Axis Mundi: Ancient Egyptian Aromatherapy

I have an article about Ancient Egyptian “Aromatherapy” in this issue called Fragrance of the Gods – check it out, its free!

Axis Mundi Autumn Issue 2017

 

First and Last: A Devotional For Hestia

I have a hymn dedicated to Hestia in a new book released in her name!

Terence P Ward congrats on editing this great devotional.

To purchase your copy go here:

First and The Last: A Devotional For Hestia

 

Isis-Seshat 2017 Spring Issue: Kemetic Medicine

The latest issue of Isis Seshat (the magazine for the Fellowship of Isis and the like) has just come out and I have an article on Kemetic Medicine.

This special issue commemorates the 41st anniversary of the Fellowship of Isis, the centennial anniversary of Lady Olivia Robertson’s birth, and celebrates our relationships with Holy Powers in Holy Places. $5 a copy payments via PayPal at anna.applegate@yahoo.com.

FOI: Isian News, Brigantia 2017

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Linda Iles has produced a great issue this season of the Fellowship of Isis zine which is a free magazine with members contributing from all around the world.

I have contributed an article on the Sistrum used in Ancient Egypt and by modern day practitioners.

Brigantia Issue No. 163, Brigantia, 2017 for the FOI:

Issue No. 163, Brigantia, 2017

(If the link above doesn’t work, try the link below.)

Isian News

Initiation Hymn

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This is the hymn I had to write for my first degree back when I was part of the Elphame tradition in the 1990’s.

I came across it recently in my handwritten BOS.

Please excuse the “old English” style language as I was in my early 20’s and was over exposed to that liturgy technique during inner and outer court.  The AHP and HP at the time used and wrote rituals in this tone and truth be told I personally don’t use this type of language and never have.

Interesting to see how much I have changed yet my devotion is still unwavering over the years.

Initiation Hymn

O Great Goddess of all that is,
I call upon you to be here with me now.
Come to me O Great Lady as I invoke you in your many guises.
I call thee forth for guidance as I walk the old path and strive for spiritual growth and knowledge.

To Athtor I call out, Mother Night.
Bring to me respect of all things,
Power within and heighten my hidden senses.

To Bast I call out, Playful Lady.
Bring to me happiness and all that is joyful in one’s life
and help me to live the life to its fullest.

To Hathor I call out, O Beauteous One.
Bring to me love for all things
and the power of self-love.

To Maat I call out, Bearer of Truth.
Bring to me truth, honour, justice and
the power to speak out against untruths.

To Mert I call out, Lover of Silence.
Bring to me the wisdom of silence
and constraint when needed.

To Isis I call out, Mistress of Charms and Enchantments.
Bring to me the determination and dedication
in finding and learning the mysteries.

© T. Georgitsis 1998

Purification in Kemet

Purification was an important aspect of the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians. It kept Isfet (evil) away which took the form of demons, pestilence and disease – which would run rife without adequate purification practices.   Purification was seen as a way to strengthen the power of protection as well as provide insight through making the way clear and clean.

The Ancient Egyptians would use fumigation as part of the purification process which involved incense made from resins and herbs which would be lit and wafted through temple, royal and residential homes alike.  The Ancient Egyptian clergy and aristocracy would shave their bodies as a way to keep themselves pure and free from pollutants.  The Priests would also keep themselves pure by avoiding dressing in garments made from animals such as wool or leather and only wear natural materials like linen. Another method the priests had for remaining pure was to abstain from specific foods, depending on which God they served.

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Priests had to abstain from any sexual intercourse before rituals as a form of purification even though they normally lived like the rest of the population and married and had children.  The only difference is that they dedicated some time out of the year to honor their gods in their part time vocations as priests of the temple.  Therefore before they re-entered the temple they would abstain from intimate relations to be pure for their gods.

The priests and royalty had lakes they had deemed for divine purification.  There they would ritually bathe themselves with natron, a salt like substance collected from the banks of the Nile river, before entering their temples to perform their religious rites.  Natron was used by the Ancient Egyptians for mummification but the priests also used it for personal purification in which they would wash their mouth out, hands and feet when it was dissolved in water.

Purification of the temple shrine and the associated tools was completed using natron so it was a cleaning agent which was pretty much used for everything.    Natron infused water was used to wash the temple walls and floors and implements as well as the images of the gods.  Images of the gods within the temple sanctuary were sprinkled with water and grains of natron during various times of the day and night when opening, maintaining and closing the shrine occurred.  Any remaining natron water was used to wash the surrounding streets and buildings.

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For practicing Kemetics using abstinence, fumigation, cleaning and bathing still occurs as part of the purification practice today. Since natron was a natural occurrence found on the banks of the Nile and we don’t have the luxury of being able to collect it this way I would like to share with you how to make your own natron.

