The Ancient Egyptians had important groupings of the deities and among these, the group of three deities, Triads, were particularly significant. Two of the most famous triads of Ancient Egypt are the Theban Triad and the Abydos Triad. The Theban Triad consists of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. Amun was the chief god of Thebes and … Continue reading The Triads
In Honor of Weneg, Mediator of the Gods and Pillar of the Sky
Weneg, also known as Uneg, was an Ancient Egyptian God first referenced during the Old Kingdom period (c. 2600 BCE). He was revered as a god of fertility, agriculture, and the renewal of life. The name Weneg translates to "the one who endures" or "the one who is firm," and he was believed to hold … Continue reading In Honor of Weneg, Mediator of the Gods and Pillar of the Sky
The Tree Goddesses
For the Ancient Egyptians, there were several Goddesses associated with trees and their life-giving properties. The Tree Goddesses were often depicted as women with branches or leaves sprouting from their heads, symbolizing their connection to nature and the cycle of life. One of the most well-known Tree Goddesses was Hathor, who was often depicted with … Continue reading The Tree Goddesses
Mother Goddess Tefnut and a Morality Tale: The Lion in Search of Man
Animal fables may have been popular in Egypt since the New Kingdom, since there are illustrated papyri dated to the New Kingdom which depict animals acting in human situations, such as festivities, labors, and combats. The fable of The Lion in Search of Man is especially remarkable, because here the Egyptian stepped outside of themselves, looked at man, and found them to be evil. The final part of this fable predates a shorter and similar version in the Fables of Aesop.
A Hymn to Hapy – the Seasons of the Nile
The hymn refers to Egyptian religion and the Egyptians' relationship to the Nile. This also provides some clues as to the economy and Egyptian society as well as the Egyptians attitudes/worship of Nature.
Remembrance, Souls & Cats
For many of us, as the days grow colder and darker it is a time of reflection, remembrance and also respect for those who are on the other side of the veil. We celebrate this time with contemplative walks and decorating our sanctuaries with candlelight, the scents of lavender and rosemary, and fires in the … Continue reading Remembrance, Souls & Cats
The God of the Sun, Aten the Solar Disk
The story of the Aten is unique in Egyptian history, as well as being one of the most complicated and controversial aspects of Ancient Egyptian religion. The Aten is an ancient Egyptian Sun God often seen or referred to as part of Re (Ra). There was no creation story for the Aten nor did it … Continue reading The God of the Sun, Aten the Solar Disk
A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor
Djehuti-emhab, an official of Pharaoh Ramses, had a detailed description of his personal encounter with the Goddess Hathor inscribed on the walls of his tomb in Thebes. These inscriptions are quite unique when compared to other Theban tombs. Tomb of Djehuti-emhab, ca. 1279–1213 B.C. New Kingdom Here is Djehuti-emhab's hymn and encounter with the Goddess: … Continue reading A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor
The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)
Reflecting on our Shrine to the Lady Hathor, we come across her in the Papyrus of Ani (also known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge) Hathor, Lady of Amentet, the Dweller in the Great Land, the Lady of Ta-Tchesert, the Eye of Ra, the Dweller in his breast, the … Continue reading The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)
The Inundation – the New Year
At the heart of the Egyptian calendar year was the rising waters of the Nile as part of the annually-occurring inundation. Egyptians noted that the Sirius star (Sothis) would rise roughly at same time every year, which for between 3,000-2,500 BC was in late June. With the inundation usually happening shortly thereafter, the Egyptians celebrated … Continue reading The Inundation – the New Year
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