Followers of Netjer's Journal
Monday, November 22, 2010
9:10PM - All from Atum
I know it exists but I can’t find the actual reference to all Kas are the Kas of Atum, and basically that everything, gods, the physical world, plants, and animals are his souls. Not just his creation but actual parts of him.
I’ve looked everywhere and I just can’t find it again but I know I’ve read it several times!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Does anyone know how to say "Queen of Heavenly Light" in Ancient Egyptian?
Wondering, too, if anyone has a book or website to recommend for learning Ancient Egyptian language (both spoken and hieroglyphics)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This may seem like a weird question, but I'm gonna go for it anyway.
Do you guys feel like it's appropriate/correct for someone to practice kemetism if they haven't been visited by the gods first?
The main reason I ask is because whenever anyone has told me about becoming kemetic (or of any other pagan path) they always say that the god/goddess they worship came to them, so it almost seems odd to think of it happening any other way.
Mine was kind of a half and half deal; Bast called me, and then I had to go her. As of now, though, I can't think of any time where someone's told me that they simply decided to start practicing without that motive.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
3:45PM - Hey all!
I'm Amanda and I hope you don't mind me posting here-I'm a regular ol' belly dancin' NYC Pagan and I honor both some of Celtic Gods and some of the Kemetic Gods, along with Apollo and Artemis. It seems like a really odd mix, but it works for us and I haven't heard any complaints so far. I keep the rituals for Everyone seperate though and They all have individual sections on my alter.
Personally, it's rather fitting-Ireland, Egypt, and Greek mythology are my three big obsessions and have been since I was a kid. I've spent half my life at the Brooklyn Museum and the Met's Egyptian wings. My dad would take me growing up and he always knew to leave me in the Egyptian section so I could geek out. I'm a history nerd, haha.
While my Mother is Brighid, Bast, Anpu, Wepwawet, Aset, Heru-Sa-Aset, Wesir, and Djehuty are around too and I consider Them to be like my Aunts and Uncles. They're very chatty at times and are very supportive when I'm feeling blue. All of Them keep mentally poking at me to become more active in the Pagan community; I tend to be solitary and only celebrate with a few close friends.
I have a cute story about Anpu-I've always wanted an Anpu plushie (saw one online a few years ago, couldn't afford it, but it was so cute!) and when I was at the Brooklyn Museum for my birthday back in March, I saw one in the gift shop. It was adorable and what's funny is there were no other plushies like it. None. Not of Bast, not of Aset, etc. None. He was THE only one in the store. He was practically screaming BUY ME!
Needless to say, one of my friends who was with me saw how I was squeeing over it and bought it for me as a gift. He sits on my alter next to my Bast statue (also a birthday gift from another friend) and He surfs the web with me at night. We rock out to music too, hee hee.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to talking to everyone here!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
9:10AM - Hello and a Little Help
Hello. My name is D.J. I'm twenty-six years old, and I'm from Kentucky in the U.S. And, I am completely new to Kemeticism.
For the last decade, I have practiced eclectic Paganism and I haven't really felt fulfilled with it in such a long time. Recently, I have been having dreams about the Goddess Bast and, because of this, I started researching Kemeticism and really, I think I've found what I was looking for spiritually.
But my question is this... What are some really good resources for someone new to Kemeticism? What books to read? Good websites? Other things like that. I've really just started looking into it and I am trying to find anything helpful. Also too, I'm completely strapped for cash. I've looked into online courses and they want to charge an arm and a leg for it. So, is there also any resources that wouldn't take a huge bite out of my wallet?
Thank you in advance for any help!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Very recently, I reestablished my relationship with my Father Anpu after approximately six years of silence. When I was fourteen, I first discovered Kemeticism and threw myself into it wholeheartedly, trying to memorize prayers and do everything right. But I eventually "struck out on my own," so to speak, and turned to atheism as I grew up.
