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Aset Festivals for December

I apologize for the tardiness.  My hand has been sprained for the last two to three weeks.  It’s much better and I should be completely healed by the end of the week.  So yay! 

Without further delay, here are the festivals of Aset for December!  Enjoy!

1 Peret/Tybi/December
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
1-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the Goddess Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis), the Great
7-Coming of Aset from Phoenicia
8-Festival of Isis Pharia
14-Weeping of Aset and Nebet Het
19 of 1 Peret to 4 of 2 Peret-Festival of Navigation of Aset to Isheru
22-Feast of the Two Goddesses (Aset and Nebet Het)
Winter Solstice-Seeking of Wesir
25-Establishment of the Celestial Cow, Descent of the Dove
25 of December-Rites of Aset/Kikellia

 

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Festivals of Nut

So all of the dates are from the various ancient Egyptian calendars.  I included some with just epithets listed which I thought pertained to Nut such as “Lady of Stars” and some may pertain to Hethert-Nut (Hathor-Nut) rather than just Nut.

Monthly Festivals

6th Lunar Day–Sacred to Nut

28th Lunar Day–Going forth of Nut

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
1-Wep Ronpet: New Year: Opening of the Year
4-Feast of Nut
7-Day of Welcoming the Rising of the River
11-Procession of the Great Flame (Eye of Ra)
13-Feast of Nut
14-Feast of Nut
14-Speech of Weret Hekau/Magician
22-Speech of Weret Hekau/Magician

2nd Akhet/Paopi/September

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
3-Speech of Nut, the Great

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
4-Speech of Nut, Who Gave Birth to the Gods
21-Speech of Nut, the Great, the Mother of God
24-Speech of Nut, Lady of Heaven

1 Peret/Tybi/December
15-Speech of Nut
25-Establishment the Celestial Cow, Descent of the Dove

2 Peret/Mechir/January
30-Speech of Nut, the Great, Who Gave Birth to the Gods

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
8-Speech of Nut
10-Procession of Neseret
17-Speech of Weret Hekau/Magician
18-Feast of Nut, Who Counts the Days
19-Birthday of Nut
22-Speech of Nut, Lady of Heaven

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
2-Speech of Nut
20-Speech of the Lady of the Solar Rays
21-Speech of the Lady of the Sycamore

1 Shomu/Pachons/April
3-Speech of Nut
8-Speech of Nut, Lady of Heaven
23-Speech of Nut

2 Shomu/Payni/May
20-Speech of the Lady of Stars
28-Speech of Nut

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June
15-Speech of Nut
23-Speech of the Uraeus
26-Speech of the Lady of Light

4 Shomu/Mesore/July
5-Feast of Nut, Speech of the Lady of Light
7-Speech of the Lady of Divine Liquor
9-Speech of the Lady of the Horizon
10-Speech of the Lady of the Mirror
18-Speech of the Lioness
24-Speech of the Lady of Heaven

Sources

Bakir, Abd el-Mohsen. The Cairo Calendar No. 86637. Cairo, 1966.

Brier, Bob. Ancient Egyptian Magic. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1980.

Cauville, Sylvie. Dendara XV: Traduction: Pronaos de Temple d’Hathor. Peeters, 2012.

Ellis, Normandi. Feasts of Light: Celebrations for the Seasons of Life based on the Egyptian Goddess Mysteries. Quest Books, 1999.

El-Sabban, Sherif. Temple Festival Calendars of Ancient Egypt. Wiltshire: Liverpool University Press, 2000.

Morgan, Mogg.  The Wheel of the Year in Ancient Egypt.  (Mandrake of Oxford, 2011), 177 and 208.

Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. Illinois: Stargazer Design, 2009.

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Reminder Post: Festivals for Aset for the month of August

This is my festival calendar specifically for Aset.

