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Today is the last day of the Kemetic year as tomorrow we start the Epagomenal Days.
As I open and close my shrines on this last day and leave offerings of natron, incense, bread and water I am reminded of the Hymn to the Nile which I sing in praise and honour of the names:
Hymn to the Nile, c. 2100 BCE
Hail to thee, O Nile! Who manifests thyself over this land, and comes to give life to Egypt! Mysterious is thy issuing forth from the darkness, on this day whereon it is celebrated! Watering the orchards created by Re, to cause all the cattle to live, you give the earth to drink, inexhaustible one! Path that descends from the sky, loving the bread of Seb and the first-fruits of Nepera, You cause the workshops of Ptah to prosper!
Lord of the fish, during the inundation, no bird alights on the crops. You create the grain, you bring forth the barley, assuring perpetuity to the temples. If you cease your toil and your work, then all that exists is in anguish. If the gods suffer in heaven, then the faces of men waste away.
Then He torments the flocks of Egypt, and great and small are in agony. But all is changed for mankind when He comes; He is endowed with the qualities of Nun. If He shines, the earth is joyous, every stomach is full of rejoicing, every spine is happy, every jaw-bone crushes (its food).
He brings the offerings, as chief of provisioning; He is the creator of all good things, as master of energy, full of sweetness in his choice. If offerings are made it is thanks to Him. He brings forth the herbage for the flocks, and sees that each god receives his sacrifices. All that depends on Him is a precious incense. He spreads himself over Egypt, filling the granaries, renewing the marts, watching over the goods of the unhappy.
He is prosperous to the height of all desires, without fatiguing Himself therefor. He brings again his lordly bark; He is not sculptured in stone, in the statutes crowned with the uraeus serpent, He cannot be contemplated. No servitors has He, no bearers of offerings! He is not enticed by incantations! None knows the place where He dwells, none discovers his retreat by the power of a written spell.
No dwelling (is there) which may contain you! None penetrates within your heart! Your young men, your children applaud you and render unto you royal homage. Stable are your decrees for Egypt before your servants of the North! He stanches the water from all eyes and watches over the increase of his good things.
Where misery existed, joy manifests itself; all beasts rejoice. The children of Sobek, the sons of Neith, the cycle of the gods which dwells in him, are prosperous. No more reservoirs for watering the fields! He makes mankind valiant, enriching some, bestowing his love on others. None commands at the same time as himself. He creates the offerings without the aid of Neith, making mankind for himself with multiform care.
He shines when He issues forth from the darkness, to cause his flocks to prosper. It is his force that gives existence to all things; nothing remains hidden for him. Let men clothe themselves to fill his gardens. He watches over his works, producing the inundation during the night. The associate of Ptah . . . He causes all his servants to exist, all writings and divine words, and that which He needs in the North.
It is with the words that He penetrates into his dwelling; He issues forth at his pleasure through the magic spells. Your unkindness brings destruction to the fish; it is then that prayer is made for the (annual) water of the season; Southern Egypt is seen in the same state as the North. Each one is with his instruments of labor. None remains behind his companions. None clothes himself with garments, The children of the noble put aside their ornaments.
He night remains silent, but al1 is changed by the inundation; it is a healing-balm for all mankind. Establisher of justice! Mankind desires you, supplicating you to answer their prayers; You answer them by the inundation! Men offer the first-fruits of corn; all the gods adore you! The birds descend not on the soil. It is believed that with your hand of gold you make bricks of silver! But we are not nourished on lapis-lazuli; wheat alone gives vigor.
A festal song is raised for you on the harp, with the accompaniment of the hand. Your young men and your children acclaim you and prepare their (long) exercises. You are the august ornament of the earth, letting your bark advance before men, lifting up the heart of women in labor, and loving the multitude of the flocks.
When you shine in the royal city, the rich man is sated with good things, the poor man even disdains the lotus; all that is produced is of the choicest; all the plants exist for your children. If you have refused (to grant) nourishment, the dwelling is silent, devoid of all that is good, the country falls exhausted.
