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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.
.......... 28 Asar (Osiris) ..................................................................................................................................................... 53 Heru................................................................. 49 Anpu (Anubis) ............................................................................. 69 Khnum .................................................. 84 ......... 61 Het Heret (Hat Hor) ........................................ 31 Aset (Isis)............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 38 Set ............................................ 81 Sekhmet ..................................................................... 24 Tehuti (Thoth) .............................................................................................................................................................. 21 Ra ................... 46 Nebet Het (Nephthys) ................................... 76 Shu .............................................. 18 Geb .......... Son of Isis) ................lL Contents Part I Gods and Goddesses of Egypt 11 Nut .............................. sa Aset (Horus............................................................................................................................. 74 Bes ....... 66 Bast ........................................................................................................................................
............ 88 Seshat ............................................................................................................................... 97 Tanent ........................... 105 Part II Rituals..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Ptah ......................................... 134 Contact Rituals ................................................... 103 Other Gods ................................... 147 ............................................................................................................................................................ 93 Mut ........................................................ 135 Guided Meditations........... 133 Mantra Meditation .......................................................... 138 Other Meditations ........................................ 86 Khonsu................................................ and Developing Relationships With Deities 127 Meditation ............................................... 101 Neith ............................................................................................... Meditations........... 90 Khephera ............ 95 Tefnut ....................
.................................................................................................... 154 The Rite of Blessing a Child .................................................. 198 Wax and Ushabti Figures .........................Rituals ............................................ 181 Prayers ...................................................... 190 Part III Magic and Magical Tools 193 Amulets .............. 151 Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods .................... 206 Creating a Sistrum .......................................... 161 Songs for the Gods ................ 176 Food and Drink ............................................................................................. 213 Making a Nemyss ................................ 215 Making a Magic Wand ................................................. 165 Incenses and Oils .......................................... 212 Making a Kilt .............................................................................................. 208 Making a Scarab .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 216 .................................................. 157 Festival of Bast ....
.................................. 251 Appendix A: Tameran Names .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 267 Glossary ...................................... 234 Creating the Udjat Oracle ..........................................Hieroglyphs .................... 309 Index .................................... 235 The Pyramid of Nebet Het ............... 319 .. 299 Resources ..................................... 218 Divination............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 313 About the Author ................................................................... 257 Appendix B: The Calendar ..... 305 Bibliography ........................
lL PART I Goddesses of Egypt Gods and 11 .
The Circle of Isis isn’t an earthly coven or organization. The reasons don’t matter. as they say. is history. and I wanted to find others who loved Her. She was there. it doesn’t matter. 13 I . she loved me. I remember physically turning my body. I had read. The rest. Perhaps it was not a matter of changing paths. and I loved Her. It was New Year’s Eve and I sat alone in my apartment. my life changed. they were Witches. and calling to Her. but for the heart to know. the path walked by those who love and honor the ancient Egyptian deities. For the magnitude of the moment.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL was in despair. but of finding out what path I’d been on all along.” 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. please. But then a thought wandered into my head. December 31. Whether I changed paths or learned where I’d always been. somewhere (I still don’t remember where). I found my direction. 1974. in tears. It consists of all of us who love Her. not for the eyes to see. help me. that phrase sounds too weak. as if turning away from the past. those who are in the Circle of Isis. It was a simple prayer. Oh. I loved Her. I knew where I was supposed to be. All I saw before me in the year to come was pain and loneliness. that Isis never turned away from those who called upon Her for reasons having to do with love. or the hands to touch. I had always been drawn to Her on some level. On that night. When I did find them. a cry of “Lady. I found my path.
my interest is not so much in magic as it is in religion: the religion that colors and directs my life. the ancient Egyptians were not so different from the Pagans of today. and fertility in a horned animal (it happened to be a bull. saw the Lords and Ladies in all that existed. Our work with the deities has made them very real to us and very much a part of our work. What we have discovered so far is here. our lives. Our coven is working to discover the doors those keys open. too. They have left us the keys to some of their knowledge. not a stag. too. They. In spite of all the information that has been lost. However. had a fascination with. saw the Ultimate as Gods and Goddesses. What’s all this she’s saying about spiritual growth? I was hoping to learn something about magic. the subject of ancient Egypt and its magic have been an abiding interest. and understanding of. these are not other people’s gods. Although their culture was unlike ours.Circle of Isis In the quarter of a century since. and my focus on that path is service to the Gods and Goddesses. There is much we can learn because Egyptians expressed so much in symbols. as we all do. They are not abstract and They are not distant.” Those authors were writing through the eyes of their own beliefs. too. the majority of the information I have gained and will share with you has come through personal knowledge of the ancient Egyptian deities. found lessons in the works of nature. sought to learn of the Infinite from the Finite. they are our own. but almost all of them were written by people who wrote about “other people’s gods. and for others in the Circle of Isis. strength. Therefore. and our selves. They. They. a great deal remains of the knowledge of the ancients. The path that I follow is Wicca. They saw the majesty. too. and left ways to learn for ourselves how to learn and achieve spiritual growth. 14 . They are personal. but the similarity remains). symbols as a means of attaining spiritual growth. For me. There are many books about the Egyptian Gods and the magic of that land. They.
a very small part of the religion I follow. or for fun. however. or “mundane” magic. which is. In Wicca. “Low” magic. if you are willing. The Gods were too busy to do everything. that is not the approach to magic our coven uses or teaches. first and foremost.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You will. Wicca is. not to be used lightly. or “spiritual” magic. as far as I’m concerned. Magic is less than holy only if it is used for the wrong reasons. nor is it the approach you will find here. referring to them as “high” and “low” magic. I’d rather use the terms “spiritual” and “mundane” magic. Never forget it was a gift from a God. is done for physical or material matters. we turn to magic. as using magic to achieve our spiritual ends. Egyptian legend says that Ra invented magic. our approach to magic is usually through the Gods. We believe that we are part of the Gods and able to do much They can do. heka. although those terms aren’t a great deal better. so that we would be able to handle the unseen world ourselves. We are living in a world of the physical and material. and will often ask for the help. so Ra gave humankind magical powers. While it is possible to do magic without any spiritual or religious overtones. But perhaps you will learn magic beyond spellcasting. Those are terrible terms because they imply a value judgment. or to manipulate or harm others. a religion. We often speak of two types of magic. and blessing of specific deities. and just as holy. is work done for spiritual advancement. Both can be important. Using magic to meet our needs in this world is just as important. The very source of the ability to do magic. guidance. “High” magic. a result of our beliefs. Having done all we are capable of doing on this plane. You might call magic a fringe benefit. makes it imperative that we view it as something sacred. 15 .
so that the English-speaking readers would appreciate the spirit without being confused by cultural differences. Berber. This is the kind of interpretation you will find here. Celtic Myth and Legend. according to legend. in a sense. he did not translate it word for word. and its people are semitic. for one thing. Today’s Egypt is Islamic. Those who lived in Egypt during the earlier dynastic times have been referred to as “hamitic. and for the longest time. Charles Squire says that one of the two original races of people in the British Isles spoke a hamitic language.Circle of Isis The magic you will find here is more than ways to cast spells. It is the magic of growing closer to the Gods. The term also refers to certain languages including Egyptian. She kept assuming that I would dearly love Middle Eastern music. a translation. Our coven and its tradition are Wiccan. I found it interesting that. dress. I do not pretend that the information in this book is exactly as it was taught in Egypt. etc. This is. He translated its spirit. One day I realized that she made the assumption because she knew I was interested in Egypt. One other important note: I have a friend who follows a Celtic tradition. There are other organizations that are working toward a recreation of the ancient religions of that land. and did not realize my interest lay in ancient Egypt. but that’s not what we intend to do. It most emphatically is not. I do not pretend that this is a recreation of the religion of ancient Egypt. the descendants of Ham. It includes the ancient Egyptians and other African races.” This word refers to a race of people who were. She was not aware that the Egypt of today is not the same culture.. in present-day culture. in his book. the magic of learning the Mysteries of the Universe. but as those ideas might be taught now. I couldn’t figure out why. and others. When Edward Fitzgerald translated The Rubiyat of Omar Khayam. 16 . Galla.
Throughout this book. Here’s how I’ve solved the problem: An ancient name for Egypt was Tamera. and soaring above them all. and the jackal.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt It is important to me that readers of this volume understand this. the kite. by a mighty river of changing colors. About the river. the hare. and the hippopotamus. l L In an age long past. the acacia. There wandered the gazelle. many kinds of fish. This kingdom had many names. I will refer to ancient Egypt as Tamera. it might well be tedious to read. life flourished: the ibis. which means Beloved Land. Let me introduce you to it first through its Gods. whose name was Nut. “Beloved Land. If it’s tedious to type. the fruitful palm. and the papyrus. and to its inhabitants as Tamerans. the oryx. Travel to the past with me. among them a beautiful Goddess of the sky. but one most vividly described the feeling of the people for their country: Ta Mera. 17 .” These people knew and loved many Gods. to a land so important to its people that its name meant Beloved Land. And the sky held an abundance of winged ones: the swallow. there was an enchanted realm. the crocodile. There grew the stately sycamore. the vulture. ducks and geese. I discovered very early in writing this book that typing “ancient Egyptians” became tedious. the lion. the hawk.
She surrounds us with her love. rejoices with us. 18 . and eternally holds us in her womb. Sothistar. She is Mother of the Gods. were jewels on her body. I can see High above How you cover all the world with your love. ancient. we visualize this Lady stretched over us. The ancients portrayed Her stretched across the heavens with her feet to the East and her head to the West. with my heart. She has known pain and learned to live with it. yet not old. the feeling you have in Her Presence is one of agelessness. casts a circle. Thou art beautiful to see. When our coven. oh. Thou art.Circle of Isis lL Nut Others see Only sky When they raise their eyes above. and the Milky Way was milk from her breasts. hurts when we hurt. they said. She has watched empires rise and fall— civilizations grow and crumble. They are blind For they see not with their hearts. weeps for us. She has watched eons pass beneath Her. I can see. just their minds. raise their eyes. Mother Nut. The stars.
She is able to view our temper tantrums and hurt feelings with a bit more objectivity than a new mother would. and seldom mentioned in any ancient writings. Chris began to sing “Ancient Mother. The Goddess who appeared was wonderful. If we falter. so blind. dust us off. Her Presence touched us all. all that lives.” a beautiful chant. If you wish. we all recognized Her as the same Goddess we’d met before. and went home to work with this Lady further. There She will be. the woman wrote down the chant. spread thy wings over me. that thou mayest be my protection. and send us right back into the fray. She is Mother. She also knows that we could have learned them more easily if we weren’t so stubborn and. this expresses its meaning so well. especially one woman in the circle. She contains all of us. See Her above you. 19 . On that night. If you would come to know this beautiful Lady. made sure she knew the tune. You may feel those wings about you. She knows the painful times are often lessons. and like so many hieroglyphs. Feel Her above you and know that She loves you. In hieroglyphs. Her name is spelled with a small round ceramic pot and the symbol for “feminine.” a container and a woman. As Mother of the Gods. Eager to learn more about this Lady. so beautifully. but more Grandmother. Although they are rarely depicted in paintings that are seen. and that we must suffer to learn them. but brooking no nonsense. encircle me with thy arms in health and life that I may be inside thee. She would never consider letting us give up. go out on a clear night and look up at the starry sky. more than one member of my group has felt that Nut has night-dark. night-soft wings enfolding us all.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt We invoked Her “by accident” one night. Instead of a spoken invocation. true. A few months later we did an invocation of Nut and when she appeared. lovingly. we knew who one of our students would dedicate to when the time came. speak a prayer found on one of the shrines in the tomb of Tutankhamun: Mother Nut. all our Earth. sometimes. She will pick us up.
even those that appear in the groupings we call constellations. your triumphs and your failures. that the night sky is not solid. and that the stars are not only billions of miles away from us. l L he lady Nut was beloved of her people. As a symbol of Nut. We know. in the granite precipice.Circle of Isis Her Love is unconditional. She knows your vices and your virtues. Geb. 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. We know that. you will find it impossible not to return it. but the feeling I get from it is very much the feeling I get from Her. a piece of sodalite serves beautifully. This is a dark blue stone with white markings like the night sky and the stars that are its jewels. And She loves you. T 20 . but often miles away from each other. the God who can be seen in mountains thrusting up from the Earth. Nothing is hidden from Her. Womb of Creation. in the steep sides of a canyon. It can absorb my confusion. all of us. Not only does it resemble Her body. She is truly Mother of the Gods. If you feel that love. She knows even those things you hide from yourself. She can see all. and beloved also of the Lord of the Earth. and feel I can handle any problem. help me order my thoughts.
with his feet to the East and His Head to the West. We cannot imagine ignoring Him. just like Her. He is the stability of the Earth under our feet. I can feel His strength by placing my hand on a sun-warmed boulder.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. or failing to know Him. I think of this Lord. Near my house. Father of Her children. Beloved of Nut. the foundation on which both They and we stand. there are cliffs jutting up through the Earth. Lord of the desert and sands! Now we sing our praise to Geb! We honor Thee! Geb! We honor Thee! Lord of the Earth. and say a word of praise to Him. praise to Thee! The people of Tamera saw this Lord stretched out below his Lady. the strength of Earth people in my part of the 21 . and came to know a Lord not many are privileged to know. and they felt his strength and vitality rising from the Earth. Each time I see them. thrusting up into the sky. It was in these huge rocks that I first saw Him. He is Father of the Gods. Oh.
An Earth Mother seems much easier to understand because it is in the Earth that we plant seeds to grow. He is of us. Nut. we are held between Them. When we cast a circle. we picture this God beneath us. Grandmother and Grandfather. safe. and loved. Know that. There are those who have trouble with the idea of an Earth God and a Sky Mother. however. stand there and feel that. as a seed in the womb of Nut. He can bring you stability. protected. Geb will give you strength if you need it. You will also learn much about the Earth if you try to feel it as a Father. and we can’t afford to ignore any part of ourselves. You stand between His Body and that of his Beloved Lady. in the love that flows between Them.Circle of Isis world may know better than most. and you will never feel alone again. Send Him your love when you see the towering cliffs. much less any part of the Gods. as we picture Nut stretched above us. because you will come to know this glorious Lord. to one point of view. Feel His power rising up 22 . Mother and Father. and we must stretch to try to achieve that understanding. spend some time seeing the Earth as Geb. With that in mind. Striving to know Geb is more than an exercise. because we can feel that tremendous strength when large portions of the Earth move. Why can’t our planet be both Mother and Father? As complex as life is. the Sky Mother. He is of the Earth. and He is worth knowing. I heartily recommend this. 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. The Gods are complex beyond our ken. He is real. Consider the Earth. Honor Him by caring for the Earth. The very stretching is part of our development whether we reach that understanding or not. Try feeling it as both and see the difference. He does exist. we’d be foolish to restrict our ideas to one level.
for though the beloved of Nut was Geb. Lie on a huge boulder and feel His strength and His Love. l L Nut and Geb were lovers. You’ll never regret it. Feel yourself sinking into the Earth. it came to pass that Nut found herself with child.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt through your feet. Lord of the Earth. the husband of Nut was Ra. I never have. and as it happens when two love. Lord of the Sun! 23 . surrounded by His glory. What would often be an occasion for rejoicing was here a potential tragedy.
although I was not the object of His anger (thank goodness). A student in a group had been physically abused. a sad incident in our community. devout Witches. Most members of our community were hard-working. and to have two group leaders use their office to abuse a student in 24 .Circle of Isis lL Ra Brightly He shines the Golden One! Hail. and I would not want to be the one who causes His displeasure. it was a frightening experience. There had been. our King! Thou who art life. I’m sorry to say. The incident horrified the rest of us not only for her sake. shining bright! Hail. Ra! Bring of the Light! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. but also for the sake of the community as well as the Craft. our King! Father in heaven. our King! My first contact with Ra was not a pleasant one. Ra! Ruler of the Sun! Holy One on high! Ruler of the Sky! Let your voices ring In praise of Ra. and. 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. He’s very powerful. He was angry.
That incident was not actively in my thoughts at the time..” and “No. but as I walked.” He proceeded to tell me exactly what He felt about the matter. the Craft would be on trial.. If the authorities were informed about the incident.. His actions would not be immediate.” I wanted to say that the group involved was Celtic. however. But they will long for that darkness when they meet my flame!” I confess to smiling at that moment. a pleasant smile. “Now you call my name?” “Yes. not the two people involved. but.. I was given very little chance to say anything. I had already called upon Asar and Anpu. Lord. but I regret to say I hadn’t thought to call upon Ra.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt the name of the God and Goddess enraged and sickened us. these two would pay for their act against their student. the Sun was warm on my face.” “Know you not that all are my children?” “Yes. Lord. and the 25 . “They will go through the darkness. but. The fact that they admitted the act and believed they were perfectly within their rights to do what they’d done was nauseating and frightening. Lord. The Craft has enough troubles without its members using it to exercise their own sicknesses in its name.” He told me. ultimately. but. Lord. and I was singing Ra’s name in my mind. One of the problems of this situation was our helplessness. Suddenly. My entire contribution to the conversation was “Yes. our inability to do anything.. “and it will be terrible. and it just hadn’t occurred to me to call upon this particular Lord. I felt His Presence powerful and angry and I heard. and what He intended to do about it... I’m sure. Lord.” “One of my children has been injured and you called not my name?” “No. but. The weather had been overcast and damp until that afternoon.. Apparently. Realizing that. the Craft. It was not.. but..
Nut swallowed Him at sunset and gave birth to Him at dawn. What did I learn from this contact with Ra? Among other things. To some. Ra. and so forth. Sothistar uses four to represent the Sun both in its daily and annual cycles. Khephera is the Sun at midnight and at Yule. and all-seeing. Heru sa Aset. In the New Kingdom of Tamera. He is angered by those who hurt us. (There are times when I’m not a very nice person. beginning the day as a youth and aging as the journey went on. Ra was (and is) the mightiest Lord of all. he has my respect and love. heat. He is very protective of all of us. is the Sun at dawn and at Spring. Ra is the Sun at noon and Midsummer. and called Amen Ra. and that I wouldn’t want to be on His bad side. There are many Sun deities in Tameran mythology. those we can sense. The Tamerans pictured Ra sailing across the sky in a barque. the Younger.Circle of Isis Gods was a matter of delight to me. This bird soars above all free. Groups or individuals who wish to work with Tameran deities just have to choose which they will work with and see as the Sun.) Although most of the community officially dissociated with the coven (a few thought whatever they did was all right because the two people said it was part of their tradition). Ra represents the physical aspects of the Sun. the light. powerful. both times of unseen beginnings. Amen. specifically light and heat. Nothing horrible has happened to them. His name and attributes were combined with those of another Sun God. to me. the High Lord. the ultraviolet rays and so forth. Amen represents the invisible aspects of the Sun. while Ra represents the Sun that can be sensed. 26 . Tum is the Sun at evening and Autumn. Although he is not. I understand the combination. but I have full faith that they will learn the lessons needed when they face this Lord. was often portrayed as a Hawk. we’ve kept an eye on them. While I don’t use this name. like several other deities.
Tehuti. and powerful Ra. the Tamerans added Ra’s name to His. The children would not. for none could ignore this mighty Lord. be born in any day of the year. Our story might have ended here. Lord of Words. were it not for yet another God. Amen. In His not totally unreasonable anger. the wisest mage and teacher of all time. 27 . He proclaimed. Lord of Wisdom.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Powerful was the Sun in this ancient land. Inventor of hieroglyphs. so powerful that when another Sun God. came to prominence. Ra pronounced a curse upon the children carried in the womb of the Lady.
Knowledge. You will be entranced by the wisdom. Teacher of Gods. look into those eyes. s It seems difficult. at first. to look at the strange figure with a human body and a bird head with a long. hear my cry! Feel my heart reach! My life is learning if you will but teach! Teacher of Gods. Oh. curved beak and hold any serious thoughts. 28 . Head of an ibis. I would earn wings. imagine Him standing before you in this form. Teacher of kings. Wisest of all wise ones. I would learn from Thee. Wisdom can fly. He is also ruler of knowledge beyond “book learning. humor. Books. Tehuti is said to be the Inventor of this alphabet. I would earn wings. Could wisdom come to one such as I? Teacher of Gods. Many believe the hieroglyphs are some of those keys.Circle of Isis lL Tehuti (Thoth) Wisdom has wings. Lord. Teacher of kings. I would earn wings. Yet. yes. Teaching—all these are His. I would learn from Thee. I would learn from Thee. Words. holiest mage. Oh. Oh. It can seem laughable to consider this figure the Lord of Wisdom. Learning. eyes of a sage. you find in those eyes of infinite depth. and. all these are represented by Him. if you meditate upon Him. Wisdom. Teacher of kings. and you will not find Him ludicrous. Science.” He holds the keys to the Greater Mysteries.
“There is information that must be in your memory banks before I can teach you.” In order to learn the Greater Mysteries Tehuti can teach you. the feelings the Ancients had for their alphabet. soul-deep desire to learn and grow. Funny? Maybe. the words given to each of us were different. You must advance spiritually. His appearance changed to a form so that a specific person could relate to Him better. but this is a graduate course. “The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth. Tehuti appeared to him wearing mirror shades and helped with musical arrangements. He said. the brush well made. 29 . He has so much to teach you. of course. and he will do whatever is necessary to help you learn. Tehuti is also interested in your spiritual growth as well as your mental development.” Although each message was different. He said. In at least one case. He said. Tehuti will. That’s the important thing. no amount of study will help you. The important thing you must have is a sincere.” To a man involved with computers. that thread was “Pardon me.” This name revealed. I am sure there is much to be learned from their study. “Teach what you teach. there was a thread that ran through all the messages. One of my former students was a bluegrass musician. the ink finely ground. Irreverent? Who am I to tell a God how He shall appear? My student loved this God most dearly.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Similar to the many who believe the Tarot deck is a book of knowledge hidden in symbolism. help you to achieve this. The ancients called this pictographic alphabet medu neter. reach for the knowledge you need. you must prepare to be ready for that knowledge. You must be worthy of His teachings. as names often do. He had a personal relationship with Tehuti. The desire is important.” To another writer. As someone at that meditation put it. many believe that there is more to the hieroglyphs than representation of sounds. “words of the God. When we did a contact ritual on Tehuti. strive for growth. Prepare them for me. but remember. Without it. To me.
and the wise and loving Tehuti took pity on our beautiful Goddess. secretary. 30 O . He played draughts with the Moon. and Nebet Het. build a foundation of knowledge. Chris. He can teach you so much more than any earthly teacher. Set. l L ne cannot be wise without being loving. This Lord is the greatest teacher of all. work hard and reach for His Knowledge. I call upon Tehuti often for his guidance in serving my students. this beverage is a necessary working tool. I use a computer to write. That may sound frivolous. During these days. If you wish to learn from Tehuti. creating five new days in the year. As a teacher. and He has helped me innumerable times to teach and lead my students. Every morning. Credit for any success my husband. Asar. Learn from your teacher. that what he or she has to offer is unimportant. and won one 70-second part of each day. I have never had the feeling He thought my act was irreverent. it’s an advanced one. and then Tehuti will teach you. This does not mean. Such hard work will always be rewarded by the Lord of Wisdom. and the willingness to work at achieving those things. if you have a human teacher. His is not a basic course. or bookkeeper to honor Tehuti. I make an offering from my first cup of coffee! For me. We could not have done it without his help. The current equivalent of a scribe might be a secretary. You needn’t be a writer. and I have had must be shared with this Wise Lord. Nut gave birth to three sons and two daughters. or a writer. and have no water bowl from which to libate. 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.Circle of Isis Tehuti was very special to ancient scribes. Her Ur. but I make my libation with all reverence. a bookkeeper. You need only have the desire to learn and grow. asking Tehuti to bless the work I am to do that day. Aset.
because most of our information comes from tombs. Lord. Lord. Asar is probably the most widely known of the Egyptian Gods. She Whose Name was Truth. Osiris. as the Judge. presided over the Weighing of the Heart. Osiris. Such writings are. of course. We know Asar as the Lord of the Underworld. Holy is thy name. Fill us with your breath Osiris. Osiris. for most only know one of His Aspects. Ruler of the Nile. We know Asar. the Judge. Osiris. Pharaoh of two lands. 31 y . Lord. Warm us with your flame Osiris. King of life and death. Except for Aset. during which the heart of the deceased was weighed against the Feather of Maat. Hold us in your hands. very much concerned with death and the afterlife. Lord. Touch us with your smile. Osiris. Osiris. Lord.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Asar (Osiris) Osiris. He is also one of the least understood. Lord. Osiris.
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If the result was favorable, perhaps the heart was as light as the Feather, the deceased went to live in the Fields of Ra; if not, the deceased was turned over to Amit, the Eater of Hearts. These are the ideas portrayed on the wall paintings found in tombs. My view is a bit different. I believe that should the deceased fail the test, it simply meant that the soul had more work to do, and would return to Earth for another incarnation. (This is just another way in which Sothistar’s practices differ from the ancient traditions.) Asar is usually depicted in mummy wrappings, wearing what is known as the atef crown. This is similar to the White Crown of Upper Egypt, with the addition of a feather along either side, and a small sphere at the top. He holds the crook and flail, symbols of rulership. In some paintings, His skin is black. In Egyptian symbolism, this color represented the Underworld and rebirth. It also represented the black fertile earth deposited by the Nile. In others, His skin is shown as green because He was also the Lord of Vegetation. With this attribution, we approach an aspect of the Lord that is seldom mentioned, and is the aspect that I cherish. As God of Vegetation, Asar would, of course, represent the life, death, and rebirth cycles of the grain and other plant life. Asar, Judge, Lord of Death, is concerned with the dead, but remember, the dead are those who will be reborn. In both aspects, Asar is the Lord of Life. The aspect I hold dear is Asar the King! I’ve found only one picture of Asar without the mummy wrappings in which he is usually depicted. Even then, the picture did not even hint at the power of the God I have met in my meditations. I have seen Him, strong and bronze, solidly built. His Face manages to be both beautiful and powerful. In my vision He wore a nemyss and short kilt of blue and gold stripes, and a pectoral of lapis lazuli. His presence was so overpowering that 32
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I fell to my knees, overcome, not by fear, but by awe. He was vital, vibrant, and inspired a devotion I was never able to give His other aspect, however much I revered Him. This is the Asar adored and worshipped by our coven. This is our High Lord. There is nothing of the solemn judge in this aspect, but that is not to say He is frivolous. He is not all sweetness and light. He is, after all, a king, and rules his people in a way that is best for them, guiding and protecting them, and punishing wrong-doers. This is the meaning of the crook and flail with which is He is always portrayed. The crook is a shepherd’s crook, symbolizing leadership. The flail symbolizes His duty to punish those who do wrong. No ruler is worthy of the title unless he or she is willing to do both. Balance is the keystone of many religions, including our own. These symbols can be held by either aspect of the Lord, and the differences they might have when held by one or the other are worthy of contemplation. Take a moment, if you will, to consider what these symbols would mean if held by Asar, the King. Now think what meanings they might have when held by the Judge. Do you find differences? If so, what are they? Life and death: both are important, both are part of the cycle we recognize. Asar’s death and rebirth are celebrated time and time again in Tameran writings. Yet death and resurrection mean nothing if not preceded (and followed) by life. One of the most delightful customs recognizing His function as Vegetation God was known as an “Asar bed” or a “corn mummy.” (Because corn as we known it in the United States is native to the Western Hemisphere, “corn” probably meant “barleycorn.”) This is a shallow container in the shape of Asar, filled with soil and planted with grain. Many have been found in tombs. At the proper season, the corn mummy would be watered. The grain would sprout and the God would be reborn. 33
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If such containers were available today, I would plant them in the Fall. It is at this time of year that the Goddess does Her planting; fruits fall from the trees, grain from the stalk. Planting an Asar bed would be a wonderful thing to do during an Autumn rite. I would water it at Yule to begin the rebirth. Asar is said to come from a star referred to only as Orion. Older astronomy books identify this as the middle star on the belt of the constellation of the same name. It is green. Betelgeuse, the star at Orion’s shoulder, was attributed to Set, because it is red. It’s interesting that this particular constellation is involved with Egyptian myths, because I’ve always felt a connection with it. And if you will draw a line from the top star in Orion’s Belt through the middle star and keep going, you will find the star Sirius, known to the Greeks as Sothis. The Tamerans said this was the home of Isis, and my coven is named after this star. Partly because of the pectoral Asar wore in my vision, I use lapis lazuli for Asar. I have a lovely piece on the altar near His statue. This attribution comes not only from a meditation on Asar, but also one on Aset, when two of us were told that lapis belonged to Her Lord. There was a barley field through which the Lord and I walked in my meditation, and that is where He spoke to me. Barley was grown in Egypt and used to make both bread and beer. The coven considered developing a recipe to make our own beer, but none of us have the proper skills. It isn’t, however, necessary to make your own. Malt liquor will serve as well. Malt is any grain (often barley) steeped, sprouted, and smoked, so malt liquor is very likely similar to barley beer. Another symbol of the Lord was a pillar called the “tet,” often called “Asar’s backbone.” It has the same sound as another Egyptian word meaning “stability.” This, too, could be a part of the meaning of the symbol. No one seems to be certain. To me, it represents the stability and strength of the Lord. If it 34
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is, as some believe, the trunk of a tree, then the tree is mighty. It is a tree that withstands storms, earthquakes, the extremes of the seasons. Life arising from death, a wonderful symbol of resurrection! Although His Name is Asar, the hieroglyphs that spell his name say something else. The first symbol is an eye, ari, the second, a throne, ast or aset. “Throne maker,” or “made by the throne?” I don’t know, but again, I’m sure we can learn much from contemplation. I am not forgetting Asar’s other aspect, the Lord of Death and Resurrection, nor is He any less beloved of our coven. I believe the best way to tell you about Him is to describe the events that helped us know and love Him. In class one night, we were discussing psychic gifts. After sitting quietly, with her thoughts apparently turned inward, one of our students burst out, “I have a talent that is a curse. I help people through the veil. When I was little, I thought I was making them die.” “A curse!” I cried. “Oh, no, never.” We gathered around her, reminding her that making it easy for someone to leave this life, when it is time, was far from a curse. It meant that instead of leaving one’s body in fear, one left holding her hand, led to the Summerland by her bright, loving spirit. The student’s expression showed her thoughts moving quickly, but she was still not assured, until I said, “You take them to Asar. This is the work done by His Priests.” She has one of those faces that are beautiful in repose, but shining when she smiles. That glorious smile of hers said it all. She already loved Asar, the King, with all her heart. How could it be anything but joyful to take someone to His Presence? She began to learn more of Asar, Lord of the Underworld, bringing to that study the love she already had for His Aspect as King. And as she extended that love to His other Aspect, so did the rest of us. You should hear her say His name.
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A short while ago, we were asked to do a healing for a lady. Barbara, who was a beloved friend of two of our members, was horribly ill: she had cancer. Such work is always preceded by meditation. For that reason, I knew, when we opened that circle, that we had to do more than physical healing. The healing was needed not only on more than the physical plane, but it needed to extend to more than Barbara. We also had to heal those who loved her. We would do our best to heal the cancer, but it would have been dishonest to ignore the possibility that it was time for her to go. We did raise the healing energy, and gave it to Barbara to use as she willed. We reminded all present that those who cross over go to the arms of the Lord and Lady. We gave her three stones and suggested that, whenever her time came, she try to have them near her. The first was an apache tear, for Anpu, the Guide. The second was a lapis lazuli for Asar. The third was an azurite/malachite for Isis. Each of us took a little of her pain, and gave back peace and healing. Then I called our Osiris priestess and put her hand in Barbara’s, telling Barbara to remember the feeling of that hand and to look for this priestess’s beautiful face when the time came. We continued with our regular ritual, and by the end of it, we were all laughing, including Barbara. Two weeks later, Barbara crossed over, and our Osiris priestess led her. Did our healing rite fail? I think not. Her last two weeks of life were of higher quality than they might have been otherwise with less medication necessary and better sleep, and she left a pain wracked body without fear, led by a loving hand, accompanied by our beautiful sister, Priestess of Asar. If you can understand and accept the above, you can accept and love the Lord of the Underworld. The important thing to remember is that the Lord of Death is still the Lord of Life, 36
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one who has experienced death and rebirth. When we die, He greets us, shows us what we have learned and have yet to learn, and gives us again to the Goddess, who gives us birth once more. Loving the Lord of Life makes it not only easy, but necessary to love the Lord of Death, for the dead are also the unborn!
Ruling by his side, the Lady Aset, Sister, Wife, and Queen,
Mistress of Magic, perhaps the most beautiful Goddess of all. Queen she was, and mighty in power, blinding in beauty, and loving beyond all human understanding.
