Reminder: Festivals for Aset for October   Leave a comment

Here are the rest of Aset’s Festivals for the month of October.

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
17-Lamentations of Aset and Nebet Het
17 to 20-Festival of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses)
20-Sacrifice to Aset/Isia
24-Procession of Aset and Appearance of Aset and Nebet Het in Jubilation
28 to 31 October-Festival of Aset/Isia

This month is full of festivals pertaining to the Death and renewal of Wesir.

For the Lamentations of Aset and Nebet Het you can recite the lamentations in ritual.

For the 3 Day Festival of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses) you can honor Aset as the widow of Wesir as this festival is believed to be another rendition of the Mysteries of Wesir.

For the Sacrifice to Aset, you can offer what they offered Her in antiquity: two chickens, fruit, barley, wheat, a dove and lights. Today you could offer Her your favorite chicken stir fry or a fruit salad or a chicken sandwich. Light candles for Her too.

For the Procession of Aset you can honor Aset as a solar goddess and/or do divination for Her. For the Appearance of Aset and Nebet Het in Jubilation you can have a joyous celebration.

For the Festival of Aset/Isia on October 28-31, Aset mourns Wesir’s passing into the Duat. In this half of the festival, Aset is the Mourning Goddess, weeping and searching for Her slain husband. On November 1-3, the Rejoicing part of this festival is celebrated.

Link: Isis with the Lapis Lazuli Head   2 comments

Isidora Forrest, a Priestess of Isis the author of Isis Magic and Offerings to Isis, has a great post about Aset (Isis) and Lapis Lazuli.

Here is the link: Isis with the Lapis Lazuli Head

Posted October 5, 2014 by jewelofaset in Aset, Isidora Forrest, Links

Poem: Love like a Widow   Leave a comment

Love as a Widow
by JewelofAset

It is a tale of eternal separation
It is a tale of eternal love story
Wesir died.
Why do you think this is a happy occasion?
Why do you think this means I am the Goddess of Love?
I am not.
That belongs to Hethert.
I am the Goddess of Family.
I am the Goddess of widows and wives who have lost their husbands or spouses.
I am the goddess of eternal love.
Of eternal love…that was lost
He died.
I am a widow
I weep, I cry, I mourn
every year.
I shriek
I wail
I scream
Wrought with grief-stricken tears and an eternal pit of rage
My son is My avenger
My husband is gone from Me
Do you want to be a widow?
No?
Then stop asking Me, the Widow for this
I am not Hethert
I mourn, I shriek, I scream, I wail
And the Heavens respond with rumbling thunder
The Storm Clouds do not cease
My tears flood the earth
My voice a shout like thunder
My power flashing like lightening
as bright and as terrifying and as beautiful to behold
This is not a face you ask for, for love that you will lose
I am the Mourner
I have lost My love
Don’t ask Me for yours.

Posted October 4, 2014 by jewelofaset in Aset, Oracles

Aset and the LAGG: Plants   Leave a comment

There is a very short section on plants within Aset’s section of the LAGG. The list is a short one and I was surprised not to see some plants mentioned.

The ones mentioned are the date palm (of Upper Egypt), the lotus flower, papyrus (with sweet milk), golden lotus flower and the lapis lazuli plant (I would love to know what this is). There are two other plants listed in ancient Egyptian as the Hn-plant and the nbw-plant (I don’t know what these are either).

The sycamore was not listed, but it most likely is in another section. And the rose wasn’t listed here either, but roses aren’t really native to Egypt so it may or may not be here somewhere.

Posted October 3, 2014 by jewelofaset in Aset, Translations

LAGG Animals-Aset   5 comments

So I have been translating Aset’s section of the LAGG (Lexicon der Ägyptischen Götter und Götterbezeichnungen edited by Christian Leitz et al). First off, this is awesome. And secondly, there are 80 pages. Yes, you read that right. Aset has 80 pages of epithets, names, and manifestations listed in this one volume of this series of books). I translated a lot of the location section today and well, I needed a break from Nomes and cities so I skipped ahead to the animal section. I translated that section and there are a few things I didn’t know.

Her usual animals are listed there: Black Kite, Celestial Cow, Cobra, Hippopotamus, Falcon, Scorpion and Lioness. What was a surprise to me was a Greyhound, a Dog, a Female Baboon, two different types of fish, a dolphin (which is actually the Nile Tilapia fish) and a Tern (which is apparently a type of bird).

So just thought I’d share this with everyone.

Dua Aset (Hail Aset)!

Posted October 1, 2014 by jewelofaset in Aset, Names and Epithets, Translations

Festivals of Serapis   Leave a comment

The god Serapis is a syncretic deity comprised of Wesir/Osiris and Apis; he also gained attributes from Greek deities such as Hades and Zeus. He became the consort of Isis within the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. To read more about Serapis here is the Wikipedia entry: Serapis.

Festivals to Serapis were called Serapia or Serapieia. During these festivals, Serapis (along with Isis in some cases) was honored with libations, sacrifices and offerings. There is mention of one festival in Alexandria including a procession with torches in his honor. I included some Osirian festivals in the list since the Perpillou-Thomas’s book did the same.

