Okay, I haven’t been completely honest with you guys. I saw the doctor a few weeks ago and I was assured that physical stress, not mental stress, makes my mono worse. (It is getting better.)
Oh, goodie. Does this mean I can get ticked off again? Because there’s been so much to get ticked off about: shootings, violence, death, discrimination, Donald Trump…ah, but I repeat myself to a certain extent.
Never mind, those are topics for another post. Today I am here to talk about Wesir’s Day, and why I am celebrating it this year.
This year I feel much closer to the Netjeru (the gods), and all my reminders — on both my Outlook and Google calendars — worked.
Actually, I had mapped out the entire Kemetic year over the regular year from the Kemetic New Year last year to this month. And according to that calculation, the New Year would fall on July 26. But this year being Leap Year, I wasn’t sure whether the observation of the rising of Sopdet (Sirius) would bear that out, so I had a choice: Did I want to go by the calculation this year or did I want to wrestle with Stellarium and remind myself what “heliacal” means again? The calculation was probably right — surely one year wouldn’t make that much difference in when Sopdet rose — but then again, this is Leap Year. The Kemetic New Year was July 26 last year; shouldn’t it be July 25 or 27 this year? So I pulled up the astronomy program (it’s such a pain; I might just go by the calculation next year) and it looks like Sirius is rising on July 26 again. Did I get it wrong last year? I don’t know, but I was careful, checking against the definition of “heliacal”, and July 26 appears to be correct. So I guess I’m not arguing with it.
When the Romans invaded ancient Egypt, they kept the calendar but added a sixth day to the Unyear every four years. There’s an argument to be made in favor of that approach just in terms of convenience. But whose birthday would I celebrate on the sixth day? There are questions to answer if I do it that way. Or maybe just treat the sixth day like I did the last day of the fourth month of Shemu (which was yesterday — in other words, I did nothing). Anyway, I have a year to figure it out.
For now, I’m just going to celebrate the Unyear and monitor my mental health, as usual (things can get crazy this time of year, so I need to be prepared).
To all my Kemetic followers, Happy Wesir’s Day! Are you doing anything to celebrate? Do you calculate the New Year to be on a different day for your locale? Do you have any other comments? Please leave them below.