Thanks to all who’ve expressed such a keen interest in the next Egypt Sacred Sounds adventure, coming Feb. 19 to March 7, 2015. There is more about this sonic journey into mythic space, from the pyramids at Giza to the summit of Mt. Sinai, in the overview page linked above, which leads to our Itinerary, FAQ and Registration pages.
This is the first post in a biweekly series about the Egyptian festival and medicine theatre cycle. We begin just past the beginning, at the pivotal moment of mid-August.
When we lived in ancient Egypt, we would have rested today on Aug. 18 after having celebrated from August 12 to 17 the 6-day festival that ends the month of Thuthi, sacred to the one known to us as Lord Thoth. This festival week marked two extreme weather events: the annual Nile flood beginning on July 26, and the climax of the Dog Days that were said to come in what we now call Leo month July 23 -Aug. 23).
The mid-August festival begins on Aug. 12 with a reminder of what is at stake, as the feast of the lights of Isis honors her crucial role as Healer and Birth Giver, Nourisher and Sustainer, the One who can bring us through what is to come over the next five days. Now, with the River no longer in full flood, but still covering the fertile land with a layer of rich new topsoil that will be planted when the water recedes, there is little to do but honor Isis with the cleansing and restoration of her images and temples, and songs of thanksgiving at night in her beautifully-lighted sacred spaces. We sang simple chants like these: