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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:26:03 am »
Em hotep, and welcome back Deborah!

I hope you're able to take part in the next beginners class. ^.^

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Doing a Mama Sekhmet Thing
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:32:13 pm »
Em hotep, Gezausenu!

I’m sorry to hear things became so crappy there and just kept up. >.<

Prayers for Ma’at to prevail!


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Praying
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:01:42 am »
Em hotep, everyone! *henu*

The ritual of senut is a modern constructed ritual by Hemet and one of the things that makes us "Kemetic Orthodox" versus a group of people who all honor the Kemetic gods differently. As Gezausenu mentioned, it's something that we all do and share in as a community. This is also why Shemsu (those who have taken a vow to serve their gods within the context of Kemetic Orthodoxy) are required to do it once per month and Remetj (those who wish to participate in our community but do not wish to take that vow) are not required to do it.

Everyone is welcome to do the senut ritual, which is why it is available to the public in the Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. It can be done in honor of any specific gods you honor or worship, or it can be done for Netjer in general. The beginners' class focuses on doing it for Netjer in general to encourage people who are interested in pursuing a RPD to not focus solely on Gods with whom they are already familiar.

On the topic of ritual clothing for senut: "If at all possible, set aside 'pure raiment' - clothing of pure white that you wear only for Senut. If you cannot do this, at minimum you want to wear something that is physically clean"

In general, I do recommend doing the senut ritual even if you're not required to do so because it is very helpful spiritually. ^.^  It's done the same way by everyone who does it (including Hemet), which adds to the strength and power of the ritual itself. I personally use senut as a way to do personal spiritual development and use spontaneous prayer for things whenever they come up (whether that's prayers for myself or for others).

Gleb, I also follow a similar structure when I pray. :)  Usually starting with thanks, then praying for myself and others. I also pray for people who follow different religions (most notably my family) and they usually pray for me as well. As others have all mentioned, prayer is just good in general. :D  And as Gezausenu mentioned, prayer doesn't have to be "traditional". It can take many shapes and forms. It's all up to you! ^.^


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Praying
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:32:22 pm »
Em hotep, everyone! *henu*

Please allow me to provide a little further clarification here. :)  For those of you who are temple members, this topic is covered in detail in Beginners Lessons 4-5 which can be reviewed in the members areas. If you need help locating this, please let me know. For everyone else, I'm happy to provide a summary here.

There are two practices within our religion and our membership participates in both of them.

Group-Directed Religion (state religion):
The formal side of Kemetic Orthodoxy (state shrines, state rites, etc) are built and practiced for and on behalf of the Community as a whole at the direction of the Nisut. These are also our practices that we do together as a group (ie. our weekly dua simulcasts).

Individual-Directed Religion:
Personal worship outside of established group rituals. This is the category under which both the senut ritual and personal shrines fall as well as the majority of everyone's religious practice. The senut rite is performed by an individual to develop and nurture their own personal connections with the gods rather than on behalf of the community. Personal shrines used for senut can also be used for any other form of prayer at any time so long as you maintain senut purity when interacting with it, or if you re-purify it before performing the senut rite again. This is often why people end up with multiple shrines for more informal or spontaneous worship.

The main distinguishing factor for "group-directed" versus "individual-directed" religion is whether or not you're participating as a group or performing a ritual at the direction of the Nisut on behalf of the Community.

This is the reason why priests must continue to practice the Senut rite in addition to the state rite. One is for the Community. The other is for ourselves and our own spiritual needs.

I believe Hemet has likened senut shrines and the senut ritual to state shrines and the state rite that we do as priests in the past due to the purity requirements for a senut shrine and the fact that we use a structured ritual for senut. Indeed, it is not a very big jump at all to go from a personal senut rite and shrine to a state rite and shrine. This puts the Senut shrine and rite a lot closer to state rituals/shrines than an informal shrine and prayers.

Anyone can be trained to do be a priest in this religion. The only big requirements are to have a desire to serve the Community and receive permission and training from Hemet and your Parent deities. :D

I hope this helps clear up some confusion. And Gleb, pray as often as you wish to! If you're asking for something too frequently and upsetting the Gods, they'll let you know. But in the meantime, it never hurts to remind Them what you need, what you're thankful for, that you want to know Them better, or just let Them know how your day is going. The Gods are a part of our lives each and every day. Remember that They're there and listening, even if They can't always help us right away. :)


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Mixing Ancestor Veneration?
« on: October 15, 2016, 07:24:21 pm »
Em hotep!

