According to ancient Egyptian myth, bees grew from the tears of the sun god Ra when they fell to earth and landed in the desert. The bee was seen as the messenger of the gods coming to earth to provide a secret message.
The honeybee was one of the key royal symbols used for over five thousand years.
The Udjat represents the right eye of the Sun God Ra. This eye is where the tears/bees came from.
A dedication to those who have left the mortal realm and are traveling through the veil today to visit the living; it is the “Day of the Dead.”
Prayer for removing displeasure from the heart of the god against the deceased person
The deceased shall say, “Wash away my sins, Lord of Truth; destroy my transgressions, wickedness and iniquity, O God of Truth. May this god be at peace with me. Destroy the things that are obstacles between us. Give me peace, and remove all dissatisfaction from thy heart in respect of me.” ~Chapter XIV Book of the Dead .
Book of the Dead
Weighing of the Heart – from the Book of the Dead
As written in the Cairo Papyrus Ancient Egyptian Calendar, October 29 is the last day of the month and a very favorable day. It is the day of the Houses [Temples] of Re and of Osiris.
The presiding Priestess of the Sanctuary recently had a dream which is the theme of today’s worship.
The community stands independently upon their own stars, throughout the Sanctuary, finding the boundaries. Each holds a branch; the branches show the boundaries as well as the strength of each.
– Strength Eternal
There are the boundaries of the Sanctuary, boundaries of truth, and boundaries of the Iseum. When each branch is placed next to the other, to create a huge bundle, it is unbreakable.
We need to remember this strength, eternal strength, the strength and immensity of the stars guiding us, as well as the strength and spirit of our animal companions who share our branches.
We build our altars with these branches and welcome new branches upon our altars.
Blessed be the boundaries of protection and the open nature of all who are welcome within these sacred boundaries.
As written in the Cairo Papyrus Ancient Egyptian Calendar, October 15 is the “day of the appearance of the eight great gods” called Ogdoad, or sometimes Ennead. They are the original “company of gods” or paut neteru, represented by nine axes.
The eight deities were arranged in four male-female pairs, the female names being female forms of the male names. The male Gods have the head of a frog and the female Godesses have the heads of a serpent. Their names are as follows:
Nu and Nut generally mean sky and water, and it seems clear that they represent the primordial waters.
Ḥeḥu and Ḥeḥut have no readily identifiable determiners; however some believe they indicate “eon” or they may be a personification of the atmosphere between heaven and earth.
The names of Kekui and Kekuit are written combining the sky hieroglyph with a staff or scepter used for words related to darkness and obscurity, suggesting that these gods represent primordial darkness, but in some aspects they appear to represent day as well as night, or the transition from night to day and from day to night.
For the fourth pair, the common meaning of qerḥ is “night”, but also suggests the principle of inactivity or repose.
These are the primordial Gods recognized by the Ancient Egyptians and we celebrate their visitation to Hermopolis as well as their representation of Water, Earth, Heaven, and Eternity!