What are the Epagomenal Days?
The Epagomenal Days are the five days at the end of the year due to the Ancient Egyptian calendar being divided into 30 days of 12 months. Due to this falling short of the astronomical year the five extra days were created and assigned to the Gods.
What is Wep Ropet?
Wep Ronpet also known as the Kemetic New Year is marked by the rising of Sirius aka as Sopdet. This year it falls on the 5th August 2021.
Here are the dates for the end of the year including the Epogamenal Days and Wep Ronpet:
July 30th Last Day of the Year
Epagomenal Day 1 – July 31st: Birthday of Wesir
Epagomenal Day 2 – August 1st: Birthday of Heru-wer
Epagomenal Day 3 – August 2nd: Birthday of Set
Epagomenal Day 4 – August 3rd: Birthday of Aset
Epagomenal Day 5 – August 4th: Birthday of Nebt-het
1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet
The Kemetic New Year also known as Wep Ronpet happens this year on the 5th of August 2021.
Below is a list of things you can do, to honour this celebration:
Open the temple or create sacred space in usual manner.
At dawn, bring out all icons – the statues of your Gods, to be kissed by the rays of Ra (the sun) and cleanse with natron and anoint with oil.
This is done to ensure icon is charged and purified.
Cut off an image of Apep’s head and throw it away or trample on it outside then dispose of the remains away from the home.
This is done because destroying the image parallel’s the “turning the dangers of the year” at which Sekhmet presides.
Mark on a red clay pot, something to symbolize all the things you want to be rid of, such as anxiety, hate, impatience etc – as long as it’s personal to you and not something that belongs to another, or another person themselves then smash the pot and/or burn it.
This is done to announce to Netjer that you rid yourself of negativity, bad habits etc before the turning of the New Year.
Take an amulet which you have made or which you have put aside for the specific purposes of the upcoming year and charge it and purify it with natron on the shrine.
This is done as a protection mechanism and to symbolize the promise of good things to come in the New Year.
End the ritual with making special offerings to your Akhu (Ancestors).
The offerings to your Akhu is done to show respect and adoration to those whom came before you and in a sign of acknowledging and venerating your ancestors.
Close the temple and sacred space in usual manner.
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021