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
1-New Year; Feast of Aset
1 to 15-Manifestation Feast of Every God and Every Goddess
2-Festival of the Birth of Aset
3-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
4-Festival of the Birth of Aset
6-Day of Renewal
8-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
10-Appearance and Procession the Night of Aset; Festival and Procession of Aset
11-Procession of Aset
12-Appearance and Procession of Aset
12 of August-Festival of the Lights of Aset/Lychnapsia
19-Procession and Purification of Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis) and Heru-sa-Aset (Harpokrates)
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset
22-Speech of Weret Hekau
25-Festival of the Birth of Aset
26-Feast of Aset, the Eldest Sister/Shemsety
27 of August-Festival of the Birth of Aset/Amesysia
28 to 30 of August-Festival of the Birth of Aset

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Quick Post: Festivals of Aset for June

So here is a quick post about the festivals of Aset for the month of June.

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June
2-Great Feast of the Two Lands
4-Conception of Heru-sa-Aset
12-Procession of Aset and Celebration of the Marriage Contract of Aset
14 of June-Night of the Teardrop of Aset
21-One Who Makes Lamentation Before Aset, the Beautiful, the Great Goddess
22-Feast of Entry of Aset
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
28-Appearance of Sopdet
30-Burning the Widow’s Flame

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So, I have thinky thoughts

So, I’ve been thinking about festival cycles and how to come up with a good cutic practice for Aset.

Obviously there are Feasts, Festivals and Processions of Aset. But there are also cycles. Yearly cycles. I’ve been looking at the worship of the Virgin Mary recently and she has feasts year-round and a monthly feast on the 21st of each month in the Coptic Orthodox Church. And these feasts are all about her life (birth, temple, immaculate conception, Theotokos, her mourning of Jesus etc).

This got me thinking about the yearly cycle of Aset life I did here: Aset’s Yearly Cycle and how I could build something from it.

She has tons of holidays and some of them are more low-key celebrations like for Feasts of Aset you could offer Her a feast or for Processions they could be oracle or divination times (unless they are specifically for Wesir, maybe). But Her Mythic Cycle is the point. Her stories are the point. These are Her Mysteries.

I think the holidays that need to have a separate festival ritual done for them are only a few times a year. Looking at Her divine relationships and Her stories and Her cycles, I’d have to say Her High Holy Days could be:

Natural Cycles
1-New Year (Sopdet appears and inundation)
12 to 24-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria
20-Procession of the Goddess of Heaven Goes South to the Road (Sopdet; half-way point)

Her Mythic Life Cycle
4 to 21-Aset, Mother of God Gives Birth to Heru-sa-Aset
8 to 16-Festival of the Marriage of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
9 to 26-Entering the Temple of Aset-Shentayet (not sure if this is redundant as the Mysteries are in the same month)
18-30-Mysteries of Wesir
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess (and a ritual can be adapted to be used for the other Birth of Aset festivals throughout the year)
2-Aset Luminous: Procession of Aset, the Brilliant, Mother of God (searching for Wesir; bright goddess festival)
Extra Day 4-Birth of Aset

I’m not sure what to do with these either. They aren’t Her Myth cycle or natural phenomena, but Her stellar and solar aspects and light aspects are very important.

Bright Festivals
Her Various Birth Festivals Throughout the Year
5 to 6 of March-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
21-Sacred Festival of Aset of Pharos (Isis Pharia)
25 of April-Sacrifice to Aset of Pharos (Isis Pharia)/Sacrum Phariae
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
28-Appearance of Sopdet
30-Burning the Widow’s Flame
2-Aset Luminous: Procession of Aset, the Brilliant, Mother of God

Here is a link to the festival calendar if anyone wants to see it: Aset Holidays.

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Feasts and Festivals of Aset for March

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March

1 to 8-Feast of Aset
Offer a feast to Aset. Wine, meat and other offerings were offered in antiquity.

1-Feast of Ra and the Eye of Ra
Honor Aset and Ra today. Honor Aset as an Eye of Ra, the protector of the sun god and a solar Goddess.

