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Review: Auset Egyptian Oracle

This is a review of Auset Egyptian Oracle Cards by Elisabeth Jensen and Illustrated by Marie Klement.  First off I have to say I love the art.  The cards are gorgeous.  The gods and goddesses are depicted in very traditional, ancient Egyptian styles and motifs.  They are absolutely stunning!  (I do prefer this art style, so I am completely biased here).  The only card I did not like the image of was the Sirius card.

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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)

 

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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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Updates: Many Books

I sent Lady of the Temple: Ancient Hymns for Nephthys to the formatter! I’m still waiting on the cover for Flaming Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Goddesses.

The next book I’ll hopefully finish is either Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet or Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra.

Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut (working title) is going to take longer as I’m hoping to be able to include some if not all of the Crossword Hymn to Mut in it.

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Blessed Winter Solstice!

Resized_20180421_203720_5899_4I am the Eye of Ra

by TahekerutAset

I am an Eye of Ra

I am the Goddess of the Star,

Sopdet, Sirius

I am the Goddess of the Moon

When it is Full

When it is New

I am the Goddess of the Sun

The Solar Eye, the Fierce Goddess

I wield Flame, Magic and Blade

I am the Lioness, the Leopard, the Cobra

I am the Avenging Eye

I am the Lioness appeased at the Isheru-Lake

I am the Cobra whose tears created Humankind

I am the Raging One, I am the Pacified Lady

I am the Wandering Eye

I am the Goddess who returns and departs

I am the Sun as it moves throughout the Year

Days grow longer, Days get shorter

as I leave and return, as I return and leave;

This is My cycle

as the Goddess of the Solstice

in the Winter and Summer

And this too is My cycle

as Sopdet appears and departs from view

as the Moon reflects Ra’s light

as it waxes and wanes

All of these cycles are Mine

as the Eye of Ra.