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.
The question was asked: What drew you to Kemetic religion?
This is my answer. It just kind of came out more stream of consciousness.
As for what drew me to it, Aset (Isis) did. I’ve been fascinated by her since I was nine. She was fierce, compassionate, strong, smart, loyal and clever. She was magical and had all knowledge in earth and heaven.
I love the mythology and that the cosmos is renewed everyday. The evil in the world can be fought: as the gods themselves destroy the demon serpent every day, as the gods gave humans magic to ward off events and as we humans can choose to do good or evil based on our own hearts, our own choices.
Everyday is a new dawn. And every dawn is a victory. So there is hope. Aset mourned and lost her husband Wesir (Osiris). Wesir became the King of the Ancestors and thus the dead have a home. And we are connected to our dead through our ancestral lineages. And we honor them at ancestor shrines and the ancestors help us.
Aset gained a son, Heru-sa-Aset (Horus, son of Isis). Heru stands for us. He is god of Kingship, the linchpin between the worlds so that the gods and men can co-exist; Heru stands for everyone who is ill as his mother said she will help heal her son Heru and anyone who suffers likewise (in a papyrus). Heru stands for the community, justice and strength and perseverance over adversity as he had to win the throne of Egypt through trials.
The Eye of Ra goddess (who can be many goddesses including Aset) is angry and leaves. But she is always called back and she comes back. She turns from a raging lioness into another more pacified form (like a human or a cat). She is welcomed back. This teaches us appropriate action in rage and also forgiveness. For Ra forgives her and welcomes her home. For she forgives herself and returns.
There is hope in despair. There is strength and fortitude in adversity. There is compassion in the middle of pain. And there is joy once rage is appeased. There is determination, fierce love and fortitude in hardship. And there is love. So much love.
The gods fight for us everyday as the serpent is destroyed every dawn. Aset destroys it with Her magic; Set with His spear. In tandem, entropy is destroyed.
The first project is Queen of the Hearth: An Anthology for Frigga. This is an anthology for the Norse goddess Frigg (Frigga), the Queen of Asgard, Mother of Baldr, Wife of Odin and the First of the Goddesses! This anthology has an essay, rituals, poetry, a festival calendar and titles of the goddess!
The first project is She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for Nephthys. This is an anthology for Nebet Het (Nephthys), the Sister of Aset (Isis), Wife of Set (Seth) and Mother of Yinepu (Anubis). This anthology has modern rituals, poetry, essays/articles and a fiction story. The formatting is almost complete!
The third project is FlamingLioness:AncientHymnsforEgyptianGoddesses. This is a collection of ancient hymns to different Eye of Ra Goddesses. So far I have hymns to: Aset/Isis, Nebet Het/Nephthys, Hethert/Hathor, Tefnut, Sekhmet, Mut, Menhyt, Nit/Neith, Nut/Nuit and Seshat. It’s in the proofreading stages!
So, I got permissions back for Mother of Magic: Ancient Hymns for Aset. Now, all I need to do is go over the manuscript and send it off to the formatters. This book has hymns from Philae, Dendera, Soknopaiou Nesos, Shanhur and some New Kingdom texts. There is also an updated festival calendar and epithets list.
She Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for Nephthys. I have hymns from various sources such as Philae, Dendera, Komir and Edfu. I have essays, articles, tons of poetry, rituals and a festival calendar and epithets list.
Solar Flares and Sunbeams: An Anthology for Ra and His Daughters. I have some hymns for Ra, poetry, a festival calendar and an epithets list.
Lady of the Double Crown: An Anthology for Mut. I have some ancient hymns, an essay, poetry, a festival calendar and an epithets list.
Lioness Goddess, Lioness Queen: An Anthology for Sekhmet. I have some ancient hymns, poetry, a festival calendar and an epithets list.
Lord of Eternity: An Anthology for Osiris. I have some ancient hymns, poetry, a festival calendar and an epithets list.
An anthology for Aset/Isis: Mother of Magic: Ancient Hymns for Aset. This is a collection of ancient hymns and prayers for Aset. I have hymns and prayers from Philae, Dendera, Soknopaios Nesos and some other material. I also have an updated epithets list and a festival calendar. I’m waiting on permissions about the material from Kockelmann, Holger and Erich Winter. Philae III: Die Zweite Ostkolonnade des Tempels der Isis in Philae. (CO II und CO II K). Verlag der Osterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften/Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2016.
I have been compiling all the material for this book She Who Speaks Through Silence: An Anthology for Nephthys. I am still waiting on some submissions. Here are the submission guidelines: Nebet Het Submission Guidelines
The tentative title is Lioness Goddess, Lioness Queen: An Anthology for Sekhmet. This a devotional for Sekhmet. Right now, I have some ancient hymns and some modern poetry. I also have a festival calendar and an epithets list. I have to wait for the permissions to include some material.
I have another Ancient Egyptian poetry book in the works, called Sky, River and Sand: Poems for the Egyptian Gods. I’m iffy on this title.