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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Member-run groups (open to the public)
« on: April 26, 2021, 06:04:17 pm »
Disclaimer:
The House of Netjer Kemetic Orthodox Temple (“Temple”) does not endorse any member-organized groups (“Groups”). The Temple explicitly denies any responsibility for the content of or actions of these Groups. Members are reminded that the Temple does not have any direct oversight of these Groups. The Temple does not establish or enforce any rules or procedures within Groups or provide moderation for any events, social media channels, or other interactions for any Groups.  The Temple does not offer, confer, or guarantee Group member privacy or membership. Each Group is autonomous and recognized by the Temple solely for the purpose of facilitating Temple community support. Not all Groups may be open to all Temple Members and some groups may be open to people outside the Temple membership. Membership within the temple does not guarantee access to any of Groups or related websites, forums, blogs, social media channels, communication servers, or the like. By participating in a Group, you agree to release and forever hold The House of Netjer Kemetic Orthodox Temple harmless as to any alleged or actual harm resulting from participating in a Group.

Public Group Listing
The following is a list of independent groups run by members of Kemetic Orthodoxy which are open to non-members joining them.

Kemetic Orthodoxy and Friends
Managers
Nesiwepwawet
Description
Facebook group: This group is for Kemetic Orthodox members as well as friends of the faith (other Kemetic paths welcome) to hang out on facebook and chat.
One of the reasons I've created this group is that I find "Kemetic Orthodoxy" in particular can be difficult to integrate into other pagan groups, even other Kemetic groups for that matter. So I wanted something that would start with us, but not end with us of course and continue to grow.
Group open to
Both the public and members of Kemetic Orthodoxy. It starts with KO but is open to Kemetic-flavored Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, and other multi-trad people who have or are interested in Kemetic as part of their calling.
How to join
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kemeticorthodoxy and click the button to Join the Group.
You will be asked a few questions and then you will either a) be put into a queue where an admin will approve you, or b) temporary only: if you have a friend in common in the group already, you will be granted automatic entry, but this is still monitored for safety's sake.

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[PUBLIC] Public Announcements / 2020 Donation Receipt Reminder
« on: February 17, 2021, 09:54:45 am »
Em hotep!

If you would like a receipt for your total donations given to the House of Netjer in 2020 (for tax filing or any other purpose), please contact Rev. Ihhy at revihhy@kemet.org to ask for a receipt.

As a reminder, if you are filing taxes in the U.S. this year, you can deduct up to $300 on your tax return for donations made in 2020 even if you don’t itemize. More information on this is available here: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most-people-give-to-charity-this-year-even-if-they-dont-itemize

Thanks and senebty, Mose

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Em hotep!

This message only applies to those who are going to file taxes in the United States of America in 2021.

The IRS is actually doing something extra to help 501c3 charities like ours this year! Those who plan on taking the standard deduction for their 2021 taxes can get a tax credit of up to $300 for donations to Charity organizations such as ours *without* having to itemize! All you have to do is make donations prior to December 31st (two days from now). Any donations you’ve already made in 2020 count towards this total. Do note that this only applies to cash donations directly to the House and does not apply to payments made for goods (such as the Set book or any auctions). Full details are available here:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most-people-give-to-charity-this-year-even-if-they-dont-itemize

As a reminder, you can make donations from this page:
http://kemet.org/donate

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[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Returning
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:26:03 am »
Em hotep, and welcome back Deborah!

I hope you're able to take part in the next beginners class. ^.^

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Doing a Mama Sekhmet Thing
« on: April 27, 2018, 08:32:13 pm »
Em hotep, Gezausenu!

I’m sorry to hear things became so crappy there and just kept up. >.<

Prayers for Ma’at to prevail!

Senebty,
Mose

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Praying
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:01:42 am »
Em hotep, everyone! *henu*

The ritual of senut is a modern constructed ritual by Hemet and one of the things that makes us "Kemetic Orthodox" versus a group of people who all honor the Kemetic gods differently. As Gezausenu mentioned, it's something that we all do and share in as a community. This is also why Shemsu (those who have taken a vow to serve their gods within the context of Kemetic Orthodoxy) are required to do it once per month and Remetj (those who wish to participate in our community but do not wish to take that vow) are not required to do it.

Everyone is welcome to do the senut ritual, which is why it is available to the public in the Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. It can be done in honor of any specific gods you honor or worship, or it can be done for Netjer in general. The beginners' class focuses on doing it for Netjer in general to encourage people who are interested in pursuing a RPD to not focus solely on Gods with whom they are already familiar.

On the topic of ritual clothing for senut: "If at all possible, set aside 'pure raiment' - clothing of pure white that you wear only for Senut. If you cannot do this, at minimum you want to wear something that is physically clean"

In general, I do recommend doing the senut ritual even if you're not required to do so because it is very helpful spiritually. ^.^  It's done the same way by everyone who does it (including Hemet), which adds to the strength and power of the ritual itself. I personally use senut as a way to do personal spiritual development and use spontaneous prayer for things whenever they come up (whether that's prayers for myself or for others).

Gleb, I also follow a similar structure when I pray. :)  Usually starting with thanks, then praying for myself and others. I also pray for people who follow different religions (most notably my family) and they usually pray for me as well. As others have all mentioned, prayer is just good in general. :D  And as Gezausenu mentioned, prayer doesn't have to be "traditional". It can take many shapes and forms. It's all up to you! ^.^

Senebty,
Mose

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Praying
« on: December 29, 2017, 11:32:22 pm »
Em hotep, everyone! *henu*

Please allow me to provide a little further clarification here. :)  For those of you who are temple members, this topic is covered in detail in Beginners Lessons 4-5 which can be reviewed in the members areas. If you need help locating this, please let me know. For everyone else, I'm happy to provide a summary here.

