Each year we receive an oracle from the goddess Aset (Isis) concerning the year to come, which for us is marked at Wep Ronpet ("the Opening of the Year," Kemetic new year's day, which in 2010 fell on 7 August). In it She talks about the nature of the year and gives advice about how we should be acting, and then declares which gods are over the year as its guardians and special focus.
This year we got a very strange Oracle, even for Aset. It's even more cryptic than they usually are, but that makes a bit of sense given what the year is being called: the Year of Zep Tepi, a Kemetic term for the "first time" or "first occurrence," a direct reference to the eternally-renewable moment and concept of creation. Apologies for not posting this sooner. It's already been a pretty creative and busy time!
The Oracle of Aset for Year 18
The Year of Wisdom has Become and Gone. Keep your wisdom close and dear, for the Lord of All, the Lord of Zep-Tepi, He Whose Sun-Barque never fails as it sails across the sky, tells you now to mark each moment.
Do not look behind. The moments past are gone, never to be recaptured.
Do not look ahead. Those moments to come will grow only out of what is or is not done, what is or is not said, right now.
You celebrate Zep-Tepi in the turning of the year. You shall know this year that Zep-Tepi was, and is, created of making something new, in each measure of time. Zep-Tepi was the first moment on the Nun. It was the First Breath of life. It was in your first heartbeat, and it is now. Now.
Ra Who holds the wisdom of Neheh and Djet, Who knows the Names of all things in every place, looks not behind. The Great Barque sails on, not back, as the sun does not retrace its steps, no matter the storm, no matter the darkness, no matter what occurs. Each is in the rightful place to hold back the Uncreated one.
So, too, are you. No turning aside, no hesitation, no pause for thought of the impossibility of the task.
Ra commands. I know My Father's Name, but it is He, Father of us all, Lord of All, He alone commands. And it is done according to His command.
Do you doubt? Do you believe you are smaller than the other? Do you believe you are greater than the other? Zep-Tepi is for each. Zep-Tepi is for all. Each shares his Zep-Tepi, his moment of doing, and Zep-Tepi Becomes for all.
Do not look behind at the good, or ill, of what was or might have been. Do not look behind at triumphs and defeats. The waters have carried them away. Let the waters purify you for what is now.
Do not look ahead at the good, or ill, of what might be or is to come. Certain or not, it has not yet appeared and has its own moment yet to be. The waters move only as they will, and what is to come arrives soon enough.
Be now, in this moment. This moment has the power of all Zep-Tepi in the whisper of your mind, in the breath of your speech. You have but to speak. You have but to do.
Zep-Tepi Begins. Zep-Tepi Is. All is New.
The Year of Zep-Tepi belongs to Ra, as it belongs to all gods and no gods, Creation and Its Nun, the Great Flood that is Mother and Father to us all. It is yours to do with as you will, guided by My Son, your Mother. The Father and the Mother guide you. The Sun guides you. Go where They lead. In the first season Ra, in the second season Mut, in the third season Mehet-Weret and Zep-Tepi arises again.
In this great year of Zep-Tepi, I wish you all the best. May it Become something beautiful in your hands, but for now, may it be fully and utterly yours.