Entry: New Year, New Habits Jan 20, 2007

Or I should say a return to better habits.

It's been a while since I've posted here and I decided I would try to get back into the habit of at least posting every few days. As I am currently preparing for the Festival of Opet, I figured this would be a good place to plan out my ritual.

One of the things I've been working on lately is aligning the Wiccan holiday's I used to observe with the Egyptian Path I currently follow. So I've been looking a lot at Egyptian festivals and holidays and how they correspond to other holidays.

The first I am planning to incorporate this way is The Festival of Opet which traditionally was held the 2nd Egyptian month of the year. Now, our modern calendar isn't the same as the Egyptian calendar and February wasn't normally the 2nd Egyptian month, but it seems to tie in nicely to the seasons in my area (Florida), so I have decided to adopt it and celebrate it on the Wiccan holiday of Imbolc (or Candlemas) on February 2.

Imbolc is the Festival of Lights, when the return of the Sun (and the God) is celebrated. Coicindentally (?) The Festival of Opet focused on Amun(-re), the Egyptian God of the Sun and creator. So I think it ties in nicely.

Traditionally, the Festival (or Feast) of Opet consisted of the statues of Amun, his consort Mut and son Khonsu being carried in a covered barque (boat) from their sanctuary in Karnak across the Nile to the West Bank to visit the pharoah's mortuary temple and the temples of other Gods. It confirmed (or reconfirmed) the power and kingship of the Pharoah.

There was also a tradition of divination where during the processional, a citizen could ask a yes or no question of Amun. If the barque dipped or the carriers stepped back for a moment, the answer was no. If they continued steadily on, the answer was yes.

So, the main focus of my ritual is going to be a celebration of Amun as the Lord of Light and bestower of power. I plan a dawn ritual watching the sun rise and celebrate his filling me with power as the first rays of the sun reach me. I am also thinking of a simple divination using my white and black scarabs that I have used before in yes/no readings.

I haven't worked out all the details as yet, but so far I am liking the direction I am heading!

Any one else that would like to design a ritual for the Festival of Opet is invited to send me comments or links to your own ideas. I'd love to share the results after the 2nd as well!


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