Southern Hemisphere Fixed Kemetic Calendar

So I don’t really use this in my practice anymore, because my festival calendar has become more Wheel of the Year-like, but I thought I’d leave this here as a general guide for those looking for a fixed Kemetic festival calendar, based on southern hemisphere seasons. It was tailored specifically for Western Australia, but feel free to adjust it.

It was built from old Kemetic Orthodox calendars I’ve had lying around my inbox, so credit to Rev. Suida for doing the legwork on this one. My original version did have Roman festivals, and the Sabbats, and any public holidays for my country, but I’ve taken all those out to leave just the Kemetic festivals.

I wanted to make a Kemetic calendar for the southern hemisphere because there just wasn’t any out there, and as much as the helical rising of Sirius is great for those who like doing astronomical calculations, it made no sense for southern hemisphere seasons, so I made my own, using a fixed calendar system because, well, lazy. It’s not a complete calendar, in that it doesn’t include every single festival on the old calendars I was working off, but I was trying for something that would cover all the major festivals, and offer a rounded approach to worshipping all the major gods at one point or another.

If you do want to switch it to the Northern hemisphere, shift everything six months so Wep Ronpet sits on August 1, and you shouldn’t need to do too many calculations to make it work.

Finally, this isn’t the one and only best and truest Kemetic calendar in the whole world, so use it as a resource, look at the other calendars that are online, make your own based on what you want to do. I think the best festival calendars work best when they reflect what we care about the most. There’s no point in having a holiday in there you’re not going to mark in some way. But that’s just how I see it. Do with it what you will.

Southern Hemisphere Fixed Kemetic Festival Calendar

January
8: Jubilation in the Entire Land
12: Ritual water for those in the next world (Akhu)
12: Birthday of Sobek
16: Feast of Menhuy (Amun the Hidden One)
20: Offerings in Ra’s Presence
26: VI Shomu ends
26: Feast of the Dressing (7 days)
27: Birthday of Wesir
28: Birthday of Heru-Wer
29: Birthday of Set
30: Birthday of Aset
31: Birthday of Nebthet

February
1: Wep Ronpet
2: I Akhet begins
2: Feast of All Names
9: Feast of Sobek and Yinepu
11: Feasts of Ra, Khnum, and Sobek, and for Akhu
13: Feasts of Ra and Sobek
19: Feast of Sobek-Ra
20: Wag Festival
21: Feast of Djehuty
27: Feast of Shemsety (Aset)
28/9: (I Akhet 28) Offerings to Amun, Mut, and Khonsu of Isheru (nominally the last day of February)

March
2: I Akhet ends
3: II Akhet begins
5: Procession of Sobek to see His Mother Nit (2 days)
5: Feast of Djehuty
6: Feast of Weret-Hekau, Sobek and Djehuty
7: Opet Festival (11 days) – Amun-Ra and Mut
18: Feast of Aset
20: Feast of the Eye of Heru
25: Feast of Sobek

April
1: II Akhet ends
2: III Akhet begins
10: Procession of Aset
11: Feast of Amun
12: Feast of Amun, Nit and Tutu
19: The Lamentations of Aset and Nebthet in Abdju
May

1: III Akhet ends
2: IV Akhet begins
2: Processions of Sobek, Heru and Amun (6 days)
6: Feast of Sobek
7: Feast of the Soaring Falcon (Heru-Wer/Heru-sa-Aset) (16 days)
16: Ploughing the Earth Festival/Feast of Peret
23: Feast of Closure (re Soaring Falcon)
25: Feast of Cutting the Earth (prayers/offerings at sunrise)
27: Mysteries of Wesir: Defence of Wesir From Set
28: Mysteries of Wesir: Night of Death and the Lamentations of Aset and Nebthet
29: Mysteries of Wesir: Mourning and Destroying the Ass and Serpent
30: Mysteries of Wesir: Night Vigil
31: Mysteries of Wesir: Feast of Sokar-Wesir
31: IV Akhet ends

June
1: I Peret begins
1: Mysteries of Wesir: Feast of Food On The Altar (Libations to Wesir)
2: Mysteries of Wesir: Raising the Djed Pillar
3: Feast of the Coronation of Wesir in the Duat and Heru-sa-Aset in Tawy (All Kings’ Day)
4: Feast of the Drunkenness of the Eye of Ra
4: Saq-Sobek and Saq-Heru-sa-Aset
6: Feast of Amun
12: Answering Every Speech of Sekhmet
20: Return of the Distant Goddess/Navigation of Hethert
26: Establishment of the Celestial Cow and Descent of the Dove
26: Feast of Thanksgiving Offerings (3 days)
28: Saq and Oaths of Djehuty
30: I Peret ends

