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A Poem: Hekate’s Herbalist

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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

Initiation Hymn

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This is the hymn I had to write for my first degree back when I was part of the Elphame tradition in the 1990’s.

I came across it recently in my handwritten BOS.

Please excuse the “old English” style language as I was in my early 20’s and was over exposed to that liturgy technique during inner and outer court.  The AHP and HP at the time used and wrote rituals in this tone and truth be told I personally don’t use this type of language and never have.

Interesting to see how much I have changed yet my devotion is still unwavering over the years.

Initiation Hymn

O Great Goddess of all that is,
I call upon you to be here with me now.
Come to me O Great Lady as I invoke you in your many guises.
I call thee forth for guidance as I walk the old path and strive for spiritual growth and knowledge.

To Athtor I call out, Mother Night.
Bring to me respect of all things,
Power within and heighten my hidden senses.

To Bast I call out, Playful Lady.
Bring to me happiness and all that is joyful in one’s life
and help me to live the life to its fullest.

To Hathor I call out, O Beauteous One.
Bring to me love for all things
and the power of self-love.

To Maat I call out, Bearer of Truth.
Bring to me truth, honour, justice and
the power to speak out against untruths.

To Mert I call out, Lover of Silence.
Bring to me the wisdom of silence
and constraint when needed.

To Isis I call out, Mistress of Charms and Enchantments.
Bring to me the determination and dedication
in finding and learning the mysteries.

© T. Georgitsis 1998

HYMN TO BAST

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Dua Bast!

Goddess of Warfare, Goddess of Protection

Ferocious mother against injustice

I apply your shield against isfet

Dua Bast! I pray to you!

 

Mistress of Boubastis, Mistress of Felines

United in heart I venerate you

Beyond the borders of the two lands, your devotee calls to you

Dua Bast! I adore you!

 

Lady of Dance, Lady of joy

I move to your heartbeat, the rhythm of the universe

In ecstatic sway to your celestial music

Dua Bast!  I dance for you!

 

Madam of the Rattle, Madam of the Basket

I make processions with sacred sounds in your favour

And the utterances of your name touches my soul

Dua Bast – I shake the sistra for you!

 

Lady of The Flame, Lady of the House

I raise and weave my voice in supplication

I croon in your light of everlasting sun and moon

Dua Bast – I sing for you!

 

Defender of the Pharoah, Defender of the People

May you slay those who utter atrocities in your name

Your servant waits your intervention

Dua Bast – I call to you!

 

Eye of Ra, Slayer of Apep

I surround myself with your love and banish feelings of detestation

Beloved, in your name will I always make pure offerings of oblation

Dua Bast! I make this sacrifice for you!

 

Keeper of the Aegis, Keeper of the Ointment Jar

Impeccable beauty and grace is your boon

Your imperfect perfection raises my vibration

Dua Bast! I make this commitment to you!

 

Great of Magick, Great of Might

I pour libations in your name and engage in your sacred ceremonies

May you always be by my side as I am your loyal attendee

Dua Bast! I make this vow to you!

T. Georgitsis 2014 ©