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Holiday shopping season has begun, and to celebrate all orders from The Sage's Cupboard ship free to Canada and the US for the remainder of 2015. Complimentary shipping applies to all one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, and rings from The Sage's Cupboard Artfire, and The Sage's Cupboard Etsy. For or a limited time, all orders over $40 will also come with a pretty sliding knot pendant. These adjustable necklaces are made with waxed cotton cord, and a gorgeous combination of glass and natural beads in stunning colors. Each pendant is one of a kind; I'll do my very best to coordinate it with your other jewelry choices. All jewelry orders from The S... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Tawaret

The hippopotamus Tawaret (Taurt) was an Egyptian household diety, and protector of women in childbirth. Like many protective gods and demons in Egyptian mythology, she appeared as a creature made up of the parts of many frightening animals. She had the body of a hippopotamus, with large breasts and a full pregnant belly, the face and arms of a lion, and the tail of a crocodile. All three animals are fierce protectors of their own offspring - these traits made her an ideal demon to protect pregnant women and newborns.Tawaret was a popular figure with both the elite Egyptians and commoners. Her image has been found carved and painted on many everyda... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Thoth

Ancient Egypt’s god of knowledge and wisdom was Thoth, the patron of scribes. In his role as vizier to Osiris and mediator of the gods, Thoth recorded the proceedings of the Netherworld. He can often be seen in funerary paintings, overseeing the weighing of the heart ceremony. He was also thought to be the creator of magic.Thoth was closely associated with baboons, as well as the moon. He was sometimes depicted wearing the lunar crown, usually as a man with the head of an ibis. He could also take the form of a baboon. Thoth was the embodiment of writing and the recording of knowledge.  The Egyptians associated him with secrets, and claim... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Tefnut

The Egyptian goddess Tefnut was the embodiment of moisture, and one half of the first divine couple. Along with her brother-consort Shu, Tefnut was created at the beginning of time by Ra-Atum. She was associated with the moon, but as a daughter of Ra, she also had a connection with the sun. She could represent both water and the absence of moisture. As an Eye of Ra with her mate Shu, Tefnut was most often depicted as a lioness or a woman with the head of lion. She could also take the form of a serpent with a lion’s head. She wore the sun disk of Ra, sometimes with the uraeus or cobra. The Egyptians believed that Tefnut was responsible for m... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Shu

In the divine family of the great Egyptian gods, the air god Shu could be described as the grandfather. He was born from the creator god Atum along with his consort Tefnut. Together they explored the endless realm of Nun, and when Atum wept for his wayward children, his tears became the first humans. Shu was the father of Geb, the earth, and Nut, the sky. He can often be seen in Egyptian murals stranding over his son and holding his daughter aloft. As the personification of air and sunlight, Shu was closely associated with both the rising sun and the moon gods Thoth and Khonsu. In his legends, Shu plays many roles, including guarding the sun on it... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Sekhmet

The lion goddess Sekhmet was the fierce and vengeful side of the Eye of Ra. When he learned that humans were planning to rebel against him, Ra sent for the other gods, who advised him to slaughter the humans. He dispatched Hathor, who transformed into the lioness and raged uncontrollably. Her wrath was so immense that Ra feared she would wipe out all of humanity. To stop her, he instructed his high priest to create a mixture of beer and red ochre (or pomegranate juice in some versions of the legend). 7000 jars of the red beer were spilled onto the fields where Sekhmet was to appear, and she drank it all, thinking it was blood. She became so intoxi... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Set

The brother of Osiris and Isis, also known as Seth, was a god of storms and chaos. His realm was the scorched and barren desert, and the Ancient Egyptians associated him with death and infertility. Although considered to be a fierce and evil god, in early times Set was revered as equally as Horus. The concept of balance allowed that even chaos is essential, and many pharaohs such as Seti took names to honor the strange god, using his strength to become fierce warriors. Set’s unusual appearance is a matter of some debate among historians. Unlike many of the other gods such as Bast the cat, and Anubis the jackal, Set’s anima... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Ptah

One of Ancient Egypt’s many creator gods, Ptah was the inventor of the arts, and patron to craftsmen. In some legends it was said that he brought the world into being simply by speaking it, and molded the gods from metal. His cult center was located in Memphis (Inbu-Hedj), which he presided over with his consort Sekhmet, the lion godess.Ptah was responsible for the construction of buildings and temples, and was regarded highly by the craftsmen who constructed temples in the Valley of the Kings. In later legends, Ptah is considered the father of the deified architect Imhotep, who created Djoser’s Step Pyramid. He was also responsible ... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Osiris

