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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Slow and Steady Return
« on: August 24, 2021, 01:24:03 pm »
Yay! Welcome back!

~Isha

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: Aset in RPD
« on: April 11, 2021, 03:20:07 pm »
Em hotep!

Aset is an aspected God in KO, so, always Aset-Serqet, yes. Even when she is syncretised with someone else, or appearing as someone else, it's my understanding that the aspect is still there, just not written, for simplicity.

An example of this from another aspect would be Hethert-Mut. She is Hethert-(Sekhmet)-Mut.

But some people drop aspectings from their signatures as they feel is appropriate to their relationships, so that is why you may be seeing that. I do it in mine for some of them, for example (though I removed my signature recently, whoops, so for the record the relevant ones are Wepwawet, Serqet, and Nit-Nebthet-Seshat, and that is how I style them).

Some of the aspectings have closer relationships than others. Hethert and Sekhmet have a strong historical link. Aset and Serqet as I understand it, have a less strong, but still present link. Nit, Nebthet, and Seshat, as well as Wepwawet and Yinepu, have links, but they are not the same as present with say, Hethert and Sekhmet. I've read Hemet's booklet on the three ladies and honestly, to me they sound like women who borrow each other's outfits because they wear the same size, not aspects of each other, but I know others may experience them differently or have a different opinion on this. Wepwawet and Yinepu, in comments off-site (not sure about on the forums), it has been specified by Hemet that they are not the same God, that the RPD aspecting is a hint that the second God is potentially of interest and meaning to the person who got the RPD result.

For me, Yinepu isn't in my life really. I feel like he exists, but I feel like it would be a lie to say he is my parent, even as an aspect, so I don't. Similarly, I work with Aset, but I haven't (yet) experienced her as a Beloved, so I don't name her. Nebthet introduced me to Nit, and is still around and we are close, and Seshat for me is a quiet but constant presence like Ra-Heruakhty (another of my Beloveds) is. So I name all three of them.

~mostly Isha

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*vibrates at Hethert-Amenti mentions*

Like Amunraembia says, most Netjeru are going to have this kind of connection, either really obviously, or in passing. Wepwawet for example is "Lord of the West", "Lord of the Duat", and "He Who Opens the Beautiful Way in the West" (the latter specifically as Wepwawet of Lower Egypt).

It's just kind of a big deal sort of place, so, the Gods get linked to it in big or small ways very easily. Pick a God and I'm sure we can shoehorn them in there somehow :P

~Isha

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Hello,

I had an interesting experience during our Senut recently.

It has been our perception of late that Sobek has been around since pre-RPD for me. Which is quite a thing, as I was not around at the time. I do not know Sobek well at all. I know a couple of things he is supposed to be the "God of", but that is about it.

And yet, in our Senut, I found myself feeling a profound sensation of, I'd say affection, or perhaps love, towards him. I could not figure out why, as he is essentially a stranger to me. But the sensation persisted and was quite strong.

I assume that this is likely "normal", but I would still like to hear people's experiences with such a thing if possible. Most people seem to have affection for deities that they know well, or were at least investigating at the time. How many of you have felt these things for deities you did not know, and if I might ask, what came of it?

Thank you,

Selene

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Ma'at is a concept that ultimately, we as mere mortals can only do our best to work towards. We don't know for sure what is or isn't ma'at, though in many cases we can take a very good guess!

What I'm meaning here is, some might say potentially disrupting your family life goes against ma'at. Others might say that forcing someone to live under the shackles of an oppressive family is against ma'at. Who is right? We don't really know.

What we do know is that KO has rules to minimise the chances that someone will end up in a very poor situation (say, kicked out by their guardians with no means of supporting themselves) as a result of the temple accepting their membership request. The temple does not wish to be the cause for such trauma and difficulty in an applicant's life. But those rules centre around you being a financial dependent and/or a minor. If neither of those things apply, the temple basically considers that the ramifications are yours to consider. It would be up to you in that case to decide whether you felt applying to join the beginner's class was the right thing for your life.

