The mother of the sky is both the beginning and ending of human experience, but her great power allows life to continue, in cycles, through endless periods of realization and reflection. Nut is the source of new ideas, the endless reservoir of possibilities. She is also associated with astronomy; as the ancient temple priests viewed the sky as her material body; accurately calculating time and the cyclic periods of celestial phenomena from a sophisticated system of observation and notation. She associates with the deities of divination, as all past and future events take shape from the firmament in her visible form.
Principle: Augmentation. The powers of Nut provide increase, allowing the seed of thought and the fruit of labor to reach its utmost limit. She is the incubator par excellence, and assists in the successful completion of any endeavor.
Function: Gestation. Nut’s watery realm is also the source of peace and recuperation. She brings healing dreams and insights, and allows intuition to come forth when required. This Neter also possesses a fertile nature, which may be called upon to alleviate difficulties in conception, pregnancy; and childbirth.
Associated deities: Atum, “the all,” the primeval creator and ancestor of Nut; Tefuut, Neter of cosmic moisture and guardian of the horizons; Nun, the primordial water that rejuvenates the spirit and restores the body; Nefertum, the divine youth whose scent inspires spiritual visions; Mut, incubating mother who protects the royal child; Heqet, an attendant birth goddess in the form of a frog.
Animals: Serpent, frog, eel.
The Egyptians regarded the passage of the Sun over the sky as a divine journey that ensures Maat (order) and continuity. As the Sun god Ra makes his daily passage through the heavens, divine vitality is distributed through the visible worlds, and as he performs his annual circuit through the constellations, “seasons” of that vitality becomes accessible to the temple.
Recognizing that the twelve-signed band of constellations was not incorporated into temple iconography until the Graeco-Roman period, an understanding of the parallels between celestial rhythms and acts of theurgy was nevertheless the fundamental premise of temple work in ancient times and should be our guide in the present. Following the astrological scheme fulfills that aim and allows the initiate to experience the powers of the celestial seasons and the Neteru who bring them to conscious life.
— Rosemary Clark: The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt