Book Review: Let Us Remember…A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru by Apryl R. Green-Muilenburg

 

LET US REMEMBER…A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru by Apryl R. Green-Muilenburg

This self-published book came out on the 21st January 2019 and is available through Amazon. As the book description states, Let Us Remember…A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru is a collection of hymns and prayers for use in ritual, invoking the *Netjeru as well as in devotional work to the Netjeru.

I originally discovered the author’s poetry through her Facebook posts and her blog (https://theferalgoddess.wordpress.com) where she writes evocative prose in honour of the Egyptian Gods as part of her regular devotion.  I was always eager to have these poems in one collection as I always found them so ethereally evocative and I am glad it’s come to pass.

Written by a modern practitioner and a devotional act within itself, this book is filled with beautiful prose and is a heartfelt offering. The poetry can be used in your spellwork, rituals and meditations to the Ancient Egyptian Gods or it can simply be used for the enjoyment of the prose.

Designed by Apryl herself, the front cover of the book shows an image of Isis, Queen of Magic and this depiction is perfect for the representation of the book, as it perfectly encapsulates the essence of this devotional.  Words are heka, and heka is magic in the Ancient Egyptian tradition and this book is a creation of magic in itself.

Apryl R. Green-Muilenburg’s qualifications in the tradition she writes about is impressive and solid.  Devotee and daughter of the Goddess Isis all her adult life, she is a Practicing Kemetic Witch, and Initiated Wiccan Priestess in the Isian Tradition, a Remetj in the House of Netjer and member of the Fellowship of Isis (FOI).

Apryl has been writing since she was a pre-teen, with previously published works in two anthologies honoring the Goddess Isis and Goddess Sekhmet respectively. She has a blog https://thescarlettedda.wordpress.com where she publishes her short stories written with a fairy tale twist based on personal life experiences as well as her feral prose at https://theferalgoddess.wordpress.com  She also has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an advocate for vulnerable populations, with a focus on our older adults. As Apryl has stated, she strives to bring a positive perspective to death and dying; emphasizing ancestor veneration/workings in her mundane and spiritual life.

 

With this in mind it makes this piece of work an artist’s vessel for illumination and connection to spirit.  When I received my copy of the book I was impressed by Apryl’s love of the gods which shone through the page like stars from the vaults of heaven.  So much so that I have taken to leaving it in my shrine so I can access it easily and use it when I am before both my ancestors and Gods in spiritual communion.

The quality of the book is exceptional and would make a perfect addition to any practitioner’s library, from anyone who is only briefly aware of the Ancient Egyptian Gods to those who are seasoned practitioners.

If you would like to purchase a copy please follow the link below and know you are supporting an independent artist who has made this for the love of the gods through her use of inspiring poetry:

LET US REMEMBER…: A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru

 

*Netjeru = Ancient Egyptian Gods in Kemetic.

Review by Setjataset 2019 (C) T. Georgitsis

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Isis Great of Magic; Iset Werethekau

Isiopolis

“Great of Magic” is absolutely my favorite and most-used epithet of the Goddess. It is Her power name. It is the one that gives me tingles at the back of my neck when I say it. It is the one that invokes Her deepest core, Her magical heart, the ones that makes me want to kiss the ground before Her beautiful and fierce face. I have turned several Sakhmet sacred images into Werethekau for my altar with the addition of a serpent around Their shoulders. You’ll see why that works below.

“O, Isis, Great of Magic, deliverme from all bad, evil, and typhonic things…” —Ebers Papyrus, 1500 BCE

Werethekau as a winged Cobra Goddess Werethekau as a winged Cobra Goddess (photo by Mark Williams)

One of Isis’ most powerful epithets is “Great of Magic,” which you may also see translated as Great One of Magic, Great Sorceress, or Great Enchantress. In Egyptian, it is

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Book Review: Daughter of The Sun edited by Tina Georgitsis

The Pagan Collective of Victoria

Review: Daughter of the Sun – A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet
edited by Tina Georgitsis

Reviewed by Ryan McLeod

It’s a strange experience discovering a God or Goddess that is unfamiliar to you for the first time.

You may have come across them in a classical painting, a reference in a poem or a book on mythology it catches your imagination or has a spark of recognition. It encourage to find out more and search through obscure references books looking for the earliest of references and may even push you further explore the culture or history of the people that originally worshipped your new God. And that’s why it’s been such a pleasure to review Daughter of the Sun – A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet.

Sekhmet is a Goddess I really knew very little about. The joy of this anthology is the diverse views and perspectives…

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Is Isis a Moon Goddess or a Sun Goddess?

Isiopolis

A lovely painting of a lunar Isis by artist Katana Leigh. Visit her site here. A lovely painting of a lunar Isis by artist Katana Leigh. Visit her site here.

As we fast approach the time when Night and Day, Moon and Sun come into a brief and beautiful balance, I’d like to share this post about Isis’ lunar and solar natures.

