Aset, Auset, Isis, Festivals, Rhodophoria

Happy Rhodophoria!

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Today is the 4th Day of the 13 Day Rhodophoria Celebration! Sorry I’m a little late. I got distracted updating the website. More changes to come with that. I’m hoping to change the theme soon, among other things.

So there is my Aset shrine pictured above! She has three red roses for the Rhodophoria festival! In another shrine in my home, for Wesir, Aset and Heru-sa-Aset aka the Holy Family Shrine, I put some yellow and a few pink roses for them.

Happy Rhodophoria, everyone! And please remember, this is also a time to honor the military dead as well as the Goddesses associated with the festival!

Bast, Bastet, Bast-Mut, Links, Offerings and Symbols

Bast-Mut: About and Offerings

Bast means “she of the ointment jar” or “devouring lady” (1). She is a lioness goddess of protection, the sun, the home and an Eye of Ra. She was the fierce lioness in some myths of the Distant Goddess. Later in the Greco-Roman Period, Bast became depicted as a domestic cat.

She was honored with her consort Ra-Atum (or Atum-Ra) and her sons Heru-Hekenu (Horus of Praises) and Ma’ahes (Mihos) at her Temple of Per-Bast (Bubastis). In Memphis, her consort was Ptah and her son was Nefertem. As the syncretic Goddess Bast-Mut, her consort was Amun-Ra and her son was Khonsu.

Bast’s syncretic forms are Bast-Mut and Sekhmet-Bast.

To learn more about Bast go to these websites Per Bast and the wikipedia entry here Bast Wiki Entry.

There is also a book about Bast called Bast, Cat Goddess of Ancient Egypt by Linda Illes. Just a note, the author does not cite sources.

And here is a great song to Bast by Catfolk: Bast Within and ShefytBast’s songs to Bast here: Songs to the Netjeru.

Offerings to Bast-Mut

Liquid Offerings
Water
Beer
Red Wine (Cabernet Sauvignon; Pomegranate-Wine)
Milk
Mead
Tea

Food Offerings
Beef
Chicken
Duck
Red Meat
Pastries
Chocolate
Vegetables
Fruit
Bread

Non-Food Offerings
Scents: Sandalwood, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Vanilla
Light: Red or gold candles
Colors: Red, White or Purple (especially as Bast-Mut); Green and Gold as well.
Flowers: Red Roses, flowers in general

Taboos
None.

Sources

1) Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. Stargazer Design, 2009. page 62.

Pinch, Geraldine. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses and Traditions of Ancient Egypt. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Joyce Tyldesley. The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt. (Penguin 2011), 196-197.

Golden of the Valley, Lapis of the River
This is Shefyt’s blog which is dedicated to Bast.

Bast Wiki Entry
The Bast entry at the Wepwawet-Wiki.

Aset, Auset, Isis, Athena, Nebet Het, Nephthys, Sekhmet, Sekhmet-Mut, Shrine, Site Updates

Site Update

Hello, everyone!

I have updated my website! I have added to each of these sections:

Aset: Aset FAQ, Offerings, Shrine and Family.

Nebet Het: Shrine, Syncretic Forms and Offerings.

Athene: Orphic Hymn to Athene trans. by Thomas Taylor and Books.

And I have added a new sections for Sekhmet-Mut!

Sekhmet-Mut’s section has: About Sekhmet-Mut, Epithets, Offerings, Festivals, Shrine, Syncretic Forms and Books.

Aset, Auset, Isis, Musings, Mysteries, Nebet Het, Nephthys, Nut, Nuit

Aset, Lady of the West

As I was sitting in shrine tonight, I was staring at all the shrines with their candles lit and their offerings laid out.

I thought of Aset as She is my Spiritual Mother. The specific Aset I get is as Aset Amenti or Aset as Lady of the West. And I’m finding a few things out about this Goddess that I didn’t know before. Lady of the West is a title of many Goddesses: Nut, Hethert, Nebet Het and Aset, Herself. As I thought about this I thought about separate experiences with Aset-Hethert, Aset-Nut, and Aset-Nebet Het.

