Heka is a system of magick within the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) tradition and the word itself means magickal and meaningful speech. It is also the name of a netjer (God) within Kemeticism who is considered a patron of magick. The glyph of heka is depicted as a pair of raised arms and a twist of flax, which is thought to symbolise two interwoven serpents and which the netjer heka was able to hold power over and control. Heka manifested before duality had come into existence therefore its not a feminine or masculine force. There are several patrons of heka within the Egyptian pantheon like A’set and Sekhmet but all netjers contain and can create heka.
Heka is employed through using, activating and projecting the ka, which is the part of the soul that contains the individual’s personality. In kemeticism – religion, heka and medicine are not separate states but are part of the same powerful energy. Heka is used to assist in accomplishing various tasks and warding off isfet (the concept of evil). Heka can also be used by the common man and in Ancient Egypt the people of the day used heka for things from purifying their home to keeping vermin away.
Heka is always employed for a reason. You would never go through the motions unless you want to work the energies to accomplish a goal you wish to see come to fruition. It is the magician who brings about the force of heka from their ka. They do this through understanding and undertaking it via various acts which include: incantation, recitation, devotions, offerings, creating wax figures, amulets and various concoctions like poultices and potions just to name a few. Since words, actions and thoughts are magickal in themselves they have power and are essential in the working of heka.
Therefore, there are several steps needed to work heka – the thoughts which must be pure and focused, words which must be spoken and include intonations in a certain way, actions which must be enacted and often worked through in ritual formation and visual tools and ingredients used for focus and which primarily follow the like attracts like adage. So in essence heka is written, spoken and enacted with ritualised gestures/motions and the use of sympathetic tools. Some forms of heka include effigies, charms, talismans, potions, incense blends, dream incubation, incantations, rituals, medicine and healing. Heka can bring about prophecy, direction, health, prosperity, love, protection and fertility – pretty much anything you want or need. When working heka one must purify themselves and remain that way throughout the working, make offerings and libations to the netjers (if they are asking for assistance from them), create and maintain focus of objective and have properly prepared tools and props at hand to assist with the desired result.
Heka was part of everyday life for the Ancient Egyptians and was employed in every stage of life from creation to death and the afterlife. Similarly modern practitioners of the kemetic religion and other closely aligned magickal and theosophical systems ie Hermetisim view it the same way, to this day.
There are two types of magicians who use heka – trained priest-magicians part of the kemetic faith and dedicated to specific netjers or lay magicians who have no affiliations and are self trained or learn through other magicians. When a priest prays to a netjer for something it is the netjer who brings about the force of heka into the desire of the supplicant, as they are the agent of netjer. The lay magician however, holds and projects the magick into manifestation of desire and is usually employed for the services from others as well as for themselves.
My personal path is a mix of the two types of sau heka (magician) and I employ various forms of heka in my daily life. These can range from enacting various rituals in honour of my patrons to divining the future and creating protection amulets for others. Here is some simple heka I would like to share with you, which you can use for yourself and your loved ones:
Heka to Protect the Home
In your active/dominant hand hold a stick of wood with meaning to you and walk around your home whilst reciting the following incantation:
“Withdraw disease demons!
The wind will not reach me,
And those who pass by,
may pass by to work disaster against me!
I am Horus who passes by the diseased ones of Sekhmet!
Horus – healthy despite Sekhmet!
I am the unique one,
Son of Bastest,
I die not through you!”
So as you can see from the above magickal working its very similar to some magickal practitioners of today – using a wand and casting a circle to protect one’s home from malevolent forces whilst reciting a spell to project the magick outwards and manifest it.
Like all forms of magick, heka can be dangerous to the uneducated and polluted heart. So I implore that if heka is something you would like to learn more about and use – tread cautiously after much purification, divining of desire, introspection of reasoning, research, study and proper preparation.
(c) T. Georgitsis 2015