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    Honouring Sekhmet

    She is Sekhmet the Mother of Goddesses, the Mother of Mothers,

    the protectress of Her Entourage in the House of the Flame, the Great Seeress of Truth dwelling within the Soul-Mansion of Ptah!

    We take refuge in You O Sekhmet, O Great Mother of the Gods!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

    1.  Homage to You, O Sekhmet in Your power,

    In Your strength, in Your beauty, in Your divine manifestations,

    Bestower of the Great Wisdom repelling chaos, the

    Holy Flame coming forth from the Wedjat Eye of Ra.

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    2.  Homage to You O Sekhmet, O Mother of the Flame of Eternal Life,

    Bringing forth all life with Her thunderous roar of fire, driving back

    The impenetrable darkness from hearts lost in the madness of chaos!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    3.  Homage to You O Sekhmet the Goddess of Light, the Great Female Behdet

    Upon Her golden orb as Universal Savioress, the Mother of the oppressed, the

    Greatest of Physicians and Doctor of Hearts, Hearer of the dejected, the Hearer

    Of Prayers coming forth from the divine body of love!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    4.  O Divine Ardor coming forth from the Eternal Flame dwelling within the heat

    Of the Heart of Ptah, the Beloved of Ptah, of His body. She embraces Ptah with

    The heat of Her lower body as the Great Bestower of the eternal flame of love-

    Joys, the giver of the warmth of love, the maker of sweetness and of the fire in the

    Heart!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    5.  She is Sekhmet-the House-of the-Lofty One, the Great Cow, the darling of Ptah the Almighty Bull! She receives the seed of Ptah within Her body, bringing forth the divine love of Ptah, becoming the Great Mother of Creation in Her name of Sekhmet-the Mysterious Lady, the Hand of Ptah the Great God!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    6.  She is Sekhmet-the House-of the-Lofty One (Who is) the Mistress of love!

    She is joined with Ptah, the Lord of the flaming member of love!

    She grasps firmly the noble manhood of Ptah, causing to come forth into being the Seed of Ptah as all created things!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    7.  Adoration to Sekhmet the Great Mother of the heart’s wisdom, the dispeller of ignorance, the quieter of the heart with the peace of divine knowledge!

    Praise Her, O all people of the Shrine of Ptah, Entourage of the Netjeru (Gods)!

    She seizes the heart, filling it with eternal wisdom, annihilating darkness, giving birth to the illumination of the Great Heart!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

    Goddess at The Temple of Sekhmet

    8.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, Creatrix of the Gods, the First of Goddesses, the

    High Consort of the Great God Ptah, Holder of the Exalted Thrones of Light!

    She is the Creation-Power, the Supreme Spirit of Ptah, His power within all

    Things, the Governess of the Heavenly Mansion, the Power of Powers

    Traversing creation!

    She traverses the bodies of all living beings as the Great Female Spirit of Life, Creatrix of the wonders of life!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    9.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, Foremost of Goddesses and First Mother within

    The Nuwn!

    She is “the Powerful One”- (Who is) “the Mother”, exalted as Neith in the

    Primordial Beginning, terrifying as the flame-illuminated Eye of Ra, Fire-

    Goddess great in dominance as Sekhmet-the-Vanquisher, the Lady of Fiery

    Arrows, exalted upon Her standard as Sekhmet the Vanquisher of Sins, the

    Great of Slaughter!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

    10.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, the Lady of the Flame!

    I say: Homage to You O Goddess of the Killing-Time, the Unquenchable One,

    The Drinker of Blood, the powerful-hearted lioness raging in Her eye!

    O Sekhmet (Who is)- “She of the Green”, the Consumer of Chaos coming forth from the House of the Flame!

    She is Sekhmet-Wadjet, the Mistress of Destruction, the Breath of Flame

    Delivering Truth from chaos, delivering all Her children from the impenetrable

    Darkness.

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    11.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet the Universal Savioress (Who is) “the Powerful

    One- She Of the Throne-the Greatest of Powerful Pronouncements”, the One at the forefront of Goddesses, the Mother of the Great Goddesses, readied with flames as the greatest Power of heaven!

    I take refuge in You O Sekhmet, O Great Mother of the Gods, the Savioress

    Of all souls!

    I take refuge in Your power, O Mother Sekhmet, Mother of Mercy!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    12.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, the Lady of Illumination coming forth with the

    Great Wisdom, making to shine the power of wisdom, making to flourish the

    Heart of divine Wisdom for eternity and everlasting!

