- Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet (Ready to Send to Formatter)
- Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya (almost done)
- River, Star and Sky: Poems for the Egyptian Gods. (Work in Progress)
- Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today (Work in Progress)
- Queen of Kings/Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut (working title) is going to take longer as I’m hoping to be able to include the Crossword Hymn to Mut in it. (Work in Progress)
- Lord of the Ways: An Anthology for Wepwawet (Work in Progress)
- Water Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Tefnut (Work in Progress)
- Lord of Eternity: An Anthology for Osiris (Work in Progress)
- Two Horizons: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Gods. (Work in Progress)
Brigantia of Nothern England.
Happy Brigantia! Happy Imbolc!
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:
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)
Here is one poem for the Goddess Brigantia from my book Divine Words, Divine Praise: Poetry for the Divine Powers.
The Lady Brigantia
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.
MacGrath, Sheena. Brigantia: Goddess of the North. Lulu, 2015.
I have tons of projects I’m working on right now. I’d like to narrow my focus so I can get a few of them done.
- Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet.
- Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut. (As someone else is helping me with this via translation, this will take longer).
- River, Star and Sky: Poems for the Egyptian Gods.
- Lord of the Ways: An Anthology for Wepwawet. (Due date for submissions is January 7, 2020)
- Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today.
- Hymns of the Two Lands: Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Gods.
- Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya.
On a separate note, I need help for figuring out the title of Mut’s book:
- Lady of the Double Crown
- Creation Mother
- Mother, Queen and Matriarch
- Queen Mother
Day: 4th Shomu, Day 2
This festival commemorates Aset’s nightly search by torchlight for Her husband Wesir. In modern times, paper boats are made (with written petitions on them) and they are placed in water with a tealight on top.
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).
For offering ideas, go here: Offerings of Aset.
I channeled this message from Aset about this festival.
(This is included in my book, Queen of the Road)
Aset Luminous (Aset, the Fiercely Bright One)
by Chelsea Bolton
What are you doing for Her festival?
What will you do today for the Fiercely Bright One?
Light candles or lamps? Sing a hymn? Perform ritual before Her shrine? What will you offer to the Lady?
What will you do today for the Mother of God? The one who gave birth to Heru in the Marshes? The sole Mother who took care of Her son?
What will you do for Aset, the Fiercely Bright One? The One who leads the way in the darkness, dispelling shadows with Her light? The stellar and solar goddess of the dawn.
What will you do today? What will you accomplish? What will you profess?
What will you ask Me in your letter? What prayers and hopes will the boats carry on the water, with My light guiding the way?
What will you ask Me to dispel in your lives? What will you ask Me to cultivate?
What will you do for the Fiercely Bright One? What will you ask of the Brightest of Stars? What will you ask of the Solar Goddess?
I am the Mistress of Magic. I am the Goddess Who Knows Her Spells. What I speak comes to pass.
Do not worry, child. I will take care of you.
Who am I? Am I not the Goddess who knows Ra’s Name? Am I not the wisest and cleverest of Gods? Am I not the Goddess of all magic, all heka, all life-power, all kau?
So what will you ask Me on My festival day?
The words you speak and write have power. What I speak comes to pass. What you write is your heart’s desire.
For what you do, what you say and what you write will become.
Oya is an Orisha over the winds, fire, rain, storms, transformation, commerce, and the dead. She is an Orisha of hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and lightning. Her colors are multi-colors, purple or red. Her sacred number is 9. Her sacred animal is the water buffalo. She can shapeshift into the buffalo and is a hunter. She is a warrior woman armed with a sword and protects the sacred from impurities. She is the goddess of transitions and death. Her breath is the life-force of all things and the death of all things when it is taken away. She is a fierce mother who is said to be fiercer than Her husband, Shango. Oya loves eggplants, water, rum, red wine, beer, grapes, plums, and gin.
To the Ones Who Call Me
I am the Witch here.
I am the one who knows Her herbs.
I am the one who knows Her spells.
I am the one who knows Her heart.
What I want, What I need
is known to Me.
What you want, What you need
is known to you.
I am the Orisha
granting desires and boons.
Giving blessings to those who honor Me.
A calabash filled with offerings.
Libations poured out onto the Earth,
which Olorun made.
I am the Wind.
I am the Thunder.
I am the Lightning.
I am the Storm.
I am Oya–She tore.
One who tears down trees in My path,
One who topples houses,
as towering trees fall.
I bring destruction for new growth to occur.
I bring swift cleansing and change.
Faster I, twirl and My power
enchants and terrifies,
as things are uprooted in My path,
things that make one complacent or stagnant,
the ones who resist change fear Me.
Some loathe Me as they fear change
more than their own death.
more than their own demise.
And yet, I only come when you can’t quite see
what you are stuck in.
You can’t move on in a stagnant place,
or in a relationship that isn’t feeding you–
or worse, one where you are a victim.
Get out of your own way.
Accept My blessings and move.
Don’t sit idly by
and do nothing.
Take action in your life.
one thing–then two–then three
to help you change.
to help you move forward.
Then ask for My aid,
bring Me offerings in the calabash
or on your home shrine
and I will come.
Swiftly and without delay
I will come.
For I come to all those who call My name,
For I am Oya, of the Buffalo Horn.
For I am Oya,
the one who comes
when My children call.
Poem previously published in Divine Words, Divine Praise: Poetry for the Divine Powers.
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.
Wepwawet is Your God
by Chelsea Luellon Bolton
Wepwawet wants His shrine
to be like His Mother’s (Aset)
Large with many statues
with many offerings
He has much to teach you
if you’ll listen
He wants you to honor Him
with offerings and words
He loves you
that is what Beloved means
One Who is Loved
He will lead you to His statues
He will lead you on your way
Yinepu is with Him
as His Little Nephew
as His Brother
as Sons of Ra
as Sons of Wesir
They can have different parents
Wepwawet, Son of Aset and Wesir
Wepwawet, son of Nut
Wepwawet, son of Ra
Yinepu, son of Nebet Het and Ra
Yinepu, son of Hesat and Ra
Yinepu, son of Nebet Het and Set
Yinepu, son of Nebet Het and Wesir
Yinepu, son of Bast
Yinepu, son of Aset and Wesir, for the Ptolemies
But for you,
Wepwawet is dominant
Wepwawet is your God
Wepwawet is your Beloved
Wepwawet is only with Yinepu
when Yinepu needs to be
the Opener of the Way
The title brings the God forth
Wepwawet is with Yinepu when
they guide the dead
Wepwawet is with Yinepu when
their functions overlap
as a syncretism
Sometimes, they can be a syncretism
Most times they come together
Yinepu is not the same as Wepwawet
Wepwawet is not Yinepu
Wepwawet is a standing jackal
or a sitting jackal
or rarely, a Jackal-headed man
Yinepu is a Jackal-headed man
or a recumbant jackal
or a jackal-headed man with a mummy
or a jackal-headed man ontop of a box
or a jackel-headed man weighing the heart
These are different gods
with different functions
with different parents
with different preferences
with different iconography
These gods are your gods
Wepwawet, the Jackal on the Standard
the Jackal on the Standard is your God
The Jackal is your God
as Opener of the Ways
as Lord of the Shedshed
as Lord of the Oasis
as Lord of the Necropolis
as Lord of Lords
as Lord of the Sky
as Lord of Asyut
as Lord of Abydos
as Lord of the Roads
as Controller of the Two Lands
as the Son of Aset and Wesir
as the Son of Ra
as the Son of Nut
as the Guide, Guard and Protector
who shows the way to victory
for all who call upon Him