Wepwawet, the Opener of Ways

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, Wepwawet (also known as Ap-aut and Sed) a wolf-like god whose worship originated in Upper Egypt. His name means "Opener of the Ways" and this has been interpreted as opening … Continue reading Wepwawet, the Opener of Ways

Tatenen, the Exalted Earth God

The god Tatenen (Ta-tenen), whose name means "risen land" or "exalted earth," represents the Earth and was born the moment the primeval mound, benben, rose from the waters of chaos. He also symbolizes the emergence of silt from the fertile Nile after the waters of the inundation recede. Tatenen was the god of vegetation, the … Continue reading Tatenen, the Exalted Earth God

The Feast Day of Heru-ur

Heru-ur (Horus the Elder) was the son of Geb and Nut (the Earth and the Sky), making him one of the oldest gods of ancient Egypt. In Predynastic times he was combined with a hawk or falcon god and a god of light known as “the great one.” By the Old Kingdom era he was … Continue reading The Feast Day of Heru-ur

Heku and Healing

Egyptian medicine was the result of experimentation, observation,  and physical remedies which were supplemented by magical ones: Magic is effective together with medicine. Medicine is effective together with magic.From the Ebers Papyrus Incantations, prayers to the gods, and above all to Sekhmet, the goddess of healing, were often accompanied by herbal and other medicines to … Continue reading Heku and Healing

Seshat, Mistress of the Great Library

Seshat is named as one of the Seven Hathors. The Ancient Egyptians saw her as the Goddess of writing, historical records, accounting and mathematics, measurement and architecture. She was depicted with a headdress that is also her hieroglyph which may represent either a stylized flower or seven pointed star on a standard that is beneath … Continue reading Seshat, Mistress of the Great Library

Prayers to Nut, the Sky Goddess

Prayer to the Goddess Nut found at the entrance to Hatshepsut's tomb: "O my mother Nut, spread yourself over me, so that I may be placed among the imperishable stars and may never die...that my name might remain enduring in this temple forever and ever.” Utterance 432 - the Pyramid Texts (written circa 2500 BCE): … Continue reading Prayers to Nut, the Sky Goddess

Aker, Guardian of the Horizon

Aker (also known as Akeru) was one of the earliest Egyptian Gods of the earth and ancient sources indicate that he was worshiped before other known earth gods, such as Geb. He represented the deification of the horizon and, as guardian of the eastern and western horizons of the afterlife, it was Aker who opened … Continue reading Aker, Guardian of the Horizon

Sokar, Falcon God of the Underworld

Sokar was a protective falcon god of Memphis, originally an agricultural deity, and one of the oldest gods of ancient Egypt. He evolved from a god of agriculture and growth to the god of craftsmanship. Ultimately, Sokar came to be a God of the Necropolis and rose to considerable importance as an afterlife deity. The … Continue reading Sokar, Falcon God of the Underworld

Heh and Hehet, God and Goddess of Infinity

Before the world was formed, there was a watery mass of dark, directionless chaos and in this chaos lived the Ogdoad [Ennead] of Hermopolis, four frog gods and four snake goddesses of chaos. These deities were Nun and Naunet (water), Amun and Amaunet (invisibility), Heh and Hehet (infinity) and Kek and Kauket (darkness). The water … Continue reading Heh and Hehet, God and Goddess of Infinity

Wadjet, Supreme Goddess of Lower Egypt

Wadjet is one of the oldest deities in the Egyptian pantheon and a greatly respected protective goddess. She was worshipped beginning in the Predynastic Period (c. 6000-3150 BCE) and by the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150-2613 BCE) was the supreme deity of Lower Egypt. Wadjet was the daughter of Re and featured in one of … Continue reading Wadjet, Supreme Goddess of Lower Egypt