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

Wep Ronpet Dates 2021 (Kemetic/Ancient Egyptian New Year)

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

Isis/A’set Magic: Devotional Rite

 
(C) Setjataset – Kemetic A’set Shrine

I have been a devotee of Isis/A’set for decades as she was my first matron.  Having been fascinated with Ancient Egypt due to a familial connection She was the first deity who called to me when I first started practicing my family’s magickal practices (which were Hermetic and Greek/Egyptian Folk Magick centric). 

Who is Isis/Aset – I have written about her before on this blog, specifically her role as Mistress of Magic which has been her dominate force in my practice, which you can read here:

Who is Isis?


I self-dedicated to Isis/A’set as her devotee at age 18 and then when I joined my first magickal group at 21, chose the magickal name A’set in her honour and trained and taught as her Priestess (Elphame Wicca).  

Joining the Fellowship of Isis later on I undertook training in Lyceums (training schools within the Fellowship of Isis) and became a Hierophant Priestess through rigorous path-working study, opening my own Lyceum a decade later.  

Craving more knowledge I joined the House of Netjer (a kemetic temple) in the middle of my FOI studies and was divined as the daughter of A’set/Serqet and took the divined name Setjataset (A’set ushers her in) and briefly trained as her Sau and remain as a Divined Remetj to this day.


(C) Setjataset – FOI Shrine to Isis

I devoured any academia and magickal books I could find on Isis/A’set and her practice and also trained in the vibrational healing modality Isis Seichim to further my devotion to her.  

Isis/A’set was the one who led me to Hekate during a Dark Night of the Soul and as such I became Hekate’s devotee and Priestess with the guidance of Isis/A’set.

To this day I maintain a devout Priestess to Isis/A’set and tend to her shrine regularly and enact various rites and magick in her name (both group and solitary work through my Lyceum of Heka as well as my healing and reading work).

Below I have written a ritual for a devotional to A’set which I have been using for years in group and solitary work. I find this rite quite beneficial to strengthen your connection to this goddess.

Rite to A’set by Setjataset © 2004

Start this rite just before sunset.

Shrine faces east and has some unlit incense, a blue candle, anointing oil, a bowl of rose water, A’set statue and an offering for A’set placed upon it.

Begin by standing with both arms relaxed by your side before your shrine.

Light some incense and then draw the Invoking Ankh followed by the Invoking Eye of Horus before you, behind you, to your left, right, above, below and within you. 

Light the blue candle.

Take the rose water and sprinkle it over the A’set statue.  Now take the anointing oil and anoint the statue of Isis on the third eye area of her forehead.

Lift both hands and arms from your elbows up before you, with palms facing upwards and say:

“Dua-ur-ntr Anedj-Rak Ne-fer A-set.”

(Adorations and greetings to you beautiful Isis.) 

Repeat the following Hymn to A’set:

“Ra is in celebration!

The heart exults in joy

For your heart is soft and sweet O Goddess!

Isis Queen of the World and Her son Horus

He is King upon the Throne of His Father

Governing both poles

The Seat of Geb is in Her possession

The function of Atum is in Her hand

The strength of Mentu is in Her grasp

The divinity who produces the beginning

And fills the Sky and Earth with Her perfection

This Crown who bright in Gold appears

Auguste is Her sign

Lives in the House Divine

Sovereign of the Gods of the Sky

Queen of the Gods of Earth

Falcon also of Gods of the Tuat

The Mistress of Bright Glory

On the Throne is Her command

It is the one Her heart desires

Who is chosen to ascend the Throne

Without violence they ascend the Palace

One call, one desire to see

The Honour of the Country and everything whole

It is by Her order that the Temple is blessed

With the return of Her brother!

Her name is pronounced and the world is loyal to Her”(1)

Cross hands over chest in Osiris Position and meditate, pray or send her a petition of askance.

After this is completed place the offering to Isis before her statue and say:

“Ho-tep A-set” (Peace and Offerings A-set).

Farewell A’set by repeating the following:

“O Holy Blessed Lady

Constant comfort to humankind

Whose beneficence and kindness nourish us all

And whose care for those in trouble is as 

A loving Mother who cares for all Her Children

You are there when we call

Stretching our your hand to put aside

That which is harmful to us

Untangling the web of fate in which we may be caught

Even stopping the stars if they form a harmful pattern

All other deities

Whether bountiful or merciless

Do reverence to Thee

For it is Isis who rules the world

Stamping out the powers of evil

Arranging the stars to give us answers

Causing the seasons to come and go

Commanding the winds to move ships

Giving the clouds to water the growing seeds

So that we may have food

If I have one thousand mouths

And one thousand tongues in each

Still I could not do justice to Thy Majesty

Yet I will forever remember your help in my time of need

And keep your blessed image deep within my heart.”(2)

Let blue candle burn all the way down (Note: Never leave a lit candle unattended.).

Leave offering on shrine for at least 24 hours and use appropriately.

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Footnotes:

(1) Traditional Hymn to Isis taken from a wall at her Temple in Philae.

(2) Prayer from Om Sety at the Abydos Temple.

