Horus

Horus is the last of the Ennead. He is the child of Isis and the re-assembled Osiris, and primarily his role in Egyptian mythology is to retake the kingship of the gods from his usurping uncle Set. There is a pivotal moment in that battle where Isis tries to help Horus, and Horus gets mad at her and that could symbolize some cutting of the apron strings. Horus does gain ascendancy over the pantheon.

Now, here’s where things get a little confusing. Horus and Ra are often conflated, so Horus is also associated with the sun, and is also associated with ruling the gods. The thinking is that Horus was absorbed into an earlier version of the pantheon and since he was a ruler, the combining of Horus and Ra was easy. Ra is represented as an old man, Horus as a falcon headed god, and usually the combined Horus Ra is falcon-headed as well. That’s why in the Klarion novels, both Horus and Ra will be raptors.

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Now that we’re finished with the Ennead, we should talk about the duality of Sekhmet and Hathor. Many pantheons around the world love duality. Who doesn’t like, say, Parvati and Kali? So, next time, get ready for drunken dancing and lots of blood.

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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