Photo Essay: Set United With Ra

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The “Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength” / Panel #2 of the Lords of Valor Triptych~ An original Kemetic icon by Master Iconographer Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa / Extra fine watercolor, acrylic, precious metal, semi-precious stones on 5″ x 7″ museum conservation panel / Genuine mineral pigments used as watercolor:  lapis lazuli (sourced from Chile), amethyst (Soladad, Brazil), bloodstone (Alaska, USA), jadeite (Alaska, USA), piemontite (Alaska, USA), rhodonite (Bellahorizonte, Brazil), red fuchsite (Brazil), garnet (Brazil), hematite (Utah, USA) / 22kt yellow gold, 23kt rose gold, platinum / Cabochon gemstones:  fire opals (Mexico) & carnelian / Austrian lead crystal elements by Swarovski®

 

The Khnem-Aten or “Union with the Sun” is one of the holiest rites that can be performed for the Gods and Their cult images, and traditionally this is offered only once a year, on Wep-Ronpet or “New Year’s” Day.  This solar radiation of holy objects was, in ancient times, carried out on Wep-Ronpet morning with a procession of the primary cult image of each temple to the roof of the Sanctuary, where the holy light of the New Year sun would bless and reinvigorate the Gods for the following year.  This is a rite of divine renewal for the temple and humankind at large, and it is still being celebrated by adorers of the Netjeru today.

We observed Wep-Ronpet and the heliacal rising of Sopdet-Sirius on August 5th this year, and together with one of our principal kar-shrines containing the God Ptah, we brought out the Aegis of Djehuty and the Souls of Khmennu (which had been completed at the time of the Last Quarter Moon in May of 2017) and the Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength, which was at that time only half way complete.

 

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The Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength as He appeared on Wep-Ronpet morning during our Union with the Sun ritual

 

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The Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength was completed on Full Moon Day (Tep semdet) on September 6, 2017, and it was our decision- since the icon had not been complete for the Khnem-Aten on Wep-Ronpet morning- to hold a second “Union with the Sun” for Lord Set on Last Quarter Moon Day (Denat) on September 13.  It also occurred to me that the four icons thus far created for our official Guild Shrine had never been sanctified together, nor received cultus at the same time.  Thus we gathered Ptah-Sokar-Ausir Lord of the Secret Shrine, Anpu Lord of the Sacred Land, the Aegis of Djehuty and the Souls of Khmennu, and the Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength, and made a pilgrimage to our holy desert site on the northwestern Utah desert’s Bonneville Salt Flats.

 

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Upon our arrival at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Last Quarter Moon was still glowing visibly above us

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Venus too was still visible in the dark violet sky, which had a faint ribbon of orange light heralding the sun’s imminent rise

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This is Lord Set’s domain, the Deshret or “Red Land”

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As the sky begins to glow with the first rays of sunlight, the four cult images of the Netjeru glint with bright gold, warm copper, Sterling silver and semi-precious stones

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Ptah-Sokar-Ausir Lord of the Secret Shrine and Anpu Lord of the Sacred Land receive the blessing of the first rays of Ra’s holy light

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The Aegis of Djehuty and the Souls of Khmennu kisses the sun

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The Aegis of Sutekh Great of Strength meets the first light of Great Ra

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Out of the distant cloudy sky a rainbow appears as the prayers to Lord Set are offered to the sky

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A rainbow seen in the distance above Lords Ptah-Sokar-Ausir and Anpu

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One thought on “Photo Essay: Set United With Ra

  1. Those are amazing images all around–both the Ones you’ve created, what was happening with Them when the sun came up, and the desert scene with the moon, Venus, the sun, the rainbow, and the mountains. Beautiful!

    (I am working my way through your recent essay as well, but it is taking me a while amidst all of the nonsense going on here at present…!?!)

    Like

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