Time For Auset!

Auset

Concerning the use of the name Isis, it disturbs me greatly that this sacred name, belonging to a very ancient Goddess Who embodies the sustenance of life, healing, and justice, would be used by the mass media for a terrorist organization. However, is there any other way we can approach this in order to find resolution, for those of us who adore our Goddess and are sickened by the abuse of Her holy name?

Lady Zarita Zook (Arch Priestess of Temple of Auset Nevada) and I were having just this very conversation recently during her visit to West Wendover. We agreed that this misuse of the name of the Goddess is offensive and evil, and something that needs to be spoken against. But we also agreed that however attached we might be to the name Isis, this is in fact not the original name of the Goddess at all! The original name of our Goddess is Auset (or Ast, Aset), and this name was Hers from the most ancient times until the advent of the Hellenized Ee-sees, which later, via Latin, became Isis.

To the ancient Egyptians, the name held vital significance, and the magical power, Heka, of the person or thing so named. To not call someone or something by their real name is to deny that power, that sacred resonance. For myself as a Kemetic Reconstructionist, I never use the later Hellenized/ contemporary names of the Netjeru in my personal prayers or temple devotions. I only use the more commonly known forms of the Goddesses and Gods when I need to clarify who they are to an audience I know will not be familiar with the original Kemetic names of the deities.

Maybe it is time for adorers of the Goddess Auset to see this experience as a call to honor the most ancient name of our Goddess, Who has been called Auset, Aset, Ast for thousands of years longer than “Isis”. Maybe it is time for us to go back, back, back to our roots as servants of a Goddess Who has existed far longer than our more contemporary civilizations and trends. The ancient words have POWER, and our Goddess has an original and POWERFUL name that has never been tainted or misused by the ignorant. When we speak that original name, we tap into the very source of the Goddess’ most primordial aspect, Her manifestation as the Divine Seat, the Throne of Kemet (Egypt), the Mother of the Netjer Heru (God Horus).

The original names of the Netjeru go back to Zep Tepy, to the First Occassion of creation, and are the original seat of the Gods’ power. The entire spirit and purpose of the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) tradition is to return to Zep Tepy, to come as close as we can to that state. The name Auset, not “Isis”, is the original sound of the Goddess from Zep Tepy, and my view is that this is where our true connection to the Goddess can be forged.

In using the original and ancient name of our Goddess Auset, we will actually be denying and dis-empowering the abusive use of “ISIS” in the mass media, by not consciously allowing ourselves to associate this sound with our Goddess. It will be very difficult for some, who are not used to the very ancient name of Auset (Aset, Ast), but it is time we all learned, and returned to the roots of our glorious tradition, which are in Kemet, and have always been there waiting for us.

I am deeply ashamed of the misuse of the beloved name “Isis”. It wounds me and lacerates my heart every time I read a media story covering that group of hate so contrary to the values of my Goddess. But can we stop and say Her REAL NAME together? Auset…Auset…Auset. This is a name we will find attached only to the most High, most Powerful, most venerated Mother of our ancient Gods. Maybe it is about time. Maybe it is time for AUSET!

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Hail to the Seven Sisters of Hwt-Her/ Hathor By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Seven Hathors

Hail to the Seven Sisters of Hwt-Her, Whose names are secret!

Hail Sisters of Hwt-Her, She with hair of red and She with bright hair!

Hail Sisters of Hwt-Her, She of the universe and She Whose name flourishes through skillfulness!

Hail Sisters of Hwt-Her, She Who is the Lady of Thunder, lightening and wind, the One Who is the Sky Storm!

Hail Sisters of Hwt-Her, She Who is from the Land of Kemet and She Who is from the Land of Silence!

Hail Ye Seven Who make decrees, Who support Ma’at and protect us! Shield us against the enemies of light, adorn us in the raiment of Truth and nourish us when our strength fails.  Guide us and assist us in the daily routine of our earthly lives!

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Hail Glorious Auset By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Roman Era Isis

 

Hail glorious Auset!  The Sun reflects Your purity and all the Earth rejoices!

Hail glorious Auset!  The lotus and the rose reflect Your purity and all the Earth rejoices!

Hail glorious Auset!  The Moon reflects Your purity and all the Earth rejoices!

Hail glorious Auset!  The great rivers and seas reflect Your purity and all the Earth rejoices!

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Honoring Auset of Generosity and Prosperity By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Auset of Prosperity

 

Hail Auset, Isis, radiant glory of the universe, Thou who art cherished and ever will be cherished!  Grant the bless that we pray for in this sacred season of Coming Forth.

Hail Auset, Isis, Queen of Heaven, Thou who opens our hearts to generosity that we may bless others!

Hail Auset, Isis, Queen of the Earth, Thou who blesses our lives with the aspect of all earthly things!

Hail Auset, Isis, Queen of Heaven and Earth, Thou who brings prosperity and comfort into our homes!  We thank You for Your blessing.

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Honoring Auset the Light of the World By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Auset Offering Sistrum of Light

Auset, Isis, O Brilliant One!  See before You the lights of Your children, shinning in the darkness to light the way for Ausir.

Auset, take the energy of our shining lights into Your body to light the way for Ausir!

Ausir, Osiris, great of love, Lord of beautiful desire, see before You the shining lights of Auset brightening the way!

Ausir, we have given the energy of our shining lights to brighten the way for Your return!

