to play gooseberry (همراه دونفرعاشق ومعشوق راه افتادن وموي دماغ ا )
Californian Crystal Worshipping "Trust me, this was not a Californian Crystal Worshipping experience."
anno dominis - Just turned out that us being anno dominis was a lot bigger deal to them that you could have realized. 'anno domini' would be 'in the year of our Lord' (or alternativetly Babylon said 'de l'ère chrétienne' i.e. A.D.) So what with the sentence? Just botched Latin? Or is this supposed to be some form of plural?
As if it knew how much power it had; like the king's ankus of Kipling, able to make men kill one another just by existing. The comparison is lost on me. Kipling presumably refers to the author, but since I haven't read any of his work, it's not getting me anywhere. Anyone?
thick ear - "You're welcome to a thick ear from me if you ever try jumping another guy with a loaded gun when I've told you not to."
to get roped in - "I was the person around when his father got stinking drink and sentimental after the baby was born so I got roped in."
pô - C'est pô juste !
bô - C'est bô. beau ?
chui - Chui hyper content ! je suis?
Abrège grognasse !?! Huh?
kékidit - qu'est-ce qu'il a dit?
Dudael - He loved Alexis dearly and hoped one day he'd find the Dudael he was looking for, in reality anyway although not, he trusted, in the afterlife.
Jack bouillonne intérieurement il ne pourrait pas allé ce venger à cause de la mise en 40 aine de la base So: Jack is seething, he had not been able to exact vengeance (there is something wrong with the grammar in the French version) beause the base had been put ...
pinaise - Pinaise de pinaise, on peut pas laisser ça comme ça, c’est pas possible il faut que j’intervienne !!
fair chier - Fallait bien que je l’écoute parce qu’il était hors de question que je crève sans avoir finit mes Kinders, sans avoir vu la 8ème saison, sans avoir fait chier mon frère jusqu'à un âge respectable, et sans avoir lu les fanfics de certains auteurs qui se font désirer
pétage - Je fais du gros pétage de câble là
rageusement - Jack attrapa rageusement Fielman toujours aussi tremblant.
être mal en point
Vous êtes si affligeant de stupidité que ça en est risible - You are so saddeningly stupid that it's laughable? Is that right?
cachotier - Je savais que c’était un petit cachotier.
se serrer /se servir les coudes - on est une grande famille et on se sert les coudes / Je veux aussi vous remercier de m'avoir dit qu'on était une équipe et qu'en tant que tel on se serrait les coudes, mais je veux aussi m'excuser d'avoir risqué vos vies. Which verb is right and what does the expression mean?
watery tarts - O'Neill had been tuning a lot of it out but he did remember that despite Hercules' fifty sons, according to Daniel, Hercules and Iolaus were definitely a lot more than good friends, and Hercules had apparently spent most of his life doing good-looking young men and then mourning their passing when they were abducted by watery tarts or whatever. The good-looking young men obviously weren't abducted by water-logged pastry. What am I missing?
une bête de foire market animal maybe?
to wear a hair shirt - They could have made this journey in easy stages and even if Daniel was determined to wear a hair shirt for the duration he didn't see why he had to.
Tigger on speed - ...like Tigger on speed bubbling over with enthusiasm about something that was to any rational person totally boring, insignificant or just plain incomprehensible.
to bear contemplation
canaanite - member of a Semitic people which inhabited ancient Canaan; group of Semitic languages spoken in ancient Palestine and Syria
loamy - lehmig (Boden)
to commentate - to make a commentary on
ennead - the number nine or a group of nine.
ram - male sheep; battering ram, heavy device used to crush or force something (such as a locked door)
1. gather; "drum up support"
(synonym) beat up, drum up
(hypernym) collect, pull in
2. call to arms; of military personnel
(synonym) call up, mobilize, mobilise
(hypernym) call, send for
3. gather or bring together; "muster the courage to do something"; "she rallied her intellect"; "Summon all your courage"
(synonym) muster, summon, come up, muster up
(hypernym) gather, garner, collect, pull together
4. return to a former condition; "The jilted lover soon rallied and found new friends"; "The stock market rallied"
(hypernym) recover, go back, recuperate
5. harass with persistent criticism or carping; "The children teased the new teacher"; "Don't ride me so hard over my failure"; "His fellow workers razzed him when he wore a jacket and tie"
(synonym) tease, razz, rag, cod, tantalize, tantalise, bait, taunt, twit, ride
(hypernym) mock, bemock
(hyponym) jeer, scoff, flout, barrack, gibe
lifeblood - n. blood which is needed in order to live; something which is essential, something which gives life or vitality, something which energizes
to slot - v. insérer; s'introduire; se glisser; intégrer
to twang - v. produce a strong vibrating sound as of a plucked string of a musical instrument; produce music by plucking the strings of a musical instrument; pull and/or release the string of an archery bow; speak with a nasal tone; (Slang) masturbate
overstrung - adj. excessively nervous, high strung; strung too tightly (Archery); strung with two sets of strings (Music)
mandrake - Alraunwurze
philtre - love potion
mannikin - dwarf, small man; mannequin; model of the human body used in teaching; manakin, any of a number of small brightly colored songbirds
ankus - an elephant goad with a sharp spike and hook, resembling a short-handled boat hook
goad - device used to urge an animal in a certain direction, prod; something which pokes and prods like a goad; something which urges or drives
paddling pool - wading pool; small pool for children
jeer - v. ridicule, deride, sneer, mock, taunt, insult
lacerate - v. tear, mangle, rip; injure, hurt (emotionally or physically)
haggard - adj. tired, worn, gaunt
gimlet - tool for making holes, drill; awl
minder - person who is in charge of someone or something, supervisor; (in Britain) adopted child; child that grew up in a foster home or orphanage
haunt - place frequented or inhabited by ghosts; place frequently visited
maw - stomach of an animal; mount or throat of an animal; cavernous opening that resembles the open mouth of a voracious animal
wanker - jerk, stupid person, asshole (British slang)
stratum - horizontal layer of material; bed of sedimentary rock (Geology); level of society
Adirondacks - a mountain range in northeastern New York State; a popular resort area
immutable - adj. unchangeable, unalterable, changeless
quietus - final blow, last strike; death, withdrawal from life; period of retirement
bamboozle - v. cheat, swindle; confuse
Apocrypha - Old Testament books not included in the Bible
to auscultate - to listen to the sounds made by the internal organs of the body for diagnostic purposes. For example, nurses and doctors auscultate the lungs and heart of a patient by using a stethoscope placed on the patient's chest.
