Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads: Hekatesia Ritual 16/11/2013 Report

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Hekatesia public rite was facilitated by me as Torchbearer for The Sanctuary of Hekate’s Crossroads within the Covenant of Hekate on Sandringham beach (SE Melbourne, Australia), Saturday 16th November 2013 to coincide with the modern Hekate festival of the “Day of Hekate”.

Upon the rocky outcrop which served as shrine there was my sanctuary statue of Hekate adorned with her magickal necklace, organic: olive oil, milk, honey garlic, apple, pomegranate, onion and barley with sacrificial blade, libation vessel, incense burner with special Hekate blend I made for the day, sea water khernips, cheesecake amphiphon, lamp with a pomegranate scented candle, non alcoholic wine, Hestia oil lamp, magickal keepsake box made ethically and environmentally from native Cyprus, gifts from sanctuary members including shawl/altar cover and crystal beads as well as offerings from attendees which included personalized hymns, flowers from their garden, jewelry, journals, crystals including skulls, animal bones, herbs and home made molasses cookies.

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It was a beautiful day lit up with wonderful sunshine which warmed us whilst the wind whipped waves upon the ocean, provided a natural soundscape.  Just over a dozen came to the ritual, some whom have travelled hours to get there from across the state and which I was very appreciative of.  Halfway through the rite a further handful of latecomers arrived respectfully and didn’t disturb the ritual in progress but engaged with us at Agape.

All attendees chatted briefly and exchanged pleasantries before they lined up in procession to wash their hands to remove miasma (pollution) with the orange blossom water mixed with rose petals khernips I had placed in a acacia wooden bowl outside sacred space.  I then created sacred space in the Hellenic way which included certain ritualistic gestures, words and actions before the procession made its way within the sacred space and stood before the shrine in a crescent.  More purifications were made along with the offerings before I blessed and purified the offerings upon the shrine.  Since this is a regular part of my own practice I was delighted to be able to share it with other Hekate devotees and the whole time I was enacting it, I was filled with an ecstatic love and joy.

Next came the symbolic lighting of the hearth flame of Hestia and hymn to Hestia by the lovely Cosette complete with libation.  Then came the laying of the flowers before the shrine and hymn to Artemis by the lovely Tania also complete with libation. For Hekate I lit her symbolic lamp and recited a hymn to Hekate, offered some incense and reblessed the offerings as well as the wine libation to be shared with the attendees.  During this time I asked those who had anything they wanted to share with their fellow devotees within this sacred rite and Adam, Rach and Elspeth all shared their heart felt hymns which they had written to Hekate and which blessed, touched and inspired.  During this time the sea had began to beat upon the shore in louder waves of fevered rhythm and the sun burst through the last remaining clouds to illuminate us in a haze of glorious light which intensified as the ritual progressed.

The ritual was continued with a round of libations individually given to each attendee in their own cup to either drink from or offer to Hekate for each Goddess in turn.  We all went down to the liminal place between the shore and the sea which was behind the shrine and made our personal prayers, offerings and meditations before we all reassembled before the shrine and wound the ritual down into closing.  I thanked Hekate for her attendance with some chosen words and more libations and Tania and Cosette followed suit with words of thanks and the last libations to Artemis and Hestia respectfully.  Afterwards the attendees and I went across the road for Agape at the local pub and indulged in our own libations of sorts.

It was a fabulous day and I am honoured to have held this ritual in Hekate’s name and I am deeply appreciative of those who travelled long and time consuming distances and attended, assisted and participated and shared of themselves (special mention to Colette and Tania for your devotional assistance in the rite and to Adam, Rach and Elspeth for sharing their personal hymns) and of course to Hekate herself for bestowing her presence and her blessings.

T. Georgitsis, Torchbearer

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Basic Spellcrafting

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Spellcraft is the active ability to create and work spells.  A spell is a combination of words used as a magical charm or incantation which can be used with specific items which resonate with the intent of the spell.

Before attempting a spell, a clear thought-out plan of the spell should be prepared with exact words used to be written down or memorised.  The steps involved in a spell should be gone over before you attempt the spell to ensure it flows smoothly.  Sacred space should be prepared before commencing the spell as this is important for mood setting and protection.  People tend to contact you when you are conducting magic as they can sometimes feel the subtle energies evoked and want a piece of it, therefore with this said – don’t answer the door and the phone should be placed on do not disturb.

