Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 1/20

This month, the full moon is also a Super Moon, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a Blood Moon Eclipse.  It’s tonight around midnight here on the East Coast, but my Ladies have permitted me to do the ritual the day before.  Here is the message from Bast and Sekhmet:

This Bright Moon brings you the strength of a lioness on the hunt, bloody and determined.  Use your claws to tear away things you do not need, and execrate them.  You will be left with simple clarity about your spiritual purpose, and then you can prepare for this next cycle of your journey, for the new secular year.

I think I’ll be doing a red paper execration, which I’ve explained elsewhere.

See you on or around February 19th for the next Kemetic Bright Moon!

Bright Moon, Holiday Celebration, Kemetic

Kemetic Holiday: The Eye Wanders

This month’s Bright Moon coincided with the beginning of a two-part holiday, called “The Eye Wanders” and “She is Led Back”. The first takes place I Peret 19-21, which for me here is December 23-25. The second part is I Peret 28-II Peret 4, which for me here is Jan 1-7. Between that, I’ll shroud my statues to represent the Eyes being “gone”. This is taking the place of the Sailing Holiday I’ve done in previous years, and follows the same general format, with votive offerings before they leave and celebration when they return. I’ll post some photos of that below, but first, the short message from Bast and Sekhmet for this month’s Bright Moon:

“We are leaving soon, but when we return we will bring good things back with us. Celebrate and rejoice, life is meant to be enjoyed!”

The first day, I offered the white cloths I’ll be using to wrap the statues, alongside my usual Bright Moon offerings of food, drink, incense, and candlelight.

The second day, I added the boat, and gave another food/drink offering, hot cocoa, which you can see on the far right edge.

For the third day, I offered golden origami lilies, as votive offerings, and I placed them in the boat.

The statues I wrapped gently and placed them in small boxes, where they will stay until the next part of the holiday, She is Led Back.

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 11/23

This is a few days delayed because I’ve been sick, but here’s this moon’s message from Bast and Sekhmet:

You’ve come a long way in your spiritual and creative growth, and that cycle is coming to completion.  Turn your attention now to more mundane matters, for a time.  You are struggling, and it may be because you are attempting to achieve impossible perfection, failing to see the whole mosaic as you search for the perfect shard of pottery.  You may be working hard, but unless you’re making progress, it isn’t useful work.  It could be that the big picture is overwhelming for you right now, but you need to confront that fear and face it in order to prioritize.  Have faith in yourself and your work.  You’re building important foundations for the coming season.

Here where I live near DC, December 5th is the first day of the first month of Peret, so the Kemetic season is about to turn.  Peret will last through the 3rd of April, here, and then Shemu will begin on the 4th.

The next Bright Moon will be December 22nd, and I’ll post an omen in the days following it.

Before that, I’ll be celebrating the first part of the Holiday of the Wandering Eye, which replaces the Sailing Holiday I’ve celebrated in previous years.  On I Peret 19-21 (Dec 23-25) I will say good bye to Bast and Sekhmet, and pack up my shrine as The Eye Wanders.  If I feel well enough to do so, I will do some sort of fast* the first two days and make preparations, and put away the statues and close my shrine on the third day at sunset.  The second part of the holiday, The Eye is Led Back, takes place on I Peret 28 – II Peret 4 (Jan 1-7) and I’ll welcome them back and re-open the shrine on the first day, feast them, and give daily offerings for the next few days.  I’d love to try to begin at dawn, but I don’t think that’s realistically going to happen. We’ll see!

 

 

* Because of my chronic health issues, I will probably only fast from meat, dairy, and sweets, because it’s not generally safe for me to do stricter fasts, but I do also try to eat somewhat less food than normal as well.

Bright Moon, Kemetic, Paganism

(Belated) Kemetic Bright Moon 10/24

Sorry for not posting this sooner!  Last week I was struggling with my physical health and also trying to pack everything up for the retreat I was attending this past weekend. I asked Bast and Sekhmet for an extension and they agreed.  Today I did my ritual, and here is the omen I received:

“Cycles are completing, things are coming to resolution, but this is not the final victory.  There is still much to fight for, many battles you must win.  Rest, if you need it.  Regain the vigor and passion that has drained from you in this long struggle.  But do not rest on your laurels too long – there is work still to be done.”

Short, but to the point.  I know I have more work for Samhain to do in the coming week, but after that I intend to rest, ponder the results of the US midterm election, and then begin to prepare myself for 2019.

The next Bright Moon will be on 11/23, and I’ll post the next blog shortly thereafter.

