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[PUBLIC] Fundraising Announcements / April Fundraising Announcement
« on: April 01, 2019, 11:33:05 am »
Em hotep to the children of Netjer!

March Donations:
March was another rough month for fundraising. We achieved $1,246.14 in donations. This does not reach our goal of $2000 per month to keep our current operations running. Dua Netjer for donors who have stepped forward to top off the donations and ensure we can continue our work. These are individuals who have savings available to support the House of Netjer, and this is not an indefinite source of financial support. We need to come together to support the temple.

How To Help:

If you are able to: please donate. Any amount is helpful, but small donations work best through the PayPal Giving Fund just because there are no fees associated with that avenue.

All donors will be added to the Shomu mailing list, which provides extra information on the calendar, prayers, and occasionally extra teachings from the Nisut.

Those who donate $33 or more per month will receive even more rewards (currently in the works).

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Anyone can fundraise for the House of Netjer. The only thing we ask is that you clearly state that you, personally, are running the fundraiser, and provide a way for people to contact you with questions.

A good example: "Hi, Sobeq here. I'm selling candy bars to raise money to donate to the House of Netjer. Each candy bar will be $2. Half of my profit will be donated to the House of Netjer! If you have any questions, email me at emailsobeq@email.com" (not a real email address or fundraiser).

A bad example: "Hi, Sobeq here! I'm selling candy bars for the House of Netjer! Each candy bar is $2. Hope you'll buy some!"

If you aren't sure, you can always ask by emailing fundraisers@kemet.org .

The 33 Club:

There were 10 individuals who donated $33 or more to the House of Netjer in March! Dua Netjer en-ten! Keep an eye out for your rewards to start appearing over the course of April.

Goals for April:

Our goals for April remain the same: we need to raise $2000 in order to keep our Temple doors open each month. If just 2 people donate $33 per day, we can get there. Dua Netjer en-ten for your ongoing generosity -- let's make April a strong month for our financial health!!

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Em hotep!

As we near the end of the year and the coming of a new one, it can be entertaining to make guesses and share hopes for which deity will be over the coming year. This past year we had Heru-sa-Aset over the year; the year before we had Aset.

I'm personally hoping (as I've been hoping since, oh, year 15?) for maybe a Bast or a Hethert year. I could also go for a Jackal year, but that's just my bias talking. ;) I have no earthly idea Who it is, though. We've had an awful lot of Aset children divined lately, but that has never been a correlation.

Anyone else fancy a guess?

Senebty,
Sobeq


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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Ancient vs. Modern
« on: April 10, 2016, 02:55:58 pm »
Em hotep!

How much do you draw on ancient sources versus modern interpretations and your own personal feelings about the gods, in your religious practice? As Kemetic Orthodox, we are neither strict reconstructionists nor entirely modern practitioners; there is room for growth and interpretation within the framework the ancient Kemetics put together. And because we are not a dogmatic religion, we each have freedom to decide how much we rely on each source in our own personal worship.

So how much do you rely on antiquity? How much do you rely on your own intuition?

I would say I'm about a 50/50 split. I believe that the foundation the people of Kemet laid down for us is critical. The holidays, the role of the gods, the structure of ritual, the philosophy behind why rituals are set up the way they are -- and more -- are all necessary. It's also important to have a personal relationship with the gods, and to use intuition and direct experience when we decide how to relate to them. Without the foundation, none of our direct experience matters. Without our relationship with the gods and room for interpretation, we become rigid and don't grow through our practices.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / What do you call your gods?
« on: April 05, 2016, 03:21:03 pm »
Em hotep!

I was browsing through the LAGG thread earlier and started thinking about the things I call my gods that aren't derived from antiquity - and I thought it would be fun to share them. What do you call your gods? Do you say it to Their face(s), or just in conversation? I know I've seen some creative nicknames floating around!

I call Wepwawet "Himself", and Sekhmet-Mut "Herself". I call Wepwawet "The Jackal" (which actually does come from antiquity). I don't actually have all that many creative nicknames, now that I think about it!

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Wepwawet!
« on: March 12, 2016, 08:49:20 am »
Em hotep, all!

Today, some of us are going to be having lunch and chatting about Wepwawet. I wanted to extend the conversation to our online forums as well. What do you think of Him? Have you tried to get to know Him, or is He just not in your life?

For myself, I find I'm more interested in His connections to the Kingship and nobility. He has a pretty broad reputation these days, but that's the area I find people talking about the least and so I've been trying to engage with Him in that domain more.

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Taweret
« on: January 04, 2015, 02:18:11 pm »
Em hotep!

One of my tasks this Kemetic year is to spend some time learning about Taweret. There are no plans for children in my near future, so I am wondering what experiences others might have had with Her in her less fertility-related roles. I know She has many, and now that I have a little free time I look forward to reading more, but I am curious about the personal interactions others might have had. :)

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Nut, Goddess of Year 20!
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:05:37 am »
Em hotep!

As per our Oracle of Aset, Nut is the deity over Year 20. While She is hard to miss, it can be difficult to know what to do for Her. I have started putting together a small shrine for Her year in addition to the shrine I keep for Her as my Beloved - I'll take pictures once it's complete.

Some of the offerings I find She likes are: milk (esp. sweetened with honey), sugar, white hot chocolate, cool water, silver coins, flowers (esp. chrysanthemums, lilies, jasmine or hydrangeas), chamomile tea.

I also find She is very fond of music and singing. She is also very vast and warm. I like to gaze up at the night sky and feel Her embrace around the whole world.

Would anyone else like to share their experiences of Nut?

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Non-Senut Personal Rites
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:18:59 am »
Em hotep!