The rule “do what thou will and harm none” must only be adhered to when casting a spell and working within the wiccan tradition and this includes the manipulation of other people’s wills (this rule is void in other forms of magic and situations when used in protection ie. when someone is trying to physically harm you, you can put a binding spell on them to block them without the need to ask for permission).  You must never perform a spell if you are feeling angry, upset, ill or under the influence of drugs or alcohol as this can cause adverse effects such as the spell backfiring.

For a spell to work you have to desire, believe, have faith and trust that it will work.  This is the true magic as you are manipulating the subtle energies around you and this includes your own will and when you send it out.  Any little feeling of doubt will cancel out the magic of the spell.  You also need to follow the adage of “To Keep Silent” from the witches pyramid, as you need to not tell anyone about the spell as it takes the power of it away and might not manifest.  Also a good thing to note when the spell is successful is to not overtly brag about it as the universe can slap you on the wrist (ie take it away or make it turn on you) for being so egotistical.  You may share your experience with others but remember to remain humble otherwise your arrogance can be your undoing.

My general rule with spellcraft is always make do with what you have at the time.  There is no use in going out and spending large sums of money on ingredients and tools.  With that said, over time you will accrue a storehouse of items you will need and with this in mind it is ideal that you learn the basics about the uses of the following items which can be used successfully in spellcraft: colours, crystals, essential oils, herbs and incense.

This information can be gathered from various texts and will be of great use as this will help you substitute for ingredients or items you are missing and help you create a spell when you have limited time.  I don’t get too caught up in exact measurements of items/ingredients as I use my instinct and past experiences as a guide to how much and what I should use as my personal preference is to make my own as its tailor made for what I need it for.  When starting out however I would suggest following the guidance of some well versed spells in well-known published spell books such as those of Raymond Buckland, Scott Cunningham, Viviane Crowley and Judika Illes.

Moon phases are important in spellcrafting :Full Moon (psychic spells), Waxing Moon (invoking spells),Wanning Moon (banishing spells), New Moon (psychic/invoking spells) and Dark Moon (banishing  and divination spells) and its good to note that the moon passes through particular star sign energies so these should be known and worked with before the commencement of a spell.

Tools such as tarot, runes, symbols , and invocations/dedications to Gods/Goddesses can be used in conjunction with spells as an aid and can increase the power of the spell drastically.

In the end the way your spell turns out falls on you so ensure your intent and purpose is clear and reach for the stars.

Happy spell crafting.

© T. Georgitsis 2001 (First appeared in Avalon Issue 1, 2013) (Image from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net)

 

Ancient Egyptian Medicine – Part 2 of 2

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Continued….

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN HERBAL MEDICINE

The Ancient Egyptians had great knowledge and skill for the use of herbs in regards to their effects and subsequent cure in many different ailments.  They kept records of their name, habitat, cultivation, collection, storage, characteristics, purpose, preparation and application.  They used the fresh or dry seeds, roots, leaves, flowers and fruits in fumigation, inhalation, poultice, unguents, liquid, as part of hot or cold blend with other ingredients (animal or mineral) or in their natural state.  Many herbs were applied as treatments even though all their properties weren’t clearly understood.  Using their divinatory instinct and the use of experience through the use of trial and error the healers were able to classify herbs into categories of aiding and curing specific ailments.

When a patient was given a herbal remedy, the healer would prepare it and put it in a container with the prescription and instructions for use written on it, much like our modern day Herbalist or Naturopath does.

A typical example of an Ancient Egyptian herbal preparation is the following, which is an excerpt taken out of An Ancient Egyptian Herbal (1999):

“..one Egyptian suffering from an eye complaint was given a small cylindrical pottery vase which specified the contents and gave instructions as to their application: ‘sawdust; acacia leaves; zinc oxide; goose fat.  Apply as bandage.’” (p.59)

The use of herbs in Ancient Egypt has survived into the modern day as their medicinal properties are now recognised.  An example is aloe vera juice, which was used to treat fever, plague, eye diseases, swelling, digestive disorders and skin disease.  Today’s Naturopath or Herbalists could prescribe a treatment using aloe vera as it is an anti-inflammatory which can be used to treat skin inflammations, sores and burns.

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AROMATHERAPY

The Ancient Egyptians believed that because a plant had a strong aroma (being pleasant or pungent) it would naturally have a remedial quality that would have beneficial effects if inhaled.  These beneficial effects were not only treating the physical body but the emotional one as these plants had different effects on the psyche and it was said to be able to touch the inner body.

