Happy Vernal Equinox New Year, Y’all !!! (Part 1)

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Happy Vernal Equinox New Year, Y’all !!!   (Part 1)

By Brother Mxolisi Ozo-Sowande / T. Sowell

In earlier times – ancient times, the vernal equinox was considered the beginning of the New Year. It has always been an important day to those who work the land because it signifies the beginning of the season of regeneration and growth. It’s spring!

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. A time of transition when the Universe and Mother Earth are giving birth to a new season for the planting of crops to be maintained and harvested, to provide for the greatest good of those having vision and diligence to avail themselves of such bounty. 

It is also a time for those who realize and respect their connectedness to the Universe, Mother Earth and the forces of Nature, and their sharing of the nature of The Creator, to embrace the rhythms and realities of spring and release from their souls the weeds and wickedness of Isfet (fear, ignorance, superstition, self-centeredness, divisiveness) that always seek to intrude, to snarl and sidetrack one’s quest for spiritual perfection.

It’s time to renew and strengthen one’s quest for the character and self-knowledge that exudes Maat (Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Harmony, Righteousness, Right Order and Reciprocity) at all times, in all things. It is a time to do all you can, in every way you can – to plant and replant, cultivate and nurture the spiritual-cultural seeds that will enable you to take that quest to its highest, most bountiful dimension.

This reality is reflected in the written wisdom of our ancient ancestors. These words from the sage Ankhsheshonqi, relative to the development of character, seem especially pertinent:

“Examine every matter that you may understand it. Do not say I am learned but rather set yourself to become wise.

Be gentle and patient, then your charac­ter will be beautiful. It is in the development of char­acter that instruction succeeds.

Learn the structure and functioning of the sky. Learn the structure and functioning of the earth.”

                                                                                               ~ The Husia – The Book of Wise Instructions

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 Surely Ankhsheshonqi perceived the respect for the functions of sky and earth that was reflected in his Shesep 2ancient Kemetic (Egyptian) Ancestors having built the so-called Great Sphinx** so that it pointed directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox (1st day of spring). He surely saw, as we need to see, this seasonal transition and majestic statue as being symbolic of the victory of the powers of Maat (life, birth, resurrection) over the powers of Isfet (darkness, death) for those who would be diligent in that pursuit.

It is not known by what name the original creators called the statue, as no reference to it appears in any known inscription of the Old Kingdom, and there are no inscriptions anywhere describing its construction or its original purpose. But an ancient Egyptian term for this majestic statue, Shesep Ankh Atum, means “living image of Atum” — Atum being one of the names by which both the Creator and the setting sun were known. 

In the New Kingdom (c. 1550 BC – c. 1077 BCE), it became more specifically associated with the name Hor-em-akhet or “Heru-at-the-Horizon”, which represented the King (Pharaoh) in his role as the Shesep-ankh (Living Image/presence/representative) of Atum. It was also known as Ra-horakhty (Ra of Two Horizons).

Some archaeologists assume that it was a memorial to a Pharaoh or that it functioned as some sort of talisman or guardian deity. Other scholars, however, believe it functioned as an astronomical observation device that marked the position of the rising sun on the day of the spring equinox in the time of Leo the Lion, which lasted from 10,970 to 8810 BCE. This interpretation is given support by its leonine shape. The lion has long been a symbol associated with the sun in ancient Near Eastern civilizations. In Kemet, images depicting the king in the form of a lion smiting his enemies date as far back as the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150 BCE – c. 2686 BCE).

** (Note: The English word sphinx comes from the ancient Greek, apparently from the verb sphingo [to squeeze] — after the Greek sphinx, which had the body of a lion and the head of a woman, and was said to strangle anyone who failed to answer her riddle. That riddle went thusly:

“What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening?”              The answer to the riddle is:

“A man. He crawls on all fours as a baby, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane in old age.”

The riddle refers to morning, noon, and night which are metaphors for the times in a man’s life. It is taught that the riddle was solved by Oedipus, whereupon the sphinx slew herself.) (Ain’t no Maat in that, is there?)

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AsetThe Festival of Aset (Isis, a Greek misnomer) was a vernal equinox celebration held in Kemet as a celebration of spring and rebirth. Although Aset’s major festival was held in the fall, folklorist Sir James Frazer says in The Golden Bough that “We are told that the Egyptians held a festival of (Aset) at the time when the Nile began to rise… the goddess was then mourning for the lost Asar, and the tears which dropped from her eyes swelled the impetuous tide of the river.”(Even her sorrow brought something positive.)

Aset was revered as the goddess of fertility and motherhood. She was sister-wife of Asar (Osiris, another Greek misnomer) and mother of Heru (Horus, another Greek misnomer). Her symbols are the Ankh which represents life and the Star Sept which showed the coming of a new year as well as the flooding of the Nile for fertility.

Aset was believed to be powerful in the ways of magic, having the ability to create and destroy life and cause certain events with mere words – through the exact pronunciation, rhythm, tone and emphasis of her speech, with appropriate gestures or ceremonies. Her ability to bring her dead and disembodied husband Asar back to life and create with him their son, Heru, is one of the most highly revered episodes within Kemetic mythology.

There was another spring festival celebrated in Kemet at vernal equinox, beginning in 2700 BCE. The Feast of Shamo (meaning “renewal of life”) reflected our ancient ancestors’ perception that this day represented the beginning of Creation.

(Important point: There’s no astronomical reason to celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1. That celebration stems from the ancient, two-faced, Roman god Janus – for whom the month of January is also named. One face of Janus looked back into the past, and the other peered forward to the future. *** It’s a matter of another imposition of yurugu culture !!!)

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In light of this and more, the Vernal Equinox serves to remind us that we’ve got to fight – to carry on the mental, spiritual, cultural struggle to purify yurugu “riddles” & contamination right out of our minds!! Out of our history; out of our heritage; out of our visions; out of our children; and out of our self-perceptions!!! 

This writer embraces the belief that the spirit-message embodied within the interaction of the sun and the Shesep Ankh Atum / Hor-em-akhet statue, as well as that which vibrates through the accounts of Aset’s skills and powers, serve to awaken us all to the powers that we are ordained to know and utilize by virtue of our sharing in the nature of our Creator: IF we Control Our Thoughts; Control Our Actions; Show Devotion to Purpose. At all times, in all things! IF we “Know Thyself”!

In a writing entitled “The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes” by Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard, we find this insight: 

If one is in the struggle, they are either fighting for life or fighting for destruction. Those who do neither, who do not fight, who do not struggle against darkness, are simply as creatures of the ocean of existence that become churned to pieces from the churning the struggle produces. 

. . . one must be constantly struggling to purify oneself – to remove what is inferior (hatred, violence, greed) and cultivate what is superior (knowledge, understanding, wisdom, information, right actions, good events – what is of value to those working for greater consciousness), and it is the struggle that allows this to happen.

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Time to sow them seeds and double down on Truth, Justice & Righteousness;               Balance, Harmony & Divine Right Order; Reciprocity, Unity & Love for One Another!                

Cultivate & Nurture them to the fullest extent that Your reverence & respect for the presence of the Creative Essence of The Most High within YOU empowers you to KNOW    you can be! 

Happy Vernal New Year, Y’all !!! ~ Pamoja Tutashinda / Together We Shall Win !!! 

Stay tuned for Part 2: “Seeds to be Planted & Nurtured in the Soil of Our Souls,                                        When Oneness With Our Creator is Our Sacred Goal” — Ankh, Udja, Seneb!!!

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