Some use magick to dissolve other people’s relationships

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Some people make the decision to use magick to destroy relationships. Wether you believe this can be done or not, does notmatter. Those who do it clearly don’t believe in the consequences of their actions and how it will come back to them one way or another (karma?).

 

Long ago, I had this experience. Someone who was my friend at the time, someone whom I trusted, worked up a spell to destroy a relationship I was in. The truth was revealed to me through a very spiritual and psychic person who described the event in detail to me. I couldn’t believe that my friend would do such a thing but, I had been warned by the one who cares about me the most—my mother. I had confirmation from someone who was close to my friend as well. You may say, how can any spell destroy love? I would have asked the same exact question, I really would. Did it work? Yes, to an extent it did work. The romantic love dissolved so suddenly that even I was a bit puzzled. But it only happened from my end. There was suddenly a feeling like two magnets that repel each other. An energy field between us that made me want to stay away from the person; it repelled me and made me want to break up with them. So I did. I will say however, that as far as friendship goes, the spell wasn’t able to cut all the way through. We are still friends.

 

Recently it seems that there is a possibility of a similar situation happening again. I have no confirmation yet, only my own intuition. A friend I’ve known for many years…and their mate that could possibly be feeling jealousy of our friendship. We were very close, shared a lot in common and spent a lot of time together. Once this other person (mate) showed up, slowly but surely, the friendship suffered. The feeling of being repelled from my friend; a negativity so strong that at times I felt suffocation being in their presence. Struggles ensued. You could say it was simply a natural course of events, and you may be right. But the changes were so strong and the timing tell me otherwise. So, the friendship is now barely there, not even a shadow of what it used to be. And although I have no confirmation yet of an attack, I feel that soon enough the truth will be revealed as always. All I can do at this point is continue to move on since I don’t see any possibility of repairing the friendship. And my friend is not able to see the truth either. Moving on.

 

I must say, the friend I mentioned on the first situation, did seem to get the law of three coming back at her. And even after all that happened I only wish the best for them. As for the second situation, time will tell.

I don’t regret anything. Everything that happens teaches me something and everyone that I meet in my journey is a teacher to me. I say farewell to them and have a blessed life. :)

 

Hail Ma’at, the truth shall be known.

The Priestess

 

 

Drama Destroyer

awitchsjourney.com destroy dramaThis is a very simple way of dispersing situations that drain, frustrate and just bring you unnecessary aggravation. This is also an exercise in letting go of damaging drama. You release the situation and the energy that it it brings. This is not about hating people, this is not a Death Note (anime reference). Again, this is about LETTING GO.

 

Why doing this is better than writing about it on a website like Facebook or Twitter: When you write about drama, about something or someone that is aggravating and frustrating you to no end and you publish your words to an audience, you are creating an echo, and echo comes back…over and over (get it?). You are putting the words out there so that they get recorded, repeated. So if you tend to do this and then wonder why it seems like drama surrounds and suffocates you constantly, please understand that it was all your own doing (yes, even if you aren’t the one who started it).

 

So how about we use a little magick and end it in a healthier, more effective way?

 

First, ask your Divine Guidance for protection and clarity.

 

Find a sheet of paper to write on and a pen. Without giving it much thought, let the most aggravating, frustrating situation surface. Begin writing about it. Spill your frustration, spill your emotions, be as graphic and nasty as you want to be. Write like no one is going to read it! Deposit everything negative and painful that this situation has brought to you into this sheet of paper. Really put it all in there. Careful not to break the pen or paper! 😉 And do remember that this is about the situation, no focus on specific people but on the situation that they have created.

 

Once you have deposited this entire situation into the sheet of paper, do not read it.

 

Sit quietly for a few minutes and close your eyes. Take 3 or 5 deep, slow breaths in, and slow breaths out through your nose (mouth closed). Visualize as you breathe in, beautiful, glowing, healing light coming in through your nose and into your lungs, softly lighting them up and making your whole body glow with warmth, comfort and general well-being. As you slowly breathe out, visualize gray, dirty looking polluted air coming out of your nose and leaving you. You are filtering out all that no longer serves you, all that is damaging to you.