Her Love. I will never feel I have succeeded in showing you Her Beauty. and meaning. Her Power. “What?” you say. no dictionary or thesaurus contains them. I will show you my lady. Her Splendor. “Everyone knows about Aset. Her Magnificence. 38 . Would your spirit unfold. This Lady is the most difficult for me to write about.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. but it doesn’t. I am Her Priestess. How can it be hard to write about Her?” It is difficult because she is my Lady. Seeking wisdom untold? Would you look on a beauty That’s blinding to see? Are there worlds you would know? Seek you power to grow? Come with me. I will show you my Lady. I can find no words that will do Her justice. You’d think that would make it easy to write about Her. direction. and Friend? Come with me. I have dedicated all my life to Her and the work She wants me to do. She came into my life and brought with Her purpose. Mother. Maiden.
Don’t let the term “loyal wife” confuse you. so were all my bruises. as I did. That night I just couldn’t find a comfortable position to sleep. One day I fell. 39 . the throne that is Her name. but there was nothing personal in our relationship. My friend Willie. Both are the height and heart of our coven. and Sister. Aset’s status was and is equal to that of Asar. In our tradition.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Who is She? Mother. Those who had lost a loved one appealed to Aset for comfort. Like a good Christian turned Pagan I worshiped and revered my Goddess from afar. Queen. Worker of Magic. Finally.” or the woman behind the man who has no place of her own. please help me!” I heard laughter that held all the music of the spheres and a gentle voice full of mirth saying. and She held me. mother. I meditated. In 1977 I had been pagan for a couple of years. Those of any age who felt the need of a nurturing Mother turned to Her.” A healing warmth filled by body and my pain was gone. “It’s about time you called me friend. those many years ago. the Lord and Lady are given equal honor. Those who had suffered because of love reached out to Her. prayed. I have. We are not talking about the “little woman. I know. Creatrix. in desperation. “My friend. In Egypt. nothing serious but bruises and lots of aches and pain. Aset ruled Egypt. I was able to fall asleep and when I awoke. She is usually portrayed in one of three forms: wearing the Solar Crown. When he traveled to teach the rest of the world. Both Aset and Asar ruled Tamera. shares yet another aspect of Isis with us. She was the epitome of loyal wife. the Goddess as friend. and ruler. lit candles to Her. I cried out. She defended her son against everything from scorpions to Set. for She knew their pain. for She understood. Parents appealed to Her for protection for their children. or Her winged form. also a priestess of Isis.
I can hear you now. 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. and do. symbolized by a predator? How can you?” I can. the kite is a captor. A few years ago. is still live prey. An insect. the African swallow-tailed kite. “Sweet lovely Aset. a relative of the hawk. Like the hawk and the vulture. and have no room to criticize others. that makes it all right. at the same time conceiving their son. Since then she has been my best friend and confidant. my best friend asked me to dedicate his home to Isis. possessing talons that grab and hold. that the Gods have a sense of humor. The bird of prey hunts down its food and kills it. but as energies that are lived with. daily basis. loved with. usually ruefully. “I’m here!” This Lady has so many facets. Second. even one we don’t like. There are many paintings of Aset hovering over Her Love’s body. all life feeds off other life. Some writers call this bird a swallow. a kite. First. I suggest another possibility. She performed the greatest act of magic: She gave new life to her murdered husband. To serve Isis you should not be on a level where you are removed from Her as an untouchable Deity to be petitioned and adored from afar. She winked at me and said. some. and laughed with on an intimate. Willie has certainly learned that Isis does! Isis also loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. so to some. let me remind you that we are the animal kingdom’s most voracious predators. So does a swallow. Heru. fanning the breath of life into Him with the wings of a bird.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. 40 . She doesn’t want to be adored from afar. It is often said. although its prey is usually an insect. She wants to be a part of your daily life.
as well as beautiful. It represents Sirius. We seek to be bright and shining for Her sake. It is to our Sun. a seat. lift us heavenward. but not our Sun. means “throne. too. If there is something brighter up there (besides the Moon). is. a king is not a king. some say. Aset is not a Southern Belle who gets the vapors when things become difficult. Sirius is called “the sun behind the Sun. It is our inspiration.” (You’ll see Het Heret wearing it. The curved horns represent not only the cow. It is Aset who can make kings and queens of us. and Sothis to the Greeks. Locate the constellation Orion. named in honor of that bright Sun. Start with the star farthest to your right (his left) and draw a line through the middle star. most of the year. known as Sopdet to the Egyptians. It is. but also the horns of the waxing and waning Moon. called the “solar disk. Sothistar.” one of the symbols of a ruler. usually identified by the three stars that make up his belt. As you continue past (not through) the third star. Without a throne. the brightest star in the heavens. nor a queen a queen. The disk in between. She is the epitome of woman. it is a planet or possibly a satellite. a Mother symbol to the Egyptians.” does represent a sun. strong and powerful. Another legend has it that Aset and Asar went to Sirius after They left Earth. Our coven. 41 . held. as our Sun is to our Moon. as I said above. a physical symbol of our goal in life. while Het Heret does not). supported.” the source of its power.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt The kite gives a feeling of strength I do not find in a swallow. we stand alone on our two fragile feet. Legend has it that this star is the home of Aset. we are stable. you will find Sirius. In a chair. steady. Aset.” or “horned crown. of course. in Her honor. Without a throne. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky and is easy to find. The crown she often wears is called a “solar crown. Aset usually has the vulture headdress on as well. Her name. You’ll notice the third star to Orion’s right is just a little off line from the other two.
we often ask the God or Goddess we are communing with if there are special stones (or incenses. a beautiful stone of blue and green. saw Aset as a sea Goddess. Bast. the Lady in whom I find Nebet Het. we are 42 . Another stone is chrysocolla. When we call upon Her in Sothistar’s rituals. If a special work is done that applies to a particular deity. Statues of Aset nursing Her son. Both of these attributions are the result of meditation. the Goddess. Freya. A beautiful description of Her can be found in Apeleius’ The Golden Asse. Many people then (and now) saw Her as I do. it is as much a symbol of the Goddess as is the Moon. and took Her worship home with them. azurite and malachite are often found together. Sirius is a double star. The Romans fell in love with Aset. and held an annual ceremony in which their ships were blessed by the Goddess. however. 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. Morrigan. the right stone. Not everyone saw Her in Egyptian style or dress. As a matter of fact. It was a very precious stone in Egypt.). There’s a subject for meditation for you! I use two stones for Aset. In contact rituals or other meditations. and all the other Ladies upon whom we have called over the centuries. Het Heret.Circle of Isis and to Her Glory. Heru. The first is azurite. would be that much more effective. A small problem with using the Tameran Gods in our culture was the lack of a sea deity. The Romans. A temple of Aset has been found in England. For us. its use was restricted to priests. spreading Her fame even farther. may have inspired the many pictures of the Madonna and child that came later. or chants. Rhiannon. The finest pieces look like blue-banded malachite. etc. we should use as His or Her symbol. charged for that purpose.
. She is night and her children are the stars.and quiet becomings and growth in the secret recesses of the Earth. offering and giving of Herself to preserve one alive. She dwells in the wellsprings of the self where one goes to draw nourishment and strength for one’s being. gleams and sparkles in the sheen of stones. She is the August Dweller at the 43 ISIS . laughter. She is the stark.as a ‘beautiful festival of heaven and earth.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt calling all the Goddesses. relentless sureness of self. She can be as cold as ice and yet burn like fire as She seeks to help bring all to wholeness. She is the sustainer of souls and the spirit of quiet. all the many aspects humankind has given form to. I have found the words of another that are worthy of her. or breathes.. gaunt majesty of the mountains and the green softness of hills. She is Twilight. completion.. Formally. “She lives in the endless murmuring of the sea or streams. laughs or whispers in the rustlings of leaves and dwells in the glow of sunlit things or the soft.. eats.existence... and transfiguration. wonderment and delight in women and men and can be found in anything that helps bring one to see Her realm and sway. She is the Mistress of Mysteries and a lamp in the darkness to all who would seek Her and learn of Her ways.. silent shadows of the night.’ She dwells in the sky as the silver sheen of the Four Fold Moon and its pale quiet light.. Although I will probably never feel any of my words will ever do Her justice. She lives in love.the Opening Between Worlds. She is the spiny coolness of the air and the refreshing caresses of soft winds. She lives in the sustaining and nourishing qualities of what one drinks. all the names by which the Lady has been called over the centuries. She is the Womb of time and Being and all dwells in and as part of Her.
Hidden Goddess. Lady of Life. Female Ra. She will be living within you. Greatest of the Goddesses and Gods. Lady of Silence. Most Mighty One. Lady of the Endless Quiet Light. Creatrix of Green Things. Wife of Asar Millions of Years. Lady Who Opens the Year. 1975 44 . Mistress of the Luminous Darkness. Child of Nut. Goddess of the Gods’ Food. Divine One. Greatest of the Dwellers in Nun. Lady of Bread. Mistress of the Fields of Heaven. Lady of Abundance. Lady of the New Year. Queen of Earth. Lady of Love. Opener of Life. Giver of Life. Daughter of Geb. Goddess of the Harvest. If you call to and from them. Mistress of Silence. Lady of the North Wind. Eye of Ra. Lady of Silver. Healer of Broken Dreams. Benefactor of the Other World. Queen of the North and South.” Ron Myron. Church of the Eternal Source First printed in Khephera. She will answer you.Circle of Isis Threshold. Only One. Lady of Wild Things. Lady of Beer. Beloved in All Lands. Mother of the Golden Heru who Answered for His Father. Dweller in Stillness. Swift Huntress of the Soul. Lady of Heaven. Lady of the Mysterious Peace. Transformer of Bodies into Bodies of Light. the Splendid Light Who Veilest in Brilliancy. Daughter of Neb er Tcher. Throne of Being. Female Horus. Queen of the Great House. Goddess of Fields and Lands. So will all the other Goddess and Gods. Lady of Warmth and Fire. Lady of the Green Crops. Lady of the West. Light Giver of Heaven. Lady of Joy and Gladness. Great Lady of the Other Worlds. The Power of the Nile. Lady of the Fields. Maker of Sunrise. Protector of Anpu. Lady of Words of Power. Maker of Kings. Fertility Through Waters. She dwells in the depths and heights of every being. Wife of the Lord of Inundation. Lady of the Dawn. If you prepare a place within your heart for Her to dwell. and Producer and Giver of Life.
beloved was Aset. their brother was not beloved by many of the people. They did not understand that his work—that storm was as necessary to life as peace. Many did not see His Glory.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Beloved was Asar. 45 . that breaking down was as much a part of nature as building up. but Set.
Seek you now to grow? Seek you now to change? Seek you to be one with all eternity? Stand and face the winds And when the storm has passed Only the eternal will remain In his wake. Bad. 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. you are about to see things that will portray this God as a murderer. nasty. There must be more to it than that. 46 . as a good Pagan I can’t accept that. Only the eternal shall remain In his wake. you will realize that I’m telling you the story of Aset and Asar. I don’t yet know the meaning of every part of the myth. evil Set! An Egyptian Satan! Now you know. If not. I confess to you. Myths mean something beyond the story. We have no need for evil Gods. I’ve tried to include as few qabalistic references as possible in this book. If you are at all familiar with Egyptian mythology.
and some still refer to these as “malefic” planets. We have learned that the cycle of life includes death. Asar represents Chesed and his forces as the benevolent king. and is scattered. there were people who do not understand.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt because this text isn’t about Qabala. That which Asar had to give was then given to the world. but I can’t avoid it here. however. and the grain must be cut down if it is to spring up anew. Astrologically. Pagans. falls. please consult The Witches Qabalah (Weiser). very painful. the lessons Mars and Saturn have to teach can be very hard. even today. We have come to understand that breaking down is as much a part of life as building up. and gave it life again. the king who nurtures civilization. He was honored greatly. The grain is cut. There are many. and who teaches agriculture to his people. it takes root and is reborn. and that death is necessary for rebirth. 47 . who is patron of the arts. I hope this discussion will make sense even if you don’t have knowledge of the subject. nurtured it. and not as an evil God. In this story. have learned that the lessons are usually hard. Both are necessary for balance. Aset gathered the grain. Set represents Geburah and its energies: the warrior king. Asar was the grain. and hard times are usually lessons. but if you are interested in some background information. Nurtured by the Air (Aset) and nourished by the Water (Nebet Het). Set wasn’t always considered a villain in Tamera. Even in a country as apparently enlightened as Tamera. Another interpretation would be to view Asar as the grain and Set as the harvester. and the surgeon with a scalpel. He was originally a desert and storm God. planted it. At various times throughout the beloved land’s history. who feel any event or experience that is painful or difficult must be the result of evil. wielder of the sword.
Once you have learned to accept Him. Set found more reason for envy. only the obstacles to growth. It is our clinging to those things that make the cutting away painful. dead leaves are blown from the trees. you will find Him glorious! l L Set of the Red Hair. That which Set takes away is never essential. The windstorms where I live are frightening. the air is clean. I have seen a pot. and in His own home. black with decades of use. Lord of Storm.Circle of Isis We may not like storms. but learning to do so can be a giant step forward in your growth. but when they pass. Without scouring pads. Nebet Het. We cannot love and honor Asar without loving and honoring Set. He removes only the temporal. we’d never get some things clean. gazed upon Asar with such love that Set became enraged. 48 . made bright again by sand blasting. envied His brother the love of the people. but the Earth is often the better for their passing. for the eyes of his wife and sister. only the unnecessary. He is not easy to love. and much of the dust and dirt is gone.
Hart) This lady appears in many wall paintings and is mentioned in many writings. I am the chorus of the breeze. I followed my own advice and used one of the methods I described earlier. Book after book said little more than I’ve already written. (Used by permission from Carol N. Nebet Het. and yet we know little about Her. seek me not. wife to Set.” She assisted Aset in the magical work done to resurrect Asar. I chanted. I am that which is not what it seems to be. Her name means “Lady of the House.” The following was the answer. “Child. I am the unseen. I am thoughtful silence. All this does not tell us who She is. “Oh. if you would seek me. do I teach.” 49 . Soft the sound of wings in flight. I am thoughtful silence. By misdirection. Whispered winds thought limbs of trees I am thoughtful silence. I was constantly frustrated. So. Mother of Anpu. I am the stillness of the tomb. When I determined to learn more. She is the sister of Aset and Asar.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Nebet Het (Nephthys) I am the darkness of the womb I am thoughtful silence. teach me of Thee. I am thoughtful silence. I am the starlight in the night. I am thoughtful silence.
It is there. Aset is the silver Moon. the dark side of the Moon. Lecturing is an Aset form of teaching. (Some call her the Dark Aset. Aset is magic. Who is She? Once. Nebet Het is mystery. Her energy seemed familiar to me. When the boy finally objects. movements that are a part of the martial art. his teacher shows him that in the course of his performing the chores. it is part of the whole. I think She must come to you. a lesser known side. I don’t think you can reach for Her. When we discover we’ve learned something by some way other than direct study. they are closely related. Her Presence in a ritual can be confusing because it is so like that of Aset. When we suddenly realize that something we’ve learned has proved useful in a totally unexpected way. they are sisters. In all I’ve learned about both ladies. That’s Nebet Het. But I’ve learned that all the Gods and Goddesses are so individual that I can no longer say that.) I had a phone call the other day from a High Priestess of another coven who asked if we worked with this Lady.Circle of Isis I work with Her since has shown me who She is. Yes. it is an integral part of the Moon. varnishing fences. certain movements had become second nature. I find them connected. I said she was Aset. and painting a house. I think She comes more often than we know. Upon 50 . at least as much as I can understand. yet was different. She is the dark side of the Moon. the young hero is taking karate lessons from an older man. In the movie Karate Kid. that’s Nebet Het. Nebet Het is the dark side of the Moon. that’s Nebet Het. not the dark of the Moon. He is given work washing and waxing cars. Guided meditations are Nebet Het’s style. and yet so different. sanding a floor. Each job had to be done with very specific movements. I think most of the things we learn indirectly are from Her. How can we learn more of Her? I don’t know. and we never see it.
I am spending. if anyone. I assure you. Am I being obscure? It isn’t deliberate. and will continue to spend. With the approach of her First Degree initiation. and the results of Her words and actions turned out to be very different from what was expected. one of our people was still unsure whom she’d make a dedication to. “That’s Her!” I said. 51 . we discussed the aspect and when the woman spoke. I found myself unable to speak the thoughts that were coming to me. especially if you can’t secrete it anywhere. 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. I know I must learn to know this Lady better. Choosing (or being chosen by) a deity to dedicate yourself to can be a joyful experience. You can call upon Nebet Het if you wish something to be hidden. independent. You can call upon Her to help you teach in Her Manner. It’s the Nature of this Lady. I learned it hadn’t been necessary for me to speak. The Lady had been indirect. but felt in her heart that wasn’t quite right. she described an aspect they’d experienced in a Moon rite recently. After the ritual. members of Sothistar may also make special dedications at First. We did an aspect of Nebet Het in which I served as the vessel. As I/She stood in front of this particular student. She didn’t know. She was drawn to Aset. like being in love. or thereafter.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt my answering positively (or “Positively!”). 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. Although Asar and Aset are High Lord and High Lady of Sothistar. But it should not be taken lightly. and those who reach Second Degree will be Their High Priest or High Priestess. Because I am dedicated to Aset.
Anpu. blessed the joining. Guardian of the Underworld. And many say that Aset knew of the union. the Challenger. l L It is said. Others say. as you know.Circle of Isis a great deal of time learning about Her. and in her boundless love. Anpu. Some say the Goddess deceived the Lord by taking on the likeness of Aset. loving a God or Goddess is always a joy. Guide of Souls. The more I learn of Her. Asar knew. a child of hidden light. in legend. the Jackal. Anpu. the more I love Her. A child was born to Nebet Het. Anpu. that Nebet Het and Asar were lovers. and. the Observer. 52 .
You must be ready to face Him steadfastly. the Dark Lord. 53 . night prowlers. 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. It is not unusual for half-grown pups to babysit while the parents are hunting. the Guide. Anpu is the Guardian. altogether nasty animals. I’ve seen films of two young jackals taking on a hyena five times their size to protect their younger brothers and sisters. To pass His challenge you must be possessed of courage. are they? Instead. they set a standard often hard to live up to.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. or you will not learn the tremendous amount He has to teach. a standard that can present quite a challenge. Loyalty and courage are not such horrible qualities. the Challenger. right? And you probably aren’t going to listen to any talk about the necessity of scavengers in the scheme of things.
but they can still be difficult to deal with. the Judge. is His Priest. A priest of Anpu is most appropriate for this office. He once said to me. Chris has an unerring sense about people. Anpu is an observer. Courage is being afraid and going ahead and doing what you must. you would not necessarily be able to do that. so that you can do what you must to handle the situation. a reporter. and we are not always ready to face the truth. Chris was. I’ve gotten to know Anpu quite well. If he removed your fear. the Guardian of our coven. He is the only person in our coven who can veto the entrance of a potential student. reach out into the darkness. in the Weighing of the Heart. obsidian will tell you the truth. yet another challenge. “If you are afraid. always. There are times when not being afraid would be stupid. Feel the darkness gather around your hand. If there is something wrong about a person. Although Chris was chosen by Anpu rather than the other way around. 54 . His stone is an apache tear. Chris. he knows it. In a meditation. Future Guardians may not be Priests of Anpu. and I will remove you from your fear. It is He who serves as a guide through the Underworld— jackals are very good in the dark. Lack of fear is not courage. Its effects are somewhat gentler than obsidian. There is a big difference. He assists His Father.Circle of Isis Anpu is the son of Asar and Nebet Het. but removes you from your fear. a form of obsidian that appears opaque until it is held up against the light. the association is certainly appropriate. for a long time. We are told that lying was an anathema to this Lord. My husband and High Priest. the priest/esses of Anpu were the true-seers.” He does not remove your fear from you. but they will certainly be required to have a personal relationship with this God. letting you step back and view it objectively. According to some sources.
How do I know that? I could see the effects. A week later. It was she who taught us that obsidian must be worked with carefully. From her. I learned most of what I know about the subject. you may have learned a thing or two from this story. we had a teacher in our community who shared her knowledge about crystals and stones. We did not attack. If you are unfamiliar with the ethics of magical practice. Our community had some problems with certain members sending out negativity. lots of people were absolutely sure they were worthy and ready and mature. and a lot of things happened in their lives to show that they were doing anything they could to ignore the truth. they didn’t believe the things the stone had told them. We gave the stones to anyone who might be a target of the negativity. to see who was sending it. Because they weren’t ready. the woman we believed to be the source of the negativity started complaining that some opals she owned had become full of negative feelings.) I learned later that she and her students worked for weeks to trace the negativity back to its source. With the help of Anpu. Some of them were ready. She couldn’t understand it.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Some years ago. and that not everyone is ready to work with it. Naturally. More than once 55 . We all carried them and several were placed around various homes. but most of them weren’t. (Three of those apache tears were in the pockets of people standing around her at the moment. Naturally. because she was the source. We’ve worked with His protective aspect more than once. and they rushed out to buy obsidian balls without giving it a second thought. four of us charged some apache tears with a very special purpose: They were charged to rebound any negativity sent toward us. they failed. We needed to protect our homes and ourselves from that. and to turn any negativity we might inadvertently send out into love and light. That would have been a mistake.
and prey. please guard our home. a little tired of it. I would say. When Anpu came to my husband in meditations.Circle of Isis I’ve believed the source of a problem was a particular person and I was wrong. He was the High God in a city the Greeks called Lycopolis. he came as both jackal and wolf.” Both jackal and wolf have undeserved reputations. not every day. portrayed exactly as Anpu except that He is colored gray instead of black. not just symbology connected with it. The woman received back only what she had sent. Black dogs started showing up. there is some question among archaeologists as to whether this is correct. As a note: when you are doing magical work or meditation with any animal. understandably. “Lord Anpu. most appropriate. dogs we’d never seen before.” After about a month. There is another deity. you might be more comfortable working with the wolf first. habits. a wolf. its food. “I’m guarding already!” From that day on. I would have been doing the wrong thing. Another protection we received from Anpu had to do with our home. and at the houses of others who have asked the same protection. as I have shown. “City of the Wolf.and haven’t seen since. as I was leaving the house. I repeated the prayer as usual. and every day when I left the house. and prevented any negativity from getting out.. If I had performed a spell against that person. Although the jackal is the animal normally attributed to Anpu. and heard very distinctly. Although I love the jackal. I took a suggestion from Murray Hope’s Practical Egyptian Magic. We’d been burglarized several times.. and were. or a jackal. Apuat. but everything you can learn about it in its day-to-day life. you should first learn everything about that animal. They see him as a dog. 56 . but often enough to be noticeable. One possibility mentioned in Hope’s book certainly occurred more than once at our house. I simply thanked him for guarding us. We simply sent the negativity back to its source. and the one that is.
for all were too tall. and a glorious feast. you will make an amazing discovery: Anpu isn’t black and snarling at all. Lord of Tamera. You will always have another chance. Set held a banquet in Asar’s honor. He is shining gold! l L Set could bear no more.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt You have nothing to fear from Anpu if you are ready to walk the hidden ways. and one by one each rose again. inlay it with the most precious jewels. The last to enter the sarcophagus was Asar. Build it of the finest woods. and the Lord of Storm conceived a plan. took it down to the river and placed it in the water. and do pass the challenge. and sealed it with lead. Set announced a contest. Set and his conspirators carried the coffin out of the banquet hall. closed it. There was music. When the feast was over. however. there is no reason to be ashamed. One by one. or too short. He called to his presence the craftsmen of greatest skill. 57 . or too wide of hip. He had only time to discover the perfect fit when Set and his henchmen fell upon the sarcophagus. Together. he ordered. if you are ready to face the hidden truths. and hidden by the dark of night. and proclaimed to whosoever fit it exactly would receive it as a gift. gild it with the purest gold. He revealed the glorious sarcophagus. Build it. 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. If you are not yet ready. if you have courage. where it floated away into the dark night. and dance. too narrow of shoulder. to the exact dimensions of the King. too thin. And when you are ready. When the sarcophagus was completed. imprisoning the King. or too fat. worthy of a God. Passing His challenge is reason to be proud.
beloved land. for our brother! Together they cried out in grief to their mother. weep. found her Lord. Mourn. she tore her hair. Our Lord is gone. Mourn. mourn. hunting in the swamp. for the King. rent her garments. mourn. For our brother. Mourn. Weep. my country. weep. he dismembered the corpse of his brother. Mother. Your son is gone! Your son is gone. for our Lord. mourn.Circle of Isis Word came to Aset of the death of her Lord and Love. The King is gone. however. Weep. As was the custom. and in the land of Byblos. For my son. my sister. and she cried out in pain. Tamera. Set. my sister. Weep. my country weep. my mother weep. who mourned with her. our lord is gone. scattered the pieces throughout the Earth. and mourned. Nebet Het. She called out to her sister. The King is gone. Hiding the body in the swamps. Weep. and with his godly strength. In a furor. 58 . For my love. Mourn. discovered the body. our brother’s gone. oh. Aset sought assistance. And Nut added her voice to theirs as they called to the land of Tamera. The grieving Goddess searched. Our brother’s gone. In her absence. for your son.
She took the body of her husband back to the beloved land. Gently. remember. and sent out a call for help. they perfumed it. and worlds she did not know. and her son. this time piece by cherished piece. all but one. Anpu. Come to thy sister. come to thy wife. Mother of the Gods. and that she replaced with a member carved of sacred sycamore. Then Aset and Nebet Het stood. And bring the joy back into life! Come to thy house And ease the pain 59 . they assembled the body of Asar. and mother gathered together to perform a rite that was to be reenacted through all the ages of the beloved land.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Returning to the swamp. To those who wait in mourning. learned of Set’s actions. one at the foot and one at the head of Asar. she built a temple to the glory and remembrance of her King. they wrapped their Lord. Wife. With the sweetest of herbs. the most fragrant of spices. Come back! Come back! Beloved of all. All she found. and one by one. At the site of each piece she recovered. that all in that country would know. and revere Asar. they called to their brother. hid it once again. and set out once more to recover the body of her husband. she retrieved the parts of her murdered Lord. in the finest of linen. sister. son. O beautiful boy. Come home to those who love thee. the Lady of Magic beheld an empty sarcophagus. She traveled the world she knew. and Nut. Nebet Het came. Come back. come back.
Come home to those Who love thee. Heru the Younger. Her power was great. Performing the greatest enchantment of all. let our tears not be in vain! Come back! Come back! O beautiful boy. and made greater still for the longing she felt for her Lord. Heru sa Aset. Chanting her ancient magics. she transformed herself into a swallow-tailed kite. and she had further work to do. spread her wings. sa Asar. who call.Circle of Isis Oh. Heru the Hawk. But Aset was Mistress of Magic. further spells to cast. who mourn thee. 60 . and at the same time conceived their son. she brought life anew to Asar. and hovered over her husband.
More than one deity was symbolized by the hawk. Heru! Heru. conceived after Asar’s death. we see quail. of course. He is pictured as a youth with his finger to his lips. Lord of Morning. Heru has many aspects. mockingbirds. I live on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley. Son of Isis) „ \ Heru! Heru! Young Lord. and. Bright Lord. sa Aset (Horus. owls. as a hawk wearing the double crown. roadrunners. Heru! Heru! Heru! Son of Asar. One of the delights of living here is the variety of birds we didn’t see when we lived in the valley. but now and then we see a glimpse of a kestrel and more often we hear that little hawk proclaiming its own majesty. Heru! Heru. and as a man with a hawk’s head. The majority of them are red tails. Born of Aset. Heru. Heru. 61 .Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Heru. Heru! Heru! Heru! Hawk of Heaven! Heru! Heru! Heru! Heh! Child of Aset and Asar. ravens. hawks. Instead of pigeons and sparrows. and I have no trouble understanding why.
Many times. their strength. their speed. Fifteen years later. Although my Lord did not come to me in form. hovering in place. That the work I was doing during my periods of petition (prayer) and meditation were the highest forms of practices in the Craft. strength of conviction. and devotion to truth. My first encounter with my Father. 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 am exulted in their presence and lifted away from the mundane world. and Friend Heru was when I was 16 years old. or His specific Aspect. My friend. It was amazing that I could find a place to sit 62 . my observance of the natural cycles of life and connecting them with the deity. I thirst for their freedom. There is something about their beauty and power that enchants me. Rick. shared his experiences with me. I mean that I felt those things in my worship and work.Circle of Isis My desk is near the patio door and I can look out over the valley. That was the time that I discovered that I was not failing the deity by my strange forms of devotion. their vision. I call to them with my love. name. 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. Oh. or soaring across the sky. it is very easy for me to see in the hawk an image of the God. yes. He did come to me in the form of an epiphany. who is dedicated to Heru. I had developed my Craft and my choice of spiritual path. Brother. and sing “Heru!” hoping they’ll hear and know my feelings. I’ve totally lost track of my work because I glanced out and saw a hawk. I long to soar with the hawks. I saw the principles of Union of the polarities.
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. on another level. and his Father. And he united the two Realms and made them one. so my dialog with them became less formal. 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. When I succumbed to the natural human emotion of anger He came to me again. join the bird in flight. with his brother. sharing the cool uplift of the air and the warm Sun shining on us all. I shared my passionate distaste for her suffering with the Gods. I was able to maintain a state of consciousness that allowed me to observe the bird physically and.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt quietly and just be there. that makes the passing grade and the stuff of our world come into focus. That was his gift to me: a personal lesson that brought much clarity to me. It was the most awesome experience of my life. after having that visit. I thought. I found that place emotionally while inspired to sit at the very edge of a cliff at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Osiris. And when I was having trouble dealing with my mother’s ill health just a few months ago. 63 . That moment. It was then that Heru showed me the beauty of life—its awesome splendor. He made it clear that He is the Sun God. Two always make one. Rick’s prayer to Heru is one we can all use. Isis. his Mother. Anubis. that it is the management of my emotions. His reign is one over the two Realms because the balance tipped in his favor. while not denying them.
From there. your light shines brightly over the mysteries. in the section on Aset. at length. but as a protective symbol as well.Circle of Isis Heru. If you’ve ever communed with a hawk. He represents the Dawn and the Spring. Are you feeling sorry for the mouse? Am I going to have to give my lecture on predators again? I won’t do it. As the child of the God and Goddess. When a hawk “stoops” feet first to capture its prey. 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. start with Heru. 64 . It is only for us to open our eyes and focus on them for us to learn and understand. which are said to be the source of the well-known Eye of Horus. referring to the battle He fought with Set to revenge His father’s death and reclaim His father’s throne. Heru is the God who is most easily reached because He symbolizes the deity within. and soar to the heavens. Many of the world’s most magnificent animals are predators.) For us. You must understand that predators are a part of life. He represents each of us. I’ve already done so. it is a simple matter to reach other Gods. I don’t think you’d care what they eat. Heru is also known as the Avenger. If you ever have trouble contacting any deity. both new Suns. They are used not only to represent Heru. If you don’t like that. You are a predator. So mote it be! Both the peregrine falcon and the kestrel bear eye markings. become the hawk. it can go at speeds of more than 30 miles an hour. Hawks have incredible eyesight and can spot a mouse running through a field from hundreds of feet in the sky. (The harvested grain springs anew. I’m sorry.
but. who are not so much interested in the temporary. witnessed by all the Gods and Goddesses known to the people of the beloved land. There was the Lady of Malachite. and you will find the glory that you are. she of the Horned Crown. A great battle took place. l L eru grew to manhood and challenged Set. this lifetime you as in the eternal you. He is a very personal God. Heru is not one of these.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt I often speak of Gods and Goddesses who are impersonal. who had occupied the throne of Tamera. You will learn how to fly. H 65 . Among them were those who have no other part in this story. Patroness of the Arts. find the glory that He is. Find the hawk. because we love them. 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. cannot be ignored.
