This morning we kicked off Retreat with Senut to Ptah, the god over Year 19. A beautiful meditation, followed by good discussion about the Senut rite and the year to come. Now it is time for lunch, with workshops and amulet-making later. Three candles are lit, for the three epagomenal days that have passed: Wesir, Heru-wer and Set, Whose birthday is today. More to come later, I hope – Dua Ptah! Nekhtet!
Hail, Neb Set!
The thunder roars and lightning flashes.
The rains pound on the hot, dry earth.
The wind scours away the debris,
the fire burns away the filth.
Hail, Neb Set!
May You tear away my impurities,
leaving behind my raw truth.
May You make me strong.
May You give me Your blessings
in Your coming year.
Dua Set! Nekhtet!
The activities of Heru’s day have just wrapped up. The priesthood was hard at work today, discussing the finer points of our job and the depth behind our rites. It left me feeling pretty worn out, I must say! We finished the evening with a meal together, and now I am headed for some low key fellowship with other Shemsu. I hope you are all having good celebrations in your homes, and I look forward to what the rest of the week has to bring!
the hard eye of the hawk.
The fierce heat of the summer,
the Bone-crusher, the Overthrower,
the Greatly Speckled Hawk.
O Heru-wer, mighty one among the mighty,
guard me in the coming year.
Keep me safe from danger
and teach me to be strong.
Dua Heru-wer! Nekhtet!
Lord of the Duat, King of our Blessed Dead,
Husband of Aset, Father of Heru-sa-Aset,
bless us on your day.
May Your rule in the West be firm.
May You bring us stability and life,
rising again from the heavy earth
to sprout and flower with vigor.
Dua Wesir! Nekhtet!