Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Kemetic Orthodox Holiday

Happy Moomas!

The Feast of Thanksgiving Offerings and the Establishment of the Celestial Cow, which we sometimes call "Moo-mas" for fun, begins 25 December.

Establishing the Celestial Cow
Feast of Thanksgiving Offerings

Djehuty sends Bast and Sekhmet to guard the Two Lands

Two great goddesses come forth from the Keeper of Wisdom (on that day) to protect us and keep us safe. Bast and Sekhmet, Ra's Eyes, mighty lionesses Who guard and guide, preside over this holy day and honor us with Their special presences. Make offerings to all three with prayers for protection and guidance as the Gregorian year makes another turn.

Celebrate! The anniversary of Hethert, the Great Cow, becoming Nut, the multitudinous sky, is upon us! Greet Her in the starlight and Her Father, Ra, in sunlight, as Day Sky and Night Sky become one! Offer honey and warm drinks to Her, to sweeten Her disposition toward you, and to bring the prosperity of the starry heavens into your life. It is also a time for merriment and gift-giving.

The Festival of Establishing the Celestial Cow and Placing Offerings Upon the Altar

This long name says it all -- (this is) a three-day festival of gift-giving upon the return of Hethert-Sekhmet to our land, as observed in the lengthening of the days in the Northern Hemisphere where Egypt lies. However, unlike Kemetic New Year where the emphasis is upon giving gifts to each other, the Celestial Cow/Feast of Offerings days are geared toward giving gifts to Netjer, and Netjer's House in the form of gifts to our temple and temple community.
(If memory serves, this was originally written by Rev. Tamara Siuda in 2007)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ho ho ho

Just wanted to say howdy, and I hope y'all are enjoying the holidays.  :-)

Here's a pic of our younger son with this year's tree. It's the first fresh-cut tree we've had in years and stands about six-and-a-half  feet tall.

Yes, Sean is tall for his age (13). Six feet, one-and-a-half inches, to be exact.

Yikes.  ;-)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Now, where was I...?

Oh yes. I remember now. I was supposed to be working on my novel for NaNoWriMo all of November. That's why I haven't been blogging. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Sadly that's not the case. I haven't been writing much of anything other than the occasional email or tweet. I can "Forward", "Share", and "Like" with the best of 'em tho'.

I've also been a bit busy with my Family Tree Maker and Amazing things can be found, like Pres. John Quincy Adams is my 1st cousin 10x removed (back through the Sherwood/Bunnell line). George Washington Adams, Pres. Adams's father, was my 2nd cousin 9x removed (and he was born in Berlin, Germany in 1801). Then, we have relations with the last name Gump (2nd cousin 2x removed, also through the Sherwood/Bunnell line). There's even a Simon Peter Zeiter (the brother-in-law of my 1st cousin 3x removed, back through the Sherwood/Weber line). I have family from France/Germany, and all four of the British Isles. And that's all just off the top of my head; I'm sure I'd find more interesting things to share if I had the time to go digging.

But now it's December, and that means the holidays are in full swing. Let the shopping begin!

Actually, I'd rather forgo the crowds at the mall. I end up getting a bit claustrophobic, all penned up with people surrounding me with their carts full of stuff and screaming kids. I'm not claustrophobic; I managed a head CT with no problem. You know, where they put you in this little tube that's about two inches from your face, for what feels like hours. That was a breeze. And anyone who knows me knows I love kids. But navigating through crowded, noisy aisles? Not so much.

It's a good thing I tend to be nocturnal. I've found that the best time to go shopping is to hit Walmart after midnight. Not many people, and a few of the ones who *are* there are drunk - which can be quite entertaining. My favorite was the guy wandering the store and singing along (loudly) to the Christmas tunes playing overhead. Try it, and let me know how it goes. I bet you'll get some great stories out of it.

So today (Sunday) is my normal laundry day. I'll see if we can't dig out the Christmas decorations too, see what we have/don't have, what works/doesn't work, all that jazz. Then maybe I'll make that midnight run to Walmart for lights and stuff. ;-)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Muharaam, and Happy New Year (just in case I don't make it back on here before next year).

Don't worry... be happy...


Don't Panic. (and always bring your towel)