DJEHUTY AND SET: NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS
Me (Intaier) and my friend Ash are putting a devotional together for Djehuty and Set, both separately and in their combined functions (Such as the Divine Avengers). We're welcoming all you verbose and talented types out there to write, draw or otherwise compose stuff for this (sure to be awesome) book.
Title: A Silver Sun and Inky Clouds : A Devotional Anthology for Djehuty and Set
Editor(s): A. D. Kent, T. Matveeva (an official editor from Neos Alexandria will be added for final work)
Publisher: Bibliotheca Alexandrina (our devotional will appear on the projects page as soon as we have enough material to assemble a rough draft, so get to working!) You can see their catalog of work on Lulu and Amazon.
Djehuty (Greek: Thoth), our beloved ibis-headed Lord of Wisdom and bridegroom of Ma'at, and Set (Greek: Seth), everyone's favorite long-snouted Byronic champion of truth, are the subject of this devotional.
You the contributor are encouraged to focus on:
Djehuty's role in the Hermopolis cycle of myths;
Djehuty's many forms and epithets;
Djehuty's interaction with his consorts Nehemtawy (Horit), Sheshat and Ma'at;
Djehuty's place as the originator of Hermetic thought;
Djehuty and Set's syncretic acts in which one becomes the other;
Djehuty and Set's team activities, in which they function as a team- as with the Divine Avengers, or as the keepers of the divine Laboratory;
Djehuty and Set's roles together in the Contendings (and other myths of the Osirian cycle);
Djehuty and Set's roles together in the Pyramid texts;
Set's roles in the Heliopolis cycle of myths;
Set's many forms and epithets;
Set's interactions with his consorts, spouses (his wife in her many forms) and lovers;
Set's interaction with his children.
Set's place in early Coptic Gnostic Mysticism as a vehicle for salvation from evil;
And any lovely devotional gushiness about these two fine Lords you might feel inspired to make.
We are seeking:
• rituals (either devotional or magical)
• academic or scholarly articles (with endnotes and bibliography)
• oracular pieces
• modern myths (5,000 word limit)
• artwork (300dpi; black and white only)
• translations of ancient works (must have permission of the copyright owner or translator if not translated directly from the original language- hieroglyphs, what have you)
You can begin sending your submissions officially since March 1 2016 (but if you have some things ready, you can send right now!)
Deadline for Rough Draft: August 1, 2016
Submission Form: Word document or odt file pasted within the body of an email or as an email attachment. PNGs for pictures, please.
Please put THE DIVINE AVENGERS on the title section of your email, so we know that you aren't just sending us love letters.
Rights: Worldwide, non-exclusive for print book and e-book formats (contributors retain all rights to their work except to retroactively remove their work from the finished product, we will not issue recalls for already sold material);
Contributors: You're not getting paid with money. If you're a contributor whose work is selected, you'll get a PDF copy of the book for personal use and a coupon code to purchase the book at a discount. A permission form will be sent out to all selected submitters once the book is ready for initial assembly.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Intaier), email@example.com (Ash)
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DJEHUTY AND SET: NEED YOUR SUBMISSIONS
The last year was very happy one for me, and full of wonderful travels, meetings with new friends, and blessings were poured like rain.
I really hope that the coming year will be also fulfilling and peaceful; and "let the God/s you honor, will send you everything you wish for, and gives their blessings to your friends, families, children and neighbors"...
For my first post in 2016, I want to share some of my devotional poetry again - written in honor of Thoth-Hermes-Djehuty.
I have my soul
ignited with your light…
when I whisper the words of love
I feel your wings
around, protecting me;
when I speak your praises -
it’s the only reason to know how to speak,
when I live for you -
it’s the only reason to remember again,
how to breathe…
I just recently came back from my [5th, this time] pilgrimage-journey to Egypt; and, I want to tell many stories about my journeys to the land of Netjeru, and my experiences and my spiritual findings and illuminations… so, this would be the first post dealing with the topic, and I need to begin with a story of how I went to Egypt first time ever, and what happened after.
I’ve been drawn to Egypt since my childhood. It was a connection deeper than just fascination by Egyptian art, history, and mythology. In fact, I didn’t like Egyptian mythology much, even, because there were not enough myths in books for children in Soviet Union available, and the myths that were, lacked the adventures which make Greek and Norse myths much more dynamic.
