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Realms and Hathors

One of the things I’ve been poking at on and off for a bit is the structural nature of otherworlds, other realms.

I feel like Egyptian cosmology manages either one or two – the Duat having both the chthonic and celestial aspects, but sometimes those are semi-separated into day and night and. Fairy lore has the fairies as spirits of the dead, spirits of nature, or angels who did not fall so much as saunter… well, they got lost. Anyway, that posits the potential for three source realms, or maybe four, if faerie itself is distinct from the realm of the dead, of nature spirits, or of wherever angels hang out.

But of course since these partake of all of these things the boundaries aren’t exactly impermeable either. And with the seen world, besides.

So I’ve been chewing on it. I have this sense that realms each have a sort of flavour – and this is major realms, I’m already quite aware of little pocket realms that aren’t necessarily part of a given Realm. So even an entity that is “from” one realm might take on the flavour of another, or some other thing. Or they might kaleidoscopically split, one image through a prism….


Then my brain crossed that with the Seven Hathors, which are (for those who aren’t familiar) the Egyptian equivalent of the Fates, more or less; I don’t know much about them and really ought to do some research, especially if I’m going to chase this rabbithole further.

And so my brain crossed that with the otherworlds thing, and wondered, well – given that I already deal with a Hetharu theophany as Queen of Fairy, which is a trip and a half, what if the Seven Hathors come from seven Realms, and that’s a system I can imagine working with.

Which got me off onto a kind of semi-gnostic notion of each Hathor as being sort of the embodied spirit of her Realm, the soul of each world, which I can… actually riff off historically, given Hetharu’s title of Hand of God, the means by which the masturbatory Creator brought the cosmos into being. If we get a bit monistic about it we have the conception and the action there, with Her as the actor.

So now I’m pondering weirdly personal forms of Hetharu as souls of each of seven Realms.

(Because really, Our Lady of Unified Field Theory is a different manifestation than Queen of Fairy, and these are different realms, even if they are the same goddess….)

Links for my reference:

The Seven Hathors from someone whose thesis was on them
Hymn to the Seven Hathors from Dendera

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