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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Important Holidays
« on: September 20, 2019, 11:44:05 am »
Or if you prefer an electronic copy (like a PDF, and which is also less expensive), take a look here:  :)


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Reality Check?
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:18:11 pm »
There are many stories about the Netjeru. Are they all true? Are any true? For example, there are (at least) four different Kemetic creation myths, some seemingly contradictory, depending on which city you were close to in ancient Kemet. Perhaps all of those myths are true, and all of them are false!

I suspect the purpose of myth was not to provide biographies, or reporter-on-the-ground documentaries, but rather to give insight - attempted explanations of the inherently unexplainable. And I don't think Kemetic religion is alone in this; you will surely find this in many religions, past and present, throughout the world, although - yes - you will also find devotees who prefer to interpret their myths and scriptures verbatim.

To judge Netjer, I would suggest one would have to be standing in the place of perfect Ma'at oneself, in order to know what ma'at truly is.

And personally, I wouldn't go on hearsay - for that's what all myth is: a handed down story from someone else. I would ask the Netjeru directly and find out for myself! For how many of these stories are told by the Netjeru themselves? And even true stories have more than one side, more than one point of view, and I'd like to hear those too!

I don't think one necessarily has to believe in all the old stories in order to believe in Netjer, or to work with the Netjeru, or to benefit from their influence, or to see benefit in the lives of one's family, or the world in general. Ma'at is ma'at, and one can surely work to bring it into the world, stories or no stories.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello
« on: September 15, 2019, 11:23:24 pm »
Em hotep, and welcome from a beginner on the current class - it's well worth it!  :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning to the Netjeru
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:23:57 pm »
Em hotep, Ume, and pleased to meet you!  :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning...
« on: August 23, 2019, 09:37:05 pm »
Em hotep Nesi - welcome back! Just to say I'm a beginner here and I found your story inspiring. I hope our paths cross again soon!

I am an immigrant. Through the hand and intervention of Sekhmet, I arrived here in the United States ten years ago last week, after a fraught two year personal, emotional, legal and bureaucratic journey in the UK. Nearly four years ago, I became a United States citizen and I celebrated. I still celebrate, and the daily offering by a tall Sekhmet statue is a small token of my gratitude.

And yet, under this administration, I do not feel safe or secure. There is no reason for me to look over my shoulder, but I do - and I am one of the lucky ones.

I am a beginner here, only just about to do my first Senut, yet I will incorporate Piri’s powerful prayer into my practice. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you all on this.

May Ma’at Prevail!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello!
« on: August 06, 2019, 06:06:34 pm »
Hello Writer - em hotep and welcome!  :D

I'm also a writer of things. I wrote software and training courses over in the UK. Then I retired and emigrated here to sunny Colorado. That was exactly ten years ago today. Now I write novels.

I haven't been here long myself in the House of Netjer. Be assured, the natives are friendly and the information is good. I thoroughly recommend considering the Beginners' Class, which I recently joined. (The next one may start December-January-ish, who knows?)

Anyway, a warm welcome!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello, and a short introduction
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:24:08 pm »
Storm, thanks for the considerate thoughts. But talking with people is a) part of the job and b) something I love.

And more welcomes - thank you! You are all helping me feel this is the right place for me to be. :)
And yes, I'm already enjoying the beginners' class. I just hope I don't try my teachers' patience too far!  :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello, and a short introduction
« on: July 13, 2019, 01:26:27 pm »
Welcome to another retiree. I just retired from local government last December from a software developer position.

I am also a child of Hethert-Sekhmet. If you ever want to talk about Them, send me a PM!

Rev Ibi

Rev Ellen Behrens
Awibemhethert (Ibi)

That is such a kind and generous offer. Thank you!
I'll try not to interfere with your busy duties here, but I will be sure to take you up on it.  :)

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello, and a short introduction
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:21:03 pm »
Thank you, all, for a wonderfully warm welcome! I am very much looking forward to the Beginners' Class.

@Neheh - yes that is She! Thank you for those pictures. Here is another. She was a stunning sight gazing through the doorway and down the path at all visitors entering the museum. And thank you for the blessing!

@NeighbourhoodWitch - well I didn't practice both at the same time! And I practice neither now. It was Kuan Yin who brought me to Buddhism. And runes brought me to Heathenry, and my being very active in its reconstruction for thirteen years taught me a lot.

I know I've been fortunate to have trodden a full and varied journey. But with Netjer, it feels like coming home at last. I hope can bring something worthwhile to the community.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Hello, and a short introduction
« on: July 08, 2019, 05:30:49 pm »
[This is a copy of the intro I posted to the Beginners' Class forum, but apparently not everyone can see that, so please excuse if you've read his before!]

Em hotep! My name is Storm, I’m retired and I live in Colorado. I used to work in adult education, and before that in software development. I emigrated from Britain to the United States in 2009 to get married. We have five adult children, mostly in their forties and fifties in the US, UK, and Australia, and five grandchildren in England.

I started my spiritual journey back in the 1970s. I learned to meditate. I trained in healing. I practiced divination, starting with the I Ching but going on to tarot, runes, and many other forms. I remember my first Kemetic interest then was reading Joan Grant’s novels! Later I investigated many religions, practicing Heathenry and Buddhism.

Fifteen years ago, while living in Scotland, I saw a bust of Sekhmet at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. She made a huge impression on me! Her amazing mix of power and compassion became very real in my life. Last year I got to know Het-Heru really well: she’s wonderful and I’m utterly devoted! I’ve since written two novels in which they both feature.

I'm delighted to be here!


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