Procession of Sekhmet, 01/09/2013.

A while back, I was thinking about how Het-heru has a big festival in which she processes around places and then goes home. This is actually kind of common in ancient Egyptian festivals. There were quite a few where traveling somewhere was the point in the festival. There are over forty – I lost count actually – with the word “procession” or “processional” in the title. This doesn’t include things like the Opet Festival or any other ones where the icons of the gods were taken out of their kar-shrines to go visiting. And this got me wondering how modern Kemetics would emulate these types of rites and festivities. On the face of it, walking around the yard or the home seem appropriate, right?

But, as I was thinking about this whole thing this morning, trying to figure out what I would do for Sekhmet’s processional celebrations tonight… I realized that just walking around the yard and home seemed a little boring. The point of the procession is beyond me. I don’t have any ancient sources on festivals celebrated in Sekhmet’s name so I can’t quite say what they were processing to or what they were processing for. I can only try to recreate things as best I could and, you know, wondering around a place that may be seen on a daily basis with a little icon to hand seemed odd. And that’s when it hit me: Why not photo bomb my house with Sekhmet in those photos?

The idea was bold.

The idea was crazy.

The idea was weird.

And that’s exactly how I celebrated tonight’s festivities.

Let's get going, shall we? We have a lot of venturing to do.

Let’s get going, shall we? We have a lot of venturing to do.

A nice little visit between Papa Legba and Sekhmet. This ended with PL reminding me he deserved chocolate since I am now working.

I don’t see why he has to tell me he needs chocolate…

Oh, hai, sister-self. I see you directly across from me, but let's have an in-person visit, shall we?

Oh, hai, sister-self. I see you directly across from me, but let’s have an in-person visit, shall we?

Yeah... hi, Aset. In the kitchen and... no room for me.

Yeah… hi, Aset. In the kitchen and… no room for me.

Hm. They seem to be intent on attacking the child in this cartoon... this is appropriate for children nowadays? What happened to wooden lion toys?

Hm. They seem to be intent on attacking the child in this cartoon… this is appropriate for children nowadays? What happened to wooden lion toys?

BOOKS!

BOOKS!

Oh, my. A bit of a collector, are we? (That isn't even a fraction of TH's video game paraphernalia collection...)

Oh, my. A bit of a collector, are we? (That isn’t even a fraction of TH’s video game paraphernalia collection…)

And what are we playing here? Billiards?

And what are we playing here? Billiards?

I'll school your ass!

I’ll school your ass!

And let's bond with the child as this will be his job one day...

And let’s bond with the child as this will be his job one day…

Nope. There is absolutely no steak in here for a decent meal.

Nope. There is absolutely no steak in here for a decent meal.

It's time to freak out the barking creatures kept around here.

It’s time to freak out the barking creatures kept around here.

Hello, Hekate! I see you all the time. It's nice to visit you, face-to-face.

Hello, Hekate! I see you all the time. It’s nice to visit you, face-to-face.

And back home again. Adventures, finished.

And back home again. Adventures, finished.