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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Hethert's "Great Nine"?
« on: September 29, 2014, 02:56:39 pm »
Em hotep!

Does anyone know who these "great nine" are? If so, can they tell me?


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Family Festivals
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:36:47 pm »
Em hotep,

Does anyone else observe Kemetic festivals with their family? If so, how do you do this as Kemetic Orthodox? What about ritual purity? I live in a polytheist household, so although my husband is of a different religion (Asatru) we celebrate holidays together and feel comfortable honoring each other's gods. We plan on observing the Feast of the Beautiful Reunion during tomorrow's Full Moon Festival, and we will be making offerings to the Divine Couple and then reverting the offerings as a family meal - so it would seem weird -not- to purify as this is a special event, even if technically purification is only required for personal Senut. I am also still having postpartum bleeding issues from the birth of my son, so I have not been observing Senut (as described in the Prayerbook), and I would assume the festivity of ritual whites is out of the question...

And I'm just going to have to assume that Netjer doesn't take issue with the presence of a baby in a potentially dirty diaper....

So I guess what I'm pretty much asking is...ritual purity and is it done?


[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Prayers for Childbirth
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:35:25 pm »
Em Hotep,

I know I haven't logged onto the forums in awhile (been super distracted for the last month finishing up at work and getting ready for baby), but I was hoping to ask for prayers one last time before I go into labor with my first child.

Today (April 10th) is my due date, so it's pretty much just a waiting game now. I'm just trying to stay as positive and well-rested as I can. I've been blessed with a complication-free pregnancy so far, but childbirth is always a big question mark, so...

I would sincerely appreciate any prayers for myself, my little one, my husband, and my midwives. I'm taking a little statue of Aset nursing Heru to the birth center to help me focus, and I bought a little plush Bast cat to welcome my son home. I'm so excited and so nervous. I just want to thank you all for being here to pray for me as I become a mother.

And I want to thank Maret specifically for keeping my name with her statue of Heqat. Thank you!

I'm also really excited to have the beginner's class in May to occupy my mind while I'm transitioning to life at home with baby. :)


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / New Baby Ceremony
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:15:11 pm »
Is there a rite for welcoming a new baby into a household in Kemetic Orthodoxy? I attended the amphidromia ceremony of a Hellenic friend this last weekend, and I wondered if there was anything similar in Kemetic religion. I know modern Egyptians (both Christian and Muslim) have a new baby ceremony called Sebou, but a lot of the practices involved in that don't make a lot of sense to me, and don't strike me as particularly Kemetic in origin, although some of them might be. I know I can create something on my own, but I was wondering if there was something other Kemetics were already doing since this is such a family-focused faith.


[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Kapet
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:50:02 pm »
Hello everyone,

I've made my first batch of kapet according to the recipe in the Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, and burned it for the first time during my family's recent celebration of Chewing Onions for Bast. It was my first time making incense and my first time burning charcoal and I really didn't know what to expect. Well...basically we couldn't smell anything but the charcoal. I attended the amphidromia ceremony for a Hellenic friend's new daughter this weekend, and she said she's never had good luck with charcoal unless the incense was resin. I was just wondering what luck other Kemetics have had with making and burning kapet, and if anyone has any advice or tips they might like to share with a complete newbie to non-self-igniting incenses. I would really appreciate it!

Many thanks,

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Prayers for My Father-in-Law
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:58:11 pm »
Em hotep everyone,

I want to thank you all again for the warm welcome. I am really looking forward to the beginner's class in May and getting to know you all better.

I was hoping to request some prayers on behalf of my father-in-law Bob who is very dear to me. He is quite sick and in a lot of pain. Right now the doctors are still trying to find  out what is wrong so they can treat him. They think it may be Lyme disease but his tests so far have been inconclusive and the antibiotics they have had him on have not made him any better. Bob is a very good man and was the only one of my husband's blood relations who truly welcomed me with open arms. He only recently retired and he was planning on working on his house in rural Oregon when this illness hit him. He was really active and went on a backpacking trip with my husband only a couple of years ago. It is really hard for him to be unable to move without pain, and I know he is depressed. He sounded so old when last I spoke to him on the phone.

