Sobek, Who “Comes Forth from the Flood Water” (Epithet Project #9)

By the riverside is where I meet Sobek most often. For today's epithet project, I wanted to focus more specifically on His association with the flood, rather than the river itself. Some Brief History: The Importance of the Inundation The annual inundation was of utmost importance to the ancient Egyptians. In summary: "The habitable part …

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Wepwawet, “The Jackal”(Epithet Project #8)

There is a wolf cemetery outside Olympia, Washington. What better place to whisper a prayer to Wepwawet? The wolf cemetery at Wolf Haven International; it's much bigger than my photo shows. The Dog Catacombs The cemetery is part of Wolf Haven International, an incredible wolf sanctuary that I highly recommend if you find yourself in …

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Anubis, “He of the Grain Products” (Epithet Project #7)

As we move further into the murky liminal space of the days after the previous kemetic new year has ended but before the new year begins, I find myself craving something a little more cheerful and lighthearted -- and what could be more cheerful than cookies? So for this month's epithet, I'll be focusing on …

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Aset, “Who Makes Shade with Her Plumage” (Epithet Project #6)

The temperature maxed out at only 84 degrees F (29 C) here today, but I was already grateful for the shade. While on a 10 kilometer run this afternoon, each time I passed underneath a shade tree, I murmured (or weakly coughed out, towards the end of the run) a word of gratitude to Aset …

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Ma’ahes, “Wielder of the Knife” (Epithet Project #5)

Ma'ahes (also referred to as Mahes, or Mios/Mihos/Miysis to the Greeks) is an Egyptian god of war and protection who also "represents the consuming powers of the scorching heat of midsummer." [1] In His primary forms of full lion or lion-headed man, He is frequently depicted with a knife between His paws [2]. As a …

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Wepwawet, “Who Directs His Running” (Epithet Project #4)

Starting out in polytheism, I didn't expect that half-marathon training would become a regular part of my devotional routine. On Saturday, as I laced up my running shoes, I offered the upcoming 10-mile run to Wepwawet, Who Directs His Running. But running didn't start out as a devotional activity, as I was still an atheist …

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He Who Eats with His Mouth (Epithet Project #2)

Sobek is a complex, multifaceted god, simultaneously the gentle "Lord of Love" and fiercely aggressive "Lord of Fear." [1] He rules the rivers, the marshes, brings life forth from primordial water, spreads fertility throughout the land; He is deeply connected to natural forces and living things. As I've slowly gotten to know Him in the …

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He Who Passes Through the Sky (Epithet Project #1)

My first devotional act to Wepwawet was the digital painting shown here: Wepwawet guiding Voyager 1 through the heavens. In April 2018, the Voyager 1 spacecraft fired up its thrusters after 37 years. Voyager 1's mission is to explore beyond our solar system, leading the way to a level of exploration unprecedented in human history. …

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