What is Wep Ronpet?
—Wep Ronpet is the start of Ancient Egyptian and modern Kemetic/Egyptian pagan year. It is seen as the birthday of the sun god Ra. During the New Kingdom, elite officials would give their king gifts with solar themes; in the Late Period, the gift-giving extended to the general population.
When is Wep Ronpet?
In a Kemetic Facebook group, someone asked if someone was experienced in calculating dating in the Egyptian calendar, specifically Wep Ronpet. So I figured that I would offer three ways that I have usually roughed it up.
• Using the start date of July 18 as per “The Egyptian Civil Calendar,” as found in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde, while treating February 29 as “The Civil Epagomenal Day.”
—By “The Egyptian Civil Calendar,” found in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde, today (Thursday, June 7, 2018) is the 24 of Apip (III Shomu [Summer]) making Wep Ronpet only 41 days away. So that would make Wednesday, July 18, 2018 the day for Wep Ronpet.
• Using the heliacal rising of the Star Sirius over the main Kemetic Orthodox temple located in Joliet, Illinois, which I find to be August 3 on most years, and August 5 on the year that comes after the leap year.
– Example: in 2016, Wep Ronpet was on August 3 whereas in 2017, Wep Ronpet fell on August 5 with two extra Epagomenal days before the Epagomenal Days proper. (Epagomenal Day 00 for Anubis and Khonsu and Epagomenal Day 0 for Djehuty. I like to call them respectfully Epagomenal Day A and Epagomenal Day B, so as not to confuse the dates when looking at the Kemetic Orthodox Festival Calendar.) My guess would be that the Kemetic Orthodox Wep Ronpet will be on Friday, August 3, 2018.
—So roughly, I would say today (Thursday, June 7, 2018), is the 6 of Ipip (III Shomu [Summer]) making Wep Ronpet 57 Days till Wep Ronpet.
– In the top toolbar click ‘Astronomy’
– Then click on Data Services
– Click on Rise/Set/Transit Times for Major Solar System Objects and Bright Stars
– Fill out the required fields, including your location, the star Sirius, and dates from late July to August 14 or later.
– Print a copy of the resulting table of Rise/Set/Transit Times.
– Then go back and fill out the form again, but this time you will select Sun so you can get Rise/Set/Transit Times for the sun.
– Finally, compare the two sets of Times, remembering that you are looking for the first date when Sirius appears BEFORE Civil Twilight.
This third way is good for those who want to base their holidays around their local heliacal rising of the star Sirius. I figured the day for my local Wep Ronpet for this year is Friday, August 10, 2018, which makes Wep Ronpet 63 days away. In previous years I have also found Wep Ronpet to be on August 10.
How is Wep Ronpet observed today?
Like the civil New Years in January, Wep Ronpet marks a time for a new start and opportunities for greater fortune. It is a good time to look and see how far you may or may not have come on your January New Years resolutions, you could make Wep Ronpet/an Egyptian New Year’s Resolution. Give gifts to your friends and family; depending on how familiar they are with either Egyptology and/or Kemeticism, you could call it an Wep Ronpet gift or “Christmas in July/August.” Celebrations do not have to be just limited to the ritual aspects. To wish someone a happy Egyptian New Years, you can say Wep Ronpet Nofrtit.