Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Claudia Dillaire, author of Egyptian Prosperity Magic.
With all the books out there on different paths, why did I choose Egyptian magic? I am asked that question so often, and yet it is still difficult for me to answer. My quest began when I realized that, although Paganism was my â€ścalling,â€ť the traditional paths just did not resonate with me. And, had I wanted to join an organized religion, I certainly would not convert if it did not feel right for me.
Mythology had always fascinated me, so I started reading about the ancient cultures and their magical systems and beliefs. As well, I had always been fascinated by the Egyptians. The more I read about them, the more I felt as if I were coming home. Their poetry sings with love and loss, life and death, hope and fear. And magic was a part of everything in ancient Egyptian society. The land was magic, the river was magic, and the king was the living god on earth.
But, their idea of prosperity was far different from mine. As an agricultural society, many of their beliefs were tied to the rising of the Nile and the fertility of the land. My needs are more basic: job, home, car, money. My needs are as foreign to their culture as some of their needs are to ours. Work and a roof over oneâ€™s head never change, but transportation was generally by foot or water, and money did not exist. Workers were paid in food, while goods and services were obtained through barter in the marketplace.
If I wanted to practice Egyptian magic, I had some work of my own to do. I began writing worship tailored to my needs, my wants, my desires. Though the Egyptians left us a wealth of written records, it is difficult to determine how the gods were worshiped in the temples. Some songs and incantation survive, but only the priests were privy to what went on in the temple. But, for individual needs, my work was a bit easier.
Any Egyptian could request a spell from the local temple priest. Regardless of the request, the priest would write out an appropriate spell, give the requester instructions, and receive a donation to the temple. It could be a request to cast out a demon, to be blessed with a child, or to make a person fall in love with someone. And, many of these requests did survive on pottery shards.
The magical practices of the ancient Egyptians spanned more than three thousand years; they must have been on to something. So, for those of you who may have not found your path, or for those of you just interested in magic thatâ€™s a little bit different, Egyptian Prosperity Magic: Spells & Recipes for Financial Empowerment is for you. Whether beginner or experienced, there is sure to be a spell for you.
Our thanks to Claudia for her guest post! For more from Claudia Dillaire, read her article, “Egyptian Prosperity Magic for Beginners.”