 

This is a cleansing breathing exercise and can be done at any other time you can find a place to sit down and close your eyes for a few minutes.

 

Now comes the destruction of what has been frustrating and draining you. Here are two options and you can choose the one that is best suited for you at the moment.

 

Destruction by Fire
Take the sheet of paper, fold it into a smaller size. You will need a fire-proof container and you will need to be in a place in which you can light a fire safely. Take the paper, light it and throw it in the fire-proof container. You may say the following words: “Burn, Destroy, Purify!” or any other words you prefer to say at this time. You may also keep silent if you wish to do so.

 

Destruction by Hand
Take the sheet of paper and fold it. Grab a pair of scissors and go crazy on it! Cut it into pieces as small as you can (please be careful not to cut yourself!). You could use a paper shredder, but I feel like that takes away some of the satisfaction of cutting the paper yourself. You can even rip it apart with your bare hands of you prefer that.

 

Bonus energy booster: as you destroy the paper (and after saying the words you decided to say as part of the destruction ceremony), laugh. It doesn’t matter if you are force-laughing. Your laughter will further dissipate the negative energy and empower you even more. Go ahead, try it!

 

It is done. Put the remains in a small bag, then throw them in the garbage but take the garbage outside, or put them in a small bag and dump it in a public garbage container. If you used fire, please make sure that the flames have completely extinguished and the ashes are now cool before you throw them out.

 

You have let go completely and now you move on to better things.
Blessings!

A Prayer to Honor the Dead

Xena at the Temple of The Fates

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I’ve been watching Xena: Warrior Princess from the beginning. Today I was watching the episode with the 3 Fates (episode title: Remember Nothing), and in it Xena goes to their temple to honor her dead brother. I thought the prayer she was reciting was simple and beautiful, so I wrote it down.

 

This would be a nice way to honor a loved one during the anniversary of their passing, or during Samhain.

 

You will need: 3 pillar candles (one for each Fate), and a 4th, smaller taper candle to light the other three.

 

Prayer to honor the dead

(light smaller candle)

By this flame I call on The Three Fates…

The Maiden…(light 1st pillar candle)

The Mother…(light 2nd pillar candle)

and The Crone…(light 3rd pillar candle)

Comfort (name of dead) who’s life you cut on this day (number of days and/or years) ago.

So Mote It Be.

 

Love & Light

Priestess Oscura N.

New Year, New (Moon) Beginning

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The energy of the new year presents us with a unique opportunity to start fresh, to begin renewed. This of course is the same opportunity we are given every single day, but because of all the cultural celebration and tradition of New Years Eve, the energy available to us is extra beneficial for this purpose.

To make this even more powerful, we are blessed with the Moon of new beginnings, the New Moon. This is very exciting!

What better conditions to cut cords of (negative) attachment than these? We can cut away all that is not in harmony with us, all that holds us back and make our new beginning stronger.

Cutting Cords

We will be cutting negative cords of attachment. These are built on dependency, possessiveness, unbalanced relationships, ill and destructive desires and the like. Cords of attachment can be with people, situations, feelings, ideas, religions, memories, contracts and also past lives. Sometimes they fade away on their own with time, and other times (more than we’d like) they stick around and become stronger, holding us back and making a mess.

For this you will first take a spiritual cleansing bath or shower of your preference. Make it as elaborate as you feel, or keep it simple. The most important part is your intention. As you bathe or shower you may ask the Divine to cleanse and purify you, ask the water to cleanse and purify you. See all the stress, worries, and other negative junk go down the drain. Breathe slowly, comfortably, and relax.

Now, make your ritual preparations. Dress as you prefer, cast a circle, create sacred space, do what you usually do when you are about to do your magical work. It is important that you feel safe in your space, protected by Deity, spiritual guardians, energetic barrier, whatever works best for you.

