:eye_of_horus: Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE - Egyptian Traditions, Pantheon, & Magick

Merry meet!

Thank you once again to all those who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Celtic Magick :triskele:

Our exploration through several popular pagan paths and traditions continues this week as we leave the Celtic area of influence to head south. This week, we’re venturing to an area of the Craft whose roots stem from a different culture and geographic location.

Egyptian Magick Challenge

:eye_of_horus: :ankh: Exploring Traditions: Egyptian Magick :pyramid: :black_cat:

This is the second stop on our spiritual tour of Pagan Paths & Traditions - a series of challenges that hopes to shine a spotlight on some of the widely-practiced magickal traditions we often hear about in the witchy world.

For the sake of this challenge, “Egyptian” is being used as an umbrella term to reference the traditions, practices, and folklore stemming from Ancient Egypt and the surrounding area. While Egyptian spiritual and magickal traditions are based primarily in this geographic location, they were carried alongside migrating people over the course of history and have since expanded to other parts of the world.

A note that you do not have to identify as a practitioner or follower of this tradition/area of magick to partake in this educational challenge. Additionally, you do not need to have cultural or ancestral ties in order to study this area of the practice. However, it is important to note that Egyptian magickal traditions are tied to modern-day cultures that still exist, and whom deserve respect and mindfulness (for more on the topic of magick and culture, visit the Can we talk about “Cultural Appropriation”? and Spiritual Practices and Cultural Appropriation discussions)

The power of Egyptian folklore, history, and traditions echoes around the world and hold great value for everyone to learn from and find inspiration in - so let’s jump in! :pyramid:

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This week’s challenge is all about exploring Egyptian magick and traditions - but as always, how you do so is up to you!

So are you ready? Because it’s…

CHALLENGE TIME!

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Sekhmet Picture by @Cosmic_Curiosity, shared in Egyptian Cat Deities



STEP 1 : Exploring Egyptian Traditions, Pantheon & Magick :eye_of_horus:

This challenge is all about Egyptian magick and traditions - but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!

Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge…

Please make sure you are logged into your Spells8 Account so you can view all of the resources shared!

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Learn More :books:

Are you new to Egyptian magick and traditions? Whether it’s Egyptian deities, folklore, old sayings, traditional spells, history, or more - consider learning more about spiritual/religious practices from this area of study! You are welcome to share what you learned as your entry this week.

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The Egyptian Pantheon :ankh:

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Bast: The Cat Goddess of Egypt

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Horus: Egyptian God of the Sky

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Isis: Goddess Myth, Symbols, and Correspondences

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Thoth: Egyptian God of Writing, Wisdom, and the Moon

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Egyptian Deity Devotionals

Additional discussions and resources:

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Egyptian-Inspired Spellwork :sparkles:

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Goddess Isis Oil Recipe

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Healing Prayer for a Cat : Bast Blessings

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Isis Protection Incense

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Solar Magick Sun Prayer to Ra

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Cleopatra Archetype: Unleash Your Inner Power, Feminity, and Success

Additional discussions and resources:

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Explore Your Ties :dna:

For your entry this week, consider exploring any ties you have to Egyptian traditions or culture. This may be your blood ancestry, adoptive ancestry, past travel experiences, memories from past lives, your work with a Egyptian deity, etc.

There are no “right” or “wrong” answers here - this is simply an invitation for you to learn more about yourself and any influences that may or may not influence your spiritual practice :sparkles:

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Ancestor Work: How to Honor Your Ancestors

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Past Life Tarot Spread: “Who Was I in My Past Life?”

Related discussions and resources:

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… And More! :raised_hands:

The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore Egyptian magick and traditions in another way, you are welcome to do so!

As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme :star2:


From Spells8: Bast: The Egyptian Cat Goddess



STEP 2 : Share Your Experience :writing_hand:

Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity

Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you! :blush:

That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.