Aromatherapy was used extensively and they used substances derived from plants which used the scent as the remedy.  The remedy was used in various ways such as external applications, inhalations and fumigations.  External applications included being massaged into the skin and hair, applied as part of a lotion, poultice or bandage dressing.  Internal applications included herbal teas, oils or herbs being inhaled through water evaporation (steam baths) or being inhaled through an incense type burning.

The use of aromatherapy has survived into the modern day as Aromatherapists, Naturopaths and Remedial Therapists use some of the oils and herbs the Ancient Egyptians once did.  For example cinnamon oil was used to treat scorpion bites and female ailments by massaging the oil into the effected area.  Today’s Naturopath, Aromatherapist or Remedial Therapist could prescribe a treatment using cinnamon oil as it has stimulant, anti-bacterial and anti-depressant qualities and raises heat in the body which can be used to treat depression and increase the blood circulation to an area.

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ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AMULETS

Amulets were also used for healing purposes as they could protect people from injury and disease and aid the cure of them.  There were three different types of amulets, homopoeic, phylactic and theophoric.

Homopoeic amulets were amulets which showed parts of animals, insects or reptiles.  This worked on a ‘similia similibus” as they believed by wearing the amulet showing the part of the creature it would be able to assimilate the desired effect.  An example would be if someone was suffering from a heart condition, they would wear an amulet showing a picture of a lion who was believed to have great strength in his heart.

 Phylactic amulets were amulets which were protective in nature.  When worn they could dispel evil influences and stop harm.  An example would be to wear an amulet showing the Eye of Horus which would ward away evils of the most spiritually invasive kind.

Theophoric amulets were amulets which showed the Dieties associated with healing and protection of certain types of afflictions.  An example would be for a pregnant woman to wear an amulet showing the Goddess Heqet to enable her to have a healthy and safe pregnancy and birth.

EGYPTIAN MEDICINE INTO THE MODERN ERA

During the 500s BC Egyptian medicine was beginning to loose its dominance in the medical field due to the gaining popularity of Greek Medicine.  Both Egyptian and Greek medicine practises were different but the two learned from one another and within a few centuries were fairly similar in nature.

In the first couple of hundred centuries AD with the disintegration of the Egyptian language, the loss of the Alexandrian library (which contained a wealth of information on Egyptian medicine) and the dawn of Christianity, Egyptian medicine was difficult to study.  It was mainly passed down from generation to generation through word of mouth and so many original aspects were lost or bastardised until the deciphering of many Egyptian medical writings in the early part of the 20th century.

In today’s modern world Coptic medicine is used throughout Egypt and even though its mainly Greek medicine based its roots are classically Egyptian.  The typical Egyptian indigenous population uses Coptic medicine as an alternative to western medicine because of the cost and availability.  Also in the last couple of decades it has gained more popularity and is gaining a strong reputation as a better alternative to western medicine.

Ancient Egyptian medicine has retained its presence in the modern world and many holistic and natural therapies of today owe a great debt to the Ancient Egyptians who where pioneers in some of the wholistic practices of today.

In conclusion what I have covered above is only but a snippet of Ancient Egyptian medicine as it must be studied further to gain a much better comprehension of it.  To gather a deeper understanding it is essential to delve deeper into its mysteries and learn for yourself the rich knowledge the Ancient Egyptians possessed.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2001 (First published in Axis Mundi Issue 52, June 2012)

REFERENCES:

Brier, B. 1981, Ancient Egyptian Magic, New York: Quill

Harris, N. 1997, Ancient Egypt (Culture and Lifestyle of The Ancient Egyptians), London: Hamlyn

Jacq, C. 1998,  Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt, London: Sourvenir Press

Manniche, L. 1999, An Egyptian Herbal, London: British Museum Press

Manniche, L. 1999, Fragrance, Aromatherapy and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt, London: Opus Publishing Limited

Nunn, F. 1996, Ancient Egyptian Medicine, London: British Museum Press

Tierra, M. 1998, The Way of Herbs, New York: Pocket Books

Wilson, H. 1995, Understanding Hieroglyphs, London: Michael O’Mara Books Limited

Ancient Egyptian Medicine – Part 1 of 2

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Proper nutrition, exercise, emotional and spiritual fulfillment were important to keep a person in complete health according to the Ancient Egyptians.  A person had to keep their body in complete check making sure the above were fulfilled in order to keep the body in harmony with the internal and external cosmos and therefore ensuring it would serve as a just vehicle for the Ka (vital force) which is present in all things.