Two methods I have found to make natron successfully :

  1. Simply mix some baking soda and kosher salt in the blender or in a mortar with a pestle – ¼ part baking soda to ¾ part salt. 
  2. Bake method outlined below which I prefer due to the consistency and its potency:

a. Mix one cup kosher salt and one cup baking soda and place in a cooking pot (shouldn’t be more than ¼ of the depth of the pot).

b. Add water until it covers the mixture and heat on low whilst constantly stirring.

c. Once it reaches boiling point ensure all the ingredients blend smoothly and take off heat.

d. Mixture should be slime like substance which you can now pour and spread over a baking paper lined oven tray.

e. You can put it in direct sunlight to dry out covered by netting so it isn’t polluted by grit or bugs (this can take a month or so) or alternatively place in a very low oven for several hours until the mixture dries out ensuring the mixture doesn’t turn brown as it must remain white in color.

f. Once dry, break apart the sheets of natron into smaller barley sized pieces and store in air tight container so it doesn’t get damp and clump up.

(c) T. Georgitsis 2014

Daughter of the Sun Review: Pagan Collective of Victoria

Just received a positive review for the Sekhmet devotional I edited:

Published in Spokes of the Wheel,  The Official Newsletter of the Pagan Collective of Victoria,  Yule 2016 Volume 3, Issue 4

“Daughter of the Sun, A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet”

It’s a strange experience discovering a God or Goddess that is unfamiliar to you for the first time.

You may have come across them in a classical painting, a reference in a poem or a book on mythology it catches your imagination or has a spark of recognition. It encourage to find out more and search through obscure references books looking for the earliest of references and may even push you further explore the culture or history of the people that originally worshiped your new God.

And that’s why it’s been such a pleasure to review Daughter of the Sun – A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet. Sekhmet is a Goddess I really knew very little about. The joy of this anthology is the diverse views and perspectives on the Goddess that that paints a such a vivid picture.

T. Georgitsis has done a stellar effort here as editor of this anthology consisting of such a diverse range of material this book is full of exciting stories, beautiful poetry and wonderful art.We are introduced to Sekhmet; A Goddess of the ancient Egypt pantheon. Sekhmet is a Goddess of many facets: Avatar of justice, warrior, healer, hunter and mother. You’ll will learn so much about the character of this Goddess throughout this anthology

This book is filled with poetic inspiration and vividly paints a picture of Sekmet very much alive and radiating with power thousands of years later after the fall of Ancient Egypt.

I thoroughly recommend you get copy Daughter of the Sun if you are familiar with Sekhmet you will find it an invaluable resource. If you are just learning about this Goddess for the first time like I am, it is a wonderful introduction.

Ryan, Co-Founder of the Pagan Collective of Victoria

Heka (Ancient Egyptian Magick)

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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.

 

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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

A’set – UPG Confirmed

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A few years back I wrote a basic article about A’set, Mistress of Magic.

I found it personally quite difficult as I reached 2,000 words (which was over the 900-1500 word count) and I feel I barely covered her so vast are her mysteries…but I digress….

Two things which stood out with my in-depth personal research confirmed a few UPG (unverified personal gnosis)  I have always had.

1. Cutting off all long hair in act of mourning/grief/frustration/rebellion IMHO does dissipate magic from the practitioner – I have always seen that cutting one’s long hair off all at once can affect the magician as I have personally found this to be the case from observation and personal experience.

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2. Crossroads and things placed in the middle of them isn’t something only found with the Goddess Hekate but also with Isis.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2016

Hymns to A’set on her birthday (Epagomenal Day 4)

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“Ase’t will embrace you in peace
she will drive away the opponent from your path,
Place your face to the West
that you may illumine the Two Lands with electrum
The sleepers have stood up to look at you,
breathing the air and seeing your face
like the rising of the sun-disk in its horizon,
Their hearts are pleased with what you have done.
To you belong eternity and everlastingness.”

“Aset the great, Mother of the God; Aset the Divine, Aset the daughter of Nut; Aset the Great of Magic; Aset the possessor of magical protection, Aset the possessor of rolls; Aset who protected her Father, Aset the Ruler of rolls; Aset in Asyut, Aset as ruler of (the city of) ‘Shesmin’, Aset in Bahbit (Iseum); Aset in Pe, Aset in Dep, Aset in Coptos, Aset ‘in charge of’ Pe, Aset in Akhmim, Aset in Abydos, Aset in King´s House; Aset in the Sky, Aset in the earth, Aset in the southern (and northern) chapel (of Sais), Isis in the northern chapel (of Sais); Aset in all her Manifestations, Aset in all her characters, Aset in all her Aspects, Aset in (every) place where her Spirit desires to be;”

The Book of Going Forth By Day