Coloring the Six-Day Feast
The beginnings of coloration on the icon panel of “Ptah-Sokar-Ausir“~ an original Kemetic icon by master iconographer Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa/ Panel 1 of The Sacred West Triptych
Today marks the First Quarter Moon, known to the Ancients as the Six-Day Feast- observing the passing of six days after the initiation of the lunar cycle on New Moon day. This day begins the “Filling of the Wedjat Eye”, that is, the steady expansion of lunar light which reaches its maximum capacity on the day of the Full Moon. Between today and January 23rd, the Netjeru associated with the lunar cycle each grant a portion of sacred power to the construction or “filling” of the Wedjat Eye, the reservoir of sacred power that may be channeled into endeavors of the temple or shrine. Any activity conducted during these seven days will be granted the empowerment of the Wedjat Eye’s glorious expansion.
I am currently in the process of layering color on my icon of Ptah-Sokar-Ausir, having begun with the Netjer’s sacred eye and working my way outward in a clockwise manner. Coloration and the actual manner in which it is accomplished are governed by a strict ritual protocol in which each action of bringing a divine image to life is treated as a holy act. Color (iwen) is holy within itself, as each color embodies the specific qualities of a deity’s manifestation in the natural world- a reflection of the Gods as tangible, visible powers (bau).
All of the principal colors I use in my icons are precious natural mineral pigments like lapis lazuli, amethyst, jadeite, and garnet. These substances are close to the Gods because they are naturally occurring, and thus retain the spiritual properties absorbed by their evolution in the earth. Their colors are also hallmarks of the Gods, and any consecrated object composed of their qualities will naturally attract the Gods to it, thereby solidifying its presence as a sacral vehicle.
Thus far, Ptah-Sokar-Ausir’s sparrowhawk/ falcon face, tripartite headdress, and Atef crown have been brought to the brink of completion; though certain shading and highlighting details remain. My readers will see in the accompanying pictures the raised relief gilded ring that forms an unmistakable solar attribute of the Netjer’s Atef crown with its twisted golden ram’s horns. This feature is the future setting for a spectacular fire opal, which interestingly enough has a natural iridescent pattern resembling the markings of the Wedjat Eye.