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Egyptian Mid-Day Ritual

Author: Lynn Bellair

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Quotations from "Akhet Hwt-Hrw:  Temple and School ofAncient Egyptian Religion", www.Hwt-Hrw.com.


Although many morning and evening rituals have come down to us, only
the information that there existed Mid-Day Rituals has survived. This
mid-day ritual was created from both ancient texts and my own
writing.

Altar cloth color: Light Blue, because of its association with the sky during the daytime and its sacredness to Hwt-Hrw.
Other necessary items include: two bowls of spring water (one for purification and one as a libation offering), oil lamp, incense, Natron, a symbol of Ma'at, an item of gold, fruit, sistrum, ritual broom.





Light the charcoal and place it in the burner.

Hold up the bowl of spring water as you say:

Oh water may you remove all evil,
As Ra who bathes in the Lake of Rushes

May Heru wash my flesh,

May Djehuty cleanse my feet,

May Shu lift me up and Nut take my hand.




Set the bowl of water aside and say:

My Natron is the Natron of Heru, and the Natron of Heru is my Natron.

My Natron is the Natron of Sutekh and Natron of Sutekh is my Natron.

My Natron is the Natron of Djehuty, and the Natron of Djehuty is my Natron.

My Natron is the Natron of Geb and the Natron of Geb is my Natron.

My mouth is the mouth of the milking calf on the day that I was born.


Mix some Natron with the spring water. Then take the bowl of Natron and sprinkle this lightly as you walk four times
around the ritual area.


Light the oil lamp


Perform the ritual gesture of Embracing the Earth while saying:


Come, come in peace O glorious Eye of Heru,
Be strong and renew your youth in peace.

For the flame shines like Ra on the double horizon,

I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.




Put the incense on the burning charcoal in the burner

Assume the posture of Adoration (Dua) while saying:


The fire is laid, the fire shines;

The incense is laid on the fire, the incense shines.

Your perfume comes to me, Oh incense;

May my perfume come to you, Oh incense.

Your perfume comes to me, Oh Neteru;

May my perfume come to you, you Neteru.

May I be with you, you Neteru;

May you be with me, you Neteru.

May I live with you, you Neteru;

May you live with me, you Neteru.

I love you, you Neteru;

May you love me, you Neteru.


Invocation To Hwt-Hrw

Add incense to the burner

Assume the posture of Invocation as you recite the following invocations:


Make jubilation for Gold, and sweet pleasure for the Lady of the Two Lands.

Great is her Majesty when she is propitiated.

Adoration of Gold when she shines forth in the sky.

To you belongs everything in the sky while Re is in it.

To you belongs everything in the earth while Geb is in it.

There is no Neter who does what you dislike when you appear in glory.


(Tomb of
Kheruef, translated by E F Wente, text 47-48)




Invocation to Ra

Add incense to the burner, say:


Hail Ra in your beautiful crossing.

I have seen you in the three forms which you take.

I have adored you in the morning, In this your name of Khrpri.

I have praised you at midday, In this your name of Ra.

I have propitiated you in the evening, In this your name of Atum.

It is your uraeus snake who has enchanted your enemies.

Your uraeus snake surrounds you.


(Papyrus Louvre, translated by G Nagel, No.45)



Offering to Ma'at

Take the symbol of Ma'at and assume a posture of offering, say:


Oh Ma'at, first and last

We praise you, Mistress of All

Without whom there could only be chaos

Through whom all is manifest.

We, who breathe you

We, who exist in you

We, whose bodies are of you

We, whose thoughts flow through you

Honor and glorify your name!

May your power and dominion

Continue without end.

place the Ma'at symbol on the altar.




Offering of Libation

Take the spring water and hold it in a gesture of Offering, say:


This Libation is for you, Oh Gold

This libation is for you, Hwt-Hrw.

I have brought you this offering of water,

That your heart may be refreshed.

I have brought you this offering of water,

Placing it at your feet.

I present that which flows forth from You.

That Your heart shall continue to beat.

For it is with you that all comes forth at the sound of the voice.

Place libation on the altar




Adoration

Hold the bowl of spring water in your left hand in front of your chest, say:


Ra reaches his zenith in potency and strength

Dip the tips of your fingers of your right hand into the water and sprinkle it before the altar.

You, Oh Hwt-Hrw, dance before him.

Again dip your finger tips and sprinkle the water before the altar.

Lady of the Vulva, your beauty sings to his heart.

A third time, dip your finger tips and sprinkle the water before the altar

Insatiable, he lusts after you, toward his destiny.

A forth time, dip your finger tips and sprinkle the water before the altar

It is you who calls and beckons, who inspires him forth.

A fifth time, dip your finger tips and sprinkle the water before the altar

Oh Golden One, may your attraction continue for millions of years.

(the water is sprinkled five times to symbolize the union of two, becoming, and three, creation becoming manifest. Together
they represent power and energy.)



Hold the bowl of sand in your left hand in front of your chest, say:


Ra reaches his zenith in potency and strength

Take a little sand in yur fingers and sprinkle before the altar

You, Oh Hwt-Hrw, dance before him.

Take a little sand in your fingers and sprinkle before the altar

Lady of the Vulva, your beauty sings to his heart.

Take a little sand in your fingers and sprinkle before the altar

Insatiable, he lusts after you, toward his destiny.

Take a little sand in your fingers and sprinkle before the altar

It is you who calls and beckons, who inspires him forth.
Take a little sand in your fingers and sprinkle before the altar

Oh Golden One, may your attraction continue for millions of years.

(the sand is sprinkled five times to symbolize the union of two, becoming, and three, creation becoming manifest. Together
they represent power and energy. Five plus five is ten, relating specifically to the comcepts of time and space, as well as measurement. It represents manifestation)



Move the offering table next to the altar

Offering

Add incense to the burner

Hold in your hand the food offering and assume a posture of offering,

Offer in your cupped hand, an item of gold.


Hwt-Hrw

For You Ra traverses the sky, and so we live.

For this I honor you with what comes from you

Returning it, to be given again.


Place the item of gold before the image.

(gold symbolizes the devine, the sun and Ra, immortality, spirituality, the stars and heaven. In particular it came to be equated with Hwt-Hrw, and she as the personifiction of gold.)



Offer in your cupped hands a piece of fruit


Hwt-Hrw

Because of you the world is fertile, and so we live.

For this I praise you with what comes from you,

Returning it, to be given again.


Place the piece of fruit before the image.

(Fruit is to symbolize the power of the sun to create)




Offer in your cupped hands the sistrum.

Hwt-Hrw

Through you the people are filled with pleasure and joy, and so we live.

For this I exalt you with what comes from you

Returning it, to be given again.



Add incense to the burner. Play the sistrum rhythmically while you say:

My body speaks, my lips repeat

Pure Ihy-music, for Hwt-Hrw.

Music, millions

And hundreds and thousands of it,

Because you love music,

A million of music for your ka, In all your places.


Tomb of Kheruef, pls 35-36

(The sistrum is to symbolize the the non-material concepts of pleasure, joy (which humans desire) through equally non-material music (which is pleasing to Hwt-Hrw) Also the three offerings represent the unity of an integrated group, a system that is interactive among it's parts.)

Place the sistrum before the image.

Add incense to the burner and proceed to a time of meditation.

Extinguish the oil lamp, brush the area in front of the altar with your ritual broom as you back away.

Say:


Djehuty has come.

He has delivered the Eye of Heru from the hand of his enemies.

No evil shall enter this temple.

Ptah has closed the door, Djehuty has set it fast.

The door is closed, the door is set fast with the bolt.




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