- Oct 15, 2011Egyptian Witchcraft
Like the witch craft of any other region, the Egyptian witch craft is based
upon the country's tradition, myth, legend, rituals, drama, poetry, song,
dance, worship, magic and living in harmony with the earth.
The practitioners of Egyptian witch craft honor the ancient Egyptian gods
and goddesses including the Triple goddess of the waxing, full and waning
moon and the horned god of the sun, death and animal life.
Since moon has an important place in Egyptian witch craft, therefore both
men and women in city apartments, suburban backyards and country glades meet
on full moons and on festival occasions to raise their energy levels and
harmonize themselves with the natural forces.
Congregations in Egyptian witch craft are called temples and covens where
the seekers are initiated into learning the witch craft. The repeated
patterns of changing seasons have great importance in the Egyptian witch
craft. Ritual and festivals evolved to celebrate these seasonal cycles more
especially during the sowing and harvesting seasons.
Egyptian witch craft, therefore, has an image of the `Wheel of the Year'
with its eight spokes which symbolize the four agricultural and pastoral
festivals and the four solar festivals commemorating seasonal solstices and
equinoxes. Like the ancient Pagans and witches, Egyptian witches consider
the day as beginning at sundown and ending at sundown the following day.
Egyptian witches hone their divinatory skills in the increasing starlight
and moon light and as winter begins, they work with the positive aspects of
the dark tides. Therefore October 31-November eve is the most auspicious
period for the Egyptian witches as this, according to them, is the time when
the veil that separates our world from the next is the thinnest. This period
allows the dead to return to the world of living when their kith and kin
welcome and feast them.
Egyptian witches perform magic at gatherings called Moon Celebrations or
Esbats which coincide with the phases of the moon. Witches practice healing
magic, protection, retaliation and channeling of energy to develop
themselves spiritually. They create circles to work magic. The primary tool
that they use to work magic is a ritual knife called a Sacred Blade or
Athame. The sacred blade gets charged with energy of the owner and is used
to define space such as drawing a sacred circle where the owner's will and
energy work. A bowl of water is used to symbolize the element of water and
its properties: cleansing, regeneration, and emotion.
Other important tools denote the elements earth, air, fire, and water. A
pentacle (a pentagram traced upon a disk, like a small dish) is often used
to symbolize earth and its properties, stability, material wealth and
practical affairs. Alternatively, a small dish of salt or soil can be used
to symbolize the earth element.
Scarab and Witchcraft
Witchcraft is based upon personal faith and beliefs, worship of pagan gods
and nature. This belief system coincides with the deification of Scarab and
its identification with Ra or Atum by Egyptians.
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