Over the past two months, though, I felt Anpu's presence around me again, and at first I was very shy and nervous considering that I had left Him, so it took a while for me to reply to Him. Now that I've returned, and now that I have grown and matured as a person, I find myself looking at Kemeticism in a new light.
Onto my question: Is it acceptable to eschew tradition in regards to rites and prayers? Am I allowed to write my own material based on my research and pray using my own preferred motions and postures? Or is this "wrong"?
I ask because though I followed everything I found to a tee when I was fourteen, I find that rigid tradition and concepts of "right" and "wrong" ways to perform a ritual are what turn me off from most religions. It's why I broke away from Catholicism in the first place.
As a side note, I've also observed that many Kemetic websites/forums that I used to access have since shut down or died from inactivity. Does anyone have any idea why?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Does anybody know of any books that go into detail about public shrines, garden shrines, and shrines in the home in ancient Egypt? I know there isn't a lot of information out there on this but I am hoping there has been at least one or two studies in the past. I'm not particularly interested in the actual temples but about the structure, function, maintenance, and so forth of public and private structures for the common man. I've seen these things mentioned in other books and on forums but I would like something more specialized and detailed other than “they existed”.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Hello everyone here. Let's see, where to begin?
Well, like a lot of people here, I've been interested in Egypt for a long time, though I never got much into it until now. I've been a pagan for a good three years now, but not really practicing anything. Recently I started studying the gods, and since I'm half African American, that took me straight back to Africa, where Egypt can be found. While studying the pantheon, Bast's name caught my eye, and ever since, I can't seem to stop thinking about her.
I feel like she's been around for the past few days, and I think I may have been visited by her last night. I was lying in bed thinking, and her presence felt stronger than before, to the point where I felt heavy. Now, I've never spoken with a god, so I was nervous. After a bit, my body started to feel warm, and it felt like she was trying to make her way into my head (I don't know if that makes any sense...)
She started trying to talk to me, but a part of my brain was trying to block her out (probably the skeptic in me). Eventually she had to shout to get through me, which scared the ever living shit out of me. What she said to me, I can't totally remember. She mentioned Ma'at, told me that she was Bast, and some other things. During this time, I got the feeling that Sekmet and Yinepu were trying to join the party. Why they left, I'm not sure, but they did. Then she told me she had things to attend to, but she wasn't really leaving.
Now the skeptic in me is trying to convince me this was all in my head, and I do wonder, but I plan to investigate more into this.
I hope I wasn't too wordy. I just wanted to give a basis as to why I decided to join this community.
Well, that's about all for now.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
3:04PM - New resource for Kemetics!
There's a new book out! I'm extremely excited about it, and wanted to share. It's called Eternal Egypt, and it's a collection of ancient Egyptian rituals translated from temple walls and presented in a way which is immediately useful to the Kemetic reconstructionist. In fact, it's written by one of our own- but with an eye for academic accountability! I met the guy 2 or 3 years back and have been thoroughly impressed with his commitment to his research, and the loving and responsible way in which he has made these rituals available to our local community. For the first time- and with the addition of some very helpful commentary- these and a few other rituals have been published in book form and are available to anyone with an interest in the religion or in the traditional forms of ancient Egyptian ritual!
If you're coming to Pantheacon you can come and meet him in person- he's giving a presentation on ancient Egyptian oracles and forms of divination on Monday morning. He'll likely have a few copies of the book with him since it's such a recent publication, but you can also find it on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and google books. Here's a link to amazon (they have some of the book online so you can browse the table of contents and some sample pages):
As you can probably tell, I'm thrilled with this book as a resource and an inspiration. The ritual forms are a bit different from what I've seen elsewhere- the emphasis on preserving the traditional forms and liturgies of the rituals is carried further than in many other sources, but they're still quite do-able. The more elaborate rites would make wonderful celebrations for special occasions, while the simpler ones would be good for regular observances or for inspiration in your usual practices. Enjoy! :D
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
11:56AM - Ancient Egyptian fashion
So one of my friends have offered to sew me up some ritual whites for last Christmas and ever since I’ve been trying to find a good pattern. I think it would be cool to have something modeled after the ancient Egyptian robes I’ve seen so many times in pictures. Well I think I found one: http://www.fashion-era.com/ancient_costume/egyptian_fancy_dress_2_robes.htm and the source it uses seems legit. I just wanted to ask some of you people that have a greater knowledge on the history of ancient clothing and textiles if this was accurate. If not does anyone have a good pattern out there?
