NUT

Nut arching over the Earth .
Nut arching over the Earth .
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Nut was the Goddess of the sky in Egyptian mythology. She was the daughter of Shu, the god of air and Tefnut the goddess of moisture. Her husband is Geb who is the God of the Earth and her brother.
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Origin Story
In the beginning there was only chaos. Out of this chaos rose Atum. Where he first appeared he created a hill.( Some interpretations say that he was the hill and he represented the fertile hills left behind by the Nile's annual flood). Next, he created more gods. His daughter, Tefnut, he vomited while his son, Shu, he spit out. After a while the two were separated from their father and were lost in the watery chaos. Atum, who had a removable eye. Which was called the Udjat eye, he sent this eye to search for his children. In time they came back with the eye. Atum wept tears of joy. Tefnut and Shu were so happy they decided to play a couple board games. From this they had two children. Nut, the sky and Geb, the Earth.

Thoth and Khonsu gambling.
Thoth and Khonsu gambling.




The Curse of Ra
Ra, the sun god was the second to rule the world. He was very paranoid that somebody would take his throne. So when he heard that Nut was pregnant he was very angry. He decreed that she would not have any children on any day or night of the year. She went to Thoth, the god of wisdom for help. He accepted her plea. He went to gamble with Khonsu, god of the moon. Thoth won enough times to add five extra days to the year. On these five extra days she gave birth to Osiris, Horus the Elder, Seth, Isis, and Nepythys. When Ra found out he was so angry that he had Nut and Geb separated for eternity by their father, Shu.

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Characteristics
She is usually seen with black hair and wearing a blue dress covered in stars arching across the sky or as a cow whose body formed the sky.



Extra Information
It is said that Ra entered her mouth at night and in the morning she would give birth to him. Since she gave birth to the sun each day she became connected to death and was seen as a friend of people passing through the land of the dead. She is painted on the inside of most sarcophagi lids.


Nut is the Egyptian sky Goddess and mother of Osiris, Horus the Elder, Seth, Isis and Nephthys. Her brother and husband is the earth God Geb, and Their parents are Shu (air) and Tefnut (moisture). Nut and Geb were married in secret against the will of Ra, the one-time king of the Gods. When Ra found Them coupling, He had Shu the air God violently and permanently seperate Them, forcing Geb to the earth, where His body's contours became the hills, and lifting Nut into the sky (which implies that, like Lilith, Nut preferred the top position). Since then They have always been seperate, and Geb has been inconsolable.

Ra then forbade Nut to have Her children on any day of the year. But Thoth, God of wisdom, helped Her, by winning at gaming with the Moon. From His winnings—which were a little of the Moon's light—Thoth made five extra days that were outside the year, and Nut was able to give birth to Her five children. These five days in the Egyptian calendar did not belong to any month, and with the twelve months of thirty days each brought the total of days up to 365 (and no, they made no allowance for leap-year, though they knew perfectly well.)

Like Hathor, Who is also a sky Goddess, Nut can take the form of a cow. She is also depicted as a slender woman whose arched body touches the earth with only the tips of Her fingers and Her tippy-toes, Her starry body forming the heavens.

Ra once grew disillusioned with rebellious mankind, so Nut in the form of a cow lifted Him to heaven on Her back. Stretching higher and higher, She grew dizzy, and four Gods (who represent the pillars of the sky) were needed to steady Her legs.

Nut is also said to swallow the sun each night and give birth to it in the morning, and Her sign is a vase shaped rather like a uterus. She also protects the dead, and is painted on the inside of coffins, Her starry body embracing and protecting the deceased.

She is shown here cradling Her womb which contains the sun, shown in its hierogylphic form that was later used as the symbol for the sun in alchemy.

This card in a reading indicates a time of fertile waiting, and can mean a literal or a figurative pregnancy. Projects need to be nurtured, and the right time will make itself known.


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