Once again, meditate shortly on your intention to cut the negative cords of attachment. To get rid of what holds you back, to let go of that which does not serve you any longer. You may say a prayer for protection and strength, or improvise and speak from the heart about your intentions. Your energy and intention will make this as strong as you want it to be. You want those things gone, right?

To cut the cords you can simply visualize a pair of golden scissors, fire scissors, a flaming sword or knife. Or, you can use your ritual athame, or any other tool that helps your intention to cut. You can even use your own hands, and make a cutting motion with your fingers. Begin cutting from the top of your head, above the crown, and continue down and around your body until you get your feet. Cut and throw away, cut and throw away. As you cut, you can say something like “I don’t need this, I release it”, or any other words that you feel inspired to say. Cut as much as you feel you need to. When you are done cutting, visualize yourself as a warrior with an armor that protects you from any cords that may try to re-attach themselves to you.

Sit or stand quietly for a few minutes with gratitude for all you’ve learned, for this new beginning. Allow yourself to feel, to release, and then to welcome the new. Thank the Divine, guardians, protectors, and close your circle as you normally do.

Now, celebrate the new beginning of the beautiful soul that YOU are!

Love & Light
Rev. Priestess Oscura

The Year of the Blessed Snake

2013…

 

2013 Year of the Snake

Another year of challenges, and blessings. Many lessons learned, and much gratitude for it all, and for all those people who have taught me something. I have learned a lot from everyone. A few highlights come to mind to make me smile and feel such gratitude!

 

In January, I officiated my first wedding. I am grateful to my sister, Lady Ophelia, who blessed me with this opportunity. It was her who thought of me as the Priestess that would perform the wedding ceremony for her and her beloved. It was her, who put this challenge in front of me and said, “I can’t imagine anyone better than you”. It was because of her, that I got my license to be able to legally officiate weddings in the city of New York. Of course, I couldn’t have gotten my license without the help of Goddess Rosemary, H.P. & Matriarch of Temple Sahjaza. I am surrounded by amazing human beings who care about others, and will do anything they can to help. Lady Ophelia & Matt’s handfasting/wedding was a beautiful, blessed experience that I will always treasure. May their lives continue to be blessed.

 

In March I was blessed with the visit from one of my all time favorite authors who is an immense inspiration to me. And by visit I mean, not that she came to my house (I wish), but she wrote a comment in one of my blog posts (see: Awakening Osiris:  The Egyptian Book of the Dead). Thank you Normandi Ellis!

 

In April, I got to spend time with someone I love very dearly. My beloved sister of Temple Sahjaza, Priestess Madame Webb. I missed her so much, and seeing her again, talking to her, hugging her, ah, it was a true blessing. She is one extraordinary woman.

 

In the summer, I finally started my official journey into herbalism (see previous posts My Journey into Herbalism and A Visit to Mother Nature’s Temple & School) . I am grateful to the NY Open Center and to Peeka Trenkle for making this possible for myself and all the other students who love plants and appreciate all that Mother Nature has given us. I intend to continue learning and practicing herbalism in the years to come.

 

This summer I also was blessed to be in Ammachi’s presence once again. This time I joined in at the front for meditation as well. The love, compassion and unity experienced will always stay with me. Thank you Amma.

 

In October, history was made. Yet another blessing. High Priestess & Matriarch of Temple Sahjaza, Goddess Rosemary, made her comeback to NYC. It was a long time coming, and I don’t even know where to start when it comes to describing this event. Meeting her for the first time in person was so natural, just like seeing an old friend. We had a wonderful time, all of us together. And she performed a Third Eye Opening ritual, which lasted about 4 hours. Four hours, people lined up to have their third eye opened by Goddess Rosemary, while the members of the Temple backed her up energetically and physically. This was another experience that I will never forget. The bonds in this Temple are strong and beautiful.

