Mysteries of Osiris

Posted October 30th, 2011 by Sekhmet

Sunday, November 20, Osireion will hold beautiful ritual drama commemorating the death of Osiris, the lamentations of Isis, her search for Osiris, and the magic of his return to life as god of the ancient Egyptian world of the dead.  Annually, for thousands of years, this drama was re-enacted over a period of several days in Abydos, home of the mysterious temple for which Osireion group is named.  Isis is said to be the archetype for the divine feminine in many forms, from the Middle East to Britain.  Osiris is thought by many to be the origin of the Jesus story of life, death and resurrection. Each guest will take home a handmade scarab, symbol of ever-renewing life.  Presented by the members of Temple Osireion.  Because seating for guests at this private event is limited, the first 20 people to RSVP will be given a reservation and the address of the private home in Columbia where Mysteries of Osiris will take place.  Mysteries of Osiris will start on time and latecomers will be unable to enter, so please arrive early!

Return to Balance: Autumn Equinox Ceremony Sept 25 at 4PM

Posted September 17th, 2011 by Sekhmet

“Truth, integrity, honesty, goodness and balance bring one closer to the spiritual essence that is all pervasive in the Universe. There is nothing more sacred or important to the practitioner of Ancient Egyptian religion. The cosmic order that is Ma’at connects everything in the ageless dance of beauty and motion giving meaning to existence on all levels. It is for this reason that personal ethics and a desire to steadily develop spiritually are central aspects in the life of one who follows the Ancient Egyptian mysteries.” (Akhet Hwt-Hrw) 

In ancient times pharaoh was the chief priest, with the important responsibility of continually restoring and maintaining maat, personified as the goddess Maat.  The “presentation of Maat” ceremony reminded all that the basis of a peaceful and prosperous  society was the order, balance and justice she represented.  In the wall carving at left, Pharaoh Seti I actually places a small statue of Maat on the altar.

Maat famously stands by the scales at the weighing of the heart ceremony for every soul who has just died.  The heart is placed on one side of the scales, Maat’s feather in the other.  Ancient people prayed that their heart would be as light as Maat’s feather when they came to their own weighing.  At the autumn equinox we South Carolinians feel the seasonal change in the air.  Join us to re-center and re-balance, and to re-affirm our commitment to balance here in the Midlands, the state of South Carolina, the United States, and the world.  All are invited to join Osireion for this public ceremony on Sunday, September 25, 4:00 00 PM at  Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

Wep Renpet “Opening of the Year” Aug 7 at 7:15 PM

Posted September 17th, 2011 by Sekhmet

Wep Renpet – the “opening of the year” was the time in ancient Egypt of the great annual Nile inundation. Sahu (Orion) and Sopdet (Sirius), swallowed by the Duat around time of Vernal Equinox, reappear about 70 days later, just before the Nile’s annual inundation floods the land. The World of Manu is the original water of creation, embodied by Nun, issuing forth during Sep Tepi, the timeless time of eternity. In this world, Djehuti utters the first word, the vibration of life, and his consort Maat creates the first order. When Sopdet reappears on the sunrise, she leads the way for awakened human consciousness, the hope of new life and abundance about to emerge in the new season of Akhet. Sirius rises in the east at 5:51 AM on August 7, 2011, in Columbia, SC. All are invited to join Osireion for a public ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 7:15 – 8:00 PM at Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

Public Feast of Hathor & Min May 7 in Columbia

Posted April 15th, 2011 by Sekhmet

All are invited to join Osireion as we celebrate the May with a Feast of Hathor and Min.

Saturday, May 7, 12 Noon at Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

Hathor and Min may be thought of as the Aphrodite and Pan of Ancient Egypt.  Hathor brings music, beauty, joy and feasting to all, and Min is the source of virility and strength.  Join the frolic, including drums, dance and Middle Eastern music and food at a public ritual.
We’ll provide (non-alcoholic) beverages, olives, dates, tabouli, pita, hummus, feta and more – bring your favorite Mediterranean food to share.
The beautiful Cayce Riverwalk park runs along the Congaree River, and the Pavilion is the large picnic shelter just inside the main entrance (beside restrooms), at the intersection of Axtell and Naples (“N” Avenue) in Cayce, SC.   The entire park is ADA-compliant, with plenty of adjacent parking.  Stay afterwards and spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful Riverwalk itself. Note that we will begin on time.
Bring an offering for the food pantry at The Cooperative Ministry. Alone we are just one person, but together we can make a difference.
Click for map and directions.