Osiris was the lord of creation, and the first born of the cursed lovers Nut and Geb. His legend is unique, in that may have been first mortal, and later became divine. As the ruler of Egypt, Osiris brought knowledge to the people, and civilized the land before traveling the world to teach other of order and law. It was said that Osiris created and shared the knowledge of agriculture, bread and wine making, the building of temples, and the erecting of permanent settlements.During Osiris’ long absence, his siblings Set and Nephthys conspired with other gods to murder the king. When he returned from his journey, Set tricked his brother into a... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Nut

One of the oldest Ancient Egyptian deities, Nut (Nuit) was the goddess of the night sky. As her myth evolved, and she absorbed many other similar goddesses, Nut came to represent the sky in all of its forms, though she was still associated strongly with stars. It was said that she swallowed the sun each night, and it traveled through her body to be reborn at dawn. She was an important figure in Egyptian spirituality, representing resurrection and rebirth.In the most commonly known version of the story, Nut and her brother/consort Geb were the children of Shu and Tefnut. Fearing that Nut would give birth to a god that could take his throne, Ra comm... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Nekhbet

A goddess dating back to pre-dynastic Egypt, Nekhbet was most commonly worshipped by royalty as a protector of the pharaoh. At the height of her power, she was the patron of all Upper Egypt. She was often shown with her counterpart Wadjet, the cobra goddess and patron of Lower Egypt, and together they were known as “The Two Ladies”. Nekhbet was a mother goddess, who presided over childbirth and the suckling of gods and pharaohs. During the New Kingdom, she was a protector of all mothers and children, but until then remained entirely a symbol of royalty and divinity. She was often shown soaring above the pharaoh, especially during scene... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Nephthys

A member of the great Ennead, Nephthys (Nebthet) was a daughter of Geb and Nut, and sister to Osiris, Isis, and Set. She was Set’s consort, but her only child was conceived in secret with Osiris. In many versions of the myth, Nephthys is the mother of Anubis. Nephthys was a goddess of death, darkness, decay, and regeneration, although she was not considered to be evil like her husband. She personified the concept of life springing forth from death, and was a powerful healer. She was a symbol for the edges of the desert, which were harsh and barren, unless the Nile brought fertile soil during the flood. In the Afterlife, she watched over the... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Neith

One of Ancient Egypt’s oldest goddesses was Neith (Nit), the matron of Sais. When her city became the capital of Egypt in the twenty sixth Dynasty, her importance in Egyptian spirituality increased. Neith was primarily a warrior goddess, whose symbol was a shield with two crossed arrows, but she had a dual nature. As a goddess of war, Neith was fierce, and she was believed to march into battle ahead of the soldiers. She was said to be a consort of Set, and with him she gave birth to the crocodile god Sobek. In some myths, she is also responsible for the creation of the chaos serpent Apep by spitting into the waters of Nun.In balance with he... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Min

One of the most ancient of the Egyptian deities, Min was a god of fertility and crops. During Min’s holiday, the Feast of the Steps, the king or pharaoh would provide an offering of the season’s first sheaf of grain. In addition to protecting the crops, Min watched over mining in the Eastern Desert. He was also considered to be a god of roads. Travelers and caravans prayed to Min for protection on their journeys. In the earliest times of his worship, Min may have been considered a creator god. Unlike many gods in the Egyptian pantheon, Min had only one incarnation throughout most of his reign. Until the New Kingdom, he was always dep... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Ma’at

In Ancient Egypt, Ma’at was both a goddess and a concept, representing balance and truth. The literal translation for the word Ma’at is ‘straight’ although the term encompassed many virtues such as truth, harmony, and righteousness. To follow Ma’at or to “live with Ma’at in one’s heart” was a path of virtue. Ma’at was considered to be a daughter of Ra, and the consort of Thoth. Together, they judged the spirits of the dead on their journey to the afterlife. Ma’at would first listen to the confessions of the deceased, made before 42 judges, and the person’s heart would... » Read More

Egyptian Gods: Khonsu

The sky was an important part of Ancient Egyptian mythology, including the celestial bodies of the sun, stars, and moon. Khonsu was a lunar deity, associated with the moon’s nightly passage through the sky. His name means “wanderer”, and he was a popular god of healing. Khonsu was considered to be the son of Amun, and was often depicted as a mummified or shrouded  young man with the forelock of youth. His crown varied from a moon disk, Uraeus, or feather plumes, and he was sometimes shown with the head of a falcon wearing the moon disk. As a lunar deity, Khonsu was associated with the passage of time, and therefore as a form ... » Read More
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