Modern Pagans often think of Isis as a Moon Goddess. And, it’s true, in later periods of Her worship, She was indeed associated with the Moon—and, in fact, that’s how She entered the Western Esoteric Tradition. The Isis-Moon connection first started when Egypt came under Greek rule in the 3rd century BCE, following the conquest by Alexander the Great. To the Greeks, Goddesses were the lunar Deities, so as Isis made Her way into Greek culture and hearts, Her new devotees naturally associated Her with the Moon.

In Egypt, Osiris, Khons, Thoth, and I’ah were the Deities most associated with the Moon. Isis…

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2019 Sabbat Dates: Southern Hemisphere

 

(C) T. Georgitsis 2019

A Devotional to Honor the Netjeru

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Cant wait to get a hold on this amazing new book book – Let Us Remember: A Devotional to Honor the Egyptian Netjeru.

This book contains a collection of hymns and prayers for use in ritual, invoking the Netjeru as well as in devotional work to the Netjeru.

I have been reading Apryl’s work for years and its finally in a collection!

To purchase your copy go here:
 

Magic of the Lunar Eclipse

The Lunar Eclipse is happening during the Full Moon in Leo between the 20-21st January 2019.

 

The Magick of the Eclipse

Eclipse magick is when the energy is amplified due to the moon energies intermingling.  The Lunar Eclipse energies transition through the new and full moon phases during the eclipse, which enables the moon to cycle through the various stages of the moon and its magick.

The kind of magick you can perform during the Lunar Eclipse:

  • Liminal – magick worked between the darkness and the light.
  • Manifestation – setting goals, intentions and affirmations.
  • Breaking – curses, bad habits, bad relationships and connections.
  • Transformation – self/surroundings, spellwork and health encompassing all aspects of oneself (body/mind/spirit and emotion).
  • Devotion – to lunar or liminal Gods and Goddess.
  • Focus – personal and spiritual development along with illumination and psychic work (divination and magickal goals).

 

Simple Eclipse Magick

Charge any of your magickal items under the eclipse, which can then be used, when there is no eclipse to bring in those energies.

Simply put out a vessel of purified water or a quartz crystal, which you want imbued with lunar eclipse energies, under the moon, whilst repeating the following:

 

Lunar Eclipse energies of the moon –

Come and show me my foreseeable fortune,

Lunar Eclipse energies of the moon

Devoted I am to you during moment opportune.

Lunar Eclipse energies of the moon –

I ask you come down to bring me my boon. 

 

© T. Georgitsis 2019

Propitiation of Sekhmet Rubric

Love this devotion…

The Twisted Rope

Here is the first rubric for this year’s propitiations. For January, I’ll be focusing on Sekhmet. This rite is written with the possibility of dancing for Sekhmet, or potentially playing music for Sekhmet. While I don’t think it’s necessary to do so, I have left room in the verbiage to accommodate it, since it seems to have been a big “thing” in antiquity with propitiation rites. Feel free to dance or not dance as you see fit.


Approaching the Shrine:

Come. Rise. Come to me in peace.
Come to me so that I may make Jubilation at twilight for you
with music in the evening.
Exalted is your power, O burning One, O Sated One,
O Mighty One, Powerful, Skillful of Flames,
Lady of the Sky, Mistress of the Two Lands,
O Eye of Horus, and his guide,
Lady of Eternity, Fiery One,
O Red One, whose Flame burns,
Divine…

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Tarot Deck Review: The Tarot of Bones

I supported the original Indiegogo funding campaign for the The Tarot of Bones which I discovered through the author Lupa on Facebook.

Designed by Lupa herself, this tarot comes boxed with a separate accompanying book.  If you chose to buy a deck, I would recommend you buy the book as a companion, due to the boxed deck not coming with any instructions or descriptions.

The images used in The Tarot of Bones are photographic in nature.  Like the name suggests, they depict bones which are animal bones arranged in various artistic symbolic ways and are accompanied by reclaimed items and things found in nature like stones, wood etc which have been enhanced by the artist.

When I received the tarot deck, I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the deck (2.75″ x 4.75″) and the quality of the card (300gsm playing card) used.  The card quality itself is superior as the cardboard is quite thick and the cards can remain sturdy without them cornering or marking when handled frequently.  The size of the cards are perfect for simple shuffling with two hands and also stored without taking up too much room.

This deck can be confused for an oracle deck, however in this instance the cards all depict major and minor arcana cards which are traditional tarot, yet I would argue in this instance the deck can be seen as both an oracle and a tarot.

This deck would be difficult for novices to use, due to not having the traditional imagery depicted in standard tarot decks, so I would either study the book which comes along with it or alternatively use it as an oracle and divine your own meaning.

If you would like a new deck or you would like to add it to your collection, this tarot is $35 for the deck on its own or $50 with the book as a set.  Those of you who are ordering outside of the USA, keep in mind the cost of international shipping is slightly more and that it will take 2-4 weeks for the deck to arrive.

To purchase your copy follow the link below:

http://www.thetarotofbones.com/shop/

Update: Lupa saw this review which I re-posted on social media and informed me that there was no instruction booklet in the boxed tarot deck due to her wanting to save paper and that the descriptions are available here for anyone to view:

The Tarot of Bones Card Meanings

Review by Setjataset 2018 (C) T. Georgitsis