Throughout history, in modern times, and across cultures, gods and goddesses have played key roles in people’s beliefs.
They have been and are invoked in prayer and meditation to help a person or society receive wisdom and provide grace in the area overseen by the deity.
This article, and ones that follow, will look at various deities, their roles, and how to invoke them as guides and benefactors. The deity for this article is Horus.
Who is Horus?
Horus was an important ancient Egyptian deity who fulfilled a variety of roles, including God of kingship and the sky. From at least late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt, he was revered. Different versions of Horus have been documented throughout history, and Egyptologists treat them as separate gods. These diverse forms could be different representations of the same multi-layered deity, with different traits or relationships emphasized, not necessarily in antagonism but complementary to one another, as the Ancient Egyptians perceived reality’s many faces. He was frequently shown as a falcon, most likely a peregrine falcon, or as a man wearing a falcon mask.
His Most Famous Symbol, the Eye of Horus
The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol of royal power and protection from deities, specifically Horus or Ra. Horus’ mother, Isis, and other deities related with her are depicted with the sign. This symbol was known as “wedjat” in Egyptian language. It was the eye of Wadjet, one of the earliest Egyptian gods, who was later identified with Bastet, Mut, and Hathor. This emblem began as Wadjet’s all-seeing eye, as she was a solar deity. Hathor is also shown with this eye in early artwork. The Eye of Horus was frequently carved into funerary amulets.
The Wedjat, or Eye of Horus, is “the focal part” of seven bracelets found on Shoshenq II’s mummy, made of gold, faience, carnelian, and lapis lazuli. The Wedjat’s purpose was to “guard the king [here] in the afterlife” as well as fend off evil. To ensure safe sea sailing, Egyptian and Near Eastern sailors would regularly paint the sign on the bow of their ship.
A Modern Take
Here is his card in the oracle deck, Gods and Titans, by Stacey DeMarco:
Horus, from the Keepers Of The Light Oracle Card deck, by Kyle Gray, Artwork by Lily Moses
From the booklet:
About Horus: “Horus is the Egyptian eagle headed God and son/twin flame of the goddess Isis. He is known for his foresight, psychic awareness, and ability to travel between the worlds. He can help us move into the cosmos with our mind, meditations, and prayers so that we can harness the natural magic that surrounds us. He was known for ritual magic in the past, and now he helps to create pockets of energy in the world where we can access light, wisdom, and insight. If you are seeing the symbol of an eye appearing around you, know that Horus is asking you to become aware of how you are influencing the energy around you, and how in turn the energy is influencing you.”
Extended Message from Horus: “You are connected to the Universe and have the ability to manifest miraculous experiences. Your thoughts, words and actions are like magnets drawing the energy that creates and cultivates your world. You have a stellar gateway chakra above your hear, a vortex of energy that is influenced by our own energy. You can place ideas into this vortex to create what you are seeking. The Universe also offers you guidance, abundance, support, and healing based on your capacity to connect to it and accept it. You have a real opportunity to further that connection now by sending prayers and intentions our into the cosmos.”
Why Invoke Horus?
You would choose to invoke Horus when you need to transition or move through a gateway in your life and spiritual journey. You also want to invoke him when you to manifest an outcome and want to do so with “clear vision” and focused intention. Horus is the god you want to help you navigate storms, treacherous circumstances, and questionable relationships.
Horus is also a god to invoke when you need a blessing to get a complicated task done or to see your way to the best conclusion. If what you need to do involves significant choices and outcomes, then Horus is a deity to have guiding you.
Specific Request, Temporary Guide, Council Member
All deities are available to us. Some may prove to be spiritual council members for us, while others serve as temporary guides, or best fulfill a specific request.
You can ask Horus’ guidance for a specific request, such as, “Help me understand how I got myself into this mess and how to get out of it?” Or “Help me move in the direction of my soul purpose”. If you decide to ask for a specific request and he is not a member of your council, then be sure to make a proper sacrifice or payment ahead of or during your request. You may honor him by donating to a falcon sanctuary, like the Carolina Raptor Center.
You can ask him to be a temporary guide through a drawn-out spiritual quest. Any process that will test your spiritual mettle or deepen your insight can be something Horus can help you move through, successfully. The greater the request, the greater the honor, so you might want to purchase and wear his talisman (a falcon or bird of prey on a necklace). Or you might consider getting his eye symbol tattooed on your body, for more permanent access to his power and blessing.
If you recognize that Horus is a member of your council, he does not need to be the head of your council, just a valued member. Much of his invocation deals with specific moments when you need to see clearly, address the truth, and move from one state of being to a higher one.
I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: https://www.blackunykorn.com.
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