It’s definitely been an Unyear.
This Unyear has been a little weird, but I guess a lot of them have for me. On July 20, I found out that I had been exposed to COVID so I got tested. Well, the COVID part of the test wasn’t actually run so I had to get retested, and eventually the results came back negative. I was also negative for RSV and both flu A and B, but we weren’t sure what I actually had. Then it started to look like it might have been a negative reaction to my second booster shot, and I even filled out an adverse reaction report with the CDC. (That was new.) But in the meantime, I was on a steroid, which messed me up, and I’m also, as luck would have it, weaning off two other medications (at the same time).
On top of all that, my dad was buried a year ago yesterday, and I am just today having the space to process some of that grief.
As a consequence of all this, my Unyear observance hasn’t been that great, to say nothing of the New Year, which arrived in my area this morning. I did observe Wesir’s Day on Monday, then Heru-Wer and Set’s Days on Wednesday (I asked if They were okay sharing, and They seemed to be). But my patron goddess, Aset, and her sister Nebet-Het have so far gone with very little. And I didn’t do anything this morning for the New Year. I have been trying to prioritize self-care right now, and for me, sometimes self-care comes with a reluctance to “dump” on the gods any more than I have to. Like, it’s not just about me, you know? I know, They have come to my rescue more times than I can count, but I still hate to take advantage. It’s supposed to be about having a relationship with Them, right?
So at any rate, here I am, sharing where I’m at this year. The image in this post is the one I usually use as a stand-in for the real clay pots I’m supposed to break at sunrise on the New Year. (I tried breaking real pots one year, and I just can’t do it anymore. Go ahead and laugh, but the environmental guilt of dumping broken pots in the local surf just…I can’t. Sorry.) Honestly, I’ve forgotten where I got the image. If anyone knows where it came from, please let me know and I’ll be happy to attach the proper credit. (NB: A friend of mine went to a great deal of trouble to remind me that I got the image from Pixabay.)
So what have you guys been up to? Any Kemetics celebrating Wep Ronpet? Anyone else wondering what I’m talking about? I’ll be sure the glossary is updated so you can get the info.
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