December 27, 2009

Bast guards the Two Lands

Posted in Being Kemetic, Festivals, Ten Days of Joy, Thoughts and Reflections at 9:59 pm by

A major part of the process of settling and growing in Kemetic religion is figuring out one’s calendar. With some hundreds of known festivals filling almost every day of the year, it can be entirely overwhelming! Most people seem to prune it down to a handful of focused observances, with at best a quick candle […]

July 9, 2012

The Eye of Ra Enters the Horizon

Posted in Festivals, Uncategorized at 5:56 pm by

Water pours from pitcher to glass bowl, a musical accompaniment to the murmured prayer:     Hail to You Eye of Ra, complete in the horizon.     Hail to You Bast in Your name of Atemet.     May You bless us with peace     and protect us from all the demons of the year’s end. Garlanded with rose petals, more […]

December 21, 2011

Ten Days of Joy (2011): Day Ten

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Today was the Feast of Bast Guards the Two Lands, the last of the Ten Days of Joy. My housemate and I are celebrating the Feast part this weekend, when I’ll be home and can roast the duck, but tonight I offered shrimp tempura sushi at dinner and then, during Senut, Belgian chocolate mousse cake. […]

December 20, 2011

Ten Days of Joy (2011): Day Nine

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Today was not only the ninth of the Ten Days of Joy; it was also the festival of the Procession of Bast, a sort of lead-in to tomorrow’s festival of Bast Guards the Two Lands, I suppose. To celebrate, I walked down to the lake bridge at lunch, looking for signs of Her presence. And […]

December 12, 2011

Ten Days of Joy (2011): Day One

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It’s time once again for the annual Ten Days of Joy, a celebration of the unique joy of each day as we approach the Festival of Bast Guards the Two Lands. Today’s joy is the joy of strength and will unlooked-for, of rising to meet a challenge rather than surrendering to inertia. Dua Bast, Mistress […]

December 27, 2010

Dancing between earth and sky

Posted in Festivals at 10:14 pm by

Ah, the holidays…the Kemetic holidays, that is. Not that there isn’t a festival on practically every day of the calendar, but at this time of year there’s a whole constellation of popular celebrations that I generally try to acknowledge. Following the House of Netjer’s calendar, there’s the Return of the Wandering Goddess at the solstice, […]

December 23, 2010

Ten days of joy (2010): Day 10

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Today was a perfect day, from walking out my front door this morning into bright, silvery sunlight and a whirl of the tiniest snowflakes, to finding exactly the right last-minute holiday gifts in the artsy little town of New Hope, to celebrating my Mother’s festival, the Feast of Bast Guards the Two Lands, with special […]

December 20, 2010

Ten days of joy (2010): Days 4-7

Posted in Festivals, Ten Days of Joy at 9:28 pm by

I fell a bit behind due to the Northeast region’s Bast festival last weekend, so it’s time to catch up. Day 4: The joy of a truly luxuriant shower, warm and fragrant and soothing. O great gift of cleansing waters! Day 5: The joy of a shiver of ecstasy, the ringing of the sistra loud […]

December 13, 2010

Warmth

Posted in Stalking Beauty, Thoughts and Reflections at 10:09 pm by

After yesterday’s rain-washed mild temperatures, today proved to be windy and surprisingly cold when I went out at lunchtime. I picked up soup to bring back with me, then decided to detour to the flower shop to find something for my desk, as it had been far too long since I’d had flowers. Afterward, walking […]

December 16, 2009

Ten days of joy: Day 1

Posted in Stalking Beauty, Ten Days of Joy, Thoughts and Reflections at 10:38 pm by

[From today, the new moon, through the Feast of Bast Guards the Two Lands on December 25, I’ll be doing posts for Ten Days of Joy. This was an exercise for the Shemsu and Remetj of the House of Netjer, a couple of years back, which honored Bast by sharing with each other daily that […]