Ancient Egyptian medicine goes back thousands of years – even before the written word and so is classified as one of the first healing modalities.

The Ancient Egyptians believed in a holistic approach to wellbeing and so encompassed the whole person when treating them. The kind of illness or injury determined what method of treatment to be used and which approach was appropriate.

Many healers in Ancient Egypt used a combination of magic and physical remedies to cure the populace of their ailments.  With the combination of the two it was said to eliminate physical and spiritual evil that caused suffering.  They believed in order to effectively treat the patient they needed to do so physically and emotionally as the two worked together in the benefit or detriment of the person.

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DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICINE AND WORKING WITH MAGIC

The Ancient Egyptians had ways to observe the skeletal and muscular systems of the body through observation.  They never actually performed dissections as it was considered a desecration of the body.  They believed the body was reborn into the land of the dead and even in death kept it in the most impeccable condition.  Observations were made through the treatment of patients and thus with more practice and through the experience and information from others before them, they were able to update their findings as time passed.

The Ancient Egyptians concept of the nature of disease varied from the magical to the pragmatic.  A particular disease could be derived from the curse of another or through evil spirit interference.  This was due to the fact that the cause and outcome was hard to predict with their limited scientific knowledge, so magic was an important factor in healing the inflicted person. In regards to injuries such as broken bones and cuts they were assigned to logical reasoning and were treated as such with the help and blessing of some magic to stop infection and speed up the healing process.

The therapeutic effect of magic was quite significant in the healing process.  Even in today’s modern world the suggestion and expectation of a cure can heal a person – the power of the mind can do anything if the will is strong and the Ancient Egyptians believed this whole-heartedly.  If the patient was negative and felt as if there was no solution, there was more of a possibility the patient would not be cured.  Healers made use of magic and invocation as a means to cure as it had a placebo effect.  Love for example was energy used to cure the sick as it is extremely potent and a common energy which everyone experiences in their lives at one time or another.  It was used to cure patients of their afflictions and in this day and age we see this being repeated by showing tender love and care to those who are sick.

The use of medicines such as herbs were said to have improved therapeutic effect if used in combination with blessings and magic. If medicine and magic was used together they complimented each other and thus had a more potent effect.

The Ancient Egyptians followed the principle of “similia similibus” where they used remedies that resembled the part of the body that needed the treatment because it was said that the characteristics would increase the potential of a cure.  This was done using herbs, crystals, animal parts, amulets and even human excrement.

The Ancient Egyptian pharmacopoeia comprised of treatments derived from animal, vegetable and mineral origins as they all had their valued therapeutic effects.  The collection, preparation, containers and dosages were extremely important and great care was taken.  The administration of treatment was by mouth, anus, vagina, penis, external application to skin, hair and nails , fumigation and inhalation.

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WHO PRACTICED ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MEDICINE?

 There were various categories of those who practiced medicine in Ancient Egypt.  These included the Swnw, Priests of Sekhmet and Magicians.  All were thought to be healers although the Swnw were considered superior in the healing arts.  They were trained through specialised schools (such as temples) or through transmission of knowledge from a family member or friend.  Many healers had to be able to cure themselves of illness before they were able to heal others or show they were in complete equilibrium with all aspects of themselves.

Swnws were the conventional doctors and used physical examination, diagnosis based on what they could see and what they believed was to be the cause (it being spiritual or not) and a plan of treatment using animal, vegetable and mineral remedies with the blessings and aid of certain deities.  Some Swnw even specialised in certain areas such as veterinary care, teeth and gums, infections of the eye and women’s health.

The Priests of Sekhmet were healers as well as priests.  They worshiped the Goddess Sekhmet who was the Goddess associated with healing and medicine.  They practised using a combination of rational medicine along with ritual magic.

Magicians practiced in small communities where a priest or swnw was unavailable.  Some magicians even worked in close relationship with a Swnw.  Magicians usually practiced using prayers, incantations, concoctions and amulets as their basis for cure.  An example of an Ancient Egyptian magician was a Hekay who used Heka – a practice of magic through the spoken word to heal the sick.

There were others also involved in the healing process and these included people who were not necessarily doctors, priests or magicians.  These included pharmacists, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and bandagers.  These were healers in their own right but since no school was available they learned their craft through word of mouth, from a family member, friend or paid a person to teach them who was skilled in the area.

