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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Meretseger
« on: March 12, 2020, 01:32:02 pm »
em hotep nefer.

i met Meretseger a long while ago in my practice, before my official return. at first it was an admiration, but with time and patience, like a cobra waiting to strike, She came back to me with a vengeance to take me under Her gaze. surprisingly, She did so in tandem with Geb, the two working closely together enough for me to guess that, by UPG, They acted as a wedded pair in Their dominion over me.
Meretseger is the humbling force i need, the bite to Geb's bark (pun intended). She reminds me that i needn't "take no [censored]", nor should i create any, and though She is a sharp and stern mother and wife in this dynamic, She is much needed and loves in Her own ways. Her lack of many words or raised voice does not mean She has nothing to say - She whispers in the lowest places, and requires you to stoop down to hear Her, to see what She wants to show you, to bring you down to the level you need to grow from. She often takes the form of the danger in the road, the coiled snake threatening to bite with fatal venom, but to fight Her is to be loved by Her, to learn Her lesson - She teaches best when She can place you at the end of Her spear, never fearing for this is how She adores you, how She shows you that you are loved and important, training you to fulfill your highest qualities.
i offer Her my discipline, physical or otherwise. the times i show restraint, the times i am the bigger person - the times i forgive, but never forget. i light candles and sit vigil, silent, simply feeling Her coiling around me with a cold smile that still manages to fill me with warmth. i offer Her teas and light cakes and breads, things one would give to their dead, things that never sit on the stomach long - heavy foods are too stifling for a Goddess that must always be moving, always headed towards the next battle, the next lesson. cool waters and wine and drying flowers. snakeskins and cement shards and sandstones. flint and weaponry and sacrifice. these are Her offerings.
read to Her, speak to Her. She values words. She is a listener above all. let Her take what you have to say, and weave it into something greater, only to put it against you to prove to Her how much you stand by it.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: "Netjer" as a Deity
« on: March 08, 2020, 08:53:50 pm »
Em hotep!

i wasn’t at all trying to imply a monotheistic sense, so i apologize if that was what my post read as. monotheism has never been the path for me - i’m very committed to polytheistic views.

my view of it reflects much of your second point, a conjoining of many inter-cooperational forces that create Netjer. even Amun, i suppose in the way that i’m experiencing it and can best explain.

Oh, no! Nothing of the sort. No worries. ☺️ It's just a common-enough criticism on places like reddit and General Kemetic facebook groups that it necessitated some addressing. I'm sure most people have heard that particular meme about the Temple before ever interacting with the members or leadership of the Temple. And it certainly crosses many people's minds when they hear the phrase "One and Many" without having read Hornung first. ;3

ah, okay! just clearing the air. i definitely understand, too many hear "I Contain Multitudes" and forget about the multitudes, hehe

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: "Netjer" as a Deity
« on: March 08, 2020, 07:03:07 pm »
Em hotep!

i wasn’t at all trying to imply a monotheistic sense, so i apologize if that was what my post read as. monotheism has never been the path for me - i’m very committed to polytheistic views.

my view of it reflects much of your second point, a conjoining of many inter-cooperational forces that create Netjer. even Amun, i suppose in the way that i’m experiencing it and can best explain.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / "Netjer" as a Deity
« on: March 08, 2020, 02:39:07 pm »
apologies for all of these posts

it's followed me for a while, but i revisited the thought recently and didn't know if there might be help here. i've seen references of Netjer not only as an encompassing name for our gods, but also as an encompassing god on Their own. what basis does this have, and what do others think of it? has anyone here encountered Netjer as... well, Netjer?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Ipet/Apet/Opet
« on: March 08, 2020, 02:19:22 pm »
this definitely helped! thanks all!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Ipet/Apet/Opet
« on: March 06, 2020, 11:54:05 pm »
recently, i've found myself in the presence of Who i believe is Ipet, an aspect of Taweret alongside other goddesses that were eventually absorbed under Taweret. i've searched all i can, but besides henadology, i can't find many sources with concise information on Ipet besides Her association to Taweret. would anyone be able to help me?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: He Brought Me Here
« on: February 26, 2020, 04:56:51 pm »
I agree. He is the Initiator for a reason. Thank you for your kind words.