    She is the Wisdom-Body of Ptah, His holy spirit enveloping creation.

    She is the divine messenger of the first sacred teaching in the heart of Ptah.

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

     

    13.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, the Sanguine-Lady upon Her divine lotus, the

    Fierce red-maned lion, the dancer upon blood, the smiter of the heart of Ptah!

    I take refuge in You, O Sekhmet, Savioress of the souls of humankind, purifier of the World, making strong the heart above chaos!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

    14.  I adore Primordial Sekhmet, the Divine Mother of my heart!

    I take refuge in Her strength. I take refuge in the power of Her Ka.

    I take refuge in Her indestructible wisdom.

    I offer unto Her the life of my heart!

    I offer unto Her the life of my soul!

    I offer unto Her the obeisance of my will!

    Unto this Greatest of Goddesses, I give the perfection of my Ka!

    Praises are given to Sekhmet the Holy Flame, the Mistress of the World!

    The Sealing

    In the presence of Sekhmet the Mistress of the Heart,

    I open up my heart unto Her Divine Ka,

    Making a shrine of my heart, making to flourish the Holy Way.

    I adore the Great Mother of the Holy Mysteries,

    She Who knows all the mysteries of the heart.

    She has given unto me my true heart,

    The Sacred Fire of the Soul-Mansion-of-Ptah.

    Homage to You in peace!

     

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  • Spring Rites and Equinox Lovers

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    Plutarch, in his essay on Isis and Osiris, mentions an Egyptian festival that he says marked the beginning of spring and which was called The Entry of Osiris into the Moon. Here’s what he says:

    Further, on the first day of the month of Phamenoth they hold a festival, which they call Entry of Osiris into the Moon, for it is the beginning of spring. Thus they locate the power of Osiris in the moon and say that Isis, as the creative principle, has intercourse with him. For this reason they also call the moon the mother of the world and they believe her nature to be both male and female since she is filled and made pregnant by the sun while she herself in turn projects and disseminates procreative elements in the air. (Plutarch, On Isis and Osiris, 43)

    In his discussion of this passage, J. Gwyn Griffiths notes that there is no festival by that name in any known Egyptian calendar. Yet there are Egyptian texts from the temple at Denderah that show Osiris in a boat with Isis and Nephthys and explain that Osiris is entering into the Left Eye; and the Left Eye, as you may know, is an Egyptian designation for the moon. In the Denderah texts, spring is not mentioned, but Osiris is said to do His entering on the 15th of the month, that is, at the full moon. So in these texts, Osiris is seen as the sun as He enters into and unites with the full moon.

    This also seems to be the case in what Plutarch writes. Osiris enters into the moon and Isis, the Creative Principle, unites with Him in sexual intercourse. Like the moon—the Mother of the World—Isis is filled and made pregnant by the sun, which has to be identified with Osiris. The moon is then both male and female for Isis and Osiris are united in it.

    To date, this is all I know about this ever-so-intriguing reference. But I very much like the idea of a spring rite of Isis and Osiris and, in fact, this reference inspired the rite of sacred sexuality in Isis and Osiris Mysteries. A rite of sacred sexuality makes a great deal of sense as a rite of spring—when everything else is waking up and having sex and getting fertile once again. Bunnies. Eggs. Flowers waving their genitalia in the spring air. You get it.

    In another part of his essay, Plutarch mentions an Egyptian tradition that the confinement of Isis (while She is pregnant with Horus and awaiting His birth) was celebrated after the spring equinox. This actually could work if Isis becomes pregnant at the spring equinox and carries Horus until His birth at the winter solstice, a period of ten months—or by Egyptian lunar count, ten. One of the Isis aretalogies notes that Isis decreed that women should give birth in the tenth month.

    I’m not quite sure how to place the death of Osiris in this scheme, for His death rites are generally celebrated after the autumnal equinox. In that case, He has approximately six months in the otherworld, which is perhaps sufficient time for Isis to use Her magic to raise Him so that, by the vernal equinox, He can “enter into the moon,” make love with Her and beget Their Holy Child.

    Just to be clear, no Egyptian tradition that I know of includes this particular seasonal timetable, yet I think it’s a fair conjecture and should be more than enough to inspire the appropriate rites of spring in Her devotees. Happy spring equinox…and may Isis and Osiris inspire and bless you in this season of growing light and life.