 

Another blessing in my life this year is Kundalini Yoga. I’m grateful to Donna Amrita Davidge for teaching at NY Open Center. From there I knew I wanted to continue practicing this spiritual, beautiful form of yoga. And now I’ve managed to do that at Kundalini Yoga East. Gratitude!!

 

These are the highlights of my year, but by no means the only blessings I have received and enjoyed. My husband is a daily blessing in my life, and so is my family. I have so much to be grateful for, every single day. I’m working on living more mindfully, and slowing down as much as possible. I look forward to the future with excitement, and a heart full of love and joy.

 

Awake in Peace
Awake in Love
Awake in Joy
Awake in Truth.

 

~Priestess Oscura N.

The Pagan Gift Guide

AWJ PentacleI think many will agree, the Internet is a wonderful tool. There is so much we can do with it! So I was thinking about all the times I scour the Internet looking for specific items that I can’t make myself and I’m hoping someone else does. There are so many wonderfully talented people all over the world who work really hard to create wonderful magical items. So for my own benefit and for all of you out there who have a Pagan friend or relative (or for yourself of course!) I decided to put together a Pagan Gift Guide! I will update the gift guide as I continue to research and find more wonderful resources, and if anyone wants to recommend, please do leave a comment here. :) And don’t forget to bookmark this page because I will continue to update it as I find more wonderful resources!

 

Note: The shops I am linking to from this article are not mine and not my responsibility. I’ve found all these resources by doing research online myself and by friends’ recommendations. You will see that shops are mentioned many times as I am categorizing by item. :)

 

The Pagan Gift Guide

Art

Attire

Books

Divination tools

Candles & candle holders

Crystals

Decor

Essential Oils

Oils – magical brews and perfumes

Herbs

Incense

Jewelry

Masks

Statuary and Plaques

Wands

 

Lots of shopping goodness! Again, don’t forget to bookmark this page because I’m just getting started!

Blessings

Fashion Magic for Everyday Use [Pagan Blog Project]

This subject may seem a bit superficial to some, but I find it fun, and empowering. I’m referring to Witchy Fashion! The garments and accessories we choose to wear inside and outside of the magic circle.

 

First, outside of the magic circle. That is for us to decide. What makes us feel comfortable and happy is what we should always wear. What is required of our day job if we have one, is a guideline that many of us follow. Some jobs require uniforms, others require suits. But none of them say anything about leaving magic out! Witches are magical people, and magic should be part of our daily lives, not just limited to the magic circle. Empowerment comes by being ourselves fully and embracing the power that resides within us. We are like flowers waiting to bloom fully. If you are a rose, then be a rose, you can’t be half rose and half tulip! I’m a Witch, so I will be a Witch! :)

So, at your day-job you are required to wear a uniform. It’s plain, it’s boring, it’s quite strict so you can’t do anything to it. If you are allowed to wear any jewelry, choose a pair of earrings that you’ve magically charged to only bring pleasant sounds to your ears and see the effect it has on how people talk to you. It could be a brooch, bracelet or a ring. Obviously Pagan symbolism on your jewelry is not necessary if you don’t feel comfortable showing it off. If you can’t wear any jewelry with your uniform but you have to wear a hat, you could easily draw a magical symbol on the inside of your hat to keep you protected, keep your mind sharp and alert. Even your socks can be magically charged, for example if you have to be on your feet all day long charge them to give you the energy and comfort that you need throughout the day. I could go on and on about this, so as you can see, you are only limited by your creativity!

 

For those who are not required to wear uniforms at their day-job, color magic can be easily used when picking clothes and accessories. Different cultures and traditions have their own interpretations of what each color means, so go with the one that you identify with. Use the colors to your advantage, and attract the energy that you desire or need depending on the day or situation. If you do a quick search online you will find many websites that discuss ways of using Colors in magic. There are also some good books out there as well. I’m just going to mention two of them but I’m sure there are others that are good as well. Ray Buckland’s Practical Color Magick, and Color Magic for Beginners by Richard Webster. I do not own either book but they seem to get good reviews.