Thou art Trees. Stars nestled sweet on Thy bough.” which 66 .” If any stone says that to you. there is a specific one: malachite. with a crown bearing horns. I asked Her what stone should be used to represent Her. or. Trees. not rock-hard immovable strength. And as I found out later.) This would seem to me to include most inspired works in any form of expression and any work that expressed a heart-felt emotion. but for me. reaching up to the sky. The first feeling you get from Her presence is that of strength. when she is in human form. Life springing from the world’s heart My Lady Het Heret. reaching into the earth. In meditation. art Thou. She said. Het Heret has been called “Lady of Malachite.Circle of Isis lL Het Heret (Hat Hor) Roots.’ if it says ‘strength. “Hold a stone in your hand. if they come from the “well springs of the soul. Down to the depths of the earth. The Tamerans symbolized this by depicting Het Heret as a cow.” or “House of the Sky. in an eternal never-ending source of life itself.’ it is my stone. If it says to you ‘eternity.” Many of the arts belong to this beautiful Goddess.” You will also see Her name spelled “Het Heru. The ones that do may be any art form. it will work. “Het Heret” means “House of Heaven. but that found in nourishment. but not all. with their limbs in the sky.” (The words are Hers. My Lady Het Heret.
lifting the front as if to offer it to the Goddess. If one uses the second. however.) 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. and can appreciate how much better it would have been if you’d had a counterweight. Instead of all the weight being held by your neck. Most of my references refer to it as a symbol of happiness and/or a symbol of divine healing.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt translates as “House of Heru. The Craft.” I prefer the first. Het Heret possesses many attributes that seem to be in opposition—Tree Goddess and Sky Goddess. This is often shown being carried rather than worn. ceremonial magic—many paths recognize the value of balance in everything. qabalism. as a Catholic might carry a rosary. Archaeologists are probably very nice people. If you have ever worn a heavy necklace or pendant. A symbol often connected with Het Heret is the “menat. Her Strength reaches from the depths of the Earth to the farthest reaches of the stars. My meditations on the menat have resulted in two things the menat could symbolize. Very little else is said. rather than Heru. and I’d love to talk to you. son of Aset and Asar. a priestess of Het Heret is shown wearing the necklace. 67 . I believe it would refer to a God known as Her Ur (Horus the Elder). (If you are an archaeologist following a magical path. In at least one picture. you know how the weight is felt against the back of your neck.” a necklace of several strands of beads gathered into a counterpoise. the necklace would sit on your shoulders: it would be balanced. and no one can deny the value of the work they do. The first thing you do when you are performing a healing on someone is to balance the energies of his or her body. Happiness can be the result of balance in your life. Fertility and Music—but what She truly represents is balance in all things. I apologize. but amplify it. but they might miss something because they are not following a magical path.
She is a glorious Lady. I do know this feels right in my gut. our feet strike the Earth giving energy to it. with eyes of golden Flame. and energy rises in response. especially for the purpose of raising power. to heal or teach or help. until we are ready to send the power where we will. the counterpoise was hidden in the back. From the depths of the Earth. all the Mysteries that cannot be taught. Dark Lady. through the sky as we send that energy to its goal. They are every bit as important (have as much weight) as the things that can be learned in normal ways. Whether held or worn. filling us. This makes me think of all the hidden truths. Whether the menat had this meaning for the Tamerans. (I am calling upon Her now. Because it feels right. I have no way of knowing. or told in lectures. and that’s often the only way I know to judge the rightness of anything. adding to our own energy. written in books. the menat has these meanings for us in Sothistar. The counterpoise was usually smaller than the beads in the front. I call upon this beautiful Goddess when I am writing a song or a poem. and even when I’m writing books. 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.) When we dance in a ritual. A 68 . all of that is Het Heret. but then all of Them are! l L lso attending was the Cat Goddess.Circle of Isis My meditations have produced another reason for the menat. and even if the size matched. My writing needs soul-deep inspiration if I want my words to reach others deeply.
Bast is often written with the symbol above followed by a half circle. if you will it so. Maubast. To our waiting hearts appear Hear us calling. When a symbol such as the one above represented the whole name. Thus.” This comes from a writing custom of the Tamerans. You can do so by using a chant I received from Her in meditation. Hear us as we call thy name. It’s very simple. Grant to us our heart’s desire.” 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.” representing the letter “T. Lady. Maubast. à You will often see this Goddess called “Bastet.”) 69 . Maubast. there are only two words. (Mau is the Tameran word for “cat. MAU BAST. Lady. Maubast. Maubast! Cat with eyes of golden flame. they would repeat the final letter of the name.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Bast Lady of the midnight fire. Maubast. the “loaf. Hear! Might Goddess be ye near.
mean. Among the best known are Hecate..” when I heard in my head. As I said. and every inch a Dark Lady.is my name. Where is it written that all your lessons are easy ones? The important ones never are! Never! 70 . Dark Ladies. you are certainly not alone. “. 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. but Crones. would you run from the room? Do you think They are evil. teach me of Thee. I spoke earlier of a mantra meditation I did on Bast and promised I would give further details. I was chanting. That feeling was probably not what you would have expected.” For a time. the Morrigan. In the Craft. and evil. They are found in many traditions. are not necessarily old. they are portrayed as old women. Dark Ladies are usually referred to as Crones or Hags. but if you continue to feel that way. what is your reaction? Are you horrified? Are you frightened? If I started to invoke Hecate. If I say that I love and adore these Ladies with all my heart. My coven has used this on several occasions and it has never failed to result in Her Presence. and Kali.. In our hallway we have a glorious picture of Hecate in which the Lady is pictured as young and voluptuous. I simply noted the feel of Her presence. “O Lady Bast. for Bast is not a cuddly kitten or an affectionate house cat. She is a Dark Lady.Circle of Isis The words are chanted in a monotone. and nasty? If you do feel that way. In silence shall I be heard. you’ll never learn much. Often. in cat form and about 18' tall. I heard. 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. They are mistaken. “SILENCE….” I stopped my mental chant and tried hard not even to think. in many pantheons.
perhaps you should consider that you might have handled the situation another way. but pointed out that it was not the domestic cat. To get back to Bast. I do not accept it as fact without verification. “but I am golden. where possible. and out of my mouth came. They will stroke your hair and say. I had been asked once what Goddess of another pantheon would I compare Bast to. and either research. not fear. but one I have heard called a “jungle cat. I then asked if. They will call a spade a spade. If you come to know any of Them. 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. possibly felis capensis. and the devotion you feel will be inspired by love. and they will tell you the truth. Hard lessons require learning—that’s what makes them hard! The most difficult of these lessons come from Dark Ladies and Dark Lords. where She is silver. She agreed. and when you make a mistake.” I asked Bast if this had been accurate. Again.) When I receive information in such a meditation. or wait and see what surfaces 71 . “Yes. the cat was the proper animal to connect with Her.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Problems that are easily solved are easy because you already had the knowledge to solve them. I make a note of it.” Hecate is lunar. whether you want to hear it or not. Bast. They will hold you and comfort you. you’ll understand. “My darling. solar. I realized very quickly that I was dealing with a Dark Lady.” (Very probably one of the African wild cats. as we believed.” came the answer.” Dark Ladies will hit you on the head with a 2 x 4 (just to get your attention) and say “Hey! You screwed up! Fix it!” They will not coddle or baby you. and my experience with Her. Mother Goddesses will teach you table manners. “Hecate.
and deadly to their prey. a “Mommy. My research revealed that the domestic cat was not known in Egypt until the 12th Dynasty. and chooses the time when. Cats are swift. We were outside.” Her children are as quickly corrected when they misbehave as they would be protected when they wander into danger.. when the Moon was dark. in Her human body form. to ask Her help.except in another land. however.” We were extremely glad we hadn’t. The poor animal was in pain.. and very protective. Almost as an aside she said.Circle of Isis later. and so terrified that he would not come out of hiding to let his owners treat the injury. yet they are warm and loving mothers. and lots of teeth and eyes. you can note the differences: longer ears and longer legs. where it is the wolf.) An adult cat is aloof.”.” I later learned of a legend in which Hecate shape-changed into a wolf. (There was a time when I didn’t. You can be honored when a cat is affectionate to you. Because of this. as we chanted. No one owns a cat. The first words out of my mouth were. Consider the cat for a moment. There are reasons why animals were chosen by the ancients to represent the deities. loving and protective. Lady! We didn’t do it. using the chant described earlier. silent. place where. we all became aware of a darker area in the surrounding darkness. she is sometimes considered a patron 72 . she is also a Mother Goddess. Some sub-humans had tied a firecracker to the tail of a friend’s cat. for example. is often shown holding a sistrum. If you will look at the statues from earlier dynasties. “Wait a minute. We once called upon Bast. When she is in Mother “mode.” however. she has been known to purr! Bast. At the same moment. The Lady said one other thing on the animals that are connected to her. What does this say about Bast? Although she is a Dark Lady. Some people don’t like cats. and recipient to whom they bestow affection. She is not. What we saw/ felt was about 18' of cat.
whether you like it or not. human body form originally represented a priest or priestess. l battle. of course. Khnum.” The stones we use for Bast are obsidian and a type of citrine (cat’s eye or tiger’s eye). The sistrum was used to get Her (Bast’s) attention. We call on Bast for any work that involves cats. whether you want it or not.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt of the arts.) The cat’s ability to strike with claws extended or retracted symbolizes two possible courses of action. Her response to my inquiry about this was that the arts belonged to Het Heret. Do not fear what Bast or the other Dark Ladies and Lords have to teach you. She’ll tell you the truth. The other stones. This fits in with my feelings that the animal-headed. especially if you are willing to learn what they have to teach. even if you don’t want to hear it. reflect Her eyes. (Remember. You will always get that from Them. of course. if any. but she is more than a Cat Goddess. because working with it has the effect of reflecting truth. You can ask her what course to take. the clothes such a figure would have been wearing would have been red. The various types of obsidian are often found connected with Dark Deities. If this is indeed the case. Magical paths are those on which we seek truth and growth. for a priestess of Bast was often called “The lady in the red dress. also observed the 73 . You can call upon her for protection or guidance. L The mighty and gentle lord.
See the soul join the wheel of life. The wheel spins. and firm pressure forms the blob of clay there into the seed that will become a body. As it spins. let me remind you that before the clay is ever 74 . this gentle potter who forms our bodies on His wheel. The spirit enters and we begin another incarnation. but I’m very fond of this God portrayed as a flat-horned ram. As it spins. Lest you believe that my fondness for the Divine Potter denotes a reluctance to undergo the purification under the smith’s hammer. See the soul on the wheel of life. »j Perhaps the smith gods of other pantheons are more impressive. 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. Khnum.Circle of Isis lL Khnum Hear the sound of the potter’s wheel. Birth to death on the wheel of life. Khnum! And with death we are born anew While the vessel that’s tossed aside. Will return to the potter’s wheel As it spins.
what I believe was the Earth. He creates our bodies by creating an egg that he formed on the wheel and then it is placed in the mother’s womb. Huge hands came into my sight and began to manipulate the sphere on the wheel. too. the “um” sound it creates becomes the sound of His wheel. He does not create our spirits. created the Cosmic Egg from which all came. a human body formed there. but will take the shards and rework them into new creations. and for others. of protection. With the Goddess Hekat. and on it. I daresay that if you yourself are a potter. and. either. among other things. If that vessel is broken or destroyed. impurities removed and air bubbles smashed. so he spins the wheel. the joyful warrior 75 . The Tamerans believed Khnum created the Gods. created the bodies in which we live. You cannot make light of the heat found in a kiln. again and again. and begins to form new bodies for us. You might say that what He creates is the combination of chromosomes that will result in your body. but don’t forget Ptah! l stood by as the battle raged. spinning. This God does not desert us once the egg is planted. That which is held in the vessel is eternal. he feels regret. and does not mourn at their destruction. it is pounded. L Bes.” only the vessel in which we will live for this lifetime. The first thing I saw in this meditation was the top of the wheel. When we called Him in meditation by chanting His name. our “selves.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt formed. Lord of Laughter. he assists at our births. to grow in its “natural” course. you could ask him for guidance and help in your work. You can pray to Khnum when you desire a child. of course. He knows that the vessels are temporary. and/or pray for a healthy one. As I watched.
If you’d like a subject for meditation. What does this mean? I haven’t the foggiest. The meditation will be most meaningful if you do it now. Conversely. sometimes gleeful. gives me laughter. but I’m sure there is a reason. Then you can compare your ideas with ours. before reading on. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. portraying a subject full-face could mean that there is a hidden aspect. Bes is a giant to me. There is always a reason for Egyptian symbolism. 76 . Bes is a giant to me. Bes teaches joy as a power! Bes teaches strength found in laughter. Portraying deities in profile could imply that They have two aspects. is one of the few Tameran Gods ever depicted with a full face in paintings. here’s a subject for you. sometimes fiercely brandishing a dagger. It is said that Bes is also an import. I can only think of one other deity that is portrayed in this way: a Goddess who was adopted from another country. Called a dwarf by those who have not learned to see. gives me power! Bes gives me strength.Circle of Isis lL Bes Bes gives me joy. This strange little dwarf.
Although I’ve seen very little of His protective aspects. It may be that His ugly face scared away evil spirits. although these are more often related to the home. He is a God of protection. A symbol of each Element is blessed and passed around the circle.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Bes is short. hair brushes. ugly to look upon. deformed. His role in birth seems to be two-fold: He does serve to keep evil spirits away. For example. someone might pass the Air symbol and say. In Tamera. spoken with the Goddess and God.” By the time we begin this. He never seems to mind when we attribute smart-aleck remarks to Him. and humor. they make a wish for the person receiving the symbol. childbirth. Humor is the quality that makes him most dear to us. and welcome Bes to our circle. The last thing we do in a Moon rite is called “The Four Fold Feast. and worshiped and honored Them. If He doesn’t appear. “He’s hee-re.” We laugh. we begin to wind down. we worry. one of our people handed it to the next. something strange will happen. Both are Gods of joy and fun. I have the feeling He’d be anything but laughable. During our Four Fold Feast. and Bes does have his protective aspects. As each passes the symbol to the next. Once. to prepare for ending ritual and returning to the mundane world. Pan is known as the Protector of the Greenwood. but He also encourages the child to be born. smiled sweetly and said. cosmetic pots. and mirrors. Something unexpected will come out of someone’s mouth. and I do find some truth in that. and very dear to my coven. “Come on! It’s fun! Hurry up!” 77 . “May it bring you movement. much the same as the European gargoyles. when the symbol for Earth was a bran muffin. “May it lighten your burden.” At some point during this feast.” The reaction to such a remark is. I’ve heard Bes referred to as the Egyptian Pan. we have done our magical work. His image was found on bedposts.
the Tamerans may have acknowledged humankind’s usual derogation of humor. They are very wrong. If they had not been able to release some of the tension. Bes teaches us to laugh at our own frailties. It was horrible and obscene dark humor—and it was absolutely necessary if the doctors and nurses were to continue. 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. If you’ve never been in such an intense situation. By portraying Bes as a dwarf. It can mean survival. accepting the unthinking view that laughter is trivial. jokes. emotional. Many people have the idea that humor is frivolous. the jokes started. Our bodies release natural chemicals like natural painkillers and natural hormones that help us keep alert. When we did our meditation on Bes. and to quit berating ourselves for having them. It is one of the essentials of life—physical. 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. to accept them. our bodies react. and have seen similar situations where people made horrible jokes that would be totally tasteless to those who weren’t involved. they would not have been able to continue their desperate work. The jokes kept them from screaming. I worked with a police department for many years. When we laugh.Circle of Isis Work with Bes can teach you the deeper meanings of laughter. 78 . Anyone who has ever worked in a high-tension job can understand that. and humor. As the tension built. a good friend who is a registered nurse recalled a time early in her career when she and others were working frantically to keep a 2-year-old child alive. Laughter is also healing and healthy. increasing oxygen to the blood stream. We take in more air. have you ever made a joke because you were nervous or embarrassed? Multiply that need a thousand fold. as they worked harder and harder. and spiritual.
even for his or her own benefit. Ask Bes to join you. if you wish. and should be regarded as an object of scorn. they were probably killed before puberty. and the student’s wife ventured the opinion that if potential priests of the God made puns. Bes also reminds us that the best protection and defense against harmful magic is laughter. 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. Someone who would take the time and energy to use magic to do harm to others. 79 . Bes will help you. You just cannot be afraid of something you can laugh at and mock. is laughable. Do anything and everything you can to make yourselves see the humor of the situation. begin to discuss the person who is working against you. 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. When you feel His presence. Laughter is the best defense against fear. as is Chris. Chant his name. The combination of Guardian and comedian struck us as an interesting combination and we jokingly suggested that the student become a priest of Bes.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt A former Guardian of our coven was an inveterate punster. if you can. my husband. Obtain. Think about how ridiculous he or she is being. you can call upon Bes to help you protect yourselves. not fear. I once heard someone compare doing harmful magic to using Shakespeare’s first folio for toilet paper. 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. 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. Do anything you can to make yourselves laugh at that person and at yourselves for worrying about it.
by recognizing his value. but it seemed dead serious at the time. who is usually anything but foolish. Bes teaches us to see these things in their true light. The more we seek to work with this God. He teaches us to accept ourselves and stop putting ourselves down for being human. He gives us hope that someday. I was healthy and in no danger of starving before breakfast. the less we see that He is a dwarf. and everything is a matter of life and death. but at that age. and plan to give him more honor than we already do.Circle of Isis Bes is also the jester. and to forgive ourselves for them. I was sent to bed without my supper. shelled it. Although I was slender. we suffer so well. So I took birdseed from my parakeet. He teaches us to laugh at our own foibles. and the more we see the strength that comes from Him. and to love ourselves all the better for having been human. Oh. We will honor Him by treasuring our laughter. we may be able to laugh lovingly at the things we take so seriously now. I ate it and suffered so wonderfully! I laugh at that now. We’ve come to believe His importance has been highly underrated. seed by seed. the less we see His ugliness and the more we see His beauty. and mashed it in a glass with some water. the fool. at 14. to laugh at them. and finding more joy in the lives we live. l L hu. I’m reminded of the time when. father of Nut. S 80 . watched the battle between grandson and great-grandson.
and try to feel the air as it enters your lungs. Hold it there a moment. Try to hear the God’s name. the air around the entire sphere. and exits with each exhalation. On a physical level. He enters your body with each breath. however. flowing from one direction to another. Shu is more properly the God of the atmosphere. change to a whispered “uuu. As you exhale. He enters and exits through your pores as well.” Be aware of the air around you. so His connection with this Element is appropriate. See the movement of the winds. Listen to it. our atmosphere is the air that we are most aware of. 81 . Waving such a feather slowly through the air gives a wonderful visual awareness of His presence. Although this is the deity we call the East for Air. His symbol is the ostrich feather. Remember that the air you breathe is a part of the atmosphere covering our planet. Shu is all of these. touching every inch of your body. The birds soar through and upon Him. Think on the wind in all its aspects. The trees show his passing. all connected. All of these are Shu. “Shu.” Visualize the planet Earth hanging in space. from the gentlest breeze to a gale force. The movement of air around our planet is His presence. He is around you and within you. bringing you life. slow breath. Whitecaps reveal his presence on the sea. taking away that which is poison to you. See the atmosphere that surrounds it.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Shu Take a deep. whisper the sound “Shhhh” and toward the end of the breath. surrounding our home.
How often are you aware of the movement of air in and out of your lungs? As I write this. and see its effects. Magic works that way. All weather on our planet is interconnected. Yet we are aware that Shu is present not only in the winds buffeting our home.) It isn’t that He is uncaring. My knowledge of Shu’s nature is one reason I hesitate to do any kind of weather magic. and that would be my responsibility. The truth is. Shu is somewhat impersonal with regard to human concerns. (We have found this true of all four deities we call for the Elements. but simply that his point of view is much more vast than ours. A young friend of mine in Florida wrote to me some years ago about the success she and friends had in turning a hurricane away from their city. it would be “movement. my household is very much aware of air and its movement. I hope the people in that city deserved the damage done by that storm. Inside.Circle of Isis If I had to choose one word to describe Him. We are in the midst of a season of windstorms—60. we feel it. constantly. From time to time. As is the case with Maat. my friend has a lot to answer for. Affecting a change in the weather near me could adversely affect weather elsewhere. asking Shu to take it easy before the roof of the carport ends up in San Diego. It is the whole that is His concern. Shu isn’t concerned with an individual windstorm or hurricane. He is not only a part of it.” We usually become consciously aware of Him only when He moves. and hit a major city.to 80-mile-per-hour winds. Outside. If not. and often not even then. we’ve muttered prayers. The Gods know our current incarnations are temporary and our eternal spirits cannot be destroyed. we hear it. He is it. and that atmosphere is in constant movement. If my friend is responsible. He is all the Air in the atmosphere all around us. The hurricane had indeed turned. 82 .
Air is more than physical air. air pollution certainly is. . Words are given sound by breath. in the fragrance of flowers. I’ve felt it. but isn’t upset when the thin shell surrounding us breaks. or speak untruths. light. and they’re beautiful. Sekhmet. l L 83 Also watching was the Lady of Power. provide water for them. It’s rather like we feel about bubbles. and movement. He loves us. He is aspiration. and potential. sustaining your life. When you see any bird soaring. always changing. and I love to hold it up and watch it react to the slightest movement of the air in the room. and thank Him for all he gives us. honor Him in your heart. think of Shu. one way is to be careful what you say. always the same. Our current incarnations are just beautiful bubbles to Shu. He is beginnings. Although individual storms and so forth are not matters of concern to Shu. I become aware that Shu is always present. (Dust. but we aren’t upset when they break. and so is Shu. We have a beautiful yellow ostrich feather that is our Shu symbol. freedom. is the closest we can come to a proper stone for Him. by the way. reaching for the stars. Feed them. or Rameses II. 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. We like them. Another way is to care for birds who travel so easily through the Lord. That molecule entering your lungs as you read may have entered the lungs of Aristotle. Beethoven. and glory in their beauty as they fly. cause pain. He is inspiration. and the “dust devil” you see. in the tornado. inside us and out. Of course. it desecrates His body. in the storm. He is a necessity for life. What a thought! Be aware of Shu in the breeze. Do not use the body of this Lord to curse.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Shu does project a feeling of affection for us.) He is in and about you. We still exist. If you would honor Him.
her name means “Lady of Strength. Construction is not good if what is growing is a cancer. I have no idea whether that is true.Circle of Isis lL Sekhmet A series of books I love are the Far Memory books by Joan Grant. But there is one area where I disagree with her. “AH HAH!” you say. To most people in our culture. She is energy. that black and white. I do know that the books contain many ideas I like and hope are true. I’ll explain. Destruction is not evil if you’re tearing down a building that has become unsafe. Qabalistically. Destruction is not evil if what is being removed is a cancer.” She is that. it’s that simple. the Egyptian equivalent of Satan. She is force. 84 . In other words. in case you are not familiar with Qabala. at three periods in history. or power. She is power. Ms. and both are often difficult to love. Neither of them is necessarily easy to understand. I always recommend that my students read them. Construction is good. Destructive force! “I thought you said She wasn’t evil!” She isn’t. Four of them are set in Tamera. and many ideals worth striving for.” which means strength. She portrays both Set and Sekhmet as evil. she is a Geburic force just as Set is.” or “Lady of Power. Our modern society views destruction as evil. Grant says these books are memories of former lives. However. Sekhmet’s name is the feminine of the word “Sekhem. it isn’t. Destruction is evil. Of course. Neither of these deities is evil. is it? Construction is not good if what you’re building is a body 75 pounds overweight.
we do the same thing. She can be frightening. and therefore. The Tamerans believed She was capable of causing plague. L Wrapped as a mummy. a light case of the disease in question to prevent serious illnesses. Like Bast. As a solar Goddess. while Bast represents the nurturing. I believe that the lion symbolized power to the people of the Nile Valley. Interesting concept when you consider that part of the success with mummification is the heat of the Nile Valley. Is Sekhmet more powerful than Bast? I don’t think so.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Sekhmet represents a destructive force that breaks down what is temporal. Can She be gentle and loving? Possibly. (This is a difficult concept to accept when She is so definitely a solar Goddess. We use vaccinations. Sekhmet is portrayed as a lioness. warming Sun.) Some say that Sekhmet is the destructive power of the Sun. but using the terms “Crone” or “Hag” would be just as confusing. In a different way. In this case. Do I wish to know Her better? Absolutely! l battle. It can be exhilarating when you realize that however little we like what They do. She was capable of curing it. She burns away excess. the power of the Gods is always on our side. the God Ptah also witnessed the 85 . especially to those who don’t understand it. Sekhmet is a Dark Lady. which certainly is a perfect attribution for this Goddess. the Sun preserves instead of destroying. because the lioness is the more active hunter in that family of cats. which at the very least reveals that the Tamerans observed nature. Power is often frightening. That which is eternal is never destroyed. It often signifies Fire to our minds.
that the person’s hands be guided. or chisel and stone.Circle of Isis lL Ptah This God is usually portrayed with a smooth skull cap.” His mummy wrappings signify the same thing. He is the God of Craftsmen. too. putting it into a desired form. you will find that you. He controls tools. Tamerans saw the statues as the deity rather than just representations of them. One witch I know is a registered nurse. I have asked His help in writing about the Gods. that I may craft my words with such care that you will come to know and love Them as I do. wounds. (Knowing this.) You can do the same. that Ptah guide your hands so that you create a statue or a picture worthy of the deity it represents. 86 . if you are an artist. A sculptor controls his fingers and the clay. His name means “force captured in form. 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. You can apply this to almost any job. and such. We have also asked His help in painting a plaster statue. She uses tools and knowledge to control germs. (Craftspersons. My husband is a prototype maker. using them and their energy to form metals and plastics. his body bound in mummy wrappings.) When a craftsman in Tamera created a statue of a deity. that you do control some force. and the tools used in painting. his or her hands. Ask. any work. if you wish. he prayed to Ptah to encourage that deity to place a bit of himself or herself into the statue. are a craftsman. An artist controls the paints. if you insist. that it might truly be worthy of honor.
It doesn’t matter whether it is clay that can be fired or not.” which is either a sound of praise or the name of a Moon God. Children’s clay will serve very well. You might learn more about Him in your mental meandering. shape it. you could also call it a sacrifice.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt His name can be written with the symbol for heaven and the symbol for “aah. experienced man. and appearing to us as a young man—what a fascinating God this is! He is one involved in all our lives. twist it. Feel the clay. as you form the clay.” If what you offer is something you value. It was said that Ptah used His heart to create all that is.” In this way. but also of pouring its foundation. You can. He is not only capable of inspiring the design of a building. He usually appears to us in a younger form than his statues show. It means “peace” or “offering. . and we are blessed by His Presence. This form gives us the impression that He is more involved in the actual work of craftsmen than in simply supervising. (This occurred in many cultures. feel the power of Ptah. When an animal was offered as sacrifice. A word that was the reverse of another in letters might well have a reverse meaning. l L 87 Nearby stood Khonsu. and so His creative power can be felt in every heartbeat. squeeze it. in your heart. One way to contact this Lord is with soft clay. The word that is the reverse of ptah is htp (hotep or hetep).) Its life force was released to be returned to the Gods whence it came. know that the sound and feel of your own heart is a reflection of the God’s. think about its form and. htp is an opposite of pth. call Ptah. listen for your heartbeat and try to feel it. One magical definition of sacrifice is “destroying form to release force. it was killed. and often in a short kilt or loincloth. The Tamerans were fond of word play. If you can. God of the Moon. Have some fun with that. God of Travelers. Portrayed as an older.
one a crescent. as is true of many statues found there. is the reason I’ve refused to buy a new hard cover. In Tamera. drawn to one side. not the features. as legend promises. and the crown he wears reflects a very specific appearance of the Moon. This youth should not be taken to imply lack of wisdom. the other a full sphere. He is the first day of the rest of your life. In my book is a full page picture of the head of a small statue that absolutely entrances me. 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. that is so beautiful.Circle of Isis lL Khonsu My copy of the Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology is an old soft cover. “The Moon is holding itself in its arms. or from first quarter 88 » . It is the presence of the God. producing the illusion that there are two Moons. The statue was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun. The new editions show a side view of the entire statue and I won’t ever buy one. son of Amun and Mut. His pictures and statues also show one other symbol: the prince’s lock. A Crescent Moon “on its back” with horns pointing up. He signifies potential and beginnings. it symbolized both youth and royalty.” some say. in sad shape. but doesn’t it just as surely go from full to full. something that enchants me. and it is that aspect I find enchanting. We think of the Moon cycle as going from New to New. Perhaps. Ptah appealed to Khonsu to place a bit of Himself in the statue. especially of cycles. Khonsu. the features are Tut’s. something different. a long lock of hair. and. Khonsu is a Moon God. Others see the Moon traveling in a crescent boat. But there is something more. is so bright that the rest of the Moon is dimly illuminated.
Both are divine children. even among those who do not usually worship the Gods in Their Egyptian Aspects. Every day.” So surely does the moonlight dispel the shadows where wrong doers might hide.” and that fear can make us very ill. every hour. but you are free to go.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt to first quarter? From Moonrise to Moonrise is a cycle. Khonsu is also portrayed in mummy wrappings. Khonsu could also conquer evil spirits that caused illness. so I can’t start anything. The dead are also the unborn. Why should a God who symbolizes beginnings be wrapped in the raiment of death? For those of us in the Craft. The light of the Moon can certainly chase away fear. Khonsu teaches us not to feel we must always begin at the beginning. it is a change. It must stay. son of Aset and Asar. just as we usually see Osiris. death is not an end. every minute can be a beginning. He has said. if you need it to be so. which can be. wearing his Moon crown. Do not say. a very “evil spirit. You’ll sometimes see him portrayed as a hawk. to those who feel it. “It is not New Moon. His name means “traveller. and “ka” can be roughly translated as “double” or “spirit.” Don’t wait until the New Year to make resolutions. and both are shown holding the crook and flail of royalty. (“Khensu” is another pronunciation of the God’s name. and birth is a beginning. and wished to bear His name. l L 89 The Lady Seshat recorded all that occured. He was often connected with Horus. considering what we know of Him. A young priest of a Celtic tradition chose “Khensu ka” as his Craft name. Khonsu can inspire great love.and begin again. The mummy wrapping can also signify freedom from the restrictions of the body.” and in a meditation.”) The priest knew nothing of the God except that he was drawn to Him.. just as Sunrise to Sunrise. According to legend.. “I protect those who travel by night. it is also a beginning. . In what seems incongruous.
the HPS and HP had us draw down six (yes I said six) divinities into our lives every month. She is also Goddess of Architecture and Record Keeping. in ritual. and wordy. I bore this Lady’s name (I hope to Her honor) as my Craft name. she’s very concerned with words. I’m not sure what all Her symbols mean. She is also known as “Sefket. Her name is written “S-sh-t. She’s bright. For that reason. Some refer to Her as the wife of Tehuti.” “Sashet. and wearing the skin of a panther. Her Presence gives a feeling of vitality.” which means seven. 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. the things she says usually deal with words or writing. Even after much meditation. My friend Tinne had this experience with this Lady: “I don’t work with an Egyptian pantheon now. Naturally.” and so forth. and I’ve found that. She is portrayed with pen (or brush) in hand. There were no requirements about them 90 . She chided another for being too hesitant to speak. Her name can be “Seshat. and Her symbol includes a seven-petal flower.” “Sasheeta.” The vowels are unknown. But when I was in the teaching group. In Tameran. Her name means “She who writes.” She is known as the Lady of Literature and Libraries. I’ve seen it many ways. She’s fussed at one member of our group for keeping his words to himself.Circle of Isis lL Seshat For many years. I hope that further work will reveal at least a hint of the meaning. and not sharing their beauty with others.
.) “Pretty soon out of the chaos you developed some favorites and would work in a new one or two to get to know them. So I redid the books again in a different order. the books on the bookshelves were all over the living room floor and being sorted by subject and alphabetized within subject.. I didn’t know much more than that and yes. And again. no matter who you are. She was very happy with me. I invoked Seshat. every cupboard. and every shelf had been done. (Wicked grin. I should have seen it coming. Within a week. every drawer. Nice Lady. “My Gemini husband is a bit lax about housekeeping. And trust me. teaching about invocation and Divine energies.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt being from the same pantheon or even of the same gender.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. A true sink or swim. (Shudder. writing. “Within two days of invoking Her. 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. By the New Moon. every closet had been emptied and resorted and refilled. And redid the closets. 91 . Precise. Devised the system of accounting.) “One memorable month. But sometimes they tap into sides of you that you are aware of and magnify them in new and different ways. Went over to my mother-in-law’s house and during an afternoon helped her organize her pantry and craft closet. every Divinity has a side to them that doesn’t match with your own. and record keeping. He was looking at my Capricorn butt with frank horror and dismay because I had run out of things to organize at home. every box.
let Her speak to you! l whatever the result. I was an organizing fiend gone amuck in Bill’s quiet home and it was a long month filled with terrifying surprises at every turn for him. He made me promise to within an inch of my life that I would never ever even consider invoking this particular Divinity again.” If this is the kind of effect you want or need in your life (I do) then speak to this Lady. I was grumpy. I have kept that promise. Speak to Her when you want to design a house. 92 . Better yet. Speak to Her when you wish to phrase something precisely rather than lyrically. Speak to Her when you are researching.Circle of Isis “I was exhausted. which surely would signify a change. L And at this battle. And learned to do a lot more research before invoking a presence into my life. was Khephera.