    Our Isis and Osiris Mystery Initiation explore the sacred rites of divine unity find out more here

     

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  • Axiom Oracle Course

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    AXIOM ORACLE PRACTITIONER COURSE

     

    We would like to offer the “Axiom Oracle Practitioner” course to anyone who is interested in the merging of the technological and mystical. It is an intense program of study, demanding personal honesty and inner strength. You will familiarize yourselves with all the skills an Axiom Oracle Practitioner will need to be able to serve others and the land.

    It is a journey of individual transformation, illuminating insights and change. Please be aware that this practice does not rely on physical tools or conventional “magic”/spells, despite the fact that these topics will be studied as part of this training, the majority of the practices are internal in nature and are connected to the body and the elements as they appear in nature, including, but not limited to modern day technology and knowledge. 

    This Course will be available in 2019, to stay up to date with course dates and information please sign up here.

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  • Living as a cyclical being in a non-cyclical world

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    Many of us honour the cycles of the seasons and the moon. As women, we can also allow ourselves to be consciously worked by our inner cycles, uncovering the body wisdom that ripens through the sacred gift of menstruality. 

    To live cyclically, attuned to the rhythms of life and the waxing and waning of our energy, is to live sustainably. Just as on an environmental level we’ve seen the dire consequences of taking from the earth regardless of the soil’s need to lie fallow and replenish, and of valuing economic growth above respect for the planet, so too we cannot expect our bodies and minds to keep going without listening to the need to slow down, stop, and rest at times. 

    The consequences of driving ourselves on throughout the month, no matter how we feel? Fatigue, depression, rage, pain and illness. By working with each different phase of the cycle and listening deeply to what it wants to unfold in us, we invite in more wellbeing and healing and start to thrive. 

    Looking around, however, we see a world that is structured to function the same way, day in, day out, regardless of our internal rhythms. Modelled on patriarchal values that ignore the reality of most women, consistent productivity is the gold standard for our capitalist society, and if we’re not able to keep up, we can lose our clout at work. If you’re a mother, dropping the ball often just doesn’t feel like an option. 

     

    So what can we do? 

    First, begin to track your menstrual cycle. If you no longer menstruate or currently don’t have a menstrual cycle, you can track your emotional and physical changes in accordance with the moon’s movements. While each woman is unique, there are general ‘maps’ that can help us to understand the shifts at different times of the month.

    Keep a diary to log how you feel emotionally and physically on each day of your cycle. Look for patterns of differences between the two ‘poles’ of ovulation and menstruation. In ‘Winter’, the ‘menstrual zone’, it’s ideal to take it slow, retreat and receive vision and direction for your life and community. Emerging out of Winter into the ‘spring’ of pre-ovulation, it’s a chance to be playful and experiment with new ideas. 

    The energy rises until ovulation, or ‘Summer’, when you can be highly motivated and often ecstatic, with plenty of energy for work, play and pleasure. Pre-menstrual time, or ‘Autumn’, is when we strip away illusions about ourselves, others and our life – not so comfortable, but also a ‘harvesting’ of wisdom when you can channel your warrior spirit in the service of truth-telling. 

    By working with these tendencies, instead of holding ourselves to the rigid consistency expected by the system, we harness the power of our ever-changing nature as women to become more aligned with our true desires and visions – and also more productive over time, with the things that truly matter. 

    Living cyclically is a revolution from the inside out. Once you are working consciously with your cycle, you can start to speak about your cycle to others. This not only empowers other women but also normalises the concept so that eventually, it’s embedded in everyday consciousness. Already there are promising signs such as ‘period leave’ in certain companies. Educate your children about cyclical life at an age-appropriate level and they will be more likely to understand your need for more space at certain times. Plus, they’ll grow up thinking it is totally normal.

    If you’re thinking, Rest all day when I bleed? Yeah right, give yourself what you can: for example, an hour at either end of the day to simply stop. Let go of all doing and simply be. Give your system the message to unwind and do its job of healing and repair. Gradually allow this small yet precious investment to expand into a full day of delicious rest and replenishment, or more. This will reap dividends for the rest of your cycle as you’ll be ‘powered up’ rather than running on empty.

    Ask for help. When you know your bleeding time or natural energetic ebb, is approaching, get as many hands on deck as possible so that you can truly let go. You might get a friend or neighbour to have your children, delegate a few more tasks at work, or ask your partner to take on some household chores.

    This takes courage and belief in yourself, and others may well require educating, but remember, you are working towards a world where we live in tune with our cycles, which benefits us all. 

