The Establishment of the Celestial Cow
The Establishment of the Celestial Cow, or Moomas for short, is the ending of the creation story for Kemetic people.
In the beginning, there was the Nun, the vast waters of potential. Out of the Nun came the Self-Created one, Ra. His emergence was the first sunrise and sunset. Then he spoke the rest of the world into existence (depending on the myth you read) and finally, there was mankind.
Then Ra took human form to rule over mankind. During this rule, the world saw a great abundance and everyone rejoiced. But being human meant that Ra was aging, and as he aged, there started a great unrest amongst the humans. They laughed at Ra for his age and started to disobey is ruling, and this made Ra angry.
So he called a meeting of the Gods, and in this meeting it was decided that Ra should send out his eye against humanity as punishment for their evil doing. Then Ra looking out amongst humanity and called out the great and fierce Sekhmet to take vengeance for him. She ran out across the lands and began to kill all the humans she came across. On the first night of her vengeance, she reported happily back to Ra, who encouraged her to continue.
In the days that followed, the lands ran red with the blood of the fallen, and Ra looked out across his kingdom and felt pity for mankind. He called to Sekhmet to stop, but she was so lost in her blood lust that she didn’t hear him.
Fearing for the total loss of man, Ra devised a plan. He sent messengers to get a red dye that was stored far away. When they returned, they mixed the dye with beer so that it looked like blood. Then they poured out the beer where Sekhmet was rumored to begin her killing sunrise. When she arrived, she thought it was the blood of the fallen men, so she drank. And she drank until she was drunk from the beer, and she could no longer kill.
When she calmed, she turned into the Great Cow, Hathor. As Hathor, she showered humanity with love and positivity. In later years, once Ra was ready to pass his rule to the younger Gods, he rode Hathor way into the heavens. The souls of the fallen were given rest as the stars in the sky, and Ra created the afterlife, so that all humans could have a place to rest once their bodies had been worn down.
This story has been really sitting with me a lot today. On its surface, it looks like the story of an angry and violent deity who set out to punish humanity for being evil. It’s not too unlike the story of Noah and the flood, except that the flood seems a lot more PC than a land covered with the blood of the murdered.
It’s really a story of hope. The establishment of the Celestial Cow in the heavens is a promise that a slaughter like that will never again happen to humanity. The creation of the afterlife is a promise to humanity of rest upon death for the deserving and faithful humans. Ra is the savior in this story.
He realizes his mistakes and makes atonement for his actions. The stars are reminders of the the vengeance, the death, but also the promise of peace and rest in the future.
It’s a reminder that when things look bad here where we are that there is always the rest and peace in the future. It gives us hope.
When it comes to celebrating within my family with Erin and our future children, I refuse…. REFUSE… To celebrate Christmas. Neither of us are Christian, and we’ll be celebrating it with our extended families, so there’s no need to celebrate this holiday with Erin and I in our home. But the question then became “who brings the presents if not Santa?”
I know the story of All Jackel’s Eve, but I’m not convinced. So I was thinking: The Celestial Cow. She’ll bring the gifts to the children in lieu of Santa. And when they get old enough to understand, we’ll explain how we were led by her guidance and how the gifts still come from the Gods, as all things do.
I plan on getting a Cow. And I’ll paint the cow the be blue with stars. And we’ll decorate her for the season and she’ll be fantastic. I’m extremely excited about all of this.
Posted on December 25, 2014, in Faith, Kemetic, Kemeticism, Modern Mythology, Pagan Point-Of-View, Paganism, Religion, Spirituality and tagged faith, kemetic, kemeticism, Modern Mythology, Moomas, pagan, paganism, religion, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.