Happy Rhodophoria!

Rhodophoria/Rosalia Festival

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Here is Aset’s shrine after the ritual.

This festival for Aset comes from the Ptolemaic period.  It is obviously Greek in origin, but was adapted to ancient Egyptian religion.   Aset is honored here as a Goddess of Beauty, the spring season and the Lady of the Rose.

Roses were the flowers which were left on graves.  Aset is honored here as the Lady of Beauty, Queen of the Dead and the Mourner of Wesir.

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Here is the image of the shrine after the offerings were mostly cleared.

Bright Week: Aspects of Aset; Aset vs. Isis

Aspects of Aset and Aset vs. Isis
by TahekerutAset

Aset is a multi-faceted Goddess who worship spanned for thousands of years with ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Greek and Romans all honoring Her in some way.
For the most part, Her ancient Egyptian attributes are as the mother and maker of kings, the Mother of Heru and the Goddess of the Throne, its sovereignty and lineage. Continue reading

Bright Week: Aset, Possessor of Strength

Aset, the Possessor of Strength

Aset is the Strongest of Goddesses as She is the one along with Set to destroy Ap-p during Ra’s Nightly Journey. In one myth, She stopped the Sun Boat to heal Heru-sa-Aset.

She mourned and worked through Her anguish when Wesir died and raised Her son as a single mother.

She is depicted wielding a scimitar, slaughtering the enemies of Her son or husband or Her Father Ra with flame.

At Aswan and Philae temples, Aset is called “Chief at the Head of the Army” and “Possessor of Strength”. She has a very bellicose nature here as these temples were positioned at country borders where enemies could invade.

Q&A Session

When have you asked Aset for strength? Who is Aset as a Goddess of strength and fortitude? How do you see Aset as a possessor of strength?

Bright Week: Aset and Her Family

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Aset and Her Family

Throughout the ancient Egyptian history, Aset has been connected with many deities as Her family members. First off, Her parents are the sun God Ra or the Earth God Geb and the Sky Goddess, Nut. In one instance Tefnut is said to be Her Mother. Her siblings are Nebet Het, Wesir, Heru Wer and Set.

In most of Her mythology and cult centers, Wesir is Her Husband. She mourns him and searches for Him when he passes away. She then conceives Her son Heru-sa-Aset through Wesir’s lightning or the golden phallus.

She raises Heru-sa-Aset alone in the marshes and heals him from various ailments and protects Him from danger. She aids Him in his trial for Kingship. When He wins, She places the new King on His throne.

In other cult centers and time periods, Aset is the mother of Wepwawet, Sobek, or Min (with Wesir as the Father). Wepwawet, Min or Sobek can also be consorts. Sometimes they are even syncretized with Wesir (at least in Sobek and Min’s case). Sometimes Yinepu is mentioned as Her son.

Aset can be the Mother, Daughter or Consort of Ra.

For my essay on this, with citations go here: Aset’s Family

Q&A Session

Do you honor Aset alongside one of Her family members? If so, what have your experiences been?

Bright Week: Aset, the Fiercely Bright One

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“Candles”. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Aset, the Fiercely Bright One

Aset is a stellar and solar Goddess. Aset is an a daughter of Ra, an Eye of Ra and She can manifest as a lioness, cobra or leopard in this form.

She is a Sovereign of the Sun Disk and a Goddess of Dawn and Dusk.
She is the Goddess who guides the Sun Boat and destroys the Uncreated with Her magic. She is a fierce protector who destroys enemies with flame.

As Sopdet, She brings the New Year, appearing in the Sky when the Nile flooded the land. Sopdet is the brightest star in the sky apart from the sun.
She is the Lady of Stars and is a Goddess of the Starry Heavens.

In various myths, she is also the daughter, consort or mother of Ra.

Q&A Session
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A note about my Aset research

A note about my Aset research:

1) I take from all time periods this includes Pre-dynastic, Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, the Intermediate Periods and the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods.

2) I try to take things that are in Egypt and in the ancient Egyptian languages from hieroglyphs to demotic. (Holidays are the only exception to this rule as I have some Greek and Roman dates and festivals on my calendar. Most of them are based on Egyptian myths so…the more holidays the merrier!).

3) Additions to Her attributes are fine as long as they have an ancient Egyptian precedent. So, Aset is called a Leopard in a hymn from the Temple of Philae and this is due to her aspect as an Eye of Ra. Leopards may not be Egyptian, but the Eye of Ra associated with Big Cats such as Lionesses is very much an Ancient Egyptian concept. So Aset is a Lioness and a Leopard to me. (And it is from the Temple of Philae, in Egypt and in hieroglyphs which helps).

4) My research leads me to Egyptology, archaeology and religious studies books and works by modern Kemetic and Tameran Pagan practitioners. And I cite as such.

And that’s all I can think of for now.