Here is an excellent blog post about what to do during Fallow Periods in religious life.
Athanassakis’s translation of the Orphic Hymns are back in print!
Here is the Amazon link: Orphic Hymns.
Many Hellenic Polytheists and Greco-Egyptian Syncretists use these hymns in daily devotions. This is wonderful!
Hail Athene, Bright-Eyed Lady of wisdom and war!
Hail Hera, Queen of Heaven and Gods!
Hail Hekate, Lady of the Crossroads!
Hail the Theoi!
I’m working on calendars. I’m working on one for the Devotional Book and Hymnal Books I’m writing for Aset. There are festival days to Aset like “Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra” which celebrates Her power as a sun goddess and there is one called “Celebration of Aset Giving Birth to Heru-sa-Aset” which is an 18 day festival (for an 18 Day festival I wish there was more in the ancient sources of what to do for it). There is the “Conception of Heru-sa-Aset by Aset and Wesir”. There’s Aset’s Festival of Lights: Aset Luminous (Procession of Aset, the Brilliant, Mother of God). Then there are a few more I just found called “Aset, the Goddess” and “Aset, the Great, Mother of God, Mistress of Stars”.
I’m glad we have these festival names and dates, but for the majority of them, we have no idea of what to do. How many “Feast of Aset” or “Festival of Aset” have you seen? How do you celebrate them? How do we honor the Goddess? What do we do for Her New Moon Festival (Wesir as Moon God dies and She mourns Him is what I’m thinking here, but all I have is the name and the fact that an ox was offered).
I’m just doing as much research as I possibly can and hopefully make something Aset is proud of.
Speaking of research on calendars, Tamara Siuda, spiritual leader of the House of Netjer, author and Egyptologist is going to write a book on her own research on the Ancient Egyptian calendars. Here is the blogpost about the project Ancient Egyptian Daybook Project.
Isidora Forrest, author and Priestess of Isis is re-printing her book Isis Magic! You can get a copy a month from now! This is a revised and expanded edition with a few new rituals.
Here are the details!
I’m getting my copy next month. How about you?
Hail Tayet, Sovereign of the Gods,
Who Purifies all Gods,
Who Purifies all Goddesses,
May You purify me,
May You prepare me
As You cleanse any God
As You cleanse any Goddess,
Dispel all evil
and free us from terror as Ptah (1).
Tayet is a manifestation or some say, a syncretization of/with Aset called Aset-Tayet. Aset as Tayet is the Goddess over purification, cleansing and weaving the linen wrappings of the dead.
Purity is a physical state for me. If I’m physically pure then i often times also feel pure mentally too. I find that also keeping my home clean helps with this as well.
Things I do to purify my home:
*I clean my home once or twice a week
*I bathe with salt and baking soda (and soap!) before the KO Ritual of the Senut
*I offer to my House-Wight/Home Spirit.
*I keep a Hearth Shrine to Frigga and Aset
(1) Goyon, Jean-Claude. Confirmation du Pouvoir Royal au Nouvel an : Brooklyn Museum papyrus 47.218.50. (Institut Francais D’Archeologie Orientale et Brooklyn Museum, 1972), 53-54. Translated by me.
So Galina Krasskova, an author, Priest and Northern Tradition Shaman had a post about Valentine’s Day that basically said that we should make this a modern holiday for the many Godddesses and Gods of love, desire, eroticism, romance, sexuality, friendship, etc. So deities like Aphrodite, Hetharu, Aset, Freyja, Eros, Oshun, etc.
I thought this was a wonderful idea. So yesterday, I gave strawberries, a Kit-Kat bar and mead to Aset, cucumbers and red wine to Sekhmet-Mut, green bell peppers and red wine to Nebet Het and coffee and a Kit-Kat bar to Wepwawet. (I honor Them together most days, so I honored Them on V-Day too. I was told to honor my Beloveds equally so if I give an offering to one, I have to give an offering to the other two. My Beloveds within Kemetic Orthodoxy are Nebet Het, Wepwawet, and Sekhmet-Mut. Aset is my Mother, my Spiritual Parent within that system).
I gave Frigga and Freyja Riesling wine and a Kit-Kat. And I gave Riesling wine to Frigga and Aset on the Hearth Shrine They share in my kitchen.
All in all, this was an excellent idea. Thank you, Galina. I can’t wait for next year.