A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

Djehuti-emhab, an official of Pharaoh Ramses, had a detailed 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. Tomb of Djehuti-emhab, ca. 1279–1213 B.C. New Kingdom Here is Djehuti-emhab's hymn and encounter with the Goddess: … Continue reading A Magical Encounter with Goddess Hathor

The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)

Reflecting on our Shrine to the Lady Hathor, we come across her in the Papyrus of Ani (also known as the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge) Hathor, Lady of Amentet, the Dweller in the Great Land, the Lady of Ta-Tchesert, the Eye of Ra, the Dweller in his breast, the … Continue reading The Praise of Hathor, Lady of Amentet (Dweller in the Great Land)

The Inundation – the New Year

At the heart of the Egyptian calendar year was the rising waters of the Nile as part of the annually-occurring inundation. Egyptians noted that the Sirius star (Sothis) would rise roughly at same time every year, which for between 3,000-2,500 BC was in late June. With the inundation usually happening shortly thereafter, the Egyptians celebrated … Continue reading The Inundation – the New Year

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

Imhotep (Asklepios) the Great Architect and Healer who became a God

Imhotep was the architect, astrologer, high priest and chief vizier of Pharaoh Djoser the second king of Egypt's third dynasty (circa 2650 BCE). His name means "The One Who Comes in Peace." Imhotep was born a commoner but it quickly became apparent that he was exceptionally smart, a true genius, and he rose through the … Continue reading Imhotep (Asklepios) the Great Architect and Healer who became a God

Sekhet, the Fen-Goddess

Sekhet (Sokhet, Sakhet, Sochet) is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of the life of the fields, meadows, marshes and the wetlands. She is Mistress of Sekhet-Aaru, the Field of Reeds, the Otherworld paradise where Osiris rules. It has been described as the ka (soul) of the Nile Delta. As the Goddess of marshes or fields, she … Continue reading Sekhet, the Fen-Goddess

Hymn to Sekhmet-Bastet Goddess of Protection

The Goddess Sekhmet-Bastet is recognized in many ways; Sekhmet is known predominately around creating and putting out Fires, while Bastet is the Goddess of Protection. Sekhmet-Bastet is "the One Who loves Ma'at" and "She Who detests unrighteousness." HYMN TO THE GODDESS SEKHMET-BASTET from the Temple of the Hathor at Dendera.(cfr. Dendera III 184-185) Sekhmet-Bastet, She … Continue reading Hymn to Sekhmet-Bastet Goddess of Protection

Homage to Ra from the Book of the Dead of Nekht

Today, is the 30th day of the month of Rekh Neds (season of Peret) which is a month dedicated to Amun-Ra. According to the Cairo Calendar, there is a "day of feast in Busiris. The name of the doorways [of the horizon] come into existence. House of Ra, House of Asar, House of Heru. To … Continue reading Homage to Ra from the Book of the Dead of Nekht

Tatenen, the Exalted Earth God

The god Tatenen (Ta-tenen), whose name means "risen land" or "exalted earth," represents the Earth and was born the moment the primeval mound, benben, rose from the waters of chaos. He also symbolizes the emergence of silt from the fertile Nile after the waters of the inundation recede. Tatenen was the god of vegetation, the … Continue reading Tatenen, the Exalted Earth God

The Feast Day of Heru-ur

Heru-ur (Horus the Elder) was the son of Geb and Nut (the Earth and the Sky), making him one of the oldest gods of ancient Egypt. In Predynastic times he was combined with a hawk or falcon god and a god of light known as “the great one.” By the Old Kingdom era he was … Continue reading The Feast Day of Heru-ur