So I have been doing a lot of hard internal work the last couple of months. I’ve done execrations. I’ve been writing fiction. I’ve been reading manga and watching anime (only those that feed my soul so viscerally that I grin like a fool; currently this is Sailor Moon Crystal and the classic anime; the Sailor Moon manga as well as the Sailor V manga series). I am no where near done with this work, but it’s a start.
Part of honoring Aset will involve facing your inner demons or shadows. She had to do this when She lost Wesir. Wesir died and transformed and changed into the King of Underworld.
But that experience also changed Aset too. She was no longer a wife alone. She was a widow. And a single mother. And this changed Her. She went through her own period of death as well. Her grief, her flood of tears is her own crisis. Her rage was burning as brightly as Her star and the sun itself. And this is Her own crucible. This is Her own death. Because a apart of Her died when Wesir did. She had to remake Herself and reform Herself. She had to put Herself back together just as She had to re-member Wesir.
She had to raise Her son alone while protecting Him from all sorts of dangers. That could be a post in itself.
But Aset went through this and came out the other side. She was whole.
So this is Her charge to those who ask:
To live is to die
To die is to live
Many will ask to change
What about you, dear child?
What about you?
You try to change and yet you do not
You are still fickle
And you are still angry
And yet and yet, you try
You work on it
This is all We can ask of you
You are doing your best, dear child
You are doing your best
And that is enough
That is always enough
Do not be so hard on yourself
You are doing the best you can
That is all We ask
And at the end of the day
You gain footing,
closer to the falcon
Closer to your True Self
But remember, in order to be reborn
You must first die
And dying is a process of tears and flame
Of sorrow and soul-fire
You have tried and failed
and you have succeeded
You have cried the lengths of the Nile
You must now nourish your inner flame
Yellow, white, orange and red are the colors of the solar and stellar Goddess
Blue is the color of flame as well
This fire, this light is the beginning of re-birth
Discover who you are, dear child
Discover who you are
And let your soul shine brighter than any star
Since the Festival of the Marriage of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess starts tomorrow on the 8th day of the 4th Month of Akhet and lasts until the 17th of the same month, I thought of this song for Them a day before their wedding.
Jem and the Holograms “Tomorrow is My Wedding Day”.
1 to 3 of November-Festival of Aset Rejoicing/Isia
1 to 8-Feast of Aset
6 to 9 of November-Festival of Aset/Isia
8 to 17-Festival of the Marriage of Aset, with the Beautiful Throne (Isis Nepherses), the Great Goddess
9 to 26-Entering the Temple of Aset-Shentayet
10-Birth of Aset
13 to 16 of November-Festival of Aset/Isia
14-Procession of Tayet
18 to 30-Mysteries of Wesir
20-Cleansing Festival of Aset
28-Procession of Hatmehyt in Busiris
29-Rites of Aset/Kikellia
1 to 6-Procession of Nebet Het of Per Meru (Komir)
18 to 30-Mysteries of Wesir
28-Festival of Nebet Het, Sister of God
Here are the rest of Aset’s Festivals for the month of 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.
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
Love as a Widow
It is a tale of eternal separation
It is a tale of eternal love story
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
I am a widow
I weep, I cry, I mourn
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?
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.
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.