I would sincerely appreciate any prayers anyone would be willing to say for him, or any healing heka. His suffering breaks my heart.


[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Chewing Onions for Bast
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:38:19 pm »
Unless I am mistaken, this delightful little festival is near on the horizon, and as a fairly new Kemetic this will be my first time celebrating it. I was hoping others might like to share what they are planning, or how they have observed this holiday in the past. So far, I'm planning a feast for my husband and I, and inviting my sister and her boyfriend if they'd like to join us. I plan on putting up a fancy festival shrine for Bast, buying fresh flowers, and burning some of my first batch of kapet which will be ready just in time!

Are there any particular prayers or heka you associate with this holiday that you would like to share? I'm so excited! :D

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / God of the Month?
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:27:58 pm »
I've noticed that each of the Kemetic months is considered sacred to a particular Name. Are there any specific practices that anyone does to honor or meditate on these Names throughout the month?

As I mentioned in another thread, I have recently become particularly drawn to Renenutet, and if my calculations are correct (since I am not yet a member in the House, the calendar in The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook and the HON Twitter feed are currently all I have to go on for festival dates) we seem to be approaching Paenrenenutet, and I was hoping others might want to kick around ideas about ways to observe Her time of the year.


[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Applicant In Alaska
« on: February 21, 2014, 12:16:52 pm »
Em hotep!

I am a librarian from Anchorage, Alaska. Are there any members of the House in Alaska? I have applied for the next beginner's class that begins in May, but as I am expecting the birth of my first child in early April, I thought I might wish to speak to others in an organized Kemetic religious community before then as I approach this life-changing event. So here I am!

My husband and I are also trying to move out of state this summer to somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (probably Washington, maybe Oregon, members of the House in those states?) after the birth of our son, as I will be leaving paid work to care for our child, and the job prospects are much better for him down there. He is a professional artist and currently has the best 9 to 5 artist job this state can provide (working as an in-house artist for a major t-shirt company that fills the state's tourist gift shops). I do consider Ptah a patron of my household due to my husband's vocation, and Seshat as a professional patron for myself.

Bast brought me to Kemetic religion in November 2012 when I found a severely injured feral kitten in the dumpster outside my apartment. In addition to getting him veterinary care I put up a shrine to Bast, made Her offerings, and prayed to Her throughout his recovery process. The kitten lived and healed and is now the sweetest, most loving cat in my household (I have three). Shortly after this I began to understand Her as so much more than a goddess associated with cats (which was all I knew at first) and I began to see Her influence in other areas of my life such as my desire to take up belly dance, my desire for motherhood, and actually becoming pregnant.

I used to be marginally Hellenic (i.e. I worshiped a small handful of Greek deities) but Bast brought all the other Netjeru into my life in a way that my worship of Persephone and Dionysos did not in bring the other Theoi. I feel incredibly drawn to many of the Names, not only Bast, and I do intend to undergo the Rite of Parent Divination if I decide to become a Remetj, as initiatory rites are one of the elements of Kemetic Orthodoxy to which I am particularly drawn.

There are a number of other things that make me eager to learn more about Kemetic Orthodoxy. For one, I genuinely like well-organized religious institutions (and that there is an actual physical temple for this faith!), ancestor veneration is extremely important to me, and I have long been seeking a religious community that is unashamedly religious (I'm tired of being around people who are afraid of the word) and pro-family. I was heavily involved with the local Pagan community here in Anchorage and the surrounding communities for the last few years, and it was ultimately not a good fit for me personally.

I know that was a rather long-winded introduction, but I am excited to have others to talk to about this faith, and to potentially become a member of the House after completing my beginner's class this summer.


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