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The Inebriety of Hathor/Sekhmet

When: August 22, 2020
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Virtual Ritual via Zoom Meeting. Link will be emailed to you after you register for the ritual.

Cost: Free. Participants must preregister for the event.

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When: August 22, 2020
Time: 6:00pm
Where: Virtual Ritual via Zoom Meeting. Link will be emailed to you after you register for the ritual.

Cost: Free. Participants must preregister for the event.

According to legend, the feast day was established by the sun god Ra to celebrate the new year in Egypt. In this celebration, the Egyptians commemorated the saving of Egypt from the ravaging power of Sekhmet, and to honor the priestesses who served Ra and Hathor.

Historically, this celebration refers to an actual destruction of the world by heat and fire. The Egypt of 10,000 B.C.E. was different. It was a beautiful, lush savannah with lots of life. Yet, over time, Egypt’s Sahara became a desert. Egypt’s practices became focused on the Nile and the Nile Delta. This feast day linked to the myth of Sekhmet falls in the first month of Innundation as a promise of renewed life to come.

During this festival, men and women freed themselves of all unpleasant feelings, resentment, and anger to renew themselves in the coming new year. The festival also served as a moment to pacify the goddess of war, Sekhmet, so there would be no more destruction. Music and dance were used to soothe the wildness of the goddess. It is important to remember that Hathor’s/Sekhmet’s drunkenness was a state of learning to open the heart and mind. Therefore, we will strive to open our hearts and minds to her, to transform our anger and resentment and hand them over to her, and to renew our lives for the next cycle of the year.

To participate in the ritual we suggest you have the following items available, however, they are not required. Participants will be led through a circle casting, quarter call, deity invocation, and meditation.  We will allow time after the meditation to share and process our experiences. Wear comfy clothes and be prepared to sit or lay comfortably during the meditation.

Necessary Items:
Kyphi incense
(if you cannot obtain or desire to make, then combine Myrrh, Frankincense, Mastic, ground Calamus root, lemon grass, mint leaves, ground juniper berries, and ground cinnamon)
Traditional Egyptian recipe: https://segretipavone.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/guest-post-a-recipe-for-kyphi-kapet-ancient-egyptian-temple-incense/
Red colored beer/Red wine
Red Candle
Salt, Water, Incense burner
Personal Ritual Tools
Red cloth for the altar
Image of Sekhmet/Hathor (can be printed out or drawn)
You may also have an image of Ptah (her consort) with her or slightly behind her.
Offerings of a spicy or nutty flavor or blackberries and raspberries.
Rattle, sistrum, or drum to raise energy
Summer Flowers