has been Wiccan since 1975. of Pacific Circle. “I’m either a traditional iconoclast or an iconoclastic traditionalist. she was also editor of Pagansong. a Pagan songbook. a Pagan Association. Chris. High Priestess of the Coven of Sothistar since 1977. The Witches Tarot (book and deck). Ellen says. The Heart of Wicca.
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