mutt - mongrel dog; fool, silly person, stupid person (Slang)
snug - warm and comfortable, cozy; tight, close-fitting (as of clothing); safe, secure; neat and compact
Harpy - mythological monster with the head of a woman and the body of a bird
under the aegis of - Unter der Ägide von, Unter der Obhut von
ilk - category, class, kind
Ugaritic - ancient Semitic language
Aswan - city in Egypt
aloft - at a great height; in flight
to jangle - v. quarrel verbally; make discordant sound; make metallic sound; get on someone's nerves
to riposte - to quickly reply
1. crouch down
(hypernym) crouch, stoop, bend, bow
2. draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
(synonym) flinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil, quail
(hyponym) shrink back, retract
3. partly close one's eyes; "The children squinted to frighten each other"
(synonym) squint, cross one's eyes
(hypernym) grimace, make a face, pull a face
flap - loosely move back and forth, flutter (often noisily); move the wings or arms up and down; strike, slap, beat; get excited (Slang)
sundial - Sonnenuhr
to stampede - v. cause to rush headlong in panic; rush headlong in panic
tumbrel - (tumbril) cart for transporting victims to their execution (especially to the guillotine during the time of the French Revolution); dumpcart (especially one used for transporting dung)
pinnace - light sailboat; dinghy, boat used as a service vessel for another boat
mangy - having mange, affected by mange; shabby; dirty, filthy, squalid; mean, contemptible
mange - Räude (bei Hunden)#
to founder - v. fill with water and sink; fall; fail; stumble; cause to sink
cymbal - Becken (mus.)
prickly - adj. stinging, piercing, stabbing; full of difficulties, tricky
wraparound - object that is curved around another (e.g. a skirt, coat, etc.)
camo - fabric dyed with splotches of green and brown and black and tan; intended to make the wearer of a garment made of this fabric hard to distinguish from the background
morass - marsh or bog; complicated situation
Saqqara - a town in northern Egypt; site of the oldest Egyptian pyramids
to go to seed - produce seeds; wear out, grow old, come to the end of usefulness
leonine - of or pertaining to a lion; like a lion, resembling a lion
futzing - (Computer Slang) tinkering, fooling around, experimenting (with a computer for entertainment, learning, or as pastime)
to reel off - abspulen; herunterleiern, heruntersagen
bole - tree trunk
ignominious - disgraceful, humiliating; deserving contempt, ignoble, mean, base
tiff - small fight, quarre
basso profundo - a very deep bass voice
baritone - male singing voice (between tenor and bass)
surreptitiously - clandestinely, covertly, secretly, stealthily
chivvy - nag; pester somebody; annoy someone persistently
humdrum - boring, monotonous, dull, repetitious
Nagari - a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi - Devanagari, Devanagari script, Nagari script
necropolis - cemetery
to gall - v. hurt, wound; make bitter; cause pain; offend
to needle - v. sew, stitch; prick; be sarcastic; tease
défouler - v. let off steam, release steam; unwind, loosen
le caisson - box, caisson, panel
glander - (Slang) loaf about, screw around
con - adj. bloody (Slang); stupid (Slang)
l'hublot - n. porthole, window
l'ortie (f) - nettle, any of numerous plants with stingy hairs that irritate the skin on contact
le câlin - coaxing, kiss and cuddle . Then what is Fais lui un gros câlin ! ?
le fétiche - n. fetish, object of blind adoration; idolized object
le vol plané - glide, smooth flowing movement
l'éloge - praise, eulogy, laudation
bouillonner - bubble, boil, seethe, foam
l'aine - groin
faire greffer - graft
enfiler - v. thread, shove on, slip on; pull on, put on
joncher - v. strew, litter
entamer - start; broach, institute, lead; set, take in; launch, embark
exigu - exiguous, small, slight
doter - endow, endue; grant, provide
maculer - v. maculate, stain; mackle, smear, smudge
mitrailleuse - machine gun, mitrailleuse
secouer - v. shake up, jolt; rock, shake; jog, jerk
dégoupiller - v. remove the pin from (especially from a grenade)
dorénavant - forth, onward
pourrir - v. rot, corrupt, go bad; taint, decay
adosser - v. stand against
l'arme blanche (f) - n. cold steel
l'acharnement (m) - fierceness, ruthlessness; stubbornness, ferity, fury; hound
le zèbre (m) - n. (Zoology) zebra, type of striped African animal which resembles a horse
la brebis galeuse - adj. black sheep
endolori - adj. sore, painful, hurting
entraver - v. hold up, hamper, obstruct; interrupt, inhibit, impede; blockade, clog, cramp; hurt, damage; delay, detain, deter; fetter, preclude, prevent; shackle, set back, tie up
le gradé (m) - n. officer, commander (Military)
asséner - v. thump
la mâchoire (f) - n. jaw, one or both of the bones which form the framework of the mouth, section around the bones of the jaw
taillader - v. slash, chop at
infructueux - adj. fruitless, unfruitful, bootless, unsuccessful
le ravisseur (m) - n. hijacker, kidnapper, abductor; ravisher, captor
ruisselant - adj. streaming
délectable - adj. delectable, delightful
affligeant - adj. woeful, woesome; aggrieved, saddening
risible - adj. laughable, causing laughter, funny; pertaining to laughter; having a tendency to laugh
le coup de grâce - knockout, quietus
empoigner - v. get hold of, grasp, grab; grip, clench; cling, clip, clutch
embobiner - v. get round, bamboozle
valser - v. waltz, dance to waltz music; move quickly, move with lightness; do something in a relaxed and easy way
la tuyauterie - n. piping, tubing, plumbing
satané - adj. devilish, cursed, accursed, deuced
le toubib - (Slang) doctor
se chamailler - v. bicker, hassle, squabble, wrangle
la trêve - truce, intermission
saupoudrer - v. sprinkle, dust, scatter, powder, dredge
la collation - small or light meal; comparison or criticism (of literary works)
l'ours en peluche (m) - teddy bear
figé - adj. deadpan, expressionless
le gisement - n. deposit, tract
déboussoler - v. bamboozle, confuse, disorientate
assoupi - adj. dozing, sleeping; numbed
dévier - v. deviate, veer, deflect, skew, break, stray
outrepasser - v- exceed
le vestiaire - cloakroom, dressing room, checkroom
raide - tough, rigid, tight; stiff, starchy; abrupt, precipitous, steep
la prime - bonus, gift; premium; gratuity
l'encombre - without incident ?
