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Messages - Taqaisenu

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Famous Akhu
« on: August 12, 2015, 10:13:50 am »
I venerate Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine as akhu.  The same Hershey as the Hershey Chocolate Company. 

And it's not because I like chocolate. ;)  Though I do!

I include them as akhu because of what they did for the region and for the people.  They were so loving and generous and philanthropic.  I could gush for days. 

With all of the Hershey chocolate bars in the world, I'm certain they wont be forgotten. ;)  But I include them as my akhu because I can feel them there in my soul.  I want their influence in my life, I want my actions to further theirs.

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My Parents live very happily next to one another in all of my shrines.  Where One is, so is the Other, because I cannot separate out the Set part of me from the Hethert part of me.  Doing so leaves me unbalanced. 

I don't know if this is Their doing or my own, but I have a clue hidden within a meaning of my shemsu name: Taqaisenu - Uplifted by Two.  I'm not "Uplifted by One on some days and the Other on other days" (how would that even be pronounced? :D ).  At times in shrine, Set has referred to me as "Your Mother's Daughter", and Herhert as well reminds me that I am "Your Father's Daughter". Even they do not separate the Other out of me.

I perform senut to Them both at the same time, though they get separate offerings.  I do approach Them differently in shrine.  They're both there together but They are not the same; each has Their own requirements of me and preferences which luckily rarely if ever clash.  Thinking on it now, Father does always come first. Perhaps that is indicated in the order in which They were divined in my RPD, but I don't feel any special meaning in it beyond that that's just the way it is.

It's a wonderful journey, learning about my Parents and Beloveds and discovering how They each relate to me and to each other. So deliciously complicated.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Excited,possibly over enthusiastic newbie!
« on: May 11, 2015, 08:34:28 am »
Did somebody say ... Pittsburgh??  Wuut wuut, PA IN THE HOUSE! I'm in the Harrisburg area, myself. Nice and central, not really too far from anything.  I'm up for camping, hotel'ing, even just meeting up someplace convenient-for-most and chatting over dinner.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: HEM Incense
« on: April 17, 2015, 07:33:10 am »
I wouldn't stress too much about if your incense contains ritually impure ingredients or not.  Your level of purity for your practices, and even for senut and other things, is really between you and your gods. 

I, like you, had stocked up on incense that I loved, loved, loved.  Then discovered it contained ritually impure ingredients around about the same time as the Beginner's Class, and I was like "oh no!"  But through meditation - and performing senut with that impure incense - I discovered that my gods really didn't care.  Not at that time, not in that situation.  I loved the incense, they appreciated it, too. 

When that stock of incense ran out, I did replace it with the ritually pure Japanese Nippon Kodo incense (of which I have a huge stock of which never seems to deplete no matter how often I burn a stick. I swear, it's like rabbits, multiplying in the cabinet when the doors are closed).   By this time, I had been in the House for some time, was practiced in senut and other rituals, and the gods decided I was ready for the next level of purity requirements.

So I say, even in senut, go ahead and use your HEM Dragon's Blood incense, if you enjoy it.  If the gods don't like it or want it, they will nudge you in another direction at that time. But I suspect that They will just be happy to see you and happy for the attention that They wont really give a fig about the potential impurity of your incense.

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: I'm back, not dead yet.
« on: January 16, 2015, 10:13:58 pm »
Zeredi!!!!!!! I was just thinking about you today! Random, out of the blue, "I wonder how my sister Zeredi is doing."

 Hi!!!!

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Spiritually Lost
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:05:33 am »
I love the term 'god radio' it describes it perfectly, but since I have joined, everything is 'static'. I've had these I'm lost moments before, but never this long. I am just a little disheartened.

Don't be disheartened. :)  Your experience is not uncommon for people going through the Beginners class.  It's disconcerting, particularly if you are accustomed to Them always being in your ear. Wait it out, and take advantage of the quiet to learn new ways to listen.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Spiritually Lost
« on: December 31, 2014, 09:58:32 am »
Em hotep, Neferakara.  You are not alone in feeling spiritually lost. 

I'll have those lengths of time where I feel not as connected with the netjeru as I was, or wish I was.  I'll feel out of touch, not that netjer isn't there, They're just not as communicative as They can be sometimes. I'll feel Them there, I know They're listening, I know They care, They're just not ... responding .. that I am able to perceive.

