March 9, 2013

River Song

Posted in Anuket, Aset, Atum/Tem, Bast, Hapy, Heryshef, Hethert, Nebt-het, Nefertem, Nekhbet, Nunet, Satet, Serqet, Wadjet at 9:49 pm

River Song
© 2013 Natalie Baan

This is where it all begins.
This is where life becomes,
where Hapi holds out His hands to us
among the flowers of Nefertem.
The bennu stands upon the stones,
bright sails are raised to catch the wind,
and in this moment all the world,
is new again,
is new again….

Satet, Anuket, be kind to me.
Send Your cooling waters rolling toward the far-off sea.
Nekhbet, Wadjet, watch over me,
everywhere the river flows on his journey
to the Field of Reeds,
to the Field of Reeds.

As swiftly as the hawk in flight,
as steady as the beating drum,
between the Red Land and the Black,
shimmering those waters run.
O great Lord of the Riverbank,
smiling under Hethert’s sky,
O Heryshef, O Soul of Ra,
how bright You shine,
how bright You shine….

Aset, Serqet, inspire me.
Send your breath of life to stir my soul and set me free.
Nunet, Nebthet, You sing to me.
Beyond those gates of birth and death, the mystery
of the Field of Reeds,
of the Field of Reeds.

And when I reach the water’s edge,
my Mother waits there for me.
Among the whispers of the reeds,
silent, She is watching me.
And every treasure is there,
a thousand jewels of the sun,
the lotus pool, the flashing wings,
the sweetest fragrance of Her love.
And in the cool of the evening,
as the golden light descends,
She brings a quiet to my heart,
the peace of Tem,
the peace of Tem….

Satet, Anuket, be kind to me.
Send Your cooling waters rolling toward the far-off sea.
Nekhbet, Wadjet, watch over me,
Everywhere the river flows on his journey.
Aset, Serqet, inspire me.
Send your breath of life to stir my soul and set me free.
Nunet, Nebthet, You sing to me.
Beyond those gates of birth and death, the mystery
of the Field of Reeds,
of the Field of Reeds,
of the Field of Reeds.
 


Notes: Recorded in March 2013, but written years back. This song is a journey, not just following the great river from the cataracts in the south of Kemet to the northern sea, but also following the movement of the sun from dawn to twilight and of a person’s life from awakening to completion, from birth to death. The tune was inspired by the song “Al-Sayyadin” (The Fishermen) from The Music of Islam vol 3: Music of the Nubians.


January 19, 2012

Lady of All Joy

Posted in Hethert at 11:52 am

Lady of All Joy
© 2009 Natalie Baan

Fragrant dancer,
Mistress of the Sistra,
You bring us sweet laughter,
Lady of all joy!

Rising in glory,
radiant as turquoise,
all golden You come forth,
Lady of all joy!

Holy lover,
Lady of the Vulva,
You bless all our pleasures,
Lady of all joy!

Great of favors,
Mother of all mothers,
You answer our prayers,
Lady of all joy!

Strong in Edfu,
shining from Isheru,
O Hethert, we love You,
Lady of all joy!

Hethert, we love You,
Lady of all joy!


Notes: Written in October 2009.


July 24, 2011

Hethert of the Heden

Posted in Hethert at 4:35 pm

Hethert of the Heden
© 2011 Natalie Baan

May Your heart be glad in the beauty of the garden!
Sycamores and willows are growing for You.
Everyone gives praise to the Lady of the Heden —
Cornflowers and poppies in garlands for You.

May Your heart be glad in the beauty of the garden!
Cedar trees and myrtles are fragrant for You.
Everyone gives praise to the Lady of the Heden —
Greenery and flowers are offered to You.

[repeat both verses]

May Your heart be glad in the beauty of the garden!
Hethert of the Heden, we offer to You!


Notes: Written in October 2009. Hethert of the Heden: Hethert of the Green Plants, celebrated in festival on III Akhet 20.