The gods and goddesses of Ancient Egypt were an integral part of the people’s everyday lives. It is not surprising then that there were over 2,000 deities in the Egyptian pantheon. Some of these deities’ names are well known: Isis, Osiris, Horus, Amun, Ra, Hathor, Bastet, Thoth, Anubis, and Ptah while many others less so. The more famous gods became state deities while others were associated with a specific region or, in some cases, a ritual or role. The goddess Qebhet, for example, is a little known deity who offered cool water to the souls of the dead as they awaited judgment in the afterlife, and Seshat was the goddess of written words and specific measurements overshadowed by Thoth, the better known god of writing and patron of scribes.
Ancient Egyptian culture grew out of an understanding of these deities and the vital role they played in the immortal journey of every human being. Historian Margaret Bunson writes: “The numerous gods of Egypt were the focal points of the nation’s cultic rites and personal religious practices. They also played a part in the great mortuary rituals and in the Egyptian belief in posthumous eternal bliss (98).”
The gods evolved from an animistic belief system to one which was highly anthropomorphic and imbued with magic. Heka was the god of magic and medicine but was also the primordial force, pre-dating all the other gods, who enabled the act of creation and sustained both mortal and divine life. The central value of the Egyptian culture was ma’at – harmony and balance – represented by the goddess of the same name and her white ostrich feather, and it was Heka who empowered Ma’at just as he did all the other deities. Heka was the manifestation of heka (magic) which should be understood to be natural laws which today would be considered supernatural but, to the Egyptians, were simply how the world and the universe functioned. The gods provided people with all good gifts but it was heka which allowed them to do so.
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The Goddess that Spirals both from the inside out and from the outside in. She is Me and I am We. We are not just the Birther, The Nurturer. She is the Warrior, I am the Sorceress, We are The Passion, The Creator and the Spirit.
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This Amazon is famous in their traditions: her house or dairy of stone is yet extant; some of the inhabitants dwell in it all summer, though it be some hundred years old; the whole is built of stone, without any wood, lime, earth, or mortar to cement it, and is built in form of a circle pyramid-wise towards the top, having a vent in it, the fire being always in the centre of the floor; the stones are long and thin, which supplies the defect of wood; the body of this house contains not above nine persons sitting; there are three beds or low vaults that go off the side of the wall, a pillar betwixt each bed, which contains five men apiece; at the entry to one of these low vaults is a stone standing upon one end fix’d; upon this they say she ordinarily laid her helmet; there are two stones on the other side, upon which she is reported to have laid her sword: she is said to have been much addicted to hunting, and that in her time all the space betwixt this isle and that of Harries, was one continued tract of dry land.
A little head start on Tuesday. Have a Magickal Day.
As a fairly new Witch I’ve been trying to think of clever ways to memorize all of the different magickal correspondences I come in contact with every day. A way to invite Magick into my life even when I’m not feeling particularly magickal.
So every time I add an herb or spice I will recite its correspondences. In this case a dear friend gave me some banana bread which I added cinnamon to, because life just needs more cinnamon. As I was sprinkling this beautiful spice I rattled off it’s magickal aspects such as its element is fire and it promotes luck, love, power, protection and so on, now those are some exciting Magickal ingredients to power up your day.
To view more exciting correspondences of Cinnamon check out the link.
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Discussion of animism, early polytheism, duality in gods and goddesses, the burning times and witch hunts in Europe, Gerald Gardner and the introduction of Wicca, and several authors well-known in modern Paganism.
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I found this as so incredible, I had to share.
A longish video but well worth the time to watch it. It brings together different viewpoints that the media over the years.