Worshiping the ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses through Rituals, Prayers and Spells dedicated and directed to the Old ones who still hold the power of the universe.
Festival of Ra
This Festival celebrates the Great God, Amen Ra, and is a male oriented, fire festival. We celebrate the beginning of everything with the birth of the Sun God Ra. This Festival ideally should start before dawn of the Winter Solstice (when the sun shines the least) or before dawn on the Summer Solstice (when the sun shines the most).
This Festival can be spread out over three days, or condensed into one, all day long celebration. I shall show you the short version and give suggestions for extending it.
Tools and Supplies Needed:
The Festival begins before Sunrise, with the High Priest, Priest(s), and Temple Guardian carrying the statue of the Great God Ra. Place the statue on the altar, making sure it is facing the point of sunrise. Have a bowl of warm water and some towels handy. Wash the statue carefully and repair any nicks, scratches or rubbed off paint.
The males, and any females that wish to join them, should kneel around the statue and watch the sun rise. As the first sun rays touch the face of the Statue of Ra, the High Priest raises his arms and says:
Honor to thee, Great and Powerful, Ra
And, everyone says:
May it be so.
The High Priest takes the sword in his non-power or receiving hand and points it directly at the sun. recite:
We thank you, Great God Ra, for granting us the gift of fire.
High Priest moves the sword to his power or manifesting hand, and points the sword at the Balefire, which the Temple Guardian immediately lights by the quickest way handy. Symbolically, this represents the God Ra giving our Coven fire, light and heat. Unless your High Priests is very well versed on fire starting magic, or able to rub two sticks together to make fire, use a bic!!!
While the balefire is being lit, each member not involved, should take the time to engrave their personal candles. Use sun signs, the names of Ra, an ankh or anything that feels right to you. When the balefire is fully caught, the High Priest lights the altar candle from the balefire. The easiest way to do this is to light a stick of incense in the balefire and use the flame on the end to light the altar candle. Once the altar candle is lit, the High priest issues an invitation such as:
Come my Brothers and join in our gift.
Each member lights his candle from the altar candle and returns to his place. These candles are intended to be an altar tool for each member, anytime they light it the powers of this Festival shall be summoned to aid and assist their work. Additional candles for future Coven use can be lit at this time also.
Once all of the candles have been lit, each man raises his candle towards the statue, as if giving a toast. Everyone says:
To the Great God Ra
Then they snuff out their candles.
This ends the first part of this ritual. Everyone should clean up and enjoy a hearty breakfast. Then divide up the days chores or entertainment and enjoy the day until sunset.
Chief Festival of Ra
About an hour before sunrise, everyone should clean up and
dress for the evening ritual. Start the ritual at sunset, just before the sun
disappears completely. Cast you Sacred Space in the usual manner. If you have
Ra as a Cardinal Point God, replace him with one of the following:
Within Sacred Space, begin the ritual.
The High Priest recites:
Thank you and farewell, Great God Ra.
Speak the name of each person who has passed in the last 12 months. Each member should speak the name of their own loved one. When the names have been said, begin the Passing By the Scale Ritual.
Passing By the Scale
The High Priestess says:
The questions and answers given in this ritual are
The High Priest says:
The Challenge Phase are the 42 negative Confessions that each soul is asked and must answer that they have not done this, to each of the 42 questions. These questions will be read in groups of seven, make sure you choose which people will read which questions before hand. You will need 6 people to divide up the Negative Confessions easily. Alternatively, you could simply alternate asking a question with all coven members. After each question is asked, the Coven replies:
This I have not done.
The 42 negative Confessions are as follows:
8. Have you spoken lies?
15. Have you dissembled?
22. Have you polluted yourself?
29. Have you gossiped?
36. Have you cursed a God?
When all 42 Negative Confessions have been asked and answered, the High Priestess recites:
The heart is put upon the scale, and though the cares of the
It is nice to have a scale present, on the altar. Into one side, place a small stuffed heart, in the other side, place an ostrich feather. Tie the feather to a rock before putting it on the scale, so it will be heavier. The High priest says:
Thus it will be for us all.
And everyone says:
Thus it shall be to the end of time.
If you wish to have this ritual last for three days instead of one, schedule the passing by the Scale ritual for the evening of the last night. Here is a sample schedule for a three day festival
Day One - Perform Part One of Ritual. Spend the day working
on Temple/Coven related projects or entertain yourselves with games,
tournaments, discussion groups, etc..
Day Two – Begin the day at sunrise by welcoming the sun as you did the day before, with the exception of lighting the members candles. Once the Balefire is lit, everyone should raise their arms to the sun and say:
To the Great God Ra
Spend this day as yesterday, enjoying warm hearty meals and friendship. The idea is to use your time this day to benefit the Great God Ra. Make sure your Covens Temple is ready for the cold of winter. Now might be a good time to stock up on firewood for the spring Balefires.
Hold an elders meeting after the evening meal to set the festival schedule for the next calendar year. All Coven members should be able to attend this meeting and vote on decisions. Use this meeting to discover what needs of individuals are not being met and discuss ways to meet those needs.
After the meeting, plan activities that allow for participation by all members. One of the best things I have discovered is to have the materials on hand so that each member can begin making their own staff or wand. You will need paints, a wood burning tool, stains and varnish, as well as the correct lengths of wood.
The wood can be easily obtained if you own, or know someone
who owns some wooded land. Then just take a walk into the woods with a pair
of hedge clippers and a camp saw. The perfect staff can be made from small
saplings whose trunk is just big enough around to be comfortable gripped in
the members hand. It should be as tall as the member, plus the length of the
members forearm from the inner elbow to the tip of the longest finger.
Once you have found the perfect piece of wood, begin to remove the bark from it using whatever tools might work best for you. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough parts, and you are ready to begin planning your designs. It works best to cut a piece of paper to draw your designs on first. Use a long piece of butcher block paper, or if you have old Christmas wrapping paper handy, use the white side of that.
Cut the paper to the exact length of the wand or staff, and wrap it around the wood. Cut the paper so that it wraps around the wood completely, but does not overlap. Then lay the paper out flat, with the blank side up. Now you have a flat surface the same diameter and length as your wood that you can plan your designs on, and easily erase if you change your mind. Many a good staff has been ruined by an over anxious pagan armed with a wood burning tool.
Put a lot of thought into this project before you even start. Have a good idea of what you want and research your choices. Plan any amulets, charms, cord or ribbons you plan to attach and have those materials on hand. It takes a long time to make a good tool, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t finish during the time you have during this Festival. Take it home and finish it during the dark winter months.
Day Three – Perform the sunrise ceremony as you did the day before. After breakfast, plan to spend the day finishing up all projects and ritual craft work. Then perform Part Two, the Passing by the Scale ritual.
News & Upcoming Events
March 16-20 - Spring Equinox celebration. Main ritual will be on the 18th starting at 10:00 a.m. and lasting until we get sleepy.
April 29th - Beltaine celebration beginning at 7:00 p.m.
June 20 - 25 - Second annual Trial of Set game!
June 24 - Midsummer celebration beginning at Noon and lasting until 11:00 p.m. Main ritual begins at 6:00 p.m.
September 22 - 24 - Autumn Equinox Celebration. Main Ritual will be on the 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m.
October 26 - 29 - Harvest celebration. Main Ritual will be on the 28th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on any of these events, please email Nydia. Please put 'Rituals' as the subject line of your email.
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