intérioriser - v. interiorize, internalize, incorporate within
la poisse - bad luck
le cocotier - coconut palm
la bosse - bump, lump, hump; bunch, hunch; knob, dent
la charrette - tumbrel, cart, trap
affalé - sprawling
pâteux - pasty, thick
la chaloupe - launch, ship, jolly boat, pinnace, boat
miteux - shabby, seedy; mangy, miserable; slight, slim
bredouille - adj. empty-handed
entasser - v. pile up, heap up; pile, overstock; wedge in; supercharge
le roulis - n. roll
frêle - adj. frail, feeble; puny, slight
sombrer - v. founder, sink
rebrousser chemin - v. retrace one's steps
la ruée - run, rush, scramble, dash
faire naufrage - v. wreck, be shipwrecked
le deuil - bereavement, mourning, black
refouler - v. drive back, repulse, back up; repress, press back, suppress; fight down, stamp down; gulp, hamper
muter - v. shift, transfer
Nekheny - Nekheny est une divinité qui fut très tôt confondu avec Horus, le dieu faucon le plus important, pour donner Hor Nekheny. Mais il est très difficile de determiner chez ce dieu quelles sont les attributs d'Horus et ceux de Nekheny. C'est une divinité guerrière, qui fut alors identifié à Harendotes. C'est également l'aspect d'Horus qui offre à la monarchie ses esprits transfigurés pour former “Les Âmes de Nekhen” ; les rois défunts se confondaient avec ces entités mythiques et adoptaient alors l'aspect du chien Oupuouaut. Hor Nekheny est également mentionné dans les Textes des Pyramides. Il est représenté sous les traits d'un homme à tête de faucon, portant deux hautes plumes ou la couronne blanche de la Haute Egypte. Il peut être également représenté sous la forme d'un faucon.
Mastaba (Arabic) - Bench; a long, low oblong ancient Egyptian structure, with sloping sides and flat top, used as a mortuary chapel and place for depositing offerings; it generally covered a sepulchral pit which led to the burial chamber, where the mummy was placed. "These tombs of the ancients were symbolical like the rest of their sacred edifices, and . . . this symbology points directly to the septenary division of man. But in death the order is revered; and while the Mastaba with its scenes of daily life painted on the walls, its table of offerings, to the Larva, the ghost, or 'Linga-Sarira,' was a memorial raised to the two Principles and Life which has quitted that which was a lower trio on earth; the Pit, the Passage, the Burial Chambers and the mummy in the Sarcophagus, were the objective symbols raised to the two perishable 'principles,' the personal mind and Kama, and the three imperishable, the higher Triad, now merged into one. This 'One' was the Spirit of the Blessed now resting in the Happy Circle of Aanroo" (TG 209). During the reigns of Userkaf and Men-kau-Heru (5th dynasty) the mastaba was surmounted with a pyramidal structure, erected in honor of Ra.
Iolaus - ancient Greek hero, the nephew, charioteer, and assistant of Heracles. He was the son of Iphicles, himself mortal half brother of Heracles by the same mother.
Herodotus - Herodotus Greek historian of the 5th century BC, often called the "father of history," born in Halicarnassus in Asia Minor. He traveled over most of the known world of his time, and his great work is a history of the Persian War with Greece (500 to 4799 BC), containing also much information on the knowledge of peoples surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
Daedalus - The Athenian Daedalus, son of Metion and the grandson of Erechtheus 1, was a famous architect, inventor, and craftsman. Among his inventions and creations were the wooden cow he constructed for the queen Pasiphae, the Labyrinth at Knossos, artificial wings for himself and his son Icarus, and he was even said to have invented images. His homeland was Athens. For a short time, his apprentice was his sister's son Perdix. When Daedalus feared that the boy would surpass him in talent, he murdered the boy by tossing him from the Acropolis of Athens. He was then tried at the Areopagus and banished from the city. He fled to Crete, where he began to work at the court of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae, in the magnificent palace of Knossos. There he constructed a wooden cow for the queen to hide in to satisfy her amorous longings for a white bull sent by Poseidon, and by which she became pregnant with the Minotaur. When the Minotaur was born, Daedalus built the Labyrinth to contain the monstrous half-man, half-bull. For years Minos demanded a tribute of youths from Athens to feed the creature. Eventually, the hero Theseus came to Crete to attempt to slay the Minotaur. Ariadne, daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, fell in love with Theseus and asked Daedalus to help him. Daedalus gave her a flaxen thread for Theseus to tie to the door of the Labyrinth as he entered, and by which he could find his way out after killing the monster. Theseus succeeded, and escaped Crete with Ariadne. Minos, enraged at the loss of his daughter, shut Daedalus and his son Icarus into the Labyrinth. To escape, Daedalus built wings for himself and Icarus. They successfully flew from Crete, but Icarus' wings melted when he flew too close to the sun, and he drowned in the sea. Daedalus buried his son and continued to Sicily, where he came to stay at the court of Cocalus. Minos then went in pursuit of Daedalus, hoping to trick the great inventor into revealing himself. At each city he visited, Minos offered a reward to whomever could thread a spiral seashell. Eventually, Minos came to Camicus in Sicily and presented the contest at Cocalus' court. Cocalus knew of Daedalus' talents, and gave the shell to him. The clever Daedalus tied the string to an ant, place the ant at one end of the shell, and allowed the ant to walk through the spiral chambers until it came out the other end. When Minos saw that someone had solved the puzzle, he demanded that Cocalus surrender Daedalus. Cocalus promised to do so, but he persuaded Minos to take a bath and stay for some entertainment. Minos agreed, and was murdered by Cocalus' daughters. The Athenians thought that a figure of such manifest intelligence and ingenuity had to be Athenian, and so they contrived a geneology whereby Daedalus was the son of Metion, son the Erechtheus, the legendary founder of Athens. Daedalus sevrver as something like a patron saint of sculptors.
Apocrypha - Apocrypha [from Greek apokryphos secret] Esoteric, hid, secret; later spurious. First applied to writings regarded as esoteric, for private instruction, and of profounder import than the exoteric writings; but the rise of bogus esoteric schools gradually brought the word into contempt and clothed it with its later meaning of spurious or doubtful.
Badarian culture - Egyptian predynastic cultural phase, first discovered at al-Badari, its type-site, on the east bank of the Nile River in Asyut muhafazah (governorate), Upper Egypt. British excavations there during the 1920s revealed settlements and cemeteries dating to about 4000 BC.
Mandragora - Mandragora (Greek) The mandrake plant; it has somewhat vaguely the shape of a human body, frequently very suggestive in form and posture. It was and still is in some lands much prized, not only for its medicinal virtues as a narcotic, but for use as a philtre or antidote to barrenness; also it could be used by sorcerers in their malefic arts. In the secret catechism of the Druses, the sons of God create men by descending to earth and animating seven mandragoras -- i.e., mannikins.
