Howdy! For my first post, I figured I would post my daily ritual for Sobek! When I’m ritually pure, I perform it about 5-6 times a week. It’s pretty long, and so others might find it more appropriate on a weekly, or festival-only, basis. It’s been a work in progress since I began worshipping Sobek, roughly four years ago. I inititally started out with Sobekemiti’s Solitary Shortform rite, and it’s only been as my devotion towards and understanding of Sobek (and heka!) has evolved that my general ritual has gotten to this point.
Your relationship with Sobek might not require as much ritual time, or formality – but I hope sharing this is helpful regardless!
So the rite is based on the three General Rites found in Richard Reidy’s book Eternal Egypt. If you’re a Kemetic and haven’t read yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Even if you’re more eclectic, it does an excellent job of explaining what many of Ancient Egypt’s famous rituals consisted of, and why – and that will only enrich your understanding of the Netjeru, as well as enhance your own rituals and heka. If I could take only one religious book with me on a deserted island, it would be that.
On that note I want to make it clear that, while this is based on Eternal Egypt’s rites, I have made a few of UPG-related changes, additions, and trimmings to this one, namely:
- I start with a modified variant of the “scent recitation” from Per Sebek’s short form ritual.
- I’ve removed the second offering of incense.
- I’ve removed the sprinkling of sand.
- I’ve removed the wine offering.
- I’ve skipped some recitations in Ancient Egyptian.
- I’m shortened many of the “hymns” considerably.
Here’s a Google Document version of the ritual, for ease of printing. Good luck!
- Perfume Oil, or another scented product of your choice
- Container of Natron
- Small glass/bowl of fresh water to mix natron into
- Candle or equivalent light-source (if using a candle, remember matches!)
- Incense or equivalent
- Food Offering
- Libation Offering
- An empty container to pour the libation into
- Representation of Ma’at (icon, printed image, drawing, etc.)
- Representation of Ankh
- Representation of Ib
1. After showering, or otherwise achieving ritual purity, anoint yourself with a perfume or another scented product of your choice, while reciting:
Bathe me in your scent, O Sobek.
I have purified myself with the Eye of Heru
so I can make these rituals with you.
2. Standing before the closed doors of the shrine, raise ones hands in adoration (dua position – arms stretched out in front of the body and raised up to face level, with palms facing outward.)
“Hail to you, Sobek, Great Crocodile, Lord of the Winding Waterways! I have made my way and I enter into your presence. I am bathed in the scent of the Netjeru that I may present offerings to you, Sobek, that I may give food to you. I have not disturbed the balance. My heart is pure and blameless. I have come to offer Ma’at to the Defender of the Gods, to content the Sound Eye for its Lord. I am Shu; I flood Sobek’s offering table. I present his offerings, that I may adore Sobek at his festivals, that I may kiss the earth – so great is his majesty! I am pure. I am purified.”
3. Slowly open the doors of the shrine and bow before the image, touching ones hands to ones knees. Recite:
“The Doors of the Sky are open, the Doors of the Earth are unlocked. The House is open for its Lord. Let me come forth as he shall come forth. Let me enter in as he shall enter in. Sobek, Lord of the Nile, Son of Nit, is exalted upon his great seat. The Great Company of the Netjeru are exalted upon their seat.”
4. Hold up the container of water in which the natron will be mixed, and recite:
“O water may you remove all evil,
As Ra who bathes in the Lake of Rushes,
May Heru wash my flesh,
May Djehuty cleanse my feet,
May Shu lift me up, and Nut take my hand!
May Sutekh be my strength and may Sekhmet be my healing!
And may Amun-Ra be my life and my prospering!”
5. Set the water aside. Lift the container of natron up. Recite:
“It is pure, it is pure.
My Natron is the Natron of Heru and the Natron of Heru is my Natron.
My Natron is the Natron of Sutekh and the Natron of Sutekh is my Natron.
My Natron is the Natron of Djehuty and the Natron of Djehuty is my Natron.
My Natron is the Natron of Geb and the Natron of Geb is my Natron.
My mouth is the mouth of a milking calf on the day that I was born.”
6. Mix four pinches of Natron into the water while reciting:
“I give you essential water, a tide in your time.
I bring the flood waters to purify your sanctuary.
I bring you the flood waters to purify your temple and your statue in its place,
the primordial water that purifies as in the First Time!”
