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Update and Nephthys Book

I have recovered from my eye surgery.  I now have three glasses for near, middle and far vision, respectively.  I’m very grateful to have what limited vision I do have.

Lady of the Temple_Kindle Cover
Cover by Andrew M. All rights reserved.

On another note, before the surgery, I was able to publish Lady of the Temple in both PDF and Kindle formats.  Lulu ate my paperback copy so I had to get a new ISBN.  I hopefully can get the cover ISBN edited to the new one and then publish the paperback of this book.

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What I Include in My Books

I posted  this on my Patreon and thought people here would find  it useful.

So I have a book that just came out with ancient hymns in it (see here) and it occurred to me that many people may not know how this works.

Once I find a hymn or quote I want to use, I look up the publisher and email them with the information of what I want to include (the hymn, the full citation of the book or article, including page number) and information about my book (title, publisher, rights, distribution, approximate cost).  Then starts the waiting game.  Sometimes it takes a few days, a month and some take years to get back to me.  Yes, years.  (I’m still waiting on some in fact).

Now, once I hear back, I can get different kinds of responses:

  • Got permission.  It’s free.  Just send us a copy of the book and cite everything completely.  Sometimes, they’ll even give me a template to use for citations.  So, literally cut and paste,  just add the page number.  (and no, you can’t abbreviate citations.  Full citation for each hymn)
  • You may have permission if you send us money.  $50 USD
  • You may have permission if you send us money.  $200 USD
  • You may have permission if you send us money even though you asked for only 6 to 12 lines.  $198 USD  (Yes, this happened)
  • You may have permission to translate and include one hymn if you pay us.  $350  USD (Yes, this happened too and I said no)

And I must include the books in the bibliography as well.

So if the hymn is in German or French, I have to ask permission from either the author or the publisher to translate it and include it in my book.  If it is already translated into English, I ask permission from the author/translator or publisher to include it in my book.  Sometimes, they will ask for a copy of the book in exchange which I am more than happy to provide.

If it is in hieroglyphs then I ask someone who knows hieroglyphs to translate it for me in exchange for a book copy or monetary compensation.  If I knew hieroglyphs, then I could just translate it myself.  (But I digress…)

So I hope this helped to clear up any issues about what I include in my books as far as content or footnotes.

Thank you to all the authors, translators and publishers who kindly gave  me permission to include their works in my books.

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Flaming Lioness is now Available!

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Cover Design by Andrew M.  All rights reserved.

The Eye of Ra is a title of many ancient Egyptian Goddesses.  The Eye of Ra protects Ra and all of Egypt from enemies.  The Eye of Ra is a solar goddess associated with the cycles of the sun, solar eclipses, the star Sirius, Venus, the Morning Star, and the full moon.  All the Eye goddesses are associated with solar rays, flame and starlight—in both restorative and destructive capacities.  The Eye Goddesses are associated with snakes, cobras, lionesses, leopards and cats.

Within Flaming Lioness, there are ancient hymns to:

  • Aset (Isis)
  • Bast (Bastet)
  • Bast-Mut (Mut-Bast)
  • Hethert (Hathor)
  • Menhyt (Menhit)
  • Mut (Muth)
  • Nebet Het (Nephthys)
  • Nit (Neith)
  • Nut (Nuit)
  • Sekhmet (Sachmis)
  • Serqet (Selkis)
  • Seshat (Sesheta)
  • Tefnut (Tefenet)

 

Purchase Paperback from Lulu here: Flaming Lioness

Purchase PDF from Lulu here:  Flaming Lioness

Purchase the Kindle edition from Amazon:  Flaming Lioness

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Rhodophoria/Rosalia

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Aset shrine for Rhodophoria 2018.

Rhodophoria/Rosalia Festival

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
16 to 28-Rhodophoria

Roses themselves were introduced to Egypt via the Greeks and Romans. The Goddess Aphrodite (or Venus) was born from the sea-foam and during her birth; a white rose was formed from the waves. This is why it is associated with Aphrodite. When Aphrodite’s lover Adonis died, she cried and the white rose became red with his blood. And this is why red roses are associated with the Goddess.[1]

Aset’s worship became greatly linked to Aphrodite so much so that there was a syncretic deity Isis-Aphrodite within the Ptolemaic period. Aset as a mourning Goddess would also be associated with the red rose.

