And that’s an un-wrap for another year

Wesir unwrapped for another year

And so the Mysteries are over for another year. It’s definitely felt different, and I feel like I spent more time preparing for now than marking the days, but perhaps that’s just what needed to be done. All my Wesirs are unwrapped now, and I let my big Wesir sit on the windowsill this morning to bathe in the sunlight and warm up. It’s lovely to see His face again after so long without it. I dressed His statue with frankincense oil as well, just for that extra touch.

I have a lot more to write about when it’s not 11pm, but I have got a new pair of daily rites done. The morning one is based on the basic rite in Eternal Egypt, though it’s modified for four gods, and for my own peculiarities. The evening rite is cobbled together from the structure of the evening ritual to Ra in the same book, and the Graeco-Egyptian Evening Rite I came up with years ago. I really like the hymns I came up with, and adapted them to a more Kemetic format. Both rites are about ten minutes long and I’m still working out a few kinks with them in terms of the practicalities of them, but they’re done, for now, unless I run into something I really need to change as I begin using them regularly. Which I never rule out. My rites always evolve as I use them, and some wording is stuck in my head now and won’t budge. Sometimes, the wording changes with recitation from what was originally written. But it’s okay. I can always tweak them as I get used to them.

Part of the reason I wanted to redo them is because the ones I had in my ritual book were Sobek and Heru’s, and when Isis and Wesir entered into my daily rites as well, I had Their parts scattered elsewhere, and I wanted to rewrite them in one place as one ritual. But it seems the gods wanted new ones, so that’s what I did. My old rites just didn’t seem adequate for a naos anymore. Too messy. The structure didn’t work. So I ended up redoing them. I’ve also made some votive offerings with some leftover clay. Once they’re dry, I’ll paint them up, and find somewhere to put them. I don’t know if I’ll keep them out all the time, but they’ll certainly come in handy when I need to use them and can’t offer real offerings. The wooden naos is under construction at the moment as well, using 12mm square Tasmanian oak dowling. I may not have time to finish it until the end of the week when I’m done with work, but that’s okay. I have my bodged together cardboard one to use for now.

I had planned to do some meditation as well, at least during the Night Vigil, but that didn’t happen. I didn’t even have the brain for deipnon and noumenia this month, so I might have to do a make-up sacrifice as penance. Not because I feel like I’ve done something wrong, but because I feel like I’ll feel out of kilter all month if I don’t do something for Them. But then it has been a very busy week, what with the High Day, the Mysteries, work, family, AND the deipnon and noumenia AND Mother’s Day. OH and I went out with my bff on Friday night for her birthday, so. I will be glad of some rest and for things to settle down a bit until Yule. This week has been far, FAR too hectic. D:

Anyway. Speaking of work, I have work tomorrow, and it’s late, and I need to go to bed. But I’ll post my new daily rites under the cut, in case anyone’s curious, and stick them under the House of Life section for posterity. And if you’re not interested, well, you can stop reading now, and it’s all good. Also, They asked for the formal write-up style. It wouldn’t have otherwise been my choice. But there you go. I think it’s a mind-shifting perspective thing idek. *handwaves and mutters, ‘gods’.*

The Morning Rite
Rubric:
A ritual of the morning to be performed first upon waking for Isis, Sobek, Heru, and Wesir to satisfy Ma’at and make offerings to the gods. Gather offerings, and prepare the shrine. Wash hands and face before the rite and wash out your mouth. Bring water, oil, and any offerings you wish to give.

The Chapter of Anointing With Oil
The magician anoints their brow and hands with oil with the words to be spoken:
I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.
May I be bathed in Your scent, O Gods.

The Chapter of Lighting The Shrine Lamps
The magician lights the shrine lamps with the words to be spoken:
Receive the light, O Gods, receive the light.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, and receive the light.

The Chapter of Lighting the Incense
The magician lights the incense with the words to be spoken:
Sweet is the incense on the flame, O Gods, sweet is the incense on the flame.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, come to the shrine,
Sweet is the incense on the flame.

The Chapter of Greeting the Gods
The magician offers henu to the gods as they stand before shrine with the words to be spoken to awaken the gods:
Awake in peace, O Isis, awake in peace.
Awake in peace, O Heru, awake in peace.
Awake in peace, O Wesir, awake in peace.
Awake in peace, O Sobek, awake in peace.