7. Place an index finger into the water and move it in clockwise circles four times while reciting:
“Sobek himself does purify this water;
Sobek himself does cleanse this water;
Sobek himself does sanctify this water;
Sobek himself does endow this water with power and with life.”
8. The bowl of natron-infused water is then taken up; Sprinkling some lightly in front of Sobek’s statue, recite:
“I come close to you, O Powerful One, Great of Awe. I bring the water of rejuvenation that flows from the Two Caverns. I sprinkle the water, purifying your image and your temple from all impurity!”
9. Pick up the container of natron and sprinkle a small amount in each of the four directions while reciting:
The god Sobek himself does cleanse and purify this, his Temple to the South.
The god Sobek himself does cleanse and purify this, his Temple to the North.
The god Sobek himself does cleanse and purify this, his Temple to the West.
The god Sobek himself does cleanse and purify this, his Temple to the East.
10. Pick up the container of natron-infused water and sprinkle a small amount in each of the four directions while reciting:
The god Sobek himself does sanctify and consecrate this, his Temple to the South.
The god Sobek himself does sanctify and consecrate this, his Temple to the North.
The god Sobek himself does sanctify and consecrate this, his Temple to the West.
The god Sobek himself does sanctify and consecrate this, his Temple to the East.
The Temple of the god Sobek is established. It is established for millions of years.
11. Light the candle (or equivalent) and recite:
“Come, come in peace, O glorious Eye of Heru.
Be strong and renew your youth in peace,
for the flame shines like Ra on the double horizon.
I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure.”
12. Place the incense on the burner/light the incense stick and cense each sacred icon beginning with the Sobek’s statue, while reciting:
“This fire is laid, the fire shines;
The incense is laid on the fire, the incense shines.
Your perfume comes to me, O incense.
May my perfume come to you, O incense.
Your perfume comes to me, O Sobek
May my perfume come to you, O Sobek.
May I be with you, O Sobek;
May you be with me, O Sobek.
May I live with you, O Sobek.
May you live with me, O Sobek.
I love you, O Sobek;
May you love me, O Sobek.”
13. Before the image of the Netjer, offer the burning incense and recite:
“Take this incense, its essence is for you.
Its smoke permeates your shrine, bringing life!
Take this incense, its essence is for you.
Your Majesty is appeased with the incense.
this Eye of Heru,
this essence of the Eye of Heru comes to you.”
“Homage to you, O Sobek, Mysterious One, Great Crocodile! Lord of the Nile, adoration be to you! O Sobek, you are the Lord of Terror, before whom the two lands roar in fear! You devour your enemies, the associates of the Nameless One! Mighty one who protects the Boat-of-Millions-of-Years, Power of Powers whose seizing cannot be seen, you make green the herbage which is on the banks of the horizon! You are the Gold of the Bulls, the Great Male, the Phallus of the Gods. O Sobek, Great of Awe, Sweet of Love, Beautiful of Form, offerings are in your grasp – offerings are in your grasp – and the Earth lives through your work!
O High-Plumed Lord of Love, I give praise to you, Sobek; I make rejoicing to you every day!”
15. Embrace the Earth, the Fourfold Salute to the God, Embrace the Earth, then recite:
“Homage to you Sobek, Lord of Bakhu,
who is established on his Great Seat in his Temple of Carnelian!
I have placed myself upon the floor in awe of you.
I embrace the earth before you as before the Lord of Life.
I have come that I might kiss the earth,
that I might worship my Lord,
for I have seen his strength;
I give praise to Sobek,
for I have seen his power.
His form is more distinguished than the Netjeru;
His arm is more powerful than the Netjeru.
I am pure, I am pure, I am pure, I am pure!”
16. Rise. Hold in the palm of one hand the image of Ma’at and with the other hand open and raised over the image as if sheltering and protecting it, recite:
“I come to you as Djehuty, whose two hands are joined together under Ma’at. She comes to be with you, for she is everywhere. You are provided with Ma’at, you move in Ma’at, you live in Ma’at. She fills your body, she rests in your head, she makes her seat upon your brow. The breath of your body is of Ma’at, your heart does live in Ma’at. All that you eat, all that you drink, all that you breathe is of Ma’at. Djehuty presents Ma’at to you, his two hands are upon her beauty before your face.”
