Amunet “the female hidden one”


AmunetAmunet (/ˈæməˌnɛt/; also spelled Amonet or Amaunet) was a primordial goddess in ancient Egyptian religion. She is a member of the Ogdoad and the consort of Amun.

Her name, meaning “the female hidden one”, was simply the feminine form of Amun’s own name. It is possible that she was never an independent deity, as the first mention of either of them is in a pair.

By at least the Twelfth dynasty (c. 1991–1803 BC) she was overshadowed as Amun’s consort by Mut, but she remained locally important in the region of Thebes where Amun was worshiped, and there she was seen as a protector of the pharaoh.

At Karnak, Amun’s cult center, priests were dedicated to Amunet’s service. The goddess also played a part in royal ceremonies such as the Sed festival. Amunet was depicted as a woman wearing the Red Crown and carrying a staff of papyrus.

In late texts from Karnak she was synchronized with Neith, although she remained a distinct deity as late as the Ptolemaic period (323–30 BC).

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Area of Influence:
Creation

Pantheon: Egyptian

Consort: Amun

Plant/Tree: Papyrus

Symbols: Red Crown, Papyrus

 

Sources:

Wiki

The White Goddess

Egyptian Pantheon


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Amounet -Amounet is an Egyptian mother/fertility Goddess. Her name means “hidden one”. She was a tutelary deity of the Egyptian Pharaohs and was evoked during Pharoah’s ascension ceremonies. Her consort was Amun. Many of her aspects merged with Neith.

Anubis -Anubis is the Egyptian God of the dead and the embalming process. He presided over the embalming of Osiris when he was killed by Seth. Priests would sometimes wear masks of Anubis when performing embalming rituals.

Aten -Aten was associated with the Sun God Ra. He is imaged as a golden disk with descending rays ending in hands. During the reign of Akhenaten, Aten was made King of the Gods and there was a movement toward a sort of Monotheism in Egypt. It didn’t go over well.

Atum -Atum (or Atem, Tum, Tem, Temu) is the hermaphroditic creator God of Egypt. He is pictured as a man with a double crown. His name means “all” or “perfection” or “the complete one”. He was the first God to exist on Earth. He rose from the waters of chaos (Nun) and created the rest of the Gods.

Bast -Bast, also spelled Bastet, was a cat-headed protectress of the Pharaoh. She was usually seen as gentle, but would rise up lion-headed and ready for battle if the Pharaoh was threatened. She was offered sacrifices of cats and of images of cats.

Geb -Geb is the husband and brother of the sky Goddess Nut and father by Her of Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nepthys. He is imaged as a man with a goose on his head, or as a man lying beneath the arch of the sky.

Hapy -Hapy is the ancient Egyptian God of seasonal flooding which allowed the people along the Nile to grow crops.

Hathor -Hathor is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of happiness and protectress of the hearth. She is the wife of Horus and sometimes considered to be the mother of the Pharoah. Her name means “house of Horus”.

Horus -Horus is the ancient Egyptian protector of the ruler of Egypt. The Pharaoh was considered to be the living incarnation of Horus. After Osiris was murdered by Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the rule of Egypt. In the battle he lost an eye. This Eye of Horus became an important symbol of protection. After the battle, Geb proclaimed Horus the ruler of the living.

Isis -Isis is the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. She is a powerful protective Goddess associated with the rulers of ancient Egypt. She is imaged as a woman with a headdress in the shape of a throne and is often depicted nursing the infant Horus.

Iusaaset -Iusaaset was the consort and “shadow” of Atum in some stories about Him. She is the mother and grandmother of all the Gods by Atum. Her name means the great one who comes forth.

Khepri -Khepri is an ancient Egyptian God associated with creation, rebirth and the movement of the sun. He is often connected with Atum or Ra. His symbol is the scarab.

Khnum -Khnum was a creator God who molded the first people out of clay from the Nile. He was originally the God of the source of the Nile river, but Hapy took over that role. Khnum makes infants out of clay and places them in their mothers’ wombs. Then his wife Heqet breathes life into them when they emerge.

Ma’at -Ma’at is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of balance, truth, justice and harmony. She is the daugher of Ra.

Neit -Neit, Nit, Net, or Neith was a war Goddess honored in the town of Sais. She was the patroness and protector of Egyptian soldiers and virgins. She was also associated with weaving. New Kingdom traditions say that she is the mother of Sobek and the protector of the royal crown. She is shown wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt, or a headpiece showing a shield with two crossed arrows and she carries a bow and arrow in one hand and an ankh in the other.

Nephthys -Nephthys is the ancient Egyptian protectress of the dead, sister of Isis and Osiris, wife of Seth and mother of Anubis. Her name means “Lady of the Mansion”.

Nun -Nun or Nu is the eldest of the Egyptian Gods. He is the primordial waters of chaos and all that existed before the first land rose out of the sea. He is imaged as a man carrying a bark canoe.