The scarab can remind us of that never-ending cycle. at that time. Call upon Khephera when you need to remember that the Sun shines even when our half of the world is dark. the dung supplies food for the little scarabs. we are becoming more perfect. combining the scarab with a circle. We cannot. For our coven. My own scarab is a ring. This ball is rolled into a hole and buried. formation. The Tamerans saw only that life came from defecation—they saw a miracle. and took the scarab also as a symbol of the Sun. The God symbolized by the beetle is not an easy one with which to build a personal relationship. and becoming. We are striving to become one with the Lord and Lady. Scarabeus sacer is a dung beetle that lays its eggs in the middle of dung.” and His symbol is probably wellknown to you. The scarab rolling the ball reminded the ancients of the Sun rolling along the sky. see the Sun to show us that the day has begun. Call upon 93 ¿ .” “formation. Scarabs are also said to represent eternal life. From dead discarded matter came the little beetles. another symbol of eternity and cycles. we are becoming more. We are becoming better. Yet He is not uncaring. most especially at midnight. but the day has begun all the same. he is potential. Khephera is the Sun at night. It is the scarab beetle. All of us are in the process of becoming.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Khephera His name means “becoming. When the eggs hatch. He is not beginnings. From death comes life.” “creation. which it then rolls into a ball.
if that is your desire. all the hidden energies. when you want to accomplish something and are not sure how to begin—or even if you should begin. Consider all the light that is hidden in the world. It is Khephera who will help you transform yourself. If you would like to know this God.Circle of Isis this Lord when you need direction. L She who is symbolized by the vulture stood by. l Mut. go out on a dark night and meditate on the invisible Sun. the Lady 94 . And know that the Sun will surely return.
you leave behind something for which you have no further use. safely.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Mut This Goddess’s name means “mother. is the Giver of Life and the Bringer of Death. All scavengers do that.” and the hieroglyph used both for her name and the generic “mother” is a vulture. You could not grow spiritually if you were stuck in that body after it died. our Great Mother. or its children. I think I understand now. Mothers deal with birth. or repulsed? I was for a long time. a breeding ground for botulism. is called “the lesser death. it is as much a beginning as birth. but thanks to the help of a High Priestess in our community. and cleans up the landscape. A vulture can feed her children with this meat. From death.” because it is easily compared to the death of the 95 h . no matter how many times you incarnate. she discussed the vulture. the vulture takes life. The death of the body. no matter how your body dies. that vessel is not your essence. with death. Does that make any sense to you? Are you confused. of course. for him or her. Death is not an end. How can these go together? Let’s think of the vulture on a physical level. Many of the mother Goddesses wear vulture headdresses. The essential you is eternal. a vulture produces life. It eats corpses. From these dead. no matter what happens to your body after you leave it. However well it has served you. however. The Goddess. When you die. full of disease. In a class she was giving on the magical aspects of birds. A vulture deals with corpses. Some of those corpses are rotting and bloated. poisoned bodies. Joanna. and the light went on over my head.
I have so much I want to do. for many reasons. Freed from your Personality. you are no longer restricted to the knowledge of this life alone. ready to learn more.) The vulture disposes of your physical body. commune with loved ones. I rather like who Ellen is and it’s taken me years to get to that point. I know in my mind that I can accomplish just as much without being Ellen. You can then consider all you’ve learned in this life. standing next to her brother. and her symbol the vulture. you are no longer bound to the Earth. You no longer need to find words to express your thoughts to another. She is the Goddess of all life’s aspects. including death and rebirth. maybe more. but I want to do it this time around. Thus. who you are in this life. Until that Personality is gone. you can come to know this wonderful Lady. And both are restrictions. 96 . L The Lady Tefnut watched. Free of your physical body. I’d like to enjoy that a while longer. l Shu. It will be extremely hard for me to give up being Ellen. (Besides. return to an incarnation. represent the full cycle of life. you can rest. and serves as a symbol for the death of your Personality. You no longer need walk to get from one place to another. not simply the cycle from birth to death as we experience it in one lifetime.Circle of Isis Personality. Mut. and. You will know who you have been in all your lives. Your Personality. when the time is right. is a lot more difficult to give up than leaving your body. you are locked up in it as surely as you had been in your physical body. You return to what we know as life. If you can understand this.
to make the trees harder to burn. and in a desert land. She is the moisture in the air. She said just that. when there was a forest fire within view of our house.” She said. She is perhaps more to us than She was to the Tamerans.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt l L Tefnut She is depicted as a lioness. and have decided who and what She is. but who cares? Of all the Tameran deities. and represents the moisture in the air. powerful.” my Aunt Fanny! Every witch in the San Fernando Valley was turning those winds and calling moisture! Oh. when we called Her to our circle. and mythological figure we could think of. the rain. however. 97 . We’ve worked with that idea. including Tefnut. it was announced that the firefighter’s efforts were aided by “fortuitous wind changes and unexpected moisture in the air. Tefnut is the most difficult to “translate” to our culture. the fog. What does a lioness have to do with any of that? I believe lions symbolized power in Tamera. “You must decide who and what I am. to us. In fact. the clouds. it didn’t start to rain within moments of my prayer. they’ll never believe we had anything to do with it. I first came to know this Lady last year. the dew. demigod and demigoddess. when the fire was under control.” “Fortuitous. In our country. moisture of any sort would be very important and therefore. You would be surprised what you can do when you can see the fire headed toward your home! We called on every deity. I beseeched her to bring moisture to the fire. No. that could include rain.
The presence of the clouds and fog are a blessing after the hot dry-spell we suffered recently. When we picture her. She wears an ostrich feather as her brother Shu does.Circle of Isis This Lady was usually portrayed as a human figure with the head of a lioness. and symbols were given to the Gods by humankind. has this to say about this Lady: “It is very hard to put into words how I feel about Tefnut. I can feel the growing things breathing around me. I can see Tefnut now. The rain has washed the choking dust from the leaves. we see Her as a woman. the Los Angeles basin is desert. and symbols to a specific aspect of the deity. also known as Akhentef. The names. my best friend. their roots drawing water and food from the moist. The Lord and Lady exist without those things. She is my mother. Does the idea of deciding who and what a deity is. However green it may look. Vicky. Our first change in symbolism was to do away with the lioness head. we are able to narrow down our view to that specific aspect rather than trying to deal with the unknowable vastness that is deity. The ostrich feather she wears. and choosing the symbols to be used strike you as strange? It shouldn’t. soft earth. Whatever the lion may have meant to the ancients. We’ve done it throughout history. By connecting names. cleaned the air. When you stop and think that every time it 98 . and more. and I add my thanks to theirs as I see and feel the presence of Tefnut. She is there in the billowing clouds that fill the sky. made green by imported water. My friend. is blue. in our minds it is inextricably connected with Fire. its thirst quenched by Nature. forms. Only at times like this is the land cooled. and cooled us. and They certainly have no need of those things. forms. in our minds. my confidant. in the fog that obscures the valley below me. from my window.
a thick misty fogbank that blocks everything from view.. it might just be Tefnut. in any form. and haven’t regretted it once. many questions: Why me? How could I possibly interest a Goddess? What am I supposed to do now? You get the idea. “Tefnut is a gentle Goddess whose touch is the tiny raindrop. sending you Her love. the flowing river. and whenever that happens. I wrote the following as my “call” for Tefnut. “I use rose incense or potpourri on my altar for Tefnut. that tiny drop of dew on a flowers leaf or petal. blown gently on the breath of your husband/ brother Shu. “I was Chosen by Tefnut to serve Her almost five years ago. but have found She is with me always: Tefnut. or the tears from your eyes.. Goddess of rain and moisture. the tiny delicate snowflake. A waterfall. a still pond.. that’s Tefnut. the sweat on your brow. So next time you are caught in a sudden shower. There have been times when I haven’t “heard” Tefnut speak to me. wise woman. Empassioned lovers wrestling. Oh yes. She is moisture... it usually rains! I live in the desert.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt rains. I had many. creating the storms of wind and rain. you who are the clouds. so rain is usually a rarity here.. I have a tiny lioness statuette in Her honor also. 99 . and more. It is Her way of letting me know that even if I can’t hear Her.I’m sure those of you reading this who have been ‘called or chosen’ know exactly what I mean! She has shown me the answer to many of these questions. or a tear from your eye.all of that is Tefnut. She is with me.
Tef nut. the dew. knowing you are always with me. quiet guidance. your own saliva (“tef” means “saliva”). honor your own sweat. l L She of the Primal Earth. then honor the moisture in your breath. fill my heart to overflowing with your love. Enfold me in your comforting arms. If you would honor Her. Whisper your words to me. Wise council. I have only one line. Share the brilliance of your father Ra with me in the reflected sunlight on a tiny drop of dew. Dampen my face with your tears. the clouds.. 2 e e e e e l e e =======================l l& 4 e Gent le on the air and fall . mother’s kiss Forever in my heart. 100 ...ing q e l q e =======================[ l l& e e l h. I have never written an entire song for this beautiful Lady. Then send me back out into the world. sweet up on my skin. Tanent. your name always on my lips..speak softly in my ear. as well as the rain. Perhaps one day I’ll finish it.Circle of Isis Gentle. and upon occasion I sing it to myself. was also present. sharing with me your quiet strength.or perhaps you will.
When you walk on the beach. and knows when it is washed out to sea. only changed. the deepest sea bottom. is where the girl would go when she needed strength and peace. you are not concerned. If one washes out to sea. Tanent is more like the Grandmother of Grandmothers. and her color is russet. We had done a contact ritual on this Lady. the continents. a large rock. She loves us. She is no personal nurturing mother. “I always called Her the Lady of the Fields. All stones are hers. the Goddess said.” she exclaimed. digging your toes into the sand.A. There. The woman confirmed that she had known such a rock. and She is said to be “a primal earth goddess. but are not concerned with specific grains of sand. This is the love Tanent has for us. but in a distant way. and had felt the Goddess there. you enjoy that beach as a whole. You know that nothing is destroyed. however. and at the next Moon rite. She knows where every grain of sand is. invoked her into the Priestess. and the beach remains. She is the Earth’s core. Yet there is more about this Lady that we found fascinating. “I know this Lady. To one woman in the circle She spoke of a rock the woman had known as a child.” 101 . for she holds even the seas in her arms. Wallis Budge’s Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary. flat but at an angle.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Tanent The only mention I’ve ever found of this Lady was in E. earth red.” She is so much more. She is indeed Primal Earth.
recognized the particular “feel” of this Lady from her own practices. If She did not receive ample honor in Tamera. and called Her Tanent. we all knew Her. this is a very special Lady. 102 . It would also seem possible that the people of the British Isles reached out to the same Goddess. It was our beloved Tanent. at least to our satisfaction. we reversed the situation. It would seem possible that the people of Tamera reached out to a specific Goddess. The moment Danu was present. What defines a particular aspect? A type of energy. “Mother of the Gods.” in Celtic tradition. and rightly so. a War Goddess.” was present. In a ritual soon after. and I knew by the look on her face we’d proven our point. loved Her.Circle of Isis The presence of this Goddess was naturally very heavy. we invoked Danu. In order to confirm our findings. a “feel”? Each Goddess is different. and called Her Danu. “Primal Earth Goddess” in Egypt. a specific type of work. loved Her. Also attending our ritual that night was a Celtic High Priestess. The woman who had know Tanent as “the Lady of the Fields. was present. as if one’s body were rooted down to the core of the Earth. I found it interesting that this same description had been given to me with regard to the presence of the Irish Tara. too. She certainly has since in other lands. knew Her. l L It was only fitting that Neith. knew Her. She. a purpose.
Neith reversed becomes Thien. this is what the Tamerans did. As I pointed out in the discussion of Ptah. Perhaps the balance implied in the possession of both those powers implied both male and female abilities. I do not know the significance of this. The oil should contain some salt. We contain hormones of both sexes in our bodies. She is both War Goddess and Goddess of Weaving. A Goddess of both war and weaving is displaying both the power of building up and breaking down. as so many do. At the proper time. light oil lamps and candles in every corner of your house. We contain both God and Goddess within. reflecting her two sides. This mighty Lady displays the qualities of both. but according to Herodotus. of the hidden and the visible. of the two sides of the coin. the Tamerans often reversed words to reverse meanings.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt lL Neith This very ancient Goddess is also known as Net. She symbolizes. again. The Goddess Athena had the same attributes. Neith is a weaver. If you are a student of Greco Roman mythology. 103 . this combination may sound familiar to you. the natural cycles. a warrior. and allow them to burn. doesn’t it? If you would honor Neith as the ancients did. and at other times. Her symbol is variously referred to as a weaving shuttle and as a shield with crossed arrows. Building up and breaking down both have their proper times. Neith was often credited with conceiving Herself. For me. but it does make you wonder. I can accept that it might be coincidence.
In that way. Think on times in your own past when it was right to build up. and on those times when it was right to break down. A 104 . you will honor Her. Honor the male and female within you. we believe these others were present as well.Circle of Isis If you would know her. l L nd since the legends say that all the Gods watched. think on her two symbols. Give acceptance and honor to both types of situations. on her two areas of influence.
The following list gives brief information on other deities that have not been discussed so far. With the methods I will give you. this book would never have been finished! We continue to work with these deities and will. Aabit A singing Goddess. by the time you read this. for example. Not only were there many more. I must say that this practice went a little far at times because Ptah Seker Ra and similar names are only confusing to me. Amen Ra. and though I am willing to give that time. and others you may wish to use. I’d be delighted if you’d share any information you gain with our coven. have discovered even more about Them. The Gods and Goddesses discussed so far are only a few of the many honored in Tamera. I find it much easier to stick with the individual deities. 105 . a part of your life and work.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Other Gods Where once a hundred lived. make them a part of you. Exploration of and learning about all of Them could be a lifetime’s work. and the glyphs for their names. you can contact and learn of these deities. but many times the attributes of two Gods were joined together and worshiped under a combination name.
was husband to Mut.Circle of Isis Aah A Moon God about whom I found little. His name means “hidden” and He is the unseen qualities of the Sun. I can only answer that I have not felt moved to work with Him to any great extent. I did find a queen. and father to Khonsu. X Aker An Earth God who is shown either as two heads or two lions facing in opposite directions (East and West). What work we have done has shown Him to be distant. In her tomb were found a decorated war axe that had been presented to her. and not easily personal. as well as a symbol of the Order of the Fly. a Great Royal Wife of one Pharaoh and mother of two Pharoahs who was very interesting. Amen One of the best known of the Tameran Gods. while Ra represents the qualities we can sense: light and heat. If you are wondering why He is not discussed more fully. Amen is represented by a ram. You may call upon him if you are bitten by a snake. often combined with Ra. given for bravery. 106 . for he is said to absorb the poison from your body.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Ami A Fire God. j Ami Neter A singing God. h 107 . j Ami Pe A lion God. j Amutnen A Goddess of milk cows.
” We believe He is the one who. The Greeks called the city dedicated to Him “Lycopolis. guides you to the place of rest. At the right time. He helps choose the way you will travel in your next life. after the weighing of hearts and judgment of your soul. He is called “the opener of the ways. “He is both before and after Anubis.” and is depicted exactly as Anubis is with one exception—he is white or gray instead of black. Apuat (Also Upuat) We have done very little work with Apuat.” 0 108 .” “City of the Wolf. The words that came to me were. but what we have done has proved interesting.Circle of Isis Amu A dawn God. Xj » Apet A mother Goddess. nursing mother.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Aput A messenger God. 0 Asbit. X Ashket A Goddess of the winds. 109 . X Aseb A Fire God. Asbet A Fire Goddess.
O K Bait Goddess of the soul. X 110 . X »O Aua God of gifts. K Auit Goddess of nurses and children.Circle of Isis Ashu Water God.
pictured as a man with a woman’s breasts.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Baket A hawk Goddess.” In a recent discussion with Janet Farrar. ¾ Hapi God of the Nile. ¾X X Bekhkhit (Bekhkhet) Goddess of dawn’s light. God of Fertility. ¾X Bata God of war and the chase. we were talking 111 . He was called “Lord of the fishes and the birds of the marshes.
Heh God of infinity. Hapi is one of the few I would not call upon. he represented a wish that the recipient live for thousands of years. We both felt that some. O Hekat (Heqet) Goddess of childbirth and protection. When he appeared on monuments and jewelry. To me. were “Gods of place.” or. deities of a specific area or place. She was symbolized by a frog. not all. Her name translates as “Mistress of Magic. He is the God of the Nile.” Mention of her is found as early as the pyramids. not generic rivers. does any of this sound familiar? ™Ý Henkheses God of the East Wind. I would call on Him only if I stood next to that river. With the exception of the frog.Circle of Isis about whether deities were bound to their original land of worship. 112 .
) j 113 . he was never a reactivated mummy. » Hutchai God of the West Wind. (No. f Imhotep An architect and sage who was deified because of his skill and wisdom. Hu The God of taste. That’s a movie.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Hesa A singing God.
It is time to rest. Be still. K 114 . You’ve worked hard. » Khurab A bird Goddess.” » Kekuit The Goddess of the hour after sunset. » Maa The God of sight. just as it became night. “Bringer in of the light. “Bringer in of the night.” I felt myself enfolded in soft dark gray wings. “Hush.Circle of Isis Kekui (or Keku) The God of the hour before dawn. The feeling I got from Her was.” I’ve done a little work with this Lady.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Mafdet A lynx Goddess. K Mahes A lion God. K Mathet Tree Goddess whose special purpose was to help the deceased climb into heaven. P 115 . K Merseger “She who loves silence.” a cobra Goddess said to live on a specific mountain in Tamera.
Flowers can be offered to Him to stimulate fruitfulness. This may seem undignified. and “long lettuce” (lactuca sativa) was supposed to help Him procreate. but no more so than the position used today. 116 . B Meskhenet The Goddess who presides at childbirth. B Min The God of sexual procreativity.Circle of Isis Mesen A blacksmith God. The ancient position used gravity to help the birth. symbolized by a birth brick. A woman squatted on two bricks to give birth. which is designed for the convenience of the doctor. Bees are sacred to Him. The modern one forces the woman to fight against it.
Nerit (Neret) Goddess of strength.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Montu (Monthu. Neper God of grain and the prosperity of the barley and emmer wheat crops. Menthu) War God. falcon headed. also represented by a griffin. » Nekhebet Vulture Goddess of southern Egypt. v 117 .
Nun God of the primal ocean. æ Pakhet A cat Goddess. 118 . X Papait (Papaet) Goddess of birth.Circle of Isis Nu The primal Water.
Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Pestit Goddess of Sunrise. Pestu God of light. » Rekhet Goddess of knowledge personified. j 119 . _ Remi A fish God.
Renenutet Goddess of the harvest. and the one who decides how long the child will live. Saa The God of touch. » Renpiti A God of time. and at the beginning of the harvest. She is also one of the deities said to be present at childbirth. Her festivals were held at the end of planting season. X 120 . depicted as a cobra.Circle of Isis Remnet A cow Goddess.
j Shai A God of destiny. our own personal destiny. Sia This God personifies the perceptive mind. X j » Shesmu A God of wine. X 121 . Each of us has our own Shai.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Setem The God of hearing.
j 122 . and Tem) Symbolized by the lotus and the setting Sun. She was a protector of women in childbirth. Tait A Goddess of weaving. X Tauret Symbolized by the hippopotamus. X ~ Tum (Also Atum. Nefertum.Circle of Isis Sobek (Sebek) A benevolent crocodile God.
æ Unta A God of light. æk 123 . Unit (Uneet) A star Goddess.” ¨ æO Un God of existence. her name means “Green One.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Uadjet Cobra Goddess of northern Egypt.
»fX» Utekh A God of embalming. ~ Utchait A Goddess of the Moon.Circle of Isis Unti A God of light. » 124 O . æ Ur Henu A Water God.
A deity only dies when forgotten. But in our hearts. These are the deities we have come to know and love. The temples have grown cold. l The pyramids are old.Gods and Goddesses of Egypt Utet Tefef God of the 29th day of the month. I don’t think I’ll ever come to know Them all. they are known and loved. v There are more. so greatly loved. To us they are not strange. None come there to adore. And no one blesses lovely Nut L 125 . many more. but I’m going to keep trying. 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. and we will not forget. The ibis flies no more. Osiris lives. It is my hope that you will come to know and love as many of these deities as we do. And Allah’s name rings out Where once Osiris was adored.
But in our hearts these ladies live And ever have our love. But in our hearts they are alive. Forgotten are the Gods In lands they called their own. we Have not forsaken Thee! 126 . And ever shall they be. ancient ones of Egypt.Circle of Isis When stars shine high above. Oh. Where once a hundred lived They call one God alone.
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not so much who they were to the Tamerans in ancient times. and Developing Relationships With Deities lL ow did we come by this information.Rituals. and friends. I avoid the latter term because of the meaning it has come to have in New Age usage. they are real beings.” the energy. 129 H . She may speak to the group as a whole. the Goddess speaks through the Priestess. including mine. teachers. We learned about them the same way you learn to know anyone in your life. It is this approach. it is this: The Priest calls a Goddess into the Priestess who serves as the vessel. We worked at learning who they are to us now. (Personally. Ideally. both here and there. We believe our deities are both immanent and transcendent. It is also called aspecting and channeling. Meditation. some of it is the result of research. Some of the methods we’ve used follow later in this chapter. not archetypes. brothers. coming to know the “feel. the personality of each deity is the result of a very different kind of work. this view of the Gods and Goddesses that I’ve shared with you? Obviously. However.) Basically. but loving parents. sisters. this development of a personal relationship. this belief is put into practice by what is often called Drawing Down the Moon. that most reflects the difference in attitude between ours and that of many other religions. You can come to know them personally. Our deities are not distant judges. some is found in books. not representatives of certain kinds of energy. To put it another way. In many covens. We worked at developing relationships with them. or to each member individually. near us always. we consulted both resources.
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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
Circle of Isis Use the simplest circle casting possible. If you like. again. So may our circle blessed be. and wish to continue in this vein. I recommend that you do not use names here. you can recite the following. If you wish to invoke the Elements. you may ask the Lord and Lady to be present. contain it in thy sphere To aid the work we shall do here. that is. At this time. God and Goddess. So have we consecrated thee. Teach us. All together four and one. now we conjure thee That thou mayest a boundary be Between the world of men we know And that the Mighty Ones shall show. If you’ve used the poem above. Circle. keep it simple. for example. Sea and Earth and Sky and Sun. Sun and Sea and Earth and Sky. these are fine. Join us as we call to thee. do not call Aset and Asar. With your powers gather nigh. A guardian and protection be For power we shall raise in thee. Lord and Lady. Earth and Sky and Sun and Sea. Feel free to rearrange this to suit your own quarter system. give our wisdom birth. visualizing a circle of white light forming around you. 136 . use the following: Sky and Sun and Sea and Earth. Preserve. because you do not want to turn minds toward any deity name but that which is the subject of your ritual. or any particular name.
each person should thank the deity for what they’ve learned. and almost always lovely. Some deities will “take over” and give you more information without your asking. It is important that all involved have worked at the visualization and called the God or Goddess to come and teach. the leader should wait until all have finished their visit with the God or Goddess. What you are doing is building a telesmic image. (Oh. Mighty Lord. you might find it helpful to chant the name. We ask your presence and your light To bless the work we do this night. mentally ask the deity what He or She would have you know. When you feel you have an answer. We often use a “bell” chant. By cup and shield and wand and sword. At this point. Once this is done. and close the circle. if you have one (and there are several in the “Songs for the Gods” section) sing an appropriate song. Each person sings the name of the deity as each feels it. whatever note or notes seem right. At the same time. If this is performed by a group. the work of the ritual begins. Begin visualizing the deity in the middle of the circle. building a form suitable for the deity to enter. also known as a free form chant. Listen for the answer in your head. 137 . any legends of which you are aware. When all have finished. You may discuss what you know of the deity. and would not realize that there is more there than blanking out and waiting for the deity to show up and say something. When you feel the presence of the deity. you may ask other questions. or. putting as much energy and concentration into the visualization as you are able.Meditation Loving Lady. 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. This is very effective. stop chanting.
and how they relate to us. these help build personal relationships with the deities that have been introduced. with a space of time between. these rituals can have a very strong effect on the participants. rather than a distant. Pay attention to events of the next several days. We are interested in what the Gods tell us. for it often happens that things regarding this deity may crop up. You will learn what is truth and what isn’t. This is the most important part of the ritual. the deities will have more and different things to teach you. work with it. 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. and gain a personal knowledge of Them you might not have imagined possible. Don’t worry if the information you’ve received does not match what the historians and Egyptologists have told us. there will be a thread of similarity running through those experiences. who They are now. The deity will become real. but will sometimes repeat them for students who have been with us awhile. unknowable being. 138 . you will learn immeasurable amounts about the Gods. Done properly. We usually use them with people who are new to our coven. Guided Meditations The following meditations are introductions to some of the Tameran deities. It is also valuable to do more than one contact ritual on a specific deity. research it. Do not feel you must accept and understand every bit of information you receive.Circle of Isis Make notes. and wait to see what comes later. become a part of each person. As is true of the contact rituals. here and now. or share your experiences with each other. If you will use this ritual/meditation method. Make note of it. or it helps further those relationships. they are relaxing and enjoyable. If nothing else. You will often find that although each individual has had a personal experience. As you grow.
peaceful dark. You are moving without effort. Many groups in our area use similar meditations based on their own pantheons.Meditation Chris and I have found it best to read these together.” These (or your own personal preference) are to be read at the beginning and the end of each meditation... We do. 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.. Guided Meditation: Beginning Close your eyes..from problems…there is nothing but you and the darkness. The room should be darkened as much as possible. nurturing. those involved should describe their experiences and feelings.drift away from tension. You float upon it. if female.two.. and evenly. Participants should make themselves comfortable.. You are surrounded and held by darkness... drift upon it. I read the narration and he reads the words of the deity..from worry. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. you’ll find this type of work valuable. no pain. Whatever your tradition. Let your awareness of your body fade away.) Your body has no weight. however. leaving only as much light as is necessary for the leader (or leaders) to read the meditation.. he reads the narration. the spoken words. allow them to keep silent if the experience was too personal to share. the soft.four. without intention.three. Breathe slowly. The following meditation includes both a “leading away” and a “leading back. a soft comforting darkness.... and I. but you know it is right for you to go there.Out. of course..two…three... This seldom happens in a close group. In. no problems.. If the deity is male. You do not know where you are going. After the meditation. (Short pause.four.. 139 .
you approach your everyday life. Its head. You know that they are temporary. but you find that the problems and tensions you left behind have lost their power to confound you. fishermen cast their nets. and seems to be thinking deep. You feel your feet touch the ground. 140 . It feels good. soothing muscles. that all except the Gods and the essence of yourself is temporary. is as it should be. serious thoughts. For the moment you are content to look. let it out slowly. and you welcome it. You know. You have stopped your movement. a plant you recognize as papyrus. the darkness lifts you. Tall palms grow beside it. At the edge of the river. listen.) Your movement has stopped. as you move. Their voices drift back over the water as they call to each other. Some of them are singing as they work. curved beak. are green stalks. and you open your eyes. Meditation: Asar Pharaoh You are standing by a river. soaking into your skin. warming you. and return to your normal state. bring you a feeling of peace. Take a deep breath. and that. He is very still. and feel. Out on the river.Circle of Isis (Short pause. and the sounds and sights of the river. Go to the guided meditation. you become aware of your physical surroundings. The sun beats down on your body. Your body takes on weight. Amongst them stands a bird with a long. Guided Meditation: Ending Again. cradles you. carries you away in its undemanding softness. too. This room is beginning to become visible. eyes closed. broad and full. You know that you bear with you the power of (subject of meditation) and with that. you can conquer all. growing from the water.
. turned them from nomads into the progenitors of a great civilization. you will follow. you hear only the beating of your own heart.but they did not understand. His very being. tinged perhaps with amusement. I do not.your people think too much of my death.. yet you feel the power of His Presence. and you take His hand as a child might reach to its father. His expression reveals nothing of his thoughts.” He ponders the barley for a moment. and strongly built. He reaches down to help you..Meditation Near you.. Rise.” He says and you know that where He leads. He reminds you that He taught his people the skill of agriculture.. “Walk with me. Then. I had to teach them through my own death.by Him. almost to Himself. you walk between the river and the barley field. “The pharaohs that were my image needed homage to remind them of me. Beside Asar. The figure you see is tall.” He is silent for several heartbeats. you start to stand up. “This is often forgotten. For a moment. you do. staring at the grain before Him. He says. you find yourself at his feet. a field of barley thrives... the same cloth used in his short kilt. and speaks. and slowly. “I tried to teach them of life and death through the grain.. 141 .” He muses. “Think more on my life. He wears a nemyss of dark blue and gold striped material. A slight breeze whispers through its leaves. in a voice that is firm. Without meaning to move. A pectoral of lapis lazuli with a large scarab in the center stands out against his bronze chest. You become aware of a presence behind you—so powerful a presence that you hesitate to turn—yet you know you must.” A bit dazed.and you are overcome by it.
Does that mean everything has disappeared?” Again there is silence. the land of Egypt fades away as the familiar darkness surrounds you. Go to Ending. and listen. a swirling of shadow. from another direction. however. does it have no existence?” “Who are you?” you ask. “I am that which is not what it seems to be. however. “What do you see. I have much to tell you. You leave Him. and return to the place where you began. A long pause (at least five minutes) should be made to allow the students to experience their own time with Asar.” And you walk beside Him. when your eyes are closed? Nothing. Slowly. you can see nothing. “Come. you see a shadowy feminine figure. you hear. Is there anything here? Out of the darkness. There is no Moon to give light. but when you open your eyes. What is here. You peer into the darkness. you hear a woman’s voice.Circle of Isis Just when you think He has forgotten you. and you move toward it. waiting for your eyes to adjust. He turns to bid you farewell.” He says. To your left. When you reach the figure. The voice comes again.” 142 . Although you can hear sounds around you. And from yet another direction. Finally. child. He turns back with a warming smile. you discover it was a trick of the light. straining to gather in the slightest hint of light. Meditation: Nebet Het You have come to rest on a solid surface. “let us walk farther. and feel solidity beneath your feet. “Has the Moon only one side? Because you cannot see it. and to give you His blessing. you stop. you find yourself in darkness. you wonder.
you feel Her Presence. and feel. It feels good. The Sun beats down on your body. however. Learn what She will teach you. eyes closed. For the moment. You move quickly toward it. Short pause of about one minute. “As Isis is to Ra. a plant you recognize as papyrus. profound thoughts. You take it. listen. Meditation: Tehuti You are standing by a river. He is very still. Reaching it. Spend this time with Her. Tall palms grow beside it. so am I to Khephera. Bid a loving farewell to the Goddess and close your eyes. soaking into your skin. and the sounds and sights of the river. Go to Ending. “Child. warming you.” You stand where you are. but find nothing. but be. Feel yourself surrounded by the comforting darkness. At the edge of the water grow tall green stalks. Its heat. you find nothing but shadows in the darkness. “By misdirection do I lead. and Her hand is held out to you. You cannot see her clearly. And finally. broad and full. 143 . learning from Her.Meditation You move toward the sound of her voice. It is time to return.” you hear from a distance. feeling the joy of Her nearness. seek me not. stand with Nebet Het. if you would seek me. bring you a feeling of peace. but She is there. and seems to be thinking serious. I am mystery.” Another shadowy figure appears ahead of you and this time you are sure it is not a trick. you are content to look. “Lady!” The voice says. Among them stands a bird with a long. curved beak. and frustrated you cry out. soothing muscles. and you welcome it. trying to be patient.
Circle of Isis As you watch. with a pool in the middle. and you enter through it. and you have the feeling that the knowledge in that long beaked head is far beyond that contained in these cubicles. though. You wonder where it leads. Lord of books and science. he opens his eyes. The eyes that look on you are full of wisdom. Tehuti. Inventor of hieroglyphs. when you return the look. Lord of wisdom. The first man has a better brush and better papyrus. Your attention is drawn to a path over which the bird flies. Master of hidden knowledge. On two walls are cubicles full of scrolls. that the eyes are intelligent. each drawing on papyrus. After a few moments. The other walls are covered with murals and hieroglyphs. he seems to study you. The other’s work is rough. It is no wonder there is a difference in their work. turns his head and looks at you. It spreads its wings. Somehow. but with the head of the bird who led you here. the bird nods. After a moment. 144 . you can see an open inner courtyard. the Teacher. You turn to watch its flight as it passes you. It is possible they have the same skills. It is a strange personage who approaches—the body of a man. Without speaking. with windows high in the walls. he leads you to a table. through the grain field. the papyrus not smooth. you do not find this strange. Through a door opposite. you see a building ahead. There sit two men. as if it has made a decision. You notice that the second man’s pen is blunt and crude. even wise. A doorway faces you. and takes to the air. but the work you see is not of equal quality. You find yourself in a surprisingly bright room. One is drawing clean precise hieroglyphs. his papyrus stained with ink blots. made of mud brick. and you follow it. The doorway is momentarily darkened as a figure enters from the courtyard. for this is. you realize. You are surprised to see.