 

If you are interested in training in the Fellowship of Isis as a Priest/Priestess my Lyceum of Heka is now taking students – for further information please go here:

Lyceum of Heka


(C) T. Georgitsis 2021

The Establishment of the Celestial Cow aka Moomas

I like to use the time of the solstice in December to celebrate The Establishment of the Celestial Cow which modern Kemetics call Moomas because it occurs so close to Christmas.

Brief Explanation of The Establishment of the Celestial Cow

During the Amarna Period of Ancient Egypt The Book of the Heavenly Cow aka Book of the Cow of Heaven was created which details how Ra the Sun God was angry at humanity for their rebellion against him (by becoming corrupt and evil) so sent Hathor to serve divine retribution for this transgression. This divine retribution occurred through the Destruction of Mankind where Hathor becomes Ra’s emissary as the Eye of Ra (Sekhmet) and punishes humanity by eating up all evil ie slaughtering them. Unfortunately Ra realises Her wrath has become so consuming and overwhelming due killing every human who She comes across and She isn’t going to stop (which will end up completely annihilating humanity) therefore Ra realises he needs to stop it. Ra does this by placing beer which has been dyed red to give it the appearance of blood in her path. She drinks to fill, becoming so intoxicated falls into a deep sleep turning to her Hathor state when awoken. The survivors of the Destruction of Mankind end up suffering though a separation from Ra who elevates himself to reside in the sky on the back of Nut – the heavenly cow.

How I Celebrate Moomas

  1. I set up a Christmas style tree with stars as decorations and an images of a cow topping the tree.
  2. I send out Moomas cards to fellow Kemetics (I put out a call out on social media).
  3. I make offerings of incense, a flame (candle), beer, red meat and any other items such as jewellery, crystals, herbs etc on my Hathor/Sekhmet shrine.
  4. I read Hymns to Sekhmet and to Hathor (usually ones I have written in their names).
  5. I hold a Solstice Ritual to Hathor and Sekhmet.
  6. I donate to a charity whether it be through my time, effort or through donations (money or objects/items).
  7. I gift someone a present whom I feel will benefit from said gift emotionally/mentally (this personal changes yearly).
  8. I spend time in nature such as my garden, a park, the beach or the mountains.
  9. I pause to appreciate all I have, what I have survived and also achieved during the year.
  10. I bake a cake and/or cookies and make a gingerbread house to share with friends and/or coworkers.

Here is an invocation I wrote to Sekhmet many years ago and although my writing style has evolved since then, it doesn’t diminish the spirit it was written in and the power it has accumulated over the years it has been used:

SEKHMET INVOCATION © T. Georgitsis 2003

Lady of Flame

Whose power is in thy name

Aid us this night

With your presence and might

Ruler of the White Hot Sun

This rite’s magic has now begun

Great One of Magic

Banish anything that’s harmful and tragic

Goddess of Pestilence and Wars

Help us heal our emotional sores

Mother in the Horizon of Heaven

Death to negative energies and their brethren

Queen of the Wastelands

We leave our past failures disposals in your hands

Destroyer of Rebellions, those against you quake with fear

Help us to move forward and put our future into positive gear

Protectress we ask our idleness and weakness for you to destroy

As strength, wisdom and health we seek to employ,

Powerful Great Defender

Shield us from past, present and future pretender

Mistress of the Scorching Eye of Ra

Cleanse us from evil near and far

Most divine and greatest of healing

Preserve us from physical ailments and ill feeling

Keeper of the universal and karmic lore

Help us accept the past is gone and dwells no more

You are she who is pure and sacred – most holy one

Make sure all curses sent our way are smothered and undone

Lady whose enemies bend at your will

We will persevere and survive with your added skill

We call you forth to aid us in our plight

As we come to you in love and understanding – not fright

This is just a glimpse of how I prefer to celebrate the Summer Solstice yearly which falls in December (Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere).

For more information on Sekhmet you can purchase the devotional I edited in her name on Amazon:

https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/current-titles/devotionals/daughter-of-the-sun-a-devotional-anthology-in-honor-of-sekhmet/


(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

WepRonpet and the Epagomenial Days 2020 (Australia)

Last week I noticed the change of the season.  The plum trees are beginning to blossom and the sunlight is lingering a little bit longer as the days stretch out with ever growing warmth.

Many in the southern hemisphere honoured Brigid for Imbolc, however for me, I observed and practiced the Kemetic tradition of the Epagomenal days (last days of the year) and Wep Ronpet (Ancient Egyptian New Year).

Unlike in previous years where I would go out and carefully select and purchase specific offerings for the Gods, this year due to Stage 4 restrictions and choosing to self-isolate during this pandemic, I gave what I had from my personal stores which I felt resonated with the Gods.

For A’set – my matron, I revamped her shrines and offered her incense and a newly built greenhouse where I will plant the seeds for the coming Spring and Summer.

For Osiris I offered incense and home made banana bread.

For Set I offered cranberry and raspberry tea and incense.

For Nephtys I offered black coffee and incense.

For Djehiti I offered fresh fruit and incense.