4 to 21-Aset, Mother of God Gives Birth to Heru-sa-Aset
Honor Aset and Heru-sa-Aset during this festival. Offer cakes and pastries to the Goddess and Her son. Offer Heru-sa-Aset a birthday cake.

5 to 6 of March-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
Here is my write-up on this festival: Navigation of Aset. This is the date on the Roman calendar for this festival.

9 of March-Adoration of Aset, the very Great Goddess, Sovereign and Savior/Proskynema of Isis
Here is my post about Proskynema: Proskynema

20 of March-Pelusia
Honor the Goddess today with Her son Heru, the Child (Heru-pa-khered/Harpokrates; a form of Heru-sa-Aset). During this festival, Sarapis was also honored along with Isis as both were patrons of the start of the sailing season. Here is the Wikipedia entry on this festival: Pelusia.

20 to 21-Navigation of Aset/Isidis Navigium
Here is my write-up on this festival: Navigation of Aset. This is the date on the ancient Egyptian calendar for this festival.

20 to 23-Festival of Aset
This is a festival recorded by Pausanias. According to him, this festival was about cleaning the temple and shrines as well as giving offerings to the Goddess.

28-Aset Births Heru-sa-Aset/Isis Births Horus the Younger
Honor Aset and Heru-sa-Aset during this festival. Offer cakes and pastries to the Goddess and Her son. Offer Heru-sa-Aset a birthday cake.

29-Dedication Feast of Aset
This may be the Nubian date found on the Temple of Philae for the Navigation of Aset. Here is my post about it: Navigation of Aset

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Monthly Festivals for Aset

These are the days sacred to Aset within each month. These are not the yearly festivals, but monthly ones. Some were Egyptian in origin and belong on the lunar calendar and others were adopted from the Greeks or Romans living in Egypt.

Many of these festivals are governed by the cycles of the moon. Aset (Isis) is honored on these days along with either Her son Heru-sa-Aset or Her Husband Wesir as they are both moon gods. Aset Herself is more associated with the sun in Egyptian cosmology than the moon. Her association here has to do more with the cycles of Heru-sa-Aset (birth to death or injury and healing of the Eye of Heru) and Wesir (death and renewal).

Monthly Festivals

1st Day of Each Lunar Month-Sacred to Aset
From the astronomical ceiling of Senmut, this day is being noted as being sacred to Aset.

3rd Day of Each Month-Birth of Aset
This festival is from this book Ahnas el Medineh: The Tomb of Paheri at El Kab. Aset’s birthdays were celebrated with the lighting of candles and feasts were made in Her honor. Today, you could offer Aset a Birthday cake (blue, white or chocolate seem to go over well) and cook a great feast.

4th Day of Each Month-Offering to Aset of Philae
Make offerings to Aset, the Goddess of Philae today. Possible offering ideas can be found here: Offerings.

6th Day of Each Month-Sixth-Day Feast
This feast was associated with honoring the ancestors as well as Ra and Wesir. Aset Herself was given an oblation on this day.

7th Day of Each Month-Seventh Day Feast
Listed within a hymn from the Temple of Philae, this festival was initially associated with Ra. You could honor Aset and Ra on this day.

8th Day of Each Lunar Month-Sacred to Aset
This is listed within the Frieze of the Temple of Edfu. I don’t have much more information on this besides that at the moment.

15th Day of Each Lunar Month-Goddess Fifteen
This is supposed to be the Full Moon. You could honor Aset along with Her son Heru-sa-Aset and Her husband Wesir who are both moon gods. You could incorporate various myth cycles into your celebration such as the healing of Heru-sa-Aset and the renewal of Wesir. There is one of the myths of the Healing of Heru’s Eye which I particularly like: Aset and the Vineyard

22nd Day of Each Lunar Month-Festival of Sopdet
Aset can be honored here as Sopdet as the cycle of the star’s departing and returning can be celebrated monthly along with being celebrated yearly.

