Hymn to the Goddess Meretseger, the Peak of the West

The Ancient Egyptians worshiped Meretseger, the Theban Cobra-Goddess in charge with guarding and protecting the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Meretseger's name means "She Who Loves Silence" in reference to the silence of the desert cemetery area she watched over or, according to another interpretation, she was "Beloved of Him Who … Continue reading Hymn to the Goddess Meretseger, the Peak of the West

A Hymn of Praise to Isis-Hathor

The following hymn of praise to Aset (Isis) is found in the Sanctuary of Her Temple at Philae. Praise to you Isis-Hathor,God's mother, Lady of Heaven,Mistress of Abaton*, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus,The Mighty Bull, protector of his father,Who causes the rebels to fall. Praise to you Isis-Hathor,God's mother, … Continue reading A Hymn of Praise to Isis-Hathor

Springtime at the Northern California Sanctuary

As the weather grows a little warmer and there is more light during the day, the population of birds swell and their sounds echo throughout our Northern California Sanctuary. With the coming of Spring there is a proliferation of bird species of all types, ranging from blue jays to robins, hawks to owls, ducks to … Continue reading Springtime at the Northern California Sanctuary

Ancient Egyptian Divination – Invoking the Gods and Goddesses

The Ancient Egyptians practiced divination for two main purposes: to inquire about the present and obtain useful information to make changes to a situation; or to beg for assistance from a god to make desired changes to current circumstances. It was the magician who attempted to compel the God(s) to do his or her will. … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Divination – Invoking the Gods and Goddesses

The Feather of Ma’at and Shu

The land of Ancient Egypt was home to an abundance of animals and especially birds. The Ancient Egyptians believed that this world was a reflection of the divine realm and birds provided an important source of symbolism. Not only could they represent a specific deity - Ra and Horus as falcons, Thoth as the Ibis … Continue reading The Feather of Ma’at and Shu

A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

Djehuti-emhab, an official of Pharaoh Ramses, had a detaied description of his personal encounter with the Goddess Hathor inscribed on the walls of his tomb in Thebes. These inscriptions are quite unique when compared to other Theban tombs. Here is Djehuti-emhab's hymn and encounter with the Goddess: A hymn of the Golden One, Eye of … Continue reading A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

Hymn to Nut, the Sky Goddess

A member of our community donated some wonderful artworks to the North Quabbin Sanctuary. One of these artworks is a depiction of the Sky Goddess Nut on papyrus. In thanks to our community, and to honor the Sky Goddess, I thought it would be appropriate today to share a hymn to Nut from the Pyramid … Continue reading Hymn to Nut, the Sky Goddess

Two Hymns to the Goddess Aset (Isis) in Her Temple at Philae

The islands of Bigeh and Philae, located in the First Cataract of the Nile River, were sacred sites to the ancient Egyptians. After the construction of the Aswan High Dam the actual islands were submerged by Lake Nasser. Fortunately the entire temple complex of Philae was relocated and the Hymns to Isis can still be … Continue reading Two Hymns to the Goddess Aset (Isis) in Her Temple at Philae

The Seven Principles of Ma’at

The Goddess Maʽat is the embodiment of the Ancient Egyptian Seven Principles of Ma'at which are Truth, Balance, Order, Harmony, Righteousness, Morality, and Justice. It was expected that the priests, Pharaohs and their families embody these principles, along with every member of the community.  Life was to be lived in such a way that these … Continue reading The Seven Principles of Ma’at

Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian

From the beginning of the First Dynasty of Egypt (circa 3200 BCE) the great cheetah goddess Mafdet was worshiped. She was known as “the runner” representing swift death. As the "Avenger of the King" Mafdet was believed to rip out the hearts of evildoers and lay the hearts at the Pharaoh’s feet in the same … Continue reading Goddess Mafdet, the Great Feline Guardian