Some dates for these festivals are:

17 to 20-Festival of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses)
This may be a festival associated with the death of Wesir/Osiris.
mid-Month of April-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
25 of April-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
26 of Khoiak-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
24-29 of Khoiak-Mysteries of Wesir
30 of Pharmouthi-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
7 of Pachon-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
10 of Pachon-Festival of Serapis/Serapia
mid-Month of Pachon-Festival of Serapis/Serapia

Extra Day 1-Birthday of Wesir/Osiris

Sources

Bricault, Laurent. Les Cultes Isiaques Dans Le Monde Greco-romain (La Roue a Livres / Documents Book 66). Les Belles Lettres, 2013. pages 371-375.

Capron, Laurent. “Déclarations fiscales du Temple de Soknopaiou Nêsos: éléments nouveaux,” in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Bd. 165, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn (Germany). (2008), pp. 133-160.

Perpillou-Thomas, Francoise. Fêtes d’Egypte ptolémaïque et romaine, d’après la documentation papyrologique grecque. (Studia Hellenistica Series 31). Peeters Publishers, 1993. pages 129-136.

Posted September 26, 2014 by jewelofaset in Calendar, Festivals, Wesir, Wesir Mysteries

Aset in the Fayyum   Leave a comment

Wesir and Aset were honored in the Fayyum as early as the Middle Kingdom and continued through the New Kingdom, Late Period, and Greco-Roman period. Wesir, Aset and Sobek-Heru were honored here as the “Osirian triad” of this region.

The Wilbour papyrus from the XX dynasty mentions a small chapel or temple to Aset called “Per Aset, Mut Netjer” or “House of Aset, Mother of God.” One of Her epithets here was “Aset, the Great, Mother of God.” She was honored here as the mother of Sobek/Heru-sa-Aset and the wife of Wesir.

Sobek was identified with Heru-sa-Aset (as Sobek-Heru or Heru-Sobek) since at least the XII dynasty. There is also evidence for a syncretic deity Sobek-Wesir (Sobek-Osiris) who took the form of a mummified crocodile. There is also a syncretic form of Sobek-Ra-Wesir.

Wesir here is associated with the willow for his regenerative powers via vegetation and for containing his body as his coffin. This may have been a part of the Aset’s mourning for Wesir festivlas recorded here. In the Book of the Fayyum it mentions, “Wesir, Foremost of the Land of the Lake, Who comes from Herakleopolis, guided on his path by his sister Aset.”

Aset was also honored at the Soknopaiou Nesos Temple in the Fayyum with the epithets Aset Nepherses (with the Beautiful Throne) and Nephremmis (of the Beautiful Arms). Along with Sobek, She was honored with Heru-sa-Aset and Wesir. She has a couple festivals listed at this temple.

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
19-Procession and Purification of Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis) and Heru-sa-Aset (Harpokrates)

3rd Akhet/Hethara/October
17 to 20-Festival of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses)

4th Akhet/Koiak/November
8 to 17-Festival of the Marriage of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess

1 Peret/Tybi/December
1-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple of the Goddess Aset, of the Beautiful Arms (Isis Nephremmis), the Great

2 Peret/Mechir/January
12 to 24-Festival of Roses/Rhodophoria

3 Shomu/Epiphi/June to 4 Shomu/Mesore/July
26 of 3 Shomu to 15 of 4 Shomu-Festival of the Birth of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess

4 Shomu/Mesore/July
26 of 4 Shomu to 4 of Extra Days-Festival of the Foundation of the Temple

At Medinat Medi, Aset-Renenutet was honored alongside Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset. Within the Third Greek Hymn of Isidoros, there are two festivals mentioned: 20 of Pachons and Thoth. The hymn mentions to give the gods libations, offerings and sacrifices.

1st Akhet/Thoth/August
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

1 Shomu/Pachons/April
20-Feast of Aset-Renenutet, Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset

Sources

Britcault, Laurent. “Isis Nepherses” in Egyptian Religion: The Last Thousand Years Part 1: Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Jan Quaegebeur. edited by Willy Clarysse, Antoon Schoors and Harco Willems. (Peeters, 1998), 522-527.

Capron, Laurent. “Déclarations fiscales du Temple de Soknopaiou Nêsos: éléments nouveaux,” in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Bd. 165, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn (Germany). (2008), pp. 133-160.

Vanderlip, Vera Frederika. The Four Greek Hymns of Isidorus and the Cult of Isis. Canada: A. K. Hakkert, 1972.

Zecchi, Marco. “Osiris in the Fayyum.” Fayyum Studies: Volume 2. Sergio Pernigotti and Marco Zecchi, ed. Ante Quem and Dipartimento di Archeologia dell’Università di Bologna, 2006.
pages 122-124; 126-127; 131; 132-133; 133-134; 136;

Posted September 25, 2014 by jewelofaset in Articles, Aset, Heru-sa-Aset, Sobek

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