The Book of Gates as it appears on the Sarcophagus of Seti I

The primary source for my translation of The Book of Gates was the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, which these days lives in Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.  Its carvings were published in full in Bonomi, Joseph and Samuel Sharpe. The Alabaster Sarcophagus of Oimenepthah I., King of Egypt. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864.  Wonderfully, … Continue reading “The Book of Gates as it appears on the Sarcophagus of Seti I”

Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 3: Bag your Biliterals

So you’ve got your textbook and have memorized your monoliterals and the order in which they appear in the Egyptian alphabet.  Now it’s time to tackle the steepest part of the first mountain to climb when learning Egyptian: memorizing those tricky biliterals. This is the mountain faced with which many give up.  It took me … Continue reading “Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 3: Bag your Biliterals”

Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 2: Memorize the Monoliterals

So you’ve got your textbook and have reached the point where you have to start memorizing signs.  In this post we will learn together the monoliterals, and the order of the alphabet used in dictionaries of Ancient Egyptian.  To do this we will use two different mnemonic techniques which you can adapt for many different … Continue reading “Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 2: Memorize the Monoliterals”

Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 1: Textbooks.

If you’re interested in Egyptian magic, at some point you’re going to have to start learning hieroglyphs.  This series of blog posts will help you on your way. Why should I learn hieroglyphs? As a magician interested in the magic and mysticism of Ancient Egypt, you want as little distance as possible between you and … Continue reading “Let’s Learn Hieroglyphs 1: Textbooks.”