The shrines have settled in

Wesir all wrapped and ready for the Mysteries.

So I wrote a while back about changing the shrines around, but I didn’t want to post about them until they’d settled in. Sometimes, new shrine arrangements need time for me to tweak them, to make sure they are right. Big changes, too, are ones I feel I need to sit with, in case I decide to change them back. So I have given myself a week or so to tweak and sit and practice and figure out what I need to do to make them right, and I think I’m done, for the moment. Shrines always change, they never stay the same, so this is no more permanent than my other shrines. It’s just a reflection of where I am in my path right now.

I’ve also just got around to wrapping my statue of Wesir. It’s a bit later than I normally do it, given there’s only a week to go. But I noticed the lack of His presence once it was done. I do miss Him during this time, but it’s never permanent.

One thing I did achieve today was to go back through the Daybook and pick out all the Mysteries of Wesir-related festivals, and begin compiling something for that. I wanted a more complete picture than the eight-day one I’ve been working with, and going by the dates, I’m actually a few weeks early with mine if I schedule it on May 1, so that’ll be something to think about, whether I keep the May 1 start date, or keep the Kemetic dates instead.

I wouldn’t mind moving it so much. It would give me a bit of breathing space to do a more Hekate-focused May 1 High Day rite without it crashing into the Mysteries. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. I would appreciate that, since I wouldn’t need to try to do too many things at once. So that’s definitely on the cards, but nothing’s been decided yet.

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Wep Ronpet beckons again

What happens when I try to find something to do with Sobek's (broken off) headgear to make this Herubirb into a Sobek-Heru birbcroc.

What happens when I try to find something to do with Sobek’s (broken off) headgear to make this Herubirb into a Sobek-Heru birbcroc.

I swear it always creeps up on me, even though I know it’s coming. But anyway. It is nearly Wep Ronpet, and I am in my final week of preparation before the epagomenal days begin on Saturday. Saturday? *checks* Friday! They begin on Friday! I haven’t set up the shrine for it yet, but I’ll probably do that tomorrow, once I fish out all the little god statues I need from the box I am pretty sure they are in somewhere.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon cleaning all the shrines and redressing them. There’s an added layer of preparing because Friday is also the Deipnon, so. Doing my cleaning now seems, well. It seems to work for me. Plus, I’d rather do it today when it’s cool than wait till later when it’s going to get hot. Cleaning shrines in the heat is no fun, let me tell you.

I tried to do a room/shrine tour thing because taking +elebenty photos is tiring, but it didn’t quite work out, so. I will try again tomorrow and see if I can get something to post for you so you can see how they look now. I have been re-evaluating them all and cleaning them and making sure they are the shrines I really need, and I have put some things away, and changed some altar cloths, and moved some statues around. So it’s looking pretty good now. I have the Shedety shrine, the witchcraft shrine, the lararium, the Goddess shrine, the Masrai shrine, and the ancestor shrine for Bowie and the queer ancestors. …That seems like a lot. And it probably is, for the space I have. Anyway.

For now, have this picture of my Herubirb and His shiny new headgear. One of my Sobek statues arrived with His hat broken off, so once I gave up trying to keep gluing it back on (because resin hates glue apparently), I wasn’t sure what else to do with it. So in the middle of cleaning Heru up, I decided to see if Sobek’s hat would fit on Heru’s head, with the addition of a bit of ribbon and some blutac for stick and cushioning. And, well. It works. Enough for my purposes, even if the shadows now make Him look like an angry Herubirb. 😄 *pets Him*

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FYI: nshrine

In case anyone’s wondering, nshrine is apparently closing, so I’ve removed the links to the virtual shrines from the Shrine page. I was pondering reworking it anyway, so at least this gives me a reason to do so. If anyone else has any other nshrine pages still linked around the place, you might want to remove them.

It won’t change very much, I don’t think, but in lieu of nshrine, I want to see if there’s another option, or a better way to make it a good space. It really hasn’t been updated in, well. Literally years. I ported it over from the old site, which had been ported over from the old side, etc.

I want to give it a chance to reflect where my path is now, which isn’t where I was when I first set it up. Heru and Isis will probably get in there, too, but whether I keep a shrine for Sobek on His own, I haven’t decided yet.

I know it’s a bit naff having a ~virtual shrine~ on my website, but I like it. I’ve always liked having a place for people to leave prayers, whether recorded or otherwise, if they don’t have a shrine of their own, or just want to spend a moment connecting with Him. To me, this site is His temple. It’s the House of Sobek. To not have a public shrine, to me, defeats the purpose of building a House for Him.

So, that is just a small update, for now. I have other things to post about, but I wanted to post about this now, when it was brought to my attention, so you all know what’s going on if the links don’t work.

Equinox posts

Just a quick FYI that I’ve got my Spring Equinox ritual, omen, and draft essay notes up over at my DP blog, starfire river tree.

I wasn’t able to do it on the Equinox itself, because doing High Day rituals mid-week when I work full time is just not possible. So I waited until the Super Full Eclipse Moon on the 28th, since it seemed the most appropriate day to do it. And IDK an eclipse of a full moon seemed adequately liminal for an equinox ritual, so.

The ritual itself was actually pretty good, and while there are probably a few tweaks I’ll make to the next one, I’m pretty happy with the liturgy. I just did a general rite to the Theoi, since I’m still getting a feel for the Hellenic festivals and picking High Day patrons and whatnot. Hekate proved to be a fabulous gatekeeper, and She’s sort of been hanging around ever since.

