Wep Ronpet and a Tradition of Kayaking

I’m currently taking a class with the KO, but we’ve been a break this week because of Wep Ronpet, the Kemetic New Year.  It’s marked by the day that the star Sirius can be seen in the night sky for the first time.  Prior to this day, it is blocked by the sun.  Because that day can vary based on your location, the day of Wep Ronpet differs depending on where you live.  For where I live, it falls on August 5th.

Last year, during Wep Ronpet, Erin and I went kayaking for the day.  We didn’t plan to go on Wep Ronpet, it just happened.  This year, we happened to plan another kayaking trip on Wep Ronpet.  I am horrible with dates, and we were out on the lake and I thought, “Hey, it’s August 5th.  It’s Wep Ronpet.”

Erin and I are still working on solidifying our traditions and practices.  We were going to start by writing down a calendar of important holidays; however, we quickly realized how important having a spiritual community was to us.  Now that we think we’ve found a spiritual community to call home, we can start working out the details.  We want to have as much as possible completed by the time the baby comes in February.

For me, kayaking yesterday was a spiritual experience in and of itself.  We kayaked out to Laurel Fork Falls on Lake Jocassee.  It’s about a 6.5 mile kayak trip one way.  20140804-223031-81031846.jpg You can see it in this map.  The lower circle is where we started and the upper one is the water fall.  We knew it would be a long day, so we got out there early with a packed lunch and snacks, sunscreen and plenty of water.

There were parts of lake that seemed like it moved quickly while we paddled, but other parts that seemed to take forever.  They were wide open areas where everything seemed to blur together.  This lake is owned by Duke Energy.  The water itself is used to generate power for the entire upstate area of South Carolina.  People fish the lake, and it is plenty full of life.  There are only two areas on the entire lake with any houses, and they’re both very small.  The majority of the lake is forest.  I’ve seen bald eagles eating there before.

We stopped around 11:30 to figure out where on the map we were and also to have lunch.  When we finally got there, we sat by the waterfall until we were cold before beginning our journey back.  We took breaks on the way back, explored some islands, and enjoyed the silence.  Towards the end of the return trip, I had to pull on some divine strength to make it back to dock across the largest open area.

Afterwards, we were sore and sunburned.  My arms were sending spasms of pain all across my body if I moved, but Erin gave me the most amazing hand massage and it helped ease all the pain I felt.  She’s truly amazing.

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Posted on August 6, 2014, in Bucket List, Kayaking and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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