This post will be updated as a log of my senut activity. This is the year I keep a ritual habit.
It’s been a little over three years since my Shemsu naming. This is a name with big shoes to fill, and I’m finally starting to grow into it and fully understand what it means to be a soldier of my Mother.
I’ve done a lot of thinking over the years regarding this name and how it reflects me and my duty to both Netjer and the community in which I took my vows. When I was first named, I was this meek little thing flanked by three powerful and protective Names. It is now that I’m realizing just what being a soldier of a Queen entails.
On occasion, I’ll find myself doing some research on the literal roles of soldiers in Ancient Egypt. I like to take in all the information available and see how it applies to me. Something I discovered kind of stuck with me; When there is no war, soldiers were often out helping the community, building, farming, and taking on other helpful tasks. They were always taking action for the betterment of the whole.
This is a word that is increasingly important to me.
Bast-Mut, as Queen, is one to direct. I am taking action on her behalf. Not only am I fighting in the name of ma’at, I am also expected to work with the community and help when necessary.
As I considered that, I also realized I had already been working on helping out the community. I was, and am, getting more involved, and it fits my role perfectly.
(In meme speak: I protecc and attacc, but most importantly I give bacc)
Now, Onion Day is one of the holidays that I can celebrate with my fiance. He loves onions! We had to celebrate early however, since I’ll be leaving to go back to work on the 6th. This is the first time we’ve really celebrated a festival together, and it was a ton of fun!
We started the day today by going out to a restaurant, where I got a breakfast skillet with onions included! This was the first part of the feast. Unfortunately we couldn’t celebrate earlier since I had a massive migraine that I carried from the night before, but with some tender loving care, I mostly got rid of it just in time for lunch and dinnertime fun.
Earlier in the week, we went to the store and gathered our supplies for making delicious foods. I also set up the shrine on the dining room table so that we could share our meals with Bast(-Mut). I decided that I finally wanted to make those Rose Puff Pastries and he was going to make a French Onion Soup. Today we spent much of the afternoon and evening in the kitchen in a cooking frenzy! (After I felt better, of course!)
The picture to the right shows his delicious soup made with sunny sweet onions, provolone cheese, and French bread. We also had a baked potato on the side and it was all SO good! Here I am sharing my meal with Bast, while we have the candle and incense lit for Her as well. On the left I have cut out some onion shapes for some heka we performed later on.
The picture on the left shows one of the delicious rose puff pastries that I baked and shared with Her! They turned out pretty good for a first try, but they were super messy to create. It was sure a learning experience, and I know I can do better next time.
While we ate, we took the onion shapes and some pens and considered what we wanted The Devouring Flame to consume. We wrote down things we wanted to be rid of, such as procrastination and similar things. We wrote as much as we could think of on our onion shapes, because we were going to take them outside and allow Her to devour them, to take them from us so that we could fill those gaps with better things.
After we ate our fill, we took our onions and allowed them to be consumed while I sang a song for Bast. The fire felt very good in the crisp northern air.
All in all, this was a very exciting festival for us and I’m glad we got to share it together. Hopefully this post will give everybody else some ideas for their own Onion Day festivities!
Running swiftly, paws upon the sand,
A glint in her eye as she darts.
The blaze in her heart and the wind at her back,
leaving bodies of snakes torn apart.
Secrets of the rosettes on the leopard keeping pace.
Spots upon the cheetah with the dots upon her face.
Swift and wiley mongoose upon the desert sands she roams.
Leaping like the caracal with fire in her bones.
Blood on her claws as they sink in,
To those who would do harm unjust,
The teeth that she bares are laden,
With the evil that she has just fought.
Her prize is then ripped from their bodies,
A heart filled with isfet so dark,
To lay it down by the king she protects,
The blood on the sand leaves a mark.
She leaps upon the neck of the uncreated one.
She takes her gleaming blades reflecting in the sun.
She slices through its throat, bringing evil to an end.
She stalks away with pride to the kingdom she defends.
Mafdet, be swift in your justice!
Your claws are not ones we shall fear,
For we know that you will protect us
From those who would bear us ill-will.
It’s meant to have those bits of fast-paced chanting to match the speed of the Swift Runner Herself. It also has a bit of heka woven into it. Enjoy!
For those who are new to the Kemetic path, things can be quite daunting. Where do you start? Where do you go?
It’s okay to be confused! We’ve all been there, me included. I’ve gotten questions much similar to the ones above lately, and it has inspired me to write a short post in order to give people a starting point. This won’t be extensive, it’s just a way to get your feet wet!
So take a breath now and think.
Consider what brings you to your interest in the Kemetic faith. What gods are pulling you, if any? This is a good time to write a small journal and get your thoughts down if you wish! Just know that you’re not doing anything wrong if you are unsure about these questions, they are simply reflection. Even so, it’s a helpful exercise!
Here are the basics:
- Live in ma’at. This is the most important part of this faith.
- Communicate with the gods. Even if you can’t set up a shrine, try to speak with them. Greet Ra in the sunrise. Greet Djehuty/Thoth in the moonlight.
- Research. There is so much to learn! You can read up on a particular god, or you can read about making shrines.
- Participate in the community. Be it on Tumblr or elsewhere, it’s very good to interact with others who share this fatih! You can learn a lot from one another.
I found that keeping a blog or a journal was an excellent way to keep me on track and to put my thoughts in order. Your mileage may vary, but just know that this is your path. Make it how you want! Start slow, work up, and enjoy the process.
If you have further questions, please leave a comment!