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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Here Again
« on: December 29, 2021, 12:41:38 am »
Thank you to everyone for the kind welcoming words!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Here Again
« on: December 27, 2021, 02:23:14 am »
Thanks everyone!  :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Here Again
« on: December 25, 2021, 09:23:40 pm »
Hi... I've been wandering away and finding my way back here for over a decade now. Feeling a pull back again recently and want to try to strengthen my connection to the House again. Wishing peace and health to all here.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nebt-het
« on: August 13, 2018, 11:14:43 pm »
Thank you.  I really know almost nothing about Santa Muerte either.  The presence I think I've felt has scared me, but not because I felt any specific threat from the presence itself. It was simply stating what felt like a fact to me, and my reaction to the fact was to be scared.  I think maybe I've been needing spiritual guidance/assistance in managing grief, and maybe it's arriving.  I've tried to learn whether Santa Muerte was known to be of special help in that way, but it seems that she may grant almost anything.  Nebt-Het, from what I've started to learn, is more specifically associated with help during the grieving process. 

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nebt-het
« on: August 13, 2018, 10:01:16 pm »
Hoping to revive this thread to learn more about Nebt-het, Who I think I've been feeling drawn to recently or Who may be trying to get my attention.  I know almost nothing about Her.  I have been reading old discussions on the forums for the past couple of days and in one there was a mention of Her as being the consort of Set- where can I read more about this?  I do feel that a female presence associated with death has approached me recently.  At first I thought it might be Santa Muerte, but now I'm beginning to think it makes more sense for it to be Nebt-het, since any "pull" I was feeling did seem connected to Set.  Can anyone compare and contrast Nebt-het's presence with that of Santa Muerte?  Has Netjer ever been known to use icons of another culture outside of Kemet as a means of reaching us or commanding our attention? 

Edited to add: I've just discovered the Nisut's book on Her and have added it to my Amazon list! :)

Out of the perfumes I used, she likes the ones that have vanilla in them the most ( she also likes vanilla incense a lot, so go figure).

I agree about vanilla!  That's been my experience as well.  :)

Em hotep!

In 2015, when I was grieving the recent deaths (10 months apart) of my two elderly cats so intensely that I could hardly even look at images of cats or think about them in general without breaking down, Bast came to me and said, in effect, "There are other ways for you to connect to Me besides through cats," and led me to start exploring the art of perfumery.  I started doing a lot of reading on and have been fascinated with how much there actually is to know and learn about perfume, not the least of which is how to identify the notes I like and how they affect one another in different compositions. 

Does anyone have UPG regarding Bast and modern perfumes?  Mine has been that She feels the modern perfume industry may be less than ideal (certainly most perfumes could not be considered ritually pure, for example, since they contain synthetic ingredients), but certainly some perfume makers are better than others, and there are some She likes in spite of this.  Has anyone ever offered a modern perfume to Bast, and how did She respond?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sobek?
« on: March 22, 2017, 09:24:26 pm »
Te Velde discusses the connection between some of Set's names and their association with crocodiles. In this chapter he notes that crocodiles have been referred to as children of Set, though not in the sense of a mythical connection (he contrasts the reference against Wesir being the father of Heru-sa-Aset) but more so arguing that the power and danger of crocodiles could also be attributes of Set, and thus crocodiles might also be viewed as His messengers/children, as well as those of Sobek.

This I find very interesting.  Do you think that this could reasonably be extended to alligators?  I understand the ancient Egyptians wouldn't have associated alligators with any of the Names since they aren't native to Egypt, but many of us here have experienced modern associations between various Names and animals *similar* to their original theophanies. 

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sobek?
« on: March 22, 2017, 08:55:32 pm »
Thank you to everyone for your responses! 

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Sobek?
« on: March 22, 2017, 01:47:12 am »
Em hotep!

I've developed an interest in learning a little more about Sobek, particularly His connections to Set.  I've read that in some myths, He is known as Set's son, but I guess I wonder *which* and *how many* myths have stated this. Can anyone direct me to any pertinent older threads, or share a little of their experience of Sobek in general?  If anyone has had any experiences of Set leading or introducing them to Sobek or any sense of connections between the two of Them, I'd be interested to hear about that as well.  Thanks!

