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

The Harvest of the Full Moon

  Our Full Moon Ceremony, during the Harvest Moon, this last week was particularly special. We began the evening with an opening processional by ringing the ceremonial bell; this was followed by the banging of our rather large gong, and then carrying our small singing bowls as we walked the Ankh Labyrinth. After completing a … Continue reading The Harvest of the Full Moon

New Moon Ritual

Moon rituals are an ancient and sacred practice that originated in Egypt, and other ancient civilizations, where moon worship was a part of the culture. The phases of the moon influence the growth or decline of plants, animals, and human life. Participating in the phases of the moon was seen as a sacred and necessary … Continue reading New Moon Ritual

The Ankh Labyrinth

There is a labyrinth at our Sanctuary in Northern California and it is shaped like an Ankh. The Lady Hathor Shrine is at the top of the Ankh. In Ancient Egypt by the time of the Old Kingdom (c. 2613 - 2181 BCE) the Ankh was well-established as a powerful symbol of eternal life. Egyptologist … Continue reading The Ankh Labyrinth

Flames, Again!

Yet again, intense, destructive fires are all around California. I found a  protection spell to protect those "kings" and "queens" who are fighting these fires; and to protect those whose homes and animals are at risk. Let us send safety and healing to those whose homes and animals have perished in the flames. "Lighting the … Continue reading Flames, Again!

A Beckoning Cat

Cats were very sacred animals to the Ancient Egyptians. They held a honored position in many households and were sometimes considered more important than humans. Cats were treated as demigods and anyone caught harming or killing a cat, even by accident, was punished by death, because cats guarded the royal granaries keeping them relatively free … Continue reading A Beckoning Cat