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Egyptian Paganism (For Beginners (Llewellyn's)) [Kindle Edition]

Jocelyn Almond , Keith Seddon
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Bring the sacred rites and rituals of ancient Egypt into your Pagan practice today. This beautifully written guide, by noted scholars Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon, presents a compelling overview of ancient Egyptian religious and magical beliefs.

Egyptian Paganism for Beginners is unique in its focus on specific rituals for individual gods and goddesses. For solitary practitioners who want to perform daily devotions, it offers genuine invocations and prayers for each of the main Egyptian deities. There are translations of authentic religious texts, along with insightful commentary on relevant Egyptian history, myth, and lore.

Also included in this comprehensive guidebook are practical instructions on how to cast a circle, make a shrine, consecrate statues, and channel oracles. The reader will learn how to safely evoke entities, invoke deities, and "assume the Godform"-a major tenet of ancient Egyptian religion.

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This book about Egyptian Paganism aims to introduce newcomers to basic practices, including daily devotions. It also introduces both beginners and more experienced devotees to esoteric or hidden aspects of ancient Egyptian religion. The book is composed of two parts. Part One describes how to make a shrine and begin devotions to the Egyptian deities, and how to meditate and receive channeled messages from them. Part Two provides translations of genuine ancient Egyptian texts which may be used as invocations for each of the main deities. We have provided our own commentaries on these texts, designed to offer some insight into deeper aspects of the religion. This inner aspect of Egyptian Paganism is not readily available in many books about the religion, which tend to concentrate on exoteric (outer) meanings attached to the myths, rather than the inner meanings which concern the relationship of the individual soul to Deity, and the spiritual struggle for reunion with the Divine. In addressing these matters, we have also mentioned aspects of Egyptian Paganism which were absorbed into Christianity and may have influenced its development.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1839 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (8 May 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EYUZH2
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point 30 Nov. 2011
I'll be honest, i didnt start practicing this in the end. Not because i didnt like it but because another path found me.

Had that path not found me i would surely be practicing what is written in this book by now. It is easy to read, engaging, and insightful into certain ancient Egyptian beliefs. Now, some will say that there are better books for the practice of the Egyptian tradition out there. And i agree, to an extent. This book is perfect for someone who just wants a simple way of practicing egyptian tradition or a launch pad for egyptian practice. The other books that are mentioned by others are very heady. Not saying they arent good, they are just seriously in depth. This book: Simple and to the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Feb. 2015
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Interesting read thank you good value
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start 18 Aug. 2004
By Psyche - Published on
It should be noted first off that this is not a book of ancient Egyptian paganism as it would have been practiced, but rather a modern interpretation using Egyptian godforms in a modern neo-pagan setting, helpfully divided into two sections.

In part one, Egyptian concepts of God are related with the authors' understanding that 'each of the major neteru can represent the Supreme Being, each showing a slightly different facet of the One who is unknowable and inconceivable in his or her entirety. The neteru retain their individual identities, so the devotee is able to encounter the One in a very personal and intimate way.' (pg 7) Briefly described are a few Egyptian-specific terms such as the ka, sekhem, and the Heavenly Trine, and fortunately the authors honestly note that one 'cannot be sure that the ancient Egyptian words?mean the exact equivalent of terms we use today for such concepts' (pg 11). Also described are the elements involved in creating a shrine, the opening of the mouth ceremony, and further notes on Egyptian magick; as well as general pagan and magickal concepts such as casting a circle, totem and assumption of godforms.

The second part is dedicated to the various Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. Following various descriptions of their histories throughout the dynasties are invocations, replies, calls, meditations and commentary for many of the major Gods and Goddesses. Though they do state that it is '?not intended to be a dictionary of gods and goddesses the neteru are not presented in alphabetical order, but in the order that we believe is going to be the most helpful for explaining the nature of ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and practices, showing an overall view of the religions' further noting that 'only a small selection of the neteru is featured' (pg 8).

