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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

Firstly, let me be clear that Polytheism, Hard or Soft, is still Polytheism. No matter what. Second, either one of these are applicable to your beliefs within spirituality. Polytheism is a belief in many/multiple gods. Now, you wonder “Why is it hard or soft? Why not just Polytheism?” Because often this distinction can change how we view a religious practice

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? Khnum? 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.

Let’s talk about Purity

Purity is a concept that is important through out Kemetic practice, and other practices too! What is purity? Why does it matter? How does one become “pure”? And what happens when you can’t be “pure”, how should you worship?

These are questions I’ve gotten over the past couple of years, I will do my best to answer them! Firstly, purity is important to Kemetic practice, as you do not want to come before the gods impure. You are bringing that into a sacred space, where the Names come to you and you before them! Impurity means many things, in this instance it’s physical and mental. That means menstruation, being in pain, bleeding from a cut, depressive episode, etc! During this time, you need to be working on you, not trying to give to your Gods. Worship is important. I would actively argue that self-care is an act of worship! When you are feeling good, the Gods can live through you.

It is important to remember being impure does not mean being bad. It means you are physically in some way hurting, and you do not want to bring this in your formal sacred space! You can definately offer it to the gods, and ask for healing, but if you shouldn’t be on the floor, then don’t be on the floor. If you are mensutrating, it is still a kind of bleeding, and often with menstruation comes cramps, and headaches, and bloating. You cannot, or will have a hard time, focusing on the Gods! Same thing applies for Chronic Illness! Do not Over Exert yourself. Know your limits.

If you still want to do ritual during the times of impurity, you can do what has been described to me in terms of “Just-do-it”. A shrine for a time when you are in pain, or hurting, or bleeding. It is informal, and does not need ritual purity. An image of your God, a candle (electric or normal), a space for offerings, or a bowl will do just fine!

Becoming “pure” is merely washing yourself, and not being in pain, or having an epiusode during the time you are doing formal ritual. As someone who has a permanent pain-level, I consider this to be at a point where “My pain levels are low today”, rather than “I have no bodily pain”. Adjust what you need according to your normal. Not according to another person’s.

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.

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Two new paintings

In a vision I received from Wadjet during the dreaming hours, I was to paint two things, one titled “Slayer of the s/n/a/k/e”, the other Guardian of the Cosmos (More aptly Mistress of Heaven)

Slayer of the S/n/a/k/e on the left, and Mistress of Heaven/Guardian of the Cosmos on the Right
Mistress of Heaven/Guardian of the Cosmos
Slayer of the S/n/a/k/e

I was told to wait a week after painting them to post them publicly. And here we are. Just a small update to what I’m doing in my personal time.

Chronic Illness and Worship

Hello friends and family, and those beyond the worldly eyes,

A thing that hit me earlier this week was a huge fibro flare. I was utterly useless. I was exhausted, in pain, and unable to purify myself like I wanted so that I could do my weekly senut (ritual offering) obligation. I was very angry, as this was a day I designated to do nothing but worship. I couldn’t shower, and I couldn’t cleanse my mind of the pain, and I thought to myself.

“Why am I limited by my body when what I want to do is so simple? Why am I stuck in bed, why was I cursed with this hurt, and anguish?” I felt so betrayed by myself and my plans, and a little hurt at this inability to communicate with my Gods in shrine. But that’s when an idea picked into my brain like no tomorrow.

“What if I made a beside shrine, for when I am forced to stay in bed and nurse myself back to health as I cannot be a formal ritual do-er today?”

What if instead of going to them, I bring them to me, so I set up a Beside shrine, and mentioned this to a couple of friends who have graciously participated as they also require self-care days!

A white cloth, a space for Incense, and icons of one of each of my parents from the RPD, Khonsu and Wadjet. ( Carved Ear a gift from KentaurusDesigns during a Retreat gathering of Wep Ronpet! Go check out his shop!)

I find myself meditating on this Shrine, and finding what can I do to have simple worship, what can I do with this to help others!

I reached out to a couple of friends of mine, and one of them set up a shrine bed-side to support Her on days she is also struggling.

Beside Shrine – Ushedimuti (Child of Mafdet and Sekhmet-Hethert)

Feeling like you are stuck behind a bodily-paywall is horrible, and having to put up with feeling alone, and like you have broken promises is not what my Gods want for me, I am sure. So, I adapt. I do what I can, when I can. When I am not able, I leave offerings beside me on the stable tray. I recommend if your bed is not level to a tray, to get a table-tray, or sitting tray (think laptop tray!) to leave items on!:

  • Cloth
  • Electric Candles (So you don’t fall asleep with them going)
  • Icons, statuettes or pictures of your Gods
  • (Optional) Incense holder (with sand or without) (If you cannot do incense, oilve oil, or ritual oil (I recommend from Tatuayinepu, their oils are fantastic) .

