All gods, divinities, myths or legends started with one human being’s UPG (unverifiable personal gnosis). Human beings have a deep need to explain the unexplainable and we do it best by creating a deity and then sharing it with others, thus religions and pantheons are born.
This is the story of the birth of one small goddess in the Egyptian pantheon, BunniHoTep.
BunniHotep was born one afternoon at a Temple of Isis/Los Angeles priestess tea on the afternoon of Ellen Cannon Reed’s memorial service in October of 2003. Two of us were planning to attend for the Temple and because we knew Ellen. The priestess of the house brought out Ellen’s book the Circle of Isis and we were looking through it and came upon a hieroglyph of a rabbit but there wasn’t any explanation or translation that we could see for the glyph so someone joked that it was “BunniHoTep” and a goddess was born.
We found out later what the hieroglyph meant from one of the other priestesses in the Fellowship of Isis (an international organization). The hieroglyph of the rabbit is the Egyptian verb of being. So one of the meanings of BunniHoTep is the Wiccan principle to “Be Hare Now”.
Somehow she crept into the back of my brain and stayed there and is still there. That night when I went to sleep I started to enter her world and BunniHoTep began to tell me stories. The first BunniHoTep story was the story if how she got her cotton tail and I shared it with the rest of the Temple on our Yahoogroup. Now I share them on my blogs and books. She has continued to tell me her stories and how she came to be.
BunniHoTep has inspired rituals and even has her own Iseum in the Fellowship of Isis. Iseums are the “hearths of the Goddess” and are the way members of the Fellowship of Isis meet and share together.
BunniHoTep is the last daughter of Geb and Nuit, the Egyptian gods of Sky and Earth. Geb and Nuit already had four more famous children that I’m sure you have heard of, Isis, Nepthys, Osiris and Set. They were two pairs of twins but soon they were grown and had moved away from home and Geb and Nuit were lonely so they tried one more time and a small rabbit goddess was born, BunniHoTep.
BunniHoTep is the Goddess of Lost Objects and Small Joys. She can help you find things you have lost even things that you did not know were missing, like courage or your heart. What are small joys? Small joys are the things in life that we often miss but make life on this planet magical. These are things like the beauty of a sunset or every time a baby smiles or the touch of a friend’s hand.
Small joys are the things we often forget and need to be reminded that they exist. They are the things that make us glad to be alive and so are some of the most important but small things we have. They are things that can’t be owned and belong to everyone if we open our eyes and hearts. They are the things that are easily ignored but precious. BunniHoTep comes into your life to remind you to open your heart and eyes and look around you to see, really see, why we humans exist on this planet.
BunniHoTep is joined in her adventures by her sisters, Isis and Nepthys and by her best friend, Ammit. Ammit’s real job is to eat the souls of people that Ma’at finds wanting and whose heart has weighed heavier than her feather. Ammit is ugly. She has the head of a crocodile and the body of a lion and hippopotamus but she has a huge heart and BunniHoTep loves her.
BunniHoTep has met many larger and more important deities such as Yemaya, Baba Yaga, Aphrodite, Tiamat and she has even met Jesus when he lived in Egypt and she would love for you to join her in her adventures.
Look around you. I bet you can see her. She’s in the blue of the sky, the softness of your pet as you touch them. She’s in the colour of the leaves and the softness of the breeze on your skin. She’s in the finding of your missing keys. She is hare now.
Kat Robb has a B.S. from CSUN as a Naturalist Interpreter. She is an ordained Priestess in the international Fellowship of Isis and the Temple of Isis/Los Angeles since 2000 and a Druid in the Druid Clan of Dana. She has been active in the Los Angeles pagan community since 1984. Her book Tales of BunniHoTep is available on Amazon.com along with her other magical tales and her blog can be found at http://elfkat.wordpress.com. She also has a pagan children’s activity blog here: http://thelittlestdruid.wordpress.com.