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Scroll of Poppaeus
The Egyptian deity Wepwawet has been slowly entering my consciousness for some time now. Which is totally unlooked for and somewhat curious. Curious, I say, because his totem animal is the jackal or wolf, a dog like creature, similar to that of Anubis. I don’t particularly like dogs. I am much more of a cat person, or even a crocodile person. Now for the second time a deity with canine associations has made itself present in my awareness. The first was Hekate, about three years ago. Hekate’s epiphany was vivid, startling, revealing, and totally unexpected. Wepwawet’s approach has been subtle, quiet, like someone softly saying “hello”. So, a new experience. I decided that it would be nice to have an image of Wepwawet. No one makes statues of Wepwawet. There are lots and lots of statues of Anubis available today, but nothing for Wepwawet. Then I discovered something interesting. Egyptian statues and paintings of Anubis always show him as black, but images of Wepwawet show him as brown, gray, or white. This has led scholars to suggest that the original totem animal of Wepwawet was a wolf. The principal cult center of Wepwawet was a place called Zawty (modern Asyut), which the Greeks called Lycopolis, City of the Wolf. Images of Anubis and Wepwawet as a jackal headed man are more or less identical, except for the color and any accompanying inscriptions. A catalog came in the mail, and there it was – a white statue of Anubis. Although described as Anubis, the statue is very clearly suitable as an image of Wepwawet. So I sent away for it and it was delivered to my home five days later. I gave it to Wepwawet and I think he is pleased. The figure is 12 inches high, in ivory white color, and wears a vaguely Egyptian style tunic. The tunic is studded with little mirror insets which almost give the impression that the figure is wearing armor. A curious non Egyptian detail, but the figure looks nice. The coin design is a modern design for a coin in honor of Wepwawet. The issuance of this coin will be a future project of the Antonine Imperium, if funding should become available someday.
Hail Wepwawet! Opener of the Ways! Battle Leader! Hunter! Guardian! Guide! Helper!
Hermanubis? Is that what we settled on?
Ehh, it's just a placeholder. We're waiting to hear what the people upstairs in Copywriting come up with
I don't know how I feel about that
Was he a good man or a good boy?
Depends on if that half a bratwurst he's holding was given to him or he stole it off the picnic table.
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Various Other Egyptian Deities
|God of the Sun||God of War||God of War|
|Evidence – Ra sometimes was depicted holding an ankh and wearing these clothes.||Evidence – Ears on the statue match Maahes’s lion head.||Evidence - Wepwawet was a wolf-headed God, very similar to Anubis in appearance, but with shorter ears.|
|Counter-evidence – Ra was too significant a god to be shown in this fashion, and did not have upturned ears.||Counter-evidence||Counter-evidence|
|God of Sunrise||God of the Sky||God of the Moon|
|Evidence – Ears on the statue match Nefertum’s lion head. The statue was first shown in " LaFleur ", and was associated with a "fleur-de-lis" (lily flower).||Evidence - Horus sometimes was depicted holding an ankh and wearing these clothes. There is a character on the show name Horace. Horace was sometimes shown with up-pointed ears ||Evidence – Thoth was a male deity who thematically would fit well into the show. He dealt with arbitration, magic, writing, science and the judging of the dead. He served as a mediating power between good and evil, making sure that neither ever had a victory over the other.|
|Counter-evidence||Counter-evidence - The statue's head does not match that of Horus, in any way.||Counter-evidence – Thoth had a very distinctive head that does not match the statue.|
Of Light & Shadow: Messages & Signs from Anubis
I get a lot of questions from others about Anubis. The types of questions that I get vary, but one I get the most is from people who feel a pull or draw to Anubis and think they might be getting messages from him, but aren&rsquot sure how to identify them, or they aren&rsquot sure where to go from there. I try to answer them as best I can, but I should say that I am by no means an expert on Anubis. Knowing a deity is highly personal, and even after years of experience you can only begin to scratch the surface of what it means to know a deity. All I can do is speak from my own experiences over the last nearly 18 years.
Signs are highly personal. The signs that the gods and spirits send to me may or may not be the ones that they send you. That&rsquos the first thing I should say before continuing, though, chances are, if you&rsquore reading this, you may already know that.
Signs can be physical &ndash coming across animals, symbols, words and phrases, objects, songs, or patterns that are relevant to you, your life, your question, or your situation. They can also be intangible &ndash feelings and sensations, a song in your head, visions, dreams, intuitive feelings, or a thought that seems to randomly appear and perhaps not quite seeming to be your own.