Public Imbolc Gathering Feb 5 at Noon

Posted January 25th, 2011 by Sekhmet

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All are invited to join Osireion as we observe the cross-quarter often called Imbolc, or the Feast of Brigid. Time to sweep out the closets of our life, plant the seeds that will emerge in the spring and remember the promise of the growing light.

Public ritual (and light refreshments following) will be held Saturday, February 5, 12 Noon at Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

This beautiful park runs along the Congaree River, and the Pavilion is the large picnic shelter just inside the main entrance (beside restrooms), at the intersection of Axtell and Naples (“N” Avenue) in Cayce, SC.   The entire park is ADA-compliant, with plenty of adjacent parking.  Stay afterwards and spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful Riverwalk itself.  Note that we will begin on time.

Bring an offering for the food pantry at The Cooperative Ministry. Alone we are just one person, but together we can make a difference.

Click for map and directions.

PS – the weather forecast is for sunny skies and chilly.  In case of rain we will cancel.

Yule Ritual December 19 at Noon

Posted December 2nd, 2010 by Sekhmet

akhenatenAll are invited to join Osireion as we celebrate the rebirth of the winter light.

Public ritual (and light refreshments following) will be held Sunday, December 19, 12 Noon at Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

This beautiful park runs along the Congaree River, and the Pavilion is the large picnic shelter just inside the main entrance (beside restrooms), at the intersection of Axtell and Naples (“N” Avenue) in Cayce, SC.  The entire park is ADA-compliant, with plenty of adjacent parking.  Come early/stay late and explore the wonderful Riverwalk itself.

Bring an offering for the food pantry at The Cooperative Ministry.   Alone we are just one person, but together we can make a difference.

Click for map and directions.

Autumn Equinox Ritual Sept 19

Posted August 24th, 2010 by Sekhmet

harvest12All are invited to join Osireion as we celebrate the harvest and pause to find our balance at this time of the year when light and dark are in equal balance.  Public ritual will be held Sunday, September 19, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM at Cayce Riverwalk Park Pavilion.

This beautiful park runs along the Congaree River, and the Pavilion is the large picnic shelter just inside the main entrance (beside restrooms), at the intersection of Axtell and Naples (“N” Avenue) in Cayce, SC.   The entire park is ADA-compliant, with plenty of adjacent parking.  Come early and explore the wonderful Riverwalk itself.  Note that we will begin on time, and must be out of the park by dusk.

Bring an offering for the food pantry at The Cooperative Ministry. Alone we are just one person, but together we can make a difference.  Click for map and directions.

A Year of Spiritual Exploration Class

Posted August 5th, 2009 by Sekhmet

Osireion offers a year-long monthly class  in Columbia, S.C., called A Year of Spiritual Exploration.  To inquire about joining the next class, please contact us at sekhmet @ osireion. com  Soon we will introduce an online version of the course.
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Ancient roots of modern Paganism (text, Triumph of the Moon, by Ronald Hutton)
Hermetic history and tradition  (text, Seth Speaks, by Jane Roberts)
Energy, field theory, healing and magickal use  (text, The Holographic Universe, by Michael Talbot)
Meditation, attuning to one’s inner self  (text, Pagan Spirituality, by River and Joyce Higginbotham)
Journey from the outer court  (text, The Jesus Mysteries, by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy)
Divination and discernment  (no text)
Gaia as the divine manifest; the god/dess within  (text, The Earth Path, by Starhawk)
Living in community, service to others, ethics, guiding principles  (text, The Fifth Sacred Thing, by Starhawk)
Living between the worlds  (text, The Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, by Christopher Penczak)
Ritual – why and how  (text, NeoPagan Rites: A Guide To Creating Rituals That Work, by Isaac Bonewits)
Walk like an Egyptian – Osireion ritual practice  (text, Temple of the Cosmos, by Jeremy Naydler)
The journey of Osiris & Isis  (no text)

$5 per month,  plus books.  (Book list is here.)  Interested students should contact Osireion by email to arrange pre-course appointment or for more information.  The class is open to anyone with a genuine interest.