The same is true of your mental health really. We have many members who have many different kinds of mental illnesses and experience many different symptoms, and as far as I've seen it's left to those individuals to determine what's best for them in terms of pursuing their faith. If there ever appeared to be a severe risk to someone's well-being, that might change, but I haven't personally ever seen this happen.

~Isha

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Netjer and Astrology
« on: May 03, 2020, 01:54:20 am »
I would like to add, that no matter which Netjeru and/or Netjeri are linked to this month or season, they are not linked to the season of Taurus.

The astrological system you're referring to is just one, and it is not one that has had its origins in Kemet. We don't typically make statements here about practices that relate to systems outside of KO, mostly because we can't really do that. We may sometimes have information about those systems, but unless someone responding is an active participant in that system or part of that culture, they're not likely to be able to speak from the same position as they can on KO.

All of which means, Kemetic Orthodoxy interacting with that system of belief is going to be quite personal. It's not something you're likely to find correspondences on.

I'm not aware of Kemetic Orthodoxy recognising any astrological system, certainly in the sense that's often meant in modern times, though it's an interesting question.

~Isha

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Not a reintroduction
« on: April 30, 2020, 04:19:30 am »
Hello,

I'm Selene, and I am a headmate in the system known as Tai'awepwawet. Until recently that name was solely used by Rowan/Isha, but I live to make things complicated.

I still consider myself fairly agnostic as a person, however I have read the beginners lessons thoroughly, and been both doing and sharing in Kemetic Orthodox ritual practice (albeit infrequently for health reasons) for a few months now. The rules on plurals are, I think, a bit interesting, I don't think I as an individual have to reapply for and be granted membership status, but I would personally identify as a Divined Remetj at this point if I had the option.

I am building a relationship with the Gods of our collective line up, though I have a strong draw to Sobek, which as someone who has until recently been very areligious, is confusing for me. Which is not to say it is neither interesting nor enjoyable in its own way.

I can be quite quiet all things considered, but an introduction seemed to be worth doing at least, particularly as we will be trying to remember to sign posts from now on.

And so, hello.

~Selene

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Serqet
« on: April 13, 2020, 05:56:00 am »
Serqet, for me, was a difficult one for a long time.

I found her aloof, abrupt, harsh. She was the scorpion, terrifying and dangerous. She could heal and she could sting, and honestly? Probably both at the same time. She has thrust her hand into my chest and wrenched out my pain to show me what I need to work on, what I need to heal, and she does not use anaesthetic.

So we had a tense relationship for a very long time. I loved her in my own way, and I needed her, and she's part of me and my life, but it was tense and I never knew how to get close to her.

One day, I actually saw her aspecting with Aset. This isn't a thing I ever "got" before, she was always Serqet. If there was any Aset, it was a fierce enough Aset that I never noticed. But this time, I saw the aspecting. Saw them blending at the edges, saw them running into each other like spilled paint. And it was like the key I needed to unlock an understanding of her, I think, because there was a time, though I don't remember the exact context, when I saw her and I saw through that harshness, to the Goddess behind, reaching out her hand to me.

And she was radiant, and kind, and full of love. She's not Hethert, it's not the same "tone" of love that you get from most aspects of Hethert. But it's just as expansive and true, if she's giving it to you. True to that earlier blunt nature, if she has decided to give something, it is given, there is no question, no lack of conviction. Her love is as quick, forceful, and powerful as any of her stings.

When I saw that face of her, when I understood that ah, yes, my Beloved loves me, she simply said "Finally.". It's true, I'm a bit slow on the uptake sometimes :P

She's the kind of Goddess who will rip off a band aid, and she's not exactly the kind to kiss it better afterwards. She's kind and loving, but she's not actually my mother, and I am not actually a 2 year old with a skinned knee. But she knows what hurts, and it's my perception that she will be your support when you need it, even if she's the one pushing you to go through that pain.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Are you doing anything for the Moon?
« on: January 11, 2020, 07:53:31 am »
I did a tarot spread. Lots of cards following me, including my significator which my deck has been using as a special message card a lot recently.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep
« on: December 11, 2019, 04:42:53 am »
Em hotep and welcome, I hope you find plenty to learn :)