    With blessings,

    Morgan 

    Want to explore further? A great place to start is with the Red School website and Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer’s excellent book, ‘Wild Power’.

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  • Origin of the Blue Lotus

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    In the ancient temples of Egypt, there is hardly a monument to be found that doesn’t prominently display the Blue Lotus flower. It’s seen everywhere on pillars, thrones, stone alters, papyrus scrolls, and on the ceremonial headdresses of pharaohs. When they opened Tutankhamun’s tomb, even King Tut’s mummy was covered in what has become known as the Sacred Lily of the Nile. Yet, oddly enough, if you look around Egypt today, it is rare to find this flower growing anywhere.

    I was curious to know why the ancients cultivated special lakes and ponds of Blue Lotus and prized it above all other plants. When I asked modern-day Egyptians they told me the lotus flower, known as Nymphaea Caerulea or the Blue Water Lily, symbolized creation and rebirth as it emerged from its primordial waters to bloom once a year for only 3 days. The plant was associated with the sun-god Ra as the bringer of light and the embodiment of the “perfection of wisdom.”

     

    When it was mentioned that the plant had medicinal properties, I went on a search. What I found was quite interesting. The Sacred Blue Lotus is a plant with psychoactive effects. A clearer picture was starting to form. I recalled seeing the plant on a few Egyptian wall depictions—some that looked suspiciously like nude party scenes.

    The plant is actually a natural sedative. It contains small amounts of alkaloids highly similar to those used for sedation and anti-convulsant

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    purposes. For thousands of years, it was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of religious ceremonies to reach higher levels of consciousness and connect to the Divine. They would steep the Blue Lotus flowers in wine for several weeks and use it as a sacred sacrament. (They say it nullifies the negative effects of alcohol.)

    Blue Lotus contains nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of calming euphoria. For that reason, it is a natural anti-anxiety and stress reliever. No wonder it was often used in ancient social gatherings. It has been reported to be useful as an aphrodisiac and to remedy erectile dysfunction (which might explain the ancient nude party scenes). Perhaps it’s a modern-day Viagra as well. On a more medicinal front, Blue Lotus is used to treat gastrointestinal problems, diarrhoea and dyspepsia and aid in sleep.  That’s quite a plant!

    Users report that the plant’s calming effect is much like the drug Ecstasy (MDMA), while others report a mild stimulant-like effect with tingling sensations. Some have used Blue Lotus to help relieve depression by opening them to a greater examination of what led to their depression. With calming euphoria often comes insight—which is why the ancients prized Blue Lotus effects. It was believed that use would easily release fear and lead to increased states of cosmic connection and ultimate soul growth.

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    So important was the Blue Lotus that they dedicated the protection of this plant to the God Nefertem, son of Ptah and Sekhmet, who is portrayed as a beautiful young man with a Blue Lotus flower on his head or holding lotuses. During ancient times the plant was widely cultivated in temple lakes and along the Nile, then exported throughout the Mediterranean. This flower was revered in Greece as early as 550 BC, where the sacred sacrament of the Blue Lotus was re-introduced to the then newly formed religion of Isis and Serapis.

    This magical elixir was concealed by the early Church for well over 1500 years. It’s true purpose long forgotten until interest re-emerged again in the mid-1800’s when archaeologists began asking questions. They too wondered why temple wall carvings showed Blue Lotus flowers laying over earthen jars. No one guessed it was to steep flowers in wine for mind-altering use. Some debated it might have inebriant properties, but no one put it to the test until a recent group of Egyptian archaeologists decided to measure the effects on two test subjects and see for themselves.

    For those who are wondering, Blue Lotus is not a controlled substance. The cultivation, sale, and purchase of Nymphaea Caerulea is legal, but it cannot be sold for human consumption. There are three ways people have taken Blue Lotus: smoking it, brewed as tea, or in a tincture after steeping it in wine for several weeks. The full effects kick in after about 20-30 minutes. There are mild withdrawal symptoms from continued use, which tells me it has some addictive qualities. This is why the ancient Egyptians priests reserved its primary use for temple ceremonies, healing and communicating with the Gods.

    For all the reasons above and because of our wonderful experience with the plant, we have decided to share the benefit and magic of blue lotus as part of a tea ceremony available at our temple upon request.

    to find out more please contact: templeofsacredarts@gmail.com or email us via the contact page.

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  • Divine Union

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    God and Goddess in Sacred Unity

    The aspects of the Goddess Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet are all different expressions of the One feminine consciousness.

    This understanding now comes back to earth.