Auset, You are the light in the midst of darkness!  Your beloved Ausir comes from Amenti to embrace You.

Auset, Light of the World, go to embrace Ausir!

Ausir, beautiful being, Auset the light of the world comes to embrace You.

No one was ever born that has not been touched by the love of Auset and Ausir.

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Homage to the Goddess Mut By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Bracelet With Mut

Homage to You Mut, Great Mother and Queen of the Gods and Goddesses, Whose temple is at the sacred lake in Waset.

Homage to You Mut, Wife of Amun and Mother of Khonsu, Who wears the Crown of the South and holds the papyrus scepter.

Homage to You Mut, Goddess of the Queens, Whose symbol and name mean “mother”, and who wears the headdress of the vulture.

Homage to You Mut, who wears the Crown of the North and holds the Ankh which is life.

Homage to You Mut, Divine Mother and Queen of United Kemet!

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Praising Queen Auset and Entering Her House By the Rt. Rev. Lady Zarita M. Zook, Arch Priestess of Auset/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Auset Pylons Philae

Come with me, children of the Gods, let us enter the Great Temple of Auset, Isis!  As we walk through its grand pylons, we hear the chanting of the ancient priesthood in the distance. The Temple is cool and refreshing, the torches flicker on the gleaming walls of electrum.  Let us sing the great hymns of praise, whose words are inscribed on beautiful columns. Let us dance with joy.  Let us join the never-ending prayers of thousands of years.

O Auset, Isis, Great One Who rises and dispels darkness!

O Mistress of Flame, Who slays Apep in an instant.

O Golden One, Who illumines the Two Lands with radiance, and Who fills the Earth with gold dust.

O Auset, Isis, come to Your House and join Your Image, Your Radiance, inundating the faces of Your children like Ra when He shows Himself in the morning.

Join with me daily in this prayer my children!

O Auset, Isis, Queen of the Universe!  Help us live our lives According to Your right laws.

Grant us the skill to build Your Great Temple upon a firm foundation.

Bless the edifice to be a vessel worthy of holding Your beacon of Light that will cover the Earth with radiance.

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The Call of Auset (Part One)~ By Rev. Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa, Pr.H/ Temple of Auset Nevada

Call to Auset

As many of you know, I am a priest of Isis in the Temples of Isis California and Nevada, and a Priest Hierophant of the Goddess in the Fellowship of Isis. What does it mean to be a priest or priestess of the Goddess Isis in today’s world? I do not have a right to speak for others. The call of Isis is a deeply personal path, and each member of Her clergy has her or his own experience that awakened the desire to serve the Goddess in this way. 

For me, the call of Isis came to me as a young boy of only ten, when, through the intervention of Isis, the Rt. Rev. Lady Loreon Vigné answered a letter I had written to her, and very generously volunteered to be my spiritual teacher. For me, Isis embodied the ancient Egyptian rites and traditions, and the very essence of unconditional love. She was the protectress and custodian of the most ancient divine Mysteries, and to serve Her was to serve the origins of the human soul.

Lady Loreon was very patient and generous to me, and helped me to cultivate a genuine understanding of religion, not as an authoritative body of rituals and dogma, but a mystical path to self awareness and divine communion. The ancient Egyptian traditions of Isis, she taught me, were the origins of humankind’s relationship with the Sacred Feminine…and it was time for humankind to return to that Source called Mother.

Being a priest of Auset, for me, does not mean that I am holy or chosen or special. It does not mean that I have power or knowledge or gifts that others do not have. Queen Isis is the Mother of Gnosis, mystical awareness of things as they truly are. This is an awareness that all beings are heirs to, and all hearts can awaken. When we yearn for nothing else so deeply as to be united with our divine nature, then we have already achieved an answer to the call of Isis, and that answer can become the focal point for one’s service as priestess or priest.

In ancient times, the priestess and priesthood were responsible for carrying out the daily rituals in the temple, the rituals through which humankind and the Gods remained in direct contact. Today, women and men all over the earth are experiencing a reawakening of this sacred relationship with the Goddesses and Gods, and with Auset, Isis, the Goddess of 10,000 names.

When I answered the call of Isis as a priest, I took upon myself an iron mantle of service that to my heart embodies a path of service to creation through the virtues of the Goddess. When I was ordained, Lady Loreon said, “now you have to take this out into the world and do good works for the earth and all Her creatures. It is not enough just to do rituals in the temple…get out there and serve!”

Lady Zarita Zook, Arch Priestess of Isis and foundress of Temple of Isis Nevada, has also been a kind, generous and firm teacher to me. When she ordained me as High Priest of Temple of Isis Nevada, she cautioned me, “the mantle of the clergy is not soft fabric, but iron. Feel how heavy the mantle is! This mantle is forged of steel by the Goddess, for service in Her House is a grave responsibility, a calling only the most brave can bear!”

Lady Zarita teaches all her pupils that the call of Isis is a process of putting feet on your prayers…actually going out into the world and serving others, not as a religious duty or a means of conversion, but solely because Isis is the Mother of compassion, whose kindness and embrace are unconditional, altruistic.

Priestesses and priests who simply dress up in glamorous ritual attire and perform spectacular rituals aren’t really accomplishing the work of ISIS. The true work of the Goddess is the work of a physician…a heart surgeon…repairing and healing, soothing and loving all creatures in this world. When Isis calls, it is a call to awaken. Wake up, my child, the Goddess says. It is time to get to work!

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