Khnum, the divine potter of Ancient Egypt, joins Apep, the god of destruction, to tell you that only what is rigid is what can be shattered. Apep may have been the most feared of Ancient Egyptian deities because he broke things down until they were no more. While this idea may seem horrible, it is a natural part of life. Watching what happens in your compost heap is a lesson in breaking down the old to bring life to the new. So if you are stuck in one part of your life, like an old worn-out pot, why not break it and release what is within it to become something new and greater?
Today’s cards are Menat, the necklace counterweight that symbolizes the dance and pure joy, and Sobek, the crocodile god of protection. It might seem odd that joy and fierceness would be joined, but picture in your mind Native American warriors dancing a war dance before going into battle and you will get the idea. There are times that it will be necessary for you to protect yourself, someone dear to you, or even an idea or a stranger. Whenever you make the decision to choose bravery, rejoice knowing that you are doing what you feel right in your heart and conscience.
Shu, the Ancient Egyptian god of the element air, and Mut, one of two goddesses who protect Ancient Egypt, come together to let you know that communication can bring protection. Air, or the sky itself, is the home of the vulture, the totem of Mut. Having eyesight as good or better than an eagle, the vulture watches from high above. Where communication comes in is this; you need to communicate with others so they will know where you will be, a form of human level protection. You must also communicate through prayer with the God of your understanding what you need to progress in life and in your spiritual path. Keeping God in your mind and heart as you grow in experience and wisdom brings a form of protection unavailable otherwise.
Today brings two gods: Hapi, the blue god of the Nile River, and Ptah, the divine engineer and patron of craftsmen and skilled workers. When you put Hapi and Ptah together, you find Ptah hard at work, designing a system of dams and levees to keep the waters of the Nile from flooding areas of his city where people live. The Nile can be thought of as your emotions. If you do not direct them, they can sweep you away into areas you might never want to go, destroying relationships and dreams in the process. If you pay attention to the river of emotions and look ahead before you dive in, you will be able to direct the flow to a useful purpose, to build relationships and dreams and bring them into reality on a solid foundation.
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 Heru (Horus), the falcon who represents the sky itself. Heru is the prototype for the Pharaoh, the man who is Egypt in a person. Like the knights of Medieval Europe, Heru fights against evil on our behalf. Heru asks you what evil you are struggling against? Is it unfairness at work or a neighbor that gossips about you to your harm? Is it the political climate in your country or the economic depression that affects everyone in addition to yourself? Or is it a more hidden challenge, an evil temptation within that you do not fully recognize? Whatever the form evil takes, Heru assures you that good always triumphs over evil. Take confidence in the God you know and put your efforts into what your belief system tells you to do.