Some may find it hard to go into shrine right now. Or maybe you just want something simple to do outside of shrine. If you are looking for inspiration to honor Them outside of shrine, I have a few ideas:
1) Find them in the nature around you. Shu, Nebet Het and Aset are associated with breath. The Eyes of Ra manifests in the sunbeams or starlight. Nut is the night sky. Go outside and spend time with Them. Breathe and think of Their Names.
2) Say a prayer before you eat, offer your meal and then eat it.
3) Can you wear jewelry? Wear something you’ve dedicated to them, like a necklace, ring or bracelet.
4) You could wear clothes with colors that remind you of Them. (Blue or purple for Aset, black or purple for Nebet Het, white for any of the Netjeru).
5) Is there a Netjeru over your profession? Offer your workshift to Them.
6) Do creative projects. Call on Seshat or Djehuty for writing, call on Aset or Hethert for arts and crafts.
7) Do something you love and invite Them.
8) Offer to Taweret, Aset, Hethert, Mut or Bast and clean your home. Offer to Bes or Bast or whomever to protect your home.
9) Breathe. They are There. Gods and Goddesses of air and wind are with you when you breathe. So breathe.
- 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)
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.
Here is the new cover for my upcoming book, Holy Mother, Healer and Queen: Papers on the Feminine Divine.
Cover by Andrew Meit. All Rights Reserved.
Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra and His Family
by Chelsea Luellon Bolton
Ra (Re) is the ancient Egyptian God of the Sun. He is the creator of the world, Gods and Humankind. He is both the warmth of the sun and its fiery, scorching rays. He is the one who travels through the sky during the day and through the Underworld at night, culminating in His defeat of the Evil Serpent. He merges with Wesir (Osiris), the King of the Underworld and renews the afterlife and creation.
He has many forms and syncretisms with other gods. He has many daughters who bear the title “Eye of Ra” which means they are His guardians and protectors who harness the fierce power of sun to dispose of enemies and evil forces.
Contributors can explore:
Ra as the creator of the world
Ra as the Creator of Humankind
Ra as the God of Kings
Ra as the Lord of All or Lord of the Limit
Ra and His Forms (Khepri, Ra and Atum as Morning, Noon and Night)
Ra and His Syncretisms (Amun-Ra, Atum-Ra, Khnum-Ra, Wepwawet-Ra, Sobek-Ra, Osiris-Ra, Ra Heru-akhety/Ra Horakhty)
Relationships with Ra and His Consorts (Hathor, Sekhmet, Bast, Nephthys) and as Amun-Ra (Mut)
Relationships between Ra and His Daughters (Bast, Sekhmet, Mut, Aset/Isis, Tefnut, Hathor, etc)
Relationships between Ra and the Celestial Cow/Mehet Weret (Forms: Neith, Hathor, Aset/Isis, Nephthys, Nut)
Relationships between Ra and His Sons (Anubis, Wepwawet, Shu)
Ra and His associations with Set or Thoth or Horus
Ra as a Fatherly figure, savior or personal God
We are seeking submissions of:
• poetry and oracles
• hymns and prayers
• devotions, rituals or magical practice
• academic or scholarly articles (with footnotes and bibliography)
• short fiction (5,000 word limit)
• artwork (300dpi; black and white only)
• translations of ancient works (must have permission of the copyright owner or translator if not translated directly from the hieroglyphs)
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Submission Formats: Word Document pasted within the body of an email or as an email attachment. Also please put RA SUBMISSION in the title of the email.
Rights: Worldwide, non-exclusive for print book and e-book formats (contributors retain all rights to their work); projected release date is TBA through Lulu.com;
Contributors: There is no monetary compensation for contributors. Contributors will receive a free PDF copy of the book for personal use and a coupon code to purchase the book at a discount. A permission to publish form will be sent out via email once all the submissions are received.
I just finished reading a new dissertation: Ashby, Solange. “Calling Out to Isis: the Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae.” PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2016.
I found a few cultic references which I thought were interesting.
Some Nubian Altars to Her had:
- a horned altar–cow horns as she is a cow headed goddess
- a palm branch–to symbolize life and renewal
- Aset Emblem–sundisk encircling cow horns
- Pouring Libations–I’m assuming to the dead or to Wesir.
- Some altars had snake iconography
- Some altars had a three-petal flower emblem on bowls
- Within Nubia and at Philae, Aset was honored with Wesir, Heru-sa-Aset (with a Nubian place name epithet), Anubis and Nebet Het. She was also honored alongside some Nubian deities. (pages 195-202; 206-207; 243-244; and 256-258)
In case you missed it, I have published Magician, Mother and Queen.
I have finished and am preparing to publish another poetry book. The title of this now is Divine Words, Divine Praise: Poetry of the Holy Powers. I have sent it in to the formatters.
I have sent in the permissions for Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns of the Goddess Aset from the Temple of Dendera. We’ll see what they say. I’m still waiting.
I have been compiling all the material for this book She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology of Nebet Het (Nephthys). I am still waiting on some submissions.
I am compiling a compilation of scholarly papers I wrote in Graduate school (and afterward) about various goddesses, Orishas and a saint (Mary); and I have one other essay about women’s healing and talismanry (I know it doesn’t fit, but I have no idea where else I could publish it. I may take it out and publish it by itself. I’m not sure.). I’m thinking of making this into another book. My working title is Holy Lady, Holy Queen: Papers on the Feminine Divine.