Also called Hor, Heru and Her. Horus is a legendary falcon-headed god of ancient Egypt. Horus is also probably one of the most important and highly revered gods of the entire Egyptian kingdom; early Egyptians believed that the mighty pharaohs represented the earthly form of the god Horus.

The entire history of Egypt is replete with incidences of great kings and pharaohs, taking the name of Horus as one of their own names. The close of connection of powerful pharaohs with the other god Re, made Horus closely related to Re as well!

Horus is supposed to be the son of Osiris and available texts show that there are more than fifteen significant forms of Horus, whose presence stretched across to more than twenty generations.

There are two special and distinctive forms of Horus:

Solar and Osirian

  • If Horus happens to be the son of Osiris, then he belongs to the Osirian lineage.
  • If Horus is not the son of Osiris, then he belongs to the group of solar lineage.

By his childhood, Horus was Harpokrates or “the infant Horus”; available images show that the gods Isis tending the baby form of Horus. Historians also agree to the fact that Horus stunted from waist down, that was probably due to the demise of father either just before the birth or during the labor. Young Horus symbolized youth and freshness by wearing a royal crown and uraeus; there are inscriptions that show that Horus standing on crocodiles and holding scorpions and snakes in both hands.

Other forms of Horus are:

  • Harmakhis: Here, Horus portrayed himself as the rising sun and personified the resurrection or eternity. The best example is that of the Great Sphinx at the Giza Plateau.
  • Haroeris: An early form of Horus, Haroeris is the Horus, the elder; with a great level of importance attached to his personality, he was the premium king of the Upper Egypt. Historians also presume that he is either the son or the husband of Hathor. He was also the brother to Osiris and Seth. Horus, the elder also conquered Seth (the king and patron of Lower Egypt) sometimes during 3000 BC. Horus, the elder was a powerful god with a pronounced falcon-head accentuated with the crowns of both the Upper and Lower Egypt. He gave birth to four sons namely, Duamutef, Imsety, Hapi and Qebehsenuef, who represented the domain of creation and rebirth.
  • Horus Behdety: People living on the edge of the western delta at Behdet revered Horus the elder, with their life and soul. He was the chief defender and protector of Re during his primary and earthly kingship against Seth. He is also a fiery falcon that always flew over the pharaoh during wars and battles.

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Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in the Ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists…”

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The Powers of Horus

Horus was considered, and still is, to be the patron god of Egypt.  As god of the sky and of all that the sky contained, Horus ruled the sun, the moon, and the stars.  While there have been different forms of Horus during his time of reign and power in Egypt, he continues to be a forceful deity in many magic spell workings.  As the son of Isis and Osiris, Horus’ importance in magic is hard to refute.

Horus – The Falcon

The earliest form of Horus was the falcon god, a god who hunted and flew through the skies.  The patron deity in Upper Egypt, this form of Horus was thought to be a relative of the king.  In those days, the king was thought to be the physical manifestation of the god while they were alive, but then the king would become a manifestation of Osiris after they died.

God of War

Fighting and bringing force into a magic spell is one of the ways the powers of Horus can be used today.  His aggressive nature allows those using magic to be powerful in their intention.  Though the idea of war is one that seems to be negative in today’s world, the force Horus uses allows magic to be pushed into reality and into being.

Protection of Horus

Horus is also associated with being a god of protection, one who looks over those who worship him.  With his eye, Horus is able to see what needs to be done and then do it quickly and effectively.  In other accounts, Horus has been seen as a child of salvation, the one who is illuminated and who can help to illuminate others.  Using this energy in a magic spell allows a person to find their way, no matter what the question or problem may be.

Horus Correspondences

  • Sacred Animals: Falcon, Hawk, Peacock
  • Element: Fire
  • Metal: Brass, Gold
  • Planets: Moon, Sun
  • Zodiac: Taurus
  • Plants: Iris, Lotus, Olive, Acacia,
  • Offerings for Horus: Raw meat for hawks and falcons

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