Today’s card is Hapi, the twin gods of the Nile River. Hep was the old name of the Nile, so this became the personal name of the god over time. The reason for having two was that one represented Upper Egypt and the other Lower Egypt. Esoterically, the Nile can have many dual aspects: flooded vs dry, rapid vs slow, and turbulent vs placid to name a few. Hapi is here to let you know that the flow of your life also has a dual nature. There are periods of great activity and then others of rest … or the doldrums. Your task is to discern what the level of activity is, and then to go with the flow. Hapi wisely counsels you not to try and push the river in the wrong direction.
Today’s card is Seshat, the goddess of writing and inspiration. Seshat is represented by a seven pointed star, or an unknown plant with seven leaves. The number seven can relate to the chakra system, and it can also relate to an Ancient Egyptian belief that all of us have seven parts to our “self”. Seshat challenges you to look deeply into who you are. Have you answered questions as to your spiritual origin? Do you know the heritage of your ancestors? How do you connect to the community in which you live? The answers to these questions and more like them will give you a map to your soul and spirit.
Today’s card is Nuit (Nut), the night time sky. Nuit is indigo blue and touches the earth with her hands and feet, creating an arc above us. The golden stars along her belly are our ancestors who have made it to heaven. Nuit wants to remind you that you are a star in the making. Everything that you do and say here to others is recorded in your soul and that you will take with you as memories into eternity. Nuit asks you if you are mindful of your thoughts and actions? Do you see the possibilities your choices make for affecting others, maybe even in the hundreds or thousands? Nuit is not asking you to slow down to make all of these choices. Instead, she hints that a good connection to your understanding of God through your heart will lead you in the right direction consciously. Shine on that your descendants will one day see you in the heavens with all of the other stars!
Anpu (Anubis), the jackal headed god, is here to be with you today. Anpu’s main role in the pantheon of Ancient Egypt is to be the way-shower. Not only does he guide a soul from this world to the next, he is also here to walk before you to clear the way. If you have been blocked on your spiritual path in life, look for your guidance. You may look to the God of your understanding, or to any spiritual source included in your belief system. You may also ask God to provide you with a mentor, someone more experienced than yourself who can advise you and point out the pitfalls along the way. Perhaps you are being called into this service for others. Sometimes giving advice to others is the best way to clear your own vision for yourself.
Heqet is here today, with all of her thousands of children, to teach you about prosperity. Heqet is depicted as being a frog-headed woman, or a woman with a frog emblem on her head. Heqet wants you to know that prosperity has everything to do with your attitude. If you had silver coins instead of gold, would you still be poor? How you value these things should not be based on money but on what they give you. If you have mountains of copper coins, you might be wealthier than someone who only has a million dollars in a bank. Heqet reminds you the fastest way to feel wealthy is to give to others who are less fortunate than yourself.
Neith, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of war and hunting, is here to visit you today. Neith’s symbols include crossed arrows over a shield, making her a protector of all soldiers. Neith is here to ask you if you are a spiritual warrior? Do you practice your skills regularly, no matter how long you have known and used them? This includes the ability to pray, meditate, and visualize your objectives toward world peace as clearly as possible. Neith emphasizes that you must be accurate as well as clear. How can one hit a target with an arrow in the center if there is a lack of vision and clarity? Neith assures you that your own heart will steady your hand, as you apply your disciplines to daily life.
Today’s card is Djehuti (Thoth), the god of writing. Djehuti was the divine scribe who recorded the history of Egypt over thousands of years. He recorded Pharaoh’s public actions, worship in temples, results of wars, and plans for buildings of stone. He wrote both on stone walls and papyrus scrolls. Djehuti asks you if you know your own history? Do you know the genealogy of your ancestors and what they did to make way for you? Do you know the history of your religion and what is behind your way of worship? Do you know the secrets to living a good life on Earth? Djehuti has recorded all of these things for you to read and ponder. Be sure you record your own history as well, to pass on to the generations that will follow after you.
Today’s card is Aker, the hieroglyph for the passage of time. Aker is shown as two lions, back to back, with the sun between them. The one looking left observes the past while the one looking right looks into the future, putting the sun right where we are now. The Aker asks you to pay attention to your use of time. When we are young, there seems to be plenty and it is not a concern. As we age, time gets more and more precious. The Ancients knew that life here was fleeting and their eternal life in heaven was unlimited. Aker encourages you to live life to the fullest, savoring every moment as a precious gift from God.
Today’s card is the Aton, the sole god of Akhenaton, the pharaoh who revolutionized his country’s religion to worship only one god. The Aton is a sun disk with many rays coming down, each with a hand giving life to the earth. When the royal family is shown, there is an ankh in the hand being placed just under the nose so that life will be breathed in. The Aton is here today to ask if you have been receiving life from the god of your understanding? Are you understanding that God is the source of all, including you? Do you know that this God is also the life force for everyone and everything around you? If you do not feel this way, the Aton suggests that you look into your beliefs and decide for yourself who or what is your one true source? Your answer to this question will clear the life path before you.
Today’s card is the Bennu bird, the Phoenix of Egypt. A creation myth shows the Bennu being created from flames, and names him as the soul of Re (Ra). Out of the flash of an idea comes a new invention! But the Bennu also cautions you to be a steward of the Earth and care for the animals. Sadly the bird which was the model for this hieroglyph is now extinct. So the Bennu asks you what you are creating? Are your intentions pure, for the good of all? Have you taken into account how this invention or work will be used by others? Remember, any work that you do is an “invention” because you will do it in your own way, even though you may have been trained or done it a thousand times before. The Bennu shows you that the future is in your hands.