New Moon-Festival of the New Moon of Aset
This is listed on the Temple of Abydos and it mentions oxen are given to the Goddess. This may also be the First Day of the Lunar Month as that is normally on the New Moon.

Sources

David, Rosalie. A Guide to Religious Ritual at Abydos. Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 1981.

Donalson, Malcolm Drew. The Cult of Isis in the Roman Empire: Isis Invicta. (New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003), 82.

Griffith, F. Ll. Catalogue of the Demotic Graffiti of the Dodecaschoenus. Volume 1 Text. (Oxford University Press, 1937), 46.

Morgan, Mogg. The Wheel of the Year in Ancient Egypt. Mandrake of Oxford, 2011.

Naville, Édouard Henri and Francis Llewellyn Griffith, et al. Ahnas el Medineh: The Tomb of Paheri at El Kab. (Egyptian Exploration Fund, 1894) 28.

Parker, Richard. The Calendars of Ancient Egypt (The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Studies in ancient oriental civilization). University of Chicago Press, 1950.

Zabkar, Louis V. Hymns to Isis in Her Temple at Philae. London: University Press of New England, 1988.

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More Festivals of Sobek

With the Lunar festivals, I don’t know if it starts on the New or Full moons. So I put both. I will find a definitive source at a later date.

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
1-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
6-Feast of Sobek
10-Feast of Sobek
11-Festival of Sobek Shedety
12-Feasst of Sobek
18-Feast of Sobek-Ra
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

2nd Akhet/Paopi/September
2-Procession of Sobek to see His Mother Nit
3-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
7 to 25-Birth of Sobek, the Great God (19 days)
18-Strife of the Children of Geb

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
1 to 6-Procession of Sobek, Chief of Summenu, Son of Geb
4-Feast of Sobek

1 Peret/Tybi/December
3-Appearance of Sobek, Lord of Ombos
8 to 14-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

2 Peret/Mechir/January
10: Birthday of Sobek
11-Procession of Sobek

3 Peret/Pamenot/February
2 to 9-Festival of the Foundation of the Enclosure of the Great God Sobek (7 days)

4 Peret/Parmuthi/March
20-Appearance of Sobek

1 Shomu/Pachons/April
New or Full Moon-Feast of Sobek
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

2 Shomu/Payni/May
21 to 27-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the God Sobek (7 days)

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June
New or Full Moon-Festival of Sobek
2 to 9-Festival of Sobek/Soucheia
20 to 26-Festival of Sobek/Socheia (7 days)

4 Shomu/Mesore/July
27-Birthday of Sobek

Sources

Britcault, Laurent. “Isis Nepherses” in Egyptian Religion: The Last Thousand Years Part 1: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Jan Quaegebeur. edited by Willy Clarysse, Antoon Schoors and Harco Willems. Peeters, 1998, pp. 522-527.

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. 133-160.

El-Sabban, Sherif. Temple Festival Calendars of Ancient Egypt. Wiltshire: Liverpool University Press, 2000.

Perpillou-Thomas, Francoise. Fêtes d’Egypte ptolémaïque et romaine, d’après la documentation papyrologique grecque. (Studia Hellenistica Series 31). Peeters Publishers, 1993.

Siuda, Tamara. The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. Illinois: Stargazer Design, 2009.

Vanderlip, Vera Frederika. The Four Greek Hymns of Isidorus and the Cult of Isis. Canada: A. K. Hakkert, 1972. There are two festivals listed for Aset/Isis in the Third Greek Hymn of to Isis-Hermouthis by Isidoros.

Widmer, Ghislaine. “On Egyptian Religion at Soknopaiou Nesos in the Roman Period,” in Tebtynis und Soknopaiu Nesos. Leben im römerzeitlichen Fajum. Sandra Lippert. Harrassowitz Verlag, 2005, pp. 171-184.

Zecchi, Marco. Sobek of Shedet. The crocodile god in the Fayyum in the Dynastic Period. Tau, 2010. (page 129)

Sobekemiti’s website: Per Sobek: Fixed Kemetic Calendar