. The papyrus on which I write must be fine and smooth.. You hear small sounds in the night. 145 . Though you can see nothing.slowly. a young man who is apparently just learning to scribe. knowledge you must have before I can teach you the greater Mysteries. It gives you a feeling of vast.Meditation Tehuti nods as if he knows your thoughts.. Perhaps He will have other wisdom to share with you. He slowly and carefully draws the same pictograph over and over. and you will be ready to learn what I have to teach.. You walk back through the room of scrolls. and says.Out the door to the path. He says. “There is much I have to teach you. Prepare the tools.. Go to Ending.. and learn from the feel and sound that you stand on rock and sand. and leads you out to the courtyard.Through the grain to the river. but there is work for you to do. motions for you to follow. The brush with which I draw must be well made. It is time to leave the Lord of Wisdom.” Stay here a while with the Lord Most Wise. Meditation: Anpu You find yourself in darkness. you can feel a slight breeze. The river fades slowly.. open space. He turns. “All these things must be prepared by you. The ink must be finely ground and of a good quality. You move your feet. The Lord shows you the plants there. “The proper tools are necessary. You look up to see Tehuti’s eyes upon you.. You rise and bid him a respectful farewell. There are things you must know.as the darkness reappears. though the work is hard and often tedious.” He leads you to another scholar. and the fish in the pool.
and after moments. you have only to open your physical eyes and you will be safely away from those eyes that look deep into your soul. signal for the student to leave the room so you can continue. You are in the Valley of the Kings—burial place of pharaohs. You may escape if you wish. however. 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. Another sound catches your attention.. He speaks: 146 . the next moment. some cliffs. The sound changes from one moment to the next. and away from the teeth revealed by His snarl. or some harmless serpent. You can’t quite tell what it is. where you are. you cannot discern what it is—man. You strain to see. Guardian of the tombs. Dark spaces in them seem to indicate openings of some sort. the measured tread of a human. If more than one person is involved in the meditation. near your feet. of queens. There is a scuttling in the sand. but in the darkness. try to learn what is approaching. mounds. but it is coming nearer. and nearby. the figure stands before you neither man nor animal but both the body of a man and the snarling black head of a jackal! You are face to face with Anpu. You can see sand. or something else. the Challenger. perhaps? A beetle? What is that slithering sound over there? Perhaps a horned asp. stop. You realize. away from this denizen of the underworld. What is it? A scorpion. with no trepidation.) You stand. of nobility—and you are alone.closer. Before you can. At first it is the step of an animal.. strain to hear. Anpu ceases to snarl. You can see something coming. reassure him or her that it is all right—he or she just wasn’t ready. Guide of the Underworld. Later.Circle of Isis Your eyes are beginning to adjust to the dark.
slowly.. They shall not learn the deeper secrets. reach out into the darkness. It is time to leave the Valley of the Kings and Lord Anpu..and slowly there is total darkness.. instead of black. feel my hand holding yours. If you find yourself in the dark and afraid. This makes this meditation useful before any magical endeavors. Grounding is a way of connecting and aligning yourself with the Elements to keep anchored when engaged in psychic or magical works. “You have faced my challenge and you shall learn.. or you just feel unconnected. Those who cannot face me are unready. Glory in His Presence.. 147 . Bid Him farewell as the Valley fades away and a strange thing happens.. For a moment.” Anpu may have more to tell you.or unworthy to walk the ways I guard. Stay awhile in the presence of this mighty God. shall not see that which is hidden. Other Meditations From my friend Mardon come these lovely meditations/ rituals. I guard not only the hidden ways but those who travel them. for that in itself may teach you much. as well as a good way to ground yourself. Go to Ending..Meditation “I am the Challenger. I will remove you from your fear. The valley fades away.. but serves as a wonderful relaxation exercise. it is also handy to use whenever you feel you need to rid yourself of excess or unwanted energies.slowly. the head of the God seems to be golden. Know this. Meditation to Connect With Nut and Geb This meditation not only connects you with these two deities.
Allow your body to be completely massaged in Ra’s healing energies. visualize strong branches like a tree stretching up into the sky. feel yourself relaxed. with each exhalation. and lower body. visualize gray and black energy leaving your body. allow Him to leave. With each breath you take in. Turn your palms upward and visualize cool raindrops falling gently into your palms. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the golden light to massage and sooth the stress from you. Do this for about 10 breaths before moving on to the next step. from your feet.Circle of Isis Step One: Get comfortable. (You are connecting with Geb. Step Two: Scanning. digging deeply into the earth below you. Step Three: Completely relaxed. With your eyes closed. spine. and continue up your body (include the arms). visualize strong roots expanding from your body. move to your legs. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed. taking with him the stress and tension in your body. 148 . Start with your feet. visualize rich green and brown energy entering your body. Get away from that computer. Unplug the phone. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. and disappointments leave your body. turn off the TV and the radio. Feel the heat of the Sun as it beams down on your outstretched limbs. This is Ra. Once Ra reaches the outer limits of your body. visualize a golden ball of light forming at your feet. as you exhale. surprises. see the day’s worries. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths.) Breath deeply as you inhale.
as well as to establish new path workings. It is also commonly used to find an end to a conflict within. It is symbolic of the time before time. taking with Him the stress and tension in your body. Step One: Get comfortable. Step Six: Meditation to Connect With Ra and Nun This ritual connects you with Ra (Fire) and Nun (Water). The energy you get from Nut is going to feel very different from the energy you draw up from Geb. With each breath you take in. turn off the TV and radio. surprises. Once He reaches the outer limits of your body. Start with your feet. This ritual should be used to consecrate new beginnings. feel yourself relaxed. Start this ritual by taking 10 deep breaths. Ending the ritual. move to your legs. visualize a blue ball of light forming at your feet. Step Two: Scanning. see the day’s worries. With your eyes closed. and find a relaxing position on a sofa or nearby bed. Unplug the phone. and disappointments leave your body.Meditation Step Five: Mixing the energies. Allow it to mingle and course through your body. Visualize the roots extended into Geb returning to your body. Stop anywhere you feel stress and allow the blue light to massage and sooth the stress from you. before history when the first seeds of life were introduced into the womb of the Goddess. Get away from that computer. 149 . allow Him to leave. and continue up your body (include the arms). and then the Branches extended to Nut retracting back into your being. with each exhalation. Allow your body to be completely massaged in Nun’s nurturing energies. This is Nun. and see it move up your body so that everywhere it touches becomes relaxed.
Ending the ritual.Circle of Isis Step Three: Completely relaxed. Keep in mind this ritual can have any purpose. and used by a close friend to help him quit smoking. visualize yourself as the ocean. As the waters flow off your flesh. visualize yourself coming up from the depths of the primordial waters. (This is a great bath ritual by the way!) As you slip under the waters your heartbeat becomes one with the ocean. Step Six: 150 . This is where you began your life. used successfully as a fertility ritual. In the past it has been used to eliminate negative energies. (This will be almost instantaneous from the time the lightning strikes the water.) At this time. visualize what it is you want to do. Allow the energies to flow naturally with one another. Visualize the lightning dispersing from the waters. the objective of the ritual is set into motion. but the powers of this type of visualization have become limitless. visualize a streak of lightning coursing down from the heavens and joining with the waters. Feel the cooling waters surrounding you as you sink deeply into the womb of the Goddess. Try to limit your thoughts to the goal at hand. The waves crashing on the shore become distant and the heartbeats of you and Nun become one. Step Five: At the moment the lightning strikes the waters. and nothing else. Step Four: Feeling the new energy course through you. As you rise just above the waters it is a good idea to begin the relaxation and grounding ritual which will again center and ground you. The original purpose was to eliminate negative energies.
It is more important that the rituals touch you than that you do them exactly as I have written them. they had several of them. They were not Witches! They had their own religion. of course. Sothistar is not trying to recreate the ancient Egyptian religion.lL Rituals What little we have found in the way of rituals as performed by the Tamerans shows these rites were very different from Wiccan ceremonies. We are a Wiccan coven. very detailed records of the funeral ceremonies. as you can tell by the Calendar (page 267). 151 . None of this is unexpected. just as I hope you will make the ritual uniquely yours. and although they may contain elements found in Sothistar’s rituals and/or may have been performed by our coven. Most of these rituals were written especially for this book. There were celebrations of many kinds in Tamera. we would add our own touches to make the ritual uniquely Sothistar’s. We don’t know many details about these. If we performed these rites.” I urge you to add as many personal touches as you wish. We have. they are not necessarily traditional with us. Although these rituals and their various elements are certainly designed so that you may use them “as is. but I seriously doubt they were circle ceremonies. these would not be suitable in most situations. but even if we should wish to perform a crossing over rite. The rituals you will find here are written with that mindset. and we work with the Tameran Gods. As I have said. in fact.
and some recipes we’ve discovered. Turn to the North. or use your own. To my left. of course. The Lady Aset stands before me. draw the symbol of the throne to the East. behind me. saying. You may. The lady Nebet Het. y 152 . draw there glyph for Asar. use them with other rituals if you like. Below you will find a Circle Opening and a Circle Closing to be used with the two rituals. and there’s a collection of recipes for these in this section. staff. of course. If you would like to include it in yours. Using a wand. saying. This has always added to our feeling of connection with our deities. or athame. it may be performed before this opening. If the individual or group has a special circle opening for calling the Elements. this section contains songs for many of the Tameran deities.Circle of Isis Music is something often found in our rituals. Circle Opening All gather at the place of the ritual. In this section I’ve included a list of foods and spices that were available to the Tamerans. Our big rituals are usually followed by a potluck feast. part of ritual for us. my Lord Asar. Over the years. and with those who called upon Them. it has become traditional for our Harvest or Hallows feast to be made up of dishes that might have been served in ancient Egypt. saying. Turn to the West and draw there the hieroglyph for Nebet Het. Incenses and oils are.
Proceed with the ritual. and draw there the Eye of Horus saying. Lord Asar. 153 . for we shall ever be in need of those blessings. Lady Nut. If not. and Lord Geb for their protection and guidance. Face East again. saying. protection. face East and make a sweeping motion above your head from the Eastern edge of the circle to the Western edge. rap on the altar and say. Our Work is ended. Nut above me. Lord Heru. ‚ Again. and say. 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. Geb below me.Rituals Turn to the South. and bow. saying. but this time with the wand lowered. we ask that the love. Make another sweeping motion from West to East. and guidance we have received from these deities continue. it may be done now. the Lady Nebet Het. If you have a formal circle closing. We thank the Lady Aset. To my right. turn in that direction. Although we shall leave our formal circle. my Lord Heru. The rite is ended.
the date of the rising of Sirius. A participant should be chosen to represent each of the five deities. so we celebrated the birthdays of all the Gods and Goddesses of all pantheons at this party. This ritual celebrates the births of the five deities. Ruler of the Unborn. if you wish. one by one. fathered by the Earth. this ritual can (and should be) followed by a potluck feast. 154 . bows and says: Praise to Thee. Sothistar held a “Birthday of the God/ dess” party. three sons and two daughters. Five were born of the sky mother. I am unaware of any traditional birth dates for deities of other pantheons. born of the sky. These celebrations were held on the Saturday or Sunday that fell within the five days preceding July 19th. Let us first honor Them. Priest: Priestess goes to the participant representing Asar.Circle of Isis Celebration of the Birthdays of the Gods For many years. Lord of Death. Circle Is Opened Priest: My friends. Information on traditional foods can be found later in this section. eldest Son of Nut. with joy and love. Five they were. born one each day in the five days not of the year. To add to the spirit of the celebration. the birthday of five deities worshiped in an ancient land. we are gathered here to celebrate. but is designed so that you may add names in order to celebrate Gods of all pantheons. All others in the circle should be given (or choose) the name of other deities of the Egyptian pantheon (or any pantheon). Priestess: Five they were. God of Life. Receive Thee our love and adoration as we celebrate the day of your birth. to celebrate the birth of five Egyptian deities. Asar.
and you will serve me. hear our joy as we celebrate the time of thy birth. Priest goes to one chosen to represent Nebet Het. Nebet Het: All that is unseen am I all that is unknown. and when you least expect me. Thou Great Face. happily do we praise Thee. Priest goes to the one representing Aset. seeing all through the Sun and the Moon. Serve them. I am all that is Woman. Know Thou of our love as we celebrate your birth. for I am both. Mystery is mine. I am the grain that must fall if life is to be renewed. honor all my children. bows and says: All love to Thee. then honor yourselves. Mother. If you would honor me. honor that which you do not know. then honor all phases of life including its end. for all creation is mine. but that does not limit my power. Aset: I am my mother’s first daughter the fullness of the Moon am I. Thou Great Sky. Heru: I am the sky beyond the sky. first to see the land. bows and says: Beautiful Nebet Het. Magic is mine. honor praise we bring to Thee. Daughter of the Sky. If you would honor me. and meditation. all its strengths and all its burdens.Rituals Asar: First born of our mother am I. Mistress of all Magic. Do not seek to know me. If you would honor me. bows and says: Her Ur. It is my voice you hear in the last sigh of death and the first cry of birth. and I shall be with you when your life begins and when it ceases. our hearts rejoice at Your presence on the day of your birth. Lady of the Moon. 155 . nor understand. I am the brightness of learning. Lord of all. Aset. Little known am I. Lady of the Womb. If you would honor me. Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Heru. I will come when I choose. watching all. first to call it beloved. Lady of the House. and power.
We cannot honor Them. bows and says: Hail. sand blasting. as much as possible. Priest raises the bread. Those who do not understand see me as evil. Geb. that we may. we know that there are others of other lands equally worthy of honor. sips from it. with love and praise. the womb from which they came forth. Priest and priestess return to their original positions. I cleanse. Hear us. takes a small piece and eats it. Partake of the cup. Set: I am the desert storm. saying: The Mother of these Gods. in that spirit. taking within you the Mother of the Gods. Mighty Set! Sword wielder. the Lady Nut. When that chalice has returned. without honoring Her. then honor your eternal selves. saying: Nor can we celebrate this birth without honoring the Father of the Gods. but not gently. rejoicing in the strength and beauty of His seed. Let us now. honor all of them. and passes the chalice on. Priestess takes up the chalice. Partake of the bread.Circle of Isis Priestess goes to one chosen to represent Set. rejoicing in the joy and pain of birth. the Priest takes up the bread. wind scouring. 156 . If you would honor me. hear our praise as we honor the season of your birth. storm bringer. for that is what I honor in my work. honoring this Great God. He then passes the plate to the next person. and passes it to the Priest who follows suit. When the bread has returned. for they do not see that I give by cutting away. reaper of the grain. was the Goddess of the Sky. Lord of the Earth. the Priestess says: Though we honor the deities of ancient Egypt with this rite. Priestess raises the chalice in a salute. call out the names of other Lords and Ladies.
Most of the deities mentioned in this rite are traditionally connected with childbirth. If. A small cloth or leather bag to hold the amulet should also be prepared. each person sings the name. Circle Is Opened. Priest: A soul has entrusted itself and its upbringing to two of our members. and prepare a child’s amulet as detailed on page 199. with careful thought. Suggestions can be found at the end of each speech. If possible. several times. one person should be chosen to represent each of the Gods who bring a gift to the child. the parents should. If enough people are not available. Circle Is Closed. (To parents) Bring the child forth. you do it again. choose a deity to serve as protector of the child. 157 . 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. It will be most effective if. after you’ve gone around the circle once.Rituals She calls out a name and the others follow suit around the circle. The Rite of Blessing a Child Before the rite. in whatever notes they choose. If desired. Priestess: We are gathered to celebrate a joyous event: a loved one has returned to us. 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. those present can rotate. instead of calling out the names. you will find it quite lovely and moving. remembering as we do that this is as much a part of our celebration as this ritual.
In the name of the Father of All. Parents may stand in the center of the circle. That choice belongs to each individual. or chip of baked clay. (child’s name) Priest: The Lord Asar has sent forth _______________ . (A small heart. midwife. do I give the gift of love. Birth Giver. If symbols of the gifts are presented. (A tiny pot.Circle of Isis Parents step forward with child to stand facing Priest and Priestess. Priest: As we rejoice in this returning of a loved one. they should be given to the parent not holding the child. (A small compass. Mistress of Magic.) From Khnum who created the seed for the body of this child. Priest: Until that time. do I bring power. we can direct our children along the path we have chosen. When this child has reached the age of decision he/ she will choose the way of the spirit that is right for him/her. Priestess: It is not our right to choose the path our children will follow. name this child. (A small frog charm. let us bring to this small one the gifts of the Gods. But He sends no spirit forth alone. do I bring the gift of guidance throughout life. Priestess: The naming is done.) In the name of Heqet. And we can place them under the protection of the Gods as we know and love Them. Before the Gods.) Khnum: Heqet: 158 . each person stepping forward to bestow a gift. or the child may be carried around the circle. that this small spirit may both love and be loved in return.) Priestess: In the name of Aset. do I bright the gift of health. another from the Land of the Unborn. however.
the Priest.Rituals Bes: Bes. if a Goddess. gives the ability to see the truth. of joy.) What deity have you chosen to protect this child? Parents name deity. let their truth be your truth. I bring a foundation on which this child may stand firm throughout life. will you. 159 . for his/her physical well-being. If godparents have been chosen. (A small candle. Let the words written here be your words. (goddessmother) Priestess: Before the Gods. Guardian of Souls. (Small item of silliness. __________________ . brings the gift of humor. The other will read the words of the amulet.) Meshkenet: In the name of She who is the foundation on which birth takes place. of healing laughter. If a God has been chosen. (A tiny chip of brick. Amulet is brought forth and held toward center of circle. take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. (Deity name) Priest/ess: _________________ . let your power enter this amulet. they should be called forth at this time. and the voice which speaks the words be heard by all as your voice. The name of the God or Goddess may be chanted or sung. God of joy and protection. as though he/she were born from your womb? Goddessmother responds. Priestess reads the following.) Anpu: Priest: Anpu. Priest/ess reads amulet. and if need should come. All envision the power of the deity entering the amulet. or a song may be inserted here. The amulet and a small symbol of the deity shall be placed in the bag that is placed around the child’s neck.
Priestess: This child. or words of his own choosing. Mother now comes before altar and prays in these words. may have carried you in her/his arms in another life. is now under the protection of the Gods. what vows will you make to this child. My Lady Aset. help me to raise my child with love and wisdom. The godparents step back into the circle. Strengthen me that I may ever be a source of strength to her/him. as though he/she were grown from your seed? Godfather responds. will you. born to our brother and sister. for his/her physical wellbeing. (Mother) Mother makes vows. take upon yourself for this child’s spiritual upbringing. or words of her own choosing. into my hands you have given this child. (Father) Priest: . Father of all. what vows do you make to this small spirit who may be even older and wiser that any here? Father makes vows. leading him/her in the right ways. Father steps forward and prays in these words. Mistress of Magic. Guide me that I may guide her/him to full growth.Circle of Isis Priest: (godfather) Before the Gods. Lord of Life and Death. Be ever at my side that I may be the father to my son/daughter You are to me. Can we do less? Let us each promise our love and protection to this small one. My Lord Asar. ______________ . 160 . Priestess: . who. Be ever by my side that I may be the mother to my son/daughter You are to me. and if need should come. though he/she comes to you in this small body. Mother of All.
For our ritual we had altars at each quarter. give everyone a few minutes to settle down. It’s there anyway. Circle Is Closed. after everyone is gathered and before you start the ritual. 161 . when burning. Festival of Bast We performed this as a public ritual about November 16th. When the quarters are called. Priest: May we always be worthy of the trust the Gods have placed in us. one of the traditional dates for a festival of Bast. Get everyone to sing the “meow meow meow meow” song found in a certain cat food commercial. shines through the eyes of the statue. At this point. Only the candles on the main altar are burning. words came out of the priestess’s mouth in addition to what had been written. the High Priest and High Priestess of the ritual should walk once around the circle having everyone chat “mau” (not “meow”) softly and quickly. The Charge of Bast as it appears in the ritual is shown as it was written. Once that is done.Rituals Child is carried around circle as each member makes promise. That way it’s not going to appear in the middle of the ritual. as so often happens. We also had a center altar with a large bust of Bast on it. do not light the quarter candles at that time. each with a different statue of this Lady on it. of the type that have room in the back for a votive which. which made it more powerful. Our work is done. I wish someone had written them down! One thing you might do. However. is let everyone get a certain something out of their systems. with colors and other decorations relating to the Elements. That will come later in the ritual. so you might as well let them do it. The purpose of this is to get everyone in tune and together.
162 . the Festival of Lights. West: Lady Bast. from the dark depths of the sea. But we also hope to make this ritual a learning experience. North: Lady Bast. South: Daughter of the Sun! Bring to us the fire from midnight. whose Name we celebrate today. let Your strength rise from the dark Earth to bring us knowledge of Your true self. and will perhaps take away a bit of Her Self. Let us continue this chant until we are told to stop.Circle of Isis Quarters are called. Let the winds blow Your inspiration to us. So shall we do so now.) Priest: It was the custom in ancient Egypt to extinguish all lights at this time. All candles on center altar extinguished. Priest: Welcome to the Festival of Bast. to the light-sparkled streams. true. calling Her to teach us. Priestess: Before we light them again. We hope you will take away with you some knowledge about this beloved Goddess. and relight them. let us chant to the Lady Bast. (Song can be found on page 174. East: Lady Bast! Bring to us the light out of darkness. We sing hymn to Bast. bring us Your love. This is a celebration. Let the flames come out of the darkness. and we will dance and sing.
. Be still and listen. I can be the gentle light of dawn. It is here in the darkness that my lessons are taught. During this time. relight main candles. No! My symbol is the wild jungle cat.is my name. Oh my dear ones! Yes. but this time. chant: 163 . sovereign and proud. the night prowler. When you feel the time is right. in the times when learning is the hardest. the fierce hunter. the light comes. Will you learn my lessons? Or will you hide from me and all I have to give you? Think. is not easily learned. That which I bring. call this Lady to you personally. and when the lesson is done. Then take one of the candles on the center altar and go to a quarter. but you must first go through the dark night to reach that light. that which I teach. 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. and the nurturing rays of the Sun will warm your day.Rituals All chant the Mau Bast chant until Priestess speaking for Bast chooses to speak. She may speak in your mind and heart.. when the lessons are most painful. the dawn comes. call Her within you and listen to what She might have to say only to you. at which time the speech should continue) Charge of Bast: (loudly) Silence. I am there with you and that light is found through the learning. now. I can be the nurturing Sun. And in silence shall I be heard. Know this. in the dark. beginning to light candles clockwise. What will you do? Priestess: Let us chant again.
until it seems like people are ready to stop. make music and dance all in Her presence! Circle Is Closed. When all candles are lit and it seems all have finished their communion with Bast. Sing the following song.) Sing and dance in the name of the Cat with eyes of flame. Let us now sing and dance to thank the Lady for the wisdom She has given us and because it is traditional to do so.to the light.to the light. 164 . Priest: From the darkness comes the light. continue. continue. (The tune is the same as the chant above. Priestess: Let us end our circle. sing. We will feast.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 . 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 . When the time is right. Sing and dance for the one who is Lady of the Sun.
and it would be unusual for us to have a ritual without some kind of song or chant involved. Music is very important in our tradition. but I’m not sure if I wrote the songs because I had that relationship.ru! Î l h Î Î h. He .ru! of A . Others seemed to come on their own. I do know that after they were written I seemed to have a close relationship with the deity the song was about.set. Bright Lord.ru! of morn . He .lL Songs for the Gods These songs can be used in a ritual. or the relationship existed because I wrote the song. We use them often. I mentioned writing songs for them. In the earlier discussion on building personal relationships with the deities. 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. q q l=======================[ & h l l He ru! He ru! He! 165 . but it is magically effective to use songs everyone can sing. Nothing brings a group of people together like singing. He .ing. so not only is it pleasant. or simply to praise a specific deity. as invocations. That’s been one of the ways I’ve developed those relationships.ru! of A . He . These were written at various times in my life. Some came when I needed a song for a specific deity.sar.
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gone. for your son.er. oh. mourn. # E e e l w l h e e e =======================l l & h. my sis . # e l h e e e ========================l l& h e e e el w lh e e e e mourn. my coun . Moth . my sis . mourn.lov .ed land.ter. # =======================l l& h e e e e l h e e e E l h e e e el w Mourn.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.a. Our broth-er’s gone. Your son is gone! Your son is gone! Weep. Moth . Weep.try. e e q e l e q e e e weep for our Lord. for our broth . Our broth-er’s gone. Weep for the king. e l h e e e weep for your son. for my Love. my coun .er! Mourn. 170 .er. Mourn.er. # w lh e e e =======================l l& h e e e el h e e e e l e Weep.ter. Be . 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 . The king is # e e l w e e e w l h =======================l l& e l h.try. The king is gone. oh.mer . weep for our broth . # Q h h l h îl =======================[ l l & q.
back. l e e e q e Come to thy sis .ful boy.ing.ti .Songs for the Gods Lament of Isis and Nephthys Q Q bb 3 e =======================l e e l q. 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. who mourn thee.ter. oh be beau . all. who call! 171 . come back. wait in mourn . oh beau . and bring the joy back b Î l =======================l l &b e e q e e e q e l e e q.ti lov .ed ful of b e e l h e e l h. e in . q l h l h l& 4 Come Come back. Come to home those to who those who love thee. come to thy wife. come back. e l h =======================l l &b h e boy. Come home to b Î l q l H q =======================[ l &b h q l q q q l q those who love thee. b =======================l l & b e e e q e l e e e q.to life! Come to thy house and ease the pain! Oh.
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For example: “Lord and Ladies. Continue to use incense when the mood strikes you. as you smell the incense. cardomom. incenses served two spiritual purposes. Say nothing you don’t want Them to hear! Use incense during any meetings you have that relate to your religion. and violets. but as you light it. cumin. We know they also had sesame. They also believed the smoke carried their prayers to the Gods. a kind of calamus (sweet flag). For that matter. both in and out of ritual. 176 . and take care with what you say. Among the scents the Tamerans were known to use were myrrh. anise. a type of oregano. let the fragrance of this incense remind me ever of You.lL Incenses and Oils To the Tamerans. to remember that its smoke carries your words to the Gods. and probably sandalwood. It can lessen our feelings about the magical uses of incense. or it can bring those feelings into our everyday lives. Many of us use incense frequently. The result is up to you. whether or not it relates to your path.” Make an effort. too. you could use them to set the mood for any meeting. The Gods were said to have a very sweet smell. Most of the “perfumes” mentioned in the various ancient writings were actually scented oils. coriander. say a small prayer. so the fragrance of the incense reminded them of and turned their minds toward the Gods. The use of incense “just because we want to” can have one of two effects.
Lay out on waxed paper for a week or more. Craft sister. It is more important that an incense seem right to you than it be historically accurate. so if you must use it inside. Mix all batches together. we do not restrict ourselves to plants and materials that were available to those ancients. Mix together groups by nature: first. 177 . have good ventilation. then powdery ones. just for you. resinous ingredients. partially from research. and documentary maker who created these incenses just for this book. Just as we do not necessarily view the Tameran deities as the Tamerans did. 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. Kyphi First. Maria Blumberg’s Incenses Maria Blumberg is a friend. There are many recipes you can find for this. the best-known incense connected with Egypt is Kyphi. Roll balls in benzoin. and therefore. or you can develop your own.Incenses and Oils The following recipes were developed by people. use them as they are. of course.” You can. Every Kyphi recipe I’ve tried is very smoky. add red wine to moisten. then roll into ¾" balls. and continue. and partially from “feel.
If you like. add green food coloring. and ylang ylang oils. Hathor 5 parts orris root 4 parts rose petals 3 parts myrrh 2 parts spikenard 2 part sweet flag (calamus) 6 drops civet oil 9 drops henna oil (oil from the henna plant flower) Grind all ingredients to fine powder and mix. floral. white musk. Lotus Bouquet (Courtesy of Scott Cunningham) Equal parts rose. and warm. Add oil or bouquet. Add oils. jasmine. Blend in oil. 178 . Bast 4 parts frankincense 3 parts acacia gum 2 parts myrrh 1 part catnip 1 part cedar 1 part cinnamon ½ part juniper 2 drops civet oil Grind ingredients to fine powder and mix. Blend in oil. Blend. 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. 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.
to some.) Grind and blend together. noxious smell. The “real” thing would require the death of an animal.) 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. please.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.
180 .Circle of Isis Benu (Phoenix) 2 part cinnamon ¼ part myrrh 2 drops amber oil 1 part clove ½ part arabica Recipes From Seahorse Isis Incense 3 parts myrrh 2 parts sandalwood 1 part frankincense 1 part rose petals A few drops musk (again. Isis Oil 5 drops sandalwood 3 drops musk 2 drops rose 2 drops lavender Add to ¼ oz.) 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. please use the synthetic. of almond or grapeseed oil. of almond or grapeseed oil.
) These were lightly cooked. Almost any grain could be made into beer. then broken up into water. After a day or two. The sprouts and some water were ground into moist dough and formed into cakes. milk. We usually pour a liquid onto the ground. the very way we make sprouts for salads and sandwiches. this chapter may be of use to you. can be consumed later. the mixture would have fermented enough to be alcoholic. Beverages The beverages most often mentioned in Tameran writings are water.lL Food and Drink As is true with many covens. Whenever possible. (Only one source mentions an addition of yeast. any malt liquor will serve as well symbolically. 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. it was strained and drunk. If you prefer not to bother. beer. If you wish to do this.) The Tamerans used a wide variety of foods. by the way. our celebrations usually include a potluck feast. and leave the food outside for the wild animals. or use the proper beverage or food for an offering.” This could be red because of the grain used. The grain was first sprouted in. as far as I can tell. There is also mention in both legend and literature of “red beer. or because 181 . and wine. (Offerings. many of which are familiar to us. At this point.
Be careful. and mix.) Cool down to just above body temperature. (I think this is how Og. you might want to try the following mead recipe. because it never lasts that long. the caveman discovered booze in the first place!) Surely. were sacred to Min. over thousands of years. Strain and bottle. 182 . dark place. Keep in a cool. It winds up being about 60 proof. The Nile Valley is very hot. someone noticed this transformation. add them while it cooks. This is drinkable now. 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. A legend regarding Sekhmet (and sometimes Hathor) included beer either colored with pomegranate juice or ochre. and therefore the honey they created. The bees. This is no lightweight drink. but I’m told that it is even better after it has been aged for several months. Refrigerate until it settles (two or three days). Put in a dark place and let it sit for seven days. We have found mention of Tamerans drinking beer sweetened with honey that resembled mead.Circle of Isis of an additive. Water mixed with honey or honey itself sitting around in jars could very easily have fermented. This came as no surprise to me because we had in various conversations come to the conclusion that the Tamerans could not have escaped learning about mead. Consider the following: The Tamerans had honey. Mead 1 quart honey 3 quarts distilled water Mix and boil for five minutes. Put in a large container. Add a package of yeast. Cover with plastic wrap or plastic bags and allow for expansion. (If you wish to include herbs and spices. We don’t know at our house. If you agree. The yeast that causes fermentation is airborne. God of Fertility.
Keep refrigerated to prevent fermentation. and bottle immediately.Food and Drink For those of you who do not wish to consume an alcoholic drink. Wine Even now there are wines available whose original grape stock came from Egypt. 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 . cool. 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.
and leavened breads. It is possible that homemade beer was used in this way. Most breads seemed to be made of emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum). just as bread was made to make beer. Divide the dough into four pieces and shape into balls. bottle of beer 1½ tsp. 184 . Beer Bread 5 cups whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp. This variety was brought to the United States and named “Kamut” because it was thought that it meant “wheat” in ancient Egypt. Cover in a bowl and let it rise for about an hour. Fry in oil until brown on both sides. honey 1 12 oz. With your hands or a rolling pin. salt Combine ingredients. Spices. Knead for about 10 minutes. This is a recipe for “Beer Bread” that used a 12-ounce bottle of beer as a leavening agent. using yeast. On a baking sheet. although we don’t know what all the different names mean. widely used in the Fertile Crescent. The name Kamut is modern. For many health reasons. Kamut is becoming more available in the United States. bake for 45 minutes. and found its way to Egypt. Some skilled bakers added honey or fruit to the dough.Circle of Isis Foods Breads There are many kinds of breads mentioned in Tameran literature. flatten each ball to about ½". consisting of flour and water. it is likely that the Tamerans had a type of sourdough. airborne yeast. or unleavened breads. onions and so forth could be added for a different flavor. and. Kamut is an ancient relative of modern durum wheat. at 350 degrees. the breads do seem to have been both flat. Or Make eight small balls and then flatten them to about ¼". Rather than depend on wild.
