As I posted, this past Saturday I gathered with a number of local Shemsu to honor Ra with a tradition we seem to have created for Him – “Take Ra to the Beach Day”. A few years ago, some of the Shemsu in the New York tri-state area decided to get together periodically to honor a different deity we were not familiar with. In attempting to come up with something different to do, we decided to take a trip to the beach to honor Ra. It was such a wonderful time that we decided to do it again the next year – and the next after that.
The celebration is traditionally a simple one. We arrive, with beach gear in tow. We stake out a comfortable spot, and establish a small altar for Ra on a beach towel. This year we also brought along a small image of Mehet-Weret (in the picture frame, courtesy of Imyt-set’a Shefytbast) as it is Her portion of this particular Kemetic year, and we were in the presence of what is indeed a great body of water. We offer Him gifts and snacks; on His altar, there are SunChips, orange soda, a grapefruit, some oranges, some popcorn and crackers, orange juice and grapefruit soda. Then we spend the day basking in His brilliant rays – or in some cases, hiding from His burning glory under umbrellas! This year, there was even quite a bit of swimming.
Personally, I think these kinds of celebrations are wonderful. We acknowledge the presence of the gods where we are, and then enjoy Their gifts. The pretense is simple – spend time with others and enjoy their company. Stay connected to the gods through each other and through your surroundings. I hope you all find time to honor the gods in your surroundings, and in the joy they can bring. 🙂