Like the little Int fish, which is the guide for the Barque of Ra, the scribe for Egypt Cards is swimming upstream. We plan to return to our postings in September and hope you will tune in. Your comments and questions are always welcome. Em hotep
Today’s card is Geb, father Earth. Geb is represented by a goose, that calls his name all day long. Geese are the guardians of a garden and protect their turf with great energy. What Geb wants to ask you is what is your relationship with the land? Do you bless your meals as the fruit of the Earth? Do you thank God for the home in which you live, your country and your community? Are you a steward of the Earth, making informed choices that benefit the ecology? Geb cautions you to remember that the Earth is your home and you must share it with all of nature and all the generations to come.
Auset (Isis) is here today to speak to you about magic (Heka). To the Ancients, magic was the use of sacred energy to either prevent harm or to bring good into being. Auset was able to protect her defenseless newborn son, and thus was the mother of all pharaohs who were Heru in person. Auset lets you know that you have access to the divine power too, through your prayers and meditation. She cautions you that your intentions (purity of heart = Mayat) and your sincere requests are all that it takes to get a divine response. Pray often, and share the magic with others!
Today’s card is Udjat, the eye of Re. The Ancients thought the eye of Re had a life and a purpose of its own. Myth states that Re sent his eye out to help in the creation of the world. Myth also tells the story that Re decided to destroy mankind for being too loud and disrespectful, and sent the eye (equated with Sekhmet) to wipe us out. The Udjat asks you what you are seeing in the world around you? Like Re, when you see the good, that is more and more what you will see. If you see the bad, it will get bigger and bigger until it obscures the good and you might make a hasty decision like Re to get rid of some bothersome people from your life. Happily, Re reconsidered and we are all still here. Hopefully you too will choose to see the good over seeing less.
Today’s card is Sobek, the crocodile god of protection. His fierceness in defending his young is most likely why he was chosen as the patron deity of the Ancient Egyptian army. His motto was “surround and protect” based on the crocodile’s penchant for gathering the eggs or young inside a circle created by putting nose to tail. Sobek asks you what you need to protect? Are you in any danger of losing a relationship, a job, a home? Sobek suggests that you pay attention to the goodness of what you already have. Let the power of your God fill you and your situation with trust and flexibility and watchfulness. Change happens. Some changes are hard. Flexibility allows you to go with the flow and be filled with goodness.
Today’s card is the Menat, the counterweight that balanced the heavy necklaces worn both for adornment and ceremony by the ancients. The Menat is sacred to HetHer (Hathor) whose love of music, dance, and joy is legendary. Her priestesses wore the menat much like Native American women wear shells, jingle bells, and fancy dance shawls to create a rhythmic sound as they dance together. The Menat is here to remind you of the dance of life. What better way is there to share joy than to dance, first as a performer and then as a partner? Let joy fill your days and flow out to all those around you. Joy is contagious. Pass it on!
Today’s card is Seshew, the writing kit of the scribe. It is a palette of red and black ink, a papyrus paintbrush, and a water pot. In ancient Egypt, the skill of reading and writing belonged to scribes and priests who had many years of training. We take our literacy lightly today, because we were taught as little children in schools which appeared to be “free”. Seshew asks you to use your precious gift of writing. Start keeping a journal … of your dreams, hopes, and prayers. Record what happens in response to your prayers and purposeful actions. Are you making a difference in your life? Are you making a difference in the lives of others? Where do you need more encouragement? How can you change even just your outlook on life? Write your life, and then read it and learn from it.
Today’s card is Shu, the god of the air. Shu’s symbol is a feather, a tool which can show us invisible movements in the currents of the air that we all breathe. Shu is here to ask you if you are aware of the small envelope of air he has created for all humans to live in? Without this precious home, we could not exist here. So he shows us that something which is unseen is the very basis of life itself on Earth. Not only should we all be thankful, but realize we must share this with all other breathing creatures and the plant kingdom. He asks us to observe our breath and be thankful for the gift of life. Are you taking the time to share this gift with others?
Today’s card is HeruWer (Horus the Elder) represented by the winged falcon holding the shen in its talons and a sun disc over his head. This deity, like Merlin in the Celtic tradition, is the respected elder. In Ancient times, elders were respected for their wisdom and experience. These same elders were advisors to pharaoh in peace and in war. HeruWer’s emblem was worn by pharaoh into battle, where wisdom is the source of strategy and overcoming all enemies. HeruWer asks you to be thankful for the elders in your life. Recognize experience and wisdom as the gems that they are. And know, if you are not an elder already, that your experience and wisdom can teach others and is needed.
Today’s card is Nefer, which can either be a musical instrument or a heart and the windpipe above it. Both the instrument and the voice from the heart sing of beauty and goodness. Many Ancient Egyptian women had nefer as part of their names, like the beautiful wife of Akhnaton, Nefertiti. How do you recognize beauty and goodness? When your heart sings, you know you are in its presence. Nefer asks you to live by the maxim: do what you love, and love what you do, then your heart will sing.