Festival of the Half Month success

Look, it’s the full moon, it’s technically half a month in a lunar cycle, so what the hell. Thought I’d give the ritual a try to see how it goes. Clearly it worked, as I had Bast chatting to me constantly in meditation. Khonsu, too, feels a lot like Amun, but there was definitely a strength there, too. He and Bast danced on the shores of Bakhu. They were having a great time.

Djehuty just sat beside me and watched it all. I’d forgotten how much I love His quiet, knowing presence, even if His mental voice has now shifted for me into a old slightly grumpy slightly posh British dude. He did find that amusing. I haven’t actively included Him in my rituals for a very long time, other gods kept stealing all my time, but it’ll be nice to get back to doing ritual with Djehuty. I miss Him.

Bast gave me some choice advice about ancestors and kings and just going to shrine to talk to them every day. She said a whole lot of other things, too, but those are the things I remember most.

Khonsu said He wanted me to do ritual for Him at the full moons, too. That’s His time. Which makes me wonder about sticking to the lunar cycles for now, just while I work on the rest of the calendar, and then I’ll only have one half-month to worry about.

Anyway. It’s late, and I should head to bed, but I wanted to at least write about this ritual, since it seemed to go so well. Looking forward to trying out the rest of my household rituals and seeing how they settle into my practice.

Ohhai, I made you some Kemetic Household Rituals

When the gods inspire, the gods inspire. While they’re very simple rituals, that’s what I intended them to be. My style when I create rituals is to write them in such a way that they can be reduced to a bottle of water, a bowl, and some images you’ve printed from the Internet, so you don’t need a lot of kit or space to do them. And, honestly, that feels like the right sort of approach for household rituals.

I have four rituals done:

It’s not meant to be the be-all and end-all of household practices, more like a place to start, so that there’s something to build on. In particular, I feel like Bes and Taweret need … something for Themselves. But I don’t know what or how often. If anyone has any ideas, please share them.

And if you’re just here for the rituals, you can skip the cut and click the links above. Do let me know how you get on with them, I’d love to know how you end up using them.

For everyone else, have some rambling about gods and why I wrote the rituals the way I did, in case anyone wants to see my working out.

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Kemetic Household Rites

So, I’m beginning the work now on figuring out some household rituals in a Kemetic framework, since if I’m going to go back to that calendar, then this just seems like the most useful thing to do. Only, Kemetics don’t seem to do household rites, or it’s not generally been emphasised very much. But, idk, man. If we can recreate the temple stuff, we should do the household stuff, too. It’s part of what I really love about Greek and Roman polytheisms, but it’s so absent in Kemetic stuff. That said, if anyone has any rites, or knows of any rituals that exist, I’d love to see them, if only for my own curiosity and inspiration.

So. That being said, I am going to write some of my own that fit my practice and what it’s evolving into. I have already bodged together a Sixth Day Rite (which I apparently have never posted here wtf) but I also want to write some rituals for the first and last days of the month, as well as the half month, too. I might also bodge together a full moon rite, but idk. I don’t know if I’ll end up doing that, but I might if Khonsu keeps gently poking at me, like He is right now. What a shy, adorable god He is.

I decided to name my first day of the month rite House of Nut, House of Aset, House of Renenutet, to mirror the last day (House of Ra, House of Heru, House of Wesir), and because idk. It fits well with my practice and gods and how I like to work. I always like to throw in some zep tepi references whenever I can, that seems to work well for me. I like that sense of opening the month like you’d open the year, to bring that repetition into the mix. It’s not a historical title for the day, but that’s what I’m running with.

I wnt to keep them short and simple, though. And I’ve changed around my shrines so I can do household rites at an actual shrine and not work from a shelf above my bed (which is not particularly practical). But that’s okay. I’ve done some other minor tweaks and changes to the other shrines, because I am constantly fiddling with them. And I am having a srs ‘gods with black skin’ aesthetic thing going on right now (there are many reasons for this) so that is also affecting which statues I use. Anyway. That’s what I’m working on now. I’ll be sure to post the rites here when they’re done, so you can all play around with them, too.

Daily and monthly rituals

I feel like I’ve spent the last two months thinking about this, but I think I’ve finally come to a workable schedule after giving myself permission to not worship ALL THE GODS AT ONCE you can do them at different times, please, self, do that. It’s still a bit tentative, and there’s deliberate flexibility and gaps in it just because sometimes, you need that. And I still haven’t got all the household rites done that I wanted to get done. But that’s okay. I’ve had Tiny Niece invading my life this month, and a very busy week, so you can imagine how much I desperately want my schedule back to normal. D:

The current plan is for Sobek and Heru in the morning, Masrai at noon (when I’m not at work), Hekate and/or household rites after dinner (I will handwave that as a convenient ‘Greeks start their days at sunset’ thing), and Constellation gods before bed (that’s Isis, Hekate, Renenutet, Mary, Quanyin, and Tara). I feel like that’s a workable flow that I can work with for the moment. I’m in the process of figuring out a monthly thing, just in terms of making sure everyone gets at least one day to themselves. None of these are going to be very long or complicated rites, either. But short and sweet means I get things done, so.

Because of this, I’ve also put my Constellation goddesses together on the altar table, rather than try to cram them onto the top of a bookshelf. It’s forced me to rearrange my shrines, and how I’m going to do the Mysteries of Wesir, but I’ll post photos of that once all that has settled down. At this stage, I really just need something for Tara, but that’s not an essential thing right now. I’ll leave that until I find one I like, and maybe print out something I can use until then. I want to let this altar settle for a while before I decide it’s done.