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[PUBLIC] Kemetic Orthodox Q&A / Re: Where can I Start
« on: September 24, 2021, 06:54:00 pm »
Em hotep!

Just chiming in to echo Ta-idet here: the beginner's course is not very demanding and does not require a large time commitment at all. It moves very slowly, and I think that's for exactly the reason you articulate: a lot of people want to take it, but can't do a major time commitment.

I would personally say that if you can set aside an half hour a week, that should be just fine. If your schedule is so busy currently that you can't manage that (and believe me, I've been there, you're in good company), it's probably best to wait for a better time. Joining the religion requires learning about the religion first, and reflecting on what you've learned--otherwise how would you know if you wanted to join? And that does take a little bit of time. Not a lot! But a little.

In the meantime, though, there are many public spaces on the forums where you can read threads, ask questions, and chat with others about being Kemetic! I would definitely encourage that if you can't take the beginner's course right now. I felt things out as a guest prior to taking it myself.

But, yes, in order "get into" the religion as more than a guest, you do need to take the beginner's course.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Em hotep!
« on: September 09, 2021, 05:47:47 pm »
Em hotep, oFascio!

I would suggest making a new thread to ask those questions. :) That way people are more likely to see it and respond. We love questions here.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: A Slow and Steady Return
« on: August 24, 2021, 10:02:15 pm »
Welcome back! I don't thiiink we know each other, as summer 2017 was right at the beginning of my lapsed period, but I'm Ha'aut! I joined the House in 2014. I've always been kinda shy and quiet around here, but I'm trying to more more involved since re-dedicating myself as Shemsu this February. Looking forward to getting to know you.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Is there a prayer for ressurection?
« on: July 05, 2021, 08:27:24 pm »
Not entirely sure what you mean here, but there are prayers for the human dead, typically done 70 days after their death, to help ensure a place in the Duat for them. Someone might have a similar ritual for animals and pets.

Em hotep and you are indeed using it right!

There are lots of folks around who do divinations to help confirm things like this, so I'm hoping one of them will see this and give some advice on how that typically goes.

Generally, if I feel like I'm making a connection, I will give some offerings and see if I get any "response"--which can be fairly ambiguous, like a sudden thought about them, or a wave of emotion, or the smell of incense somewhere where there's no reason for incense to be. But I've also had responses be more concrete. Sometimes it takes a little while, but usually if there's a real connection there and I've identified the deity in question correctly, I'll know it one way or another pretty quickly. I am extremely skeptical, as a rule, and inclined to discount my experiences, so I always ask Them (out loud in words) to give me a very clear sign that I can't just wave away.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Well Hello there!
« on: February 13, 2021, 07:17:32 am »
Echoing what Ewe said: the class is designed to be accessible rather than intellectually rigorous, so I don't know that it particularly "challenged" me (unless you mean "challenged" in some other way I'm not picking up on!). You could even think of it less as a class and more as an... orientation? Introduction? Something like that.

Or, to expand into a metaphor on introductions: in that way, it's much like the introduction you might find in many books; its purpose is to introduce you to what the book's about and what it has to offer, as well as covering the methodologies involved and the structural framing of the entire enterprise. But the actual meat of the information is in the chapters that follow (i.e., how you choose to engage with the religion once the beginner's class is finished!). The introduction is just a roadmap to help you navigate that journey, or decide if you want to take it in the first place.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Re: Well Hello there!
« on: February 11, 2021, 10:51:08 pm »
Hello there!

Wow, that seems like such a powerful sign to be given--I got chills.

Hopefully one of the folks involved with the beginner's class can address your first question, but I wanted to comment really quick on the question of doubt... because I've been with this faith since 2014 and I still have doubts. Lots of them! All the time! Having doubts is not only okay, but I believe very strongly that it is a good thing. Unquestioning adherence to religious tenets and religious authorities has caused enough evil in the world.

I had no idea if I wanted to be part of KO or not when I took the beginner's class, and honestly I think that's where most people are. All I knew is that I was interested in it and I wanted to know more. And that's exactly the point of the beginner's class: learning about the religion and the community, so you can meaningfully evaluate whether or not it's for you. If you get through it and find that KO isn't for you, that's not a failure, and you haven't wasted anyone's time. In fact, it's done exactly what it's supposed to do: given you the tools to allow you to make an educated decision. On the flip side, I'm not sure how you'd make the decision that you definitely do want to be KO before taking the class. How could you know if you want to be part of something when you don't have all the information about what that something even is?

There's no pressure whatsoever to stick around after the beginner's class, though of course we always hope that people will. In fact, there's no pressure to stick around at any point: many people have been active, contributing members of the House for years and years, and then eventually found that their paths lead elsewhere--and that's completely okay!

In conclusion: yeah, I'd definitely go ahead and take the beginner's class. You would be more than welcome.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: February 08, 2021, 09:10:42 am »
Mut's full list of epithets in the LGG is here.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: She is cozy on my couch
« on: February 01, 2021, 10:36:58 pm »

I definitely thought Hethert from your description, for what it's worth.

On a more serious note, I keep reading about her and more than one source mentions protection and healing. Is that correct?

