Wep Ronpet 2015

Yesterday was Wep Ronpet (Kemetic new year) for me. As all new years, it is a new beginning, a time to throw out bad things and start again at making a good life.

I did an execration of sorts, but not the way I usually do it. This time, instead of writing on paper or a clay pot, I typed it all on the computer, saved it to give it some solidity so it could be destroyed, and then deleted it while speaking my intent out loud. “I am putting an end to [harmful things], they have no hold on me any more, I have destroyed them!”

Then today I came across this quote, and it’s very relevant right now:
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There were things that I needed to execrate, but I’m more focused on building the future I want, and that is making a huge difference. Getting rid of negative things feels good, but building something positive is the best feeling.

The other aspect of new years is that they are times of celebration, and Wep Ronpet is no exception. So, I went into it with the intention of celebrating and feasting, but apparently I’m just not very good at that. I shared my dinner with my gods, but while it was nice it was not anything special. Sadly I didn’t have the energy to do any serious cooking that day.

I am good at taking time for myself when I need it, but yesterday I went all out. I think a good quarter of the day was spent on taking care of my health. I gave it however much time it needed and didn’t worry about how much that is. If it’s needed, then it’s needed.

Then, some hours after dinner, I remembered that I had gotten some caramels specifically for Wep Ronpet, so I re-lit the candle and they got a belated treat as well. I am happy about the caramels.

Maybe next time I should put up some decorations. I think it would make the space more festive and set it apart from a regular day. I also think that the act of decorating a space can put you in a more festive mood. So that’s an idea for next year. For now, I’ll just keep working on “building the new” because that’s the most important thing for me at this time.

 May this year be a good one.
And it will be if I have anything to do with it!

Wep Ronpet 2014

My Wep Ronpet (Kemetic New Year) was today. I didn’t have much to say about the intercalary days, so I’m making one post for all of that.

For the intercalary days, I wanted to get some kind of birthday treat. The main factor in deciding what to get them was: How long is it good for?

I liked the idea of birthday cupcakes, but I have had bread products go bad on me very quickly, and quite often. I didn’t want to make multiple trips to the store, so I went looking for a treat that will last for at least the five days. While looking at my options at the store, I came across Passion Flakies, which are very yummy, and they are good for a few months.

Well, that’s the food part. I had no idea what to do besides that. I would like to do something like write a poem honoring each of them, but I don’t “get” poetry. My brain just isn’t wired for it. I did some cleaning for Aset, but everything was pretty clean already, so all I really needed to do was sweep the floor.

I couldn’t think of anything special to do for the others. During Wesir’s day, I was feeling very dissatisfied with not being able to come up with anything, but then I decided that feeling this way is no good, so I’m just going to stop. Religion shouldn’t make you feel bad. So I decided to just do a food offering, and no need to do anything extra. Everyone got a Passion Flakie and some apple juice, and I said happy birthday to each of them, and that was it. It was…fine. Neither good nor bad.

For the day of Wep Ronpet itself, I shared my dinner, did an execration, and then lit a candle and just hung out for a bit. I had been considering getting a clay pot from the dollar store and smashing it, but instead, I decided to write things on paper, tear it up, and burn it. I discovered that I really like burning paper. It was great. I smited smote destroyed the poop, as well as anxiety and fatigue and a couple other things.

I feel like I didn’t do much. Which is not a bad thing…it was just over so quickly. Offer food, revert and eat. Write things down, shred, burn, done. Anyway, it was a good day, so I’m calling it a win.