Now that I’ve got that first High Day out of the way, I think the momentum should pick up a bit on my DP work, particularly since I have to do a full year of High Days. I’ve got the liturgy done, all I need to do is modify it based on the High Day, so that’s less work I need to do. All the essay notes and rituals and omens will be posted here, along with anything else, and the rest will go in my paper journal. Still not sure if I’ll get it done in a year, but I’ll see how things go, and whether I will have any sort of permanent employment I can plan around. Month by month contract extensions are fine and all, but terrible for long-term planning.

I’ve been rearranging my druidic shrine again, too, and I found a fake rose garland at the op shop I work at – it came in with a bunch of donations, and I thought it would do well for a ritual garland for my Hellenic rites. But I’ll do another proper post on the shrine probably next week, if I get a moment, so I can more properly document what’s on there and why.

Aaaand … done!

Shrine overview

Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset enjoying Their new shrine. ❤

I was a bit delayed finishing the shrine. We had a couple of days of what counts for ‘rainy’ here in Perth. The weather wasn’t right for painting, so I did other things. But it’s all done now, with its final layers of varnish, and I got it all finally screwed together after lunch. So now you all get an epic picspam because it’s DONE and it looks AMAZING and my gods like it very much. 😀

I will cut it for you to save epic page loadingz because there are pictures and text and other assorted longish things. ❤

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Full Moon Rites

I must admit to being a bit lazy when it comes to these. I had intended to do them for Hekate, but I haven’t been able to find any rituals that gel with me enough to commit to doing them on a monthly basis. Aset doesn’t want them, either, because I get Her as more stellar than lunar. So I’ve spent a long time feeling at a loss about what to do on the full moon. The new moon is Hekate’s, and that won’t change, because I like marking the end/beginning of the lunar month with Her rites. It’s just always felt awkward doing rites for Her at the full moon.

But I think I’ll use them for Sobek, instead. Meditations, and other sorts of internal things. Well, if He will keep pestering me about Bakhu, I might as well just give in and see where it takes me. I want to do some illustrations of the place I see, just so I can have a visual map of the place. I’m sure it’s just my Bakhu, and that anyone else going there would see something else, but Sobek thinks this is important, so I might as well do some travels and meditations, and make some drawings, and see what mysteries Bakhu holds.

I’ve also just bought this table thing from Ikea. I’m in the process of getting my room redone (repainted, new floors, new furniture, etc), and I’ve taken the opportunity to rethink where and how I want to have my shrines. So that table’s going to be the centrepiece along the northern wall, and there’ll be wall shelves and other things for the other gods in my life. Hekate will have the bottom part of that table, and Sobek and Heru will have the top, so I can finally have Them both properly oriented, with Sobek in the West, and Heru in the East.

I have plans to paint that table, oh yes I do. Black, with gold and red. And perhaps some Egyptian motifs, if I can figure out how to do them. I have half an idea for a river/water thing in the middle of the top, with black land next to it, and then gold, and maybe painting an offering plate/table/thing on each side. Hekate’s will be red, black, and white/silver, and probably simpler. But that’s for next week, when I can go to the hardware shop with dad and pick out the right paints that I’ll need for the job. Yes, there will be pics when it’s done. That’s about it, though, as far as updates go. There’s nothing major coming up apart from the equinox next month, and I think I’ve almost got my ritual done for that. I might have to improvise if my room’s been taken apart, though, and my shrines have been packed up. But that’s alright. I can live with that for a while.

Preparing for the Night Vigil

Yinepu guards the body of Wesir, while Nebthet and Aset watch over Him. There is some rosemary covering Wesir's covered body underneath Yinepu.

Yinepu guards the body of Wesir, while Nebthet and Aset watch over Him. There is some rosemary covering Wesir’s covered body underneath Yinepu.

I’ve rearranged the shrine again. The big jql statues flank each side, along with Sobek and Heru-sa. Cats and Asets at the back on each side, big Djehuty, Ma’at, two canopic jars, scribe, and another jql at the back, with Ra, Wesir, and the Holy Family on top. Candles, oil burner, and libation bowl, as well as a few sprigs of rosemary in a vase finish it all off.

Still not sure how long I’ll keep vigil tonight. Tiler’s coming tomorrow to work on the bathroom that shares a wall with mine, and I’m not sure it’s wise to keep an all-nighter when someone’s going to come traipsing in at half seven in the morning. I might begin earlier, though. Parents are out tonight, and there’s nothing urgent I need to watch on tele, so maybe at 7pm, we’ll begin, so I can finish at 1am. Not ideal, but perhaps the best compromise between keeping the vigil, and not doing an all-nighter.

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V is for Veiling A Shrine

Look! A wild PBP post appeared! 😀

Y’know, I’m half convinced my muses have taken the last few weeks off, because I gave it three exams and NaNo to deal with in November, and I think they’re all bloody exhausted. Have done little writing in December, and even less on the PBP posts I need to catch up with. I still feel a little braindead, tbh, but gaming has helped. I’d forgotten just how damn pretty the water in Age of Empires III is. ❤ *makes yet another British Home City to play with* And, y’know, my GenII Pokémon games won’t play themselves, so. Distractions ahoy! 😀

Nevertheless, I persevere. I want to get all these done by the end of the year, dammit, even if I’m up late on New Year’s Eve and post the last one at 11:59pm. I WILL GET THEM ALL DONE. Even that last P post I kept procrastinating on. 😀 So I’ve sat meself down and got three done. This one, the next V one, and the first W post. Progress! 😀 Will post the other two tomorrow, I think.

Anyway. Enough of my rambling. I thought I’d tackle shrine veiling for this post because it’s something I’ve done for most of the time I’ve been Pagan, and I don’t know if anyone else actually does it, so I thought I’d take some time to talk about why I veil my shrine and what it means to me. And, IDK, if anyone else does it, do let me know? I’d love to know I’m not the only one who does this.

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