Getting Your Credit :white_check_mark:

In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it! :pray:

Where Should I Share My Entry? :thinking:

Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry

You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” :repeat: to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!

Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)

Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you! :bowing_woman:


Deadline :spiral_calendar:

:exclamation: This challenge will close in 6 DAYS :exclamation:

To join in, please share your experience by:

Tuesday, May 28 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
2024-05-28T11:00:00Z

(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)


Prizes :gift:

For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize! :gift:

Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.

After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.

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Isis Crystal Picture by @christina4, shared in Isis Crystals

A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice :open_book:

If you have any doubts about if something is acceptable to post or say, please double-check with the Forum FAQ and/or reach out to your friendly Moderator Team.

And for those new to challenges- welcome! :heart: Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways :hugs:


Egyptian Pyramids Picture from Canva

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Thoth’s moonlight and the water of the Nile,
Of pyramids, cats, and shores most fertile
Sekhmet’s chaos, Ra’s sun, and more-
In Egyptian traditions, there’s lots to explore!

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Blessed Be! :eye_of_horus: :sparkles:

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Hmmm it’s been a while since I’ve worked with Isis or Bast. May have to think of something while I’m out on my run this morning :thinking:

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Bre thank you for this extremely exciting challenge. I’d like to know more about the Egyptians! I’ve always been fascinated with the Egyptians. My husband went to Egypt and I know now it’s really hard to go there so I don’t know if I’m ever gonna have a chance to go that he doesn’t have a visa so I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to go… I’m trying to think of something that will honor the Egyptians. I’m thinking about using some of the Glyf on my bottle. I’m not sure yet I need to brainstorm!
I’d like to make a incent !
Jeannie

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Spread your wings! 🪽
Jeannie

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My goodness! Where do i start? :see_no_evil::person_facepalming::thinking:

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Hmm… i am thinking about three different dieties, thoth since I am working on writing my memoir this week. I love horus and frequently get him in one of my decks. And I also am interested in Bast… so many to choose… the gods will tell me…

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I loved that this gave me a chance to go back to my old connection with Anubis. It’s been a while. :smile:

Challenge entry

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Challenge Entry

My fascination with Egypt began when I was about 7 years old. That’s when I first heard about The Boy King. Tut was my age?!? I related to that.

On Unicorn’s Harvest, there is a door that can only be opened once a day at noon, unless there is a full moon. Inside is a pair of rooms lined with thick cut stone, linked by a sarcophagus shaped elevator. The thick stone encourages silence, like a cathedral or library. I never tried to translate the heiroglyphics on the walls, though. At one end of the lower room, there is a fireplace, encouraging introspection.

King Tut himself was welcome to join me while I was “trapped” in the rooms for 12 - 24 hours, just so I could have someone to talk to. I’d find myself talking out some of my more tricky issues and shadows, just to find the words to ask Stag about them.

Trivia: there was a PBS live special wherein an explorer had done sonic scans and found an unknown room in one of the feet of the sphinx. The cameras followed the explorer through original passageways into the statue. No heiroglyphs decorated the walls, “proving” that the statue was built previous to the Egyptians we know of today.

At the end of a passageway, a great stone stopped progress to the room. The main intent of th live feed was to break through the stone and reveal if the room were filled with artifacts, which would then be transferred to the local college/museum for study. A tiny robot carrying a camera was placed inside a crack between stones and guided toward the room. Excitement built. Suddenly, the cameras went black!

PBS promised a further show, revealing what was found, but the Egyptian government would not allow the live feed. The explorer, deep inside, had no idea what was going on and continued his research unwatched. Mixed audio from both inside and outside the Sphinx crackled through the darkness of the screen for a few seconds. A translator was heard telling the cameramen to shut down. No follow up was ever aired.

My curiosity is still peaked.

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Challenge Entry

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I have a couple ideas for this. I may have to dig into it further over the weekend to decide which route to take.

