8. Beliefs: Heka and Magic

I thought I write a little about heka and who and what it is. Heka with the capital “H” is the name of the god. He sits aboard the Boat of Millions of Years along with Sia and Hu, assisting Ra with his duties. He is one of the powers of Ra, He is the divine utterance of Ptah, and He is the divine deification of magic.

Magic in Kemeticism is referred to as heka with a lower case “h.” It is generally defined as “authoritative speech.” Our modern notions of magic can stem from the fantastic (Harry Potter-like) and the more mundane. Sometimes we look at it as supernatural. This can be an incorrect view. The ancients did not see heka as something extraordinary, or being divine. Heka was an everyday practice. I guess you can equivocate it to having a headache. If you had a headache, you would probably take some sort of medicine. Well, if the ancients had a headache they would have grabbed some grease or say a pray to Heru. Not that different except for the means involved.

Heka was given by the gods at the creation as a means to help us. It was used for a variety of occasions – medicine, dentistry, farming, fishing, and pregnancy. Heka is within us, an important part of our own being. Infused into our kau. It is vocalized with the breath of life, coming from our speech.

Every word we say to every one is a type of heka. Our words can create. Our words can destroy. Our words can bring love. Our words can spread hate. Stop a moment and think about it. Think about how you say things to people. Think about the tone in your voice. Think about the expressions on your face. All of these actions create heka. They make change. They can bring into being. They can annihilate.

When I first joined the House of Netjer, I said, “I could never be a magician. I just don’t like doing heka.” When I practiced Wicca I was horrible at it because I never wanted to cast a spell and take the time to make a big production out of a simple want.

I was in error, because I speak heka daily. Communication is an extremely important skill in my career. I constantly have to think what I am saying and how I want my message across to create a change in my patient’s behavior. Everyday I do Senut I speak powerful words creating a change. I make myself as pure as a newborn god. When I perform the State Rite I speak heka, bringing ma’at to the god in the name of the king.

All of us do heka. It is a part of who we are. Before you speak words, think about what change they may bring. Our words are our heka, they are powerful from god’s very own mouth. Use them wisely.


About Raheri

Greetings everyone! I thought I would give you all a little information about myself. In secular life my name is Matt, and I am a 40-something man living in the Midwest. I am a registered nurse by trade and am working on completing my doctoral degree. Because of this I may not be regular at updating this blog, but I will try. I enjoy traveling, cleaning, and playing with my pug Winston. I am a member of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith. My Shemsu name is Raheriwesir. I am a previous w'ab priest of Wesir (Osiris) and have been affiliated with the House since about 2007. A w’ab priest is a priest who tends a shrine to one of the Names of Netjer. I am also currently an ordained reverend in the faith. I am also a practicing vodouisant, initiated as a Hounsi senp. I am continuing to learn about the role of the Haitian spirits in my life and why they want to hang around me. View all posts by Raheri

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