Also I’ve been thinking about making a Egyptian collar or “wesek” but I’m having problems figuring out how. Now most were bright and colorful but the beads that are those colors are either too expensive or look cheap and plastic. I have however found some that are duller colored from antiquity and I think I can managed that because wood and bamboo beads are cheap, additionally the holes for those are large enough I could use hemp instead of jewelry wire. The wood and bamboo beads I’ve looked at are on average 20 mm wide from: http://www.firemountaingems.com/woodbeads.asp?navsrc=2 cause I figured I would need a lot. I can see how to bead them in a way to make them stay parallel but I can’t see how to make it curved enough to actually form a circle while keeping them parallel. I’ve never done any beading before and I feel over my head! Does anybody have any experience doing this?
I’m thankful for any help.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
10:55AM - a healing question
My friend (a devotee of Isis) was recently diagnosd with a rare type of bone tumour, and asked me to do some workings for her, but my healing expertise is negliable at best. I was hoping to do something with a Kemetic (preferably Isis specific) slant.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
[001-018] Pagan (Egyptian & Celtic)
Comment + Credit & Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
7:26PM - Magazine or e-zine?
this is Xposted to a few places, so my apologies if I gum up your friends pages.
I was wondering if anyone has any Pagan publications (hard copy or online) that they read regularly, or would recommend. New Witch is too fluffy and clothes/music oriented, Sage and Gaia are dry as dirt. There doesn't seem to be much else.
It's even harder to find Egyptian based stuff, beyond the very rare article.
Friday, March 6, 2009
5:43PM - When did this happen?
So when I first started I heard about Per Ankh and when I visited it was mostly dead links and a empty forum. Today just out of curiosity I checked back and:
They have a totally different look, I guess they aren’t a dead group like I thought. Anyone here know anything about this group? Maybe a member? Is there any major differences between them and other groups online (cause I don’t see any, no offence)? Their forum seems a little empty but there is newer posts. I just thought I would share.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Hi. I'm Renee, just-about-26, and a "freelance" kemetic for about three years now. A little background (you can skip this, if you want, seriously) before my question: I started out chiefly concerned with and interested in Aset (she was the one who "called me" so to speak) before feeling the other aspects of Netjer. I gave HoN a shot, but was put off by things such as parent divination, "right" and "wrong" ways to set up a beginner's altar, and, oh, some little bit I heard about staying away from Senut while you're on your period (has anyone else heard this, or was I dreaming?). I've been berated by those who believe I'm too "white" to be Kemetic (don't even get me started on this. Racism is a burden of mankind - don't drag Netjer into it). For now I just pray and meditate on my own. I listen to Imakhu's Nubia Goddess Rising podcasts - I like that she's Afrocentric without ever sliding into racism, though she is more concerned with initiation than I am. Lately I've been feeling close to Shu. That's about it.
Anyway, I've gotten comfortable enough in my spirituality where I'd like to try celebrating (err...more praying and decorating my altar than actually attempting to throw a party for what would be a group of very confused people) to holidays. However, I know the Kemetic calendar can be a tricky thing, what with New Years falling around August (I think? Correct me if I'm wrong), and different length weeks and months, meaning holidays aren't on the same day every year. Is there a site I can visit where this year or days of this year can be translated into what it would correspond in the Kemetic calendar? Or an actual 2009 Kemetic Calendar I can order that isn't expensive? I don't know. It's hard to word this right when I'm not sure what I'm asking, lol. Also, maybe a list of the "basic" holidays (if there are such thing), and around when they fall. I know there's the Epagomenal days (July?), the festival of Hathor at Dendera (no idea when this is), and, I think, the mourning of Asar, and forget the others. Also, maybe some sort of explanation as to how exactly to celebrate? Arrgh, I know I'm asking a lot; I just don't know where to start.
