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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.

Updates

Here is an update about my projects.

Almost Published

Lord of Strength and Power: Ancient Hymns for Wepwawet.

At the Formatters

Holy Praise, Holy Power:  Poetry for the Holy Powers.

Works-in-Progress

I have sent in the permissions for Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns for Aset from the Temple of Dendera.  We’ll see what they say.  I’m still waiting.

I have been compiling all the material for this book She Who Speaks Through Silence:  An Anthology of Nebet Het (Nephthys).  I am still waiting on some submissions. 

A third hymnal  or anthology for Aset/Isis.  I  don’t have a working title yet.

A Devotional for Ra and His Daughters:  Solar Flares and Sunbeams.

Maybe a  hymnal or devotional for  Sekhmet.  I have to check on some permissions.

Possible Future Projects

Something for Serqet.

Aset/Isis in Nubia

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I just finished reading a new dissertation:  Ashby, Solange. “Calling Out to Isis: the Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae.” PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2016.

I found a few cultic references which I thought were interesting.

Some Nubian Altars to Her had:

  1. a  horned altar–cow horns as she is a cow headed goddess
  2. a palm branch–to symbolize life and renewal
  3. Aset Emblem–sundisk encircling  cow horns
  4. Pouring Libations–I’m assuming to the dead or to Wesir.
  5. Some altars had snake iconography
  6. Some altars had a three-petal flower emblem on  bowls
  7. Within  Nubia and at Philae, Aset was honored with Wesir, Heru-sa-Aset (with a Nubian  place name epithet), Anubis and Nebet Het.  She was also honored  alongside some Nubian deities.  (pages 195-202; 206-207; 243-244; and 256-258)

Nephthys Devotional Update

I wanted to let everyone  know that I’m  still working on  the Nephthys devotional, She Who Speaks Through Silence: A Devotional Anthology of Nebet Het (Nephthys).  I am waiting on some submissions and Tamara Siuda’s  The Ancient  Egyptian Daybook to be published since  I  wanted to include as many festivals to Her in the book as possible (with credit and citations, of course!).

So far the sections I have are:

Ancient Hymns and Prayers

Essays

Ritual and  Magic (I only have  three things here.)

My Poetry to Nebet Het (over 40 poems)

My Poetry to Aset and Nebet  Het (about 30 poems)

Modern Hymns, Prayers and Adorations

Fiction

And an  Epilogue of Epithet and Syncretization Lists

Also References and a Glossary

Contributor Biographies

 

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Izzy (Isidora) helping me  with my Nebet Het research!

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?