It is strange because I have been told by a friend that Aset Amenti sounds like Aset as Nebet Het as She speaks.

The Lady of the West here encompasses more than just the Dead for Me.
I am the Queen of Heaven.
I am the Goddess of the Stars at night.
I am the Star shining a light through darkness.
I guide and lead the Dead.
I counsel and care for the Living.
I am Hethert. I am Nut.
I am with My Sister, here.
I am Aset Amenti.
I am Aset as Nebet Het who is Aset.
This is who I am, child.
I am Aset all the time and yet,
I encompass more than you can imagine.
Yes, Nebet Het is My sister.
Yet, I am Her and She is Me.
This is a Mystery.
Let it unfold.

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Bast or Bast-Mut Festivals

Festivals for Bast or Bast-Mut

2nd Akhet/Paopi/September
10-Procession of Bast, Goddess of Ankhtawy
18-Eve of the Festival of Opet
19 to 3 Akhet 10 (24 days)-Festival of Opet

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
20-Procession of Bast, Mistress of Ankhtawy, Before Ra She is Angry

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
15-Feast of Sekhmet and Bast

1 Peret/Tybi/December
3-Feast of the Drunkenness of the Eye of Ra
19-Feast of Bast
20-Procession of Bast Who Protects the Two Lands
21-Bast Guards the Two Lands
28 to 2 Peret Day 4-The Distant Goddess Returns from Nubia (6 day festival)
29-Bast and Sekhmet Guide the Two Lands

2 Peret/Mechir/January
29-Feast of the Navigation of Bast

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
1-Feast of Ra and the Eye of Ra
4-Day of Chewing Onions for Bast

2 Shomu/Payni/May
16-Feast of Bast, Purifying Sekhmet

Sources

Bakir, Abd el-Mohsen. The Cairo Calendar No. 86637. Cairo, 1966.

Brier, Bob. Ancient Egyptian Magic. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1980.

Cauville, Sylvie. Dendara XV: Traduction. Peeters, 2012.

El-Sabban, Sherif. Temple Festival Calendars of Ancient Egypt. Wiltshire: Liverpool University Press, 2000.

Spalinger, Anthony. Three Studies on Egyptian Feasts and Their Chronological Implications. (Maryland: Halgo, 1992

Sauneron, Serge. Esna V: Les fetes religieuses d’esna aux derniers siecles du paganisme. Institut français d’archéologie orientale, 2004.

Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. Illinois: Stargazer Design, 2009.

Ancient Texts, Aset, Auset, Isis, Sarapis

Purifications from Megalopolis

No, this is not a post about Superman. Megalopolis was in Arcadia and it had a Temple to Aset (Isis), Sarapis and Anubis. There is a text associated with purity in that temple.

Most of these rules were how long you had to stay away from the temple after certain events and most of them had to do with women.

Obviously, some of these are more feasible to follow today than others.

After childbirth, 9 days
After abortion, 44 days
After menses, 7 days
After sex, clean with water from head to toe, same day.
After bloodshed, 3 days
After eating goats or sheep, 3 days
After eating other foods, clean with water from head to toe, same day.

Source

Bricault, Laurent. Les Cultes Isiaques Dans Le Monde Greco-romain (La Roue a Livres / Documents Book 66). (Les Belles Lettres, 2013), 363-364 and 365-366.

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Aset Shrine Pictures

Here are some shrine pictures of Aset’s shrine during the Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra Festival in January (I think it is the 16 of Mechir on the Ancient Egyptian calendar). Some friends and I got together and honored Her. I think this was in 2011 though I’m not sure.

Anyway, here are the pictures.

Aset Shrine
Awakening of Aset by the Majesty of Ra Shrine




aset statues
Close up of Aset Statues




offerings to aset
Offerings to the Goddess Aset




aset statue close two
Another Aset statue close up.



