Ma'at's Feather

Book 7 in the Wyrdwolf series

Book 7 in the Wyrdwolf series

At the end of their summer with the family in France, Izzy and Michael are looking forward to three days by themselves. The last thing they expect is to have to deal with a burglary that results in the theft of the precious showstone. Let alone coping with a couple of Egyptian gods looking for a lost feather. With Michael's heart held hostage, and Declan missing or dead, Izzy needs help. And that involves a descent into the Egyptian underworld.

With increasing desperation, Izzy realises that saving Declan could mean losing Michael - and it might be down to her to make the choice. While they search for the missing feather, the clock is ticking. To have any chance of saving her mates, Izzy and Sam have to work with the dead to find a centuries-old sentient sex toy.

In this fast-paced action thriller, Izzy is threatened with losing more than her mates. As her sire fights to remain as Halfking, her daughter's life hangs in the balance. Will anything remain the same at the end of the three days?

The seventh book in the Wyrdwolf series draws on Ancient Egyptian mythology and rites, and English Occult history. Set in the borderlands of England and South Wales.

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Chapter 1
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 mentioned.

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.

Chapter 2
Chouchou (informal French) = darling, baby, sweetheart. A term of endearment. The word is derived from chou = cabbage.

Ah, bon (French) = oh, really?

Vraiment! (French) = truly!

In Heathen mythology, there are nine worlds.

Chapter 3
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 Egypt.

Bleiz (Breton) = wolf.

Kemet (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.

Chapter 4
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 and 13th centuries and continues to be mentioned.

Chapter 5
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 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 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.

Chapter 7
In sufficient quantity, lobelia causes nausea and vomiting.

Est-ce que tu me comprends? (French) = do you understand me?

Très bien (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/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.

Chapter 8
je suis désolé (French) = I’m sorry.

Chapter 9
 ‘Pfff’ is the French vocal equivalent of a shrug. 

Hein (French) = is a general-purpose linguistic tag to provide emphasis.

Chapter 10
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.

Isfet (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.

Heka = magic. In Kemetic mythology, all things are formed from heka.

Deshret (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.

Chapter 11
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 the ba was non-corporeal or able to perform the normal functions of a body.

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).

Chapter 12
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.

The ka and ba reunite after death to become an akh if the person has passed all the tests. An akh could eat, drink and make love.

True of Voice is a Kemetic concept of moral righteousness.

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 (Snorri Sturluson).

Chapter 13
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 Day (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 the words.

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 seb-ur.

Chapter 14
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 sceptre as 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.

Chapter 15
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 one.

In Kemetic mythology, Aset, Wesir, Set and Set’s wife Nebet-Het were siblings.

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.

Chapter 16
The description of the scales is taken from an illustration in the Papyrus of Ani (the Book of the Dead). Ammit’s 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 horns.

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 ostrich feathers.

Any difference between Shu’s feather and Ma’at’s is lost to us.

What Michael says about the weighing of the heart is true.

The Field of Offerings in Duat was Kemetic paradise. It was situated in Duat.

Chapter 17
Michael’s historical information is true.

An egregore as a collective magical construct 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.

Chapter 18
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 35-36.

Loki’s full name is given as Loki Laufeyjarson in the Prose Edda.

Chapter 19
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.

Chapter 20
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 was no SO21 when this book was written.

Chapter 21
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.

Chapter 22
C’est bon (French) = that’s good/that’s great!

Netjeru (Kemetic) = gods. The singular is netjer.

Chapter 25
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.

Chapter 27
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, an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry.

Chapter 28
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Dukas) was part of Walt Disney’s 1941 film Fantasia.

Chapter 29
Vraiment (French) = truly.

Mon amour (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.

Chapter 30
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.

Chapter 31
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.

Chapter 32
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 them.

Chapter 34

The tale of Loki borrowing Freya’s falcon cloak to shapeshift is told in the Prose Edda Skaldskaparmal 56.

Chapter 36
The use of discarded bodily items, such as hairs and nail clippings, is widely attested in European magic.

Chapter 37
What Sam says about the physiology of flies is true.

Chapter 39
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.

Chapter 40
’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 World War.

Chapter 41
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.

Chapter 44
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 someone.

Chapter 45
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.

Chapter 47
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 wyrd.

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).

Chapter 48
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.

Chapter 49
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 1.

Chapter 50
Aimee Mullins is a real person. The information about her is true.

Chapter 51
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.

Chapter 52
Kryptonite is a fictional material that appears primarily in Superman stories. It weakens the superhero.

Chapter 54
Mercury’s feathers is an allusion to the Roman god, who wore winged sandals.

Chapter 56
Declan’s definition of entail comes from Merriam-Webster, a dictionary of American English, and not from Chambers. I added the last sentence.