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Aset’s Yearly Cycle

Kiya Nicoll, author of The Traveller’s Guide to the Duat: Amenti on Two Deben a Week, wrote a post on her blog which inspired the musings below: Calendric Rhythms

After reading her post, I had these thoughts about Aset’s Yearly Cycle. So here are my musings.

And now I’m thinking of my own Aset Yearly Post where Akhet is Her in Mourning and Change (Transformation is a type of change). I am also reminded that Her Marriage Festival and the Mysteries are right next to each other. Peret is where Aset and Heru avenge Wesir and Heru is established at King. Aset here is the King-Maker and Avenging Goddess. Shomu are the months of the Heat of the Eye of Ra, the solar and stellar brightness permeate all of creation from both the Seen and Unseen realms (Aset has a lot of fire festivals here both solar and stellar ones). And the Days Upon the Year bring renewal, dissolution of the old and rebirth for Aset is born on Her Day and on New Year’s as the Star Sopdet bringing the power of the flood to being again.

Thank you for such a great post! I’m having thoughts!

Here are links to Kiya Nicoll’s book.

From Megalithica Books: Traveller’s Guide to the Duat

From Amazon (Paperback): Traveller’s Guide to the Duat

Ebook: Traveller’s Guide to the Duat

Aset, Auset, Isis, Musings, Oracles, Poems, Poetry,

Inner Work

So I have been doing a lot of hard internal work the last couple of months. I’ve done execrations. I’ve been writing fiction. I’ve been reading manga and watching anime (only those that feed my soul so viscerally that I grin like a fool; currently this is Sailor Moon Crystal and the classic anime; the Sailor Moon manga as well as the Sailor V manga series). I am no where near done with this work, but it’s a start.

Part of honoring Aset will involve facing your inner demons or shadows. She had to do this when She lost Wesir. Wesir died and transformed and changed into the King of Underworld.

But that experience also changed Aset too. She was no longer a wife alone. She was a widow. And a single mother. And this changed Her. She went through her own period of death as well. Her grief, her flood of tears is her own crisis. Her rage was burning as brightly as Her star and the sun itself. And this is Her own crucible. This is Her own death. Because a apart of Her died when Wesir did. She had to remake Herself and reform Herself. She had to put Herself back together just as She had to re-member Wesir.

She had to raise Her son alone while protecting Him from all sorts of dangers. That could be a post in itself.

But Aset went through this and came out the other side. She was whole.

So this is Her charge to those who ask:

To live is to die
To die is to live
Many will ask to change
What about you, dear child?
What about you?
You try to change and yet you do not
You are still fickle
And you are still angry
And yet and yet, you try
You work on it
This is all We can ask of you
You are doing your best, dear child
You are doing your best
And that is enough
That is always enough
Do not be so hard on yourself
You are doing the best you can
That is all We ask
And at the end of the day
You gain footing,
closer to the falcon
Closer to your True Self
But remember, in order to be reborn
You must first die
And dying is a process of tears and flame
Of sorrow and soul-fire
You have tried and failed
and you have succeeded
You have cried the lengths of the Nile
You must now nourish your inner flame
Yellow, white, orange and red are the colors of the solar and stellar Goddess
Blue is the color of flame as well
This fire, this light is the beginning of re-birth
Discover who you are, dear child
Discover who you are
And let your soul shine brighter than any star

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Aset the Shapeshifter

I had a dream last night where I saw Aset’s image in a book about the King. It seemed to be about another King. I’m not sure, but for some reason If felt insulted and through the book back down on the table.

I walked away feeling completely insulted on Aset’s behalf. Then I felt ashamed at my reaction. I was told “Aset is a shapeshifter.”

Then the dream ended. Aset can appear however She wants to whomever She pleases. She will be whatever They need. Some people need Her as the Mother of Heru and other people need Her as the Great of Magic or the most knowledgeable of the Gods. She is a Mother and can be compassionate and kind. She may not be The Mother as Hetharu is within the Kemetic Pantheon, but She is a Mother Goddess as She is the Mother of Heru who raises Her son alone as a single mother.

She appears as She needs–whatever the task, whatever needs doing–She will do it to accomplish Her goals. With personal experience, it is different for everyone. People are different. People need different things in different ways. As the shapeshifter and cunning woman, She will appear in whatever form, in whatever guise in order to get that message across or have that communication happen.

Personal experience is just that. Personal experience. One’s own personal experience does not negate another. Just as we are different people with different people, so too are the Gods to some degree.

Scholarship, on the other hand, we get to argue about, debating back and forth about what we know so far and what are the most plausible theories and what the physical evidence from archeology and other sources tell us about Her. There is good scholarship and bad scholarship and just sloppy scholarship too. This we can measure. We can say X is when She appeared in this guise or in this hymn or in this way. We can find this and point to it. It is tangible and quantifiable and just there.

We can’t do that with personal gnosis or personal experience. We can only go off of our own experiences and how She appears to us. We can’t say,”That’s not true.” or “That’s not correct!” This isn’t a classroom. There is no right or wrong answer here (with caveats and within reason). She will appear as She needs. I do not get to decide what others need. You do not get to decide what others need. We do not get to decide what others need. She does. She is the Lady of Manifestations, Countless Names and Forms. Stop putting Her in a box. Because all you think you know and all you think you’ve seen, there is so much more to this Goddess than your own musings. We do not get to define who She is or what She does. She is the one who decides.

At the end of the day, Aset is always Aset. She will appear as She needs to Her followers. If they need a mother, they will get one either as the mother of Heru or the Mother of the King, or even as the Classical Isis, the Mother of the World.

I will appear as I need
to whomever calls to Me
You need Isis, if you honor Me in the classical way
But you, dear child, you do not need Her.
You need Aset, the Egyptian Goddess with Egyptian sources that honor Me.
This is your task.
Make Me a shrine of Egypt.
Make Me a ritual from Egyptian sources.
Make a Way for Me to come into people’s lives as an Egyptian Goddess.
This is My task for you.
For this what you need.
I am Aset, the Lady of the Two Lands.
For you and for all that need Me in this way.
I will come to all who need Me.
All who call out My name, I will answer.
I will appear as you need.
Why are you so angry?
Why are you so angry, dear child?
Everyone will understand Me differently.
I am Aset for some.
I am Isis for others.
Does that mean We are the same Goddess?
Yes and No.
I am Aset without Isis.
For you.
For those who call upon Me in My Egyptian form.
By My Egyptian names.
They will get Me this way.
They will get Me this way.
As you do.
As you do.
And you will show them the way.

I need the Egyptian Aset and others need the Classical Isis. And yet others need Aset this way and Isis this way. And that’s okay.

Aset, Auset, Isis, Goddesses, Musings

Aset from Nut

Has anyone found any information about Nut’s worship influencing Aset’s or vice versa?

Aset has many attributes shared with both Nut and Hetharu: Lady of the Sycamore, Tree Goddess, Lady of the West (Amenti), Eye of Ra, Giving Birth to Ra at Dawn and Creation, Celestial Cow Goddess, Mehet Weret, etc.

Whenever I ask Her, Aset tells me that most of these attributes She inherited from Her Mother Nut (not Hetharu). I’m not sure about Hetharu-Nut, however.