For Sekhmet I offered incense, candles, mandarines and various crystals such as a lapis pendant and slabs of amethyst, still bite & apolphilite and pyrite.

I participated in various rites and heka daily during the Epagomenal days and Wep Ronpet – the most significant being the Sekhmet and A’set rituals where I felt the overwhelming energy of the rites course through me, the shrines and the house (where my newly adopted kittens would sit in sphinx pose observing me, when they are usually bouncing off the walls during that time of day/night).

Its quite apt that the God of the year which was divined during the A’set Oracle is Sekhmet – after all she is the Goddess of Pestilence and Plagues.  Many years ago I wrote a Tamerian style invocation hymn in her name, to be used when calling to her to aid you in Heka, which she has dominion over.  Although I have evolved from this style of writing, I feel it still resonates with the intent it was written – for which can be used and especially moreso during this time in our history.  Here is the invocation to Sekhmet I wrote way back when I was studying natural medicine:

SEKHMET INVOCATION © T. Georgitsis 2003

Lady of Flame

Whose power is in thy name

Aid us this night

With your presence and might

Ruler of the White Hot Sun

This rite’s magic has now begun

Great One of Magic

Banish anything that’s harmful and tragic

Goddess of Pestilence and Wars

Help us heal our emotional sores

Mother in the Horizon of Heaven

Death to negative energies and their brethren

Queen of the Wastelands

We leave our past failures disposals in your hands

Destroyer of Rebellions, those against you quake with fear

Help us to move forward and put our future into positive gear

Protectress we ask our idleness and weakness for you to destroy

As strength, wisdom and health we seek to employ,

Powerful Great Defender

Shield us from past, present and future pretender

Mistress of the Scorching Eye of Ra

Cleanse us from evil near and far

Most divine and greatest of healing

Preserve us from physical ailments and ill feeling

Keeper of the universal and karmic lore

Help us accept the past is gone and dwells no more

You are she who is pure and sacred – most holy one

Make sure all curses sent our way are smothered and undone

Lady whose enemies bend at your will

We will persevere and survive with your added skill

We call you forth to aid us in our plight

As we come to you in love and understanding – not fright

Over the years I have honoured and venerated Sekhmet along with my two other Fellowship of Isis Lyceum patrons A’set and Hekate.   I have even ended a devotional in Sekhmet’s name along with teaching workshops on her and healing modality Sekhem Sekhmet.

For more information on Sekhmet and the devotional I edited in her name you can find on Amazon, go here:

https://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/current-titles/devotionals/daughter-of-the-sun-a-devotional-anthology-in-honor-of-sekhmet/

This is an interview I did with respects to Sekhmet with Reality Sandwich which talks about my deep connection to Her:

Emergence of Sekhmet: Twelve Interviews

The complete and unedited interview can be found here:

Sekhmet Interview

For me, it being the year of Sekhmet nothing changes, for as I will continue to venerate Sekhmet (along with A’set and Hekate). I just hope and pray that She is appeased and that this pandemic fades into history as quickly as it entered.

(C) T. Georgitsis 2020

 

Wep Ronpet Dates 2020 (Kemetic/Ancient Egyptian New Year)

 

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 2020.

Here are the dates for the end of the year including the Epogamenal Days and Wep Ronpet:

July 29th Last Day of the Year

Epagomenal Day 0 – July 30th: Day Dedicated to Djehuty (leap year extra day)

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 (also the Full Moon @ 1.58am EST)

Epagomenal Day 5 – August 4th: Birthday of Nebt-het

1 August 5th – Wep Ronpet

 

 

Here is a basic Kemetic ritual for Wep Ronpet I wrote and use yearly:

 

Setjataset’s Wep Ronpet Rite

Bathe and brush your teeth before dawn.

This is done to ensure you are purified and can perform Heka for the New Year.

Open the temple or create sacred space in usual manner.

At dawn, bring out all icons to be kissed by the rays of Ra and with 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.

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 216 – Updated 2020

Mystic Tribe Magazine: May 2020, Issue #30


In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Ancient Egyptian Crystal Shapes and their Influences” in which I describe a few crystal shapes predominant in Ancient Egypt and how you can use them int he modern time. For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – May 2020, Issue 30

 

 

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: April 2020, Issue #29

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Chakra Stones which describes the 7 chakras as well as the 3 alternative/extra ones.  I have also included which crystals resonate with these chakras and how you can charge, program and use them for the benefit of these chakras. For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – April 2020, Issue 29

 

 

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: February 2020, Issue #27

 

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Carborundum, Man Made Crystal by Setjataset which describes the man made Crystal Carborundum and the amazing things it can do for your body, mind, spirit and emotion.  Also of note is that its a perfect crystal for Hekate.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

Mystic Tribe – Issue 27 – February 2020

 

 

 

Mystic Tribe Magazine: November 2019, Issue #24

In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Ancient Egyptian Stones & Crystals Pt 2 which describes crystals in connection to the Ancient Egyptians, their magick and traditions as well as what they can do for you.  For your FREE copy follow this link:

November 2019 24th Edition, Mystic Tribe Magazine, Issue 24