 

Although it isn’t considered magic per se, I do use Fashion Feng Shui to choose my wardrobe and it really helps to attract the energy that I desire (read a blog post I wrote about this subject here) and to feel more comfortable and more like myself. Fashion Feng Shui is based on Chinese Feng Shui, and it simply uses the Five Element Theory and intention to create a harmonious flow just like good old Feng Shui does in the spaces we inhabit. Clothing is such a personal and intimate part of our lives that it makes perfect sense to use it to our advantage. We can thank Evana Maggiore for developing this technique. Her book Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention is really insightful and helpful.

As I said before, you are only limited by your own creativity and resources. So go ahead and bring your magic with you everywhere you go!

 

Secondly, there is fashion in our magic circle. When I think of this my mind conjures images of velvet capes and robes, headdresses, masks, and many other dramatic, rich, and meaningful symbols that have been carried on by both fictional sources like books and films, and by old traditions. Some people like to keep it simple and they don’t feel the need to wear elaborate garments, and some just don’t wear anything at all. Whatever you wish to do is fine as long as you feel comfortable and in the case of nudity, safety of the participants and location should also be considered.

 

Making your own magical clothing and accessories for your rituals is a wonderful thing. It allows you to infuse the item with your own energy. Some people chant or say prayers while crafting scarves to give to the poor and ill. The energy and intention stays with the scarf and the person who wears it benefits from it. But not all of us are that crafty. Never fear, many wonderfully talented Pagans enjoy creating delightful pieces for others to purchase and enjoy. You can find many of the creations of talented magical people on websites like etsy.com.

Let me make something clear. All the magic you need is within. Your own intention, focus and connection to the Divine can be just as powerful while wearing a luxurious velvet robe with satin lining and bell sleeves as while wearing a simple cotton dress. However, many of us find that the addition of special garments and accessories helps to enhance the ambiance, contributing to our focus and magical personality. In group work, this is even more true. A Priestess or Priest can enhance a ritual by drawing more attention to themselves using magical fashion. All eyes will be on them and will remain on them, keeping the energy and intention of the ritual steady. It’s a great tool to enhance your own energy. The colors play an important part here of course, depending on the time of the year and the celebration. Examples are black for Samhain, green or yellow for Ostara, red for Imbolc, white or gold for Yule etc.

As for accessories, we all have a special necklace or pendant we like to wear for rituals, a bracelet or a ring. The materials of these can bring even more beneficial energies into our work. Gold or silver, gemstones,  they can all be used to enhance magical work in different manners. Studying color and crystal magic is quite practical and useful! 😉

 

Personally, I favor the enhancement of magical work using fashion. I use robes, capes, masks, an Isis crown, pendants, earrings and a lot of times I’ve worn a special dress in place of a robe. These items help me “step into the magic circle” even more literally. I feel the shift in my state of mind and focus.

There are many tools out there for us to use creatively. It’s all up to us to make magic a part of our every day lives and through fashion we can do that. :)

 

Love and Blessings

Sprinkle some Fun in your Craft [Pagan Blog Project]

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When I first started studying the Craft back in 1991-92, I remember being excited, reading a lot but most of all, doing a lot. I wanted to cast spells, celebrate rituals, feel and experience as much as I could. To me, learning about the Craft was serious, but it was also fun to learn all these new wonderful things that I felt an affinity, a connection to.

 

It was a lot of fun when I started celebrating rituals with my small group of Pagan friends, which was usually at the beach. We’d bring our magic tools, robes, candles in lanterns, then we’d look for a good spot. It really was so much fun to work together. Jumping the fire during Beltane was one of the most fun things we did. It was fun even when we accidentally scared the crap out of someone who unknowingly was taking a walk at the beach and suddenly bumped into us (just imagine, he saw a group of people dressed in different color robes with hoods on, standing around in a circle with candles, one holding up a dagger). Sorry, we really didn’t mean to scare you. We always took our craft seriously, but we had fun too.

