The Time Lords made me do it.
Happy end of the Egyptian Year! The last day of the year is almost upon us. That will be Monday, and then next week hosts the "Five Days Upon the Year," also called the epagomenal days, the five days added to ancient Egypt's 360-day calendar to make it match the celestial year.
These five days are the birthdays of five very popular gods:
- Tuesday, 29 July (Epagomenal 1): Birthday of Osiris
- Wednesday, 30 July (Epagomenal 2): Birthday of Horus the Elder
- Thursday, 31 July (Epagomenal 3): Birthday of Set
- Friday, 1 August (Epagomenal 4): Birthday of Isis
- Saturday, 2 August (Epagomenal 5): Birthday of Nephthys
And then Sunday the 3rd of August is Wep Ronpet, or Opening of the Year, our ancient Egyptian New Year's Day when we start the calendar all over again. It is also supposed to be the day that we release the Daybook into the world.
PLEASE TELL ME I'M NOT HEARING A "BUT..." HERE....
I wish I could tell you otherwise, but there is a much better reason for this change than the others we have already encountered. Sadly, yes, we must delay the Daybook release. I'm not delaying our official release again because of something going wrong this time though; rather, something has gone very right.
In the last month, while checking my edits and sources, I have not only added several sources that I'd never seen before, I found one source that is so extensive - and I think so important to our project - that it's required me to go back and change the entire layout.
That source, my intrepid backers, is the Time Lords.
Okay, not that kind of Time Lords. But this is how you would translate the German word, Chronokraten, used to describe the lists I found. The Chronokratenliste, or Lists of the Time Lords, are carved into the walls of several ancient Egyptian temples to describe and enumerate the gods and/or goddesses of every single day.
So not only do I have an additional source of information about the gods to share...I have a situation where adding this information means changing the layout of each day in the calendar part of the Daybook, since the Time Lords aren't holidays, but gods of the days themselves. Each day of the year has one (or usually more) Time Lords, and there are some fascinating things that you can connect between seasons and holidays and the various gods of each day. And there is a great deal of material in these lists. There's enough additional data there to warrant a book on its own.
I did not make this decision alone. When I realized that adding the Time Lords would trigger a significant revision of what was already nearing completion, I spoke with a random sample of backers in all backer tiers about it. I asked them whether I should release the Daybook as-is now, and make a later book or edition including the Chronokraten material, or whether I should delay it in order to put the Time Lords in. The response was unanimous. Everybody I spoke with was in favor of inclusion, even if doing so meant another delay.
Because everybody loves Time Lords, right? (All silliness aside, including this material adds a huge dimension to this project, including things I have never seen in print in English before, and I think you will be very happy that I am adding them.)
Immediately going forward (in fact, starting Monday), I will be in Chicago to celebrate the ancient Egyptian New Year with Kemetic Orthodox devotees at our annual retreat. Because the Daybook is still in edits due to the aforesaid Time Lords, it will be delayed for a couple of weeks after my return August 8, so I can finish up and get it off to the editors who are promising to push as hard as they can to make up for lost time here. (Please don't exterminate us.) We'll be working hard to have the Daybook ready to ship by the beginning of September.
FOR PATIENT BACKERS: A NEW WALL CALENDAR FOR A NEW YEAR
In the meantime, because I appreciate all of my backers so much, and how patient you have been with the process on this giant project, I am going to release something on 3 August to you anyway.
All backers will receive, free of charge, a PDF of a wall calendar for Year 22 (August 2014-August 2015), with all of Megan's amazing Daybook art included. You may not have the Daybook itself with its descriptions and footnotes (and Time Lords!) yet, but you will have access to lists of holidays in a beautiful calendar you can use for this year, with the rest of the details to come when the Daybook itself is released.
KICKSTARTER BACKERS: PLEASE CHECK YOUR KICKSTARTER ACCOUNT, RIGHT NOW, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CORRECT EMAIL IS LISTED - AS I WILL SEND THE INFORMATION TO DOWNLOAD THAT CALENDAR TO WHATEVER EMAIL KICKSTARTER PROVIDES ME FOR YOU. I will also post it here in a backers-only update, so watch this space August 3.
NON-KICKSTARTER-BACKERS: If you pledged to the project after the Kickstarter, directly with me or via www.egyptiandaybook.com, I need you to contact me with the email address that you'd like me to use, or I will send the link to whatever email you sent your pledge from.
LIBRARY STRETCH GOAL: STILL TIME TO INCLUDE NAMES
I still have room for more libraries in our stretch goal to provide 50 free copies to the libraries of your choice. See Update #27 here for all of the details on how to get a library listed. I will release the full list when the Daybook releases - but right now we are still not quite at 50.
Thank you again!
I hope that you are excited about the wall calendar. It's beautiful, and will only be made available to backers. You've all been so generous and patient that I wanted you to have something special while we wait for the even more special thing to come.
Have an excellent Five Days Upon the Year, and you'll be hearing from me again very soon!