July
1: II Peret begins
6: Raising the Djed for Wesir
7: Invoking and Offering to the Akhu
8: Feast and Procession of Nit
10: Birthday of Sobek
11: Procession of Sobek
14: The Day Set Kills the Rebel
16: Aset is Awakened by Ra’s Majesty
21: Feast of Amun and Ptah (10 days)
28: Feast of Wesir and the Akhu
30: II Peret ends
31: III Peret begins
31: Feast of Tawy
31: Saq-Amun and Saq-Heru

August
6: The Eye of Ra Calls the Shemsu
8: Day of Judgement in Iunu (Akhu)
9: Procession of Djehuty
11: Saq-Wesir (Libations to Wesir)
12: Saq-Djehuty and His Spirits
13: Day of Making Health and Long Life
21: Birthday of Apep (curse and destroy Isfet)
28: Amun’s Festival of Ra Entering the Sky
29: III Peret ends
30: IV Peret begins

September
2: Isidis Navigium (2 days)
3: Feast of Chewing Onions for Bast
16: Birthday of Heru-sa-Aset
22: Ostara (Wesir-Ra)
22: Feast of Zep Tepi/Renewing The Year
23: Saq-Sobek and Saq-Min
25: Killing the Children of Bedesh (Protection Heka)
26: Offerings to Akhu
28: IV Peret ends
28: Feast of All Creators
29: I Shomu begins
29: Sunset Prayers and Feasts for All Names

October
1: Feast of Amun-Ra (4 days)
8: Feast of Clothing Yinepu (Yinepu/Akhu)
12: Crowning of Heka (12 days)
14: Feast of Sobek
28: I Shomu ends
29: II Shomu begins

November
1: Beautiful Feast of the Valley (Amun, Mut, Khonsu, and the Akhu) (12 days)
7: Saq-Amun and Procession of Heka
12: Feast of All Names
20: Thanksgiving Festival of Amun
25: Feast of Purification
25: Procession and Offerings in Djedu (Wesir, Aset, and Heru-sa-Aset)
27: Procession of Shu to Retrieve the Udjat: Djehuty Calms Her
27: II Shomu ends
28: III Shomu begins
30: Festival of Hekate Trivia

December
13: Feast of Victory for Amun
15: Secret Procession of Ma’at and Ra
21: Feast of Hethert, Eye of Ra (Day of the Eye’s Escape)
26: Feast of Amun-Ra, King of the Gods
27: III Shomu ends
27: Burning the Widow’s Flame (Aset)
28: IV Shomu begins
30: Aset Webenut (Aset Luminous)

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11 comments on “Southern Hemisphere Fixed Kemetic Calendar

  1. So glad to find a southern hemisphere based Kemetic calendar! I’m in South Australia and have felt delayed in doing this myself by the calculation of the rise of Sirius.here. So nice to find something to get a sense of how the calendar may be applied here. 🙂 It seems Kemetic practitioners in Australia are far and few between so I’m glad to find your blog also. 🙂

    • Sashataakheru says:

      Yeah! It’s the best southern hemisphere Kemetic calendar! 😀 (I think it’s probably the only one, but still…) Sure, it’s fixed, and anchored around the winter solstice, but it works better for me having it match up to the seasons. I’d take the time to evaluate the seasons as you experience them and try to see how they flow with the calendar. Adjust as necessary. And by all means, don’t celebrate everything, or you’ll never leave shrine. XD

      I once knew two Kemetics in Perth! Two! But one’s now an atheist, so. Now it’s just one. And we never talk because … not everyone you meet is going to be friend material. We didn’t have enough in common apart from kemetic things, so it never went anywhere. Plus, there’s no real Pagan community here anyway, so. *shrugs* But at least we can meet on WordPress! Hooray for WordPress! 😀

