Jackals in the Mountains Kemetic Liturgical Calendar August 2018 – August 2019

I have put together a liturgical calendar using the date for my location’s heliacal rising of Sirius (Sopdet), The Ancient Egyptian Daybook by Tamara L. Siuda, and Circle of the Sun: Rites and Celebrations For Egyptian Pagans and Kemetics by Sharon LaBorde.

Here I give the season in bold with the individual month names under their season; each month has a Roman numeral I-IV in parentheses before it as a date in ancient Egyptian is sometimes written month/season/day I Akhet 1, which is the same as Djehutet 1.

DAYS UPON THE YEAR

Epagomenal Days 8/5-9

Day 1: Osiris

Day 2: Horus the Elder

Day 3: Seth

Day 4: Isis

Day 5: Nephthys

AKHET

(I) Djehutet 8/10-9/8

1 Wep Ronpet

6-7 Feast of Anubis who is the ut

17 Wag Festival Eve

18 Wag Festival

19 Thoth Festival

20 Feast of Drunkenness

22 Procession of Anubis; Feast of Anubis in Idi

23 Feast of Anubis

(II) Pa’en-Opet 9/9-10/8

4 Festival of Gembaues; Anubis inspects the Embalming Tents

24 Offering-Processions on the Lake of Anubis

(III) Hat-hor 10/9-11/7

1-30 Festival of the Voyage of Hathor

20 Appearance of Bast, Lady of Ankhtawy

24-28 Horus Welcomes the Nile

(IV) Ka-Her-Ka 11/8-12/7

12 Preparations for corn mummies

21-30 Feast of Sokar

22 Hacking the Earth

23 Driving the Calves and Offering the Chests

24 Defense of Osiris against Set

24-26 Feast of Sokar-Osiris

24-25 Night of Death

25 Great Mourning of Osiris

25-26 Night Vigil

26 Circumambulation of the White Walls

28 Festival of Foods on the Altars

30 Raising the Djed Pillar

PERET

(I) Ta-ibet 12/8/18-1/6/19

1 Feast of Nehebkau

1-5 Feast of Coronation of the Sacred Falcon

19 (through II Peret 4) Feast of the return of the Wandering Eye-Goddess

25 Raising the Celestial Cow

25-27 Festival of the Great Thanksgiving Offerings of Ra

(II) Makhir 1/7-2/5

I Peret 19-II Peret 4 Feast of the return of the Wandering Eye-Goddess

1 Boat Procession of Anubis

9 Great Burning (Rekeh-wer) Festival

9-13 Festival of the Pastures

21-25 Festival of Victory

29-III Peret 1 Feast of Ptah

(III) Pa’en-Amunhotepu 2/6-3/7

II Peret 29-III Peret 1 Feast of Ptah

1 Lesser Burning

5 Procession of Neith at Sais

6 Jubilation of Osiris and Procession of Anubis with adorers

13 Procession of Thoth Spirits

(IV) Pa’en-Rennutet 3/8-4/6

1-5 Feast of Ra and the Eye of Ra

2 Procession of Geb to see Anubis

4 Feast of Bast

5 Day of Chewing Onions for Bast

25 Feast of Set, Lord of the Oasis

27 Feast of Measuring the Flour (Renenutet Festival)

28 Feast of Horus of Sepa, Son of Sekhmet

Shomu

(I) Pa-Khonsu 4/7-5/6

1 Feast of Renenutet

10 Festival of Clothing Anubis

19 Procession of Khonsu

(II) Pa’en-Inet 5/7-6/5

(III) Apip 6/6-7/5

22 Feast of Anubis who is upon his mountain

(IV) Mosu-Ra 7/6-8/4

2 Isis Luminous

30 Last Day of the year

DAYS UPON THE YEAR

Epagomenal Days 8/5-9

Lunar Holidays

For the following I don’t give dates to as I have not looked this info up yet. I find that these can be a little tricky to place in the calendar as a New Moon can come before or after the start of a Kemetic month and a Full Moon some where around the middle of the Kemetic month give or take a few days. Lunar holidays sometimes, and likely will over lap the holidays of the month that they fall in.

I AKHET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu (New Moon Festival)

I AKHET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet (Full Moon Festival)

II AKHET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Opet Festival (11 days)

Clothing of Anubis

Feast of Horus

II AKHET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Feast of the Gods of the Noble Chapel

Shifting/Gathering sand of Anubis who is on his mountain

III AKHET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Feast of Ra’s Entering the Sky

III AKHET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Exalting the Gods Festival

Taking to the River Festival

IV AKHET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Anointing and Exalting the Gods

Feast of Nehebkau

IV AKHET FULL MOON

(Note: the Osiris Mysteries will often occur or around this moon)

Tepy-Semdet

Entering the Sky

Drawing on the Sokar Boat

Procession of the Setem-Priests

Feast of Amun

I PERET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

II PERET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Feast of Sokar

III PERET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Festival of Entering the Temple

III PERET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Opening the Windows of the Court

IV PERET NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Festival of Sokar

Birthday of Heru-sa-Aset

IV PERET FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

I SHOMU NEW MOON

Appearance of Horus and Victory Procession to Khadi (5 days)

Feast of Sobek, Lord of Sehwy

Feast of Amun (4 days)

I SHOMU FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

II SHOMU NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Beautiful Feast of the Valley (12 days)

II SHOMU FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Appearance of Khemty-Osiris

Feast of the King/Ruler

III SHOMU NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

Feast of the Beautiful Reunion

III SHOMU FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Feast of Sobek

IV SHOMU NEW MOON

Pesdjentiu

IV SHOMU FULL MOON

Tepy-Semdet

Wep Ronpet is nigh!

