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.

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 magical act.

Music, affirmations and burning incense are just a few ways to transform your daily routine into a magical event…especially if they inspire you. There are many books circulating now about creating your own magic beauty rituals. As I delve more into the significance of such rituals, and how they may help you attain your beauty goals I will continue to post my findings. 

Have a magical day! 

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 my surroundings.

Mostly I wondered if magic could be used for self-improvement.

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 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. When you put intention behind your actions, you are casting a spell. Your emotions have  a magical vibration, and the words you utter connect 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.

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

-Jess