      • There’s a small underground Kemetic community in Melbourne I know of but otherwise you’re the first other Aussie I’ve found. SA has a large pagan community however split and fractured it is at the moment. However I find the more I follow my path the less I feel in common with the general pagan community. I suppose my hard polytheist devotional approach isn’t that common here. More your lay social pagan with a Wicca approach to celebrating the wheel of the year. Though more recently it seems Druidism is becoming the new popular in SA. (Many of the once Wiccan covens holding Druidic events) It’s also nice to find someone clearly focussed and dedicated to their spiritual path yet allowing yourself to step out of the Kemetic path to walk other traditions simultaneously. I also find the Hellenic path quite naturally drawing with the deities however I’m always drawn back to Kemetic work. Perhaps being claimed by Anpu may have some influence there. Anyhoo, hor ah for wordpress 🙂

        • Sashataakheru says:

          Oh yeah, I know at least one of those Melbourne Kemetics, and have heard of the others. I almost had a chance to meet them last time I was in Melbourne, but I had a family engagement instead, so. I had to miss it. Boo. 😦 Then again, I also found in Melbourne a properly actualfax Pagan shop, the likes of which I haven’t seen in Perth for about a decade. It’s all fucking New Age buddhas and crystals and shit. Fremantle used to have all the proper Pagan shops, but they’re all gone now, or they’ve restocked with New Age things. Which is really sad. We had a great herb shop, and at least four with proper Pagan things in them. And now they’re all gone.

          I know there are a handful of Wiccanish/Neo-pagan covens in Perth, and I think there’s some sort of weird Goddess group, but it’s all fragmented, and I have no idea how many Pagans there actually are. There’s no real drive for any cohesive organisation that might bring everyone together for regular meets and events. So I only know one Kemetic in Perth, who I never talk to. Hooray! 😀

          My path has always been a little meandering, to be fair, but I guess that’s what you get when you follow a river god like Sobek. Straight lines are rare. Also, Djehuty once told me that wisdom can be found anywhere, so I’ve looked into all kinds of different paths over the years. It’s taken a while for everything to finally begin to settle down and become a cohesive set of practices I have a chance of passing on to someone else, rather than a mishmash of things that don’t really fit together. While I’m not much of a recon anymore because reasons, and won’t call myself recon, I still draw from that methodology from time to time. My UPG and some of my practices, as well as my festival calendar based around four seasons, would probably make some recons recoil in horror. But that’s their problem, not mine. I’m just doing what Sobek asks of me.

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  3. Werethekauhotep says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful Kemetic calendar. I have been trying to find a good one for a while, and I am very glad that you have made this one available online. It has a wide range of festivals honouring all the major deities as well as the Akhu, and I think I will find it very useful. Thank you so much! I live in the northern hemisphere, so I will need to advance the dates by 6 months as you said, but that should be quite a simple procedure. One thing I would like to ask is that there are quite a lot of different festivals on this calendar, and I presume that some must have been more important than others for the ancient people of Kemet. I’m sure some of these festivals must have been really important festivals where the whole town takes part, while others would have been less significant and observed just by the priests. I think it would be very beneficial to know which are the most important festivals, so that I can better structure my observance of them. Please could you give me an idea as to how important the various festivals are? Thank you.

    • Sashataakheru says:

      Hi there, thanks for stopping by. If you want a really good comprehensive calendar, you really need Tamara Suida’s Ancient Egyptian Daybook, that’s got absolutely everything in it, and that should help to give you some idea of which festivals were major and minor. My calendar is based off that one, it just doesn’t have all the festivals in it, bc if I tried to honour every festival, I’d never get anything done. What festivals you deem major or minor kind of depends on which gods you are close to or wanting to honour? Like, I do a lot of the Sobek ones and they are major festivals to me bc He is my primary god. But you should always, always do Wep Ronpet, that’s the opening of the year, and you should always, always do the Mysteries of Wesir. The rest, I mean, it kind of depends on what you want to do. Opet, and the Beautiful Feast of the Valley, could also be considered major festivals, iirc. The rest I’m kind of blanking on atm, bc it’s midnight and I should go to bed, but I hope that gives you some idea of where to start. But definitely get Tamara’s book, that has every known Egyptian festival in it, and the chronokrater and a bunch of other useful stuff. If you want a really comprehensive one, get that one. But by all means, use this to begin with.

      I would like to point out that the traditional calendar isn’t fixed, but moves with the rising of Sirius, but for various reasons, that is a terrible year marker in the southern hemisphere, so I use a fixed calendar instead. Switching it round to make it start in August is a good plan. The Winter Solstice is the only common point of reference I found when I was initially doing that, so align that one, and the rest should work itself out around it if you want a fixed calendar.

