Monday afternoon (12/4/17), my dad and I went out for something to eat. We talked about how a lot of Christian holidays are just pagan holidays that were given a Christian make-over. Thus my curiosity was sparked, so I had to read about Yuletide (commonly just called Yule [the term “Yuletide” just means “time; feast-day; period around a holiday”—which answers my dad’s question of “what does Yuletide mean?”]) and Mothers’ Night. When I was reading about Yule and Mothers’ Night, I remembered that I hadn’t done any reading or posts about the Sailing of Mut.
The Sailing of Mut is a Theban festival similar to the Sailing of Hathor. Mut was offered food and unguent jars; ritual libations were poured and much singing singing and drinking were done. Like the Sailing of Hathor, Mut’s festival alludes to her role in the Theban tradition as the Eye of Ra who returns placated from her desert rampage. With the proximity of the festival of the Sailing of Mut to the Winter Solstice, Mut as the Eye of Ra could be celebrated for bringing with Her an eventual return to longer days. (Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptians Pagans and Kemetics, Sharon LaBorde)
The various dates for this festival are:
• December 15 (Kemetic Reform / Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics, Sharon LaBorde / as per 150 days after observing Wep Ronpet as July 18)
• January 2, 2018 (Kemetic Orthodox / as per 150 days after the observing Wep Ronpet in Joliet, Illinois by the Helical Rising of the star Sirius)
• January 7, 2018 (Jackals in the Mountains / as per 150 days after the observing Wep Ronpet in Salt Lake City, Utah by the Helical Rising of the star Sirius)
Mut is the consort of Amun (Following The Sun: A Practical Guide to Egyptian Religion, Sharon LaBorde.) The meaning of Mut’s name is “mother” in Ancient Egyptian. She was also sometimes given the head of a lioness and associated with both Sekhmet and Mertseger.
Now I asked myself: how I can bring Anput into this as well? I thought of this idea to honor Mut for the festival of the Sailing of Mut, but for the winter solstice celebrate Anput as the Eye of Ra for bringing with Her an eventual return to longer days; even worship both goddesses as one synchronized form as Mut-Anput.
Wait, there’s more!
Here is what they say about that…
“To determine the date for the beginning of the New Year we need to calculate the precise date that the star Sirius (called ‘Sopdet’ in Egyptian) rises just before sunrise. Sirius had been invisible for some 70 days – which means it arose when the sun had already risen and hence could not be seen by the naked eye due to the illuminated atmosphere.
Today we can utilize a government astronomical website that provides us with the necessary information. Here’s what to do:
Go to http://www.usno.navy.mil
In top toolbar click on ‘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.
For example, in the city of San Francisco for 2009, on the date of August 6 Sirius rises at 5.45a and the time for beginning Civil Twilight is 5.49. That means that on that date the human eye will see Sirius just 4 minutes before Twilight begins. Once the suns actually rises at 6.18a it will be far too bright to see the star.
The date of New Year will vary considerably, depending on latitude and longitude in our very large country.
For example, in Miami, Florida, the date for New Year 2009 will be July 27 – and not August 6 as in San Francisco – because Civil Twilight begins at 6.20a and Sirius rises at 6.16a, just four minutes prior. That means Sirius will be visible for the first time in this season. On dates prior to July 27 Sirius will be rising after the start of Civil Twilight and Sunrise and hence will not be seen by the naked eye because the sky will be too bright.”