In Heathen mythology, ettin would be the English form of
the Old Norse jötunn. Although the word is generally translated as giants, the
jötunn in the Eddas were not necessarily either monsters or giants. They were a
race of beings who intermarried with the gods. Unusually for someone described
as one of the gods, Loki’s father was an ettin. His mother’s race is not
Declan’s questions are drawn from interpretations voiced
within modern Heathenry. In Heathen mythology, Garm is a dog or wolf in the
underworld who breaks free at Ragnarok to fight the god Tyr. It may be another
name for Loki’s wolf-son, Fenrir.
(informal French) = darling, baby,
sweetheart. A term of endearment. The word is derived from chou = cabbage.
(French) = oh, really?
(French) = truly!
In Heathen mythology, there are nine worlds.
Hospitality and being a good guest were obligations in some
pre-Christian Heathen cultures. They form a basic tenet of modern Heathenry.
Benret MeresHethert SatAset
(Kemetic) = Sweet One,
beloved of Hethert, daughter of Aset. This form of name is authentic to ancient
(Breton) = wolf.
(ancient Egyptian) = Black Land. The name
derived from the colour of the rich and fertile black soil which was due to the
annually occurring Nile inundation. 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 an undertaker, magician and psychopomp.
The slander that Jewish people make Passover bread from the
blood of Christian babies is called the blood libel. It spread throughout Europe
in the 12th
centuries and continues to be
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 the force of chaos Apep (represented as a
snake). In Spell 17 of The Theban Recension of The Book of Going Forth by
, 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 Egyptian Thebes.
The god Djehuty (Thoth) takes the form of a baboon and the god Yinepu (Anubis) the
form of a jackal or a wolf.
Monkshood is a highly poisonous plant.
In sufficient quantity, lobelia causes nausea and
Est-ce que tu me comprends?
(French) = do you understand me?
(French) = very good.
Dr John Dee was court magician to Queen Elizabeth I.
Smelling salts irritate the mucous membranes of the nose and
lungs. Canine noses require mucus to work at peak performance.
In the 14th
-century grimoire The
Key of Solomon,
asafoetida is used to evoke and bind demons.
Witch bottles as described by Marnie are evidenced from
je suis désolé
= I’m sorry.
‘Pfff’ is the French vocal equivalent of a shrug.
(French) = is a general-purpose linguistic
tag to provide emphasis.
Thoth (Greek)/Djehuty (Kemetic) is represented in animal
form as a baboon or an ibis. In Kemetic mythology he invented writing. All the
names and titles used for him or other Kemetic gods are from Kemetic texts.
(Kemetic) = chaos or disharmony. It’s the
opposite of ma’at. Kemetic culture strived to maintain ma’at (harmony and
balance). Ma’at is also a goddess.
Yinepu or Anpu (Kemetic)/Anubis (Greek) is the primary
psychopomp in Kemetic mythology.
= magic. In Kemetic mythology, all things are
formed from heka.
(Kemetic) = the red desert lands on either
side of the Nile black lands. Deshret carries the usual outlander associations.
One of the titles of Set (Kemetic)/Seth (Greek) is the
Red Lord or Lord of the Desert who ruled over the red lands in Upper (south)
Egypt. He stands on the solar barge at night and helps Ra defeat Apep.
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. Kemetic sources are split as to whether
was non-corporeal or able to perform the normal functions of a
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 Egyptomania and Crowley’s trip to Egypt are true. He created the religion
of Thelema as a result of the trip.
What Michael says about Benret’s name is true.
Isis (Greek) = Aset (Kemetic).
Hathor (Greek) = Hethert (Kemetic).
The Eye of Horus (wadjet in Kemetic) was a sign of
health. Green was the colour of life.
The Anglo Saxon fylfot was a form of a swastika. It was a
universal symbol of good luck or good health found in Asia and Europe from
around 6000 BCE through the 1930s. It was a popular symbol in the Heathen
religion. Nazi misuse hasn’t affected Asia’s use of the symbol.
In the Kemetic religion, the ka
or vital essence was
another part of the human being. This part was believed to be sustained by consuming
the essence of food and drink.
reunite after death to become
if the person has passed all the tests. An akh
drink and make love.
True of Voice is a Kemetic concept of moral
The information given by Michael and Benret about Aset
and Wesir (Kemetic)/Isis and Osiris (Greek) comes from Kemetic mythology.
