Brooke from Making Bright is visiting me for a few days. Conveniently, the next major festival of my calendar after the First Dawning is Heb Sabu, which occurs around the middle of May, so we thought that as Kemetics, we could celebrate it together.
Heb Sabu is a festival I made for my calendar, so as far as I know, no one else celebrates it. It certainly isn’t a festival from antiquity. My reasoning is that Anpu and Wepwawet have several feast days in the northern hemisphere’s spring and summer, depending on the calendar you follow (for now I use Neos Alexandria’s as a reference). I thought it would be best to consolidate the feast days all into one mega-holiday instead of celebrating so many over the course of several months. So, this evening, we honored jackals.
We prepared by making prayer beads for the gods, which I’d been wanting to do for a while. I had made prayer beads and devotional bracelets for other gods and spirits–some for my own and a couple for those that other people served–but never for the two Jackals. I chose to make bracelets so I can easily wear them in the future; Anpu’s is black and gold, the colors I associate Him with, and Wepwawet’s is brown and red with some gold. Brooke made a prayer bracelet as well, dedicated to the both of Them.
Afterward, we cleansed ourselves with salt water and donned plain dresses for the ritual. We followed Sobekemiti’s all-purpose general Kemetic ritual, sharing the recitations, anointing ourselves in the Nefertiti perfume oil from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs, and offering ma’at, homemade bread, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, the prayer bracelets, and cool water to the gods. Gerald Jay Markoe’s “Meditation Music of Ancient Egypt” played in the background for the duration of the ritual, lending it a sacred atmosphere and grounding us to the proper mindset.
Performing the ritual felt powerful. We’d made preparations and knew our roles and actions, so it more or less went smoothly. And, during the personal prayer section, I was overcome with the sense that They were in the room with us. I hadn’t felt that distinct presence in a long, long time.