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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Not a reintroduction
« on: April 30, 2020, 12:11:17 pm »
A very warm welcome, Selene!  :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hi!
« on: April 29, 2020, 03:53:50 pm »
Em hotep, Jess, and a warm welcome!
I hope you’re finding the Beginners’ Class valuable and enjoyable. :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A simple hello!
« on: April 25, 2020, 03:24:15 pm »
Em hotep, North Spirit! And a very warm welcome to you. :D

Were any of you ever worried about diving into KO?
Yes! I wondered whether it would have a blinkered view compared to other Kemetic groups and paths. (I found the complete reverse to be the case.) I wondered whether it would be shallow or whether instead it would ‘have a heart.’ (It does.) I wondered about the idea of having a Nisut or King. (All misgivings dissolved a few weeks into the Beginners’ Class.)

When did you know that this was the path for you?
It was a two stage process. Firstly, the Netjeru I already worked with encouraged me to join the Beginners’ Class. Secondly, shortly after starting the Class, the misgivings I mentioned above disappeared, and I started to encounter other Netjeru. It became quite clear that this was Home. I think for many the Class helps people make up their mind.

Had you worked with the Netjeru before becoming a Remetj/Shemsu/Shemsu-Ankh?
Yes. Sekhmet had sorted out a difficult life situation for me fifteen years before. She, Hethert and Ma’at had helped me start writing novels two years ago. At that time, none of it was really part of a religious practice.

What are little things I can do to welcome the Netjeru and Ma'at into my life since I can’t take the online class quite yet?
You‘ve already begun! Making contact here is a big step. And in addition to what others have said, I’d suggest two things. Firstly, try keeping a diary of your impressions, your thoughts, and experiences, questions to ask and lessons learned. Secondly, consider wearing a piece of jewelry to remind you. I bought my first pendant when I was 16: it was an ankh! And when the Netjeru started prodding two years ago, I got a little silver sistrum to put on a neck chain.

I look forward to hearing more from you!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep, everyone!
« on: April 23, 2020, 11:58:48 am »
Em hotep, Julia!
What a delightful surprise to see you here. ❤️
I’m so looking forward to more interactions.
Thank you for exploring with us!

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: March 27, 2020, 12:31:43 am »
Em hotep, Raphael, and a warm welcome!
I wish you a fruitful voyage of discovery.  :D

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 14, 2020, 01:47:56 pm »
Yes, I think it’s important to know that Nit-Nebthet-Seshat is/are regarded within Kemetic Orthodoxy as aspects, and not a syncretization. Hemet makes this clear in several forum posts over the years. In other words, They are not fused to make a fourth single separate Name.

Of the Three, I’ve so far experienced Nit much more than the other Two. And yet Nit has shown very many sides of Herself to me. When She first appeared, She came over as strong, confident, terse, and almost overwhelmingly and head-swimmingly powerful. Later I saw Her as sharp, precise, focused, like a master archer. I’ve seen Her as detached, matter-of-fact, and almost businesslike. I’ve seen Her as a teacher of heka and an inspirer of creative art. Often She seems a young mature woman wearing the deshret, but I’ve glimpsed Her as Creatrix, manipulating primal waters, and unimaginably old. And I see Her warm and motherly, someone Who is proud of Her child, and Who sometimes fusses about my health and appearance!

When I was changing my avatar after RPD and Naming, several people commented on how ‘metal’ the meaning of my name was, with two very powerful parents! However, despite Her association with bows, arrows, shields, and her reputation as a huntress and warrior, She wanted none of that. Instead I was to emphasize Her regality.

Seshat I’ve experienced directly rather less so far. She has helped me recalling and recording  dreams. She promises to aid me when I am writing novels.

I recall Nebt-het from Her epagomenal festival. She introduced Herself gently, and wanted an offering of milk, promising that I’d hear from Her a lot more in the future.

Nit-Nebthet-Seshat is my Divine Mother, and I have Set as my Divine Father. It’s interesting that in different myths at different times, Set’s consort is variously named as Nebt-het or Nit, and that Sobek is the result of that latter union. And yet as Nit in myth as Creatrix, She needs no partner to create Ra and the other Gods.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:44:32 pm »
Also there is Hemet (AUS)'s book Nebt-het: Lady of the House. As the title suggests, it's primarily about Nebt-het, but it also has short chapters on Nit and Seshat.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Nit-Nebthet-Seshat?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:09:08 pm »
Come along to the Names of Netjer chat in 20 minutes. next week. Nit is one of the Names being featured.

