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The Egyptian Demonic Calendar A Case Study
Sunday June 27, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Mogg Morgan
The Egyptian Demonic Calendar  A Case Study

The ancient Egyptians recognized three categories of sentient beings: The Ankhew, the Akhew and the Neterew which can be translated as the Living, the Dead and the Gods.

The ancient Egyptians divided the year into 36 weeks of ten days duration, hence ‘decan’ from Greek ‘ten’. In Egypt, as in many other places, the lunar month lasted approximately 30 days, and could therefore be divided into three trimesters, each of ten days, which is a decan or Egyptian ‘week’. Therefore, the entire year had 36 weeks or decans. Each decan is ruled over by particular stars, rising in succession over the course of a year.

Every person is born into this intricate web of stars. The 36 decans are in effect an earlier Egyptian equivalent of the later Greek system of 12 zodiacal signs. The 12 culminating decans are also the equivalent of the 12 ‘houses’. Looking deeper it seems these Egyptian decans were connected with what they called a person’s trifold “soul”, a mysterious mix of the Ba, the Ka and the Akh. The Egyptians, like many cultures, had no generic word for ‘demon’. Although some words, such as Akhew, get very close.  Etymologically, the Greek derived term ‘daemon’ or ‘demon’ means divider or alloter, and from Homer’s time onwards, it referred to an operator of unexpected and intrusive events in a person’s life. Think of it as a guardian spirit, or demon, that became associated with someone at birth. So using all these sources, Mogg Morgan interprets the Demonic calendar  to identify and analyze this ‘demon’ or guardian spirit that influences a person’s inner being from birth, taking a Pisces birth date as an example.

“The third Decan in Pisces is a woman whose hair has been loosened and who wears ornaments bearing the emblem of (the tribe of) abhiiras (cow?). She shrieks, as she is frightened. She stands in the water adorned by troops of spirits having the shapes of jackals, cats, and boars.”

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Mogg Morgan

Demonic CalendarMogg Morgan is a practitioner-cum-scholar of all aspects of occultism. He was a Wellcome research student at Oxford, taught by the late Professor B K Matilal, a widely respected expert on South Asian thought. Over the years he has been exploring the connections between the popular magick of ancient Egypt and its continuation/crossover with the living magical traditions of the middle East, and the Kaula/witchcraft of south Asia and beyond.

He has a particular interest in divination, dream interpretation and oracles, and has experimented widely in using some ancient oracles to address modern queries. Consequently, he sometimes prepares “horoscopes” in the original and authentic Egyptian manner and also uses dice oracles based on Greco-Egyptian and Tantrik sources. He is the author of several books on Egypt, specializing in folk religion, ritual calendars and the “archaeological memory” encoded in the religions of post pharaonic Egypt. He is the author of Demonic Calendar Ancient Egypt

Demonic Calendar Of Ancient Egypt

 

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Dark Age Saints and Sinners
Sunday July 25, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Charles Christian
Dark Age Saints and Sinners

Set in the Dark Ages, Saints & Sinners contains shocking true tales of royalty, aristocrats and religious figures behaving very badly indeed.  In fact their lives would not be out of place in today’s reality TV shows or modern politics and the incidents they are involved in… well, truth really is stranger than fiction - even fiction as entertaining as the recent Game of Thrones and Vikings series.

So climb on board as we set off to explore some of the more weird, obscure and WTF corners of English history. These are tales of murder, mayhem, treason, incest and adultery in which we’ll encounter numerous saints, eight English kings who met gruesome, premature deaths, five scheming English queens who put the 'sex' back into Wessex, and the mother of all wicked stepmothers. You'll be amazed, or horrified, or appalled. Or all three!

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Charles Christian

Saints and SinnersCharles Christian is an English barrister and Reuters correspondent turned writer, editor, podcaster, award-winning tech journalist and sometime werewolf hunter now a chronicler of weird tales in weird times. As well as being a regular contributor to Ancient Origins Premium, on medieval history, folklore and the occult, he also writes the monthly Fabulous Creatures column for Ancient Origins Magazine. You can find him and his weekly Weird Tales Radio Show podcasts online at www.urbanfantasist.com  Or https://www.facebook.com/charles.christian/

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Palmyra, Pearl of the Syrian Desert
Saturday August 21, 2021 5:00pm EST
by Prof Fanie Vermaak
Palmyra, Pearl of the Syrian Desert

Not just the archaeological community, but the entire world was horrified at the news and video clips of ISIL’s senseless destruction of the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria in 2015 and 2016. A professor emeritus in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa, Dr Fanie Vermaak, who accompanied his post graduate students on a visit to the site, presents a nostalgic but also academic overview of the wonders of the Pearl of the Syrian desert, and the progress in restoring the site.

Palmyra (ancient Tadmor) in the heart of the Syrian desert, has been described by visitors using extravagant expressions.  Arriving at Palmyra any time of the day, one cannot help being touched by this city, situated between Damascus and Deir-ez-Zur on the edge of the Euphrates River, that still seems to be enveloped by the mists of its historic role in ancient Mesopotamia. Blessed with an extensive oasis, this desert town, with a legacy of more than 4,000 years, expresses herself in an extraordinary manner.

Professor Fanie will take us on a tour of the Temple of Bel, The Temple of Baal Shamin, The Monumental Arch of Triumph, the colonnade and castle and the theatre where soldiers were brutally murdered.  He will reminisce with unique photographs of Palmyra before the destruction but also gives us hope by discussing the reconstructions planned.

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Professor Fanie VermaakDr Fanie Vermaak is professor emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of South Africa. Professor Vermaak studied Theology and various Semitic Languages at the Universities of the Free State (Bloemfontein) and Stellenbosch, South Africa.  He specialized (PhD) in the cuneiform (Sumerian) studies of the Ur III period (2100-2000 BC) on the activities of the temple administrators of Southern Mesopotamia and published extensively on this topic. He extended his academic repertoire to the various ancient gateways of the Near East and as far as the Indus Valley. Professor Vermaak is also the chairperson of the Ancient Egypt and Near Eastern Society (AENES). He served eight years on a national academic society called the Southern African Society for Near Eastern Society. He is a founding member of International Society of Cuneiform Studies. Professor Vermaak often features as a Middle East expert analyst on various media and has a special interest in the ancient and modern Near East or Middle East.

 

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