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Anubis Egyptian God of the Dead: 12 Ways to Work With Him

Arguably the most iconic Egyptian god, Anubis has a mysterious pull on people worldwide. He’s known as the Jackal-headed god, The Right Hand of Osiris, and the Egyptian god of the dead. He is one of the oldest Egyptian gods and today remains a popular deity among magicians, witches, and pagans. Here we introduce you to Anubis and provide 12 ways of working with this ancient, mystifying deity.

Who is Anubis, Egyptian God of Mummification?

Exactly who is Anubis? Anubis is one of the oldest gods of the Egyptian pantheon whose image appears on temple and tomb walls beginning in the First Dynasty of Egypt circa 3150-2890 BCE. He is the god of mummification, death, the afterlife, protection, curses and justice. The Egyptian priests who performed the mummification process invoked Anubis in their death rituals. Dogs and jackals once dug up freshly buried corpses, and so to stop this from happening the Egyptians invoked Anubis as the protector of the dead. Who better to defend the dead from dogs than THE BIG DOG himself?

Anubis’ Birth and Life

Anubis is the son of Osiris and Nephthys, though older myths say he is older than his supposed parents. After he was born illegitimately, Nephthys abandoned him at the Necropolis. There he was adopted and raised by jackals. When Set killed his brother Osiris, Isis and Anubis searched for Osiris. They found him dead, which led to Anubis inventing mummification and Osiris being the very first mummy.

Anubis is a psychopomp who guides souls from this world to the next. Moreover, he guards the a door to the hall of judgment and is Osiris’ right hand man when it comes time to weigh souls’ hearts. A very powerful ancient deity not to be messed with. Take your workings with him seriously.

12 Ways to Work With Anubis, God of Mummification

Connect with Anubis as you would any other deity – with profound respect and gratitude. He selects devotees who are willing to face their shadows, and who aren’t afraid of spirits and death. Come to him with a pure heart and of pure intentions. Also have an idea why you want to work with him, as he just may ask you.

1. Read about Anubis

The best way to start getting to know a deity is to read about them. Anubis is a god whose cult was one widespread throughout the ancient world, yet he doesn’t feature in too many of the Egyptian myths. You still can find him in books on the Egyptian pantheon, blogs, fictional novels featuring Anubis, and much more. It just takes some research.

2. Sacred Altar Space for Anubis

The next step to working with Anubis is to set up sacred space for him. An altar cloth, black and gold candles, a statue of him, incense and an incense burner is a great place to start. Cleanse the space beforehand, then invite him to it.

3. Offerings for Anubis

By leaving regular offerings for a deity, you show them your gratitude and your desire to work with them. It is similar to giving gifts to a friend or relative – it should be done out of love. Anubis likes any offerings related to mummification: mummified dolls and figurines, and he also likes dog related objects like collars, toys, etc. In addition, a fresh bowl of water, and incense like frankincense, myrrh and kyphi is appropriate. Wine and beer are also preferred.

4. Call Him By His REAL Names

Anubis’ name in ancient Egypt was actually Anpu (which means “to decay”); Anubis came later on when the Romans adopted him. The Roman name Anubis is thought to mean Royal Child. Honor him by calling him Anpu and also by his epithets: The First of the Westerners, Lord of the Sacred Land, Master of Secrets, and The Right Hand of Osiris.

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5. Visit Mummy Exhibits

You might be surprised how many preserved mummies there are all over the world. Right here in my hometown I found a museum with an Egyptian mummy. By visiting mummies, you get a better understanding of Anubis’ character and his divine duties.

6. Explore Your Beliefs About Death

Anubis is the God of Mummification, Embalming and of Death. He presides over the death process, therefore explore your beliefs about death. Are you afraid of it? Do you have any hang-ups about death or traumas in your life that would prevent you from facing your beliefs in the afterlife? Now is the time to explore those taboo topics.

7. Shadow Work

As Anubis is the god of death and the underworld, he encourages us to face our shadows. Our shadows are those hidden aspects of us: our fears, past traumas, dislikes, and things that otherwise have been hidden from plain sight. These are the things that no one knows about us, and things that we might not even realize about ourselves. It’s painful work, but it is necessary. Ask Anubis for his aid in this healing process.

8. Doggy Care

Anubis is the jackal-headed god. He was raised by jackals and considers all dogs sacred. Donate your time and energy to caring for dogs at a shelter or rescue in his honor. Take care of your own doggies, or if anything donate money to a local rescue.

9. Mountains

Anubis is also known as “He Who Is Sacred Upon His Mountain”, referencing the fact that wild dogs and jackals live in Egypt’s hills. Connect with Anubis by visiting the mountains, performing ritual on top of a mountain, and/or leaving offerings for him in the mountains.

10. Rituals With Anubis

Call on Anubis during ritual for protection. The Romans saw Anubis as a fierce protector and placed his statue at gates and in other places to protect from spirits and invaders. They also called on Anubis for justice against those who had wronged them AND to help break curses. You can do the same. He will also help you find lost items via locator spells.