The Chapter of Opening The Shrine, and the Ka Embrace
The magician opens the shrine and embraces the statues of the gods with their hands with the words to be spoken over each god:
Djehuty has come to you. Awake in peace when you hear his words.
I have come as the envoy of Atum.
My two arms are upon you like those of Heru.
My two hands are upon you like those of Djehuty.
My fingers are upon you like those of Anpu.
Homage to you, I am your living servant.

The Chapter of Pouring Libations to the Gods:
The magician pours a four-fold libation to each god with the words to be spoken:
This libation is for you, Isis.
This libation is for you, Heru.
This libation is for you, Wesir.
This libation is for you, Sobek.

Words to be spoken as the libation is raised to the gods:
I bring to you these libations which have come forth from Abu, from the “Place-of-Refreshment”.
Nun satisfies you.
I have brought to you these libations,
so that your heart may be satisfied with them.

All life is with you, all stability is with you,
all health is with you, all joy is with you.

May offerings of every kind come forth in abundance,
like the things which come forth from the mouth of a god.

Other offerings may be given here.

The Chapter of Anointing The Gods With Oil:
The magician anoints the brow of each god with oil with the words to be spoken:
The incense comes,
the perfume of the gods comes towards you.
The perfume of the Eye of Heru comes towards you,
the perfume of Nekhbet coming forth from Nekheb [El-Kab].
It adorns you.
It washes over you.

The Chapter of Receiving Wisdom from the Gods, with the reversion of offerings:
The magician reverts the offerings and sits in silence, listening for any wisdom from the gods. Words to be spoken upon the reversion of the offerings:
May I drink in your wisdom, Great Ones,
May this water sustain me as it sustains You.

The Chapter of the Restoration of Ma’at and the Two Lands:
The magician offers an image of Ma’at to the shrine with words to be spoken:
I am Djehuty, and I have come to You with Ma’at in my hands.
The distress that causes confusion has been driven away and all of the gods are in harmony.
Ma’at is everywhere You are, and your hearts rejoice as She rises before You.
I have established Ma’at in the Two Lands.
I have given Heru his eye, I have placed the Wadjet eye in the correct position.
I have given Set his testicles, so that the two lords are content through the work of my hands.
I know the sky, I know the earth. I know Heru, I know Set.
I am Djehuty, who reconciles the gods,
Who makes offerings in their correct form,
Who establishes Ma’at everywhere She is.

The Chapter of Concluding The Rite
The magician slowly closes the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Djehuty has come.
He has filled the eye of Heru,
He has restored the testicles of Setekh.
No evil shall enter this temple.
Ptah has closed the door, Djehuty has set it fast.
The door is closed, the door is set fast with the bolt.
Djehuty has performed the rites in the correct form.
Ma’at is established in this place forever.

The magician extinguishes the shrine lamps, then offers henu to the shrine and removes the foot.

It is done in this way for millions of years.

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The Evening Rite
Rubric:
A ritual for the night time, for when Ra descends into the Duat with Wesir. Gather offerings, and prepare the shrine. Wash hands and face before the rite and wash out your mouth. Bring water, oil, and any offerings you wish to give.

The Chapter of Anointing With Oil
The magician anoints their brow and hands with oil with the words to be spoken:
I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.
May I be bathed in Your scent, O Gods.

The Chapter of Lighting The Shrine Lamps
The magician lights the shrine lamps with the words to be spoken:
Receive the light, O Gods, receive the light.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, and receive the light.

The Chapter of Lighting the Incense
The magician lights the incense with the words to be spoken:
Sweet is the incense on the flame, O Gods, sweet is the incense on the flame.
Come to the shrine, O Gods, come to the shrine,
Sweet is the incense on the flame.

The Chapter of Pouring Libations to the Gods:
The magician pours libation to Wesir with the words to be spoken:
This libation is for you, Wesir, this libation is for you,
Coming forth from your servant,
Coming forth before you.
I have come and I have brought you the Eye of Heru
That you may be refreshed with it.
I have come and I have brought to you
The liquid which flows forth from you.

Words to be spoken as the libation is raised to the gods:
I bring to you these libations which have come forth from Abu, from the “Place-of-Refreshment”.
Nun satisfies you.
I have brought to you these libations,
so that your heart may be satisfied with them.

All life is with you, all stability is with you,
all health is with you, all joy is with you.

May offerings of every kind come forth in abundance,
like the things which come forth from the mouth of a god.

The Chapter of Establishing the Boat Before the Shrine:
The magician places the boat and an icon of Temu-Ra before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Come to your boat, shining one.
Come to your boat.
You are established in the horizon,
Upon the boat of millions of years.

