Make Incense of Different Kinds of Sweet Herbs for Ra

On this day, according to the Cairo Calendar, it is suggested that we "make incense of different kinds of sweet herbs for Ra and his followers which will please him on this day." Therefore, I am making a new batch of Kyphi incense today. The burning of incense was integral to worship of the gods … Continue reading Make Incense of Different Kinds of Sweet Herbs for Ra

Egyptians Loved and Honored Their… Dogs!

According to Herodotus (and other sources), while the Ancient Egyptians loved their Cats, Dogs were even more loved and honored. It has been written that when a pet cat died, all those who lived in the home shaved their eyebrows. However, in a home in which a dog died, all would shave their entire head … Continue reading Egyptians Loved and Honored Their… Dogs!

Cleanliness (and Cosmetics) for the Gods

For the ancient Egyptians personal hygiene was an important cultural value. They bathed daily, shaved their heads to prevent lice or other problems, and regularly used cosmetics and perfumes. One's personal appearance was so important that there are spells in The Egyptian Book of the Dead that one cannot speak in the afterlife if one … Continue reading Cleanliness (and Cosmetics) for the Gods

“Fragrance of the Gods” Incense in Ancient Egypt

Fragrance has permeated the land and culture of Egypt for millennia. Beautiful scents and the burning of incense were intrinsic to the worship of the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Large quantities of a variety of herbs and woods was burned daily in the temples throughout Egypt. The numerous reliefs and papyri depicting incense … Continue reading “Fragrance of the Gods” Incense in Ancient Egypt

Seshat and the Tree Spirits

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 and the Tree Spirits

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 … Continue reading Heku and Healing

Solar Re, Kek, Wenet and the Long Night Moon

Today, the shortest day of light and the longest night of darkness, Atum-Re meets me in various forms. To begin, Atum-Re's namesake, Re, greets me in the morning as he lounges on one of the solar arrays that grace and sustain our sanctuaries. Re loves to catch every bit of warmth and light from the … Continue reading Solar Re, Kek, Wenet and the Long Night Moon

Heku – Magical Stories (Part 2)

While the stories of Heku written on the Wescar Papyrus tell of miracles performed by the high priests, they also relate historical magical stories that have been carried forward from Ancient Egypt. Another story in the Westcar papyrus, as told at the royal court of Pharaoh Khufu  (25th century BCE) is as follows: Khafra stood … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories (Part 2)

Stories of Magic – Heku

In Ancient Egypt, magic was tightly bound up with writing (although there must have been an extensive oral tradition which was never recorded and is therefore lost to us). Most priests gained magical and medical knowledge by studying ancient scriptures. The lector-priests (high priests) were the most knowledgeable as they were the keepers of the … Continue reading Stories of Magic – Heku

Becoming Hathor

We are now in third month of the Ancient Egyptian Cairo Calendar. This is the month of Hathor. Hathor's name means "House of Horus [the Elder]", and she was a goddess of many things. She was a celestial goddess, The Mistress of Heaven; A goddess of love, music and beauty as the Goddess of Love, … Continue reading Becoming Hathor