There are two practices within our religion and our membership participates in both of them.

Group-Directed Religion (state religion):
The formal side of Kemetic Orthodoxy (state shrines, state rites, etc) are built and practiced for and on behalf of the Community as a whole at the direction of the Nisut. These are also our practices that we do together as a group (ie. our weekly dua simulcasts).

Individual-Directed Religion:
Personal worship outside of established group rituals. This is the category under which both the senut ritual and personal shrines fall as well as the majority of everyone's religious practice. The senut rite is performed by an individual to develop and nurture their own personal connections with the gods rather than on behalf of the community. Personal shrines used for senut can also be used for any other form of prayer at any time so long as you maintain senut purity when interacting with it, or if you re-purify it before performing the senut rite again. This is often why people end up with multiple shrines for more informal or spontaneous worship.

The main distinguishing factor for "group-directed" versus "individual-directed" religion is whether or not you're participating as a group or performing a ritual at the direction of the Nisut on behalf of the Community.

This is the reason why priests must continue to practice the Senut rite in addition to the state rite. One is for the Community. The other is for ourselves and our own spiritual needs.

I believe Hemet has likened senut shrines and the senut ritual to state shrines and the state rite that we do as priests in the past due to the purity requirements for a senut shrine and the fact that we use a structured ritual for senut. Indeed, it is not a very big jump at all to go from a personal senut rite and shrine to a state rite and shrine. This puts the Senut shrine and rite a lot closer to state rituals/shrines than an informal shrine and prayers.

Anyone can be trained to do be a priest in this religion. The only big requirements are to have a desire to serve the Community and receive permission and training from Hemet and your Parent deities. :D

I hope this helps clear up some confusion. And Gleb, pray as often as you wish to! If you're asking for something too frequently and upsetting the Gods, they'll let you know. But in the meantime, it never hurts to remind Them what you need, what you're thankful for, that you want to know Them better, or just let Them know how your day is going. The Gods are a part of our lives each and every day. Remember that They're there and listening, even if They can't always help us right away. :)

Senebty,
Mose

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Mixing Ancestor Veneration?
« on: October 15, 2016, 07:24:21 pm »
Em hotep!

Lira gave a very good response above. An akhu shrine is there to not only remind you of your ancestors but also to help you connect and communicate with them. I personally believe it's very appropriate for an akhu shrine to be a reflection of the ancestors' beliefs and practices, even if they aren't the same as our own. For example, I have a crucifix, rosary, and few other Catholic items in my akhu shrine since all of my immediate ancestors are Catholic.

I no longer practice Catholicism, but if I did, I wouldn't see any problem with connecting with them from that point of view at the same shrine.

I believe this extends to your own practices as well. Does it make sense to you to have two separate akhu shrines for two different ways of connecting to and speaking with them? If so, separate them. If not, keep them the same. As you mentioned above, shrines and our interactions with the akhu aren't the same as those with our Gods.

At the end of the day, what's important (from the Kemetic Orthodox viewpoint) is that you are finding some way to give offerings to and acknowledge your akhu. :)

Senebty,
Mose

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I don't really have any nicknames for the Gods, but I do usually address Heruakhety as "Great Heruakhety". I can't really remember any more when or where or why that started, but it stuck and just feels right for me now. :)

Sometimes I'll prepend "great" to the other Names as well, but not as often. Other than that, I can't think of any special names that I use regularly.

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[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Praying for Paris
« on: November 14, 2015, 08:37:30 am »
Prayers for comfort and time for mourning for all those involved. May the ka'u of all those killed yesterday be safe in their journey West and may they be justified. May Ma'at prevail, always.

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Bats?
« on: November 05, 2015, 11:43:37 pm »
<3 All the bats.

Thank you Ha'aut for posting that link! I didn't know that there were even words for "bat" that had been found.

While we may never know how they were thought of (or not thought of?) historically, I know my attitude towards them is decidedly positive. :D

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Famous Akhu
« on: August 12, 2015, 11:06:10 am »
Em hotep!

Some of you may recall that we had a saq-Nisut (or maybe it was a dua?) chat with Hemet in which we did a heka exercise with our akhu. Unfortunately I do not remember exactly how it went. Only that it involved drawing a five-point star, placing a name of one of our ancestors at four of the points. Then at the top point we placed the name of someone who isn't related to us, but is very important to us (as mentioned above, this could be a national akhu, someone who inspired you personally, or someone who you look up to from history). At the end of the exercise, Hemet told us something to the effect of: "Congratulations. You now have a new akh to honor." :)

So yes, you can certainly honor akhu who are not related to you by blood as personal akhu. All akhu are fantastic and worthy of veneration and rememberance, but it's our job to ensure that our personal ancestors (whether related or not) are not forgotten and are remembered by us, our families, and descendants. So if you do decide to welcome in an unrelated akh as one of your personal ancestors, ensure that they're as well cared for and remembered as the rest of your akhu. :)

Senebty,
Mose

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Shemsu Name as Username?
« on: June 13, 2015, 03:21:22 pm »
Your name is your name. The only way that using it is disrespectful is if you disrespect yourself. Build yourself up well, take pride in all of your names, and use them well. ^_^

That's my personal advice, anyway. :)

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question about the Beginners Class
« on: March 21, 2015, 10:16:36 pm »
Posting here in case anyone missed the announcement on the kemet.org page: http://www.kemet.org/

Beginners class e-mails have been sent out and the class is moving forward! :)

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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Question about the Beginners Class
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:44:13 pm »
Em hotep!

There was a post made on the http://www.kemet.org/ home page about the beginners class. As Ibi noted, it's currently delayed. Another post will be made there once the class is ready to start and e-mails will go out shortly after that. :)

Senebty,
Mose

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