Day of Chewing Onions for Bast 2018

Now, Onion Day is one of the holidays that I can celebrate with my fiance.  He loves onions!  We had to celebrate early however, since I’ll be leaving to go back to work on the 6th.  This is the first time we’ve really celebrated a festival together, and it was a ton of fun!

We started the day today by going out to a restaurant, where I got a breakfast skillet with onions included!  This was the first part of the feast.  Unfortunately we couldn’t celebrate earlier since I had a massive migraine that I carried from the night before, but with some tender loving care, I mostly got rid of it just in time for lunch and dinnertime fun.

Earlier in the week, we went to the store and gathered our supplies for making delicious foods. I also set up the shrine on the dining room table so that we could share our meals with Bast(-Mut).  I decided that I finally wanted to make those Rose Puff Pastries and he was going to make a French Onion Soup.  Today we spent much of the afternoon and evening in the kitchen in a cooking frenzy!  (After I felt better, of course!)

The picture to the right shows his delicious soup made with sunny sweet onions, provolone cheese, and French bread.  We also had a baked potato on the side and it was all SO good!  Here I am sharing my meal with Bast, while we have the candle and incense lit for Her as well.  On the left I have cut out some onion shapes for some heka we performed later on.

The picture on the left shows one of the delicious rose puff pastries that I baked and shared with Her!  They turned out pretty good for a first try, but they were super messy to create.  It was sure a learning experience, and I know I can do better next time.

While we ate, we took the onion shapes and some pens and considered what we wanted The Devouring Flame to consume.  We wrote down things we wanted to be rid of, such as procrastination and similar things.  We wrote as much as we could think of on our onion shapes, because we were going to take them outside and allow Her to devour them, to take them from us so that we could fill those gaps with better things.

After we ate our fill, we took our onions and allowed them to be consumed while I sang a song for Bast.  The fire felt very good in the crisp northern air.

All in all, this was a very exciting festival for us and I’m glad we got to share it together. Hopefully this post will give everybody else some ideas for their own Onion Day festivities!

 

Feast of Sekhmet and Bast of Isheru

I celebrated this a few days early due to my odd schedule, however now is a great time to post it as today is the Feast of Sekhmet and Bast before Ra and tomorrow is the Feast of Sekhmet and Bast of Isheru!  

The reason I’m focusing most on the latter is because as a syncretic deity, Bast-Mut hails mainly from Isheru, and thus I am taking this festival and celebrating Her upon it (as well as Sekhmet, but I didn’t have Her statue with me!)  While I don’t know much about the festivals, all I know is that I’m going to celebrate them my way, and I’m going to enjoy myself and give lots of thanks and offerings to the Netjeru!

We start at the shrine.

I set up my travel shrine within the hotel room, covering up anything I didn’t need to see, such as that coffee pot behind the towel.  It made a nice little backdrop in which to set my icon of Bast-Mut down. With electric candle lit, libation water offered, dark chocolate pretzel bark and delicious cheeses and crackers set before Her, I sang an offering song and sat in Her presence for a time.  I let these offerings sit until it was time for the true Feast to happen.

And then the feast begins!

I ordered food delivery of some delicious tacos to share with these two Goddesses!  There was some difficulties involved in picking up this food in which hotel keys didn’t work, elevators were slow, etc, but once I was able to get back to the room, we enjoyed this feast and I enjoyed the company of Mother.

All in all, I consider the festivities to have been a success!  It was mostly impromptu, but I made it work within my limits of being in a hotel, traveling, and not having much to give.

 

Appearance of Bast of Ankhtawy

I have abnormal working hours due to my job, and so it happens I have decided to celebrate the Appearance of Bast of Ankhtawy a couple of days early!  Perhaps this early write-up can provide some sort of inspiration for your own festivities.

After I settled down into the hotel and got myself together, I set up my little Bast-Mut icon at the windowsill to enjoy some sunlight.  This was Her “Appearing,” as she was in the window and visible to those who could see her.  That was one offering to Her, the warmth of the sunlight and a prime sitting place to watch both me and the world outside.

I put the beautiful scent of potpourri next to Her as well as my rattle in which I was going to do a little bit of singing and noise making to welcome Her forth.

In the fading sunlight, I walked across the street to Subway to get some food, which I offered before eating myself, as well as a cookie to present to Her as I offered some written prayers to be granted.  After my offerings, I took my rattle and did a little song and dance, with the window still open mind you, because this is Her Appearance and while I’m dancing and singing for Her, I’m also not to be hiding myself.

With all said and done, I reverted the cookie and closed the curtains so that She could still watch over the world before I put the icon and items away before my bedtime.

All and all, even though it was short and sweet and simple, it was a pleasant little celebration and I was happy to do take part in this for Her.