A Hymn to Mother Aset from the Shelwit Temple

The Shelwit Temple of Isis (Deir el-Shelwit) is an ancient Egyptian temple which stands on the West bank of the Nile at Luxor. Today much of the temple is in ruins however the inside of the main building has well preserved reliefs. One of these inscriptions is a Hymn to Isis. This Isis temple is … Continue reading A Hymn to Mother Aset from the Shelwit Temple

Goddess Hathor: Hymn to the Lady of Dance

The rites and worship of the Goddess Hathor, "The Golden Goddess" and "The Lady of Dance" were heavily associated with the performance of dance and music. The power of music and movement were used to transport the worshiper into an ecstatic encounter with the Divine. The ecstatic nature of the dancing performed for the Goddess … Continue reading Goddess Hathor: Hymn to the Lady of Dance

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

The Peaceful Awakenings of Khnum

Khnum, the ram-headed god, was one of the earliest and longest worshiped gods of Ancient Egypt. He was the Ram God of the Nile, God of Silt, God of Fertility and the potter god of creation. He was a god of the sun, predating Ra, and became the protector of Ra as they traveled through … Continue reading The Peaceful Awakenings of Khnum

Homage to Khonsu the Light of the Moon

Khonsu is one of the most ancient Egyptian Gods of the Moon. His name means traveler reflecting the fact that the Moon travels across the night sky. Khonsu is also known as the Embracer, Pathfinder, and Defender, as he would watch over those who travel at night. As the God of Light in the night, … Continue reading Homage to Khonsu the Light of the Moon

Hymn to Thoth – God of Writing, Magic, Wisdom and the Moon

Thoth is the Ancient Egyptian God of writing, magic, wisdom, and the moon. The worship of Thoth began in Lower Egypt most likely during the Pre-Dynastic Period (c. 6000-3150 BCE) and continued through the Ptolemaic Period (323-30 BCE) which was the last dynastic era of Ancient Egyptian history. Thus the worship and veneration of Thoth … Continue reading Hymn to Thoth – God of Writing, Magic, Wisdom and the Moon

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

Ancient Egyptian Hymns, Poetry and the Songs of the Harpers

The distinction between songs, hymns and poetry in Ancient Egyptian temples, tombs, and papyrus texts is not always clear. The term "song" is used for the writings which are depicted with musical instruments and if the songs are seen to have a clear connection with temples and festivals then they are usually described as hymns. … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Hymns, Poetry and the Songs of the Harpers

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