Place the image of Ma’at near the statue.
17. Raise the libation, and while pouring it into the offering container, recite:
“This libation is for you, O Lord of Waters.
This libation is for you, O Sobek, who brings the flood.
I have brought to you this offering of water,
that your heart may be refreshed.
I have brought to you this Eye of Heru, placing this at your feet.
I present to you that which flows forth from you,
that your heart shall continue to beat,
for it is with you that all comes forth at the sound of the voice.”
18. Slowly elevating and lowering the food offerings four times before Sobek’s image, recite:
“I offer to Sobek, Ram, Great of Awe,
All life emanates from you,
All health emanates from you,
All stability emanates from you,
All good fortune emanates from you,
O Bull of the Bulls, Lord of Life, Sobek, forever.”
19. Place the food offerings before the divine image; extend one hand, palm down, over the offerings and recite four times:
“May offerings of every kind come forth in abundance, like the things that come forth from the mouth of the gods!” x 4
20. Holding up the Ankh before the statue, recite:
“Live, O Sobek, live for all time and for eternity! Ankh neheh djet.”
Set down the Ankh near the statue.
21. Holding the Ib before Sobek, recite:
“Hail to you, Sobek, Mysterious One, Lord of Lords, Power of Powers! I have brought to you your heart to set it in its place, even as Aset brought the heart of her son Heru to him and set it in its place, and even as Heru brought the heart of his mother Aset to her and set it in its place. Come, let me draw near to you with your heart, that you may have pleasure through me, and that by means of me you may have power over your body.
Ascend, glorious as Ra, powerful and equipped as a god! Live, O Sobek, live forever and ever!”
22. After placing the Ib near the statue, chant:
“I praise the Son of Nit, I worship his majesty, I exalt the Lord of Waters, the Great Crocodile, presiding over the two lands, born at the beginning! I exalt the Lord of the Nile!
Hail to you, Sobek, Green-Plumed Lord of Semen, who makes green the herbage which is on the banks of the horizon. O Bull of the Bulls, Virile One, may you bless me with life and strength and health!
Hail to you, Sobek, Lord of Terror, Strong of Arm, Sharp of Tooth, whose seizing cannot be seen, who devours the enemies of the Ra! Come to me when I call, and be a shield round me, defending me from every assault. Grant that no evil being, male or female, can enter into my house.
I revere you, Sobek, Guardian of the Earth! O Defender of the Netjeru, throughout the sky and earth, in the south, in the north, the west, the east, in each land, in each place where your powerful voice bellows!
Adoration be to Sobek, praise be to my Lord! Praise be to my Beloved! O Enrapturing One, breath of my life, Lord of Lords, who enfolds me! See what is in my inmost; my heart is blameless, my inmost open, no evil is in my breast! I adore you, O Sobek! O Lord of Love! How beautiful you are!
All hail, jubilation to you, the master of all! Heaven rests upon your hands; the earth is under your feet. What you command, takes place. May you bless me with life and strength and health. O Beloved Sobek, hear me!
Heaven exults, the earth is filled with life, Sobek rejoices! x 4
23. Perform the meditation, magical action, or appropriate feast prayers/hymns.
24. Remove the foot, while reciting:
“The distress that causes confusion has been driven away, and all the Netjeru are in harmony. I have given Heru his Eye; I have placed the Wedjat-Eye in the correct position. I have given Sutekh his Testicles, so that the two lords are content through the work of my hands.
I know the sky, I know the earth;
I know Heru, I know Sutekh.
Heru is appeased with his Eyes;
Sutekh is appeased with his Testicles.
I am Djehuty, who reconciles the Netjeru,
Who makes offerings in their correct form.”
25. Close the doors. Recite:
“Djehuty has come.
He has filled the Eye of Heru;
He has restored the Testicles of Sutekh.
No evil shall enter this Temple.
Ptah has closed the door,
Djehuty has set it fast.
The door is closed, the door is set fast with the bolt.”
26. Bow, touching the palms of your hands to your knees.
Leave the offerings for a bit in peace.
27. When it is time to revert the offerings, return to the shrine, and while lifting up the offerings, recite:
“O Sobek, your enemy withdraws from you. These, your divine offerings revert, they revert to your servant for life, for stability, for health and for joy! O that the Eye of Heru may flourish for you eternally!”