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.
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!
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.
Two hieroglyphs combine to let you know that where your joy is, there is your treasure also. Whatever brings you the most joy is beyond value. Happiness can’t be bought and joy cannot be forced to happen when you choose. So the message is to just relax! Let your happiness come and enjoy it to the fullest. The memories you will create are worth more than gold itself.
Today brings us two gods, Set, the god of storms, and Tefnut, the goddess of water and moisture. While it may seem logical to pair the two, as many storms consist of water being moved around rapidly in great quantities, water can be a calming force. Set is known for his unrestrained passion, something that challenges each of us at times. Tefnut, or water, represents the fluid qualities of spirit. When one is dwelling in peace, centered in spirituality of your choice, the likelihood of your being taken by storms of passion is less likely. Anything that takes you out of your center, where you are at peace with yourself and with your concept of God, puts you off balance. Like a sailboat without a sail, you are at the mercy of the emotions within you and within others. When you are centered, the flow of spirit is gentle and touches those around you with peace as well.
Today’s cards are Ptah, the engineer god who created the earth by separating it from the water by a dam, and the hieroglyph, Sema, or unity, represented by a lotus and papyrus plant being tied together. Although Ptah created the dry land upon which we live through the principle of separation, most of his other achievements had to do with bringing things together. His city, MenNefer (Memphis), the city of white walls, was known for its beautiful temples and for being the first capital city of a united Egypt. The city had to be well built against the power of water, because it was situated in the Nile delta, and was a famous port. Anyone who has been involved in a large building project knows that it takes many people working together, from the planning stages all of the way through building to maintenance. Without unity, there can be no large buildings. Ptah is here to let you know that you must work with others on the important parts of your life. You do not live in a cave like a hermit, you are connected to many different people every day through many different ways. Ptah suggests that building relationships is a sure way to a successful life.
Aton, the sole sun god of Akhenaton, comes with Hapi, the god of the Nile River to tell you that cycles of change are upon you. If you think about it, the sun in our solar system has seen a lot in its time, lighting all of the planets that swirl around it. Just like the elders in your community, the sun has seen it all many times. The Nile has also seen and given life to the many people who have lived on her banks for thousands of years. If you are adrift in your own life, not knowing where you are going or having any sense of direction, find yourself an elder to mentor you. They have been in this very same condition, perhaps many times already. Let them share their wisdom with you. And if you are the elder, share that wisdom that you have because the young ones all need guidance, whether they know it or not!
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?
Tyet, called the Buckle of Auset, and Aker, the horizon representing, time combine to tell you that time itself is another tool provided to you by the Creator. The Tyet is said to represent the woman’s ability to bear children – labor at it’s highest intensity. The Aker shows the sun rising between two mountains, thus being yesterday, today and tomorrow. When you know that time is a tool, not just a method to count the days passing, you will be able to master your life by setting goals and reaching them, one step at a time.