Egypt had long names for their Holidays. Today was called, “The Festival of Lighting the Fires of Neith.” Neith was one of the Originals in the early days of Gods and Goddesses. She was a Creator, having spit into the waters, creating Apep, which happened to be an evil serpent, an arch nemesis of Ra. She was also the mother of Ra. So in a sense, she gave birth to the dark and light, creating gods who would represent light and death. The Heavens and the Underworld.
The curious thing about Apep is, the Great Serpent did not begin as a thing of evil or an enemy of Ra. While Ra was of the Sun and of light, Apep was of the Underworld. The Underworld consisted of many “Chambers”, which was represented by the Serpents body. Ra had to pass through this Underworld and it’s Chambers each time he was swallowed up by Night with the triggering of the Sunset. I think that maybe, Ra Priests misrepresented Apep and Ra’s journey by labeling the Serpent as Evil, suddenly placing some sort of fear over the Underworld. We see this often, even in Egyptian History. Priests of one God coming along and changing things up a bit to suit the image of their own God. I think the original story represents something positive and not a thing to be feared. It represents phases of life and death—the moral, Rebirth, Regeneration and Renewal. Rebirth, Regeneration and Renewal is something else the Pagan Serpent has always represented. Each time, we come back stronger.
Do you feel the strong urge to be thankful on this day? Perhaps you have been blessed with unexpected good fortunes. If so, maybe that is the Roman Ancestors living within your blood screaming out for you to take notice of all that you have – no matter how simple or complex—and give appreciation and thanks for it.
Today in Ancient Rome, they would have had a Festival for three Deities: Minerva, Juno and Jupiter. The official name was, Lectisternium. A Roman would take images of these Gods/Goddesses and sit meals in front of them because today was about having a Feast in celebration for all the things, big and small, that the Gods have blessed you with.
Today in Rune-Lore, marks the beginning of the Runic Half-Month called, Ken. Fitting, considering Egypt will be lighting fires on this day. While Egypt has nothing to do with the Culture of Runes, we do see one Civilization bleed it’s influence into the next. How? Ken is symbolized by the sacred Torch—fire. Fire which burns through the haze bringing forth enlightenment. Fire which lights a Great Hall where ordinary objects are turned into magical wonders. Do you need knowledge? Do you need to tap into your female energies and secrets? Do you need an ability or intuition? Invoke that of Ken, and may this entire half-month burn through you like a flame of eye-opening, boundless possibilities made real!
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