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The Book of Egyptian Ritual: Simple Rites and Blessings for Every Day [Paperback]

Jocelyn Almond , Keith Seddon
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20 May 2002

A unique workbook detailing ancient Egyptian rituals from experts in the field.

Providing a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian world, this book presents eight seasonal rites for performance at the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days.
These rites are composed entirely of ancient Egyptian religious texts, some as many as 4,300 years old. Made newly accessible to a modern readership, they provide a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian world.

Includes:
• An introduction to and explanation of each rite
• Rites that are ideal for Pagans who may not have a temple
• Rites that may be performed at home
• A general overview of ancient Egyptian religious and magical beliefs
• A glossary of the deities’ names and Egyptian terms


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (20 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007132875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007132874
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,132,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Providing a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian world, this book presents eight seasonal rites for performance at the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days.
These rites are composed entirely of ancient Egyptian religious texts, some as many as 4,300 years old. Made newly accessible to a modern readership, they provide a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian world.

About the Author

Dr Joceyln Almond is an Archpriestess-Hierophant of the Fellowship of Isis and runs her own Magi Degree Course. She is a correspondence tutor for Fairfax University, USA. Dr Keith Seddon was Editor of The Philosopher and Associate Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. He now supervises distance-learning students at several universities.


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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 14 Oct 2003
This book was previously published under the title 'An Egyptian Book of Shadows' - and its easy to see why they changed the title. The book presents only eight seasonal rites and a brief explaination of Egyptian paganism. Certainly not what you'd expect from a 'book of shadows'.
This edition is published with the tagline "simple rights and rituals for every day". Well, it doesn't live up to that either because as I mentioned earlier it presents only eight seasonal rights. No daily prayers or devotions, no rituals for other purposes.
It also misses the mark slightly with the word simple. Although all the rituals are derived from ancient texts the authors have not explained the language or context of the rituals.
I have given this book three stars because it is one of the few books out there on Egyptian paganism and it has the balls to update it to modern day England. Ie. 8 seasonal rites for the pagan sabbats of the modern Western traditions rather than staying with out dated rites that have no bearing on the modern world (the Nile hasn't flooded since the building of the Aswan damn afterall). A good resource for the dedicated, but be prepared to put the work in to understand it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, exactly... 20 April 2008
By Wm Jeff Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book an interesting read, but not terribly useful. I am a solitary witch and all of the rituals were designed for a coven, particularly a Wiccan coven as the rituals are in accordance with the Sabbats. They are definitely NOT "simple" or for "every day" use!

Now, if you happen to be in a Wiccan coven and would like to incorporate Egyptian gods and magic into your next Sabbat ritual, then this book is perfect! Keep in mind that the rituals themselves are not exactly authentic, though. Celebration dates and other small details are different (the Egyptians placed the Birth of Horus in the middle of summer, but Almond places it at Yule), but these changes were made in order to make them more user/Wiccan-friendly.

If you are a solitary witch, then the only real value I can see are the numerous hymns listed in each ritual. As far as I can tell, they consists entirely of authentic text taken from the Pyramid texts, Coffin texts, and Book of the Dead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended 19 Nov 2005
By DeLani Bartlette - Published on Amazon.com
This book was really bad. First off, it is primarily a book taking the 8 Wiccan sabbats, and super-imposing Egyptian rituals on them. The rites themselves make no real sense, and no effort is made to put them in context or explain the "whys" of the ritual.

The first part of the book is the most useful, explaining (in a very cursory way) the Netjeru (gods), the concept of the 7 parts of the human body/soul, and the concepts of the various realms. The definitions were hard to understand and not connected in any meaningful way to the rituals presented in the rest of the book.

I found this book not only useless, but confusing and academically sloppy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Reading everything I can 14 Sep 2006
By J. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this and didn't get past the first chapter. It is for a coven not a solitary wiccan. I thumbed thru it and couldn't even use the rituals as one person.
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