11. Anubis Mask

An ancient and sacred way to work with Anubis is to wear a mask in his likeness during ritual. You can make your own or buy one online, just make sure it is mostly black and looks like Anubis. His ancient priests wore Anubis masks throughout the mummification, embalming and funerary procession to invoke his presence, wisdom and protection.

12. The Color Black

Anubis’ favorite color is black: like the rich soil from the Nile River, the Otherworld, and to match his jackal-head. Wear black and incorporate black into your rituals and sacred space.

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21 Comments

  1. Egypt

    November 23, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I ask Anubis for help every year l

  2. paula

    September 17, 2022 at 11:22 am

    I dreamed of being a priestess and Anubis protected me when I was a child… & he died way back during the fight, I kept crying when I wokeup & I was talking to Pharaoh, we need to evacuate. I think this is the era when roman empire, tried to slaughter egyptians. Today, fast forward… I prayed to him and when I got of out of the house to run errands. The dogs in our neighborhood as I walked starred at me crazily… like I’m someone they know. Also I feel heavily the emotions of dogs, when they’re sad in cage, worried, happy etc. I think that’s his way of making me know that he’s with me, I received such recogniztion from dogs & high-vibration to their emotions.

  3. Sandy

    July 21, 2022 at 11:34 am

    Amazing how we have all come together on this.
    I feel I have been contacted also but I feel my youngest daughter has much deeper contact.
    She is in her 30’s and she will get out of bed and start drawing or writing, then the next day
    she looks at it and has no clue she did it. It is always hieroglyphs or just pictures.
    I will get her in on this site, it may help her understand better.

  4. Anonymous

    December 17, 2021 at 3:34 am

    I’ve seen him. He’s a big 7ft tall guy he barley talks and he’s done showed me where there is hidden treasure in the India and Greece and Africa in my dreams he holds hiss hand out to me and says join me in this journey help me calm my thr and right when I was about to wake up I heard a scream for help

  5. Jade

    October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I had a visitation last night, or at least I hope it was a visitation. Is it odd that I was contacted by two different deities in the same dream? Strangely enough I believe I was contacted by Bast during the first half of my sleep and the second half I seem to recall conversing with Anubis. If anyone has any insight or helpful tips, please let me know. Fairly new to this process and I would love to see where this goes and perhaps how I can continue to strive in working with these beautiful deities and patrons.

    1. moss

      November 16, 2021 at 3:40 am

      that sounds so cool! I am also recently starting and think I need some tips (mainly things like how to know when a deity or spirit is present, how to know if they are communicating back to you, etc.) I know for a fact though that Anubis is reaching out to me due to all the signs I’ve asked for and the dead animals that he’s shown me in return (a bit morbid but I guess that’s how he works). I personally don’t believe that it is odd that you were contacted by two deities, and if you feel drawn to either it might be helpful doing research and looking into working with them more. hope this helped a little 🙂 (also feel free to correct me on anything)

  6. Orecul

    May 6, 2021 at 5:48 am

    Did I ever tell you, I love Anpu?
    Well. Let it be known, mote it be…

  7. Aeya

    November 15, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Does anyone know if Anubis has preferred herbs or incense?

    1. Lex

      April 12, 2022 at 12:03 am

      Actually yes! from personal experience he likes incenses like myrrh, cedar wood, frankincense, and Egyptian musk.

    2. Kay

      April 14, 2022 at 10:44 am

      Kyphi is one of his favorites, so is Frankincense and Myrrh. He also loves Cypress if you can find it.

    3. Dominic

      September 27, 2022 at 7:35 am

      He likes both

  8. Lalaina McKeever

    October 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I was drawn or led here. Not sure witch. Just signed up an hour ago. Gonna follow. Thank you.

    1. Lou

      January 21, 2021 at 3:05 am

      Wow, this is so bizarre. I work closely with Hekate and I have had some situations (mainly dreams of Anubis) and this evening I meditated and He was present.
      The link is staggering and I feel honoured to meet others.

      1. Adriana

        April 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm

        I have the same situation I’ve been trying to contact Hecate and then j had a dream where I called his name and he came up and started talking to me

  9. daniel schwendinger

    September 3, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    merry meet,
    i learned to work with Anubis through Hekate!…u wouldn’t believe how much They have in common!…
    Blessed Be!…
    daniel

    1. admin

      September 3, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      I would totally believe it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    2. Breona

      October 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I have been feeling called by both of these deities lately so this comment is super interesting

    3. Aeya

      November 15, 2020 at 3:34 pm

      This is strange, as these two deities are who called to me to start on my path. It seems to be common that they call to the same person.

    4. Lou

      January 21, 2021 at 3:05 am

      Wow, this is so bizarre. I work closely with Hekate and I have had some situations (mainly dreams of Anubis) and this evening I meditated and He was present.
      The link is staggering and I feel honoured to meet others.

      1. moss

        November 16, 2021 at 3:35 am

        hey, I’m just starting with this kind of work and lately I feel like Anubis has been reaching out to me (I’ve been seeing lots of dead animals, and when I asked of him for a sign of dead animals to prove it was him, more started showing up as well as me seeing him late at night while meditating), do you have any tips? Most importantly, how do you communicate or hear back from a deity? And how do you know if they are present during meditations other than seeing visions?

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