This will not be an in-depth academic post: for solid and detailed information on Wepwawet, please check out Per-Sabu.org.
Much earlier this year, I made a tentative list of blog post ideas for every letter, and my first W was “Wepwawet?” because, at the time, I hadn’t built a relationship with Him… but past-me hoped that 2013 would change that. Happily, past-me was right.
As I recently wrote, I got to know Wepwawet over a tenday. Depicted as a standing jackal or a jackal-headed man, Wepwawet is the Opener of the Way, in life and in death, in peace and in strife. He is strong and solar, chthonic and liminal, powerful and subtle. I admire Him greatly and no longer restrain myself from offering up adorations and time each day for tea with Him.
Over the course of the tenday with Wepwawet, the first request he made of me, firmly and enthusiastically, was a painting. It was grueling and challenging, and it took far longer than I’d expected, but when it was finished, I was—and am still—pleased with it:
Dua Wepwawet, Lord of the Duat, Opener of the Way!
Many of you know that I paint and make jewelry, often Kemetic in nature, on the side. If you’ve any interest in such shiny objects, you might like to know that there is a weekend giveaway over on the new Mythic Curios Facebook page. Here’s the gist of it:
If you “Like” the Mythic Curios FB page and this post between Saturday 12 PM CT (Oct. 19) and Sunday 9 PM CT (Oct. 20), you’ll be entered into a drawing for a custom, one-of-a-kind painting or piece of jewelry of your choice! Click here for more details.
I’ll delete this post once the giveaway’s over, but I wanted to let everyone know about it—I love making art for people, and I’m eager to see who the winner is! :)
A gift for my sister, Saryt, of her Parents, Set and Bast.
I am toying with the idea of making something extra-colorful on every one of Her days; you can see a hint of Her here, on the far left, overlooking the colors I have poured for Her as an offering.
Alternate title: “Colorless,” My Ass
In the Kemetic calendar, today is a day for Tasenetnofret, The Good Sister, a Name Who is a form of Hethert (Hathor), but also an epithet of Nebt-het (Nephthys). This is the one place I have found where my Mothers, Nebt-het and Hethert-Nut, actually overlap.
While idly browsing the Wepwawet Wiki, looking at hieroglyphs, I stumbled across Tasenetnofret’s page. She was described as “a colorless manifestation of Hethert in the role of divine wife.”
I’m pretty sure my reaction was along the lines of “oh no you din’t!” My Mothers? Colorless?!
(Please note that I am not actually taking offense at the editors of Wepwawet Wiki. I realize there’s not a lot of sources out there detailing Tasenetnofret, which can give any Netjeru a lackluster image. I felt compelled to action, not outrage. ~_^)
So, in an immediate effort to rectify this monochromatic statement, I went about painting a very colorful gift for Tasenetnofret:
Dua Tasenetnofret! May Your eyes feast on the most vivid of beautiful colors, always.
I’m delighted to share that the first episode of Kemetic Storytellers has been released!
A House of Netjer project spear-headed by Mose, Kemetic Storytellers features Kemetic stories in a radio-play format, written and voice-acted by modern Kemetics. We aim to entertain, educate, and express our creativity.
This first episode features two stories, Beauty & The Beak and Bring The Flood, retellings of the Distant Goddess myth and the Establishment of the Celestial Cow myth (aka Moomas). I was proud to provide the intro music for the project, as well as the artwork for both stories (one digital art collage and two paintings).
Please take a look and a listen, and enjoy!
At my (non-Kemetic) partner’s urging, I woke up very early this morning to find that he had made two snake-shaped sweet potato pancakes to be ceremonially slain and
nommed destroyed. We did this last year, too – it symbolizes the Uncreated One, Ap-p (Apophis), being defeated and disempowered in the new year.
My partner said, and I quote, “Isfet has never tasted so good.” I laughed very hard at that, and agreed.
I lit a candle, said the sunrise prayer at, um, some time significantly later than sunrise, and painted my new altar shelf. I’d spent last night taking everything down, cleaning it, and reorganizing it, and while I am not 100% done (I’ll be adding another tiny shelf for Set, Heru-wer, and the Jackal soon), I’m very pleased with how the space works right now. New shrine pictures will come in a following post, once the paint on the shelf dries!
I also made a new year’s sigil for Nut/Hethert-Nut, Whose year this is. The pale blue central sigil is Balance; the corner golden one is Hope. And the stars are Hers.
Today is Nebt-het’s birthday, the last of the epagomenal days, five days that fall between the end of the Kemetic year and Wep Ronpet, the Kemetic New Year on August 3rd.
Hail to the Sister of Shadows,
She Who comforts the living
and guides the dead home.
May You bless this coming year
as You blessed Your brother, Wesir,
with Your long sight and Your steadfast protection.
Greyed violet as velvet and the dusk,
as multi-faceted as the changing moon,
Dua Nebt-het, Lady of the House!
A sigil for rest in Nebt-het’s honor.