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kindling

kindling

March 19 (IV Peret 19) is the Festival of Ra in His Barque.

Hail to You, Ra, radiance of radiances,
sailing the blue waters of the sky
in Your magnificent barque.

Shine upon Your children
when the heavens are clear and bright
so that we may reflect Your glory in our eyes.

Shine upon the dead
when the heavens are dark and bestarred
so that they may reflect Your glory in their kau.

As You share Your light with us,
may we share our light with others,
for no sun or candle is diminished by kindling another.

PBP Fridays: E is for the Earth Father

PBP Fridays: E is for the Earth Father

Geb (left) and Heru (Horus, right)Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!
Black as fertile soil,
the world is Your body
and the green growing things which sustain us
are Your gifts to all life.

Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!
Husband of the Sky,
You reach ever upwards to Her
with Your mountain peaks jutting
into Her lowest whorls of clouds.

Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!
Goose-crowned Great Cackler,
You laughed creation alive
and strewed Your joy into every living creature
that moves within Your embrace.

Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!
First king of mankind,
You passed to us Your sovereignty
and all the weight and power of authority
so that Your seeds might bloom in Your image.

Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!
Source of all offerings,
Your bounty surpasses all wealth,
flowering with richness and growth
as You bless mortals and gods alike.

Hail to You, Geb, Earth Father!

This post brought to you by the Pagan Blog Project.

2013’s first E post was Enoughness.
2012’s first E post was Extinct Totems.

the faces of gods

the faces of gods

I’m on day two of a low-level migraine, so instead of a lot of words, have some photos of my gods instead:

All my love and adoration to Nebt-het, Hethert-Nut, Sekhmet, and Ma’ahes, my Netjeru in the heavens.

the faces of gods

the faces of gods

I’m on day two of a low-level migraine, so instead of a lot of words, have some photos of my gods instead:

All my love and adoration to Nebt-het, Hethert-Nut, Sekhmet, and Ma’ahes, my Netjeru in the heavens.

PBP Fridays: B is for A Prayer to Bast

PBP Fridays: B is for A Prayer to Bast

hail and praise to You, Bast,
most glorious one,
Who rises as gold
and shines upon our faces!

You are the beauty of the dawn
and the burning of midday;
Your eyes are lanterns
and Your claws curling flames.

I see You in richness,
in silk and scent and smoke,
in the color of solar metal
coiling like incense in the wind.

hail and praise to You, Bast,
Lady of Splendor,
Mistress of Heaven,
Who drives away the darkness!

purify my mind of shadow;
purify my ka of isfet;
purify my body of sickness;
purify my heart of weakness.

I see You in Your incandescence,
a boiling sun radiating power;
I see You in Your reflection,
a smile in cool, still water.

hail and praise to You, Bast,
fearsome Devouring Lady,
Who bestows upon us sight
and excises from us ignorance!

This post brought to you by the Pagan Blog Project.

2013’s first B post was Bringing Back the Gods.
2012’s first B post was Birthdays.

a turning, a revolution

a turning, a revolution

On this, the first day of my personal new year, I celebrate living my life as my own self.

Thank You, Nebt-het, for teaching me deep compassion and for entrusting me with Your loving faith.

Thank You, Hethert-Nut, for teaching me unconditional love and for showering me with creativity.

Thank You, Ma’ahes, for teaching me unconditional trust and for always being there as soon as I look.

Thank You, Serqet, for teaching me poison management and for lending me Your impenetrable skin.

Thank You, Sekhmet, for teaching me raw strength and for leading me here, to Netjer, to Kemet.

Thank you, my akhu, for teaching me appreciation of family and for giving me life through your blood.

In addition to my divine and human family…

Thank You, Wepwawet, for teaching me how to open ways and for being so heartfully interactive.

Thank You, Bast, for teaching me how to find the sun and for being so firmly persistent.

Thank You, Set, for teaching me about beneficial chaos and for being so congenial.

Thank You, Heru-wer, for teaching me how to distinguish need from want and for helping my loved ones.

Thank You, Ptah, for teaching me to value good work and for being the unofficial patron of this house.

Thank You, Sepa, for teaching me a sense of duty and for sponsoring my Obscure Gods project.

Dua Netjer for another year on this Earth! Nekhtet!

Moomas With Family

Moomas With Family

For the unfamiliar, Moomas is the nickname of the Establishment of the Celestial Cow, which handily falls on December 25th. You can read more about the Establishment here, or check out The True Meaning of Moomas and this post, which includes Moomas carols. For a more meditative note, I recommend these two posts from Egyptologist and Kemetic Orthodoxy leader Tamara Siuda: Winter Holidays and And There Were Stars.

I was driving during the winter solstice and Return of the Eye, and I was immersed in family on the 25th, so I did no ritual for my Mother Hethert-Nut’s big day. But my partner’s family loves the game Fax Machine, where a group of people write down a sentence, pass it to the left, draw a picture based on the sentence (and hide the sentence), then pass it again, so the next person writes a sentence based on the picture. This proceeds until each person receives their original stack of papers again, then the resulting picture-and-sentence “stories” are read and shown aloud, usually resulting in a lot of hilarity.

I started mine the best way I could think of, since it was Moomas. The sentence is mine; the drawing is my partner’s. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Moomas, however you may have celebrated it!

a note of gratitude

a note of gratitude

Today there is sun and warmth, and I spent a little bit of time in it, with Bast.

Thank You, Lady of Light, for leading me to where my heart can drink in the earth and the sky in equal measures. Thank You, Bast, Who Rises As Gold, for bringing brightness into the secret rooms of my ka and opening up my closed spaces. Thank You, Mistress of Splendor, for shining upon me as You shine upon so many of my loved ones.

Dua Bast!