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.