Nephthys – Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Nephthys (NebtHet) is a member of the Great Ennead of Heliopolis in Egyptian mythology, a daughter of Nut and Geb. At the time of the Fifth Dynasty Pyramid Texts, Nephthys appears as a goddess of the Heliopolitan Ennead. She is the sister of Isis and companion of the war-like deity, Set. As sister of Isis and especially Osiris, Nephthys is a protective goddess who symbolizes the death experience, just as Isis represented the (re-)birth experience.
Nephthys is a Greek epithet, transliterated as Nebet-het, and Nebt-het, from Egyptian hieroglyphs. The literal translation of her name is usually given as “Lady of the House,” which has caused some to mistakenly identify her with the notion of a “housewife,” or as the primary lady who ruled a domestic household. This is a pervasive error repeated in many commentaries concerning this deity. Her name means quite specifically, “Lady of the [Temple] Enclosure” which associates her with the role of priestess. Continue reading
From Myth to Divine Reality
Ancient African God/dess Reawakens in the Soul of the Diaspora
Mama Zogbé, Chief Hounon-Amengansie Priestess
Based on Book: Mami Wata: Africa’s Ancient God/dess Unveiled
By: Mamaissii Vivian Hunter Hindrew, M.Ed.
M Y T H O L O G I C A L O R I G I N S
From the outset, it must be emphatically stated that the name Mami Wata is plural, meaning it refers to a pantheon of ancient water deities. Mami Wata are not part of the Yoruba pantheon of Orishas (i.e. Yemoja, Oshun etc.), nor are their initiation ceremonies or means by which they are identified the same.
The priesthood of Mama Wata is overwhelmingly matriarchal, meaning that the Mami Watas are a part of Continue reading
Auset and The Seven Scorpions
After Set had killed Ausar, Auset had given birth to her son Heru, and Sun god Ra made Ausar lord of the Underworld, Auset began weaving a shroud to place around her husband’s mummy. Although Ausar’s spirit now reigned beneath the horizon, his lifeless body still required preparation for burial, as well as burial itself.
The infant Heru lay in a crib beside Auset as she worked. Soon Tehuti, the god of wisdom, approached Auset and warned, “Take care. Set is looking for you and your son. I fear he means to kill you both.” Continue reading
Law of Auset
Prepare to sacrifice everything to become the vessel of God on earth, and you will, in turn, receive everything.
Reasoning: Auset corresponds to intuitive understanding of the law, so programming of behavior can be done at will. If we use intuition as a tool to program any desired behavior at will, then we can choose to manifest in peace and balance as our emotional reactions to all events.
METU NETER Vol.1, Pg. 233-235
Goddess Auset is the embodiment of those intuitive and instinctive faculties that lay deep within our psyche, governing our ability to care for and nurture others. People in whom this faculty is strongly developed are very protective, caring and nurturing. These qualities, amongst the Kamitians and other Africans, were most desirable in mothers and wives. Continue reading
The figure of Auset with the child Heru on her lap, shows splendid African workmanship rich in detail. The divine mother sits on her throne. The sides of the throne display woven patterns and the traditional motif of the unification of the Two Lands (Kemet and ancient Egypt). The NTRt wears anklets and armbands in addition to a close-fitting dress and uraeus diadem. The small Heru figure wears the Double Crown. But even here African Nubian details can be recognized.
Auset is the wife of Ausar, and daughter of the rulers Nut and Geb. She is the twin sister of Nebthet – the wife of Ausar’s brother Set. She represents a co-ruler and ideal wife. After receiving Heru, she also represents the ideal mother. She is offering her breast to her son Heru, who was born a King. Heru is shown with a side lock and nude, to indicate he was a child. Continue reading
The Story of Re
From Egyptian Myths (edited)
In the beginning, all was darkness, and there was nothing but the water of Nun. The power of Nun was such that there arose out of the darkness a great shining egg, and this was Re.
Now Re was all-powerful, and he could take many forms. His power and the secret of it lay in his hidden name; but if he spoke other names, that which he named came into being. “I am Khepera at the dawn, and Re at noon, and Atum in the evening,” he said. And the sun rose and passed across the sky and set for the first time.
Then he named Shu, and the first winds blew; he named Tefnut, the spitter, as the first rain fell. Next he named Geb, and the earth came into being; he named the goddess Nut, and she was the sky arched over the earth with her feet on one horizon and her hands on the other; he named Hapi, and the great River Nile flowed through the land and made it fruitful. Continue reading