The Wicca Book of Days for April 2nd – The Egyptian Ennead

The Wicca Book of Days for April 2nd

The Egyptian Ennead

The Day of Joy of the Ennead was commemorated on April 2 in ancient Egypt, the Ennead being the collective name of the nine gods that were worshipped in Heliopolis. Chief among the Ennead was Re, or Ra, the Sun God, who brought Shu (the God of Air) and Tefnut (the Goddess of Moisture) into being. Shu and Tefnut were the parents of Geb (the God of the Earth) and Nut (the Sky Goddess), who in turn gave birth to Osiris (who eventually became the ruler of the underworld), the great Goddess Isis, their sister, Nepthys, and their evil brother, Set.

Ambiguous April

Some believe that April derives its name from the Roman verb aprire, to open, as buds do at this time of year. Others say that “April” is rooted in aphrilis, or “the month of Aphrodite,” Venus’s Greek equivalent. Either way, give thanks to the Goddess today for April’s blossoms.

Deity of the Day for August 10th is ATUM

ATUM

 

The first of the gods, the self-created. By sheer will, Atum formed himself out of the stagnant waters of Nun. Atum was bisexual and was sometimes called “the great He-She.” The Egyptians had two cosmogonies, one taught by the priests at Heliopolis and the other by the priests at Memphis. The priests at Memphis taught that Nun and Atum, together with Atum’s children Shu and Tefnut, were aspects or forms of Ptah.