Ptah, the Ancient Egyptian god of craftsmanship, joins with Serket, the goddess of healing and childbirth, to tell you that every craftsman will need help from another at some point in time. If you have created something, and it is not working right, you may need to “fix” either the design or the individual piece. Sometimes this help has to take the form of divine guidance, as you have tried everything humanly possible to get it right. So, instead of resting on your reputation as an excellent craftsman, ask the God of your understanding for inspiration and collaboration. When God’s hand is on your work, it cannot fail.
Ptah, the Ancient Egyptian god of builders and architects, brings you the hieroglyph Shenu, a symbol for eternity. When Ptah created the city of MenNefer (Memphis), he did so for eternity. The remains of this city are near Cairo and many of the buildings in Cairo have stones “quarried” from MenNefer to use as building materials. Ptah counsels you that you too are building for eternity. Your actions and words are recorded and will last far longer than you can imagine. When you plan ahead, and build carefully, you will be proud of what you have built.
HeruWer, the elder of the gods of Ancient Egypt, brings you the hieroglyph Nefer, the symbol of all that is good and beautiful. When you are young, there are many counterfeits that can fool you as to what is good, much less what is beautiful. How you can learn to tell the difference is to watch what is the result of choosing something that seems good. Impetuous seekers of beauty will not be as rewarded as those who take their time to let the drama unfold. Is it just a mask, or is that beauty going beneath the surface where it is of real value? Patience and time will tell.
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.
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!
Khnum, the ram-headed god who creates with clay like a potter, joins Sobek, the crocodile-headed god who protects Egypt like he protects his children, by surrounding them nose to tail. Together they tell you that Flexibility, like the wet clay shaped by the potter’s skilled hands, when joined with careful Concentration, just as Sobek encircles his children are the combined forces that make creativity possible. If you are not flexible, like a pot that has already been fired, your creation will be brittle and can crack or break. If you are not careful, by completely surrounding your work process, you will overlook simple little things that can stop or destroy your work. Practice flexible concentration, and your work will have no limits.
Mut, the vulture goddess of Ancient Egypt, brings you the hieroglyph Tyet – the buckle of Auset (Isis). Mut is the great mother who spreads her wings high in the sky and watches over her children as well as protecting pharaoh, who is Egypt in a person. She brings this symbol of birth and of magic to assure you that life itself is a mystery. All are born, coming seemingly from nothing, and all leave this life eventually to live in eternity. Mut asks you to watch all that goes on in your life as she does. Be careful of your words and your deeds. While they may not be written down in stone, their power touches the whole world through the internet and social media. What you speak, and what you capture in pictures, may last longer and go further than you would imagine.
How can you tell who is telling the truth? The Ancient Egyptian Goddess Mayat brings the guardian of the Giza Plateau, the Great Sphinx, to give you an answer. The truth is best seen when it is observed from afar, objectively. Be sure that the words alone are not what you look at to determine if someone is fabricating or being truthful. Instead, the actions that precede or follow the words is what will tell you if the words are right or not. From the other side, make sure that you act out what is important to you, so that your actions will tell those you care to impress that you mean what you say.
Today we have two deities from Ancient Egypt. ReHoremakhet is the great sphynx that guards the Giza plateau. Renenutet is the goddess who symbolizes the fertile black soil of the Nile valley, who carefully guards and guides every child born in Egypt. Both are known for their vigilance. Both are watchers. If you are in a unclear place in your life, you may need to be more watchful like these two gods. Watch everything around you. The God of your understanding will send you signs and messengers, so be sure to watch your heart as well. Keep your conscience clear and master the feelings in your mind. You may find by doing this that what was once unclear is now easy to see.
When the Ancient Egyptian sun god, Re, combines with the hieroglyph Menat, the symbol for joy and the dance, you have an indication of the true power of joy. Joy can be as fulfilling as sitting in a sunbeam can be warming. The energy of the dance, along with a little singing as well, can transform a sad person into a happy one who overflows with joy and love for others. When you own life lacks a little luster, look to the sun and remember that you have the power to shine just like the sun when you are filled with joy!