The Ennead is a term used in metaphysics and theology to refer to a set of nine or ninefold principles or entities. It can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian religion, where it originated as an interpretation of the god Atum. In later times, it was adopted by Neo-Platonists and Gnostics, and has been applied in various other contexts as well.
In its most literal sense, an Ennead is a group of nine entities or principles together forming a single unit. From this sense, the term is sometimes used to refer to the nine gods in Ancient Egyptian religion, specifically those who