      And don’t worry about the extra comments, it’s fine. 🙂 I’ll delete them if you want, just to keep things tidy.

  4. Werethekauhotep says:

    Thanks so much for replying to my comment. I think I will write a Kemetic calendar for myself based on your one today, and I will mark the four most important festivals that you told me as the most important festivals. I’ll see if I can get Tamara Siuda’s book sometime soon, and if I get that I can supplement my calendar with extra information from there. Thank you!

    • Sashataakheru says:

      That sounds like a great idea. I definitely recommend her book bc it’s the most comprehensive Kemetic calendar you are going to find, and it’s worth investing in if you want to build your own.

      As for what festivals to include, now that it’s not midnight, here’s a list of festivals I think you really should include (in order) in case you want a proper list:

      Wep Ronpet:
      Feast of the Dressing (7 days) (last day of the year, clean your shrines out in prep for the new year.)
      The epag days/days upon the year:
      Birthday of Wesir
      Birthday of Heru-Wer
      Birthday of Set
      Birthday of Aset
      Birthday of Nebthet
      Wep Ronpet (the new year, vv important)

      Wag Festival (ancestral/Djehuty thing, iirc)

      Opet Festival (11 days) – Amun-Ra and Mut

      The Mysteries of Wesir:
      (These are the lesser Mysteries, include them if you want, but you don’t have to:
      The Lamentations of Aset and Nebthet in Abdju
      Ploughing the Earth Festival/Feast of Peret
      Feast of Closure (re Soaring Falcon)
      Feast of Cutting the Earth (prayers/offerings at sunrise))
      These eight days are the most important ones though:
      Mysteries of Wesir: Defence of Wesir From Set
      Mysteries of Wesir: Night of Death and the Lamentations of Aset and Nebthet
      Mysteries of Wesir: Mourning and Destroying the Ass and Serpent
      Mysteries of Wesir: Night Vigil
      Mysteries of Wesir: Feast of Sokar-Wesir
      Mysteries of Wesir: Feast of Food On The Altar (Libations to Wesir)
      Mysteries of Wesir: Raising the Djed Pillar
      Feast of the Coronation of Wesir in the Duat and Heru-sa-Aset in Tawy (All Kings’ Day)

      Winter Solstice!
      Return of the Distant Goddess/Navigation of Hethert
      Establishment of the Celestial Cow and Descent of the Dove

      You should probably do these ones
      Day of Making Health and Long Life
      Birthday of Apep (curse and destroy Isfet)
      Isidis Navigium (2 days)

      Beautiful Feast of the Valley:
      Beautiful Feast of the Valley (Amun, Mut, Khonsu, and the Akhu) (12 days)

      Summer Solstice!
      Feast of Hethert, Eye of Ra (Day of the Eye’s Escape)

      And finally:
      Aset Webenut (Aset Luminous)

      You can kind of trim that down if you want, but those are probably the closest to the list of major festivals I can think of, or at least, the ones I think you probably shouldn’t ignore.

      Also, I would like to point out that because mine is a fixed calendar, the dates of mine won’t line up necessarily the same as what Tamara lists in hers, bc my Mysteries of Wesir dates are three weeks early, iirc. But I wanted it to line up with Samhain, so that’s why I do it that way. So if you care about the dates being accurate, I’d get hold of Tamara’s book and follow the dates she uses. Like I said, the winter solstice was pretty much the only common point of reference I had for mine, so use that and work out from there, and you should be fine.

  5. Werethekauhotep says:

    Thank you for that list of other really important festivals. I think what I will do is I will mark all my festivals into three categories: the highest category being the four you said were most important in your first comment, the next category being all the ones you mentioned in this comment, and the lowest category being all the others on your calendar which you didn’t mention here. I will try to observe them all, but I will spend more effort on the ones in the higher categories than in the lower ones. When I get Tamara Siuda’s book I will be able to supplement this with more information. Thank you!

    • Sashataakheru says:

      Sounds good to me. Like I said, a lot of what festivals you decide to mark will depend on which gods you feel closest to as well, so that might also end up guiding your decisions about which of the more minor ones you mark. Though I don’t do Beautiful Valley bc I don’t do Hethert and Heru-Wer, they’re not gods I’m close to at all. So ymmv, and honestly, just let the gods guide you and you should be fine. 🙂 Good luck with your festival planning and celebrating. ❤

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