The Chapter of Refreshing the Offerings:
The magician makes a voice offering to the shrine, with words to be spoken:
An offering which the king gives to Wesir, Lord of Abydos, Foremost of the Westerners, Lord of Djedu, that he may give a voice offering of bread, beer, water, incense, every good and pure thing on which a god lives.

The Chapter of Invocation of the Night Boat:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with words to be spoken:
Greetings to You, Sobek from Crocodopolis,
Ra, Heru-sa-Aset, powerful God.
Greetings to You, Sobek from Crocodopolis,
Greetings to You who comes from the original waters,
Great ancient being, first of His kind, Great Cosmic Creator!
Greetings to You, who escapes the fish-traps,
and escorts Temu-Ra’s barque through the Duat.
Greetings to You, Sobek the Rager,
Who carries off by violence the enemies of Ra.
Fearsome Crocodile, the earth trembles as You draw near,
and all flee in terror at the sight of You.
Make way, for the Night Barque approaches,
Defended by the mighty Sobek,
Who navigates the waters like no other.
Greetings to You, Heru-sa-Aset,
Greetings to You, who holds the rudder steady,
Great Falcon, whose eyes are sharp and bright,
with piercing beak and fearsome talons ready to shred and tear,
His Eye sees all the enemies of Ra,
None can hide from Him,
and they fall, defeated, as the fire of the Eye engulfs them.
Greetings to You, Heru-sa-Aset,
You, who steers the Night Barque with Your Mother by Your side.
Djehuty and Ma’at keep watch beside You.
Come, now, Great Crocodile of the Faiyuum,
Come, now, Great Falcon, and bring Your Eye
For night has fallen, and Temu-Ra has been established.
Be now at His side, and slay all who wish to harm Him.
Grant Him safe passage, Great Sobek,
Navigate the waters safely, Great Heru-sa-Aset,
And guide Him who rises as Kheper-Ra, and sets as Temu-Ra!

The Chapter of the Invocation of Aset-Nut:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with words to be spoken:
Hail to You, Aset-Nut,
Whose star shines brightly.
The Dog Star heralds the New Year,
as You herald a new day.
Great Aset, Great of Magic,
You who knows the secret name of Ra,
Bind Him close to You and protect Him.
Great Eye of Ra, shoot your starfire at all who threaten the Night Boat
Protect Him, Great Eye, so He may rise again.
Aset-Nut, the starry, starry sky,
You fill the sky with darkness,
Diamonds sparkling everywhere with Iah the only light cast on the earth.
The land sings praises to You as the night falls,
Ever enduring, Aset-Nut, endures forever,
Night and day, day and night,
Aset-Nut watches over Ra,
and He is protected.
Aset-Nut, Great Lady,
Lend us Your magics, so the sun might rise again.

The Chapter of Invocation of Temu-Ra:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Homage to You, Ra!
You who are Kheper-Ra when You rise,
and who are Temu-Ra when You set in beauty.
Welcome, welcome, You are to be adored.
Your beauties are before my eyes,
and Your radiance is on my body.
You go forth to Your setting in the Night Boat with fair winds,
and Your heart is glad; the heart of the Day Boat rejoics.
You stride over the heavens in peace,
and all Your foes are cast down;
The stars which never rest sing hymns of praise to You,
and glorify You as You sink to rest in the horizon of Manu.
You who are beautiful at dawn and dusk,
You, Lord who live, and are established, my Lord!

The Chapter of the Recitation of the Hymn of the Descent into Nut:
The magician offers henu before the shrine with the words to be spoken:
Ra descends into the veiled darkness,
Fighting once more to rise again.
Nut takes Him into Her body,
and Ma’at embraces Him with Her arms.
He is seated in His boat, He is established,
and all His enemies quiver as He approaches
The Strongest Lord Set stands proud at the helm,
His spear sharp and ready.
Heru sees all with His Eye as He steers.
Djehuty, Great of Magic and Wisdom, stands ready,
Aset, Great Eye of Ra, watches.
Sobek carries off by violence all who would challenge Him
The barque is protected,
The serpent shall be defeated.
Ra will rise triumphant once more.

The Chapter for Extinguishing the Shrine Lamps:
The magician extinguishes the lamps with the words to be spoken:
As the sun sets, so it will rise again.
The spear of Set pierces the heart of the serpent,
Sobek repels the crocodiles.
Heru steers the boat, while Isis, Great of Magic, stands unconquered.
The Eye of Heru will rise again, triumphant over the serpent.

The magician offers henu and removes the foot.

It is done in this way for millions of years.

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