Acclaimed by Two, and all that it means.

Welcome to AcclaimedByTwo, the WordPress to accompany Hakenensenu’s Tumblr, Patreon, and Etsy!

Who is Hakenensenu?

Hakenensenu
(Transliterated by starsandepithets / tumblr.com)

Hakenensenu is Shemsu (“follower”) of the Kemetic Orthodox faith, of the House of Netjer. His name means “Acclaimed By Two” (hence the title!).

He has been a Solitary Witch since he was 12 years old (Approximately 2005) when his friend introduced him to the concept of Faeries. After a long time of solitary growth, he decided to seek out community after disconnecting from the Protestant/Assembly of God Christian Church! That’s when he found the House of Netjer and decided to take the beginner’s class (in 2017). During this, he felt called to continue working in the community, and further his knowledge of the Gods, and their works.

What’s in a name?

My mundane name is of little consequence! Though you can call me Jesse, if you’d prefer. You can find me on Tumblr, Twitter, Patreon, Etsy and more. Of course, if you need to contact me, you can always reach me at hakenensenu @ gmail (dot) com! I am an artist. I paint, I water colour, I traditionally draw, and Digitally draw. I am interested in also music, an I am Chronically Ill, disabled, Autistic, and ambulatory!

My main Kemetic gods are: Wadjet, Khonsu, and Hethert-Sekhmet (Hathor-Sekhmet).  Ptah, Bast, Set, Mafdet, and Heqat all have a place in my heart and in my practice currently. I am currently seeking further relationships with my Kemetic gods, and perhaps more Beloved* divinations!

I also follow other gods, which you can find the information about in another post! (Coming soon 😉 )

*If you would like to know more about the Rite of Parental Divination, what Kemetic Orthodoxy is, and , a fellow member of Kemetic Orthodoxy has a good explanation on their site/blog! Please give it a look-see, also check out their site!

What is the point of this site?

In the long-run, I hope to turn it into a functioning help-site for those exploring Paganism, and Kemetic beliefs, as well as those who want more help learning about Kemetic belief! And to help my nTrw speak through me.

I also hope to share my experiences with other Gods and Names.

Offerings to Wadjet🐍☀️

Em Hotep (in peace)!

I am making this post in multiple places, but I want to just make something clear. This is My Own experience with Wadjet. I do not want anyone to think this is an exhaustive list. That being said, have fun, and enjoy your offerings to the Cobra Goddess Wadjet!

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Offerings to Wadjet  🐍☀️

Wadjet is the Egyptian Goddess of Lower Egypt, protector of Kings, goddess of Justice, Time, and Childbirth. She is also called “Uraeus”. She’s been seen depicted as a Snake-Headed woman (sometimes with two snake heads), sometimes as a Winged Snake with a Woman’s head, a Cobra with the Deshret(red) crown, or Cobra upon the crown of Pharaoh. She is paired often with the Protector of Upper-Egypt, Nekhbet, thus they are dubbed “The Two Ladies”, sometimes compared as the twins, or two sisters. It is said the Papyrus emerged from Her body, She is associated heavily with the plant and the planet Earth because of that. She is also associated with an interpretation of the Milky Way and is in some myths known as the “Primordial Snake”.

“It is said that Wadjet is the daughter of Atum, the first god of the Universe. He created Her as His Eye. Her purpose was to search the Universe for his lost children, Tefnut and Shu. Wadjet found his children, and Atum was so happy to see them that he cried. It is those tears made the first humans. As a reward, Atum placed Wadjet upon his head in the form of a fire breathing Cobra, Protector of Pharaoh.”

In another Myth, Wadjet is the one who shielded Aset (Isis) for the birth of Heru (Horus) in the Swamps of the Nile Delta when She fled for Her safety.

Offerings I’ve found yield a favourable result:

💕Sweet fruit (Plums, Mangos)

💕Cinnamon-y/Heat based food

💕Chocolate Milk/Hot Chocolate

💕Ginger // Lemon flavoured foods

💕Sour or Bitter Candy (Dark Chocolate)

💕Hymns (She loves Poems and drums).

💕Green Jewelry // Green Candles // Green Gems

💕Tea // Chai (rhubarb, hibiscus, peppermint).

💕Flowers

💕Eggs (Boiled or Over easy).

Much Love and Senebty,

Hakenensenu

Child of Khonsu and Wadjet.

Beloved of Hethert-Sekhmet.

Death, wandering thought, and the past.

I stare at the blank slate wondering what I should enter into the void existence. I wonder what would be a good thing to write, what would people want to read? I asked my Names what I should write about. The response was “Write”. I asked my other Deities if They want me to write anything in particular. The answer was to write. So here I am, writing.

I’m starting to explore my family’s past more, and my Akhu (ancestors), and am reminiscing on the death of family members. How their passing marked a new era in my life, or major changes that affected everyone around me, not just me. How their presence, while not gone, snuffed from reality. Our ancestors are never truthfully gone. They are a part of us. Their DNA exists within me, whether through marriage, or by blood, I feel their presence around me. I embrace the warmth of their presence and take hope knowing they are there. Though, I wonder off-handed if I should be doing more for them.  Going to visit their graves more, making more offerings. I hope they are pleased with me and all I am doing.

My first encounter with death was very young. My uncle Tommy passed away when I was around 12, maybe 13, years old. I was kind of frightened of him at the time, he was loud, and different, but he was still fun, and kind. My next encounter was my grandmother Lynda. She passed away quickly  many years after my parents divorced. She was a huge support in my life, and got me into Wrestling  (Old WWE) (big Undertaker fan!). She passed in 2015-2016 ish. I wonder if she’s proud of me.

