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Aset-Sopdet Festival

Today is the “Goddess of Heaven Goes South to the Road” Festival. This celebrates Aset as Sopdet as She makes her journey in the Duat in order to re-appear at New Year. This is the half-point of Her journey.

Honor Aset as Sopdet (or Aset-Sopdet) today as the stellar Goddess of the Heavens.

Sopdet is often portrayed as a woman with a star crown on Her head and She is sometimes in bovine form. As Sopdet is an Eye of Ra, She can also appear as a cobra or lioness.

Her theophany for this festival is the Cow.

Hail the Star Goddess!

Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra

This festival is on the Cairo Calendar on 2 Peret Day 16.  The “Awakening of Aset” would be at sunrise since all ancient Egyptian deities are awakened then.  The “Majesty of Ra” here is the sunlight.  So basically, go outside at sunrise bathing a statue of Aset in Ra’s rays.

I could not do that today since I went to bed at sunrise and it was cloudy and cold all day.  So instead I lit candles for Her.  Candle flame is analogous to the First Dawn during daily rites so I think it is a workable substitute if you can’t get outside or the sun isn’t out.

This festival celebrates Aset as a solar Goddess, an Eye of Ra and a Daughter of Ra.

Her theophanies as a solar deity include the cobra and the lioness.

Kemetic Ritual Ramblings

Many Kemetics do a daily or weekly rite or ritual to certain Netjeru. I sometimes perform the Kemetic Orthodox Ritual of the Senut.

I’m trying to make a ritual for Aset to perform as well. I found a few things I can use (ancient hymns and so forth), but I need to dig deeper to know what I’m doing. Because you shouldn’t perform a ritual (or create one) unless you know what you’re doing.

So why do we perform ritual to the Netjeru? Here are a few answers:

*It strengthens and maintains Ma’at in the world and community

*It maintains the creation of the world against the Uncreated One.

*It feeds the Kau of the Netjeru and ourselves which sustains us and Them

*It invites the Gods and Goddesses in our homes and our lives

*If you have a Parent/Patron Netjeru, the ritual will strengthen your bond with that deity. This can result in you becoming Their Eyes and Hands in this world.

*Where offerings go, blessings flow. You give to Them and They give back to you. This is another way of saying “I give so that You may give.” or reciprocity.

*My life is made up of choices I have made (some good, some bad, some in between) and the blessings I have had in my life (and being alive at all would be one of them) has come from Them. And when I have made mistakes and owned up to my mistakes, and tried to fix them, who was there to help me? They were (along with my awesome family and friends–that would be another blessing). They have showered my life with many blessings. I give to Them because They have already given to me.

*I choose to honor the Gods and Goddesses I have chosen to follow.

And that’s all the thoughts I have for now.

Notes

Ka/Kau (plural)–Life force; it is the energy sustained by offerings in both humans and Gods–it is also part of the soul.

Ma’at–a goddess of balance and justice; a concept of balance that helps maintain the world.

Netjer/Netjeru (plural)–ancient Egyptian deity/deities

Uncreated One–Apep/Apophis and Its agent of isfet