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Em hotep fellow Sacramentan! Welcome welcome, I hope you enjoy your time here!

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What time do you do Senut?
« on: June 27, 2018, 09:31:38 pm »
I also have OCD and anxiety, but the way that mine manifests currently means that I actually like the formality and structure of senut - it gives me something to focus on, whereas when I'm left to my own devices I fret and worry and hem and haw and don't get much done, or I OVER do and exhaust myself.

That being said, I do take a bit longer than most to do senut, because of How I Am and how vigilant I am with my own rituals and expectations I've set up. So I tend to do senut at night, sometimes as late as 10:30/11 at night - because most everyone in my house is asleep and the house is quiet, so i can take my time.

I do also try to do morning prayers before noon, but those are much quicker and less involved, hehe.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Icon for Netjer
« on: June 25, 2018, 03:22:50 pm »
When I was in the beginners class I made a Ma'at feather out of clay, and that's my favorite image to represent Netjer as a whole because it's the symbol of what we're striving for, to do and be in Ma'at. <3

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello, I'm Meritamon, I'm new here!
« on: June 19, 2018, 03:22:05 pm »
Em hotep Meritamon! It's lovely to meet you!

The Beginners class is where everyone starts here at the House, and it teaches about our beliefs and the structure of the religion. You can read more about it and join here:

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Descriptors of Bast
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:45:07 am »
Hehe I'm not the starter of this thread, but I did indeed translate Fabricio's message, so here it is!

"Unfortunately there are few epithets of it and it makes me sad. It would be wonderful if there were the amount that exists for Aset for her lol

I really like the epithets they treat as "Lady Gold" or something. I also like the epithet "Lady of the Chamber of Birth"."

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Descriptors of Bast
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:31:11 pm »
I've always been fond of "She Who Rises As Gold". At the moment I can't remember if that is a historical or UPG epithet, but it's one of my favorites. <3

This looks incredible!! What an exciting trip it would be to go see this!

Neheh, that statue is beautiful, wow. That staff/scepter is really awesome too.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Seeking ordination
« on: May 28, 2018, 11:11:08 pm »
If you read carefully what has been said, nobody has said no.

What has been said is: There is a process. It takes years. It takes having a home, a roof over you head to keep a shrine in, and the ability to support all of that monetarily.

You say that you do not care for yourself because you care for the Gods, but that is a contradiction. If you are hurting, if you are homeless, if you are hungry and are you able to care for the Gods, then? If you are Their vessel, then doesn't it make sense to take care of yourself? To keep yourself well because, if for no other reason, you belong to Isis and Her children should be kept in good health and safety?

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Sekhmet Altar cloth?
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:00:04 pm »
My question would be how is he dedicating these pieces to the Names, and also what sort of energy you want for the shrine that you're creating.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Beloved Divinations
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:59:20 pm »
This thread has actually given me some interesting insight as to how I interact...or how I want to and should interact with my Beloveds. (I've been seeing a lot of things come up about Beloveds recently and I think They're tapping me on the shoulder about it, heh.)

I was divined at my RPD with my large and lovely family and I already have trouble keeping up with all of Them... I can't imagine being divined for any MORE at the moment!  ;D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:38:07 pm »
Welcome Welcome!

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: What do you wear?
« on: May 17, 2018, 04:26:29 pm »
Em hotep!

I wear a lot of jewelry but I also have sensory issues sometimes, so what i wear changes often! I try to always wear either my silver ankh on a silver chain or my 3 bracelet that I have dedicated to Netjer: garnet, lapis, and one I made of glass pearls and semi-precious stones with a sun charm. I have lots of lapis pieces that I love to wear in honor of Netjer, too.
I also wear a headwrap when I leave the house in honor of my Mother Sekhmet-Mut. This is in no way a requirement for anybody, but it helps me personally to remember my devotion even if I can't or don't have the energy to be in shrine. It also shields my head from other folks energy and makes me feel regal and dignified! I've been covering regularly for about a year now and it's become quite important to me. <3

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Self harm and ritual purity?
« on: May 12, 2018, 09:32:58 pm »
I learned a very important lesson recently that helped me a LOT re: ritual purity.

Pure or impure is based on YOUR baseline.

F'ex: I always have asthma, it's a part of me no matter what, even when I'm breathing okay. Most of the time I have joint pain, and a skin condition on my hands that makes me very dry, itchy, hurty, and sometimes - it bleeds. My own personal daily baseline is maybe a little wheezy, sore, moving a bit slower than totally abled people, etc. Being more impure than normal means that something is extra bad - i hurt so much it's breaking my focus, i can't breathe enough to say prayers out loud, my hands are actively bleeding when i bend my fingers, etc. Then I would avoid the shrine (or if it's Real Important, purify twice.)

I used a physical health example, but this goes for mental health too. If I'm so anxious i can't focus, or my OCD is making me upset because I'm Not Doing It Right, then I'm more impure than normal and maybe today isn't a good day to be in shrine.

Sedjfai made a really good point too: just because you're not in shrine doesn't mean you can't pray! They will hear you, and They love you no matter what. Always. Netjer wants to support you and care for you no matter what mental or bodily state you're in, They want you to be well - and if taking a break from physically being in shrine to take care of yourself is a part of that, They understand!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Newbie Here!!
« on: August 01, 2017, 09:23:50 am »
Em hotep and welcome, Nikki!

Today is my day for old threads, it seems! :D

I have started to help an elderly neighbor who cannot drive. We go out and do her shopping, appointments, whatever she needs to just get out for awhile. It's much more fun for her than having to take Uber, and she's a lot of fun to talk to! And with someone close enough that I can drive down there in less than a minute, she can live pretty independently still.

I also volunteer with the Pride Center on my college campus, helping with tabling, booths, and doing presentations for classes about LGBT issues and my own story. :)

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