I’m not new, just returning after an absent period. One I needed, truthfully, but am glad to return from.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / He Brought Me Here
« on: February 26, 2020, 03:40:35 pm »
Apologies if this is not the place to post this.
     Though seemingly random, I write this more as a standing testament to how far I’ve come - a recording of my progress, an entry - saving the data if you will. But, I also wanted to write it nonetheless, out of some unexplained urge, a need to put it out into the world. So here I am.

     I suppose Kemeticism, and a certain god in particular, had a hold in my life far before I ever anticipated it. Thinking back on it, even after years of being involved in kemeticism, it somehow never struck me with the power and importance it does now.

     When I was only in elementary school, we had a gifted program, something most of you might be familiar with. Picked from the crop, myself and a few other students in our measly, tiny school in backwoods West Virginia were the “gifted kids”. Me personally, probably because I was held back from even entering school until a bit later and was reading full books by kindergarten. But I digress.

     As small as my school was, we actually had to bus over to the next town over to be hosted in their gifted class - as for our program it was a separate experience altogether, a “special class for the special kids”. I somewhat disdain it now.

     If you’re at all familiar with low-budget schools, you’d be familiar with the infamous “temporary classroom”. Little outbuildings that schools rarely had the funds to follow up on their promise for, and often stayed there for years (for perspective they’re usually meant to be there a few months at most. Yowza).

     It was in one of these little metal rooms, seated with a mix of other kids from both my school and this one, that we held our gifted class. ...What that entailed, usually, was a multitude of problem solving puzzles, mazes, you name it. Practices that we did over and over, supposedly to nurture our “thinking brains”. However, there was a pattern. Every maze, every word problem, every riddle, was Egyptian themed. Help Sarah escape the mummy’s tomb. Which door should these adventurer’s take to reach the pharaoh’s treasure. You get the idea.

     Even without the distinct theming of everything we did in that room, what strikes me the most is the smell. I’d call it dusty, but that wouldn’t do it justice. It’s a… strangely nostalgic smell, filling you with the feeling even if you’ve never smelled it before. I suppose it came from the gum erasers - yknow those sandy brown ones - we had an excess of in the room, but it left an impact on me. No, seriously. By some wonder of the human mind, after all this time, I can’t smell that scent again without an immediate, instinctive thought: “It smells like Egypt”. It’s profound, really.

     Cmon Redi, stop rambling. Okay okay, I’ll get to the good stuff.

     Cut forward about…. Ehhh let’s say 8-9 years. I’m a sophomore in high school, having moved to Texas, a member of our band’s color guard. In the off season, that being the years we didn’t hold State competition, our band had a pretty sweet gig with Disney and Universal - one the color guard didn’t have to participate in because it was an orchestral thing - the suckers. So, in the time they were doing those, we had free reign in the parks. On the day we had no laws binding us in the bounds of Universal, some of the guard members and I spotted a certain ride from a mile away - Revenge of the Mummy. Oh man I rode that thing until I was about to throw up. But what’s important about this ride, besides the clear Egyptian flavor, is what came shortly before.

     I had a friend who was a Hellenic Polytheist - also in the guard, conveniently. I had been asking her about how she did what she did, why, and what brought her there. My raised-christian mind expanded in the matter of a night, and it was with this blasted-open cranium that I had looped back into the Revenge of the Mummy line about ten times in a row.

     It wasn’t the ride that called me. It was the queue. If you’ve ever been, you probably know where I’m going with this. If not, hear me out.
The queue, a twisting series of sandstone walls meant to look like an excavated tomb to accommodate the horrific lines most amusement parks of that fame tend to see, ends in a climb. A half-spiral of wooden stairs that brings you into the main chamber where you load into the cars - and in the center, sitting regally, staring down amongst the floating dust in the air (because they never clean the damn ride) - is a suspended statue of Anpu. Anubis. Our Lord of Initiation. Smelling like Egypt.

(see the statue here:) /

     The first time I ever saw Him, I stood staring in awe - my excuse being that the line was going slow. I remember leaning forward on the wooden railing to peek up at Him, get a better look of His face. Hello, He seemed to say with His serene expression, that beautiful voice. It would be the first time I could ever consider “hearing” a god. I am here. I am real.

