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Tameran Wicca: An Introduction

By Edited Jun 18, 2015 1 2

What is Tameran Wicca?

Tameran Wicca Altar

Tameran Wicca is one of many branches from the tree of Wicca. In this case, Tamerans honor the Egyptian deities and spiritual practices. 

An ancient name for Egypt was "Tamer-Ra" or, "Beloved Land". It was also called "Kemet" by the native people, meaning "Black Land" - so named for the black silt of the Nile river. 

Tameran Wiccan practice does not differ much from traditional Wiccan practice, depending on the Wiccan. However, it tends to be centered around Kemetic beliefs. There are Tamerans who may also incorporate Eclectic Wicca into their rituals and prayer, but they usually place the Kemetic deities first in the line of worship. For the purpose of this article, I am assuming you are already familiar with what Wicca is, and some of its basic tenets. 

Tameran Ritual

Altars & Shrines
Altars generally don't change much, as Tameran Wiccans still use the same tools of traditional Wicca: wand, athame, cauldron, censer, etc.
Differences will usually be seen in the deity figures represented and perhaps in the altar's primary colors (gold is popular). Quite obviously, you'll find statuary featuring Egyptian deities, like the ones in the image at the top of this article.

Shrines are also a part of Tameran (and general Wiccan) practice, though not necessarily all traditional Wiccans or Tamerans keep shrines in addition to altars. Many Tamerans do have them however, because it is part of Kemetic practice. 

Only the shrine is used in the Kemetic Orthodox faith (which adheres to different beliefs than Tameran Wiccans do), but Tamerans may or may not use both, depending on what is preferred. Some shrines are open, others are in an enclosed space, as it is believed the gods prefer a bit of privacy. A typical Kemetic-based shrine is of simple design, and contains candles, a bowl for offerings,  incense, a deity representation, a white cloth, and would look something like this:

kemetic shrine

 

Magickal Tools
As mentioned above, the tools of the trade are still the same, however, Tamerans are more inclined to include as much Kemetic influence as possible. Popular Wiccan symbols are those of the Goddess form, the Horned God, Triple Moon, and the pentagram, to name a few. Some common symbols Tamerans will often use in ritual are the Ankh, Eye of Horus, lotus flower, and Djed pillar. You may see heiroglyphs being used in place of runes, or alongside runes. All of these symbols are very significant to Kemetic spirituality and are prominent in Kemetic Paganism.

Casting a Circle
While it is normally customary for Wiccans to call the four elements to guard the magick circle, Tamerans might call the Four Sons of Horus instead. Each son is a demi-god, and represents a particular direction, just as the elements do.

  • North: Hapi (baboon form)
  • East: Qebhsennuf (falcon form)
  • South: Duamutef (jackal form)
  • West: Imsety (human form)
four sons of horus

 

The Eight Sabbats

The Sabbat names remain the same for Tamerans as they do for traditional Wiccans. The only difference is the way in which the Sabbats are celebrated. 

Kemetic Wheel of the Year

Yule (Winter Solstice): The Birth of Horus
The Tameran celebration of Yule regards the birth of Horus, and honors his destiny as the one who will defeat the tyrannical god Set and reclaim his father's (Osiris) throne. It also fits in with the tradition of welcoming the sun back into our lives, as Horus is a solar deity.

Imbolc: The Triumph of Ra and the Blessing of Nut
The Egyptians had a festival for the goddess Nut in the early part of February to celebrate her birthday, and they had a spell to honor the sun on the last day of the second month of winter, so Tamerans also honor Ra at this time to celebrate winter's official end.

Ostara (Spring Equinox): The Resurrection of Osiris
Osiris was slain by his brother Set. Set was quite willing to do whatever it took to become ruler. Isis later resurrects her dead husband, and Tamerans honor this rebirth, and return of a noble king. 

Beltane: The Festival of Hathor and Horus
Beltane typically honors the wedding of the God and Goddess for Wiccans. For Tameran Wiccans, the festival of Hathor and Horus is celebrated for Beltane, which is also the celebration for the wedding of these two deities.

Litha (Summer Solstice): The Eye of Ra
What more appropriate deity to honor than Ra, who represents the sun? Because the sun is at its pinnacle at this time of year, Tamerans honor Ra and His powerful eye - which he used in the form of the goddess Sekhmet to eradicate mankind. Because the eye is considered to be a symbol of cleansing, healing spells are appropriate.

Lughnasadh (Midsummer): The Creation and Birth of the Gods
The Egyptians had their harvest festival in the spring, unlike the Celts, so Tameran Lughnasadh celebrates the birthday of the gods because, at this time, the star Sirius becomes visible in the sky. This was a huge deal for the Egyptians because it came at the same time as the Nile flood, which fertilized the land. This is also Egyptian New Year  AKA "Wep Ronpet".

Mabon (Autumn Equinox): Legend of Ra and Isis and Harvest of Min
Isis tricks Ra by way of poisioning him (almost to death) by way of magic, and tricking him into telling her his true name. It may seem like a dark legend, but the story actually paves the way for regeneration and rebirth, as Ra is restored to full health in the end.
Min was a fertility deity, whose harvest was in the spring, but his bounty can be honored here during the Equinox.

Samhain: The Mysteries of Osiris
The Mysteries of Osiris concern both his death and rebirth, but for Tamerans, it is split between Samhain and the Spring Equinox, so that the rebirth is celebrated in spring - coinciding with the season of new life. Since Samhain represents the death of the God, it is fitting that Osiris' passing is honored here.

 

This is really only a summary of the practices, and a brief summary, at that. If you are a Wiccan interested in learning more about Tameran Wicca and Egyptian Pagan practices, keep hunting around online. There's a lot of people who share their thoughts and beliefs on the subject quite readily, so the information is quite easy to come by. I recommend checking out other perspectives as well - such as those from the Kemetic Orthodox community. Egyptian Pagansim and spirituality is quite vast! Even if you are not Wiccan, or even Pagan, and just want to read more about the modern representations of this ancient religion and its practice, my recommendations remain the same.

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Comments

Feb 16, 2013 1:13am
Gonzo
There is a lot more to Wiccan then I ever thought before.
Feb 16, 2013 12:10pm
AtypicalTaurus
There is, isn't there? :)
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Bibliography

  1. Jocelyn Almond and Keith Seddon Egyptian Paganism. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2010.
  2. Jocelyn Almond & Keith Seddon The Book of Egyptian Ritual: Simple Rites & Blessings For Everyday. Hammersmith, London UK: Thorsons, 2002.

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