Zep Tepi all over again

Yesterday evening I returned home from the House of Netjer’s annual Wep Ronpet/New Year retreat. Wednesday morning we praised Ra, slayed a snake cake (hacked into by a newer shemsu who’d never been to Retreat before who is a child of Sekhmet and Set, no one better to do so!), smashed a pot to destroy isfet, and celebrated our community. This coming year, Year 24, is given to Yinepu and Khonsu, the Two Princes, and already looks to be quite the change from the last three years. For those who do not follow at home, the last three years have been respectively given to Heru-sa-Aset (younger Horus, literally Horus son of Aset/Isis), Aset, and Heru-sa-Aset again. In Kemetic Orthodoxy we are also marking the second Heb Sed for Rev. Siuda/Hekatawy I (AUS). My hopes are high for a better year, and perhaps personally an easier year than the last few.

I am damn proud to be a member of the House, to be Shemsu Ankh, to again be considering priest/w’ab service in the not too distant future. Step one is to take up regular practice of senut, which is the core rite of the tradition. Step two is being more social, which includes having people visit me in a few weeks for fellowship and museum visits. (If you’re in the House and in the northeast US, check the boards!) Step three is blogging more. That thing I keep saying I need to do more then all my spoons are spent in a continued effort to keep from drowning. Operation FITYMI remains a thing but I’d rather it not be. It says a lot about my health that the very idea of calling to find a new doctor has been too much of a drain. That’s another step which will happen once I switch back to my evening work schedule.

There are also some things I need to say in the coming months. I’ve held my tongue due to knowing I did not have the ability to deal with any potential arguments those words could cause. But soon, soon…

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And another year ends

The Kemetic year will end on Saturday, according to the reckoning of the House of Netjer. Then into the intercalary days, the birthdays of Heru-Wer, Wesir, Set, Aset and Nebt-het. I will be spending those days and the new year, Wep Ronpet, again with the House in Illinois. I am definitely looking forward to seeing everyone again, greeting Ra on the first day of the new year, finding out Who is over the year to come, and being away from the day to day of life for a while.

With the Kemetic year ending, there is a certain unraveling, and I’ve noticed many around me caught in it. I’m working very hard to not be swept away myself, and it seems the foundation work I have done over the past year have made it big enough and sturdy enough to me to stand on and weather the year’s end. It also has been thinking about calendars and beginnings and endings. There are a lot of different times when a year starts and ends. Consider, among the Heathens before Christianity, the year may have well ended and began around winter solstice, when the light is at its least and then thankfully the sun returns again. In Iran, the Zoroastrian calendar is still in effect, so their new year hits at the spring equinox. In Judaism, it falls during autumn for those in the northern hemisphere. I’m sure there are many other times when a new year begins and and old one ends. What does that mean, aside from the obvious that our western calendar is not the absolute authority on marking a year? Even your birthday (incidentally, mine is Thursday; I’ll be 35) can qualify as a new year’s celebration.

In Kemet, there was a term, zep tepi. It means the first time. There is no one first time. Every day is its own zep tepi. Every day has that potential for newness and change. We just need to be able to see it, hold on to it where it’s applicable, and also realize our large problems today, may seem quite different when we start tomorrow. That chance is always available to us.

Thank you Ra and Khnum, for this year over which You Both have presided. It’s been a wonderful year of creation. I can only hope the next year continues on that. Nekhtet!