Enoch - Enoch, Onech hanoch (Hebrew) Initiation or initiated; hence also hierophant. In the Bible (Genesis 4, 5), "there are three distinct Enochs -- the son of Cain, the son of Seth, and the son of Jared; but they are all identical, and two of them are mentioned for the purposes of misleading. The years of only the last two are given, the first one being left without further notice." He is the great grandfather of Noah, and stands for the first subrace of the fifth root-race (BCW 14:86&n).
The prophet Enoch, supposed to have been an antediluvian, was the inventor of learning, letters, and the founder of initiatory rites. Among the Arabs Enoch is commonly called Idris, meaning the wise or learned. Again, "The Kerkes and the Onech stand for a race cycle, and the mystical tree Ababel -- the 'Father Tree' in the Kuran -- shoots out new branches and vegetation at every resurrection of the Kerkes or Phoenix" (SD 2:617). The connection with the phoenix is purely mystical, because just as the phoenix is said to be reborn from its own ashes, thus bringing about a new cycle, so the neophyte during initiation is said to be reborn from the "ashes" of his past self.
Sobek - An Egyptian god who brings fertility from the Nile waters. He symbolized the power of the pharaohs. He is regarded as a son of Neith. The cradle of his cult was el Faiyum, at the ancient border of Upper and Lower Egypt, although his cult was wide-spread. Here, parts of his temples can still be found. One of the towns in that vicinity was called 'Crocodilopolis' by the Greeks. Other centers of his cult later became Kom Ombo and Thebes. Sobek is represented as a crocodile or as a man with the head of a crocodile. On his head he often wore a pair or plumes. Later he was associated with the sun-god Re and is then wearing the solar disc and the uraeus on his crocodile head. His Greek name is Suchos.
Khnum - Khnum, Khnumu, or Khnemu (Egyptian) [from khnem to join, unite] The chief member of the triad of deities revered at Abu or Elephantine, their worship extending from Thebes to Philae. Khnemu was the Father who was in the beginning, who fashioned the first egg from which sprang the sun, raiser up of the heaven upon its four pillars, and supporter of the same in the firmament, builder of gods and men, maker of all things which are, evolver of things which shall be, the source of things which exist. Thus Khnemu is intimately connected with Khepera, perhaps the latter in his active creative functions. His attributes are those of a water deity, one of the recondite cosmic powers in the waters of space; later he become associated with the Nile god, Hapi, taking on the name Hap-ur, and with Nu, the primeval god of the watery abyss or space. But at Abu he united the characteristics of Ra, Shu, Seb, and Osiris. Even in Christian times his worship flourished, for Gnostic gems bear testimony to his popularity. Sometimes pictured as a ram-headed deity fashioning a man on a potter's wheel.
Thoth - Thoth, Thot (Greek) Tehuti (Egyptian) Egyptian goddess of wisdom, equivalent to the Greek Hermes, Thoth was often represented as an ibis-headed deity, and also with a human head, especially in his aspect of Aah-Tehuti (the moon god), and as the god of Mendes he is depicted as bull-headed. Although best known in his character of the scribe or recorder of the gods, holding stylus and tablet, this is but another manner of showing that Thoth is the god of wisdom, inventor of science and learning; thus to him is attributed the establishment of the worship of the gods and the hymns and sacrifices, and the author of every work on every branch of knowledge both human and divine. He is described in the texts as "self-created, he to whom none hath given birth; the One; he who reckons in heaven, the counter of the stars; the enumerator and measurer of the earth [cosmic space] and all that is contained therein: the heart of Ra cometh forth in the form of the god Tehuti" -- for he represents the heart and tongue of Ra, reason and the mental powers of the god and the utterer of speech. It has been suggested that Thoth is thus the equivalent of the Platonic Logos. Many are his epithets: his best known being "thrice greatest" -- in later times becoming Hermes Trismegistus.
In The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the deceased must learn to master everything he encounters in the underworld, and does this through the instruction of Thoth, who also teaches the pilgrim the way of procedure. Finally when the deceased reaches the stage of judgment, it is Thoth who records the decree pointed out to him by the dog-headed ape on the balance, the scales of which weigh the heart against the feather. The gods receive the verdict from Thoth, who in turn announce it to Osiris, enabling the candidate to enter the realm of Osiris, as being one osirified.
Thus Thoth is the inner spiritual recorder of the human constitution, who registers and records the karmic experiences and foretells the future destiny of the deceased, showing that each person is judged by himself -- for Thoth here is the person's own higher ego; as regards cosmic space, Thoth is not only the cosmic Logos, but its aspect as the intelligent creative urge inherent in that Intelligence. Thoth was also arbiter of the gods as in the battle between the god of light and the god of darkness, restoring the equilibrium which had been destroyed during the conflict. Similarly in the fights between Horus and Set, when the evil has a temporary ascendancy, Thoth restores harmony. Interestingly,
"Thoth remains changeless from the first to the last Dynasty. . . . the celestial scribe, who records the thoughts, words and deeds of men and weighs them in the balance, liken him to the type of the esoteric Lipikas. His name is one of the first that appears on the oldest monuments. He is the lunar god of the first dynasties, the master of Cynocephalus -- the dog-headed ape who stood in Egypt as a living symbol and remembrance of the Third Root-Race" (TG 331).
Seker - The Egyptian god of the Memphis necropolis, and a funerary god. In the Old Kingdom, Seker came to be regarded as a manifestation of the dead Osiris at Abydos in Upper Egypt. Also during this time, he came to be syncretized with Ptah as Ptah-Seker, in which form he took the lioness goddess Sakhmet as his consort. In the Middle Kingdom, the three were sometimes merged in the form Ptah-Seker-Osiris. As god of the necropolis, Seker is also the patron of the craftsmen who are put to work there. He was associated with the manufacture of various objects used in embalming and in funerary rituals. He also played a prominent role at Thebes where he was depicted on the royal tombs. An important annual festival was held in his honor at Thebes. The festival celebrated the resurrection of Osiris in the form of Seker and the continuity of the Egyptian monarchy. At this festival his image was carried in an elaborate boat known as the henu. (A depiction of such a festival can be found on the walls of an inner court of the temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu, mid 12th century BCE.) Seker is portrayed in human form with the head of a hawk. He is called Socharis by the Greeks.
Wepwawet - The ancient Egyptian jackal god of war and the funerary cult. He was a cemetary god at Asyut (Siut). His name means "opener of the ways"; he opened the ways for the armies of the Pharaos and for the spirits of the dead. He was depicted on the shedshed, the standard which led the armies to the battlefields. Wepwawet originated in Upper Egypt, but symbolized the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. He was worshipped as the god of death in Abydos, where he led the processions at the feasts of Osiris. His Greek name is Ophois.