I used to wear a button that said. celery. turnips. 185 . and were often eaten whole. chervil. lentils. much as we use potatoes. but the leaves are called cilantro. the seeds are called coriander. fennel. or fry in hot oil five minutes on each side. fenugreek. Shape into balls and flatten into circles. spinach. In onions there is strength. and parsley. Beans of many kinds were prevalent. Where I live.) Archaeologists have found watercress seeds in Egypt. as you can see in these recipes.”) Other vegetables commonly used were carrots. It’s one of my favorites. Barley Cakes 3 cups barley flour ¾ cup raisins ¼ tsp. “I belong to the Onion Lover’s Club. Bake 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees. salt 1½ cups hot milk Combine the ingredients. thyme. (Talk about destiny! Long before I found the Craft. peas. leeks. sesame. There were some forms of squash as well as chick peas (garbanzo beans). Lotus roots were also used as a vegetable. Fruits and Vegetables Onions were a very popular vegetable in Tamera. Other spices used were dill. Seasonings Both coriander (cilantro) and cumin seem to be native to ancient Egypt.Food and Drink Barley was another grain popular in Tamera. We know cinnamon was used in mummification and have every reason to believe it was used in food as well. and garlic. (Check an oriental food store for these. radishes. Peppermint was also indigenous. safflower. beans.
coriander and 1 tsp.) 3 cups shelled frozen or 4 cups stock. ground cumin 2 tsp. fresh fava beans or 2 cups lamb or vegetable dried. chopped. Radish Salad 10 radishes 1 Tbsp. cumin. Add 2 cloves garlic. and simmer for an hour. and six cloves chopped garlic in olive oil with 1 tsp. ground coriander 1 Tbsp. hulled fava beans 8 cloves garlic 2 tsp. place one peeled egg into the bowl. and sprinkle a few coriander leaves on top. Radishes were popular. too. Chop coarsely. 186 .Circle of Isis Fava Bean Soup (I make this at least once a year. coriander. Blend this mixture and the mashed beans back into the soup. Chop fresh parsley finely and then add to radishes. Then continue as below. cumin. cover dried beans with water. Salt to taste. If using fresh or frozen beans. soak in water for at least two days. chicken. (Trust me!) In a pot. and 1 tsp. Simmer for another hour or until tender. To serve. olive oil or sesame seed oil 1 Tbsp. spoon in the soup. lemon juice or wine vinegar salt Wash and trim radishes in cold water. Sauté the onion. 1 tsp. chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbsp. Remove one cup of the beans and mash. Add the lemon juice and oil or sesame seed and stir. olive oil 1 onion 1 hard-boiled egg per serving Chopped parsley or coriander If using dried beans. simmer in stock for 30 minutes and continue as below. beef.
grind the walnuts. and blend for a bit.Food and Drink Fruits The fruits Tamerans used were dates. There is also mention of a persea tree. figs. and roll in the ground almonds. Roll in the honey. 187 . Form balls from a heaping teaspoon of the mixture. Add the walnuts and the cardamom and blend further. Fig Cakes 1 cup fresh figs 1 Tbsp. cinnamon ½ cup chopped walnuts A saucer of ground almonds Stir the dates with water to get a paste. and set them aside. Stir in the walnuts. Date Sweet 1 cup dates ½ tsp. again adding water if the mixture gets too sticky. plums. so try for a mixture that will form well. pomegranates. dip in the honey. and whether or not it is the same tree. Add cardamom and cinnamon. honey ¼ cup almonds ½ tsp. You are going to be making this mixture into little balls. Shape the sweets into balls. we do use avocados for such feasts. then in the almonds. cardamom seeds Warm honey 1 tsp. watermelon. Chop the figs into fairly small pieces. ground cardamom ¼ cup walnuts In a blender. The avocado is a persea. Grind the almonds separately and put them aside. (Egyptian guacamole?) These are types of sweets from fruits. adding a little water. and grapes.
geese. As soon as you put the duck in the oven. breast down. even. After half an hour. Place duck on rack in pan. so I can’t vouch for taste. with about ¼ of water in the bottom. and the meat of some wild animals. Well. lamb. Rub spices on ducks. The Tamerans also had domesticated ducks and geese. I confess I haven’t tried either type of egg. wild fowl were abundant: ducks. the recipe comes from our ancient Egyptian feast. 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. Partridge is hard to come by in most parts of our country. Chicken eggs will do fine. cinnamon 2 Tbsp. and here it is. cumin. A friend who has cooked both says she finds very little difference. turn breast side up and baste with drippings. inside and out. hyena! Along the river. nor would I know how to obtain them. and others. reduce heat to 350. The domesticated chicken was not in Tamera until the Late Kingdom.Circle of Isis Meats The Tamerans definitely used beef. coriander. freshly 2 Tbsp. Duck with Must Sauce 2 ducks 1 cup olive oil 1 cup dry red wine 2 Tbsp. partridges. Up until that time. according to one source. the eggs they used were duck or goose eggs. so we substitute Cornish game hens. My friends have said that I make a roast duck to die for. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 188 .
and your feast will be traditional. and Susan Woolhandler (Dodd Mead). Wait 10 minutes before carving.Food and Drink Roast a total of an hour and 45 minutes to two hours. Any of the Egyptian recipes included in this book would make wonderful additions to a festival feast. All this is great fun to do. Must Sauce a cup whole grain mustard b cup grape jelly or jam In a saucepan. turn off the oven. use the Must Sauce. 189 . The Good Book Cook Book by Naomi Goodman. I’ve recently obtained a wonderful book with recipes that could well have been used in Tamera. Be grateful to the Lord and Lady for the bounty you’ve received. mix until blended and warm through. but the important thing in a feast is enjoyment and good taste. The last time you baste. When the bird is brown and done. Baste often with marinade or drippings. Robert Marcus.
Prayers for Daia When Willie’s beloved doberman. compassionate and loving Lord Before You stands Daia. passed away after an illness. who is gentle and loving of heart. my Lord who dwells in the shadow lands of Amenti.lL Prayers Whether used in ritual. I plead with Thee to take her gently by the hand And lead her across the Rainbow Bridge Into the Land of Amenti. 190 . Hail Osiris. these invocations came to her. A valiant warrior. Innocent and pure of Spirit. I know you will find them lovely. You might find them useful. Hail Anubis. these may be of use to you. child of my heart. or simply because you feel the need to pray to a particular deity. Anubis. brings before you Daia. He who is Lord of everlasting life. thy son. Daia. meditation. With love take her to Lord Osiris.
we have loved and laughed together. You’ll be ever in my heart. love her. Daia. thy husband. For she has been true and loved unconditionally. but her place now is by your side. For the wheel ever turns. My Lady who dwells forever in my heart. The wheel turns for all. I thank you! Restore and rest dear child. For your presence in my life. I plea that with thy loving arms you embrace her. Hail Isis.Prayers She has fought a gallant battle. Let my tears become tears of joy at her release from suffering. I plead with Thee. Lift the sorrow from my heart. who is a child of my heart Has been brought before Osiris. 191 . and let her rest. care for her. And if it please the Gods. I Love you. And if it be thy will. too. May she once again return to me. As you have shed salt tears of sorrow. do I shed them now. return to me. Let her romp in the green meadows awhile. So. Though gone from this plane. Daia.
We sing Your praises. 1955). Lord of Earth. God of Life. Harper and Row. You possess the whole Earth as it is stretched beneath You. You shed your emerald light! Oh. To be an indestructible start within You (Lichtheim). A shout of joy rises from the mouths of all. Lord of Heaven. (Plankoff. As you enfold the Earth and all things in Your arms. glorious being. Every place is filled with Your beauty. King of righteousness. life springs forth. Prayer to Nut for One Who Has Crossed Over O Great One who became Sky. encircle me with Your arms in health and in life that I may be inside You. Strong one. Mighty One. You rise upon the horizon of heaven. that you may be my protection. spread Your wings over me. Lord of Love.Circle of Isis Hymn to Ra When He Rises (based on the Book of the Dead) Homage to Thee. When You shine upon all. When You rise in the horizon of heaven. 192 . Please take this (name of deceased) to You. King of eternity! Prayer to Nut for Protection Mother Nut.
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They were aware that we live in both. and only as a last resort.” we call upon the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. One name was inscribed on each clay ball. the physical and nonphysical worlds were not the separate places our major cultures find them to be. words. spells are used rarely. In fact. I’ve found a few things. T 195 . spoken for the power of them. written so that they would last. Each was charged with the protection of a different cardinal point on the compass. and so to do “Egyptian magic. Bast. how do we do “Egyptian magic”? It is known that there were two important components to the ancient magic: words and gestures.Magic and Magical Tools lL o the Tamerans. we don’t feel one has to use the exact words or gestures used by the ancients. and one was thrown toward each of the cardinal points. such as amulets. The words must be both spoken and written. which we can use today. It involved four clay balls. while creating our own forms. Mafdet. I did find one spell that was used to protect the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. each inscribed with the name of a different cat-headed Goddess. 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. Much of our magic is tied to the Gods and Goddesses. and Pakhet could be used. for us. Beyond that. In my tradition. and gestures. Sekhmet. I have found almost nothing of specific gestures.
and chalices seemed to be only used as drinking utensils. go for it! I’ve included information on the hieroglyphs for which you will find many uses in your magic. As for magical tools. Remember. we’re not trying to recreate the ancient religion here! Use the tools you are comfortable with. Their wand was quite different. are as useful as they are ubiquitous.Circle of Isis It is said that magic was given to mankind by Ra. If you find something of an Egyptian design. since he didn’t have time to do it all. the greatest tool you have is your mind. 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. 196 . in addition to what little information I could find. you should always remember that when you do magic. L To L Scarabs Divination Information on Tameran methods of divination is rare and vague. so much the better. There are instructions here for creating a simple one. so that we could protect ourselves. you are using something that was a gift from a God. So? Does that mean your tools can’t be used? Of course not. of course. I’ve included instructions on making a nemyss (headdress). If you wish to decorate them with an Egyptian flair. and you’ll see how to make two different kinds. and a kilt to wear in ritual. there’s no mention of knives used for anything but cutting. I’m sure you know you’re not going to find that the Tamerans used the same tools we did. help you be in a Tameran mood. and use it accordingly. For that reason. So.
Magic and Magical Tools The Oracle of the Udjat uses a layout cloth and hieroglyphic tokens. 197 . Create any or all of these. you’ll be as Tameran as you need to be. The Pyramid of Nebet Het used a “board” and the sense of touch to see into the future. When you call upon the Gods and Goddesses for their blessings. or none.
each of which had a specific purpose. I suggest you use the parchment-colored paper available today. Below. several of these amulets are discussed. of course. You can draw several amulets on a small piece of paper and carry the paper in your purse or wallet.lL Amulets The Tamerans were great believers in amulets of many kinds. obtain papyrus. If you are like me. or make your purse difficult to carry. Fortunately. It has the look of papyrus. could ruin the cut of your suit. it was also believed that the symbol. should you feel the need. drawing them on paper will have to serve. You can. but it’s expensive. Your amulet will then be charged and ready to carry or wear. Carrying several stone amulets. you can make them of clay or metal or stone. drawn on papyrus. I’ve included a prayer to be said at the time. There are other reasons this can be good. cast from metal. of course. and created from clay. When you have created your amulet. was just as effective as any other form. 198 . Whenever possible. pass it through the smoke of incense for consecration. but many of us don’t. If you have the skills. Amulets were carved from stone. All this is very well and good if you have the skills to do those things.
feeling that you have the power of Him or Her. my bones are Your bones” is one way this might be stated. the Mighty.” 199 . fold the paper up. whose mother is ________________. Know ye that this child is under my protection. or on the paper. sending your thanks to the deity upon the rising smoke. having that ability. says: Hear me. Such a statement might read: “Heru. Identify yourself with the deity. Lord of the Skies. all who would bring harm to _________. Children’s Amulet Children were often given a strip of papyrus on which was written the statement of a deity that He or She was the protector of the child.Amulets The Paper Amulet This spell can be used for almost any purpose. “My flesh is Your flesh. whose father is ________________. 6. 4. remember that to the Tamerans. you can now deal with it. state your need or problem. 1. 5. burn the paper with incense. When the problem is solved. Ask the deity to come forth. or the need met. 2. drawing a picture is almost the same as invoking the deity. draw a picture of the deity appropriate to your purpose. and know that. and carry it with you until it is no longer needed. On a piece of paper. Heru has spoken. Meditate on the ability of that deity to deal with your problem. When you are confident. Never shall my eye be away from him/her and never shall any who do him/her harm escape my wrath. As you do this. 3. Aloud.
When created for the dead. during the time of judgment. as well as the home of the conscience. my heart. You can use the heart amulet in several ways.” “He has a black heart. my mother.” “My heart is broken. “I couldn’t find it in my heart to do it. You can use it to keep evil from being said against you. Let none cause words of evil to spring up against me. Let not that which is false be uttered against me.” For protection: “Oh my heart. the heart amulet was made to replace the physical heart that had been removed during the mummification process. and the deceased hoped his or her heart would not have evil things to say. my mother. It was also believed that. Let me be protected by those great Lords. but was the source of good and evil thoughts. the heart was weighed against the Feather of Maat. my mother! Be thou the Bennu.” 200 . A heart was necessary in the Otherworld because it gave the deceased the power to move and speak.” The ancients held similar views. The heart not only pumped blood.Circle of Isis Heart Amulet We tend to think of our hearts in two ways. soul of Ra and soul of Osiris. my heart. or for your own protection. My heart whereby I came into being. the physical heart and the emotional one. To prevent evil from being said against you: “Oh. The prayer used during the consecration would make the difference. my mother. your own thoughts and emotions. You can use it for the understanding of your own heart. and therefore. my heart.
The scarab symbolizes that rebirth. my heart. life after death. Khephera. my heart. whose name means “becoming. Lord of Beginnings. A prayer for the consecration of your amulet might be: “Hail unto Thee.Amulets To understand your heart: “Oh. being.” ¿ 201 . it was a symbol of revivification. and the scarab represents the hidden light. Khephera is that midnight Sun. It was a symbol of the God Khephera. but it had its own special attributes. Open to me that I may know thy thoughts which are my own. I shall understand thee and so understand myself. my mother! I shall gain mastery over thee. The Sun reappears to us each morning and the day is new. that I be made new each day. and the life-giving power it has. Be ever present. my mother. The Sun may disappear from our view at night. I do ask. that I may grow and transform. It is also a symbol of the Sun. thou Master of the Gods. serving Thee. but it shines on. so that I may spend that day. as I spend each lifetime. whose shrine is hidden.” Used among the treasures of the deceased. it’s never-ending cycles.” The Scarab Not only was the scarab used in the same way the heart amulet was. everything begins again. transformation. The ancients believed wearing or carrying the symbol would attract all that He is.
Inventor and Founder of medicines and letters.Circle of Isis An ancient rite is described for the consecration of a scarab ring. On the morning of the third day. or cinnamon. carve a symbol of Aset on the bottom. Set both on a linen cloth.” It is used for the purpose of invoking Her protection. Take the ring and place it on a piece of olivewood. come to me. The Knot of Isis This symbol is also known as the “Blood of Isis” or “Girdle of Isis. including some olive leaves if you can. and purified it by passing it through the smoke of incense. thou that art under the Earth. If you are skilled enough to make your own ring. you can reanoint yourself by dipping your ring in the oil. saying: “I am Tehuti. If you make a parchment amulet. My sources indicate that the proper time to do this is the seventh. Have a small container (tradition calls for one of chrysolite. Burn myrrh and kyphi. Leave it there for three days. calling Khephera forth. 16th. myrrh. After you have cleansed the ring. When carved from stone. thou great spirit. Turn toward the East and anoint yourself with the oil on the ring. ninth. but do what you can) in which you have an oil of lilies. Rise up to me. In the prayer attached to this. draw it in red ink or paint it red. burn incense. the stone is usually red. place it in the oil. 202 . 10th.” Any time you feel the need. you speak as Tehuti. Remove the ring from the oil. 21st. and 25th days of the month. 24th. 12th.
This would make a lovely gift for one whom you wish Aset to protect. to learn from Them.” The Pillow This is a wonderful amulet to make for someone who is ill.Amulets The prayer below can be worded for you. If you don’t know how to do healing work. 203 . prepare your amulet and bless it with this prayer: “Thou art lifted up. especially if you have done healing work for him or her. you can sit quietly. and the strength of Aset. or you can use the name of a friend or loved one. and the words of power of Aset shall be might to act as powers to protect me.” The Ladder When used for one who is deceased. I treasure one made for me by a friend. O sick one that lies prostrate. They lift up thy head to the horizon. seeing healing energy surrounding him. “The blood of Aset. Her child. When this is done. and grow toward Them. the ladder was intended to help that person ascend to Heaven. picturing your friend strong and well. and to guard me from him who would do anything I hold in abomination. and thou dost triumph by reason of what was done for thee. I use it to help me reach upward toward the Gods.
and lead me to that which is my goal. F The Menat The menat is a symbol of balance. ~ The Two Fingers These represent the two fingers Heru used to help Asar up the ladder to heaven. of Aset. Homage to thee. or give to a friend who needs that help. O Divine Ladder. Stand thou upright.Circle of Isis Say over the amulet: “Homage to thee.” Ask the blessings of any or all of the deities as you pass it through the smoke. 204 .” The Nefer Amulet This is a good luck amulet. Make it to symbolize help you wish from the Gods. of Asar. and therefore joy and health. Ask the blessings of the Sun God you prefer. O Divine Ladder. (See the section on Het Heret for more information. O Ladder of Heru. 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. It is the hieroglyph for “beautiful” and “good.
path.” If you chose to wear the ankh. the fact that you have chosen a magical. ‚ 205 .” or “mirror image of Amen. Use it to assure a healthy child or for good luck. but it also means “myriads. Ankh Whatever its original significance. and therefore harder. Let it represent for you the choice of path. or carry it. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth. magic knot or sandal strap.” As a hieroglyph. Let it be a sign of respect for all life. Ý The Neha Amulet This symbolizes protection.000. it means both “life” and “mirror.” It is connected with childbirth and rebirth. for focus.Amulets The Frog This glyph represents not only the Goddess Hekat. dedicated to Their service. if you like.” or “100. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. whatever its form. and of your return of that gift into their hands. to the service of the Gods. the ankh now has the meaning of “life.” Thus “Tuh ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. Call upon whatever deity you wish for that protection as you consecrate the amulet. Eye of Horus This well-known symbol can be used for protection or. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady.
If you are doing a healing. hair.lL Wax and Ushabti Figures Wax Figures The Tameran magicians sometimes used the wax figures made infamous by some modern practices in negative ways. I have received an objection to the use of these for anything other than funerary objects. When the figure is ready. I do not believe that this is so for the reason given above. carve an ankh. or put in a safe place. Except for the 206 . but have also been found in houses. incise the name or image of a deity on the figure to give the subject the power of that deity. This seems to indicate that they were magical servants in this life as well as the next. have been found by the thousands in various tombs. shame on you! Remember what’s going out is what’s coming in. and she is entitled to her opinion. The figure should be prepared in order to resemble the usual personal items—pieces of fingernail.) The figure can be given to the subject. and so forth— to make the spell more effective. as well. (If you are thinking of using this spell in a harmful way. made to resemble their owner. I must be honest. I believe that they were used by the living. but they can be used in beneficial ways. Wax figures were a very important tool to the Tameran magician. Ushabti Figures These small figures. This person felt that doing so courted death. as they were in the Two Lands.
you should keep that purpose in mind as you design them. or serve as protection or sources of energy.Wax and Ushabti Figures fact that they were created as permanent servants rather than having life only for the duration of a specific errand. Unlike the ushabtis designed to do physical work for their owners in the Otherworld. If they are designed for a specific purpose. For example. When the figure is complete. or cloth. I know that most of us do not have sculpting skills. You can. they “answer” to you. the figure should be an artist. amongst other things. They can find things for you. if you want it to search out topics for paintings. If you wear glasses. however. add them. For our purposes. The word “ushabti” means “the one who answers. If you have freckles. and the figure should be in a form prepared to do that work. these cannot do the gardening or housecleaning for you. charge it to do the work you want it to do and put it in a safe place. I’d call them fetches. draw them on the figure’s face. You can create these little self-images of clay. wood. 207 . but they can do “other plane” work. While you are making it. concentrate on the purpose for which you are creating it. perhaps holding a brush. add anything that is outstanding about yourself.” Their purpose was to respond when the deceased was called to do something. It never hurts to ask the help of a deity if one is appropriate.
each 2" longer than needed to pass completely through the holes. I have many talents. you will need such a stick. Figure 1 208 . cut four straight pieces. and was used in rituals. is made with a forked stick. From a coat hanger. metal washers. These instructions come from Chris. I think the one I made serves just as well. Bast. and probably the most ancient. but the kind of work involved here is not among them. could represent the sound the sistrum makes. Such sistrum are available today at a high price. especially for Het Heret. and wooden or metal beads. (Figure 1. To make this sistrum. The Tameran word for sistrum. and Aset. It’s basically a sacred rattle. like a breeze blowing through reeds. These holes should be big enough for coat-hanger wire to pass through loosely. The simplest sistrum. a metal coat hanger or two. Drill four holes on each side of the fork. my husband and High Priest.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. shesheshet. They were often beautiful and ornate. 1. spacing them evenly and making sure that the holes on each side are opposite the holes of the other.) 2.
You will need: L A strip of thin copper or brass about 1" wide and 18" long. LA Figure 3 wooden dowel approximately 8" long. finished like the dowel. Place the straight end of the first wire through one side of the sistrum. This is the one I made. With pliers. Place the wire in the other hole and bend the end of the wire as you did the other end. and I’m very proud of it. The finish is up to you. beads and washers. but I’ve seen one done in gold leaf and it was beautiful. I like a natural stain. Whatever finish you want on this you should do before you begin putting your sistrum together. anyone can do it. (Figure 2.) Figure 2 Do the other wires the same way. try this one. hanger or similar wire cut in four 8" pieces. (Figure 3. but in the opposite way. alternating them. It took me all day. block of wood approximately 1 ½" x ½" x 6". String several washers and beads. LA L Coat L Optional: 209 . If I can do it. bend one end of each of the wires at a 90-degree angle. If the sistrum above is not quite fancy enough for you.) 4.Creating a Sistrum 3. It should be flexible enough to bend by hand.
) Figure 5 5. then push the end of the dowel into the hole. With an awl. Drill a hole in the center of the block of wood the diameter of the dowel. (Figure 5. The eight holes should be large enough for the wire to move when you shake the sistrum. Using nails or small screws. 210 . Lay the metal out flat and mark it as shown in Figure 4. and then the sides of the block of wood. Let dry. Place wood glue in the hole. affix both ends of the metal strip first to the bottom. punch or drill holes where indicated. Figure 4 2.Circle of Isis To assemble your sistrum: 1. 3. 4.
You don’t really need them because the metal wires against the metal band will make the proper sound. 7. according to some. Bend the straight end of the wire to 90 degrees. 211 . bend one end of each wire up 90 degrees. magically significant. 8. Thread each wire through matching holes in the sistrum.Creating a Sistrum 6. Chris says it represents the two polarities. With pliers. put them on as instructed in the simple sistrum. The shape of the wire is.) Figure 6 . Most traditional sistrum have only the wires.) (Figure 6. (If you are using the beads and washers.
Incise a T-shape on the top. 4. This clay comes in many colors. and 20 or 30 brown or bluegreen scarabs obtained from other sources. draw two vertical lines. 5. On each side. you should make the hole before baking. one carved out of hematite. I’ve found that a cocktail straw is useful for this. 212 . On the front. There are several brands of this clay available at craft stores. If you want to make a scarab for your own use. draw three diagonal lines (legs). Press it down on a hard surface to flatten it a little.lL Making a Scarab Only the ankh is more easily found today than the scarab. 1. Look for one that can be baked in the oven at about 275 degrees. Roll the clay into a football shaped piece. If you wish to string your scarabs. 3. You will need over-fired clay. Bake per the instructions that come with the clay. 2. a stylized one is very easy. Remove the points. one made for me by a friend. I personally have a silver scarab ring.
you may wish to wear something reminiscent of the beloved land in your rites. you could wear a floor-length version with a breast band. but that’s up to you. The technique is quite simple. If the material is very thin. The kilt looks best if the material is somewhat stiff. Fold down the top (waist) 3" and hem. This allows for a 1" hem. and long as the priests wore them. you might want to add some kind of stiffening material inside the hem at the waist. the kilt is shown in two lengths: short for everyday wear or warriors. (Priests also shaved all their body hair. On one edge of the bottom. mark and cut a curve.) 213 .” or nothing at all.lL Making a Kilt Although in Sothistar we do not wear Tameran garb in ritual. (This is to stiffen the waist a bit.) Figure 1 2. The length of the material should be the length you wish the kilt to be plus 4". (Figure 1. You’ll need a piece of material that is one and a half times your waist measurement. plus 2". In Tameran drawings. Lay the material flat. broad “suspenders. 1.) If the ladies among you wish to wear a kilt.
Hem 1" all the way around the rest of the kilt. (Figure 2). Attach snaps or velcro as show in Figure 3. wrap the kilt around the front of your body.Circle of Isis 3. Fasten. 214 . around the back and across the front. Figure 2 4. place the straight side at your side. Figure 3 To wear the kilt.
place the top of the nemyss against your forehead. From each end of the top. more if you like. bring the ties around to the back of your head under the rest of the nemyss. The top should be about 2" longer than the measurement of your head. To wear. Measure across your forehead and slightly downward toward the nape of your neck. The top is the narrow edge. 215 . 4. Hem all the way around. and the bottom. This nemyss is somewhat simpler. but it reflects the more common style. 1. and tie. The distance from the top to bottom should be about 14". the wide. The material is cut in the shape of a truncated pyramid. Sew several inches of ribbon or bias tape to each side of the top. making a ¾" hem. 3. cut at about a 45 degree angle to the bottom. 2.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.
of course. they did not resemble those with which you might be familiar. These wands were different in both shape and purpose. A wand large enough to use standing would be too large to go in that box. but the wands described in my references were found in a box that measured 18" x 12" x 12". and some feel they were used in a “throwing” manner to send energy. It is said they were used to draw magic circles. we’d never use. A smaller wand would require bending over or crawling 216 .lL Making a Magic Wand Although Tameran magicians did use wands. which. I believe the word “draw” must not be taken literally. They were usually carved from ivory. They are shaped somewhat like a throwing stick or a boomerang. would we? I can find no specific information on size. They were inscribed to invoke the protection of specific deities or animals.
concentrate on your reason for creating a wand and on the deity or deities whose protection you wish to invoke. æ! When your wand is complete. it could be used in a throwing gesture (without. The important thing is the concentration and the work you put into the wand. If you wish to use hieroglyphs. As you cut it out. It also occurred to me that they are shaped like an ancient throwing stick used by the Tamerans. 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.Making a Magic Wand around the circle. 217 . you’ll have a fine invocation. I’m sure. consecrate it by casting a circle. and magical only because of their symbolism and the energy you place in them. the sentence below says “May I be in thy protection. actually letting go of the wand) to send the magic in the direction you want. Because magical tools are only that. or whatever purpose your wand has.” If you precede this sentence with the glyph for the name of the deity. similar to the boomerang used in Australia. tools. Therefore. 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. write on it (or draw the symbols for) its magical purpose. from wood to heavy cardboard. you could make a wand out of any material you have the skills to work with. inscribing there a circle. After you create your wand.
known to us as the hieroglyphic alphabet. In other words. This allows for artistic arrangements. embroidered with a cartouche of his Craft name.lL Hieroglyphs “Medu neter. Second. top to bottom. you read toward the faces. we gave him a cloth-covered Book of Shadows.” This alphabet. you might like to use them for special purposes. right to left. If you use hieroglyphs to write something. The animals and human figures face the direction from which the words should be read. however.” “the words of the God. 218 . Most of these glyphs have existed since predynastic times. Third. when Chris became High Priest of Sothistar. First. There are. you will be giving it a great deal more concentration and thought than you would if you just scribbled it down. I believe the hieroglyphs had meanings beyond the sounds they represent. For example. but it is an area I hope to explore in the future. the hieroglyphs are not really an efficient way to transcribe words. I believe that one of the facets of magical work is the concentration you put into it. consists of 30 “letters” representing 25 sounds. hundreds of hieroglyphs representing words as well. left to right. As beautiful as they are. What thoughts I do have on the subject are included with the letters. Hieroglyphs may be written in any direction. Time has not allowed me to study these hidden meanings. but I’ve included them as magical for three reasons. This can only add to your magical work. or bottom to top.
the word would be written: To indicate to the reader that the word designated the plant. with a few new letters developed for sounds 219 . For example. Reed. and it is very interesting. knowing which glyphs meant which letter does not always indicate how a word was pronounced. Unlike English. Tameran had a way to show which meaning applied to the word. Phonetically. If you wish to learn about this. however. which is basically Tameran written in the Greek alphabet. Coptic.” would be added. but there is a “living” language. Nobody’s speaking Tameran exactly as it was spoken. a determinative would be added: If. So how do we know? Nobody’s speaking this language anymore. At the end of the phonetic spelling.Hieroglyphs Tameran. it was to indicate my name. like English. 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. an additional glyph. the “determinative. my last name. is also the name of a plant. please check the Bibliography (page 309). However.
X 220 . Therefore.” Budge calls this first one an eagle. The list below is taken from Budge’s books. I’ve tried to give you the widest possible scope. as in “about.B. which is a glottal stop unless it appears at the beginning of a word. because my qabalistic studies have already proved the difficulty of learning how the individual Hebrew letters are pronounced. the sound is very weak. and information from William Bentley. This vulture is almost mute.Circle of Isis that did not exist in Greek. with a strong leaning toward Mr. I do my best. This helps very little. but other sources call it a vulture.A. and it is one of a very specific kind. and I use it for the suggested sound. do what feels right. I believe Budge is mistaken. Almost inevitably there have been changes in the language. Some of these letters are also words. Mercer’s book Egyptian Hieroglyphic Grammar. and have meanings by themselves. Bentley. Curator of the Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the first part of the 20th century. but this gives us an opportunity for an educated guess. Hieroglyph Letter “A” as in “Barry. He has a horrible habit of comparing the glyphs to Hebrew letters. Mercer and Mr. and it would seem that the Gods and Goddesses understand. in which case it is an “uh” sound.” There are two hieroglyphs for the letter “A. Wallis is best known for his books based on translations of ancient manuscripts. Sir E. If I’m not pronouncing Their names correctly.A. They still respond. and when it does make a sound. Tamerans did not write weak vowels. creator of a Hieroglyphics word processor. S.” However. Budge compares this glyph to the Hebrew aleph.
Geb is sometimes written with two “b’s.” “K.” The first is voiced.” œ “CH” Also pronounced “Dj “ (The difference is the same as what happens with the “th” in “thin” and the same letters in “the. or giving.” Letter “B” In her book.” 221 .” or “CH. “E” as in “Edith. which would symbolize sending. Her Bak. One foot is a symbol. “D” It appears to be a right hand. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz brings up an interesting thought. The name of the Earth God. A foot (or leg) implies duality because feet come in pairs.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph “A” as in “day. Two feet represent reality.” Could this mean Geb manifest? “C” There is no hieroglyph for “C.” Use the glyph for “S. the second is not.
I lean toward the viper because snakes hiss. as you see. C 222 . “H” There are two glyphs for this letter.” “J” (See “CH”) “K” This letter is also the glyph for “you. The second is much more energetic.” This letter also means “he. “I” as in “Bill” or “Michael.” “G” This is the hard “G” sound as in “garden.” Letter “F” Some say this is a snail (without a shell).” The closest sound to the soft “g” is the glyph for DJ.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph “E” as in “Edna. others a horned viper. “KH” as in “loch.” masculine.” or “chutzpah.” The signs seem to be interchangeable. and that hiss can be an “F” as well as an “S.
An American “R” is pronounced with the lips pursed. 223 . others as a box. with lips apart. “R” An open mouth. “Q” Hill slope. It is also the word for “to” (someone) and of. The second symbol is also pronounced “Ma.” Dr.” “O” “P” Some sources refer to this as a door. Mercer says it was first written with the same glyph as “R. we do find Greek names written in glyphs with this symbol for an “L. I wonder if this is a comment on the pronunciation of the letter.” “M” The owl is the older symbol.” which might tell us something about the way the Tamerans pronounced “R.” “N” The first is the older symbol. Other languages roll the “R” on the tongue. and still others as the top of a stool. However.Hieroglyphs Û j y Hieroglyph Letter “L” There was no “L” sound as we know it in Classical Egyptian.