I loved Ancient Egypt as a whole thing. I studied the history, and enjoyed historical fiction; I taught myself not to be frightened in the dim lit Egyptian Hall in the Hermitage, and taught myself not to be disappointed that Egyptian deities look rather obscure, compared to their greek/roman counterparts in the museum halls “next door”. Greek and roman statues of Gods looked like statues of humans, just having all the beauty and perfection. The Netjeru guarded the mysteries.
May you spend lifetime with your gods, pleased with you without displaying anger.
May your reward be received after old age.
May you enter your tomb of the necropolis and mingle with the excellent Bas. May you be judged among them and be declared righteous in Busiris before Wennefer and be well established in Abydos before Shu-Onuris.
May you cross over to the district of Peqer in the god’s retinue and cross the divine region in the retinue of Sokar.
May you join the crew of the Neshmet barque without being turned away. May you see the sun in the sky when it initiates the year.
May you be triumphant in the sky, a shining one.
May you transform yourself into whatever you wish, like the phoenix, with each of your forms being that of a god, just as you desire.
— Quoted from: Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death © 2011 Steven Snape.(Translation from Papyrus Anastasi I, based on that of Wente 1990:100-1 (Wente,E.(1990) “Letters from Ancient Egypt”)
Is your ultimate idea of paradise to spend your eternity with chosen deity, to enter the sacred marriage, hierogamy of the soul? Some people follow the path of spells that will make them take permanent residence on the fields of Offerings with Osiris but Coffin text spells of the Book of the Two Ways were written especially for "hermopolitan devotion". The selected few CT spells are precisely aimed at making your residence "in the mansion of the Moon" and joining the suite of all devotees of Djehuty who want to "admire his beauty all the time". And why wouldn’t you? When you start a devotional relationship with a deity, it means you align your soul and desires with that deity’s values and personality - and, with all deep and core aspects, not simply something that lies on the surface. You undergo a transformation with each divinity you touch.
The start of the Egyptian year was the First month of the Inundation (named Dhwty) and was a time of great celebration, coinciding with the rising of the Nile. “You shall follow Thoth, on that beautiful day of the start of Inundation.”
During this month there were three festivals for Thoth, held on the 4th, 19th and 21st. Entries from various calendars give the following descriptions of these feast days. 4th day - a “Festival of Thoth”. 19th day - a “Festival for Thoth, the very great, in the whole country”. [...] 21st day - a festival to “celebrate ‘the triumph of Thoth’ in the presence of Re”. [...]
Bomhard suggests that the first day of the new year, which coincided with the rising of Sirius, was the 19th July.
This would give the festivals in Dhwty the following modern dates; the 4th as the 22nd of July, the 19th and 21st as the 6th and 8th of August and the 26th as the 13th of August. (Quoted from: -- Lesley Jackson "Thoth, the history of Ancient-Egyptian God of Wisdom)
For this festival day, I'd like to share some of my devotional poetry...
When at 15 and decided that I need to join a religion, if I had not chosen to join the most mainstream branch of Christianity in Russia, if I had not read this famous protestant prayer too - “Jesus, be my Lord and Savior”… I would not be what I am today. I would be a totally different person.
I remember these moments of “accepting Jesus” very well.
I have read this prayer twice; I valued this experience as something indeed important and I remember very well my thoughts and feelings.
Yes, I read the prayer of my own free will-- but did I want it with the whole of my heart? Did I have trust in Jesus-the-personal-savior 100%?
Fortunately (or not very fortunately) I remember my religious experiences and adventures very brightly, just as in Dumbledore’s magical pensieve.
My personal spiritual journey started, when I was 12 years old.
There are people who were raised in religion, and the idea that God exists is therefore very natural for them.
But I was raised in soviet-style secular atheism. I had read a lot of things about religions, but the default mindset ingrained from childhood, was that “religion is a human invention, and an instrument of oppression and control. Gods are just mythology.”
When I was 15, I joined Russian Orthodox Church (mostly because I was baptized there when I was a kid and it seemed like a natural decision), but left it in 2005 to become Roman Catholic. However, the existence of the Gods of Egypt (Netjeru) was shown to me in obvious experience - and now I’m trying to live with it.