The Egyptian goddess Nut was a sky goddess who was married to Ra, the creator god of the sun. The goddess Nut was widely known for her spectacular beauty and incredible kindness.
Nut’s loving and generous nature was obviously extensive. It led to having affairs with Thoth, the god of divine words, and Geb, the god of the earth.
A Cursed Pregnancy
When Ra discovered the goddess Nut’s infidelity, he was furious with her. In his anger, he pronounced a curse that Nut, who was pregnant at the time, would not give birth in any month of any year!
Desolate and despairing that she would never be a mother (not to mention the endless pregnancy), Nut turned to Thoth for words of comfort. What male can stand to see a woman he loves cry? Not Thoth. He quickly soothed her by promising to find a solution to Nut’s dilemma.
And this he did! With his divine powers of persuasion, Thoth persuaded the Moon to gamble with him. The stakes were high. It was agreed that for each round that Thoth won, he would be rewarded with a bit of the Moon’s light.
The games continued for months on end, and eventually, Thoth had managed to win enough light to create five entire new days.
Nut wasted not a precious moment of those blessed days, giving birth to a different child on each of the five days. Hence, Nut came to be called the “Mother of the Gods.”
The Firstborn was a son she named Osiris. He was the son of Re and later became the god who was to rule all of the earth. After him, Nut gave birth to Set, Isis, Horus the Elder, and Nephthys.
Isis and Osiris
Each one of Nut’s children was powerful in their own way, but Isis and Osiris were the most revered. Isis and Osiris loved each other deeply, even when they were still in Nut’s womb. The myths of Isis and Osiris are among the most beautiful love stories ever told.
Ruling together as husband and wife, they created the first great nation of Western civilization during what was called the “Golden Age of Egypt” (around 2,500 BCE).
The additional five days that Thoth had added to the solar year were spent in celebrations honoring the goddess Nut. Festivals were held in late February, just before the new solar year began. And this is the story of how our years came to number 365 days.
The myths of the goddess Nut instruct us never to give up our hold on our precious dreams. She reminds us to persevere and to accept the help of others when we need it.
Nut, a powerful sky goddess and the mother of all gods, is usually represented with symbols associated with the sky, stars, and fertility. This goddess is best known for her children, Osiris, Isis, Set, Horus, and Nephthys, so she can be represented with their symbols too.
Since Nut is the goddess of the sky, it makes no wonder that her main symbol is a sky full of stars. In this context, the sky symbolizes immortality, eternity, abundance, wisdom, omnipotence, and freedom.
Nut’s other symbols are stars, water, sacred ladders (Maqet), pots, and wind.
The cow is a symbol of fertility, motherhood, birth, and generosity, and as such, it is a perfect symbol for Nut. Bunnies, bees, and frogs are also great choices to represent Nut.
For ancient Egyptians, lotus flowers were seen as symbols of fertility, and they were often used as symbols of the goddess Isis, Nut’s daughter. Since Nut is closely associated with fertility and birth, lotus flowers can be used to symbolize her too.
In the past, musk scent was reserved only for wealthy individuals, as it was quite expensive. Apart from being a symbol of wealth due to its price, musk also symbolized earth, warmth, strength, immortality, and eroticism. As such, it is a perfect scent to capture Nut’s essence.
Gems and Metals
Since Nut was the goddess of the blue sky, turquoise is a perfect gemstone to be her symbol. Other blue gemstones, such as sapphire, tourmaline, blue topaz, and opal, are also great choices for representing Nut.
Blue and black are colors of the sky, making them good symbols of Nut.
If you enjoyed this post we are sure you will enjoy getting to know some of the other goddesses we also write about. You can find the complete list of goddesses sorted across regions and religions here.
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