Fall is upon us and it’s a full moon

Today—Monday, September 24, 2018—is the day of the full moon and it’s the third day of fall; ergo, it is roughly around Pa’en-Opet 19. This past Saturday was also the Robing of Anubis, an observance which could either refer to the ceremonial changing the shawl on His statues or wrapping the Imiut symbol associated with Anubis (Sharon LaBorde, Celebrating the Egyptian Gods). And yesterday—Sunday, September 23, 2018—was also the start of the Opet Feast.

The full moon comes close to the middle of the Egyptian month, when the Sound Eye is whole, the moon god is at the height of his powers, and the Eye of Ra was reunited with her father. This is a good time for giving offerings to make offerings for the deceased.

The Opet Feast comes close to our secular Civil calendar’s changing of the seasons from summer to fall. In Ancient Egypt during the second month of Akhet, this holiday observed the Nisut’s (or pharaoh’s) rejuvenation and reconsecration as son of Amun. Among modern Kemetics and Egyptian pagans, the Opet Feast still centers on renewal and rejuvenation in a spiritual sense as well as the theme of reconsecration lends itself to initiations (Sharon LaBorde, Circle of the Sun).

For my observe of the Opet Feast and the full moon, I am mixing theses feasts which honor Amun during the Opet Feast, Djehuty and Khonsu in the composite deity Khonsu-Djehuty, and including a hymn and an invocation to Anubis.

For my information on spoken text for this observation I have taken from Circle of the Sun and Celebrating the Egyptian Gods by Sharon LaBorde as well as a scrying hymn to Anubis from The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda

Lightning Candle(s):

“Come in peace, bright Eye of Horus, come in peace.

Receive the light.

The Eye of Horus shines, like Ra in the twin Horizons, and evil hides before it.

Receive the light.

The Eye of Horus destroys the enemies of Ra in all of their abodes.

Receive the light.

The Eye of Horus comes, and I am purified with it.

Receive the light.”

Opening Invocation:

“Great Ennead of the Gods who are in Iunu!

Ra, in Your appearance at the First Time;

Ra’s Twins, Shu and Tefnut;

Geb and Nut, Lord of Earth and Lady of Heaven;

Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys;

Turn Your faces toward us!

Behold what is in our innermost;

Our hearts are straight, our hearts are open,

No darkness is in our hearts!”

Dual Invocations to Amun:

“Come in peace, Amun-Ra, Greatest God.

Come in peace, Amun-Ra, King of the Gods.

Come in peace, Amun-Ra, Lord of Thebes.

Come in peace, Amun-Ra, Lord of Appearances.

Come in peace, Amun in the Residence, Lord of the Southern Resistance.

Come in peace, Amun in the Residence, Bull of His Mother.

Come in peace, Amun in the Residence, Tall of Plumes.

Come in peace, Amun in the Residence, Greatest God.”

Offering Rite:

Water: “Take these, Your cool waters that are the Inundation.”

Milk: “Milk, milk, may You taste it in Your shrine.”

Incense: “I give You incense, I give You incense, great of purity.” [Note, if you don’t offer (i.e. burn) incense because you choose not to due to possibly triggering allergies or asthma, etc. This is a UPG of mine, it’s ok not to.]

Natron: “This is Your natron of Horus, this is Your natron of Djehuty, this is Your natron among the gods.”

Food: “Take this, Your bread, on which gods live.” [Note, this can be any food offerings that you have. In Ancient Egypt, bread was a basic offering.]

Wine: “Receive this, oh Amun, Your wine on the Feast of Opet.” [Note, in the place of wine, a grape juice can be substituted if there are minors or you choose to avoid alcoholic beverages on personal choices.]

Presentation:

“Turn Yourself to these, Your offerings, oh Amun, on this Your feast of Opet.”

Ritual Action: If you will be preforming a self-dedication or initiation, do so now.

Rite of Rejuvenation: Using your pinkie finger, anoint the forehead of the icon of Amun with oil. For the water, you can either use your finger again, very carefully pour a small amount onto the statue, or simply hold up a saucer of water.

Oil: “Hail, Amun, and take this oil, which is the Eye of Horus. Let its sent reach You, let it rejuvenate You, let it cool your heart. You shall not grow weary with it.”

Water: “Hail, Amun, and receive these cool waters, which are the Eye of Horus. May they rejuvenate You, may they purify You, may they cool Your heart, for You shall not grow weary with them.”