Min - An ancient Egyptian fertility god, and one of the most popular deities. He is also a god of creating, vegetation, and the patron of travelers and caravans in the eastern desert. Min was preeminently a god of male sexuality, and in the New Kingdom (1567-1085 BCE) he was honored in the coronation rites of the pharaohs to ensure their sexual vigor and the production of a male heir. In addition to his role in coronation rites, Min was honored in harvest festivals during which offerings of lettuce and sheaves of wheat. Lettuce was one of his attributes, as some sort of aphrodisiac.He was originally worshipped at Koptos and Akhmim, but later his cult spread throughout the entire realm. Min was portrayed wearing a feathered crown and holding his erect penis with his left hand. In his raised right hand he holds a flail. He is sometimes given as either the son or the consort of Isis.The Greeks equated him with their god Pan and named the city of Akhmin Panopolis.
Nekhen - Hierakonpolis (http://ancientneareast.tripod.com/Hierakonpolis.html)
Inanna - Inanna is the most important goddess of the Sumerian pantheon in ancient Mesopotamia. She is a goddess of love, fertility, and war. Inanna figures prominently in various myths, such as 'Inanna's descent to the underworld'. In this particular myth she travels to the realm of the dead and claims its ruling. However, her sister Ereshkigal, who rules the place, sentences her to death. With Inanna's death, however, nature died with her and nothing would grow anymore. Through the intervention of the god Enki she could be reborn if another person took her place. She choose her beloved consort Dumuzi, who would from then on rule the underworld every half year. Inanna is regarded as a daughter of the sky-god An, but also of the moon-god Nanna. A variation of her name is Ninnanna, which means 'queen of the sky'. She is also called Ninsianna as the personification of the planet Venus. Inanna is portrayed as a fickle person who first attracts men and then rejects them. She is depicted as richly dressed goddess or as a naked woman. Her symbol is the eight-pointed star. Important sanctuaries of Inanna were in Uruk, Zabalam, and Babylon. The Akkadians called her Ishtar.
Ram - The English word ram and the Latin aries contain the Aryan root ar or ra, so common in names denoting the masculine, fiery, and creative aspect of nature, seen in the word Aryan itself. In the zodiac of the fifth root-race the sign of the ram leads off, and in astrology is called a fiery, cardinal sign, the house of Mars (Ares), as well as the house of exaltation of the sun (Ra). The symbol of Aries is a ram's horns, and it corresponds with the head in the human anatomy. Ram's horns on the head of a hieroglyphic figure usually denote that an initiate is meant. The symbol of a ram's head and horns is, however, often phallic, a symbol of generative power, though this can be but a degradation of its original meaning. Sphinxes with ram's heads, called criosphinxes, are said to represent the period of the equinoctial points passing through the sign Aries of the celestial zodiac, following upon the age when the bull was the sign.
Egyptian deities with heads of rams, "are solar, and represent under various aspects the phases of generation and impregnation. Their ram's heads denote this meaning, a ram ever symbolizing generative energy in the abstract, while the bull was the symbol of strength and the creative function" (TG 82).
Ennead - The group of the nine chief deities of the Osirian cycle in ancient Egyptian myth. They are Atum, Shu, Tefnut, Seb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephthys. The term is also frequently used in Egyptian texts to denote the divine council of gods and goddesses in general.
Atmu - Atum (Egyptian) [from tem to make an end of, complete] Also Tem, Tum, Temu. A form of the sun god, represented as bringing the day to its close, thus associated with the evening sun -- whether of our ordinary day, or of the ending of a manvantara. "I am the god Tem, the maker of the sky, the creator of things which are, who cometh forth from the earth, who made the seed of man to come into being, the Lord of things, who fashioned the gods, the Great Gods, who created himself, the Lord of Life, who made to flourish the Two Companies of the Gods. . . . My coming is like unto that god who eateth men, and who feedeth upon the gods" (Egyptian Book of the Dead, Budge 258-60).
The Egyptian god Tem is connected by Blavatsky with fohat, for Tem is "spoken of as the Protean god who generates other gods and gives himself the form he likes; the 'master of life' 'giving their vigour to the gods' (chapter lxxiv.) He is the overseer of the gods, and he 'who creates spirits and gives them shape and life'; he is 'the north wind and the spirit of the west'; and finally the 'Setting Sun of Life,' or the vital electric force that leaves the body at death, wherefore the defunct begs that Toum [Tem] should give him the breath from his right nostril (positive electricity) that he might live in his second form" (SD 1:673-4). (Rakefet)
Atum - The primeval Egyptian sun god and creator of the world. He is the evening aspect of the sun, representing the setting sun. Later he was syncretized with Re as the god Atum-Re. According to the myths, he was the first substance (a hill) who emerged from the primeval waters. Amut created the deities Shu and Tefnut from his spittle or from his semen in the act of masturbation.Atum was especially worshipped at Heliopolis, where he was the head of the Ennead cult. He was represented by the black bull Mnewer, who bore the sun disk and uraeus between its horns. As the father of the pharaoh, he played an important part in the coronation rites. Atum was depicted as old man symbolizing the setting sun, but he also appeared also a snake, a scarab, and a mangust (pharaoh hat). The snake, bull, lion, lizard and ichneumon are his sacred animals.The Memphite creation myth stated that Atum was conceived in the heart of Ptah and was created by his word. Literally, "he who completes, or perfects". Encyclopedia Mythica
Shu (Egyptian) [from shu dry, parched] The Egyptian god of light, popularly associated with heat and dryness, and the ethereal spaces existing between the earth and the vault of the sky; often depicted as holding up the sky with his two hands, one at the place of sunrise, the other of sunset. The phonetic value of shu is the feather, which is the symbol of this deity, and appears above his headdress. Shu is manifest during the day in the beams of the sun, and at night in the beams of the moon; the solar disk is his home. He is likewise one of the chief deities of the underworld, the gate of the pillars of Shu (tchesert) marking the entrance to this region, the pillars representing the four cardinal points said to hold up the sky. Although the twin brother of Tefnut -- often alluded to as the twin lion-deities -- Shu is more often represented with Seb and Nut (deities of cosmic space and of its garment of ethereal substance) in his position of holding up the sky, because in theosophical terminology cosmic light as well as cosmic intelligence (the Logos) is born from Brahman and pradhana, or parabrahman and mulaprakriti.
