Prayers to Anubis

Recently during my Facebook group readings of an Egyptian pagan group someone asking for help with creating prayers. So here is how I come up with my prayers.

The first group we will call holiday prayers. These prayers I try to make more poetic and formal. For these prayers it’s a good idea to have them written down in a notebook or journal just for your prayers or typed up and saved. I usually have what I call a mixture of holidays that I find that I work my holiday prayers around:

• holidays pertaining to Anubis that have historical sources

• main Kemetic holidays that I observe that I find away to pull Anubis into the main holiday

• secular-Christian holidays that I observe with family and friends that I also find away to honor and worship Anubis in my own way during these times

For an example there is an upcoming festival called “Anubis Goes Forth With His Adorers” on February 3 according to Kemetic Orthodox calendar and February 8 according to Kemetic Reconstructionist calendar:

~Anubis goes forth with His adorers~

Anubis goes forth with His adorers

among the crowd and beside in dark’st night,

We pray that You guide us from those horrors

of life that’d lead us away from Thy light.

Lord of the Sacred Ground stands strong and tall,

a mighty god who hears our righteous call!

Our thanks and Your praise we offer and give

for all the blessings and guidance You’ve shown!

We’ll sing Your praises so – as we live

while our transgressions ere You we atone!

We look to Your strong face, O Great Jackal,

as You lift and remove our cold shackles!

Anubis, come to Your place at our side

as we go out among our tasks today;

Our spiritual sustenance You provide

as we walk along Your well-blazed pathway.

He over the Secrets, so much You’ve taught

to us as each day and night You we’ve sought.

The second group of prayers are the simple prayers. These prayers are the ones that come from the moment. The prayers that come in our own words. Like when one is praying for a safe drive home in a snow storm. The language is respectful, but more personal and direct. This type of prayer can be done before one’s shrine/altar (if you have/use one), or simply spoken from the heart.

I find for myself this is more of the kind of prayer that I notice that I use because I can do it any where as needed.

In The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda, she says that there are four types of prayer: reward (“I give You this, so You will give me that.”), human-made conditional offering (“Give me that, and I’ll give You this.”), god-made conditional offering (“You must give Me this if I give you that.”), thanksgiving (“I am giving You this, because You gave me that.”). These types of prayers are what make up this group prayers and can be combined.

Now, for the last little note. Your holiday prayers and your simple prayers can and will mix as well at times too.

Thoughts

It’s been awhile since I have written anything. Don’t fret, I have not abandoned you!

Lately I have noticed how a slight shift in my life not for the positive. Have you ever been around someone who is stressed out and freaking out at the same time, that you end up stressing out as well? Ever find yourself hear conversations that are just complaining and negativity-spewing which pulls you into their black hole of negativity? Or that you are stressing yourself out with a list of tasks or expectations for yourself?

I have. Be this at work or be this with friends and family. Or sitting by myself driving myself up a wall that is not there.

Lately a hymnal tune #140 (in the LDS hymnal) “Did You Think to Pray?” has popped into my head as an ear worm of divine proportions. When I looked up the lyrics, the second verse with the chorus stuck out to me:

“When your heart was filled with anger, / Did you think to pray? / Did you plead for grace, my brother, / That you might forgive another / Who had crossed your way? / Oh, how praying rests the weary! / Prayer will change the night to day. / So, when life gets dark and dreary, / Don’t forget to pray.”

Don’t forget to pray! I think that this is Anubis’ gentle nudge to help me remember that when I am feeling like I am struggling to reach out to Them. How a simple morning prayer can set your attitude for the day. Or when you are feeling nervous driving home in the snow on slick roads.

When I start feeling anxious, I focus on my breathing; then once I start getting calmed down I count slowly to ten in Latin: 1 ūnus (OO-nus) I / 2 duo (DUUH-oh) II / 3 trēs (TRAYS) III / 4 quattuor (KWAHT-tuh-or) IV / 5 quīnque (KWEEN-kweh) V / 6 sex (SEHKS) VI / 7 septem (SEHP-tehm) VII / 8 octō (AHK-toh) VIII / 9 novem (NAH-wehm) IX / 10 decem (DEH-kehm) X. I then usually say a pray for help through whatever it is that I am dealing with.

When you pray, it doesn’t have to be loud. It could be a whisper or just said in your heart/mind. It won’t need fancy, verbose ritual (of course, if you want or desire such, go ahead).

But with the stresses of the holiday season brings us in our work and family lives, just remember to relax and enjoy the company. If you are working during this chaos, be patient with everyone and yourself. And help spread some seasonal cheer.

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Merry Moomas!

Wolfenoot

On Facebook I came across a holiday called Wolfenoot. It was created by a seven year old kid. It’s on November 23. And I like the holiday.

“It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else.

You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon.”

Wolfenoot.com

When I read about it, I thought of Wepwawet, the wolf-headed Opener of the Ways, and how I could honor both Anubis and Wepwawet both being canid/lupine deities.

The whole idea of spreading joy to others as well with this holiday. The world seems so entrenched in its negativity, it’s good to see a light. And you know what they say: if you cannot find a light, be the light.

They even have a catchy hashtag “no hate only snoot boops” I love that.

A Meeting of Ibu, An Adventure of A Jackal

Last Tuesday, 7/10/2018, I took a step out of my comfort zone and a leap of faith by going out on a date with a guy—to respect his and my own privacy, I will not be using his actual name but I will call him “James”—who reached out to me back in May via email then found me on Facebook/Messenger asking questions about Anubis and Kemeticism.

My mother had voiced her concerns about meeting some stranger that I only talked to on Facebook. As you ne’er know who you may meet. So I took her caution and kept it playing in my mind, but did not let worry hold me back.

James and I hit it off well on that date finding similarities other than worship of Anubis and practice of Kemeticism/Egyptian Paganism. As I was taking him back to his home, we stopped at a nearby gas station for some sodas, when went to leave my vehicle did not start up. If I had been alone I would have been absolutely scared, but after I called my folks for help, James sat with me till they got there. With him there, I felt safe.

The next day James asked me if it was too early to change one’s Facebook relationship status. At first I didn’t know how to respond or the modern social etiquette for such things, so I asked my coworkers how they would approach it. But the simplest thing was talking with James about it.

Saturday, I spontaneously asked if wanted to come up and see my home town, where I work, and meet some of my friends and family. So that’s what we did on Saturday. My family has told me that they haven’t see me smile as big as I do when I am with James.

Sunday, we went and saw Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the movie-theater-pub called Brewvies that he works at. James was so happy to show me where he works and to show me off to his coworkers that were on shift that evening.

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.