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KEMET THIS WEEK, Episode 2, 06/26/2009
« on: December 29, 2009, 09:15:32 pm »
KEMET THIS WEEK – PODCAST #2 for June 26, 2009


Hello and welcome to “Kemet This Week.”  This week we have a special treat for you.  The Rev. Tamara Siuda, the Nisut of the Kemetic Orthodox faith, is in the studio with us.
Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Thanks for coming.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  You’re welcome.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  This week we are going to talk about Aset Luminous which is coming up.  When is Aset Luminous?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  This year it will be actually on the 4th of July.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Good timing.  Umm, now that we know when it is, what is it?  Let’s have the basics for people who have never heard of Aset Luminous before.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  For those who are not in our religion, Aset is the Egyptian or Kemetic way to say Isis, the Goddess Isis, and so Aset or Isis Luminous is the holiday which in ancient times was called the “Procession of Aset, Mother of God.”  That may also sound familiar.  Ironically enough, they still celebrate this holiday in a certain manner in Italy where it is called part of the Ave Maria Festival and is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Do we know how old Aset Luminous is?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  We’re not entirely certain.  Most of the sources that we have for Aset Luminous come from the Later Period, but most of the sources for all of Aset’s worship do come from after Dynasty VI.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  So what’s the point of the festival?  What’s it all about?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  The festival occurs at an interesting time of year.  It is exactly ten days, which is one kemetic week, after the celebration of the summer solstice which is the day of the Eye of Ra’s escape, and it’s exactly three weeks, three kemetic weeks, 30 days, before Wep Ronpet or the Opening of the Year, our Kemetic New Year.  This is significant.  It comes at a time right after we are acknowledging that the days are getting shorter; the sun, which is the visible symbol of the divine on earth is disappearing for the people of Kemet, or being there less, and just before we start to get ready for the largest festival of the year and the renewing of the year.  That is not lost on me when I look at the calendar and think about the significance of that.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  I was just thinking about how we make a lot about how, in the days right before Wep Ronpet there is sort of a sense of disillusion, the whole winding down of the year, things coming apart, breaking apart really as the whole year kind of disintegrates and this almost seems an answer to that, a preemptive answer.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Very much so.  People like to talk about how the end of the year is somehow less than the beginning of the year, that, you know, the year is getting old.  This continues to exist in modern understandings of New Year.  At the end of December, people talk about the old year being replaced by the New Year that’s symbolized by a baby and that, you know, we are going to make resolutions for the New Year and do all these new things.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Which people do with Kemetic New Year also.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Absolutely! But there is sort of a sense on top of that in the Northern Hemisphere that this is summer, this is the hottest time of the year, the slowest time of the year, these are the Dog Days when people are tired and frustrated and have short tempers.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  And as we record this it is something … is it 90,000 degrees out right now?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  It’s pretty hot.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  We have killed the fans in the studio so we may not make it to the end of this podcast.  So this … this is a one day festival.
Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Yes

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  How… how is it celebrated?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  What we do today is very similar to what was done in ancient times.  In ancient times it was done on a very large national scale.  The images of Aset would be taken out of Their temples and placed on boats and taken – They were paraded through the streets to the Nile and then paraded around on the Nile.  It was sort of a river festival with boats and lights after dark.  The point here was the reminder that even when it’s dark outside, divinity in the form of light is still there.  Houses would be lit up.  Temples would be lit up.  People would carry around candles.  Small boats were filled with people who had lights.  Even smaller boats were made out of papyrus and people who knew how to write could write prayers on them and then they would put little lights in them, little lamps, and float them alongside the very large boat with the Goddess’ image in it.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Sounds like it is very big emphasis on community which really underlies a lot of our rituals.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Yes … yes.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  … and a lot of our ceremonies.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Very much so.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  So is this something that someone could still celebrate alone in a pinch, if someone doesn’t have any other worshippers in their area?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Absolutely!  Anyone can light a light – one candle - and if you don’t have a candle you can turn on the lights in your house.  We used to have some fun with some of the younger members of the Temple to have a “safe race” to see how fast you could turn on every single light in your house, leave them on for a couple of moments, give thanks for light in the darkness, and then turn them back off.  Obviously we don’t want to burn up too much electricity, but, this could be done.  I am told every year of a lot of devotees who light small candles, make small paper boats and take them to a local source of water, a river, a lake, a pond, a kiddie pool, the bathtub.  Lots of things have been done.  The main objects of the ceremony which are associated also with Aset as a goddess, are water and light, and anybody can do water and light.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  And as I recall you can put prayers in the boats, either laying written prayers under the candle (if you put a little candle in the little paper boat) or you can actually write it on the paper you make the boat out of.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Yes.  We have a couple of sources on our website if anybody comes to our website.  Uh, we have a couple of people who have researched how to make paper boats that will actually float and here at the Temple when we have our ceremonies we will take all of the prayers that are sent to us and write them out on paper and then fold that paper and make them into boats and take them out and fill all the boats with tea lights and send them all on their little way.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  If people are interested in having their prayers added to our own celebration here should they go to the forums for that?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Actually they can email them directly to me if they want.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  And what email address should they use for that?

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Let’s use the Temple’s address.  Tawy House.  T-A-W-Y H-O-U-S-E at Netjer N-E-T-J-E-R dot org.  It’s a lovely holiday.  It’s something that you can do outside when it’s nice outside, in the dark with the light, the moonlight.  For those of us who live in the United States there will probably be a lot of fireworks light that night.  I’m sure She appreciates them even though Independence Day has absolutely nothing to do with Aset Luminous.  It’s kind of nice that they coincide this year.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  Well, you know, in a way they are both ceremonies of hope.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  Um hum, very much so.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  And a little hope is probably just what the world needs right now.  Well, thank you for being with us today.

Rev. Tamara Siuda:  You’re welcome.

Rev. Craig Schaefer:  You have been listening to “Kemet This Week”, Episode 2, for Friday, June 26, 2009.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week.
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