The Inundation

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

A Beckoning Cat

Cats were very sacred animals to the Ancient Egyptians. They held a honored position in many households and were sometimes considered more important than humans. Cats were treated as demigods and anyone caught harming or killing a cat, even by accident, was punished by death, because cats guarded the royal granaries keeping them relatively free … Continue reading A Beckoning Cat

The Five Gifts of Hathor

The Egyptians believed that the gods were not distant deities in the heavens; the gods lived alongside people and interacted with them daily. Trees were considered the homes of the gods and one of the most popular of the Egyptian deities, Hathor, was known as "The Lady of the Sycamore" because she was thought to … Continue reading The Five Gifts of Hathor

Ap-uat the Wolf

Listening to the coyotes communicating in howls and yips just yards away from our Sanctuary, brings to mind one of the most ancient Egyptian gods, Ap-aut (also known as Sed and Wep-wawet) a wolf-like god whose worship originated in Upper Egypt. His name means "the opener of the ways" which is sometimes interpreted as the … Continue reading Ap-uat the Wolf

The Great Cackler

The Ancient Egyptians welcomed and honored all sorts of creatures in their art,  in hieroglyphics, as well as in the depiction of the goddesses and gods. Egyptian artwork includes more than seventy species of birds and they can be seen in dozens of hieroglyphs. The wide range of birds in Egyptian art, mummified remains of … Continue reading The Great Cackler

A firm heart on the right path

Gracious is the face of the well-doer. Let the beneficent one find great company too. To seek without finding equals waste of time. A firm heart on the right path can work like gold and jewels. ~Papyrus of Ani

Horus hears your words…

According to the Ancient Egyptian horoscope calendar known as the Cairo Calendar*, today is a very favorable day. Horus hears your words in the presence of the gods and goddesses. Everything you say and see shall be in goodness. Horus speaks: "I am life rushing on, born from the egg of the world, born from … Continue reading Horus hears your words…

A Hymn to 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.

A tiny protector for the full moon

What is it about bats? They have been portrayed as the alter-ego of Vampires due to the blood-sucking nature of three breeds of bats; however these are only found in South America and rarely go after humans. People are often terrified of these small animals yet most bats are harmless creatures who have unique eyesight, … Continue reading A tiny protector for the full moon