Children of the Divine Order
Children of Heka
Characteristics and Aspects
Heka was the deification of magic. Heka literally means activating the Ka.
Heka was depicted as a man choking two giant entwined serpents. The children of Heka look human.
Heka was the son of Atum. He also had dealings with Khnum and Menhit.
Egyptians thought activating the power of the soul was how magic worked. “Heka” also implied great power and influence, particularly in the case of drawing upon the Ka of the gods. Heka acted together with Hu, the principle of divine utterance, and Sia, the concept of divine omniscience, to create the basis of creative power both in the mortal world and the world of the gods.
Medicine and doctors were thought to be a form of magic, and so Heka’s priesthood performed these activities. Egyptians believed that with the activation of the Ka an aspect of the soul of both gods and humans, they could influence the gods and gain protection, healing and transformation. Health and wholeness of being were sacred to Heka. This magic was used in temple rituals as well as informal situations by priests. These rituals, along with medical practices, formed an integrated therapy for both physical and spiritual health. Magic was also used for protection against the angry deities, jealous ghosts, foreign demons and sorcerers who were thought to cause illness, accidents, poverty and infertility.
The children of Heka are physically normal. They have minor access to all types of magic, but major access to Protection, healing, and transformation magics.