A Rare Opportunity for People of Faith

Posted July 19th, 2009 by Sekhmet

pwrambassadorSince childhood I’ve been fascinated and inspired by the myriad ways humans search for meaning and express their connection with All-That-Is.  Recently, I was honored to become an Ambassador for the world’s original and largest interfaith effort.  From the Parliament web site:

First held in Chicago in 1893, the Parliament of the World’s Religions brings together the world’s religious and spiritual communities, their leaders and their followers to a gathering where peace, diversity and sustainability are discussed and explored in the context of interreligious understanding and cooperation.

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As the world’s largest interreligious gathering, the Parliament will

  • Convene religious and civil leaders and people of faith, spirit and goodwill from at least or more than 80 countries
  • Foster interreligious, civil and cross-cultural dialogue on important local, national, and global issues
  • Invite over 10,000 participants to work together for a just, peaceful, and harmonious society
  • Have global appeal, covering social concerns including understanding and respecting diversity, peace and Indigenous reconciliation
  • Engage worldwide religious, spiritual, secular, environmental, business and educational leaders to seek commitment and practical solutions through dialogue.
  • Promote and encourage social cohesion within societies locally and across the world.

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The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions will take place in Melbourne, Australia, December 3-9, 2009.

Parliament participants will work with others and within their own traditions to craft faithful responses to:

 indigenous reconciliation

  • global poverty and global warming
  • environmental care and degradation
  • education of the young and the challenges of social disengagement
  • voluntary and forced migration
  • artistic expression and spirituality and
  • the value of sports

In today’s world, understanding between people of different traditions is not optional. It is essential. The 2009 Parliament will give people of faith, spirit and goodwill new reason to say that peace is still possible.

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 Why A Parliament?

 ‘There will be no world peace until there is peace among the religions.’
Hans Küng

The Parliament engages religious and spiritual communities by:

  • Focussing on Indigenous and Aboriginal spiritualities at the Parliament to honour these communities and encourage reconciliation.
  • Facilitating cooperation between all of Australia’s religious and spiritual Communities.
  • Enabling religious and spiritual communities to increase social capital by building lasting cross-cultural networks of understanding and cooperation.
  • Challenging religious and spiritual leaders to craft new responses and solutions to religious extremism, wherever it occurs and increase human security.
  • Helping religious and spiritual communities to confront homegrown terrorism and violence at the local level.

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 The Parliament educates for global peace and justice by:  

  • calling people of faith, spirit and goodwill to understand and respect differences.
  • exploring religious conflict and globalisation as defining challenges in the twenty-first century and provides tools for responding effectively.
  • creating cross-cultural networks that empower peace and reconciliation.
  • helping participants identify religious and spiritual responses to local, regional, and international challenges to peace and justice.
  • sensitising religious and spiritual communities to racial, ethnic and religious violence and provides strategies for defusing tensions.

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The Parliament engages civil society by:

  • Effectively mobilising religious and spiritual communities for a positive response in times of national and global crisis;
  • Exploring the cultivation and governance of religious and ethnic diversity;
  • Sensitising political and religious leaders to their responsibility for national social cohesion;
  • Helping participants to deal with ethnic and religious tensions;
  • Educating civil societies to deal with global and regional issues.

 

Email sekhmet@osireion.com to arrange a short presentation about the Parliament for your community or faith group.  Register to attend the 2009 Parliament.  Learn more about the history and purpose of the Parliament.

Playing For Change

Posted December 6th, 2008 by Sekhmet

Ah, how music tames me and brings me joy.  Here is Bill Moyers with Mark Johnson, producer of the documentary, Playing For Change.  After listening to the Moyers interview (about 16 minutes), you may want to go directly to the Playing for Change site to see the entire “Stand By Me” video, which is simply awesome.  Mark, count me on your side!