In Heathen mythology, Odhin and Freya are renowned for
their skill with magic. Freya taught Odhin the magic arts of the Vanir race of
gods, according to the Ynglinga Saga
In the early New Kingdom (modern Egyptian dating) Hathor
(Greek)/Hethert (Kemetic) welcomed the dead into the afterlife. The lioness
goddess Sekhmet is her alter-ego in her protective role as the Eye of Ra. She
is known for her love of music, dance, joy, love, sexuality and maternal care.
Sam’s prayer is spell 9 of The Book of Going Forth by
(the so-called Book of the Dead
). This gives a set of
instructions for the dead to achieve the status of an akh
. All of the
prayers mentioned in this chapter are taken from it. I have modernised some of
Benret’s rituals and the description of the feast are taken
from ancient 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 the afterlife. The tools used by Benret are the pesesh-kef and the
In Kemetic mythology, the ren
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 solution to the meaning of life.
Dissolving a spell in a liquid and swallowing it is
authentic Kemetic magic.
The description of Anubis/Yinepu is drawn from ancient
Egyptian images. His skin colour is within the authentic range of options.
Oiling the body was normal for Kemetics. He is carrying a was
a symbol of power.
Anubis’ animal is identified as the golden wolf,
previously classified as a jackal.
The Two Lands are upper and lower Egypt. They had different
crowns which were combined into a single crown, worn from the 1st
dynasty onwards. The gods Horus, Atum and Ra were sometimes pictured wearing
the single crown.
To him whose roof gives light and heat…
is my rewording
of the Address to the Gods of Duat
from the Papyrus of Nu, Brit. Mus.
No. 10477, Sheet 24.
The descriptions of the clothes, jewellery and
headdresses of the gods are authentic to ancient Egyptian images. Djehuty is
closely associated with the moon.
The vulture headdress was used by royal wives or female pharaohs
from the 17th
dynasty. Later images of Isis/Aset picture her wearing
In Kemetic mythology, Aset, Wesir, Set and Set’s wife Nebet-Het
Isolde’s confessions are either quotes from chapter 125
of the Book of the Dead
(the negative confessions) or my substitution of
similar modern social offences.
In ancient Egypt, the lotus and papyrus symbolised Upper
and Lower Egypt.
In Kemetic iconography, only Wesir wears the Afet crown.
Stripped of the uraei (cobra), sun disc and feathers, it’s a Hedjet: the white crown
of Upper Egypt.
The description of the scales is taken from an
illustration in the Papyrus of Ani
(the Book of the Dead
description and purpose are authentic.
Tefnut has the head of a lioness and is identified with
the sun. The sun god Ra is the cat, Mau. Horus, the son of Aset and Wesir, has the
head of a hawk. As the Eye of Ra, Hathor/Hethert wears the sun between her
Atum wears a pschent (Greek)/sekhemty (Kemetic): the double
crown of Egypt. It combined the White Hedjet Crown of Upper Egypt and the Red
Deshret Crown of Lower Egypt.
Wesir wields the crook and flail. They were Kemetic
symbols of authority. The shepherd's crook stood for kingship and the flail for
the fertility of the land.
Shu is the son of Atum and the grandfather of Aset and
Wesir. In Kemetic iconography, he is represented wearing between one and four
Any difference between Shu’s feather and Ma’at’s is lost
What Michael says about the weighing of the heart is
The Field of Offerings in Duat was Kemetic paradise. It
was situated in Duat.
Michael’s historical information is true.
An egregore as a collective magical construct is a
concept dating from the 19th
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
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
Loki’s full name is given as Loki Laufeyjarson in the
Michael uses two affectionate French phrases when
addressing Declan: mon ami (my friend) and mon vieux (my old [friend]).
In Kemetic mythology, there are several conflicting
accounts of the parentage of Yinepu/Anubis.
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!
only hit produced by
Napoleon XIV (Jerry Samuels). It was released in
The Specialist Operations directorate of London’s Metropolitan
Police Service has used the designations SO1 to SO20 for its units. There was
no SO21 when this book was written.
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 quotes from spell 13 of the Book of the Dead
(French) = that’s good/that’s great!
Netjeru (Kemetic) = gods. The singular is netjer.
