Ancestors, Links, Tamara Siuda

Rest in Peace Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson

Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson has passed away. She was the founder of the International, mutli-religious, Goddess-centered organization, the Fellowship of Isis. I always admired her for her dedication and her years of work for the Gods and Goddesses. She was a mystic, a Priestess and a great liturgist. I had hoped to meet her in person one day, but now that won’t be possible. She inspired me many years ago to follow Aset. May she rest peacefully on the other side enfolded in the wings of the Goddess Aset-Isis.

Here is her biography: Biography of Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson

And here is a tribute: Tribute to Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson

Tamara Siuda’s blog post about the passing of Lady Olivia: Nothing That is Original Can Perish: Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson 1917-2013

Galina Krasskova’s blog post about Lady Olivia’s passing: An Elder Passes: Lady Olivia Durdin-Robertson 1917-2013

Ancestors, Links

In Memoriam

Laura Janesdaughter, an FOI ArchPriestess and a Priestess of Isis passed away on May 27, 2013.

Years ago, when I first found Isis/Aset, I remember emailing her a couple of times. She helped me and was great to talk to.

May She be embraced by Aset and carried to the West in Her Arms.

In Memoriam

Ancestors, Links

Hail Sister

A Syrian Pagan named Yana was dragged out in the street, raped and killed by Islamic Fundamentalists in Syria. Her own brother turned her in for being Pagan.

I don’t have words for the rage I feel inside or the sorrow.

In Yana’s Name

Fall of a Syrian Pagan

And Thorn Coyle’s essay:

Standing as Pagans, In Yana’s Name

Hail Yana, Daughter of the Gods and Goddesses
of your heart and home
May you be welcomed in the Halls of the Blessed Dead
May the ancestors welcome you.
May the Gods and Goddesses welcome you.
May the Spirits welcome you.
May you be honored.
May you be hailed.
For Yana, blessed woman of courage and faith.
May you be hailed.
Welcome to your new journey.
Welcome to your new home.
Blessed be your journey.

Ancestors, Aset, Auset, Isis, Mystery

A is for Authority

Authority is Power. Authority is magical power in motion. Heka is a form of Ka-force. It is in us and twirls within us. As we breathe, the Ka, the Magic (Heka) moves with us. It rejuvenates us. It renews us. It sustains us and our ancestors.

Aset is the Mistress of this Power. This power is the power of the Ka. The Ka is the vital power, the living essence of our ancestors going back to the Creator Gods; and this power is a part of our own soul.

This is Magic. This is Heka. This is the essence of Aset. This is the Magician. This is the Sorceress. This is the Healer. This is the Great of Magic. This is Her Power.

And this power needs to flow, needs to move. For this power is Ka-power in motion. This is the essence of magic. And this is why Aset is the Goddess of the ancestors and life-force and magical actions that bring about a result.

In order for Aset to renew Wesir, She used Her Heka. Wesir is the Pr-eminent ancestor. All dead are compared to Him for He alone is the God who went through their journey of death into new life in the Duat. And He alone understands what it means to die.

And Aset understands what it means to grieve. And this is another kind of death. Just as Wesir was broken and re-membered, Aset’s sorrow and transformed Her so She too could be renewed from Her tears. She had to face Herself in grief and despair and overcome it to become the Mother She needed to Be. She Herself was the broken One who became Whole. She is like Wesir and Heru-sa-Aset: both broken and mended, both injured and healed.

She has Her authority as Queen of the Dead and Lady of Magic. She pierces two Worlds–all worlds through Her magical prowess. She is the Goddess who knows Herself and owns Her power.

So all Magicians who call upon Aset would be wise to do these two things:

1) Honor Your Ancestors and Your Ka
2) Know Yourself in All Your parts

Ancestors

Akhu Offerings

The Akhu are the ancestors. Along with a shrine to the Netjeru, Kemetics (along with other Pagans and people of indigenous faiths) also have a shrine set aside for their beloved dead. And Aset in particular is associated with this practice. After Wesir died, She gave Her dead husband offerings. She instituted the rites to honor the ancestors. And at the Temple of Philae, Aset was taken in a Procession to Wesir’s Temple at Biggeh to oversee the Priests giving offerings to the slain God once every 10 days (Ancient Egyptian week). Wesir here represents all of the dead.

Ancestral Altars

*images of the dead (no living people in them)
*offering bowl for water libations
*implements associated with the cultures of your ancestral dead
*a candle or electric lamp
*incense or essential oil

These altars can be placed in many areas. Mine like to be in the living room.

Offerings to the Dead

*water
*beer
*fruits and vegetables
*meat
*bread
*milk
*wine
*pastries
*desserts
*candy
*flowers

What is specifically offered to the dead is not consumed by the living. If one wishes to share a meal with them, I’d place a small portion of what you are offering on a separate plate and then eat the rest yourself.

The Ka is inherited from the dead (and the gods). When one offers to the dead, one is cleansing one’s own ka and the kau of one’s Ancestral Line. When you heal yourself, you help heal your ancestors.

To dispose of offerings, either:

*pour them out as a libation to the earth
*Place them in a trash bag and throw them away in the trash

Everyone has ancestors. Anyone can do this practice. If you have some ancestors that you’d rather not honor due to abuse or for some other reason, you don’t have to. Go back farther. There will be those Blessed Dead who will appreciate your devotional acts and wish to help you. And you don’t have to know them. They know you.

Notes: Books I’d Recommend

*Laura Patsouris. Weaving Memory: A Guide to Honoring the Ancestors. Asphodel Press, 2011.

*Tobe Melora Correal. Finding Soul on the Path of Orisa. Crossing Press, 2003.

Honoring the ancestors is a third of this book.