Prayer to Sekhmet-Bast

Mother of the gods, the One, the Only, Mistress of the crowns, thou rulest all; Sekhmet is thy name when thou art wrathful, Bast, beloved, when thy people call. Daughter of the Sun, with flame and fury Flashing from the prow upon the foe; Safely sails the Boat with thy protection Passing scatheless where thy … Continue reading Prayer to Sekhmet-Bast

Prayer to Hathor – Goddess of Beauty

To the Goddess of Love, the Lady of the Two Lands Giving praise to Hathor, who lives in Thebes. Kiss the earth for her in all her forms. May I pray to her for the greatness of her name, for the strength of her striking power. Love of her is in the hearts of the … Continue reading Prayer to Hathor – Goddess of Beauty

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

The Bennu Bird

The Bennu Bird is an ancient Egyptian deity linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth. According to Egyptian mythology, the Bennu Bird was a self-created deity which played a role in the creation of the world. It was said to be the Ba (soul) of the sun god Ra and facilitated the actions of Atum, the … Continue reading The Bennu Bird

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

Bes the Champion

Bes is a complex being who is both a deity and a demonic fighter. He was a god of war as well as protector of childbirth and the home; and he was associated with sexuality, humor, music and dancing. Bes is depicted as a bearded dwarf often shown sticking out his tongue and holding a … Continue reading Bes the Champion

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