Heku – Magical Stories Part 4

The final section of the Westcar Papyrus continues where the story of Khufu and Djedi, the magician ends, telling of the birth of the first three pharaohs of the fifth dynasty, Userkaf, Sahure and Neferirkara Kakai, to Reddjedet wife of the Priest of Ra. "It was a day when Reddjedet was suffering as her labor … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories Part 4

Heku – Magical Stories Part 3

As mentioned in a previous post, the Westcar Papyrus is an ancient Egyptian text containing five stories about magic and miracles performed by the lector-priests. Each of these tales are told at the royal court of Pharaoh Khufu of the 4th dynasty (25th century BCE).  When researching the Goddess Wenet (Lady Unu), I found a … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories Part 3

Homage to Ptah, Architect of the World

Ptah was creator god and patron of craftsmen, metalworkers, carpenters, shipbuilders, and architects.

Bat, the Goddess of Two Faces

Bat is a very ancient Egyptian deity revered as a celestial goddess and goddess of fertility.  Her worship began during the Predynastic period of Egypt and extended up through the Middle Kingdom, a period of over 1000 years. As a celestial goddess in her cow form, she was associated with the Milky Way. Bat also … Continue reading Bat, the Goddess of Two Faces

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

Hymn to Thoth and the Rising of Alphekka

The Cairo Calendar is a 19th Dynasty Egyptian almanac and horoscope calendar that lists feasts, mythological events, favorable or adverse days, forecasts, and warnings. It includes over 40 references to the "going forth" of deities. According to researcher Patricia Hardy, dates of the "going forth" coincide with astronomical events, the movements of stars and constellations. … Continue reading Hymn to Thoth and the Rising of Alphekka

The Great Cat Deities

Probably the most well known Egyptian cat deity is Bastet (Bast) however there are also a number of other ancient Egyptian gods who were associated with cats. The goddess Neith was said to take the form of a cat occasionally and the goddesses Tefnut and Sekhmet were pictured as lions. An inscription in the Valley … Continue reading The Great Cat Deities

The Blue Lotus and Nefertem

The ancient Egyptians regarded the blue lotus (or blue water lily) as a symbol of creation. In ancient Egyptian mythology, the blue lotus was the first object to emerge out of chaos. It was associated with the sun god, Re, due to the way that it would rise out of the water over a short … Continue reading The Blue Lotus and Nefertem

The Goddess Neith, Spinner of Destiny

The Ancient Egyptians worshipped the primordial creator Goddess Neith, the spinner and weaver of destiny, who was associated with the spider. She was often depicted with a weaving shuttle in her hand, or a bow and arrows, demonstrating her hunting abilities. As the goddess of creation and weaving, she was said to re-weave the world … Continue reading The Goddess Neith, Spinner of Destiny

In Honor of Nekhbet, the Vulture Goddess

"Homage to you Mistress of the mouth of the two valleys, Mistress of the sky." Nekhbet is the Ancient Egyptian vulture goddess of Upper Egypt. Her name means “she of Nekheb” which is based on the Upper Egypt city  (modern day El Kab) where her temple complex was located. Nekhbet's shrine in this temple complex … Continue reading In Honor of Nekhbet, the Vulture Goddess