And anything else you’d like to have, on there, go for it. I recommend keeping a bottle of water, a spray bottle so you can purify, and a snack that is non-perishable at your bedside!! Beyond that, not much else is needed. I like to have lunch on the table tray with my Gods when I am bed bound. It’s not a fun time, but they yunderstand, and enjoy my presence.

I hope that this helps give you a little idea of what you can do while ritually impure. This applies to disabilities, and things like cuts, or menstruation, depressive episodes. Whatever you are dealing with, the Gods will be there for you.

Until I see you next time, Senebty and much love……… Stay Strong

Hakenensenu.

Heka for the Community

One of my Patrons asked that I, instead of making a Heka for them, make one for the community for Financial Prosperity, so here it is.

Heka to Hethert, Lady of Gold:

Things you will need:
String (Gold or yellow, white, and a third colour of your choice).
Oil (Olive oil or a religiously imbued oil)
Fabric (White, Gold/Yellow or Green)
A sharpie

Instructions
Tie three strings together, braiding them into each other for as long as your fabric piece is. At each end, create a loop, and say into it:

“Hethert, Lady of Gold, I bring your Joy and Love into my life. I bring your prosperty into my life, I capture your beauty in my life” and tie each knot. Do this two more times towards the center. Fold the string in half, twisting it as you fold it, and tie the ends together, creating a loop! This loop creates a continueous circut of intent and magical strength! It will continue to power itself as long as you do it with intent, and need.

On the piece of fabric you have, write out your needs in financial, emotional, or mental stability out of the following way:

“Secure Love”

“Mental Stability”

“Bring Fortune”

Wrap your fabric around the string, and use it to tie the fabric in half, like so:

Anoint the fabric with your oil, place it in your shrine, and leave offerings every day for 4 days, after this, you can carry it with you, put it somewhere, or leave it in-shrine to bring Hethert’s Joy, Love, and Prosperity to you!

Dua Hethert, Lady of Gold! Nekhtet!

Prose. The wandering soul.

“… I continue to wonder about my reputation. What will I be after I’m gone, what will they say when my bones have turned to dust, and my legs can’t carry me farther than I can carry a tune.

What will they say when the sun has set and there is no more light to shine on my existence. I continue to wonder about my reputation, they say all’s well that ends well, but when the times change like sands change, who is forgotten and what is remembered, dictated only by those choosing to participate, I wonder if I will be remembered as kind, just or loving. Or as harsh cruel and violent as the heat from the sun.

I asked that my bones be blessed, that the sands of time does not swallow me whole, devouring my every essence, separating me from what I am. And I ask that my spirit continue to thrive, and that my decrepit existence will not be erased by those who wish to do me harm.

I cannot guarantee that my existence will be made known, I can only ask that the writing on the dust that I leave in the desert be used to satisfy the requirements that my spirit has laid upon me.”

I am doing a comic for this poem, but felt I should share it before I do so.

I write often at spurr of the moment, no telling me whether it will stop, or begin, be good or bad, be strong, or weak, but I just do, and I think that’s what this year ios giong to be about. Accepting imperfection and doing something, even if you’re not an expert.

May the year of Wepwawet protect our bones, and souls.

Dua Wepwaet! Dua Netjer, Nekhtet.

Neokoroi Blog

Good evening, or morning! Or whatever!

This is a bit of an informal blog letting you know I have started another blog to allow me to develop my spearheading on tending to Hades and Persephone. I have full intentions to eventually develop as best I can into a resource for both of them as they’ve both been very kind to me all of my life. I am hoping this blog will provide a good resource for people, and for myself. A way to connect devotees of them! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.

You can find it HERE

A Prayer to Yinepu, Lord of Liminal Existence .

For a Patron, who gave permission for it to be Posted Publicly.

A Prayer to Yinepu, Lord of Liminal Existence

Blessed is the Lord who walks the path unseen,
for the gentle dark embraces You,
and the silence You walk with creates an unending chorus of peace,
for none know when You come, or when You leave.

Hail to the Lord of Ma’at, I invoke your wisdom,
Great, and Foremost in the West,
The Sacred Land is yours, and so too it’s knowledge,
impart upon me the wisdom of Ma’at, Great Lord, that I may be patient like you.

Hidden from sight, you wander, and I wonder.
Guide of Heaven, of comfort and mystery,
Great Jackal, hear my call to You.
Lord of the Beautiful West, in you I trust.

Lord of the Crossroads, beloved and pure,
Be with me, Great Jackal, as I speak to you,
The Beautiful Lord of Life and Death, How great are your colours,
shown to me in a brilliant splendor of mist and mystery.

You stand between the truth of time,
resting before the twin pillars of Life and Death,
balance hangs on the edge of your palm,
and yet, as always, Your balance brings peace to my Ka.

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.

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