Egyptian Information on magick, believes and deities
(some old notes from my BOS) Will be updating & working on this continuously. So , I am sorry if this feels scattered.
There is a wide diversity in the many traditions of Wicca; Most stemming from many different backgrounds.
Isis is the Primary Egyptian goddess and is found universally through history. Many Wiccans are drawn to her even though she is not associated with forms of “Witchcraft”.
Many Wiccan feel an affinity for the ancient Egyptians and have therefore adopted the Egyptians deities into their practices. Many wiccans do in fact consider Isis the universal Mother Goddess.
The powers of words were enshrined in the earliest Egyptian creation myths, in which the creator used three forces to produce matter from nothingness. First force was heka, second was Sia, and then Hu. Heka, which gave life and could be invoked as magical protection. Sia allowed creative force to be focused on a goal. Hu was the divine world. Heka and sia achieved material form. In the importance of names and of identifying the images, Egyptians decorated their tombs, in the visual artistry of the writing system and in social statues of the scribes. The sacred carvings were used for monumental inscriptions the prerogative of royalty and temples, but had to be pleasing to the eye.
In Egyptian myth, magic (heka) was one of the forces used by the creator to make the world. Through Heka, symbolic actions could have practical effects. All deities and people were thought to possess this force in some degree, but there were rules about why and how it could be used.
Priests were the main practitioners of magic in pharaonic Egypt, where they were seen as guardians of a secret knowledge give by the gods to humanity to ‘’ward off the blows of magic’’ kept in a temple and palace libraries.
Real lector priests performed magical rituals to protect their king, and to help the dead to rebirth. Healing magic was a specialty of the priests who served Sekhmet, the fearsome goddess of plague.
Lower in status were scorpion charmers, who used magic to rid an area of poisonous reptiles and insects. Midwives and nurses also included magic among their skills, and wise women might be consulted about which ghost or deity was causing a person trouble.
Amulets are another source of magic power, obtainable from “protection-makers: who could be male of female. Only foreigners were regularly accused of using evil magic.
There is a strong belief in the power of magical names, spells, enchantment, formulas, pictures, figures, amulets to produce supernatural results. Egyptian magic dates from the time when predynastic and prehistoric dwellers in Egypt believed that the earth, underworld air and sky were people with countless beings (visible and invisible).
The power possessed by a priest or man who was skilled in knowledge and workings of magic were believed to be almost boundless.
The typical Egyptian relied every day on magic, superstition and ritual. The chances of survival in life could be enhanced by the use of spiritual forces. The Gods were asked to provide every kind of protection for childbirth and an oracle was consulted.
The Book of the Dead:
These books were of some 200 spells and were produced through which the deceased had to pass before being admitted to the Field of Reeds, the eternal realm of Osiris. Some were magi incantations against an unfavorable judgment.
Spiritual values pervaded every aspect of Egyptian life. They share a sophisticated desire for balance and harmony on earth and afterlife, and disposition to enjoy both the temporal and external existence. The physical and supernatural worlds of the ancient Egyptians remained threatened and security could only be assured by constantly renewing the energies of the gods. This coherent system of belief came to terms with deepest human need for meaning and purpose in life and death.
Practitioners generally selected their own rituals and honored their deities in whichever way that suited them.
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