Reversion: Now anoint yourself, and others if present, on the forehead with oil.

Oil: “Oil, oil, where should you be? You were on the forehead of Horus, but now I will place you upon this forehead of mine (or, ‘the foreheads of these’).

Water: “Receive these cool waters, so that you may be purified and refreshed,”

Divination: Many records survive of citizens seeking oracles from Amun during the Opet festivities. If you wish to perform a divination centered on Amun, do so now.

Scrying Hymn to Yinepu

The following piece of heka is part of an ancient ritual for scrying, or seeing distant or future events remotely, in this case within in a bowl of water mixed with oil and/or ink. This ritual has been observed in parts of rural Egypt within the last century; modern anthropologists recorded a session where a boy accurately described past events unknown to him but known to the anthropologists, and spoke to observers of people long dead, passing information to the living from the dead persons via the mechanism of an “Anubis bowl.” These words are to be said by a magician as his apprentice, typically a pre-pubescent boy (mirroring Yinepu’s innocence) gazes into the bowl:

Hail Yinepu, come to me, High and Mighty One,

Over the secrets of the Akhu,

King of the Westerners,

Chief Healer, beautiful son of Wesir,

Strong-faced among the gods;

You appear in the Duat before Wesir’s hand.

Come to earth, show Yourself to me today.

Opet Hymn to Amun:

Hail, oh Amun-Ra,

Lord of Thrones of the Two Lands,

May You live forever!

A drinking place is hewn out,

The sky folded back to the south.

A drinking place is hewn out,

The sky folded back to the north.

Hail, oh Amun-Ra,

First One of the Two Lands,

Foremost One in Karnak,

In splendid appearance in Your fleet,

In Your beautiful Feast of Opet,

May You be pleased with it!

A drinking place is built

For You in the ship of ships.

The paths of the Twin Horizons

Have been bound up for You;

A great flood has been raised up.

May You pacify the Two Ladies,

Oh Lord of the Red and White crowns,

Oh Horus strong of arm!

Full moon invocation to Khonsu-Djehuty:

“Hail, Khonsu-Djehuty, True Scribe of the Ennead,

Who reckons the months, the days, the hours,

Who restores the Sound Eye to fullness.

You return the Eye of Ra

To Her place on the brow of Her father,

And the Ennead of Gods rejoices.”

Voice offering:

“A voice offering of bread, beer, a thousand of beef and poultry, incense and oil, and all good and pure things on which a god lives, for the kas of [speak names of deceased being honored], true of voice before the Great God.”

Hymn to Anubis

Hail and praise, oh Anupu,

Great God upon Your mountain!

Master of Secrets in Duat,

Ruler of the West,

Fair son of Osir.

Great Physician who heals,

Your seal is our protection.

Crown Prince of the Ennead,

Keen-faced among the Gods,

You stand at Osir’s side.

You serve the Blessed Dead,

They live because of You.

Prayer: This can be your time for silent prayer, meditation or reflection. Breathe deeply, exhale, and let the energy you’ve built up slowly release itself.

Closing Invocation:

“Great Ennead of the gods in Iunu!

Ra, in Your appearance at the First Time;

Ra’s Twins, Shu and Tefnut;

Geb and Nut, Lord of Earth and Lady of Heaven;

Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys;

I thank You, and wish You well!

Remember me, be where You like, and come again in kindness!”

To conclude the rite, say: “Truly it is.”

Holidays of Anubis

The Egyptian Daybook by Tamara L. Siudd

Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations for Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde

I Akhet 6-7 July 23-24 Feast of Anubis Who is in the Ut

I Akhet 22 August 8Procession of Anubis / Feast of Anubis in Idi

II Akhet 4 August 20 Feast of Gembause / Anubis Inspects the Embalming Tents

II Akhet 24 September 9 Offering-Presentations on the Lake of Anubis (merged with the Festival of Gembause and its procession of Setem priests)

II Peret 1 November 15 Boat Procession of Anubis / Navigation of Anubis; offerings to Amun-Ra and His Ennead

II Peret 17 December 2 It is the day of keeping those things of the pure place (w’abet) of Osiris which have been placed in Anubis’ hands

