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Aset Luminous

Shrine of Aset with statues and lit candles
Shrine of Aset

Festival Names:  Procession of Aset, the Bright One, Mother of God a.k.a. Aset Luminous

Day: 4th Shomu, Day 2.

On my calendar this festival falls on July 2.

This festival commemorates Aset’s nightly search by torchlight for Her husband Wesir.  Candles, lamps and torches were lit for the Goddess.  Papyrus boats were launched in temple lakes.  The boats had prayers written on them with a light source to guide the way.

Ritual for Today

This ritual is what we do for this festival in the House of Netjer.

On Aset’s shrine you could have: an image or statue of the Goddess, a source of light from candles, lamps, LED candles or electric candles and offerings.

You will need paper and a pen or pencil or marker (not red).  You will also need a tealight and a lighter.

Write a letter, asking Aset for things you are thankful for.  Then on the other side, write a letter to Aset asking for things you need.  This paper later gets folded into the boat (start folding: thank you side up).

After the paper boats are made, fill a bowl, bathtub or sink with water.  A tealight is placed in each boat and they are put in the water.  The tealights are lit and the boats float on the water until the candles burn out.  (Please keep fire safety in mind).

Thank You/Gratitude Letter Ideas

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Pets
  • House/Apartment/Condo
  • Food
  • Health
  • Job
  • Other Things She has helped you with

Ideas of Things You Need

  • Vaccine for Covid 19
  • Good Health
  • Prosperity
  • Love
  • Self-Love
  • Healing
  • Healing from Grief
  • Fortitude and Strength
  • Job

Remember to eat the offerings when you are done.  And extinguish the candles.

About Aset

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 JewelofAset

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.

 

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Book Updates

IMAG0134I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy and safe.

Waiting on the Book Cover:

  •  Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet
  • Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya

Works in Progress:

  • Two Horizons:  Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Gods
  • River, Star and Sky: Poems for the Egyptian Gods
  • Water Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Tefnut
  • Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today
  • Queen of Kings/Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut
  • Lord of Eternity: An Anthology for Osiris
  • Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns for Aset
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Poem: In Every Sunbeam

In Every Sunbeam
by TahekerutAset

Sobek of the Nile is the purification god
Sobek of the Waters of the Nun
Light of the sun dispels darkness
The Light of Sobek and Ra dispels darkness
Ask for this light
Ask for this water to purify you
of grief, of rage, of fear
of helplessness, of powerlessness
Bring to yourselves strength, devotion, kindness
Bring to yourselves health, love and self-care
Be kind to yourselves in this darkness
Be kind to others
Know that We are with you in your grief and rage
Know that We are with you in your sorrow and fear
Know that We are with you
We walk with you through this
Now and forever
So says Aset, Mistress of Light
Lady of Life
I am in every sunbeam
in every starlight
in every candleflame
I am in every droplet of water
in every river, every stream
in every rainstorm
in all water in your homes
So listen now
Use this power
of light, of water
and purify yourselves
cleanse yourselves
in baths
in showers with buckets to pour over yourselves
Or use sacred soap
Or Florida Water
Or other cologne water
Or cense with incense
Burn candles in front of Our shrines
Ask Us to help you
and We will
We are with you
Always

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Book Updates

I hope everyone is doing well.   This is a hard time for everyone.  I wish everyone good health, happiness, love and strength.

I have been working on my books.

Waiting on the Book Cover:

  •  Solar Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Sekhmet

Sent to the formatter:

  • Mother of Nine: An Anthology for Oya

Almost Ready for Formatter:

  • Lord of the Ways: An Anthology for Wepwawet.

Works in Progress:

  • Two Horizons:  Ancient Hymns for Egyptian Gods
  • River, Star and Sky: Poems for the Egyptian Gods
  • Water Lioness: Ancient Hymns for Tefnut
  • Lady of Magic: Honoring Aset Today
  • Queen of Kings/Creation Mother: Ancient Hymns for Mut
  • Lord of Eternity: An Anthology for Osiris
  • Lady of the Sky: Ancient Hymns for Aset
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Simple Ways to Honor Gods and Goddesses

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.