WHERE WAS MEDICINE PRACTICED?

Places of healing included temples, the healers practice rooms or the patient’s home.  Some patients could stay in the healing temples (such as the one in Dendera) and be given special infusions to drink or specially prepared food to eat and then left in special rooms to spend the night.  This would be in the hope of inducing a dream which would show them the cause and cure of their affliction.  Some temples even had a special room called a Mammisi which were birthing rooms, but these were usually left for royal births or high births.  Healers also had their own practice rooms and also made home visits if required or preferred much like the doctors of today.

To be continued….

(c) T. Georgitsis 2001 (First published in Axis Mundi Issue 52, June 2012)

REFERENCES:

Brier, B. 1981, Ancient Egyptian Magic, New York: Quill

Harris, N. 1997, Ancient Egypt (Culture and Lifestyle of The Ancient Egyptians), London: Hamlyn

Jacq, C. 1998,  Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt, London: Sourvenir Press

Manniche, L. 1999, An Egyptian Herbal, London: British Museum Press

Manniche, L. 1999, Fragrance, Aromatherapy and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt, London: Opus Publishing Limited

Nunn, F. 1996, Ancient Egyptian Medicine, London: British Museum Press

Tierra, M. 1998, The Way of Herbs, New York: Pocket Books

Wilson, H. 1995, Understanding Hieroglyphs, London: Michael O’Mara Books Limited

Lotus Oil Infusion Recipe

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Cold pressed essential lotus oil can be quite expensive, mixed with other fragrances or oils which you don’t want or can be hard to find.  Therefore a few years back I made my own lotus oil infusion for use in my Kemetic rites and heka which I am sharing below:

Lotus Oil Infusion

Ingredients Needed
*Lotus Root
*Olive or Almond Oil
*Wheatgerm or Vitamin E Oil
*Small Piece of Clear Quartz

Method

*Place some lotus root in a glass jar and add some olive oil or almond oil to cover (depending on how much you want to make).

*Put in direct sunlight for up to a week macerating occasionally (for best results leave from two weeks up to a month).

*Strain and separate oil infusion from lotus root (throw out lotus root).

*Place oil infusion in a blue or green glass bottle and add 10 drops of Wheatgerm or Vitamin E Oil to prevent from going rancid.

*Lastly place a small piece of cleansed clear quartz with the mixture to enhance its energetics.

Note: To keep the Lotus Oil Infusion for longer store in the refrigerator.

Use to anoint self and items in ritual and heka.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2001

Ancient Egyptian Stones & Crystals

 

