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 Jackal Road – Devotional Driving” by Jackal Sands

I came across this on tumblr and I like the idea. You can find the original here. The following is my wording and take of it.

Things you will need

• a car [or truck] (could be substituted with a bike)

• a navigation system

• gas and gas money

Optionalthings

• snacks

• drinks

• money for snacks and drinks

Step 1

(A) Get in your car.

(B) Take a deep breath.

(C) Listen to the sounds around you for a bit.  This is the beginning of your journey.  You should take a moment to reflect on it.  A mini-meditation in away.

(D) Invite Anubis, or whichever God(s) and/or Goddess(es) that you want, to join you.  Per your flavor of Kemeticism, there can sometimes be a very specific process for honoring and approaching a deity.  This is not one of those times.  Just ask him, or whichever God(s) and/or Goddess(es) that you are wanting to join you. Depending on several factors (your sensitivity to energy, stress you’ve been dealing with, sickness, your level of acquaintance with Anubis) you may or may not feel him there with you.

(E) Trust that he (they) is (are) there with you.

(F) Drive anyway.  This is the “leap of faith” portion of the devotional act, and he may be waiting to see if you’re willing to make it before deciding whether he wants to make his presence better known to you.

Step 2

(A) There’s no destination in mind.  There’s no telling how long you’ll be driving or how far you’ll go.

(B) Turn down any road that seems interesting.  Take highway exits you’ve never gone on.  Turn onto dirt roads you’ve only ever seen out of the corner of your eye.  Buy a coffee from that place you’ve never had time to go to before but were always curious about.

(C) Play music if you want.  Or sit in silence.  Or alternate periods of music and silence.  Maybe talk aloud to Anubis, or to the God(s) and Goddess(es) with you. Do whatever you feel like doing.

(D) This devotional act is about wandering and the freedom that comes with following your instincts (which are more often than not a product of divine interaction).  If you have a lot of trouble just letting go and relaxing and just being and doing…it’s okay.  You can do this too.  Just go wherever the wind takes you.

(E) In all of this pay attention to two things: 1) the laws and conditions of the roadway you occupy and 2) the energy you’re feeling.  What does this drive feel like to you?

(F) All of your feelings are valid.  It’s okay if this doesn’t feel like an incredible epiphany-generating experience!  That’s not what this devotional act is designed to be!  It’s just a way to help you reach out to Anubis, or your God(s) and Goddess(es), and reflect on your relationship with him, or them. If you feel you’re doing that, you’re doing just fine!

(G) If you didn’t feel anything, that’s okay too.  Just try to have a good time and believe that Anubis is glad you’re taking a moment to take care of yourself on your journey through life!

Step 3

(A) When you feel ready, go home.  Use the navigation system (in-built car navigation, Google Maps, whatever map app that you have on your smartphone, or a ye olde map, to get you home safely.  When you get home, step out of your car.  Breath in the air around you.  This is the same home you left, but in some small way, you’ve grown since you’ve left it.  Now it’s time to rejoin the normal world and learn from your experiences during the drive.

(B) Go inside.  Hug your family.  Snuggle your pets.  Drink some water.  Read a book.  Go look at funny pictures of cats. Go to bed.  Do what you want to. The devotional act is done, and your relationship with Anubis or your God(s) and Goddess(es) has grown just as you have.

Note:

Also you don’t have to drive or bike somewhere, you could go for a walk, a run, or a hike and do the same thing.

A Poetic Prayer to Anubis 

This prayer is something that I try to repeat when I am feeling anxious. And I am feeling anxious tonight so if it can help someone else. It will have been and done something good.
O Anubis, the Great Physician, come

to me for my soul quavereth in fear!

With each passing minute, I could succumb

to which would take away what I hold dear.

My spirits lighten seeing your loving

smile as you gently hold me to your chest

and I listen to you softly singing

forgetting the reasons why I was stressed.

Anubis the Magnificent Jackal,

I am at peace resting in your chapel.

Prayer To Anubis 

Prayer To Anubis by For The Netjer

Beloved and most respected Lord of the Earth,

Strict Gatekeeper of the Duat, Lord of the Cavern in the Sacred Land, the Foremost of the Two Lands!

Protect me in my travels as You protect those who pass into the Realm of Shadows,

Guide my steps as You would guide the souls to the Chamber of Judgment, safely from any harm

– from above, from underneath, from within and without,

All shall tremble at the sight of He Who is Upon His Mountain in Eternity and leave the path clear ahead.

Expel my enemies from my life, help me conquer my adversaries and let them tremble at the sound of Your sacred name.

Keep me safe and comforted in Your eternal grace, Splendid Guardian and fierce protector!

Open my eyes so I may see,

Open my ears so I may hear,

Open my mouth so I may speak,

Support me as You would support the Pillar, let Your grace shine upon me.

I shall forever bring you praises and honour Your name!

A Hotep-di-Nisut…

It hath been one decade since my grandpa on my mother’s side of the family passed away.  Here are prayers 45, 48, 49, and 47 from The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook by Tamara L. Siuda. They are a special kind of prayer said on behalf of the deceased.

[45] “The sky is yours, the earth is yours, the cemetery roads are yours. Praise to you in peace! You will not be separated from the Lord of the West. Aset spreads Her arms over you, She grants you peaceful rest forever. O gods, grant that the Wesir Robert Ferrin, true of voice, be among You in the beautiful West!”

[48] “An offering which the Nisut gives to Wesir, an invocation offering of a thousand loaves of bread and jars of beer, a thousand pieces of alabaster, oxen and fowl upon the altar; so say Aset and Nebt-het to Robert Ferrin, true of voice. May your head be raised, may you live, may you possess a body, may you always be a Shemsu, may you live.”

[49] “An offering which the Nisut gives to Yinepu-on-His-Mountain, He Who is in the embalming tent, Lord of the Sacred Land, in all His pure and good places: an invocation offering of an honored one of the great god who is lord of the sky, Robert Ferrin, of a thousand of bread and beer, cattle, birds, alabaster, clothing, the funeral offerings and a thousand of all pure and good things which spirits love to eat, for Robert Ferrin born of Dorothy Ferrin. May he cross heaven, cross the sky, travel safely on the good roads of the holy ones, and may he be helped into the neshmet-boat among Them.”

[47] “O Robert Ferrin, take this bread which I give as your loaf, which Heru, great in Upper Kemet, gives you; be filled with what I bring. It is the Eye of Heru.”