A Daily Rite For The Morning Star (Heru-sa-Aset)

ETA 27/09/2014: Added an additional step involving shaking bells and offering incense to both this and the Evening Star rite. I will also edit this into a general daily devotional rite, to make it easier to customise. And because I want to use this template for Isis, so.

Since I’ve changed up my daily rites, and settled into a more stable rite, I thought I’d add it here. This one is for Heru-sa-Aset, and I perform it first thing in the morning once I get up. The most I will do to dress is to brush my hair, but if you’re more purity inclined, feel free to do more. Like all my rituals, this one is free for anyone to use and modify as they see fit.

While this one, and the evening rite to Sobek, are quite particular to my own path and UPG, you could easily use it as a template for your own gods. You just wouldn’t do the morning star/evening star dynamic, unless that’s relevant to your path, and rewrite the hymns.

Things You’ll Need:

  • A shrine: at the very least, you ought to have an image of Heru/your deity of choice, a candle, and an incense burner.
  • Libation bowl and jug of cool water; or a glass of some other liquid you want to offer. You can offer something other than water, but I find water works really well for this rite.
  • Some kind of noise-maker, shaker, a bell, sistrum, or the like. I currently use a bracelet made of memory wire, strung with plastic silver beads, and ten bells, that I picked up at an op shop for, like, $2. Just something to make noise with.

That … is pretty much all you need. It’s a good portable rite, too, for when you’re travelling. You could use a pocket shrine and a small glass of water, and it would work just as well. You really only need the jug if you’re using a bowl. You could just as easily do this rite using your morning coffee instead.

Before the rite:

Before I begin, I fill my jug with water, put on my collar, and cover my hair. I get the incense out and set it in its burner, ready to be lit. I make sure my ritual book is open at the right page where I’ve written down the ritual. Even though I know it off by heart, I find I can’t just not have it open. I feel like a bad lector priest if I don’t have my ritual book there, open to the right ritual.

I usually spend a moment in the silence before I start, taking my prayer beads in hand. I don’t use them for mantra-like prayers, I just hold them, as a link to the god I’m praying to.

The Rite:

1. I begin my lighting the candles and incense. I chant the following, letting it follow my actions as I go. I work east to west, following the movement of the sun, as my altar faces north. My current practice is to chant ‘Receive the Light’ twice, followed by ‘Beautiful is the incense’, and then another four repetitions of ‘Receive the light’.

When lighting candles:
Receive the light, O gods, receive the light.
Come to the shrine, O gods, and receive the light.

When lighting incense:
Beautiful is the incense on the shrine, O gods.
Sweet is the incense on the shrine.
Come to the shrine, O gods, come to the shrine.
Sweet is the incense on the flame.

2. Opening prayer:

I will usually gesture henu with my right hand, with my hand near my head, palm facing the shrine, and for Heru, I lift my left arm to the sky as I recite my opening prayer:

Hail to the morning star,
Heru of the Eastern Skies,
Great Falcon,
You who carries Ra on your back as the Day Boat,
Bring forth Kheper-Ra from the Duat.
Let me see His shining face.
Let me feel His brilliant radiance upon my body.
Let me sing praises to You,
Morning Star,
Heru of the East,
Bright Soaring Falcon
Who bears Ra into the sky.

3. I will take up my jug, and pour a libation to Heru using the following words:

This libation is for you, Heru,
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 brought you the liquid that comes forth from you.

As I say this, I pour the libation, and then take up the bowl to offer it to Heru’s statue, before taking a sip, once I have finished offering it.

4. I take my bracelet of bells in one hand, and with the other, offer the incense in a circular motion to the shrine while I shake the bells, saying:

Hail to the Lord who rejoices in the incense!
Hail to the Lord who rejoices in the incense!
Hail to the Lord who rejoices in the incense!
Hail to the Lord who rejoices in the incense!

This calls on an epithet of Sobek, and by extension Sobek and Heru, as both share the epithet ‘Lord of Myrrh’. Which is why I offer myrrh to Them over frankincense. I also offer sandalwood, as it is also deep and woody like myrrh is.

5. I spend a moment in meditation, or private prayer.

6. I offer henu, and take up the libation bowl, and say:

May I drink in your wisdom, great one.
May this water sustain me as it sustains you.

Then I drink the rest of the libation.

7. Closing prayer:

Hail to you, Heru, morning star,
I have come before you, bright one, and I am purified.
I have received the light.
Offer me now your blessings and protections today,
And be at peace with me,
Great falcon of the dawn.

8. Offer henu, and close the shrine. The rite is done.

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