Egyptian Magic To Go by Maria Isabel Pita
Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus was the hieroglyph wedjat, meaning “healthy”. The sun and the moon were perceived as the right and the left eyes of the great falcon god Horus who created day and night by opening one eye and closing the other. The Eye of Horus was considered a powerful protective talisman that enabled its owners’ hearts to “see” through the darkness of doubts and fears into their luminous eternal nature.
The blue lotus was the sacred flower represented by the hieroglyph seshen and its placement on wine jars has led Egyptologists to suspect an extract of the blue lotus was enjoyed as a drug. On the walls of tombs men and women were shown holding an open lotus flower to their noses. The blue lotus flower which opens at night served as a mystical symbol of light and life triumphing over darkness and death and as such was linked with sexuality and all sensual pleasures.
ScarabThe scarab (khefer) the hieroglyph for “Becoming”, was associated with Atum-Ra and Khepri, He Who Came into Being, the One who breathed life into the universe. Khepri was the creative force latent in the darkness of the Void symbolized by the morning sun and was depicted as a man with the head of a scarab. The scarab beetle rolls balls of mud and dung across the ground into underground tunnels for its larvae to feast on. The ancient Egyptians regarded this activity as a reflection of Atum rolling the solar disc before him and “hatching” time and space the way the baby beetles simply seemed to burst forth from the dark earth. Countless stone and faience scarabs were produced in ancient Egypt. As an amulet, the scarab provided potent protection from evil forces and magically stimulated good fortune by reminding the wearer of his heart’s divine nature as the mysterious manifestation of God.
Nefer essentially meant “beautiful” but was also used to describe abstract feelings including the concepts of happiness, good fortune and youth. The nefer hieroglyph portrayed the trachea rising up from the heart and was a common amulet usually made of stone or faience. The Egyptians believed that to wear a nefer amulet or to drink water from a nefer shaped vase magically encouraged the highly desirable qualities of happiness, good fortune, pleasure and beauty to remain a part of their lives.
Cowrie ShellThe cowrie shell was worn by women throughout Egyptian history. The shape of the shell evoked the female vulva, making it a natural symbol of sexuality and fertility. Girdles of linked cowrie shells fashioned of burnished gold were worn by princesses.
sign was commonly used to express the act of holding onto something and
write the word “fist”. It also expressed the concept of grasping or
the vital principle behind all actions both concrete and abstract. For
the clenched hand symbolized the mental act of grasping a new concept
effort required to “get a grip on your feelings” as we say today. The
priestess of Amun-Ra was called The God’s Wife and The God’s Hand. The
hand symbolized the female sexual principle and the vagina that closes
the male organ.