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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
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Crystal Elixirs“ which describes what crystal elixirs are, how to make and use them and some recipes for you to try along with safe and toxic list of crystals. Get your your FREE copy below:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an article called “Lotus Crystal Oil“ which describes what lotus oil can be used for and how to make your own with the aid of a crystal for an added magickal kick. Get your your FREE copy below:
In my regular column on crystals, in the latest issue of Mystic Tribe Magazine, I have written an Ancient Egyptian themed article called “Isis/A’set Crystals and How To Charge Them with Her Aid“ which describes my connection with Isis/A’set, her crystals and a Rite to Charge Isis/A’set Crystals. Get your your FREE copy below:
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:
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.
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.
(1) Traditional Hymn to Isis taken from a wall at her Temple in Philae.
(2) Prayer from Om Sety at the Abydos Temple.
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(C) T. Georgitsis 2021