I apologize for the messiness of this post. Also if I wrote anything stupid or offensive, please feel free to let me know - just know it wasn't intentional.
thanks in advance,
Monday, January 19, 2009
9:30AM - Devotional
I figured this was the best place to reach a general Kemetic audience. Forgive the intrusion, but I'm looking for people into Aset and Wesir.
If you have an interest in either or both of those great deities, please consider honoring them by contributing an essay, poem, hymn or piece of artwork on them to a devotional anthology.
Details can be found here: http://community.livejournal.com/neos_alexandria/9517.html
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I’ve gotten into kemetic theism as of late and I have a friend who is a member of the Kemetic Orthodoxy and she has been helping me. I’ve been able to borrow her books and I have read the staples, conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: the one and the many, the search for god in ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann ect… and a bunch of other stuff and it leaves me with lots of questions about the Kemetic Orthydoxy I was hoping some of you could answer.
- Where does the whole Wepwawet and Anpu, Hethert and Sekhmet, and Nebt-het and Nit are the same deities? I read despite their similarity Wepwawet and Anpu always remained separate entities. I have yet to find anything about Nebt-het and Nit, and while I can see the Hethert/Sekhmet deal because of the story of the divine cow there are several incidents of gods becoming other gods as mentioned in the Daily life of the Egyptian Gods (by meeks). like Set becoming Anpu to become stealthy.
- How do they get the concept of Monolarity where all gods are projections of Netjer? One I thought the books they like so much, Erik Hornung’s the one and the many, stated that Netjer just means god and you can fill in the blank not some over hanging deity. Furthermore I don’t get really how their theology really comes from because I totally got a different idea from his book then what is practiced in the KO (but I could have misunderstood him)
Monday, November 3, 2008
4:15AM - Quick Question...
I have a quick question for everyone. See, I was (and still am) a devout believer, and I always will be. But you see, a lot has happened in the past few years that...diverted...my attentions. I wasn't able to focus the way I did. And now, after all is said and done, I am still true to my faith, but I am not as disciplined as I once was. Do you get what I'm saying? It's not that my faith has wavered any, because it has not, but I do not focus on it as deeply as I once did, before everything that happened in the past few years. Do you see? So my question (or, questions, rather) is this: Does that make me a bad person? And does that make me a bad follower?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
12:00AM - Truth
Truth is perhaps the most beautiful and rarest thing upon this earth. It is I the spirit of truth that I come here to ask you, my fellow kemetics, an important question, and in my opinion the most important question of all when it comes to religion.
Do you truly believe that your religion is true? Do you believe what you do is the right way of doing things? Many of you would argue that truth is subjective or that there are many truths. I am sorry to say that this is probably just ingrained political correctness. Truth is in any useful form is exclusive, something is either true, or it is false. Look into your daily life, the world around us, it is not subjective we cannot alter the fundamental structure because of our point of view. If the gods/spirits/ect… exist then it is probable that they too have fundamental, unalterable reality about them otherwise they would be unable to interact with our reality in any reasonable way making religion useless. The other argument is that there are many truths or that the “truth” is too large and that all faiths point to it. Then I ask, does your religion contain the most “truths” or closest to the “truth” or are you simply settling for something inferior because the search is too hard? Do you simple settle for what is comfortable, for what you know, what makes you feel good about yourself rather than looking for the thing that can better help you better yourself and give your real comfort?
So I ask you my fellow kemetics do you practice what you consider to be the truth or at least the closest to it, that you believe this deep down in the pit of your soul, or do you deny it so you can practice something fashionable, or comforting, or fun, or whatever delusion you choose.
And before I get a thousand angry responses just think about it for more than 5 minutes you owe yourself that.
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