There have been a number of articles written on identifying when something is a sign versus when it&rsquos just the mundane thing it is. Separating them out from the mundane can be tricky, but all I&rsquom going to say for the sake of this article is go with your gut! Trust your intuition. And don&rsquot overthink it (easier said than done, I know).
Keep in mind these are my experiences, and they may not necessarily be your or anyone else&rsquos. Anubis is the Silent Guardian. He&rsquos also the Master of Secrets and Mysteries. He often appears quietly and unannounced, sometimes when you&rsquore not expecting him or looking for him. That can make it exceptionally difficult to determine what&rsquos a sign and what&rsquos not. Some of the physical signs I&rsquove either gotten or heard from others over the years include, but are not limited to:
- Symbols &ndash the ankh, pyramids, bones, eye of Horus
- Animals &ndash dogs, jackals, wolves, coyotes, foxes, leopard (there&rsquos a story behind this one)
- Relevant colors &ndash primarily black and gold, but even brown, white, or gray
It took me quite a while to actually realize that I rarely get physical signs from Anubis, though I sometimes do. Other deities I work with, such as Hekate, I&rsquove gotten a lot of physical signs. In my first article, Anubis, God of the Modern Age, I explained my first encounter with him, which involved a run-in with canines as a child. I think, for me, the signs that I receive are closely tied to being pushed to trust my intuition and letting it guide me rather than expecting to see a sign every time I turn the corner.
I do receive strong signs when I&rsquom missing something in my relationship with Anubis. Perhaps I&rsquove been neglecting my commitment to him, or perhaps I forgot to honor him for something I&rsquod asked for. On at least 4 occasions, I&rsquove had statues of him mysteriously break when no one was around. I can&rsquot guarantee that it&rsquos attributed to this specific situation, but to me it seemed to coincide with times when I needed to pay more attention to my practice and to my gods (in this case, Anubis).
So how does he communicate with me? I&rsquove learned that I can best communicate with him when I am quieted. Those moments when you are more relaxed and your brain isn&rsquot full of thoughts buzzing around. For some, it&rsquos during meditation, but for others, including myself, it can be as simple as walking, driving, or something else mundane. Often times, I get an inner voice or a relevant thought that pops up. Sometimes it&rsquos a song while I&rsquom on a walk, or a whisper of a word or phrase in the wind.
In The Afterlife. Photo Credit: catbagan, Creative Commons 2.0
On rare occasions, I get visions of him during meditations. I also talked about one of these experiences at the beginning of my article, Anubis in the Darkness of Winter . One of the most startling times that he&rsquos appeared to me was during an experience while I was showering. When I shower, it&rsquos a very calming, relaxing experience for me where I can unwind and let loose the thoughts that permeate my busy mind. And when the mind is clearest, we are more open to receiving messages and visions.
But the biggest, number one way I know he&rsquos near? It&rsquos a feeling. Perhaps it&rsquos a knowing, perhaps it&rsquos an energy, or maybe it&rsquos a little of both. I had two people ask me recently what Anubis&rsquo energy feels like to me, and the only way I can explain it is that it feels like this strong, solid, grounded, protective energy that I feel in my core.
I can&rsquot tell you what Anubis wants from you. That is a very personal experience between you and the Guardian of Souls. For me, he wanted to lead me through a life of challenges &ndash turmoils, transitions, changes, and chaos &ndash and come out on the other side with my head held high, using these experiences to make a difference in my life and, hopefully, in the lives of others. He also wanted to guide me down a spiritual path that would forever change my life.
What I would recommend is reaching out to him in return, if you feel comfortable doing so. The simplest method would be to find a quiet moment and just speak to him openly. Not sure what to say? Write it down or take notes. Perhaps light a black candle. You can keep it simple as you want.
Leave offerings. It&rsquos impossible to list all of the things you could potentially offer to Anubis, but here are some ideas:
- Incenses such as frankincense, myrrh, cedarwood, sandalwood, etc.
- Stones such as obsidian, smoky quartz, hematite, tiger&rsquos eye
- Darker breads, such as whole wheat or rye
- Dark ales, whiskey, rum, or cool/cold water
- Spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg
- Creative offerings &ndash art, music, writing, etc.
