Shu, the Ancient Egyptian god of the element of Air, comes to you today, holding his sky over his head. He asks you to look to the sky for your limits. Whenever you feel you do not have enough power or presence to accomplish what you need to do, remember that Shu has filled you with the air you need, not only to breathe life, but also to express yourself. Be mindful of what you say and how you say it, for you are adding to Shu’s sky. Therefore, please see that your limits are set by the words you say about yourself and the world around you. The choice is yours.
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Today’s duo is Bastet, the cat goddess, and Menat, the necklace that embodies joy and dancing. Bastet is possibly the most popular of the goddesses for her affectionate and playful nature, but she has a serious side in which she is the protector of Pharaoh and destroyer of Apep, the god of destruction. Anyone who has played with a kitten or cat knows that moving an object back and forth is so tantalizing that the cat can’t resist pouncing and trapping that object. When you dance the joyful dance of life, you are being like Bastet. She encourages you to be joyful in all that you do and lets you in on her secret, that joy is the weapon that overcomes fear. So dance forward, trampling the the things that you fear under foot. Show them who is boss!
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.
Sekhmet, the powerful daughter of the sun god, Re, joins Ausar, the god who created civilization and agriculture and who rules the afterlife. Together Fire or Light (Sekhmet) joins in the ultimate creation (humanity on Earth). Your part in this, as a child of the God of your understanding, is to be consciously aware of your ability to make positive changes as this creation unfolds. God is not through with creating yet, and you, as are all other people, are his agents. What you live, do and say does make a difference!
Today Set, the Ancient Egyptian god of storms and chaos brings with him the hieroglyph Was, the staff of power. Set wishes to tell you that all storms within your mind come from your own feelings. He cautions you to look into those feelings before acting without thinking. Today we know that once you punch the “enter” key, a post cannot be taken back. Life is like that too. Once you have spoken something out loud, you can only apologize and ask for forgiveness, as it never can be taken back. Set hands you the Was, the staff of power, to show you who is really in control of your feelings and your actions – it is you!
Seshew, the kit of the scribe which represents the art of writing, and Nuit, the goddess of the night-time sky who is the heaven where the ancestors abide as the golden stars on her belly bring you the thought that receiving messages from your ancestors is possible. The Ancients were very aware of their lineages and paid great attention to the funerary temples of their pharaohs, knowing they had become gods in the heavens. Your own personal ancestry is important in many ways. Beyond knowing the genetics, you should also know their accomplishments because they are the foundation upon which you can build your own future. Take some time to interview your elders or look them up in a genealogy database. What you learn might surprise you.
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’s message comes from two glyphs: Nefer, the symbol of goodness and beauty, and Tyet, the hieroglyph that is a red sash tied into a knot, that represents childbirth. When you discover something beautiful that you had not noticed before, it is like having your eyes opened for the first time, like a new babe. Sometimes, this beauty is not something new at all, like a beautiful sunset, but the magnificence can overwhelm you with an inner joy. When you have such an experience, be sure to share it with others. At the very least, you can enter it into your journal or share a picture you take online. Remember what it is that has made your life the richer for experiencing it.
Two hieroglyphs combine to bring you the message that writing can help you to create a new outlook on your life. Seshew, the writing kit of the scribe, and Kheper, the scarab that symbolizes a new dawn, tell you that when you keep a journal, you will be able to see things differently when you look at events from an impersonal viewpoint. When you keep your emotions quieted, you can hear the voice of your own spirit telling you the best way to look at something that has happened. Instead of reacting to something, you will be able to choose your best way to go into the future.