     “Hello,” I actually remember saying myself under my breath, half an initial greeting, half a response. I felt something in my chest shift, like my heart was suddenly a balloon. Elation. His call.

     After we got back, at our first color guard practice following the trip, I asked my friend if there were any religions that worshiped the Egyptian gods. I don’t even remember what spurred me to ask. I just… did. I’d be lying if I said she didn’t look disappointed that it was the Theoi who called (there had also been an inspiring Greek-flavored attraction in the park that I suppose she was hoping would have the same effect), but she gave me my first steps, my first few guidelines, and I’ve been along for the ride (pun intended) ever since.

     It’s been long, and bumpy, and my experience is what drew me to even share all of this in the first place. I went in ahead of the gun, those years ago in high school, naive and excited for any kind of experience. I went through knowing a lot of Faces, thinking a lot of things about where I was meant to be, only to have it changed again. These past few months, I was disconnected from Kemeticism entirely after a rather shaking introspective journey. But none of it wasn’t worthwhile, especially now. He’s the reason I’ve come back.

     Anubis, Anpu in His glory, saw the young one he nurtured towards this state and came again to take my hand, lead me back to what He knows is my home. He seems to have far more permanent intentions for this relationship, where previously it had been fleeting in my starry-eyed pursuits of (many, many) other deities. It could be Him willing me to type all this, to share my dumb little story about a theme park ride and a certain smell. But it’s Him.

     He’s that statue, watching countless people go by until a curious high school sophomore looks Him in the face, sees the divinity in His eyes. He’s the smell of gum erasers and dust in a temporary classroom, full of children picked apart from the rest, pointing at me and saying This one. This one is mine. Even now, thinking of Him, I can smell it. He’s the mystery of His people, His original kingdom, that draws so many to this path in the first place. He is a nostalgia I can’t describe, and I love Him. He’s my story. He is what brought me here, and I dream in anticipation of where He will take me next.

     Call this a ramble, or whatever you wish, but I wanted to put it out there. I still have a long way to go, if Anpu's word still holds truth. But it seems a lot of my progress, at the moment, heavily depends on... well, looking back.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Anpu as King?
« on: February 25, 2020, 06:26:57 pm »
indeed it does! i knew of most of those, was mainly just unsure, but that greatly helps me solidify where exactly that image is coming from.

many thanks! senebty!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Anpu as King?
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:13:22 pm »
i actually have! i've found many depictions of Anpu with the double crown, but none directly addressing Him in a kingly role such as Wep or Heru.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Anpu as King?
« on: February 25, 2020, 12:02:14 pm »
Recently, after a period spent away from Kemeticism for both personal and NTRW-dictated reasons, Anpu has come to take me by the hand and lead me back. However, He approaches this time with an energy I’m unfamiliar with. He’s kingly.

I tried initially to look into a Heru-em-Anpu/Heru-Anpu syncretism (as “Anpu in His Role as King” kept coming to mind, reminding me of Bast-Mut’s “Bast in Her Role as Queen”) but the longer I look, the less I feel like this is the case. He is simply Himself, alight with a solar radiance about Him, the feeling of... well, a King.
I know Anpu is a protector and close associate of kingship, but are there any instances where He Himself "dons the crown", unabated by syncing with another deity?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Wadjet-Bast
« on: September 27, 2019, 06:54:50 pm »
em hotep! after a long period of (well... lots of things in) my life effectively falling apart, in light of beginning to recover, i've encountered Wadjet-Bast unexpectedly - and apparently the interest is mutual.

is there anyone here that works with this sync? if so, what can you tell me about Her and your practice with Her? any tips are welcome.

many thanks!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: HetHert and the Moon...
« on: September 27, 2019, 12:11:02 pm »
going out on a long limb here, but could the feelings be inspired by the "Nun"-feelings of a potential Hethert-Nut coming about? i definitely get moon feelings from Nut, perhaps that's bleeding over into the presenting face of Hethert in the form of Hethert-Nut?

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi! I'm back
« on: September 27, 2019, 11:06:09 am »
welcome back!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: What do you call your gods?
« on: December 08, 2018, 04:43:38 pm »
i tend to call Them my Lords and Ladies! i'll refer to Them by name sometimes but the Lord/Lady title tends to slip out more.

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