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 a cow’s head and a headdress of horns and a sun disk. She was associated with the sycamore tree, which was believed to have healing properties and was often used in medicinal preparations. Hathor was known as “Lady of the Sycamore” and Aset (Isis) was also linked to this tree.

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Another important Tree Goddess was Nut, well known for her connection to heaven and earth; she was also associated with the acacia tree. The wood from this tree was believed to have protective qualities and often used to make magical wands and amulets.

Egyptologist, Dr. Colleen Manassa, wrote about the importance of these Tree Goddesses, stating, “The Tree Goddesses were associated with the natural world and the cycles of life, and were often invoked for their life-giving properties. They were also seen as protectors and healers, and were revered for their nurturing qualities.”

The following is one of the prayers associated with the Tree Goddesses:

“Hail to you, Hathor, Lady of the Sycamore,
Mistress of the Sky, Lady of Love,
You who gives life to all living things,
We praise and honor you, O great one.”

This prayer highlights Hathor‘s connection to the natural world and her life-giving properties, as well as her role as a protector and provider of love and joy.

Another hymn to the Tree Goddesses reads:

O Tree Goddesses, we honor and praise you,
You who embody the cycle of life and the natural world,
Your branches and leaves reaching towards the sky,
Symbolizing the connection between heaven and earth.
We thank you for your protective and nurturing qualities,
And ask that you continue to bless us with your presence.

The Tree Goddesses represent the importance of nature in Ancient Egyptian religion and their role in connecting the natural world with the divine. The practice of burying a body in a wooden casket was thought to be a return of the deceased to the womb of the Mother Goddess. The Tree Goddesses influence can still be seen in modern depictions of female deities and their connection to the natural world.