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.”