“They [the Egyptians] are religious to excess, beyond any nation in the world.” –Herodotus, Histories, Vol. II (Euterpe): An Account of Egypt
The View from Postmodernity
What is it about ancient Egypt that captures our hearts and fascinates us through the millennia? Continue reading
Nit (pronounced Neet; also known as Net in Egypt and Neith to the Greeks) is among the oldest, most complex of the Neteru (Deities) known to us from ancient Egypt; according to nineteenth-century Egyptologist E.A. Wallis Budge, Her worship was widespread even in predynastic times (The Gods of the Egyptians, Vol. 1, p. 450). She was worshiped as Mut Ur, or “Mother Great,” long before the name of Aset (“Isis”) would fervently issue from the lips of devotees. Likened by the Classical author Plutarch to the Athena of the Greeks, Nit was renowned as a warrior goddess, famed for her death-dealing arrows.
Reverse of a 1994 Egyptian silver five-pound coin depicting Nit as warrior goddess. Her head bears the stylized crown of Lower Egypt.
Her cult center stood in the ancient Delta city of Saïs (the modern Sa el-Hagar), whose civic emblem bore Nit’s symbols of a pair of crossed arrows over a shield. She was to Saïs what Athena was to Athens: an unassailable Protectress. (Incidentally, the comparisons between the two goddesses don’t stop there; both are of probable Libyan origin.) Like the Roman Minerva, Nit was the seen as the inventor of the human craft of weaving; however, like the Norse Nornir (Goddesses of Fate), it’s clear that the weaving extends into metaphysical territory, indicating Nit’s power over fate or destiny.
Nit with the glyph of the weaver’s shuttle atop Her head.
But what else would you expect from the Creator? Continue reading
Theologically speaking, as a hard polytheist, I believe that the Deities I love and serve objectively exist and have distinct, independent personalities with likes and dislikes, preferred/time-honored ritual offerings, and unique bodies of lore surrounding Them. They are not mental constructs/Jungian archetypes drawn from some collective Unconscious well. Continue reading
Editorial Comment: I am extremely pleased that the essay you’re about to read below has been accepted for publication in Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s forthcoming anthology on the goddess Sekhmet entitled Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet. My essay is being published under my legal name and I will retain all copyrights to it. The book is being released next month; I’m so excited!
“Sekhmet and the Ma’at of Letting Go”
Just prior to leaving for the 2014 Pagan Spirit Gathering, held June 15-22 in Illinois, I had been seeing, due to its popularity among several of my friends, a recurring post on my Facebook News Feed—one that irked me.
Homage to Thee, O Suti!
Homage to Thee, O Ladder of Set!
Suti joins together my neck and my back in strength;
May nothing happen to break them apart.
Mighty One of the Two-Fold Strength,
Son of Nut,
With Your iron harpoon
Fetter my foes on this day! Continue reading