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Set and anger
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:37:23 am »
Quote from: Padememheru link=topic=20782.msg293296#msg293296 date
Also, Set is very much a chaotic good type of god.  "He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not always agree with that of society."

I didn't always play D&D when I was younger, but when I did, my characters were chaotic good.  :)

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sekhmet & Hethert
« on: March 15, 2017, 12:27:44 am »
... it's not unheard of for Mama Sekhmet to adopt a softer approach, depending on one's situation/circumstances/etc. Sometimes I think the Gods know us better than we know ourselves, and so whatever They show to us or how we experience Them is largely born from what They know we need (which may or may not conflict with what we think we need). Ergo, you could get a gentle, maternal Sekhmet, which is usually how I experience Her, although I also tend to get a "quieter" Sekhmet as well. Some folks get quite the opposite.


She's not quiet with me, but She's usually gentle.  She has on occasion shown me Her fiercer side, and once just recently, in fact.  But I was deserving of it.   

What complicates (or possibly simplifies?) my understanding of Hethert is that She and Bast have so much in common, if I'm understanding/remembering correctly, that They were known as essentially the Northern and Southern versions of each other? 

Bast was the first Name to make Herself known to me, and She introduced me to Sekhmet, and where Bast ends and Sekhmet begins has ever since then been fairly murky in my mind.  It occurred to me recently that maybe Hethert's presence could be at least a partial explanation for this. 

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sekhmet & Hethert
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:47:01 am »
I've always felt that "Sekhmet" is very prominent in my life and very close to me (and in fact is the One who has insisted that I maintain a basic connection with the House), but I do seem to experience Her differently (gentler) than many do, so I have begun to suspect that if I were to be divined, the Name I'm actually getting might in fact be Hethert-Sekhmet.  (I get a decidedly "soft" version of Sekhmet despite feeling the most drawn to Her lioness aspect).  For simplicity's sake, because I, too, have trouble wrapping my mind around the ways the Names can combine, I've always just thought of Her as Sekhmet and have never felt any disapproval from Her.  Nevertheless, I am feeling more open and receptive to Her Hethert side recently than I have been in the past (to be honest, I was resistant to Her association with cows for a long time) and willing now to learn more about this side of Her. 

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Set and anger
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:22:26 am »
Just wanted to add that I have been meditating on all of this and continuing to reach out to Set, and I feel that I have finally had something of a breakthrough- for the first time ever, I was finally able to "hear" Him briefly!  And He has cleared up a number of things for me.  I understand now that He isn't typically going to be as accessible to me as Bast and Sekhmet have always been, but when something is vitally important for me to learn or understand, He will be there, especially if I am not heeding Bast or Sekhmet as I should be.  I understand now that, in my relationship with Him, I am to *listen* far more than I speak, kind of a "you speak when you are spoken to" kind of situation.  A bit stern, perhaps, but I *had* expected Him to be angry or displeased with me, and now I understand that He is not, after all.  But He has been silent for a long time largely due to my confusion over my relationship with another Name (Djehuty) and my attempts to cultivate a stronger bond with Djehuty than I now believe is meant to be.  And I understand now that while no, He's not about *comforting* me (someone else here said that He'd be likely to send another Name to do that, and I agree), He is nevertheless a source of strength in that He will remind me of the strength I already have (but often like to tell myself that I don't). 

Just really kind of excited about this because it is the most meaningful and significant experience I have had to date with *any* name other than Bast and Sekhmet, and I had kind of reached the point of despairing that Set would ever talk to me at all. 

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Bats?
« on: March 13, 2017, 12:28:51 am »
Yes, there's no kind of critter that brings the night sky to mind for me better than a bat!  And since Set is Nut's son and also associated with darkness (as well as being commonly misunderstood), it seems not an illogical extension to make.  For some reason I tend to associate vampire bats with Him the most- possibly because they are perhaps the *most* misunderstood/maligned of all bats and the ones people tend to be the most wary of.  (They also happen to be my favorite kind of bat- I think they're fascinating!) 

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