Nut -Nut is the sky Goddess whose body forms the vault of sky over the earth. She is the sister and wife of Geb and mother of Isis, Osiris, Seth and Nephthys. At the end of each day, she swallows Ra and every morning gives birth to Him again.

Osiris -The name Osiris is a Greek translation of the Egyptian word which may have been pronounced Us-iri, which means “Throne of the Eye”.

Ra -Ra is the ancient Egyptian God of the sun. He is swallowed every night by Nut and reborn again every morning. Alternatively he travels through the underworld at night. In the Underworld he is imaged as a man with the head of a ram. In the upper world he is imaged as a man with the head of a hawk crowned by a sun disk.khnum_setos_i-_amun

Sekhmet -Sekhmet is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of war. She is imaged as a woman with the head of a lioness. Her name means “powerful one”.

Seshat -Seshat is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of writing and measurement. She is imaged as a woman wearing a panther skin with a star on her headdress.

Seth -Seth or Set is the ancient Egyption God of disharmony and destruction. He murdered Osiris and battled with Horus for the throne of Egypt. In earlier times He was associated with Eygptian royalty. He is imaged as a man with the head of a strange animal, known as the Set animal. (It looks a little like an ant eater to me.)

Shu -Shu is the ancient Egyptian God who holds up the arch of the sky (Nut) so that the Earth and Sky are separate.

Sobek -Sobek is the personification of the Nile crocodile. He is pictured either as a crocodile or as a powerful man with the head of a crocodile. Temples to him were located throughout Egypt where crocodiles were common. Some of the temples kept pools where sacred temple crocodiles were offered the best cuts of meat. These crocodiles became tame and were mummified after their deaths.

Tefnut -Tefnut is the ancient Egyptian Goddess of moisture. She is the wife of Shu and mother of Nut and Geb. She is often depicted with the head of a lioness.

Thoth -Thoth is the ancient Egyptian God of writing and knowledge. He provided the gift of hieroglyphic writing to the people. He is also associated with alchemy and magick and is associated with the moon. He is depicted as a man with the head of an ibis and is also symbolized by the baboon.

I may have missed someone, but I’ll get them added when I find them. Ammit was not added to this list as most don’t recognize her as a Goddess, so I covered her on her own regardless. She wasn’t left out. ^_^ We’ll have a more in depth look at each one as well as the application in our magickal workings. This is just a quick look at the Pantheon.

This list was found at Witchipedia.

Ammit, “Devourer of the Dead”


Ammit or Ammut, meaning “Devourer of the Dead” or just “devourer”, was a Goddess (for some), and/or an helper in the Duat, for others, as I mentioned.

Whether you see it as a Goddess or as a helper in the Duat, or as both, this is for YOU.

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Ammit is the personification of the divine retribution for all the bad done in life. She lived in the Duat, to be specific, in the Hall of Ma’at where the dead went to know if it was granted the afterlife or not. How so? Well, by the Weighting of the Heart, of course!! And you ask me: what is that?? Well.. in the Hall of Ma’at there is scales, and in one side Yinepu (Anubis) had to put the feather of Ma’at, the feather of truth. In the other side He had to put the heart of the dead (the Egyptians believed this was where the soul lived), if one had done too many good things in life it was granted the afterlife (this seen by the heart being lighter than the feather), but if one had done bad things for the heart to be heavier than the feather, Ammit would eat their heart and soul. In other versions of the myth, Ammit would eat the body, as well. She lives within the Hall of Two Truths, associated with the element of fire and is in some systems called one of the Goddesses of the Underworld.

“She was also known as the ‘Dweller in Amenta’ or the ‘Devourer of Amenta’, the place where the sun sets. Amenta, as used by the Egyptians, was applied to the west bank of the Nile – Egyptian cemeteries and funerary places were all on the west. To the Egyptians, west was a direction linked to death. Amenta was also the name of the underworld – the place where Ra traveled during the night. Ammut, therefore, was not only a demoness of death, but a demoness of the underworld. In at least one papyrus, Ammut was depicted as crouching beside the lake of fire in the infernal regions of the underworld!”

Tour Egypt site, http://www.touregypt.net/godsofegypt/ammut.htm

 

“Ammit was never worshipped, and was not strictly a goddess, but her image was thought to ward off evil. She was the personification of all that the ancient Egyptians feared and a reminder to live by the principles of Maat. Although she was referred to as a demon, she was in reality a force for order. Moreover, each person was at least given the chance to defend their life before being consigned to eternal damnation.”

Ancient Egypt Online site, http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/ammit.html

She was depicted as the three animals that was considered the largest “man-eating” animals. This was a crocodile (Her head), a lion (Her upper body) and a hippopotamus (Her lower body). Here I leave Her image.

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I want to leave, as well, some artwork of Her eating a body

Original article here.

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