Lailoken wrote:I'd love to follow a blog dedicated to the blending of Druidic and Egyptian spirituality. I've had a fascination with Ancient Egypt since I was a child. My parents bought me countless books on the subject, especially books of Egyptian myth (as well as Roman and Greek). I remember at that young age being jealous of those people because they had lots of gods and goddesses and we only had one (my family is Roman Catholic). I built model Egyptian temples out of clay, attempted to make clay statues and remember one rather large diorama of the Giza plateau for a school project that took up a good portion of the family room, which my parents kept there for years. I could go on, but needless to say, I hope you blog about your experiences and let me know when you do.
Kernos wrote:Given the the Egyptian deities are among the oldest we know a lot about, I think it would be great. Perhaps you could share some resources with us.
googling define:kemet... Why was Egypt called the Black Land?
Eilthireach wrote:Hello Astrid, hello all!
I am a student of the Western Mysteries for some years now and it seems that some of the basic layers of our wonderful and ancient European spiritual traditions have a distinct Egyptian or Graeco-Egyptian flavour to them. It gives me much to think that the Golden Dawn, Crowley and others chose the Egyptian pantheon for their work. I have tried to make contact with some Egyptian deities, but despite the fact that we know much more about them than for example, the Celtic deities, it has proven not an easy task. Part of the difficulty is to keep the 'original' Egyptian deities from their Thelemic forms who are different.
That being said, the glimpses that I was able to catch were impressive, the Egyptian deities are truly awe-inspiring and despite their age still very 'present'. I am also very impressed by the poetry of ancient Egyptian texts, for example the Papyrus of Ani. I am presently trying to put together an invocation of Ra from original texts.
So far I have read only one book that tries to combine modern alternative spirituality with the ancient Egyptian pantheon: Ellen Cannon Reed's 'Circle of Isis: Ancient Egyptian Magic for Modern Witches.' This book was enlightening in some of the technical aspects (names, calendar etc.), but I had wished for a more in-depth description of the deities.
Yes, I would be interested in such a blog and if my little knowledge permits I would be willing to contribute. Please go ahead!
Greetings from beneath the Bavarian Alps,
Dathi wrote:Hmm, sounds interesting. Go for it.
By chance I picked up a little old book in a junk shop recently. Herodotus. Egypt & Scythia (Ed: Prof Henry Morley. Cassell's National Library 1886) .
Plenty of lore reported by the priests at Thebes and priestesses of Dodona to Herodotus that would be very familiar to Druids.
There are some who would draw a direct line between Scythian Magicians and Celtic Druids!
Dendrias wrote:Ta, Dathi. Some of these sources are funny. Very funny.
It's nice to read about the connection between Scythia, Egypt and Ireland by account of a bible-story taken for history. I wouldn't have expected to read this in a druid-forum. But Keating is a child of his time, isn't he? So is O'Hart - I wonder to which biblical (can you say that) person he traces back his family.
But we're here to support Astrid, aren't we?
Astrid, have You found a comfy blog?
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