I had planned to do a post on Wep Ronpet on the 6th, once it had all calmed down, but it hit right at the start of my work days, and so it didn’t happen. And then I kept delaying and got Busy with other things, so I’m only now getting around to it. I don’t think it’s a big problem though, as it’s given me some time to pause and reflect on the Year 29 Aset Oracle, and make some plans for where things are going.
Anhur-Shu is the God over Year 29, and I’ve already had some very cool experiences with Him. He seems very keen to get to know me, and walk with me this year. After all, that’s what the oracle is all about. The Return of the Distant Goddess is very much present this year, and the work that wasn’t done lsat year needs doing this year. We walk with Anhur to find the Wandering Eye and bring Her back. The colours for the year are white and gold, hence the new shrine decorations. I feel it’s as complete as it’s going to get right now, save for the white lion figurine I have coming to represent Anhur-Shu.
Ra has also been around a bit. Aset did say Djehuty and Ra would be around too, and to ask for Their help. I’ve not had any experiences with Ra before, but the first time, it was when He was accompanying me to the shops to get offerings for Wep Ronpet, and He urged me not to take my music like I usually do, but to listen to the sounds of the earth. He would cover my ears for me instead so I didn’t get overwhelmed as He walked behind me.
It’s interesting to reflect back on the past year. I really feel like returning in Sekhmet-Nesret’s year was the equivalent of coming home in the middle of a crisis and taking time to readjust and settle back into safety again. Not that where I had been religiously before that was Dangerous, but the world was definitely in a crisis and it was definitely to my benefit to be back with a community of fellow co-religionists again for support and community. It helped me feel much more connected to my practice again and to my gods, and to almost breathe and rest after all my wanderings in the previous decade.
And now here we are, in the first week of Anhur’s year, where He’s urging us to go on a journey and do the work to find our Beloved, the Wandering Eye. I was able to celebrate Wep Ronpet with the Temple this time, and it definitely helped me feel so much more connected to the rituals and the festivals in a way that had definitely waned in the last few years. Celebrating festivals together definitely is a lot better than doing them on your own ngl. I tried to go to at least one event per day, and was able to see the Kissing the Face of Ra ritual, and parade my Sobek statues for everyone. That was such a joyous ritual. The execration that followed was more cathartic than I imagined, but well worth doing. And then to follow this with a version of the Sekhmet baths, but with water instead, was very cleansing and very powerful, and something I think I needed to continue that tradition of wetting the head before the Netjeru.
And now, it’s ten days later, and I feel like I’m finally in a place where I can begin moving forward. My shrine is now set up the way I want it, and I’m beginning to delve into my work for the year. There are a lot of tens in my life, I think. Ages of my life that run for a decade and then I consolidate those changes and move on to a new decade. And this is feeling very much like another new decade.
I spent the last one exploring all kinds of polytheism and meeting new gods and friends along the way, after I left the House back in 2010. I needed to go, to puzzle out my Sobek and Heru-sa-Aset connections, and it led me to Sobek Shedety, and then to Hekate, and then to all manner of other paths, practices, and experiences that I needed in order to come back again now. And year 28 was a transition, as much as a coming home, giving me the time to say goodbye to gods I would not be actively working with for the time being, and embracing a simpler practice. Getting my head back around to doing things as a Kemetic Orthodox shemsu, relearning so much about this religion, how the House has changed, delving deeper into what it means to be a Shemsu, making some discoveries about my Shemsu name, settling back into the House calendar and reorienting myself towards that.
And now we’re on the cusp of a new decade. And with that decade comes an interesting project, a ten-year project. The backstory as to how I got to this point is long and convoluted, but when UK comedian Mark Watson asks where you want to be in a decade from now, at a time that’s around Wep Ronpet, and says we’ll meet back here in August every year for a decade and see how we’re all doing, well. I couldn’t say no to that. It fits in so well with where I am in my life and where I want to be, and the idea of having a supportive community around me as I work towards those goals is very enticing, especially as I know I am externally motivated and need that outside encouragement to do the work.
My goals are a mix of mundane and spiritual, short and long, a mixture of all the things I want to achieve in a decade. Some of these I will keep to myself due to being oathbound or otherwise personal and not ones I feel I need to share, but the rest are a mix of learning languages, completing my librarianship degree and getting a job, travel, finishing a novel series, and also fixing up this website and my Etsy store, along with other smaller ones that are just me needing to sit down and just do the work. I may do a more detailed post on that later idk, but that’s the plan. It’s oddly refreshing to have a good sense of where I want to go for the next ten years. I can see the shape of it and I’m excited to see those changes.
I’ve also ordered a gigantic book to record my progress in, and I want to structure it around each year’s Aset Oracle. I want to use the oracles to help me decide when to work on certain projects and decide what spiritual work I should do, because a lot of my projects aren’t time-critical so I can do them any time. It’ll just be working out when a good time to do them is, based on where I am, finances, the fkn pando, etc.
But yes, I’ll write more about that here if it’s relevant, bc this post is about as long as the email I sent to Mark about my goals so. XD
Di Wep Ronpet Nofret, and Dua Anhur! Nekhtet! <3