Rhodophoria “Bearer of Roses” or Rosalia festivals were ancient Greek and Roman festivals to honor the dead, the military dead and various deities. It was also a spring festival about fertility and flowers, especially roses so many Goddesses were honored during this time such as Aphrodite, Venus, Hethert (Hathor), Aset, Isis and Isis-Aphrodite.

Some scholars think that a garland of roses may have been religiously associated with the Crown of Victory given to Wesir after his victory over death in the afterlife. Even though this was initially given to Heru, it was transferred to Wesir. Other gods associated with this festival are Heru and Ra. Other ways this occasion was celebrated was victory triumphing over enemies or protecting from harmful forces. During the Ptolemaic Period and later, the festival became more affiliated with Wesir’s mythos.[2]

A long Rhodophoria festival (lasting 13 days) is listed on the Temple Festival Calendar of Soknopaiou Nesos which was dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek and Aset as both Aset Neferset/Isis Nepherses (with the Beautiful Throne) and Nephremmis (of the Beautiful Arms).[3]

This festival for Aset comes from the Ptolemaic period.  It is obviously Greek in origin, but was adapted to ancient Egyptian religion.

Roses were the flowers which were left on graves.  Aset is honored here as the Lady of Beauty, Fertility of the Land and Abundance, Queen of the Land of the Dead (Amenti), Queen of the Ancestors and the Mourner of Wesir.

Possible Dates to Celebrate:

  • 2 Peret/Mechir/January
    12 to 24- Rhodophoria
  • 3 Peret/Pamenot/February
    16 to 28-Rhodophoria
  • 1 Shomu/Pachons/April
    26- Rhodophoria
  • 2 Shomu/Payni/May
  • May 9- to 13
  • Rhodophoria/Rosalia
  • May 13
  • Rhodophoria/Rosalia
  • May 31 to June 1[4]


Activities for this Festival

  • Make offerings to Aset and some family members such as Sobek and Wesir
  • Offer red roses in a vase or rose petals in a bowl
  • Make or buy garlands of roses to put in your hair or drape around the shrine
  • Offer red roses and other offerings to the dead in a separate ancestor shrine or at a graveyard

Sources

[1] J. Gwyn Griffiths, Apuleius of Madaurus: The Isis-Book: (Metamorphoses, Book XI) (Brill, 1975), pp 39; 159–161.

Forrest, M. Isidora. Offering to Isis: Knowing the Goddess Through Her Sacred Symbols. St. Paul: Llewellyn Publications, 2005. (Rose entry: page 258-259)

[2] J. Gwyn Griffiths. Apuleius of Madaurus: The Isis-Book: (Metamorphoses, Book XI) (Brill, 1975), pp 159–161.

[3] Capron, Laurent. “Déclarations fiscales du Temple de Soknopaiou Nêsos: éléments nouveaux,” in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Bd. 165, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn (Germany). (2008), pp. 142. 13 days.

Perpillou-Thomas, Francoise. Fêtes d’Egypte ptolémaïque et romaine, d’après la documentation papyrologique grecque. (Studia Hellenistica Series 31). (Peeters Publishers, 1993),127. From the Papyrus of Oxyrhynchos LII 3694. 12 day festival.

[4]Capron, Laurent. “Déclarations fiscales du Temple de Soknopaiou Nêsos: éléments nouveaux,” in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Bd. 165, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn (Germany). (2008), pp. 142. 13 days.

Perpillou-Thomas, Francoise. Fêtes d’Egypte ptolémaïque et romaine, d’après la documentation papyrologique grecque. (Studia Hellenistica Series 31). (Peeters Publishers, 1993),127. From the Papyrus of Oxyrhynchos LII 3694. 12 day festival. Hekster, Olivier. Rome and its Empire, AD 193-284. (Edinburgh University Press, 2008), 128. From the Feridale Duranum Calendar from the reign of Severus Alexander.

