Declan’s questions are drawn from interpretations voiced within modern Heathenry. Garm is a dog or wolf in the underworld who breaks free at Ragnarok
to fight Tyr. It may be another name for Fenris.
In 2010 August bank holiday was Monday 30th. The moon reached full on Tuesday 24th.
is French for ‘oh, really?’
Hospitality and being a good guest were obligations in pre-Christian Heathenry. They form a basic tenet of modern Heathenry.
Benret’s name is an authentic form for an ancient Egyptian name and each part of the name is authentic.
Kemetic is a modern adjective used to describe the people, language, religion and culture of ancient Egypt.
In ancient Egypt, Sem priests were those who attended the newly dead. They were a mix of undertaker, magician and psychopomp.
The name Bleiz means ‘wolf’ in Breton.
The first iPad was released on April 3, 2010, four months before this story.
The slander that Jewish people make Passover bread from the blood of Christian babies is called the blood libel.
It spread through Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries and continues to occur.
Izzy’s dream has snatches of Kemetic mythology. The great god Ra (identified with the sun) sails the Sun Boat through the underworld at
night. During the journey he battles Apep (represented as a snake), the force of chaos. In Spell 17 of The Theban Recension of
The Book of Going Forth by Day
, he is described as a cat, using a knife to kill Apep. The ‘feather’ is a misinterpretation of the depiction of the
knife in a wall painting in Thebes.
The god Djehuty takes the form of a baboon and the god Yinepu the form of a jackal or a wolf.
Henbane and monkshood are poisonous.
The secret locked room is a reference to the tale of Bluebeard.
In sufficient quantity, lobelia causes nausea and vomiting.
Est-ce que tu me comprends
= do you understand me?
Smelling salts irritate the mucous membranes of the nose and lungs. Canine noses require a little mucus to work better.
In ceremonial magic, (from the 14th/15th century grimoire The Key of Solomon
) asafoetida is used to evoke and bind demons.
Witch bottles as described by Marnie are evidenced from the 17th century.
je suis désolé
= I’m sorry.
John Dee was court magician to Queen Elizabeth I.
‘Pfff’ is the French vocal equivalent of a shrug. Bon
= good. Hein
is a filler word with varied meaning, often used like
‘innit’ in English.
Isfet is an Ancient Egyptian word meaning evil, disharmony or troublesome. It’s the opposite of ma’at. Kemetic culture strived to maintain
ma’at: harmony and balance. Ma’at is also a goddess.
Thoth is the Greek name for the Kemetic god Djehuty. He is represented as a baboon or an ibis. Kemetic mythology assigns him the invention of
writing. All the names and titles used for him or other Kemetic gods are from Kemetic mythology.
Anubis is the Greek name for Yinepu or Anpu. He is the primary psychpomp in Kemetic mythology.
The Kemetics usually squatted rather than using chairs.
Ancient Egypt is commonly referred to as 'km.t' in the language of the time. ‘km’ means ‘black’ and the assumption is that Kemet meant Black Lands.
Deshret (Kemetic language) refers to the desert red lands on either side of the Nile black lands. Deshret carries the usual out-lander associations.
= magic. In Kemetic mythology all things are formed from heka.
One of the titles of Set (Kemetic, Seth in Greek) is the Red Lord. He stands on the solar barge at night and helps Ra defeat Apep.
What Michael says about Thoth and Anubis is true.
Aleister Crowley was an infamous ceremonial magician in the first half of the 20th century. The press of the time dubbed him ‘the wickedest
man in the world’. He was into sex and drugs. What Michael says about his trip to Egypt and the Victorian craze about Egypt are true.
What Michael says about Benret’s name is true. Isis is the Greek name for the Kemetic goddess Aset. Hathor is the Greek name for the Kemetic
The Eye of Horus (wadjet in Kemetic) was a sign of health for the Kemetics. Green was the colour of life.
The Anglo Saxon fylfot was a form of swastika. It was a universal symbol of good luck or good health found in Europe from around 6000 BCE
through the 1930s.
The Kemetics split a human being into many parts. The ba
was the closest to personality. It came into existence at death and was pictured
as a bird with a human head.
Sources from the period are split as to whether the ba was non-corporeal or able to perform the normal functions of a body.
Another part of the human being is the ka
, or vital essence. This part was believed to be sustained through consuming the essence of
food and drink.
reunite after death to become an akh
, if the person has passed all the tests. An
could eat, drink and make love.
True of Voice is a Kemetic concept of moral righteousness.
The story about Aset and Wesir is a central tale in Egyptian mythology. Wesir was murdered by his brother, Set, and his body cut into pieces.
What Michael says about Set and Horus is part of the myth.
What Benret says about Set is part of Kemetic mythology.
In the early New Kingdom (modern Egyptian dating) Hathor/Hethert was a funerary diety who welcomed the dead into the afterlife.
Sam’s prayer is spell 9 of The Book of Going Forth by Day
(the Book of the Dead). This gives a set of instructions for the dead to achieve the
status of an akh
. All of the prayers recited in this chapter are taken from it. I have just modernised some of the words.
Benret’s rituals and the description of the feast are taken from Kemetic texts.
The main ritual carried out by a Sem priest was called ‘opening the mouth’. This ensured that the deceased became fully alive in the tomb and
in the afterlife. The tools used by Benret are the pesesh-kef (with curved flat hooks) and seb-ur (long curved).
is a part of a human being. Without it, the dead are unable to find their body.
In Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
, forty-two is the number from which all meaning derives.
Dissolving a spell in a liquid and swallowing it is authentic Kemetic magic.