Lira gave a very good response above. An akhu shrine is there to not only remind you of your ancestors but also to help you connect and communicate with them. I personally believe it's very appropriate for an akhu shrine to be a reflection of the ancestors' beliefs and practices, even if they aren't the same as our own. For example, I have a crucifix, rosary, and few other Catholic items in my akhu shrine since all of my immediate ancestors are Catholic.

I no longer practice Catholicism, but if I did, I wouldn't see any problem with connecting with them from that point of view at the same shrine.

I believe this extends to your own practices as well. Does it make sense to you to have two separate akhu shrines for two different ways of connecting to and speaking with them? If so, separate them. If not, keep them the same. As you mentioned above, shrines and our interactions with the akhu aren't the same as those with our Gods.

At the end of the day, what's important (from the Kemetic Orthodox viewpoint) is that you are finding some way to give offerings to and acknowledge your akhu. :)


I don't really have any nicknames for the Gods, but I do usually address Heruakhety as "Great Heruakhety". I can't really remember any more when or where or why that started, but it stuck and just feels right for me now. :)

Sometimes I'll prepend "great" to the other Names as well, but not as often. Other than that, I can't think of any special names that I use regularly.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Praying for Paris
« on: November 14, 2015, 08:37:30 am »
Prayers for comfort and time for mourning for all those involved. May the ka'u of all those killed yesterday be safe in their journey West and may they be justified. May Ma'at prevail, always.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Bats?
« on: November 05, 2015, 11:43:37 pm »
<3 All the bats.

Thank you Ha'aut for posting that link! I didn't know that there were even words for "bat" that had been found.

While we may never know how they were thought of (or not thought of?) historically, I know my attitude towards them is decidedly positive. :D

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Famous Akhu
« on: August 12, 2015, 11:06:10 am »
Em hotep!

Some of you may recall that we had a saq-Nisut (or maybe it was a dua?) chat with Hemet in which we did a heka exercise with our akhu. Unfortunately I do not remember exactly how it went. Only that it involved drawing a five-point star, placing a name of one of our ancestors at four of the points. Then at the top point we placed the name of someone who isn't related to us, but is very important to us (as mentioned above, this could be a national akhu, someone who inspired you personally, or someone who you look up to from history). At the end of the exercise, Hemet told us something to the effect of: "Congratulations. You now have a new akh to honor." :)

So yes, you can certainly honor akhu who are not related to you by blood as personal akhu. All akhu are fantastic and worthy of veneration and rememberance, but it's our job to ensure that our personal ancestors (whether related or not) are not forgotten and are remembered by us, our families, and descendants. So if you do decide to welcome in an unrelated akh as one of your personal ancestors, ensure that they're as well cared for and remembered as the rest of your akhu. :)


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:21:22 pm »
Your name is your name. The only way that using it is disrespectful is if you disrespect yourself. Build yourself up well, take pride in all of your names, and use them well. ^_^

That's my personal advice, anyway. :)

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question about the Beginners Class
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:16:36 pm »
Posting here in case anyone missed the announcement on the page:

Beginners class e-mails have been sent out and the class is moving forward! :)

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question about the Beginners Class
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:44:13 pm »
Em hotep!

There was a post made on the home page about the beginners class. As Ibi noted, it's currently delayed. Another post will be made there once the class is ready to start and e-mails will go out shortly after that. :)


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Taweret
« on: January 04, 2015, 09:47:53 pm »
Em hotep!

Ah, Taweret! It seems we have similar goals. :) I've found myself with some kind of connection or draw to Her, and I'm pretty sure it's not fertility related.

I know very little about Her other than Her being a very protective Goddess for women and children (of which I am neither ^.^;; ). I also know vaguely about Her astronomical connections with Her appearing in the zodiac. Though this also could have been Ipet/Opet. I'm still trying to distinguish between the two Goddesses. It's been a while since I've thought about the two of Them, but I *think* I recall Ipet seeming more... Queenly than Taweret, if that makes sense.

In terms of personal interaction, I've been very hesitant to interact with Her so far. Every time I approach Her, I feel Her presence very strongly in a way which I'm pretty unfamiliar with. I find Her to be pretty intimidating (Her imagery is a hippopotamus with a crocodile riding on Her back - how much more intimidating can you get? :O), but I have a strong feeling that this is something which will vary greatly between individuals and their interactions with Her.

I look forward to learning more about Her and reading other people's experiences with Her. I'll let you know if I come across anything particularly interesting. ^_^

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: KO videos or podcasts?
« on: January 01, 2015, 01:59:37 pm »
I'll look into trying to track down our old podcasts and see if we can get those published once more. They came around before even my time. I haven't heard them myself yet!

But from what I understand the content is still very relevant.

There was also a radio interview of Hemet which you may be interested in listening to available here:

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