 

Over the years, as work, responsibilities, and all kinds of experiences with people and situations have been part of the process of life, things did change a bit. I became more cautious, and retreated back into solitary practice. Moving into a very different place also made the “cautious” part be more necessary for me. And all the responsibilities and stresses of life took the front seat while my Craft took the back seat. I was too serious about so many things that it rubbed off into my Craft, and I couldn’t even see that.

Eventually I found a group of like-minded individuals and began a new chapter in my life, and my Craft. It was a slow process, but it was happening. I was still very serious as I wanted them to know that I was dedicated. The fun did come back slowly, with the help of my new Craft friends and I started feeling more empowered.

 

Now that I’m a Priestess, I’ve had some trouble in the fun department. The responsibilities can make a person become locked into a too-focused state, and then everything becomes too serious and formal. Don’t get me wrong, learning, studying and practicing the Craft is something that we all should take seriously. I mean, do you really think it wise to joke around with a healing spell for someone’s mother? It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to joke around during an exorcism. There are many things that could go wrong if you  were to act like everything is fun and games. We need to be focused when we are doing our magical work, but we can’t be 100% serious all the time. When we are too serious we can become stiff, tense, and that could create energy blocks on us and our work, and  sometimes we could just go blank from so much tension and forget what we must do or say next during a ritual. It affects our energy and the energy of our work and the group if we are working with one. We can integrate some fun into our Craft, we really must. And sometimes when we don’t, the spirits and Deities themselves will remind us to do so. Some spirits and Deities are tricksters by nature, and some will suddenly do funny things (I’m looking at you Lord Ganesha! :) ) as a way of saying “Lighten Up!”. Really, whenever I sprinkle some fun, the ritual feels more enjoyable, everyone seems to feel lighter and more receptive.

Singing and dancing are fun activities that also bring great energy into our Craft and there are many other activities that are fun like creating your own magical tools. And laughter, well laughter is wonderful. It has the power not only to make people happy, feel lighter and break tension, it can also dispel negativity. :)

 

So, remember to sprinkle some Fun in your Craft whenever possible! :)
~Oscura

Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

I wanted to do an extra post this week because the Pagan Blog Project is up to the letter ‘D’ and I feel like I kind of  cheated it hehe (see previous post).

This post is about one of my favorite books of all time, or to be more specific, my favorite translation of that book. The Egyptian funerary text, also known as the Book of Coming Forth By Day, better known as the Book of the Dead. According to many historical texts, it is a collection of spells created to help the dead in their journey through the underworld and into eternal life as a spirit. These texts are both magical and religious and there are many sources of historical documentation to read up on them. Don’t let the title mislead you, these writings are not about death, but about life, eternal life. This is what the Egyptians believed in and looked forward to. Living an eternity as a spirit, enjoying everything they loved, surrounded by the spirits of all those they loved.

The ancient Egyptians really cared a lot about the afterlife, and it showed in the construction of their tombs, which were made more elaborately and with better materials than their own homes. Their logic for this is simply that they knew this would be their eternal dwelling, while their mortal homes would be a place to live for the next 40 or so years (life expectancy back then wasn’t as high as it is now). One can imagine the comfort this would bring to a person who was getting closer to death, as opposed to the fear of death and dying which is more prevalent these days.

 

When I first wanted to learn more about the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the book I found at the library was the Wallis Budge translation. It is a great tool for learning and researching historical data. I wasn’t able to read the entire book though, I guess it wasn’t what I was looking for. I got my copy of Normandi Ellis’ Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead in 1988 which I believe is the year it was published. Since then I have read so many times that I lost count. This book was definitely what I was looking for.

Inspiring, spiritual, beautiful, rhythmic, magical, powerful. Those are some of the words that come to mind when I try to describe Normandi Ellis’ translation. When I have felt the need for wisdom, I have looked in its pages. When I have felt the need for guidance, I have looked in its pages. I have even used it when constructing a spell or when I need a good affirmation. It is a book that I keep going back to, all these years it is still relevant to me, and it still has the same spiritual and magical power.

