Just this past Monday night, I took part in a Kemetic Orthodoxy ritual led by Shefytbast in honor of the Festival of Stars, a celebration of the Goddess Nut. Both August 6th and August 15th are Nut Feast Days this year, so the time in-between them (a 10 day period) has been unofficially deemed a “Festival of Stars,” or time to contemplate, honor, and celebrate the Lady Nut. I really liked this idea when I read about it on the KO forums, and I really enjoyed the ritual that was held this past Monday. The ritual helped inspire me to dedicate this next “N” blog post to Nut, as I sorely need to catch up with the Pagan Blog Project as it is ^__^;;
Nut is the Kemetic Goddess of the sky (especially the night sky), and the great mother of the Epagomenal Gods – Wesir, Heru-wer, Set, Aset, and Nebt-het. Each year leading up to Wep Ronpet, the Kemetic New Year, we celebrate Their birth, and Nut’s role as a Divine Mother. Nut’s consort is the God Geb, the Kemetic personification of the Earth itself. Together, They create a beautiful image of the simultaneously literal and mythological embrace of the ultimate lovers, Earth and Sky. Nut is usually depicted as a woman colored a deep, royal blue, Her entire body dappled with shining stars, as the night sky appears to be every evening. She is usually shown in Ancient Egyptian art as arching over the entire world, with Her fingers touching the Western horizon and Her feet touching the Eastern; She covers everything with Her body, the perfect representation of the literal sky:
Nut also has a special relationship with Ra, as it is from Her body that He is birthed anew each morning with the rising of the sun; and it is to Her body that He returns each evening. It is said that through Nut, Ra is able to enter the Duat, and journey through it each night on His bark. It is also said that Nut is the place where “cosmic emergence and individual resurrection come together.” As Henadology also states: “Nut occupies a position in the Egyptian pantheon linking the Gods who are conceived as being active in the most primordial phases of the emergence of the cosmos with those whose sphere of activity lies closer to human experience.” This might sound complicated, but the way I see it is: Nut is the bridge between the world of the unseen (the Duat) and the seen (the Earthly plane); between the Gods of nature (the things we cannot control) and the Gods of human experience and action (the things we can control, or take part in).
Nut may sometimes seem overwhelming – so vastly complex, like the night sky can sometimes seem if one simply gazes into it for an extended amount of time…but Nut does not have to feel so overpowering, so immense. I like to think of Her as a blanket – a blanket of expected darkness, a hug while we sleep. There is much to be learned from Her endless capacity, Her infinite nature. Sometimes it can be harder to “get to know” the more nature-related, cosmic Deities, those like Tefnut, Shu, Geb, and Nut…but the more I pay attention to the natural cycles around me, the way the sky changes from sunrise to sunset, the way these aspects of life are constantly around us, constantly with us, comforting and eternal, it’s easier for me to come to terms with Them.
Oh Lady Nut,
You Who blanket the Earth with Your darkness
You Who color the world a thousand shades of blue
Watch over us, protect us, embrace us
Owner of the stars, Lady of the hours
Eternal and forgiving, vaste and unforgettable
I honor You, I praise You, I sing Your name
She Who embraces the world, She Who loves the Earth
Oh Lady Nut,
As complex as solar systems,
As familiar as a Mother’s kiss.