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I'm a 4-H Leader, a Master Gardener, and I volunteer for Find A Grave.  I also care for a local cemetery with my 4-H club.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Ptah Stories
« on: July 28, 2017, 07:24:18 pm »
Em hotep Gezausenu,

I recognize your image of Ptah :)  I don't have experiences with Him like you do...it's more like He's helping me do a giant connect the dots puzzle, and every now and then, He gives me a shove in the right direction.  I hope what I wrote below will still be of interest to you.

Ptah-Tatenen is one of the Gods I consider as 'extended family'.  Two years ago, when I was blessed to be at Wep Ronpet, Hemet (AUS) talked to us about the various stories of the Netjer, and how they changed and evolved over time and place.  She talked about how the Sekhmet of one Nome was different from the Sekhmet of another Nome, though both were aspects of Sekhmet.  Hemet (AUS) spoke about how Kemetic Orthodoxy is a living religion.  She spoke of how we had brought the worship of the Netjer to a new time an a new place, and that we would, of course, see different aspects of Them.  Hemet (AUS) encouraged us to think about the Netjer of our own Nomes.  Who are the Netjer of my location, and what are their stories?  Since I am the only practitioner of Kemetic Orthodoxy in my Nome, it is up to me to interpret. 

Ptah was always of interest to me, but it was just prior to going to Wep Ronpet in 2015 that He really grabbed hold of me.  His presence stayed with me all through the celebrations, and I was lucky enough to win a lovely statue of Him at the auction.

Djehuty is my Beloved, and has always seemed to me as too vast and too elusive to capture or contain in one image or vessel. He had a spot on my altar, where I would put His offerings, but no image.  I just referred to it as Djehuty's offering spot.  Many people don't know Djehuty is the Tongue of Ptah in many stories.  It wasn't until I won that Ptah statue that I felt Djehuty finally had an appropriate home in my home.  It was at that time that all the connections started leaping into place in my mind.

So, Ptah is Ptah, but He is also Ptah-Tatenen. And Djehuty is the Tongue of Ptah-Tatenen, so the statue of Ptah is also the statue of Djehuty, if that makes sense :)

Below is the cosmology of the Netjer of my Nome, as I have been gifted to understand it to date.
 
Ptah-Tatenen was the beginning.  He formed Himself out of the Nun, out of the Great Primordial Soup that had no awareness or direction.  In my cosmology, Ptah-Tatenen was the First, the Ultimate.  He spent great vastnesses of time Growing, and Becoming.  Eventually, in time, Heru-Wer formed in the Body of Ptah-Tatenen.  The Ancients referred to Heru-Wer as the Heart of Ptah, but to the Ancients, the Heart is where thought and emotion came from, not the Brain.  So it is debatable what form Heru-Wer was originally created in:  Heart or Mind, or maybe a bit of both.

Regardless, in time Ptah-Tatenen and His Heart came to conceive of the idea of More.  Of Creation.

In what could arguably be the Big Bang, Ptah-Tatenen expelled part of Himself out into the Nun, creating Shu, the Breath of Ptah, and Djehuty, the Tongue of Ptah.  Ma'at and Nut and Ra soon followed, and Creation began to expand and grow, pulling from Ptah the fuel and direction it needed.

It is said in some of the Ancient Egyptian Stories that at the end of time, all that will be left is Ptah and Heru-wer.  I wonder if that is when Ptah stops exhaling and begins to inhale?

This is what has come to me in silent moments, in small pieces like gifts, over the past couple of years.  It feels right to me, in ways that other Creation myths do not. 

Regarding your experience with Ptah, I fully agree.  To me He is deep, and silent, and vast, and dark, and twinkling, and reflective and absorbing, and limitless.

Blessings,

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I have a twisty cactus of some sort, I think it's called a brain cactus, that I dedicated to Set.

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Sobek Ra.  And Sekhmet.  And Ptah-Tatenen.  And Heqat. 

That's my guess, and I'm sticking to it! LOL

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worms, beetles, centipedes, and all the other soil makers.  My worship of Wesir is heavily based in my garden and making 'black dirt' (compost).  I use the 'lasagna gardening' method, and have 2 high raised beds filled with about 2 feet of good black soil I've made over the years.
 Pines, the moon, and sunset also bring him to mind.

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Nekhtet, and welcome to the family.  I'm also a child of Bast and Beloved of Sekhmet-Hethert.  They are a powerful team :)

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: The flu got me...
« on: July 05, 2017, 09:00:53 pm »
Senebty.

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[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Setting up shrines
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:41:56 pm »
Em Hotep, Justice.

I have found, over the years, that a simpler shrine is best for me.  Too much clutter becomes distracting to me, and takes the focus off the Gods and puts it onto the 'things'.

It's easy to become distracted by the need to get things 'just so', when, as Tabau mentioned, all that is really needed is an open heart, a purified space, a light source, some smelly stuff, water, and a bowl.

I advise you to give some serious thought to the way your worship before adding in extra things.  I always found it awkward to 'take things away from the Gods' when I needed to declutter my shrine. 

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: WANT TO SEE YOUR SHRINE PICTURES
« on: July 05, 2017, 07:34:06 pm »
lovely :)

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: +1 Beloved
« on: April 28, 2016, 08:45:33 am »
Most Excellent!  Nekhtet!  Dua Nebt-het!

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[PUBLIC] FAQ: RPD (Rite of Parent Divination) / Re: RPD dreams?
« on: April 22, 2016, 08:34:25 am »
Yes!  The night before, I Dreamt.  And my results were exact.  I did not tell anyone about my Dream until after my RPD.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Ancient vs. Modern
« on: April 10, 2016, 10:45:00 pm »
I'm about 40/60.  I believe an historical framework is necessary, but change is inevitable.  I am not the same person now that I was 20 years ago, and I believe the Gods  and humans are not the same as they were 6,000 years ago.  Stagnation is the realm of the uncreated.  Our gods are about zep-tepi.

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my thoughts are that it is an 'earth' goddess and not a 'sky' goddess.  Painting the earth with colored sand, and the sky bleeding away...my first thoughts were Sekhmet and Mafdet (sand).  Third thought was Mertseger. 


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I'm not open in my home community, though I'm not secretively private.  I live in a rural republican area, where people are not as open-minded as they like to believe they are.  My job is a civil-servant job working with youth, and there are people who would pitch a fit and cause me troubles if they knew I don't follow their faith.  I have been open to some people that I'm not Christian, but I don't go into details.  Most people assume i'm Atheist.

Outside of my County, I'm more open, and when I get (oops!) eta: to travel to larger locations for meet-ups, I wear the symbols of my faith loud and proud. :D

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: self-esteem
« on: March 18, 2016, 09:12:52 am »
Wepwawet opens your way.  Djehuty and Shu ease your words.  Heka gives your words power. Heru-Wer and Set give you strength and courage. Khonsu heals your mind. Khonsu calms your heart and mind.

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