Amethyst was used by the Ancient Egyptians for its ability to bestow spiritual insight.  The Ancient Egyptians also wore jewels made of Amethyst.
Alabaster is a stone made of calcite and was used by the Ancient Egyptians to make small objects such as vases, bowls, and lamps.
Alum (found in powdered form) was used in protective amulets against evil.
Amazonite was obtained by the Ancient Egyptians from numerous possible sources in the Eastern desert of Egypt.  It was used by the Ancient Egyptians to a limited degree for beads, inlay, and small items.
Amber (Baltic amber) was used in Ancient Egypt for amulets and jewellery. Amber amulets were worn to provide fertility.  Ancient Egyptians actually used pine resin as an embalming agent of which amber comes from.
Aquamarine was the sea-goddesses of Ancient Egypt’s stone. Aquamarine is a protective amulet and can be worn to relieve pain and ensure good health. Beads of aquamarine were found in Ancient Egyptian mummy pits.
Azurite was used by the priests and priestesses of Ancient Egypt to enhance their spiritual consciousness.
Basalt was used by the Ancient Egyptians for stone coffins and sometimes for statues and small objects.
Bloodstone was used in Ancient Egypt to open doors and break bonds (mental/spiritual kind). Its most famous use is to halt bleeding and it was always carried by soldiers.   It was also worn to cure fevers and as a general health giving talisman.  The Ancient Egyptians called this stone hematite; although what we call hematite today is a different stone entirely.
Blue Lace Agate was highly regarded as a stone of protection and good luck. Country of origin is Egypt.
Breccia has fragments of one type of stone embedded in another. Two types of breccia were available to the Ancient Egyptians – a green variety found in the eastern desert, and a red-and-white variety found in the western desert and along the Nile. Breccia was used by the Ancient Egyptians for vases and other objects.
Carnelian was used by the Ancient Egyptians to make amulets and it was one of the stones that the high priest wore in his breastplate. It was revered by ancient shamans as being sacred and a protector. Carnelian was the stone of good luck and was shaped into shields, amulets, and hearts.   It was also carved into insignia seals because it didn’t stick to wax.  Ancient Egyptian tombs are full of examples of carnelian jewels, because of their belief in the stone’s power in the afterlife. According to the Ancient Egyptians amulets of carnelian could prove helpful in ensuring the Ka’s (the soul’s) passage into the next world.
Chalcedony was used by the Ancient Egyptians around 3000 B.C. Chrysoprase was the beautiful, apple green form of chalcedony which the Ancient Egyptians used. It was said to improve perception, both physical as well as mental and it improves eyesight and enhances psychic perception as well. Ancient Egyptians set it with Lapis.
Coral was the stone of Isis and it was used in Ancient Egypt for its healing properties, to regulate menstruation and for agriculture purposes.  In Ancient Egypt powdered coral was mixed with seed and sown or scattered over newly planted fields.  This protected the growing crops from inclement weather and insects.  Coral was also hung on fruit trees to increase their yield. It was extensively used in Ancient Egypt (sculpting of scarabs) and in jewellery.
Diorite was a stone used by the Ancient Egyptians for statues, bowls, and other fine objects.
Eilat Stone is a combination of Chrysocolla, Turquoise and Copper and it is found in Eilat, Egypt.  A stone used today (as no information suggest the AE used it) to help attain growth and wisdom.
Emerald (beryl) is the stone of Isis and was mined by the Ancient Egyptians. Emeralds have always been highly prized by royalty and Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt wore emeralds from her mine in Upper Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians believed it stood for fertility and rebirth. It was also used as a protection from enchantment and to cure eye diseases.
Fluorite was used by the Ancient Egyptians in statues and in carving scarabs. Ancient physicians used powdered fluorite in water to relieve kidney disease.
Garnet can be traced to the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C. Ancient Egyptian artisans created beautiful garnet beads, bracelets and other jewellery. In Ancient Egypt garnets were used widely as an abrasive.
Granite was used by the Ancient Egyptians for buildings, tombs, and statues.
Hematite was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the creation of their magical amulets such as the carpenter square, headrest amulets and several heart amulets. It was used as an inscription stone for passages from the Book of the Dead. The Ancient Egyptians used it to treat hysteria, to reduce inflammation, and to place in tombs. The hematite that the Ancient Egyptians used was of the crystalline type being black, opaque, and having a metallic lustre. They also used hematite for beads, amulets, kohl sticks and other small ornamental objects.
Jade is the stone of Ma’at and was a mineral found in Ancient Egyptian jewellery and the walls of their tombs and pyramids.  It was probably sourced from Asia with whom they were trading with at the time.
Jasper was one of the stones used in the breastplate of the high priest.  It was revered and considered a sacred, protective stone which facilitated safe astral travel. It was used in Ancient Egypt to make scarab amulets from red jasper as it was considered a symbol of eternal life.  Jasper, with light and dark brown markings was referred to as “Egyptian Marble”.    Green jasper had been engraved with the image of a dragon surrounded by rays was worn by the Ancient Egyptian King Nechepsus to strengthen his digestive tract.