What Izzy says about Crowley and his wife in Egypt 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. Crowley ignored the instructions
given with the book.
Sheep badger is a term used in the Forest of Dean for
those with the ancient right to graze their sheep freely in the forest.
Make it so
is a catchphrase associated with the
character of Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation
American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
(Dukas) was part of Walt
Disney’s 1941 film Fantasia
(French) = truly.
(French) = my love.
Ce n'est pas nécessaire. Mais je vais le
faire pour ma chérie
(French) = It's not necessary. But
I'll do it for my darling.
Écoute notre femme
(French) = listen to our wife
Being trapped in Elfhame after eating fairy food is a common
motif of British and Irish folklore.
Désolé (French) = sorry.
Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter is a story
about a stolen letter disguised as a different letter.
Smoked fish = kippers (red herrings).
Draugr (Old Norse) = a malign ghost. They were generally
portrayed as hideous in appearance.
The gods in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series exist
only as long as people believe in them.
Renée Zellweger starred as Roxy Hart in the 2002 film of
the musical Chicago.
What Sam says about Rohypnol is true. It was discovered
and first marketed by Roche, who modified it (including blue dye) when its
abuse became known.
Mickey Finn (slang) = is a drink laced with a
psychoactive drug given to someone without their knowledge to incapacitate
The tale of Loki borrowing Freya’s falcon cloak to
shapeshift is told in the Prose Edda Skaldskaparmal 56.
The use of discarded bodily items, such as hairs and nail
clippings, is widely attested in European magic.
What Sam says about the physiology of flies is true.
mon merveilleux amour = my wonderful love.
La Chanson des Vieux Amants (The Song of Old
Lovers) was co-written by Jacques Brel, a popular Belgian singer-songwriter.
’Events, dear boy’ is attributed to Harold MacMillan
(Prime Minister 1957–1963). He may not have said it.
Box 500 (British slang) = the United Kingdom's domestic
counter-intelligence and security agency also known as MI5 (Military
Intelligence, Section 5). PO Box 500 was its official address during the Second
What fools these mortals be! Was written by Seneca
(c.4BC–AD 65) in Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium Letter 1. Shakespeare gave
the line to Puck in A Midsummer-Night’s Dream Act III Scene II.
The expression let us return to our sheep (let us
return to the subject) is from the 15th-century French comedy La
Farce de Maître Pathelin. Although out of fashion in England it was still
current in France when this book was written.
The Collector’s prayer to Djehuty is a Kemetic school
boy’s text, dating from the 18th dynasty (BM#5656). Merit’s prayer
is from another such text, known as Anastasi V. Djehuty’s response is from the
Book of the Dead, spell 182.
Bunce (British slang) = money or profit gained by
You might very well think that… is a phrase
associated with Francis Urquhart, a fictional character in Michael Dobbs’ House
of Cards trilogy.
In Kemetic culture, the names of enemies were erased to
eliminate their power. In some forms of modern Kemeticism, this is represented
by drawing a line through a name.
Izzy’s impression of an underground space refers to the
roots of Yggdrasil, where the dragon Nigghog lives. So do the Great Norns, who tend
Mon doux, mon tendre, mon merveilleux amour/ Je t'aime
encore, tu sais, je t'aime (French) = My sweet, my tender, my wonderful
love/ I still love you, you know, I love you. (From Jacques Brel’s Chanson
des Vieux Amants).
The information about the symptoms, speed and potential
outcomes of meningitis is true.
The dosage for many medicines is calibrated for adults,
not children, even when given to children.
I have a cunning plan is the best-known
catchphrase from Blackadder, a popular 1980s BBC comedy series.
In Heathen mythology, the goddess Freya has a cloak of
falcon feathers she uses to take falcon shape. See the Prose Edda Skaldskaparmal
Aimee Mullins is a real person. The information about her
The festivals mentioned by Declan are real. Swedish
Cinnamon Bun Day and the Danish Kulturnatte are modern. Chewing Cucumbers for
Sekhmet and Eating Onions for Bast are Kemetic.
Kryptonite is a fictional material that appears primarily
in Superman stories. It weakens the superhero.
Mercury’s feathers is an allusion to the Roman god, who wore
Declan’s definition of entail comes from Merriam-Webster,
a dictionary of American English, and not from Chambers. I added the last