Nut (/nʌt/ or /nuːt/) or Neuth (/nuːθ/ or /njuːθ/; also spelled Nuit or Newet) is the goddess of the sky in the Ennead of ancient Egyptian religion. She was seen as a star-covered nude woman arching over the earth, or as a cow.
Role in Egyptian Pagan Religion Edit
Nut represented the sky and the universe. The sun passed through her mouth at sunset and came out from her womb at sunrise, being reborn. Nut was the daughter of Tefnut, the goddess of Moisture, and Shu, the god of Air. She was deeply in love with Geb, the god of Earth, and through intercourse with him birthed Isis, Osiris, Set and Nephthys.
When Ra discovered that Nut was pregnant by Geb, he was furious because it would mean he would one day give up his throne, and decreed that she would never give birth during any of the 360 days of the year. Thoth however, decided to help Nut by tricking the Moon god Khonsu into gambling with him. Khonsu lost and was foced to give up enough moonlight to add five new days to the year. These were the extra five days on the Egyptian calendar (which otherwise had twelve months of 30 days each), creating a shortened 13th month, and it was during this time that her children were born.However, after this Ra ordered that she would be forcibly separated from Geb by Shu.
Modern Neopaganism Edit
Nut is often seen to represent the universe in some traditions, combining her with what is known about astronomy today. Ellen Cannon Reed, one of the founders of Tamaran Wicca, describes her as a kind and loving grandmotherly goddess, who sees all and loves with more objectivity than a new mother.