From Wesir to Heru

The Mysteries of Wesir continue, culminating in the Raising the Djed on (by my calendar) 2 December: the establishment of stability, declaration of victorious ascension, and pillar of fertility and nourishment.

And immediately after that, on 3 December, we have the Coronation of Heru. This is a theme we constantly see visited in funeral texts: the son addresses the father with “I have established you in your place, now you establish me in mine.” It is a necessary and inevitable thing that the upshot of the Mysteries is the iteration of the temporal order; not only is this an affirmation that, even though there has been a permanent departure, the living world is maintained, there is continuity, and disruption does not reign, but also the process of defending, protecting, defining, and installing Wesir in “the nome of the Duat” (to quote a text from the Divine Night) is what creates the kingship of the living.

If the Beautiful Festival is the point in which the tide between the seen and unseen world turns and the fertile, regenerative powers of the Duat flow forth and rejuvenate the seen world, this is the point at which our gifts to the Westerners flow most readily. The gift of the Mysteries is order, establishment, recognition, to set the mighty dead in their places in our hearts and in the cosmos, and as that relationship is built, so is our ability to take our own places in the world.

Not just because this is the nature of succession, the nature of the pact between the living and the dead. The ancient texts include declarations from son to father: I have established you a new place, so get out of your old one. Give it to your heir. Even as we give life to the West, we drive out our ghosts.

(So on a more abstract level, I’m pondering my ghosts. It’s a little late in the Mysteries to be doing full-on rituals to be encouraging them to take up their lives fully in the Duat and get the hell out of my chair, but it’s a serious ponder. Do those ghosts their full honor, but don’t let them live your life.)

I actually have a lot of thoughts about the Coronation festival, but I am at least enough on time that I can make sensibly-sized posts about it.


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