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This is my entry:

Thought I share with you this nice prayer song

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Okay, I’m gonna have to find something to do for this challenge… Egyptian mythology has never really been an interest of mine but I’m sure there’s something I can find :joy:

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Ah, this is an intresting one. It is really funny that I know a lot of thimgs about modern Egypt, mostly due to belly dance, but ancient Egypt is still a mystery for me :sweat_smile:

Ok, got to get into my researcher mode :nerd_face:

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I have been doing research this morning!
I found this cool website with unicode. If you want to orint out any hieroglyphs here is website with them and you cqn learn to type them.

Hieroglyphics unicode

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Challenge Entry - Egyptian Traditions, Pantheon, & Magick

I opted to create a Bast tarot spread.



I chose to use my Grimalkin’s Curious Cats tarot deck. 𓃠

I shuffled my cards several times and laid them out in the spread.

While I’m not comfortable with my tarot skills to share my reading, I will say it was what I needed to hear right now. :cat2: :black_cat: :ankh:

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There’s a show called expedition unknown that did a few shows about Egypt. He’s an archeologist and travels the world. I’m not sure where you can even watch it anymore.

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Awesome! I love your spread!

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Challenge Entry :no_entry_sign::no_entry_sign::no_entry_sign:

I chose Maahes. Mahees is an Egyptian lion-headed solar god. He is linked to truth and balance. He was rarely called by his name and mostly referred to as The Lord of Massacre, Wielder of the Knife, and Lord of Slaughter. Despite these names Maahes is known by he was not seen as evil. He punished those who broke the rules of Ma’at. He was a promoter of order and justice. He was also known as the Avenger of Wrongs and the Helper of the Wise, The Kindly One. Maahes was considered to be the patron of the pharaoh. He was described as the son of Bast and the son of Sehkmet. The cult center of Maahes is Leontopolis. Tame lions were lovingly cared for here.

Picture taken from:

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challenge entrry
Ok so my introdyction to the patheon of the egypt was hugely influenced by stargate and maybe also growing up in christian environment … but ill admit that coning away from the chrustuan influence ive allowed myself to be curious about the other pantheons.

Though i dont have egyptian deities in my clan, i do respect them. I also learnt a bit more through moon knight in sine deities id not known before.

But i also got given a book of the dead translated last year by a friend…so i thought how else can i explore this further.
I found this on Pinterest which lists the deieties.

Of course being a divination lover couldnt help looking up spreads around egyptian theme that want to try. All from Pinterest. I made sure it showed who author was or at least who posted but thought would share these spreads incase anyone wanted to give them a go.



And even some looking at egyptian horoscopes. .

I also remember reading somewhere about how the ground up powder of a crystsl was used as eye shadow
Why Did Cleopatra Wear Makeup? | A Moment of Science - Indiana Public Media.

Oh and cause technology being a pain and nit uploading these in order heres another spread i found . I find it curious how the chakras snd egyptian deities were connected here . So cause i like working with chakras would like to extend my research a bit fo also try some of these sprrads out…

But as i said, thought id share the spreads earlier incase antone intersted in trying one or more out . I know i will :joy:

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challenge entry pt 2
I tried the last spread deciding to go with the egyptiab themed chakra one using my animal spirit deck

Cards may be hard to see so ill type below

Crown ( Horus)- queen of Acorns (reversed) creativity /passion ( deer)

Third eye ( Isis)- 10 of acorns ( upright) responsibility/ dedication ( donkey)

Throat ( Thoth ) - King of shells (up right) harmony/ integrity (seahorse)

Heart ( Hathor) - queen of crystals (upright) comfort / prosperity (hedgehog)

Solar plexus ( Sekmet) - temperence (reversed) balance / harmony (Zebra)

Sacral ( Anubis)- 4 of crystals ( upright) control / security ( beaver)

Root ( Seth) - hanged man ( reversed) patience/ perspevtive ( praying mantis)

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