One key thing I would suggest is keeping a journal of the things you see, hear, feel, find, etc. Keep a record of the signs, the messages, the visions, the dreams, or even the feelings and sensations that you have. Explore these. Keep track of them over time and see what develops. Are there any patterns?
Humanism in Greek and Roman Art
Humanism is the belief in human beings. Essentially that human emotions and actions are outside the spectrum of nature. Even God or gods were brought down to the standards of human emotions. Humanism can be described using art by looking at the different pieces of art that the Greeks and later the Romans have done.
These are images of Gods. The first sculpture is Ares and Aphrodite. The second sculpture is of Hermes. One important thing you can get from these two sculptures are the almost humanest features that Gods share with Humans. Humanism is captured in the images by how Gods are portrayed as little as human beings. Of Course Gods are stronger than the average human, but like people Gods had emotions and feelings. Having emotions are considered a trait of a human. In the first image, the Gods are showed to show love for one another. This brings Gods closer to humans, showing a human centered world.
Compared to Roman and Greek art, Egyptian art illustrate humans as weak and nothing like the Gods. The God seen in the image is off Anubis. As you can see, the only thing that resembles a human would be the humanoid body, but the head shows how different gods are from humans. Anubis has a dogs head and is Gigantic compared to regular people. This is used by the Egyptians to differentiate and show the power of their gods. The Gods weren’t brought down to be or have any trait that would connect them to humans.
Putting them side by side shows the overall difference. The first image is of Aten and the second is off Zeus. They are said to be the strongest of each civilization. Humanism is illustrated through the fact that even the most powerful god still looked more human, unlike the Sun disk of a god that the Egyptians showed.
Terror in the temple
It was to this precinct that the survivors of the attack retreated, barricading themselves into the inner sanctuary of the temple, which was burned to the ground with them in it. It is possible today to huddle inside the foundations of that temple and envisage those last hours: men, women and children crammed within a dark space like this, waiting in terror for relief that never came, as they listened to thousands of bloodthirsty Britons destroying their town outside.
Eventually they could smell the choking smoke and feel the crackling flames that spelled the end. The temple was burned to the ground. Only the foundations survive. The cult statue of Claudius that stood within it was smashed to pieces, and its head was discovered a few years ago in the River Alde a few miles from the town.
Statue of the god Anubis
Anubis is among the most ancient and important deities of the Egyptian pantheon: he presided over mummification and burial rites and was the Lord of the Necropolis. He was represented, in Egyptian iconography, as a jackal or as a man with the head of a jackal.
This statue offers eloquent testimony to a syncretic divine figure, Anubis, who in the Roman context was assimilated to Mercury: the god with its jackal’s head, with a small solar disc on a crescent moon between its ears, wears a short tunic, a cloak and shoes, and holds the caduceus in his hand, in his function as the ferryman of the dead to the Underworld (“psychopomp”).
The statue, discovered in Anzio on land belonging to the Pamphilj family in 1749, was donated to Pope Benedict XIV and was transferred to the Gregorian Egyptian Museum in 1839.
Anubis, God of Embalming, Late Period, Once Guarded the Embalming Pavilion at the Animal Catacombs in Saqqara
The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara included catacombs that housed the burials of sacred animals - the Mother of Apis cows, falcons, baboons, and ibises. In front of them were arranged shrines attached to their respective cults. The area saw much attention and construction in the Late Period and presumably in the Ptolemaic Period. The extension of the Main Terrace to include the Northern Enclosure, probably as a cult place for the Mother of Apis cows since it was near those catacombs, can be dated to sometime after 343 B.C. This statue of Anubis was found in the fill for the Northern Enclosure, so its date is not certain.
The jackal was found in two pieces and in the vicinity of other statues of recumbent jackals which actually lay beneath remains of a remarkable reed structure. The reed structure comprised panels made of vertical bundles of round reeds, bound and lashed with reed fiber ties, and strengthened with cross members at intervals. It seemed to the excavators that the elements found were originally part of a tall. four-sided pavilion with a square or rectangular ground plan, originally roofed and possibly provided with double doors at the front. Being composed of reeds, such a pavilion could only be for temporary use during a specific ritual, festival, or funerary ceremonies. Embalming tents, called in Egyptian ibou, are constructed of reeds and fibers, and are known to have been used in the funeral ceremonies of the Apis bull and so presumably also for the Mother of Apis cow. Anubis being the god of embalming, it is tempting to speculate the jackal statues originally stood somewhere in the temple precincts in the vicinity of the area used for the embalming pavilions.