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Wepwawet and the wolf
« on: November 29, 2019, 03:44:02 am »
Basically, just because scientists say it is, doesn't mean layfolk would ever recognise it as such in the field. Nor that you would necessarily recognise Him as one in a dream or vision, even if that's what he was technically taking the form or abstracted form of. I'm not sure about anyone else here, but I'm not checking Wepwawet's teeth to see which wild canid he is :o

All of which isn't to say that how you "get" Him isn't legit. I commissioned an artist who works with animal spirits, and sometimes deities, to draw him a long while back, and she did him as Ethiopian Wolf. That was a real Mind Blown moment for me, and it's a appearance I've associated strongly with him ever since. But it's not "canon" and I don't expect anybody else to get it. If you get him as wolf, or grey, or white, that's cool! I get him as a jackal in various shades of brown usually, most often a rich caramel brown. I don't think it falls under "canon" but nothing has to be canon here to be a legit and wonderful way of experiencing the Gods.

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Hmmmm. This is actually a difficult one for me. I didn't spend very long as Shemsu before I became Shemsu-Ankh (months, maybe, which you were able to do at the time). I have no regrets about that, but it does mean that I don't have a particularly good grasp of what it felt like to be Shemsu, specifically, relative to being Shemsu-Ankh.

I'd say that if I tried to tease away the Shemsu-Ankh-ness, that being Shemsu for me is about two main things, two very different things.

One is devotion to my deities. They are always, in some way, on my mind, even when they're not on my mind. That sounds a bit weird, maybe, but that's how it kind of works for me. My Gods are woven through the fabric of my life, my existence, like golden thread. This is important because this is part of being Shemsu, keeping the Gods of your RPD foremost. That doesn't have to be a Big Deal, it can be a subtle weaving, but it has to be done and it has to be part of your life. I think it becomes part of your life.

The other, although I think this has bleedthrough from being SA, is that I'm part of a family now. It's important to note that this isn't a mandatory part of being Shemsu, to accept yourself as part of a family, but IIRC Hemet accepts you as her child (can someone remind me if that's at RPD or Naming? I think it's the latter) so it's completely right to see yourself as part of a nation of siblings as Shemsu. And that has so many... complicated feelings. We're such different people, here in the House of Netjer. And not all of us will get along. Just like any real family. But it is a family, and at any time, that family is here to support other members. I think even without Shemsu-Ankhhood, that feels like it comes with a nugget of responsibility. How can I reflect and replenish that environment of generosity and support? How can I make this family a home?

For me personally, there's also always going to be boat-paddling, interfaith efforts particularly with other Kemetics. However that's not a Shemsu thing, that's a me as a Kemetic at any title thing. I think though that having Shemsu and Shemsu-Ankh doing boat paddling is particularly important. It keeps our connections flowing, it shows we're not insular, it keeps us grounded. It's all round a good, for those who enjoy it.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Let's Talk About Mehet Weret!
« on: November 07, 2019, 10:04:56 am »
I keep getting "pings" every time I think of Mehet-Weret, and now that I read this I figure it makes sense since I'm apparently connected to so many deities she's linked to. I think I mostly get her via Hethert though, and again that makes sense as apparently my Hethert is kinda, Hethert-in-all-her-faces as it were (Just with one of them presenting foremost).

I haven't worked with her really though. I have been ignoring the pings. This is probably a sign that I should ignore them less.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: HetHert and the Moon...
« on: September 25, 2019, 12:14:07 pm »
I agree with the Hethert/Eye of Ra thing in general, but I do feel, for some odd reason, that Hethert-Amenti might have something to do with the moon? If only in my personal sense of things. Probably not historically attested.

I vibe this. When I'm getting one of Hethert's other faces I get a lot of solar energy, but Hethert-Amenti has this kind of, the sun, reflected, in the eve of man, kind of energy going on. It's the same energy at the core in many ways, but it's gentled and you can look at it without needing eye protection XD

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello!
« on: August 06, 2019, 03:03:31 am »
Woo more Brits :D Welcome!

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