As a daughter of the Wandering Goddess, I've come to realize that She is rarely in the same place for long. If I want to find Her, I can't always wait for Her to come to me when I call.  I have to go find Her myself.  Sometimes I find Her in the quiet of shrine, sometimes She is in baking a fresh batch of cookies, sometimes She is dancing at a club or singing karaoke with friends.  Always moving, if I want to feel connected to Her, I have to find where She is, though She will eventually come around to where I am. I can wait, or I can go searching. 

And it is much more fun to go searching. :)

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What does the RPD mean to you?
The RPD meant to me (very simply) that these are the gods, in the Kemetic Orthodox context, that created me - somehow, someway, sometime - at that point in time.  

I felt no other commitment to the community or the religion when choosing to undergo the divination.  That commitment was a choice, an ongoing choice, that came later.

Why did or didn't you choose to take the RPD?
I took some time between the ending of my Beginner's Course and sending in my paperwork for the RPD to meditate and consider if this was something I really wanted to do. I had a close relationship with Set (and Set only) at the time, and had the fear of "what if He didn't appear in my RPD?"  I didn't do the RPD until I felt I could accept Him not being there.

If it were not for the results of my RPD, I would not know or have the relationship I have with the gods that appeared in mine, or any that came after.  Set is so loud, very very loud, and so easy for me to hear - it was like my internal god phone was tuned to the Set station and I didn't know how to hear any other god.  The shock from my RPD results encouraged me to figure it out, and I am much more fulfilled because of it.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Offering Disposal
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:38:19 pm »
Quote from: rainbowrosepetals
On this topic, is it appropriate to consume offerings in shrine, or do you think that would be considered rude in some way?

Depends on the god, depends on the offering. I typically make consuming the offering a part of my time in shrine. Chatting over tea and cookies (or rum and bread, whatever).

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Singing as a part of prayer
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:18:07 am »
Oh absolutely.  I sing for Them all the time, both during shrine-time as well as when I'm out and about and thinking of Them.

Songs I sing that have meaning for me: "Rainbow Connection" (from 'The Muppet Movie'), "Things Happen" by Kirsty Maccoll, "The Easy Way" by Dar Williams, and "Candle on the Water" (from the movie 'Pete's Dragon').

And sometimes "When I"m 64" by the Beatles, because it's such a fun cute song. :)

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Praying For Safe Travel
« on: June 20, 2014, 12:49:17 pm »
I once prayed to Heru-Wer for safe travel.  In answer to my prayer, immediately a bird pooped on my windshield.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Parents Questions
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:12:30 am »
I considered myself a daughter of Set long before I underwent the RPD.  I struggled with the decision to undergo the RPD because what would I do if I weren't a child of Set? Being His daughter was part of my identity, who am I if I am not that?

But He reminded me - the results of the RPD don't change our past. It wont change my experiences with Him, it wont negate our relationship, and I realized that even if I were not His daughter, I would still always be His daughter.

I took the RPD and, guess what? I am His daughter.  So that was nice. Also Hethert's daughter, which was a surprise.

Being dual-parented, I genuinely feel I am 100% the daughter of each.  Not 50-50, not 75-25, but 100% for a total of 200%. Sure, Set is much louder and easier to hear than Hethert. (Way, way way louder. Way louder. Like seriously. Way louder.)  But I am every bit Her daughter just the same.  

It's a matter of learning how to listen, discovering where inside of you They reside, and in what ways having Them as part of your life impacts you and who you are as a person.  It's all part of the journey.

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: Patterns
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:31:32 am »
Quote from: Raawyserqet
So the "rule" is more that Set as a Parent needs a Heru as a Beloved, but it could be any of the Heru's?

The moment you create a "rule", it will immediately be broken.

I think it's best just to say that this has been the pattern thus far.

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Quote from: weshebutAmunRa
My Hethert statue moves.


She *IS* the Wandering Goddess.... ;)

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Quote from: Maen
Living according to Ma'at doesn't require you to be monk or a hero. It just requires you to be a decent human being.


I love this. :) :) :)

Ma'at is always in action - it's not really something we have any control over. Ma'at occurs whether we take action, or not.

I try to influence the world around me in a positive way every day.  From letting people merge easily onto the highway, to smiling and saying "good morning" to everyone I meet on my way in to the office. Picking up litter and disposing of it properly, returning stray shopping carts in the grocery store parking lot.  One of my small kindnesses may inspire somebody else to do the same, who inspires another, and so on.  

Ma'at works just the same in the other direction if a person were to approach life in a surly, negative manner.  Bad moods are just as contagious as good ones, and the community benefits so much more when everyone is considerate, cooperative, and kind.  So I figure as long as I have a choice, the ma'at I try to influence will be constructive.

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