More About the Ancient Egyptian Expert (Egyptologist) and Ancient Egyptian Magic Resources
Most of my aromatic work revolves around my deeper interests in the occult and spirituality. These interests have led me across continents in search of hidden wisdom, and they have spurred me into many related areas of work and research. The plant world is one of these areas, and is a fascinating and very relevant subject that I have found to be intrinsically a part of all spiritual paths, in addition to the more traditional use of plants for healing and well being.
The better part of my study of plants revolves around their aromatic qualities and their psychological and mind altering effects. Indeed, it is precisely for these more ancient reasons that botanicals, their extractions and distillations, as well as raw plant materials have been a part of the ritual life of all world cultures, as a religion in its own right, and one that existed well before our known, recorded histories. The magical use of plants is to this day an art form, a form of worship, and one that remains paramount to the awakening of the spirit in no less a degree, than it was in ancient times.
My initial study of plants was as a secondary interest to my study of biblical history, which I studied at Providence College, along with Judaism and other Eastern religious views. I had keen interest in the plants of the bible, and from there, I explored more deeply the concept of spirituality in this regard according to other world cultures such as India, Persia, China, South America and Egypt, as well as other African based cultures and traditions. From these studies, I ultimately obtained a research position for a Christian organization that was decidedly more “metaphysical” in its perspectives and, I had access to a very large and well rounded library of spiritual writings from the world over. Many of which were very rare and obscure, some still remain untranslated as I have not yet the means to learn the ancient languages in which they were originally written.
Yet, the majority of my practical knowledge of the ritual use of botanicals stems from my own insight. Ritual aromatic use was as second nature to me, and seemed more as if I was merely “remembering” it rather than “learning it” anew. I discovered over the years why this was the case, as more of my past life experiences were opened within my own consciousness.
It is important to know that there is a difference between our modern day “perfumery” methods and their objectives (largely which revolve around cost and marketing), and ritual perfumery or ritual aromatic production. Working with raw plant essences and extracts removes a level of constancy obtained through the more scientific approaches taken by the modern perfume house. In this regard, natural perfumes, or those created from the perspective of “ritual and magic” are greatly different than those produced commercially for aesthetic purposes alone. I mention this because it is a source of confusion to many people why their aromatic blends don’t possess the same “lift” as a brand name perfume. Well, the fact is they never will! Natural aromas are not meant to be quantifiable “ad infinitum” like our commercially branded products. They are intended to be employed conscientiously and with purpose. It is from this perspective that I work, and it is one that is entirely different from modern perfumery which seeks to produce a “pleasing, saleable aroma”. As all herbalists and occultists know, working with raw botanicals exalts the natural world, and in turn, exalts the better part of ourselves; it truly is “natural magic”.
There is always a concern over ecological use of botanicals today, and unfortunately, no one has come up with any broad blanket solution that is acceptable to “everyone” as to how, when, why or in what manner to employ the fruits of our fragrant green earth. On this I can only say that personally, I strive to support ecological farmers, providers, and sources for things I am unable to physically cultivate and harvest myself. That is the most I think anyone can do when one does not have ALL control over everything.
Though I mainly focus on larger scale projects in my aromatic works, I am always open to special requests, and am willing to support particular needs from the magical aromatic perspective. For more information on submitting specific requests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who can assist you with various options you may want to consider.
For more about the Heka line, please click here to see the magical perfumery and botanicals I personally handcraft in the ancient Egyptian tradition and don’t forget to view the additional study resources below too!
Heka, Ancient Egyptian Magic
Ancient Egyptian Magic Resources
Recommended Reading About Egypt, Related Studies, and Interesting On-line Resources:
Texts About Ancient Egypt:
(Note: The subject of Egypt is extremely complex and varied; this is by NO means an exhaustive list of references, but rather a synopsis of some of the more interesting texts I have discovered in my own studies on Egypt.)
Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts – J.F. Borghouts
Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt – Anne Capel
Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt, The One In the Many – Erik Hornung, John Baines
Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt – Joyce Tyledesley
The Pharaoh’s Shadow – Anthony Sattin
Les Prêtres de l’Ancienne Égypte – Serge Sauneron
Jerusalem Studies in Egyptology – Irene Shirun-Grumach
Osiris, Rites d’immortalité de l’Égypte Pharaonique – Ruth Schumann-Antelme, Stéphane Rossini
Le Miracle Égyptien – R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
The Temple of Man – R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
Hathor Rising: The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt – Alison Roberts
The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt: The Spiritual Practice Restored – Rosemary Clarke
The Erotic Secrets of the Forbidden Papyri – Ruth Schumann-Antelme, Stéphane Rossini
Magic in Ancient Egypt – Geraldine Pinch
Pharaoh’s Flowers: The Botanical Treasures of Tutankhamun – F. Nigel Hepper
An Ancient Egyptian Herbal – Lise Manniche
Ancient Egypt – Lorna Oakes, Lucia Gahlin
Sexual Life In Ancient Egypt – Lise Manniche
Ancient Egyptian Magic: Spells, Incantations, Potions, Stories and Rituals – Bob Brier
Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art – Richard H. Wilkinson
The Ancient Egyptian Books of the Afterlife – Erik Hornung
Egyptian Solar Religion in the New Kingdom – Jan Assman
(Note: I recommend the following books – many are MY FAVORITES – as they provide some added insight into some of the cultural semantics that surround the subject of ancient Egypt. Some of them will directly address Egyptian culture, while others may not but have still been included because I found them useful for broadening the increasing intolerance to other possible understandings about the subject of spirituality and religions in ancient times, which I personally find to be relevant to the study of ancient Egypt.)
The Search For Omm Sety: Reincarnation and Eternal Love – Jonathan Cott
This book is one of my all time favorite books… Omm Sety is to be REVERED for her extremely unique and authentic account of her life as the lover of “Sety the Great”, and has contributed greatly to the study of Egypt from the view of a true priestess. Omm Sety stands out as the epitome of the Egyptian ritual soul, and veritably LIVED her “truth”. She is an authentic example of the concept of one’s “life is one religion”. Anyone interested in the consciousness of a priestess will be interested in this book. One of the best most readable books on ritual Egypt, and the REALITY of it by one who did live it- in that life, as well as in this one!
Abydos: Holy City of Ancient Egypt – Omm Sety, Hanny El Zeini
Another FABULOUS book focusing on the area of Egypt with which Omm herself most vividly remembered. El Zeini is to be applauded for his support of Omm Sety and is probably the only person with whom she shared the truth of her dual existence across time.
The Language of the Goddess – Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization – Marija Gimbutas
Gimbutas authored several books surrounding her archeological research, but she was most noted for her pioneer way of presenting the idea that in fact, in pre-historic history, evidence suggests Goddess as deity and NOT God. She proposes that an earlier, “matri-lineal” evolution in religious beliefs existed as opposed to the patriarchal line of thought currently held. She presents the evidence to support her ideas, and addresses how they may impact modern view on the evolution of world religions as we believe them to be today.
When God Was A Woman – Merlin Stone
Probably one of the best books I have ever read about the idea of “Goddess” and feminine deity. She interestingly ties in archeological research with spiritual perceptions and makes a valid case for reconsidering some of our modern interpretations of MANY world religions. She specifically ties in the possible origin of the Egyptian concept of “Goddess” in this book, and it makes for a wonderful addition to any student library.
The Splendor That Was Egypt – Margaret Murray
Margaret Murray was an expert in hieroglyphs and participated in many excavations in Egypt. She also authored the famous book “God of the Witches” which is linked below online!
ONLINE TEXT RESOURCES:
(Note: The following books linked below are available to view and read online – and are relevant to the subject of magic in ancient Egypt. Just click the link!)
Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life – E. A. Budge
Egyptian Magic- E.A. Budge
Egyptian Myth and Legend – Donald Mackenzie
The Golden Bough- Sir James George Frazer
Legends of the Gods: Egyptian Texts – E.A. Budge
The Spell of Egypt – Robert Smythe Hickens
The Book of the Dead (Papyrus of Ani) – E.A. Budge
The Pyramid Texts – Translated by Samuel Mercer
The Book of the Goddess – Anna Livia Plurabelle
Legends of Babylon and Egypt – Leonard King