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Goddess Nut of Eygpt

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Dearest Nut, our Cosmic Mother.

Goddess Nut is one of the oldest Egyptian goddesses, and is a part of the Egyptian creation stories.

painting of ut iwth a blue sky with stars and lots of people inside her body on all fours
Ancient painting of Goddess Nut

Before time begin, Ra, the creator existed in the lifeless waters of chaos called the Nu. He rose from his inert state and created Shu, the air and Tefnut, the moisture. Together Shu and Tefnut gave birth to Nut, the sky and Geb, the Earth. Nut and Geb were deeply in love and embraced each other so closely that Ra got jealous and put Shu, the air in between the lovers. In this way, Nut forms a protective layer over the Earth, saving us from the watery chaos above. All the celestial beings move through her body. Even Ra the creator, who later became the Sun. Ra is swallowed up by Nut every night and every morning she gives birth to him, giving her the title Mother of Gods. She also gave birth to last four of the Great Ennead- Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys. She certainly has a very important role in the Egyptian universe.

A blue goddess nut with wings spread open on a golden background
Goddess Nut

Goddess Nut of the Sky. mother of all. She has always been looked upon as a loving caring Goddess. She holds a space for us, away from the watery chaos outside. She birthed all the stars and the celestial beings and loves the Earth passionately, Although she was rarely worshipped in daily life, as the sky is simply the sky, once life ebbs toward death Nut becomes all important.

O my Mother Nut, stretch Yourself over me, that I may be placed among the imperishable stars which are in You, and that I may not die.”

Goddess Nut, protector of the dead. Many inscriptions and carvings of Nut in Egyptian tombs such as the verse above have been uncovered. Nut was believed to carry the dead up to the sky with her and they would join her in her celestial world. She is a beautiful Goddess to call upon if you are grieving, her arms wrap the world in an all encompassing embrace. She protects the living and cares for the dead. She loves deeply and if you lie still and quiet and look up at the night sky it almost feels like you can feel her embrace.

a reduction linocut print of goddess nut with a golden sun, mountains and a river behind her.
Goddess Nut reduction print by The Coventina Press

I was commissioned to make my print of Goddess Nut for someone who had experiened an enormous loss and I hope that it gives some solace. As it is an reduction print, no more can be made but I think one day I will revisit her. She is most definitely worth getting to know more deeply.


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