Shu on the smaller scale is solar energy (SD 1:360). (Rakefet)
Shu -The embodiment of the sky. In the Ennead of Heliopolis he is the son of Atum and brother-husband of Tefnut. He was one of the first deities to be created by Atum, either from his semen or the muscus of his notrils. With Tefnut he became the father of Nut (the sky) and Seb (the earth). He raised the body of his daughter high above the earth and separated thus heaven and earth. The connection of Atum and Re, as Atum-Re, makes Shu a 'son of Re' and as such the brother of the Egyptian king (who calls himself a 'son' as well. Shu is depicted in human form wearing an ostrich feather (the hieroglyph for his name), with his arms raised to support Nut above the supine form of her brother Geb. (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Tefnut (Egyptian) [from tef to be moist] Egyptian goddess inseparably connected with her twin brother Shu, being brought forth by the sun god Tem (later known as Ra). Tefnut was the goddess of moisture, of the gentle rain and soft wind. She is represented as a woman wearing upon her head the solar disk, or more often with the head of a lioness. Thus, Tefnut is the clothing or garment of Shu as pradhana is to Brahman or mulaprakriti is to parabrahman. (Rakefet)
Tefnut -The personified goddess of moisture in Egyptian mythology. Together with her consort Shu (Air) she was produced by Re from his own body by masturbation. By Shu she became the mother of Seb (Earth) and Nut (Sky).The name of Tefnut in hieroglyphs. (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Seb (Egyptian) One of the older Egyptian deities, the son of Shu and Tefnut, brother and husband of Nut, father of Osiris and Isis, Set and Nephthys. A goose (seb) was held sacred to the god. One popular legend states that Seb first appeared flying through the air in the form of a goose -- reminiscent of the Sanskrit kala-hansa (bird of eternity). Seb was the vitalizing divinity of cosmic space, often called earth: the earth was described as being formed of Seb's cosmic body, and hence was in turn called the house of Seb. Being so closely associated with the earth, through popular misunderstanding he was regarded as the custodian of the dead in their tombs, and therefore held a prominent place in the scenes of the Underworld depicted in The Book of the Dead.
Heliopolis was the principal seat of his worship, it being held that at that spot, with his consort Nut, he produced the great Egg of Space, out of which emerged the sun god in the shape of a phoenix (bennu). Because of this he was styled the Great Cackler. Another of his titles was Erpat (chief of the gods), as he is more like the Hindu parabrahman than even Brahma, and hence the womb of cosmic being. A favorite representation of Seb is that of a prostrated man, one hand pointing to heaven, the other to earth -- the prostrated form representing the earth -- over whom bends a woman, Nut, her body being spangled with stars -- representing the sky. In Gerald Massey's series of seven principles of the Egyptians, Seb is enumerated as the fifth (ancestral soul) (SD 2:632). In the individual person Seb stands for the reincarnating ego or monadic root with its accumulated wisdoms of each human imbodiment, and hence the source and urgent impulse for future imbodiments. "Manas corresponds precisely with Seb, the Egyptian fifth principle, for that portion of Manas, which follows the two higher principles, is the ancestral soul, indeed, the bright, immortal thread of the higher Ego, to which clings the Spiritual aroma of all the lives or births" (SD 2:632n). (Rakefet)
Seb - As the son of Shu and Tefnut, Seb was the Egyptian earth god. He was masculine, contrasting with the tradition that the guardian of the earth was usually female. Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephthys were his children and he was brother and husband to Nuit. In early Egyptian history, Seb was known as Geb or Keb, but in later forms of the language it became Seb. Seb’s sacred animal and symbol was the goose; he was often referred to as the “Great Cackler.” His skin was either green or black. The green represented the the color of living things and the black was the color of the fertile Nile mud. It was believed that Seb imprisoned wicked souls, so they couldn’t ascend to heaven. (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Nut - (Egyptian) Also Noot, Noun, Nout, Nu. Goddess of the sky or cosmic space -- whether of the solar system or the galaxy -- daughter of Shu and Tefnut, wife of Seb (the cosmic earth or outspread space), mother of Osiris and Isis, and of Set and Nephthys or Neith; the heavens personified. Some manuscripts distinguish between Nut, the day sky, and Naut, the night sky, although the two are but lower and higher aspects of one cosmic divinity. Her attributes partake of those of the other nature goddesses in the Egyptian pantheon: she is addressed as Lady of Heaven, who gave birth to all the gods. The favorite representation of Nut is of a woman bending so that her body forms a semicircle -- a part of the endless circle of space -- upon which the stars are portrayed, while her consort, Seb, prostrate beneath her, completes the circle. Again, the solar boat is represented sailing up over the lower limbs, in order to pursue its journey over the day sky; and sailing down her arms to complete its cycle in the night sky.
Nut is an important goddess of the Underworld and figures largely in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. She is one of the twelve deities who judge the deceased. Her office was to supply food and water, enabling the one entering the Underworld (Tuat) to rise in a renewed body, even as Ra, the sun god, arose from the egg produced by Seb and Nut. Thus, wherever possible, the sarcophagus had the figure of the goddess represented upon it, her protective wings spread over the deceased, her hands holding the emblems of celestial water and air. "was the designation given to the Supreme deity (third logos) by Anaxagoras. Taken from Egypt where it was called Nout, it was adopted by the Gnostics for their first conscious AEon which, with the Occultists, is the third logos, cosmically, and the third 'principle' (from above) or manas, in man. . . .
"In the Pantheon of the Egyptians it meant the 'One-only-One,' because they did not proceed in their popular or exoteric religion higher than the third manifestation which radiates from the Unknown and the Unknowable, the first unmanifested and the second logoi in the esoteric philosophy of every nation. The Nous of Anaxagoras was the Mahat of the Hindu Brahma, the first manifested Deity -- 'the Mind or Spirit self-potent'; this creative Principle being of course the primum mobile of everything in the Universe -- its Soul and Ideation" (TG 234).
Some of the most abstract attributes connected with Nut place her at times as the Second Logos; but because the Second contains the Third Logos, and therefore the Mother being in a sense identical with her Daughter, it follows that not infrequently the attributes of Nut place her as the higher portion of the Third Logos. (Rakefet)
Nut - The ancient Egyptian sky-goddess, one of the Ennead of Heliopolos. She is the personification of the sky and of the heavens, the daughter of Shu and Tefnut.Nu was the barrier separating the forces of chaos from the ordered cosmos in this world. The god Re was said to enter her mouth after setting in the evening and travel through her body during the night to be reborn from her vulva each morning. She also swallows the stars and have them reborn later. In the death cult she plays a part in the resurrection of the dead; she is portrayed on the inside of the lids of the sarcophagi. The pharaoh was said to enter her body after death, from which he would later be resurrected. As sky-goddess Nut was portrayed as a naked woman covered with painted stars, held up by Shu. Thus she forms the firmament above her husband Seb, the earth. Her fingers and toes were believed to touch the four cardinal points or directions. The principal sanctuary of Nut was at Heliopolis. (Encyclopedia Mythica)
Osiris (Greek) As-ar, Us-ar (Egyptian) The most famous deity of the Egyptian pantheon, corresponding to Zagreus-Bacchus of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In Plutarch's On Isis and Osiris, Osiris is represented as the son of Nut, space and primordial matter (equivalent to the Greek Rhea) by Seb, celestial fire (Kronos). He became king of Egypt, teaching the people the worship of the gods, and husbandry, and formulating laws. His brother Set, filled with envy, brought about his destruction. Isis, his distraught wife, set out in search of the body, and finally recovered it. But Set then dismembered the body into fourteen pieces, scattering them over Egypt, of which Isis recovered all but one.
