CofMagick3-The Hall of the God: Toth

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You stand in the Center Hall of your Temple of the Wise, taking a moment to look around once again at the beauty of your space and the life that is beginning to flow through it. You breathe in deeply taking in the smells of this space, a hint of Myrrh burning and the mixture of wood, marble and more. You visited your Hall of the God some time ago and you are excited to enter this space once again.

You step towards the massive wooden door, noting that there appear to be symbols etched in the wood. You take a moment to look more closely and note that they are Hieroglyphs and fade in and out of sight. You push firmly to open it and look into a space that is adorned with columns and sandy colored stone. Greeting you is a figure that is human and animal. His head is that of an Ibis and his body is strong holding the energy of the space in dominance and power.

He looks at you and you have the sense that this God knows all that is held within your being…

He speaks and the words move through the air, commanding and power-filled…

I am known by many names
And write the wisdom of
The ages within my
Halls.

I pen the words of the other Gods
As they fall from the heavens in
Wisdom and might.

I am God of the Moon and
Stand with Ma’at in her
Hall of order and write
Her decree of judgement
In the weighing of the Heart.

My wisdom held the space
Of time for the those
Five who would weave
Their power of Magick
Life, Death and Re-membering.

I am known as Tehuti and
Hermes Trismegitus.

I am the voice of RA
And the Reckoner of
Times and Seasons.

My wisdom is that of
The heavens and the Aeons
Of creation that are held
In its mysteries.

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We visited last, The Hall of the Goddess and found within it Seshat, consort and equal to Toth as scribe and keeper of Wisdom in her own right. She oversaw the the scrolls and tomes of wisdom that were housed within the Library of Toth.

This versatile and very active God served many roles in the ancient world and his legacy lives on in the many streams of both science and the humanities. His presence extends back to association with the Ogdoad, the eight Deities of  the Egyptian creation stories. The Greeks called the city of the Ogdoad- Hermopolis (City of Hermes), giving the connection of Toth (as the Greek version – Hermes). This transference was easily made as Hermopolis was known to the Egyptians as the City of Khmunu where Toth was its venerated God.

Toth’s presence and power took many forms and his epithets show the metamorphic nature of his worship. Like Seshat, he commanded words and the hidden knowledge contained within them and it was suggested that Toth created himself through the power of words and language.

Hermes, the Greek name given to Toth enhanced the gifts of this messenger God and elevated him to one whose skill of communication was also infused with the Wisdom of the Gods whom he served. A secondary connection to the name Hermes is that of the fabled Hermes-Trismegitus, credited as the father of Hermetics and the ancient wisdom held in the authoring of the Emerald Tablets. It is from these tablets that Hermeticism and many of the Laws, correspondences and magickal workings contained have formed the basis of modern practice.

Toth was considered master of the (“workings”) of the Universe. Because of his role in the creation myths of the Ogdoad, in one version being considered the Creator God who sang the eight deities into creation, his command of the heavens spoke of the mysteries hidden within the darkness of the night and was often considered a Moon God as is referenced below in the story of Horus eye and its restoration by Toth….

“The moon and the sun were initially thought of as the left and right eyes of Horus. According to legend, Horus’ left eye (the moon) was injured in a fight with Set and was restored by Thoth (“the eye of Horus”). However, as time progressed the moon came to be associated with Thoth, possibly because the crescent moon resembled the beak of an Ibis. During the Late period Thoth gained prominence when Khnum (Hermopolis Magna) became the capital. Archeologists found thousands of mummified ibis who were buried with honour in his name.” (J. Hill. Ancient Egypt)

Toth’s skill reached not only into the heavens but also into the Underworld, noting him as scribe and recorder of the deceased deed’s in the Halls of Ma’at; taking the epithet of “He who balances” and Master of Equilibrium”. As “the voice of Ra” Toth represented this God in the afterlife. This was a role that was similarly associated with Seshat, giving support to the Egyptian desire for order and balance of the polarities.

As scribe of the Gods, Toth  was often described as the “Lord of the Divine Body”, “Scribe of the Company of the Gods”, the “voice of Ra” or the “counsellor of Ra” who (along with Ma’at) stood on the sun barge next to Ra on his nightly voyage across the sky.

As a Deity who knew the mysteries of all Magick, it was said that Toth, with the assistance of Anubis, created the first ritual of mummification and helped Isis with the resurrection and re-membering of Osiris. In some ways, the power that Toth wielded was greater than that of the luminaries that dominated the Egyptian pantheon. His wisdom and ability to not only understand, but make practical as well as magickal use of what was taken in was interwoven into many of the prominent stories of the workings of Egyptian Alchemy and Magick.

Be mindful that in wishing to work and establish relationship with these most ancient of Gods, the blessings received will come with great responsibility. These are Deities that hold the accumulated wisdom of Aeons within their scope and Toth is the master of this library.

Every activity that you undertake in some way is related to the mastery of Toth and his skill in all disciplines. The sciences that are the containers of order and structure that hold the potential for manifestation. The arts that are the creative vibrations of science that moves and flows in the breath of newly formed pathways of expression. The language that conveys the desire of mind and heart to create and the simple and complex mechanics of a body in action infused with its own library of the ancient mysteries.

These and more were the tools of this Master of Scribes and Magician of life’s inter-workings. Your work is as simple as acknowledging Toth’s magick in you as human form, living, breathing and animating life force. Or it may be a journey of learning and then sharing what has been learned, bringing the power of language, writing and words into the magickal and manifest world.

All Hail Toth!
All Hail Tehuti!

HE who moves the
Fires of the Mind

HE who speaks the
Sacred words of the Gods

HE who stands at the
Threshold and waits
For the Seeker to pierce
The veil of darkened slumber

All Hail Toth!
All Hail Tehuti!

Creator

Quickener

Initiator

HE who awakens

The memory of the SOUL…

Next Week

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the

Hall of Celestial Wisdom

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