Ancient Texts, Aset, Auset, Isis

Porphyry and the Abstinence of Food

I was talking with a friend of mine about my dietary restrictions. Then she said something that really stuck with me. “So no fish and no pork or beef. So no four-hoofed animals?”

That was interesting. I hadn’t thought of that. So today, I found this reference to some food that some Ancient Egyptian Priests did not eat. We don’t have too much on this topic from the ancient Egyptians themselves. And Porphyry was a Roman philosopher who was a vegetarian and his work came from from a much later time period, but this is what we have.

As an aside, Aset has asked me to look at the Roman material to fill in what I’m missing from I’m guessing the ancient Egyptian and Greek material. And this would be one of those gaps.

So here it is:

But they abstained from all the fish that was caught in Egypt, and from such quadrupeds as had solid, or many-fissured hoofs, and from such as were not horned; and likewise from all such birds as were carnivorous. Many of them, however, entirely abstained from all animals; and in purifications this abstinence was adopted by all of them, for then they did not even eat an egg. (Porphory. On Abstinence, 4.7)(1).

Sources

(1) Porphyry. On Abstinence from Animal Food. translated by Thomas Taylor. 1823. Pages 110-128. Found here: On Abstinence from Animal Food: Book 4

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Proskynema for Aset

A proskynema is translated as “adoration” of a deity. On the Temple of Philae pilgrims left notes of when they had done a proskynema to the Goddess Aset. There is even a few papyri fragments which stated that Sarapis and Sobek were offered proskynema in one’s household (1).

Prosykensis
is a Greek word for adoration. These are sacred gestures meant to honor the Gods. These would be hand gestures done for the Hellenic deities or the Egyptian ones such as raising your palms to the sky for the Olympians or to the ground for the Deities or the Underworld or your palms facing the image of a deity. Or this would be a henu or dua gesture for the Egyptian deities as well as full prostration before the holy image or shrine (2).

This may also be in the context of a ritual where words were spoken, a gesture was performed and an offering was given. In some cases, this was every day so the offering would be something easily accessible such as wine or water or fruit or a grain such as bread or barley (3).

There are a few of these festivals that I know of so far. They are also listed on my festivals page here: Aset Festivals.

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
29-Adoration of Aset of the Many Names/Proskynema

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
9 of March-Adoration of Aset, the very Great Goddess, Sovereign and Savior/Proskynema

In the descriptions of these events we have some epithets of the Goddess Aset. In one of them Aset is of the Many Names and this describes Her as a Goddess of many names and forms and epithets. You could honor Aset as a shapeshifter or recite a hymn with Her many epithets or aspects or forms mentioned like chapter 142 of the Book of the Dead or if you are more Classically inclined one of the Aretalogies.

In the next one Aset is honored as Aset, the very Great Goddess, Sovereign and Savior. Here She is described as supreme Goddess who is a Sovereign Queen and one who is a savior to Her people. She aids those who call upon Her. So you could honor Aset as a Great Lady with immense power and sovereignty. She is the one who saves those who call upon Her. She is the savior Goddess par excellence.

She did not stop searching for Her husband and She never stopped caring for Her son. And Her son stands in for everyone. Think about that a minute. She will aid and protect you as fiercely and as compassionately as She would Her son Heru. She is the single Mother who cares for millions.

Adoration to Aset. Homage to Aset.

May I bow before You in adoration and praise.

Sources

(1) Lewis, H. Jeremiah. The Balance of the Two Lands: Writings on Greco-Egyptian Polytheism. (Nysa Press, 2009), 39-40.

(2) Lewis, H. Jeremiah. The Balance of the Two Lands: Writings on Greco-Egyptian Polytheism. (Nysa Press, 2009), 141-142.

(3) Lewis, H. Jeremiah. The Balance of the Two Lands: Writings on Greco-Egyptian Polytheism. (Nysa Press, 2009), 39-40.