I think it's pretty accurate to say that basically all Netjeru are associated with protection and healing. So unfortunately that might not be the best way to narrow it down. :)

I was also thinking maybe I should not focus on a specific aspect/names of the Netjer just yet, as I am at the VERY beginning of this journey. Any thoughts on this?

I actually think the opposite! I think focusing on one or two Netjeru is often a good way to start out.

Once you're in the KO Beginner's Class, it is suggested that you put aside your current relationships and focus on Netjer as a whole for a while, but it's not required. But before the class begins, I would approach a Name or two, just to see how it goes.

[PUBLIC] Netjer (Our Gods & Goddesses) / Re: Epithets of the Names
« on: January 28, 2021, 08:27:54 pm »
Hotep all,

I thought I would share the link to my own personal translation project: the project folder is here (with a Read Me outlining my reasons and methods), and the subfolder containing the entries I have finished so far is here.

Entries I've completed:
- Anhur
- Heh
- Hehet
- Nut
- Pakhet
- Sepa
- Serqet

...and I'm almost done with Mut.

Additionally, here are the epithets I've collected of Nehebkau, from my personal notes:

With Lifted (?) Head
Serpent Fierce of Look
Great One
Coming Forth from His Cavern
Assigner of Good Things

Judge of the Dead
The God of Those Who Are in Their Coffins
Ruler of the Great House
Who Breaks the Rule Without Ever Knowing Its Name
Whose Protection is the Protection of the Divine Falcon
Guardian of the irrt Chapel
The Protection of Wesir
Who Comes Against A/pep Out of the Tent of the One Who is in His Santuary
The Commander Who Leads the naw Snakes to the Place Where Set is Staying So That They Bite Him in the Stomach
Who Provides Food to the Gods and Gives Life to the Western One
Who is Created on Wep Ronpet
For Whom a Lotus Capital is Built
He Who Attaches the Great Head, Mighty of Face
He Who is in the Great House
The God Who is in the Water
Who is at His Place of the Holy Way of the Road of Rosetau
Who Lives from the Air in His Mouth
Prince of the Two Lands
Who is Brought

PT 510
Multitudinous of Coils

CT 84
Him Whose Head is Raised

CT 85
Bull of the Sky
Who Takes Away Powers

CT 86
The Bull of the Tribunal
Who Swallowed Seven Uraei
The Great Ennead of Atum
Who Bestows the Powers of the Gods
The nrw-Serpent Who Lifts Up the Great Ones
Whom the Uraei Fashioned

CT 87
The Bull of the Enneads
Who Obeys No Magic

CT 88
Who is Unscorched by Fire
Who is Undampened by Water

CT 762
Son of Geb
He Who His Mother Renenutet Bore
The Ka of Every God, Having Power in His Heart

CT 647
King of Heaven/the Sky
Who Rules the Two Lands
Who Grants Souls, Crownings, Kau, and Beginnings

CT 1076
Who Spits Out the Nile
Who Gives Himself
He Who Eats His Fathers
He Who Eats His Mothers
He Who Drives Off Set When He is Angry
He Who Begot the Bull of On
He Who Swallowed the Flood / hhw
Falcon Face Coming Forth from Edfu
Four Faces Coming Forth from the Horizon

Prominent in the Palace
Who Restores People to Life with the Work of His Arms

The snippet of lyrics in my signature is from “Roses” by Poets of the Fall, which I associate strongly with the Netjeru and my own personal relationship to Them and to religion/spirituality as a whole.

Em hotep!

Heru is DEFINITELY attested to long before the Greco-Roman period. If anything, Heru might be one of our oldest gods; I believe there's evidence for certain forms of Him existing predynastically. He was also revered in Greco-Roman times, and often identified with Apollo, but He's a thoroughly Kemetic deity.

Perhaps they were talking about the Greco-Roman form of him specifically, or referencing "Horus" as the Greek name, as opposed to Heru/Har/Hor which is the Kemetic? Hard to say.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Las Vegas
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:58:40 am »
Prayers. May they be justified and shine forever in the vault of Nut.

[PUBLIC] Prayer Requests / Re: Prayers for my Spouse Julia
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:38:37 am »
Prayers. This sounds like such a terrible time for both of you. I will keep her in my thoughts.

[PUBLIC] Welcome! / Back again!
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:35:22 am »
Hotep everyone!

Hopefully at least a few of you remember me; it feels like I've been gone for a looong time. The good news is: I graduated from university! Yay! The bad news is, my religious practice has completely lapsed. I haven't done Senut in... longer than I want to talk about. Months, at least. I actually forgot about Wep Ronpet until it was already over. I feel like I've been really spiritually starved for a while now, which has only made things harder: I'm still reeling from the monumental change that is (finally) graduating college and moving on to the next thing... as well as the anxiety that is not quite knowing what the next thing is yet.

I'm ready to start once again fulfilling the promise I made to my Mothers when I took my Shemsu vows. I've started reading The Search for God in Ancient Egypt by Jan Assmann and thinking seriously about my gods again, and that already has me feeling more centered. My shrine area is a mess, but I'm hoping to clean it up in the next couple of days, so I can start doing Senut again (aaah, I'm scared of going back!). I want to get involved, more consistently than before.

So that's where I am right now. Hope everyone here is well, and I'll be seeing you around.  :)

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