Aset, Auset, Isis

PBP 2013: A is for Aset

Aset is the main Goddess of my life and this blog. If you don’t know who She is see the About Aset section of this site. She came to me in 2002 in a dream. This was one of the first times I had encountered Her. I wrote a poem about it too.

Unlike most people in the Neo-Pagan or Goddess-centered Pagan communities and even some Kemetic ones, I get Aset as a purely Ancient Egyptian Goddess. I tried calling Her Isis at first. Nothing happened. I felt no Presence, no connection with that God. But when Aset’s name passed my lips, this force, this Presence stood behind me. It was so real to me that I knew and felt I was not alone in the room.

Since then I have been studying about the Egyptian Goddess through Egyptology books and forging a relationship to Her through devotional practice. Through my devotions I was noticing that I was only getting Aset. I was not getting Isis. At all.

Finally, I asked Her about this and I got a few responses one of which was: “Isis is not your Mother. I am.”

and “Some worship Me as Isis.”

So I’m seeing this as more of a spectrum here. There is an Aset (without Isis). That’s the one I’m getting. Then there seems to be a merge between Aset-Isis (as Isis came from Aset, but morphed into a trans-cultural syncretic deity which I would just call Isis at this point).

In my written Work for Her I tend to focus on Her Egyptian attributes and the Egyptian Goddess Aset.
So this means that I don’t use the Four Greek Hymns of Isidorus (did you notice the term Greek in there?), Plutarch’s work or Apuleius’s book Metamorphosis, or the Areatologies. Instead I use Egyptian temple hymns, papyri, stela and Egyptology books to inform my knowledge of the attributes of the Goddess.

And I’m not sure if people are going to discredit my work because of this. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. I do the Work of my Goddess. I do the Work She gave me. And maybe it will help some people. And maybe it won’t.

It is the Work She has given me. And I will do Her work gladly.

The Work I do for Aset are many things, but one of those is writing. One of them is writing in this blog. I am writing four books about Aset at the moment. One of them is an scholarly study of Aset in ancient Egypt. Another one is how to worship Aset today with festivals, rituals and other resources for the modern devotee (these two may end up being one book, depending on length). The third one is a book with ancient hymns to Aset from Egyptology sources and many of them have not been previously translated into English. The fourth one is a book of Oracles I have written for Aset over the last 10 years or so.

I also do rituals and magic for Her. I do Aset Oracle Divinations for Her as well.

What Work do you do for Aset? How do you worship or honor Her in your life?


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