III Peret 6 January 20 Jubilation of Osiris and Procession of Anubis with adores

IV Peret 2 February 14 Procession of Geb to see Anubis

IV Shomu 22 July 5 Feast of Anubis

Past Anubis Holy Days

It has been a long time since I last posted, so here are some holidays with Anubis that have happened in the last few months

• The Procession of Anubis and His Adorers — III Peret 6* / January 19**

• The Procession of Geb to see Anubis — IV Peret 2* / February 14**

• The Festival of Clothing Anubis — I Shomu 10* / March 25**

* The dates of the holidays according to “The Kemetic Orthodox Festival Calendar” in The Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda

** The modern dates are given according to the chart labeled “Egyptian Civil Calendar With Modern Dates” in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde

I have stared looking through The Egyptian Daybook by Tamara L. Siuda for more holidays and celebrations associated with Anubis. Hopefully will be able to put that up soon.

And Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!

The Sailing of Mut

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!

For those interested in figuring out when Wep Ronpet will be for their local area, The Kemetic Temple has an article about the Religious Calendar of Kmt.

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.”

The Festival of the Celestial Cow (Moomas)

I was reading about The Festival of The Celestial Cow (colloquially called Moomas) by Sedjfaiemitui. It’s a holiday observed mostly by those of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith around the end of December. It falls on Pahenutmut (I Peret) 25, which in Regnal Year 25 of Nisut Hekatawy Reverend Tamara L. Siuda of the Kemetic Orthodox Faith, falls on or around Thursday, December 28, 2017.

Moomas celebrates the exultation of Hathor (and/or Neith) as the Goddess Nut in the form of a great cow or cow-headed deity at the time of Ra’s retirement to the heavens on the back of the Celestial Cow Mehet-Weret. It is rather a somber, if not mournful, holiday, it has taken on some rather spirited Western traditions of secular Christmas.

The background to the Festival of the Celestial Cow in the Book of the Heavenly Cow is the story of the destruction of mankind.

In the myth, it starts out that humans lived among the gods and Ra was the king. Then after some time, Ra began to grow old and mankind started to conspire against Him. After Ra found out about it, He called a meeting with the Gods and Goddesses. It was suggested that he send forth his Eye to punish humanity. And lo, Ra sent His Eye in the form of the goddess Hathor. Hathor was transformed into the lioness goddess Sekhmet. The goddess Sekhmet goes on a rampage and was about to wipe out humanity, but Ra took pity upon humanity. In order to stop Sekhmet, Ra called for beer to be died red to look like human blood. At night the beer was poured into some fields. The following morning, Sekhmet saw the flooded field and thinking that it was human blood, began to drink. After becoming drunk, the goddess fell asleep.

After those events, it was when Ra retired.

Note: Though not all Kemetics observe the same holidays, based on their tradition/cosmology and when they observe Wep Ronpet (Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic New Years). Exempli gratia, in the chapter “A Year of Kemetic Observance” from Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde, there is a festival called The Sailing of Mut on 30 Tab’ibet, roughly around December 15, which can work for a seasonal holiday. And in Utah, Wep Ronpet was roughly around August 10 of 2017; so figure August 10 of 2017 plus 145 days for The Festival of the Celestial Cow and we get January 2 of 2018, also add 150 days for The Sailing of Mut thus we get January 7 of 2018. And if you go with a Wep Ronpet date of July 18 of 2017 and you observe the Festival of the Celestial Cow, you would observe it around December 10 of 2017.

—Jackals in the Mountains wish that you and your family have happy and safe holidays this December—

New Moon Festival (Pesdjentiu)

For the Pesdjentiu (/pes-jen-ti-oo) yesterday (Saturday 11/18/2017), I started putting together an observance of the New Moon Feast and a self-initiation as a shemsu-Anpu and a hem-Netjer. A new moon marked the beginning of a new month (LaBorde, Sharon, Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian pagans and Kemetics. 2012). Now according to the Kemetic Orthodox Festival Calendar, yesterday was IV Akhet 16, Regnal Year 25. In The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, by Tamara L. Siuda, IV Akhet 16 is the first of twelve-day festival of the Mysteries of Sokar-Wesir at Abdju.

The following is a combination of the Pesdjentiu (New Moon Feast), the Self-Initiation Rite, and Long Iru found in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde.

