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 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

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

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

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

Magical Herbal Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians

Health, wellbeing, and personal appearance were prized by the Ancient Egyptians. Healthiness was next to Godliness and the priest/physicians as well as magicians who participated in medical care viewed health and sickness as battle between good and evil. Of course not all of Egyptian medicine was based on offerings to the gods, the Egyptians were … Continue reading Magical Herbal Medicine of the Ancient Egyptians

Heku – Magical Crystals, Gemstones and Minerals of the Ancient Egyptians

The Ancient Egyptians mined gemstones and minerals over seven thousand years ago. They believed certain crystals and gems could magically increase vitality and prosperity as well as prevent health problems and boost psychic potential. Three gemstones in particular were a powerful triad for prosperity and protection. These were Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Carnelian. Lapis Lazuli … Continue reading Heku – Magical Crystals, Gemstones and Minerals of the Ancient Egyptians

Hymn to Ma’at and Cosmic Balance

Ma'at was and is the Goddess of truth, justice, wisdom, the stars, law, morality, order, harmony, the seasons, and cosmic balance. Some of her Epithets are Beloved Daughter of Ra, She of the beautiful face, Controller of seasons, Food of the Gods, Lady of Heaven and Queen of Earth.  As “The food of the Gods,” … Continue reading Hymn to Ma’at and Cosmic Balance

Prayer to Thoth – Daily Prayer of Adoration

Prayer to Thoth - Daily Ritual Prayer of Adoration O you gods in Heaven, O you gods on Earth! You Southerners, Northerners, Westerners, Easterners, Come and behold Thoth, how He shines forth in His crown which the two lords in Hermopolis have set in place for Him, in order that He may perform the governance … Continue reading Prayer to Thoth – Daily Prayer of Adoration