In my opinion, Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead is giving us a window into the possibilities that the funerary texts have for us, of how these ancient texts can still be of use to us today. My copy of the book is marked up, pages flagged, and I had to put plastic on the cover to protect it from all the use it gets (see photo above, that’s my copy of the book).

One of my favorite spells excerpts that can also be used as an affirmation, is one that some of my friends already know me by. It is the following:

“Let my spirit be stronger today than it was yesterday, my heart more peaceful, my mind more fertile, my hands more gentle.” This is only part of Chapter 5: Coming Forth By Day. These words have given me strength on many days when I’ve felt I am lacking it. I have shared these words with others many times and I’ve always heard that they find them very comforting and empowering, regardless of religion.

Chapter 8: Triumph Over Darkness is such a powerful spell, with many words that can be used for protection. One example: ” May my fingernails turn into thorns to drive back the snake. May my arms become spears to thwart crocodiles. May the light of my soul detect shadows of evil. May I listen to the voice of the messenger. May I walk the road envisioned by Ra’s eyes.” When I read these words I can feel their power and confidence.

 

I imagine that in ancient Egypt, having an instructional text such as this would bring a feeling of security to a person who is going through preparations for the afterlife (construction of their tomb and such).

There is so much relevant, powerful and insightful wisdom in this translation that I think this will be a book I will keep going back to for many more years. And I thank Normandi Ellis for this wonderful work. :)

 

Love and Blessings
Oscura

 

Sources: Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead by Normandi Ellis , Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, translated by Raymond O. Faulkner, http://en.wikipedia.org/

Duamutef, son of Horus [Pagan Blog Project]

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This week I’ve decided to write about one of the Four Sons of Horus: Duamutef. I don’t have a whole lot of information on Duamutef alone, as he is usually associated and referred to through his family. The Four Sons of Horus.

 

The Sons of Horus were said to be the children and also the ‘souls’ of Horus, and were also referred to as the ‘friends of the king’ because they’d assist the deceased monarch in his ascension to the sky. These four Gods were also known as the sons of Osiris and were later said to be members of the group called ‘the seven blessed ones’ whose job was to protect the netherworld god’s coffin. Their role was a funerary one, and you may have already heard about the Canopic Jars, containers in which the internal organs of the deceased were preserved. The stoppers of these jars were once carved into the shape of human heads representing the deceased, but from the 18th dynasty they were carved in the form of the four sons of Horus who then had become the patron Gods of the contents of these jars. Each of the sons was said to be guarded by one of the funerary Goddesses, though there was some variation on this linkage. They may have been based on the symbolic completeness of the number four alone, but they are often given geographic associations.

Duamutef is depicted with a jackal head. He is the guardian of the stomach, often protected by the Goddess Neith and his orientation is the East. His name means “Who adores his mother”. In other texts he is associated with the South.

Qebesenuef (pronounced ‘Kebsnoof’) the falcon to the West, Hapy (pronounced ‘Haahpi’) the baboon to the North,  and Imsety the man to the South are Duamutef’s brothers.

 

As a Pagan Witch who casts a circle at the beginning of any magical workings, I also often call on the Four Sons of Horus to guard my sacred space. These guardians can be summoned in a similar manner as one would summon traditional Elemental Kings, and can be associated with the elements as well. When summoned, the Four Sons of Horus should be visualized in the mummified human form with the head of the creature associated with each. We must do so with the same respect as we would summon elementals, because these are deities (or demigods as referred by some). We should also remember to thank them and bid them farewell at the end. They will surely guard our sacred space well. :)

 

Love and Blessings
Oscura

 

Sources: The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt by Richard H. Wilkinson; An Egyptian Book of Shadows by Jocelyn Almond & Keith Seddon; http://en.wikipedia.org/

 

Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/