Today we have the first card of the deck, Shu – the god of the element of air – and Ausar – the god who invented agriculture and civilization. When both ends of a continuum of development meet, we are at the beginning of a new round, another cycle of development and growth. What you may be starting out with, air, might seem like nothing at all. But without air, there is no breath and no life. Follow the dream in your heart and let your words speak out before you what you want to create in life.
Today’s gods are Seshat, the goddess of writing and measurement, and Ausar (Osiris), the father god who invented the arts of civilization, agriculture, and rulership. When you put them together, you see that the ability to keep accurate records is necessary for any organization, down to the personal level where you are being the ruler of your own life. Seshat lets you know that not only records, but accurate measurements are needed at times. Examples are making your own clothes, building kitchen cabinets, or working on your retirement plans. Ausar uses these measurements as he is making his plans and carrying them out. You have to have an accurate picture of what is in place before you can move forward on any project.
Today’s cards are Djehuti (Thoth), the ibis-headed scribe of the gods, and the Wadj, a papyrus stem that is a hieroglyph for spiritual leadership. Djehuti does much more than keep a scroll of the doings of the gods and kings, he is also responsible for keeping track of magic. This is a controversial topic for Egyptologists who have not decided how wide-spread the use of magic was in Ancient Egypt, much less coming to an agreement on a definition for magic. If we look at magic as a spiritual practice, using the written and spoken word to call forth power from the gods, we see that Djehuti was a busy god, always recording chants, spells, and prayers. He encourages you to use your own magic, the ability to pray to the God of your understanding for healing, better conditions, and to help those around you. Djehuti knows that a constant practice of prayer brings good results.
Today’s cards are the Udjat, the eye of Re or Heru (Horus) that is more than a watchful eye – it is an active principle that can either create or destroy. The other is the god Amun, the powerful creator god that is invisible like the wind, and took Egypt to the height of her empire in the ancient world. Watchfulness and unseen power combine to make things happen in unexpected ways. If you are seeking change in your life, pay attention to what is going on around you. If there is a way to put your energy into the situation you want to change, do so carefully, after researching the possibilities. If you are unable to physically do anything towards change, you are always free to use your mind and heart to pray about it to the God of your understanding.
Today’s cards are Mut, the vulture goddess that represents motherhood, and Ib, the hieroglyph for the heart, which is considered to be the seat of the conscience and moral thought. Mut is one of the two protectors of Pharaoh and of the land of Egypt. In both cases, she is as protective as a mother, watching everything that happens and spreading her wings in protection if she sees danger coming. The heart is the most important part of your body, for it is considered to be where you make your choices for good. The ancients believed their hearts would be weighed in a final judgment before they would enter heaven for eternity. Mut is here to remind you that you always have a choice. It is not always clear which is best, so look to the feelings and promptings of your heart to make your choices.
Today we have two very powerful gods of Ancient Egypt that were combined in later years. Amun is the hidden god of the wind, and Re is the god of the sun. Together they are both hidden and present in the sky, bringing life and breath to all below. If these two areas come together in your life, you can be sure that the power behind what you do will be increased many times.
Today brings two goddesses, Heqet, the frog-headed goddess of prosperity and multiplication, and Renenutet, the goddess that represents the fertile soil and the gifts the land brings us. Putting these tow cards together, there is a mothering instinct that watches out for all children, your own and all others. These goddesses were known for their huge number of children, making them the mother of all. They ask you what you are doing for the children of the world today? Do you remember them when you make choices that affect the ecology? Do you think about future generations when you speak to others, making sure you do not say harsh words that you cannot take back? Do you encourage the youth, by words and by example, to be the best they can? Heqet and Renenutet both remind you that you are one of the children that they have raised (prosperity and harvests) and ask you to remember the children in all that you do.
Min, the male god of fertility, comes with the moon, Ayehh, in all its phases. Any gardener or farmer knows that planting in accord with the phases of the moon brings a good crop. So also is your life. If you pay attention to the seasons of your life and search out the cycles going on around you, you will be synchronized with all that happens. Far better to be in the correct season than to be out of phase, wearing the wrong clothes like a swimsuit in the deep winter. Timing is important, especially in today’s world.
Today we have the playful Bastet and the pilot fish, Int. One can imagine the interaction between the two. Is curiosity going to prevail (Bastet) or are you going to find your way by following the direction of Int? If you follow your path with playfulness, you will always enjoy it, whether it is winding or straight, boring or fascinating. Let Bastet walk beside you and all will be well.
Today’s cards are Sobek, the crocodile god of protection, and the Bennu bird, which stands for a safe place. When you put them together, you see that the crocodile, who makes a circle around his young, nose to tail, to protect them against all comers is indeed making a safe place. If you are feeling a bit bombarded by life and circumstances, Sobek recommends that you make a safe place for yourself to relax in. Pick a spot in your home, or find a sacred place such as a house of worship or somewhere in nature, that you can be undisturbed. For those who meditate, the physical location is not as important as being able to tune out and tune in. Wherever you choose a spot, bless it and use it often, not only to relax, but to be grateful to the God of your understanding for all of the good you have already received.