I have had, in short, an amazing beginning to the new year. For the second year in a row, my sister Saryt and I were able to go to Tawy House to celebrate with our Kemetic Orthodox family—and this time, we drove up together, making a roadtrip out of it.
I cannot possibly write about all the things that happened over the epagomenal days (the five days between the end of the old year and the beginning of the new) and the first few days of the new year in one post. Please accept this voucher for many future posts, and give me a shout if I am too slow to deliver. :)
I do want to share Aset’s oracle for the new year, which belongs to Her, Mistress of Magic and most clever of goddesses. From Kemet Today:
Awake, Children of Netjer.
Awake, to see the splendor of Ra.
Awake, to feel Shu and Tefnut.
Awake, to walk upon Geb under Nut’s belly.
Awake, to the care of Wesir, of Heru, of Nebt-het.
Awaken, to welcome the year that is coming.
Awaken, Listen, Speak, to the Year that is Mine.
I am Clever of Speech.
I am Aset, Great of Heka, Mistress of Heaven.
I am all that you think you know. I am nothing like what you think you know.
So too will be this Year.
This is the year that brings its own heka.
This year will be as simple as the first breath. As simple as one word.
This year will be anything but simple.
Speech may be clever. Speech may be simple.
Speech may not be clever or simple.
In this Year, My Year, you may understand what you do, and do not do; what you speak and what you will not speak, what is appropriate for you, and what is not.
It will not be what you think.
It will not be simple.
In addition to that wonderfully cryptic and portent-filled oracle, there was a powerful theme of community throughout the Wep Ronpet celebrations. Gods and Kemetics alike talked about loneliness, about reaching out, about forming strong bonds, about connecting with others, about not having to be alone. This was a particular poignant and unexpected pattern for me, since I tend to be a quiet hermit and I’d slipped away for nearly half a year to more private practices. But I missed my Kemetic community, I missed more regular time in shrine, and I will be more active once again.
I wish you all a clever, eloquent, grounded, supported year in ma’at! Dua Netjer!