Anubis is an ancient deity of Egypt whose story is laced with mystery and deceit as many good stories are. Legends differ on his origins, some say that Anubis is the son of Nephthys and Seth, others say that he is the son of Ra and others even the son of Osiris. Personally, I like the story with Osiris, so that is the one I will follow for now.
Anubis was the son of Nephthys who was wife of Seth. Legend says that Seth could not father a child, so Nephthys disguised herself as Isis, and laid with Osiris, and so Osiris fathered Anubis. This was yet another reason for the rivalry, hate and jealousy between Seth and Osiris, which ultimately led to Seth killing Osiris.
Anubis, as a young boy, spent most of his time in the deserts of Egypt. It is said that the deserts are his natural lands and he knows them like no other. Because of this he is also the patron god of travelers. As he grew, he became known as the God of the Dead but that is not entirely accurate.
Embalming rites were his sole domain and he is known for embalming the dead as well as guiding them to where they need to go. In later texts, it is said that Anubis at times presides over the great balance of life, and decides who goes where in their afterlife. However, those references were few.
Some say that he used to be the God of the Dead and stepped aside for Osiris upon his demise out of respect. However, I believe that he is not responsible for the underworld itself, but more as a guarding and guide for those taking the journey. Anubis embodies all of the qualities of his animal half: loyal, watchful, protector, and is said to be ultimately unbiased in any way. Anubis has kept himself out of the politics and bickering of other gods, his role being much greater than that. You could say that Anubis is the ultimate guide as he has no loyalties to any sides or points of views.
Guidance from Anubis
Anubis’ power comes not just from the dead and dying but for anyone seeking transformation and guidance. For those going through a rough time in life, where you feel lost and not sure where to turn, turn to Anubis. Unlike many gods, he will not judge or offer insight on how to resolve issues, instead he will present the options, or paths, available to you and allow you to choose.
He is well known for his ability to protect those who seek his guidance which makes him one who you can call upon for protection when you most need it. I found some references of him also being a protector of travelers, but I feel that this applies to those who are traveling through experiences in life more so than physically traveling anywhere.
He is an interesting deity since his role is one of guided transformation but at the same time he is known for his skills in preservation. The two seem to be at odds but not really. I think I would feel comfortable seeking his guidance when looking for change, but not radical change. He would be a great deity to work with if you are seeking spiritual growth, to see things beyond what you can see now – but are afraid. He can comfort, guide, protect and help you to get ready for the next step. His neutrality makes him a caring and comforting deity regardless of what you seek.
Considering his relationship with preservation, herbs that would most fit him are those that protect and preserve. Benzoin, Frankincense, Myrrth, Anise Star, Cloves, Cardamom, Salts, Rosemary are all herbs that would probably work well for him.