Sobek Festival-Soucheia

Here are the Sobek Festivals I have found in these two sources. I’m including the Sobek festivals I’ve posted previously from the Soknaipiou Nesos Temple in the Faiyum.

7 Hathyr
Birth of Sobek, the Great God (19 days)

8 Tybi
Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

2 Phamenoth
Festival of the Foundation of the Enclosure of the Great God Sobek (7 days)

21 Payni
Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

2 to 9 Epiphi
Festival of Sobek/Soucheia

20 of Epiphi
Festival of Sobek/Socheia (7 days)

Source:

Capron, Laurent. “Déclarations fiscales du Temple de Soknopaiou Nêsos: éléments nouveaux,” in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Bd. 165, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn (Germany). (2008), pp. 133-160.

Link:
Article

Perpillou-Thomas, Francoise. Fêtes d’Egypte ptolémaïque et romaine, d’après la documentation papyrologique grecque. (Studia Hellenistica Series 31). Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1993. (pages 140-144)

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Reminder: June Aset Festivals

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June

1 of June-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
2-Great Feast of the Two Lands
4-Conception of Heru-sa-Aset
12-Procession of Aset and Celebration of the Marriage Contract of Aset
14 of June-Night of the Teardrop of Aset
22-Feast of Entry of Aset
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
28-Appearance of Sopdet
30-Burning the Widow’s Flame

Polytheist Practice

This blog post (linked here: There IS No “Pagan Umbrella”: Reframing the (Current) Pagan/Polytheist Debate) inspired my post below.

I think the polytheist community needs to be its own thing. We are not Pagans, using Outer Court Wicca practices and Hermetic Practices to conduct rituals. Not everyone calls quarters, casts circles, calls upon a God and Goddess, does a magical working and concludes the rite with cakes and ale.

In fact, most polytheists, I would argue, don’t do this. Most Polytheists that I’m familiar with (Kemetic, Hellenic Heathen/Germanic and possibly Canaanite) do things very differently.

1) Most of us honor ancestors and have ancestor altars in our homes to honor our departed loved ones.

2) We have shrines to Gods and Goddesses in our homes and They are treated as individual beings with their own personalities, attributes and affinities. They are given offerings, ritual and are worshiped at their shrines during certain times (daily, weekly, monthly and/or during festivals). Also, some people follow deities from one pantheon while others follow deities from more than one pantheon. And some follow more than one religious path. It varies.

3) Some of us honor House or Land spirits. Some honor other spirits.

4) Many of us honor the deities in rituals consisting of incense (or essential oils, flowers, scent of some kind, etc.), candles, offerings and libations as well as ancient or modern hymns. Gestures of adoration and praise can also be incorporated in this.

5) Many of us derive our religious practices from ancient sources such as those found in archaeology, anthropology and literature as well as temples where applicable. We also derive our practices from getting input from the deities Themselves. (Since we are dealing with incorporeal, sentient, distinct entities, we would ask for Their input on how They would like to be honored). So experiences with the deities would also help inform our practices.

6) We also adapt our religious practices to our time and place. We don’t live in the ancient world and we are not the ancients. So we offer fig newtons to Kemetic deities and chocolate to Hetharu and strawberries to Aset and cheese to Wepwawet and red wine to Sekhmet. We offer what we are able to given the deities historic (or modern) associations, our own budgets, our own abilities and our own religious taboos (if we have any; someone who has a taboo against eating pork may not offer it, etc.)

Cast Aside

How dare you cast them out!
How dare you cast them aside!
Disown and disregard your children
with your own child-like whims and child-like reasons?
How dare you dismiss My son!
How dare you cast aside your child
who is different or who is not a copy of yourself.
You made a child, another person
Not a clone
Not a band-aid to fix your broken lives.
Or a way to live your unfulfilled dreams.
You created a whole other being.
Love that being.
Love that being for who they are, not who you want them to be.
If you cannot do this, then do not have children.
Do not come to My table having cast away your son or your daughter for being different than you are.
Do not cast away your child.
For if you do, I will cast you out.
Do not come to My table having cast your child aside
for being disabled
for being autistic
for being a lesbian
for being gay
for being chronically ill
For these are My people
I aid the disenfranchised.
Do not cast them away,
or child,
You will be the one whom I cast aside.