The Season of Djehuti or Thoth
“Thoth, Wise Ibis, he of glib tongue
Record keeper, voice of Atum Ra,
You witness all, You speak only wisdom
Please guide me in my words today.
May I hear your voice through the words of others
And listen, sending them to my heart
So that I may grow into being emerald green
And pleasing in sight and sound like you…”—-Merhamet
This season we celebrate Thoth and this is who we must walk with this summer. His original name to the Egyptians was Djehuti/Tjehuti (Day-who-tee). Most of us see him as a God with a pen in his hand and a tablet, and yet we know because of his transformation through the Greeks and the Middle Ages he became the God who is considered the Author of the “Emerald Tablets”. Thus, the God that was originally seen as the “Voice of Ra” and “Glib of Tongue” and “Wise” was transformed into the “Magician’s God”.
One of his most relevant transformations in our modern times is that of the “God of Technology” for living in an era where technology is part of everything he “soothes us” and shows us “how it can aid us” and helps us maintain balance with it. Unlike many primitive Gods or Goddesses that rail against technology, or seem to shy away from it Thoth encourages us to embrace it…for it is a gift, and he is part and parcel of that invention.
He was originally paired with a Goddess named Seshat as his mate. She was the Goddess who lived in libraries, and organized the Akashic records which he himself had created and gathered and put into physical form. She also created mathematics, was called the Silicon Goddess and so it becomes apparent that in the beginning Thoth was partnered with a Goddess/feminine energy that was his counterpart in all things.
Together they created the record banks that people of all spiritual paths access when they meditate, journey, or ask a question and receive an answer from their Spirit guide. Many people also see the Library that Seshat and Thoth created as a history of the universe; and feel that the “truth” of who they are and what we are “here for” lies within that space. So we find that many, who worship Thoth, see him as the historian and approach him not only for information about past lives, their purpose, but also ask him to help them write their personal history.
In the mid to later dynasties Thoth became paired/married to Maat the Goddess of Truth, Justice, and a “philosophy” of life. While many modern Pagans have a problem seeing Thoth switch wives we tend to forget that in Ancient times it was not uncommon to have more than one wife or even husband (especially in Egypt) and that the Egyptians many times merged deities into a new one when the function of the older deity became mute. In short, Seshat lost favor and was forgotten by the people and Maat emerged as part and parcel of the daily life of Egyptians.
“Walk in Maat”, “May you live in Maat”, “May your Maat be strong”, we phrases said to friends, family, strangers, guests, and rulers in Egypt on a daily basis so it is not unusual that Thoth was paired with this Goddess whose daily invocation was part of Egyptian life. It shows us how necessary, and essential he was to the Egyptians themselves. Thoth and Maat were a pair, and that both of them were what ruled and made Egypt wonderful (to the Egyptians) was understood.
You may wonder why I am explaining Thoth through other deities, but to be honest there are not many surviving records or stories of Thoth that are told without him being described without other Gods and Goddesses being involved. It is as if he and the Gods of Egypt are part and parcel. Nut, and Geb who gave birth to Isis, Set, Osiris, Hathor, Horus the Elder, and Nephthys would not be here if it were not for him. He constantly intervenes with Atum Ra, Khefru, Khhnum, Ptah, he is the “intercessor” of the Great Judgment halls where all the Gods and Goddesses of Egypt convene and meet constantly to discuss how they would handle issues or things. He is the reason there is “order” and “chaos” he would not let Horus the younger slay Set for to do so would eliminate chaos from which everything is created. He made Ra, call back Hathor/Sekhmet so that all of humanity was not slain. He is the voice of reason and wisdom and it is recorded that most, if not all, Pharaohs kept the priest and priestesses of this God as the Chief Adviser when running their kingdom for they were literally a medium for “Thoth” who advised them on what they should do.
So how did he become to be called the “God of Magick”? All Gods and Goddesses of Egypt were Neter and were Heka (magick) and employed Heka; Isis was considered the “Queen of Heka” and there was a God named Heka who gave the energy of magick form. It should be noted that the “Emerald Tablets of Thoth” is attributed to Hermes Trismesgitus (Hermes thrice born, or Hermes thrice greatest) it is the foundation for the philosophy Hermetica which is a legendary Hellenistic Greek telling of philosophy, history, and story of transmutation(you know iron to gold), the Philosopher’s stone and much more.
Hermes was the Greek name or version of Thoth; though he does not resemble the Thoth of the Egyptians but this does not seem to bother Modern Pagans. What many also forget, when reading this text is that it a composition written by someone claiming to be the “third incarnation of Thoth” and while that is not a far stretch for worshipers of him to believe, in actuality the text seems to be an Arabic work written during the 6th or 7th century (Arabic and Turkish dialects are what modern Egyptians speak even today). If you are a worshiper of Thoth and have never read the work, you should and it is up to you to decide if you feel the work is “legitimate” and “Thoth-like” or “worthy” or not.
Myself, I do not find it a far stretch of imagination to believe that Thoth evolved this far, or would finally share his history and I have found the work interesting especially his description of the “fall of Atlantis”, and his role in it. The magick, and history shared in this book establishes Thoth as the God of Magick and very ancient indeed, and makes many of us forget his roles of : the harbinger of technology, the God of Wisdom, the historian, he who has a ‘glib tongue’, the voice of Atum Ra, he who dispenses the offerings equally, the great arbitrator, the scribe, the creator and maintainer of Akashic records. In fact, I feel if we approach Thoth, like many of us do as “Just the GOD of” Magick it might be why he rebukes us and walks away. He has so much more depth than this, and has so much more wisdom and knowledge to share.
How can we worship Thoth in the 21st century? Why not take a practical approach? When you use technology (cell phones, internet, calculator, computer) ask Thoth to help you or dedicate it to Thoth! When you need wisdom ask Thoth for help. When you need to speak clearly, and smoothly…call on this deity. When it seems life has handed you chaos, and you are seeking to transform it call on Thoth. When you mediate, or journey, or astral travel call on Thoth! But most importantly, remember this lay out an offering to him (beer and bread are favorites) but in modern times the Gods love anything that you love! Thank him for his role in your life, or just for being present in this modern world! Take the time to delve in deep with this deity and see that his hand is on our civilization everywhere. This is a deity that will not die, crumble, or go away, he just evolves, and provokes us with the development of Technology. His time is here once again…and it cannot end badly; if we just listen to his wisdom.
“Man is in the process of changing, to forms that are not of this world; grows he in time to the formless, a plane on the cycle above. Know ye, ye must become formless before ye are one with the light.”~ The Emerald Tablets of Thoth