Lighting your shrine Candle, say:

Come in peace, bright Eye of Horus, come in peace. Receive the light. The Eye of Horus shines, like Ra in the twin Horizons, and evil hides before it. Receive the light. The Eye of Horus comes, and I am purified with it. Receive the light.

Invocation to the Gods, say:

Hail to You, Great God! I have come to You, my Lord, that I may see Your beauty, for I know You and I know Your name. Behold, I have co e before You, oh Anubis, I bring you ma’at and I repel isfet for You.

Pesdjentiu Invocation, say:

Open, Clouds! The dimmed Eye of Ra is covered, and Horus proceeds daily in joy, Great of Shape and Weighty of Power, to dispel dimness of the eye with His fiery breath. Behold, Oh Ra, I have come sailing, for I am one of those four gods at the corners of the sky, and I show you He who is present by day. You rigging fast, for there is no opposition to You.

Anointment of Head and Hands with Water for Purification, say:

I have cast out all evil that is within me. I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.

Offering rite and Eating Bread, say:

(Water, pour water into water cup, say:)

Take these, Your cool waters that are the Inundation.

(Milk, pour milk into the milk cup, say:)

Milk – may you taste it in Your shrine.

(Food, place your food offering on its dish; hold up the dish before the icon statue, say:)

Take this, Your bread/food offering on which gods live.

(Eating Bread/the offering, say:)

Of what shall I eat? I shall eat the bread which Renenutet provides for me in the shrine of the gods. I shall eat of the bread and partake of truth [ma’at]. (Eat the bread and drink the milk, but save the water for the final step.)

Consecration, (anoint your forehead with oil; if you will be using a piece of jewelry or vestment to ritually signify your initiation, place it on at this time), say:

Hail to You, oh Anubis, in all Your names and in all Your places! Grant this pure office of Hem-Netjer upon me. May You make me it beneficial to me, and may You protect me from evil. Receive me and place Your arms over me, for I am Your shemsu (if using a Kemetic name, use it here) Anpuhotep upon this earth. May I be beneficial to You and to humankind, as You are beneficial to me.

Closing the observation of the New Moon and Self-initiation, drink the water from the offerings to signal the end of the rite, say:

In-un-ma’a [Truly it is].

Feast of Sokar and The Khoiakh Mysteries…and more!

I was reading about the Feast of Sokar and the Khoiakh Mysteries in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics  by Sharon LaBorde.

The Feast of Sokar began to merge with the Feast of Osiris during the time of the New Kingdom and by the Ptolemaic period had completely merged. The night before Feast of Sokar, the observance included an over night vigil, likely at the tombs of loved ones (this is similar to the modern observance of El Día de Los Muertos), which was known as “Night of Notjeryt” and it also known as “the Day of Tying Onions,” in which they would tie garlands of onions, which would roughly resemble leis, to wear and offer to the deceased. The modern observance of the Feast of Sokar focuses on honoring the dead; those who worship Set can observe the Feast of Sokar without having contradictions with their veneration of Set. The Festival of Sokar is observed upon either the 10th or 17th  of Ka-her-ka (Khoiakh), which is around roughly October 27 or November 3 according to the “Egyptian Civil Calendar With Modern Dates” and “Egyptian Liturgical Calendar” in Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde.

The Khoiakh Mysteries had a major component called the Haker Feast. In Abydos, a procession led along an ancient wadi (like a gully or arroyo) into Poker, where the tomb of Osiris had been said to be located, by the standard of Wepwawet and by sem priests, who were involved in the repulsion of the enemies of Osiris. On the night of the Haker Feast, a vigil was held in which. Horus was said to commune with his father Osiris. Through the Late Period and into the Greco-Roman period, the Khoiakh Mysteries had overtook the older Feast of Sokar. The modern observance of Khoiakh Mysteries shares commonalities with Halloween or El Día de los Muertos. The Ancient Egyptians avoided graphic representations or descriptions of the deat of Osiris for fear of perpetuating it. The focus instead on his regeneration and resurrection, which makes me think of the Christian holiday of Easter. It is observed on the 30th of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 14.

According to “The Kemetic Orthodox Festival Calendar” in The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda, there a Feast of Sokar on the 26th of Pa’e-Opet, which is around October 1, a 12-day observance for the Mysteries of Sokar-Wesir at Abdju on the 16th of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 18, and a 10-day observance for the Feast of Ptah-Sokar at Djeseru on 21st of Ka-her-ka, which is around November 22.