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Happy Brigantia/Imbolc!

Brighid by Brigid Ashwood and manufactured by Pacific Trading.

Happy Brigantia!  Happy Imbolc!  Here is one poem for the Goddess Brigantia from my book Divine Words, Divine Praise: Poetry for the Divine Powers.

 

Brigantia–Her name may mean “Exalted” or “Queenly”.  She is the tutelary deity of the Brigantes and is a Romano-British deity who has similarities to Athena/Minerva and Brighid.  Her only titles were left in Roman inscriptions on altars.  Her titles are Goddess, Heavenly, Nymph-Goddess, and Imperial Guardian.  Her symbols were the crown, spear, helmet and shield; a globe, wings of victory and the head of a Gorgon on her brooch.  She is a goddess of nature especially water and trees; a protective war deity; a goddess of artisans and their crafts, a lady of sovereignty, a goddess of knowledge, a healing goddess and a heavenly Queen.  She may have been a goddess associated with oracles.  Like Brighid, she is the goddess of the hearth and home.

Offerings to Her include milk, honey, wine, beer, mead and fruit.

Brigantia of Nothern England.

Celtic/Roman and English Epithets

Caelestis (Heavenly)

Dea (Goddess)

Nymph-Goddess (Goddess of nature associated with waters, trees; healing and oracles)

Tutela Augusta (Imperial Protector/Guardian)

Victoria (Victory)

Sources

MacGrath, Sheena.  Brigantia: Goddess of the North. Lulu, 2015.

The Lady Brigantia

by JewelofAset

Lady of Wales

Ffraid is Her Name

Lady of the Distaff

and the Spindle;

Weaving is Her trade.

In Ireland, Brighid is Her name

Lady of Hearths and Wells,

Lady of the Hearth-fire, Temples

and Sacred Writing;

These are Her spells.

Brigantia is the Lady of Great Britain

Queen of Heaven,

Lady of the Distaff

Lady of Victory and the Royal Guardian

These are My names.

And this is Who I am.

Hearth and Home

Distaff and Spindle;

These are the implements

when I am Goddess of the Home and Domestic Duties;

This is Who I am.

Warrior Queen, Bearing Arms

when I wear the helmet

and hold the spear and shield.

Lady who dons the Gorgon Head

as a brooch,

when I am Lady of War.

And this is Who I am.

This is Who I am.

For all those who ask for Me.

This is who I am.

I am like Athena, yes.

And Minerva too.

She has a cognate in My name

which is shared with Brighid of Ireland and Wales.

Brig is Exalted.

Brig is Lady.

Brig is Queenly.

And this is Who I am as

the Queen of My People.

The Brigantes.

The People of Great Britain, Wales and Ireland.

And any people who call upon Me today.

This is Who I am.

Lady of the Distaff and Spindle

Lady of the Hearth and Home

Queen of Heaven

Lady of Victory in War

Lady of Victory in Life

Lady of Sovereignty and Sovereign Lady

Lady of Artisans and Crafts

Lady of Knowledge and Power.

And I am Lady of Poetry and Bards.

And I was called Nymph and Goddess

by the Romans.

and Heavenly Queen.

And I am the Sovereign Lady

of all natural forces;

including sacred springs and rivers

and healing wells.

Over trees that are sacred to Me.

I am a Goddess of oracles, yes,

but more of divination than of Divine command.

Sovereign Lady

This is Who I am

For all Who call upon Me.

And I will come to all those who call,

for I answer the prayers of all of My people.

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Isian News and Isis-Seshat!

My Poem “The Charge of the Goddess Aset” was published in Isian News: the Journal of the Fellowship of Isis.  Here is the link to the 10th Anniversary issue:  Isian News Brigantia 2019.

Another poem of mine was published in Isis-Seshat: Quarterly Journal of the Fellowship of Isis.  Here is the link to that:  Isis-Seshat Winter 2018/19.