October 29th Worship

As written in the Cairo Papyrus Ancient Egyptian Calendar, October 29 is the last day of the month and a very favorable day. It is the day of the Houses [Temples] of Re and of Osiris.

The presiding Priestess of the Sanctuary recently had a dream which is the theme of today’s worship.

The community stands independently upon their own stars, throughout the Sanctuary, finding the boundaries. Each holds a branch; the branches show the boundaries as well as the strength of each.

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Aa1 X1 D54 – Strength Eternal

There are the boundaries of the Sanctuary, boundaries of truth, and boundaries of the Iseum. When each branch is placed next to the other, to create a huge bundle, it is unbreakable.

We need to remember this strength, eternal strength, the strength and immensity of the stars guiding us, as well as the strength and spirit of our animal companions who share our branches.

We build our altars with these branches and welcome new branches upon our altars.

Blessed be the boundaries of protection and the open nature of all who are welcome within these sacred boundaries.

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Invocation of Bastet

Beloved Bastet, mistress of happiness and bounty, daughter of the Sun God,

Slay the evil that afflicts our minds as you slay the serpent Apep.

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With your graceful stealth anticipate the moves of all who perpetrate cruelties and stay their hands against the children of light.

Grant us the joy of song and dance, and ever watch over us in the lonely places in which we must walk .

~Ancient Egyptian prayer

Blessings of the Light

 

Egyptians loved and honored their Cats

The priestess offers gifts of food and milk to the spirit of her beloved Mau. On an altar  is placed the mummy of the deceased Spirit, and the tomb is decorated with frescoes, urns filled with fresh flowers, lotus blossoms, and statuettes. The Priestess kneels as she fans incense smoke toward the altar. In the background, a statue of Sekhmet (Bastet’s sister Goddess, the Lion) guards the entrance to the tomb.

October 15th Worship

As written in the Cairo Papyrus Ancient Egyptian Calendar, October 15 is the “day of the appearance of the eight great gods” called Ogdoad, or sometimes Ennead. They are the original “company of gods” or paut neteru, represented by nine axes.

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The eight deities were arranged in four male-female pairs, the female names being female forms of the male names. The male Gods have the head of a frog and the female Godesses have the heads of a serpent. Their names are as follows:

Nu and Nut generally mean sky and water, and it seems clear that they represent the primordial waters.

Ḥeḥu and Ḥeḥut have no readily identifiable determiners; however some believe they indicate “eon” or they may be a personification of the atmosphere between heaven and earth.

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The names of Kekui and Kekuit are written combining the sky hieroglyph with a staff or scepter used for words related to darkness and obscurity, suggesting that these gods represent primordial darkness, but in some aspects they appear to represent day as well as night, or the transition from night to day and from day to night.

For the fourth pair, the common meaning of qerḥ is “night”, but also suggests the principle of inactivity or repose.

These are the primordial Gods recognized by the Ancient Egyptians and we celebrate their visitation to Hermopolis as well as their representation of Water, Earth, Heaven, and Eternity!

 

The Laws and Ideals of Ma’at

Ma’at is the goddess of truth, justice, divine order, cosmic order and balance. She is depicted with wings of a vulture, her special animal, and the feather of truth in her headdress. She also carries an ankh, the key of life, and sometimes a scepter. Ma’at can be traced as far back as the Old Kingdom. She is the daughter of Ra, sometimes even referred to as the “eye of Ra.” Her equivalent and husband is Thoth, and her opposite is her brother Set. The Goddess Ma’at was most cherished by the rulers of ancient Egypt, and most of them were referred to as “Beloved of Ma’at.”  Pharaohs would carry an effigy of Ma’at seated as a sign that he represented her regime.of truth. She was the personification of the cosmic order and a representation of the stability of the universe.

Ancient Egyptian culture was centered on order, everything had its place in the world. This included religion, society and seasonal changes. Ma’at represents the concept of balance and order she was the one that kept the stars in motion, the seasons changing and the maintaining of the order of Heaven and Earth. The opposing force of this was known in ancient terms as “isfet” or chaos. Ancient Egyptians considered the desert beyond the Nile River to be chaotic; while the area close to the Nile was considered orderly. Together, these two forces brought balance to the world in which they lived and was an important part of everyday Egyptian life.

Ma’at is almost always shown wearing the feather of truth on top of her head. The feather came to be the hieroglyph “Shu” meaning truth. According to the Papyrus of Ani and The Book of Coming Forth (Book of the Dead) every person would be judged before Ma’at to determine whether they were truly good and able to move on to the afterlife. The feather was weighed against their soul while they stated the 42 Negative Confessions.

The 42 Negative Confessions of Maat, as translated by E. A. Wallis Budge, are:

1. I have not committed sin.
2. I have not committed robbery with violence.
3. I have not stolen.
4. I have not slain men or women.
5. I have not stolen food.
6. I have not swindled offerings.
7. I have not stolen from God/Goddess.
8. I have not told lies.
9. I have not carried away food.
10. I have not cursed.
11. I have not closed my ears to truth.
12. I have not committed adultery.
13. I have not made anyone cry.
14. I have not felt sorrow without reason.
15. I have not assaulted anyone.
16. I am not deceitful.
17. I have not stolen anyone’s land.
18. I have not been an eavesdropper.
19. I have not falsely accused anyone.
20. I have not been angry without reason.
21. I have not seduced anyone’s wife.
22. I have not polluted myself.
23. I have not terrorized anyone.
24. I have not disobeyed the Law.
25. I have not been exclusively angry.
26. I have not cursed God/Goddess.
27. I have not behaved with violence.
28. I have not caused disruption of peace.
29. I have not acted hastily or without thought.
30. I have not overstepped my boundaries of concern.
31. I have not exaggerated my words when speaking.
32. I have not worked evil.
33. I have not used evil thoughts, words or deeds.
34. I have not polluted the water.
35. I have not spoken angrily or arrogantly.
36. I have not cursed anyone in thought, word or deeds.
37. I have not placed myself on a pedestal.
38. I have not stolen what belongs to God/Goddess.
39. I have not stolen from or disrespected the deceased.
40. I have not taken food from a child.
41. I have not acted with insolence.
42. I have not destroyed property belonging to God/Goddess

In recent years, a list of 42 Positive Ideals were written by a group of priestesses as a parallel or balance to the Negative Confessions.

As a follower of Aset, and Ma’at as an aspect of Aset, it is beneficial to repeat these 42 ideals in the morning and evening, as way to encourage these ideals in oneself.

The Ideals of Ma’at:

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