Meet the Gods: Horus
Horus was the ancient Egyptian god of the sky, the sun, and kingship, worshiped for more than three thousand years. During that time, he appeared in many manifestations, each embodying a different facet of his being. Egyptians recognized each incarnation to be aspects of the same god. He is best known as the son of Isis and Osiris. His brother, Seth, killed their father, so to keep him safe, Isis hid Horus beside the Nile. When he grew strong, he fought his brother to retake his father’s throne, thus associating him with kingship. Considered Egypt’s first divine king, those on the throne after Horus believed they descended from him.
Most often Horus was represented by a falcon or a man with a falcon head crowned with a hooded cobra. Many sources say his right eye was the sun representing power and quintessence, and his left eye was the moon representing healing. One of the earliest images from ancient Egypt depicts Horus as a falcon in a boat, wings outstretched, sailing across the sky with stars on his breast feathers.
Over time, Horus was merged with other solar, sky, and falcon deities with their mythologies becoming his. Ra, the creator god, was one of these, resulting in Ra-Horakhty, portrayed as a falcon with a solar disk as his crown. These mergers made for some confusion. For instance, in one myth Horus appeared as Hathor’s father, son, and husband — simultaneously.
Horus’s powers were typical of Egyptian Gods: superhuman strength, stamina, and resistance to harm and ordinary injury.
A distinctive symbol of an eye, known as the Eye of Horus, is believed to have protective, restorative, and healing powers. In his final battle with his brother, Seth cut Horus’s eye into six pieces. Thoth, the god of the moon, put the pieces back together, creating the Eye of Horus.
The Eye is a symbol of protection. The Ancient Egyptians believed that the Eye was a source of healing because it had been restored. To some, it is also a symbol of knowledge, much like the third eye.
Some pagans, especially those following a Kemetic or Egyptian Reconstructionist path, honor Horus as part of their practice. Anyone needing protection can call on him, making an appropriate offering of gratitude such as bread, water, incense, fruit, or beer. Creating a shrine or altar with representations of Horus and other symbols of Egypt can help with focus and tribute. Try calling him at sunrise, midday, or sunset.
About the Author:
All my life I have known magic was real. As a child, I played with the fae, established relationships with trees and “just knew things.” In my maiden years I discovered witchcraft and dabbled in the black-candles-and-cemeteries-at-midnight-on-a-fullmoon magick just enough to realize I did not understand its power. I went on to explore many practices including Zen, astrology, color therapy, native traditions, tarot, herbs, candle magic, gems, and, as I moved into my mother years, Buddhism, the Kabbalah and Reiki. The first man I dated after my divorce was a witch who reintroduced me to the Craft, this time by way of the Goddess. For 11 years I was in a coven, but with retirement, I have returned to an eclectic solitary practice. When accepting the mantle of crone, I pledged to serve and teach. This is what I do from my skoolie – a 30-year-old school bus converted into a tiny house on wheels that I am driving around the country, following 72-degree weather, emerging myself into nature, and sharing magic with those I meet. Find me at thewitchonwheels.com, Facebook and Instagram.