Hymn to the Nile

 

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

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A Poem: Just Like Persephone

Hymns for Hekate

Sorceress” by John William Waterhouse 

One of the things I always do whilst honouring Hekate during my regular devotionals, is the use of hymns – in and with her name. I find it connects me to Her within seconds of reciting a hymn and I can feel Her flames of power coursing through the words.

Hymns can be used to evoke or invoke a specific Divinity in a ritual setting, during magickal work like spellcraft or when wanting to connect to the energies of a particular God (or multitude of Gods) for any other specific purpose. A hymn is a praising, adoring and devotional prayer to a Divinity which can be recited internally, out loud and even sung, written on various mediums and buried, tied to a tree, burned or thrown into a body of water or to the wind.

When I use hymns, I either employ them in the form of evocation or invocation. Evocation is when you summon, call forth or request a Deity in the form of askance or demand to be present. Invocation is when you call on Deity to take possession of you or another object like a statue image of that Deity.

Hymns can be as elaborate and complicated or simple and basic and it all depends on the devotees main goal and objective of the task at hand.  I advise that it comes from the heart and that the words truly resonate with you as words have power.  Ensure the hymn covers what you want to achieve and that could mean using a hymn written in ancient times or one which is more modern – the choice is yours.

When it comes to hymns written by another, I personally like to use The Orphic Hymn of Hekate. Here is a translation I use which I find quite beautiful:

The Orphic Hymns – Hymn I: To Hekate

(text: w. Quant Orphei hymni Berlin 1962)

I invoke you, beloved Hekate of the Crossroads and the Three Ways

Saffron-cloaked Goddess of the Heavens, the Underworld and the Sea

Tomb-frequenter, mystery-raving with the souls of the dead

Daughter of Perses, Lover of the Wilderness who exults among the deer

Nightgoing One, Protectress of dogs, Unconquerable Queen

Beast-roarer, Dishevelled One of compelling countenance

Tauropolos, Keyholding Mistress of the whole world

Ruler, Nymph, Mountain-wandering Nurturer of youth.

Maiden, I beg you to be present at these sacred rites

Ever with a gladsome heart and ever gracious to the Oxherd.

 

I have personally written several hymns in Hekate’s name, for various uses and reasons which are scattered all throughout my public writings and private workings. I urge you all to give your hand at writing a hymn to Hekate as I have found its one of the most profound offerings you can give this mighty Goddess.

Something I hear often is how do I write a hymn to Hekate?  I have developed some steps for you which can help:

  1. First of all you need to work out WHY?  Why do you feel the need to write Hekate a hymn?  You need to have an objective to be able to write with clarity and purpose.
  2. Next is what STYLE do you want to use? Do you want it to rhyme?  Do you want it to be a sing-song?  Do you           want it to be a freeform poem?
  3. What do you want to SAY?  What do you want to declare, invoke or proclaim?

Next I have come up with some tips which can hone your skills when it comes to writing hymns, they are:

  • TITLES: To start off use titles or characteristics (of Hekate) you want to manifest.
  • DESCRIPTIVE: Use descriptive imagery you want to evoke in your words.
  • MEANING: Use words which have meaning to you and don’t go throwing about thou and thee if you don’t use it in your everyday vocabulary.  It might sound flowery or pretty but the meaning is lost (and in my personal opinion can sound quite pompous or silly).  Also Use words which naturally express your true feelings and thoughts.  Put in what you want to get out and remember to be specific pay attention to details as words have power.
  • PARAPHRASING: Paraphrasing is a tried and tested way of creating hymns.  You can do this with an ancient hymn you are drawn to but please do not plagorise that is just bad form.
  • KISS: Use the Keep It Simple Stupid principle.  I’d suggest you start writing a hymn with something you are well versed in and comfortable.  Your ultimate goal is to honour her so remember to start with the basics and then work in more complicated ideas as you progress.
  • PRACTISE: I encourage you to try writing a hymn and use it.  If it works great if it doesn’t then edit and/or start again and rewrite.

Remember its all about the God/dess you are honouring so focus on that and give it a go.


(C) T. Georgitisis 2013 , Updated 2020

 

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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 ©