” feminine. “TH” » “U” “V” There is no “V” sound. “SH” “T” Often this symbol added to a word made the word feminine. The first glyph is also the determinative for “health” and the second is the determinative for “bolt. Use “F” if you wish to approach the sound closely.” “W” Same as “U.” This letter. if you prefer). is called a “double U” and it is exactly that.Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Letter “S” Both signs are interchangeable. in English. However. you can use two “U”s. 224 . If you prefer. Ilse Schwaller de Lubicz offers an interesting thought. (Or removing it made the word masculine. You could also use “U” or “B.” Expansion and restriction? Would each glyph be used depending on the meaning of the word? Also means “you.
There are other glyphs that represent two or more sounds. “Z” Use one of the “S” glyphs. so you can use them alone or to make longer words. Hieroglyph Sound AW Meaning Wide K ¨ AYA Great DA Give 225 .” Use “K” and “S.” “Y” If pronounced as in “yahoo. Each of these is also a word.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Letter “X” There is no “X.” use the single reed.
Life Force KHEPER Becoming. transformation. discover v w HER Face HOTEP Offering. peace ™ ¿ K 226 KA Spirit. being MA .Circle of Isis Hieroglyph Sound GEM Meaning Find.
good 227 . child (of). MES Born. after nouns “all” NEBET Lady F NEFER Beautiful. established P B MER Love MIS.Hieroglyphs Hieroglyph Sound MEN Meaning Firm. 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.
and let it burn throughout the night. lie down. and go to sleep. There are so many types—crystal ball. something that brings a particular deity to mind. Thank the Gods for the wisdom they have given you. if it is still burning. which seems to be a method for “dreaming true. futhark rune staves. Purify the lamp with salt. immediately make notes of your dreams and of your feelings at the moment of waking. 234 . I found myself considering exactly what divination is. Concentrate on the flame of the lamp. Do this until you see. snuff the lamp. and how the various methods work. I found very little on divination that could apply to today. and. in the flames. When you are prepared. place the lamp on a clay brick. or until you feel a presence in the room with you. and light the lamp. Be sure the oil lamp is in a place where it will be in no danger of being knocked over. As I searched for other forms of divination. When you awaken. tea leaves—and they all work exactly the same way. or of a specific deity if you wish) and state the question about which you seek information. They aim your mind in a certain direction. and they help you to open up to the sources of the information you need. some of them distract your conscious mind with images. where you will be able to see it. one that will be used for no other purpose. I do know that the ancients used several forms of scrying. letting it fill your eyes and your mind. and found the following.” Obtain a white oil lamp. At this time. asking the blessings of the Gods (in general.lL Divination In my research. tarot cards.
I’ve devised two forms of divination that have served me well. could be appropriate. you could follow your thoughts to the source of knowledge. (The reasons for this will be explained in the instructions for reading the oracle. She who is the Lady of all that is not what it seems to be. each bearing. at this time. Tehuti. you wish to use a divination form that “feels” more Tameran to you. on one or both sides. and can provide more detailed information. a word in hieroglyphs. She who is Truth. Choose as your mind and heart lead you. if you first asked the guidance of the Gods. however. thinking about the rock or stick or bird you were studying.” and provides shorter and less detailed answers. and both sides will be used in the course of your reading. Having to make your own. It is my feeling that almost any form of divination would be suitable. “The Udjat Oracle. Which God is appropriate? You could appeal to Nebet Het. however. The second. By concentrating on any item.” is quicker.) The background cloth has designs on both sides. Maat. God of Wisdom is another. It also takes a great deal more time. The first. can only add to the efficacy of the divination tool. and 21 pieces. read on. “The Pyramid of Nebet Het. If. Creating the Udjat Oracle This divination tool has a background cloth. Many have a Tameran deity attributed to them. exist in physical form. because they do not.” is the more formal of the two. Anpu is often considered the God of True Seeing. more “tactile.) 235 . Each of the glyph pieces represents an area of your life. Both require some preparation. (Seven was the Tameran number of perfection. and three the number of manifestation. letting your mind wander.Divination The Tamerans seemed to view everything as a key to wisdom.
Diagram 1 shows the front of the cloth. you will have to have tiny glyph pieces. B v Diagram 1 236 . and four corners. and will run into problems having enough room to put the hieroglyphs on the pieces. (the Eye of Horus). You may also use fabric paints.Circle of Isis Making the Background Cloth My own background cloth is embroidered. It consists of an inner square. containing the Udjat Eye. each containing the hieroglyphs for one of the four seasons. The finished size of the cloth is about 16" square If you make it much smaller.
Divination Diagram 2 is the reverse side. the top point (Spring) will be away from you. If you are going to paint the cloth. Its center is blank and each of the corners contains a symbol for one of the four magical Elements. the cloth is viewed as a diamond. In other words. 237 . If you intend to embroider the cloth. either use a very heavy piece of material. use two pieces. again. Diagram 2 Please note: When the cloth is laid out for a reading. the bottom point (Autumn) will be nearest you. or. not as a square. you will need two pieces that will later be sewn together.
(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. The colors you use in painting or embroidering the cloth are up to you. flip the paper over and trace the design with the hot transfer pencil. and sew the remaining side. No one can dictate your likes and dislikes. Patience in preparing this cloth will reward you. place the designs carefully. to your heart. This is true of any tool you work with. Here are three different methods. even pressure. 238 . why not whip together a bag to keep all this in?) Take your time. there are a lot of metallic threads in my cloth. You may prefer a little less flash. not only with a nicer background cloth and a sense of achievement. It is important that this cloth appeal to your senses. and a “hot transfer” pencil. Please yourself. Sew three sides (like a pillowcase). Because I like sparkly things. and sew with care. Draw your design on the tracing paper. Remember. (While you’re sewing. it turns your drawing into an embroidery transfer that can be ironed onto your material. When both pieces are completed. all the energy and time and effort and work you are putting into this cloth will add to its magic. please feel free to use it. You’ll have more success if you keep a very fine point on the pencil (I keep my sharpener handy) and use firm. I suggest you obtain a large pad of tracing paper. This pencil is available at most sewing and craft stores. Creating the Glyph Pieces You have a lot of freedom when it comes to creating these pieces. turn it inside out. sew them together with the designs inside. or more.) When you have it exactly as you want it. If you can think of another.Circle of Isis Unless you have the skill to draw the designs directly onto the cloth. Used correctly. but with a tool that is truly yours. You are then ready to iron the pattern onto your cloth and embroider or paint it.
you could always make the cloth larger. and it seemed appropriate. I used the top of an aspirin bottle as a “cookie cutter. and I’ve painted the glyphs on them. cut pieces of cardboard to whatever size and shape you wish. or in almost any color you like. and slice it. If you’re worried about putting so much effort into a divination tool you’re not even sure you’ll like. you could draw the background cloth on paper and use that. but you might like it. I went to a beautiful beach near San Luis Obispo.) My first set of pieces was made from such clay.Divination The first (and easiest way) is to use one of the oven hardening clays that are available. When it is baked. (Remember that you have to paint or ink designs on them. These can be sanded. The more personal the method is. You are restricted only by your skill in the creation of your glyph pieces. I would do so only as a temporary measure. They are all about the same size. stained. You can find these in a natural color. but again. You don’t want your pieces too large because they’ll cover too much of the cloth when you use them. For that matter. Water is very relevant to divination in my tradition. This clay hardens at about 275 degrees in the oven. or wood-burned. and paint it as you like. flat stones that had been smoothed by the water. These would take a lot of work. You could. you can sand off the rough edges. However. painted. inked. sat down. think of the magic you’re putting into them! They can also be quite beautiful. the better.” and found that a little large. I suppose. But then of course. although they’re different shapes. and gathered small. it would make a wonderful gift for someone! 239 . The second way is to obtain a wooden dowel with the diameter you want. The third way is the way I did my second set.
The iris and pupil are the Immediate Present. The area above the eye represents Matters of the Spirit. Lay it out before you and study it in conjunction with the pertinent diagrams. as well as protection and wisdom. today. The white of the eye to the left (it would be closest to your nose if this were your left eye) is the immediate future. later today or tomorrow. Future Present Past B v Diagram 3 The Udjat Eye in the center of the cloth is the Eye of Horus. The eyebrow and the area between the eyebrow and the eye represent Matters in Transition. It represents the Moon. The area below the eye deals with Matters of the Body. 240 .Circle of Isis Reading the Udjat Oracle Before you start doing readings with this Oracle. right now. become familiar with the background cloth.
1. or reach in and stir the runes. remove the pieces. if you like.” If your question relates to one particular area of life. At the top of the diagram. yesterday or the day before. concentrate on it. send a prayer to the God or Goddess attributed to that piece (if any). Shake the bag. Nearest you. and pick out up to three that are most important. To your left is a symbol for the Winter Solstice. forming a square. The corner to your right is the hieroglyph for Summer. the birth of the Sun. Fold the corners of the cloth down toward the middle. my Lady Aset guide me.Divination The white to the right of the iris (it would be closest to your ear) is the immediate past. I imagine myself surrounded by a beautiful light. at the bottom. and one in the past. and future of each of the other divisions. Take about half the pieces in your hand (without looking) and toss or sprinkle them on the cloth. is a flying beetle. still your mind and ask for guidance. Pull one piece at a time and place one on each of the seasons.) You will now see your Elemental diagram. Interpret the pieces separately by meaning and placement (See diagram 3). outside the inner square. “Only higher forces around me. Toss the retained pieces on the cloth. Their placement will tell you the type of action that will be most effective. is the hieroglyph for Autumn. (Diagrams 4-7. then interpret them in their relationship to each other. present. the symbol of Spring. Place it with the others in the bag. and I say (mentally). When you have done all you can with this step. Hold it. 241 . or any other form of divination. Before you use this. find the piece that comes closest to that area. You can now proceed one of two ways. 2.
Circle of Isis Diagram 4 Diagram 5 242 .
Divination Diagram 6 Diagram 7 243 .
the seed has been chosen. consult below.Circle of Isis Interpreting the Glyph Pieces Interpret the pieces first by the meaning of the piece. The Seasons B Winter: The matter represented by the piece has not yet begun. . The seed that was planted at Spring has sprouted and is taking shape. The journey continues. If any of the pieces fall in the corner sections. The harvest is made. The seed has been planted. but not yet planted. Summer: That which is represented by the rune is in process. and then by its placement. In this sense. The direction for the journey has been decided. v 244 Autumn: That which is represented by the glyph piece has become manifest. It is real. Spring: That which is represented by the piece has begun. but the first step has not been taken. Winter is the time of year when you choose what you will plant in the Spring. The journey has begun. The journey is completed. representing the seasons.
positive energy. Aset: The Goddess. who turned his people from a nomadic tribe to the beginnings of a civilization that was mighty for centuries. all that is not what it seems to be. This piece represents illumination. In connection with the Love piece. Nebet Het: This piece represents all that is hidden. negative (receptive) energy. feminine energy.Divination y The Glyph Pieces Asar: The God. Asar. think more on Asar. a woman. Ra: This symbol of the Sun is one of the symbols for Ra. When used to represent Asar as God. after He was murdered. She who performed the greatest magic of all: giving new life to Her Consort. and mistakes. all that is psychic. 245 . the King. If this is in conjunction with the Magic piece. The Lady Nebet Het. it can signify the Winged Aset. whose name in Greek is Nephthys. discovery of something on the physical plane. It can represent physical illumination. She teaches by misdirection. a male love interest. It can represent surprises. a female love interest. it could signify a love interest. male energy. that which cannot be taught or given. or it can represent spiritual illumination. and Her lessons are usually learned without our even knowing we are being taught. hidden but existing just as surely as the side with which we are familiar. but comes from spiritual growth. None of these are necessarily negative. Lord of the Sun. positive energy. is the dark side of the Moon. illusions.
According to many sources. Focus: That on which you are focusing your attention (if upright). This piece can represent any one of them. Reversed could imply that you should be focusing your attention there. Heru the Great. In Matters of the Spirit. etc. it can imply a need for balance. Health: Health can also be defined as wholeness. has many forms. or balance. like the others. in some y 246 . the Goddess of Love is Het Heret. it can imply health. Work in conjunction with home could mean you need to do your homework. Its meaning. You will have to interpret this in light of other factors in the reading. The two Udjat Eyes are. of course. the people you work with. Upright could mean advancement. or Heru the Elder. The deity attributed here is Her Ur. He is a Sun God. the area in which you can take control. He is the son of Nut and Geb. In Matters of the Body. can vary according to the area in which it falls. or a need for healing. reversed could mean a frustration in that area.Circle of Isis P ™ ™ Love: Love. do a little more than is expected of you. whom the Greeks called Hat Hor. son of Aset and Asar. Work: Your job or your career. or rather. but is not Heru. Magic: Here are the powers of the mind. or that balance exists in that area. if you will.
where growth is needed. Energy: Areas where energy is being applied. it would be the Sun Eye. you are looking for a teacher. Words: Learning. and luck. 247 . communication. or if reversed. Restraint: This is the area where you are restricted. books. there is a God called Shai. The delightfully ugly dwarf God. where growth is occurring. If. our own destiny. science. Perhaps in the future. or should be applied. 3 Growth: Upright. the Moon Eye. In Matters of the Spirit. reverse. teaching. Reversed. considered to be His Eyes.Divination legends. If you are interested in your destiny. Naturally. the implication would be something you are studying presently. your karma. something you will learn. is the God of humor. It is said that each of us has our own Shai. The one used on your background is His left eye. apply to Aset or Asar. difficulties if reversed. it could mean finding that teacher. also known as the Eye of Ra. Bes. or to the Lord or Lady who is most important to you. Luck: Good luck if upright. Tehuti would be the deity to call upon. for example. home. should limit yourself. For help.
” Home: Anything to do with home or immediate family. including your dwelling place. Hapi. Flow: Matters in the same division of the background as this piece are flowing as they should (if upright) or not (if reversed). 248 . If it is not touching the Eye. The God of the Nile. something that has begun. if in the present or future. the same is true of endings. “Now is the time. it might mean. If reversed. would be Bes. Upright would mean pleasant or positive events. It could be days. etc. who is more specifically the beginnings of cycles. This glyph appears in the names of two Goddesses well known to many of us. this could mean company or entertainment in your home. if in the past. Nebet Het (Lady of the House) and Het Heret (House of the Sky). If this is touching or very near another. whose name means “becoming. however. In combination with the Friends piece. was very much involved with Flow—with the life bringing nurturing flow of the great river.” or Khonsu. Time: If this is touching any part of the Eye. the two should be read together. hours. Reversed would mean problems. The God of Beginnings is either Khephera.Circle of Isis Beginnings: A start. check Diagram 8 on the following page for the number involved. A more appropriate deity to appeal to.
check Diagram 8 below for the number involved. new friends. Upright can imply the growth of friendship. old friends. Number: If this is touching the Eye. and in the future. If it falls in the present. current friends can be important. or that your friends have problems and you can help. or the environment outside your home and your work. 8 2 4 16 32 64 Diagram 8 249 . Reversed can mean that your problems stem from that friendship.Divination Friends: Anything to do with your friends. in the past.
Your strength is in the shield. Water: The answer lies in Water. in the area that signifies the past. place the Het (Home) piece in the space between the eyebrow and the eye. thoughts. and see where your thoughts lead. learning. Your strength is in the wand. in steadfastness. Magical Work Choose the piece that relates to your desire. chants. in passion. in intuition. For example. Spirit: (The center circle formed by the corners coming together. Meditation Place the appropriate piece (or any other item) on the pupil of the eye. Earth: You will find the answer in Earth: in physical action. Fire: The solution is to be found in action of the will. in your emotion. and in growth. if you want to move. and place it on the appropriate part of the background. You may add prayers. in nurturing. and teaching. and so forth. Your strength is in the sword.Circle of Isis The Elemental Diagram Air: The problem will be handled best by work of the mind—ideas. Focus on it. 250 . Your strength is in the cup. in courage.) It is in the hands of the Gods.
Creating Your Own Pyramid Although the illustration of the pyramid here can be used. move the piece a little toward the future section. Each day. inspired this divination tool. it is really too small for comfortable use. with practice. If you possess the artistic skill. discover your own “different. “warm. Light a candle and spend some time sitting before the cloth each day. but it may require practice. stop. and so forth. its ramifications. It uses psychic touch rather than sight or thought. 251 .” and “sand-papery” have all been descriptions given. You’ll have better success if you reproduce it in a larger size. Concentrate on your question. Its use is not difficult.” “cold. What do I mean by “different”? No one who has tried the Pyramid has used the same word to describe the feeling. When you have it clearly in mind. visualize yourself moving. Lady of Things Unseen.” Research the glyph your finger stopped on to find the interpretation. begin tracing your finger slowly around the path to the center of the pyramid. Many photocopiers have enlargement capabilities. You will. and is good for simple questions.Divination making this spell working as complex or simple as you wish. When one of the glyphs feels different. just before the first glyph. you can redraw the pyramid. the information you need. During this time.” “rough. Using the Pyramid Place your finger at the beginning (outside opening) of the Pyramid.” “sticky” “hot. There are several ways you can do this. Continue the spell until you start to pack! The Pyramid of Nebet Het Nebet Het.
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. the Pyramid can be used as is. p F v K F F X F q F 252 .” This will make both the pyramid as well as the glyphs three dimensional. or made even better.Circle of Isis Once expanded. Wood burning is another possibility. as is carving the glyphs in relief. It will make it possible to use the Pyramid without looking at it. and add to the tactile sensation.
253 . K True: You are being told the truth. Lie: You are not being told the truth. Stop! X Meditation: Meditate on the matter. No: Energies are negative.Divination Interpretations Yes: Energies are positive. Maybe: The answer is not known at this time. Go ahead.
Circle of Isis Law: Check the legalities before you proceed. 254 . Information: You need more information before you proceed. Cycle: The matter is part of a natural cycle. v Danger: Be careful. There is danger here. Passing: The matter is temporary. End: The matter is ended.
Try to see how the matter can affect the big picture. Look for help.Divination Help: The matter should not be dealt with by you alone. 255 . Look: Look at things from a different angle. yK y Wide View: Take the long view. q Wait: Nothing can be done at this time.
Don’t be afraid to combine words to make your own special name. you have probably seen more than one version of each name. 257 . choosing such a name means you will strive to be worthy of His love.Appendix A Tameran Names Many Craft people choose new names when they are dedicated or initiated. I’m not at all sure the Tamerans differentiated that much. but this is not always the case. consult the following list. usually in connection with a deity. If Amun is your Lord. Use the one that sounds best to you. remember that a name can represent a goal you set for yourself. as well as their separate parts in order to help you find the name that will be your name. Some of the translations of the names are based on my limited knowledge of the language. I have included several of these names. and some feminine names did not end that way. Names that end in “T” were usually feminine names. Some of those names were masculine. Many Tameran names made up a phrase or a sentence. If they sound a bit conceited (Beloved of Amun. You can also turn to the section “Other Gods” (page 105) for names that might appeal to you. Because the written language did not include weak vowels. for example). If you wish to choose a Tameran name. Although I doubt anyone wishes to choose the name of a Pharaoh. with different vowels in each version.
in my opinion.” Meaning “A singing woman.” “One who is in the heart.” This name may be used in conjunction with the name of a deity to mean “child of deity. “First born. Her name means “Aah is content. trusted one.Circle of Isis Name Aanata Ahabu Ahit Ahhotep “Dancer.” or “Aah is come” or “Aah is born.” A general in the 11th Dynasty. A sculptor during the 18th Dynasty. A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty and daughter of Menthuhotep II. The name of the deity is usually written first as a matter of courtesy. a great woman. Ahmose Am Amakhi Amakhit Amenemhet Amenmes Ames Ami ab Amit ab Antef Ashait 258 .” “Vassal of a deity. “Vassal of a God. “Asaram” would mean “child of Osiris” (or pupil of Osiris).” A queen of the early 18th Dynasty.” “A cry of joy. darling. as in Amasar.” “Son of Aah. trusted one (feminine). but it could be pronounced as if the name were second.” First king of the 18th Dynasty.” “Amen is in his house (temple).” King of the 12th Dynasty. darling. “Child” or “pupil.” For example.” “One who is in the heart.
With all this symbolism. shining. morning light.” “Morning. the Bull of the East. “Fire. This is the mythical bird from whom the Greeks received their idea of a phoenix. Shu “Soul of Shu. the result of some effort or creative activity.” a name for the wind. The Lion is a symbol that appears often.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters. “Bek” is the name of an architect to one Pharaoh (Akhenaten) and it could easily be spelled “Bekh. too. dawn. flame. you might find it’s yours. and the Lion of the West. bright.” “To shine. sparkle.” 259 Ba en Bak Bekat Beketaten Bekh Bennu Besit Burqa . lighten. the living Soul of Ra. to glimmer. You could probably do that to other Elemental deities as well. The Bull is the Horned One of the Egyptians. and it is my belief that it symbolizes power.” “Servant of Aten. “Hawk. Calling the physical wind the Soul of the God of Air is a wonderful idea. It’s my husband’s Craft name. also a blackhaired bull God of Hermonthis. to illumine.Tameran Names Name Ashlar Meaning The squared stone represents worked material.” I rather like it. “To give light.” All these are contained in one four letter name. but then I’m prejudiced.
to sing praises.” “Ebony. The rising or setting Sun.” “Song” or “chant.” It was Fetket who brought drinks (nourishment) to Ra.” “To cry out in joy. gazelle. usually a title of Heru. Also “Fakat.” “East wind. “Earthen vessel.” The symbol for Nut is the hieroglyph used in spelling this name.” A similar word.” Hermakhis Hesa Hesi Hesira Hesit Hesu 260 . Singing God.” “Song of love. “To be at peace. “Ebony. to be content.” The God of the East wind. “Song” or “chant.” A high official of the Third Dynasty.” “Cupbearer of Ra.” “Amethyst.” is usually used with a deity name to signify that the deity is content with your existence. “hotep. to be satisfied.” “Pelican. The name might mean “Song of Ra.” “Messenger.Circle of Isis Name Fekat Fetket Habni Ham Hann Hanna Hebni Hebu Heknu Hemagat Henkheses Heqret Heri Meaning Turquoise or malachite.” “Song of praise.” “Stag.
“house. “Image.” “To be at peace.” It symbolizes the God or Goddess being pleased with your existence. A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. to be content.” “Light. double. The word. phantom.” is found in the names of at least two Egyptian Goddesses.” It also means “bull. “Ra hotep.” This name appears often in Tameran names in combination with the name of a deity.” or “double of Anpu.” See “Hotep. splendor. also means “womb.Tameran Names Name Het Meaning This word.” which means “House of the Sky.” and Nebet Het (known to the Greeks as Nephthys). spelled differently in hieroglyphs.” Combined with the name of a deity.” the animal that was to the Tamerans the symbol of masculinity. 18th Dynasty. this name could signify that you wish to contain the deity within. to be satisfied.” “Amenhotep. to be a shelter and enclosure for the qualities of that deity.” Anpu ka would mean “spirit of Anpu. spirit. as the stag was for the Anglo European. whose name means “Lady of the House. certainly something to strive for. Hetchut Hetep Hotep Ihat Iuwy Iymeret Ka 261 . A priestess of Het Heret in the Fifth Dynasty. A “songstress” of Aset during the right of Ay. “Het Heret.
” “Bird Goddess.” “Onyx. and the son of Rameses II.” A Second Dynasty king. “Weaver. Karinut: “shrine of Nut. “Image.” Another instance where the addition of a deity name would create a special name.Circle of Isis Name Kamset Kam ti Kapet Kari(t) Meaning An architect and a sculptor in the Fifth Dynasty.” “Shrine.” A priestess of Het Heret during the 11th Dynasty who was a daughter of Menthuhotep II.” “Dancer.” “Mongoose. A High Priest of Ptah. Kauit Khaemwas Khames Khasekhem Khari(t) Khatru Khebbti Khenet Khesbet Khurab Maahetch Maki Medu Meketaten 262 .” “Hematite. “Spear. “Word” or “staff.” “statue.” “Singing woman. acrobat.” “Lapis lazuli.” “The powerful one appears.” “Protected by Aten.” “javelin.” “Incense.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.” It is believed that most ancient references to hematite really referred to bloodstone.
Tameran Names Name Menthu hetep Meri Ra Meaning “Menthu is content.” “Beautiful woman.” A daughter of Akhenaten. diadem.” A queen during the 12th Dynasty.” Two kings of the 11th Dynasty. 263 .” The name of another king of the Second Dynasty.” “The Lord of Truth is Ra. “Beloved of Ra. “Metal worker. “Strong woman.” The name of a priest of Maat in the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. “Beautiful truth.” One of the Ptolemaic kings. blacksmith. Meri Ra Setep en Amen “Beloved of Ra. Chosen of Amen. “Beautiful spirit of Ra. “Beautiful woman.” A son of Seneferu. Meritamon Meritaten Mesen Meskha Metri Nakht Nebmaat Nebmaatra Nekhtet Neferet Nefer Ka Nefer Ka Ra Nefer maat Nofret “Beloved of Amon. “Beloved of Aten.” “Beautiful spirit. A goldsmith during the 12th Dynasty.” A name of Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty. Fourth Dynasty king.” a queen during the 19th Dynasty. “Lord of Truth.” The name of a king of the Second Dynasty.” A king in the Sixth Dynasty.” “Crown.
” A mythological mouse or rat.” Meaning “Court physician during the Sixth Dynasty.” “Ra is content. I just threw this in here for fun. He may have been the son of Seneferu. like. “Strong.” in its various forms? “Lee” means meadow.” “Meadow.” If you are wondering why on Earth I would include meadow.” or “Son of Ptah.” “Ptah is born.” A High Priest of Ptah in the Fifth Dynasty. likeness.” “Harvest.” A High Priest of Amen during the reign of Amenhotep III. manner.” “Wind.” “Kind. form. learned man.” Also spelled “Ramoses. this is my reasoning: How many people do you know named “Lee. “To be wise.Circle of Isis Name Nuhati Niankhra Penu Petasar “Sycamore.” Image. “Ra is come. brave. A sage and priest at the temple of Tehuti shortly before the fall of Egypt to Alexander. It could mean “heaven of Asar. sky.” “Ra is born.” or “Son of Ra.” or “Ptah is come. Ptahmose Qenu Qer(r) Qet Qetet Ra Hotep Rameses Ra Nefer Rekh Rekh khet Rennut Repenet 264 .” A High Priest of Ra of the Fourth Dynasty. to know. bold.” “Sage.
” “Antelope. “Wise man. guardian.” a daughter of Senusert II. “Watchman.” “Joy.” “Son of Het Heret. gladness. gladness. A High Priestess of Het Heret and Neith during the Fourth or Fifth Dynasties. reciter of spells. It also means “statue” or “image” and would be suitable for the same reasons as above. “Image or statue of a God.” “The power of Ra.” “Jackal” or “wolf. enchanter. Repit Ast is an “amulet of Aset(Isis). A general during the 12th Dynasty.” 17th Dynasty king.” “Mystery.” The planet Mercury. and would be a fitting name.Tameran Names Name Repit Meaning This is the name of a Goddess.” Resha Reshi Sab Sa Het Her Saiti Sat Het Heret Sau Seb Sehu Sekhem Ra Senetites Sepi Seshem Seshesh Seshetat Shesau 265 . “Sorcerer. and has many other meanings.” “Lotus.” An amulet of a deity would represent the power of that deity.” A king of the 13th Dynasty.” “Daughter of Het Heret. “Joy. It means “amulet” and would be combined with names of deities.
Tiy and Ti) The mother of Akhenaten. torch. A very interesting woman. “Fire. 266 .” “Image. “Dancer. Star Goddess. The constellation Virgo.” It also means “Fire.” It means “Image living of Amen.” Enduring person or thing. “Protective strength. acrobat.” One of Akhenaten’s daughters.” Tiye (Also Ty. Royal scribe and chief of the stables of Pharaoh during the reign of Amenhotep III. Un (Male) Unit (Female) Unta (Male) Utcha (Either) Uten (Male) Utenet (Either) God of Existence. Something given.” Fiery hands or a gift. God of Light.Circle of Isis Name Setepenra Ta Repy Tchapqa Tchebu Tchet ta Tchay (or Tjay) Teka Tut Meaning “Chosen of Ra.” “Flowers.” You are probably most familiar with the name “Tutankhamun. flame.
or whenever you deem appropriate. with five “extra” days. so the date of the inundation is a moot point.Appendix B The Calendar The Tamerans had a calendar of 12 30-day months. You must decide whether you wish to go with the actual rising of Sirius. (We’ve reworded some of them. Further research may bring more understanding.) Sothistar’s own research has been added. 267 . We do not understand all of the notations on the calendar. as do some of the more unusual predictions and warnings. the “traditional” date. occurring right before the New Year. called the epagomenal days. In the list that follows. comments on the day. Since the building of the Aswan Dam. predictions. we’ve started on July 19th. The comments as to whether the day is “favorable” come from that papyrus. Ancient Egyptian Magic. the Nile no longer floods.” The calendar contained festival notations. Bob Brier starts his version of the calendar on August 1st. and warnings. In his book. This took place approximately July 19th on our present-day calendar. because Sirius now rises on approximately that date. but have included them for your information and enjoyment. Most of the information that follows comes from a papyrus called “the Cairo calendar. The year began the first day Sirius (Sothis) rose at dawn after the rising of the Nile.
you will be honored in old age. Stay home at night. Mostly adverse. Welcome the rise of the Nile. goes forth. stay home and do nothing. Favorable. Goddess of weaving. Very favorable. Anything you see will be good. Make offerings to the Gods. avoid crocodiles. Mostly favorable. Very favorable. If you were born today. Favorable. Mostly favorable. If you were born today. take up bullfighting or dairy farming. Very favorable. What you see today will be good. 23 24 5 6 25 7 26 27 8 9 28 10 268 . Mostly favorable. Celebrate birthday of Aten. Pacify the hearts of those on the horizon. Very favorable. If you were born today. Stay out of boats today. Anything you see today will be good. In fact.Circle of Isis Julian Date 19 July 20 21 22 Tameran Date 1 Tehuti 2 3 4 The New Year. The day Ra goes forth. Everyone is festive. Hedj Hotep. The Gods are peaceful today.
Do not work today.The Calendar Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 11 The Great Flame (Fire cobra Goddess) goes forth. Do not make love or look at a bull. The day the offering to Sobek was taken away. Offerings to followers of Ra. you will fall down. Stay out of boats.” Festival of Heaven and Ra. 30 12 31 13 1 August 2 3 4 14 15 16 17 5 6 18 19 7 20 8 21 269 . Very favorable. Very unfavorable. Avoid bulls. Start a fire today. The followers of Set and Ra battle. Festival of the Dead. Offering to Gods in your city. Stay home until sunset. Very favorable. Very unfavorable. Incense. Chant “Sweet is Truth. Mostly unfavorable. Very unfavorable. Sunset Ceremony. Chief festival of Thoth. Very favorable. Who is born today will die of a crocodile. The rage of Set battles. Eat honey and figs. Ceremony of Lighting the Fire. If you were born today. Mostly bad. Feast of the Lamps. take care of your eyesight. If you disobey Ra today.
Very adverse. Offerings to Asar or Tehuti. Do not practice. 11 12 24 25 13 26 14 27 15 28 16 29 17 30 18 270 1 Ptah . Anything you see today will be good. Stay home at night. Mostly negative. Stay home. Don’t warm oil. Battle of Heru and Set. The Gods are festive. Don’t kindle fire in the house today. House of Heru. Very good. Do nothing. Very good. Going forth of Sekhmet to repel Set. Mostly good. Very favorable. House of Asar. Transition of Aset to Het Heret head. The Gods see the children of Nut and are happy. Don’t kill reptiles. Make today a holiday. The enemies of Ra shall suffer. The heir is established. Peace between Heru and Set. Mostly good.Circle of Isis Julian Date 9 10 Tameran Date 22 23 Don’t eat fish or birds. Don’t burn incense. Ritual in the House of Ra. Very good. Meditation and instrumental music are good but avoid singing and dancing. A very good day. The winds are peaceful for Ra’s sailing.