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Books Update

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  • 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)
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Goddess Spell Books

I have a love-hate relationship with Goddess Spell Books.  On the one hand, I love them.  I love goddesses, learning about them and seeing many goddesses from all around  the globe  in one book warms my heart.  On the other, I often find some factual errors or a very simplistic view of the goddess in question.  Aphrodite gets pigeonholed into the love goddess archetype all the time.  And She is a love goddess, but She is also a war goddess, a goddess of roses, a sea goddess, a mourning goddess and a Lady of the Graves.

Isis and Hathor get confused all the time.  Hathor is the goddess of motherhood, romance, love, beauty, music and dance.  Isis is the goddess of magic, a mother of Horus, a goddess of familial love and self-possession, a goddess of beauty, and a grieving widow.  They are not the same goddess!

As for the factual errors:

  • Hathor is married to Horus the Elder (Heru Wer) and not Heru-sa-Aset (Horus, son of Isis).  These are not the same god.
  • Oya’s main animal is the water buffalo
  • Nephthys is not a battered wife and Set is not evil
  • Isis is a moon goddess due to Roman influence.  The ancient Egyptian Aset is a solar and stellar goddess.  Aset’s association with the moon is due to Wesir and Heru being killed/harmed and reborn/healed.

Anyway, I would like to see a Goddess spell book have many goddesses from one pantheon and having them be in different categories because they have more than one aspect.

Like for a Learning/School section, you could have Seshat as the Goddess of education, math, writing, organization and libraries and Aset, the Lady of all knowledge, writing and research.

For a home and hearth section, you could have Bast as guardian of the home, Nephthys as Lady of the House, Hathor as a home goddess and Taweret as the home goddess.  Aset was also honored this way in the Late Period.

For prosperity and abundance, you could have Aset as Lady of Prosperity and Hethert (Hathor) as Lady of Abundance.

For beauty and self-love, you could have Aset, Hathor, Mut and Tefnut for various reasons.

For protection and strength (mental, physical, spiritual), you could have Aset, Possessor of Strength and Eye of Ra and various other Eyes of Ra like Mut, Bast, Sekhmet, Nit (Neith), and Tefnut.

For creativity and art, you could have Nit as the creatrix, Hathor as the Lady of the arts, music and dance and Aset as Lady of the Arts.

For change, sorrow and grief, Aset and Nephthys as the mourning women and Ladies of transformation.

For compassion, you could have Aset, Nephthys and Nut as the Ladies of Kindness.

Anyway, so here are my thoughts on this.

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We Walk With You

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My religion has many creation myths and all of them are true.  They tell us about creation.  Atum masturbated and Ptah spoke and everything was created. The Celestial Cow as Mut or Hethert or Mehet Weret or Nit gave birth to the sun god Ra and as She spoke everything was created.  Aset spoke the Word in the Beginning as did Nit and everything was created.

The other Gods, the air in the form of Shu, moisture in the form of Tefnut; Geb and Nut in the forms of earth and sky.  Ma’at and Life in the forms of Ma’at, Tefnut and Shu.    Ra, Shu, and the Eye Goddesses gave birth to light.  Wesir, Heru Wer, Set, Aset and Nebet Het were born and thus more was created by them.

Do you not see?  One became many.  Creation cannot exist without differentiation.  There are many Netjeru for a reason.  For each job to be performed, someone must be equipped to do it.  Some of Us have the same job, yet do it differently.  To borrow a phrase: Diversity is Our Power; Unity is Our Strength.

All of nature is touched by these Gods and Goddesses.  Sunbeams are Ra, Mut, Tefnut, Bast, Sekhmet, Aset and other solar Goddesses.  The air you breathe is Shu or Aset. The earth you stand on is Geb.

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Future Projects

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