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An Egyptian Book of Shadows: Eight Seasonal Rites of Egyptian Paganism Paperback – 1 Nov 1999
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From the Author
Our book aims to be helpful for devotees of Egyptian deities
Jocelyn Almond writes: When I first began to worship ancient Egyptian deities, I was not sure how to do it. I did not know which rites to perform or what festivals to celebrate. I wanted to read a book that would help me, but I couldn't find one. I had a look at the Egyptian Book of the Dead and couldn't understand it. After many years of training in the Fellowship of Isis and elsewhere, and through private study and personal devotion to the Egyptian deities, I have become a priestess and teacher in the Fellowship of Isis. With my husband, I wrote this book to help other Pagans on the Egyptian path: those who are confused newcomers as I once was, and those who are already experienced and want genuine ancient Egyptian material to work with. The eight seasonal rites in this book are composed entirely of translations of ancient Egyptian texts by well-respected Egyptologists such as EA Wallis Budge and RO Faulkner. They may be performed by four people at home, or could be adapted for fewer. Although they have been tailored to fit the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days observed by most modern Pagans, they relate directly to festivals celebrated by the ancient Egyptians, and are therefore authentic to the spirit of the ancient Egyptian religion. We have been fortunate that the Honourable Olivia Robertson, Arch-Priestess and co-founder of the Fellowship of Isis, has written the foreword to our book.
From the Back Cover
'An Egyptian Book of Shadows' presents eight seasonal rites for performance at the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days by devotees of the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. These rites are composed entirely of ancient Egyptian religious texts, some as many as 4,300 years old, translated by well-respected Egyptologists such as E A Wallis Budge and R O Faulkner and made accessible to a modern readership.
Providing a fascinating insight into the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian world, this workbook is equally suitable for newcomers to Egyptian mythology and spirituality as for more experienced followers. It 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
Top customer reviews
The Egyptians never did use Celtic Festival names for their rites..and they didn't celebrate the same dates or with the same emphasis. And the nearly, not quite Wiccan overtones did nothing to convey the Egyptian spirituality, religion or perception of magic. The book isn't Egyptian enough to be Egyptian and not Wiccan enough to be Wicca with Egyptian deity names.
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I use this book for all Wiccan Holidays and feel it is a must have for Egyptian pagan/Wiccan/Tamarans.
-Egyptian paganism (basics for complete newbies)
-Concepts of Egyptian Spirituality (literally just a few)
-About the Rites (just contains basic info)
-Then... the Rites!
The basics of the rites go something like this:
'Cast the circle in the usual way'...
^-if you're a newbie, what's that? You have to look online to figure that out. Minus one love point for any book that doesn't help you from step 0.
'Call on Qebsennuf ... Duamutef... Imsety ... Hapi ... ' for the quarters.
^-Minus huge love points. You NEVER call on the four demigods of Horus unless you're explicitly calling Him as the God in a ritual and/or exclusively with Isis as well. Likewise, the book doesn't even say why aside from 'for protection'. The book doesn't elaborate further.
The rituals themselves are verbal reconstructions of segments of the old sacred texts (Pyramid texts, Coffin texts, Book of the Dead). Even from the beginning of the book you discover that the Egyptians' environment was such that our Wheel of the Year in North America was very different/backwards from theirs and thus you're already backwards by trying to juxtapose. My second massive beef with this book is those verbal reconstructions and/or verbal myths? Boring! You don't DO anything in the rituals aside from listen to and/or speak parts in old English, ye who art thou most holy and sayeth... yeah, you get the point. Hardly 'ritual' at all, if you're looking for a more meaningful relationship with the deities rather than bore them with myths (and you need 4 people according to this book in order to use any of this stuff).
What concerns me is this book was pointed at as a 'must' for people practicing Egyptian Wicca/witchcraft/spirituality, after having heard of a thing called 'Tamaran Wicca'. (Supposedly 'tamaran' was an Egyptian word referring to the people of Egypt- I haven't seen this claim at all before. There's no way to exactly reconstruct the old religion even among Kemetic orthodoxy/reconstruction attempts. That said, this book does absolutely nothing for it and while people may get a kick out of its rituals somehow, it does nothing for me as a HP of Wicca seeking to bring more Egyptian influence into my Wheel of the Year celebrations.
It's disappointing, really.
first of all, the text was so unready...it is a shame that someone doesn't want to write complete texts, but this is the worst what i've ever seen! second, this book seems to be ment to a small group. that is sometimes ok, it is challenging to create solitary rites from them, but this time it was harder, thanks to the confusing texts.
this book have a little to do with traditional kemetic beliefs...it was created to the pagans, with wiccan elements and elemental set-ups. kemetic calendar is different, and the rites in this book are ment to celebrate wiccan calendar, what was disturbing in my mind. ancient kemetic people didn't celebrate 8 sabbats in a year like witches or wiccans do.
the book didn't have any hymns or invocations, which is sad: hymns are most beautiful part of the worshipping and honoring the deities. but what really made me angry and what made me to hate most of the texts; too man/god-centered thinking and writing style.
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