There are, however, a few points of contention. For one, the understanding of chakra and kundalini lore was very simplified, and not really relevant to the text at hand, having no sensible place in Egyptian religion. Also, there did seem to be an overabundance of comparisons to Judeo-Christian mythology, perhaps they're trying to provide a reference point for those coming from such a background, but I found it more of a distraction than useful. There's no need to equate the two, as they come from completely different mythological and ritual backgrounds.

While not an expression of ancient Egyptian religion and ritual as it may have been practiced, it does provide a basic introduction to modern Egyptian paganism, not a bad start to one's exploration of this path.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Misleading 15 April 2006
By Kevin Wilson - Published on
After reading this book, I was left a little confused. It is a good book, but the names are hellenized, the practices greatly altered, and it is just about the gods and goddesses, it does not contain a lot of the information that someone looking for a genuine egyptian spiritual practice is looking for. This does not contain a great deal of the medu neter of the egyptian spiritual practice, not to mention anything about the nome spirits, the cosmological resonance, the difference between egyptian and wiccan elemental/directional correspondences. If you are looking to worship the egyptian pantheon with a wiccan devotional system, this is an exce;;ent book, is you are interested in the actual beliefs of the egyptians and how to authentically recreate their spiritual practices, I would highly recommend The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt, and The Esoteric Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, both by Rosemary Clark, when I received these 2 books, and read them, I was bowled over by how interesting and informative they are.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Paganism for Beginners 14 April 2005
By J. - Published on
I found this work to be very easy to understand. It holds a wealth of information

on the Egyptian religion, their gods and their rites and rituals. The authors have made

the information accessible to all who want to follow the pagan rites of the Egyptians.I found the work easy to understand and filled with sharp insight into the heart of

Egyptian paganism and magic. I recommend this book to anyone starting out on the Egyptian path

as well as any general student of the occult as this work makes an excellent addition to the

occult library.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth and thought-provoking 10 July 2004
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The book might say "for beginners," and indeed it is an introduction of sorts, but the scope of the book goes very much beyond the basics, in my opinion. The first part of the book deals with things like how to cast a circle, the difference between invocation and evocation, how to test spirits, and the theory behind Egyptian magick. If that wasn't enough, the second half is really the meat of the book. It is an overview of some of ancient Egypt's major deities, where the authors combine quoting actual papyri translations with their own educated discussion about the nature of each deity and how they are related to each other. There is some very deep, heavy stuff to be found in these discussions that shows the extent of the authors' knowlege, experience, and love for their subject. I feel this book is valuable for both pagan and non-pagan lovers of ancient Egyptian mythology/religion alike, because the authors' passion for it illuminates perspectives that you might not find in a more detached text on the subject.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good First Step 21 Jan. 2011
By Brian G - Published on
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When I was exploring Paganism a fellow Pagan had suggested Egyptian paganism as a path and strongly suggested this book. I purchased and began to dive into the book trying to extract what imformation I could. As the title of the review suggests it is a good start. The author tries to explain key concepts in this ancient religion while giving a beginner the means to put this form of paganism into practical application. While there is a great deal of information which is appreciated by this rookie it written in a manner that questions whether Jocelyn Almond & Keith Seddon took the time to see how the overall work flows. After following a logical path they seem to go out of their way to jump around like one trying to find an artifact in the Egyptian desert. One has to stop in ones tracks (hope you don't lose your place) try in find the passage elsewhere in the book and then go back. Perhaps they were afraid that the reading would get too dry if they put the other chapters being referenced in front rather than post the early chapters. This erratic pace could have been avoided with the proper use of footnotes (there are none) or at least giving the reader page numbers as opposed to chapter numbers to minimize the chaos. The book also suffers from the lack of illustrations. The only drawings provided are of that of the dieties. The proper use of illustrations would be a big plus in understanding how to set up an alter for example or in performing various steps and rituals. The leaves the reader having to try to visualise how things are to be. However, compared to what is out there it is the only book that makes a serious balance between providing guidance and historical background. From other reviews of other similiar books provide even less information for one trying to explore Egyptian Paganism. Depsite its faults I would still recommend the purchase of this book for seeking the same knowledge I am.
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