The next two deaths were close to each other, my Grandmother Marilynn passed away almost 1 year ago (2018) in March. Then my neighbour and family friend Pamela (Pam). She was the first supporter I had when I came out. She suddenly passed after complications in the hospital.

I think as a Western Society, which is what I live in, Death is considered Taboo, and I dislike that. Death is a part of life, death is part of who we are as a core being. We live to pass our knowledge on then pass away. We live so that we may experience the next step of life. We have to find a way to better re-personalize death. Why are we so shy to the concept of spending time with those who have passed away?

I have many questions.

Senebty,

Hakenensenu

The Expanded Horizon.

A poem Wepwawet-Ra

Daylight,

for all its might,
never held a candle to your flame.

Sunlight,
however hard it tries,
will always be sunny.

Dawn,
regardless of its preference,
will always break tension.

And, despite its desires, Dusk is a perfectly willing host for those who wish to travel.

But time isn’t a concern when you shine through the keyhole.  Indeed, any lock is more likely to bow and greet me then cause a retreat.

You have no use for unneeded words, and words are not spoken without purpose, but your voice, so proud and quiet, requires me to listen close.

For when you speak, though not often, every word is spoken like sunlight. Precious and Golden.

Kemetic Beginners Guide

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Kemetic Belief!

Whenever you enter into a new belief, it’s common to get extremely overwhelmed, and not find what you’re looking for. So I have put together a basic, handy guide on starting in Kemetic Paganism/Kemetic Polytheism.

The main things I’ll cover in this post are:

  • Soft Polytheism Vs. Hard Polytheism. What’s the difference?
  • Interacting with the nTrw/Netjeru.
  • What/who are the S/na/ke – Is/fet and A/p/e/p
  • Purity, Mental Health and nTrw.
  • Recommended Reading

First, What is Polytheism!? Second, what does it mean to be hard or soft? To answer the first question, Polytheism is a belief in many/multiple gods. Now, you wonder “Why is it hard or soft? Why not just Polytheism?” Because this changes how we view the Religion.

Soft polytheism is the belief in multiple deities as expressions or aspects of one god.  (Layman’s terms: All gods are one, and One god is many)
Hard Polytheism is a direct separation of each god in their own right. (Layman’s terms: All Gods are Individual, and rarely overlap, if at all.)

How does this affect Kemetic belief? – There are soft polytheist Pagans and hard polytheist Pagans. In some people who follow Kemetic Belief, it is believed there are syncretized gods. Such as Hethert-Sekhmet, or Yinepu-Wepwawet, which is soft polytheism. But there are those who believe they are all individuals and do not have syncretized identities. It is important to respect both beliefs!

What does it mean to interact with nTrw/Netjeru? Starting in any religion, regardless of size, the first thing you want to do is figure out what the Gods are like, what They represent, and what They embody. This way you can figure out who you mainly want to interact with, and want your central worship to be around.

An important thing to understand about Kemetic belief. Ma’at is central to all ideals. Regardless of what form Ma’at comes in (goddess or concept), Ma’at is important. ‘Who or What is Ma’at?‘ This is a million dollar question with a simply complex answer. Ma’at is a goddess, but also a concept. As a goddess, She represents truth, justice, morality, and balance. Ma’at as a principal/concept is a partially set list of laws that defined the concept of Truth and Respect. Many representations of the Laws of Ma’at can be found on-line. I’ll leave you to find them!

Let’s focus, and talk about the Netjer, and what They represent, and who They are, and how you can begin a relationship with them.

Netjer the Kemetic term for the Gods. When you think of Egyptian Gods, who comes to mind for you? Maybe it was Sobek, maybe Seshat, maybe Heru-Wer? Khunum? Perhaps Serqet? Maybe just the sun showed up in your mind! There are a lot of Gods to consider when talking about being a devotee/follower/worshiper.

My number one recommendation regardless of who you are, old or new in Pagan or Wiccan communities, is to do research. Come in knowing basic names. Knowing basic terms, knowing basic information. You don’t have to be all-knowing or absorb every bit of knowledge about the Netjer to interact with Them, but it helps to learn about Their personalities, what Their domains are, and such!

Are there any evils in Kemetic Belief?

Alright, let’s talk bout the animal in the room. A/p/e/p – Isfet – and the ‘Sn/a/ke’.

Who/what is this person you keep slashing the name of? 

A/p/e/p is the agent of all that is undoing in Ma’at, an agent of Isfet. Isfet is a Kemetic construct that is everything that Creation is not. It is the undoing of justice, the undoing of truth, the undoing of light. As an agent of Isfet, a/p/e/p strives to drive all of Creation back into nothingness. His purpose is to divide the dividable.

In antiquity, lines would be written through A/p/e/p’s name, or if he was drawn, he’d have knives or other weapons shoved into him as a way to stop the uncreation.

Purity, Mental Health, and the nTrw.

(Coming Soon!)

Recommended reading!

Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt – A comprehensive of the life of people in Kemet!

A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses – A good list in alphabetical names.

Daily Life of the Egyptian Gods – A comprehensive study on Kemetic theology.

Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art – A more expansive list of other iconographies in Egyptian Art.

Ancient Egypt: A Social History – A Chronological arrangement of the life of Kemetic people based in hard data.

Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt – More info on the nTrw and those of Kemet.