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
While the stories of Heku written on the Wescar Papyrus tell of miracles performed by the high priests, they also relate historical magical stories that have been carried forward from Ancient Egypt. Another story in the Westcar papyrus, as told at the royal court of Pharaoh Khufu (25th century BCE) is as follows: Khafra stood … Continue reading Heku – Magical Stories (Part 2)
In Ancient Egypt, magic was tightly bound up with writing (although there must have been an extensive oral tradition which was never recorded and is therefore lost to us). Most priests gained magical and medical knowledge by studying ancient scriptures. The lector-priests (high priests) were the most knowledgeable as they were the keepers of the … Continue reading Stories of Magic – Heku
Heku (Hekau) is a type of magic that Egyptian priestesses and sorcerers performed in the ancient Egyptian religion. The Heku energy came from the powers of the gods/goddess Heka, Hu, and Sia - all representative of the natural world, birth and re-birth. Generally, Hekua is seen as the Ancient Egyptian reverence for language and knowledge. … Continue reading The Book of Heku