The religious and magical practices of the ancient Egyptians have had a profound and lasting effect on the world. Egypt has been described as the "mother of magicians". To appreciate the Egyptian view of magic, we need to accept that to the Egyptians magic was not considered strange or eccentric, but was a part of daily life, to which everyone resorted. Magic blended seamlessly with religion and medicine, being seen as part of a holistic worldview. In this volume these magical and religious practices are explored, from both a historical and practical perspective. The practices are explored from an ancient Egyptian worldview, taking into consideration that the Egyptian culture spread over a period of more than 3000 years. The Egyptians saw the universe as being made of four worlds - the everyday world we live in, the underworld, the sky and the heavens. Subject covered in this book include: -What is Heka? -Ancient Egyptian Worldviews -The Gods and Goddesses of Magic -Symbolism - Colours & Sacred Numbers -The Tools Used -Sacred Words & Gestures -Statues & Masks -Crystals & Other Materials used in Heka -Incenses & Perfumes -Food & Wine used in Offerings & at Feasts -The Ancient Egyptian Magical Calendar -Purification, Sacred Space & Rituals David Rankine is based in London (UK) and is a respected authority on spiritual & magical practices. He is the author of many books, including Climbing the Tree of Life, Circle of Fire & The Guises of the Morrígan. This book, HEKA - The Practices of Ancient Egyptian Magic, is the result of careful research & practical work and is highly recommended to students wishing to pursue practical work within this system.
Author, magician and esoteric researcher David Rankine lives and works on the Welsh Borders with his wife author Sorita d'Este and their son. Since the early 1980s David has been making major contributions to the modern occult revival, through lectures, workshops, presentations, articles and books. He is fascinated by all areas of magic, but his particular passions are medieval and renaissance magick as exemplified by the grimoires, the Qabalah, and Greco-Egyptian magic.
David's breadth of esoteric knowledge can be seen in the hundreds of articles for magazines, journals and international part-works, his contributions to anthologies, and the twenty-three books he has written or co-written, including the Practical Magic series with his wife Sorita and the Sourceworks of Ceremonial Magic series with Stephen Skinner. His work is characterised by the publication of previously unavailable or inaccessible material on the grimoires and other areas of magic. He is a member of both Societas Magica and ESSWE (European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism).
David has given lectures and facilitated workshops around the UK and Europe for the last three decades, concentrating on the subjects closest to his heart, including the Grimoire Tradition, Angelic Magic, Egyptian and Celtic Mythology and spirituality. He has frequently featured in media interviews over the years on his specialist subjects, including television programs on Channel 5, ITV, BBC and Sky; BBC Radio London and Glastonbury Radio, and numerous publications including TIME OUT, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Alternative London and many others.