O inundation of the Nile, offerings are made unto you, men are immolated to you, great festivals are instituted for you. Birds are sacrificed to you, gazelles are taken for you in the mountain, pure flames are prepared for you. Sacrifice is metle to every god as it is made to the Nile. The Nile has made its retreats in Southern Egypt, its name is not known beyond the Tuau. The god manifests not his forms, He baffles all conception.
Men exalt him like the cycle of the gods, they dread him who creates the heat, even him who has made his son the universal master in order to give prosperity to Egypt. Come (and) prosper! Come (and) prosper! O Nile, come (and) prosper! O you who make men to live through his flocks and his flocks through his orchards! Come (and) prosper, come, O Nile, come (and) prosper!
© Paul Halsall May 1998
(C) T. Georgitsis 2021
In the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Wep Ronpet (Ancient Egyptian/Kemetic New Year)“ which describes what and when the Epagomenal Days and Wep Ronpet is and what you can do to honour the Gods . I have also shared a Wep Ronpet Rite I composed and use successfully which you can easily do yourself to celebrate the Kemetic New Year which is coming up. Get your FREE copy below:
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
All images taken by © S. Altman
The Magick of this Moon
The Full Moon which is also a Supermoon and Blood Moon this month is happening this May full moon on the 26th (3.45am – 9.13pm EST).
A Supermoon is a New or a Full moon which coincides with the closest distance to the earth in its orbit. This means the moon appears larger than usual from the perspective from earth.
A Blood Moon is a Full moon which is a Solar Lunar Eclipse. The earth is between the sun and the moon which causes the moon to have a reddish tinge due to the red light which skims over the earth.
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.
Eclipse magick is when the energy is amplified due to the moon energies intermingling.
There are various types of magick you can perform during this coming moon:
- 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).
Right now our world is suffering through much turmoil and as such our energies are scattered and stagnant.
This is a good time to clear the energies which no longer aid you in preparation for the next phase in your life.
Now is the time to work on breaking the bonds which drag you down and transform it into manifesting that which raises you up.
Since the full moon is in Sagittarius it will be an intense time, therefore I suggest working on the self and releasing the frustration and anger in a proactive way. Below I have outlined an easy rite you can perform in any tradition you resonate to, with the guidance of Hekate:
Hekate Eclipse Magick by Setjataset
Chose a liminal time and place for the ritual to be set, preferably outside if you can manage it under the full moon or alternatively where the moon beams can shine upon your workings.
Purify body by showering or washing head, hands and feet.
Your shrine and offering items should be placed on a shrine or working altar and should include: black candle, red candle (or white/neutral coloured candles if you don’t have red/black), purified water/khernips mixed with salt, a token or offering you have for Hekate, incense and an image of Hekate.
Welcoming and Opening
Open sacred space or the shrine/altar and welcome Hekate by simply calling to her or reciting a hymn, poem, evocation in her name.
Light your incense and waft over sacred space.
Sprinkle purified salted water over sacred space.
Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a black candle what you want to get rid of.
If you don’t have a black candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to get rid of ie procrastination. Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to get rid of and make sure its what you really want.
Write (with a sharpie) or carve (with a blade, wand, knife, pin, fingernail) on a red candle what you want to bring in.
If you don’t have a red candle use a white or neutral colour and write on the candle a word representing what you want to bring in ie self-love. Think about it carefully and don’t be rash in what it is you are wanting to bring in and make sure its what you really want.
If so desired, anoint candles. Use an oil such as Abramelin oil or something simple such as olive or lavender oil. If you have no oil, use your own saliva.
Light both candles.
Push the black candle away from you and the red candle towards you and then say:
“Hekate Queen of Earth, Sky and Sea
Assist me to straddle this liminal time
Guide me through the Darkness and into the Light
With the power of the Moon I release my intentions” © T. Georgitsis 2020
Let the candles burn down completely in a safe manner.
Thanks and Closing
Thank Hekate and close sacred space or the shrine/altar.
Ritual is now complete and any feasting and/or grounding work can take place.
Do not speak about your working until it has manifested and even then be cautious with how you share it.
© T. Georgitsis 2020, Updated 2021