Festival Names: Procession of Aset, the Bright One, Mother of God a.k.a. Aset Luminous
Day: 4th Shomu, Day 2.
On my calendar this festival falls on July 2.
This festival commemorates Aset’s nightly search by torchlight for Her husband Wesir. Candles, lamps and torches were lit for the Goddess. Papyrus boats were launched in temple lakes. The boats had prayers written on them with a light source to guide the way.
On Aset’s shrine you could have: an image or statue of the Goddess, a source of light from candles, lamps, LED candles or electric candles and offerings.
You will need paper and a pen or pencil or marker (not red). You will also need a tealight and a lighter.
Write a letter, asking Aset for things you are thankful for. Then on the other side, write a letter to Aset asking for things you need. This paper later gets folded into the boat (start folding: thank you side up).
After the paper boats are made, fill a bowl, bathtub or sink with water. A tealight is placed in each boat and they are put in the water. The tealights are lit and the boats float on the water until the candles burn out. (Please keep fire safety in mind).
Thank You/Gratitude Letter Ideas
Other Things She has helped you with
Ideas of Things You Need
Vaccine for Covid 19
Healing from Grief
Fortitude and Strength
Remember to eat the offerings when you are done. And extinguish the candles.
Aset is a goddess of sovereignty, kingship, magic of all kinds, life-power, personal power and authority, writing, words, gaining knowledge, honoring one’s ancestors, ancestral lineage and traditions, dreams, family relationships, self-love, alignment of the souls and healing. She is also a goddess of Heaven, starlight, the night sky and the star Sopdet (Sirius).
Some may find it hard to go into shrine right now. Or maybe you just want something simple to do outside of shrine. If you are looking for inspiration to honor Them outside of shrine, I have a few ideas:
1) Find them in the nature around you. Shu, Nebet Het and Aset are associated with breath. The Eyes of Ra manifests in the sunbeams or starlight. Nut is the night sky. Go outside and spend time with Them. Breathe and think of Their Names.
2) Say a prayer before you eat, offer your meal and then eat it.
3) Can you wear jewelry? Wear something you’ve dedicated to them, like a necklace, ring or bracelet.
4) You could wear clothes with colors that remind you of Them. (Blue or purple for Aset, black or purple for Nebet Het, white for any of the Netjeru).
5) Is there a Netjeru over your profession? Offer your workshift to Them.
6) Do creative projects. Call on Seshat or Djehuty for writing, call on Aset or Hethert for arts and crafts.
7) Do something you love and invite Them.
8) Offer to Taweret, Aset, Hethert, Mut or Bast and clean your home. Offer to Bes or Bast or whomever to protect your home.
9) Breathe. They are There. Gods and Goddesses of air and wind are with you when you breathe. So breathe.
I have been granted the final permissions I need to publish the Wepwawet hymnal! I will send the book, Lord of Strength and Power: Ancient Hymns for Wepwawet to the formatters later on tonight or tomorrow.
I want to look over the introduction one more time. Those are the hardest things for me to write!
I have been swamped this past two weeks with a few doctors visits and a few tests. I don’t have the results from one of the tests back yet, but the resulting anxiety has made it impossible for me to do too much besides read manga, write fiction and curl up with my cat. My family and friends are awesome and have been extremely supportive throughout all of this.
Dealing with anxiety and stress is something I am working on, albeit more slowly than I’d like.
So I know I have been really quiet lately and this is why.
Goes back to curl up on the couch with a book and my cat.
Offerings are given so that the Gods’ Kau (vital essence) are fed and ours are fed when we partake of the physical offering after ritual. Eating, breathing, laughing, doing what we enjoy, sex, and creativity, beauty feed our Kau.
Replenishing creation with ritual and food is a sacred act. It is reciprocal creation with the Gods and people. It is an exchange of energy and the axiom “we give so You may give” applies here.
The world is made of cycles. Duality and complimentary opposites working together are one of the main themes in Egyptian myth. And so are cycles.
And cycles are important because anything that stagnates, dies. The solar cycle, the lunar cycle, the Nile cycle, the stellar cycle, the daily cycle and nightly cycle all renew creation and the Gods and humans and the dead.
All renewal brings back the emerging power of the First Time–all magic, all possibility, all power and all potential are in this moment. And this is what ritual does for us and what cleansing the ka does for us.
It brings us back to this moment where anything is possible. Our True Selves emerge here True-of-Voice. Our Star-Souls are held here and we behold creation with the Gods.
The sun emerges from the waters. Light penetrates the darkness. Daybreak fills creation with life.