After meeting with death on earth Osiris became resurrected, and then became the ruler of the other world (Khenti-Amentet). His death and resurrection depict the drama of the initiation chamber which is one interpretation of glorification or osirification of the defunct human, as mystically portrayed in the Book of the Dead.
Cosmologically, Osiris is the Third Logos, containing in himself the seeds of all things and beings in the universe to be unrolled from the Logos: "the self-existent and self-creative god, the first manifesting deity (our third Logos), identical with Ahura Mazda and other 'First Causes.' For as Ahura Mazda is one with, or the synthesis of, the Amshaspends, so Osiris, the collective unit, when differentiated and personified, becomes Typhon, his brother, Isis and Nephtys his sisters, Horus his son and his other aspects. . . . The four chief aspects of Osiris were -- Osiris-Phtah (Light), the spiritual aspect; Osiris-Horus (Mind), the intellectual manasic aspect; Osiris-Lunus, the 'Lunar' or psychic, astral aspect; Osiris-Typhon, Daimonic, or physical, material, therefore passional turbulent aspect. In these four aspects he symbolizes the dual ego -- the divine and the human, the cosmico-spiritual and the terrestrial" (TG 243).
Osiris' place in cosmological mythology is seen to be that of the cosmic creator; thus on a more abstract scale Osiris is equivalent to the svabhavat of Buddhist thought. As in other archaic religions and philosophies, when Osiris is considered as an individual divinity, he becomes the cosmic source from which flow forth in hierarchical series of emanations the gradually descending groups of the hierarchy of Light; and from this aspect he is the chief of all initiates of the right-hand path, who thus trace their spiritual ascendance and origin directly to the Third Logos itself. (Rakefet)
Osiris - Osiris was the Egyptian god of the underworld, although he was also worshipped as a fertility, resurrection, and vegetation god. He was married to Isis, a sky goddess. He was father to Horus, the god of sky, and protector of the dead. Osiris was killed by his brother Seth, who shut his body in a chest and threw it into the Nile, where it washed up onto the shore and was trapped in a huge tree. The King Byblos turned it into a pillar in his palace. Isis (who had been searching for her husband) discovered the trunk, and retrieved the trunk and the body. While Isis was away, Seth found the body, and chopped it up into many pieces, and scattered them throughout Egypt. Isis and her sister, Nephthys, found the pieces and made wax models of them to give to priests to be worshipped. When they found all of his pieces, they were so sad they wailed loudly enough for Re, the father god, to have pity on them. He sent Anubis and Thoth to help. They mummified Osiris, and put his body in a lion headed pier. Isis changed into a kite and fanned breath into Osiris. He was not allowed to stay in the land of the living, and was sent to the underworld to serve as king, and to judge the souls of the dead.
Isis - Isis (Greek) Ast (Egyptian) Chief goddess of the Egyptian popular pantheon, daughter of Seb and Nut. Generally portrayed bearing the papyrus scepter and the ankh, wearing the vulture headdress with the uraeus on her forehead from which rose a pair of horns (either cow's or ram's) encircling the solar disk: the horns represented mystic nature and the moon (SD 2:31). Her attributes pertain to the Great Mother, the personification of concrete nature, giving birth to and nourishing all things, portrayed by ancient artists as the mother suckling her babe.
The mythological aspect stresses the dutiful mother and faithful wife. Her sorrow upon the death of her husband, Osiris, as well as her wanderings in search of his body, are very similar to those of the Greek nature goddess Demeter searching for her daughter Persephone. To Isis is also attributed the knowledge of the potency of mantras, with which she revivifies her poisoned son, Horus.
Osiris, Isis, and Horus form the Egyptian triad of Father-Mother-Son. Isis is credited with the characteristics of most of the other goddesses of the pantheon, but her chief attribute of producer and giver of life is manifested even in the underworld, where her help sustains the deceased. The symbol of Isis in the heavens was the star Sirius.
Isis - One of the most popular goddesses in Egypt. Isis belongs to the Ennead of Heliopolis, and according to the Heliopolitan genealogy is a daughter of Seb and Nut, sister and wife of Osiris. Possibly she was originally the personification of the throne (her name is written with the hieroglyph for throne), and as such she was an important source of the pharaoh's power. In the Hellenistic time Isis was the protrectress of sailors. In the Osiris myths she searched for her husband's body, who was killed by her brother Seth. She retrieved and reassembled the body, and in this connection she took on the role of a goddess of the dead and of the funeral rights. Isis impregnated herself from the Osiris' body and gave birth to Horus in the swamps of Khemnis in the Nile Delta. Here she raised her son in secret and kept him far away from Seth. Horus later defeated Seth and became the first ruler of a united Egypt. Isis, as mother of Horus, was by extension regarded as the mother and protectress of the pharaoh's. She was worshipped as the divine mother-goddess, faithful consort of Osiris, and dedicated mother of Horus. Isis was depicted as a woman with the solar disk between the cow horns on her head (an analogy with the goddess Hathor) or crowned with a thrown, but also with the child Horus sitting on her lap. A vulture was sometimes seen incorporated in her crown. Also she was sometimes depicted as a kite above the mummified body of Osiris. Isis' popularity lasted far into the Roman era. She had her own priests and many temples were erected in her honor. On the island of Philae in the Nile delta her largest temple was situated (it was transferred to the island Agilkia in 1975-1980). The name Isis was understood by Plutarch as meaning 'Knowledge'.
The story of Isis and Osiris
Set - Set or Seth (Egyptian) According to the Heliopolitan mythology, the son of Seb and Nut, is the brother of Osiris, Isis, and Nephthys; and the father of Anubis by Nephthys. In later times he became associated with Typhon. The attributes of the god underwent several changes: he is described as very closely connected with Aroeris (Heru-ur or Horus the Elder), his chief office being that of helper and friend to the deceased; in this association a twin-god is pictured, having the hawk head of Horus (light) and the Set animal (darkness) upon one human body. Furthermore, Horus was the god of the sky by day, while Set was god of the sky by night: in this sense were they opposite yet identic deities in earliest times, one the shadow of the other.