The description of Anubis/Yinepu is drawn from ancient Egyptian images. My invention is the skin colour, though it is within the authentic
range of options. Oiling the body was normal for Kemetics. He is carrying a was sceptre as a symbol of power.
The descriptions of the clothes, jewellery and headdresses of Djehuty and other gods are authentic to ancient Egyptian images.
Djehuty had a close tie with the moon.
All of Isolde’s confessions are either straight from the Book of the Dead or my interpretation of similar modern social offences.
The scales are authentic.
Ammit’s description and purpose are authentic.
Jury members: Tefnut has the head of a lioness and is identified with the sun. As is Ra, in the guise of the cat, Mau. Horus, the son of
Aset and Wesir, has the head of a hawk.
Wesir/Osiris’ wears an Afet crown. Stripped of the uraei (cobra), sun disc and feathers, it’s a Hedjet: the white crown of Upper Egypt.
What Izzy describes is a Pschent – the double crown. It’s formed from a Hedjet combined with a Deshret, the red crown of Lower Egypt. Horus is
usually shown wearing a Pschent.
Wesir wields the crook and flail. They were Kemetic symbols of authority associated with him. The shepherd's crook stood for kingship and the
flail for the fertility of the land.
Shu is one of the Kemetic Ennead – nine primary gods. He is represented wearing between one and four ostrich feathers.
What Michael says about the weighing of the heart is true.
The Field of Offerings (aka the Field of Reeds or A'aru) was Kemetic paradise. It was situated in Duat.
The view from the inside of a transparent ball is true.
An egregore as a collective magical construct of the sort Michael describes, is a concept dating from the 19th century.
The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected the East and West.
What Michael says about Egyptian forms of writing is true.
The tale of Loki and the stallion Svaðilfari is in the Prose Edda Gylfaginning
42. The tale of him cheating the dwarves in the
shape of a fly is in Gylfaginning
According to the Poetic Edda Lokasenna
, Loki bedded as many Heathen goddesses as he could.
The speculation about Yinepu/Anubis’ parentage is authentic. There are conflicting attributions in the Kemetic texts.
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
was the only hit produced by Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels). It was released in 1966.
The Specialist Operations directorate of London’s Metropolitan Police Service has used the designations SO1 to SO20 for its units. There is no SO21.
In Kemetic mythology, Bennu (aka the Bennu bird) is Ra’s ba. Bennu is a symbol of rebirth and so associated with Wesir/Osiris.
Declan is quoting from spell 13 of the Book of the Dead.
= that’s good/that’s great!
Netjeru is the Kemetic word for the gods.
H. M. Bateman’s The Man Who...
cartoons featured exaggerated reactions to minor social gaffes. They were hugely popular in the early 20th century.
John Dee was court magician to Elizabeth I.
You can find the background information I created for the Magicians’ Guild
on my website: The Regulation of Magic
What Izzy says about Crowley and his wife is true. The book that his guardian angel Aiwass dictated is known as the Book of Law, which he used to
found the Thelemic religion. What Declan says about Crowley ignoring the instructions given with the book is true.
In Greek mythology, Persephone was abducted by Hades and tricked into eating the fruit of the Underworld, forcing her to stay there.
Night on the Bald Mountain
(Mussorgsky) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
(Dukas) both featured in Walt Disney’s 1941 film
Gloucester Old Spot are an old breed of pig.
Ce n'est pas nécessaire. Mais je vais le faire pour ma chérie
= It's not necessary. But I'm going to do it for my darling.
Écoute notre femme
= listen to our wife
British and Irish folklore has plenty of examples where eating fairie food trapped the eater in Elfhame.
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter
is a story about a stolen letter disguised as a different letter.
‘Smoked fish’ – When herrings are smoked they turn red.
Draugr is the Old Norse word for a malign ghost.
Polari is a form of cant slang used in Britain by some actors, circus and fairground showmen, professional wrestlers,
merchant navy sailors, criminals, prostitutes, and the gay subculture. It dates back to at least the 19th century.
What Sam says about Rohypnol is true.
La Chanson des Vieux Amants
(The Song of Old Lovers) was co-written by Jacques Brel, a popular Belgian singer-songwriter.
mon merveilleux amour
= my wonderful love
’Events, dear boy’ is attributed to Harold MacMillan (Prime Minister 1957–1963). He may not have said it.
The French expression revenons à nos moutons is from the 15th century French comedy
La Farce de Maître Pathelin.
It’s still used in France.
The Collector’s prayer to Djehuty is a Kemetic school boy’s required text, dating from the 18th dynasty (BM#5656). I have not tampered with it.
Merit’s prayer is another such text, known as Anastasi V. I altered one line.
Djehuty’s response is taken from the Book of the Dead, spell 182.
is a 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. It is based on the book
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
by Philip K Dick.
Izzy’s impression of an ‘underground space, occupied by enormous tree roots and the slither of something in the background’ refers to the
roots of Yggdrasil, where the dragon Nigghog lives. So do the Great Norns, who spin wyrd.
Mon doux, mon tendre, mon merveilleux amour/ Je t'aime encore, tu sais, je t'aime
= My sweet, my tender, my wonderful love/
I still love you, you know, I love you.
Aimee Mullins is real. What Rikki says about her is true.
The festivals mentioned by Declan are real. Swedish Cinnamon Bun Day, so how about the Danish Kulturnatte are modern.
The Festivals of Chewing Cucumbers for Sekhmet and Eating Onions for Bast are Kemetic.
Mercury’s feathers is an allusion to the Roman god, who wore winged sandals.
Declan’s definition of entail comes from Merriam-Webster, a dictionary of American English, not from Chambers. I added the last sentence.