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

Creating an Altar – Heku

The Ancient Egyptians made offerings to their deities on altars in offering halls located outside the sanctuaries of temples. Some altars might also be placed in other courts and halls in the temple complex. The altars were various sizes; some quite large, carved and decorated square blocks, others small and table-like. Bas-relief and other decorations … Continue reading Creating an Altar – Heku

Temples, Sanctuaries, and Shrines

In ancient Egypt magical ceremonies and rituals were performed by priests and priestesses in Temples dedicated to the various dieties. These rites and offerings were performed to the gods/goddesses who upheld Maat - the divine order of the Universe. Like the ancient Egyptians, the ritual duties at the Iseum are the responsibility of the priestesses, … Continue reading Temples, Sanctuaries, and Shrines

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

Blessings and Prayers

In this fast paced and challenging modern world people often don't have much time to commune with nature, sit with oneself in a peaceful state, and embrace the silent wisdom coursing through all of us. Lady Olivia Robertson and Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, the late Founders of the Fellowship of Isis, suggested a simple ceremony everyone, every … Continue reading Blessings and Prayers

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

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

Remembrance, Souls & Cats

For many of us, as the days grow colder and darker it is a time of reflection, remembrance and also respect for those who are on the other side of the veil. We celebrate this time with contemplative walks and decorating our sanctuaries with candlelight, the scents of lavender and rosemary, and fires in the … Continue reading Remembrance, Souls & Cats

Things aren’t always what they Seem

We host and care for a variety of wildlife, wild creatures, as well as domesticated ones at all of our Sanctuaries. It is our intention to live in peace and harmony with all living things - however all living things don't necessarily have the same instincts. Wild creatures are called "wild" for a reason. Predators … Continue reading Things aren’t always what they Seem