Ra kills the children of rebellion. and milk. anoint with water. Extremely favorable. Mostly bad. If you were born today you will live to a ripe old age. One born today should avoid drinking. Anyone born today will die of a skin rash.Very favorable. Whatever you see today is good. Awful! Isis learns She is pregnant. Jubilation in the heart of Ra. Anyone born today will die in foreign lands. Avoid leaving the house. Anpu goes forth. What you see today will be good. Tehuti orders healing of Heru’s eye. All things in divine presence. It is important to make offerings to all the Gods. All enemies are destroyed. Terrible. Anyone born today is likely to die while making love. A great day. Plant barley. Do nothing today. Offering in presence of Hedj Hotep. 271 20 3 21 4 22 5 23 6 24 7 25 26 8 9 . Feast of Montu. Wonderful. egg.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 2 Ritual and Procession of Her Ur. Tehuti in presence of Ra in inaccessible shrine.
Mostly adverse. Not good at all. Terrible. All is good. 29 30 31 12 13 14 1 September 15 2 16 3 17 4 5 6 18 19 20 272 . Very favorable. Property and life are before the August One. overseen by Tehuti. A bad day. It is important to make offerings of bread and beer. The earliest Gods come forth from the waters of Nun. Today the front piece of the prow is fixed on the Sacred Boat. Very favorable.Very good. Anpu ritual of Transformation. Ra makes an example of the rebels. Ra and his followers go out at night. Everything you see today will be good. Don’t look. Feast. and to burn incense. A good day. Nun goes forth to set up the djed pillar. Satisfy the hearts of the Gods. Receiving the White Crown of Heru.Circle of Isis Julian Date 27 28 Tameran Date 10 11 Procession of Bast and ritual. Feast of Asar Unnefer. Do nothing. Very favorable. All his followers rejoice. Make offerings to local Gods and pacify spirits. Don’t leave your house.
Don’t lay the foundation of a house or put a ship in a shipyard. If you were born today. bad. The children of rebellion are found in a burial mat. Mostly bad.Very favorable. Worse. do not go out of your house until after sunset. Do not bathe today. Very adverse. Festival of Asar and Heru. If the wind is blowing. Don’t work until the Sun sets. stay away from crocodiles. Don’t go out. A bad day. Whatever you see today will be good. Festival of Ra. Do not go on any road today.The Calendar Julian Date 7 8 9 Tameran Date 21 22 23 Going forth of Neith. Feast of Het Heret. Bad. Don’t work at all. If you were born today. If you are born today. Very bad. A wonderful day. Very favorable. you will die honored among your people. 273 10 24 11 25 12 26 13 27 14 15 28 29 16 30 17 1 Het Heret . bad. Her eyes guide Tehuti. avoid snakes. The windows at the palace of Busiris are opened and sealed. Birthday of the Staff of the Sun. Bad. Land in festivity. Very favorable.
Do not go outside. Those in the fields are working. Very favorable. If you see anything on this day it will be good. The day of the blaming by His Majesty of this God. 21 5 22 23 24 25 6 7 8 9 26 10 27 28 11 12 29 274 13 . Her son is granted his heritage. Very good. Terrible. Pacification of the hearts of the Gods wherever they are. Today Isis goes forth pleased. The Earth trembles under Nun today. You will see good things today. This is the day of the blaming of the Great Ones. There is rejoicing in Heaven. A good day. Very adverse. Ra’s crew is at peace. don’t navigate today. Ritual of the Gods of the Two Lands. What you see today will be good. Asar sails upstream to Abydos. If you value your house.Circle of Isis Julian Date 18 19 20 Tameran Date 2 3 4 Wedjoyet returns from Dep. Once more the Udjat eye is in the head of Ra. Adverse. Very favorable. Do not let light fall on your face until Ra sets. Very adverse.
A favorable day. 1 October 15 2 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 7 8 9 21 22 23 275 . Today Ra judges. Very bad. Do nothing. God of sexual fertility. Do not begin a journey. Day of the inspecting of Ba Neb Dedet. Landing of the Great Ones at Abydos. Aset and Nebet Het weep over the death of Asar. This is a day of strife for the children of Geb.The Calendar Julian Date 30 Tameran Date 14 Set’s actions cause grief in the hearts of the Gods. A terrible day. The day of the raising of the statue of Maat. Bast goes forth angry. A happy day of eternity and infinity. The feast of Shu. Do not sail or navigate a boat today. Anyone born today may catch the plague. Adverse. Appearance of the eight Gods of Ashmuneium. Adverse. The day of the children of the storm. Very favorable day. Bad.
Favorable. The three noble ladies of the Tan nenet go to the presence of Ptah and praise Ra. Very good. The white crown is given to Heru and the red to Set. Whatever you see today will be good. The Gods rejoice. Heaven and land in festivity. Very good. A good day. The Gods rejoice. Establishing the tet pillar of Atum. The lords are satisfied causing the doors to open. Very favorable. Egypt is given to Heru and the desert to Set. Favorable. Very good. Good. God/desses. A day of festival: Decree establishes Heru as King. Tehuti judges before Ra. 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. 11 25 12 26 13 27 14 28 15 29 16 30 17 18 1 Sekhmet 2 276 . They have seen Asar and he has given his throne to Heru. Ra is joyful in his beauty.Circle of Isis Julian Date 10 Tameran Date 24 Aset goes forth happy as does Nebet Het. Day of the House of Ra and Asar.
Stay at home. Wonderful. Day of transformation into the Bennu. Life. Anyone born on this day will die of his ears. The barque of Ra is established to overthrow the enemies immediately.Very favorable. Offer to your Bennu in your house. Ra speaks. Feast of Asar at Abydos. This will please the Gods. A very good day.The Calendar Julian Date 19 Tameran Date 3 Do not do anything today. stability. Perform rituals of Sobek in his temple and in your house. Favorable day. Not a good day. Do not go out in the wind. Tehuti acts. Very favorable. Bad. Very adverse. and welfare are given to her. Het Heret goes forth in the presence of the Great Ones at Kher Aba. Anyone born today will die in old age as beer enters his mouth.Very favorable. Very adverse. Whatever you see will be good. 277 20 4 21 5 22 6 23 24 25 26 7 8 9 10 27 28 11 12 . The unborn are joyful.
Two Goddesses of weaving. Do not taste bread or beer. Going forth of Het Heret who is pleased in the presence of Ra. Mostly favorable. A good day. The Gods rejoice. Hedj hotep and Tayet go forth to hand their things over to Neith. Feast of Sekhmet and Bast. Not good. If you see a lion it will kill you. Do not go out. Do not anoint yourself. The day of making ointment for Asar. Festival of ploughing the Earth. Papyrus damaged. Terrible. 30 14 31 1 November 2 15 16 17 3 4 18 19 5 20 6 7 21 22 8 23 278 . Setting up the tet pillar. Do not go out at midday. Placing of the Hennu boat. Drink only grape juice until sunset. Do not go out at night. You will see good things today. But the day is mostly favorable.Circle of Isis Julian Date 29 Tameran Date 13 Holiday in your house. People and Gods judge speech of crew of Heliopolis when Heru arrives. The day of looking at the sun disk. A bad day. The boat of the God is overthrown.
Rejoicing. Very good. Papyrus damaged. The finding of Asar’s body. Bad. Very adverse. A good day. Favorable. If you are born today. Do not make love where the Sun can see you. Grief and search by Aset. You will see good things today. Good.The Calendar Julian Date 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Tameran Date 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Papyrus damaged. you will die old among your people. Mysteries. Double the offerings today. invocation. offering food to spirits. Make a holiday in your house. Murder of Osiris. Favorable. Make offerings to God/desses. Favorable. 279 16 17 18 19 1 Amsu 2 3 4 20 5 21 22 23 6 7 8 . Favorable. Good. Mostly bad. Day of Sekhmet and purifying the flame. Do not burn fire in the presence of Ra. She is violent. Festival of Bast.
Aset and Nebet Het weep in remembrance of what Asar had been. Make cakes and repeat the offerings. Not good. The going forth of Shu. The day of the coming forth of flame together with Heru from the marshes. Terrible.Circle of Isis Julian Date 24 Tameran Date 9 Offerings to Sekmet. The Gods will be pleased. All come into existence. Nun goes forth to the Gods. Anything you see today will be good. Do not wash yourself in water today. Do not burn papyrus today. Answering every speech of Sekhmet. Day of prolonging life and making beneficial Maat in the temple. Nun goes forth through the cavern to where the Gods are in darkness. Don’t get near fire today. Very good. 25 10 26 27 11 12 28 13 29 14 30 15 1 December 2 16 17 3 280 18 . Don’t listen to singing or chanting. Favorable. Very good. Very bad. Very favorable. Do not approach any dogs today. Going forth of Gods to Abydos.
Don’t drink milk. Anything you see will be good. you will die in great old age. Do not go out until Ra sets. rich in all that is good. Going forth of the Noble One. Day of appearance of Hu. Do drink and eat honey. Happiness is on both Heaven and Earth. Going forth of Bast. Bast guards the Two Lands. Bad. Make abet offerings to followers of Ra. Wonderful. Tehuti takes an oath in Ashmineum. Very adverse. What you see today will be good. Make a holiday in your house. A good day. If you are born today. Good. 281 7 8 22 23 9 10 24 25 11 12 13 26 27 28 14 29 . Great. Very good. Do nothing. Very good. The great cow is established in Ra’s majestic presence. Tehuti sends forth to Bast and Sekhmet to guide the Two Lands. There is great festivity in Hefau.The Calendar Julian Date 4 5 6 Tameran Date 19 20 21 Very adverse.
Good. offerings in house to spirits. Birth of Heru sa Aset.Circle of Isis Julian Date 15 Tameran Date 30 Crossing over in the presence of Nun in from temple of Hapi. Offering to your spirits and local Gods. All you see today will be good. Very adverse. Putting up the Tet pillars of Asar. Stay home. Better. Feast of Ptah lifting Heaven of Ra. God/desses in festivity. Festival of the Little Heat. Horrible. Offer incense to all Gods. Favorable day. 16 1 Rekh Ur 17 18 19 2 3 4 20 21 5 6 22 7 23 24 8 9 25 10 282 . The God enters to distribute the ration of all the Gods. Very good. Very good. Festival of the Great Heat. Elevating the Goddesses of the Temple. The God/desses are in festivity. Awful. Going forth of Set. Gods receive Ra. Make abet offerings to the Gods. Going forth of Udjat eye for singing. Show your heart to the Gods. Very favorable. hearts are festive. Great. Invocation.
Heru saves his father. Very favorable. 283 27 28 29 30 31 1 January 12 13 14 15 16 17 2 3 18 19 4 20 5 6 21 22 .The Calendar Julian Date 26 Tameran Date 11 Feast of Neith. The seven executioners go forth. Day of keeping things of the wabet of Asar. Anything you see today will be good. which have been placed in the hands of Anpu. Not good. A good day. Stay home. Do not go out at dawn on this day. Mostly good. Favorable. The day of the birth of cattle. The day of the mourning of the God. Very adverse conditions. You will see good from her hands. Going forth of Sebek to guide her. Do not go out alone in the daytime. Proceeding of Sekhmet to Letopolis. Festival of Ptah and Heru. Aset is awakened by Ra. Very favorable day. Bad. Adverse. The Gods go forth for him in heaven. Proceeding of Goddesses of heaven southward. Everything you see will be good.
Entry of Asar into the Moon. Do not approach river today. 26 Going forth of Min to Coptos. when they see her beauty in the night for four and a half hours. Not great. Bad. 23 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 284 . 29 There is uproar among the children of Geb. 2 Everything you see is good. Good day. 4 Set calls to battle. Do nothing. Birth of Aion. 30 Talk to no one. Great day. 25 All you see today is good. The unborn rejoice.Circle of Isis Julian Date 7 Tameran Date Festival of Aset. Very adverse. 1 Amenhotep Feast of entering into heaven and two banks. 5 Neith goes forth from Sais. Very bad. Aset sees Min’s face and joins him. Everything you see will be good today. 24 Festival of Aset. 3 Papyrus damaged. Super day. Favorable. Great. Heru rejoices. 27 Feast of Seker. Wonderful. Do not go out during this time. 28 Unnefer is pleased.
Making the way for the Gods of Khnum. All you see is good. Any ritual performed will be good. Day of making health. Day of opening of the doorways and court at Karnak. The day the Nile comes from Nun. Day Tehuti and spirits go forth. Bad. Going forth of Anpu. Very favorable. Very adverse conditions. Very favorable. Don’t work. Good day. Very adverse. Wonderful. Very favorable. Coming of Tehuti. The day of judgment in Heliopolis. Stay home. Great. Followers of Ra called to Heaven. Give food. 285 21 7 22 8 23 24 25 26 27 9 10 11 12 13 28 29 30 14 15 16 31 17 .The Calendar Julian Date 20 Tameran Date 6 Jubilation of Asar in Busiris. Don’t look at anything in the darkness today. Make ritual. Don’t leave your house until Ra sets. Do not pronounce the name of Set today or you will fight eternally in your house. Day of rebellion in the shrine. Awful. Very adverse.
The Feast in Busiris. Feast of Heru in Kemwer. Very favorable. Obviously very adverse. Do not look into the light. The day he is sent into the cave without knowledge of the Great Ones to look for the occasion of coming. Very bad. 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 . There is a great feast in heaven. Do not leave the house. Do not even think of pronouncing the names of the snakes. Make a holiday. The enemies are struck. Day of the birth of Nut anew. Birth of Apophis. she who counts the days. Very good. Do nothing today. Do nothing today. Very bad. Feast of Asar at Abydos. Very bad. Anything you see will be good. Omitted by scribal error. Bad.Circle of Isis Julian Date 1 February 2 Tameran Date 18 19 Feast of Nut. Stay home and don’t look into the light. Do not leave the house. Very good.
The Calendar Julian Date 15 Tameran Date 2 Geb goes to throne of Busiris to see Anpu who commands the council to learn the requirements of the day. Day all the parts of the Eyes of Heru are accounted for. Any lion who pronounces the name of the constellation Orion will die immediately. The day the Great Ones and the uraeus fought. Very favorable. Do nothing. Going forth of Min into the festival tent. Very favorable. Put myrrh on the fire. Very bad. Heru is well when the red one sees His form. The stars go forth bitterly and openly. 16 3 17 4 18 5 19 6 20 21 7 8 22 9 287 . Do not go out into the darkness. Terrible. Bad. Whoever approaches today will find anger. Excellent. Whoever sees small cattle today will die at once. Whatever you see today will be good. The Gods and Goddesses are satisfied when they see the Children of Geb.
Very bad. 24 25 26 27 28 29 11 12 13 14 15 1 March 2 3 16 17 18 4 19 288 . Very bad. Very adverse. Going forth of Kephera. Adverse. It is a happy day in heaven. but they added it to the epagomenal days in July. Very adverse. Ra goes forth in his barque across heaven. Very adverse. Do not bathe with water today. Very favorable. Feasting in Heliopolis. you’ll have to decide which way you want to do things. Every town is joyful. Do not approach in the morning.Circle of Isis Julian Date 23 Tameran Date 10 The Great Ones are introduced to the whole eye of Heru. Should you wish to follow this calendar. Do not be courageous today. The Tamerans did add an extra day every four years. Positive. Asar is conducted to his ship at Abydos. Going forth of Set. All you see today will be good. Great. All you see today will be good.
The day of making offerings to the spirits at Abydos. Very adverse. Do not go out today. Offerings to all Gods. or you will have strife in your house forever. Do not work today. Offerings to Ra. and Horus. Bad. End of the world by Sekhmet. Asar. Adoration to Unnefer. Very Favorable. The day of cutting out the tongue of Sobek. Extremely adverse. Papyrus damaged. Set rebels against Unnefer. Bad. Very good. Terrible. Offer local Gods myrhh on fire. Very favorable. Very bad. Do not eat anything that is on the water. Feast of Heru sa Aset and His followers. Very bad. Do not go out until Ra sets. Do not mention the name of Set today. 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 Calendar Julian Date 5 Tameran Date 20 Today Ra repells those who rebel against their masters. What you see today will be good.
The White One of Heaven proceeds downstream. Do not leave the house.Circle of Isis Julian Date 17 18 19 20 21 Tameran Date 2 3 4 5 6 Do not sail today. Damage to papyrus. Papyrus damaged. Adverse. Bad. All you see today will be good. You will see good things today. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 April 2 290 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 . All you see today will be good. Do not leave your house until sunset. Follow Heru today. Feast of Ba neb dedet. Festival of reconstituting the heavens. Wonderful. Very good. Every heart is glad. Festival of Aset. What you see today is good. Coming of the Great Ones of the House of Ra. A time of rejoicing among the Gods. Very good. Very bad. Every land is happy. Bad. God of sexual fertility. What you see today is good. Adverse. Damage to papyrus. What you see today is good. Very favorable. Very adverse. Bad. Great.
You’ll see good things today. Maat judges. Good. Geb and Nut are judged by the Gods. Good. Papyrus damaged. Papyrus damaged. Great. The day is fixed as a feast on both heaven and Earth. Everything you see today will be good. Adverse. 291 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 1 Heru 2 17 18 3 4 19 5 . Good. Don’t shout at any being today. Anyone born this day will live to be very old. House of Ra. Very favorable. Excellent. Papyrus damaged. Very adverse. Favorable. Holiday of Ra and followers. House of Asar. Very good. All Gods rejoice. Very adverse. Festival of Bast. All you see today is good. Very adverse. Festival of Heru. Great. You’ll see good things. The hearts of the Gods listen very well. House of Heru.The Calendar Julian Date 3 Tameran Date 19 Day of counting by Tehuti who heard Maat.
Avoid sailing on the river. You will see only good. Feast of Udject: festival. Good. Very good. Great day. chant. Make incense of various sweet herbs for Ra’s followers. Stay home. Do not judge yourself this day.Circle of Isis Julian Date 20 21 22 Tameran Date 6 7 8 Heru avenges his father. Anyone born today will become a magistrate. What you see today will be good. Singing. Adverse. singing. Wonderful. Make this day a good one. Great. The followers of Ra catch birds and fish. chanting. Bad. Don’t eat lion meat today. and offerings of incense and sweet herbs. Asar goes forth from his house to the August mountain. Make a holiday for Ra and his followers. Anyone born today will be noble. The worst. The day of fighting. Very bad. 23 9 24 25 10 11 26 27 12 13 28 29 14 15 30 1 May 2 16 17 18 292 . Favorable. The feast of the Udjat.
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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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Uadjet also used arrows.” If you choose to wear the ankh. Ankh: Whatever its original significance. and a club. a spear. whose sunbeams were said to be shot like arrows.” or “mirror image of Amen. and therefore more difficult. Barque: A boat. uses. whatever its form. dedicated to Their service. Acacia: A tree sacred to Heru.” Thus “Tut ankh amen” means “living image of Amen. it means both “life” and “mirror. let it symbolize life in all its aspects. often used to symbolize the movement of a God. it contains explanations. “The Archer” was another name for Tum. Arrow: Two crossed arrows and a shield were the symbol of Neith. Let it symbolize a life dedicated to growth. Let it represent your choice of path. Let it be a sign of your respect for all life. to service of the Gods. the fact that you have chosen a magical. the ankh now has the meaning of “life. this one is different.lL Glossary While a glossary is usually a small dictionary of terms. and directions for many of its entries. Let it speak of your gratitude for the life given you by the Lord and Lady. I confess it is a catchall for the little bits of information my research has garnered and for information you might find useful. In addition to definitions. path.” As a hieroglyph. magic knot or sandal strap. and of your return of that gift into Their hands. 299 .
we have both types of horns. but not to us). and a symbol of Lower Egypt. three simple dolls apparently used for spells. Bread: It was considered one of the best offerings to make to a deity. Just as the Europeans revered the stag and other large-horned animals.” Bull: ! Once upon a time. but black is the color of the fertile earth deposited in Tamera by the Nile. Black: The color was at once the symbol of the underworld and rebirth (confusing to some. and sacred to the Gods. Anpu was drawn on the top of the box in black ink. (See Knot of Isis. was found by an archaeologist. along with beads and amulets. One such box.Circle of Isis Bee: Sacred to the God Min. Brick: Most often thought of as birth bricks. four wands. This birth brick was personified by Meshkenet.) Blue: The color of heaven. so the Tamerans saw the strength and vitality. 300 . They chose the bull. Legend says that the cedar tree sprung from the blood of Geb. and from that moment on. page 302. Box: Magicians traditionally kept their tools in a box. Aset told the people to choose one of the animals to be most sacred. to acknowledge both our physical roots and our spiritual ones. a statue. Blood: This fluid was considered as a creative power. It contained papryi bearing magical information. it was one of the most revered animals in Tamera. belonging to a magician of the Twelfth Dynasty. on which women would stand to give birth. the masculinity of the bull and revered it as the epitome of masculinity. In our temple. Not only is travel to the underworld a step toward rebirth. a Goddess whose name could be translated as “Ruler of birth. à y Bennu: The Egyptian phoenix. The bee usually found in hieroglyphs resembles a wasp rather than the chubby honey bee with which we are familiar. rather than a sign of death.
Corn: The many references to corn found in books about Egypt probably referred to barley. What we in the United States call corn was not known in Tamera. usually by Pharaohs. ‚ Centipede: The God Sepa. signifying eternity. to us. the Goddess who was portrayed as a frog. « Frog: Ý ƒ Goose: Sacred to both Het Heret and Geb. She is connected with childbirth. She is shown sitting at the feet of Osiris. the goose was considered the source of creation.” 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. and egg-laying hens were not known to the Tamerans until the 18th or 19th Dynasty. Child: A symbol of potential and beginnings. A symbol of Heqet. In a relief at Denderah. and the left hand. perhaps love. It is a loop in a rope. and the readiness of the Gods to listen to prayers. Ears: Pictures of ears symbolized both a willingness to listen. When Nut is shown with two right hands. an elongated form of the hieroglyph shem. each of our lives can be seen as contained in the loop of a rope. 301 . so this is not ignorance. or some other form of grain. Because the egg was considered a symbol of creation. Soldiers received medals in the form of the fly as rewards for bravery in battle. Fly: Among other things. The right hand signifies sending. “It was a green thing to do. the Earth God. whose name means “centipede.Glossary Cartouche: A symbol used. the fly was considered a symbol of courage because they are so hard to chase away. Green: The color of life. the Tamerans said. It is. but design.” was called as a protection against the enemies of the Gods and noxious animals. Crocodile: Considered both evil and good in Tamera. with the rope signifying our eternal selves. receiving. to encircle their names. Other figures have one of each. If something was a good and healthy act. it shows She is giving or sending energy. in reality.
The blue lotus was especially sacred. Usually made of a red stone such as carnelian. 302 . Knot: Á In magical use. They believed the smoke served as a vehicle to carry prayers up to “heaven. Conversely. Other sources feel it symbolizes the fallopian tubes. and connected with the many depictions of a king being suckled by a Goddess.” Milk: Because of its color. knots held magic fast. releasing a knot released the magic or its subject. Name: Names were as sacred to the Tamerans as they are to us.” Each ingredient in incense should be chosen carefully for its magical qualities. Lapis lazuli: Sacred to the Tamerans because of its color. but rather a door to mystery. Incense: The use of incense in magical work was a very important part of Tameran practice.Circle of Isis Imiut: A symbol consisting of a headless animal skin hanging on a pole over a pot. It is also a symbol of water. and malachite was said to express joy. It is often found near Asar. Wearing lapis and gold supposedly placed one under the protection of the sun and heaven. It could symbolize the physical body left behind upon death when the spirit moves on.” it is said to resemble an ankh with the arms folded down. Knife: A symbol of protection and defense against evil. Knowing someone’s true name gave power over that person. Lotus: This flower is a symbol of dawn and beginnings because it closes up at night and opens in the morning. and choose with care. thus receiving divine power. Night: The Tamerans did not consider night an evil thing. Het Heret was called “the Lady of Malachite. The important thing is to concentrate on the purpose for which the incense is being prepared. Knot of Isis: Also called “blood of Isis. We don’t have too much information about the ingredients that the Tamerans used. milk was a symbol of purity. Malachite: Green was a joyful color to the Tamerans. Ritual knives were made of flint rather than metal. it seemed to symbolize all that Aset represents.
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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245 Dark. 108 Apuat. 107 Ankh. 56.lL Index A Aabit. 107 Ami Pe. 140-142 Asar. 38-45. 105 Aah. 98 Amen. 49. 108 Amulet. Children’s. 110 Baket. 110 Auit. 200-201 the Nefer. 109 Ashu. 88 Amutnen. 59. 106 Air. 106 Akhentef. 109 Aseb. 109 Aset. 34 Aua. 69-73. 250 Aker. 53-57. 34. 205 The Paper. 204 the Neha. 178 Festival of. 110 B Background Cloth. 50 Hymn to. 245 Asbet. 106 Ami. 46. 63 Apet. 179 meditation. 152. 145-147 Anubis. 152. 205 Anpu. 30. Making a. 69 Bata. 168 Ashket. 111 Bast. 49. 110 Asur. 199 Heart. 107 Ami Neter. 51. 46. 248 313 . 161-164 Hymn to. 52. 31-37. Meditation. 111 Beginnings. 83 Asar Pharaoh. 49. 199 Amulets. 107 Amit. 108 Aristotle. 30. 53-57. 236-238 Bait. 198-205 Amun. 174 Bastest. 57-60. 32 Amu.
206 Fire. 70. 67. 250 Divination. 42 Friends. Four Fold. 22. Wax and Ushabti. atef. 133 Craft. 248 Focus. 181-189 Foods. church of the. 184 Breads. 21 Chrysocolla. 95 G Geb.Circle of Isis Bekhkhet. 187 Death Bringer of. Prayers for. 77 Figures. 206-207 Wax. 246 Food and Drink. God of. 196-197. 85 Crown. 253 Danu. 102 Date Sweet. Interpretations. 305-306 Bread. 184-185 Diagram. 17 Gods and Goddesses of. 181-183 Books and Magazines. 250 Primal. 152-153 Craft Work . 249 Frog. Interpretations. the. 42 Circle Closing. 62. 185 Fig. the. 153 Circle Opening. 136 Energy. 180 Bes. 247 Eternal Source. 187 Fruits and Vegetables. 20. the. 70 Craftsman. 187 Calendar. 86 Crone. 185 D Daia. 205 Fruits. 76-80. 188-189 E Earth. 32 Horned. 101 Egypt. 48. The Rite of Blessing. Father of Nut’s. 11-132 Elements. 25. 47 Geburic. 21-23 Hymn to. 166 Geburah. 84 314 . 184-189 Forgotten Ones. 190-191 Danger. 111 Benu. 39 Cycle. Beer. 267 Child. the Elemental. 65 solar. 44 C Cakes. 250 Flow. 174 Beverages. 24. Barley. 96 Hymn to. 151. 234-255 Duck with Must Sauce. 175 Freya. 253 F Feast. 157-161 Children. Invoking the.
the. 50 Keku. 70. 61-65 Heret. 88-89. 245-249. 220-225 sounds and meanings. 67. Hymn to. 179 as Aset. Creating the. 87. 171 Isis. Jaon. 205 Hu. 53 Hymn to. 14 Isis Incense. 89 Eye of. 38-45. 180 H Hag. 15 Hekat. 75. 247 Het. 112 Henkheses. 113 Incenses and Oils. 13. 218-233 letters. 42 Hieroglyphs. 253-255 Isis and Nephthys. 180 the Knot of. 93-94 Khnum. 66-68. 246 Hecate. 52 K Kali. 114 Kekui. 178 Circle of. 154-157 Egyptian. 238-239 Interpreting the. Maria Blumberg’s. 73. 105 Songs for the. 72 Heh. 165 Grant. 113 I Imhotep. 66-68 Hathor. 177 Interpretations. 61-65. 176-180 Incenses. 73 Het Heret. 35. 114 Kekuit. meanings. 111 Hat Hor. 113 Hutchai. 178 Health. 19 Other. Lament of. 85 Hapi. 244-250 Glyphs. 112 Heka. 165 Hesa. 112 Heqet. 113 Het Heret. 202-203 Oil. 30 Hera sa Aset. 169 J Jackal. 106 Khurab. 114 Khensu ka. 114 315 . 42 Heru. 89 Khephera. 14 Mother of the. the. 74-75. 70 Karate Kid. 230-233 Gods. 84 Growth.Index Glyph Pieces. 153. 112 Her. 26. 225-230 Horus. 102 Khonsu. Celebration of the birthday of the. 92. 19. 36.
the. 49-52. 42. Lady of. Greater. 133-134. 42 Lady of. 178 Love. 216-217 Magic. 245 Meditation. 129 Morrigan. 31. 106 Mysteries. Making a. 66 Mathet. 253 Life. 152. 60 two types. 142-143 The pyramid of. Interpretations. 257 Nebet Het. 30. 103-104 Nekhebet. 88. 250 Interpretations.Circle of Isis Kilt. Interpretations. malt. 15 Mahes. 182 Nonalcoholic. Giver of. 251 Neith. 306-307 Mut. 202-203 Kyphi. 246 high. 246 Luck. 69-70 Maybe. 70 Mourning song. 116 Min. 117 Moon. 147-150 Medu neter. 134-135 guided. 117 Nemyss. 139 ending. 253 Lie. 183 Meats. 170 Museums. 116 Meskhenet. 114 Maat. Making a. 28 Mistress of. 95 Liquor. blue banded. 115 Malachite. 177 Mead. 138-140 beginning. 251 using the Pyramid of. 253 Mantra. 115 Mau Bast. 82 Mafdet. 253 N Names. 29 Menat. 203-204 Lapis lazuli. 115 Mesen. the. 215 316 . 115 Magic and Magical Tools. 195-255 Magic Wand. 37. 90 Lotus Bouquet. the. 133. 188-189 Meditation. 140 Other. Tameran. 213-214 Knot of Isis. 34 Literature and Libraries. 204 Merseger. Making a. 43 L Ladder. 247 M Maa. Interpretations. 94. 15} low. 34 Law. 116 Montu. Drawing down the. 15 Mistress of. 47. 95-96.
radish. 85. 120 Salad. 135-138 O Orion. 212 Scarab. 32. 84 317 . 17. 245 Incense. 47 Qabalism. 34 Osiris. 172 prayer to. 89. 172 when he rises. 46. 173 Incense.Index Neper. Creating your own. 119 Potter. 120 Renpiti. 42 Rituals. 169 Nerit. 201-202 Scarabeus sacer. 244 Sefket. 249 Nun. 192 prayer to. 120 Renenutet. 173 Prayers. 192 Rameses II. 119 Remi. 84 Scarab. 118 Nut and Geb. Making a. for One Who Has Crossed Over. 31. 85 Nu. 117 Nephthys. 83 Recipes. 251-252 S Saa. 178 Hymn to. 93. 93 Seahorse. 190-192 Ptah. 105. 189 Seasons. Interpretations. 49-52 Hymn to. meditation to connect with. meditation to connect with. 147-149 Nut. the. 149-150 Ra. 118 Papait. 15. 118 Number. 180 P Pakhet. Recipes from. 119 Pestu. 118 Passing. 192 Qabala. for protection. 180 Hymn to. 120 Restraint.24-27. 247 Rhiannon. 67 R Ra and Nun. 86-87 Pyramid. 186 Satan. 18-20. the Witches. 180 Seasonings. 151-166 contact. 180 Oil. 21 Hymn to. 179-180 Rekhet. Mara’s. 90 Q Qabala. the. 23. Egyptian. 117 Nile Valley. 63. the. 253 Pestit. 119 Remnet.
196 Tum. 307-308 Storm. 123 Unta. 143-145 Time. 246 Magical. 18. 186 Spirit. 104 Sia. 52 Unit. 121 Sirius. 253 Wand.Circle of Isis Sekhmet. 21. the. 46. 121 Shai. 51 Soup. 96. Lord of. 216 Water. Interpretations. 123 Udjat Oracle. 250 Y Yes. 90-92 Set. 250 Statuary and Stuff. hymn to. 247 Work. 166 Setem. 124 Utet Tefef. 124 Upuat. Lord of the. 121 Shen. 83. 248 Tools. Interpretations. 167 Meditation. 183 Wisdom. 235 Reading the. Creating the. 48 Tutankhamun. 30 Utchait. instruction for making. 102 Tauret. 15 Wide View. Creating a. 84-85. 122 Tefnut. 36. 97-100 Tehuti. 124 Utekh. 16. 41. 204 U Uadjet. 100. 240-243 Un. 125 T Tait. 35. 208-211 Sobek. the. Interpretations. 84 Hymn to. 46-48. 122 W Wait. 47 Tanent. 89. 81-83. 124 Ur. 121 Shu. 41 Sistrum. 253 318 . 123 Underworld. 28-30. 108 Ur Henu. 101-102 Tara. 204 Shesmu. 27. fava bean. 109. 250 Wicca. list of. 122 Tamera. 34 Sothistar. 253 Wine. 28 Words. 19 Two Fingers. 30. 122 Sothis. 179 Seshat. the. Making a Magic. 123 Unti.
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