Saqqara – The Pyramid Texts

Not far to the south of Giza is the huge necropolis of Saqqara, which lies within an ancient city called Inbu-Hedj (the White Fortress).  Saqqara does not have Egypt's largest pyramids, however it has some of the most ancient tombs and pyramids including the Step Pyramid of Djoser which is often considered the first true … Continue reading Saqqara – The Pyramid Texts

Orion’s Belt, Sothis, and the Pyramids of Giza

As we look to the sky during this time of year, we see the constellation Orion directly above at midnight. Orion was to the ancient Egyptians (and to many of us) the most distinctive of all the constellations in the night sky. It rises directly before the adjacent star Sirius. Orion was imagined as being … Continue reading Orion’s Belt, Sothis, and the Pyramids of Giza

First Visit to the Iseum Sanctuary

Upon arrival at the Iseum Sanctuary, one sees an old wooden gateway. As you walk through the gate and down the pathway, there is nothing too obvious about this being a Temple. However, one then begins to see standing stones and sculptures which give indication that this site may be something rather different. Down the … Continue reading First Visit to the Iseum Sanctuary

Feast Day of Sekhmet and Bastet

According to the Cairo Calendar, adjusted for the changes in our modern sky as Sirius, the Sothis Star, rises in August rather than mid-June in Ancient Times, today is the feast day of Sekhmet Bast Ra. We therefore reflect upon the 164th Chapter of The Book of the Dead in which prayer and homage is … Continue reading Feast Day of Sekhmet and Bastet

Hedjhotep, Tayet and Neith

Today is the day Hedjhotep and Tayet come forth from the Great Temple of Heliopolis. They present their gifts to Neith, one of the most ancient deities (early Pre-Dynastic Period c. 6000 - 3150 BCE). Hedjhotep is the God of linen and Tayet is the Goddess of weaving. In a text from the Temple of … Continue reading Hedjhotep, Tayet and Neith

Our newest Sanctuary member: Re Sekhmet Mau

We welcome Re Sekhmet to the Iseum Sanctuary Refuge. Re is from the Mohave Desert area of Southern California. Being found in a desert seems appropriate for an Egyptian/Arabian Mau. Re was in a shelter which "euthanizes" cats and other animals that are unclaimed and unwanted. Fortunately, he came to us, as he had come … Continue reading Our newest Sanctuary member: Re Sekhmet Mau

Hymn to Isis/Aset

This hymn to the Goddess Aset was presented by Lady Loreon on January 18, 2003 during the Consecration ceremonies of the World Peace Temple of Isis in San Diego, California, and is used currently by the clergy and devotees of the Iseum Sanctuary as a constant reminder of Goddess ethics. (No changes- either in wording … Continue reading Hymn to Isis/Aset

The Tears of the Sun

According to ancient Egyptian myth, bees grew from the tears of the sun god Ra when they fell to earth and landed in the desert. The bee was seen as the messenger of the gods coming to earth to provide a secret message. The honeybee was one of the key royal symbols used for over … Continue reading The Tears of the Sun

Prayer to Osiris – Day of the Dead

A dedication to those who have left the mortal realm and are traveling through the veil today to visit the living; it is the "Day of the Dead." Prayer for removing displeasure from the heart of the god against the deceased person The deceased shall say, "Wash away my sins, Lord of Truth; destroy my … Continue reading Prayer to Osiris – Day of the Dead