January 2, 2014

Song for the Procession of Set with His Shemsu

Posted in Set at 6:49 pm

Song for the Procession of Set, Lord of the Oasis
© 2014 Natalie Baan

Lord of the Storm in Your glorious raging,
crossing the sky with Your shemsu,
may You pass over this house in Your fury;
be kind to us as we praise You.
 


Notes: Written on January 2, 2014, for the festival of the Procession of Set and His Shemsu.


March 24, 2013

Set Heart

Posted in Set at 4:45 pm

Set Heart
© 2013 Natalie Baan

Mighty Red Lord,
red of passion,
son of Nut,
You rule the Red Land.
In Your desert,
the sky is endless.
When You thunder,
bring us courage, bring us courage, bring us courage,
bring us courage, bring us courage, bring us courage.

[repeat]

Mighty Red Lord!
 


Notes: Written in July 2010, originally as a companion work to a necklace that I made which bore the same name. This is an excellent song to sing while shoveling snow.


Lord of the Northern Sky

Posted in Bast, Eye of Ra, Set at 4:43 pm

Lord of the Northern Sky
© 2013 Natalie Baan

Lord of the Northern Sky,
wearing the crown of winter,
far to the south Ra’s Eye
is walking the road in Her season,
bringing the summer,
bringing the sun’s light.

When will You cease Your raging,
soldier of many battles?
Where is the end of fighting
when everything has been forgotten
except for the struggle,
the thunder and iron.

Look, here She comes, the Mistress of Joy,
bringing You sweetness, bringing You love.
Look, here She comes, Her hands full of pleasure.
Taste Her milk, close Your eyes.

Lord of the Northern Sky
for whom the whole world trembles,
let go the snow and ice,
lay down Your mighty scepter.
Lord of the Northern Sky,
dream of a desert wind.
Lie down and sleep for a while
until the new day.

And when You waken,
a thousand flowers bloom.
 


Notes: Written in March 2013 for the Feast of Set, Lord of the Oasis. This is based on an entirely personal, modern myth in which Set as the Lord of Winter must step aside when the once-wrathful Eye of Ra returns to the land with the waxing sunlight of spring — but it takes a little convincing. (“Lord of the Northern Sky” is, however, a traditional epithet.)


January 28, 2011

Set Chant

Posted in Set at 1:17 pm

Set Chant
© 2011 Natalie Baan

Lord of the Storm!
Soldier in the prow of Ra’s boat!
Lift up Your spear!
Slay the uncreated serpent!
Fierce of thunder,
lightning’s flash and fearsome iron,
reach from the sky,
split its head and cast it down!

Set! Set! Set! Set!
Limitless, the desert’s ruler!
Potent of force,
perfect strength and perfect power!
Red as the flame,
You Whose voice subdues the sea!
Come with Heru —
smite isfet, set us free!

O strange and sacred Beast of Netjer —
Set! Set! Set! Set!


Notes: Written in June 2009.


Song for the Feast of Set, Lord of the Oasis

Posted in Set at 12:48 pm

Song for the Feast of Set, Lord of the Oasis
© 2011 Natalie Baan

Roses for Your ka, Lord of the Red Land,
roses for Your ka, for Your ka!
Roses for Your ka, Lord of the Red Land,
roses for Your ka, for Your ka!

Roses for Your ka, Set, Lord of Thunder,
roses for Your ka, for Your ka!
Roses for Your ka, Set, Lord of Thunder,
roses for Your ka, for Your ka!

May Your heart be sweet, sweet as the waters
rising from the land, from the land!
May Your heart be sweet, sweet as the waters —
come in peace, O Set, to the land!

May Your heart be glad, glad as the sunlight
falling on the land, on the land!
May Your heart be glad, glad as the sunlight —
come in peace, O Set, to the land!

May Your heart be filled, filled with contentment,
resting in the shade, by the stream!
May Your heart be filled, filled with contentment —
lead us to the shade, to the stream!

Like water in the desert, You show us mercy.
All the desert blooms now — for Your ka!


Notes: Written in March 2010. The Feast of Set, Lord of the Oasis takes place on IV Peret 25-26 (late March-ish, according to the Kemetic Orthodox calendar). The “roses for Your ka” line came from a dream that I had a few years back, which involved offering roses to Heru and Set with the words “for Your ka.”


January 17, 2011

Bawy Song

Posted in Bawy, Heru-wer, Set at 9:37 pm

Bawy Song
© 2011 Natalie Baan

Lord of the storm,
lord of the sky,
awesome of form —
Your name is Bawy!

Set, Lord of Might,
great Heru-wer,
when You unite —
You are the Bawy!

Kopesh and spear,
enemies run,
when You are near —
protect us, Bawy!

Fierce in Your love,
show us the strength
that we all have —
challenge us, Bawy,
to face our truth, to make a stand!
O Two in One, balance and power are in Your hands.
O hear us, Bawy!


Notes: Written in the House of Netjer’s Bawy Year, honoring the unity of Heru-wer and Set (Regnal Year 15, 2007-2008).