    It helps men and women to awaken and to regain their true power and to become alive again. For the men it is a wake-up call to no longer suppress their feelings and to express them without fear of being ridiculed. For the woman it means they can now be in their truth without getting too masculine, they can be soft and powerful at the same time.

    The divine child is a symbol of the completely balanced energies of masculine and feminine. So, Horus is a symbol for that, the child of Isis and Osiris, the symbol of divine balance. As a divine child of the Goddess, it is helpful for us to feel the presence of the divine child within us, it creates balance within ourselves and it allows the Goddess energy to flow through us.

    Through our connection with the Goddess, we find our balance, spiritually, emotionally and physically. New preferences and new consciousness arise. Giving and receiving, action and reception are balanced.

    We are here to keep this gate open for you to witness the unfolding of such consciousness and rebirth of the divine child within.

    Duality in the Egyptian pantheon

    Whilst dedication in service to the goddess consciousness, and to the cause of returning her to the rightful place of true recognition and balance, acknowledgement and devotion of her masculine partner is equally as important.

    All Deities in Egypt have partners and children, to represent their power is strongest in unity.

    There is no goddess standing alone without her husband or masculine equal.

    They together represent balance and more often than not, complement each other.
    There were times when the goddess was addressed and called upon for her unique attribute and quality. But even within that invocation, there is always a note or mention of her masculine partner.

    Ra – Hathor
    Nut – Geb
    Osiris – Isis
    Seth – Nephthys

    Most ancient spells are written addressing them together or one as part of the other and vice versa.

    “Thy young one in the Aten within the arm of your mother Hathor”
    Adoration to Ra

    “ Osiris stands upon his throne according to her word “
    Him to Isis

    They are together holding the transformative wisdom of the universe.

    To acknowledge a Goddess’s devotion to her masculine counterpart is to accept and adore her fully

    There was no inequality in the Egyptian pantheon and whilst some gods were less popular, their equal opposites were always just that, equal.

    “No one shall disrespect the king in my presence”
    Isis in the house of Seth

    It is important that whilst we are actively working to return the goddess consciousness to our present world of patriarchy we do this with the vision of balance in mind.

    To own our own power, we need to see the Unity in this Divine Duality.

    No opposite can exist without the other… think about it.

    They are not truly separate at all but are only two faces of the same  – just as with Goddess and God. The many are the One and the One is the many… all goddesses and Gods are of the source.

    All life is from the same Divine Source and is it is Divine – being animated by the Spirit.

    This new world we are now ready to create shall be better than the ones before.

    We are not here to return a failed matriarchal consciousness we are here to restore her “the goddess”, into the feminine consciousness,
    to her rightful place and whilst doing so, healing the wound of the masculine presence.

    Resurrecting the dismembered king, who was once loved and adored, to now and once again be by her side.

    Just as the Lady Isis goes through her journey full of difficulties and challenges to return the life of Osiris, out of pure love for her beloved and through him for all of us, in need of rebirth.

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  • Healing with Isis

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    Goddess Healing Therapy

    How does it work?

    Goddess Healing works best at soul level to bring us into balance with our soul’s purpose.

    The energy embodies high vibrations of Divine Consciousness. The issues we face in our lives form part of the eternal journey of the soul, through space and time. The healing invites us to open the doors of our heart to our inner knowing and authentic Self.

    As we travel through life, we can get stuck in belief systems and habits losing our clarity to follow our path. The healing(s) open our awareness to see our life in a bigger perspective and to free ourselves from what no longer serves us.

    In the healing, these high vibrational energies work with you at the soul level, empowering you to move into different directions in life. The healing is a useful pointer, to help you walk on your path, however, it is up to you to take the necessary steps. You might find that results are more long-lasting when you do your own personal work.

    At the same time, there is a very physical outcome to Goddess Healing as it aims to bring a person’s body and spirit into a state of natural balance.

    It addresses many levels at once: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, the energetic field and the chakras. The energy bodies are cleansed and revitalized with high vibrations, allowing the natural life-force energy to flow more freely through all the energy systems.

    It is widely used to release fear-based traumas manifested in the body as chronic illness or pain.

    As a Priestess of the goddess Aset, I am honoured to channel her healing energy and share this profound vibration with my clients.

    I find this method most successful, therapeutic and effective. In the temple, all our therapies and methods are tested and practised by us on regular basis.

    If you wish to experience this session you can book an appointment via our website or email templeofsacredarts@gmail.com

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