We often talk about Senut as a personal ritual, but I know there are many other folks who perform their own simple rituals to the gods, sometimes in lieu of Senut when purity gets in the way, and sometimes in addition to it. I thought it would be interesting to discuss those rituals, so that other people might get some ideas for creating their own personal practice.

I personally don't really have any rituals that I do besides Senut and the State Rite. I do have a large candle for each of my Parents, however, and I light those when I want Their guidance but cannot do a formal shrine rite for whatever reason. :)

I know many such rituals are personal, but if you feel comfortable sharing, what are your own practices like?

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Seasonal Netjeru?
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:45:46 am »
Em hotep!

In another thread, I responded to someone else's post with some reflections on how I feel connected to different Netjeru at different times of the year. There's no real historical precedence for the way I feel connected, but there are definite patterns to which gods I am most "in touch" with and when.

For example, I feel very connected to Wepwawet, Wesir and the Akhu in the autumn, to Set, Nebthet, Yinepu, Nut, Sokar and Khonsu in the winter, to Min, Bast, Hethert, Geb and Shu in the spring, and to Sekhmet, Ra, Heru-wer, Aset, and Heru-sa-Aset in the summer. These associations come from my own experiences during those seasons, and not really from any connection that would have been made in antiquity. I still find them very powerful, and the way I honor the gods changes depending on where my focus is.

Has anyone else had any similar experiences with the seasons?

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Serving the World: Ma'at In Action / AIDS Walk New York 2011
« on: April 16, 2011, 11:22:38 am »
Em hotep my brothers and sisters in Netjer!

This year I am finally able to participate in the New York AIDS Walk. I am walking with a team of alumni from my (coed) fraternity. :grin: We need sponsors to help us in our cause!

Here is some information about the walk: "AIDS Walk New York, the world’s largest AIDS fundraising event, benefits GMHC and over 30 other tri-state area AIDS service organizations.  GMHC is the nation’s oldest and most comprehensive AIDS service organization, serving approximately 15,000 people living with HIV and AIDS and their families each year, and countless more through its prevention and advocacy work locally and nationally." (from AIDS Walk NY. For more information, visit the AIDS Walk website.)

Please consider supporting me and my team this year. The walk is on May 15th, 2011. My goal is to raise $100 to support AIDS research - I am almost halfway there! Any amount you can spare is sincerely appreciated. Thank you for supporting this cause!

Here is the link to my donation page: http://aidswalknewyork2011.kintera.org/dekelly817

Thank you and senebty!
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / The Netjeru and Thier Forms
« on: March 27, 2011, 06:50:22 pm »
Em hotep!

I have been thinking about our gods as shapeshifters lately. I know there are many gods in our pantheon Who are known for changing Their forms at Their whim: Aset comes to mind first for me, then Wepwawet. But I know that all of our gods appear in a number of forms and may use different ones to suit Their needs or our needs.

I have had both of my Parents present Themselves differently during various points in my life, when my needs changed from time to time. Their natures remained the same throughout, but their presentation and appearance changed. My Father alternately presents Himself as a warrior, a seer or wise-man, and a gentle guide, depending on what I need. And He is always my Father, but in different forms. My Mother has appeared in the double crown and traditional regalia, as a woman in purple and beautiful jewels, and as a full lioness - all different forms with different attitudes, but very much my Mother.

What have your experiences with the different forms of the Netjeru been? Have you ever had a god appear to you in one form under one set of circumstances, and another form under other circumstances? :) Just a little food for discussion for everyone.

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / How Do We Purify?
« on: March 19, 2010, 02:36:17 pm »
Em hotep, everyone!

I was getting ready for Senut this morning and started wondering about everyone's individual purification processes. I know everyone's houses are laid out differently, and we all have our own quirks when we worship, so I wanted to see if we could discuss how we carry out our own purifications.

When I do Senut, I usually do it in the morning, so I bless the water and natron, mix them together, then hop in the shower. When I've finished washing, I wash with the natron water, wrap myself in a towel and go into the kitchen to gather the offerings. Once I've done that, I carry my offerings (and my clothes from before the shower!) upstairs while I change into my whites. I brush my hair but don't moisturize or put on any sort of cosmetics until after Senut. Most times I'll be stopped by my parents who have something to say before I go up to my room, but they generally don't keep me too long, being that I'm fresh out of the shower.

Generally I don't offer things that need cooking because of this, and I generally offer simple things. If I want to offer something more complicated I'll save Senut until later in the day, when I've had time to arrange whatever I'm offering.

How about everyone else? How do you purify? Do you take a full bath or do you just purify in the shower? Do you arrange all your offerings before purifying, or after? :)

Senebty,
Sobeq

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Your Shemsu Name and You
« on: March 15, 2007, 09:04:31 am »
This is sort of inspired by the "You and the Names in Your Life" thread in the Netjer section of the boards. It's a survey for folks with, without, or not planning on receiving Shemsu names.

For the already named: Part A.

1.) What is your Shemsu name and meaning?
2.) What is your RPD lineup?
3.) How long have you been named, and how long did you wait before being named?
4.) Are there any interesting puns in your name that you have heard of? Please share them if you're willing to.
5.) Did you try to figure out what your name would be before you got it? If so, were you close?
6.) Did you use any Kemetic names before you got your Shemsu name? If so, what were they and what did they mean?

For those not yet named or not planning to be named: Part B
1.) Have you had your RPD done? Who was in your lineup?
2.) Do you use a Kemetic name right now? What is it and what does it mean?
3.) Do you plan on being named at any time? If not, and if you are comfortable sharing - why not?
4.) If you plan on being named, are you trying to guess what your name might be like? Care to share the guesses?

I'm going to answer these after my naming in just under two weeks.

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