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The Great Invocation

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A, as priest. Sign of “Enterer.”
Unity uttermost showed!
    I adore the might of thy breath
Supreme and terrible god,
    Who makest the gods and death
To tremble before thee!
I, I adore thee! (“Sign of Defence.”)
A ka dua
Tuf ur biu
Bi aa chefu
Dudu ner af an nuteru!

B, as priest. Signs of Enterer and Defence with each phrase.

O thou who art as an hawk of gold!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou whose face is as an emerald, and thy nemmes as the night-sky blue!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou who wearest the disk of flaming light upon thy brows, wrapped round with the smaragdine snake!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou whose eyes blaze forth with light! Whose eyes are as the sun and the moon in their courses!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou who bearest the Double Wand of Power, the Wand of the Force of Coph Nia!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou whose left hand is empty, for that thou hast crushed an universe, and nought remains!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou who art girt about with the leopard’s skin: whose apron is of green and gold!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou whose heart is a secret sun in the caverns of thine heart: thou whose skin is of indigo as of the vault of night!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou who hast formulated thy father and made fertile thy mother!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

O thou who sinest upon a throne of ruby and of lapis-lazuli!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.

By the Chariot of the Holy Ones! By Heru-Ra-Ha! By Ra-Hoor!
    Thee, thee I invoke! A ka dua, etc.


C, as divine priest, raising hands, with the Baculum vertical in the right hand.

      Behold! I am Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!
      I am born again and again.
      I travel upon high!
      I tread upon the firmament of Nu.
      I am the divine hidden One that createth the Gods: I give sepulchral meals to the dwellers in Tuat, in Amentet, and in Duant, the starry abode.
      I am the rudder of the East!
      Mine are the twin faces of majesty wherein his rays are seen.
      I am the Lord of Resurrection: I am the Mighty One that cometh forth from the darkness, and my birth is from the House of Death.
      Hail! ye twin Hawks upon your pinnacles, that keep watch upon the Universe!
      Ye that company the Bier to the House of Rest, even to the hidden House, ye that lead forth Ra, that follow unto the Shrine of the celestial heights!
      Hail unto the Lord of the Shrine of the Pivot of Earth!

Appear on the Throne of Ra!
    Open the ways of the Khu!
Lighten the ways of the Ka!
    The ways of the Khabs run through
        To stir me or still me!
        Aum! let it fill me!

D, as God. Same position.

      Behold! He is in me and I in Him!
      Mine is the radiance of crystal, wherein Ptah floateth over his firmament.
      I am Ra the glad, Ra content in the law of the beautiful day, in the beautiful law of the day. I have entered into Annu by the Gate of Khemmennu: I come forth into the East, and the divine ones cry aloud for joy at my coming.
      The roads are glad for me and the paths are broad as I pass from the earth to the heaven!
      Send forth thy light, 0 soul unknown and inscrutable! Thou who dost retire before the noise of the feet of men and Gods, send forth thy light! for I shall enter in, and the divine speech of Tuat is mine also.
      I have escaped from him whose divine eyes close at eventide, when he is gathered together, and the day finisheth in night.
      I am strong. I am strong. I come forth like one who forceth his way through a gate, and the radiance which my heart hath made shall endure for ever.
      I rise as the Lord of Life through the beautiful law of the day.
      I make a way through the horns of the adversary, among the strong ones, among the secret foeman, among those who grovel upon their bellies in the dust.


E, as God-priest. Same position.

      Hail, O An-Kert, who hidest thy companion in thy womb!
      Hail, Khephra, self-created!
      Grant that the dead man Ankh-f-n-khonsu may come forth with victory to behold the Disk, and that he may journey forth to see the Great and Inscrutable God, who dwelleth in the Infinite.
      Let him journey in peace! Let him pass over the heaven of Nu! Let him adore the radiance of the splendour of sight!
      Let him soar like a bird to see the companies of the Khus that are in the presence of Ra day by day!
      Hail, Hemti! Hail, Hemti, thou swift one, conductor of the shades of the dead! Grant unto me an enduring road into the Tuat: lest the rays of the soul be scattered among the larvee of the dead.
      The pregnant Goddess hath set down her burden upon the earth.
      The door that was closed is cast down! I rejoice in the straightness of the way.
      Happy, yea! happy, happy is he that hath looked upon the bier in its going forth unto the house of rest! For the heart of the God is at peace, and he maketh therein his holy habitation.



      Therefore I say unto thee: Come thou forth unto me from thine abode in the silence! All-Force! All-Fire! All-Light! All-Power!
      By the Car of Triumph! By the Eight and the Eleven! Come thou forth and manifest the Secrets of Wisdom in thy name Ra-Hoor! In thy name Heru-Ra-Ha I say unto thee: Rise, move, and appear!
      By the mysterious spell of the dead Lord of Khem: by its miracle revelation unto the Beast, the Prophet of the Sun:—

A ka dua
Tuf ur biu
Bi aa chefu
Dudu ner af an nuteru!
I invoke thee!

G, as God, seated upon throne.

      I have risen, I have risen as a mighty hawk of gold: from the Egg of Gold am I come forth.
      I fly and I alight as an hawk of cubits four: of Mother-of-emerald are my mighty-sweeping wings.
      I have come from the heart of the Sekret boat: I have set up my throne upon the Atet boat.
      Then the companies of the Khus did follow me: the dwellers of night also did adore me!
      With gladness did they cry aloud as they bowed low before me: their homage was sweet in mine ears.
      I have risen! I have gathered myself together as a beautiful Hawk of Gold.
      My head is the head of the Bennu bird, and Ra hearkeneth unto my voice Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! Yea! I am enthroned as the first-born child of Nuit.
      For I am come forth to see him that dwelleth in his divine Urxus, face to face and eye to eye, and I draw in the breath of his forth-coming.
      Mine eyes are weak with the sight of thy glory, 0 thou Lion-God, thou Babe in the Egg of Blue!
      Yet my form is the form of Khephra: my locks flow down as the locks of the earth before Tum, the locks of the earth before Tum!
      I have entered in as a Fool, and I come forth as a mighty Khu, and my form is the form of men and of women for ever and ever.


H, as God-priest: still seated.

      Saith of Mentu the truth-telling brother
          Who was Master of Thebes from his birth:
      O heart of me, heart of my mother!
          O heart which I had upon the earth!
      Stand not thou up against me, a witness!
          Oppose me not, judge, in my quest!
      Accuse me not now of unfitness
          Before the Great God, the dread Lord of the West!
      For I fastened the one to the other
          With a spell for their mystical girth,
      The Earth and the wonderful West,
      When I flourished, O Earth, on thy breast!

      The dead man Ankh-f-n-khonsu
          Saith with his voice of truth and calm: O thou who hast a single arm!
          O thou that glitterest in the moon!
      I weave thee in the spinning charm!
          I lure thee with the billowy tune.

      The dead man Ankh-f-n-khonsu
          Hath parted from the darkling crowds;
      Hath joined the dwellers of the Light,
          Opening Duant, the star-abodes,
              Their keys receiving.

      The dead man Ankh-f-n-khonsu
          Hath made his passage into night
      His pleasure on the earth to do
          Among the living.