Ipy (Apet, Ipet, Opet) was a hippopotamus goddess known as a protective and nourishing deity. Her name meant 'favored place' and she was depicted as a combination of human, hippopotamus, lion, and crocodile. This combination of attributes shows both her protective and nourishing aspects. Ipy was one of several goddesses, including Taweret, Reret and Heqet, … Continue reading Ipy the Hippopotamus Goddess, Mistress of Magical Protection
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
The Ancient Egyptians believed that dreams were magical and often the result of direct communications with the deities. The images of gods and the scenes in dreams seemed to prove the existence of another world, a world similar to this one. It was thought that glimpses of the future could be revealed to a person … Continue reading Egyptian Dream Magic
The most sacred part of the ancient Egyptian temples were the innermost sanctuaries. This is where the oracle statues of the god's were hidden in shrines until needed. The oracle statues were carried by priests on sacred boats during festival days. These statues were magical as they carried the essence of the god.
The Goddess Iusaaset is one of the most ancient Egyptian Goddesses. Her name literally means "Utterer of Words, Conceiver of Worlds, Isis"
The final section of the Westcar Papyrus continues where the story of Khufu and Djedi, the magician ends, telling of the birth of the first three pharaohs of the fifth dynasty, Userkaf, Sahure and Neferirkara Kakai, to Reddjedet wife of the Priest of Ra. "It was a day when Reddjedet was suffering as her labor … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories Part 4
As mentioned in a previous post, the Westcar Papyrus is an ancient Egyptian text containing five stories about magic and miracles performed by the lector-priests. Each of these tales are told at the royal court of Pharaoh Khufu of the 4th dynasty (25th century BCE). When researching the Goddess Wenet (Lady Unu), I found a … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories Part 3
The Cairo Calendar is a 19th Dynasty Egyptian almanac and horoscope calendar that lists feasts, mythological events, favorable or adverse days, forecasts, and warnings. It includes over 40 references to the "going forth" of deities. According to researcher Patricia Hardy, dates of the "going forth" coincide with astronomical events, the movements of stars and constellations. … Continue reading Hymn to Thoth and the Rising of Alphekka
Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, The mother of Horus, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Royal Spouse of Osiris, The supreme overseer of the Golden Ones in the temples, The Eldest son, first born of Geb. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, The mother of … Continue reading Prayer and Hymn to Isis (Aset) the Goddess of 10,000 Faces
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