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.
Here are the updates on my various books.
- Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today (Getting Edited)
- Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet (Ready to Send to Formatter)
- Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra. (Completely formatted. Waiting on the bookcover)
- 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)
- Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya (Work in Progress)
The next book I’ll hopefully finish is either:
- Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today
- Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet
- 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 the Crossword Hymn to Mut in it.
- Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya
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.
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.
I am the Eye of Ra
I am an Eye of Ra
I am the Goddess of the Star,
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.