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How to Scry with Hathor

First, who is Hathor??


Other Names: Het-Hert, Hetheru

Patron of: the sky, the sun, the queen, music, dance and the arts.

Appearance: A cow bearing the sun disk between her horns, or a woman in queenly raiment wearing the sun disk and horns on her head. Depictions of her as a woman with a cow's head do not occur until later periods.

Description: Hathor is a very ancient goddess, dating to predynastic times. When dynastic rule began, as Horus was associated with the king, Hathor was with the queen. Her name translates to "The House of Horus," and so she is associated with the royal family. But also, as the entire world could be said to be the House of Horus, Hathor can be seen as the mother-goddess of the whole world, similar to Isis.

Hathor's cult is unusual, as both men and women were her priests (most deities had clerics of the same gender as they). Many of them were artisans, musicians, and dancers who turned their talents into creating rituals that were nothing short of works of art. Music and dance were part of the worship of Hathor like no other deity in Egypt. Hathor herself was the incarnation of dance, and stories were told of how Hathor danced before Ra when he was in despair to cheer him up.

Inspiration was also Hathor's bailiwick, and many would come to the temples of Hathor to have their dreams explained or to beseech her for her aid in creation, much in the same way the Greeks invoked the Nine Muses.

Worship: Worshipped throughout all of Egypt, her cult center was at Dendera in Upper Egypt.

Materials needed for this exercise:

Turquoise beads

A small round mirror

Items of genuine gold

Red votive candles

Rose incense

Rose petals/rose oil/or rose bubble bath

To distance yourself from the everyday world for this special form of scrying, have a bath beforehand in water containing rose petals, rose essential oil or bath essence. Roses are sacred to Hathor.

When dressed, you can if you wish circle round your eyes with turquoise eye shadow, believed in Ancient Egypt to increase the power of the inner clairvoyant eye and ward off all harm. Men as well as women used this method.

Circle the mirror with tiny turquoise crystals or beads, Hathor’s own stone of power or with golden jewellery, the sacred metal of Hathor, for example small gold earrings. You can also use imitation gold or golden coins in the circle, but try to have one piece of genuine gold, however small, in the circle.

Hold the mirror or swivel a table mirror so that if possible the last light is reflected in it.

You can also light red candles, Hathor’s colour, so this light also catches the mirror reflections. In more modern magic, orange and pink have also become her colours.

Light rose incense on either side of the mirror.

Tilt the mirror angle so that you do not see your own face reflected, unless you are seeking to discover yourself in your true light.

Ask a question of Hathor and wait for the images to form either within the mirror or in your mind's eye. Both are equally valid and with practice you can cast the images from your psyche into the mirror.

To do this, visualise the image in a tunnel of light passing from the centre of your brow, the location of the psychic Third Eye, so that the pictures re form within the glass

Alternatively begin by visualising the image you saw in your mind on the surface of your magic mirror, then gradually see it receding deeper within the mirror and becoming three-dimensional.

Either way you may see single images or whole scenes.

As before if you experience difficulty, close your eyes, open them, blink and look at the mirror, naming whatever image you perceive in your mind.

Once you have an image either look away or close your eyes again, open and blink.

Continue until you have evoked five or six consecutive images.

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