Beauty Rituals of Ancient Egypt

 

Recently I visited the Natural History museum in Houston, TX and found myself moving slowly through the Egypt exhibit. I was stunned by the artistry that the Egyptians threaded through all of their creations.

The sarcophagi, painted with a unique mix of colors and symbols, seemed to to contain a magic power. The artifacts that had been placed in the ancient burial tombs had a craftsmanship that you rarely see among the everyday objects of our time. It was obvious that they were not only designed to be pretty, but were crafted for spiritual reasons.

Sadigh Gallery’s Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Jar | Carved from a single piece of limestone, this jar was used to store kohl, an ancient form of eye cosmetic.

I was drawn to the displays of pots, bowls and jars that would have contained cosmetics and toiletries. It became clear that the daily act of caring for and beautifying the body was a sacred ritual for the ancient Egyptians.

I was reminded of an article that I had read long ago by Judith Illes called Beauty Secrets of Ancient Egypt. In the article Illes writes: “For the ancient Egyptians, beauty, magic and medicine were inseparable.” Taking care of and adorning one’s body was, for the Ancient Egyptians, a sacred spiritual act.

I believe that there is power in all of our daily rituals, especially if one adds intention into them. If you are trying to imbue your physical body with beauty, then having the right attitude about the simple act of cleansing your face or brushing your teeth can activate a beauty magic that begins to create the physical results you desire.

Inspiring music, a fine brush, and the burning of incense are capable of transforming your daily routine into something quite powerful…especially if they inspire you.

About the Beauty Spell

I think I’ve always been searching for magic. When I was younger I looked for it in books and fairy-tales, and felt it during the quiet moments when I found myself alone in nature. There seemed to be some mystical quality present within the leaves of the trees and among the flowers that sprung up from the soil. Nature always felt magical to me and it still does.

It wasn’t until later in life that I began to wonder if the magic I read about in books and fairy-tales could actually work. I wondered if it was possible to harness the energy that I felt from the plants and trees and use it to influence myself and my surroundings.

In all my searching I found that the simplest way to access magic was through ritual, the power of intention, some attempt at communication with spiritual guides, the use of intuition and also through the use of the Law of Attraction.

Some of the best advice on magic I ever received was from blogger and astrologer, Mystic Medusa. Though I can’t remember her exact words, she explained that one of the most potent magic spells in existence is the simple act of cleaning your house. Cleaning your house with intention and quality products can bring luck, cleanse your spirit and even change your life.

The notion that magic could be present in the simple, often mundane tasks of everyday life really struck me.

What I have come to learn is that magic has everything to do with adding intention to your daily life. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, then every action you take is a ritual. Every moment you are casting a spell. Your emotions have  a magical vibration, and the words you utter are magical spells, connecting you with the universe, and bringing forth your future.

My goal is to present easy tools for using this everyday magic to create beauty in your life. This can be your own physical beauty, spiritual beauty, or even the beauty of your living space and relationships. I believe that all of these elements work together to create a beautiful life and beautiful self.

Thank you for reading. I hope you have a magical day!

-Jess