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PBP Fridays: W is for Heka for Wadjet

PBP Fridays: W is for Heka for Wadjet

I am a follower of Wadjet, Lady of the Sky and the Devouring Flames;
She sets men and gods afire, the earth and sky afire,
but no enemy or rebel passes Her to reach me,
for She perceives them and Her fire is effective;
Her light betrays them and they flee as shadows before the sun.
The Fortunate One, Risen in Green and Papyrus,
has delimited the Two Lands, and in them,
there is a place for me and my ka to live.
Fiery Serpent, Great of Magic, hear me:
Grant that the acclaim of me be like the acclaim of You;
Grant that the love of me be like the love of You.

(Epithets and snippets taken from various ancient sources and recompiled. Primary source.)

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the Feast of Heka

the Feast of Heka

Now I am Heka. What I said was good, and what came forth from My mouth was good, and what I now say, the same shall be performed, for I am Heka.

~ Coffin Texts, Utterance 325

Today is a feast for Heka, the god Who is the manifestation of heka, the innate quasi-magical power of authoritative speech. It is a very good day to ponder which words come from your mouth and fingers, what impact those words might have, and what power your own voice holds to effect change in your life and this world.

And, since it is a feasting holiday, I would encourage you to also contemplate what you are feeding the mouth that is the conduit for such influence that your words hold.

To Heka, I offer all good and pure things, may they please and nourish You. As You are fed and strengthened, so my own heka is fed and strengthened; as I feed and strengthen my own heka, so You are fed and strengthened.

PBP Fridays: U is for Utterances

PBP Fridays: U is for Utterances

You are the daughter, mighty in her mother1!

Hail to you, daughter of Anubis, who is at the windows of the sky,
the companion of Thoth, who is at the uprights of the ladder!
Open my way that I may pass.2

I am Satis who takes possession of the Two Lands, the Burning One who receives her two shores;
I have gone up to the sky and found Ra standing that I might meet him;
I will seat myself beside him, and Ra will not permit that I put myself on the ground,
for he knows that I am greater than he.3

Hail to you, Great Flood, butler of the gods, leader of the sun-folk!
Make the gods gracious to me that they may make me flourishing,
love me, and make me hale.4

I have inundated the land which came forth from the lake,
I have torn out the papyrus-plant,
I have satisfied the Two Lands, I have united the Two Lands,
I have joined my mother the Great Wild Cow.5

O Great One who came into being in the sky,
you have achieved power, you have achieved strength,
and have filled every place with your beauty;
the entire land is yours. Take possession of it,
for you have enclosed the earth and all things within your embrace.6

1 Utterance 431
2 Utterance 304
3 Utterance 439
4 Utterance 348
5 Utterance 271
6 Utterance 432

Source: The Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts, Raymond Faulkner.

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PBP Fridays: R is for Raet

PBP Fridays: R is for Raet

O Raet, molten gold aflame, mighty and beautiful one!
Consort of the Warrior, Name of the Punisher,
Wet-nurse of the Creatrix, Mother of the New Sun!
Raet, Who wears the uraeus with Her feathers,
You are Queen of the Two Lands, united and whole!
O Raet, Who brings illumination to the Seen world,
You are the globe of the sun in the heavens!
You are preeminent in Your place, second to none,
older than the First One, the bud of the birthing lotus!
Your glory is the color of sunlight,
Your protective wrath is as red as sunset!
O Raet, shine upon us, warm us as a mother to Her child,
and we will flourish under Your unblinking Eye!

Raet (Rait, Raettawy) is the female Ra, associated with sovereignty by Hatshepsut. She is alternately a consort of Montu, mother of Djehuty (Thoth), wet-nurse of Nit (Neith), mother of Heru (Horus), consort of the sun god Ra, the Eye of Ra, and/or Ra’s daughter.

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in the year of Heru-sa-Aset

in the year of Heru-sa-Aset

For Kemetic Orthodoxy, this Kemetic year is the year of Heru-sa-Aset (Horus the Younger) as the victorious king. It is one of the most positive oracles I’ve ever read, and I am very hopeful about how this year will turn out, both spiritually and pragmatically. I’ve always considered Heru to be a get’r’done Netjeru, and I look forward to making a lot of progress on various projects on my plate. (Obscure Gods project, I’m lookin’ at you!)

I have worked with Heru-wer (Horus the Elder) before, and I have brushed up against Heru-Ma’ahes once or twice, but I’ve never interfaced with Heru-sa-Aset. Perhaps this year will change that and deepen my understanding of Who He is.

A prayer for the year of Heru-sa-Aset, written August 15:

Hail Heru-sa-Aset in this His year!
Hail the golden child now grown!
Hail the sacred lotus in full bloom!
Hail the son of the Mistress of Magic!
Hail the shining heir, son of His father!
Hail He Who survived the terrors of youth!
Hail He Who was forged by storm and sting!
Hail He Who yet walks among the people!
Hail He Who upholds Ma’at in all things!
Hail He Who knows the secret name of the sun!
Hail He Who brings victory to the Two Lands!
Hail the mighty falcon, wearing the uraeus!
Hail the many-chambered heart of the king!
Hail Heru-sa-Aset in this His year!

embracing the new year

embracing the new year

I feel that Max Ehrmann’s Desiderata aligns quite nicely with my own worldview and with the principles of ma’at, so I am walking joyously into the new year with these words:

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

on Nebt-het’s day

on Nebt-het’s day

From Bourghouts’ Ancient Egyptian Magical Texts, words spoken by Nebt-het (Nephthys). These words “are useful … as the devouring of a falcon, as the striking of an `hy-bird, as the listening of the Sea to the voice of Seth.”

May you awake in a good manner! Endure until eternity! Every ailment that confronts you will be dispelled. Your mouth will be opened up by Ptah, your mouth will be disclosed by Sokar with that chisel of bronze of his.

Dua Nebt-het, Who secures health and the efficacy of medicine!

on Aset’s day

on Aset’s day

From A.G. McDowell’s Village Life in Ancient Egypt, a spell to drive away nightmares:

Dreamer: “Come to me, come to me, mother Isis! Behold, I see that which is far from me in my city!”

Aset (Isis): “I am here, my son Horus! Come out with what you have seen so that your dumbness ceases and your dreams retreat. May fire come out against the thing that frightened you! Behold, I have come to see you, that I might drive out your evil, that I might destroy every harm.”