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.

• And the third way (that I found here on Kemetic Temple) has you go to a government astronomical website and give these instructions:

– 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.

Starting Your Journey

Recently, I was asked how would someone get into worship of Anubis and Kemeticism.

STEP 1: RESEARCH

Simple: research, research, and more research. I say this because

A lot of the stuff that you likely will come across at first is of the academic and scholarly which is good stuff especially if you want to know about Ancient Egypt, which does not hurt to know when looking into the modern form of the Ancient Egyptian religion.

There are various forms and extensions that the religion of Ancient Egypt took in its modern form that we call Kemeticism and Egyptian paganism. Here are some that I have looked into in my studies of Kemeticism:

• Kemetic Orthodoxy / The Kemetic Orthodox Faith: Their website can be found here. Kemetic Orthodoxy is one of the more well-known groups on the web among Kemetics. Kemetic Orthodoxy is a soft polytheism with the Netjeru (Gods) and Netjerut (Goddesses) as manifestations of one divine source known as Netjer and the individual gods and goddesses are referred to as the Names of Netjer.

• Tameran / Kemetic Wicca: a form of Wicca that honors the Egyptian deities. One site that I found for Tameran Wicca is Per Weben Benu. This form of Wicca focuses on a divine Mother-Father-Child, where as other traditions of Wicca have their focus a duality between the Goddess and the God.

• Kemetic Reconstructionism: a branch of Kemeticism that seeks to reconstruct or revive the Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs and practices. Some groups you will find have a structure resembling Ancient Egyptian society and others avoid such as to avoid possible abuse of power. Here is a site that I found for Kemetic Reform. And here is The Kemetic Temple, the website for some affiliated Kemetic temples.

• Independent Kemetics and Egyptian pagans: these are your solitary practitioners who worship the Netjeru and Netjerut without joining a group of some kind.

Neos Alexandria: this group is not primarily based on the Kemetic or Egyptian faith, but the Greco-Egyptian and Greco-Roman.

Some websites that I frequent for Kemetic and Anubis information:

The Twisted Rope has lots of information on Kemeticism

Per Sabu has information on the jackal deities in Kemeticism.

Some books that I recommend reading:

Following The Sun: A Practical Guide to Egyptian Religion by Sharon LaBorde

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

The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda

The Ancient Egyptian Daybook by Tamara L. Siuda

Eternal Egypt: Ancient Rituals for the Modern World by Richard J. Reidy

And search social media for groups that you may be interested in joining because that’s another great way to learn things is to talk with others and you don’t feel so lone if you happen to not have other Kemetics or Egyptian pagans in your area.

STEP 2: DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO WORSHIP

This step is going to be your personal choice. Here you will take all the information that you have gathered and learned to help you as well as your personal religious beliefs.

STEP 3: GO FOR IT

Say a simple prayer to your chosen deity or deities. Do a ritual. Make your own ritual and rites. Do something to further ma’at.

You will find that a lot of Kemetics and Egyptian pagans set up a sacred place or a shrine, some big and some make them small enough to fit in side of a small hutch. Do what works for you.

Haircut…and a Calling

I went and got a haircut today after work after being so encouraged by a coworker because I was beginning to look like a shaggy mutt. As I sat there getting my curly blond hair sheered off, much like how a farmer sheers sheep, a simple little phrase floated into my sleepy mind: hem-Netjer.

I looked up what a hem-Netjer means to refresh my memory: it means “Servant of the God”, a type of priest in Ancient Egypt.

With the new moon on Saturday, the 18th of November 2017CE, the question stand: do I take the step from simple believer to accepting this calling? What would this entail? Or is it just a call to act more like a priest.

Crazy idea about modern mummification 

The other day my coworker was telling me about how over her 3 day weekend she had and her husband cut up pineapple and dehydrated them. 

It made me think of how in modern times that we could see mummification used as an option for preparing a body for a funeral. This would involve the removal of the stomach, lungs, liver, intestines to be dried separately like in the process of mummification used by the Ancient Egyptians. 

The difference is they are not kept in salt (a special kind of salt called natron) for 70 days. The modern process would involve preparing the body to be dried for a drying process of 25-35 days. 

Just a crazy idea to add to the options.

Books!

I now have The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan in English and Spanish! My plan is to read a chapter in the Spanish translation then the same chapter in the English text. Maybe I can brush up on my Spanish from all those years ago. Perhaps I will start translating my posts into Spanish?

¡Ahora tengo Las Crónicas de Kane por Rick Riordan en inglés y español! Mi plan es leer un capítulo en la traducción española entonces el mismo capítulo en el texto inglés. Quizás yo pueda repasar mi español de todos esos años atrás. ¿Quizás empezaré traducir mis posts al español?