“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”

—Haruki Murakami

From Skye Alexander's “Your Goddess Year”

Dates for Inviting Her: November 13-19

As the nights grow longer and the earth closes in on herself during this period of decay and death, we honor Nephthys, the Egyptian goddess of death. But just as we know the earth will reawaken again, Nephthys assures us that our souls too, will be reborn in the after-life and that death is an illusion.

Known as the friend of the dead, Nephthys guided the souls of the deceased into the afterlife and protected them in their transition from one realm to another. Not only did she keep the pharaohs safe during their earthly existence; she also guarded them on their journey into the world beyond. When the tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922, archaeologists found images of the goddess in it. She presided over funeral rites and gave comfort to the bereaved-ordinary individuals as well as royalty.

The goddess is probably best known in Egyptian mythology for assisting her more famous sister, Isis (July 10-16), after Nephthys's jealous husband, Set, killed Isis's husband bored(Set's older brother) Osiris and dismembered him. The two sisters scoured the earth until they managed to collect the pieces of Osiris's body and revive him. According to a 3,000-plus-year-old ritual poem called "The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys", the goddesses petitioned Osiris to return to the physical world, which had fallen

into ruin since his demise.

Nephthys is said to attend funerals and memorial services. You can also sense her presence in cemeteries, where she dispenses peace and solace to those who fear leaving the earthly realm. Here you can receive the wisdom she offers and gains hope concerning your soul's continuity.

Another legend describes Nephthys as a protector deity who makes

sure the sun rises every day-another depiction of light and darkness as representations of life and death. According to the story, she stood to watch each night to prevent a serpent named Apophis from killing the sun god Ra and destroying the earth. Thus, the goddess serves as both a guardian of life on earth and a guide to the hidden realms beyond.

As a traveler between the realms of the living and the dead, Nephthys also was a keeper of mysteries. Occultists who deal with hidden knowledge and witches of many stripes still look to her as a patroness. Her shamanic powers enable her to traverse the many levels of consciousness and worlds beyond worlds. Symbolically, the goddess is said to possess the power to see in the dark, which makes her privy to knowledge that's ordinarily concealed from the rest of us even from her fellow deities.

Have you lost a loved one and wonder whether he or she still lives in some level of being? Are you grieving and long for peace of mind? If so, invite Nephthys to share her knowledge of the world beyond with you. If you fear the inevitable end of earthly existence, ask the goddess to teach you the secrets of life, death, and rebirth. Nephthys can also shine light into hidden areas and offer you power over the darkness that frightens you.

The mythical phoenix that rose from the dead is one of Nephthys's spirit creatures and a symbol of her role as a guide to the afterlife. Legends also put this goddess in the company of hawks and falcons. Birds are known for their keen eyesight, and artists sometimes show her with feathered wings.

With this ritual, you invite Nephthys to assist you in accepting a loss whether it be a person, pet, job, home, or something else. Traditionally, prayers are offered to the goddess at night. You'll need:

A wooden box

Something that symbolizes your loss

An image of an ankh, the Egyptian symbol of life

Myrrh essential oil

A picture of a phoenix

Dead Sea salt

1. In the wooden box, which represents a coffin, place the object that symbolizes your loss.

2. Add a representation of an ankh and dot it with myrrh oil.

3. Add a picture of a phoenix, a symbol of resurrection.

4. Sprinkle some of the sea salt in the box.

5. Close the box and bury it in a place that signifies renewal to you. Sprinkle more sea salt on the grave.

6. As you put your loss to rest, sense Nephthys's energy easing your

suffering, while she simultaneously promises hope for better times


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