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Nebet Het Rejoices

Today on 4 Peret/Parmuthi/March  on the 28th day of the month is the festival:  The Heart of Nebet Het Rejoices.  It’s from an inscription on the Temple of Edfu.

Here is the information about the devotional:  Nebet Het Submissions

Anyway, today would be a great day to finish up your submissions for Her (if you haven’t already) and send them in!

The deadline is April 1st!

Other things to do for Nebet Het are: clean your house, honor your dead and give Her offerings!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

 

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Queen of the Road

So I have a book of poetry about Aset.  It’s called Queen of the Road:  Poetry of the Goddess Aset.  Some of these poems/oracles have been on my blog.

I have sent it to the formatter who will send me a mock up later in the week.

I’m hoping to get this book published within the next two months.

Wish me luck!

 

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Reminder Post: Festivals of Aset for March

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
1-Feast of Ra and the Eye of Ra
4 to 21-Aset, Mother of God Gives Birth to Heru-sa-Aset
5 to 6 of March-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
9 of March-Adoration of Aset, the very Great Goddess, Sovereign and Savior/Proskynema of Isis
20 of March-Pelusia
20 to 21-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
20 to 23-Festival of Aset
28-Aset Births Heru-sa-Aset/Isis Births Horus the Younger
29-Dedication Feast of Aset

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My Experience Self-Publishing

Lady of Praise Cover Image
Cover Design by Andrew Meit; Papyrus Art Reproduction by Barbara Richter

My Project

My book included translations of hymns, with footnotes and a bibliography.  I needed to obtain permissions to include the translations in the book.  (To learn more about my book, go here:  Lady of Praise, Lady of Power.)

I decided to self-publish my book using Lulu.com in both paperback and PDF formats with 2 free ISBNs from Lulu.  I also chose to distribute it on Amazon.  (Links are here:  My Lulu Store or My Amazon Page.) Continue reading “My Experience Self-Publishing”

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Re-Post: Navigation of Aset

Happy Navigation of Aset Day!  Here is a post I did discussing the festival, which I will re-post below.

The Romans celebrated Isis as the goddess of seafaring and the ocean. They honored Her on this day with boats filled with candles, flowers and offerings that they sent out to sea. She was the goddess of ships, the harbor and the sea.

For those who want to add more Kemetic things to this festival, Aset had navigation festivals (via the Nubian pilgrims during the Roman period and some Egyptian ones) who would make a procession of the Goddess to visit Her husband Wesir at His shrine on the island of Biggeh. Her statue in Her Barque would be taken to his shrine on a boat (with torches to help guide the way). Priests would give offerings of water and milk as libations for Wesir (I’m assuming Aset as well). Oracles would be given by the Goddess via the statue in Her Barque. It is believed by scholars that sistra and a situla, a curved libation jug were used during this festival. (1 and 2)

Within the Kemetic and Philae Calendar (Pilgrims left notes), this festival is called either:

*Festival of Entry (weekly by the Egyptians)
*Dedication Feast of Aset (4th Peret Day 29, by the Nubians)

And within the Greek or Roman calendars, this is:

*Navigation of Aset/Ploiphesia/Navigium Isidis (March 5-6)
*Navigation of Aset/Navigium Isidis (January 1-2) (3)

I can’t help shake the feeling that this festival in its Kemetic version was very much like the Aset Luminous celebration. They all have to do with Aset searching for Wesir (or going to His Temple), torches for guiding the way, boats traveling on water and giving offerings to the Goddess. Navigation Festivals sometimes had oracles.

So for today’s devotees of the Goddess, you could:

*Light candles or lamps or electric ones if open flame is an issue
*Offer water and/or milk
*Offer water libations (libating milk is not too feasible for most people)
*Offer food and drink to the Goddess (and also Her husband if you wish)
*Do divination or oracles for Aset
*Shake a sistrum for Aset

Sources

(1) Donalson, Malcolm. The Cult of Isis in the Roman Empire. Edwin Mellen Pr, 2003. Page 67-68.

(2) Rutherford, Ian. “Island of the Extremity: Space, Language and Power in the Pilgrimage Traditions of Philae.” In Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt, edited by David Frankfurter. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 1998, pp. 230.

Bumbaugh, Solange. “Meroitic Worship of Isis at Philae”. in Egypt in its African Context: Proceedings of the conference held at The Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, 2-4 October 2009. edited by Karen Exell. (Archaeopress, 2011), 67-69.

Griffith, F. Ll. Catalogue of the Demotic Graffiti of the Dodecaschoenus. (Oxford University Press, 1937), 75.

(3) Donalson, Malcolm Drew. The Cult of Isis in the Roman Empire: Isis Invicta. (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003), 73.

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Future Projects

So, with my book done,  I am looking at future projects!  I’m hoping to get all three of these books done in 2016.   I’m not sure if I will be able to do this, but I can give it my best shot  (Does anyone else have Pat Benatar’s song in their head now?).

Non-Fiction
IMAG0080Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns of the Goddess Aset from the Temple of Dendera
Needs:
Permissions  (I need a yes for this book to happen)
Introduction
Organization of the Hymns
Formatting and Cover Design

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One of Aset’s Shrines

Queen of the Road: Oracles/Poetry of the Goddess Aset
Needs:
Editing Introduction
Some Editing
Formatting and Cover Design

 

 

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by Jeff Dahl.  Creative Commons.

She Who Speaks Through Silence: A Devotional Anthology for Nebet Het (Nephthys)
Needs:
Introduction
Some Editing; More Submissions
Formatting and Cover Design

Submission Guidelines:  Nebet Het Submission Guidelines