by Robin Herne
Publisher: Moon Books
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Pantheon: The Egyptians is part of a new series from established Pagan publisher Moon Books aimed at introducing readers to an entire Pantheon of deities rather than focusing on a single god, goddess, or spirit. Robin Herne’s volume explores the philosophy and theology of the Egyptians, alongside contextual geographical and historical information, ethics, mysticism, an exploration of magic and a “how to” approach of connecting with these ancient spirits and deities in our modern world.
I’ve been fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians since I was a very small child, but hadn’t ever really explored them as a part of modern spirituality. I knew about the cult of Isis and a little about Ra and Bast – the latter thanks to my obsessions with cats! But my knowledge was really just scratching the surface. This short but succinct volume is ideal for someone like me, who has the interest but hasn’t yet taken the time to really dig into the combined history and mythology of the Egyptians, and the myriad way both those aspects have intertwined into modern Paganism, spirituality, and the occult. What’s even better is that, thanks to a solid geographic and historical background plus plenty of detail about the various deities, cosmology, magic, and even other beings within Egyptian spirituality and culture, I believe this book will also be of interest even to experienced practitioners of Egyptian-inspired spiritual practices.
Beyond the varied and useful content, Robin writes in an inclusive and open voice, which I personally find very appealing. Even in the historical sections, there’s nothing dry about the facts and figures, and you can tell the author has a passion for the subject matter with an enthusiasm that capture the reader and pulls them along for the ride. As the author points out, there’s over 5000 years of history across various dynasties, and far too much to put into one volume, yet Robin manages to eke out all the important points making this a useful volume that’s also a fantastic read. I hope Robin may expand upon the contents of this book in the future – perhaps a series in the making?
All in all, I highly recommend this book to anyone with either a passing interesting or a passion for the Egyptians or Egyptian religion, spirituality, or magic. Easy to pick up, easy to read, and encouraging and practical for anyone wanting to put their fascination with the Egyptians into spiritual practice.
Robin Herne is an author and a druid from England, with a number of books under his belt including Old Gods, New Druids and Bard Song. He’s an expert on interfaith matters, speaking regularly at seminars, and he also appears regularly on BBC radio. All Robin’s books are available from Amazon and other good bookstores.
About the Author:
Mabh Savage is a Pagan author, poet and musician, as well as a freelance journalist.