Later the mythological account describes warlike combats between the two. Horus popularly represented the bright, upward motion of the sun -- resulting in spring and summer; Set represented the downward motion, the mythologic account dwelling upon the fact that Set stole the light from the sun, resulting in autumn and winter. The combats engaged in by Set are rendered in four themes: against Horus, resulting in night coming upon day; against Ra, the sun god; against his brother, Osiris, resulting in the latter's death; and against Horus the Younger who was striving to avenge the death of his father, Osiris. In the fight between Osiris and Set (or Typhon), Typhon is in one sense the shadow, and hence the material aspect of Osiris, "Osiris is the ideal Universe, Siva the great Regenerative Force, and Typhon the material portion of it, the evil side of the god, or the Destroying Siva" (TG 90).
In late dynastic times, all forms of evil and darkness were attributed to Set as well as all the storms of nature. His kingdom was placed in the northern sky in the constellation of the Great Bear -- the north being designated as the realm of darkness, originally mystically meaning the darkness of recondite spirit. When Typhon or Set is allied with earth and matter, these refer not to physical matter but to the body of space itself, the garments or wraps of space, and hence the clothing of the inscrutable darkness of spirit which is boundless light. (Rakefet)
Seth - The ancient Egyptian god of chaos, the embodiment of hostility and even of outright evil. He is also a god of war, deserts, storms, and foreign lands. As the god of deserts he protects the caravans which travel through the desert, but he also causes sandstorms which bring him into conflict with the fertility god Osiris. The two are adversaries and in the Osiris myths, Seth killed his brother and scattered the remains all over Egypt. Seth belongs to the Ennead of Heliopolis and is the son of Geb and Nut (or Re and Nut). He is the brother of Osiris, Isis, and Nephthys, who is sometimes given as his consort, although Seth is more commonly associated with the foreign, Semitic goddesses Astarte and Anat. During the 3rd millenium BCE Seth replaced Horus as the tutelary deity of the pharaohs, but the story of Osiris' murder gained currency and Horus was restored to his original status. The war that followed lasted eighty years, during which Seth tore out Horus' left eye and Horus tore off Seth's foreleg and testicles. Eventually, Horus emerged victorious, or was deemed the victor by the council of the gods, and thus became the rightful ruler of the kingdoms of Lower and Upper Egypt. Seth was forced to return the eye of Horus and was either castrated or killed. In other versions he went to live with the sungod Re, where he became the voice of thunder. In the Book of the Dead, Seth is called "Lord of the Northern Sky" and is held responsible for storms and cloudy weather. Despite his reputation, Seth has some good characteristics. He protects the sun barge of Re during its nightly journey through the underworld and he fights the snake-like monster Apep. On the other hand, he was a peril for ordinary Egyptians in the underworld, where he was said to seize the souls of the unwary. Seth was portrayed as a man with the head of undeterminable origin, although some see in it the head of an aardvark. He had a curved snout, erect square-tipped ears and a long forked tail. He was sometimes entirely in animal form with the body similar to that of a greyhound. Animals sacred to this god where the dog, the jackal, the gazelle, the donkey, the crocodile, the hippopotamus, and the pig. There was an important sanctuary at Ombos in Upper Egypt, his reputed birthplace, and considered to be the home of his cult. This cult was also prominent in the north-eastern region of the Nile delta. The Greeks equated him with their Typhon.
Nephthys - Nephthys (Greek) Nebt-Het (Egyptian) Lady of the house; an Egyptian deity, especially associated with the Underworld. Generally regarded as the daughter of Seb and Nut, sister of Osiris, Isis, and Set. In earliest times she is always Set's consort, giving birth of Anubis (Anpu). But more often she is mentioned with Isis, as the faithful sister. She was the personification of darkness; while Isis symbolized birth, growth, development, and vigor, Nephthys typified death, immobility, and the fountain of all. As in the case of Mut and Hathor, the darkness spoken of was the darkness of spirit as the womb of cosmic space, and hence the association of her name and attributes with death and the afterlife -- death being the reservoir of all that has lived, and therefore the fountain of all that shall live in the future, the reproductions of the former. Isis represented the part of the world that is visible -- hence the light or manifested part or day; Nephthys, or Neith, the part which is invisible -- hence mystical, holy, and everlasting night, the precursor of day, and dark only because its mysteries in their fullness are utterly inscrutable to human intelligence. Thus one was associated with the things which are in manifestation, the other with those which are to come, or which forever are and produce what is to come.
Nephthys - The "Mistress of the House" (Nebet-het or Nebt-het in the Egyptian Language), Nephthys is the "Friend of the Dead," and is first mentioned in Old Kingdom funerary literature as riding the "night boat" of the underworld, meeting the deceased king's spirit and accompanying him into "Lightland." Her hair is metaphorically compared to the strips of cloth which shroud the bodies of the dead.
Nephthys is almost universally depicted as a woman with the hieroglyphic symbols of her name (a basket and a house, stacked on top of each other) situated atop her head, though she can also be depicted as a bird (most often a kite or some other form of falcon/hawk). She was associated with funerary rituals throughout ancient Egyptian history and was venerated not as Death itself, but as the companion who gives guidance to the newly deceased, and as a Lady With Wings who comforts the deceased's living relatives. Nephthys is in most myths the youngest daughter of Nut, sister of Isis and Osiris and the sister-consort of Seth. In later periods Nephthys is also considered to be the mother of Anubis, a primordial form of the lord of the dead who later became subservient to Osiris in the Egyptian cultic myth. Nephthys had connections with life as well as death -- she stood at the head of the birth-bed to comfort and assist the mother giving birth (while her sister, Isis, stood at the foot to midwife the child).
To our current Egyptological knowledge, Nephthys did not have her own cult or temples in Egypt until the Ptolemaic-Roman period; however, as her name is merely a title (the same title given to the eldest woman in any ancient Egyptian household), it is possible that Nephthys may be a specialized form of another goddess; probable candidates include Bat (as she is called the "Lady of Het," or "Nebt-het") and Neith (with whom Nephthys is paired in the canopic shrine quadrants, as Isis is with Serket, who is sometimes seen to be an aspect of Isis. Neith's being the "eldest of goddesses," along with her connection with weaving and funerary garments lends credence to this theory, as does the interchangeable depiction of Neith and/or Nephthys in symmetrical transposition on a number of Late Period temples.
It's not like I haven't been doing anything else this weekend. I did put in a few hours at work. Well, all of 3 hours. I don't get more. But otherwise the weekend words pretty much are a big part of what I was up to this weekend. On that subject thanks the weekend enablers: to C and Dr. S. for connecting historical dots and to ximene_xuxa for making sense of that maddening language you call English.
Originally this entry had another cut- tag, about how things are in decision land, but aparently there is a length limit to lj entries and I was reaching it mid decision ramble.