Heka | He Who Activates the Ka

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Heka/Hekau - He Who Activates the Ka. The term is made up of the word "ka" which is the ancient Kemetic concept of the vital force. Heka has been incorrectly translated as "magic".


"To me belonged the universe before you gods had come into being. You have come afterwards because I am Heka." - Coffin Texts, spell 261

Akofena

"Heka is an ancient Egyptian word that meant the action of a complete living force; it was also the name of an Egyptian deity. Yet the word has been confused, misued, and misunderstood because of distorted perceptions from some Westerners who have claimed that the word Heka is the deification of magic, but that is only a part of the story. The word is literally the activating of the ka. Now it is true that some Egyptians understood heka to work by activation of the ka of a person because the embodied personality of someone’s ka had great power and energy. It also includes the use of heka as activation of the ka of the gods." - Molefi Kete Asante

Akofena

"In the beginning, according to the myth of the Ennead, there was a mysterious act of creativity or fertility by the creator - the sun-god atum, for instance, was considered to have created himself with the aid of such forces as Heka (the Egyptian term for magic), Sia (a personification of `perception') and Hu (`the divine word')." - Ian Shaw

Akofena

"Heka magic is many things, but, above all, it has a close association with speech and the power of the word. In the realm of Egyptian magic, actions did not necessarily speak louder than words--they were often one and the same thing. Thought, deed, image, and power are theoretically united in the concept of heka." - Ogden Goelet, Jr.

Akofena

"...a supernatural energy called heka, with which the gods were endowed by their very essence, with the result that they could be described as being “of powerful hekau” or “with many hekau”...But humankind was not deprived of it, as we learn from the text of the Instruction of Khety for His Son Merikare: “God has given heka to men as a weapon capable of frustrating the normal course of events.” And the magician knew how to make use of it." - Françoise Dunand

Akofena

"The Egyptians, like other peoples of the time, did not view magic as magical, as miracles. Heka was not irrationality and superstition; it was a force, an energy, a tool of knowledge, creativity and power, much like our science and technology. Magical techniques using rituals, objects and words, and spells were seen as an efficient, pragmatic way of manipulating existence, the universe and the gods." - Simson R. Najovits

Akofena

"...If we start with Egyptian terminology, we get a totally different notion of magic. Magic in the sense of heka means an all-pervading coercive power–comparable to the laws of nature in its coerciveness and allpervadingness–by which in the beginning the world was made, by which it is daily maintained and by which mankind is ruled. Magic in the sense of a particular discourse is much more specific. It refers to the exertion of this same coercive power in the personal sphere." - Jan Assmann

Akofena

"The ancient Egyptians knew when a person had died because he or she had lost their vital essence. This loss of essence was the loss of ka from the body but not the end of life although we would say the person was deceased. At this point the ka had left the body. However, this idea is closely related to the Western notion of soul. It refers to "spirit" and it is often related to the idea of the second image of the person, the person's double." - Molefi Kete Asante

Akofena

"They believed that the formation of the kA is deeply connected to the shaping, experience and remnants of the physical form. The kA includes all of the genetic material and characteristics of our parents and ancestors. The Egyptians knew that residue from all of one's ancestors were sharing in the make-up of one's own personal kA So reverence for one's ancestors, and remembering their names, was considered essential to their practices. They believed that our ancestor's kA lives on in all of us. Their genes, successfully passed down through the many generations, live on in each being born of their creation. All of our ancestors are gazing through our eyes at this very moment. The ancients believed that by just saying their names we can call them forth, with all of their wisdom and knowledge." - Jay Weidner

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