Lapis Lazuli was called “sapphire” by Ancient Egyptians because it was considered to be the most precious stone. Because of its deep blue colour, lapis was a symbol of the heavens and was widely used as a magical stone for worshipping purposes. The Ancient Egyptians used it to open the door between conscious self and higher self, creating harmony between mind, body and spirit, to reveal one’s inner truth, deepen intuition, psychic awareness and as a tool for dreams and “illumination”. They pulverized lapis and made it into a poultice, which was then rubbed into the crown of the head to draw out spiritual impurities. It’s the stone of Isis and her child Horus since it’s associated with motherhood.  Ancient Egyptians called the stone “chesbet” commonly fashioning scarabs from it. Lapis was also considered to be a royal stone and the Chief Justice of Ancient Egypt wore a lapis amulet carved with the Goddess Ma’at (Goddess of Truth) as it was thought to give wisdom and fairness to its wearer and increase spiritual love.  They also believed lapis to be sacred and burned it with their dead to protect and guide them in the afterlife.
Limestone was the first stone used for building in Ancient Egypt.  It was taken from the rocky cliffs where some of the earliest tombs were carved into the stone.
Malachite was used to make green paint in Ancient Egyptian artwork.  Green represented life and growing things.  It was also a stone dedicated to Hathor as it was believed that malachite was a stone for womanhood as it enhanced seduction, sensuality, aesthetics and the arts. The pharaohs often had their headdresses lined with malachite to help them rule wisely.
Moonstone is the stone of Isis and provides contact with the Ancient Egyptian builders.  It can be used to initiate insight into the ancient methods and associated wisdom of that time.
Orthoclase is a stone which provides contact with the Ancient Egyptian builders and can be used to initiate into the ancient methods and associated wisdom.
Pearl is the stone of Isis. Pearl, like amber, jet, and mother of pearl, is the product of a living creature. Since the oyster must be killed to obtain the pearl, the use of pearls may carry a heavy debt. The Romans imported pearls from Egypt were they were worn to grant favours from Isis. The Ancient Egyptians believed they were connected with the moon, so they could only be worn at night for magic.
Peridot was used in Ancient Egypt for healing and as jewels. It was considered the “gem of the sun”. Peridot was used to keep away evil spiritus and to develop its full strength as a talisman it had to be set in gold. Ancient Egyptian miners searched for Peridot crystals at night where they would mark the spot, then come back in the daylight to dig them up.  Peridot was greatly prized by Ancient Egyptian Kings and some of Cleopatra’s emeralds were in fact Peridot.
Quartz was used by the Ancient Egyptians for diagnostic healing, raising consciousness towards enlightened states, communications with spirits and those from other words.  It was also used it for digestive disorders.
Quartzite was used by the Ancient Egyptians for buildings, tombs, and monuments. The Ancient Egyptians called it ‘wonderful.’ Statues of kings were often carved of quartzite. It came in many colours and white, yellow, and red were symbols of the Sun.
Roselite is used as a window access to the traditions of Ancient Egypt and can help translate the hieroglyphs.
Serpentine was common in Egypt’s eastern desert and the Ancient Egyptians used it for small objects, magical stone posts, and amulets to ward off snakes and scorpions.
Serpentine was common in Egypt’s eastern desert. Ancient Egyptians used serpentine for small objects, magical stone posts, and amulets to ward off snakes and scorpions.
Tigers Eye was found in Ancient Egyptian tombs and these stones were shaped into shields, amulets, and hearts. The Ancient Egyptians used tiger’s eye stone for amulets to transmit the power of Ra, the sun god, for it is said Tiger’s Eye contained the power of the sun and of the earth.
Topaz is a projective stone and is the stone of the Ancient Egyptian sun god Ra. The colour of yellow topaz symbolized Ra, the god of the sun to the Ancient Egyptians. Topaz has been worn as an amulet to protect against evils, to strengthen intellect, and prevent bad dreams. It was also said if you wore topaz you would be invisible, beautiful, intelligent, and have a long life. All of these powers could come and go with the changes of the moon. It was believed that topaz worn as an amulet (mounted in gold and hung around the neck) could drive away sadness, strengthen the intellect and bestow courage. Topaz was believed in wine was used as a cure for asthma, insomnia, burns and haemorrhages. It was also claimed to calm angry tempers and prevent bad dreams.
Tsavorite (Green Garnet) is used to contact Egyptian Gods who represent learning, prudence, wisdom and magic.
Turquoise was the stone of Hathor and was worn as a powerful talisman against evil spells, and to promote good health, happiness and friendship. Turquoise stones were shaped into shields, amulets and hearts. The Ancient Egyptians considered it a symbol of prosperity.  Ancient doctors exploited the stone’s medicinal potential by making it into a paste to treat ailments of the hip. They also mounted turquoise in silver to treat eyes suffering from cataracts.  It was an important ornamental mineral for jewellery and bracelets worn by the Ancient Egyptians as it graced the necks of Egyptian Pharaohs.  It has been found in tombs and the Ancient Egyptian miners had to go deep into the Arabian Desert to find turquoise.
© T. Georgitsis 2003 

Refferences:

Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals (Love is in the Earth) by  Melody

Earth-Love Publishing House Ltd, 1995

ISBN: 0962819034

The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall

Published by Walking Stick Press, 2003

ISBN: 1582972400

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham

Llewellyn Publications, 2002

ISBN: 0875421261

The Australian Pagan Magazine (Issue 4): Regular Hekate Column – Khernips/Sacred Water

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