May 12, 2013

Making peace with distraction

Posted in Being Kemetic, Festivals, Thoughts and Reflections at 8:25 pm by

Happy Beautiful Feast of the Valley! I’m sorry I didn’t manage to organize a blog celebration for this festival after all. I was derailed partly by needing to put some attention toward a freelance project, and partly by one of my periodic shifts of energy and focus. I started poking at one of my fiction writing projects and made some good progress there, but I always struggle to balance the non-God-related writing with my religious work. And Bast never pushes me back toward the God side, as She seems equally delighted no matter which kind of work I’m doing. (Both the creative writing and the overt God-service are dedicated to Her anyway.) So in any case, I’ve been deep in the internal creative world for the last week or so and thus not as active as usual.

But today was my weekly Tea with Bast fellowship chat, and as always, spending time with other members of the community has helped to shift me back toward equilibrium, at least a little. So today’s writing endeavor is this blog post, such as it is.

In addition to today being part of the multiday Beautiful Feast of the Valley festival, it’s also a feast of Wadjet, so tonight I gave Her an offering of cheese and crackers, dried cranberries, and cranberry-raspberry juice. Small as it was, She was pleased.

The Gods are happy to be remembered in ways great or small, simple or fancy. And the Gods are happy to see us fulfilling our potential, no matter what tasks we feel called to do. How much more gracious and understanding they are toward us than we often are toward ourselves!

As part of the Bast-as-Queen heka that I did last month, I wrote that I wanted to be able to fulfill all of my responsibilities — to myself, to my Gods, to my home and to those who depend on me — with commitment and grace. May it be so.

A temporary shrine for the Appearance of the Four Sons of Bast, a new festival that I also celebrated last month.


  1. Khenneferitw said,

    May 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Ooh, will you be writing about the Appearance of the Four Sons?

  2. Shefyt said,

    May 14, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Probably not at this point — it’s part of a festival cycle that I’m still working out, and I ended up not doing as much for it as I’d wanted to, for various reasons. But hopefully I’ll have something to say about it eventually. (Sorry for the tease!)

  3. Gold of the Valley, Lapis of the River » The Procession of Nesret in Akhet said,

    August 13, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    […] festival observance includes calling upon the Four Sons of Bast. I had mentioned them very briefly here, and Khenne had asked for more information, which I didn’t feel up to providing at the time. […]

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