May 28, 2010

She Who roars

Posted in Netjeru, Rituals, Songs, Poetry, and Prayers, The Wild Sky at 7:50 am by

Last night, driving home from the gym after work: the windows rolled down in the unexpected coolness of the evening, honeysuckle perfume like the scent of incense layering the air, the horizon ahead dark with stormclouds, like driving into a steadily deepening twilight — and suddenly, Tefnut, lynx-eyed and watchful, powerful, awesome in Her presence in the gathering storm. I’d never thought of Her in connection to storms before — typically that association belongs to Set — but there She was. Maybe it was something about the closeness of the storm: the very low, dark clouds, the cool, flower-scented breeze presaging a humidity-breaking change of weather, the looming shadow of the approaching rain.

And as the storm broke it made me think of the meeting of the Distant Goddess and the one Who seeks Her, of Tefnut and Shu (or Mehyt and Anhur). The wrathful, growling Goddess, the charged air finding its release in the flashes of lightning, like the flash of fiery claws, and then the slow quieting toward Her pacification as the rain falls — the thunderstorm as an encounter, as a love story, both intimate and glorious.

Dua Tefnut! O You Who roar, You are in the living breath of the wind, You are in the night-black shadows beneath the trees, You are in the burning river of gold, the lightning that splits the gray-green sky, turning it to amethyst and rose. Your feet are upon the earth while Your mighty voice resounds in heaven. O Tefnut, release Your waters! May You be at peace, may You come in peace for me — may Shu’s love pacify You, may the cool water and the bright flame pacify You, O Beautiful One Who lives in beauty, O Terrifying One Who is soothed by love.

Dua Tefnut! Nekhtet!


  1. Edward said,

    June 10, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I’d never thought of Her in connection to storms before — typically that association belongs to Set — but there She was.

    The association of Tefnut with rain—not so much the blustery aspect of the storm, to which Seth is more appropriate—but with water from the sky, has been a sort of UPG for me for a while now. There is a certain line of argument one could use to justify it; I’m sure you’ve thought it through yourself. In this context, I think of Shu especially as the wind.

  2. Shefyt said,

    June 11, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I could definitely see that. ^_^

    And I have to say that I was super excited to see your new entry on Horit. More info on Heru-hekenu, squee!

  3. Edward said,

    June 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks! The Horit material was very interesting to me; indeed, absorbing. Given that this text was only edited and translated in 2006, it is like discovering a new Goddess.

    There is probably a bit more material on Hor-hekenu that could be squeezed out of Meeks’ book. I’ll be dipping into that material again whenever I get back to Egyptology, since there are still some loose ends to be tied up; knowing of your interest, I’ll see if I can shake anything loose.

  4. Shefyt said,

    June 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

    That would be fantastic — thank you very much!

    I’m actually very interested in the Delta myths in general, so I’ll definitely be looking forward to anything new you add from your researches. (I loved the story of Nephthys hiding from Set in the water.) Tried to get the book out of the university library myself, even though I don’t read French, on the off chance that I’d be able to make something out, but it wasn’t where it was supposed to be on the shelf. There was just a block of wood wrapped in paper (?) — so maybe the universe is telling me not to waste my time. ^_^

  5. Akhytsenu said,

    July 29, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Mother likes to remind us that She’s not a particularly gentle God. In Her name of the Lion of Today, She encompasses contingency, and the next moment’s becoming this one, and the unpredictability of change. This links Her to Set, Who has same properties, but in my opinion in a different sphere of action.

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