Meanwhile, some hints on offerings to Nit:
I've found Nit likes offerings that I would like, something that I would immediately enjoy as part of my next meal, but perhaps that's because She's my Mom!
I've found that, while She likes vodka, She prefers something with herb and seed extracts in it like absinthe.
And given the choice of frankincense, myrrh, amber, and sandalwood, She chose Sandalwood during Senut.

Edit: last minute postponing to next week.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Wild Sobek Kid Appears!
« on: February 15, 2020, 03:32:57 pm »
A warm welcome back!
I look forward to getting to know you.  :D

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em Hotep!
« on: February 11, 2020, 02:01:15 pm »
I asked this question when I joined Beginners' Class 54. You're given a list of recommended reading when you start the course. However, I was aware that reading books takes time and often money. What should I prioritize?

What was recommended to me by more than one priest is what I would also recommend: The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, by Rev. Dr. Tamara L. Siuda. (Yes this is the Nisut.)  I also recommend getting an electronic version as (a) you will get it immediately, and (b) it is searchable. (I got the PDF.)

I do have many of the other books too, including Karenga mentioned above. And while I was waiting for the course to start (and before I had the recommended list), I read "Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt" by Barbara Mertz, which is a wonderfully fun, easy, and very human read.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: From a solitary kemetic
« on: February 11, 2020, 12:06:14 am »
Em hotep and welcome, Capybara! Great to see you here.

And if you’re thinking about the Beginners’ Class, I‘d suggest you‘ve nothing to lose (except maybe a few hours a week!), and potentially a huge amount to gain.

Hope to see you around more.  :D


If I go to Egypt, it will be a once in a lifetime pilgrimage, and I cannot countenance restricting myself to a short list of places to visit. Therefore my dream would be to start at Abu Simbel and work my way leisurely downstream, taking two or three months to reach the sea, perhaps traveling occasionally on a felucca if there was enough time, and stopping absolutely everywhere en route, crisscrossing the delta at the end. Who will join me?

Ra-Heruakhety (And Nut at the beginning and end): Carl Nielsen’s Helios Overture (Op. 17).

Danish composer Nielsen wrote Helios in Athens in 1903, inspired by the sun over the Aegean Sea.

This version is by the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Niklas Willén.

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Are you doing anything for the Moon?
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:10:04 pm »
I'm more of a dark-of-the-moon person myself, when the moon once again unites with the sun - perhaps because that's when I was born.
So I rarely start my own activities marking full moon, though I'm happy to join in those of others.  :D

[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Your first senut?
« on: January 08, 2020, 04:30:43 pm »
I remember mostly the days leading up to my first Senut...

My wife and I live in a small apartment on the fifth floor of an old condominium block, with 47 sometimes-noisy neighbors. Everything seems jammed into a tiny space. My wife retired last year from being a professional artist, but she also works at home in the studio we've set up in the apartment. I mention this backstory because the first thing I had to do was to identify a place for my Senut shrine. It turned out her studio was really the only place to put the shrine, and I had to negotiate space for it! It now sits between two tall bookcases filled with art materials!

Then I had to get stuff. Something wear. Bowls for the offerings. Candles. Incense. Something to set them all on.

And having a go at making Natron! Finding out that drying it in the copious Colorado sunlight wasn't enough and that the oven was far better.

I thought all was ready, and I was going to do my first Senut, when I suddenly learned during a Sunday Beginners' Class chat that the incense that I'd chosen might not meet the purity standards required. Argh! Fortunately Rev. Tanebet suggested Nippon Kodo, and I was able to mail order some the same day. But it took a while to arrive and it delayed my first Senut by about a week.

As well as negotiating the space for the shrine, when it came to actually doing the ritual, I also had to negotiate time in a shared space. My wife and I came to an arrangement. I usually use the studio first in the late morning. She hides the phone under some cushions! When I'm done, she can use the studio for the rest of the day and the evening. We didn't know at first how long Senut would take, but it's settled down to about an hour in total: about 20 minutes for preparing the offerings and the shrine space when I'm scuttling through the apartment between the studio, the kitchen, the Akhu shrine and the bathroom; 20 minutes for the ritual washing; and 20 minutes for the main ritual itself at the shrine including any private time. Keeping it to a routine and at predictable times has helped the way she and I can work together in the same space.

Remembering back 140-or-so Senuts to the ritual itself is much harder! It's a blur. But I do keep a diary of them all, and it tells me that my first Senut was very quiet and simple. I'd managed to get the sequence right and all the logistics sorted, and Ma'at seemed pleased. What more could I want? But I wonder if all the Netjeru were looking over my shoulder, watching, and waiting to see if I would actually go through with it and then start doing it habitually, because when I did Senut again the next day my diary tells me that it seemed as though everyone turned up!

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