CowOfGold Moving

An update on my previous post: Cow of Gold will have a new home here when the maintainer has a chance to put up the site again (with some revisions, apparently).

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Minor Call for Nerdy Action

I know I’ve been profoundly absent for a while – my research stuff has gone a bit by the wayside – but I wanted to bring something to people’s attention:

The Egyptian mythology/symbology resource “Cow of Gold is hosted on Wikispaces, which is Going Away. Not all of the pages of Cow of Gold are available in the Wayback Machine, which means that when Wikispaces poofs, this amazing resource will also vanish.

I am currently planning on spending free time getting pages added to the Wayback Machine using one of the suggested resources on this blog post; if anyone else wants to join in, we’ll be more likely to get the whole thing hand-spidered.

Community support go!

Unsettled Time

We are living in unsettled time.

Wp Rnpt has ended the time between time, the Days Upon the Year in which time is upended and unordered, but time is still not aligned fully. We have space in which action exists, in which we can uphold the world, set ma’at in its place, the leverage to act within time, but the Eye is still wild, Djehwty has not yet brought the last lunar year to its conclusion.

We are in the space where last year and this year coincide, where time is unsettled, where we have a foot in yesterday and a foot in tomorrow.

And in this unsettled and in-between time, at least by the calendar I am currently using, a total solar eclipse will be crossing North America a week from tomorrow. (And I will be travelling to try to see it.)

Things fall apart in August.

May justice roll down like the waters of the Flood.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

(Yes, it has been nearly a year since I updated. Things have been… complicated, and research is hard.)

Just a quick note

I’ve updated my bio page with a link to Les Cabinets Des Polytheistes, where my story “Spine of the World” is published (and in which people can play Spot The Netjer if they are so inclined), and my less-specific webspace Suns in Her Branches, which is broader than this space (which is specifically for reconstructionist-derived Kemetic theory and practice). Suns also has static page resources for … stuff. Though that’s nowhere near complete. I should consolidate my research notes over there at some point, waugh….

Back to Quotes

Thus, wine is depicted being offered, often by statuettes of the king on the palanquin, or within the shrine; incense is burnt; libations are poured; bouquets and piles of offerings are presented. These are among the most common ritual acts depicted on temple walls and called for in temple liturgies. Priests practiced these rites daily. They also practiced them in processions on a regular basis. Thus, there were only a few special episodes, such as cutting the grain, which were not acts performed at least several times a month by the performers. This repetition stabilized the festival celebration and incorporated the powerful–and potentially dangerous–elements of the festival into the predictable fabric of everyday life.

Ancient Egyptian Temple Ritual, Katherine Eaton

I think this may be one of the hardest things to really get under the skin about Egyptian stuff, this idea that breaks in the daily routine are perilous, more prone to things going wrong, and need to be normalised.

I think that a lot of people are more accustomed to an idea of festival time as celebration, as special, as holiday, and certainly there are aspects of that to many festivals, but the precariousness of non-standard time is also a thing that has to be handled gentle, and hemmed in with normalcy, to keep it all grounded.