“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.

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].

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.

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.

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.

Some songs

There are three songs by the American Christian rock band Skillet that bring the Gods and Goddesses into my mind and closer to my heart. “Feel Invisible,” “Stars,” and “Rest.”

Feel invisible 

“Target on my back / Lone survivor lasts / They got me in their sights / No surrender no / Trigger fingers go / Living the dangerous life / Hey, hey, hey / Everyday when I wake / I’m trying to get up, they’re knocking me down / Chewing me up, spitting me out / Hey, hey, hey / When I need to be saved / You’re making me strong, you’re making me stand / Never will fall, never will end / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Nothing could stop me tonight / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / Here we go again / I will not give in / I’ve got a reason to fight / Every day we choose / We might win or lose / This is the dangerous life / Hey, hey, hey / Everyday when I wake / They say that I’m gone; they say that they’ve won / The bell has been rung, it’s over and done / Hey, hey, hey / When I need to be saved / They counting me out, but this is my round / You in my corner; look at me now / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Nothing could stop me tonight / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / You make me feel invincible / You make me feel invincible / Shot like a rocket up into the sky / Not gonna stop / Invincible / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titaniu / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / You make me feel invincible / Earthquake, powerful / Just like a tidal wave / You make me brave / You’re my titanium / Fight song, raising up / Like a roar of victory in a stadium / Who can touch me cause I’m / I’m made of fire / Who can stop me tonight / I’m hard wired / You make me feel invincible / I feel, I feel it / Invincible / I feel, I feel it  / Invincible” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/feelinvincible.html )

“Feel Invincible” by Skillet gets me moving, when I am feeling down. It’s one of those songs that’s a good work out song that also feels devotional at the same time. Like Anubis or Wepwawet is in a way sparing with me when I am shadow boxing.

Stars

“You spoke a word and life began / Told oceans where to start and where to end / You set in motion time and space / But still You come and You call to me by name / But still You come and You call to me by name / If you can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / The deepest depths, the darkest nights / Can’t separate, can’t keep me from your sight / I get so lost, forget my way / But still You love and You don’t forget my name / If You can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / If You can calm the raging sea / You can calm the storm in me / You’re never too far away / You never show up too late / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / Your love has called my name / What do I have to fear? / What do I have to fear? / Your love has called my name / What do I have to fear? / What do I have to fear? / If You can hold the stars in place / You can hold my heart the same / Whenever I fall away / Whenever I start to break / So here I am, lifting up my heart / (Lifting up my heart) / If You can calm the raging sea / You can calm the storm in me / You’re never too far away / You never show up too late / So here I am, lifting up my heart / To the One who holds the stars / You’re the One who holds the stars” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/starstheshackversion.html )

“Stars” by Skillet makes me think of both Ra, as Creator, and Nut, as “the One who holds the stars.” This song for me is a calming song.

Rest

“Still, soft quietly spoken voice / That persistenly calls my name / And quickens my heart to come / And I come / [Chorus:] / And I rest in the shelter of Your love / And I rest in the wonder of Your Grace / And I rest in the shelter of Your love  / And I rest in the wonder of You  / Embraced in the promise of You  / Is rest for the weary soul  / Releasing all that is mine  / I reach for You  / [CHORUS] / Take all the old and You make it new / Everything I give to You  / You’re the hope that can pull me through / Hallelujah / [CHORUS (repeat)]” (lyrics found here https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/skillet/rest.html )

I first listened to “Rest” by Skillet after a bad day. It just made me feel good and think of Anubis. When I sing along to this song, I always think of Anubis.