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Kemetic Bright Moon Omen 9/24

This Bright Moon I once again performed my solitary ritual, answered questions that were presented to me, and received the following omen from Bast and Sekhmet, whom I serve as an oracular priestess-initiate:

Disaster looms on the horizon, invited by those who crave the poison of isfet.  It is not yet a certainty, however – only one possibility out of many.  You can free yourself from the poisonous allure by sticking to truth, knowledge, and using your own intuition.  This uncertain time is part of a cycle of growth and change, and the Eyes of Ra fight beside you as you use whatever means are at your disposal to fight back.  You must protect yourself, but you must also fight, because the outcome will be our legacy, for good or ill.  Those who prevail will grow in power, and if they are not righteous it will be all the harder to resist them later.

This seems to echo themes I’ve been hearing from the Morrigna, and messages others are getting about this turbulent time.  Some believe that this turbulence is due to the turning of an Age, and that holds resonance for me, but my personal beliefs have always centered on the Here and Now, doing what work we can in our immediate communities, as soon as we can.

Blessings from Bast and Sekhmet, and I’ll see you all next Bright Moon.

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 8/26

This moon’s message from Bast and Sekhmet:

“Things are in flux right now, turning, shifting, and you need to take rest where you can find it. You can manage your mundane life and household well if you stay organized, though, and don’t let things slide. There is time and energy enough. Time comes in fast cycles now, dark and light, night and day. Shadows grow long and frightening at night, but you can address them more shrewdly in the sunlight. Things are not as bad as they seem – you have them better in hand than you think.”

That’s encouraging! Happy Bright Moon, everyone!

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 6/28

Here is the message from Bast and Sekhmet this time:

As we reach the end of the Kemetic year, it is time to focus on ourselves, on rebalancing, on getting our affairs back in order, on finishing incomplete or procrastinated tasks, and most importantly: on self-care and healing. We can take time now to retreat, and process our emotions. The wheel will keep turning. Better things are coming. There will be more work to do later, but for now we need to rest, to heal, and to prepare for Wep Ronpet, when we will begin anew. Em Hotep.

As a reminder, my local calendar has Wep Ronpet on August 7th. There is one more bright moon before that, but I expect that one to give us instructions for Wep Ronpet itself. Rest until then, lovelies.

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 4/29

Here is the message I received this full moon from Bast and Sekhmet:

As the part of the world you live in warms up, it is time to leave the dark of winter behind. Emerge into the full light of spring – bask in the warmth of the sun that caresses. But do not stay still – now is a time for movement, and action. You must remember that you have a body, and whatever mental, emotional, spiritual, or political things you are working on must be supported by physical actions. Create a working model. Express your feelings through art. Smash a red pot, or dance for the joy of connection. Clean a stream, walk in a protest march. Whatever seeds of practice you have been tending, it is time to live them physically, however you can. Manifest it in your own body to manifest it in the world.

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 3/31

Bright Moon Omen

This is the omen I received from Bast and Sekhmet, Eyes of Ra, on the occasion of the full moon of 3/31:

“The time has come to stand up and show the world what you wish to manifest: you need to lead the fight if you wish to see your hopes and dreams fulfilled. Do not cower if you are opposed, but stand firm, for you will be protected by your righteousness. Let the searing light of Truth and Justice cleanse your world by reflecting the power of the Sun. Humans and gods are working together in concert, the actions of each helping the other. Human prayers give strength to the gods, and the power of the gods is lent back to the followers so that isfet can be conquered. Go forth to banish lies and injustice, and know that the Seven Arrows of the Eyes of Ra are with you.”

That’s applicable to a lot of our lives, on a number of scales, starting at the personal level on the small end. In order to manifest what you wish to achieve in your own life, you need to cleanse yourself, too, and not give up so easily. The gods have your back. Good luck, everyone!

The next full moon will be 4/29.

Bright Moon, Kemetic

Kemetic Bright Moon 3/1

This is nearly a week late now, but here is the message I received from Bast and Sekhmet when I did my oracular ritual on the full moon:

Turn your face to the sun. Do not forget to keep yourself warm as you fight onward. Keep going, but pace yourself. An army that arrives tired and hungry is not an army ready to fight. Take care of yourself along the way and you will find the strength to overcome your obstacles, to defeat your enemies, and to rise up and strike down isfet.

As with some of the previous messages, it contains general advice for the month – this time with the theme of pacing ourselves, lest we burn out.

Happy Full Moon, everyone!  And as a reminder, I answer a limited number of oracular questions for Bast and/or Sekhmet each full moon, and do a small number of magical workings, called heka, on their behalf.  If you would like to request something, send an email some time before the next full moon (March 31st) when I again do the work, on a first-come first-served basis.